Best Female Singers of All Timehayreanmarjon
The Top Ten
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 should be called the Queen of Pop, not Madonna - KillerQueen1774V 1018 Comments
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.
An absolute corker of a beauty. had the biggest crush on her years ago but love her even more today. Yeah she's a bit fat and plasticky but I would do anything to spend a night with her wrapped around me. Given the chance of Mariah at 20 and 50 I would take the old bird anytime!V 1000 Comments
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.
Her songs are so so emotional and beautiful and adorable and it makes me feel aliveV 959 Comments
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
SHE IS AMAZING THE BEST number 1
She’s the best ❤️V 657 Comments
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.
Beautiful, gorgeous, RIP! - SwiftdawnV 269 Comments
Are you freaking kidding me?!
Adele is below Kesha, Lady Gaga, and Hillary Duff...?
WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THIS GOD FORSAKEN LIST!
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!
I am deeply in love with this woman! She has the mlst spectacular voice which can touch anyone's soul and yes, can make anyone cry.. Multiple grammy winner and an Academy winner, Adele is one of the most powerful singers of all time.. There is not one celeb who doubts her fame and success.. Also no celeb who has a beef against her, more like they are afraid to have a beef with her..V 766 Comments
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!
Sis I hate her she married a 49 old menV 705 Comments
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
WowV 677 Comments
love her beautiful voice!
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
Should easily be in top 3V 907 Comments
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!
Stunning repitoriV 461 Comments
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.
She is not Celine Dion.. But The way she sings it's so unique and original! Love you Queen
Madonna can't even sing, she shouldn't even be here - KillerQueen1774V 315 Comments
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!
I saw here in concert and she has the most amazing voice everV 205 Comments
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
The best song l have heard from Rihanna is “ We found love”V 350 Comments
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
This is a joke how is she below Ariana?V 352 Comments
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.
Below Taylor Swift?.. tells you all you need to know about these kind of listsV 115 Comments
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
Love her, I met her and she was so sweet! But (no offense) her new songs aren't meh fave - SwiftdawnV 1157 Comments
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
One of the rare artists who are always 100% LIVEV 436 Comments
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.
Guys u really have to vote for her she’s just amazing and extra awesome!V 487 Comments
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.
She is more popular than demi and ariana.. she must be in top 10V 377 Comments
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.
Simply the best and how she is below than Ariana grande and Demi Lovato or Taylor SwiftV 167 Comments
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.
Hooray! Tina is finally ahead of One Trick Pony Underwood.V 48 Comments
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.
Simply put, she has the most beautiful voice I have ever heardV 166 Comments
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 is simply awesome!V 158 Comments
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.
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!
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.
Love Fleetwood Mac I am 10 and I have there cdsV 85 Comments
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.
Awesome singer. - LightningStrikeV 103 Comments
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. "
Come on, people... GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!
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!
Cher is an ICONIC LEGEND and she's still recording, touring and performing at age 72! None better ever!V 60 Comments
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.
Not the best vocalist but definitely not the worst!
Sold more records than most artists on this list and is still outselling stadium tours and selling millions of records every year in 2018.
She is incomparable.
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!
WHY IS ETTA NOT IN THE TOP 10?!
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.
34...really sisV 7 Comments
SHE IS FREAKING AMAZING. SHE SHOULD BE AT LEAST IN THE TOP 5! SHE IS MY INSPIRATION FOR SINGING!
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.
I liked a lot of her songs when I was a kidV 206 Comments
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.
Tough choice. Took me a little while to decide. You younger music lovers listen to some music from your parents era (Joan Baez, Karen Carpenter, Dusty Springfield, Eva Cassidy, Linda Ronstadt) or your grandparents era (Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Doris Day, Billy Holiday). I do like some of the current crop (Adele, Emily Sande)V 67 Comments
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
No talent loser - The_PersonageV 26 Comments
To my opinion, Miley Cyrus is a great singer. Her songs are meaningful, pure and very passionate. I can't say why she can't be in one of the top ten, but I can tell her keep up the good work. So good luck, Miley.
she is the greatest teen singer. She's just only 18. But she is in the top 35 beating lady gaga, shakira and so on. I love her and she is the best.
