Best Female Singers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

By far Whitney has the most voice control ever, she has set the standards for singing that has not been matched, she is also the most influential singer in the world.

I didn't mean to thumbs up your comment and it won't let me take it back. But to say Mariah is the most influential is just stupid. She influenced people to get naked and sing in bathtubs and that was when she was "at the top of her game" Whitney sadly did a bathtub at the end cause she didn't need sex appeal to sell music she had that voice - Imaqt

Love you whitney you just the best singer I ever heard and the most awarded. Maybe your voice isn't there anymore but I will always love you for the joy and the emotions you give me when I hear your songs.

Who on earth can compare to Whitney Houston when she is on the stage? Thank God to bestow the greatest singer of all time that we all can enjoy her beautiful voice. Even though she cannot sing like she used to be in the late 1990s, her incomparable voice and all beautiful melodies will always impress in my mind.

SHE TRULY WAS THE VOICE! - naturalgirlflow

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2 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy 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's voice is just incomparable, there's nothing else I can say about it, its beautifully pure, angelic and very very unique. Just an all round perfect voice with the ability of going really being like a big bonus. Just listen to Never Too Far to get a sense of what shes capable of and then listen to Bliss which shows off her higher range (whistle notes)

I LOVE HER she is very consistent with his work, although when I she was not famous anymore as it once was, but around the world who does not know the voice capability is pretty amazing. Class singer Beyonce was even I do not think it can match its octave voice is very high.

Simply The Best!

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3 Celine Dion Celine Dion

Definitely deserves #1. I have never heard a singer who gives me chills up and down the spine as she does. Just listen to her rendition of "Oh Holy Night". Her range is beyond incredible.

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.

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.

She absolutely deserves to be number one!

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4 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

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

Rolling stone rated her #1 for the greatest singers of all time. She was even higher than a bunch of guys she should be #1 on this list - mitchiscool

Nothing needs to be said just amazing singer, great vocals a lot of talent really worked with some amazing artists as well.

Don't know why there is any doubt...50 years on and the only voices to touch Aretha are Ella and Billie...who preceded her...of the rest Dusty, Annie (Lennox), Joni and Linda...

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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 more.

She has one of the highest vocal ranges in music history, a superb 4 octave range! She is definitely one of the best and one of the highest selling artists!

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.

Christina aguilera seriously how is she not top 5 or even first she is beautiful brilliant singer always has a standing ovation and you never cease to be amazed and amazing vocal range


Just forget about how she messed up the National Anthem,she is ultra-talented and deserves to be above Mariah Carey. - Hellohi

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6 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 more.

Are you freaking kidding me?!
Adele is below Kesha, Lady Gaga, and Hillary Duff...?
Adele is definitely top 3 material.
You moronic people voting for Disney channel kids and pop blunders need to get a grip on what TALENT is...

This woman is unbelievable. Sure, whitney, beyonce etc are impressive singers, but only listening to adeles pure voice gives me the chills

That's because the tone/color of her voice draws people to her, but based off of what she can do with her voice and how she uses it, she is not the best vocalist of all time. - anewman

Adele has amazing talent! She is one of the greatest singers of all times! Why is she on 127th place? I don't get it.. Adele is an incredible person and singer-songwriter! Vote for her!

She's an incredible woman I love the way she bring it up and down.

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7 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 more.

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. - chipower

Beyonce is the singer at all the time she has lots of talents than any other female singer. Beyonce she is sexy and beautiful than any other women. Beyonce is better than rihanna and lady gaga even better than any other female singer. THEIR IS ONLY ONE BEYONCE IN THE WORLD...

Beyonce is my ultimate idol. She is so talented! She can sing, dance, and act! I also love her song irreplaceable for me she is the best!

This is my idol she litterly describes da bomb

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8 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.

Seriously? 103?
Shes much better than most of the others above
Dude, at least shes well known!
I love her!

The fact that she's well known has nothing to do with her vocal ability. - anewman

She should be higher on this list, she's young and has a really bright future ahead of her. Love her!

Katy Perry is the best singer! I was sure that she would be at least 2nd after Gaga... But she is 87! That's more than incredible! I am not music addict and know inconsiderable number of singers! But I have never heard about Sarah Brin... Who is she? Why is she the first if people who are not fans of music do not know her whereas they know those who are 87?

I think saying that just because you don't know who the people above her are doesn't mean she should be #1. Your knowledge isn't necessarily everyone else's knowledge. And if you don't know who the people above her are, listen to them! Expand your musical knowledge. I have listened to hundreds of female vocalists and in my opinion, Aretha Franklin is the greatest. But for all I know, there may be someone else out there who is better than Aretha that I haven't heard. - EGBrett

Just love her!

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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!
love her beautiful voice!
she amazing!
Amy and Evanescence forever!
She must be first!

Sincerely, Amy Lee deserves the first place, her voice is the most amazing I have ever heard, so beautiful that I run to my dad every time I hear her and tell him, judge her, he just says, wow.. I ran out of words, all I gotta say is that my dream is to sing like her, almost impossible.. But she has an Angel Voice.

