This list of Top 10 Female Singers Of All time took me almost a month to complete. This was the toughest decision of life. I had to remove five singers and replace them with the ones below. It is nearly impossible to fit all of the best female singers in the top 10. The below list spans across four generations, and I tried fitting all of them in this Top 10 Female Singers Of All time list. I apologize in advance if I haven’t mentioned your favorite singer.
10 Sinéad O’Connor
Sinéad O’Connor raised an issue in 1992 that was growing within the Roman Catholic Church, which is currently the top controversy surrounding the Vatican. She sang an acappella version of Bob Marley’s “War” on Saturday Night Live and tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II, which caused a lot of controversy. O’Connor tried to make people aware of child abuse scandals within the walls of the Catholic Church. Setting an example, the Queen of pop Madonna, ripped up Buttafuoco’s photo taking inspiration from Sinéad O’Connor’s incident.
Here is the video of Sinéad O’Connor tearing apart the Pope’s photo during a live performance on Saturday Night Live.
09 Alicia Keys
I had the pleasure of watching Alicia Keys LIVE at Central Park in New York City, and boy does she have some vocal chords. If Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” is the theme of New York City then the second best New York theme song would be Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind”.
08 Aretha Franklin
With hits like “Respect”, “You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)”, “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Think”, Aretha Franklin makes it to No.8 of this Top 10 Female Singers Of All time.
07 Dolly Parton
The Sevierville, Tennessee born singer-songwriter, actress, record producer and author has one of the best voices that every upcoming singer would dream about. Dolly Parton has won seven Academy of Country Music & Grammy Awards. She has also been nominated five times for the Golden Globes.
Let me leave you with my favorite Dolly Parton song “Jolene”.
06 Etta James
In 1993 Etta James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2008. This amazing singer was scarred by her heroin addiction and was a frequent visitor to rehabilitation centers around the Los Angeles area.
Etta James wrote her own lyrics and few of my favorites include “Tell Mama”, “The Wallflower”, “I’d Rather Go Blind”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, and “At Last”.
05 Mariah Carey
Guinness World Records termed Mariah Carey as the “songbird supreme”. Mariah Carey signed an astounding $80 million contract with Virgin Records, but was soon dropped by the label due to poor album sales.
Here is Mariah Carey singing my favorite song “Hero”.
04 Grace Slick
Why this singer isn’t mentioned in any top 10 list bamboozles me. Grace Slick is one of the most underrated female singers of all time. I once introduced Jefferson Airplane to one of my friends, and he literally listened to the song “White Rabbit” continuously for one whole day. I wish I could place her on number one on my Top 10 Female Singers Of All time, but she takes the fourth spot.
Here is “White Rabbit” from Jefferson Airplane
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE, took the world by storm with her single “Rolling in the Deep” from her second studio album, 21 . Adele is the first artist to sell more than 3 million albums in a year in the UK.
Here she is performing “Someone Like You” from the 2011 Brit Awards .
02 Celine Dion
It would be a crime not to put this singer in the top three of this list. Ladies and gentlemen, at number two of my Top 10 Female Singers Of All time, Celine Dion. “My Heart Will Go On” is her biggest hit, and believe it or not, it’s one of the best-selling singles in history selling around 15 million copies worldwide.
01 Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston once signed the largest, yes largest, recording deal which was estimated around $100 million with BMG. The soundtrack for the movie The Bodyguard won Album of the Year at the 1994 Grammys.