Top Ten All Time Divas

Originally used to describe a female opera singer, the term "diva" was redefined to refer to any female singer of superior talent.

Today, the diva moniker has evolved even further and made a partial return to its original latin roots when divus was the word for "divine one". The modern musical diva can be arrogant, difficult to work with, high-maintenance, or demanding. In essence, the modern diva sometimes acts like she believes herself to be almost divine and above it all.

This list is for female artists who have ascended to diva status, at least in their own minds.

The Top Ten

1 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman


I always vote for Maria Callas and Sarah, becouse they are THE BEST OPERA SINGERS, but Sarah beside that has the most unique performances which gives even higher level of quality to the opera. By the way, I am singing proffesor, and I have to point out how shocked I am when I see people voting for somebody who don't have a bit of operatic techics (like vibrato and basic differences between piano and forte) but call themselfs "opera singers" all the time (tarja turunen)! She really sound like a donkey comparing to Sarah!

Considering the headline -Top ten DIVAS, just gonna point out that beside the obvious voice supremacy she has among other musicians, she also has something that you are born with and you can't learn. Those are the manners of a lady. Thats what makes her a thrue DIVA, not just money or a talent. Thats something you can find only in Sarah behaviour. Others are like a savages and monkeys on the stage; kicking, screaming and acting like a mad people without medicines! She is perfect example how one music show should look alike.

Exposes Beyoncé as an amateur when it comes to singing.

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2 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 more.

The best singer on the planet! She sings a song with strong vocal ability better than Mariah. Mariah tries too hard to reach that strong vocal ability that Whitney Houston has mastered. Every time I hear Whitney's voice I get goose bumps all over my body like God was coming down on earth. In My book Whitney is and only the best singer on the planet! God given gift just Whitney!

Now that's what you call a diva! - Missgirlygirl2000

I believe Whitney has the most amazing female vocals of all time. She is timeless.
- Hillary117

No one can ever touch her voice during her prime years! It was as big as the world, the universe rather.

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3 Mariah Carey 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy more.

Mariah definitely deserves to be on top. Her mastery of her range remains nearly unmatched, with solid lower notes, astounding belts, beautiful head voice and a one-of-a-kind whistle register. But for me, what made her the ultimate diva is the killer combo of her voice, her songwriting and producing abilities, her over-the-top personality and her ability to convey emotions. Moreover, her ability to rise to the top even when she was dragged on fire (remember the Glitter and Charmbracelet eras? She came back with The Emancipation of Mimi and right now, I have a feeling that her second comeback is approaching, with her voice rebounding and her confidence being back). That's why she deserves to be number 1.

Other singers that deserves to be on top of this list are Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Aretha, and Patti. They are all such influential and amazing singers.

Know what? For me Mariah is the most powerful singer... And the greatest voice a singer can ever possess... And please don't criticize her because I know nobody can't surpass her... And please... Just vote her... She is also gorgeous and she is so kind and thoughtful.. I love her voice because it's so high and she is "THE VOICE" isn't that enough?! - shekaina09

I'm voting for her because to me a diva is a spoiled superglam brat/bitch who can belt out a tune like nobody's business. Mariah carey is definitely all of that. - gaki

number one

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4 Beyoncé Knowles Beyoncé Knowles 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 more.

Beyonce Knowles is a diva because she was awesome in the 90's and the 00's she can sing and dance and if you have both singing and dancing talents you are considered a artiste and a Diva, and Beyonce vocal range is a high register and spans three octaves, and Beyonce Dance abilities are so confident and sexy she is the only great Dancer that can hit a really big high note every time she sing, there aren't too many Dancers that can not sing, Beyonce is the only great Dancer that can sing and hit high notes. Love Beyonce Knowles.

She does not have the best of anything, she doesn't have the best vocals, or moves, stage presence, or chart performance, but she still excels in each category. The epitome of diva. And she is obviously just getting started. She will be number one. Believe that.

Beyonce might not have a higher vocal range than Mariah but she sure can sing, dance and perform better than any other female artist. For me it has to be 1. Beyonce, so much soul and when she blasts them powerful notes she embarrasses all other Divas out the topic 2. Celine Dion (check out divas 1998 for her riff battle with Aretha Franklin. Aretha needs to. House her battles carefully) 3. Janet, it's Janet.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! She is the greatest singer of our generation! People that say she is overrated do not know what they are talking about. She deserves all of the credit that she gets. She is the ultimate diva. She even has a song about it. She is a singer, a dancer, an actress, a business woman, and an inspiration. She is the complete package. She was and will always be great! She can sell out a concert within minutes of opening ticket sales and she doesn’t even need a new album or single out. She is such a hard worker and I love her!

