Best Female Singers of All Time
The goddess of music, Whitney Houston. No one simply no one could replicate her amazing tone, soul, richness, and vocal ability in general. Whitney in her prime was nothing less of unstoppable. Having over 600 awards, the best selling female album of all time, the best selling female physical single of all time, the best selling gospel album of all time, the only artist with 7 consecutive number one singles, first black artist with 3 diamond albums. Just incredible
Whitney is a singer beyond compare. She is incomparable, her unique voice and style of singing is so so far different from any other.
Although there are others, but Whitney stands out best. Her old, old tracks sounds better and good than any recent tracks. A singer who can sing even with A, B, C, D and will sound better than other.
I listen to non other than her. Because all her tracks makes sense. People don't like her due to her relationship and drugs accepts. But let's put that aside and talk about her music, her voice, her style, her uniqueness, her good lyrical style.
It is so unfortunate that she is dead. But her music lives on forever. No one in this present world can ever be or get to where she did. My heart really goes to her. She made a choice, but a the person used her.
To the person who plotted her death in switching drugs with a very high dosage. To make it look like suicide. I say to you, some day your time will come. Can people close to her ...more
Okay. Whitney houston could take her voice anywhere she wanted to and make it sound beautiful. She has sold over 170 million records, rubbed shoulders with megastars, been a singer for over 32 years until her death this year. Her version of the 'Star Spangled Banner' came out as a single and sold millions. She appeared in 5 films (The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, The Preachers Wife, Cinderella and Sparkle) and made soundtracks to all of them. She has 13 albums altogether. She lived a life like a queen since 1985. None of the female artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Monica etc etc would be in the industry if it wasn't for her. Thank you Whitney. You are the best.
The first time I heard Whitney Houston sing I thought I'd died and landed in heaven. Celine Dion better, whoever said that doesn't understand quality, but Celine is great, but if a 1-100 rating were to exist, with the higher the number the better the singer, Celine would be 78, Whitney 97. I was glad Barbara Streisand wasn't in the top ten, she's too unnatural, Hollywood all the way and different for no other reason that trying to impart that idea. Whitney is the best ever, she could easily have sung opera and the world of opera would have gotten unhinged, Maria Callas dethroned, and she was not only the best but beautiful, and I fell in love every time I saw or heard her.
Put simply, there is just NO other singer in the world that can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, to the same degree as Mariah Carey. It's her range; her tonal sound; her accuracy of pitch; her 'trills' (vocal runs); and her upper power when hitting high notes that made her one of the all time greats. Sure, there are many great singers and she's perhaps not as good as what she was in the 90's, but that's more been her change in musical direction rather than a decline in ability - she's well and truly proved that with her 2010 Christmas Concert in recorded in Washington last year. PLUS, she writes all her own songs, when too many of the big names these days, unfortunately don't!
I think she is the best because she sings in such an impossible way. Her songs are designed in such a way that they are only meant for studio recording (yet she did them with reasonable ease live). She could sing 15 consecutive high notes without rest and she could sustain any note for more than 20 second, which is mind blowing. And the whistle register... She could sing them in words, I was speechless when I first heard those shrills. I have never heard anyone attempting her songs with success... Yet her music are very warm and melodic. There is a bit of overdoing (the singing) I think but hey who would not if they have voices like Mariah's.
DIVA! Mariah Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards. Carey was also named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of "Touch My Body" (2008), Carey gained her eighteenth number one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, Carey was ranked second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, 17 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards. Referred to as the "songbird supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, ...more
When it comes to vocals, Mariah's easily number 1. It's the way she uses her range, her pinpoint accuracy, the richness of her timbre when belting, the soft, weighty low notes, her masterful vocal dynamics, her coloratura technique, her incredible usage of the whistle register and the resonance she employs within. I want to see any singer to stand up to Mariah's caliber, because Mariah does NOT specialize in one thing. She specializes in everything.
You know why Mariah gets all the accolades she receives vocally? It's because she's honed her instrument, and even though she doesn't maintain a healthy voice (nodules), she knows every part of her voice like someone knows their name. They've all been honed in different areas to perfection. I would love to see any other singer to sing Anytime You Need A Friend like she did. They could never resonate that well, could they?
And that's why Mariah's the best vocalist of all time.
Celine is the most versatile singer in the world and here is why :
Listen to "that's just the woman in me" and you will understand, knowing her as a crystal clear voice... And than a totally new sound, new texture in the most powerful notes of this song... It blew me away... I couldn't believe what I just listen to. And now ask MC or WH or CA or anybody out there to ( try ) to do this: they will cry and will acknowledge that only Celine can do this. She can imitate a electric garage door, a piano, a flute, trumpet. Etc... She is a chameleon with her voice, flawless, perfect control, most power voice in the high notes with stamina ( All by myself ) and the list goes on and on and on... Truly the best.
Celine deserves the number 1 spot. Come on, she has recorded songs with some of the worlds greatest singers and sings very well in five different languages. She sings like an angel and has such charm about her. Stop talking about beyonces look here because we are talking about voices and by far celine is number one, mariah is number two, whitney is number three and of them all, celine has been the most consistent with her records and has passed mariah to become the worlds best selling female vocalist of all time.
Celine Dion has sold over 250 million albums during her 40-year career. Having earned five Grammy Awards, the 2016 Billboard Music Award lifetime achievement Icon Award, and recognition from the 2004 World Music Awards as the best-selling female artist of all time. On top of that, she has amassed over 1.5 billion gross in concerts and is one of the most sought-after recording artists in history.
I don't understand why people prefer Whitney Houston over Celine Dion. I would assume it is because Whitney Houston made a bigger influence on the media than Celine Dion did, very much like Christina Aguilera. Please don't judge a voice through a bias perspective. Whitney Houston, in terms of vocal perfections lacks compare to Celine. Her mouth is always moving up and down in order to support her voice's vibrato and projection. People would assume she is a great singer because of her "Soul" style, once again, like Christina. Her "Soul" riffs and runs won her audiences' heart. Although, Whitney does have a more powerful projection than Celine does, but people are usually born with that type of voice.
