Greatest Female R&B Singers

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The Top Ten

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.

3Mary 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]"Hip Hop Queen" ever since the beginning 91'

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

5Chaka 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

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!

7Dionne 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!

8Gladys 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

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

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

12Diana 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.

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.
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.

14Etta 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.

15Kathy 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!

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

18Minnie 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

Monicas voice is timeless! She slays live and on a record! The best alto since Gladys knight
Monica is legend! She embodies soul singing & she has been doing gracefully for nearly 20 yrs!
Monica is one of the greatest singers on this Earth. She's such a great women!
[Newest]She is the voice of this generation

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

21Janet 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.
Should definitely be higher on the list.
Deserves to be higher on the list

22Faith Evans
The First Lady of Hip-Hop R&B
Faith should have been up atthe top of the list she has done more features and music as far as writting for others, producing and just down right really bring that old rnb soul

23Rachelle Ferrell
Rachelle Ferrell is probably one of the most underrated singers of all time. She is a musical genius. Her voice is well controlled- she can come from smooth to strong, mellow to rough, anything. If you would ask her to song your favorite song a certain way, she would give you chills. Her voice in itself and the way she uses it is just raw talent.

Brandy is a legend in her own right! Look up her credentials.. The things she can do with her voice! She's not called the vocal bible for nothing.. I'm surprised she is not at least in the top 10 if not top 5
#22. That's really shocking. She should be top 10. Girl has accomplished so much and80% of the industry is influenced by her voice. Not to mention she's the vocal bible
Brandy rocks! She is the best singer of her time!

25Tina Turner
She has the legs and the voice bring her up
She's simply the BEST!

26Erykah Badu
Eryka should be at least in the top 10 my girl don't play
As far as the art is concerned his is in a class of her own.

Great singer of this generation. She can sing ballad, pop, R^^b ^^ jazz, She has been singing since she was 7 years old. She can sing anykind of songs.
Oprah called Charice the most talented girl in the world.

Charice can sing any song with passion.
Charice is phenomenal, very talented, awesome and amazing
She can sing anything :))

28Toni Braxton
How are you not gonna have her AT LEAST in the top 10. I personally would give her number 5. She paved the way for so many young female artist. We seem to only remember whats current but where music has come is partly because of Toni Braxton. Her raspy, husky, mature and distinct voice is one that can never be duplicate. In my opinion she is one of the most underrated singers. Her song Un-Break my heart has over 50 MILLION hits on youtube, remains the second best selling single by a female r&b artist, and she continues to provide hit after hit.
Sultry, husky, sexy and elegant. These are just some of the few owrds to describe the legendary Toni Braxton. With platinum selling albums such as "Toni Braxton", "Secrets", & "The Heat" she has topped charts and has conquered the grammys, Las Vegas and broadway. Oh, and keep in mind, "Un-Break My Heart" is the second is the second biggest selling single by a female singer in Billboard history
Robbed! She should be more at the top- at least number 5 or 6!

29Jennifer Hudson
Greatest voice of all time. No other R&B diva can top her.
Her voice is just outstanding. Nobody can sing like her.

30Keyshia Cole
Keyshia Cole is one of the greatest voices of all time... I have been a fan of all the greats. But this lady of soul has come thru the door and created her own snd and soul.. When she sings it snds like its straight from the heart, she is truly not an entertainer but a singer
Like your new song "Ice" Awesome!

31Jennifer Holliday

CIARA! No doubt about this chick, my favorite femal artist ever and her dance moves aren't bad at all! Yoh yoh yoh, Love like and die 4 her.

Love ashanti she is the best

34Phyllis Hyman

35Mavis Staples

36Christina Aguilera
She's definitely got talent!

She's way better than this... So much class.
Fantastice voice! No way Alicia keys ranked higher!

38Nancy Wilson

39Agnes Monica
She is the real diva
She is singer, dancer, actress, songwriter, producer
She is gorgeous and supertalented
She is the most followed asian artist on twitter
And ready to Hollywood
Best R & B singer ever
I love her so much
She is best asian artist
She had many awards

40Jazmine Sullivan
She is so downgraded her ouce is absolutely amazing

41Millie Jackson

42Roberta Flack
She is in the top 10 best

43Deniece Williams
Purest voice - listen to "Silly, or Black Butterfly", or "Free"... Absolutely gorgeous sound. She is also one that got it down on the first take of a recording. No overdub, no autotuning.
Instantly recognizable high octave voice. She was calling birds long before Mariah
Simply one of the greatest female R&B singers of all time.