Why is she so low on this list, her vocals are amazing and her songs are enchanting

BRING MEE TOO LIFEEE! I’m sorry. I had to do that.

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

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.

. Come on. Shania Twain, Avril LaVigne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Britney Spears have NO BUSINESS being anywhere near the vicinity of P!NK's category. Not even Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga has anything on P!NK. Please people, who the hell put this together? It's bull. Miley Cyrus right smack in the middle of P!NK and Janis Joplin? No way. I don't dislike Miley, but NO, un-uh. Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson are way better than all of those, but still fall under P!NK. I agree Whitney Houston belongs on top, but so does Janis Joplin. Madonna belongs very high on the list. But then comes P!NK with or above the rest of the well-knowns. Many of the names I didn't know. Just want to say that I just took my daughter to P!NK's concert in Louisville for her 1st concert experience and she blew us away, hands down best concert I've ever been too. Her singing ability, her music, her stage presence/performance, her style, and her amazing talent as an aerialist (which sets her apart ...more

Genuinely hard to judge pop singers since pop is the one genre where you don't have to be talented vocally, if you are you can't show it, which is why I want to see Taylor Swift in metal, R&B, rock or soul since these are the only genre where a singer can show their range unless it is screamo metal

You've got to be kidding me. the amazing Alecia Moore is worse than Britney spears? Come on people Think P!NK!

All time favorites especially her what about us. Heart touching

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The Newcomers

? Rebecca Sugar Rebecca Sugar Rebecca Rea Sugar is a Jewish American animator, composer and director. She is best known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, which has made her the first woman to independently create a series for the network.

Thank you Rebecca I love steven universe! - maymay17

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The Contenders

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

Are you kidding, she's in 15?... She suppose to top 3, she's all the time singer, and successfully an "icon".
- Strong voice character
- Breath is technique it self, and she's ana expert breath technique (when she breath for next lyric line, its sounds like smooth sigh which bold the lyric itself).
- And surely, have most great Songclip video
- Sexy, in all way

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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She is not Celine Dion.. But The way she sings it's so unique and original! Love you Queen


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12 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . more.

Lady gaga is awesome she is comfortable warring any thing rock on girl

Lady Gaga is an Avant-Garde. She is bringing music into a new heights! She is talented and full of brandishing ideas and inner vocality.

She is amazing! She loves her little monsters and she's not afraid to show who she real is! SHE has the best tracks of 2009, 2010, 2011 like ¨Bad Romance¨, ¨Paparazzi¨ and the SUPER HIT ¨Poker Face¨! GO GAGA... GO MOTHER MONSTER!

One of th best female vocalists, has had an immense impact on pop culture & music

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13 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor 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 more.

Taylor swift is beautiful and she sings very well. she really is 1 best singer for me. I love her voice and her songs are the best songs ever.

These comments -- look at the first trait you list here and then let's rethink the whole voting her as the best ever. I like Taylor Swift, I think she's clever, and she actually writes her own music. She has a very pleasant voice, but she isn't an amazing singer.

she is so pretty and sings very, very good.! I love her.. she is my favourite singer ever! love her so much!
she is the best! i love all the songs of her!

Taylor you're the best! No one can defeat you! Especially miley cyrus, she should be at 50

Meh, I don't like her. - Catasquote

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14 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian 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 more.

Miley above Rihanna laugh out loud... She has one of the most soulful voices ever... She is surely one of the greatest vocalists of all time considering how she brings out emotions in some of her hits... Still can't believe.. She is out of top 10 at the least..

She's got the best voice out of all female singers... Maybe even better than Beyonce in my opinion. She is also really hot, which of course, makes me wonder why Chris Brown even hit her in the first place.

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


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15 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

AVRIL, you are the best female pop rock singer!
keep on rockin' us girl!

As she once said, "I'm the best damn thing that your eyes have ever seen" )

She is the best pop rock singer yet and writes all of her own songs that's called talent

She's the best

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16 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson

Common... She's amazing! She can sing all types of song! She has amazing voice!

A real woman who had lived a while before she became famous. Class act Peggy L CLASS ACT!

Kelly has the ability to sing high. She still my idol forever. She is the best among all singer don't give up kelly we are here to support you. We are your supporters kelly. We love you...

She has a good voice and she’s cute too and ranking the top 10 singers is too hard but she should be number 1 now but Whitney Houston’s voice is good as well.

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17 Janis Joplin 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.

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

Unique talent. As far from mainstream as you can get. Amazing soul and power in her voice. She truly becomes one with her songs. She's always "in the moment" as Randy Jackson use to say. Her voice is raw, rough, soft, tender and powerful, all within one song alone. Just an amazing woman. Look for "Summertime" Stockholm 1969 on Youtube. Goosebumps! Or Cry Baby Toronto 1970, my eyes tears! So emotional it almost makes an old man like me cry.

I am flabbergasted by her absence in this list, where she should definitely be number 1.

NERD but idgaf because she has a good voice - Shamo24

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18 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato

Demi is such an inspiring person, she is a role model to a lot of people from different places around the world and she'll always be my role model and hero.

Demi is an amazing singer!
She has got a powerful voice and she can sign really high notes.

