Best Female Singers of All Time

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41 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?!

Currently, "singers" are mostly sexy dancers with voice and music definitely secondary. If that is the current preference for "singers", then what can be done? A vote is a vote. However, for wonderful singers who move you like no others, there is no female singer like ever; she is simply the best. The truth is real and no debate can change it.

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42 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.

Have y'all heard All I Wanted? - chevygolderado

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43 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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44 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.

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45 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.

Sarah Brightman makes all of the pop divas like Beyoncé sound like amateurs.

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46 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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47 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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48 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

The 11-year olds who populate TTT have never heard of her, therefore they think she sucks and will never vote for her.

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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.

This list is just... come on people. Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and of course Ms Welch are way too far down. Vote for these people

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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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51 Christina Perri Christina Perri

This girl has the best voice in the whole world, you have to love christina perry, if you don't you are crazy, but if you do you are totally awesome, and I will be your friend for ever! This girl is awesome, am I right, look up christina perry penguin, arms, distance, jar of hearts, etc. You got to love christina perry people

185! No... Honestly! You rate one of the greatest female singers 185. Her voice is one of the most beautiful sounds on this planet. My female favorites are hailey williams and christina perri. This list is honestly sick

Love her song a thousand years for breaking dawn part 1 & 2 and love the song jars of heart and P. S I think she is so pretty I think she could go a lot more higher

Awesome

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

Jennifer Hudson should be in the top 20 not 68 come on research her name and go to the videos that she sings in because her notes are powerful but if you don't believe me then research "Dream Girls " she was famous and won an Golden Globe award and came to prominence in American Idol season 3 2004 come on she is definitely better than beyonce and rihanna but her career is still on its way her voice is srong can be noticed by everyone she's more of a Aretha Franklin with runs like Christina Aguilera her voice is magnificent and one day I hope Jennifer Hudson becomes top 20 in this stupid article like seriously think wise...
January 21st 2013 and why isn't Jessica Sanchez in it?

Jennifer Hudson is incredibly underrated for her vocal abilities. Her range is absolutely phenomenal and she alternates between keys beautifully. I think what strikes me the most about Jennifer Hudson's voice is her ability to get lost in a song - she sings with such passion and ease, and has performed tributes for numerous artists over the years - including the incredible Whitney Houston tribute at the 2011 Grammys. Jennifer Hudson is the voice of our generation - comparable to Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. Her performance of 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and 'Take Care of this House' at the opening of the Smith Centre in 2012 blew me away.

she sings so powerfully.. better than beyonce i reckon..

Awesome singer!

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53 Victoria Justice Victoria Justice Victoria Dawn Justice is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series including the Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101 and Victorious.

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

Horrible singer and copies Ariana grande - 1507563

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54 Minnie Ripperton Minnie Ripperton

Minnie is the number one singer ever nobody can be like her she is in the world record for hiting the highest note and holding the longest note in history

Incredible range and delivery. One of my favorites for her unique style. Just taken away too soon.

Stevie Wonder once said she had the greatest voice in the world. Enough said!

Loved her voice. "Here We Go." No other living being on the planet can or will ever be able to duplicate the vocals she produced on just that one song! what is she doing down here near Nikki Minaj? Smh...people..it must be bliss.

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55 Zendaya Coleman Zendaya Coleman

Zendaya Is sexy and role model actress amazing dancer but her voice is a little weak but yet she can hit notes more than Selena Same goes for Selena only good in acting but yet great songs I love them both

She is a rising star and the greatest 17 year old singer ever.

She can act, sing, and dance. She is an amazing singer. Why is she so far down on the list D:?

Best in the whole entire world. she is better than Beyoncé and that's my personal opinion.and she is more beautiful too.😉

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56 Perrie Edwards Perrie Edwards Perrie Louis Edwards is an English singer and a member of Little Mix who won the X Factor 2011. She is known for her strong and deep voice who inspired everyone during Little Mix's X Factor performances and during their Salute Tour. In Little Mix's songs: Move, Turn Your Face, Good Enough, Secret Love ...read more.

Perrie should be in the top ten. She is amazing, and has more power, feeling and control than nearly all of the others on this list. She's not the most famous, granted, but how does that effect voice quality? Spears is probably one of the most famous and Perrie could out-sing her in her sleep. She's the best in the group and I get goosebumps every time I hear her perform secret love song, little me, change your life or about the boy

I am absolutely in love with her voice! She has so much power and control. Just search up Perrie Edwards best vocals. Best and most pleasing voice I've ever heard!

In my opinion Perrie should definitely be in the top ten, she has such an amazing voice and Range she can sing high notes and low Notes. Her voice is just incredible.

Honestly.she should be in top 20.

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57 Bjork Bjork Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

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.

There are many quality artists on this list, but to see Bjork so low compared to those above her makes me sad for whoever composed this list. That person/group of people clearly is not reading the title of their own list. As much as I like Bjork, and may consider her my personal favorite, I won't presume to say she belongs at number one... But number 62 behind artists that can't even sing their way out of a wet paper bag is just plain wrong.

Genius. Revolutionary. Legend. Alien. One of the greatest voices of all time, and she has delivered some of the greatest albums of all time (Homogenic, Post, Debut.) I never thought electronic music would make me cry--but she has proven me wrong many times over (Vulnicura, Vespertine.) Her contribution to musical sciences is beyond comparison. Bjork was ahead of her time in the 90s. She's ahead of all of us, even now. She doesn't need to be heard on the radio--she will be heard in the cosmos.

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58 Norah Jones Norah Jones

Oh my goodness, how can such an amazing singer be rated so low. I love norah so much, her voice sends shivers down my spine, she needs to be top 5 at least.

Not only is Norah Jones incredibly beautiful, she has a voice that is unequalable in its power to melt the hearts of all who hear her sing. Her quality of voice easily puts her within the top tier of female singers with beautiful voices, and her lovely and emotional music is of the best quality.

That Norah is rated so low, is not an reflextion on Norah's singing ability or her voice, it only reflects most peoples poor taste in music. I will listen to norah every time I want to relax. Not for me, over-hyped, overrated lip syncing pretend singers. With Norah, what you see, is what you get. Natural Poise and sensulity. I personally do not like auto-cue singers. But it seems they are popular, Good luck to them.

Man! This list is wrong. This list is too much. With songs like Come Away With me and Don't Know Why, her voice is the most beautiful that I've ever heard, she just transcends you to some different place. I agree that she is not a great singer like Whitney but she is way way better than many of the singers listed above. She deserves to be in the Top 10.

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59 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox

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

Clear wonderull voice that you cannot hear every day

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60 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

145 you got to be kidding me she should at least be in top 20. She was way better than Vannesa Hudgens, Ashley & Miley & Beyonce & co. She was an angel and always should be..
R.I.P-BABYGIRLS Your biggest fan ever S

Oh hell no! Aaliyah is a joke people! She shouldn't even be in the list! She couldn't sing that well and had a weak, limited range! Her voice was childish and below average! Her music sucked and lacked originality and she didn't even write her own lyrics. This talentless waste of space offered nothing to her own songs! - RnBLover

Aaliyah was a very talanted young singer. Her voice is absolutly beautiful plus she has good beats. I was amazed when I found that she was'ent alredy on the list. She passed away 6 years ago. I still listen to her music almost everyday. Shes awsome! - sadeyes

Uhh...if she isn't so high is because she passed too early, but no I like her voice better than Beyonce. Beyonce drags her voice when she is singing and she sounds like she is giving birth, Dwytenite

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