She is a very good singer and I think she's really pretty & I Love her music
Most phenomenal singer/performer to ever come off the American Idol stage!
1 of the best that ever did it

45Deborah Cox
Deborah is undoubtedly one of the most underrated yet greatest female vocalists to ever pick up a mic. She has a beautiful voice with great vocal power, delivery, technique, and style.
I love her voice she should be in the top 10 of the best voices
[Newest]Amazing voice enough said

46Lorraine Ellison

47Syleena Johnson
What more can anyone say about Syleena Johnson she is a true R&B Diva in the game current in the 2000's decade. when I listen to her music I think of a younger Version of Angela Winbush back from the 1970's old music. Syleena her voice is timeless her hit singles,
"Guess What" "I'm your Woman"
"All Falls Down" "Another Relationship"
Her classic style will always remain true to her roots. very soulful with a twist of Hip Hop and R&B beats.
Syleena Johnson is a current Actress on R&B Divas Atlanta Reality series that will premiere it's third Season April 23,2014 on TVONE Check her out.

48Fontella Bass

49Kelly Price
Hands down Kelly Price. She can sing twinkle twinkle little star and make it a hit!

One of the most talented woman on the planet yet she barely gets any credit. She has her own original style of R&B that can't be topped. #GOAT

51Dusty Springfield
The greatest white exponent of Soul & RnB. Her Son Of A Preacher Man classic is still as popular today as it was in 1969

52Melba Moore

53Natalie Cole
Superb talent. One of the top 10 singers of all time.

54Corinne Bailey Rae

55K. Michelle

56Keke Wyatt
I absolutely love her voice to pieces. She has great control n a huge range. Very effortless anointed soprano powerhouse. Her vocal styling is very unique n authentic.
Keke Wyatt she is a pure R&B Singer that has pure Talent she reminds me of Faith Evans. Keke is a another R&B Diva current on the Reality Show R&B Divas Atlanta. the third season will premiere on April 23, 2014 only on TVONE.

57Diane Birch

58Vesta Williams

59Chrisette Michele

60Rochelle Fleming

Should be higher she sings well

Talk about UNDERRATED... She sounds exactly like her songs live. This woman is truly incredible. It's funny how the most deserving never get praise and notoriety they deserve!
I love me some Tamia she is one of the most love underrated R&B Singers of the 90's decade. I had once lifetime opportunity to see her in Concert back in 2012 in Columbus, OH at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and she can truly sing. true talent is very hard to find and she sounds like herself on her Albums, hands down one of the best in R&B. I believe Tamia should join the reality show R&B Divas LA with Chante Moore, and all the other divas in the future.

Rihanna's an amazing vocalist, I'm not saying she should top the list but she deserves to at least be at the top ten.
The should be in top 3, her vocal quality is just superb..
Throw of her voice and really intense feelings.. Shall take her to top 3.
[Newest]She is one in my opinion. I love her fantastic voice

64Chante Moore
I have always Thought Chante Moore has a beautiful Voice. it's ashamed that her music does not get recognize true talent. she can whistle like Mariah Carey I have quite bit of her Albums.

65Jennifer Lopez

66Joan Armatrading
You just have to listen to her music and her lyrics to see she is a great R & B singer.

Monifah hands down one of the best underrated R&B Singers of the 90's era. she is another R&B Diva of Atlanta. Check her out on the Third Season that will premiere on April 23, 2014 on TVONE Channel.

68Lauryn Hill
The greatest style, her voice is unique, her lyrics are meaningful and her passion flows through her Music. She is amazing!

69Amy Winehouse
Love her, she died before her time and can really belt out to a good beat

70Jhene Aiko

71Christina Milian
Love her voice and down-to-earth personality. She has that Latina fire and she has great presence

72Miki Howard

73Sarah Vaughan


She is so underrated, her voice is so sweet.

76Angie Stone
In my opinion she is a true Soul/Neo Singer who is featured on a reality series R&B Divas Atlanta.

77Sunshine Anderson
Underrated R&B Soul Singer Sunshine Anderson bust into the music Game back in May 2001 with her chart-topping Single "Heard it All Before" off her certified Gold Album "Your Woman". after seven years she singed with Music World Records and she released her Sophomore Album "Sunshine At Midnight" in January 2007 lack of promotion due to her success of her first album.
Then in 2010 She released her Third Album "the Sun Shines Again" on Verve Records her singles, "Lie To Kick It" and "Say Something". Currently, she is working on a MixTape Album I truly think she join the Reality Show R&B divas Atlanta in the future.
Sunshine Anderson has unreleased song "Let's Make love Tonite" please check out her music she reminds me of Mary J. Blige and she sounds like her.

78Patti Austin
Another pioneer and flawless voice. Should be high up on the list.

79Shirley Murdock
"As We Lay" and "Can't Go On Without You." Enough said.

80Oleta Adams

81Lalah Hathaway
Most people would probably categorize her under jazz, but as an r&b singer she is pretty incredible. She is an all around captivating vocalist, and very talented as well.

82Debra Laws
Beautiful voice and beautiful song, Your Love

83Stephanie Mills

84Kelly Rowland
She deserve better, shes really the best r&b singer of all time. try to listen to her songs. I don't understand why she is so underrated.
I love her so much

85Celine Dion
She is just not belivable, nno soulful to me

86Michael Jackson
Must be on top of this list
Michael should not be allowed on this list

87Demi Lovato

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