Worldwide TOP 50 Greatest Female Vocalists Of All Time

Worldwide TOP 50 Greatest Female Vocalists Of All Time BLOG Saturday 27th November 2021



 Countdown of Worldwide TOP 50 Greatest Female Vocalists Of All Time

I saw this interesting list on I did overall think it was good and agreed with it. But it can only be one person’s opinion. It is very American biased and has lots of gaping holes. Many English female singers do not appear. But I still think most of those on the list deserve to be there.

Are you a fan of Joplin, Winehouse, Carpenter or any other musician of the many female singers, if yes, this list can surely surprise you. It is a list of some of the greatest female vocalists from different eras. And if you don’t know about any of these artists, make sure to search a bit about them because you are missing some important stuff.

  1. Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990)

Tagged as “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century” by the Critic Scott Yanow, Sarah Vaughan is one of those singers who have won an NEA Jazz Masters Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award and four Grammy Awards. Undoubtedly, she is known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One” for a reason.

  1. Toni Braxton (1967 – )

Toni Braxton, throughout her career, has sold more than 67 million records across the globe.

Famous agent LA Reid said about her while talking to VH1 that “We called her the first lady of LaFace. She was our Diva. Clive had Whitney, Tommy had Mariah, and we had Toni”.

  1. Roberta Flack (1937 – )

Flack owns one American Music Award out of six nominations. Also, from her thirteen nominations for Grammy Awards, she had managed to win four of them.

  1. Sia Furler (1975 – )

Sia is not only a performer but also a songwriter. She has spent many years from her career writing the songs for other artists like Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, and a lot more.

After writing songs for others, she decided to be on the stage herself and give the performances. The audience was blown away with her versatility. She has a unique voice and a unique way of mumble-singing that gives her music a poppy sound.

  1. Carole King (1942 – )

Carole King was the most successful songwriter of the United States in the 2nd half of the 20th century, . On the Hot 100 of Billboard, she has written or co-written 118 pop hits. King had also written 61 hits that have charted in the United Kingdom. Between 1952 and 2005, she was the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles chart.

  1. Enya (1961 – )

Tagged as Ireland’s best selling solo artist, Enya is the second-best-selling artist after U2. She has been awarded four Grammys, an Ivor Novello Award, and seven World Music Awards. She has also received nominations for a Golden Globe and Oscar for writing the song “May It Be” for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Enya is very private, that is amazing considering how renowned her work is.

  1. Olivia Newton-John (1948 – )

This Australian singer has won four Grammy, had two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums, five number-one, and ten other top-ten Billboard Hot 100 singles. Fourteen of her albums and Eleven of her singles are certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold worldwide over 100 million records. Undoubtedly, she is very talented.

  1. Patti LaBelle (1944 – )

Known as to be the “Godmother of Soul.” After a long and successful career, Patti LaBelle had begun her career as the lead singer in the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.

  1. Dusty Springfield (1939 – 1999)

Dusty who is a member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame is born in England. She is a well-known icon from the Swinging Sixties. She might not be so famous that you already know about it. But if you have not heard about her yet, then this is the time.

  1. Pat Benatar (1953 – )

You might know Benatar by her song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” She has won 4 Grammy throughout her career. She also has five platinum albums, two RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums, 15 Billboard Top 40 singles and three gold albums.

  1. Sarah McLachlan (1968 – )

Sarah has won two Grammys and four Juno Awards by now. She is born in Canada and is known for her mezzo-soprano vocal range.

  1. Jennifer Hudson (1981 – )

A little fact about this famous singer: She got a seventh-place on “American Idol” in 2004. She was not the winner or runner up or even anywhere close to it. In just 2 years from her participation, she was able to receive a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a SAG Award, and an Oscar for her role as Effie White in “Dreamgirls.”

  1. Cher (1946 – )

Cher at the 1974 Met Gala is giving us some Buster Keaton vibes while she looks so gorgeous.

  1. Gladys Knight (1944 – )

Known as the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight has two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and has won seven Grammys. “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For” are the two songs for which you might know her.

  1. Diana Ross (1944 – )

Diana Ross became famous in the 70s for her beautiful voice and classic hits. She is a great icon blessed with brilliant talent.

Her talent allowed her to grow in life when the time was not in favor of women of color, but she still made it big. She is undoubtedly worth appreciating.

  1. Sade Adu (1959 – )

Born in Nigeria and raised in England, Sade is one of the most successful names in the history of British artists.

  1. Judy Garland (1922 – 1969)

She is known for her incredible contralto vocal range. The star of “The Wizard of Oz” died young while she was under the pressure of substance abuse and had mental health-related issues. While being young might have led to her early death, the legacy she has created lives on.

