Best Female Singers of All Time

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.

She is "The Voice" for nothing. she is a total package. A singer/vocalist with a powerful and angelic voice sent from heaven, with her a melisma, quality tone of voice with no match, the agility and range that she has, with her charisma and stage presence that can control and stun your audience. She is so incredible and unmatched on her prime. She is the real deal! :)

Whitney deserves her spot as #1. While she isn't my favorite, I can equally recognize that she is the voice, and very few artists can come close to being on her level.

Whitney Houston had it all: Stage presence, 4.5 vocal octave range (1980's) subsiding to 3.5 octaves across the mid-90's, insane phonetic power and control at mid to high chest vocalization, emotion-full diction and a physical beauty that was immensely complemented by her splendid resonance and timbre; all around she became what many people perceived as perfection. Sure, we had amazing singers at the time such as Mariah Carey (5+ vocal octave range due to whistle register), Patti Labelle (3 octaves and a mega-powerful voice), and Rachelle Ferrell (6+ vocal octave range and in my humble opinion the most astounding singer to have walked this earth), but somehow all of these women, to a certain extent, lacked the emotion, the vehemence, and the powerful sheer that Whitney's voice was able to convey. Whitney Houston will be remembered as an anointed gift from nature to all humanity, one that we won't be able to experience anytime soon.

Still her voice gives me a goosebumps, her voice technique and range were incredibly phenomanon, way far above other singers. I wish she was alive and could sing more for us. Love you Whitney, and thanks for giving us such an amazing feeling.

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.

Put simply, there is just NO other singer in the world that can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, to the same degree as Mariah Carey. It's her range; her tonal sound; her accuracy of pitch; her 'trills' (vocal runs); and her upper power when hitting high notes that made her one of the all time greats. Sure, there are many great singers and she's perhaps not as good as what she was in the 90's, but that's more been her change in musical direction rather than a decline in ability - she's well and truly proved that with her 2010 Christmas Concert in recorded in Washington last year. PLUS, she writes all her own songs, when too many of the big names these days, unfortunately don't!

Mariah has one of the best voices in music history. While she may not be as friendly as your average person, people should recognize that very few singers can even come close to being on her level, and she has influenced almost every modern artist in the industry today.

She is without a doubt the greatest vocalist and songwriter of all time. She has a luscious tone. Every lyric that comes out of her mouth turns to gold.
She has the highest dynamic range of any artist (check out "emotions"). She doesn't just hit notes. She creates an atmosphere that is celestial and heavenly.
Her whistle register is full and she has the ability to change the dynamics of that range. It's unjust to compare other artists that can whistle to Mariah because she can do it SO MUCH BETTER.
Her resonance at any range in beyond any artist or truly any sound I have ever heard. It's light, yet so full and powerful.
I would agree that Whitney's and Aretha's voice is overall more powerful. But there is something so satisfying when listening to Mariah. It's a bright tone whereas the others are darker. Celine has incredible belts and runs but Mariah can also do this better.
Her agility in her runs, riffs, melismas, etc. is unparalleled (check out "forever"). Her breath ...more

Mariah is the best and the greatest vocalist than Whitney Houston, she's able to possess a runs of 5octaves and more with whistle vocal tune,woow,whiles on the other hand Whitney can only possess 4.5octaves with no whistle...
And I might say Mariah is incomparable, unbeatable, undefeatable and marvellously amazing. She's the most influential artiste and has been a pillar in the music industry from collapsing.. She was robbed severally in the giving of awards, because they knew she was beyond imaginations and amazing.. She's indeed a legend and will always be a LEGEND

3 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.

Celine deserves the number 1 spot. Come on, she has recorded songs with some of the worlds greatest singers and sings very well in five different languages. She sings like an angel and has such charm about her. Stop talking about beyonces look here because we are talking about voices and by far celine is number one, mariah is number two, whitney is number three and of them all, celine has been the most consistent with her records and has passed mariah to become the worlds best selling female vocalist of all time.

Céline QUEEN Dion is a G.O.A.T.! She had kept her God given gift at pristine quality. She is a technically good and superb singer. She has always been relevant and never lose foothold of the music industry. And the music industry hold high respect and regards to her being a living Icon and a Legend! All her concerts and tours are sold old, being one of the most successful sold-out and touring artists in history. Most of all, she had kept her ground as a humble, kind-hearted, cheerful, witty person, although being an A-list celebrity. She is an epitome of classy, high standard artist. For me she's the most undiva of all divas. That's why many loves her not only because of her golden voice, but also of her golden heart.

Celine is the most versatile singer in the world and here is why :
Listen to "that's just the woman in me" and you will understand, knowing her as a crystal clear voice... And than a totally new sound, new texture in the most powerful notes of this song... It blew me away... I couldn't believe what I just listen to. And now ask MC or WH or CA or anybody out there to ( try ) to do this: they will cry and will acknowledge that only Celine can do this. She can imitate a electric garage door, a piano, a flute, trumpet. Etc... She is a chameleon with her voice, flawless, perfect control, most power voice in the high notes with stamina ( All by myself ) and the list goes on and on and on... Truly the best.

Celine has a beautiful and powerful voice. She interprets the songs, puts her heart and soul into them, and sings them honestly and with emotion.

4 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.

Christina deserves to be in the top 5. She is the voice of a generation for a reason... she has one of the greatest voices EVER. While Mariah, Celine, Whitney, and Aretha may be rightfully ahead of her, xtina deserved a spot on the thrown.

Christina, Whitney and Adele is hard to beat. They are the best. Many others deserve to be on this list before Katie or Beyonce

This woman is criminally underrated when it comes to her vocal capabilities. While she is known for her oversinging, she is not known for her incredible 4 octave range and the fact that she has the most soulful voice of all time. There is a reason they call her the voice of a generation.

Christina is clearly an extremely talented singer that puts her all into her music. Her vocal ability is absolutely outstanding. She sings because it's what she loves to do. Christina Aguilera is a very inspiring singer that will never lose her amazing voice. She is the best singer of the generation, and absolutely one of the best singers of all time. She sings to express herself, and she doesn't care if that means less album sales, or less popularity. Christina, never stop singing.

