There are so many amazing people in the music industry. Each one offers something new to the industry, which is always fantastic. Even though most of them fade into obscurity after some time, there are some singers whose work is never going to be obsolete. These are the people with a timeless voice and incredible musical abilities. This slideshow is dedicated to amazing songstresses who fit the bill. Over the years, they have shown us that they are truly talented performers. Are you going to find your favorite singers on the list? Let us find out.
Her acting career also saw much success, but she actually started as a singer in a big band in 1939. Six years after this, she finally earned her breakthrough. After she left Les Brown & His Band of Renown, her solo career began. Her songs became hits, and she recorded over 650 of them from 1947 to 1967.
In the past, Joan Baez took the world by storm as a musician, singer-songwriter, and activist. Born in 1941, she was one of the biggest personalities of the counterculture movement of the ‘60s. She is best known for her folk music, although she has also performed pop, rock, gospel, and country songs. Isn’t it interesting that she was the first person who recorded the works of Bob Dylan? She has enjoyed a long career as a global star. In April 2017, she was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at last.
Before she became famous, Debbie Harry first had to make ends meet as a dancer and secretary. In 1974, she founded a musical group called Blondie. Two years later, they released a debut album and saw a lot of success. The band went on to release several albums and left a mark on the industry. Have you listened to their new album? “Pollinator” was released in 2017. Trust us. It is worth checking out.
This superstar ruled the music industry with her incredible singing voice for four decades or so. In 1983, she released her first album. “She’s So Unusual” was the first album by any female musician to have taken the top five spots of the Billboard Hot 100. After two years, she received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Mind you. She accomplished all of that when her career was just starting. She has since won more accolades and sold more than 50 million records on the global stage. What an icon.
Over the years, Sarah Vaughan has been called “The Divine one” and “Sassy.” As a young girl, she developed an interest in music. We are sure that her parents approved of this since they are also very musically inclined. Her mom was part of a choir, and her dad was a guitarist. They must have passed on their talents to her. Since then, she has recorded more than 50 albums and bagged four Grammys. To cap it off, she has a Lifetime Achievement Award to her name as well.
It is pretty surprising to hear that not many people are aware that Sia Furler is Australian. She has worked as an actress, director, and songwriter over the years. She kicked off her career with a band known as Crisp but saw more success after pursuing a solo career. In her goal to be a solo artist, she moved to London and New York. It was not easy, but her two albums got a great reception. Did you know that she is the person who wrote the songs “Diamonds” by Rihanna and “Titanium” by David Guetta?
When she was a little girl, Norah Jones had been exposed to a lot of musical styles. This is why she has such a distinctive sound. In her youth, she learned how to play the piano, guitar, and sax. In 2002, she released a debut album called “Come Away with Me.” It sold more than 27 million albums across the globe. In our humble opinion, it is one of the greatest albums that we have ever seen. She has a few Grammy Awards to her name as well! A lot of people are familiar with her music, so maybe you are too.
We have a feeling that the music industry would not be the same without Carole King. There is no doubt that her amazing voice and songwriting talents have changed the scene. We are not kidding when we say her resume will blow you away. She has penned a lot of songs in the past. Oh, and 118 of those songs have climbed the Billboard Hot 100 list. Many of the hits that we all know and love actually came from her. She also released an album called “Tapestry,” which also did very well on the U.S. charts.
This Canadian musician had also been young when she started to be interested in music. In those days, she took classical piano, singing, and guitar. Her vocal range must be one of the best in the industry. Fun fact: Sarah McLachlan can begin at mezzo and hit soprano. Besides her amazing talents and skills, she is also a philanthropist who is always there to support her fellow female artists. She also hosted the Lilith Fair music festival and made tens of millions of dollars to women’s charities.
Also known as the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight once performed as part of Gladys Knight & the Pipe. It was a band that she began with her loved ones. In reality, she I the reason for their success. The songs that took home a Grammy are credited to her. Did you know that she is a businesswoman as well? She has started her very own restaurant chain. It is called Gladys Knight & Ron Winan’s Chicken & Waffles.
In general, musical artists are often given cool nicknames. How awesome must it be to be called the “Goddess of Pop”? Sadly, we will never know because this honor went to Cher instead. Oh well, she surely deserves it. After all, she has changed the world of music as we know it. Not only is she a great musician, but she is also a talented actress. Did you know that she actually has an Oscar to her name?
