Best Female Singers of All Time


The Contenders: Page 5

81 Nina Simone Nina Simone Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Nina Simone was one of the greatest vocalists of all time. She is up there with Johnny Cash and Miles Davis in the coolest on Earth category

she blows all 100 of your women out of the water hands down. it's disgraceful she's not on the list

She's not among us anymore, but had such a soulfull way of singing. Listen to "Feelin' good"

What? Katy Perry? Taylor Swift? Who?! Nina Simone has got very deep voice

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82 Alison Krauss Alison Krauss

Didn't I see Alison's name higher up on the same list? If her votes are dispersed among more than one entry, won't that cause her to be lower on the list? Do other singers have this problem?

More Grammys than any other... Surely that says it all!

And the cutest, too - Billyv

This is rating must be guided by teenage females. Krauss' voice is better then them all. just listen to her in hands down the best.

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83 Dusty Springfield Dusty Springfield Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s.

It was once said that "Dusty Springfield had too much voice for one person to own. " How right the author of this quote was. She was perfection in the 1960s and 70s, and their was no other singer who could come close to what she was achieving then. The same can be said today. Dusty got on stage and sang, there was no taking clothes off, no parading up and down the stage in exhibitionist fashion, a style exemplified and overdone by many of today's so called "singers. " There would be no room for them on a stage comandeered by the Late Dusty Springfield, whose talent, was immesureable. The owner of a voice so rare, who is sincerely missed by all those who know what it takes to sing with a voice so sensual, and spine-tingling that it makes you want to smile and cry all at the same time.


The late great Dusty Springfield is without a doubt the best female singer God ever created. Like the saying goes when he created you he threw away the mold. Drop dead killer in all her performances a voice like no other. A singer who has been inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of Fame in the UK AND in the USA, and yet is placed at number 91, hard to fathom. Dusty Springfield is up there alongside the Aretha. Anyone with any knowledge of music, will look at this list and think what? Why is DS so far down here? Just as anyone with any knowledge of music is well aware she should be top of this jokers list.

I think it is safe to say that Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus, gaga, will not be remembered some 14 years after they leave this world. Or for that matter be even talked about for over 50 years, as Dusty Springfield is. Remembered and honored each ...more

The thought of the greatest female vocalist ever being placed down here at #91 is incredulous. Is this poll really a reflection of how people judge great singers. I think not. Dusty is a one off. A British Original, with no peer. She did it all with style and class a diva an icon and all the other titles that depict the universes best voice. She did things with her voice that others can only dream of, and many on this list would not dare attempt to do. She was born too early and was far ahead of her time, never taking credit for much of her production in the studio. She brought Motown to Britain and introduced to Blue Eyed Soul. RIP Dusty.

One the Greats of the 60S,unique and one of a special kind in vocal quality, her vocals have a connection to the's a shame that great singers don't live forever,we are limited on only what they have on their records/memories...Great artists will always be remembered...

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84 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue

Kylie has the most fabulous voice in the world, she makes me feel better every time when I'm sad :))

All the boys are singing I can't get you out of my head right now I bet. She's got a sexy voice and super slim with a fit image.

Kylie is superb with her singing and on stage.....Kylie is always great for me for 3 decades and hope for more....

She should be higher than most of these, definitely Madonna!

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85 Judy Garland Judy Garland Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

Can't believe she is so far down on the list and below singers who could only dream of having her talent. It's not just about the voice but the feeling and personality that comes with it. Without a doubt the greatest singer of her time and one of the top six of all time along with Barbra, Ella, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Linda Ronstadt.

Amen and amen! There are so many great singers, but only ONE Judy Garland. Its not just the voice that makes a great singer....its the spirit, the soul. Judy Garland gave it all.

Judy Garlands voice is incredible and no one ever comes close to hers.

Deserves to be in the top ten, in my opinion.

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86 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group more.

She is amazing... and she has some pretty amazing songs, but they are unreleased so most people don't even get to hear them... it's like whoever is managing her picks the wrong singles on purpose and the illuminati music industry wants her to fail because she didn't sell out like most of the other singers... it pisses me off when people bring up the Pussycat dolls or say "that girl from the Pussycat dolls group" she has so much more to offer than that she needs to put more of that talent in her singles that she has in her unreleased songs, live or when she sings classical so people can be exposed to it and realize that she can actually sing... she's not just another Ciara... Ashanti... Kelly Rowland... Rihanna... Beyoncé... Perry... gaga... etc. Amazing sexy beautiful talented girl who will always have a huge space in my heart but needs better music! Listen to her sing "I'll be your love" just beautiful!

Are you kidding me? Nicole is below stinky perry on a best female singers list? This woman is amazing, beautiful, talented, and really sexy! Stinky perry shouldn't even be here, she can't sing live, and perry's singing voice and her speaking voice are just grotesque! Nicole even sounds sexy in her speaking voice...I love it! Katy stinky perry sounds like a man almost, she makes me think of body oder when she talks, that raspy horrible voice! Stinky perry is horrible in every aspect! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

She's amazing, she can sing many different genres, with a huge range, amazing belt, and flawless high notes. And can sing 'I will always love you' better than Whitney Houston when she was live!