  1. Ann Wilson (1950 – )

With sister Nancy Wilson as one half of the girl duo Heart, Ann Wilson is another half. The dramatic soprano is what her voice is labeled as.

  1. Norah Jones (1979 – )

Music talent runs in the blood of Norah. She is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, a famous Indian sitar master and composer. Undoubtedly, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and has won nine Grammy awards.

  1. Carrie Underwood (1983 – )

With about $65 million net worth, this Oklahoma-native “American Idol” champion in 2005 is now a country superstar.

Carrie’s career went on a boom when she sang and blew away the viewers and judges on “American Idol,” and that’s something which has not stopped after that. She owns a lot of number-one hits, has won many awards and has performed for the crowd all across the World.

  1. Linda Ronstadt (1946 – )

Linda Ronstadt has given 8 Billboard Hot 100 singles by now. A lot of albums by her are certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum across the globe.

She has earned an Emmy Award, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, an ALMA Award, and10 Grammy Awards throughout her career. Her song “You’re No Good,” was a huge hit and it made to number one on the charts in the United States.

  1. Dolly Parton (1946 – )

This is the picture of the time when Parton was used to being in the Top 10 of country charts. It is difficult to grasp that she had to beg to Jolene not to take her man. After being known artists for decades now, her net worth is currently around $500 million. She is also known to have written or co-written over 3,000 songs.

  1. Shania Twain (1965 – )

One of the wealthiest country singers, Shania is a Canadian-born country singer who rocked the world with a great songs like “Man, I Feel Like a Woman”.

Her career includes writing and singing some of the most famous songs in the country. Her net worth is almost $400 million.

  1. Janis Joplin (1943 – 1970)

Powerful mezzo-soprano vocal is what Janis Joplin is known for. She has a classical singing voice that lies between the voice type of the soprano and contralto. She was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of fame in 1995.

  1. Kelly Clarkson (1982 – )

In 2002, Kelly Clarkson of Fort Worth, Texas, has won the first season of “American Idol”. She was able to convert it into a huge success. She has sold over 40 million singles and over 25 million albums worldwide and has earned three Grammys.

  1. Julie Andrews (1935 – )

From the set of “Mary Poppins”, Dick van Dyke and Julie are having a lot of fun. And “A Spoonful of Sugar” the famous song from the movie you have heard, Julie Andrews is known to sing best with them.

  1. Patsy Cline (1932 – 1963)

Tragically, Patsy died when she was just 30 years old in a plane crash on March 5, 1963. She became the first female singer in 1973 to be introduced in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  1. Nina Simone (1933 – 2003)

Simone has a significant influence on the various artist from the music industry. Some of them who have praised her includes John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Lana Del Rey, Kanye West, Janis Joplin, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Adele, Elton John, Madonna, and many more. She was introduced in 2018 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  1. P!nk (1979 – )

P!nk is known to be one of the World’s best-selling musicians. She has sold over 90 million records worldwide. She has won seven MTV VMAs, three Grammys, and an Emmy award. And she is just 40 Years old!

  1. Madonna (1958 – )

This 61-year-old singer is known to be the queen of pop. Madonna looks so beautiful even without make-up, and probably she will look so forever. She has an inner essence that just glows fabulously. And not to forget her immensely captivating voice.

She was said to be “an artist who pushed the boundaries” by the author Thomas Harrison about what this singer could do in her eighties.

  1. Beyoncé (1981 – )

How can this list be completed without Beyoncé? She is known not to shy away from having a conversation about her achievements and power, and she should indeed be proud of it. After all, her out-of-this-world voice (and dance moves) has made her achieve the success that she holds.

  1. Etta James (1938 – 2012)

Etta’s powerful voice is known mostly for her world-famous song “At Last.”. Though in most of her adulthood, she has struggled with drug addiction. Her talent is what she will always be remembered for.

  1. Annie Lennox (1954 – )

Though Annie Lennox was born in Scotland, she took the whole world by storm. VH1 has proudly tagged her to be “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive”.

  1. Alicia Keys (1981 – )

This classically trained piano artist had won 15 Grammy awards and has reportedly sold 65 million records globally.

  1. Stevie Nicks (1948 – )

Stevie Nicks has one of the best voices in the history of music. She has been introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times.

  1. Ariana Grande (1993 – )

Ariana Grande gives competition to Mariah Carey when it comes to singing on high notes. This young singer has a four-octave vocal range and an attitude that keeps her going. If Maria is the queen, then Ariana is in the line of succession for the throne.