Celine maintained and improved her voice through all these years, where as Mariah, Christina, and Whitney have not. Other things rely on growls, withe riffs, and any other vocal technique that draws them away from having to prolong a crisp sustain tone. Celine excels in vocal ...more
Christina is clearly an extremely talented singer that puts her all into her music. Her vocal ability is absolutely outstanding. She sings because it's what she loves to do. Christina Aguilera is a very inspiring singer that will never lose her amazing voice. She is the best singer of the generation, and absolutely one of the best singers of all time. She sings to express herself, and she doesn't care if that means less album sales, or less popularity. Christina, never stop singing.
There are a lot of people who criticize Christina Aguilera for her technique. Some criticize her for her melisma-filled runs. The way I personally see it is as singing full force with everything you possibly have. Christina Aguilera does not sing without feeling what she is singing. She grew up listening to her favorite artist, Etta James. To blues singers like Etta, there is no "technique" to singing. You sing how you feel. Blues singers do all kinds of runs with trills, squeals, and even screams. People do not seem to understand this. She can sing calm and collected, with little melisma and runs, but that is not what singing is to her. I feel her emotion in every word she says, and that, to me, makes a great singer.
She is my most favourite singer of all time! Been listening to her music ever since I was really little. I still listen to the songs from her album Stripped to this day and it is what has helped me through some hard times. Her lyrics are so meaningful and truly touch me to the core. Not to mention she her amazing voice. Her voice is one of the most talented I have heard and surpasses the voices of many other artists. Her voice is so strong and through some of her songs, you can definitely feel her pain. She's one of the singers who has always made me get chills down my back whenever I hear her song.
Can we be honest here? This is not a list of the all-time best singers, at least not in the correct order. Your top 20 is more a list of the top 20 singers of the last twenty years with occasional legends like Aretha sprinkled in because your list would have zero credibility if she were not at least in the top twenty. Barbra Streisand is not in your top 20, nor is Diana Ross or Judy Garland. Your list really starts to lose steam with Aguilera and continues through the top ten. Adele, Katy, Taylor, and Amy Lee have not been around long enough to be in an all-time top ten, and I would say fifty years from now The only one who might would be Adele. Keepin' it real...
Firstly I think the parameters for Best Female singer of "ALL TIME" should be better defined and be broken down by genre Jazz/soul/R&B/Pop/Country etc. There is a big difference between a singer and an entertainer/Performer. I.E. christina Aguilera is a fabulous vocalist - perfect pitch, range and projection. Brittany Spears is an entertainer/performer. They are both successful Pop artists but I would not consider Brittany Spears for this list. She's an okay singer, she's much more of an entertainer.
"Of all time" - most of the artists listed here are all contemporary and mostly Pop. So perhaps it should be best Pop singers of all time?
With that said, Aretha Franklin is the Queen of soul and a true singer, none of this autotune BS. If you need a computer to make you sound better, back up singers and dancers to entertain your audience you're a performer/Entertainer not a singer.
She's one of the best singers ever to exist. She is one of the greatest soul singers ever. She made great songs such as Respect, Chain of Fools, Think, You make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman and many more. She makes a great contibrution in the world of music.
Aretha Franklin has one of the best voices popular culture has ever heard. It is unfortunate that she is so low on this list, seems to how she influenced many of those voted above her. She is such a versatile artist. Her power alone can bring a person to tears. In her prime, I do not believe I have ever heard of her hitting a note that was not "nailed," and anyone that knows anything about Aretha knows that some of her notes are extremely difficult notes for even great singers.
New doesn't always mean good. Beyonce is hot and talented. Christina Aguilera truly has a great voice and range. Whitney's got a pedigree from a great family of vocal talent. However, this product shows why music critics and historians vote on the prestigious "best of" lists and not little girls. Greatness cannot be tied to current trends and record sales. This list should be called "Opinions of People Who Have a lot of TIme on Their Hands".
I don't know how Adele is SO low on the list. I have been a fan of hers ever since she came out with Hometown Glory and then Chasing Pavements. Adele has the most original and unique voice in YEARS. She brings back what music truly is; something to be appreciated by the ears. She is one of the few artists that sounds BETTER than the recordings and each live performance she does is different than the others, because she varies them and adds different stylistic devices. She writes her songs and puts all her honest emotions in it (she doesn't sing about banging people, which is why so many people can connect to her music. Adele is gorgeous and she has a really laid back personality, and when you watch her lives, you can tell she truly appreciates all the support her fans are giving her, because she always gets so emotional. Just watch any of her live concerts and you'll see. She always gets teary eyed when the audience sings "Someone Like You" or "Rolling in the Deep" back to her. She is ...more
"Amazing" has lost its meaning long ago in the music industry but Adele, I think, deserves to be called that... She is a magnificent, powerful singer with feeling swimming through her voice, playing beautifully like a harp, like Leona Lewis and former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson and as a songwriter, Adele, like rising star Ella, can write about anything and her song would still have a powerful quality.
While being unbelievably talented, Adele has flaws in her range because she's an alto and can't go to the real heights that Whitney, Leona, Ella and Mariah can go to... But the reason I voted for Adele was because she's in a class of her own when it comes to making songs that people will remember and truly feel forever and ever!
I think Adele should be number 2 or at least number 3 on this list! She is the best singer in the Whole world! The best singer of my generation! She's soulful, and have one hell of a powerful voice, she reaches people in her songs, and can make you feel like you're not the only one who goes through bad stuff. I Love You Adele! (Cough cough- The first person's comment on here, You obviously have no idea what talent is, if you think that Lady Gaga, Hillary Duff, & Kesha are good singers! LMFAO I'm guessing you're like 10. Haha No offense but, thank god you're not a judge, because Adele is said to be one of the greatest singers of her/ my generation) If anyone has a hard time believing that, listen to her live, YouTube her. Bet it'll prove you wrong.