We are not going to blame you if you do not know who Patti Smith is. She is not the most mainstream person on the list, after all. Even though she is an indie musician, her music is undeniably good. She was one of the biggest names in the New York City punk scene of the ‘70s. Her debut album is called “Horses” and has inspired a lot of people in the industry. In 2017, she entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
There is no one as influential as Chaka Khan when it comes to the funk and disco genres. So that you know, her real name is actually Yvette Marie Stevens. Her career went on for five decades or so. She started her career as the lead singer of a punk band called Rufus. However, she has enjoyed a great solo career too. She was also the first R&B singer to work with a rapper, which she accomplished with “I Fell for You.” She is a critical and commercial hit with ten Grammys and over 70 million record sales.
The truth is that Dusty Springfield did not have a hard time making it big in the United States. The British musician took the soul scene by storm with “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” and “Son of Preacher Man.” Not only that, but she was also a key figure of the Swinging Sixties. We always liked the sight of her in evening gowns as she performed. The musician had a fight with cancer for five years but ultimately succumbed to it in 1999. She might no longer be alive, but her legacy will be here for a while.
If you have access to the internet, there is no way you do not know who Ariana Grande is. Even though she is now an international star, she did not get her big break in the music. As a child, she was a Broadway actress. However, she gained mainstream success after she appeared in a Nickelodeon show called Victorious. In 2014, she released her R&B and EDM album. This marked the beginning of her incredibly successful music career. You know that the party is getting good once someone plays “Bang Bang,” “Love Me Harder,” and “Thank U, Next.”
To be honest, we love hearing which artists have influenced other icons’ careers in the industry. Can you believe that Beyonce, Madonna, and Michael Jackson all say that Diana Ross is an inspiration for them? She joined the music scene with the Supremes, the musical group that gave us “Love Child,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” She also started a solo career of her own after a little while. Her hit songs include the likes of “I’m Coming Out” and “Upside Down.”
You will be impressed once you hear all the things that Gloria Estefan has gone through. In 1990, her tour bus was hit by a truck. The accident resulted in a spine fracture, but she could recover in no time at all. In fact, she was already back on tour only ten months later. The Cuban-American singer gave us hit songs such as “Anything for You” and “conga.” Not only that, but she was also the first musician who earned a diamond album in Spain. She accomplished this with a song called “Mi Tierra.”
Most people first knew of Kelly Clarkson as a contestant on the very first season of American Idol. After winning the reality singing competition, she recorded a debut album and saw plenty of success. In 2002, a song from the album was the best-selling single in the United States for the year. This was achieved by “A Moment Like This.” This was only the start. She also released “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Because of You,” earned a Grammy award.
If it were not for Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, we are sure that Toni Braxton would have been even bigger than she already is. Even so, she does have a huge influence on the world of R&B. You might be familiar with her songs “You’re Makin’ Me High/Let It Flow” and “Un-Break My Heart.” At the moment, she has won seven Grammy awards and sold more than 67 million records. Besides music, she was also on the small screen in Braxton Family Values and Dancing with the Stars.
Music fans are mostly familiar with Ann Wilson because she founded Heart. Aside from that, she served as the lead singer of the band. Nancy, her younger sister, helped her with the release of 16 albums. They have sold more than 35 million copies since then. The records earned her the status of an icon in both rock and metal. We can see why she has received a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Artists make art. Singers sing. Players play. Gypsies travel. Music lights fires everywhere. It’s like oxygen!” she said.
It is pretty unbelievable that Motown did not sign her up. Freda Payne is the talented singer behind songs like “Band of Gold” and “The Unhooked Generation.” It looks like music is actually in her blood. Scherrie is her sister and a member of The Supremes. Did you know that she has also tried her luck as an actress? In the past, she starred in Ella: First Lady of Song and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. It is also awe-inspiring to learn that she continues to perform even until now.
Catherine Bush is better known as Kate Bush. She is a fabulous singer, performer, and songwriter who has reached the top of the UK Singles Chart with a self-written debut single. She did this at the age of 19 in 1978. We daresay that “Wuthering Heights” is a classic. She made history with it because she was the first British female music artist to make it to the charts’ top. If that’s not iconic, what is?
You are a fool if you can’t identify her husky voice. It is nothing like we have ever heard before. In 1977, she released a debut album containing hits like “More Than a Lover” and “Lost in France.” The year after that, Bonnie Tyler released the modern classic “It’s a Heartache.” This song reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. We are also big fans of her song, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
While her birth name is Helen Folasade, most people just call her Sade. She is easily one of the biggest female artists from the United Kingdom. She serves as the lead singer of the band named after her. No doubt, she left a huge impact on the world of contemporary music. In 1984, she released a debut album. “Diamond Life” was one of the most successful albums from that era. The year after that, she appeared at the Live Aid Charity Concert. In 2002, the Order of the British Empire was bestowed upon her.