5 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.

I don't know how Adele is SO low on the list. I have been a fan of hers ever since she came out with Hometown Glory and then Chasing Pavements. Adele has the most original and unique voice in YEARS. She brings back what music truly is; something to be appreciated by the ears. She is one of the few artists that sounds BETTER than the recordings and each live performance she does is different than the others, because she varies them and adds different stylistic devices. She writes her songs and puts all her honest emotions in it (she doesn't sing about banging people, which is why so many people can connect to her music. Adele is gorgeous and she has a really laid back personality, and when you watch her lives, you can tell she truly appreciates all the support her fans are giving her, because she always gets so emotional. Just watch any of her live concerts and you'll see. She always gets teary eyed when the audience sings "Someone Like You" or "Rolling in the Deep" back to her. She is ...more

Adele deserves to be in the top 3, at least. I personally prefer Adele over Whitney Houston, although I cannot disagree with Whitney being #1 on the list. Adele should be #1 or #2, though. But nope, half of these people I have never even heard of and they're higher up than Adele? How is this possible? Adele just might be the best singer I have ever heard and deserves to be further up on the list than that... I am going to pray that these idiotic people can determine who the best singer really is - not half these other people. I'd also like to comment that Beyonce should be much higher up on this list also. I love her, too. =) Adele and Beyonce are remarkable vocalists.

"Amazing" has lost its meaning long ago in the music industry but Adele, I think, deserves to be called that... She is a magnificent, powerful singer with feeling swimming through her voice, playing beautifully like a harp, like Leona Lewis and former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson and as a songwriter, Adele, like rising star Ella, can write about anything and her song would still have a powerful quality.
While being unbelievably talented, Adele has flaws in her range because she's an alto and can't go to the real heights that Whitney, Leona, Ella and Mariah can go to... But the reason I voted for Adele was because she's in a class of her own when it comes to making songs that people will remember and truly feel forever and ever!

I think Adele should be number 2 or at least number 3 on this list! She is the best singer in the Whole world! The best singer of my generation! She's soulful, and have one hell of a powerful voice, she reaches people in her songs, and can make you feel like you're not the only one who goes through bad stuff. I Love You Adele! (Cough cough- The first person's comment on here, You obviously have no idea what talent is, if you think that Lady Gaga, Hillary Duff, & Kesha are good singers! LMFAO I'm guessing you're like 10. Haha No offense but, thank god you're not a judge, because Adele is said to be one of the greatest singers of her/ my generation) If anyone has a hard time believing that, listen to her live, YouTube her. Bet it'll prove you wrong.

6 Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

The best singer of all time. Male and Female. should be #1 on this list. By far better than anyone else here. Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey are very good, but Aretha expresses herself more, has more soul, and is a better songwriter than both combined, easy.

The only person of all time who could possibly rival her is Freddie Mercury, but even the best rock singer of all time falls slightly short.

Aretha = #1 of all time.

There will never be anyone like her or as good.

Firstly I think the parameters for Best Female singer of "ALL TIME" should be better defined and be broken down by genre Jazz/soul/R&B/Pop/Country etc. There is a big difference between a singer and an entertainer/Performer. I.E. christina Aguilera is a fabulous vocalist - perfect pitch, range and projection. Brittany Spears is an entertainer/performer. They are both successful Pop artists but I would not consider Brittany Spears for this list. She's an okay singer, she's much more of an entertainer.

"Of all time" - most of the artists listed here are all contemporary and mostly Pop. So perhaps it should be best Pop singers of all time?

With that said, Aretha Franklin is the Queen of soul and a true singer, none of this autotune BS. If you need a computer to make you sound better, back up singers and dancers to entertain your audience you're a performer/Entertainer not a singer.

Aretha Franklin has one of the best voices popular culture has ever heard. It is unfortunate that she is so low on this list, seems to how she influenced many of those voted above her. She is such a versatile artist. Her power alone can bring a person to tears. In her prime, I do not believe I have ever heard of her hitting a note that was not "nailed," and anyone that knows anything about Aretha knows that some of her notes are extremely difficult notes for even great singers.

Are you kidding me? Arethra Franklin widely is widely accepted as the greatest singer of all time, not just the greatest female singer. And she's been placed below Miley Cyrus here... Really? Please just listen to her sing respect and THEN vote. Aretha Franklin is BY FAR one of the greatest singers of all time

7 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.

The only Star Rated Vocalist of her generation, flawless technique and huge vocal range spanning over 4 octaves, definitely a contender for one of the top 4 best voices in contemporary music.

Her runs, her Performance, her technic, her warm and powerful voice is sooooo incredible... nobody can beat her live Performances

Her vocal control and sense of melody is from another world, and she never "loose her breath" on stage. Her presence and performances are amazingly astonishing. Between the best female singers, she's probably the best dancer. And if all this were not enough, she has a natural talent to compose superhits. I think we humans needs time to recognise all the talent she has, specially her voice, that is masked by her extraordinary beauty. Despite of her success, she always radiates humility and goodness. So yes, I think Bee is the best female artist from all time, and is a matter of time she were included also in the top of this list hand in hand with her own idol Whitney and with Mariah.

You do not know Beyonce. She depends on auto-tune, copies Tina Turner, Lil kim, Foxy Brown, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey and even many foreigners. There are so many lawsuits against her for song theft. Take away her theft of styles and works and you'll have nothing left..

This woman is amazing. Her voice is just out of this world, and completely flawless!
Just watch her perform. She puts all of her soul in her singing.

By the way, being a devoted fan, I decided to watch The Beyoncé Experience Live. Some minutes later, I noticed I was crying like a baby. That's how Queen Bee leaves me with one of her greatest performances of all time. You guys have to check it out.

May be your hard-on made you cry. If she would wear clothes and sing, you would not be as moved.

8 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.

