The Greatest Female Singers in the History of Music

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The history of modern music dates back quite a few decades, ranging from ragtime, blues, and jazz to pop, swing, rock, and country genres. With so many styles of music, it is almost impossible to include all the best female singers in one list, but we would still give it a try.

There are, of course, legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Julie Andrews who need no introduction. Still, there are more talented female singers who turned into real music legends even outside the genre they performed. So, we present you with the greatest female singers that have ever existed.

25. Ella Fitzgerald

The name of Ella Fitzgerald is so closely associated with jazz that you simply can’t have one without the other. She’s a real legend! Jazz is all about improvisation and Lady Ella was one of those few singers who were real professionals at it.

She used her voice as a musical instrument and could convey even the slightest emotions while singing. Her collaborations with Lois Armstrong brought her immense fame and thousands of fans who couldn’t get enough of this charismatic duo.

“Cheek to Cheek” is probably one of the most recognized jazz songs ever! With such outstanding talent, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Ella Fitzgerald got 14 Emmy Awards during her career.

24. Cher

It’s hard to underestimate the role Cher played in the history of music. She was a truly spectacular singer with a beautiful contralto voice that stunned everyone with its depth, and she was also a solo female performer in an industry mostly dominated by men.

The music stage alone wasn’t enough for her overwhelming charisma, so Cher also tried acting, receiving an Oscar for Best Actress in the movie Moonstruck that aired in 1988. She also took part in The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, and Mask.

With her unique performing style and stunning voice, Cher managed to stay relevant for decades by shifting her style a little bit to match the trends of the music industry. Still, she never lost her own voice and you can recognize her songs from all the rest the minute you hear her sing. She's written an abundance of hits, but "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves," and “Believe” are among her most famous songs.

23. Etta James

With her six Grammy Awards, Etta James is one of the most distinctive voices of the 50s. She has performed in many genres, including pop, doo-wop, and R&B, but she’s most famous for being a jazz diva with beautiful soulful performances.

Being the ultimate blues mama of that time, Etta Jones produced “At Last” - a single that was ranked the #2 R&B hit in the 60s. The voice of Etta James was deep and impactful, but she could also sound incredibly subtle and sincere when performing pop songs and ballads.

Etta Jones had a tumultuous life, which brought her career as a singer on hold for almost a decade. Nevertheless, she gathered all her strength and came back in the ‘80s with a new album called Seven Year Itch that showcased her voice like never before. Etta James’ is a legend that has inspired thousands of women to become singers!