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 - anewman

I LOVE DEMI'S MUSIC! - maymay17

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19 Ariana Grande 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". She later become a singer more.

She supposed to be on the top ten list but why 56? People she got a very powerful and beautiful voice and I just can say she's like the young of Mariah Carey. She looks stunning anytime. Try to hear to all of her songs and you won't regret it. Vote for her people!

I'm sorry to say this, but she is not an amazing singer. She has greats vocals, yeah. But her low notes are horrible (which is a important part of singing) - Chatsa2

The most amazing singer ever!

Ariana is the next big star waiting to shine bright. Little may know her, but she is a amazing singer which will yet to be found with her amazing voice.

Of course its ariana should be at the top lol just wait and see her destroy this world with her talent and u bitches licking her ass!

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20 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.

Nobody living has her credentials. She is 70 today. She is considered the "standard" for all female vocalist to achieve and they have all failed so far.

She is the most commercially and critically successful female entertainers in modern entertainment history, with more than 140 million albums sold worldwide. She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Top Selling Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre. Her last album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and registered her biggest weekly sales since 1997, making Streisand the only artist in history to achieve No. 1 albums in five different decades.

Although Streisand's range has changed with time and her voice has deepened over the years, her vocal prowess has remained remarkably secure for a singer whose career has endured for nearly half a century. Streisand is a contralto or ...more

Simply put the best singer by far. Has shown great diversity through out singing career unlike the other female singers listed here. Is easily the most successful in terms of money and awards. Barbra Streisand should be ranked at #1 if not then #2. If the survey had been conducted during the early eighties she would have easily been placed higher on the list.

Best female vocalist of all time, in terms of voice quality. Hard to compete with Barbra, Celine or Mariah

Babra is a wonderful singer with a unique voice and a lovely way of interpreting a song. Unbelievably lovely woman, funny and very attractive. Some of the best memorie I have are of evenings sitting at home with a glass of wine listening to Barbra singing. Lovely.

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21 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood


Carrie is a great singer! She sings from her heart and soul. She is beautiful and her voice matches. It was wonderful she won Idol she deserved to be a singing sensation. You ROCK Carrie - keep writing great songs.

Carrie Underwood stood on stage with one of the greatest rock singers of all time, Ann Wilson, and held her own. When Dreamboat Annie thinks that highly of Miss Underwood, her future is to be a star.

Amazing singer, favourite song of mine that she sings Jesus take the wheel, I would love to meet her one day

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22 Ella Fitzgerald 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 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?

She is one of a kind, and I mean only ONE of a kind! You can hear loads of power in her exotic, talented voice!

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.

Legend - Kean420

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23 Tina Turner 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 without question the best rock singer of all time.
I'm not a huge fan of her music but her voice is unbelievably good and I couldn't think of a better singer male or female in rock music

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!

The best rock voice in the business, it's a shock she isn't in your top 20.

What the hell she need to be in the top 10

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24 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 sing in alto.

I LOVE SELENA GOMEZ yes maybe she is not the most popular singer in the world and you listen to KISS 108 but listen the unpopular singers are so much better than the ones the are because there great VOTE FOR SELENA GOMEZ VOTE FOR SELENA GOMEZ!

What we are not gonna do is sit here and act like selena Gomez isn't well known - anewman

VOTE FOR SELENA GOMEZ LET HER at least GET INTO THE TOP 100s. She is amazing and her videos are total PRIME she can be heard on Disney Channel becaouse she always have some song to listen to
1. Shes very pretty
2. Shes an amazing singer
3. Great videos
4. Watch her on Disney Channel and the radio 5. VOTE FOR SELENA GOMEZ PLEASE I BEG YOU

Selena Gomez in 168th place? This is really disgusting. Her songs are very much better than many others like vanessa hudgens etc. She should be at least in top 100.


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

She is the most amazing singer of all time. And is also the best performer ever! x I think that she will continue to produce incredible songs for years to come!

She isn't a bad singer, but she DEFINITELY NOT the best. There are several artist out there that could easily top her. Like Freddie Mercury. It's the truth - littlestpetpet41813

britney is a singer with 7 albums in 13 years, (incuding femme fatale thats out today! ) she is a very famous singer, and she's the most best teenager ever. she's as big as madonna and she has what it take takes!

Britney Spears is the best female artist of all time. she is great singer, even better than Madonna

Her voice is terrible. Studio and live performances are tremendously fake. In the studio they use an insane amount of technology to make her voice sound decent. And live she is lip syncing. Pathetic.


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26 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

Shakira is not only an amazing singer (who can sing as well as speak in numerous languages with great expression and intensity) but she is also a lyricist and composer, musician (playing the guitar and harmonica as well as drums) and record producer. She can also bring in influences from her Latin and Arabic backgrounds into the mainstream of rock and pop. As well as this, she dances like no other performer I have ever seen and her live performances are out of this world! Her heart and soul goes into every concert and her live vocals and dancing is amazing. I don't think many people can do what she can do whilst performing. In fact, I think she is the only one...

She can sing in 3 languages, Spanish, English, and French, and she has such passion and intensity in her music. She definitely in the best EVER!