Katy Perry is a very good singer the reason why I gonna say that is hear she is the first female artist to get top 5 number one hits all from the same one albam if that isn't impressive I don't know what is right? Now there was one video that got my eye it was a video of Katy Perry singing her song the one that got away and she did a bit of a twist with it when she was singing it. She was singing the one that got away for a really long time and I thout to myself wow she can hold her breath for a very long time and very rare times you will see Katy Perry singing like that and I wanted to say that so you would know now con on let's all vote for Katy Perry instead of all those rubbish singers out there and also vote for Whitney as well because she was amazing

I don't care what the position of the Katy Perry in the list, but through my opinion , she's one of the best entertainer out there. She always bring the best inspirational songs.
Her concert is so fun for every age. She thought of every detail : the props, the outfits, the stage etc.
She gave people 3D glasses in Prism, she flew across the stadium on a planet in Witness.
Only Kary could think of everything, Her Vocal is amazing. She is the best In every side . Love you Katy #Katycats. :)

I saw Katy be a guest coach on American Idol once, and unlike most singers who just act as cheerleaders and tell the contestants how great they sound or how pretty they look, she actually gave them some advice! What a concept! She pointed out to them that if they make it big, their life would change. They would have far less privacy, see their family far less often, and be away from home for months at a time. To me, this is much more important than whether they look nice in that dress or that sweater. It's obvious Katy is a good person who cared not just about whether the contestants could make it, but to be prepared for what's next if they do. Reality shows could use more coaches/judges like her.

People have some respect for the really good vocalist singers that are here. how are you going to compare whitney, Mariah, celine, aretha, adele with Katy, Taylor, or any other bad vocalist singers now. I'm not saying they are not talented because they are but just entertaining and playing some instruments, but they are not good singers at all. Even Madonna is a bad singer even though she a icon. Just the voice sound nice in the studio version doesn't mean is the real voice; is more effects than lyrics, you should listen to them live and you'll see the difference. So sad the idea of vocalist now a days. Examples of a good vocalist right now: adele, Beyonce, Adriana grande, Christina Aguilera, Lara Fabian, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, sia, pink, Jennifer Hudson, lea Michele and a few more.

Bad vocalist: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and a lot more!

9 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.

She awesome woman heavenly voice and I feels with her the power of music, great musician,singer, and song-writer also great composer in classical music..she's make inspired me I love her perspectives.. I bound my life with her every speak the lyrics of each song had a deeper meaning during that time..And emotion I see to her eyes the sadness that music the way how to clear our self and save our self to make more break in music... I see what my reflection with her...Mostly her life was maybe connecting what I experience in over years..
Through the song from her band evanescence it's absolutely completely my personality and I more I really who I'am and I'm proud today..I love her so much!

In my opinion, one of the best female singers in rock. Evanescence is one of my favourite bands. I love how Amy's hauntingly beautiful vocals and the band's dark hard rock sound go so well together. I'm really excited for the new album (2 songs came out so far).

Amy Lee is just SO talented... Classically trained in music, plays the piano, has a spectacular voice, writes and composes all of her songs, is so gorgeous - both in looks and in personality! I could go on and on. Just so beyond happy the she and the band have made a come-back and a Hell of a come-back to note! 'What You Want' is an epic track, just like all of Evanescence's songs, it's enchanting because of Amy's vocals, it rocks because of the music and so 'loop-worthy' (playing the one song constantly on loop for ages! ) I have the band and particularly Amy for so much, their music has helped me through a lot... Family, friends, bad relationships and broken hearts. I love this band beyond words, and I love Amy Lee beyond words.

As a multi-instrumentalist and talented painter (you can probably Google some of her works) who also composed a choir-piece for her high school graduation, I believe Amy has, at the very least, proven herself as a worthy and powerful artist.

As for her vocal abilities, she manages to maintain a powerful voice, even when meddling in the more operatic corners of the vocal spectrum. Few singers in music manage to keep a full, clear voice when singing that kind of music without sounding thin or fragile. For example Within Temptation's Sharon Del Adel.

No, she's not the best female singer ever, by a large margin, but she's got the whole package. Artistry and all. My vote goes to Amy Lee of Evanescence.

10 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 should be number one she is the best of the music industry and no other female singers have broken her records she has set top selling female artist and her mdna tour was the best tour of 2012 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 and no one has ever done what madonna has done she is the queen of music and all the other female singer don't have talent like madonna

It takes more than having a few octaves to be a singer.

The Queen of Pop is the greatest female artist/singer of all time. She is a legend along with artists such as MJ & The Beatles.

Her accomplishments are unmatched and she is the most influential female singer in history. As a result of her music she has defined an era for a generation of people but has also defined the 21st century music artist.

Her songs are unbeatable and she is the most versatile female musician around. Having done Pop, Dance, Electronic, Jazz, Classical, Techno, New Jack swing, R&B, Disco, Dance-Disco, Gospel, Pop-rock, rock, Folk, Latin-pop. She has done it all and has more than earned the right to be the number one. 'There is only one Queen and that's Madonna'

Agreed, she hasn't got the vocal range like Whitney or Celine but she has proven many times that she can sing. And pretty darn good at times. When she performs a ballad live and from the heart, it's always full of emotions. Which makes the imperfections, perfect. And let's face it, she is an entertainer who puts on a show like no one else. And when you dance your ass off, who cares if the singing bit isn't flawless? Madonna is the Queen and deserves a much higher ranking. If only for the fact that she has left everyone else miles behind her in her thirty-something years as the most succesfull female performer of all time.

Shes the best selling on this list for a reason.

Although she may not have the range or the aforementioned "texture", she made some of the happiest, most feel good songs of all time, and some of the saddest as well. (Don't believe me, see "Promise to Try", "Till Death Do us Part", or "Oh Father", just from one album). She has some of the best range in the songs she sings, and most singles have provoked thought and argument, which is what music should do.

Madonna was extremely controversial in her prime, yet she turned out to pave the way for what is acceptable today. She made people question societal norms regarding sex, sexual orientation, race, and freedom of expression, and is a large reason a lot of people are more liberal on these issues today. I could go on about what she did for the gay community for years but that would be besides the point. Those who say she is just a brain bimbo are clearly just projecting.