Adele is an extraordinary singer with personality and class. She writes her own music with such emotion and creativity that no-one can top. Not only do her songs emotionally wreck me, but her elegant and unique voice adds to the already amazing piece of art. Adele not only can reach notes that no other vocalist can reach, but she can portray those notes in such a manner that only a few select artists can do. She does not deserve to be in the #7 spot. Her newest album, "25" broke records with over 8 million copies sold. She has made history in the music industry and deserves to be over ALL artists.
Her vocal control and sense of melody is from another world, and she never "loose her breath" on stage. Her presence and performances are amazingly astonishing. Between the best female singers, she's probably the best dancer. And if all this were not enough, she has a natural talent to compose superhits. I think we humans needs time to recognise all the talent she has, specially her voice, that is masked by her extraordinary beauty. Despite of her success, she always radiates humility and goodness. So yes, I think Bee is the best female artist from all time, and is a matter of time she were included also in the top of this list hand in hand with her own idol Whitney and with Mariah.
This woman is amazing. Her voice is just out of this world, and completely flawless!
Just watch her perform. She puts all of her soul in her singing.
By the way, being a devoted fan, I decided to watch The Beyoncé Experience Live. Some minutes later, I noticed I was crying like a baby. That's how Queen Bee leaves me with one of her greatest performances of all time. You guys have to check it out.
Where do I start? Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter is a beautiful, magnificent, blessed, singer, mother, wife, actress, and performer. Usually called 'Queen Bey' this young woman will leave you stunned if your lucky enough to watch her live, or even on YouTube. Her voice is a God-Given blessing. And you can see how she puts all her heart into her music. She started at fifteen on Destiny's Child as the lead vocalist. That all girls group becoming the most fascinating one in the world. Daughter Blue-Ivy and Hubby Jay-Z are lucky. But no one knew that a little girl from Houston, Texas with a strong voice one day rule the world.
She is just flawless and phenomenally talented with that unique strong voice everyone admires she is beautiful and my number one idol. She is unique no matter how many people want to be her there is only 1 bey and everyone has to admit it boys and girls women and men everyone knows she is number 1most FLAWLESS! Every single song is a hit and perfection and she is gorgeous and I love her music especially crazy in love, irreplaceable, blue and single ladies but to be honest they're all amazing and you can't really compare. Clearly the best female vocalist. BEYONCÉ IS PERFECTION! She woke up like this...
I saw Katy be a guest coach on American Idol once, and unlike most singers who just act as cheerleaders and tell the contestants how great they sound or how pretty they look, she actually gave them some advice! What a concept! She pointed out to them that if they make it big, their life would change. They would have far less privacy, see their family far less often, and be away from home for months at a time. To me, this is much more important than whether they look nice in that dress or that sweater. It's obvious Katy is a good person who cared not just about whether the contestants could make it, but to be prepared for what's next if they do. Reality shows could use more coaches/judges like her.
People have some respect for the really good vocalist singers that are here. how are you going to compare whitney, Mariah, celine, aretha, adele with Katy, Taylor, or any other bad vocalist singers now. I'm not saying they are not talented because they are but just entertaining and playing some instruments, but they are not good singers at all. Even Madonna is a bad singer even though she a icon. Just the voice sound nice in the studio version doesn't mean is the real voice; is more effects than lyrics, you should listen to them live and you'll see the difference. So sad the idea of vocalist now a days. Examples of a good vocalist right now: adele, Beyonce, Adriana grande, Christina Aguilera, Lara Fabian, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, sia, pink, Jennifer Hudson, lea Michele and a few more.
Bad vocalist: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and a lot more!
I don't care what anyone says I will always be a katycat no matter what she is amazing, talented, multi- awarded, beautiful and any kind of colored hair suits her like seriously I have friends who wish to be like her. Also katy perry will always be in my heart every time I felt down and horrible in my life her music always lifts me up again. Wait,... Why is katy perry thirteenth? She is way popular than Amy lee, Sara Brightman, charice ( sorry guys no offense just letting out my opinion) but why are they higher? Bring the real fans hear than you will see who truly comes on top. No one knows who could it be but I will always support katy perry because I am true katycat. So come on vote 4 her.
I am not a person who is really into English songs like there is no song that I could easily like, but Katy Perry is more than awesome! Her voice is so expressive like when I hear any of her songs, they simply touch me. Even if I listen to a specific singer, I may just like 1 or 2 of her songs, but as for Katy Perry, I like most of her songs like rarely you could find any of her songs that is not really nice. The only bad thing about her songs is that many of her music videos are really indecent like Teenage Dream, but the song itself is perfect. Katy Perry should be #1.
What can I say? Amy Lee's voice makes you feel everything. She is absolutely brilliant and sounds like an actual angel. One of my favorite of all time.
Amy Lee is just SO talented... Classically trained in music, plays the piano, has a spectacular voice, writes and composes all of her songs, is so gorgeous - both in looks and in personality! I could go on and on. Just so beyond happy the she and the band have made a come-back and a Hell of a come-back to note! 'What You Want' is an epic track, just like all of Evanescence's songs, it's enchanting because of Amy's vocals, it rocks because of the music and so 'loop-worthy' (playing the one song constantly on loop for ages! ) I have the band and particularly Amy for so much, their music has helped me through a lot... Family, friends, bad relationships and broken hearts. I love this band beyond words, and I love Amy Lee beyond words.
AMY LEE HELL YEAH
"Call Me When You're Sober"
Don't cry to me.
If you loved me,
You would be here with me.
You want me,
Come find me.
Make up your mind.
Should I let you fall?
Lose it all?
So maybe you can remember yourself.
Can't keep believing,
We're only deceiving ourselves.
And I'm sick of the lie,
And you're too late.
Don't cry to me.
If you loved me,
You would be here with me.
You want me,
Come find me.
Make up your mind.
Couldn't take the blame.
Sick with shame.
Must be exhausting to lose your own game.
No wonder you're jaded.
You can't play the victim this time,
And you're too late.
