Best Female Singers of All Time

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1Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

By far Whitney has the most voice control ever, she has set the standards for singing that has not been matched, she is also the most influential singer in the world.

Actually Mariah is the most influential. You were also exaggerating a bit I mean, if you're gonna talk about Whitney, be fair! - Lironyaron

Love you whitney you just the best singer I ever heard and the most awarded. Maybe your voice isn't there anymore but I will always love you for the joy and the emotions you give me when I hear your songs.

Who on earth can compare to Whitney Houston when she is on the stage? Thank God to bestow the greatest singer of all time that we all can enjoy her beautiful voice. Even though she cannot sing like she used to be in the late 1990s, her incomparable voice and all beautiful melodies will always impress in my mind.

Please come back Whitney, we all miss you. - Catacorn

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2Mariah Carey

Put simply, there is just NO other singer in the world that can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, to the same degree as Mariah Carey. It's her range; her tonal sound; her accuracy of pitch; her 'trills' (vocal runs); and her upper power when hitting high notes that made her one of the all time greats. Sure, there are many great singers and she's perhaps not as good as what she was in the 90's, but that's more been her change in musical direction rather than a decline in ability - she's well and truly proved that with her 2010 Christmas Concert in recorded in Washington last year. PLUS, she writes all her own songs, when too many of the big names these days, unfortunately don't!

Mariah's voice is just incomparable, there's nothing else I can say about it, its beautifully pure, angelic and very very unique. Just an all round perfect voice with the ability of going really being like a big bonus. Just listen to Never Too Far to get a sense of what shes capable of and then listen to Bliss which shows off her higher range (whistle notes)

I LOVE HER she is very consistent with his work, although when I she was not famous anymore as it once was, but around the world who does not know the voice capability is pretty amazing. Class singer Beyonce was even I do not think it can match its octave voice is very high.

Marian's voice is truly incomparable, a voice only the late Whitney Houston, along with an occasional few greats, could match. Despite being compared to Whitney's voice and work in the 90s, she still managed to achieve 14 of her 18 number ones in the 90s alone whilst being compared to such a talent, and achieved legendary status within the first few years of her career. With vocal and lyrical masterpieces such as Vision of Love, Hero, My All and with less commercially successful and album tracks Vanishing, Whenever You Call, Outside, Mine Again and more, nobody can deny the incredible, God-given vocal talent Mariah has received, nor could anyone deny her lyrical genius. It's a shame Mariah's voice has deteriorated over time; though she is still very capable of delivering great performances, her voice is far from what it used to be. I personally believe both her and Whitney deserve first place, however careful thought and evaluation has pushed me to vote Mariah Carey as number one!

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3Celine Dion

Definitely deserves #1. I have never heard a singer who gives me chills up and down the spine as she does. Just listen to her rendition of "Oh Holy Night". Her range is beyond incredible.

Celine deserves the number 1 spot. Come on, she has recorded songs with some of the worlds greatest singers and sings very well in five different languages. She sings like an angel and has such charm about her. Stop talking about beyonces look here because we are talking about voices and by far celine is number one, mariah is number two, whitney is number three and of them all, celine has been the most consistent with her records and has passed mariah to become the worlds best selling female vocalist of all time.

Celine is the most versatile singer in the world and here is why :
Listen to "that's just the woman in me" and you will understand, knowing her as a crystal clear voice... And than a totally new sound, new texture in the most powerful notes of this song... It blew me away... I couldn't believe what I just listen to. And now ask MC or WH or CA or anybody out there to ( try ) to do this: they will cry and will acknowledge that only Celine can do this. She can imitate a electric garage door, a piano, a flute, trumpet. Etc... She is a chameleon with her voice, flawless, perfect control, most power voice in the high notes with stamina ( All by myself ) and the list goes on and on and on... Truly the best.

Best live singer there can be, look on YouTube if you don't believe, even late into her career

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4Christina Aguilera

She has one of the highest vocal ranges in music history, a superb 4 octave range! She is definitely one of the best and one of the highest selling artists!

Christina is clearly an extremely talented singer that puts her all into her music. Her vocal ability is absolutely outstanding. She sings because it's what she loves to do. Christina Aguilera is a very inspiring singer that will never lose her amazing voice. She is the best singer of the generation, and absolutely one of the best singers of all time. She sings to express herself, and she doesn't care if that means less album sales, or less popularity. Christina, never stop singing.