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? Kiiara Kiara Saulters, known professionally as Kiiara, is an American singer and songwriter from Wilmington, Illinois. She is currently signed to Atlantic Records. Her 2015 single "Gold" peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Contenders

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

Lady Gaga is a very talented performer! You want to know why?! She writes, produces, and actually sings all of her own music. She acts, dances, runs around doing whatever the hell Gaga does, and doesn't lip-sync at concerts. She might not be the best female vocalist in the world but hands down she is pretty dang close to be being the most talented. She can play a multitude of instruments such as the piano, key tar, synthesizers, and most recently the guitar. She also has amazing dance skills for someone who has barely any classical training. She is very original and has an explanation for every crazy idea and costume. She also is one of the most gorgeous people on this planet with or without makeup. Gaga is an all around mega star, idol, friend, and supporter.

What the hell is going on with this list Celine Dione Beyonce whitney houston Adele sorry guys but Lady Gaga is heads and shoulders above the rest how is she not at number 1 she was the biggest superstar in the world between 2009 and 2011 and with her new album artpop coming out soon she will soon rise to the top again. She is inspirational to millions of people world wide and is always in the public eye with what she wears. She has done world class songs which will go down in history like poker face just dance bad romance born this way judas and many more she is changing the era of pop for the better she deserves better than this mere 21st ranking come on people. Also let me give a shout out to Rihanna she is also world class and is also arguably the biggest superstar in the world but Lady Gaga is awesome

You should be some 15-years old ignorant if you really think so. Gaga is not and will never be on the same level with Whitney, Aretha, Tina, Mariah, Celine, Lara, Barbra... Lady Gaga has unpleasant voice compared with these legends! Even don't compare her with them.

Not sure how Madonna, Katy Perry, AND Taylor Swift are above her. Nobody has a voice like Gaga, she can flex through multiple genres of music, from dancehall pop, to rock, to acoustic country, to jazz/blues, to opera without a problem. She can not only belt her vocals, but do it while performing advanced choreography, doing several costume changes, while jumping off a stadium, etc. And she NEVER lip syncs. Gaga is the most iconic singer of this generation BY FAR, and deserves top 10 at least.

The Fame (Poker Face), The Fame Monster (Bad RomanceTelephoneBorn this Was), and Artpop (Applause Do what you want), and the cheek to cheek era. Amazing and far beyond the cliché of a Mainstream Pop singer.

Listen to her Jazz Album "Cheek to Cheek" and you will see and HEAR the truth about her, and her personality.
She became Mother Monster (with all her songs and her outrageous talent) because of her very own flaws and (as also) sometimes traumatic circumstances that she has had in her life led her to a expressional, aspirational strong, and unique voice that she has within her songs.

12 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

She is a good singer- songwriter. Her ideas were awesome. She is the no. 1 female singer on my heart, She is the Artist of the Decade. Woman of the Decade. She won a lot of awards. She has 7 albums. Her music video were awesome and goes trending. Her 5 music videos goes trending and has a billion of views. It is YBWM, SHAKE IT OFF, BLANK SPACE, BAD BLOOD & LWYMMD. Her song were great, she is perfect. She became a successful woman.

Absolutely the best, a complete package artist, she actually writes her own songs, breaks so many records and awards out there, every album that she done made a big impact in music industry, easy to say, someday she will became greatest female srtist of all time.

I'm not gonna say her voice is the BEST singers voice, though she does have a strong voice, and it continues to grow with her and it will only continue that growth. She's no Mariah, Whitney or Beyonce; she has a fairly decent vocal range and strength.. She knows her limits, is what I will say. I love her voice, how she sings live is perfection to me! But her lyrics will always be my favourite attribute Taylor has. Forget what she looks like, who she is becoming, what she stands for and definitely throw out the window anything and everything you have heard about her love life - focus on her lyrics. Her lyrics are her driving force for her whole music career; and it has been like this from day 1! Her lyrics are relateable, understandable, consistently brilliant, and the reason millions of people love her and can relate so much. Some of my favourite Taylor lyrics are: "You call me up again just to break me like a promise" - "and you might think I'm bulletproof but I'm not" - "words, how ...more

The only from your list with rich and velvet voice is Whitney and it would be better if you replace Beyonce and Mariah with Aretha, Ella, Tina.

I'm mainly into rap music. Eminem, NWA, Tupac etc. But in terms of raw talent, Taylor Swift is top 10 Singer all time, male or female. She doesn't have as big a voice as Adele or Whitney, but she more than makes up for it in terms of being a pure musician and being able to transitiin from Country music to Pop seamlessly.

She has that rare ability to make people relate to her songs no matter what the age group or gender. And to go along with all of that, she's an amazing performer and people who go to her shows rarely go home disappointed.

In the commercial era of music she is dominant and deserves her place right near the very top of this list

13 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

She is so underrated. Amazing woman. She's a queen. Super sweet and nice, always donating to charity. She's very talented, a good actress, and a phenomenal singer.

Ariana has 4 octaves that most of the singer don't have, she is a good singer in studio and live. Her vocal range can go for low notes, falsettos, head voices, high notes, runs and even whistle notes (I have only heard she is is doing it now and no one else). So for me, Ariana is such an amazing singer.

She is so amazing. She has won 108 award by January 2020. She is a icon in women’s rights and has had no vocal training, she has a loud roar and can sing like an angel. She has has some misfortune, but still stands up for herself in the end. She performed one week after her bombing just for her fans anxiety, even though she was mentally broken.

Her voice is so powerful the high notes and the whistle notes which a lot of artists have trouble doing. She is beautiful and the next Mariah carey! Love you Ariana

14 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 should easily be in the top 5. She has sold over 180 million digital tracks worldwide, over 50 million albums worldwide, and has 13 number one hits (tied with Michael Jackson). Her songs are undeniably catchy and every song she throws out is a hit. She has almost 5 BILLION views on YouTube and is the most subscribed singer showing just how popular she is. In addition to that she's had 17 Vevo Certified videos (over 100 million views). She has collaborated with huge stars like Jay Z, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, David Guetta, Eminem, Drake, Shakira, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo, T.I. , and Chris Brown. She's won 7 Grammys and just received the first ever Icon Award at the American Music Awards. She's had 3 commercially successful fragrances and has also created her own clothing line. She's a fashion icon. She's an actress. She is also the only female artist to top UK charts 7 times over 7 years. Her fan base is undeniably huge with over 86 million likes on Facebook, 35 ...more

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is beyond amazing. She can sing like there is no tomorrow. Some may say some of her songs come across as inappropriate but with a voice like hers, so what?! Then listen go her ballads, she makes the hairs on your neck stand up edge and sends shivers down your spine, so beautiful to listen too. You can't start commenting until you've experienced the overwhelming atmosphere at her concerts, its breathtaking how one woman can be such a part of peoples lives. She is one gorgeous woman with perfect features and a stunning figure. I LOVE HER.

