Greatest Female R&B Singers

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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.

She is the greatest and should be ranked 1. Her voice is second to none beyonce dionne warwick, mary j blige, chaka khan, beyonce and all others are below her shoes. And where is jennifer hudson and celine dion they should be ranked top 3. I can't believe you put charice and alicia keys on top 15 their voices sucks

She is the best all time. Aretha Franklin is good too and had a longer career but Whitney man Whitney her voice was beautiful. She hits all the notes and perfectly. Never has anybody else given me more goosebumps or bring me to tears more then when she sang. I felt it

Whitney should be #1 or 2 on any list of "soul" singers, period. Her vocal abilities were incomparable, regardless of what one might think of her material. Along with Aretha and Chaka Khan, she was the master of this genre.

Whitney was a very unique artist.

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2Aretha FranklinAretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

CMOON Who is voting. Aretha has the best voice ever. Rolling stone has her number one representing all music. Youtube one of her old songs and you will see.

Come on she's the Queen of Soul all these people you have ahead of her are Nothing compared to her I mean come on this isn't that hard Aretha is the Queen! She's always been Lady Soul, and always will be, the fact that these people are ahead of Aretha will Irritate me to no End! Aretha is True Music, these days Peopole use so much Damn Autotone that anyone could sound Great Leave the singing to Professionals! I mean Comparing Beyonce and Aretha I mean Come on! Beyonce is Great but Compared to Aretha she might as well be a Newbie!

Aretha can compose music. Play the piano and has a voice of soul. She is truly a great musician. She also can sing anything classical, Jazz and Gospel.

Queen of music in general

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3Mariah Carey

Mariah's voice is exceptional and one of the best vocals I have ever heard. She's amazing and her music will carry on for generations to come! Love me some Mariah Carey!

Mariah's voice is simply angelic. One of the highest pitch in the industry. A true singer not just a pretty face with all the horns and whistles.

Mariah's Voice is one of a kind her or Whitney are suppose to be either one or two way above Beyonce

Mariah is the definition of a true artist who never fails to impress. She is just beyond beautiful and beyond talented. Her five octave range is unsurpassable and very pleasant to the ear.

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4Beyonce

She is amazing, outstanding vocals & vibrato, note duration, vocal range, voice control! and she hardly overdoes it. She can sing different genres with ease. She is lovely, beautiful and a great dancer. Highly respected by not just her fans, but other artists and musicians too. She has been very successful on the business side of things, as both a part of destinys child and a solo artist. She has also successfully broke into the acting career. I admire her, and so do many others.

She amazing I like you new song shes lovely beautiful and great dancer very successful broken into the career I admire he very much I love all your songs babe xx

She is so pretty and has got all it takes to be the best. She is a feminist and knows just when she is needed to run the show. She has a voice that captivates with very pleasant vocal cords. A good mum and a kind hearted lady. She is indeed the best among the rest. When it comes to fashion, she knows just what is needed to make the red carpet tremble. Her success is what keeps me moved. She has got respect for all and is forever greatful to her fans. love you Queen B. you are the best

Sh has amazing ability - listen to her sing Etta James on Cadillac Records

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5Mary J Blige

Yes, she is one of the best. I have mad respect for Minnie R., Aretha, Gladys, Patti, Teena. If I had to choose it would have to be M.J.B., No doubt! Mary is great and there's nothing like hearing her sing and feeling ever word as if she was singing the song for you. I have been a fan of Mary's since 93'. The real queen of hip hop and soul.

Mary J. Blige is The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul and I think that sentence only speaks for itself because this is a R&b List of Great R&B female singers and Mary J. Blige is The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul so that means she is the (Queen) of R&B music on this List, and has the ability of making everyone feel her pain and suffering and it just gives everybody Goosebumps and the Chills, it is almost scary, scary like a Cult and I mean that in a Good way.

to me mary j blige is just the realist one to ever done it, her music is so real that they're ain't no one song on her albums that you wanna skip and thats a real album. she's a great person in and out she the best period!

When I need to get back my memories of the 90s, I always listen to Mary J Blige. Just so soulful. - Britgirl

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6Chaka KhanChaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.

