Despite of knowing that it is a subjective thing, we have tried to come up with a list of the top 10 greatest female singers of all time. Music is one of art’s greatest expressions as it allows for people to express themselves in a way that is unseen in most other art forms. The priceless feeling that comes from listening to great music is indeed worth the effort of even traveling around the world to listen to some artists. Over the years the number of great artists and vocalists has made it very difficult to choose the best from. Female singers have always managed to break new ground with their exceptional vocal powers.
10. Ann Wilson:
Ann Wilson is an American born musician and singer. She was the lead singer for the rock band Heart. The band did fairly well in then 80s but she was never quite noticed that much for her singing. Besides doing vocals for her band, she has also done vocals as a guest for several bands and music artists. She has also started off on her solo recording career in 2006 and has had several big names as a guest on her live performances. An immensely talented artist, she is a major musical inspiration.
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9. Karen Carpenter:
She was one half of the well known duo of the 70s known as the Carpenters. She played drums and did vocals for their group with her brother Richard. She died early at the age of 32 in 1983 and had a short career but was admired for her skills with vocals as well as the drums. She started off her musical career at the age of 15 and was active till the time of her death. Karen was suffering from Anorexia Nervosa which was a little known eating disorder at the time.
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8. Annie Lennox:
Annie Lennox was a Scottish born singer who has also done a lot of charity related work. She is one of the most well known female singers of all time and started off her illustrious career slowly in 1975. She is known as a popular cultural icon all around the world and her contralto vocals and her soulful performances have earned her the best female soul singer of all time. She is among the best selling female artists of all time with a sales figure of over 80 million records around the world.
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7. Joni Mitchell:
Joni Mitchell is a Canadian born musician, painter and songwriter. She has made a lot of different styles of music and is most recognized as a folk jazz singer and composer. Her hits on the radio in the 70s and the 80s are much too well heard of with songs like Help Me and Free Man in Paris. Her vocal range has also often been applauded by fans and critics alike and she has released as many as 17 albums to the delight of her listeners.
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6. Christina Aguilera:
Christina is one of the most powerful pop voices of all time. She started off her singing career early in when she was a contestant at a talent show. She has been active since 1993 and has released six albums with the seventh one coming in 2012. Her live performances are also worth watching as they have a lot of creativity in them. She has also often been awarded for her vocal work and is a regular on many awards circuits as a performer and a host. Her voice is unique in more than one way and today she is one of the best selling artists of all time.
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5. Whitney Houston:
Whitney Houston passed away in February 2012. She was one of pop and RnB music’s greatest stars. With a sales figure of over 170 million albums worldwide, she is easily one of commercial music’s most successful artists. She was also known for some of her roles in films. She has several records to her name which also includes being the first woman to have a number one album on the Billboards charts.
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4. Ruth Brown:
Ruth Brown was an American born singer who was popularly known as the queen of RnB music. She passed away in November 2006 and will be remembered as one of the greatest female singers of all time. She has been often regarded as the person behind the formation of the RnB foundation which looks out for the rights of musicians in the industry. Her charisma on stage was unparalleled and her career began as early as 1945 when she ran away from home to sing in clubs across the US.
3. Janis Joplin:
Janis Joplin was among the best voices to ever hit the stage anywhere in the world. Her voice is remembered even today almost as much as how charismatic she was as a person. All her life she was always looked upon as different because of the ways in which she choose to represent what she believed in. She died at an early age of 27 in 1970 but lived a life that is often remembered even to this day. She is ranked in the top 30 in the top 100 singers of all time.
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2. Etta James:
Etta James passed away in January 2012 and was the first big singer to depart from this world in early 2012 before Whitney Houston. She played a lot of different genres of music in her musical career which began in the 1950s. Her music is often credited as the bridge between RnB and rock n roll. In her long career she was respected by musicians across genres for her contributions and is an inspiration to new music lovers and musicians even today.
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1. Aretha Franklin:
Aretha Franklin is often credited with popularizing the soul genre among all the genres that she played her music in. Her career which has gone on more than the history of some countries of this world has seen her do pretty much everything there is to do in pop, blues, jazz, soul and gospel music. She is on top of many lists of the greatest female singers of all time and deservingly so. Her piano playing skills are also formidable and make for a lethal combo with her enigmatic voice.