Greatest Female R&B Singers

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The Top Ten

1
Aretha Franklin
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!
Truly the Queen! She gets my RESPECT, I have listened to her since I was in my early teens, I am over 50 ^^ still love her music...
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.
[Newest]The "QUEEN" still rules! Hands Down!

2Whitney Houston
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.
[Newest]No one above this girl. Her sounds is universal and no one can deny her voice.

3Chaka Khan
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!
Sorry, but few can do what Chaka can do vocally. And NO it's not about who can out scream who. She blends her vocals so effortlessly.
The High Priestess of R&B

4Mary 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!
[Newest]Mary, Mary, Mary... I can not say enough. He voice is so captivating. She weaves a melodic web with her voice that ensnares her listeners.

5Beyonce
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 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
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
[Newest]I like you because you praise god keep the good work god bless you

6Mariah 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
[Newest]Angelic voice, good music, a true diva!

7Gladys 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.
[Newest]The Empress of Soul

8Aaliyah
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!
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
She was an angel on Earth, but shes gone too soon but she ll always be in our hearts peace I love you Aaliyah-your the best
[Newest]Shes humble and she has nice personality

9Dionne 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.
No way! She sounds horrible. I can not believe she would be listed as number 1 when there are amazing singers like diana ross and aretha franklin.
[Newest]An amazing lady I have admired for 50 odd years and it radiates from the inside out!

10Alicia Keys
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.
[Newest]Alicia Keys is the best, since her album Songs in A Minor she has renewed the R&B music, my fave album is The Diary, and reflexes the R&B spirit. I Love her

The Contenders

11Patti LaBelle
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
Only Gladys wants to play with this lady on stage
[Newest]Patti still can deliver at 70 years she was great on Dancing with The Stars 2015

12Anita 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.
Her songs are staples in the R&B community. And her voice is so versatile. Amazing talent.
[Newest]The fact that she is not in the top 5 is embarrassing.

13Diana 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.
Diana Ross has proven, through decades of #1 R^^B singles and albums, that she is the iconic R^^B Female Vocalist of all time. It is she, through her early work with The Supremes, who blazed the trail for all black performers to have access to the crossover market - throughout the world. Her vocal style contains the ultimate R^^B stylings on songs such as Where Did our Love Go, Love Is like An Itching Lady Sings The Blues, Brown Baby, Fool For Your Love and more.
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.
[Newest]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.

14Minnie 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.
The Best of the Best

15Etta James
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.

16Sade
Sade is in a league of her own. Peerless.
Listen to her sing Is it a Crime at Live Aid or Pearls. She has style to burn.

17Teena 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.
[Newest]Teena Marie had the most incredible voice, no doubt most underrated may she rest in peace

18Kathy Sledge
KATHY SLEDGE! Seriously, come on people, she's one of the most talented ladies to ever get near a microphone. She doesn't even need one. Her sweet and powerful raspy voice is unmatchable. Just listen to sing 'We Are Family' once and know why that song will live forever. Also, her album 'Heart'(1992) will melt yours.
Vote for Kathy Sledge, she definitely should be top 20 or higher. Her talent is exceptional. Probably better than some that are in the top 10 now. From an iconic singing family.
She needs to be way ahead of some of these one hit wonders! Real vocals...not auto-tunes!
[Newest]Just voted for one of Philly's finest and a global gift to billions! Original and outstanding, Kathy Sledge is #1 in my book!

19Janet Jackson
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.
Higher on the list!
Should definitely be higher on the list.

20Jill Scott
Beautiful voice, powerful lyrics and humble presence!
Great great and more great

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