Top 10 Best Female Singers of the 21st Century

Which one of our female stars of the 21st century is the best.
The Top Ten
1 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.

I was so happy to see Sarah Brightman at #1. I agree with the voters on some of the other ladies on this list. However, Miss Brightman deserves, in my humble opinion, to be at the top of this list.

Very few performers have the ability to consistently bring tears to the audience's eyes during performances. Her vocal range is unique, and her stage presence is commanding. She is still the unassailable angel of music.

Listen to one of her classics and wonder about all the vocally challenged "stars" like Britney Spears as they gyrate and grind their way around the stage to mask their mediocre voices. Remember, as a wise man once said, "Anyone can sing pop music, but it takes a world-class voice to rise above." Thanks, Sarah, for the world-class voice and the classy act.

2 Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

Amy Lee is number 1.

So sorry, Sarah is great, but Amy is the best every time. Honestly, compared to other female singers, she is impressive.

Listen! Amy is a very underrated woman.
Why is Amy the best female singer?

Top 10 Reasons to Love Amy Lee:
1. Unique and rare voice
2. Hypnotic looks
3. Awesome beauty
4. So cute
5. So hot and beautiful
6. So bewitching
7. Great personality
8. Funny and helpful
9. Beautiful black hair
10. Charismatic and a perfect woman.

Final notes: All female singers are beautiful, but Amy Lee is a truly miraculous singer. She deserves it.

3 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 is my idol. She is the wickedly talented, one and only, mezzo-soprano who can clearly and beautifully span four octaves (C3-C7). Her voice is incredibly nimble and dexterous, allowing her to execute vocal runs and switch between different parts of her range with ease.

She also has the stamina to hold notes for extended periods, whether or not she uses vibrato. She held a 20-second note during her live performance of "At Last"!

My favorite song by far is "Hurt," a collaboration between Linda Perry and Christina Aguilera. "Candyman" was so catchy that I couldn't get it out of my head for days after I first heard it. She is the ultimate voice of our generation, and I believe she deserves to be named the best female singer of the 21st century.

4 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) 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... read more

I think she's not ranked higher because she doesn't have as much music or as many years in the industry as other artists. Her accessible persona, powerful husky voice, and maturity are attributes that drew me, a guy, to her. She shows that a powerful or popular woman is not confined to one label or another. She is elegant and graceful, but also straightforward and formidable.

Pink, Beyonce, and Adele are not in the top 10! These are three of the greatest voices of the 21st century, yet they're out of the top 10. Meanwhile, auto-tuned Rihanna, Madonna 2.0 (Lady Gaga), and Taylor Swift are in the top 10. What is wrong with you people?

5 Agnes Monica Agnes Monica Muljoto, known professionally as Agnez Mo, is an Indonesian Diva, singer, songwriter, and music producer.

Agnes Monica is the best entertainer. She is a true entertainer. She always delivers the best performance in every show. Not only is she a good singer, but she is also the best dancer and actress.

She is beautiful, smart, and diligent. She is very inspiring for the young and wonderful for the elderly. Not only as an artist, but even in the midst of a busy life, she still manages to achieve in education at both school and college. This really impresses me, not just me but also my family.

She's the best singer in Indonesia because she has international quality. People, just wait until the world knows her name. She is on her path to reaching the international stage. Dream, believe, make it happen.

6 Beyoncé 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

Beyoncé is probably one of the best singers and performers of all time! I mean, listen to her amazing vocal skills, the runs, the riffs, the scales. Not to mention the power, range, and versatility of her voice, which are simply outstanding.

She's also an awesome dancer and a good actress. She's the complete package. History proves it: She's won more Grammys than Whitney in her prime, and more than all of the other modern musicians and singers.

She's the most praised and recognized American artist of the last decade. Enough said.

7 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

Avril Lavigne was the right artist at the right time. She served as a backlash against what was going on from the mid to late '90s, which involved repetitive Eurodance music in clubs and teenybopper acts like NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and early Britney Spears. Many of these artists were factory products.

Avril Lavigne was society's attempt to be authentic and genuine, echoing the sentiment of, "Hey, it's a punk chick being sexy and ambitious, like back in the '80s or something like that." So, she was literally a backlash against commercialized pop.

8 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF... read more

Katy Perry is such a good singer and has great style too! Just look at how many hits she got for her video "California Gurls." Everyone has heard of her. Although she has only released two major albums, "Double Rainbow" should be coming out soon.

She has an amazing voice and an interesting history. She's moved on from her past and has changed a lot.