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5 Celine Dion Celine Dion

I believe Celine is a very good singer. I have all her songs. I don't think she whines or screeches while she sings. Her songs are beautifully penned and sung. But it always disheartens me to see her being heavily ignored and panned by critics. Even the critics of meta critic have given brighter scores to that Bieber's album than Celine's. But I believe is a true diva and will be whatever the world might say. We will always suppor you Celine.

Top ten all-time divas. Celine Dion should be top 1. She's humble, caring and loving. She's still doing well with her singing career. And when she finally release her upcoming English album, everybody watch out how many albums will she sold again. I'm positive. Celine Dion's upcoming album which will be released late this year will sold more than 20 million copies. - RLAAMJR

Celine Dion is the precise definition of a diva. She has proved herself as the world biggest selling than any female artist in the history of music. I like her because she is so humble and with a big heart. Her voice is just like an angel coming from above and her song really wrench your heart and will fed your soul with so much emotion. When she is on stage she has so much power and confidence than any other singer don't have. I loved watching her concert because you will feel that you are with her and she is with you. I totally love Celine Dion.

Absolutely gorgeous voice

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

She is the the upcoming best some singers stay in there comfort zone not to crack or break there voice even back than I thought whitney was the best listen to her live performances there's always a crack somewhere or she doesn't go all out singing... Charice is the only girl I saw go all out with her voice and maintain flawlessness.. I've seen the best of all times mariah whitney and celine perform songs they sometimes didn't wow me in live performances but every time I hear this short phillpino girl she just sends goosebumps threw out my body no questions ask I know CHARICE is the best of all time

In my opinion, Charice is the best singer in the world. She can sing every notes, the most powerful voice in the world. We can see when she was younger, she sang Listen and she did it better than Beyonce, her voice was more powerful than Beyoncé. When she sang I will always love you for Whitney Houston's tribute, it was awesome, the power of her voice was better than Whitney, and the last note wasn't the same, it was different and it was more beautiful. Then, when she sang All by myself, the harder note that everyone knows, was higher than Celine Dion. Next, the song I have Nothing by Whitney, her voice was amazing. The song and I am telling you, she destroyed everthing, the power of her voice was fantasatic. Divas like Bianca Ryan, Jessica Sanchez, Leona Lewis, Melanie Amaro, Alexandra Burke, Amber Riley (etc) are not better than Charice.

She has a great voice that gives goosebumps to a lot of people. You never get tired listening to her music. When she is on the stage, she gives it all for her audience and fans no matter how tired she is, dynamic performer and fun to listen and watch. A very good dancer, and a good actress not to mention can do a lot of impersonation of famous people or animal sounds. Has excellent sense of humor.

Probably the greatest voice I ever heard so far!

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7 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and more.

Such a beautiful girl, great performer with the most powerful and captivating voice! She deserves to be in this list. I love her

she is beautiful and so hot she is defenetly the no. 1all time diva in the universe I adore her she is totaly the best and my favourite

She's great singer and can sing any type of music with the most powerful voice and she's very talented

Bound to you

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8 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.

Seriously, are we joking here? She's BARBRA JOAN STREISAND which simply states it ALL. No One is in her league. She was an original from the word "Go" and remains relevant to this day. Some of these other singers will be regarded as a historical footnote but Streisand - Barbra Streisand and her incomparable career will be studied by scholars and historians for decades, possibly over the next century. She's #1 and everyone knows this or is in complete denial.

Barbra doesn't need to sing super high like Maria Carry or blow speakers like other singers to prove she is the best. Can she make you cry? Can she make you laugh, sigh, relax, provoke inspiration? Yes she can and she does. That is what makes her a singer. That is what makes her a Diva.

Be Real -Babs is not real. At 69 years old, she is better than ever! Just looks at her accomplishments and amazing career that just keeps on going stronger. Simply stated, Barbra is a world / class of her own.


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9 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has more.

Madonna is the Queen of Pop! She's a true living legend of all time!

You People Should Get Arrested Cause Madonna Is The Ultimate Diva.

There is no other to compare to the greatest Diva ever. With newest Ghost town. Rebel heart too good too.

She is the diva that created the TERM diva.

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10 Sarah Geronimo 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 more.

She is the perfect singer for all occasions. An undefeated, certified total performer of all time. Talented, humble, pretty, etc. God showered her with all the blessings this world could ever offer.

because shes only the one and only poster superstar, concert queen, multimillion endorser, record breaker concert, box office queen and sold out album...

Yes, she really is one of the best performers of her generation she always give a show stopper performance everybody is rooting for her performance in her shows specially ASAP and Sarah G. Live

She's a total performer! nothing beats Sarah G.

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The Newcomers

? Vanessa Hudgens Vanessa Hudgens Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series.

The Contenders

11 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.

Should definitely be in the top of the top 10. DIVA is still her persona. Best in R&B, Gospel, Opera, anything you name she can
S A N G (better than sing)it.