Hey, look shakira is on 38. This is really not fair because she deserves to be on the top. Love you shakira.

Should be above Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Rihanna
Most amazing singer ever, sings in several different languages as if they were her first language

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27 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Alicia Keys SHOULD be Number 1! In REAL SHE IS! She doesn't sing about things that has no purpose, her songs always means something, and she is not only the BEST she is also a good person, she has a good soul. She helps people, earth, animals and much more... She cares besides her Voice is... Amazing!... Just wonderful - Jasuwa

Used to have range and soulful riffs and runs when she started out, but matured into a deeper, more intense tone. Her voice peaked during her Diary era, where she found the right balance between soulful, straightforward, grit, depth. However, still always sings from the heart, with a tone that is silky, passionate and irresistable

She has a dynamic voice that you won't get bored listening to her songs over times. Her album was professionally acclaimed as pure R&B masterpiece. Piano really does her good. - hayreanmarjon

She has the best music ever def better than beyonce

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28 Stevie Nicks Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

This list is a joke. Aretha, Janis and Stevie are names that belong in the top ten--to have NONE of them make it anywhere NEAR your top ten is ridiculous. I vomit on your shoes and walk away in disgust.

Yep definitely had to vote to get Stevie up the ladder! To put people like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus above her is just plane insulting. These females would not have made it in Stevies day because they are not real talent they are manufactured talent (even calling them manufactured TALENT is a compliment). Put Stevie up on stage with no music and she would still be amazing, put any of the other girls up on stage without music and it would most likely be tragic.

STEVIE SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE! I cannot believe this! It is insane! But, I guess everybody has their own opinions. I just cannot get my head around the fact that Stevie is forty five! What in the world!

Stevie nicks and anne wilson of heart the best two women rock singers both should be in the top 10 along with kate bush.

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29 Amy Winehouse 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.

she might have a life that is not what I like to call something I appreciate but I have to admit great songs and the most amazing voice I have ever heard she is way better than a lot of singers on the list who were ranked higher like britney spears or madonna.

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.

She must be the first, because she's the BEST. Her voice is marvelous, her charisma is fantastic, she is simply AMAZING and she'll be always alive for me and many other people.

28th? and katy perry is a head of her okay then

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30 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

She had absolutely pure vocal tones. I could listen to her all day. Very few singers can match her for the quality of her sound, for instance Barbra Streisand, Shania Twain and Agnetha Faltskog. (Kudos to whoever put Ann Wilson on this list; she too has that quality. ) This is in contrast to such as Christina Aguilera and the late Whitney Houston, who overdo vocal flourishes. In Houston's case, the flourishes spoiled the purity of her voice; in fact, I refer to excessive use of vocal flourishes as "Whitney Houston's Disease".

Karen Carpenter was about to shine even brighter than before when she died. Check out her solo album, which is even better than her work with her brother.

The only Carpenters song in their entire catalog that I do not like is "Home for the Holidays," and that only because I hate that song regardless of the performer... only one short verse, and it's repetitive even within that!

Too many current pop singers are rated too ...more

Technically perfect. Perfect pitch, vibrato, phrasing, tone, control at low and high end of her range. Then there is the artistic perfection. Her voice is moving and pure listening enjoyment. Without a close second, my pick for the absolute best female voice of modern time. Tragic loss as such a young age.

After Karen Carpenter, everything else is vanity. I can't comprehend how the kids today can listen to all of the recent bull crap. Karen is Goddess.

Best voice I ever heard. Reaches the core of the soul like no other.

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31 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long more.

Finally, I found her. I CANNOT fathom such a list where Cher, a true musical legend, is numbered 104. It is for this reason, I do not place credence in your list. All these one-hit wonders appearing a the top of the list is just beyond comprehension.

To quote Wikipedia:
"Cher is an American recording artist, Emmy Award"winning television personality, award-winning actress, director, record producer and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award among others for her work in film, music and television. She is the only person in history to have received all of these awards. "


She is actually Ranked number 5 in the world... according to sales
Absolutely no way.. Need to check actual record sales...
1. Celine Dion 200 Million Records sold
2. Barbra Streisand 180 Million Record Sold
3. Mariah Carey 150 Million Records sold
4. Madonna 140 Million Records sold
5. Cher 130 Million Records sold
6. Dolly Parton 125 Million Records sold
7. Faith Hill - was Whitney until she stopped recording 126 Million Records sold
8. Shania Twain 122 Million Records sold
9. Whitney Houston 120 Million Records sold
10. Gloria Estefan 110 Million Records sold

How is Cher this far down on the list? The woman who pioneered so much of what the pop music industries standards are today. She built up a career by using her beautiful voice, and always adapting to the trends. She has outlasted so much of the competition and is the only female performer to have a #1 single in the U. S in each of the last six decades!

Hottest woman on the planet. I believe she is over 70 now? That makes her over 50 years older than me! but boy she really really get me going. I watch her in everything I can - old shows, news items, magazines, anything. I sooo want to see her in the flesh. What a body! And the way she moves it, is as sexy as hell. her face, her skin, her hair - all of her is pure sex, sex, sex! Awesome performer with pure sex appeal - few have it but she has it in heaps. Stunningly sexual woman. I love her.