Chaka Khan is very underrated. It's a shame that the masses don't really know what talent this woman holds. She can sing any genre of music. She sings like one breathing or drinking water. In other words she sings so easy. There is no straining when it comes to Chaka's singing. Her voice is just so very strong. No one can compare to the strength of her voice. Famous singer Toni Braxton once said she can sing the most highest notes without hardly opening her mouth. Famous writer and journalist Steve Ivory said that Chaka sings as though she has 7 lungs. He also continued on to say she just opens her mouth and it just comes out and that there is no other female or male that comes on with such awesome force. I must say I concur because I have seen Chaka numerous times in concert and her live shows are electrifying. Now there have been times when her shows aren't top notch all the time but then again she is only human and everyone has an off day every now and then. However when you catch ...more

Chaka is a vocal master! She can mimic any instrument, She can take a song that is either written or sung by someone else and not only make it her own but she can make you feel it so deep in your spirit its like euphoria. She Beautiful, a Philosopher, and from meeting and speak with her... SHE"S 100% REAL yet still humble within. She not afraid to give you honesty in everything she does and music in the purest form... It gets no better that THE QUEEN OF FUNK... THE CHAKA KHAN!

Chaka has a very rare voice. Second to no one Chaka can take notes to where all others can only dream. Her range is incalculable. And when I say her voice is rare I mean it ranks with Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. She can sing anything and has the vocal ability to sing in 8 genres. I am sorry but "Ain't Nobody" can do it like Chaka.

Very very rare voice that ranks up there with Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan as mentioned but not to leave out Ella Fitzgerald.

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7Alicia KeysAlicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Her voice inspires every girl on the planet. Her texts are the best, and the songs are the most popular in the world. Alicia Keys and her talent make everyone feel better. She lives with music, songs, albums and sheets.

The most talented and inspirational singer I ever had the privilege to listen to. She is what all women should aspire to, hard working, sincere, and believe in your self. Alicia Keys I love your fire.

She is a fabulous singer that inspires you with very emotional lyrics. She is also beautiful and talented, and lots of soul. She is wonderful and joy to listen to. Love her so much.

You have a good voice

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8AaliyahAaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

Aaliyah sadly is not number one because she was at a time where she was going to be OUT OF THIS WORLD huge! And come face to face with Beyonce but due to her death in 2001 at just aged 22, she didn't get that big chance. However, just in her teenage years to young adult years, she showed a great level of maturity in every single way and was still very modest but truly fantastic! Her dance skills were WOW! I'm still glad she's higher than Beyonce on the list. Mary J. Blige is the greatest but I'd put Aaliyah as no.2!

The reason Aaliyah should be on this list, is because she helped create a new genre of music. She was the one that started a classically trained voice over a hip-hop beat. Always pushing to be better, changing her image, and even her sound. She was always one step ahead of the game. Music that is still valid to this day. You can't deny her star power, her name alone creates a buzz even in this present day, not many people can hold that.

She was the queen of r and B. let's face it. She is one of the reasons why I started to get into singing. Her voice, her dance skills, oh everything about her from her personality and to the person she was, a true talent, she truly inspired me! Such a talent we have lost. To this very day I still look to her as number 1. So I'd have to say Aaliyah, baby girl I vote you as number 1

If she was still alive, she'd be like ciara or ashanti or someone like that, she wouldn't be loved like she is now, cause she can't "sang! " She can sing sort of but she can't "sang! " - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

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9Gladys Knight

She is amazing and by far among the top two are and be singers. She has nearly sixty years in the business and she is still going strong.

Gladys is the best pure voice. Given the ascension of Adele, it should be a reminder of what a quality singer Gladys is.

Very few, if any have the range, and no one, but no one has the delivery, gladys knight is easily the greatest r & b female vocalist of all tine.

Gladys has brought so much grace to shows.I love her voice and music.

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10Dionne Warwick

One of the very few singers who has total command of melisma, modulation, communication of emotion without shouting, and the ability to navigate the time signature changes of the Bacharach-David songbook with apparent ease.

She is still recording and touring 50 years after her first hit song (Don't Make Me Over). A five time Grammy winner and charter of about 60 songs, she is also a great humanitarian -- giving back by supporting many causes and charities. The young divas of today should go to You Tube and study Dionne's technique and artistry, for she bridged the gap between R&B,
Soul, and Pop and she appealed to a wide audience spectrum - black, white,
Younger and older.

One of the very best singers of the 20th century and still recording and touring well into the 21st! One of three great singers born on December 12th in Manhattan's Jersey suburbs, the other two being Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis.

The Queen of Sophisticated Soul

An amazing lady I have admired for 50 odd years and it radiates from the inside out!

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The Newcomers

?Beverley Knight
?Stacy Lattisaw

She made an album with Johnny Gill, so already you should know that this lady is a good r&b singer! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

The Contenders

11Patti LaBellePatricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

The Real Underrated Queen of Soul who has been in the game for over five decades with the most recognizable and unique voice on the entire list.

She's amazing! She gives me butterflies when she's on stage! Her voice is amazing

The one of greatest ranges of all time. Easily goes from high to super high sopranos effortlessly.

Patti still can deliver at 70 years she was great on Dancing with The Stars 2015

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12Nicole ScherzingerNicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American recording artist, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality. Nicole Scherzinger possesses a lyric-soprano vocal range which spans over four octaves. She is known for her strong ...read more.

