Female Singers of 21st Century With the Best Live Performances


The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, ...read more.

Already being called "the most beautiful human voice ever recorded".

To see Jackie Evancho perform live can be a moving experience.
Her unearthly singing is just one part of it. The honesty and sincerity that she presents is like direct soul to soul linkup. I have seen many live performances, and in the moment, most performances are amazing. But Jackie haunts the mind and the emotions for days and weeks afterwards. She has something unique. She is the best.

The youngest owner of a platinum album in the world.
The most charming singer.
Very nice tone of voice.
I admire her.

And don't let this 4 year-old photo the admin loves fool you. Jackie is pretty here, but you should check out the rest of her photos!

2 Beyonce Knowles Beyonce Knowles 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.

No one sounds like Beyonce. Sure others can hit big loud long notes but Beyonce has a control over her voice unlike any one else. She has an incredible range which she uses to her full advantage. She ventures where no other artist goes in terms of her music and always comes out top. She is an incredible dancer and uses to take her songs to the next level with amazing choreography. Her shows have a standard I have never seen any where else, the energy she puts into her performances is inconceivable and all her dancers and band are top quality. She has a hand in every step of her performances and as a result I believe she is the best of the best. If you don't believe me the likes of Prince have also said it.

She's by far the most powerful, energetic, emotional vocalist of this era. Beyonce could command the attention of any crowd whether they're fans or not. For one, no one can sing like her standing still and she does everything she does running all over stage. An outstanding performer.

Beyonce can do full on dance routines while singing at the same time. Plus, her voice is not affected when she dances showing she can do anything when it comes to beyonce performing.

Beyonce is one of the only singers who not only sounds better live than in studio, but can sing her songs perfectly - while doing the choreography perfectly... and the best part is that she never looks tired, she makes it look so effortless. And to see Jackie Evancho (who is extremely talented) above a woman with more experience, and a better LIVE PERFORMER, is an insult to Beyonce. - anewman

3 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

She is the only artist I have seen that puts her whole heart and soul into every performance. She sings, dances, twirls, flies, and entertains. She is a true humanitarian, she speaks her mind, stands up for what she believes in, and takes no crap from anyone, and is not afraid to be open with her fans through her music! Pink, your career has been amazing, and from what I have seen/heard, you are only getting better. What a voice! There is literally none better.

I went to her recent concert and it was hands down the best live concert I've seen in my entire life. First she was on this Jelly Jumper and the next thing you know she's in a cage and she still sings amazingly! She also flew around the WHOLE ENTIRE stadium. She's the best live performer without a doubt

By far the best live performer in this world right now. No one does what she does. No one is as genuine as she is. No one has as many sold out arenas as she does, especially in Australia. Pink you are truely one amazing woman.

Every concert done by her is breathtaking. It's a mystery how she can sing live, do acrobatics and still sound amazing.

4 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

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Today, she's hands down the best... A Live Performance you must have the vocal skills... For sure... But how you put the song across, how your performance is able to touch peoples soul... Thi is the most important part... And this LADY nail it every singe time.

I love her so much,she's the best! she slays

What why isn't she 1st because she is the best performer in the world there are many other talented artist too but for me she is the one and only love you adele forever

5 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 ...read more.

By far the best vocalist of her generation. Her voice is literally suited to any genre; rock, pop, blues, jazz, soul, rnb, electro, ballad. You name it, she can sing it. And let's not forget that her voice is unhumanly powerful!

she's the voice of our generation no one can beat her she's definitely the best she should be number 1 her notes are unique and no one has a voice like her!

The Burlesque star is really good in live. - hatcher234

So amazing. I love her voice live. She can sing!

6 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 ...read more.

The MDNA Tour created immense success at the box office and many venues were instantly sold out. It was dubbed as the highest-grossing tour of 2012 by Billboard. The tour grossed $305.2 million from 88 sold-out shows, becoming the tenth highest-grossing tour of all time and surpassing Celine Dion's Taking Chances Tour as the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, behind Madonna's own Sticky & Sweet Tour. Madonna broke the record for occupying the top two highest-grossing female tours of all time

Really Madonna should be ahead of rubbish Kelly Clarkson! You'd have to be daft to think otherwise!

Number 1 that's all I have to say

This should be no contest! she is the best female performer, hands down!

7 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group ...read more.

Yes just listen to her sing Purple Rain - IHaveGreatTaste

Purple Rain...enough said - DaWyteNight

Lol! Why is justin timberlake even here! - DaWyteNight

8 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.

Definitely should be the top

Go see her oscar performance! truly magical

With her powerful vocals, piano skill, post-modern beats and fashion and influential statements, Lady Gaga's concert is like a party for everyone where everyone is invited to experience her aura... She is miles ahead of her pop contemporaries.

Give this woman a microphone and you'll see her slaying everything. Gaga is one of the few singers I've never seen out of tone or lip syncing in a live performance.