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32 Diana Ross Diana Ross

Diana Ross was and still is biggest icon in American music history. Yes, Ms Ross is known as the "DIVA" but this woman worked hard for 50 Years and deserves the respect that is long overdue. Even Patti Labelle respect Diana Ross's ambition and spunky attitude in the 1960s but just couldn't understand it then. Patti really loves Ms Ross as she just recently stated.
Diana Ross "rocks"! at 67.

Diana is by far the BOSS. She reigns SUPREME. She is by far the best female artist who has crossed and has been successful in more music genres than any female. She crossed the charts and hit it big in POP, R&B, Jazz, Club and Dance, and Adult Comp. She is a global icon and is by far the largest American female singer who has had even bigger success outside the US. She is a trailblazer that has the best charisma than any female singer in history. She is a great entertainer that captures her audience and keep them engaged from start to finish. She brings flawless enouciation to her lyrics and brings great sensual appeal to the stage like no other.

She's the original diva. Everyone else has come after her. She set the standard for all the marvelous female singers that have reached the pinnacle since the 1960s and she deserves credit for being the first Afro-American megastar for she broke the colour barrier by crossing through various genres to be accepted by not only the fickle music industry, but by the general public inside and outside the US. She has set the standard for all others that have come after. She's truly The Boss.

A queen - anewman

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33 Ke$ha Ke$ha Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America

This Girls Voice Is Absolutely Amazing, She Defiantly Needs To Be Higher Up On The Scale. People have Said That She Cannot Sing Because Of Her Use Of Auto Tune. She Cut Back On 'Warrior' And Her Voice Is... Wow. Her Message Is Good Also, She Supports All That Are Bullied, Hurt, And That Have Not Come From Great Backgrounds. If You Listen To Her Unreleased Songs You Can Easily See Her Voice. More Proof? Listen To Her Deconstructed Mixes... Her Voice Blows You Away, It's So Clear And Angelic. Very Rarely These Days Do You Find A Girl Who Is A Great Entertainer And Can Sing. Kesha Is One Of Those Girls. I Have Been To Her Concerts Many Times And Everyone Who Went With Me Who Didn't Even Like Her Said That 'She Could Sing! ' Her Vocals Are Very Powerful In Most Of Her Music Any Idiot Can Hear Them. No Matter What Anyone Says Ke$ha Will Always Be No. 1 In My Opinion. Her Music Always Makes Me Happy In Any Situation. Ke$ha Should Be MUCH Higer On The List...

Kesha is awesome! Love the song warrior and crazy kids! Why is she at #92?

She can actually sing pretty damn well live and she also writes her own songs and even songs for other people as well. Her music is just fun and exciting and really good for partying. Some People don't realize how talented she really is.

I love love her love her music and her style

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

Etta Jame blends the sweetness & purity of Ella Fitzgerald, the emotion & phrasing of Billie Holliday with the raw power & angst of Big Mamma Thornton with perhaps just a dash of Karen Carpenters pure honey, into the most complete vocal package that God has ever gifted a woman with... End of story!

People, it's not about favourites, it's About who's the better singer. Diana Ross doesn't deserve to be high on this list.

Etta James really needs to be in the top ten. Eventhough she really went unrecognized for most of her music career, she did receive her recognition and so why can't she be in the top ten. Her pure voices are way better than Houston's over-exaggeration. Is it so typical that people don't appreciate the simplicity and the sheer awesomeness over the range of emotions she can emit with one note unlike Houston's flourishes.

Number 1 in my book.

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35 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.

I can't believe jessie's 167..! Shes the best singer ever, shes so talented and should be first especially with all her number 1 hits in the charts! I'm so shocked!

How is Rihanna above Jessie, she is a vocal acrobat while Rihanna is an average singer who just uses auto tune and is successful by dancing around naked in her videos and singing about s&m so she can get publicity while there are much better singers like Jessie J who aren't as successful despite being much more talented

That's a joke right?! Have you ever heard her singing mamma knows best live? She should be in the top 10! I understand people saying vanessa, selena or Miley are are there idols, cause those are your idols when you're young, but seriously there voices are weak. They might have a nice tone but no strengh and control! The only Disney star I agree beeing on top of the list is demi cause she's really got a good voice. But lindsey better than jessie? What the heck is wrong with you guys?

She has an amazing quality of voice...she's really a good singer..very talented singer ever!

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36 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.

She is better than all this bunch of people that they put ahead of her. Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Hailey Williams come on please do me a favor. Leona is a much much better singer than all these bunch of auto tune girls.

Bleeding Love! Was the song that makes me so into her music.
And the rest goes well as I've expected including Run, Happy and so much more.. Go Leona Lewis..

