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
Whitney should be #1 or 2 on any list of "soul" singers, period. Her vocal abilities were incomparable, regardless of what one might think of her material. Along with Aretha and Chaka Khan, she was the master of this genre.
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!
Raw, raspy, soulful, street, gospel, real, an authentic artist. She's the blue print to all female singers that came after her. She inspired the veterans before her to embrace hip hop culture. She's more than an icon, more than a Queen, more than a legend. Mary J Blige is an R&B Goddess.
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
The GREATEST LIVING ENTERTAINER, THE FIRST LADY OF MUSIC, THE GODDESS OF PERFORMANCES and THE QUEEN B
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
4? Seriously she should be 2 below just whitney
Pop is not r&b - RnBLover
She is just not believable, the woman has no true soul and just screams to hit high notes.
One of the greatest singers ever! Her discography is a dream for any artist out here. Her voice cannot be emulated
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.
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
She should be at the top of that list
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.
Has to be number 1. FULL STOP - 23MACCAja
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.
She might not have the best songs but she has one of the best voices. - DaWyteNight
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.
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
Her voice makes me horny and brings tears to my eyes at the same time in some songs! That is amazing!
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
Vote for Dionne, Aaliyah sucks!
Ms. Knight is and always be the best!
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.
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.
Sorry, but few can do what Chaka can do vocally. And NO it's not about who can out scream who. She blends her vocals so effortlessly.
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.
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.
You must see her Liver Performance!
What has the world come to when the woman who inspired all of these ladies is not at the top of the list!
The one of greatest ranges of all time. Easily goes from high to super high sopranos effortlessly.
SHE IS NUMBER 1
Unique, innovative, real.
Aaliyah always stayed true to her own style and had the it factor, which are both things a lot of R&B artists lack. She had the whole package! She could dance with flow, sing with love/charisma/passion, etc. she had the factors legends have.
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!
Shanice should be much higher, beyonce and Aaliyah are a joke compared to her. - DaWyteNight
How is Shanice not on this list...she goes unnoticed for some reason...funny I saw her on Family Matters didn't even know of her before that but she is amazing and should be at least top five...she sings like Janet Jackson sort of but much better lol...Janet should not be this high...she really can't sing that well
Hands down Kelly Price. She can sing twinkle twinkle little star and make it a hit!
Oh no yall didn't do this to Kelly at 44 seriously though smh
This girl is amazing...oh my gosh what a voice...and she has great music that you can listen to all day...it's that good...it's a shame people like overrated beyonce and no-talent having rihanna get so high on this list
In my opinion she is a true Soul/Neo Singer who is featured on a reality series R&B Divas Atlanta.
How could you leave her off!
Lol, "ice" is a Kelly Rowland song, not Keyshia Cole! How do you get them mixed up! - NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan
So underrated her debut album 'The Way It Is' is one of my all time favourite albums
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
Whitney Houston over Jennifer Hudson you serious, someone is Tone, never mind...
Not sure who the heck is doing the ranking here but Jennifer out ranks Beyonce on her worst day...shoot even if she was horse
Jennifer Hudson is clearly a better vocalist than a lot of people on this list. I would rank her #1 above Whitney.
She is amazing, but that's a little extreme. Nobody is better than Whitney! - DaWyteNight
Beautiful voice on her records, but more beautiful and powerful when she sings live.
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?
The First Lady of Hip-Hop R&B
She should be in the top 5
Come on faith
Faith should have been up atthe top of the list she has done more features and music as far as writting for others, producing and just down right really bring that old rnb soul
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 is in a class so totally by herself that really it's a bit ridiculous having to pitch her vote here when her contemporaries are more like Prince et al. An extremely dexterous vocalist, prolific songwriter, guitarist, pianist, percussionist, arranger, producer and performer! Not many on her even begin to measure up!
KATHY SLEDGE! Seriously, come on people, she's one of the most talented ladies to ever get near a microphone. She doesn't even need one. Her sweet and powerful raspy voice is unmatchable. Just listen to sing 'We Are Family' once and know why that song will live forever. Also, her album 'Heart'(1992) will melt yours.
