Best Female Singers of All Time


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221Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith is one of my favourite female singers at the moment, she is so immensely talented with one of the most beautiful and compelling voices around. She makes pales other more commercially successful female singers like Rihanna who has only an average voice. Her 2012 album 'Fall To Grace' is near to perfection! A must listen.

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222Sophie Ellis-Bextor

She's great and she just makes you want to get up and dance with some of her songs! Good voice.

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223Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux should be near the top of this list at the very least. She's no Streisand in terms of style and perfection, but she's a pioneer for women in the Post-Punk, Gothic, Dark Wave and Alternative music genres.
Her voice is untouchable. She is unique and does not even try to resist convention; she does it effortlessly. Siouxsie's voice is the perfect balance of haunting and beauty. Her stage presence was/is nearly incomparable as well. She transformed like a beautiful butterfly from the Banshee's debut album "The Scream", to the end of the band's longevity on "The Rapture", never disappointing. She has experimented in The Creatures and continues a solo career. Her success, her legacy is totally underrated, but she is one to be respected. Her voice is dynamite!
Listen to songs like "Switch", "Happy House", "Head Cut", "Pulled to Bits", "Circle", "Cocoon", "Voices", ...more

Unflinching originality and grace. More influence than most realize. Without a doubt a writer of unparalleled skill with a voice that is one of a kind

224Anne Lilia Berge Strand
225Maria Brink

Anyone who likes rocker chicks will love this chick... I can't believe she isn't even on the list yet.

It's sad that most of the world will never understand what actual singing is...*sigh*

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226Judith Durham

Judith is on this list twice, that is how great she is! Judith Durham of the Seekers, and Judith Durham, are the same person. She began as a jazz singer in Melbourne, Australia; she then joined the Seekers, and became a great folk singer and then pop singer with the group. She left the group in 1968, and went on to a solo career. She then rejoined the Seekers in 1993 for a long series of reunion tours. She is still singing today. She should be in the top five, at least. Elton John once said that the three greatest female voices of his era were Judith Durham, Karen Carpenter, and ever Cassidy.

Fabulous singer, as great today (2016) as she was in 1965 when the Seekers first sprang to fame in the UK. A warm, melodious voice that touches the emotions that few female singers can when you hear her sing live. Astonishingly clear delivery of lyrics, magnificent pitch and tone. Should definitely be in the top 3 of all time even though there are many great singers on this list.

No justice... The majority in front shouldn't be on pure singing talent and voice

If you didn't vote Judith, you haven't heard her sing!

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227Lisa Cimorelli
228Kimberly Perry
229Jonalyn Viray

She is the best singer of the Philippines she is better than sarah g and other singer, every time she sing in SOP she make the audience goosebumps because of her belting techniques and high notes...

She is the best singer of the philippine she is better than sarah g and other singer, every time she sing in SOP she make the audience goosebumps because of her belting techniques and high notes...

She is the Best Singer in the Philippines and I wish to become a Asia's Soul Diva :)... God Bless

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230Utada Hikaru

Some of her songs in Japanese are written so deftly that they make you cry. Her voice switches from active to passive in almost a jiffy, and she is definitely one of the best J-pop singers available. I just hope that she returns from her sabbatical soon. She definitely deserves a better ranking.

Utada Hikaru is a fantastic female singer, in Japan and all around the world as well. She sings from the heart, and to listen to her is to feel what she is feeling. Great singer!

You can actually feel her heart when she sings. Every word out of her mouth is overwhelming... I always feel I can understand every word of her songs (even though its in Japanese) Like they music has no language, it's the music itself that speaks through its harmony and divinity. Music is life!

The only Japanese singer who is merely based on her natural talent and not more than that.

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231LeAnn RimesMargaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer.

The greatest injustice on this list.
Just listen to her sing. Never misses a note, has a range few can even dream of. I'd rate her in the top 5 in any era.

Clearly this list is dominated by teenyboppers and that's fine.

It's impossible to say that her voice is not amazing. Her voice is beautiful, and it has power and it is inspiring. Definitely put too low.

Love you LeAnne Rimes you made really like country music at one point! But you are one of the best singers of my generation!

She has a great voice and very talented.

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232Sinead O'ConnorSinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra.

Her RAW Emotion And Angelic Tone Is Unparalleled! It's REALLY Sad That Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, And Rihanna Rank Higher Her On This Chart! The Voters Must Have NO Clue What A REAL Powerhouse Vocalist Sounds Like! Without Studio Enhancement, MOST Of The Singers On This List Wouldn't Exist!

The fact that so many talentless wonders rank higher than Sinead just goes to show this whole ranking system is just a silly popularity contest. Sinead is without doubt one of the greatest Irish singers of all time. Her voice conveys beauty, sadness and passion, all depending on her mood. She should be fat higher on this list.

She deserves better! I admit that her vocals have changed through the years, but she still can enchant me! Probably a lot of voters are of a younger generation, looking at top 10... They really just sound the same...

The song she sung nothing compares to you is so well emotionally and honestly sung. She's a great character with a strong and satisfying voice. One to be remembered for sure.

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233SadeHelen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.

Unique voice and personality. She deserves to be on the top of this list. I've been in her concert and amazed. Every song has their own story and they are my cure for life and heartache. Her songs never get old. Every time I listen to them, they tell me new things. Long live Sade, world needs you for sure.

Just wonderful. Voice is incredibly strong and best. What a voice he has! It s god gifted. I love the voice so much One can listen to her songs throughout the day and I am sure you will feel spirited.

She is true and sharp. She is one of not many who I believe when they sing. Cannot stop listening to her

THIS is THE lady. Close the competition

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234Beth Gibbons

This woman is a godsend! The masses don't have a clue what their missing here - MinistryMonster

Check out her album "Out of Season", it takes a few listens before the songs start to reveal their sheer beauty, and the voice is just staggeringly georgeous.

Well what can I say, she's definitely one of the best singers I heard in my life.
She's unique no one can do what she does.
How come she's not in here?

her sound makes me cry, she's really an artist

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I love her songs and she is good singer.

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236Kelly RowlandKelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality.

This Lady has a crisp clear voice... There's no other singer like Kelly Rowland... The most versatile of all singers on planet earth. Kelly Rowland can hit the highest notes and sing the lowest octaves. She has song several different genres including: Pop, RB, and dance music... Kelly Rowland not only has one of the most melodious voices on planet earth, she is an accomplished actor and a renown dancer from her years as one of the lead singers of the most acclaimed female group of all times "Destiny's Child".

Kelly Rowland deserves to be in the top ten best female artist of all times. My pic puts her at number 4 behind Mariah, Whitney and Celine.

She's great in destiny's child and she's great as a solo singer too with strong vocals. She's also got a sexy image.

Love her like hell! After avril lavigne she's the the singer that has inspired me so much... Infact the first lady in my life 2 replace avril lavigne

237Christine McVie

HEllO?! Are you kidding me?! Just listen to You Make Loving Fun and then you will know that she is top 20. - bryan8k

Seriously, how did Lorde, Adele, and Katy Perry beat outrank her. I usually don't go for the lower voiced female singers, but Christine really knows how to pull off a good song and sing it wonderfully as well. Definitely deserves to be higher.

Id rather go blind is 1 of my all time favorite female vocals, sublime!


The leader of South Korean girl group Sistar, Hyorin has a fantastic voice

Are people forgetting about the Korean industry? Hyorin is the best female singer in Kpop wow.

I know many people haven't heard of her because she's a Korean siger, but seriously. She's one of the best singers I've ever heard. Her voice is flat out amazing

239Suzi QuatroSusan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.
240Kate Nash
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