You know, I like leona because of this - she is 43rd on the chart, she's not as famous as others, but still has a remarkable voice. She did quite a good job with her "collide", but I still like "old" Leona... She's the best, and it's even better if she is more at the back - more Leona for us

I put her fifth after Whitney, Mariah, Celine, Aretha. Best X Factor contestant of all time. Incredible vocalist

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37 Patti LaBelle Patti LaBelle Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

This amazing woman is way too low on the the list if you don't believe me listen and watch any of her videos on youtube... All are timeless classics... I love you patti your my number one

The ultimate entertainer and performer!
Patti is a blessing - puresoul

Patti is a universal entertainer, no one can move a crowd like Patti her vocals are a gift from GOD. some say she screams but other say it's a voice from heaven. loved by millions for her cooking. her love for people. Patti has managed to stay currant with the times ever changing has her own line of wig products, hot sauce, bedding, if you ever meet her in person she is the same as on stage

Uunbelievable she should be so much higher she's the greatest live singer of all time. Queen of high notes and a true vocal queen, and has been relevant for over 60 years in this business. If you think your favorite singer can sing better than Patti, go on YouTube and take a seat

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38 Eva Cassidy Eva Cassidy

Ever Cassidy is low on this list only because most people have never heard her sing or even heard of her name. However, once people take the time to listen to such masterpieces as "Songbird", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Fields of Gold", "What a Wonderful Worlds", "People Get Ready", etc. , etc. , they will instantly fall in love with her perfect voice. Her converts are convinced that she was blessed with the most magical and beautiful voice they have ever heard. The number of converts continue to grow each year. I am convinced that 20 years from now there will no longer be a need to create such lists. They will all begin and end with ever. If you haven't experienced ever, do yourself a favor and join the devoted. It is only a matter of time.

The only pass I will offer up for the nimrods on this site is the fact that Ms. Cassidy didn't churn out top 10 pop trash. Comparing this one of a kind songbird with the likes of Mariah Carey is not only an insult but appropriate to the soulless times in which we live. Like Sinatra, ever was a master at making a song her own. If taking maybe the greatest song from the greatest song book and turning into your signature tune, then greatness us due the likes of Rihanna (a talentless and tuneless hack). Somewhere over the Rainbow indeed, celebrating real talent and soul will be the norm and not the find of the week.

Ever Cassidy is one of the most talented singer known to man. She deserves more then 0.1% of the votes. What is the world coming to? Have no of these simple minded voters heard of talent? Fields of Gold, a very inspiring song; a song that so many can relate to. Most of the singers on this list don't have a grasp on anything as real, they sing to sell records and make money. Not because they love what they do. And where are the likes of Tracy Chapman on the list?!

Just listen you wont regret it!

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39 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and more.

Yeah! I wanted to talk a lot, but lana has this ability to sing with as many voices
As she wants. Try to listen to her song "bel air" and her song "damn you" and her sing "summertime sadness". She performs each song with a unique nice voice than the others. She deserves to be on the top of this list

Lana Del Rey is Queen! Damn it, selena gomez, nicki minaj, rihanna... They are better than her? Get some class! What, she's 95! I can't accept it. She's got the most captivating, versatile, addictive and just the best vocals ever. Try listening to West Coast, Old Money, and just all of her songs!

YES Lana Del Rey's songs are songs that I never get board of listening to, and she has such an amazing voice and I I don't get why so many people have a hate for her, and in all honesty I think that those people are either, jealous of how talented she is, or they just don't know what great music is!

I love her shes good and buetifu

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40 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

Madonna, watch out! J Lo is coming fast, better hold on to your seat...!
If it was up to me, I'd give J Lo the titles... BEST PERFORMER, DANCER, SINGER, ACTRESS AND FEMALE CELEBRITY!

Great woman, love her.

You mean Best dancer, bad singer, bad performer, good makeup but bad singer

Great on stage even better looking!

She is very beautiful, sexy, talented woman

Jennifer Lopez one of the best singer in Latin America! She is from Brazil.
I really like her songs especially "Dance again",Feel the light""On the floor', and most of all "We are one" at 2014 about Mudial in Brazil. She is amazing!

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41 Shania Twain Shania Twain

I like her songs they always lift up my spirits. She is a legend and she is my guilty pleasure. I she shows that the vocals and beauty make good music. I love her music. Thank you Shania Twain a legend and nothing I mean nothing compares to you. B)

Shania twain is the best singer in the world, her voice is so pure and not at all forced. She is in no way fake like a lot of the singers today who lip sync or use auto tone, she has a gift and she uses it for the benefit of others, such as me who is overcoming depression and when I'm in a dark place the only thing that gets me out of it is listening to that beautiful womans voice! She is the definition of amazing and although she may not have the vocal range of some other singers, she has a more beautiful voice in itself, not just how high the notes she can belt out are but the actually voice. She is also the most beautiful woman in the world and she writes all her own songs aswell so they actually mean something unlike all the popstars today who just sing what their record label tells them to. She is perfect, I love you Shania

Shania Twain is a very wonderful singer her voice is touching and very very very sweet, all her songs rock, and I love every single one of them, she is my idol, role model, and motivator, when every I listen to her songs I get this I can do do this feeling (singing shania twain rock on girl you're the best rock on

Greatest singer. I love her songs.

