Greatest Female R&B Singers

The Top Ten

1 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

Whitney been my girl since I was 12 I still rock out to her songs...she is incomparable to any other female artist of her generation and for that matter this generation...when Whitney sang she put her heart and soul into everything she sang...nobody and I mean nobody could ever touch her and me personally being one of her greatest fans wish theses little young girls and so called singers of today generation that have to take their clothes off to sing could really learn something from legends like Whitney who never had to do anything but just open her mouth and sing...if you have talent and can really sing there is nothing else you need and personally I am tired of seeing these young girls take off they clothes simulate sex acts on stage just ridiculous...take some pride and act like proper young ladies...but my girl will remain #1 in my heart until I leave this earth she deserves everything she received and more...R.I.P...you deserve that

She is the greatest and should be ranked 1. Her voice is second to none beyonce dionne warwick, mary j blige, chaka khan, beyonce and all others are below her shoes. And where is jennifer hudson and celine dion they should be ranked top 3. I can't believe you put charice and alicia keys on top 15 their voices sucks

She is the best all time. Aretha Franklin is good too and had a longer career but Whitney man Whitney her voice was beautiful. She hits all the notes and perfectly. Never has anybody else given me more goosebumps or bring me to tears more then when she sang. I felt it

She's the best and no one can reach her standards (Neo)

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2 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

CMOON Who is voting. Aretha has the best voice ever. Rolling stone has her number one representing all music. Youtube one of her old songs and you will see.

Aretha can compose music. Play the piano and has a voice of soul. She is truly a great musician. She also can sing anything classical, Jazz and Gospel.

Come on she's the Queen of Soul all these people you have ahead of her are Nothing compared to her I mean come on this isn't that hard Aretha is the Queen! She's always been Lady Soul, and always will be, the fact that these people are ahead of Aretha will Irritate me to no End! Aretha is True Music, these days Peopole use so much Damn Autotone that anyone could sound Great Leave the singing to Professionals! I mean Comparing Beyonce and Aretha I mean Come on! Beyonce is Great but Compared to Aretha she might as well be a Newbie!

Hands down it's Atetha. No one comes close.

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3 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

She is amazing, outstanding vocals & vibrato, note duration, vocal range, voice control! and she hardly overdoes it. She can sing different genres with ease. She is lovely, beautiful and a great dancer. Highly respected by not just her fans, but other artists and musicians too. She has been very successful on the business side of things, as both a part of destinys child and a solo artist. She has also successfully broke into the acting career. I admire her, and so do many others.

She amazing I like you new song shes lovely beautiful and great dancer very successful broken into the career I admire he very much I love all your songs babe xx

She is so pretty and has got all it takes to be the best. She is a feminist and knows just when she is needed to run the show. She has a voice that captivates with very pleasant vocal cords. A good mum and a kind hearted lady. She is indeed the best among the rest. When it comes to fashion, she knows just what is needed to make the red carpet tremble. Her success is what keeps me moved. She has got respect for all and is forever greatful to her fans. love you Queen B. you are the best

Hate this bimbo with a burning passion. - RnBLover

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4 Mary J Blige

Yes, she is one of the best. I have mad respect for Minnie R., Aretha, Gladys, Patti, Teena. If I had to choose it would have to be M.J.B., No doubt! Mary is great and there's nothing like hearing her sing and feeling ever word as if she was singing the song for you. I have been a fan of Mary's since 93'. The real queen of hip hop and soul.

Mary J. Blige is The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul and I think that sentence only speaks for itself because this is a R&b List of Great R&B female singers and Mary J. Blige is The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul so that means she is the (Queen) of R&B music on this List, and has the ability of making everyone feel her pain and suffering and it just gives everybody Goosebumps and the Chills, it is almost scary, scary like a Cult and I mean that in a Good way.

to me mary j blige is just the realist one to ever done it, her music is so real that they're ain't no one song on her albums that you wanna skip and thats a real album. she's a great person in and out she the best period!

Queen

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5 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She won 5 Grammys, got her documentary movie "Glitter" and also one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry. ...read more.

Mariah's voice is exceptional and one of the best vocals I have ever heard. She's amazing and her music will carry on for generations to come! Love me some Mariah Carey!