Minnie Julia Riperton Rudolph
Do you want to know why Minnie Julia Riperton is sometimes known as the “Queen of the Whistle Register”? Well, you only have to look at her five-octave coloratura soprano vocal range to see why this is the case. She released a song called “Loving You” in April 1975. The song was an instant hit. It was a part of the “Perfect Angel” album that she released in the previous year. She died at the age of 31.
Grace Barnett Wing
Also called Grace Slick, this singer was a key figure in the psychedelic music scene of San Francisco back in the ‘60s. She also went by “Gracie” and “The Chrome Nun.” She has since retired, but she worked hardback when she was still active in the scene. Many people remember her performances with The Great Society, Jefferson Starship, and Jefferson Airplane. The talented woman also wrote hit songs like “White Rabbit,” “We Built This City,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
There was a time when Kim Carnes was likened to Rod Stewart due to her raspy voice. In 1980, she took the music scene by stork after Kenny Rogers hired her to write “Gideon” with him. They also had a duet known as “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer.” The song climbed to the fourth spot of the Billboard Hot 100. Aside from that, the duo also received a Grammy nomination for that performance. It is worth listening to her “Mistaken Identity” album, which had the song “Bette Davis Eyes.”
Once upon a time, Rolling Stones said that Alanis Morissette is the “Queen of Alt-Rock Angst.” There is no point in arguing with that since it is the truth. She has sold more than 75 million records since she started her career. Not only that, but she has served as a record producer as well. Her mezzo-soprano vocals are worth noting. In 1995, she released a rock album called “Jagged Little Pill.” The album sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and was turned into a critically-acclaimed rock musical.
Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor
With her work as a singer-songwriter, Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor made waves in the music industry. At first, she played with an indie rock band known as The audience. After they broke up, she went solo and made music with tinges of electronic, pop, and disco music. In 2001, she released her debut solo album. It is called “Read My Lips” and became number two on the UK Albums Charts. It has gone platinum two times since then. Her second album also did very well, although it only reached the seventh spot.
Kylie Ann Minogue
How hard must you work before people can start calling you by your first name? Based on the Australian musician, you have to work very hard. She is an actress, songwriter, singer, TV judge, and record producer. She is called the “Princess of Pop” in Europe. With those awards and accolades, it is easy to see why this is the case. She has always been a fan of reinvention, both in terms of fashion and music.
On the other hand, Americans use “Princess of Pop” to refer to Britney Spears instead. Did you know that she was just a teenager when she gave us some of the best pop songs in history? We are sure that you are familiar with “Oops!… I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time.” These two have already gone diamond. Rolling Stone even said that her debut song is the best single in all of history. On the other hand, her second album saw a lot of success as well. It even sold over a million copies in its first week.
Can you believe just how talented this woman has? She is a talented actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, TV personality, and choreographer. She got her start when she was hired to choreograph the music videos of Janet Jackson. After she signed a contract with Virgin Records, Paul Abdul released her debut album “Forever Your Girl.” Back then, it was one of the most popular albums. It sold over seven million copies in the United States alone. Not only that, but it also surpassed the Billboard record at the time.
With such a diverse discography, it would have felt wrong not to add the “Queen of Latin Music” to the list. This singer-songwriter comes from Colombia. She is also a great actress, dancer, and philanthropist. In 2001, more people caught wind of her with her first album in the English language. Called “Laundry Service,” it sold more than 13 million copies. She continues to impress us to this day.
How cool is it that Fiona Apple has already been nominated for the Grammy nomination eleven times? The American singer has four decades in the music industry, but she has yet to show signs of stopping. Her albums have always done well on the US chart. “Tidal,” her debut album, came out in 1996. It has since gone platinum. It had “Criminal,” which won the Grammy for Bes Female Vocal Rock Performance.
You probably had no idea that Dido was born Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong. The English singer made it big to release “No Angel,” her debut album, in 1999. It sold more than 21 million copies across the globe and raked in all sorts of awards. In 2003, she released a new album under the title “Life for Rent” and received more fame. It had a cover of “Life for Rent” and “White Flag.” Her albums have dominated the charts in the United Kingdom, and rightfully so.
It is amazing to think just how talented Tracy Chapman is. She has multiple platinum records under her belt, but she is best known for hit songs such as “Crossroads,” “Fast Car,” and “Give Me One Reason.” When she released her self-titled album, it was nominated for six Grammy awards. She took home half of that and released six more studio albums. “New Beginning” is now multiplatinum and fetched her yet another Grammy.