Christina aguilera seriously how is she not top 5 or even first she is beautiful brilliant singer always has a standing ovation and you never cease to be amazed and amazing vocal range

SHE IS AMAZING THE BEST number 1

The voice of her generation.

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5Beyonce Knowles

This woman is amazing. Her voice is just out of this world, and completely flawless!
Just watch her perform. She puts all of her soul in her singing.

By the way, being a devoted fan, I decided to watch The Beyoncé Experience Live. Some minutes later, I noticed I was crying like a baby. That's how Queen Bee leaves me with one of her greatest performances of all time. You guys have to check it out.

Beyonce is the singer at all the time she has lots of talents than any other female singer. Beyonce she is sexy and beautiful than any other women. Beyonce is better than rihanna and lady gaga even better than any other female singer. THEIR IS ONLY ONE BEYONCE IN THE WORLD...

Beyonce is my ultimate idol. She is so talented! She can sing, dance, and act! I also love her song irreplaceable for me she is the best!

She is so amazing when I heard her song "Run the world (Girls)" I was so Calm and her outfits were so AMAZING!

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6Aretha Franklin

Are you kidding me? Arethra Franklin widely is widely accepted as the greatest singer of all time, not just the greatest female singer. And she's been placed below Miley Cyrus here... Really? Please just listen to her sing respect and THEN vote. Aretha Franklin is BY FAR one of the greatest singers of all time

Rolling stone rated her #1 for the greatest singers of all time. She was even higher than a bunch of guys she should be #1 on this list - mitchiscool

Nothing needs to be said just amazing singer, great vocals a lot of talent really worked with some amazing artists as well.

Should I be grateful she at least makes the top ten, or disappointed in that she's sitting right beneath Christina Aguilera and Beyonce? - kanadesong

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7Adele

Are you freaking kidding me?!
Adele is below Kesha, Lady Gaga, and Hillary Duff...?
WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN LIST!
Adele is definitely top 3 material.
You moronic people voting for Disney channel kids and pop blunders need to get a grip on what TALENT is...

This woman is unbelievable. Sure, whitney, beyonce etc are impressive singers, but only listening to adeles pure voice gives me the chills

Adele has amazing talent! She is one of the greatest singers of all times! Why is she on 127th place? I don't get it.. Adele is an incredible person and singer-songwriter! Vote for her!

Well no doubt she deserves the 1st position!

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8Katy PerryKatheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Seriously? 103?
Shes much better than most of the others above
Dude, at least shes well known!
I love her!

She should be higher on this list, she's young and has a really bright future ahead of her. Love her!

Katy Perry is the best singer! I was sure that she would be at least 2nd after Gaga... But she is 87! That's more than incredible! I am not music addict and know inconsiderable number of singers! But I have never heard about Sarah Brin... Who is she? Why is she the first if people who are not fans of music do not know her whereas they know those who are 87?

I think saying that just because you don't know who the people above her are doesn't mean she should be #1. Your knowledge isn't necessarily everyone else's knowledge. And if you don't know who the people above her are, listen to them! Expand your musical knowledge. I have listened to hundreds of female vocalists and in my opinion, Aretha Franklin is the greatest. But for all I know, there may be someone else out there who is better than Aretha that I haven't heard. - EGBrett

Should Be First

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9Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin ...read more.

Taylor swift is beautiful and she sings very well. she really is 1 best singer for me. I love her voice and her songs are the best songs ever.

These comments -- look at the first trait you list here and then let's rethink the whole voting her as the best ever. I like Taylor Swift, I think she's clever, and she actually writes her own music. She has a very pleasant voice, but she isn't an amazing singer.

she is so pretty and sings very, very good.! I love her.. she is my favourite singer ever! love her so much!
she is the best! i love all the songs of her!

Taylor you're the best! No one can defeat you! Especially miley cyrus, she should be at 50

There's many singer who can defeat taylor so easily. Shes just a stupid fake country singer.

She is so pretty unlike me xxx

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10Amy Lee

the best!
love her beautiful voice!
she amazing!
Amy and Evanescence forever!
She must be first!

Sincerely, Amy Lee deserves the first place, her voice is the most amazing I have ever heard, so beautiful that I run to my dad every time I hear her and tell him, judge her, he just says, wow.. I ran out of words, all I gotta say is that my dream is to sing like her, almost impossible.. But she has an Angel Voice.