Her voice is very unique in that its imperfections make it so much more pleasing to the ears. More RAW emotions especially in songs like 'Love on the Brain'.

Why should rihanna be the 50th. She should be in at least the top ten. Have you ever heard of her. Or are you people just death? She has such an amazing voice. Id vote number one. She should be the top singer because she actually has a voice. And guess what? Rihanna can actually sing. Much better than those other cheesy singers. VOTE FOR RIHANNA! YEAH

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

I wonder why she is underrated. she was tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears. Very unfair a comparison. Pink and Britney Spears are like east and west.

Pink has a pure and natural voice whoever says that she uses machines or computers for her voice that is not true. All the computing crap refers to Britney Spears. Pink is great. Her lyrics are very interesting and entertaining. I just don't see how is she lower then Gaga or Rihanna. She isn't just amazing as a singer, but also as a person- I saw some of her interviews and you can see that it's a good mother, a great friend and a creative and imaginative mind speaking! Also, she has an awesome sense of humour.
P.S. no offense, people. Just my opinion. Rihanna and Gaga are good... In their own way.
P.P.S. pink is my hero and inspiration!
P.P.P.S. pink forever!
With respect, Valeria

If this is a competition in vocal perfection, then we would need both Maria Callas, Anna Netrebko and Randy Crawford at the top of this list. But in the pop rock business, Pink is indeed recognized among her colleagues as one of the most naturally gifted and original vocal performers both alive and well today.

Her voice is definitely one of the most recognizable and powerful female vocals I've heard apart from Janis Joplin and maybe Diamanda Gals.

Look up her blues rocker "Free" or her cover of "Me and Bobby McGee" on YouTube, if you don't know what I'm on about.

P! NK is one of the most inspiring singers I have ever heard. She shows her strength and still shows care to her fans. If Rosie the Riviter was alive now, she would be P! NK. So many other female singers write songs about either useless stuff, or just mess that no one wants to hear. Not this awesome boss. What she sings about really need help her fans with issues they have. Like her song "perfect" for example. If you don't understand what I mean watch the official video for it. Even still she's still honest in her music with how people really feel, and not parading herself like she's the best ever and that everyone else is trash. Or that everyone should want to be her. She even believes in gender equality! My point *if you read this far* is that she is one of the most real, down to earth female singers I've ever even heard of, and not only I think so. She honestly in my personal opinion deserves to be number one.

16 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.

Demi Lovato is of this best vocalist of this generation...
She is a powerhouse singer
She puts all her emotions into all her songs and you can also feel it too
She is among the best vocalist in the world now
Her high notes are infectious
He belts are superb
She is everything d music industry needs now... A great vocalist, powerful inspirational songs, role model and great personality
I love you Demi
She has some of the world's greatest classics like Stone Cold, Skyscraper, Lionheart, For You, Give your heart a break, Heart attack, Sorry not Sorry, Tell me you love me, I love me , Let it go etc

Demi lovato is one of the best singers of this generation. She got a great voice and incredible vocals. Seriously, she performs live better than any other singer of this generation.
When I first heard skyscraper I thought she was amazing but doubted if she could sing live exactly like the original song. But when I saw her performing skyscraper with high vocals and very high pitch in live, I felt she got the real talent in singing unlike selena gomez who can't sing live without he support of chorus.
Vote for the great voiced DEMI LOVATO..

"she performs better live than any other singer of this generation" beyonce says hi

Demi has this beautiful voice that attracts A LOT OF PEOPLE. She can reach high notes effortlessly. She has a powerful voice. She inspires a lot of people and a great role model too. When I heard her Skyscraper, I was truly amazed by her voice, but when I heard her sang Skyscraper live, I was stunned because I thought those high notes were just edited or something.. So yeah, if you haven't listened her voice, you better hear it now.. Also, I recommend this songs of her, you should listen these: Skyscraper, Solo, Stone Cold, Sorry Not Sorry, Really Don't Care, Heart Attack, Sober, Confident, Give you Heart a Break, Neon Lights, Let it Go, etcc.. Hihi

Demi Lovato has such a Beautiful Voice. Some days Don't Forget is my favorite song. I loved her in Prince Protection Program and the two Camp Rock Movies. She has a beautiful smile.

She is an amazing song writer and puts so much feeling into her songs. Her music paints a picture.

Her first album is my favorite. It demonstrates the range of her voice and the expression she can create with her music. It is such a shame she was with Disney and did not become known just because of her music and her voice.

17 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.

I wouldn't put Avril at the top of the list for her singing capabilities, but the fact that Katy Perry is ahead of her blows me away. Avril's singing capabilities are often overlooked due to the fact that her music and personality have been mixed together in the spotlight. Like I said, I wouldn't call her the best singer ever alive but I would never put her behind taylor or katy. She's beyond their level.

No I'm not a random fan that vote Avril up because she is so loveable and all (eventhough yes definitely is). I vote up Avril because I truly believe she is an amazing singer. She can sing with a weak vulnerable voice yet she can rock out and radiate young punk energy to the crowd. I don't believe she is given enough recognition as a SINGER. You can say her vocal range is fairly slightly above average and compare her to Whitney Huston in terms of vocal ability, but I argue vocal emotion and performance. When she sings she touches my heart if she sings a slow number and makes me excited when she rocks out with a sick beat. Another trait of Avril's amazing voice is she always seem to enunciate each lyric precisely when she sings. I almost never misheard lyrics from Avril's singing. I love Avril but that is not the reason I vote her to be the best singer, I vote her because she IS.