This is ridiculous. Everybody knows miley should be at number 1. Shes got every thing what a singer needs. She's got beauty, voice, confidence, attitude and style. She's a born star. She is the real performer. She can sing live and perform live. She just don't sit on a chair and sings, she performs. She is the best and has all the qualities of a singer. I just love her style. You just look her and go. For me shes the most perfect.
She can actually sing. The problem is that she drowns her voice out with auto tune. - Ultron123
What... she is on fifty one... she is better than all other female singers... this is so stupid... she should be on number 1V 151 Comments
Yes! I think she's one of the best in singing because of her powerful voice at her young age.
I was hooked the first time I heard Charice on Oprah, in May 2008.
Charice's video performances are so consistently perfect that she has been repeatedly (and falsely) accused of lip-synching. As incredible as her video performances are, though, her concert performances are absolutely unbelievable. Simply put, Charice consistently delivers a pitch-perfect combination of technical skill, emotion, and pure raw power year that leaves David Foster shaking his head in disbelief. She gives her audiences chills and goosebumps & reduces grown men to tears. (A fact to which I can personally attest. ) I have NEVER seen Charice give a bad performance; in fact, I have never seen her give less than 110%. Despite her increasing fame, Charice is unpretentious and truly grateful to all who have helped her. And all of this is in a petite package less than 5 feet tall.
I can't get enough of this super-talented young lady. I've seen her perform live four times (from stage side, and the 2nd ...more
CHARICE is the only celebrity/singer/artist that I'm very fascinated and addicted by monitoring anything related to her everyday... Spending an average of about 4hrs a day in my computer at home or in the office just to read news/articles/blogs/etc, watch old and new online videos - not including listening to her music from my mobile/notebook and watching from time to time some saved favorite performances... Only a fellow chaster will understand my CHAddiction! For me, she's not only the best singer of all time but also a very good inspiration for all who dare to dream and take action to make it happen.
#299? You got to be kidding. She is compared to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Beyonce. So this list does not make much sense. Yes, it is based off opinions, but I am assuming most people never even heard Charice sing. For those who do not know her, really must YouTube her Live performances. You'll be blown away.V 350 Comments
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
Someone should start a fundraising campaign to get this loser some money for actual clothes - The_PersonageV 59 Comments
WHY ON EARTH IS THIS LADY NOT IN THE TOP TEN. I am shock and stunned. Annie has one of the best voices in the world, apart from Whitney & Aretha. What is wrong with this world. Annie Lennox is better than, Mariah, Christina, HANNAH MONTANA (come on! ) JLO, Ashlee Simpson, and almost all of the above. Get a grip people! Think before you vote!
Could any of the above reach the notes in 'There must be Angel' the way Annie does. I DON'T THINK SO!! This is the vote for the best female VOCALIST, not the best female who can get her picture in the magazines without even singing a note!!!
I have to agree... I think she is fab... And yeah hannah Montana jeez... Stark raving mad teenage girls came out in droves... That's it... I'm sitting my lil girl down this week and making her listen to into the west repeatedly until she gets it
Top 5 for sure.V 26 Comments
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 fameV 5 Comments
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!
Better than Kesha and BritneyV 81 Comments
Alison Krauss is, no doubt in my mind, the best vocal singer of all time. Just listen to her singing, then you would know what I'm talking about. You'll be addictive to her voice.
Melancholic, romantic, authentic, brilliant and recovers the value of folk music. She does not need technological traps to make real music.
Who has the best voice or who has the best studio? Listen to Allison live and you will know the answer to the first part.
The voice of an angel.V 15 Comments
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?!
Even her breathing is musical. The most amazing voice I have ever heard and I am 66 years old so I have heard a few. So sad she had to die so young.V 50 Comments
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.
