Ever wondered who are the most famous, most sold, greatest female voices until now? We present to you the top 10 best female voices in history and their musical evolution and awards until now.
1. Whitney Houston
Her voice sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide thus making her one of the best selling female artists in history. Whitney Houston is considered to be the greatest female singer of all time and has inspired a generation of musical artists in her over two decades long career, including Lady Gaga, Monica, Celine Dion and Brandy. Some of her greatest hits include “How Will I know,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (who loves me)” and ballads such as “Run To You” and the “Greatest Love of All.”
2. Mariah Carey
She has more number one hits than any other female performer in history. Her voice has continued to inspire a generation of female performers which include Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Kelly Rowland to name a few. Her many hit singles include “Honey”, Fantasy, “Vision of Love”, “My All” and “One Sweet Day” among numerous others. Ms. Carey also holds the record for the highest vocal range in music with her whistle register which is said to be between five to seven octaves.
3. Aretha Franklin
Also known as the Queen of Soul, she has re-defined American popular music for more than four decades now. Her incredible voice, sound and style have inspired numerous R&B and contemporary artists. Aretha has sold more million selling singles than any other female artist in history. She has also won eighteen Grammy’s and two honorary Awards.
4. Janis Joplin
One of the greatest voices of American music and an icon of her generation, her singing style has been compared to that of the great Aretha Franklin. Over the many years her popularity has become more and more prominent. She is best known for her hits Try, Cry baby, Piece of My Heart, Summertime, and Mercedes Benz. Her voice is unbelievable great and so was her distinctive style of music.
5. Tina Turner
Ana Mae Bullock famously known as Tina Turner is widely recognized as the Queen of Rock n Roll. She has sold more concert tickets than any other live performer in history. Tina’s album sales to date have surpassed 180 million making her one of the most successful female artists of all time. She was also inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. In her successful career, she has won eight Grammy’s and numerous other awards. Two of her monster hits “Proud Mary” and “River Deep -Mountain High” was entered into the Grammy Music Hall of Fame.
6. Patti Labelle
Born Patricia LouiseHolte- Edwards, Patti Labelle is an American award winning singer and actress. Her musical career spans five decades as the diva has shaped popular culture now for nearly half of a century. Known for her distinct voice, she has continued to inspire numerous performers of today’s musical landscape.
Ms. Labelle was also an inductee into the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame and has been given the Songwriters Hall of Fame Sammy Cahn Life Time Achievement Award for her longevity in the musical industry. Ms. Patti is best known for her powerful voice and great stage performances. Her many hits singles include “Lady Marmalade”, “New Attitude”, “On my Own” and “Stir Up” to name a few.
7. Celine Dion
She is a Canadian and French singer who to fame in the early 1990s. Her major hits include “Because You Love Me,” “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic movie soundtrack, and “I am Your Angel” to name a few. Her voice has such a beautiful tone to it that is often referred to as the voice of angel by her fans. She is considered to be one of the most accomplished female singers in history, with albums sales surpassing 200 million.
8. Etta James
She is considered even now, one of greatest R&B and jazz singers in history and was once considered one of the most overlooked musical performers, though in recent years the tide has finally turned. Ms. James has been inducted into many musical halls of fame which include the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 1993, Blues Hall of Fame 2001 and the Grammy Music Hall of Fame 1999 and 2008 respectively.
9. Christina Aguilera
She has been called one of the greatest singers of this generation, selling over 50 million records worldwide. In the early years of her career, Ms. Aguilera was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her hit singles include “Beautiful,” “Come on Over,” and “Genie in a Bottle” to name a few. The pop superstar has inspired many young musical performers and is considered one of the best selling female artists of the new millennium. She is one of the youngest artists to have appeared on Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Singers of all Time.
10. Fantasia Barrino
She is an American born R&B singer and Broadway actress. She first rose to fame on the third season of American idol in 2004. She is one of the most amazing singers in today’s R&B world. Over the past few years she has released a string of R&B hits which include “Bittersweet,” “Free Yourself,” “Truth is,” and the #1 Billboard Hot 100 single “I believe.” Her appearance in the Broadway play the Color Purple led to record breaking ticket sells.