The first name that comes to mind when I think "diva." Astonished to see that she's not in the Top 10.

there is no question who is the best this woman is the god gift sent from heaven. there is no singer on this earth that can walk in her shoe.

Wonderful singer

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12 Agnes Monica

She is absolutly Georgous -

she is a multitalented musician. she sing, she dance, and she made her own song.

Agnes monica is a girl who is smart, trendy, and she has a good voice and has big motivations and spirit

Agnes Mo is absolutely has a amazing voice

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13 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.

She must be the first because she is know all around the world in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and in OCEANIA and Sarah brightman is don't know all around the world like barbra Streisand

Excellent voice, boddy, and character. Just the Best

River deep - mountain high is one of the greatest songs of all time. Period. She needs to be at the top of this list for sure

Oh my god, just watch her concert...Amazing

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14 Regine Velasquez Regine Velasquez Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, dubbed as the Asia's Songbird is a Filipina recording artist, host, producer, philanthropist, commercial endorser, actress, and an Asian pop culture icon. She is widely known for possessing an extensive vocal range.

Well, not everyone may know Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, but everyone who knows her will surely agree that she is one real talented person. She may not have the kind of fame that Hollywood stars enjoy, but her singing is sure to give many more popular international stars a run for their money.

Having experienced international stardom herself (but has chosen to remain in the Philippines for personal and patriotic reasons), Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is a respected - almost legendary - name in Asia. Proof of this her multi-platinum albums, sold-out shows, and the fact that of all Asian music stars, it is to her singing that the singing of both established and new singers are most often measured against. You wouldn't bother comparing your singing with someone who is not worth comparing with (in short, has little talent), would you?

She's simply the best. The one and only Asia's SONGBIRD. She conquers not only Philippines but the entire Asia in terms of vocal expertise and popularity. She's well respected in the music industry and her longevity is too rare a feat for any Filipino singer to achieve. 25 years of continuous success and super stardom yet her voice is never deteriorated

SHe is a Great singer... She captivated all the hearts of an inspiring singers... All the amateur singers wish to be like her... All Filipino singers are idolizing her in many ways... She belted perfectly with a rare flair that she only does as far as I know... She always sings from the heart and for GOD... She is


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15 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

She is the only one diva and superstar...

Shaki is 1 of the most amazing singer n as an unique voice... You just can't keep her here down please she deserves to be at least in top 20 ain't you really think that!

I love herr so much

She is beautiful

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16 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . more.

I just love her! She has made a difference in my life I mean gosh I love her! She is like a queen to me. I look up to her she is one of my idols and I love her! Whenever I here her I just have to listen or watch. Her clothes are like a gods clothes. I love her. Paws Up Mother Monster!

LADY GAGA is the BEST and I love her so much... And when I hear her songs I just enter into another world especially "BORN THIS WAY"... She is the only singer who have got this much fans all over the world... ROCK ON

I remember when I didn't like Lady Gaga but as I began to listen more and more to her music and to her interviews, I grew a new level of respect for her. She isn't the best singer but she is a great singer, one of the best of this time. There are so many things she can do with her voice!

You should watch ARTPOP TOUR and see how good she is

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17 Agnetha Faltskog Agnetha Faltskog

She would be at the first place. She's the best. She has been singing since she was 5 years. She is a very beautiful woman. She's perfect, she's the best, she's THE DIVA!

My first musical and vocal influence after my mother! When I was a child I thought she was an angel for real.

How can she NOT be the Top All Time Diva: her face is absolutely angelic, and her butt is LEGENDARY, she's known as The Queen Of Hearts. One look from her will make a man melt.

She has an angelic voice!

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18 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

I have been in love with these ladies since Dreamboat Annie.

totally, that's why she got Cameron Crowe. - Queen-aholic

Go to a Heart Concert. Log onto YouTube, type in Ann and Nancy Wilson, check out the song "Crazy"

She's the best. A number one performer. - richt63

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19 Shania Twain Shania Twain

She should be on the top ten list surely.

I have no Idea what she isn't in the top ten.. fabulously unforgettable voice. Definitely one of my top ten favourites

20 Amy Lee 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 is beyond all others! Her music is not only great to listen to but
it has affected people so deeply. Just ask any of her fans. No hype, no words can
describe what she means to them. Period... For many of them it was the first time
they heard her music that sealed the deal. Let alone seeing her... their hearts were
lost at first sight. No lie.. - moparcrash

She is my idol and only Diva singer all the time plus she looks good. But I really don't know who is No.4-6. Are they that great?

How can Gwen Stefani and Lily Allen count as divas, if Amy Lee, "The Diva Of Goth" doesn't? - BlahBlahBlahBlah

She is a great singer! I don't care if Evanescence is old, and I'm young, I love Amy Lee's voice. - AnonymousChick

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