Top Ten Greatest Female Soul 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 a true legend... She is probably in heaven singing while all the people who died before her listen too the voice they all missed.

Although she's dead, she is and will be a legend forever.

At her peak her voice live was unmatched

The greatest voice Earth ever heard.

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2Etta JamesEtta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

I think Etta James should be number 1. She has one of the most unique voices in history. It was bluesy, jazzy, and rock and roll all in one. And it was also super gritty yet super powerful. No one sounded like her and no one will.

She has the rarity that hits deep into the soul.. Just perfect

Not a single other comes close. Sorry Whitney.

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3Aretha 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.

The feeling and depth with which she sings, soul singing is all about letting come from your inner most depths and let it go making a connection with the audience and the universe. Her song Natural woman is superb. Whitney was amazing look at her she is dead because she didn't make quite the same connection with her soul as what Aretha did. I feel you need to look at the whole picture when you are choosing a soul singer. At the end of the day who do you want to identify with a dead drug addict with a grand voice or a woman who changed the music industry for the better who in spite of her troubles is still standing. Wow what a woman. Such a powerful vice such deep music and lyrics

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, musicians and singers of all times!

The best soul music vocalist all times.

Aretha is the best of them all. I love her voice she truly is a living legend

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4Adele Apkins

If you hear her sing you will always know who she is, and most importantly, you will feel her songs connect with you in one or more ways than you can now, and that is Adele for you.

Just listen someone like you or see the video it will touch you from inside and make you cry

A blessing from god himself for this generation to be honest

Adele is the present QUEEN OF SOUL on earth

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5Annie Lennox
6Diana Ross

I think Diana has the great potential she had her own group she stared in moves she became a solo and now has a movie made just for her and the Supremes /dream girls

Shes the est because her voice was diferenet but the heart was the same she was a soul singer loved the black culture and never felt used she always fouth for respect and love for everibody

7Mary J. Blige

One of the worst girl singers ever.

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8Gladys Knight

Yes, Gladys Knight is ethereally sublime and wonderful, a smooth, soulful, purring bunch of heartfelt aching want- all wrapped up in a beautiful bunch of ladylove!

No one can touch the Empress! Her longevity of quality voice and music far outweighs all oh her peers, and her integrity too!

Great singers on the list, but, we are talking soul singers. Close call between Aretha and Gladys.
Whitney was a pop singer... Probably greatest ever, just a cut above Mariah.
EVERYBODY WATCH OUT FOR CANDICE GLOVER! HAS THE DEFINITE POTENTIAL TO MAKE MULTIBLR LISTS... POP, JAZZ, R&B maybe soul too.

Gladys is way out in first place. There no singer even close to her.

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9Florence WelchFlorence Leontine Mary Welch is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine.

Surely, if we are talking about now, Florence Welch works very well and she proves it with each song. Those tunes and her voice just makes one shiver. She definitely belongs here.

She's amazing. Best singer of the century, hands down.

10Chaka 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.

This woman has more impact on the singers that followed her than any from her generation, Chaka has sung on so many different artist and most important she still sounds fantastic... She is her own categoru

How many singers can sing the following great:
Rock
Pop
Soul
Jazz
Gospel
How many Aretha and Chaka that's it- but that's what great singers do - they can sing anything.

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11Roberta Flack
12Mariah CareyMariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She won 5 Grammys, got her documentary movie "Glitter" and also one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry. ...read more.

Mariah carey.. Oh my God one of the most beautiful spirits in the entire world... Filipinos love her... Her music... So touching. No one comes clost to mariah. The diva. The song writer and a producer...THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST IN THE HISTORY... VERY VERSATILE VOICE...

WE LOVE YOU MARIAH!

She doesn't belong in this particular top 10. Wrong genre

Of the best singers, I love her songs very unique voice

I l love your inner spirit forever I like thank you

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13Alicia KeysAlicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
14Patti LabellePatricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

A supreme soul tour de force, soaring sweet tones and fantastic range, an exciting voice that kicks you in the stomach and kisses you on the lips and strokes your ears all at the same time, if you cannot hear it your are senile... Or dead...

I love Patti Labelle she my favorite singer I wish she would come to Springfield Kentucky

Dare I say her voice is better than Gladys Knight's and Aretha Franklin's combined.

She lifts up the whole genre.

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15Phylis Hyman

She's the Lonely Bird...
The Star and the Moon. She is simply THE BEST.

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16Teena Marie

Teena Marie has something that Whitney, Celine and Beyonce do not have... PASSION. Listen to the way she vocally expresses a soul weeping on Cassanova Brown, without using any words.

I have seen contestants on THE VOICE and XFACTOR sing Whitney, Celine, Beyone and match them... Soemtimes even own the song. However, I have yet to hear ANYONE interpret a Teena Marie ballad and not make my ears bleed.

Listen to Teena's cover of "Wishing on a Star" or her song "Naked to the World" and you will FEEL the passion and soul this little white girl emits from her heart.

She is one of the few artists to whom I can listen over and over and not grow weary. It is always a thrill to hear the unique vocal techniques she has developed to express emotion.

Truly miss her.

Next to M.J. B Teena is without a doubt one of the best there is!

Musical Genius...one of a kind voice and song writer.

In a class of her own. Untouchable

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17Jennifer Holiday
18BeyoncéBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

I think I only know or or have had heard some of her songs but to me she is not the greatest singer or female singer ever but she deserves to be at #20.

One of the newer legends, but undoubtedly The Queen B or her age!

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19Mavis Staples

Awesome vocals, so much soul one of the best. A gospel screamer with with raw power. Just listen to "I'll take you there", "Respect Your self" and "The Weight". Truly one of the best ever.

20Natalie Cole

Wow you"re right. She has charted every decade in various genres in every decade since her debut. Now a number 1 album on the Latin charts. One of the best and voices in the biz

Natalie Cole is the only Diva to have won Grammys in the categories of soul, pop, jazz as well as record of the year, album of the year and Best new artist. The first black female to sell a million albums [1 IN 77,1 IN 78, and has had a top 10 single or album in various categories in every decade since the 70's. SHE IS THE MOST DIVERSE OF ALL THE DIVAS.

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