100 Greatest Music Womenby jordanhores | created - 17 Aug 2015 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
As men tend to dominate the music industry, women have thrived to make iconic pieces in music. This list is inspired by the VH1's 1999 and 2012 lists that are basically collided in this list. This list has women that play a MAJOR impact in music based on versatility, numerous awards, iconic pieces and the ability to sing. Includes 5 signature songs. *=Death @=Vevo DollyParton46-EmmylouHarris20
-BarbraStreisand30-CaroleKing17-LauraNyro10-StevieNicks7-LindaRonstadt20-CelineDion10-SarahMcLachlan8---168 *ChristinaAguilera60 ~13?12'11`5 "5+4=3
~BackintheDay `BirdsofPrey BoundtoYou ?Cruz 'ComeonOver
~HeretoStay `IAm Change FallOnMe ?Fighter 'GenieinaBottle
~Hurt `StrongerThanEver SaySomething ?I'mOK 'ITurntoYou
~IGotTrouble `YouLostMe Telepathy ?Impossible 'LoveforAllSeasons
~OhMother =FallinLine +BestofMe ?KeeponSinginMySong 'Obvious
~OnOurWay "BelieveMe ?Beautiful ?LovingMe4Me 'Reflection
~TheRightMan "DreamaDream +LetThereBeLove ?Soar 'SoEmotional
~SaveMefromMyself +BlankPage ?WalkAway 'Somebody'sSomebody
~SlowDownBaby "JustBeFree ?TheVoiceWithin 'WhataGirlWants
~Understand "MakeMeHappy ?Underappreciated =UnlessIt'sWithYou
Bio.com (Classics) -AdelaideHall -BigMamaThornton -FlorenceMills -Odetta ElizabethTaylorGreenfield ChristineJorgensen JennyLind MargaretTruman -PatsyCline -NinaSimone -CeliaCruz MiriamMakeba MariaCallas BirgitNilsson -SarahVaughan -KittyWells -EttaJames -DinahWashington -RuthBrown -SisterRosettaTharpe HelenCarter -EdithPiaf -PattyAndrews(Sisters) -YmaSumac -BillieHoliday -JosephineBaker LeontynePrice -MarianAnderson -EllaFitzgerald -BessieSmith -MaRainey -HelenKane -MahaliaJackson
1. Kitty Wells
Soundtrack | The Blues Brothers
Kitty Wells was born on August 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Muriel Ellen Deason. She was married to Johnny Wright. She died on July 16, 2012 in Madison, Tennessee.
^* Godmother of Country -It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels -Makin' Believe -I Can't Stop Loving You -How Far is Heaven -Release Me
2. Patsy Cline
Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed
Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...
^* Prom Queen of Country -Crazy -I Fall to Pieces -Walkin' After Midnight -She's Got You -Sweet Dreams
3. Etta James
Soundtrack | Back to the Future
Etta James is an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz, gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind". She faced a ...
^R&B & Soul * @ -At Last -The Wallflower -Tell Mama -I'd Rather go Blind -Something's Got a Hold on Me
4. Ruth Brown
Actress | Hairspray
Ruth Brown was born on January 12, 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA as Ruth Alston Weston. She was married to Earl Swanson, Jimmy Brown, Bill Blunt, Jimmy Brown and Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson. She died on November 17, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
^* @ Queen of R&B -So Long -Teardrops in My Eyes -He Treats Your Daughter Mean -I Don't Know -If I Can't Sell It I'll Keep Sittin' on It
5. Nina Simone
Soundtrack | Repo Men
Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She was married to Andrew Stroud and Donald Ross. She died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.
^* High Priestess of Soul -I Loves You Porgy -Feeling Good -I Put a Spell on You -Don't Make Me Feel Misunderstood -I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl
Actress | Swing Hostess
She became a notable vocalist of the Big Band Era and known around the circuit as the "Liltin' Miss Martha Tilton." Born on November 14, 1915, this trim, Texas-born blonde was the fortunate product of a musical family, with her parents actively playing the piano and singing at home while she grew ...
^* Empress of Swing -And the Angels Sing -Moon Dreams -I'll Walk Alone -I Should Care -A Stranger in Town
Soundtrack | Those Redheads from Seattle
Teresa Brewer made her debut on "The Major Bowes Amateur Hour" radio program in 1936 and toured with the show until 1943. She made her first recording in 1949 and her first big record was "Music! Music! Music!" It debuted on 4 February 1950 and was Number 1 on the Top 10 charts for four weeks.
