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 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.

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.

The best female vocalist to ever live, her voice will never be forgotten.

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

I’m from the 80’s and I have a soft spot for Whitney she has an amazing voice and all of her songs are stuck in my head! I’m a huge fan!

2 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, 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 she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read 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.

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

MARIAH'S VOICE IS SUCH A TREASURE. SHE CAN HIT HIGH NOTES EASILY, AND GO TO LOW NOTES WHICH OTHER FEMALE SINGER WAS HAVING HARD TIME TO HIT LOW NOTES. SHE CAN WRITE INSPIRATIONAL SONGS OF HER OWN EXPERIENCES WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT IN MUSICIANSHIP. HAS SO MANY #1s IN ANY OTHER FEMALE ARTIST. HER RUNS AND RIFFS ARE SUPER DUPER COOL, WITH MELISMAS AND RESONANCE. SHE HAS DEVELOPED MANY VOICE QUALITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR OR ERAS. FOR ME SHE HAS THE BEST TECHNIQUE AND SHE MADE COVERS AS IF IT WAS HER OWN MUSIC. MARIAH IS FROM A SIMPLE FAMILY AND HAS RISEN UP AND BECOME THE SONGBIRD SUPREME OHH YEAHH SO INSPIRATIONAL. MARIAH ALWAYS THANKS GOD... MANY LOVES HER TONE...AND BEFORE I FORGOT SHE CAN WHISTLE LIKE A BIRD THAT'S VERY RARE IN SINGERS. SHE PUTS STYLE ON WHISTLING AND MARIAH DOESN'T PICK FRIENDS HE HAS BOTH BLACK AND WHITE FRIENDS. MARIAH WAS SO POPULAR IN 90s AND EVEN NOW MANY PEOPLE STILL SINGS HER SONGS AND CONTINUE ADORING HER. I KNOW MARIAH HAS ENEMIES AND I'M SURE THAT'S JUST ...more

3 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, 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 ...read 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.

4 Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.

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.

LOve her and her music. She is great.

5 Céline Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

"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."

6 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.

Literally one of the best and most underrated entertainers ever.

7 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.
8 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer and actress who was born in McComb, Mississippi, and grew up 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 ...read 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 phone as that one song they wish they hated, but can't get enough of in reality?

9 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 ...read more.

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

Awesome Performer! Tommy Vee, GGC

10 Shania Twain Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.

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.

The Contenders

11 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 ...read more.
12 Sarah McLachlan Sarah Ann McLachlan is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

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.

13 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. ...read more.
14 Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Her song Believe was the first song to use autotune. 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 ...read more.

sultry or sweet, powerful or sad, whatever is needed for the song and a unique voice as well. Where is Kate Bush on the list? You have some listening to do.

15 Annie Lennox

Are you kidding, what a magical, emotional voice

16 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.
17 Gwen Stefani Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She is a co-founder and the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt, whose singles include "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak" from their 1995 breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom, as well as "Hey ...read more.
18 Selena Quintanilla Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

Selena was and is legendary, and her legacy shall be carried on for generation.

She is a greatest singer of the 1990's

19 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.

Great range of tones, moods and voice effects although Kate bush kicks her ass and should be on the list.

20 Spice Girls The Spice Girls were an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The group consists of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham, née Adams.

Is The Best Girl Group Of Al Time

21 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.

22 Brandy Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.
23 Tori Amos Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range.
24 Diana Ross Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes.
25 Alannah Myles Alannah Myles is a Canadian singer-songwriter and the daughter of Canadian broadcast pioneer William Douglas Byles, who was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 1997.
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