Do you know who sang “If It Makes You Happy” and “All I Wanna Do”? The answer to that question is none other than Sheryl Crow. Even though she is primarily a country singer, she has also tried her hand at other genres. She has an extensive career with many highlights. It must have been a huge honor to perform the theme song for Tomorrow Never Dies. She currently has nine Grammys.
Are you surprised to find her name here? We doubt that very much. Dionne Warwick, after all, is an incredible singer. Without her, we would not have been blessed with hit songs like “I Say a Little Prayer For You” and “Walk On By.” She has 56 singles that earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She is also a philanthropist. Did you know that she has a son who is a record producer as well? Cool.
Here is the woman who hit us songs like “Hollaback Girl” and “Sweet Escape.” Before she made it big as a solo artist, Gwen Stefani used to be the lead singer of No Doubt. She is truly iconic. Did you know that “Hollaback Girl” was the first download single with a million sales in the country? For younger fans, you might know her because of her stint on The Voice. She is dating Blake Shelton.
We will never get over her versatility as a performer. We are starting to think that she can do anything. Lauryn Hill started as a member of the Fugees with Pras and Wyclef Jean. After a little while, she launched a solo career. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” saw a lot of success. She has stayed clear of the press recently, however. We wonder if this is because of her tax evasion charge.
In the ‘80s, Annie Lennox was the queen of the synthpop scene. She entered the music industry as half of a duo called Eurythmics. It is a good thing that she has never been afraid of standing out. The first thing that comes to mind is her suit and orange hair in the “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” music video. She has seen plenty of success as a solo artist and even worked on various movie soundtracks.
It is hardly an exaggeration to call Janet Jackson music royalty. Her brothers were all amazing musicians in their own right, so the pressure was probably staggering. Luckily, she lived up to the hype! The “All for You” singer has shown us just how amazing she is not only at singing but acting as well. If you want to see her acting chops, go check out Good Times and Diff’rent Strokes.
Mary J. Blige
To tell you the truth, it is hard to eclipse everything that Mary J. Blige has accomplished. Her song” Without You” has been called the best R&B track ever by Billboard. She has previously worked as an actress as well. You might have seen her in Mudbound, for which she earned an Oscar nomination. Isn’t that cool? She was also in Umbrella Academy.
You are probably familiar with Stevie Nicks because of her time in Fleetwood Mac. She became one of the biggest members of the group, after all. Without her, the band would not be as big as it is now. Rolling Stone said that she is one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. She has appeared in various TV shows in the past as well.
Who would have guessed that Dolly Parton was a songwriter before she took the world by storm? We are relieved that she saved the best ones for herself. This amazing woman is a talented musician and a generous philanthropist. Her career reached its peak in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but she is still relevant now.
You are correct if you thought that Judy Garland as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. The truth is that she had several talents. You see, she was a talented singer as well. She had a range that made her performances spectacular. She could sing blues, jazz, and soul songs. Isn’t it amazing to hear that she learned everything about music on her own?
We have no idea how some people would think that Shania Twain is just another singer. There is a reason she has been called the “Queen of Country Pop.” It is always nice to see how much she loves the genre. She once said, “Country music is still your grandpa’s music, but it’s also your daughter’s music. It’s getting bigger and better all the time, and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Mind you, she still performs!
There is no doubt in our mind that Janis Joplin is one of the greatest female rock stars ever. She got her start by playing at concerts and festivals. After all, she even played at Woodstock. She is a true inspiration. Stevie Nicks once gushed, “Janis put herself out there completely, and her voice was not only strong and soulful; it was painfully and beautifully real.”
When she started her music career, Nina Simone did it for her family. They were not rich, so she worked hard to make ends meet. She started out playing the piano at a nightclub. This was how she was discovered. Now a household name, she took the world by storm with her ability to “belt barroom blues, croon cabaret, and explore jazz.”
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also called Lady Gaga, is probably one of the most creative people in the music industry. She is truly legendary. Not only is her music great, but her fashion sense is always fascinating. That meat suit was truly something else. She has since dabbled in acting as well. How can you not love her?
What is wrong with you if you do not like the music of Etta James? This is the woman who gave us “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” “At Last,” and “The Wallflower.” These are only a handful of her hit songs. She helped bridge the distance between rock and R&B. You will even find her name in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for this reason.
“If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could have had,” said Amy Winehouse. There have never been truer words spoken. The “Back to Black” singer was one of the best people in the music industry. We can see why Bob Dylan said the singer was “the last real individualist around.” Sadly, she was gone way too soon. We miss her so much!