R&B & Jazz * -Till I Waltz Again With You -Music! Music! Music! -A Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl -You Send Me -Longing for You
8. Jo Stafford
Soundtrack | A Single Man
Jo Stafford's early fame came as a vocalist with the big band of Tommy Dorsey, for which she sang both on her own and with her group, The Pied Pipers. After leaving Dorsey in 1944, Stafford went solo, eventually racking up no less than 93 hits over the next 13 years. Among them: chart-toppers like ...
^Replaces Darlene Love * Queen of Traditional Rock -You Belong to Me -I'll Be Seeing You -Somewhere My Love -Red Wing -September in the Rain
9. Julie London
Actress | Emergency!
Julie London recorded 32 albums during her career. Forced to give up band singing when her true age was discovered, she was primarily a torch singer. Her vocal range was described by "sultry" and "low-keyed". Her own favorite singers were Barbra Streisand and Roberta Flack.
She was known in some ...
^Rock & Jazz * -Cry Me a River -Sway -When I Fall in Love -Fly Me to the Moon -Light My Fire
10. Margaret Whiting
Actress | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Margaret Whiting is the sister of actress/singer Barbara Whiting. Margaret was born on July 22nd 1924, in Detroit, Michigan. A popular vocalist in the 1940s and 1950s, recording dozens of hits for Capitol Records, she is the daughter of Richard A. Whiting, himself a successful songwriter and author...
^* First Lady of Country Rock -Baby It's Cold Outside -Time After Time -I Love You a Bushel and a Peck -Long Ago and Far Away -A Tree in the Meadow
11. Patti Page
Soundtrack | Die Hard 2
Patti Page was born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma in 1927. She began her professional singing career at KTUL, a Tulsa radio station. Since the program was sponsored by Page Milk, she adopted the moniker Patti Page, and it stuck. Patti toured the US in the late 1940s with Jimmy Joy, and notably sang ...
^* Empress of Country Rock -Confess -With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming -Tennessee Waltz -All My Love -I Went to Your Wedding
12. Marian Anderson
Soundtrack | The Great Debaters
Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the first of three sisters in the family. Her father, named John Anderson, was a salesman at a railroad station. Her mother, named Anna Anderson, was a schoolteacher. From the age of six, Anderson sang in the ...
^Folk & Spirituals * -Ave Maria -Deep River -Nobody Knows the Trouble I See -He's Got the Whole World in His Hands -My Lord What a Morning
Soundtrack | Everything Must Go
Odetta was born on December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Odetta Holmes. She was married to Louisiana Red, Don Gordon and Gary Shead. She died on December 2, 2008 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
^* Queen of American Folk Music -Take This Hammer -Hit or Miss -This Little Light of Mine -Don't Think Twice It's All Right -Down by the Riverside
14. Mahalia Jackson
Soundtrack | Glory Road
Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was married to Minters Sigmund Galloway and Isaac Lanes Grey Hockenhull. She died on January 27, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
^* Queen of Gospel -Amazing Grace -Take My Hand Precious Lord -Trouble of the World -His Eye is on the Sparrow -Go Tell It on the Mountain
Soundtrack | The Great Debaters
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born on March 20, 1915 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA as Rosetta Nubin. She was married to Russell Morrison and Thomas Thorpe. She died on October 9, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Replaces Courtney Love ^* Godmother of Rock n Roll -Down By the Riverside -Strange Things Happening Every Day -Didn't It Rain -My Man and I -Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air
16. Celia Cruz
Soundtrack | Carlito's Way
Celia Cruz was born on October 21, 1925 in Havana, Cuba as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She was married to Pedro Knight. She died on July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.
^* @ Queen of Salsa -Rie y Llora -La Vida Es un Carnaval -La Negra Tiene Turnbao -Guantanamera -Quimbara
17. Yma Sumac
Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Known for her astonishing 4 1/2 octave vocal range, Yma Sumac (AKA Ima or Imma Sumack) is from Ichocán, Peru, a town high in the Andes. From an early age she performed in radio and movies and made recordings throughout South America. She came to the United States in the 1940s and performed with a ...
^* Queen of Exotica -Malambo No. 1 -Bo Mambo -Gopher -Goomba Boomba -Taki Rari
18. Lydia Mendoza
Soundtrack | Crazy Heart
Born to a musical family in Houston, Texas, in 1916, Lydia Mendoza launched her own career in music by 1934, after having performed musically in her lower-class immigrant family's band since 1928. Though only 18 years old, Lydia's mesmerizing voice and distinctive guitar playing made her a hit. She...