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42 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman

She has an astonishing ability to adapt her voice to sing (brilliantly) in any musical style or genre - pop, rock, opera, etc. For sheer multi-dimensional singing talent and versatility, "Sexy Sarah" undoubtedly outshines the other female vocalists on this list - even the other great ones! She continually moves with the times and keeps coming up with new and inspired ideas - buy any (or all) of her albums "Fly", "Dive", Eden", "La Luna", "Harem", "Timeless", "Live In Vienna" and you won't be disappointed. Bear in mind however that they're all different! (And I've only recently 'discovered' her! )

Her music and performances have moved me like no other.
I love her recordings, but her live performances are an experience like no other.
She is out of this world, I've never felt such emotion wash over me, all the while every hair on my body standing on end. She's a modern day Muse or Siren.

Sarah's voice is like no other. she has the ability to get you emotionally attached to one of her songs. not only is she an absolutely phenomenal singer, she is also, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful people in the world. I was fortunate enough to attend one of her concerts and it certainly was an amazing experience that I will never forget. also she is a very versatile singer and shows through her songs and her different albums, not one is like the other. also if you watch her in interviews she is one of the sweeties people. she always has a smile on her face and manages to laugh at everything. so if you aren't a Sarah fan, I advise you listen to a few of her songs (Angel, Fleur du Mal, Harem, Journey Home, Only and Ocean Away, One Day Like This, Deliver Me, and Dust in the Wind are some of my favorites), and you will understand why she is beloved my so many and is the most successful soprano singer in the world.

An Angel what a heavenly voice

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43 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

This amazing singer is just beginning her career and perhaps not too many people have heard of her. Jackie Evancho has the sweetest sound ever. Once you hear this beautiful young lady sing you will buy her records and play them all the time. She has a mesmerizing voice like no other. She's that good.

Jackie will be a legend in her time. She has accomplished so much
In such a short time. During her concerts grown men and women have
Been known to weep in joy when they hear her voice. It is the
Belief of her vast number of fans that she will go down in history
As one of, if not, the best singer in the world. This young lady
Has "It" the X factor everyone wants in a singer.

Jackie was the youngest opera-crossover singer ever, and one of the youngest singers to go platinum. She has both the sweet voice and the sweet manner of an angel from above, her song choices are consistently inspiring, and she often causes people to shed tears of joy and hope on hearing her.

Das kann nicht so bleiben.

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44 Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper

Number 83?! I'm furious! Not only does Cyndi have a remarkable 4-octave vocal range, but she has the coolest personality and best heart of all singers. She was the idol of most of today's female artits, and paved the way for so many people of different kinds because she truly cares. She's so underrated. Watch a video of her or listen to her sing, and you will fall in love with her. All these years, and she is still great. Keep rocking, Cyndi!

She is so amazing. I love the way she handle her vocals and voice. Keep it up good work cyndi

correction: CYNDI LAUPER...with her 4 octave vocal range and melodic voice, she should have been in the Top 10 list

WHY CYNDI? she should be in the top ten

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45 Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.

The true test of fame is time. Ronstadt is the highest grossing female singer of all time and still has albums selling on a gold or silver record pace.

Since the 70's she has been one of, if not the, most influential female singers of all time. Ronstadt has more platinum, gold and silver albums than any on this list. Her back up band included Don Henely and Glenn Frey. She and her manager were directly responsible for putting together the Eagles and the Eagles constantly tell that story.

She has performed duets or been a backup singer on over 95 albums other than her own. On some she is not even named. She appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, Time and Country Hits. She was co-lead in the light opera, "Pirates of Penzance. " Every genre in which she sang, she became a star.

She was America's rock Sweetheart and, along with Anne Wilson, proved that a girl singer could be feminine and still play with the boys. She was ground breaking in crossover hits and covers ...more - stevenkats

Orchestral Standards, classics, pop, folk, creole, Spanish (from Mambo and Salsa to Mariachi), and lots of country - and she masters them all! She is the standard, the measuring stick against which ALL other female singers are measured. On this list, only Karen Carpenter and Sarah Brightman could carry Linda's shoes. If she ever uses Auto-Tunes, the world will literally end, it's in the Bible... Somewhere. And if she ever sings that running weakness like Aguilar, Beyonce and Carey, I'll have to jump off a bridge. And why is J-Lo on here?

I don't know anything about a singers technique or any of that stuff I can say that linda ronstadt has turned me on far far more than anyone else on this list

Great singer and song writer

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46 Joan Baez Joan Baez

She is in the top 10 on my list. Whether she sings "We Shall Overcome," Gospel Ship, Ave Maria, she brings a genuine warmth that is rare in other singers. Another poster wrote, "...she completely steps out of the way of the song..." I agree. I'm a black guy that sometimes sing solos at church. At times people will tell me how I sing with a lot of feeling. I don't tell them but along with my Mother (RIP), and black women who I heard growing up in church, Joan Baez is my inspiration.

A voice of profound beauty and honesty. At her best (which is usually without accompaniment or with just her guitar), she completely steps out of the way of the song and becomes an instrument of it. The result is some combination of soul and physics that transcends description -- which is what true art does.

Joan Baez really should be the no. 1 of the list. If you are not convinced, just listen yourself.