Don't cry to me.
If you loved me,
You would be here with me.
You want me,
Come find me.
Make up your mind.
You never call me when you're sober.
You only want it cause it's over,
How could I have burned paradise?
How could I - ...more
As a multi-instrumentalist and talented painter (you can probably Google some of her works) who also composed a choir-piece for her high school graduation, I believe Amy has, at the very least, proven herself as a worthy and powerful artist.
As for her vocal abilities, she manages to maintain a powerful voice, even when meddling in the more operatic corners of the vocal spectrum. Few singers in music manage to keep a full, clear voice when singing that kind of music without sounding thin or fragile. For example Within Temptation's Sharon Del Adel.
No, she's not the best female singer ever, by a large margin, but she's got the whole package. Artistry and all. My vote goes to Amy Lee of Evanescence.
Agreed, she hasn't got the vocal range like Whitney or Celine but she has proven many times that she can sing. And pretty darn good at times. When she performs a ballad live and from the heart, it's always full of emotions. Which makes the imperfections, perfect. And let's face it, she is an entertainer who puts on a show like no one else. And when you dance your ass off, who cares if the singing bit isn't flawless? Madonna is the Queen and deserves a much higher ranking. If only for the fact that she has left everyone else miles behind her in her thirty-something years as the most succesfull female performer of all time.
It takes more than having a few octaves to be a singer.
The Queen of Pop is the greatest female artist/singer of all time. She is a legend along with artists such as MJ & The Beatles.
Her accomplishments are unmatched and she is the most influential female singer in history. As a result of her music she has defined an era for a generation of people but has also defined the 21st century music artist.
Her songs are unbeatable and she is the most versatile female musician around. Having done Pop, Dance, Electronic, Jazz, Classical, Techno, New Jack swing, R&B, Disco, Dance-Disco, Gospel, Pop-rock, rock, Folk, Latin-pop. She has done it all and has more than earned the right to be the number one. 'There is only one Queen and that's Madonna'
I agree that Madonna does not have the range, the power, or even the "texture" of Celine Dion or Mariah Carey. But that doesn't mean she's a lesser singer. Her interpretation is amazing - just compare her version of "You'll See" with that of Susan Boyle, a singer with better technique and range. But the most important thing is she sings with emotion and passion - and she can convey those emotions to the listeners, which is all great singers should be doing, not showing how high a note you can hit or how deep a voice you possess.
Shes the best selling on this list for a reason.
Although she may not have the range or the aforementioned "texture", she made some of the happiest, most feel good songs of all time, and some of the saddest as well. (Don't believe me, see "Promise to Try", "Till Death Do us Part", or "Oh Father", just from one album). She has some of the best range in the songs she sings, and most singles have provoked thought and argument, which is what music should do.
Madonna was extremely controversial in her prime, yet she turned out to pave the way for what is acceptable today. She made people question societal norms regarding sex, sexual orientation, race, and freedom of expression, and is a large reason a lot of people are more liberal on these issues today. I could go on about what she did for the gay community for years but that would be besides the point. Those who say she is just a brain bimbo are clearly just projecting.
If range is all that matters to you in regards ...more
What an amazingly unique voice! The way she knew her style as soon as she joined the industry is unmatchable. Her songs aren't just about sex as lots of songs are these days. She's got an incredible talent and I will not be surprised if people are still streaming her talent in years to come. Her acting abilities are also stunning and Lady Gaga is also an outstanding stage name and it is clearly a name that will forever be remembered.
Lady Gaga is a very talented performer! You want to know why?! She writes, produces, and actually sings all of her own music. She acts, dances, runs around doing whatever the hell Gaga does, and doesn't lip-sync at concerts. She might not be the best female vocalist in the world but hands down she is pretty dang close to be being the most talented. She can play a multitude of instruments such as the piano, key tar, synthesizers, and most recently the guitar. She also has amazing dance skills for someone who has barely any classical training. She is very original and has an explanation for every crazy idea and costume. She also is one of the most gorgeous people on this planet with or without makeup. Gaga is an all around mega star, idol, friend, and supporter.
Lady Gaga made good music in my opinion. Bad Romance, You and I, Paparazzi, Poker Face, Shallow, Rain on Me and 911. She's one of the best modern pop singers ever. She can do any music genres from pop, country, jazz, R&B, rock and even metal. She's a big fan of Iron Maiden.
I remember when everyone started finding out that Gaga could actually sing. She has a great voice and can hit some really high notes with ease.
What can I say? Taylor Swift is my all time favourite artist. Lots of people say she only writes songs about boyfriends, but those people are the ones who don't listen to her really good songs. And even some of her biggest hits including "ME!", "Mean", "Shake It Off" and "You Need To Calm Down" have nothing to do with boys and boyfriends. She is one of the best songwriters of all time, and that I can say with certainty. She has inspired many young aspiring girls (just like me). People say she has no range, but I never like to hear these comments because the people that say these things clearly haven't watched her reputation tour where she belts E5 LIVE in the bridge of Don't Blame Me. That's only 3 and a half notes lower than Ariana Grande's highest note, Bb5. Taylor Swift has gotten me through so much and I love her with all my heart. She deserves to be in the top 3.
She gets a lot of hate from this site. But for me, She's awesome and write great songs. Yes, Reputation is the weakest of all but she had a great songs such as Mean, Cardigan, You Belong with Me, Love Story, Cardigan, No Body No Crime, Back To December, Ronan, Style and many more. Maybe her range is quite small but it doesn't mean that she's awful. This is coming from a rock and metal fan.
She has got me through a lot. 2020 has been a terrible year, and she has helped me feel happy! I love her music, and she writes songs about her life, and about her thoughts. She is a great role model for young women like myself. I love her country songs, and I love her pop songs just as much! It is a bold move to switch the music genre in the middle of her career, but that's what makes her awesome! I look up to her and I adore her very much. She is strong, powerful, caring, curious, smart, adventurous, and lots more. I feel like she should be number one! She has also gone through sexual harassment, and she won the case. She cares for her fans, and that's the world to me. I would do anything that she says I should do. I will always love her music, but I will love her REPUTATION even more!
