Top 10 Female Vocalists

  • Published on Mar 12, 2014
  • Whether fronting a band or singing on her own, these women sure could sing. For this list, we've chosen our female singers based on a combination of the quality of their voice, vocal range, recognition and popularity. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 female vocalists. Special thanks to our users Nathan Lorenzon, Emmay864, Adam Gordan, Ciara247ish, afarrelly, Rachel Jackson, Moise Joassaint, capsricious79 for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at!
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  • Koadrak
    Koadrak 3 hours ago

    where is Lady Gaga?

  • Evilieee Mia
    Evilieee Mia 4 hours ago

    Leona Lewis? Kelly Clarkson? Beyonce?

  • roman romans
    roman romans 8 hours ago +2

    This video is a BIG LIE!!! Mariah is the greatest vocalist of all time, greatest in this lifetime.

  • David Ray
    David Ray 9 hours ago

    See my list here.

  • _king. Pj
    _king. Pj 10 hours ago

    Where’s patty

  • Majjer t
    Majjer t 10 hours ago

    Where is Agneta in abba ???!! What a joke!!!

  • Michael LeDuc
    Michael LeDuc 11 hours ago

    Where's Sarah Mclachlan?????????????????

  • Billie Johnson
    Billie Johnson 11 hours ago

    Beyonce should have been on the list, at the very least as an honorable mention. I agree with Aretha Franklin as #1 and Whitney Houston at #2 but Celine Dion should have been #3, not 9. I love most of these artists though (except Janis Joplin, who was a horrible singer regardless of who disagrees), but Celine Dion at #9? Really?

  • Petrina Cook
    Petrina Cook 12 hours ago

    Karen Carpenters missing from that group

  • Randall Senn
    Randall Senn 14 hours ago

    Where are Grace Slick, Stevie Nicks and Donna Summer?

  • John Hem
    John Hem 16 hours ago

    No Lisa Fischer WTF!

  • Ato_Jin Tuia
    Ato_Jin Tuia Day ago

    I thought Beyonce would be in this🤔

  • Antonio Castro
    Antonio Castro Day ago +2


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  • Faris R4INAKat
    Faris R4INAKat Day ago

    Where's Susanna Hoffs?

  • Ricardo Robleto
    Ricardo Robleto Day ago +4

    Celine top 9? Beyonce? Kelly Clarkson? Mariah top 6?adele top 5?seriusly?

  • Shijan Shanto
    Shijan Shanto Day ago

    Where's Maddona, Beyonce, Britney and Gaga???? This is a totally shitty fucking list.

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul Day ago

    Where is sia

  • Dylan Rayon-Cano
    Dylan Rayon-Cano 2 days ago


  • Kevin Riddell
    Kevin Riddell 2 days ago

    Stevie Nicks ffs

  • Jenny Piontek
    Jenny Piontek 2 days ago

    Rogerina Taylor

  • shawn de grace
    shawn de grace 2 days ago

    ann Wilson shouls b 2nd

  • Jon Krantz
    Jon Krantz 2 days ago

    Strange list...Linda Ronstadt should have at least been an honorable mention. I love Joplin, but to be honest, she wasn't a really great vocalist. Lots of passion, but mostly screaming. I could go on and on about who should have been on the list. Like I said, strange list.

  • KENDOG0067
    KENDOG0067 2 days ago

    The ranking is pretty bad haven't even heard of at least 2 or 3 of these singer. Mariah, Whitney, and Celine should be the top 3

  • alie peñaflor
    alie peñaflor 2 days ago

    Wheres beyonce... Omg

  • Andi Belalang
    Andi Belalang 2 days ago +1

    Hey..can you fix this freakin list???

  • Andi Belalang
    Andi Belalang 2 days ago

    Whitney.. Mariah.. Celine

  • Michael Helin
    Michael Helin 2 days ago

    If Pat Benatar isn't on this list, i'll be very disappointed

  • purkabe12
    purkabe12 3 days ago

    Wait a minute, they put Christina Aguilera before Celine Dion and Adele before Mariah. Sure guys stay dreaming. Theres black girls in church with better voices than Adele.

  • Miz blake
    Miz blake 3 days ago

    Mariah Carey uses her voice like an opera singer and Celine Dion has some of the highest vocal range ever known how the hell are they under Whitney Houston no disrespect to Whitney name the top three best singers but how it's Celine and Mariah under Whitney

  • Cynnamon Thompson
    Cynnamon Thompson 3 days ago

    Where the crap is Dolly freaking Parton?!?!?!?!?