^* Queen of Tejano -Jurame -Mal Hombre -Piensa en Mi -Palida Luna -A Ti Madre
Soundtrack | Hollywood Canteen
The defining sister act of all time with well over 75 million records sold by which the swinging big-band era could not be better represented were the fabulous Andrews Sisters: Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne. With their precise harmonies and perfectly syncopated dance moves, the girls reached heights ...
^Swing * Queen of Girl Groups -Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy -Rum and Coco-Cola -Santa Claus is Coming to Town -Mele Kalikimaka -12 Days of Christmas
20. Marion Harris
Actress | Devil-May-Care
Marion Harris was a vaudeville and revue headliner, famed for her renditions of jazz songs. She began her recording career in 1916 performing such standards as "Look for the Silver Lining", "I Ain't Got Nobody Much", "After You've Gone" and "The Man I Love". In 1929 she turned down an offer from ...
^Blues & Jazz * -I Ain't Got Nobody -After You've Gone -St. Louis Blues -There'll be Some Changes Made -It Had to Be You
Soundtrack | A Few Good Men
Big Mama Thornton was born on December 11, 1926 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. She died on July 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
^* High Priestess of Blues -Ball n Chain -Hound Dog -They Call Me Big Mama -Rock a Bye Baby -You Don't Move Me No More
22. Ma Rainey
Soundtrack | Repo Man
Blues musician, with such songs as "Slave to the Blues," "Jelly Bean Blues," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" , and "Bo Weevil Blues." She was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
^* First Lady of Blues -Bo-weevil Blues -Black Bottom -See See Rider Blues -Black Cat Hoot Owl Blues -Prove It on Me
23. Bessie Smith
Soundtrack | Angel Heart
Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Elizabeth Smith. She was married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.
^* Empress of Blues -St. Louis Blues -Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out -A Good Man Is Hard to Find -'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do -Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
24. Georgia Gibbs
Soundtrack | Carol
Georgia Gibbs was born on August 17, 1919 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Frieda Lipschitz. She was married to Frank Henry Gervasi. She died on December 9, 2006 in New York City, New York, USA.
^Jazz * -Kiss of Fire -Tweedle Dee -Dance With Me Henry -I Want You to be My Baby -If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd 'Ve Baked a Cake
25. Doris Day
Soundtrack | Pillow Talk
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...
^Jazz * -Que Sera Sera -Here Comes Santa Claus -Secret Love -When I Fall in Love -My Romance
26. Kitty Kallen
Soundtrack | The Second Greatest Sex
Kitty Kallen was born on May 25, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Katharine Kalinsky. She was married to Budd Granoff and Clint Garvin. She died on January 7, 2016 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
^Swing * -Little Things Mean a Lot -I'm Beginning to See the Light -It's Been a Long, Long Time -If I Give My Heart to You -My Coloring Book
27. Ruth Etting
Actress | Hips, Hips, Hooray!
Ruth Etting was born on November 23, 1896 in David City, Nebraska, USA. She was married to Myrl Alderman and Martin Snyder. She died on September 24, 1978 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
^Jazz * -Shine on Harvest Moon -Ten Cents a Dance -Love Me or Leave Me -Button up Your Overcoat -Mean to Me
28. Debbie Reynolds
Actress | Singin' in the Rain
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...
^Jazz * -Good Morning -Tammy -All I Do Is Dream of You -You Are My Lucky Star -Singin' in the Rain
Soundtrack | Cairo
She was the third daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald, younger sister to Blossom (MGM's character actress Marie Blake), whom she followed to New York and a chorus job in 1920. She was busy in a string of musical productions. In 1928 Paramount tested and rejected her, but a year later Ernst ...
^Jazz * -Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life -Sweetheart -Lovecall -Pardon Me, Madame -I'll See You in My Dreams
30. Jane Froman
Soundtrack | Radio City Revels
Jane Froman was born on November 10, 1907 in University City, Missouri, USA as Ellen Jane Froman. She was married to Rowland H. Smith, John Curtis Burn and Donald McKaig Ross. She died on April 22, 1980 in Columbia, Missouri.