9 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

The best female singing voice of all time, and does it hurt that shes also the hottest women on the planet. - lukestheman4

Her voice is just powerful live no doubt and she is one hell of a performer live enough said.

She have an amazing voice live... and she can play piano too!

Amy Lee had to be number 1. She's an angel!

10 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

The best on this list by far.

The Contenders

11 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 ...read more.
12 Celine Dion Celine 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.

The ultimate best, you can hear, see and feel her put every ounce of herself in every note, high of even low.

By far, the most crystal clear voice that you can hear for a long time. - hatcher234

I've seen celine, not a huge fan, but her voice truly is amazing live!

Celine is number one

13 Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
14 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and children's book author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard ...read more.

Absolutely amazing singer! Kelly doesn't need any gimmicks just a microphone. She has the ability to sing any style or genre of music. She does a lot of cover songs on tour and sounds just as good if not better than the originals. Kelly is in a class of her own. LOVE HER

Kelly may be the best live singer of her generation. That girl can sing any song in any genre of music! It's ridiculous how talented she is! Miles ahead of most of this pack!

Best live show! I would say she may be better live than on her albums.

I love to listen to her live more than her records - just like Pink.

15 JoJo JoJo
16 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 ...read more.

She may not be the best singer but she is one of the best dancers!

Not sure if lip syncing counts as a live performance

Despite everyone's critique of her voice when live, and her frequent lip-syncing, she knows how to put on a show an inspire you for the day. Brilliant performer. As good as any.

She did the best performance we ever saw... She is awesome! Love her

17 Jessie J Jessie J Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind.

Flawless live performance

High Vocal range.. Watch her live perform..

Absolutely the best female singer!

HaHa.. Jessie J is the best. the best female singer..

18 Mariah Carey 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’s not known for breast implants! She’s known for her big voice, for having 5 octaves range and for her unique tone.

Well, she was only good during the 90's, not during the 21st century. - IHaveGreatTaste

19 Tori Kelly Tori Kelly Victoria Loren "Tori" Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who slowly gained recognition after starting to post videos on YouTube at the age of 14. When she was 16, Kelly auditioned for the singing competition television series American Idol.
20 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

Tour of the Mongoose was the best concert I've ever seen!

She is the best singer Ever!

Amazing I love her more than pique,

This woman can sing and dance at the same time not fake Beyonce - Alexandr

21 Emeli Sande
22 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. ...read more.

What. Are you insane? She has grown as an artist far better than anyone on the damn list!
Acoustics and piano, Vocalist, her voice can range for miles- and to add the cherry on top, she writes her own songs!

She deserves to be number one- she is the NEXT BIG SINGER AFTER ALL! She's going places

I love her music. Demi deserves to be first! She has by far the best vocal range and is the most talented artist ever!

So much vocal power and AMAZING VOICE LIVE! Can sing for ages on key... PERFECTION

She's really good singer & really good live performances

23 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

She's the greatest singer ever! Anyone who hates her is just jealous just listen to her singing Alice live!

Avril Lavigne is a great singer when she does it properly.

Clearly she is underrated. She has an awesome singing voice and she sings just as good live as in recordings.

The most unique.No wonder she's crowned as the punk princess.

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24 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

Have seen her in concert numerous times and her voice alone will bring a smile to anyone's face. A true class act and I would continue to pay any amount of money to see her live.

She has the very attractive pitch of voice, which is able to penetrate your soul. Also versatile: sweet, powerful, soothing et al

25 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Terrible, horrible, awful, ugly, disgraceful, laughable, torturous, painful, these are just a few words I'd use to describe katy perry's "voice" - DaWyteNight

She is one of the worst singers ever.

She is the best person alive! I love you katy perry

She puts sooo much effort into every performance and deserves to be number one

26 Charice Charice Jake Zyrus (born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, formerly known by the mononym Charice), is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. He is a transgender man.

When it comes to live performances, Charice and Beyonce are the celebrities I like the most. They are just so beautiful and talented and they don't like other singers who sounded great on CD's but horrible at LIVE. Geez. How much pain do we have endure when we listen to those people huh? - hatcher234

She's a vocal prodigy and her powerful, soulful voice commands total attention. She is overwhelming in all aspects. She will be a huge star!

Yes! You're right, Charice, has the voice that will raise your hair, a gifted child with a golden voice that will swing you with her beautiful voice only few have this kind of quality voice. Why not try to see her on YouTube, you can prove it your self.

Breathtaking in every performance... she can singe live same as studio version with no difficulties.

27 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.

Wow I'm really surprised that she is last right now- in my opinion she sounds beautiful live and pretty much the same as in her studio versions. Plus, she really does amazing shows. Fireworks, moving stages, floating balconies, her shows seriously have EVERYTHING. And the whole time your thinking "amazing! " I saw her RED concert but I really wished I hadn't missed her Speak Now concert

She's able to put a show and let no one disappointed. Her "Speak Now Tour" is a theatrical experience full of lights, pyro, acrobatics, and also her acoustic guitar!