Kesha is the best and should defiantly be up with Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and all of the "Greats" forget about Katy Perry, her vocals need some work in my opinion, nothing worth top 10. - vegetariansV 43 Comments
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
Alicia has an amazing voice. She is def better than Beyonce. Beyonce is a performer that takes practice where Alicia is a singer that takes talent. She can carry a note and has self confidence which is attractive. She does not have to wear sleazy clothes to get attention...she is an example of a talented lady!V 75 Comments
They don't call her Blondie for nothing. She's sexy and very sassy that's why the lads love her! She's a legend that will definitely forever live on. What a super star.
Better than taylor
Such a powerful voice love her!
Shes the best singer ever.
Every teen girl should have a copy of parallel lines or eat to the beat cd
I listen to her music 247 and watch her show 247! Bye the way bella throne and zendaya can't sing, act or dance. Victoria Justice has all those talents and she pretty. She's totally my favorite! I even met her once. I go to all her concerts too! We went to the same middle school! She was my bff in elementary school. Shes the best female singer and the best singer of all time! I love you Victoria, text me! Please
You are right and I think she is my favourite singer as well and she has a talented voice and she has funny show for example victorious and her songs are great. Actually all of her songs are great
Very beautiful teenage girl and very talented for making the the show victorious on nick and also for making the show eye candy she plays so good in that show I just think instead of being number 81 she should be number 13
She is the best best best singer in the world and she is lucky to be famous of over 1,000,000 people and we hope that one day she will be the top great singer - lewisaskew
Freak The Freak OutV 13 Comments
If more people were aware of this lady, then Dame Shirley Bassey (Wales, United Kingdom) would be right at the top of the list. Back in 1976 Shirley received Britain's prestigious 'Best Female Vocalist Of The Last 50 Years of Recorded Sound'; this award is not given out very often! And, after 55 years in Show Business her voice is more powerful than ever! Bassey is a mezzo pitch (Mid-Range) artist. Her vocal range in 'Belting Voice' (No Falsetto) is spectacular, along with her tremendous vocal projection. In the USA Bassey is know for her three James Bond Theme songs, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker, but you can't sale between 100-150 Million records with just three songs. Over the years, Bassey has recorded over 600 songs, both studio and LIVE! - Tommy93101
There is no question about it, Dame Shirley Bassey, is the greatest vocalist in the history of spoken language. The woman's pipes never age, she sounds just as good if not better today in 2014, as she did in 1953, when she was 16 and just entered the music industry. If you think about it, she was the first black woman to sing the theme song for a major soundtrack. She is the best vocalist in the history of British music, and nobody can dispute that, although Sarah Brightman does come close. Astonishing and iconic voice, if you see her sing once, you will understand why she deserves #1 more than any of these other people. She occupies a stage like you've never seen before, and it's all her voice, no fancy show, just a woman at the microphone, belting out crystal clear notes in such a passionate and dramatic delivery, the likes of which no other singer could ever do. -
Should be #1! She, not only has the greatest voice, she also has the greatest stage presence! Shirley is dramatic, funny, friendly and sexy. I have been lucky enough to see her in concert TEN times in NYC and they didn't call the famous Carnegie Hall her second home for no reason. Don't judge her talent by her Bond songs because they can't be compared to so many of her greater songs. In the USA, Shirley Bassey may be famous for those songs, but her fans will tell you that if you go on You Tube see videos of Dame Bassey performing "This Is My Life" and/or "Excuses", you'll really see and hear the greatest singer since Ella Fitzgerald.
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I liked her better when she was in No Doubt and frankly I don't think any of the coaches on the Voice are good coaches, though Pharrell is probably the best of a bad lot. They act more like cheerleaders than coaches, and the real contest is always billed as which coach can get the winner, rather than who will actually win the contest. Reality shows are pretty phony to begin with. When they show a feature on an upcoming singer, that basically tells you that this performer is supposed to be a favorite. The crowds don't help, when they always boo the slightest criticism. And there are so many "saves" and "bring backs" on the Voice that you can never be sure someone is truly eliminated. I have to admit, though, my wife loves the show. I suffer through it.
every singer in this list has her own aport to the history, I feel identificated with a lot of songs of no doubt, and the way she sing that songs is so captivating... so that's why a thing she should be higher, I'm sure that I'm not the only one xD
Why are not so good singers like Taylor Swift are on top of Gwen? I mean unlike Taylor, Gwen is more fun to listen to and more creative. Taylor is boring and annoying and she is everywhere in the radio and she thinks she is the queen of everything because just she is beautiful and what about talented singers like Gwen. My favorite song of hers is sweet escape. She should be number 1 and if she was still a pop star, she would probably top Taylor.
