Greatest Female R&B Singers

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21 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

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

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

23 Jill Scott

Beautiful voice, powerful lyrics and humble presence!

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24 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.

Love her! Her voice is a gift from God.

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25 Faith Evans

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

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26 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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27 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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28 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.

Beautiful voice on her records, but more beautiful and powerful when she sings live.

Her voice is just outstanding. Nobody can sing like her.

Greatest voice of all time. No other R&B diva can top her.

Beyonce who? - DaWyteNight

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29 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,.

Dirty Diana, sexed her way to the top. - RnBLover

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30 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!

She is the voice of this generation

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31 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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32 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

Mariah who? - DaWyteNight

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33 Erykah Badu

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

Her music definitely isn't for everyone, me included. - DaWyteNight

Amazing tone and beautiful high notes

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

34 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.


35 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


36 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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37 Ciara Ciara

She's a flop! And her vocals really aren't all that. - DaWyteNight

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.

38 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.

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

Classic sound! Miss her different way of singing.

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39 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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40 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..

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