I love Taylor! She is a queen who writes about love, heartbreak, and, above that, has an amazing voice! Used to hate her because of her popularity and the fact she was more popular then Ariana Grande, but after hearing ME! I decided the old me was dumb! Now I've discovered songs like "I know you were trouble", "Style", and 'Love Story"!
I never really listen to Rihanna, I am not a fan. But I can tell you, her songs are amazing and she has an incredible vocal ability. She definitely deserves top 10, as she will be here in the music industry even long after she passes.
Rihanna should easily be in the top 5. She has sold over 180 million digital tracks worldwide, over 50 million albums worldwide, and has 13 number one hits (tied with Michael Jackson). Her songs are undeniably catchy and every song she throws out is a hit. She has almost 5 BILLION views on YouTube and is the most subscribed singer showing just how popular she is. In addition to that she's had 17 Vevo Certified videos (over 100 million views). She has collaborated with huge stars like Jay Z, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, David Guetta, Eminem, Drake, Shakira, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo, T.I. , and Chris Brown. She's won 7 Grammys and just received the first ever Icon Award at the American Music Awards. She's had 3 commercially successful fragrances and has also created her own clothing line. She's a fashion icon. She's an actress. She is also the only female artist to top UK charts 7 times over 7 years. Her fan base is undeniably huge with over 86 million likes on Facebook, 35 ...more
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is beyond amazing. She can sing like there is no tomorrow. Some may say some of her songs come across as inappropriate but with a voice like hers, so what?! Then listen go her ballads, she makes the hairs on your neck stand up edge and sends shivers down your spine, so beautiful to listen too. You can't start commenting until you've experienced the overwhelming atmosphere at her concerts, its breathtaking how one woman can be such a part of peoples lives. She is one gorgeous woman with perfect features and a stunning figure. I LOVE HER.
Rihanna can really sing! She has a beautiful voice and her stage presence is out of this world. Also one of the most beautiful women in the world.
I definitely think ariana deserves to be in the top 10's, especially with her vocal points that are better then half of the people that are in te top 10's, the way her vocals can just flow and sound heavenly is something that you just can recieve in a singer nowadays. And she successfully nails vocal agility like ts nothing. Her technique is definitely getting better and the best part is that we have no idea what her true vocal capability is. I'm so excited to have more of her
Ariana Grande is a sweet, talented, amazing singer AND actress too. She has a crazy range and I would trust her with my life. She's not known for songwriting, but she does have credits on some of her songs which is so much better then the people who won't put in the effort. Triple threat! It's hard to believe that she's not in the top 10. She's an iconic legend and she will be remembered for so long.
There are no words to describe her talent (I mean this as a compliment). While many of the people on this list do have immense talent and deserve fame, Ariana Grande does as well. Her voice is beautiful and angelic when she wants it to be, but also insanely powerful and versatile constantly. All types of her voice are amazing (soprano, mezzo-soprano), including her older voice as well as her more matured voice. She was talented enough to perform in Broadway musical theater. If you watch her Still Hurting Cover as well as her live Dangerous Woman Tour and Sweetener Tour performances, she puts so much effort and passion into each performance. She genuinely enjoys making music and helping others, which is a quality that I thought was always very important in a singer. While her more mainstream songs such as Side to Side and No Tears Left To Cry are much more well-known, she is very underrated as a vocalist. Also, she gets so much hate for no apparent reason. Don't judge a person cruelly ...more
Ariana Grande should be in the top 10 on this list. She is kind sweet hearted and her voice is so beautiful and she sounds so amazing when she is live. She never has any voice cracks ever and she can hit the high notes on point. And plus she has the most positive attitude ever! And she cares deeply about her fans and she spreads so much positivity to everyone, even the people that don't like her! She is still nice and sweet to the haters. And every song she makes on any album should be a hit single. Vote Ariana and let's get her to the top 10!
If this is a competition in vocal perfection, then we would need both Maria Callas, Anna Netrebko and Randy Crawford at the top of this list. But in the pop rock business, Pink is indeed recognized among her colleagues as one of the most naturally gifted and original vocal performers both alive and well today.
Her voice is definitely one of the most recognizable and powerful female vocals I've heard apart from Janis Joplin and maybe Diamanda Gals.
Look up her blues rocker "Free" or her cover of "Me and Bobby McGee" on YouTube, if you don't know what I'm on about.
Pink has a pure and natural voice whoever says that she uses machines or computers for her voice that is not true. All the computing crap refers to Britney Spears. Pink is great. Her lyrics are very interesting and entertaining. I just don't see how is she lower then Gaga or Rihanna. She isn't just amazing as a singer, but also as a person- I saw some of her interviews and you can see that it's a good mother, a great friend and a creative and imaginative mind speaking! Also, she has an awesome sense of humour.
P.S. no offense, people. Just my opinion. Rihanna and Gaga are good... In their own way.
P.P.S. pink is my hero and inspiration!
P.P.P.S. pink forever!
With respect, Valeria
I am in awe! How can such an amazing artist not be number 1?! P! NK has been my idol since I was 6 years old (I'm a teenager now) and her music saved my life so many times. Her vocal abilities are just insane! What's more? She can do it all whilst spinning upside down, hanging from the ceiling and still sound flawless. No exaggeration!
Also, her songs are so meaningful. None of those sappy, untrue love songs. Every one of P! NK's songs comes from an important part of her life. She has such variety in her music too. One minute she's singing a gentle melody, the next it's a fun, upbeat party tune, then she's rocking out in leather and lace to a full on rock piece! This chic is incredible from start to finish.
