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

Love you so much

V 35 Comments
2 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

Listing her above Aretha Franklin is a horrible travesty.

V 66 Comments
3 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

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!

God bless her family.

V 17 Comments
4 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

She is just not believable, the woman has no true soul and just screams to hit high notes.

Pop is not r&b - RnBLover

She's not even a real r&b singer, and her music is trash, the woman is just annoying, ugly and skanky and has no real soul. Even in her early days she was just a poorman's Whitney Houston. Screw this fat cow, I don't even want to think about her anymore and seeing her on here just pisses me off, as 2018 is the year to cut all people that annoy me off. It's kind of hard though when she pops up on lists that she doesn't even belong on. Mariah Fatty in the top 5 and Toni Braxton not even top 30? What is this list! - MariahCareyHater

Her voice is AMAZING! The whistle notes are everything. The low notes and how she has a multi-octave range.. I love THIS WOMAN

V 26 Comments
5 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!

The song with fly so high I could almost touch the sky

V 32 Comments
6 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.

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.

Definitely should be higher than mariah carey, mariah sucks and is a fatty!

V 13 Comments
7 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 ranks with up there with Aretha with her sheer power and vocal range.
She is very underrated. One of the best female vocalist ever...

V 13 Comments
8 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.

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

My Favourite singer of all time. Miss you BabyGirl.

V 61 Comments
9 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian and author.

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

You are a joke. I agree. Singing isn't always about having the highest range. Her voice is more unique and pleasant to listen to than other female singers who have higher tone, but annoying nasal ass voices or screeching voices. - MC1989

V 9 Comments
10 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.

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.

You must see her Liver Performance!

V 10 Comments

The Contenders

11 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.

V 4 Comments
12 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

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.

Legend in her our right and a wonderful dancer.

V 6 Comments
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.

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.

One of the best of all time and will always be

V 10 Comments
14 Diana Ross Diana Ross

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
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.

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?

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

The best!

17 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

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.

Beyonce who? - DaWyteNight

V 5 Comments
18 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.

19 Teena Marie

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 serious

V 27 Comments
20 Faith Evans Faith Evans

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

21 Brandy Brandy Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Brandy is a legend in her own right! Look up her credentials.. The things she can do with her voice! She's not called the vocal bible for nothing.. I'm surprised she is not at least in the top 10 if not top 5

I've been A HUGE fan since I was a little kid! I Love this woman! Her music, her voice, everything about her takes me to brighter places! I'm thankful for this woman!

#22. That's really shocking. She should be top 10. Girl has accomplished so much and80% of the industry is influenced by her voice. Not to mention she's the vocal bible

The Vocal Bible! Very huge influence to other singer! Legendary singer.

V 9 Comments
22 Monica Monica Monica is an R&B singer who was most popular in the 90s. Her most well-known song was "The Boy Is Mine" with R&B singer Brandy.

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!

Monica is one of the greatest singers on this Earth. She's such a great women!

Onica’s live performances match her studio recordings. This proves that she is just a natural- Ron gifted singer. One of God’s greatest gifts to the music industry. Plus she is humble and always encouraging others.

V 2 Comments
23 Kathy Sledge

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!

Just voted for one of Philly's finest and a global gift to billions! Original and outstanding, Kathy Sledge is #1 in my book!

V 131 Comments
24 Jill Scott Jill Scott Jill Scott is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?

Beautiful voice, powerful lyrics and humble presence!

Great great and more great

25 Ashanti Ashanti Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress.

Ashanti can't sing - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

She has to be higher man! Love her!

Love ashanti she is the best

Stop hateing on my idol

V 1 Comment
26 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.

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

I love Nicole's voice for r&b she should only sing r&b it fits her voice much better than generic dance-pop

V 8 Comments
27 Rachelle Ferrell

Rachelle Ferrell is probably one of the most underrated singers of all time. She is a musical genius. Her voice is well controlled- she can come from smooth to strong, mellow to rough, anything. If you would ask her to song your favorite song a certain way, she would give you chills. Her voice in itself and the way she uses it is just raw talent.

Superb singer

28 Tina Turner Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

Top of the list great! Classy, great, beautiful voice.

She has the legs and the voice bring her up

She's simply the BEST!

29 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.