Deserve top 10! She marked a generation! I'm so proud of calling her my favorite singer, she's been part of my life since 2007 and I've learned so many things by listening to her songs, like, we can live each day like it's our last day and keep laughing (who knows), we have to think about the little things that make life great (innocence), we can stay forever young if we want to (here's to never growing up), we don't need to give up, cause we can do anything (fly), we don't have to worry cause everybody hurts (everybody hurts), we can always stay strong and trust that everything will be okay (keep holding on), nobody can bring us down and change who we are (nobody's fool), we have to keep smiling and make other people smile (smile, and its videoclip). Well, that's obvious why Avril deserves top 10 (in my opinion top 1, hehe). Love only

Avril is the most under-rated singer of our time. She has great range, though there are singers who have more range, but her voice is so powerful and projects such emotion and is so pure. If you listen to all of her music it becomes obvious that she uses her voice in the same way a master plays an instrument, and she does it effortlessly. She is a goddess among mortals in the world of music.

18 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

When I clicked at the list I seriously said to myself 'If Janis isn't on there, I'm gonna be very, very sad" and reading all the names on here almost made me give up. I'm glad that there are at least a few people who remember her. When I first heard a Joplin song I was completely blown away. It's like you could almost touch her voice. She had nothing in common with today's Pop singers and she lived always at her most intense. This kind of music is something you really have to listen to and not just dance it away because there is so much emotion in it. She really makes you feel it and I will always love her.

She isn't even in the top 10?!

It is appalling that she is below such awful singers, though I must say, Whitney Housten can bring the house down and I'm glad she's up there. But so many great singers are being denied their rightful title. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, TINA TURNER should be up in the top 10. It enrages me that ETTA JAMES isn't even on here. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous.

Just because Janis doesn't sound like any mainstream no talant doesn't mean she's worthless. Her voice has soul and power and I just sit back in amazement whenever I listen to her voice. It's raw and beautiful. She should be number one! You people have such poor musical taste, it makes me want to cry.

I agree Janis was very unique, heck, she's probably one of the coolest singers in my opinion!

Janis by far is more talented than any of the singers before her on this list. She is the complete definition of what it truly means to be a star, granted there are pristine voices ahead in the list that are true to the note. But janis brings no B. S in anything she does and it doesn't have to be picture perfect and sculptured to an immaculate perfection to be accepted and yet it is just that. Perfection. Not to mention she is a master of communication having almost all air in her natal chart she looks as though shes lifted in air in pictures of her singing. She was groundbreaking! A national phenomenon. A star before her first hit album, or album for that matter and a legend before her death. She was also a capricorn meaning a cardinal sign. Cardinals are people who start things a pioneer persay. I am not gonna get mad at the list cause of the fact that my girl Janis is still misunderstood. Its just proving that society is going down the drain and the majority of our culture lacks an ...more

Janis Joplin should be number 1 in this list. I look at the people above her--come on, Miley Cyrus, you've got to be kidding--and I think, this list must be run by 12 year olds. I'm sure it has to be an age thing that is preventing Janis from being at the top.

Go to Youtube and put in Janis Joplin Ball & Chain. Then be prepared to have her reach into your chest and grab ahold of your heart with both hands. She won't let go till the song ends, and even then you can feel the after-effects.

19 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 "It Ain't Me". 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.

I believe that Selena deserves to be in the top 10s on this list. She is very talented and hardworking...
- She is a phenomenal actress! I mean, Alex in Wizards of Waverly Place...that is splendid acting for sure. Her acting roles are so good and so relatable.
- Contrary to what everyone thinks, she is actually a great actress. Her high note in her cover of Shake It Off (in the Carpool Karaoke) was great! She is also stunning when it comes to low notes. Please watch The Heart Wants What It Wants in the AMAS Live video, her voice is so relatable, raw, emotional, and overall breathtaking. She is also a great acoustic singer. Some of the live vocals could have been affected by her anxiety and lupus.
- She has a very nice personality. Selena is very nice to the Selenators. She faced so many hardships but still managed to stay strong! All in all, she is my role model.

Such a strong woman. She stood up for herself despite all of the hate.

- I believe the haters should listen to her music before basing an opinion. Most of the media thinks a singer is horrible just because of some video edit some Youtube user posts online. In truth, there is no plausible reason why Selena is so below on this depressing list.
- She has the kindest soul on this planet. She works for UNICEF and takes trips to other nations to help with poverty and homelessness. Name one other celeb who thinks about the people more than themselves! Name one celebrity who isn't obsessed with fashion but rather the state of other individuals!
- Wizards of Waverly Place and Victorious are literally the funniest and best shows on this planet! Selena is also an astonishing actress - she played Alex Russo so well.
My fave songs by her include Sober, The Heart Wants What It Wants, Good For you, Do It, Slow Down, Feel Me, Lose You To love me, Same Old Love, Look At Her Now (watch ...more

Selena Gomez is not the most popular singer, but she was a few years ago. She has realeased Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, When the Sun Goes Down, and Stars Dance all in 4 years. Her hit single, Naturally, was on top of the charts in 2009 with Kiss & Tell. On her second album, A Year Without Rain, was a sensation. Some of her top songs on this album were Round & Round, A Year Without Rain, and Live Like There's No Tomorrow, which was also used in the Disney Channel movie Ramona & Beezus. On her third album, which came out in the summer of 2012, her hit songs were Who Says and Whiplash. Then, the wait was totally worth the whil because, Stars Dance came out, in the summer of 2013. She realeased Come & Get It and performed it several times everywhere. Her other songs that were big on this album were Stars Dance and Birthday. Selena has been doing pretty good so far in her career, don't give up Selena!

Ramona & Beezus is released by 20th Century Fox, not Disney Channel. Correct your comment, my friend.

She is an amazing singer with great vocal notes and I honestly can't believe or understand why Whitney Housten defeated her!She should be number 1!

20 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.