HHOOOLY SHETT! Gwen Stefani is in 58TH PLACE! Look, shes not the best, but shes better than all of these, stupid, self defiling and vurnerable popcrap artists(i'm LOOKING AT YOU, ARIANA GRANDE! )! Top 20, at least!V 34 Comments
Her voice is magic. She breaths emotion into every song that she sings. Her imagination is limitless. She can play two pianos at once, and connects with people. She's helped me with abuse and love with her music. No one should miss out on her talent. Her lyrics are poetry of her life, pieced together into a masterpiece. Her emotion shakes me like no other artist that I've listened to, and has been the same way since. I highly recommend you jump to YouTube and check out her live songs, such as "Precious Things", "Winter" "Raspberry Swirl" "Cooling" "Silent all these Years" and more. Some of my favorite songs by her is "Gold Dust" and "Jackie's Strength", and so much more. My favorite albums by her are "Little Earthquakes" and "Scarlet's Walk". Check her out.
I have never heard a female artist put such emotion and heart into her music since listening to Tori Amos. Plus she's a fantastic pianist and song writer. One on the greatest musicians of our time.
As cathartic as a scream. This woman has dominion over every emotion and listening to her perform is like hearing an epic battle between the best singer and the best pianist both succeeding at capturing the human experience.
Saw her live at a smaller venue and she is incredibly talented. A great singer, songwriter and musician. I will go see her every time she comes thru my town - Ned964V 10 Comments
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.
Watch and listen... enough saidV 40 Comments
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 vocalistV 94 Comments
She should be ranked among the top 3. Sia is no doubt the voice of our generation. I consider Sia and Christina Aguilera to be one of the best singers in the world. Sia has a really unique voice to listen to and all her songs are great. I cannot find a song by sia that I don't like listening to. Sia is perfection, all her songs have very deep meaning and excellent poetry. I recommend listening to her songs 'dressed in black'; a very graceful song, Breathe me, Don't bring me down, I'm in here and moon.
Okay, so let's be clear. This list is ranked on SINGING and not the backup tune. A lot of singer up above rely on the music more than their voice (pink, for example). Sia, on the other hand relies on the raw, powerful and emotional voice. My guess as to why she didn't make it to top 10 at the time of this comment would be because she is ranked way too low to be seen by most people. She should be right there with Adele, which is why my vote goes to Sia (Adele is already high at the time of this comment)
I can't believe Sia is ranked at 223. She has to be one of the greatest singer/songwriters to ever walk this earth. She sings beautifully and she probably wrote your favorite song.
Without wearing the wigs, Sia Furler looks like a run of the mill pop star. She has a powerful voice.V 58 Comments
All of those Female Artists up over #63 only has the looks.
Bjork on the other hand can make one of the greatest albums of all time!
Look at Homogenic, Post, and Debut, they were the greatest electronic albums ever created. And why she's in #63. Maybe because all of you people are judging artist of their looks not their talent of making music.
So don't underestimate the genius mind of Bjork, you judgmental idiots. - goohan
One of the greatest voices of our time. Her unique sound blurs the lines between rock, pop, synth and folk. A genius that is not afraid to do something different. Even if you don't appreciate her style, to see her so far down on the list is a travesty after all she's accomplished.
The fact that Bjork is behind artists like Taylor Swift is just a complete travesty. How many singers can do what she does? How many can do what the others do? That's what makes a phenomenal artist. She should at least be in the top 5 or 10. She is so overlooked by so many because she's not gorgeous or she's weird and not a pop star. I guess just being unique, original and completely and insanely gifted musically is not enough. How many of those others even wrote their own songs? What a joke list.
It's remarkable that someone as orginal as Bjork is so high on the list. There is hope for humanity.V 36 Comments
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