I just wish her parents, especially her dad, would accept her for who she is and not call her a "Devil Child." They should be proud of her sudden rise to fame. Katy Perry's songs actually have very true and deep meanings. In contrast, most of Taylor Swift's songs are about her breakups and how she's moved on. Plus, Taylor Swift's song titles give away the subject matter, like "We Are Never Getting Back Together." It's pretty obvious what that could be about.

9 Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age. Since 2009, she has issued an EP and eight albums, including a platinum and gold album, and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's latest album 'The Debut', was her eighth consecutive... read more

Jackie Evancho is perhaps destined to be one of the greatest sopranos who ever lived. She is certainly one of the most gifted singers of the last 100 years. Her singing voice is indescribably beautiful in its pitch and tones. Both her high and low registers are jaw-dropping for her age.

What is most prevalent in Jackie Evancho's vocals is her uncanny - and, in my opinion, unmatched - ability to convey the emotion of a song to the listener. No other singer, of whom I am either aware or have personally experienced, has ever moved me to tears. Jackie Evancho is profound in her interpretive skills and her ability to convey the deepest meanings of a piece to the human heart.

If she continues on the path she has chosen for her career, she will become the definitive measure by which other vocalists are compared.

10 K. S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

She has a unique tone and has sculpted her voice to be distinctive through clear diction and emotive interpretations of lyrics. Nobody sounds the same as Chithra.

I cannot believe she is way down here below some of these artist who I'm sorry cannot compare with the vocals of Chithra and her passion.

Chithra is a rare combination of talent, charm, and beauty. Her fans fall under her spell first for her talent. Then they discover her human warmth.

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

Her voice is very powerful but looks monotonous in her songs.

Alicia Keys is an amazing singer and should be in at least the top 10.

12 Sarah Geronimo Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo aka Sarah Geronimo or Sarah G. is a world class and multi-talented Filipino singer, actress, dancer, record producer, model, host, coach/judge, commercial/product endorser and tv personality . She can also draw and plays the piano. Sarah is popularly known as the one and only... read more

No wonder I voted for Sarah Geronimo. The first time she started singing as a kid, there was something about her that could touch the lives of many. In fact, as she grew, the more she became an adult, the more beautiful her voice became. More people love her because she can touch lives when she sings.

She gives justice to every song that she sings. She even makes them better. More importantly, the songs she sings automatically become hits here in the Philippines. She's the Philippines' Popstar Princess - a total performer. She sings, she dances, she acts, and she hosts.

13 Sia Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, referred to mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer and songwriter. She released her debut album in 1997 but mainly gained mainstrem attention in the 2010s. In 2021, she released the highly controversial film "Music". The film has received negative reviews online.

Sia should be right at the top of the list or close to it. She's a way more powerful and strong singer than most of those girls on that list. Whitney Houston is the queen. She should be at the top along with Mariah Carey and Adele.

I think whoever made this list needs to seriously rethink their placement of powerful singers. There's no way Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Adele, and Sia should be this far down the list.

The gem of the modern pop industry. She has written over 200 songs for herself and many more for other artists. She's versatile, original, unique, experienced, and her vocals are interstellar.

14 Charice Pempengco 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.

At the age of nineteen in 2011, she was the only female singer to achieve such huge recognition. Her vocal range is greater than any singer of the same age. She can sing songs by Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, and many more.

She can rap, dance, and sing effortlessly. No other singer of today's generation can beat her. She makes those legendary singers feel that their songs will now be safe and will continue to be heard by people around the world.

Her presence has prolonged the life of the music world. She gives us chills, shivers, and makes us cry. She is a true inspiration to all of mankind.

15 Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

Carrie has the purest voice I have ever heard. Her head voice in songs like Just A Dream, Mama's Song, and What Can I Say is just angelic. Carrie has amazing vocal power, which she uses wisely and with restraint. The best example of this is her performance of How Great Thou Art with Vince Gill, which became a viral video sensation. This also shows how Carrie sings straight from the heart.

It's not just about the range and quality of her voice - she has perfected that. It's about her singing being an extension of who she is. Carrie Underwood is the greatest singer of the 21st century, male or female. She faces stiff competition from artists like Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Celine Dion, and Sarah Brightman, just to name a few of the amazing female singers we have today. Make no mistake, I love these singers and many more, and I applaud and appreciate their talents.

16 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Swift is best known for writing personal songs and has won 13 Grammy Awards... read more

She deserves to be in the top 5, if not number 1. The fact that she has either written or co-written every single one of her songs is truly inspirational. Her kindness towards everyone she meets far surpasses that of her peers.

Her talent is amazing. I've seen her in concert twice. She has a beautiful voice and knows how to put on a show.