  1. Lady Gaga (1986 – )

Born as a regular kid with the name of Stefani Germanotta, this singer is the Mother Monster. Over the last decade, she has become immensely famous. She started her career as a DJ and later began to write songs and to give performances.

“Just Dance,” “Born This Way,” “Poker Face,” and “Edge Of Glory” are some of the most popular songs of Lady Gaga. The song “Shallow,” from the movie “A Star Is Born” with Bradley Cooper showcases her beautiful vocal range.

  1. Donna Summer (1948 – 2012)

Donna Summer had Top 40 hit every year from 1975-1984 and 42 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She has sold over a whopping 100 million records globally.

  1. Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959)

Known to start a new style of singing, Billie would manipulate her pace and words in a way that no other artists could have done in history. She is a famous icon in the world of jazz and pop singing. Sadly, She died due to cirrhosis when she was 44 year old because of her habit of alcohol addiction.

Still the “Lady Day,” is remembered for her work. Frank Sinatra once told Ebony magazine: “With some exceptions, every pop singer in the USA during her time has been touched in some way by her genius. It is Billie Holiday who was, and remains, the greatest single musical influence on me. Lady Day is the most important influence on American popular singing in the last twenty years.”

  1. Amy Winehouse (1983 – 2011)

Amy Winehouse’s death made huge news for being one of the few celebrities whose death hit hard. Even though you might not be a fan of her signing, but it is a fact that she was incredibly talented.

This picture was clicked some days ago before her demise when she looks sizzling with her signature eye makeup and hairs thrown over her shoulder. Due to alcohol poisoning, she passed away on July 23, 2011, but she was suffering from drug addiction and bulimia for years then. She was an incredible artist that has gone too soon.

  1. Tina Turner (1939 – )

Tina Turner has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, and hence she is rightly named as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In 1991 she was introduced in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and has received 12 Grammys. “River Deep–Mountain High” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It” are some of her very famous songs

  1. Karen Carpenter (1950 – 1983)

Karen Carpenter was a member of “The Carpenters” where she used to play the drums and her older brother, Richard used to sing. She was described as one of the best female vocalists in the world by Paul McCartney.

Sadly, she suffered from anorexia nervosa for several years and died at the age of 32 from the same disease, but her voice lives on.

  1. Christina Aguilera (1980 – )

She made her debut by making her album come first right across the chart by spawning three number-one hit singles in the US. “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” all were worth listening to.

She has sold globally over 75 million singles and albums. She has also received five Grammys and is an inspiration to a lot of people like Sam Smith, Tinashe, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and many more.

  1. Barbra Streisand (1942 – )

She is not the only one of the most famous singers in the World, but also the most famous actress as well. Barbra Streisand has spent a lot of years in the limelight while being appreciated for her endless talent.

  1. Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – )

The Queen of Jazz, Lady Ella and First Lady of Song is what Ella is famously known.

She, in her lifetime, has won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Medal of Arts, and fourteen Grammy Awards.

  1. Mariah Carey (1970 – )

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Fantasy” ate some of the most popular songs of this singer. She has an incredible voice and sings on high notes at which no other singer can sing.

She holds the record of singing the number-one singles in the world while writing most of the songs herself. Her vocal range lies between the five octaves, from F2 to G7.

  1. Adele (1988 – )

Adele’s vocal range lies between C3 to B5, and she is another mezzo-soprano. Adele said, “I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald for scales and acrobatics, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control.”

She has been admired by the critics ever since her unique voice broke out in the year 2008 with her album named “19.”

Any guesses on who are the top 3 best female vocalists of all time?

  1. Celine Dion (1968 – )

At the third position comes Celine Dion, who was born in Canada but had sung her first song in French.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times said of Dion, “[She has] a good-sized arsenal of technical skills. She can deliver tricky melismas, produce expressive vocal catches and sustain long notes without the tiniest wavering of pitch.”

Charles Alexander of Time once said, “[Her] voice glides effortlessly from deep whispers to dead-on high notes, a sweet siren that combines force with grace.”

  1. Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018)

At #2 spot is Aretha Franklin. She is the Queen of soul. She has made some of the greatest songs in the history that includes “(You Make Me Feel Like),” “I Say a Little Prayer,” A Natural Woman, “Chain of Fools,” and “Respect.”

Can you guess who is at the number-one spot?

  1. Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012)

Whitney Houston wins the tag of #1 position.

This mezzo-soprano sang so amazingly that people often referred to her as “The Voice.”

Music critic Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times once wrote, “[Houston’s voice] stands like monuments upon the landscape of 20th-century pop, defining the architecture of their times, sheltering the dreams of millions and inspiring the climbing careers of countless imitators.”

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