Why is she so low on this list, her vocals are amazing and her songs are enchanting

Best female singer, in my opinion. Most people on this list are talentless and are fake. But Amy is incredible. She has a wonderful vocal range stretching for more than 4 octaves, which is more than you can say for idiotic singers like Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomes and Taylor Swift.

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The Newcomers

?Dove Cameron

Your right she is more than a movie she's aw

Second best. Dolly Part on is the best

I only like her because she was in my favorite movie Desendens

You have nice voice!

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The Contenders

11Madonna

Are you kidding, she's in 15?... She suppose to top 3, she's all the time singer, and successfully an "icon".
- Strong voice character
- Breath is technique it self, and she's ana expert breath technique (when she breath for next lyric line, its sounds like smooth sigh which bold the lyric itself).
- And surely, have most great Songclip video
- Sexy, in all way

She is not Celine Dion.. But The way she sings it's so unique and original! Love you Queen

I agree that Madonna does not have the range, the power, or even the "texture" of Celine Dion or Mariah Carey. But that doesn't mean she's a lesser singer. Her interpretation is amazing - just compare her version of "You'll See" with that of Susan Boyle, a singer with better technique and range. But the most important thing is she sings with emotion and passion - and she can convey those emotions to the listeners, which is all great singers should be doing, not showing how high a note you can hit or how deep a voice you possess.

No comment, she is the best performer and most iconic female singer and performer ever.

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12Pink

If this is a competition in vocal perfection, then we would need both Maria Callas, Anna Netrebko and Randy Crawford at the top of this list. But in the pop rock business, Pink is indeed recognized among her colleagues as one of the most naturally gifted and original vocal performers both alive and well today.

Her voice is definitely one of the most recognizable and powerful female vocals I've heard apart from Janis Joplin and maybe Diamanda Gals.

Look up her blues rocker "Free" or her cover of "Me and Bobby McGee" on YouTube, if you don't know what I'm on about.

. Come on. Shania Twain, Avril LaVigne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears have NO BUSINESS being anywhere near the vicinity of P!NK's category. Not even Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga has anything on P!NK. Please people, who the hell put this together? It's bull. Miley Cyrus right smack in the middle of P!NK and Janis Joplin? No way. I don't dislike Miley, but NO, un-uh. Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson are way better than all of those, but still fall under P!NK. I agree Whitney Houston belongs on top, but so does Janis Joplin. Madonna belongs very high on the list. But then comes P!NK with or above the rest of the well-knowns. Many of the names I didn't know. Just want to say that I just took my daughter to P!NK's concert in Louisville for her 1st concert experience and she blew us away, hands down best concert I've ever been too. Her singing ability, her music, her stage presence/performance, her style, and her amazing talent as an aerialist (which sets her apart ...more

Genuinely hard to judge pop singers since pop is the one genre where you don't have to be talented vocally, if you are you can't show it, which is why I want to see Taylor Swift in metal, R&B, rock or soul since these are the only genre where a singer can show their range unless it is screamo metal

You've got to be kidding me. the amazing Alecia Moore is worse than Britney spears? Come on people Think P!NK!

Britney Spears should be at number 12 and Pink should be at number 18

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13Lady Gaga

Lady gaga is awesome she is comfortable warring any thing rock on girl

Lady Gaga is an Avant-Garde. She is bringing music into a new heights! She is talented and full of brandishing ideas and inner vocality.

She is amazing! She loves her little monsters and she's not afraid to show who she real is! SHE has the best tracks of 2009, 2010, 2011 like ¨Bad Romance¨, ¨Paparazzi¨ and the SUPER HIT ¨Poker Face¨! GO GAGA... GO MOTHER MONSTER!

Seriously 13... what why aren't people voting for her... She has a amazing voice and she can sing better than many of them who are above her in the list... She has a flawless range and fabulous personality... She should be at least in top 5

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14Rihanna

Miley above Rihanna laugh out loud... She has one of the most soulful voices ever... She is surely one of the greatest vocalists of all time considering how she brings out emotions in some of her hits... Still can't believe.. She is out of top 10 at the least..

She's got the best voice out of all female singers... Maybe even better than Beyonce in my opinion. She is also really hot, which of course, makes me wonder why Chris Brown even hit her in the first place.