P! NK is one of the most inspiring singers I have ever heard. She shows her strength and still shows care to her fans. If Rosie the Riviter was alive now, she would be P! NK. So many other female singers write songs about either useless stuff, or just mess that no one wants to hear. Not this awesome boss. What she sings about really need help her fans with issues they have. Like her song "perfect" for example. If you don't understand what I mean watch the official video for it. Even still she's still honest in her music with how people really feel, and not parading herself like she's the best ever and that everyone else is trash. Or that everyone should want to be her. She even believes in gender equality! My point *if you read this far* is that she is one of the most real, down to earth female singers I've ever even heard of, and not only I think so. She honestly in my personal opinion deserves to be number one.
Demi lovato is one of the best singers of this generation. She got a great voice and incredible vocals. Seriously, she performs live better than any other singer of this generation.
When I first heard skyscraper I thought she was amazing but doubted if she could sing live exactly like the original song. But when I saw her performing skyscraper with high vocals and very high pitch in live, I felt she got the real talent in singing unlike selena gomez who can't sing live without he support of chorus.
Vote for the great voiced DEMI LOVATO..
Demi Lovato is of this best vocalist of this generation...
She is a powerhouse singer
She puts all her emotions into all her songs and you can also feel it too
She is among the best vocalist in the world now
Her high notes are infectious
He belts are superb
She is everything d music industry needs now... A great vocalist, powerful inspirational songs, role model and great personality
I love you Demi
She has some of the world's greatest classics like Stone Cold, Skyscraper, Lionheart, For You, Give your heart a break, Heart attack, Sorry not Sorry, Tell me you love me, I love me , Let it go etc
Demi has this beautiful voice that attracts A LOT OF PEOPLE. She can reach high notes effortlessly. She has a powerful voice. She inspires a lot of people and a great role model too. When I heard her Skyscraper, I was truly amazed by her voice, but when I heard her sang Skyscraper live, I was stunned because I thought those high notes were just edited or something.. So yeah, if you haven't listened her voice, you better hear it now.. Also, I recommend this songs of her, you should listen these: Skyscraper, Solo, Stone Cold, Sorry Not Sorry, Really Don't Care, Heart Attack, Sober, Confident, Give you Heart a Break, Neon Lights, Let it Go, etcc.. Hihi
Demi Lovato has such a Beautiful Voice. Some days Don't Forget is my favorite song. I loved her in Prince Protection Program and the two Camp Rock Movies. She has a beautiful smile.
She is an amazing song writer and puts so much feeling into her songs. Her music paints a picture.
Her first album is my favorite. It demonstrates the range of her voice and the expression she can create with her music. It is such a shame she was with Disney and did not become known just because of her music and her voice.
Avril isn't very popular nowadays, and I was too young to enjoy her music when it was relevant, but besides that, I still know who she is and love her music now. This is a perfect example of someone who's music will live on even after their career ends. I don't see a revival for Avril Lavigne, but I do see her songs living on for a very very long time.
No I'm not a random fan that vote Avril up because she is so loveable and all (eventhough yes definitely is). I vote up Avril because I truly believe she is an amazing singer. She can sing with a weak vulnerable voice yet she can rock out and radiate young punk energy to the crowd. I don't believe she is given enough recognition as a SINGER. You can say her vocal range is fairly slightly above average and compare her to Whitney Huston in terms of vocal ability, but I argue vocal emotion and performance. When she sings she touches my heart if she sings a slow number and makes me excited when she rocks out with a sick beat. Another trait of Avril's amazing voice is she always seem to enunciate each lyric precisely when she sings. I almost never misheard lyrics from Avril's singing. I love Avril but that is not the reason I vote her to be the best singer, I vote her because she IS.
Avril is the most under-rated singer of our time. She has great range, though there are singers who have more range, but her voice is so powerful and projects such emotion and is so pure. If you listen to all of her music it becomes obvious that she uses her voice in the same way a master plays an instrument, and she does it effortlessly. She is a goddess among mortals in the world of music.
With the ability to project different kinds of emotions ( punky, ballad, upbeat, pop, poprock, alternative rock, grunge) I can say this woman deserved to be on the top 10. come on not all those girls can sing different music genres (can ariana or adele sing rock? Alternative rock? No! But Avril can sing ballads like them (or even better, listen to when you're gone and slipped away live). Avril is on the different level. She should be on the top 10.
When I clicked at the list I seriously said to myself 'If Janis isn't on there, I'm gonna be very, very sad" and reading all the names on here almost made me give up. I'm glad that there are at least a few people who remember her. When I first heard a Joplin song I was completely blown away. It's like you could almost touch her voice. She had nothing in common with today's Pop singers and she lived always at her most intense. This kind of music is something you really have to listen to and not just dance it away because there is so much emotion in it. She really makes you feel it and I will always love her.
She isn't even in the top 10?!
It is appalling that she is below such awful singers, though I must say, Whitney Housten can bring the house down and I'm glad she's up there. But so many great singers are being denied their rightful title. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, TINA TURNER should be up in the top 10. It enrages me that ETTA JAMES isn't even on here. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous.
Just because Janis doesn't sound like any mainstream no talant doesn't mean she's worthless. Her voice has soul and power and I just sit back in amazement whenever I listen to her voice. It's raw and beautiful. She should be number one! You people have such poor musical taste, it makes me want to cry.
Janis Joplin should be number 1 in this list. I look at the people above her--come on, Miley Cyrus, you've got to be kidding--and I think, this list must be run by 12 year olds. I'm sure it has to be an age thing that is preventing Janis from being at the top.
Go to Youtube and put in Janis Joplin Ball & Chain. Then be prepared to have her reach into your chest and grab ahold of your heart with both hands. She won't let go till the song ends, and even then you can feel the after-effects.
Unique talent. As far from mainstream as you can get. Amazing soul and power in her voice. She truly becomes one with her songs. She's always "in the moment" as Randy Jackson use to say. Her voice is raw, rough, soft, tender and powerful, all within one song alone. Just an amazing woman. Look for "Summertime" Stockholm 1969 on Youtube. Goosebumps! Or Cry Baby Toronto 1970, my eyes tears! So emotional it almost makes an old man like me cry.