She is amazing. She knows how to put on a show, and her voice is beautiful. She also plays guitar, and performs so well. She's just amazing, I don't know what to say.

She is amazing and talented woman I ever known in my life

28 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

Rihanna can't even sing, why is she even on the list? - IHaveGreatTaste

29 Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick Marie Dionne Warrick is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.
30 Kate Bush Kate Bush

Best comeback of 2014 also

Unique and ethereal,without question the greatest British female musician of all time. Enter her world and you can't help but love her.

31 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 ...read more.

Well, she was best in the 80's and 90's, so not the 21st century. - DaWyteNight

Best female singer of all time

Oh come on. she's the best singer live perfomance of all time

32 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

Chithra voice is way beyond her years, and her live performances are way above the others in her generation, past and present.

33 Hayley Williams Hayley Williams Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.

Hayley (the lead singer of Paramore) is amazing live! Her voice is beautiful and sounds better live than it does in the recordings. Her performance is fantastic. She is always so energetic, running and jumping around the stage. She should definitely be in the top ten.

She's consistently amazing in her concerts and when she does sound a bit tired, it's because she's moving about the stage, engaging the audience and most importantly having. She can hit really high notes too.

Extremely energetic and Involves the crowd a ton! Voice sounds every bit as good as on the tracks! Worth every penny to go see her and Paramore.

Every single singer you can see above is no match for this small but terrible (Terrible in a good way like terribly strong or awesome), unlike this girls above, she never lip synch or auto tune but still, her beautiful voice is being hear by audience NATURALLY! And unlike them, when they run (run only) they're voice becomes shaky and unpleasant, but this teeny tiny girl headbangs, run, and jumps, still have that angelic voice.

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34 Sarah McLachlan 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.

Listen to her songs on Youtube

35 Kelly Rowland Kelly Rowland Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality.
36 Agnes Monica

Agnes agnes agnes two thumbs

I love her voice and I love eAch of her performances, agnes is best of the best female singer of the world, has a briliant idea for develop her talents.. Dreams, make it happen

Very proud to have you

37 Sia Sia

I've never actually seen her live but from all the live performances I have seen, she really does seem to have amazing talent and her vocals sometimes even surpass her studio/pre-recorded singing

So far from what I've seen hands down best live performer ever... Her voice is identical to the songs in the radio she is truly talented and gifted beyond most

38 Aria Tesolin
39 Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "Naturally". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.

She has a BEAUTIFUL VOICE. She doesn't scream like other artists trying to hit high notes.

Don't make me laugh! No I laughed so hard. SELENA'S LIVE PERFORMANCE! 😂😂😂😂

40 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress. She started her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales.

I think Mary J. Blige Live Performances are better than her Studio singing because when she sings Live on stage she unleashes a certain spirit that makes everyone in the crowd get Goosebumps and the Chills because when she sings you stop what you're doing at the time to watch her perform when Mary J. Blige perform on stage she has the ability of making you feel her pain and feel her suffering and hear her cry and it is almost scary like a Cult and I mean that in a Good Way.

The RnB Grammy award winner proved that she is the one to beat. - hatcher234

Mary can sing it like no other

41 Sara Bareilles Sara Bareilles Sara Beth Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song", which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


42 Sarah Geronimo Sarah Geronimo Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo aka Sarah Geronimo or Sarah G. is a world class and multi-talented Filipino singer, actress, dancer, record producer, model, host, coach/judge, commercial/product endorser and tv personality . She can also draw and plays the piano. Sarah is popularly known as the one and only ...read more.


43 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the ...read more.

Miley is a very talented vocalist. I love her voice. She is incredible at singing live. I love her live videos. Proud Smiler.

She is one of the best live performers ever.

44 Florence Welch Florence Welch Florence 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.

Breathtaking, someone who can make her live performances even better than the studio recordings! Her voice washes over you, both like a pleasant breeze and a fierce wave that'll never let you go once you're caught in it.
In a time of autotune and the millionth diva pop singer, her earthy, resonant voice is just so incredible and a relief. She's an artist in every way, and she deserves a much higher place on this list. My number one!

Her covers of other singers tend to be a bit iffy, but her shows are amazing! Her performance at the Royal Albert Hall will always be one of my top 10 performances. - Gabe816

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46 Kesha Kesha Kesha Rose Sebert (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born on March 1st, 1987 in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. ...read more.

Gross - DaWyteNight

47 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
48 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.

Watch some of the videos of her performances on You Tube and you'll realise why she's so much better (and a lot more classy) than those at the top of this list.

Search on You Tube for her 'Live in Vienna' Concert and prepare to be impressed!

Beyonce would hide her head in shame if she heard Sarah Brightman singing live.

49 Sharon den Adel Sharon den Adel Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. ...read more.

Without a doubt Sharon is the best female live performer.

50 Chibi Chibi Chibi is a Canadian musician, songwriter and producer, mostly known for being the lead singer of the band The Birthday Massacre.
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