Britney Spears has started her when she was 11 years old, making her a truly special singer. The big majority of her albums have been ranked as the best in Billboard 100, and they're also great and catchy. She's also a good performer, haters say she lip-syncs because she can't sing, but that's not true. When she puts on a show, it will include heavy dancing, so how will she be able to sing? She's such an icon, this is why she is the true Queen of Pop. One performance of her may be more iconic than your favourite artist's career, that's why she's so memorable and will always be in our hearts.

Britney is amazing and I look up to her because for me she stands out as she is very different from other performers. I know that she may not have the 'best' vocal ability but, there is something about her voice that is very unique and captivating. Her performances are outstanding and courageous. Se was the first female to do whatshe believed was right and not afraid to stand up for hersel. The way she dressed and styled herself caused a lot of controversy out of nothing all that she wanted to do was to be herself and that is why she inspires me like so many others. I really do not understand why she is not in the top 10?! Xx

Are you serious? Britney? Britney above people like Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Amy Winehouse, or Ariana Grande? Who tf put her on the list? She is a terrible vocalist with a poor range, a baby voice and too much fry. She drowns in autotune and plainly relies on lipsyncing in her live shows. Even in ballads where she just has to sit or stand. I honestly believe her dancing and her looks got her through the industry. If the world was fair, she would just be one of those MMC members that disappeared from the face of the earth upon cancellation. Seriously delete her. She doesn't belong in the Top 25.

When she firstly appeared she erased every other pop singer from the music scene like Madonna. Everybody was listening to her hits. Just consider that the period she was in the front row selling amazing amounts of albums and writing her name in music history, all the other pop singers just faded away. There must be something good in that girl or else you cannot explain that unexpected success. Britney I am waiting for your comeback. She can become again the ultimate pop star.

21 Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Amy was the greatest voice of this time. Her time on this planet should be appreciated more. Her vocals were the most unique and she inspired many upcoming artists and many amazing artists we have today such as Adele, Duffy, and even dare I say Lady Gaga. She should be remembered for her voice and her music and her genius. She knew how to play guitar, drums, and piano. She wrote all of her songs and sang the most amazing acoustic sets. She was down to earth, sweet, funny, and a lyrical and musical genius. She may not have known it herself, but anybody with ears would be able to tell that. I love you Amy. RIP.

Everyone knows Amy Winehouse was greatly talented. She uses such great vocal range that her music never gets old. The music on the radio as of 2014 makes me sick, Kesha isn't even a singer she's all auto tuned. Kesha admitted herself that she's garbage sheik? So why do people like garbage? Amy was all herself, her real voice I would love to here half the singers that exist today sing without auto tune. This list is complete crap move Amy up. People can't get over the fact she was a hardcore addict, but she was definitely more than that. She was young beautiful and talented. Look at the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, etta James, Billie holiday... They all were drug addicts at one point and nobody looks down on them. Just because amy died of drinking everyone looks at her as a disgusting waste of space on this earth, well I say enough people! Open your ears and heart, even better your soul.

How is CHRISTINA AGUILERA above Amy Winehouse? Forget about Amy's demons for a moment, and think about her impacts on music and humanity. Amy had an incredible vocal range, and their was not a song of hers without soul. Amy's music was beautiful poetry (that she wrote herself). "Artists" like Christina Aguilera are just puppet shows with fake assets. There was nothing fake about Amy. Also, Look at her charity work too. Not mentioned by the media, Amy had 12 cats that she rescued at one point, spent money on strangers lifesavers surgeries without expecting anything in return, and donated to numerous charities for children, animals, and human rights. That makes her a better person than a lot of people on this list, and along with superior talent, she deserves the top spot on this list. On July 23rd, 2011, the only thing of Amy's that died were her demons. She's been free since then. We still love you Amy!

She put everything she could into her music. Her awesome songwriting, her exceptional vocals, her bleeding heart... Everything!
People don't get she was a black woman in a body of white girl. Her awesome vocals prove what I'm saying. She could go from low notes to high.
Listen to October Song, You Sent Me Flying, You Know I'm No Good and He Can Only Hold Her. Then you'll start to understand the long story I'm trying to tell you.
Not just in vocals, she had a brilliant brain, poetic as hell. October Song is the best example, but you'll sure find many more if you go deep into her career, which I really sugest.
People don't take these lists seriously. Amy Lee? Celine Dion? Whitney Houston? Madonna? Avril Lavigne? Rihanna? Shakira? Katy Perry? Demi Lovato? Goddammit. Are you being serious?

22 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

Ella Fitzgerald is in a league of her own. Her virtuosity lay not only in her vocal control or fireworks in the whistle register, but in the tremendous emotion in her voice and her unparalleled creativity. She had a sense of rhythm and harmony that has not been seen since the bebop era, and with every performance came powerful inventions that would leave you stunned every time. Given current trends in 'music, ' it is impossible to see Ella at the top of this list, but it is equally impossible for a true genius like her to be left off of it.

I agree. Ella Fitzgerald so far down the list is just ridiculous. I love music and have closely followed new and emerging artists right up to the present. I have no doubt that Ella Fitzgerald still remains the greatest female vocalist of all time. She had near perfect phrasing, pich and clarity and an uncanny ability to make every song she sang come alive with pure emotion and feeling. There may be some female vocalists who will come close to her but none will ever surpass her because she was as close to perfect as it is possible to be.

Rhianna at 13 and her autotuning? and Ella at 36. just goes to show that the public has absolutely no idea of real talent and are probably about 14. As soon as ella opens her golden vocal chords liquid chocolate comes out...breathtaking and sends shivers...she is TOP, no question...whitney was ok but tended to belt out everything and to be honest didn't sing the best songs

Ella at #50? You gotta be kidding. Hey, Kids, go listen to some of grandma's old 331/3 and 78's records. Treasure trove of truly great music before and including the 1950's. Don't get me wrong, I grew up with and like the Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, Sweet Baby James, Dion Warwick Carole King, Carly Simon, etc. But at age 64, I realize you got to go back, way back, to really hear the greats. Anybody hear of Billy Holiday?

