Top Ten Greatest Female Soul Singers

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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.

She is a true legend... She is probably in heaven singing while all the people who died before her listen too the voice they all missed.

Although she's dead, she is and will be a legend forever.

At her peak her voice live was unmatched

The greatest voice Earth ever heard.

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2 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

The feeling and depth with which she sings, soul singing is all about letting come from your inner most depths and let it go making a connection with the audience and the universe. Her song Natural woman is superb. Whitney was amazing look at her she is dead because she didn't make quite the same connection with her soul as what Aretha did. I feel you need to look at the whole picture when you are choosing a soul singer. At the end of the day who do you want to identify with a dead drug addict with a grand voice or a woman who changed the music industry for the better who in spite of her troubles is still standing. Wow what a woman. Such a powerful vice such deep music and lyrics

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, musicians and singers of all times!

The best soul music vocalist all times.

I love her Voice, she's great!

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3 Patti Labelle Patti Labelle Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

A supreme soul tour de force, soaring sweet tones and fantastic range, an exciting voice that kicks you in the stomach and kisses you on the lips and strokes your ears all at the same time, if you cannot hear it your are senile... Or dead...

I love Patti Labelle she my favorite singer I wish she would come to Springfield Kentucky

A serious living legend, who gave the world hits such as; If only You Knew and Lady Marmalade just to name a few.

She lifts up the whole genre.

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4 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.

I think Etta James should be number 1. She has one of the most unique voices in history. It was bluesy, jazzy, and rock and roll all in one. And it was also super gritty yet super powerful. No one sounded like her and no one will.

She has the rarity that hits deep into the soul.. Just perfect

The best, except for Aretha, who was also the best.

I am nearly 50yrs young and have just started listening to Etta James.. What a talented woman with a fantastic voice, with such a sad, sad life.

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5 Adele Apkins

If you hear her sing you will always know who she is, and most importantly, you will feel her songs connect with you in one or more ways than you can now, and that is Adele for you.

Just listen someone like you or see the video it will touch you from inside and make you cry

A blessing from god himself for this generation to be honest

Adele is the present QUEEN OF SOUL on earth

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6 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.

This woman has more impact on the singers that followed her than any from her generation, Chaka has sung on so many different artist and most important she still sounds fantastic... She is her own categoru

How many singers can sing the following great:
Rock
Pop
Soul
Jazz
Gospel
How many Aretha and Chaka that's it- but that's what great singers do - they can sing anything.

The queen. she gave us hits like Angel, Everlasting Love, Through the fire and no can forget I'm EVERY WOMAN!
the real queen of Soul and Funk

7 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.

Hello where's Anita Baker?

Soulful voice

8 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight

Yes, Gladys Knight is ethereally sublime and wonderful, a smooth, soulful, purring bunch of heartfelt aching want- all wrapped up in a beautiful bunch of ladylove!

No one can touch the Empress! Her longevity of quality voice and music far outweighs all oh her peers, and her integrity too!

Great singers on the list, but, we are talking soul singers. Close call between Aretha and Gladys.
Whitney was a pop singer... Probably greatest ever, just a cut above Mariah.
EVERYBODY WATCH OUT FOR CANDICE GLOVER! HAS THE DEFINITE POTENTIAL TO MAKE MULTIBLR LISTS... POP, JAZZ, R&B maybe soul too.

When it comes to the power of her voice,Gladys wins hands down.

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9 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige

Best soul singer of all time

One of the worst girl singers ever.

ONE OF THE BEST FEMALE SINGERS OF ALL TIME

10 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Brandy Brandy
13 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Talented, pretty and amazing voice!

14 Florence Welch Florence Welch Florence Leontine Mary Welch is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine.

Surely, if we are talking about now, Florence Welch works very well and she proves it with each song. Those tunes and her voice just makes one shiver. She definitely belongs here.

She's amazing. Best singer of the century, hands down.

15 Roberta Flack Roberta Flack
16 Diana Ross Diana Ross

I think Diana has the great potential she had her own group she stared in moves she became a solo and now has a movie made just for her and the Supremes /dream girls

Shes the est because her voice was diferenet but the heart was the same she was a soul singer loved the black culture and never felt used she always fouth for respect and love for everibody

17 Phylis Hyman

She's the Lonely Bird...
The Star and the Moon. She is simply THE BEST.

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18 Teena Marie

Teena Marie has something that Whitney, Celine and Beyonce do not have... PASSION. Listen to the way she vocally expresses a soul weeping on Cassanova Brown, without using any words.

I have seen contestants on THE VOICE and XFACTOR sing Whitney, Celine, Beyone and match them... Soemtimes even own the song. However, I have yet to hear ANYONE interpret a Teena Marie ballad and not make my ears bleed.

Listen to Teena's cover of "Wishing on a Star" or her song "Naked to the World" and you will FEEL the passion and soul this little white girl emits from her heart.

She is one of the few artists to whom I can listen over and over and not grow weary. It is always a thrill to hear the unique vocal techniques she has developed to express emotion.

Truly miss her.

Next to M.J. B Teena is without a doubt one of the best there is!

Musical Genius...one of a kind voice and song writer.

In a class of her own. Untouchable

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19 Jennifer Holiday
20 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.
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