^Jazz & Swing * -With a Song in My Heart -I'll Walk Alone -You'll Never Walk Alone -I Believe -Wish You Were Here
31. Pearl Bailey
Soundtrack | The Fox and the Hound
Her father Joseph was a minister and her mother was named Ella Mae. Her birth name was Pearly Mae but her parents anticipated she would be a boy and when a girl was born she was nicknamed "Dickie". Her brother was entertainer Bill Bailey (1912-1978). She spent her early life in Washington DC where ...
^Jazz &Swing * -Best of Friends -Hello Dolly -a Five Pound Box of Money -Frankie and Johnny -Put on Your Sunday Clothes
32. Judy Garland
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.
She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...
^Jazz & Swing * -Over the Rainbow -Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -I Got Rhythm -You Made Me Love You -What'll I Do
33. Helen Kane
Actress | Dangerous Nan McGrew
Lively childish leading lady on stage and films during the transition to sound. She began on stage at seventeen and went on to films in 1929. She made several early talkies at Paramount but her popularity soon waned.
^Swing * -I Wanna Be Loved by You -I Want to be Bad -Button Up Your Overcoat -Dangerous Nan McGrew -Get Out and Get Under the Moon
34. Florence Mills
Actress | The Record Deal
Florence Mills is an actress, known for The Record Deal (2005).
^Jazz * Queen of Happiness -I'm a Little Blackbird -I'm Just Wild About Harry -Love Will Find a Way -I'm Craving for That Kind of Love -Mandy Make Up Your Mind
35. Helen Forrest
Soundtrack | The Rocketeer
Brunette Helen Forrest was born Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She loved singing from early childhood and keenly listened to recordings by all the major female jazz and blues vocalists of the day. At the age of ten, Helen competed in a dance marathon and sang with her brother's band in ...
^Swing * Voice of the Name Bands -I've Heard That Song Before -All the Things You Were -Deep Purple -I Don't Want to Walk Without You -Deep In a Dream
36. Ginger Rogers
Actress | The Major and the Minor
Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped ...
^Along with Fred Astaire Jazz * -We're in the Money -Cheek to Cheek -Pick Yourself Up -The Continental -Let Yourself Go
37. Ella Fitzgerald
Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...
On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...
^* Queen of Jazz -Baby It's Cold Outside -Dream a Little Dream of Me -Sleigh Ride -Summertime -Someone to Watch Over Me
38. Billie Holiday
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...
^Jazz * Lady Day -I'll Be Seeing You -What a Little Moonlight Can Do -God Bless the Child -I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm -Good Morning Heartache
39. Lena Horne
Soundtrack | Cabin in the Sky
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that, on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order ...
^* Empress of Jazz -Stormy Weather -The Man I Love -I Got Rhythm -Someone to Watch Over Me -Summertime
40. Helen Humes
Soundtrack | The Steel Trap
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1913, blues/pop singer Helen Humes is probably best known for her work with Count Basie and His Orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s.
As a child she took piano and vocal lessons, and at 14 years of age she was discovered by blues musician Sylvester Weaver, who signed her...
^Jazz & Blues * -All Night Long -Deed I Do -Airplane Blues -Million Dollar Secret -My Handy Man
41. Maxine Sullivan
Soundtrack | Red Tails
One of the great American jazz vocalists, born Marietta Williams in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Maxine's precocious talent led to early jobs on radio broadcasts in Pittsburgh and gigs with a local group led by her Uncle Harry, the Red Hot Peppers. After being introduced to the proprietor, she was ...
^Jazz -Loch Lomond -If I Had a Ribbon Bow -I Dream of Jeanie -Honeysuckle Rose -Ain't Misbehavin'
42. Ethel Waters
Actress | Cabin in the Sky
The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and ...
^Blues, Jazz & Gospel * -Dinah -Taking a Chance of Love -Supper Time -Am I Blue -Cabin in the Sky
43. Sarah Vaughan
Soundtrack | The Adjustment Bureau
Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ, and died April 3, 1990, in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Her parents were Asbury, a carpenter, and Ada, a laundress. She began studying music when she was seven, taking eight years of piano lessons and two years of organ. As a child she sang in the...
^* High Priestess of Jazz -Whatever Lola Wants -Broken Heart Melody -Someone to Watch Over Me -They Can't Take That Away From Me -Misty
44. Eartha Kitt
Actress | The Emperor's New Groove
An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent. Her father's identity is unknown. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine. At 15, she quit high school...
