Greatest Female R&B Singers
The Top Ten
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
You must be a Caucasian person and know nothing about r&bid u it Whitney Houston on your list before Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle, try againV 29 Comments
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
What I love about Beyoncé is that no matter how much she forays into a more “pop” sound, she always stays true to R&B. She’s also a good person in real life.V 59 Comments
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.V 11 Comments
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!
Before Mary, RNB was nice and smooth, Whitney, Toni Brixton Luther boyz2men... et all. But then came Mary... and her peers of the time. And now, RnB is HipHop. The two feel inextracable. Even if they're not. Mary brought and brings that. Credit where it's due.V 30 Comments
She is just not believable, the woman has no true soul and just screams to hit high notes.
Pop is not r&b - RnBLover
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!
As a vocalist she is exepcional. We cannot forget all the tricky complicated melodies she wrote and the styles of melisms that influenced all a generation. She is the pupil of Stevie Wonder, a great singer and composer.
Definitely her songs changed a lot from Soul, R&B, to Pop...
Maybe she doesn't have the same quality of music and voice nowadays but we have to recognize her and her more than 20 years of career and talent
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.
I believe everything about this woman is beautiful. Her voice, her multiple talent. She is very gifted. As a person who write music and do music she is one of my top female R&B artist that I would love to do a song with.
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.V 12 Comments
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 ranks with up there with Aretha with her sheer power and vocal range.
She is very underrated. One of the best female vocalist ever...
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.
She was the queen of r and B. let's face it. She is one of the reasons why I started to get into singing. Her voice, her dance skills, oh everything about her from her personality and to the person she was, a true talent, she truly inspired me! Such a talent we have lost. To this very day I still look to her as number 1. So I'd have to say Aaliyah, baby girl I vote you as number 1
Aaliyah has inspired so many people her swag they way she sing her dancing her acting she definitely is the queen of r and bV 58 Comments
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! - RnBLoverV 9 Comments
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.V 4 Comments
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.
What has the world come to when the woman who inspired all of these ladies is not at the top of the list!
She's amazing! She gives me butterflies when she's on stage! Her voice is amazing
Aaliyah sucks, get patti higher!V 9 Comments
Janet Jackson is like an old 70's sitcom that's been off the air for over 25 years, you catch a rerun and realize that it wasn't that great. - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan
Nope. She should not be this high. Just because she has great music and was popular and loved does not make her a great singer. When looking at vocals, everybody knows that Ms. Jackson is average. Just because her brother is super talented, does not mean that she is. There's no denying that she is a pop legend and has good music but a great singer she is not, she's just a lil better than Ciara. If it weren't for Michael, she would not be as popular. I know I'mma get a lot hate for that but it had to be said. - NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan
Highly underrated vocal ability. Crystal clear, highly expressive, versatile voice with a great range. Too often, loud equals good. Singers like Janet who specialize in nuance rather than money notes get overlooked.
Love her! Her voice is a gift from God.V 5 Comments
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.
Aaliyah higher than Anita Baker is a joke! Aaliyah had no talent and couldn't even sing! - RnBLover
Best. Period. Ever. Period. How some of these other women are even on the same vote is ridiculous.V 9 Comments
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
Why is Nicole above, rihanna? come on rihanna navy vote for rihanna not others.
Because rihanna can't sing, that's why. Rihanna isn't even an r&b singer so why is she here in the first place? - RnBLoverV 24 Comments
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.
From Blues, Jazz, Soul, Country and Pop; no one does it like Ms James and over a longer span than many (1955-2011)
Etta James below Beyonce, Mary J? Are you kidding me. Beyonce' s version of At Last didn't cone close to miss James!
Really, people are you all twelve years old?
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
Ross should be top 10. 18 US number one hits and countless other high charting singles and albums all over the world, her academy award nominated (golden globe winning) performance in Lady sings the blues, 12 Grammy nominations, over 50 albums and being the front woman of the most successful female vocal group in history not to mention the mark she made on the entertainment world makes her the ultimate female pop icon.
Having singers who have not accomplished nearly as much as Diana Ross on this list compromises its credibility. People confuse strength of instrument with singing; no one else on this list has the clarity, ennunciation, stage presence, or number of hit records that Diana Ross has. These ladies are all very talented, but NONE of them has the resume that Diana Ross has authored.
She's The Supreme, Billboard's top Entertainer of the century over 18 number one records Oscar nomination Golden Globe Award winner Tony Award winner and a worldwide phenomena she's the most charted artist of all time,.
The most successful female artist in music history with 70 top-10 hits.V 10 Comments
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.
Teena Marie is my soul sister. I love her from my toes to the hairs on the top of my head. There will never, ever be another singer, song-writer, producer like Teena Marie; she is a LEGEND. She will truly be missed, but never, ever forgotten. I have followed her career from the very beginning. In tribute to her, I painted my interpretation of the cover of her first album. I love Teena Marie, she is Beautiful, just like the name of her album which was released on January 15th, 2013. She planted the seed of writing the songs, laying down the recordings, and her daughter, Alia Rose, watered and nurtured that seed into a blossoming album called Beautiful; including a song (Beautiful) written for Alia. The album is a 10; I am in love with every song on the CD.
Teena Marie has inspired and influenced many current female singers including Beyonce. She worked her butt off, but didn't sell out and always remained true to herself and the people who were influential in her life and career. Teena was and remains the most under-rated female singer, writer, musician, in many of our lifetimes. She was gifted with a truly beautiful, powerful and individual voice and personality. She is the greatest!
There has never been another voice that could come close to comparing with Teena's. I have been a fan of Teena Marie since her first album and she will always be my favorite female vocalist. This lady has a voice that is impossible to duplicate but she never got the credit or rewards she deserved for her amazing talent. How many other female r&b singers wrote he own songs, produced and played some of the instruments that are used in
Her music. This lady is an incredible talented artist and she is missed and loved by all of her fans, friends and family.
Teena Marie at 18 I'm done they can't be seriousV 27 Comments
Jennifer Hudson is clearly a better vocalist than a lot of people on this list. I would rank her #1 above Whitney.
Beautiful voice on her records, but more beautiful and powerful when she sings live.
Her voice is just outstanding. Nobody can sing like her.
Beyonce who? - DaWyteNightV 4 Comments
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