Greatest Female R&B Singers

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21 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!

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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.

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23 Brandy Brandy

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

Easy top ten vocalist.

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24 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group more.

She might not have the best songs but she has one of the best voices! Ever! - 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 can't believe that we have this woman.. she is quite perfect!

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25 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

26 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

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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.

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28 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

29 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.

30 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


31 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

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32 Ciara Ciara

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.

33 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 "

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34 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.

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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 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 more.

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

She's definitely got talent!

37 Charice Charice Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, popularly known by the mononym Charice, is a Filipina singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.

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

Charice is the best R^^B singer but not only... She can sing any type of songs
And she's proven that any part of the globe...

Who is she? Never heard of her?

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38 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.

Should be way higher. her voice is like silk

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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 is a singer, rapper AND producer.

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

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