  • yo cool
    yo cool 3 days ago

    Where’s Gaga and Shakira

  • 2 Dudes and No Subscribers

    Where’s brittney

  • MeFirst please
    MeFirst please 3 days ago

    1.Ella Fitzgerald
    2.Whitney Houston
    3.Mariah Carey
    4.Sarah Vaughan
    5. Jo Stafford
    7.Aretha Franklin
    8. Doris Day
    9.Keely Smith
    10. Celine Dion

    • Immanuel San
      Immanuel San 3 days ago

      Adele > Legendary Celine Dion? Adele is on the same level with Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. Adele fans is getting brave here lollll

  • MeFirst please
    MeFirst please 3 days ago

    Etta James is waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy too high also they never bring in Sarah Vaughan. Also Mariah should be higher.

  • Johnny Moore
    Johnny Moore 3 days ago

    1 & 2 can go either way. Overall a good list though.

  • Finnbogi Finnbogason

    ? Strange?

  • Fran Manoulian
    Fran Manoulian 3 days ago

    Ann Murry , Shania Twain ,both have pure voices.

  • Obsideon
    Obsideon 4 days ago

    I've usually agreed with your other lists but this one was completely butchered. I already had a bad feeling when Celine Dion was #9 then it went downhill from there.

  • Deuce Brikkinsson
    Deuce Brikkinsson 4 days ago

    Adele is RIGHTFULLY ABOVE Mariah because she's not a total bitch. FACT!

  • FK A
    FK A 4 days ago +1

    Sorry but Karen Carpenter is the greatest female vocalist there is

  • MC Corpuz
    MC Corpuz 4 days ago +7

    Adele has Guiness Record? Amazing...

    Mariah has one too. "The only singer that can reach a dolphin's tone."

    That's it. No more WatchMojos!

  • jeremy jaeger
    jeremy jaeger 4 days ago

    This list is shit.

  • Kauter BAIZ
    Kauter BAIZ 4 days ago

    The fact that Adele is higher than Mariah is a shame.

  • Michael Tester
    Michael Tester 4 days ago

    Yeah go to he Mariah is ten times better then addel Mariah hits 8 octaves Adelle like 5 do more homework sheesh. Now if this is just your favs list re name it cause an all time list isn't looking anything like this

  • Deuce Brikkinsson
    Deuce Brikkinsson 5 days ago

    Mariah... What an overrated wench

  • Jackie S
    Jackie S 5 days ago

    Janis Joplin should be NUMBER ONE, with Tina Turner a close SECOND. We have to take into account their ability to reach a WIDE audience and ability to interpret songs to reflect their unique styles.

  • Macaulay Bagnate
    Macaulay Bagnate 5 days ago

    How about Beyoncé, Judy Garland, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

  • Flossey Morphett
    Flossey Morphett 5 days ago +3

    What about Cher? I know she has a different and unique voice, but she’s still very talented and on my top 10 list at least.

  • Jommel Jaucian
    Jommel Jaucian 6 days ago

    There is no way Adele could be better than Mariah and Celine.

  • noah james
    noah james 6 days ago

    Ok mariah Carey is bestter then them all hands down and btw no whitney Houston in there your list is really faulty

  • AdlockHungry
    AdlockHungry 6 days ago +1

    There are so many greats that it’s a top ten list that should probably feature twenty singers.
    Sinead O’Connor comes to mind. Incredibly powerful voice with a lot of range. Don’t know how many octaves. Her debut album The Lion and the Cobra is probably among the most original works among this list of notables. It definitely has a unique style that isn’t for everyone, but her vocal power is pretty undeniable. Listen to the song Jerusalem and you’ll see what I mean.
    Oh, yeah I would definitely add Sia to this list but I think this video came out before she blew up.

  • Kw Beastmode
    Kw Beastmode 6 days ago

    P!nk better be in here

  • Mickey Villadsen
    Mickey Villadsen 7 days ago +5

    Lady gaga should have been in honorable mention at list

  • Azlan H. IX
    Azlan H. IX 7 days ago

    "No 9. celine..."
    close video. continue jerking off to alpaca's video.

  • Matt Sapp
    Matt Sapp 7 days ago

    Rip Mrs Franklin you'll surely be missed.

