Best Female Singers of All Time

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The Contenders: Page 2

21 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

Do your research! Babs is untouchable! Aside from here politics...she is perfection.

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

She 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.

Maybe not the best singer, but she has some the most iconic performances: 2000 VMAS Oops!... I Did It Again flesh colored suit. 2001 VMAS I'm A Slave 4 U SHE CARRIED A LIVE SNAKE ON HER SHOULDERS! 2003 VMAS Like A Virgin "The Kiss" with Madonna. 2007 VMAS Gimme More OK not really a great performance, but still iconic.
P.S Nobody even cared about when Christina Aguliera kissed Madonna because Britney and her recent ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake (who I also love) were shown.

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23 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.

Awesome - Kean420

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24 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.

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 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?

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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25 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.

Amazing voice and best performance - casuit20

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26 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.

An legend - Kean420

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27 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!

Why in the hell is Stevie number 26? She should definitely take a top 5 spot, Beyonce isn't even that great of a singer, especially not top 10 material.

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28 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.

Why is she place 26?!?!?
She should be in top 5 if not place 1.
She is way more better than for example shakira,Katy perry or whatever. Her Voice is unique and She just sings perfectly.

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29 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

I LOVE HER SONG NO ONE <3 She is also so pretty and such an inspiration!

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

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!

Awesome - Kean420

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31 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.

Should be number 1 no question

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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 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!

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.

This woman has pipes!

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34 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 hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums
Oh, what a shame that you came here with someone
So while you're here in my arms
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
We're gonna die young
Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

SHE ROCKS - RainbowArtist191

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35 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

She is an an amazing singer! Love her voice;

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36 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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37 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?

One of the least valued voices in the world and is one of the best.. She should be in top 10! She pours her soul into it and she's not afraid to look or sound ugly. She's a vocal genius

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38 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.

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

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..

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

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39 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.

Pass auf deinen Platz auf.

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40 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 ...read 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!

Lana sings like an angel... or a devil!

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