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100 Greatest Female R&B/Soul Vocalists

Criteria: Female R&B/Soul Vocalists are rated by their ability, in their prime, for vocal range, ability to convey emotion, power, versatility, and uniqueness.

Note: This list has nothing to do with record sales, career or popularity. It's all about the voice.

Newly added names are in Red
Edited By:
Last Updated: 2012-09-16
100 Greatest Female R&B/Soul Vocalists
  1. Aretha Franklin
  2. Dinah Washington
  3. Etta James
  4. Ruth Brown
  5. Mavis Staples
  6. Minnie Riperton
  7. Big Maybelle
  8. Patti LaBelle
  9. Darlene Love
10. LaVern Baker
11. Whitney Houston
12. Doris Duke
13. Roberta Flack
14. Mary Wells
15. Tina Turner
16. Gladys Knight
17. Chaka Khan
18. Dionne Warwick
19. Irma Thomas
20. Florence Ballard (Supremes)
21. Nancy Wilson
22. Patti Austin
23. "Little" Esther Phillips
24. Anita Baker
25. Carla Thomas
26. Denise Lasalle
27. Melba Moore
28. Cissy Houston
29. Ronnie Spector (Ronettes)
30. Freda Payne
31. Linda Clifford
32. Dee Dee Sharp
33. Faye Adams
34. Martha Reeves
35. Jean Terrell (Supremes)
36. Nora Hendryx
37. Judy Craig (Chiffons)
38. Vesta Williams
39. Bonnie Pointer (Pointer Sisters)
40. Shirley Ellis
41. Barbara Lynn
42. Millie Jackson
43. Thelma Houston
44. Nellie Lutcher
45. Big Mama Thornton
46. Ann Peebles
47. Donna Summer
48. Phyllis Hyman
49. Julia Lee
50. Toni Braxton
51. Arlene Smith (Chantels)
52. La La Brooks (Crystals)
53. Randy Crawford
54. Diana Ross
55. Natalie Cole
56. Mary Weiss (Shangri-Las)
57. Deniece Williams
58. June Pointer (Pointer Sisters)
59. Merry Clayton
60. Fontella Bass
61. Mabel John
62. Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson)
63. Betty Everett
64. Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge)
65. Shirley Brown
66. Ethel "Earl-Jean" McCrea (Cookies)
67. Gladys Horton (Marvelettes)
68. Mariah Carey
69. Shirley Alston (Shirelles)
70. Mary Wilson (Supremes)
71. Doris Troy
72. Stephanie Mills
73. Maxine Brown
74. Ester Satterfield
75. Yolanda Adams
76. Terry Ellis (En Vogue)
77. Gloria Jones
78. Varetta Dillard
79. Brenda Holloway
80. Kim Weston
81. Carolyn Gill (The Velvelettes)
82. Wanda Young (Marvelettes)
83. Mary J. Blige
84. Miki Howard
85. Brenda Payton (Brenda & Tabulations)
86. Alicia Keys
87. Margie Joseph
88. Wanda Young
89. Lauryn Hill
90. Regina Belle
91. Candi Staton
92. Sugar Pie DeSanto
93. Judy Clay
94. Martha Wash
95. Ernestine Anderson
96. Deloris Hall
97. Bettye Swann
98. Ann Cole
99. Zola Taylor (Platters)
100. Inez Foxx

101. Justine "Baby" Washington (Hearts)
102. Claudette Ortiz (City High)
103. Bertha Tillman
104. Beyonce Knowles
105. Macy Gray
106. Queen Latifah
107. Tammi Terrell
108. Gloria Gaynor
109. Maxine Jones (En Vogue)
110. Erma Franklin
111. Oleta Adams
112. Ashanti
113. Betty Wright
114. Janet Jackson
115. Marie Adams
116. Cheryl Lynn
117. Little Eva
118. Aaliyah
119. Linda Hopkins
120. Cindy Herron (En Vogue)
121. Mary Russell
122. Neneh Cherry
123. Anita Humes
124. Joan Armatrading
125. Loleatta Holloway
126. Carrie Lucas
127. Maxine Weldon
128. Jody Watley
129. Maxine Nightingale
130. Marilyn McCoo (The Fifth Dimension)
131. Lulu Reed
132. Shirley Goodman (Shirley & Lee)
133. Sade
134. Emeli Sandé
135. Janelle Monáe
136. Jill Scott
137. Keyshia Cole
138. Keri Hilson
139. Corinne Bailey Rae
140. Jennifer Hudson
141. Ciara
142. Faith Evans
143. Lalah Hathaway
144. Melanie Fiona
145. Jazmine Sullivan
146. Fantasia
147. Heather Headley
148. Amel Larrieux
149. Ledisi
150. Chrisette Michele










































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