  • Moin A
    Moin A 7 days ago +1

    I expect to see other genres vocalists like Angela Gossow and Tarja Turunen ...

  • Lymar Tibuc
    Lymar Tibuc 7 days ago +6

    Dame Shirley Bassey, Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight are laughing. Dame Shirley Bassey is a force.

  • Neutral 69
    Neutral 69 7 days ago +1

    Messed up list, #1 Aretha #2 Celine #3 Mariah #4 Whitney.

  • Izaan ur rehman
    Izaan ur rehman 7 days ago

    Whitney by far is the best.Celine is easily no 3 or 2 and some people can easily put her on 1 too.I mean what type of music these people listen to.Fuck you lol.As far as Adele is concerned I love her voice better than Mariah.More emotions.I won't compare Mariah to Whitney,Whitney is better for me but Mariah has bigger range.Same here Mariah has bigger range than Adele but Adele is much better for me sounding wise.She is awesome.

  • nivram0544
    nivram0544 8 days ago

    WHAT.?? - Newton John & Ciccone are NOT included.!!! utter rubbish.

  • Vocal Trinity: Celine, Mariah, and Whitney

    Celine Dion on no.9 spot, Christina Aguilera on no.7 spot, Mariah Carey on no.6, they should be on top 5 alongside with Whitney Houston...

  • Liger01
    Liger01 8 days ago

    is this a joke? celine, mariah and whitney should be in top 3.

  • Camila Soria
    Camila Soria 8 days ago

    WTF??? Celine is number 9???!!!! Not right.

  • Grace Hinds
    Grace Hinds 8 days ago +1

    Give me a break! Streisand as an honorable mention. Clearly, the people responsible for this list are not particularly knowledgeable. Try again, and hopefully, you'll get it right this time. Where is Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, and Toni Braxton? The list should be renamed my favorite singers, not the top ten female vocalists.

    • Blackdog Blackdog
      Blackdog Blackdog 5 days ago

      exactly .. and it's also pretty clear that the vast majority of the comments are from ppl who know little (or nothing) pre-1985 or '90. Where's Dionne Warwick? Dusty Springfield? Karen Carpenter? Sarah Vaughan?

  • Zachery Abrams
    Zachery Abrams 8 days ago +1

    Y’all really slept on Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson and it really shows

  • kathi kaufmann
    kathi kaufmann 8 days ago

    it's impossible to make an only top ten list of good female singers.

  • Ray Staar
    Ray Staar 8 days ago

    Janis was a giantess of psychedelic rock and soul, no doubt, but as a vocalist, she relied on her ability to scream to the exclusion of almost all other techniques. Great entertainer and pop personality yes but, in my opinion, not a great vocalist.

  • KittenGeek Gameplays

    Hmm...what about Ariana Grande? I mean...come on! PIPES GURRRLLL

  • thomas placin
    thomas placin 9 days ago

    Where Is Edith Piaf And Lady Gaga??

  • Ravenstarcat
    Ravenstarcat 9 days ago

    Everyone complaining about the ranking, you wanna know what’s even more wack? Where is Stevie Nicks???

    • Immanuel San
      Immanuel San 3 days ago

      I don't even know who is her. Singers in list probably more popular

  • andhie corner
    andhie corner 9 days ago

    YASSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY QUEEEEEEEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Akhil Sawant
    Akhil Sawant 9 days ago +19

    I'm so glad 90% commentators think Mariah and Celine deserved better❤

  • Runa Reinert
    Runa Reinert 9 days ago

    Seriously, you missed aaaaaaaaalot of good ones. Thanks for including Ann Wilson, she is often overlooked. A name like Sarah Brightman was not on this list :/

  • Maite Seale
    Maite Seale 9 days ago

    Celine Dion is still my favourite. ❤❤❤❤ her songs are remarkable❤❤

  • fab harlock
    fab harlock 9 days ago

    For what concerns the Europe among the singers in the middle of their career Adele is by far the most heard, more than Mariah, Aguilera, Celine etc ...

  • GarageStudio
    GarageStudio 9 days ago +9

    *Me:* Mariah is at #5
    Hmm I wonder who's gonna be at #4
    *Also me:* Probably the one who sang 🎶 And IIIIII 🎶OoP........
    *Adele?!* You've got to be kidding me! This should be titled top ten singers (based on personal preference) but once you use the term vocalist, so many factors such as technique, utilization of range, agility etc. come in & Adele wouldn't even be on this list if we're talking about *Vocalists.* *The Top 4 Spots* should be between Aretha, Mariah, Whitney & Celine (in that order, based on vocal ability, technique & longevity).