This crossover artist made a name for herself in the country, but she later tried her hand at a pop. It helped her expand her fanbase even further. Many know her as one of the best singers of the 20th century for a reason. Like her fans, we also like her “emotional expression and delivery of lyrics” and versatility.
She might be the “Queen of R&B,” but Alicia Keys actually trained in classical piano instead. At the age of 12, she started to compose her own music. Three years later, she landed a deal with a record label. The rest is history! Her debut album is called “Songs in A Minor.” It still holds up very well even years later.
Did you know that the real name of Donna Summer is LaDonna Adrian Gains? She made a name for herself in the music industry during the disco era. She made sure to stay on top of her game no matter what. She was also the first musician to have back-to-back albums that reached the US Billboard 200 Chart’s top spot. It has been a while since then, but we still love her songs!
Has any other artist been this talented at blending various sounds? We doubt it. Joni Mitchell has experimented with folk, rock, pop, and jazz over the years. Her music is very poetic and infused with social commentary. Madonna once said, “I would have to say of all the women I’ve heard, she had the most profound effect on me from a lyrical point of view.”
Before she made it big, Billie Holiday worked at Harlem music club. John Hammond had been the one to discover her. The record producer helped the talented young woman record her first tracks. She saw a lot of success with “What a Little Moonlight Can Do.” She is now known as one of the greatest vocal jazz artists, even though she has not received formal training.
Unless you have been living underneath a rock, you probably know who Madonna is. She is the singer behind “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin.” Many think that she was the biggest pop star of the ‘80s. She has reinvented herself several times in the past. It is a good idea to watch out for what she does next. In the past, she also starred in Evita and A League of Their Own.
Is there a more fascinating woman in Hollywood than Julie Andrews? We do not think so. She is a great actress, but her voice is also an exception. She is best known for starring in My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Sound of Music. In her youth, she was called “Britain’s Youngest Prima Donna.” Not only has she brought home an Oscar, but she has published books as well.
The “Queen of Rock and Roll” is none other than Tina Turner. At first, she played with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. She has won 12 Grammys since then and even brought home a Life Achievement Award. Her powerful voice and energetic style are what makes her so different. Some of her songs are “Let’s Stay Together,” “Nutbush City Limits,” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”
This amazing singer made up the Carpenters with her older brother Richard. Her drumming skills and singing voice are both noteworthy. It is hard to forget her when she had such a distinctive voice and incredible vocal range. She also worked on her own music, but they were only released in 1996. Paul McCartney said that she was “the best female voice in the world: melodic, tuneful and distinctive.”
If you ask us, it is unbelievable that Christina Aguilera was just a teenager when she put out “Genie in a Bottle.” It was an international hit that made her an instant star. She has since released various pop albums, but she also dabbles in blues and jazz. She has previously been compared to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, but her “all-time favorite singer” is none other than Etta James.
With a mother who was a soprano, we can see why Barbra Streisand is such a great musician. She was still young when she started working on her music. The Funny Girl actress has already released 36 studio albums since then. Aside from that, she has ten Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement Award. She mostly does pop songs, but her voice is semi-operatic.
The “Queen of Jazz Performance” is also on the list, but that was a given. Her most popular songs are those that she made with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The list includes “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “I Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Her talent really shines through. She was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts.
Can you believe that Adele found it hard to make it big in music despite her incredible voice? What matters is that she did. In 2008, she published a studio album known as “19.” Three years later, she released “21.” It established her status as a fantastic singer. She now has a lot of fans and six Grammys.
Queen Bey is one of the most talented R&B singers on the planet. She has worked hard to get to where she is now. Her fanbase has always been loyal to her! At first, she was a singer with Destiny’s Child. Her career grew exponentially after she went solo. She actually has the record for the most Grammys.
Born in Quebec, Celine Dion is a singer who can do both English and French songs. She has also sung in languages like German, Japanese, German, Chinese, Spanish, Latin, and Italian. She is truly an impressive singer. Best known for “I Will Always Love You,” we can see why she is so admired.
The “Queen of Soul” started as a gospel singer but signed a contract with Columbia Records at 18. She went on to release 131 singles and 38 studio albums. She became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How ironic is that? Her musical legacy lives on.
We simply love Mariah Carey. She has won five Grammys and sold more than 200 million copies over the years. She can hit five octaves, which is simply mind-blowing. We can see why she is one of the greatest female musical artists in history. Without her, the pop scene would just not be the same.
Who deserves the top spot? The answer to that question is Whitney “The Voice” Houston! After all, she is even in the Guinness Book of World Record because of her extraordinary talent. She is the most awarded female musician with 415 awards to her name. If that doesn’t impress you, we do not know what will.