Mariah's voice is simply angelic. One of the highest pitch in the industry. A true singer not just a pretty face with all the horns and whistles.

Mariah's Voice is one of a kind her or Whitney are suppose to be either one or two way above Beyonce

Pop is not r&b - RnBLover

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6 Chaka Khan Chaka Khan Chaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.

Chaka Khan is very underrated. It's a shame that the masses don't really know what talent this woman holds. She can sing any genre of music. She sings like one breathing or drinking water. In other words she sings so easy. There is no straining when it comes to Chaka's singing. Her voice is just so very strong. No one can compare to the strength of her voice. Famous singer Toni Braxton once said she can sing the most highest notes without hardly opening her mouth. Famous writer and journalist Steve Ivory said that Chaka sings as though she has 7 lungs. He also continued on to say she just opens her mouth and it just comes out and that there is no other female or male that comes on with such awesome force. I must say I concur because I have seen Chaka numerous times in concert and her live shows are electrifying. Now there have been times when her shows aren't top notch all the time but then again she is only human and everyone has an off day every now and then. However when you catch ...more

Chaka is a vocal master! She can mimic any instrument, She can take a song that is either written or sung by someone else and not only make it her own but she can make you feel it so deep in your spirit its like euphoria. She Beautiful, a Philosopher, and from meeting and speak with her... SHE"S 100% REAL yet still humble within. She not afraid to give you honesty in everything she does and music in the purest form... It gets no better that THE QUEEN OF FUNK... THE CHAKA KHAN!

Chaka has a very rare voice. Second to no one Chaka can take notes to where all others can only dream. Her range is incalculable. And when I say her voice is rare I mean it ranks with Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. She can sing anything and has the vocal ability to sing in 8 genres. I am sorry but "Ain't Nobody" can do it like Chaka.

Chaka Khan is the Ruler

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7 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Her voice inspires every girl on the planet. Her texts are the best, and the songs are the most popular in the world. Alicia Keys and her talent make everyone feel better. She lives with music, songs, albums and sheets.

The most talented and inspirational singer I ever had the privilege to listen to. She is what all women should aspire to, hard working, sincere, and believe in your self. Alicia Keys I love your fire.

Love Alicia keys she is my favourite R&b female singer she is awesome and her singing voice inspires me and she is the most powerful singer and I would love to make music with her and songs makes me feel better

Everything she sings comes from her heart. Her voice is beautiful. It's like she's been possessed by an angel. Plus she's multitasking goals. Piano and singing! Love this woman.

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8 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight

She is amazing and by far among the top two are and be singers. She has nearly sixty years in the business and she is still going strong.

The Empress of Soul

Gladys is the best pure voice. Given the ascension of Adele, it should be a reminder of what a quality singer Gladys is.

Aaliyah is a joke people! - RnBLover

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9 Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick Marie Dionne Warrick is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

One of the very few singers who has total command of melisma, modulation, communication of emotion without shouting, and the ability to navigate the time signature changes of the Bacharach-David songbook with apparent ease.

She is still recording and touring 50 years after her first hit song (Don't Make Me Over). A five time Grammy winner and charter of about 60 songs, she is also a great humanitarian -- giving back by supporting many causes and charities. The young divas of today should go to You Tube and study Dionne's technique and artistry, for she bridged the gap between R&B,
Soul, and Pop and she appealed to a wide audience spectrum - black, white,
Younger and older.

One of the very best singers of the 20th century and still recording and touring well into the 21st! One of three great singers born on December 12th in Manhattan's Jersey suburbs, the other two being Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis.

The Queen of Sophisticated Soul

Man I hate aaliyah so uch what with her weak voice and stupid music and all.

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10 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.

Aaliyah sadly is not number one because she was at a time where she was going to be OUT OF THIS WORLD huge! And come face to face with Beyonce but due to her death in 2001 at just aged 22, she didn't get that big chance. However, just in her teenage years to young adult years, she showed a great level of maturity in every single way and was still very modest but truly fantastic! Her dance skills were WOW! I'm still glad she's higher than Beyonce on the list. Mary J. Blige is the greatest but I'd put Aaliyah as no.2!

I loved Aaliyah, I don't know why, she doesn't have the most powerful singing voice, but Aaliyah wasn't about that. She had a smooth, soft voice which you can just chill to. Something has always drawn me to Aaliyah, She was beautiful, kind, talented, genuine and above all Classy. Most Pop singers & R&B Singers today wouldn't even know what to have *class* means.