Kelly Clarkson is actually pretty underrated. She is one of the best pop singers out there in my opinion. Her voice is very powerful and beautiful and a lot of her songs are very meaningful and filled with emotion as well.
Kelly Clarkson is simply the most versatile, naturally gifted singer of our lifetime. Because of her American Idol past, she is not always taken seriously, and that is a shame -- one only has to listen to her sing live to know this girl has it all -- an uncanny sense of pitch, impeccable control, and an innate sense of the emotion of a song. Go on Youtube and
Listen to her live versions of Up to the Mountain, Why Haven't I Heard From You, Tennessee Waltz, Ave Maria, My Country 'Tis of the, Cryin'... And then name a single other singer who could pull all those off. The answer -- no one.
This list is more about popularity than actual singing abilities. Taylor Swift has nice songs, but she shouldn't even be mentioned, as well as britney spears, and katy perry. The Adele, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkon, Christina Aguilera are contemprary singers with real technical abilities and should be placed high on this list. Legends should be in a different list as their style is so much different from today's singers. Aretha Franklin for example is one of the best singers of all time, but that is not to say she has the biggest "range" or is "versatile." All disney singers should not be on this list, period.
Kelly is the best American Idol winner. And the first as well. What I like about Kelly is she is real, and she sings very passionatley, from her heart. Not only can she belt out Aretha/soulful tunes like she is a sista, but she can also sing soft rock songs, like on her latest album. I bought all her albums, and the first one she put out didn't' sell as well as the others, but it was amazing her range, and all the different styles she incorporated in each song. I love the fact she has variety in her style, and has a powerful voice, and reach high notes close to mariah's.
No words. She is such an icon! I think EVERYONE knows Britney Spears. Her unique vocals and her AMAZING hits. Her music is no longer topping charts as far as I know, but so what? She's still in the spotlight as far as celebrities go and I don't think that'll fade her entire life. Britney Spears has made history in our hearts.
Britney Spears has started her when she was 11 years old, making her a truly special singer. The big majority of her albums have been ranked as the best in Billboard 100, and they're also great and catchy. She's also a good performer, haters say she lip-syncs because she can't sing, but that's not true. When she puts on a show, it will include heavy dancing, so how will she be able to sing? She's such an icon, this is why she is the true Queen of Pop. One performance of her may be more iconic than your favourite artist's career, that's why she's so memorable and will always be in our hearts.
Are you serious? Britney? Britney above people like Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Amy Winehouse, or Ariana Grande? Who tf put her on the list? She is a terrible vocalist with a poor range, a baby voice and too much fry. She drowns in autotune and plainly relies on lipsyncing in her live shows. Even in ballads where she just has to sit or stand. I honestly believe her dancing and her looks got her through the industry. If the world was fair, she would just be one of those MMC members that disappeared from the face of the earth upon cancellation. Seriously delete her. She doesn't belong in the Top 25.
Britney is amazing and I look up to her because for me she stands out as she is very different from other performers. I know that she may not have the 'best' vocal ability but, there is something about her voice that is very unique and captivating. Her performances are outstanding and courageous. Se was the first female to do whatshe believed was right and not afraid to stand up for hersel. The way she dressed and styled herself caused a lot of controversy out of nothing all that she wanted to do was to be herself and that is why she inspires me like so many others. I really do not understand why she is not in the top 10?! Xx
Tina Turner is such an interesting meld of styles. In almost anything she sings she sings with a bluesy tinge, the energy and sexual fire that would stand up to any male rocker, all the while she sings with the conviction of a church girl gone bad. Her voice, expressive and passionate, she is quite possibly one of the most versatile singers to ever set foot on stage. From gut bucket r&b, to lush orchestral rock to reggae influenced pop, to the explosive rock and roll records, to lush twangy country Tina Turner is the singers singer, and embodies a woman able to reinvent herself and survive the test of time.
Tina is most considerably and undeniably the Queen of Rock Music. She's a huge pioneer for many women in the music industry, in the Rock genre and multiple other genres, and can we not forget about the bs she went through with Ike? If I was in that situation, I would want to quit, and I'm sure most people would also, but she stuck true to herself and made amazing music. She's definitely a big role model to a multitude of people.
How Tina is not in the top ten on this list totally baffles me! People have voted for singers like Katie Perry and Ariana Grande over Tina. A lot of people would agree that Tina Turner is the ultimate female rock singer of all time, which I agree with, and would totally justify her being in the top 10, considering the rest of them are all just pop stars. Let's get Tina back to the top!
I have never believed that it can exist a TOP where singers like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin or Ella Fitzgerald are not in the first ten position. How can someone like charice pempengco who was a No Name until 3 years occupy the second position? Such a thing is not possible! This top does not really exist for me!
I believe that Selena deserves to be in the top 10s on this list. She is very talented and hardworking...
- She is a phenomenal actress! I mean, Alex in Wizards of Waverly Place...that is splendid acting for sure. Her acting roles are so good and so relatable.
- Contrary to what everyone thinks, she is actually a great actress. Her high note in her cover of Shake It Off (in the Carpool Karaoke) was great! She is also stunning when it comes to low notes. Please watch The Heart Wants What It Wants in the AMAS Live video, her voice is so relatable, raw, emotional, and overall breathtaking. She is also a great acoustic singer. Some of the live vocals could have been affected by her anxiety and lupus.
- She has a very nice personality. Selena is very nice to the Selenators. She faced so many hardships but still managed to stay strong! All in all, she is my role model.
Selena Gomez is not the most popular singer, but she was a few years ago. She has realeased Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, When the Sun Goes Down, and Stars Dance all in 4 years. Her hit single, Naturally, was on top of the charts in 2009 with Kiss & Tell. On her second album, A Year Without Rain, was a sensation. Some of her top songs on this album were Round & Round, A Year Without Rain, and Live Like There's No Tomorrow, which was also used in the Disney Channel movie Ramona & Beezus. On her third album, which came out in the summer of 2012, her hit songs were Who Says and Whiplash. Then, the wait was totally worth the whil because, Stars Dance came out, in the summer of 2013. She realeased Come & Get It and performed it several times everywhere. Her other songs that were big on this album were Stars Dance and Birthday. Selena has been doing pretty good so far in her career, don't give up Selena!