23 Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

Tina Turner is such an interesting meld of styles. In almost anything she sings she sings with a bluesy tinge, the energy and sexual fire that would stand up to any male rocker, all the while she sings with the conviction of a church girl gone bad. Her voice, expressive and passionate, she is quite possibly one of the most versatile singers to ever set foot on stage. From gut bucket r&b, to lush orchestral rock to reggae influenced pop, to the explosive rock and roll records, to lush twangy country Tina Turner is the singers singer, and embodies a woman able to reinvent herself and survive the test of time.

Tina is most considerably and undeniably the Queen of Rock Music. She's a huge pioneer for many women in the music industry, in the Rock genre and multiple other genres, and can we not forget about the bs she went through with Ike? If I was in that situation, I would want to quit, and I'm sure most people would also, but she stuck true to herself and made amazing music. She's definitely a big role model to a multitude of people.

How Tina is not in the top ten on this list totally baffles me! People have voted for singers like Katie Perry and Ariana Grande over Tina. A lot of people would agree that Tina Turner is the ultimate female rock singer of all time, which I agree with, and would totally justify her being in the top 10, considering the rest of them are all just pop stars. Let's get Tina back to the top!

I have never believed that it can exist a TOP where singers like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin or Ella Fitzgerald are not in the first ten position. How can someone like charice pempengco who was a No Name until 3 years occupy the second position? Such a thing is not possible! This top does not really exist for me!

24 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. In 2020 she started a solo career.

Her vocal range is extremely large and so is her voice. Her vocal delivery is always moving, hypnotising and spine tingling. Hayley never fails in her ability to convey emotion in her performances and brings a bright energy wherever she goes. She may not be part of the mainstream but her vocal and musical talents cannot be denied

Only #48? Are you kidding me? As someone who mostly listens to rock music (and I swear I'm not trying to be sexist, this is just my opinion), a lot of female artists sound the same to me, especially the pop ones. However, Paramore is a awesome band, and it's amazing how much energy Hayley has whenever she sings. Her voice is beautiful and she's just got an amazing gift. Paramore's songs are great, and if you don't believe me, try listening to Misery Business, Brick By Boring Brick, Fences, Decode, or That's What You Get (just to name a few of my favorites). Her and Amy Lee are two of the best female rock vocalists (pretty rare nowadays in a world of bubblegum pop), and both have insane talent, but Paramore wins by a nose as to which is my favorite band of the two because their songs are a lot more diverse. Some of them are really upbeat and fun, while others really make you think.

47? All hell nah. I was expecting Hayley the be at least in the top 20 but Selena Gomez number 32? Katy Perry number 13? I love both these girls and they have amazing songs but its common knowledge that they literally can't sing live but Hayley has one of the best live vocals and is a great stage presence and I think that's what most of the girls higher on this list lack. I respect modern day pop singers like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry because they are great lyricalists (if they actually do write their own songs) but anyone can sing in studio with autotune but you can really determine talent by when a singer can sing live because everyone in the music industry should be able to sound relatively similar to their album and of decent quality to their voice. Sure there are singers like Bob Dylan that are exceptions to this rule but that's because he is renowned for his lyrics and to make up for lack of voice quality you have to have some exceptionally good lyrics and I honestly think ...more

Okay. Let me think for awhile. The first name I imagine when I read the topic "best female singer" is Hayley for sure. And I kinda "the hell? She's on 40th! " Haha. I believe that Hayley's not as popular as others, I mean who don't know Shakira, Madonna, Adele, blahblahblah. And, Hayley, who is she? She's even just on a band. Sadly, we're not talking about 'the most popular', but 'the best'. And not anyone ever heard Hayley's voice I guess? It's UNIQUE and she just had it right from the start. Now, I only wish that someday the name of 'Hayley Williams' can reach the top ten.

25 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.

Jackie is not just a singer she's a phenomenon! Blessed with a miraculously angelic voice from the age of eight, and the sweet personality to go with it, she has sung to full venues all over the USA and all over the world. She has sung for heads of state, including President Obama and the Japanese Royal family, and many other notable dignitaries. One of the top finalists in many competitions, including America's Got Talent at the age of ten, she continues to make more members of her audiences cry tears of joy than any other performer. Who else has been a feature on PBS national T.V. nearly a dozen times, including three (! ) Great Performances special shows of her own, while still a child? She has already sold millions of albums, each of which debuted high on The Rolling Stones charts. She still considers herself a "normal" high school kid, yet she has given herself to raising millions of dollars for good philanthropic causes! A great inspiration and role model for so many young ...more

So what if Jackie's career has been short thus far? There are many Jackie fans who have heard many of the greats on this list (trust me, they have lived long enough to do so) but they have concluded that Jackie is the best that they have heard and have voted accordingly.

Jackie has less than 1% of the total votes; why would anyone begrudge her that 1% just because she is young?

Voting on "greatness" is inherently subjective - if we were going to judge greatness based on career longevity, or number of records sold, or number of concerts given, or number of tour miles logged, we could just crunch the numbers and give the top prize to the singer with the most impressive stats; and dispense with voting altogether.

Singers like Jackie Evancho and Susan Boyle are the exceptions; they have not followed the conventional career path. That does not make their inclusion on this list invalid.

Angelic Jackie has had the God-given voice of an angel from the time she was eight until now (mid-teens). Such a voice miraculously coming from an enchanted child might have seemed more fascinating than coming from an enchanting teen, but, unlike Peter Pan, Jackie can not help growing up. She was the youngest solo performer to have a platinum album (Age 10) and the youngest to sing at a major league ballgame (Age 9). She is the ONLY solo performer to be featured in THREE PBS T.V. "Great Performances" specials! She, her family, and her Sony team continue to choose beautiful classical crossover songs that bring tears of joy to men and women of all ages, and her concerts, all over the world, are very well attended. She is likely to become a legend in her own time

Number 37 is actually a pretty high ranking. I don't resent her. I said she's young and cute and has a beautiful voice and I mean that. I also mean that she is ranked way too high on a list of all-time (and that is very important) female singers. Her career doesn't compare with a lot of the people ranked below her. Others have pointed out that she is just starting out, which is kind of exactly my point. This is an "all-time" list. In my opinion, someone who is just starting out can't already be ahead of someone who has had a great career, like Linda Ronstadt. Jackie may have a great career. Linda already has.

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