^* Princess of Jazz -Santa Baby -Uska Dara -Under the Bridges of Paris -Just an Old Fashioned Girl -Where Is My Man
45. Peggy Lee
Actress | Lady and the Tramp
Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the ...
^* Princess of Jazz -Fever -Black Coffee -Is That All There Is -Johnny Guitar -He's a Tramp
46. Carmen McRae
Soundtrack | Real Genius
Carmen McRae was born on April 8, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Carmen Mercedes McRae. She was married to Ike Isaacs and Kenny Clarke. She died on November 10, 1994 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
^* Prom Queen of Jazz -My Romance -Something to Live For -The Christmas Song -Give Me the Simple Life -My Foolish Heart
47. Adelaide Hall
Actress | The Thief of Bagdad
Adelaide Louise Hall was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her family moved across the East River to Harlem, and it was here, among the rich and fertile renaissance of black culture in the 1920s, that Adelaide nurtured her dreams of becoming a star. Her first stage role was in 1921 in the chorus line of ...
^Jazz * -Creole Love Call -I've Got Rhythm -As Time Goes By -The Blues I Love to Sing -That Old Feeling
48. Mildred Bailey
Soundtrack | Brighton Beach Memoirs
Mildred Bailey was born on February 27, 1907 in Tekoa, Washington, USA. She was married to Red Norvo. She died on December 12, 1951 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA.
^Jazz * -Trust in Me -Where are You -I Let a Song go Out of my Heart -Please Be Kind -Darn That Dream
49. Kay Starr
Soundtrack | The Nice Guys
Kay Starr was born on July 21, 1922 in Dougherty, Oklahoma, USA as Katherine Laverne Starks. She was married to Earl Spencer Callicutt, George Alfred Mellen, Vic Schoen, Harold Solomon (Stanley), Roy E. Davis and Woody Gunther. She died on November 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
^Jazz & Blues * -Wheel of Fortune -The Rock n Roll Waltz -Side By Side -The Man With the Bag -I've Got My Love to Keep Me
50. Dinah Washington
Soundtrack | The Cable Guy
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had ...
^* Queen of the Blues -Is You or Is You Ain't My Baby -What a Difference a Day Makes -Relax Max -Baby -Teach Me Tonight
51. Janis Joplin
Soundtrack | Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...
* @ Queen of Rock n Roll -Down on Me -Summertime -Piece of My Heart -Cry Baby -Ball n Chain
52. Tina Turner
Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.
@ Queen of Rock -Proud Mary -Better Be Good to Me -The Best -What's Love Got to Do With It -We Don't Need Another Hero
53. Tammy Wynette
Soundtrack | Sordid Lives
Tammy once said: "I spent 15 minutes writing ["Stand by Your Man"], and a lifetime defending it". She was born Virginia Wynette Pugh on May 5, 1942, on her grandfather's cotton farm in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Tammy picked cotton as a child, and as a young woman worked as a waitress, a ...
* @ First Lady of Country -Stand By Your Man -Till I Can Make it on My Own -I Don't Wanna Play House -Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad -Divorce
54. Dottie West
Actress | The Fall Guy
Dottie West was one of country music's greatest female stars for 30 years. Her career began in 1959 when she made her first recording for Starday Records. She first made the national charts in 1963 and the following year had a blockbuster country hit with "Here Comes My Baby Back Again" which would...
Country * -Here Comes My Baby Back Again -Country Sunshine -Paper Mansions -Last Time I Saw Him -Would You Hold It Against Me
55. Loretta Lynn
Soundtrack | High Crimes
Loretta Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA as Loretta Webb. She was previously married to Oliver Lynn.
Queen of Country -Coal Miner's Daughter -You Ain't Woman Enough -These Boots are Made for Walking -Don't Come Home for Drinkin' -Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
56. Dolly Parton
Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Avie Lee (née Owens) and tobacco farmer Robert Lee Parton, and grew up on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV and at 13 she was already recording on a small label and appearing at...
@ Empress of Country -Here You Come Again -I Will Always Love You -9 to 5 -Jolene -Hard Candy Christmas
57. Emmylou Harris
Soundtrack | Brokeback Mountain
Queen of Americana -Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby -This Is Us -If I Needed You -Two More Bottles of Wine -If This Is Goodbye
58. Gladys Knight
Actress | Hollywood Homicide
Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les...
@ Empress of Soul -Midnight Train to Georgia -If I Were Your Woman -Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me -I've Got to Use My Imagination -Love Overboard
59. Aretha Franklin
Actress | The Blues Brothers
Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...