Vote for Kathy Sledge, she definitely should be top 20 or higher. Her talent is exceptional. Probably better than some that are in the top 10 now. From an iconic singing family.
She needs to be way ahead of some of these one hit wonders! Real vocals...not auto-tunes!
That sounds good. I want to hear her album. She deserves to be higher in this field. I will refer my friends also and make them vote for her.
Beautiful voice, powerful lyrics and humble presence!
Great great and more great
Brandy should be in the top 5
If this is about PURE vocals... Brandy SHOULD be #1 if not a CLOSE 2nd.
The Vocal Bible! Very huge influence to other singer! Legendary singer.
Brandy I loved since she's on B.E.T The Game I placed her in my playlist and my top 4 singers, loved her.
Ashanti can't sing - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan
She has to be higher man! Love her!
Love ashanti she is the best
Stop hateing on my idol
One of the best of all time and will always be
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.
Aaliyah higher than Anita Baker is a joke! Aaliyah had no talent and couldn't even sing! - RnBLover
The Best! Does not get the credit for being one of the top 10 best ever.
She is the R&B, way more talented than her brother who sounded like a pregnant girl. Janet has actually made classic albums and she has changed R&B.
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
Legend in her our right and a wonderful dancer.
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
Why is this woman not in the top 10?
Top of the list great! Classy, great, beautiful voice.
She has the legs and the voice bring her up
She's simply the BEST!
I have always Thought Chante Moore has a beautiful Voice. it's ashamed that her music does not get recognize true talent. she can whistle like Mariah Carey I have quite bit of her Albums.
WHAT 75 NAW THIS CAN'T BE RIGHT
She's just a dancer/actress who decided to try singing out for the first time. And every time she sings it still sounds like it's her first time singing. Basically an older version of Ciara the flop but with acting skills. - DaWyteNight
Should not be that number
Monica record alone should rank her higher than 22 yall need to do your research and be fair when yall make these fake charts..Monica is still in the game after 20 years and has had 3 on top 100 billboard hits as well as a #1 album along with 6 #1 billboard r&b songs and has sold over 25 million albums...so stop playing and give her the true respect she deserves..#Legend
Monica...what happened to your music! You made good music in the 90's but your music sucks now, all that "I'm too good for you/I'm too good for you", I know what she's trying to do but it comes off as selfish and like most female pop singers today who think they're so great. Also her new album "code red" is trash! She needs to calm down...girl not all that!
Monica is legend! She embodies soul singing & she has been doing gracefully for nearly 20 yrs!
She is amazing
CIARA! No doubt about this chick, my favorite femal artist ever and her dance moves aren't bad at all! Yoh yoh yoh, Love like and die 4 her.
Beautiful voice, carry the soul to your feet..
She's the most talented singer of 2000s
How can such a beautiful voice be ranked outside the 100?
Toni deserves a top 3, come on guys!
How are you not gonna have her AT LEAST in the top 10. I personally would give her number 5. She paved the way for so many young female artist. We seem to only remember whats current but where music has come is partly because of Toni Braxton. Her raspy, husky, mature and distinct voice is one that can never be duplicate. In my opinion she is one of the most underrated singers. Her song Un-Break my heart has over 50 MILLION hits on youtube, remains the second best selling single by a female r&b artist, and she continues to provide hit after hit.
Sultry, husky, sexy and elegant. These are just some of the few owrds to describe the legendary Toni Braxton. With platinum selling albums such as "Toni Braxton", "Secrets", & "The Heat" she has topped charts and has conquered the grammys, Las Vegas and broadway. Oh, and keep in mind, "Un-Break My Heart" is the second is the second biggest selling single by a female singer in Billboard history
This must be a joke. How is the queen of r&b not up in the top ten and she is under rihanna the pop artist, beyonce the pretentious mainstream artist, and alliyah the overrated r&b artist who can't sing half as good as Toni can. - DaWyteNight
Lol "the best r&b singer of all time", get outta here with that. She ain't even top 100! Just cause you like her doesn't mean she's the best r&b singer ever.
How isn't she in the top 100 wow?
I love her so much
She deserve better, shes really the best r&b singer of all time. try to listen to her songs. I don't understand why she is so underrated.
