Greatest Female Singers of the 1990s

A list of the greatest, most influential, or otherwise noteworthy female singers of the 1990s from different genres.

The Top Ten

1 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney 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 more.

Who doesn't think Whitney was a 90's trailblazer? "I Will Always Love You" is one of the best selling singles of all time. - theOpinionatedOne

Whitney I don't't have words to describing you!

2 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1969, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy more.

She has been named the Queen of the 90's and she accumulated a total of fifteen #1 singles on the Hot 100, within the decade alone. - theOpinionatedOne

She is the voice. She has conquered for 20+ years and her reign has no end. Whitney can not compare.

Her Christmas album is the best Christmas album ever - Ajkloth

3 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

Madonna just continued her streak from the 80's all the way through this decade leaving a trail of success behind her. Four #1 singles and many successful albums. She also contributed to bringing electronic music to the mainstream with the "Ray of Light" album. - theOpinionatedOne

4 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette

The pissed off Canadian with no filter and angry confrontational, biting lyrics struck fear in the hearts of all men, and struck a chord with women scorn with Jagged Little Pill and a string of singles that brought the legacy of grunge back into mainstream success, and became a pioneer for women in the alternative rock movement. - theOpinionatedOne

5 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

The "girl next door (or so we thought)" and the youngest of the Jackson siblings from Rhythm Nation onward, had a string of popularity and occasional controversy through the decade. - theOpinionatedOne

6 Céline Dion Céline Dion

"My Heart Will Go On" is one of the greatest selling singles of all time and gave her the greatest Grammy performance ever (at the time). Her adult contemporary ballads have made Queen Céline tied with Mariah Carey as "Queen of 90's Pop." - theOpinionatedOne

7 Shania Twain Shania Twain

Come on Over remains the best selling album by a female artist, with CLAIMED SALES of approx. 40 million copies. Not sure that claim is true, but the album did produce 12 singles of it's 14 songs. - theOpinionatedOne

8 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and more.

Along the lines of Britney, but with a better voice and three #1s from her debut, albeit two occurring after the 90's. - theOpinionatedOne

9 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar more.

You knew this one was coming, she pretty much reignited the Teen Pop movement. And who doesn't have "... Baby One More Time" on their playlist as that one song they wish they hated, but can't get enough of in reality? - theOpinionatedOne

10 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Toni Michele Braxton was October 7th 1967 in Severn, Maryland the oldest of six siblings.She has sold 67 million records worldwide. She is been named the ''Queen of R&B'' and has one of the most distinctive voices of the late 20th century.

The Newcomers

? Diana Ross Diana Ross
? Sinéad O'Connor Sinéad O'Connor Sinéad 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.

The Contenders

11 Sarah McLachlan Sarah McLachlan

Fumbling Toward Ecstasy and Surfacing are her biggest releases, and that one song we all can't stand because it makes us think of those poor animals, despite it being a wonderful song. Her real legacy lies within the foundation of Lilith Fair from 1997-'99 providing female artists a chance to get their music out there. - theOpinionatedOne

12 Beyoncé Beyoncé Beyoncé 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 more.
13 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long more.
14 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah 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. more.
15 Björk Björk Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

One album alone, Homogenic, is the greatest electronic album of all time, one of the top five albums of the 90's easily, and among the greatest albums of all time. I know I didn't put her in my top ten, but she is really worthy of being in the top twenty. -

16 Tori Amos Tori Amos
17 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.
18 Tarja Turunen Tarja Turunen Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. more.
19 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige
20 Brandy Brandy
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1. Mariah Carey
2. Whitney Houston
3. Madonna
1. Whitney Houston
2. Céline Dion
3. Mariah Carey



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