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

30 Erykah Badu

Eryka should be at least in the top 10 my girl don't play

Amazing tone and beautiful high notes

As far as the art is concerned his is in a class of her own.

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.

31 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

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

trash

32 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Toni Michele Braxton was October 7th 1967 in Severn, Maryland the oldest of six siblings.She has sold 67 million records worldwide. She is been named the ''Queen of R&B'' and has one of the most distinctive voices of the late 20th century.

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

Toni should be in the top ten. who ever made this list is high on drugs or stupidity.

V 3 Comments
33 Ciara Ciara Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, model and actress. She is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

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.

34 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Love her, she died before her time and can really belt out to a good beat

Classic sound! Miss her different way of singing.

Very soulful, unic voice

The best female artist ever Amy Winehouse, I voted Aaliyah thiu as I wouldn't rank Amy number 1 one this list as she wasn't really an R&B artist, still should be up there thou top 5 Missed everyday "

V 1 Comment
35 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

Beautiful voice, carry the soul to your feet..

She's the most talented singer of 2000s

36 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and ...read more.

Christina Aguilera by far. Just go listening to Stripped and Back to Basics.

She's definitely got talent!

37 Phyllis Hyman

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.

Re

I agree Phyllis is one of a kind she should be a lot higher.

V 3 Comments
38 Charice Charice Jake Zyrus (born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, formerly known by the mononym Charice), is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. He is a transgender man.

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

V 2 Comments
39 Jennifer Holliday

Great live performer! Cheated out of the Oscar for the best sound!

40 Missy Elliott Missy Elliott Melissa Arnette Elliott is an American musician, hip hop recording artist, dancer and record producer.

Come on she's not an r&b singer but a rapper! - DaWyteNight

She got decent vocals but she's not an unforgettable vocalist, she doesn't even deserve to be on the list.

This is a rapper, not an r&b singer. - RnBLover

She is a singer, rapper AND producer.

41 Nancy Wilson

Songs in the Key of Life... She is and has always been one of the greatest.

42 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.

43 Mavis Staples

You will never ever hear a voice so soulful and smooth as my hero. I always will love the sound of Ms Mavis!,

44 Lisa Stansfield

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

45 India.Arie

She's way better than this... So much class.

Amazing vocals and writting skills

Fantastice voice! No way Alicia keys ranked higher!

46 Shanice Shanice Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox, better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/pop-rock singer, songwriter, and actress.

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

47 Fantasia

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!

I don’t know who’s ranking this list of women, but somebody done told them wrong. Fantasi should be at least in the top 20. Y’all tell me that SZA among others outsinging Fantasia Barrino? Have Jennifer Hundon night on the list but Fantasia 4 rows down. Y’all crazy!

V 2 Comments
48 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American 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.

Yeah, let's just put singers on here that don't belong on the list. Should we add britney spears, selena gomez, taylor swift and katy perry too?

Lol, she's nowhere near r&b. Who added this generic talentless pop singer to the list? - DaWyteNight

Not an r&b singer - RnBLover

How many Number One Hits? Thank you

V 1 Comment
49 Deniece Williams

This amazing artist began her career singing back up for Stevie Wonder as a member of Wonderlove. She has a five-octave range; in fact, her range is so astronomical, she was laying down vocals a third or more above Minnie Riperton on Minnie's first album (long before anyone even ever heard of Mariah Carey). She should certainly be ranked higher than #50! - SusieQ1218

Instantly recognizable high octave voice. She was calling birds long before Mariah

Simply one of the greatest female R&B singers of all time.

A songbird with the greatest sound ever!

V 1 Comment
50 Chante Moore Chante Moore

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

PSearch List

Related Lists

Best Female Singers of All Time Best Female Country Singers of All Time Best Female Pop Singers of Today Best Female Rock Singers of All Time Best Female Singers of the 21st Century

List Stats

3,000 votes
124 listings
10 years, 169 days old

Top Remixes (26)

1. Nicole Scherzinger
2. Nicole Jackson
3. Lisa Stansfield
NicoleScherzingersNumber1Fan
1. Nicole Scherzinger
2. Nicole Jackson
3. Dionne Warwick
IDrankYakWithPlies
1. Anita Baker
2. Toni Braxton
3. Aretha Franklin
DaWyteNight

WRemix
View All 26

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P