    • David Ray
      David Ray 9 hours ago

      My list might make you feel better.

  • Naomi Green
    Naomi Green 10 days ago

    Nobody can agree this list. If you want to include those legendary singers, you can’t put Christina Aguilera there. She could be in top 100, but not top 10. And Beyoncé is a much better singer/performer than her. This is joke.

    • GarageStudio
      GarageStudio 9 days ago +1

      Of all the people listed, you called out Christina Aguilera, when Adele shouldn't be near this list (let alone, in it).

  • jerk face
    jerk face 10 days ago +3

    Lauryn Hill should at least be an honorable mention damn

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    I think Ann Wilson should be higher than honorable mention. She's my favorite out of these, probably just because I like harder rock lol

  • tbone2001
    tbone2001 10 days ago

    Mariah Carey's not #1. Your list is invalid.

  • so-adorabool
    so-adorabool 10 days ago +3

    Celine should be in the top 5 :/

  • Gabriel Brewster
    Gabriel Brewster 10 days ago

    Why is adele on this list? And higher than mariah carey and celine dion ? This list a joke and a bad one at that lol

  • Adiaha Alexander
    Adiaha Alexander 10 days ago +3

    I love her but yall put Adele *WAY* too high on this list. Better than Celine *and* Mariah? AS IF!!!!!!!

  • demi2787
    demi2787 10 days ago

    Trash list

  • Iomar1975
    Iomar1975 10 days ago +1

    Dusty Springfield, the template of what a pop singer is supposed to be.

  • Blackdog Blackdog
    Blackdog Blackdog 11 days ago

    1 thru 6 (in no order) Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Karen Carpenter, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan ... pick any four to fill out the ten - Billie Holiday, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Minnie Riperton, Patsy Cline, Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Judith Durham, Nancy Wilson, Grace Slick

  • Omar Martinez
    Omar Martinez 11 days ago +3

    Mariah Carey is the Best.

  • Sonny Bravo
    Sonny Bravo 11 days ago

    This is nuts. I'm NOT racially bias. I'm realistic. And there's only THREE white women that should've even been CONSIDERED for this list. Adele, Christina Aguilera and Janis Jopline. Besides them, can't no white women TOUCH a black woman's voice when it comes to singing. Black women just have a certain umph that white women don't. I know of black women that sing in church on Sunday that could blow EVERY white woman on this list out the waters. The average black female r&b singer can out blow what's co sided the best among whites which is Adele.....which she is VERY good. But even out sub par artists like Keisha Cole or Jasmine Sullivan could out sing just about any white girl. And it's not a race thing. It really isn't. I'm just goin off of the most powerful and majestic female voices and they just happened to be black.

  • Lance Handy
    Lance Handy 11 days ago +1

    No Anita Baker or Patti LaBelle is a crime.

  • Brian D
    Brian D 11 days ago

    Actually not a bad list, but does anyone else feel like Irene Cara should be at least an honorable mention? I get it. She's kind of a 2-hit wonder, but seriously, go back and listen to her range of vocals.

  • Diane Nelson
    Diane Nelson 11 days ago

    What about Billie Holliday's Strange Fruit ... a haunting voice singing one of the more powerful social statements in our history

  • the beautiful cockroach

    Where the fuck is BEYONCE and why is nobody in the comments mentioning her

  • Cylvania Allen
    Cylvania Allen 11 days ago

    Add Teena Marie and Shirley Murdock.

  • Cylvania Allen
    Cylvania Allen 11 days ago +3

    Take off Janis Joplin she yells entirely too much. But you definitely got 1 and 2 correct. I would add Shirley Murdock and Teena Marie

  • Jon McLain
    Jon McLain 12 days ago +3

    This countdown is wack!! Mariah should be #1 based on facts!!

  • Pierre nhy
    Pierre nhy 12 days ago

    Lady gaga is obviously over the top

  • joey niestroy
    joey niestroy 12 days ago

    No Madonna??

  • Julio Hernandez
    Julio Hernandez 12 days ago

    sorry but jannis joplin is not a fucking vocalist. Periodt. She's just a singer.

  • Margarida Goncalves
    Margarida Goncalves 12 days ago

    Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin deserved better ...
    A honorable mention and a 8th place ? Y'all need a hearing aid , wtf ...