Many might not know, but Nicole can play the piano. She has a voice of soul and is truly a great musician. She also can sing classical, musical theater, opera, r&b/soul, pop, and Jazz. - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

Her voice makes me horny and brings tears to my eyes at the same time in some songs! That is amazing!

Nicole's voice is exceptional and very pleasant to the ears! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

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13Anita Baker

Best. Female. Vocalist. Ever.
Just an amazing, AMAZING voice sent from Heaven.
If you've ever heard a choir of angels sing, Anita would be the lead vocalist.
Underrated, extremely talented. "Rapture" is her best album. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Maybe not the best female singer ever, but definitely the best vocalist, without a doubt.

I have loved Anita Baker since the beginning. Her voice and lyrics speak to all lovers. She's classic.

The Best! Does not get the credit for being one of the top 10 best ever.

She should definitely be higher than dumb beyonce

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14Diana Ross

Ross should be top 10. 18 US number one hits and countless other high charting singles and albums all over the world, her academy award nominated (golden globe winning) performance in Lady sings the blues, 12 Grammy nominations, over 50 albums and being the front woman of the most successful female vocal group in history not to mention the mark she made on the entertainment world makes her the ultimate female pop icon.

Having singers who have not accomplished nearly as much as Diana Ross on this list compromises its credibility. People confuse strength of instrument with singing; no one else on this list has the clarity, ennunciation, stage presence, or number of hit records that Diana Ross has. These ladies are all very talented, but NONE of them has the resume that Diana Ross has authored.

She's The Supreme, Billboard's top Entertainer of the century over 18 number one records Oscar nomination Golden Globe Award winner Tony Award winner and a worldwide phenomena she's the most charted artist of all time,.

She's the best. All Divas have been inspired by her. From pop songs to the American Songbook, to cool R&B, to jazz. All should move aside to the Boss.

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15Etta JamesEtta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

Umm excuse me how is etta james 10 have you heard the lyrics in her songs besides talking about promiscuous activities she sings about her life and you don't know if she talks about her love to her man or her love toward her M.I. A father.

16Jill Scott

Beautiful voice, powerful lyrics and humble presence!

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17Minnie Riperton

She had the ORIGINAL whistle register. Minnie had exceptional range and was one of the first singers to showcase a sweet and soulful voice. She was Mariah before Mariah existed.

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18Jennifer HudsonJennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

Greatest voice of all time. No other R&B diva can top her.

Her voice is just outstanding. Nobody can sing like her.

19Teena Marie

Teena Marie is my soul sister. I love her from my toes to the hairs on the top of my head. There will never, ever be another singer, song-writer, producer like Teena Marie; she is a LEGEND. She will truly be missed, but never, ever forgotten. I have followed her career from the very beginning. In tribute to her, I painted my interpretation of the cover of her first album. I love Teena Marie, she is Beautiful, just like the name of her album which was released on January 15th, 2013. She planted the seed of writing the songs, laying down the recordings, and her daughter, Alia Rose, watered and nurtured that seed into a blossoming album called Beautiful; including a song (Beautiful) written for Alia. The album is a 10; I am in love with every song on the CD.

Teena Marie has inspired and influenced many current female singers including Beyonce. She worked her butt off, but didn't sell out and always remained true to herself and the people who were influential in her life and career. Teena was and remains the most under-rated female singer, writer, musician, in many of our lifetimes. She was gifted with a truly beautiful, powerful and individual voice and personality. She is the greatest!

There has never been another voice that could come close to comparing with Teena's. I have been a fan of Teena Marie since her first album and she will always be my favorite female vocalist. This lady has a voice that is impossible to duplicate but she never got the credit or rewards she deserved for her amazing talent. How many other female r&b singers wrote he own songs, produced and played some of the instruments that are used in
Her music. This lady is an incredible talented artist and she is missed and loved by all of her fans, friends and family.

Teena Marie had the most incredible voice, no doubt most underrated may she rest in peace

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20Janet JacksonJanet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 30 ...read more.

Nope. She should not be this high. Just because she has great music and was popular and loved does not make her a great singer. When looking at vocals, everybody knows that Ms. Jackson is average. Just because her brother is super talented, does not mean that she is. There's no denying that she is a pop legend and has good music but a great singer she is not, she's just a lil better than Ciara. If it weren't for Michael, she would not be as popular. I know I'mma get a lot hate for that but it had to be said. - NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan

Highly underrated vocal ability. Crystal clear, highly expressive, versatile voice with a great range. Too often, loud equals good. Singers like Janet who specialize in nuance rather than money notes get overlooked.

Should definitely be higher on the list.

Higher on the list!

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