Christina Aguilera by far. Just go listening to Stripped and Back to Basics.
She's definitely got talent!
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.
She has a C5 voice range...
Her song is like a live song when you listen..
Even though there is many people, she can show her talent..
she is the best for me, she is more great than Selena, Miley and Taylor..
Um. She's not even r&b...please get her out of here...at least Rihanna has some r&b influences in her songs but not Demi not at all. - NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan
U R best singer out there
Who is she? Never heard of her?
She can sing anything :))
Oprah called Charice the most talented girl in the world.
Charice can sing any song with passion.
Charice is phenomenal, very talented, awesome and amazing
Use your ears before voting... we r talking abt voice in here! Legend
I love missy Elliott because she mentored sharaya j and made get famous so sharaya j went on the four and came second
She got decent vocals but she's not an unforgettable vocalist, she doesn't even deserve to be on the list.
Come on she's not an r&b singer but a rapper! - DaWyteNight
This is a rapper, not an r&b singer. - RnBLover
You will never ever hear a voice so soulful and smooth as my hero. I always will love the sound of Ms Mavis!,
Vocal dynamics high and low! Smooth at times, gritty in others! Jazzy! Soulful! Sassy! Emotive! A songstress of all times. Vocally diverse and classic! Legendary! The most beautiful gowns! Prettiest eyes of all! An actress and humanitarian! The best!
This incredible singer is music's most diverse singer. She can belt out a song like I Can't Say No and I'm Catching Hell, and then get tender on a song such as Someone That I Used to Love. She has covered everything from Pop to Espanol. Unlike her contemporaries, Ms. Cole is not afraid to experiment with different genres...she doesn't follow the latest trends just for a HIT record, she records music with beautiful lyrics and sounds. Not to mention, she has written some good songs as well including the beautiful jazzy flavored gem "La Costa". Don't sleep on this lady, she is incredible!
Superb talent. One of the top 10 singers of all time.
Best of the Best!
My son loves her music
She's way better than this... So much class.
Amazing vocals and writting skills
Fantastice voice! No way Alicia keys ranked higher!
Soulful, whimsical and all around great singer. She deserves to be on this list even though these days, she is mostly dance pop, soft rock. She used to be quiet storm r and b, soul, and adult contemporary, easy listening, and pop soul like early Mariah. Purchase her albums Unison, Celine Dion, and The Colour of My Love. Did you give enough love, everyone talking my baby now, last to know, with this tear, show some emotion, misled all great songs. I hope her 2018 album will be better than her last few albums or so.
I love her r and b song I'm loving every moment with you
Amazing! Adult contemporary Soul at its finest.
She is just not belivable, nno soulful to me
Eryka should be at least in the top 10 my girl don't play
Amazing tone and beautiful high notes
Really too, too low. One of the best performers and lyricists.
Funny how the comments about Mariah and Rihanna are mostle negative, people voted them just to insult them since they are not R&B singers.
As far as the art is concerned his is in a class of her own.
Fantasia is by far the most underrated artist out here. She finds a way to do good ar&B and still include the gospel in her music. I know people won't agree to this but in my opinion the best female artist since 2004. She makes music that gets you through and not to mention a beautiful personality.
She is a very good singer and I think she's really pretty & I Love her music
Most phenomenal singer/performer to ever come off the American Idol stage!
1 of the best that ever did it
Can anyone please tell me why this goddess of R&B is only number 43?!? This is ridiculous! There is absolutely no one else who can compare - either in quality of sound or interpretation of lyric - with the possible exception of Angela Bofill (the only difference being that Angela sang soprano and Phyllis was an alto). What a disgrace!
I love this woman singing, she was the most phenomenal sounding female artist of all times to me.. I still have a hard time with the loss of this beautiful life and great artist.
Phyllis Hyman should be higher. Her voice is timeless.
Saw her 14 times and teena marie 10 times my 2 favorites of all time
Most versatile voice you'll ever hear...
Jazmine Sullivan is one of the best and most underrated singers of all time.
She is so downgraded her ouce is absolutely amazing
So underrated and so talented ❤