Proof that the music industry is not about talent, but about what you are willing to sacrifice for fame. The fact that katy perry is number 8 and Nicole is down at 84 just proofs that the music industry is not about talent at all. If talent was the only thing that mattered in the music industry, then Nicole, Johnny Gill, Brian McKnight, Charlie Wilson, Maxwell, Boyz II Men and Raphael Saadiq would rule the charts. The only talent we have on the charts today is Bruno Mars and John Legend. Even Zayn isn't that popular because he refused to sell his soul. - DaWyteNight

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87 Mylene Farmer Mylene Farmer Mylène Farmer is a French recording artist, songwriter, occasional actress, writer and entrepreneur.

One of the most talented singes ever.
Due to her language, she is not so popular around the world like different Brightmans or Houstons, but she is definitely unique person.
Simply try to listen to her angelic voice and you just fall in love for ever.

I guess this list is mostly by and for Americans who are rather oblivious to the other cultures and languages, self-centered, parochial, and so many other things. Otherwise, Mylene Farmer would be among the top ten. She is amazing. Listen to her Ave Maria or bleu noir and see what you think. Or watch some of her spectacular shows. A classy, literate, and intellectual artist. Please get to know her and then you will know what great music is.

Mylene is not just a vocalist, she is an artist! Her lyrics and universe are easy to get completely lost in, provided you understand French. If you like singers who write their own lyrics and have unique/alternative perspectives, try Mylene! Also a very kind, discrete person as far as I can tell.

Listen to her sing Bleu Noir on YouTube. Very touching.

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88 Alanis Morrisette Alanis Morrisette Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.

It's interesting to note the wide diversity of female singers we are comparing here. Some like britney are just froth and bubble, some are vocal gymnasts such as Whitney and Celine, some are out and out pop like Madonna. The fact is if you are really after the whole dynamic range that includes sensitivity, ballads and power rock, then there is only one beautiful star: Alanis. If you doubt here 'octave range' try to hear ''one' live. It will make your hair stand on end.

The most beautiful and original voice. With so variable songs and many greatest hits. She is the best when you add up all these things.

I think she is the BEST. Super beautiful/original/clear voice. Not only sings all her songs but also writes all her own songs/unlike so many of the other vocalists out there. ANd.. Her songs are absolutely Genius. She Plays the Guitar and piano! She's Absolutely Gorgeous (inside and out) Love her hair. She's just AMAZING. Definitely should be number 1

Another one of the best judged by idiots top three at least

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90 Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.

Top 10 vocalist, according to ANYONE who knows the topic. Too many know-nothings voting here. You doubt? Spend a half-hour on YouTube listening to hear at various stages of her career, from the '30s to the '50s, then tell me otherwise. Go ahead, educate yourself and enjoy it.

Any list of the greatest singers of all time that has Etta James at 38, Ella Fitzgerald at 39 and Billie Holiday at 74 and Dusty Springfield at 93 has no credibility. Most of the others are the stuff that this quartet would wipe off their shoes.

Any list without Lady Day has to be incomplete

Obviously only very, very young people here. Study history and learn

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91 Peggy Lee Peggy Lee Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades.

Peggy Lee can do more with four notes than most other singers can do with four octaves. Warm, intimate, impeccable phrasing and style - truly a singer's singer. One of the first songwriter-singers and one with a sense of humor with a wink, she drew you in and made you listen to every nuance in every sung syllable. As a young gay man my fond memories of being seduced to the music of Miss Peggy Lee will always be cherished.

I think when you have Lindsay Lohan & Justin Bieber on a list like this and no Judy Garland you have a serious problem! Decade after decade she KILLED! One tiny woman alone onstage until working her to death finally caught up with her!

In my opinion, the best singer in this rank till Janis Joplin. The charm and class she uses in "Why don't you do right" is already enough to explain why I like her so much

You're right. Her song,"Is That All There Is? " pretty much sums up this list.

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92 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige has one of the best voices in Music, when she sing you feel her pain and hear her cry and when she perform on stage you really feel the pain she is going through in her life and the look she have on her face whe/ she sing No More Drama Live on stage it is a look of pain and Cry and suffering and anybody that can have such a look like that on stage can sing great, and Mary J. Blige also gives us club up tempo songs as well with songs like Family Affair, and she has a Baritone 4 Octave Vocal Range as well she is The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul and where ever she Goes for now on that crown will follow her forever, and she isn't the best singer of All Time, but she is (ONE) of the best singers of All Time and really know how to hit those soulful High Notes and really knows how to work with what she got as far as her Vocal Cords Love Mary J. Blige

Mary J. is one of my favorites. Mainly becuase not only can she sing, with power and conviction, but she seeps emotion. When she sang "No more Drama" at the Grammy awards a few years back, even Celine Dion was standing up, clapping, shaking her head like, "this woman is amazin!" that is great. I love Mary J Blige style, and strength as a woman, and what she sings about in her lyrics. I will be buying her next album too.

i cut for her because she sings about real things and trys to make feel what she been through. Also it don't always be about her she try to make it to where it can relate to most of the people in this world

Mary J Blige has one of the most soulful voices of all time. She should be in the top 15.