Obviously this list is posted by 16 year olds. Selena Gomez are kidding. Her music is computer generated. Have her sing vocals live then tell me what you think. Even ranking her is embarrassing. Have any of you heard of a singer Harriett Wheeler? Listen to one Sunday's song then tell me Selena Gomez is in the same league. It is really disappointing to see names on this list.
Selena you are the best singer ever Miley Taylor Adele are nothing you are everything you are my best singer theheart wants what it want who says love you like a love song are my favourite songs. You sing beautifully. Please vote for Selena guys. Selena you and Justin look beautiful couple
Please come back together. Please thought about Jelena's love story.
Stevie should be number one. For all you young voters do yourself a favor & listen to a Stevie song. Listen to the rawness in her voice. None of these singers should be above her it's a disgrace they don't even come close to her talent.
Stevie Nicks stands the test of time. A true pioneer as the front woman of a 70's band that blazed a trail for just about every other woman on this list.
This list is a big, fat, stupid, evil, cruel joke. No offense to Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus fandoms, but we DEFINITELY need to throw those idiotic pop singers into Earth's atmosphere and jump for joy because good music will finally prevail. I'm sorry, but those girls don't have real talent, they just make up for it with good looks, autotune, and otherwise. Stevie didn't need any of that crap and she still sounded amazing. Some people need to replace their brains if they think some dumb modern stupidity will ever beat her.
Top 8 at least, in the real world though I suppose there'd be a lot more people still in their teens voting than people older who'd listened to many 1000s hours more music, nothing to get angry about, sit down put some Janis or Stevie on and it all doesn't matter wether She's 26th or 1st, I might be getting older but am sure grateful I grew up with the music I grew up with. And ya want to take a listen to Stevie and Janis and Neil and Robbie Plant and I could go on forever but try it some time kids, if your happy with the music you listen to now, wait till you hear this, it'll change your life
Oh my god. Beautiful Amy, she deserved a long and successful life which is totally what she would have received if she was still around today. I'm still streaming her 2006 hits. All of them. R.I.P. Her alleged last words were: "I don't want to die." I feel so horrible and sore for young Amy who deserved so much better. But I can assure the world that she will never fade in time and if she does, I will always be here to bring her back to the world.
Amy was the greatest voice of this time. Her time on this planet should be appreciated more. Her vocals were the most unique and she inspired many upcoming artists and many amazing artists we have today such as Adele, Duffy, and even dare I say Lady Gaga. She should be remembered for her voice and her music and her genius. She knew how to play guitar, drums, and piano. She wrote all of her songs and sang the most amazing acoustic sets. She was down to earth, sweet, funny, and a lyrical and musical genius. She may not have known it herself, but anybody with ears would be able to tell that. I love you Amy. RIP.
Everyone knows Amy Winehouse was greatly talented. She uses such great vocal range that her music never gets old. The music on the radio as of 2014 makes me sick, Kesha isn't even a singer she's all auto tuned. Kesha admitted herself that she's garbage sheik? So why do people like garbage? Amy was all herself, her real voice I would love to here half the singers that exist today sing without auto tune. This list is complete crap move Amy up. People can't get over the fact she was a hardcore addict, but she was definitely more than that. She was young beautiful and talented. Look at the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, etta James, Billie holiday... They all were drug addicts at one point and nobody looks down on them. Just because amy died of drinking everyone looks at her as a disgusting waste of space on this earth, well I say enough people! Open your ears and heart, even better your soul.
She put everything she could into her music. Her awesome songwriting, her exceptional vocals, her bleeding heart... Everything!
People don't get she was a black woman in a body of white girl. Her awesome vocals prove what I'm saying. She could go from low notes to high.
Listen to October Song, You Sent Me Flying, You Know I'm No Good and He Can Only Hold Her. Then you'll start to understand the long story I'm trying to tell you.
Not just in vocals, she had a brilliant brain, poetic as hell. October Song is the best example, but you'll sure find many more if you go deep into her career, which I really sugest.
People don't take these lists seriously. Amy Lee? Celine Dion? Whitney Houston? Madonna? Avril Lavigne? Rihanna? Shakira? Katy Perry? Demi Lovato? Goddammit. Are you being serious?
We're talking about singers here….right! Cause this list is mind numbing. There is not one singers, and I use this word loosely, on that list that comes close to Ella. I guess kids today just have a weird taste for police sirens.
Ella Fitzgerald is in a league of her own. Her virtuosity lay not only in her vocal control or fireworks in the whistle register, but in the tremendous emotion in her voice and her unparalleled creativity. She had a sense of rhythm and harmony that has not been seen since the bebop era, and with every performance came powerful inventions that would leave you stunned every time. Given current trends in 'music, ' it is impossible to see Ella at the top of this list, but it is equally impossible for a true genius like her to be left off of it.
I agree. Ella Fitzgerald so far down the list is just ridiculous. I love music and have closely followed new and emerging artists right up to the present. I have no doubt that Ella Fitzgerald still remains the greatest female vocalist of all time. She had near perfect phrasing, pich and clarity and an uncanny ability to make every song she sang come alive with pure emotion and feeling. There may be some female vocalists who will come close to her but none will ever surpass her because she was as close to perfect as it is possible to be.
I only voted for Ella because there is nobody on this list who comes close. She could sing Jazz and "pop". Her songbook recordings of the greatest songwriters of all time are matchless. She was amazing during an era of standing in front of an audience and merely singing, listen to "Ella at the Opera House". She was notorious for forgetting the words to songs and she would either make up new words or scat. While scatting she would become an incredible instrument to playfully inspire the master musicians she usually was surrounded by. She enjoyed what she did so much her live albums usually included laughing. When she did laugh her unbelievable vocal range was was displayed to be so rich and musical. That is why my Greatest Female singers consists of just one name; Ella Fitzgerald.