Best Female Singers of All Time


The Contenders: Page 5

81 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!

82? give me a break... taylor swift is in the top ten and Alison Krauss is in the 80s? haha broken ears or just too lazy to actually listen

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82 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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83 Marina Diamandis Marina Diamandis Marina Lambrini Diamandis, known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter.

Why isn't she in the top 50? She's my favorite singer right now! And I adore when in an acoustic version she sings 'Oh my gosh! You look, just like Shakira, no, no, you're Catherine Zeta! Actually, my name's Marina' Plus, her vocal range is more on fleek than my eyebrows - kaitlynrad11

Marina is such a talented singer, she's my most favorite indie pop/rock artist. I'm surprised I didn't see her before page 6! Her singing style is really unique and her lyrics are very original. - shotaprince

Marina has one of those super unique voices. She needs to be somewhere near Florence Welch on this list, because they're similar. Great songwriting and live vocals too, plus a nice attitude.

Beautiful lyrics & such a powerful voice. Deserves to be much higher on the list

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84 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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85 Enya Enya Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer.

This gorgeous lady is by far one of the best female singers of the young generation. She is defenetly under rated. Great voice. Keep up the good work.

Enya has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. It takes you to a happy place and is really powerful. She is my top 5 favorite artist. Caribbean Blue is one of my favorites! Should be rated WAY higher in my opinion

How can she not be in the top 10?! Perhaps the voters on this website should look outside the confines of the mainstream media and discover some real music. Ever heard of a little series called Lord of the Rings? The beautiful and graceful voice radiating those melodies belongs to Enya.

She should be at the top in any list; considering she is at the status without a single tour or single effort of sensationalism.

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86 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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87 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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89 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is an American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. more.

I honestly can't tell if half of these people's comments are sarcastic or not, I can't take them seriously. Nicki Minaj is a joke in the music industry. I'm embarrassed that somebody like her can be so popular. She shouldn't even be on this list at all.

Nicki minaj. is just trying to make a living. like everyone else. sometime we may have to do things we (don't) wont to do) to keep our job. and the money coming in. She has people over her. and you will (walk the walk ) and the talk. ) to keep the money coming in. ( you only get one chance sometime it (Depends) to prove you can (STAND TALL) and show your talent off. if you can't. do the job (someone else is in line) and will do the job, she has talent. (do your thing) other singers do there thing. ? You are still a lady after you leave the show. women do construction jobs. or etc doesn't mean they are not ladies?. we have to walk by the music. sometime to survived it's a world out there. it takes? To survived for all of us.

Nicki Mina is such a sarcastic, crazy wannabe amazing singer. Just look at this picture they put of her, she is trying unsuccessfully to make a positive living. They is famous for making inappropriate videos and mostly wears bathing suits in all of them. She embarrasses the entire music industry, is it even alright to put her on this list at all? Must be a joke.

I know everybody hates her but SHE IS AMAZING Pills and Potions is full of emotions listen to her be4 u start hating her k

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90 Dido Dido Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is a British singer and songwriter.

Dido's voice is so pure and original! How can this amazing vocalist be this low down?

Up to #1!

Live and Studio... no single difference!
The Lyrics, the Band and and of course the voice just unique and awesome

Dido is one of the only singers who writes her own music. Beyonce, Rihanna, andd others hardly write anything, how can they be rated so high? Dido has truly amazing music, she should at least be in the top 20. White Flag is one of the greatest songs in the history of music, I listen to it every day. If you haven't voted her then you obviously haven't heard her music. Her song with Eminem, "Stan", is simply legendary.

- 13 year old guy

WHO is she? - musicalemprire

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91 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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92 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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93 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.

People should know that it's not just the voice, but the passion and personality. Ones whole soul should be in the song. And Judy Garland gave it all. She's incredible.

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94 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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95 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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96 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.

A classic! - Patty_C

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97 Anita Baker

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

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98 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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99 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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100 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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