Why should rihanna be the 50th. She should be in at least the top ten. Have you ever heard of her. Or are you people just death? She has such an amazing voice. Id vote number one. She should be the top singer because she actually has a voice. And guess what? Rihanna can actually sing. Much better than those other cheesy singers. VOTE FOR RIHANNA! YEAH

Rihanna, Amy, Adele, Christina, and Demi are the best

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15Demi Lovato

Demi is such an inspiring person, she is a role model to a lot of people from different places around the world and she'll always be my role model and hero.

Demi is an amazing singer!
She has got a powerful voice and she can sign really high notes.

Demi lovato is one of the best singers of this generation. She got a great voice and incredible vocals. Seriously, she performs live better than any other singer of this generation.
When I first heard skyscraper I thought she was amazing but doubted if she could sing live exactly like the original song. But when I saw her performing skyscraper with high vocals and very high pitch in live, I felt she got the real talent in singing unlike selena gomez who can't sing live without he support of chorus.
Vote for the great voiced DEMI LOVATO..

She can't sing high notes, and screams them out live. Most overrated.

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16Avril Lavigne

AVRIL, you are the best female pop rock singer!
keep on rockin' us girl!

As she once said, "I'm the best damn thing that your eyes have ever seen" )

She is the best pop rock singer yet and writes all of her own songs that's called talent

She should be in the first place. SHE deserves more than any other singer does! Vote for Avril and make her the first!

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17Sarah Brightman

She has an astonishing ability to adapt her voice to sing (brilliantly) in any musical style or genre - pop, rock, opera, etc. For sheer multi-dimensional singing talent and versatility, "Sexy Sarah" undoubtedly outshines the other female vocalists on this list - even the other great ones! She continually moves with the times and keeps coming up with new and inspired ideas - buy any (or all) of her albums "Fly", "Dive", Eden", "La Luna", "Harem", "Timeless", "Live In Vienna" and you won't be disappointed. Bear in mind however that they're all different! (And I've only recently 'discovered' her! )

Her music and performances have moved me like no other.
I love her recordings, but her live performances are an experience like no other.
She is out of this world, I've never felt such emotion wash over me, all the while every hair on my body standing on end. She's a modern day Muse or Siren.

Sarah's voice is like no other. she has the ability to get you emotionally attached to one of her songs. not only is she an absolutely phenomenal singer, she is also, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful people in the world. I was fortunate enough to attend one of her concerts and it certainly was an amazing experience that I will never forget. also she is a very versatile singer and shows through her songs and her different albums, not one is like the other. also if you watch her in interviews she is one of the sweeties people. she always has a smile on her face and manages to laugh at everything. so if you aren't a Sarah fan, I advise you listen to a few of her songs (Angel, Fleur du Mal, Harem, Journey Home, Only and Ocean Away, One Day Like This, Deliver Me, and Dust in the Wind are some of my favorites), and you will understand why she is beloved my so many and is the most successful soprano singer in the world.

Beautiful voice, great on stage. Real soprano.

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18Britney Spears

She is the most amazing singer of all time. And is also the best performer ever! x I think that she will continue to produce incredible songs for years to come!

britney is a singer with 7 albums in 13 years, (incuding femme fatale thats out today! ) she is a very famous singer, and she's the most best teenager ever. she's as big as madonna and she has what it take takes!

Britney Spears is the best female artist of all time. she is great singer, even better than Madonna

Her voice is terrible. Studio and live performances are tremendously fake. In the studio they use an insane amount of technology to make her voice sound decent. And live she is lip syncing. Pathetic.

She's really good. I love her songs so much. She just has to be at least top 10!

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19Kelly Clarkson

Common... She's amazing! She can sing all types of song! She has amazing voice!

A real woman who had lived a while before she became famous. Class act Peggy L CLASS ACT!

Kelly has the ability to sing high. She still my idol forever. She is the best among all singer don't give up kelly we are here to support you. We are your supporters kelly. We love you...

She is amazing

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20Carrie Underwood

SHE IS FREAKING AMAZING. SHE SHOULD BE AT LEAST IN THE TOP 5! SHE IS MY INSPIRATION FOR SINGING!

Carrie is a great singer! She sings from her heart and soul. She is beautiful and her voice matches. It was wonderful she won Idol she deserved to be a singing sensation. You ROCK Carrie - keep writing great songs.

Carrie Underwood stood on stage with one of the greatest rock singers of all time, Ann Wilson, and held her own. When Dreamboat Annie thinks that highly of Miss Underwood, her future is to be a star.

She sounds way better than Taylor Swift. Always.

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