In today’s music industry there are thousands of great female singers but only a few have managed to the heights of being called the queens and icons in their own genres. The women below have achieved what their male counterparts have achieved and hence cementing the idea that women can even do better than men. These women have written some of the greatest hits in the world and sung the songs with voices that blow us away over to many decades.
- 10. Adele
- 9. Etta James: Jazz and Soul Legend
- 8. Christina Aguilera: The Pop Diva
- 7. Tina Turner: Queen of Rock ‘n Roll
- 6. Celine Dion: The Voice of an Angel
- 5. The Great Patti LaBelle
- 4. Mariah Carey: The Songbird
- 3. Barbra Streisand
- 2. Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
- 1. Whitney Houston: The Voice
Here are some of the top 10 best female singers of all time.
We can all attest the fact that Adele has an amazing talent and she is one of the very best in the category of female musician artists of our time. Her powerful raspy voice, and the intriguing voice has made her win most Grammy awards in 2017 in total four awards. She rose to fame in 2008 when she released her album 19 which was a commercial success and was well received by the fans. Although she is relatively new to the game compared to the rest of the women here Adele has truly proven herself and her status as one of the bestselling recording artist proves my point and in addition holds several Guinness Book of World Records.
Some of Adele hit songs are “Skyfall”, “Someone Like You,”, “Rolling In The Deep, ”water under the bridge”, “hello”, “when we were young”.
9. Etta James: Jazz and Soul Legend
Although she is not with us as she passed in January 2012 her voice still ranks her as one of the legends of jazz and soul we have heard on earth. Etta used to perform in various Genres among them gospel, RN&B, jazz, Rock n Roll, among others. She is ranked on position 62 in the category of greatest Rock “n”Roll artist and position 22 in the category of greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone. She is also ranked at position 19 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
Some of her hit songs are “I’d Rather Go Blind”, “At Last”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, “The wallflower” among others.
8. Christina Aguilera: The Pop Diva
The pop icon has been recognized as one of the greatest singers of our generation. Most of her songs are hits and have earned her a position in the list of best-selling artist in the world since she has sold over 60 million albums as 2016. Among other achievements are she is one of the young artists to have appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of all Time, has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won Five Grammys, and she is among the top 100 most influential women on earth today.
Some of her hit songs are “Genie in a Bottle”, “Dirrty”, “Beautiful”, “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”. “What a Girl Wants”, “Ain’t No Other Man” and many others.
7. Tina Turner: Queen of Rock ‘n Roll
Nicknamed the “Burner” or the “Acid Queen” she is the undisputed Queen of Rock ‘n Roll. She is one of the most commercially successful female rockstar in history and in general the most successful female rock artist in the world ever. Her sales of albums have surpassed 180 million and its said the artist has sold more concert tickets than any other female artist in the world. Her powerful voice has earned her seven Grammy awards and ranked her at position 2 on VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock N Roll and ranked at position 80 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
Some of her hit songs are “Proud Mary”, “River Deep, Mountain High” “Let’s Stay Together”, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”.
6. Celine Dion: The Voice of an Angel
One of the pops most influential voices and Canada’s best-selling artist to date and among the top bestselling at a global setting is Celine Dion. Her music has influenced other genres of music such as classical, R&B and gospel.to date she has sold more than 250 million copies of her songs.
Some of her songs are “I’m Your Angel.”, “Nothing Broken but My Heart”, “The Power of Love”, “Because You Loved Me”, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”, among others.
5. The Great Patti LaBelle
The Godmother of soul who began her career in the 1960s with the band Patti La Belle and the Bluebelles is among the best female singers of all time. Patti LaBelle who is ranked at position 41 on VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock N Roll. And in addition awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and named in the list of 100 greatest singers by Rolling stone. During the 5 decades she has been active with music she managed to sell over 50 million records worldwide.
Some of her hit songs are “You Are My Friend”, “If Only You Knew”, “On My Own”, “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up” among others.
4. Mariah Carey: The Songbird
Mariah is certainly one of the great singers we have on the planet today. She came to the public limelight upon her release of her song “Vision love” in the 1990s.mariah has been one female artist who has been commercially successful as she was named best selling recording artist of the 1990s and of the millennium. To date she has sold more than 200 million records worldwide making her one of the best-selling artist of all time. She has broken a number of records such as she is the only female to have 18 songs at position 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 songs.
Some of her hit songs are “Vision of Love,” “Fantasy”, “Love Takes Time,” “One Sweet Day”, “Heartbreaker”, “Someday” , “Thank God I Found You”, “Touch My Body” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry,”
3. Barbra Streisand
One of the most successful personalities in the music industry and the best seller of 20th century is Barbra. Her career as a song writer, actress, singer, has lasted over six decades. With the experience and her prowess in the field Barbra has been able to achieve some miles such as being awarded 10 Grammy awards,2, academy awards, 9 golden globes among numerous others. She has held the highest./ grossing concert and she is the only person on Earth to have ever received Tony award, Grammy, Oscar, an Emmy and a peadboy. She is the only person to ever receive an award from acting and songwriting. She is ranked at position 31 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Some of her hit songs are “Funny Girl”, “People”, “The Way We Were”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “Enough is Enough”,
2. Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Dubbed as the Queen of the soul she is the most influential singer of all time. She is the first female performer to have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, she was also inducted into GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the UK Music Hall Of Fame. In addition she is listed at position 9 by Rolling stone in the list of 100 greatest Artist of all time and at position 1 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time. Although she is a great musician Aretha was more of an activist who spoke to the world through her songs.
Some of her songs that were hits are “Respect”, “I Say A Little Prayer” “Baby I Love You”, “Think”, “Ain’t No Way”, “A Natural Women”, “Chain Of Fools”,” I Know You Were Waiting For Me” among others.
1. Whitney Houston: The Voice
The most awarded female artist of all time, and among the best-selling was Whitney Houston who died I 2012. She grew up in a musical family and surrounded by friends such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys nigh Dionne Waewick who were great artist as well. At the time of her death she was the most awarded artist in America and was ranked at position 61 on VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Some of her key tracks are “How Will I Know”, Saving all my love for you”, “I wanna dance with somebody”, “I will always love you”, “where do broken hearts go” among others.
These are the real female legendary icons in the music. They have done it and achieved it all. Their music is obviously the best in its own genre and although some are not alive their voices still make an impact into the upcoming artist’s careers. For the young rising aspiring artist of our generation my humble advice to you is learn and emulate the legends and only by doing so you might grasp a thing or two why they made it to the top.