For those who say she only writes about failed romances, you are wrong. She wrote a song about how she felt when kids bullied her in middle school for liking country music. She's written songs about the pressures of being famous and the criticism that comes with it. She's written songs about friendships and how it feels to be 15 and 22. She's written songs about parent-child relationships and what it felt like when she first moved out. That, I say, is top 1 material.

17 Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

Pink hasn't really received enough fame in the US, but over here in Australia, she's actually extremely popular. If you don't believe me, look at Pink's discography and see the numerous top-ten hits. I counted 22. I know it's crazy!

P!nk is one of the finest singers the world will ever have. She never gets what she deserves. I love her. She makes powerful songs. She is powerful, daring, a good human, down-to-earth, and very funny.

I love her in every single way. She never pretends to be somebody else. She is my heart. She is my idol. She had a bad childhood, but she never backed down. She always fought back. She is a strong mother. I wish her the best. Vote everyone for P!nk.

18 Lzzy Hale Elizabeth Mae "Lzzy" Hale is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the American hard rock band Halestorm, which she co-founded in 1997.

Because rock 'n' roll is alive! This woman is sheer power, talent, and genuine emotion when she sings.

19 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

Best voice and range of any singer listed. No one touched her in her prime, not even Maria, Christina Aguilera, Sarah Brightman, Beyoncé, Shakira. Please, Hilary Duff, please - nobody comes close. Only Minnie Riperton has a better singing range.

Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Stephanie Mills, Allison William, Pattie Labelle, Minnie Riperton, Evelyn Champagne King, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight, Maria Carey, Teena Marie, Denise Williams, Mahalia Jackson, Clark Sisters, CeCe Winans - they're not all in order.

Once you've seen Whitney live, you will realize that no one can sing like she does. Whitney is the best!

20 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

I'll tell you why she's the best singer in the 21st century. Not only does she have a five-octave range, but she's more versatile than any other singer. She can sing pop, R&B, jazz, country - you name it. She has that glass-breaking high note that sends tingles down your spine. This woman's voice is the best!

Although she had most of her financial success in the late 90s and early 2000s, she is still current. I still think her voice is comparatively the most beautiful and unique. She is able to blend beautiful, ethereal, and melodious tones with raw, bluesy tones, without much effort.

21 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received critical acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy... read more

Even though Ari has been a bit childish and disrespectful to people, she's young and has learned from her mistakes. She is a brilliant vocalist, and if you listen to her acapellas, they sound exactly like how she sings the songs on her tracks.

Her latest album, 'Dangerous Woman,' is amazing, and I'm so surprised that she isn't in the top 5, let alone the top 10. You shouldn't base your vote on how much you like the person. You should base it on the truth. She is incredible.

Isn't it obvious that she is the best singer out of any of these people on this list? You personally may not like her or how high she can get, but nobody else is as talented or better than her. She has a wide range of vocals and can hit notes that no one else in the world can hit. So even if this list says she's 23rd, it's clear that she should be number 1.

22 Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

What more can I say? She is and will remain the best for this century. She sings with one of the most beautiful voices and in two of the most beautiful languages in the world: English and French. Yes, Celine Dion, you are. Hey guys, don't forget to listen to Just Because I Love You. This song tells everything about the best female artist ever.

Number 23? Makes no sense. Half of the top 10 are unknowns. But Celine can sing in two languages, can sell out performances in any country, and even though I am not a fan of her type of music, I appreciate her quality.

23 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears, born on December 2, 1981, is an American former singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. As a child, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows, such as "The Mickey Mouse Club," before signing with Jive... read more

Beyoncé has sold 118 million albums as a solo artist, while Britney Spears has sold only 100 million. She started solo singing way before Beyoncé. Not only that, but Beyoncé has sold 60 million albums as the lead singer of Destiny's Child. So basically, Beyoncé has sold 178 million albums and Britney Spears has sold 100 million. They're the same age. Who wins?

One of the seriously huge superstars of our generation is Britney Spears. Her influence on pop culture and pop music is undeniable. She has a very fascinating and intriguing persona and is known throughout the world as being one of the coolest people.

24 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and children's book author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard... read more

I love Kelly's music. She changed my life on July 4th. Initially, I thought all I would be able to think about was my home, my friends, my old life, and how much I miss everything I left behind.

The truth is, I had the time of my life! I was just enjoying everything.

What's not to like about her voice and her songs? Kelly Clarkson was the first to win American Idol and captured my attention for what music to listen to. Also, with her past and all she has been through, along with the fact that she sings from her heart, she also won my heart. Kelly Clarkson is a star, and one that Carrie Underwood has to work extremely hard to keep up with.

25 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.
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