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93 Debbie Harry Debbie Harry Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie.

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.

Shes the best singer ever.
Every teen girl should have a copy of parallel lines or eat to the beat cd

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94 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia. She became a professional country singer in the 1950s, and became one of the most important artists in American music history. Patsy died on March 5, 1963, in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. She was inducted more.

Patsy Cline is an absolute icon who transcended any single genre of music. Even though she tragically died in 1963 in the prime of her career, one thing remains clear... At any minute during the day, there is a Patsy Cline song playing somewhere. Her songs are still heard today in numerous movies, commercials, and television shows. If you've never heard Patsy, go borrow, rent or check out at the library "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits" and you too will know what millions of fans already know. There will probably never be anyone like Patsy Cline ever again. Her voice was unmatched and she set standards for singing that have been rarely, if ever, been equaled. Regardless of your age... Teen or senior... Patsy will draw you in and be someone you'll never forget, nor ever get tired of listening to.

I think Patsy Cline should deserve to be in the top ten. She had a beautiful voice and she put so much emotion into a song which is not heard today. Today a song is just sung but not with emotion. Her song "Sweet Dreams (of You)" shows the emotion that she could add with her voice into a song.
She did not acquire fans through making a fool of herself or dragging herself around on stage in skimpy clothing, she got fans because she could actually sing. She's the best female singer I have ever heard.

Most unfortunate that perhaps one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th century gets so very little attention because the record companies can't make any money off of her because she is dead.
Willie Nelson wrote the tune"Crazy"
that when he recorded it went bust.
She did it and it was a major crossover hit.
Many of the women mentioned in this list would give liberty and limb to have such talent.

If only country music today had more real country singers like patsy that were well known.

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95 Nelly Furtado Nelly Furtado Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world.

Brilliant Live performer. Stayed true on Spirit indestructible album to herself, not commercial-didn't crossover with the euro dance sound that's so in now. Big respect, but poor publicity with the album so maybe a relaunch needed to get the credit it deserves. The time she's been away for sure has affected the sales, so do listen (and support) before judging on critics scores!

she sings so good, she has a really talent, simplement incroyable :)
after fours albums and one best of, she will comes back next years, we can't wait at all! :)

She is the bird of the world that makes our life more happy in all the ways.

Lovely voice with unique style of voice.

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96 Dolores O'Riordan Dolores O'Riordan

She is the original and most credible female rock artist of all time. She is Irish which is a plus and she is always true to her own style and beliefs.

Distinctive voice! Gorgeous accent! She has the ability to bring the fragility and anger at the very same time. She just turned 40 and has the 8 studio albums behind her. Her performances are stunning. She has to be in Top 20 at least!

She has the the best voice in the world by far, so angelic
She is a perfect person, mom and wife
All the songs touch my heart with her voice also her lyrics are amazing
The cranberries is a dream band, the best in the world
Shortly she is the best
And I'm such a fool for her


Most unique voice of all time

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97 Joss Stone Joss Stone Joscelyn Eve Stoker, better known by her stage name Joss Stone, is a British singer, songwriter and actress.

She has such a soulful and strong voice. Plus she is not even 20 yet, so much to look forward to.

Maybe not one of the singers ever, but certainly one of the best now.
I love her music and she's got my vote ! - flammablepiss

She's got a strong and unique voice easy to listen to very good.

How can she be down here... she has a really strong voice and her singing is flawless

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98 Edith Piaf Edith Piaf Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer, songwriter and actress who became widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars.

such an amazing vocal talent! she is one of the very best by far, why is she down here at 143? she must be at the top 10 at least! her songs are so recognizable and unique at the same time, her voice is powerful and has so much emotion!

The Little Sparrow. Vote for the singer who stole my heart with her incredibly heartfelt singing.

She has such a haunting voice. Even if you don't understand French you will be touched by the wonder of it.

She must be top 10 at least

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99 Anita Baker Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which more.

Her voice is pure gold... like velvet! Her pitch is perfect and her soul is flawless... definitely my fav!

Her songs take you to a very special place... Touches your soul..

My favorite artist of all times


100 Taylor Momsen Taylor Momsen

Not very famous, but she's very powerful vocals. Better than anyone on the list. She has a unique style and could out sing anyone. She can hit high notes without screaming like Adele and low notes like no other

Taylor has an amazing voice. End of discussion. At the age of 17, she has literally a god send voice that I will die to have. And have you SEEN her? I would die to be her.

She is an amazing singer and it seems like her band the pretty reckless are trying to brings the old rock back

A beautiful girl and a beautiful singer, Taylor Momsen really knows how to get a crowd cheering!

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