She should be no. 1 she isn't well known but she got in the rock & roll of fame

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47 Donna Summer Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.

Donna Summer is waaay too low on this list. She's even a better vocalist than Whitney Houston, but, then again, this list is all opinion and not fact, right? Donna Summer has a powerhouse voice and her ability to act out a song is amazing. Even to the point of being unrecognizable on a song. The lady can sing just about any genre of music. #88 is evidence that she is an underrated vocalist. She may not be as popular as she once was in her hey day, but compare her to Whitney Houston today. Enough said there! Longevity rules and so does Donna Summer. - leecappella

Donna Summer is unmatched in power, control, range and versatility. Not only is she way too low on the list. She should top this list. I can't think of another singer out there that can sing every genre of music like she could. She was effortless, no straining.. and her power. She held that mic like 10 feet away from her mouth when she was singing. When she sang gospel it was like no other. Her recordings are incomparable. She is respect by her peer and those in the music community, but lets face it the computer and online game, is a game of the younger generation, who need to discover her music on YouTube. Then they will understand - who Donna Summer really is! She is the VOICE!

I am aware that this is all a matter of personal opinion. So, I'm going ot add mine Donna Summer is the kind of vocalist that takes care of her gift. Have you heard her nowadays? She sounds just as good as she did when she first came onto the music scene. Her actress approach to her songs is unmatched. And her range is a wonderment to your ears. From one song to the next, you might not know it's her and that's because of her actress approach to her lyrics. Donna Summer is very underrated. Might be because of her association with a genre of music that a lot of people don't consider to be musi Disco. However, one of the great things about Donna is that she does what she wants and it's not just limited to disco/dance music. She's dance, pop, rock, country, ballads, world, reggae, adult contemporary, etc.

She is THE VOICE. She could sing everything like no other. She is not only the Disco Queen but also the Queen of modern music.

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48 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 WILLIAMS, she should definitely be in the top ten she has the best vocals! She should at least tie with amy lee!

Hayley Williams is the greatest singer of all time. After listening to her work any of her songs she just leaves you wanting more and more. Her pitch is perfect every time, she has amazing control over her voice and she just touches your very being with her voice. And she is absolutely beautiful, just twenty some odd years and such an amazingly talented, accomplished, and beautiful woman.

0.6%?! Is this the only percent of votes Hayley Williams deserves? People out there don't know what Hayley Williams is worth. I show a lot of respect to those at the top of the charts, like Charice Pempengco (especially because I'm a Filipino! ). But, really? Hayley Williams at #31? Show some respect to this singer who can hit the highest notes of the high in the songs of her band, Paramore.

If you still don't believe me, it's either you haven't heard her sing or you're just not living life yet.

She needs to be higher. She has perfect pitch and an amazing range!

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49 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.

I am convinced that most people who have voted in this poll have never heard Florence Welch sing... If she were as famous as some of the people placed above her, she would easily make the Top 5. I consider her the most talented female singer of my generation by far. Her voice is so unique and emotional that she could most likely make every song ever written her own and tell her very own story with it. She has the ability to act with her voice, going from an angellike sound that is as clear as a bell to a cold and almost robotic one. I have not yet found a genre she can't sing... Her epic alternative sound might fit perfectly but I've heard her sing soul, jazz, punk, pop and classic rock and in each genre her voice has its own quality. not to mention she has more than three octaves to play with which she uses masterfully and never sounds forced. As if this wasn't enough, she also happens to be one of the most carismatic live performers out there. Compared to other singers these days ...more

First I have to say this list is completely messed up laugh out loud Second... Florence Welch is one of those few talents who can sing any song you throw at them brilliantly. Her voice is unique (not one of these typical souly voices everybody considered a great singer seems to have), yet very powerful and emotional. Furthermore she's one of the best live performers I've ever seen. Not to mention her songwriting qualities... In fact I've never been this impressed by a female singer from my generation.

Florence Welch should be somewhere around top 5, but probably won't make it there just due to her not being as popular as the other artists. Amazing power at the mezzo-soprano range, beautiful usage of vibrato. Take the best opera mezzo-soprano singer and put her in rock... What you get Florence Welch. You can tell her voice is something special, when people are told to avoid doing covers because her songs are so difficult to pull off. There's a reason she performed at the Nobel peace prize ceremony and that reason is that her voice is second to none.

She has the most powerful and emotional voice

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50 Martina McBride Martina McBride

Among the very best, top 1-4. My favorite. Great voice and singer. "A Broken Wing" "Where Would You Be" "Concrete Angel" "Over the Rainbow" Great! - wsl777

I Just love this lady and her voice, I love the way she sings with her heart and you can feel her passion behind the songs. I have grown up listening to Martina, I believe she should be up with the top 5 best of all time. Independence day, concrete angel, gods will and whatever you say... Are just a small show of some of my favorite's from he. XX

Martina is one of the world's top vocalists, whether it be power ballads like "Where Would You Be" and "A Broken Wing" or the soft yet very powerful "Concrete Angel". Martina is the BEST singer out there and should be up in the Top 3!

She sings a perfect O Holy Night. A least the best female country singer of all time.

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