The reason Aaliyah should be on this list, is because she helped create a new genre of music. She was the one that started a classically trained voice over a hip-hop beat. Always pushing to be better, changing her image, and even her sound. She was always one step ahead of the game. Music that is still valid to this day. You can't deny her star power, her name alone creates a buzz even in this present day, not many people can hold that.

Hell no she should not be here - RnBLover

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The Contenders

11 Patti LaBelle Patti LaBelle Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

The Real Underrated Queen of Soul who has been in the game for over five decades with the most recognizable and unique voice on the entire list.

She's amazing! She gives me butterflies when she's on stage! Her voice is amazing

The one of greatest ranges of all time. Easily goes from high to super high sopranos effortlessly.

What has the world come to when the woman who inspired all of these ladies is not at the top of the list!

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12 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 ...read more.

Many might not know, but Nicole can play the piano. She has a voice of soul and is truly a great musician. She also can sing classical, musical theater, opera, r&b/soul, pop, and Jazz. - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

She has a great vocal range and strong voice and is truly an amazing singer who should have more diva songs to release of her own. Her talent is often missed because of her beauty and personality on TVs.

Her voice makes me horny and brings tears to my eyes at the same time in some songs! That is amazing!

She might not have the best songs but she has one of the best voices! Ever! - DaWyteNight

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13 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 ...read more.

Best. Female. Vocalist. Ever.
Just an amazing, AMAZING voice sent from Heaven.
If you've ever heard a choir of angels sing, Anita would be the lead vocalist.
Underrated, extremely talented. "Rapture" is her best album. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Maybe not the best female singer ever, but definitely the best vocalist, without a doubt.

The Best! Does not get the credit for being one of the top 10 best ever.

I have loved Anita Baker since the beginning. Her voice and lyrics speak to all lovers. She's classic.

Best. Period. Ever. Period. How some of these other women are even on the same vote is ridiculous.

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14 Nicole Jackson

Okay...I'm pretty sure most people don't know who this is...I'm just lucky I came across her album on some site last summer...decided what the heck I'll give it a listen and was blown away by her amazing voice. It's a shame she only has one album but it is amazing she should make a comeback.

15 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.

Umm excuse me how is etta james 10 have you heard the lyrics in her songs besides talking about promiscuous activities she sings about her life and you don't know if she talks about her love to her man or her love toward her M.I. A father.

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16 Minnie Riperton

She had the ORIGINAL whistle register. Minnie had exceptional range and was one of the first singers to showcase a sweet and soulful voice. She was Mariah before Mariah existed.

Loved this woman!

The Best of the Best

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18 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

Is this for real? Rihanna is horrible! Okay she has some catchy top 40 pop tunes but her voice is horrible. She should just not be allowed on this list. And she's not even really r&b, her songs are mostly pop mixed with hip hop beats, she does not have any actual r&b songs. "Angelic voice" I just died a little...excuse me I gotta go puke after that comment. - NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan

Really she isn't an r&b singer but a dance pop star. - DaWyteNight

She shouldn't be anywhere near this list. - DaWyteNight

Definitely doesn't deserve to be on this list. - DaWyteNight

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19 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.

Sade is the only one in her league. It's hard to explain why Sade is special without sounding cliched.

Sade is in a league of her own. Peerless.
Listen to her sing Is it a Crime at Live Aid or Pearls. She has style to burn.

20 Keyshia Cole Keyshia Cole Keyshia Cole is an r&b diva who was popular in the mid 2000's with songs like "Love", "Heaven Sent", "I Remember" and "Let It Go." Keyshia's r&b is known for it's 'hood' edge to it, and a lot of this is due to one of her biggest inspirations being Tupac Shacur.

So underrated her debut album 'The Way It Is' is one of my all time favourite albums

Lol, "ice" is a Kelly Rowland song, not Keyshia Cole! How do you get them mixed up! - NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan

Like your new song "Ice" Awesome!

Keyshia Cole is one of the greatest voices of all time... I have been a fan of all the greats. But this lady of soul has come thru the door and created her own snd and soul.. When she sings it snds like its straight from the heart, she is truly not an entertainer but a singer

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