* @ Queen of Soul -Respect -Rock Steady -Think -A Natural Woman -Son of a Preacher Man
Soundtrack | The Martian
ABBA is a Swedish pop group, formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name derives from the first letter in each of the first names of its members. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of ...
@ Greatest Disco Band -Dancing Queen -Take a Chance on Me -Mamma Mia -Waterloo -S.O.S
61. Carly Simon
Soundtrack | All Good Things
Carly Elisabeth Simon was born in New York City, and was raised in its Riverdale neighborhood, with two sisters and a brother. Her father, Richard L. Simon, co-founded the Simon and Schuster publishing company, and played Chopin and Beethoven on the piano. Her mother, Andrea Louise (Heinemann), was...
Rock & Folk -Nobody Does It Better -Let the River Run -You're So Vain -Anticipation -You Belong to Me
62. Joni Mitchell
Soundtrack | Two Weeks Notice
Joni Mitchell is one of the most highly regarded and influential songwriters of the 20th century. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing ...
Jazz & Rock -River -Big Yellow Taxi -A Case of You -California -The Circle Game
63. Barbra Streisand
Soundtrack | Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
Broadway & Traditional Rock @ Mother of Divas -The Way We Were -Evergreen -People -Don't Rain on my Parade -Memory
64. Joan Baez
Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Joan Baez was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ...
Queen of Folk -Diamonds & Rust -There But For Fortune -The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down -Forever Young -Amazing Grace
65. Donna Summer
Soundtrack | Thank God It's Friday
Donna Summer rocketed to international super-stardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world. ...
* @ Queen of Disco -Last Dance -On the Radio -Dim All the Lights -I Feel Love -She Works Hard for the Money
66. Carole King
Soundtrack | You've Got Mail
Carole King is an American composer and singer-songwriter. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the USA, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making...
@ Empress of Soft Rock -Now and Forever -It's Too Late -Child of Mine -So Far Away -Where You Lead I Will Follow
67. Bonnie Raitt
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bonnie Raitt was born on November 8, 1949 in Burbank, California, USA as Bonnie Lynn Raitt. She was previously married to Michael O'Keefe.
Blues @ -Something to Talk About -I Can't Make You Love Me -Nick of Time -Angel of Montgomery -Thing Called Love
68. Natalie Cole
Soundtrack | Taxi
Growing up and living under the huge, daunting shadow of a singing icon can intimidate a son or daughter enough to want to look anywhere else to find their station in life. Those who dared to try to follow in their footsteps, such as Frank Sinatra Jr., found success branching out in other areas of ...
R&B * @ -This Will Be -Our Love -Inseparable -Miss You Like Crazy -Pink Cadillac
69. The Supremes
Soundtrack | The Sixth Sense
The greatest girl group ever had its origins in the late 1950s in Detroit's Brewster Projects. At the beginning the girls formed a quartet and named themselves "The Primettes", achieving mild success locally and recording a single for the Lupine record label. They ended up being a trio in 1960 ...
Including Diana Ross Greatest Girl Group R&B & Soul @ -You Can't Hurry Love -Baby Love -Stop! In the Name of Love -You Keep Me Hangin' on -Where Did Our Love go
70. Laura Nyro
Soundtrack | Final Destination
Laura Nyro was born on October 18, 1947 in The Bronx, New York, USA as Laura Nigro. She was married to David Bianchini. She died on April 8, 1997 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.
Jazz * -Stone Soul Picnic -Wedding Bell Blues -It's Gonna Take a Miracle -Up on the Roof -Stoney End
71. Linda Ronstadt
Actress | The Pirates of Penzance
Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, USA as Linda Maria Ronstadt.
Rock -You're No Good -Blue Bayou -When Will I Be Loved -Desperado -Long Long Time
72. Anita Baker
Soundtrack | Forget Paris
Anita was born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player ...
R&B & Jazz -Sweet Love -Giving You the Best That I Got -Lately -Caught up in the Rapture -No One in the World
73. Shirley Caesar
Soundtrack | Rosewood
Shirley Caesar was born on October 13, 1938 in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She has been married to Harold Williams since June 26, 1983.
Replaces Melissa Etheridge Gospel -No Charge -I Remember Mama -Jesus I Love Calling Your Name -God Will Make a Way -You're Next in Line for a Miracle
74. Stevie Nicks
Soundtrack | Sweet November
Stevie Nicks was born in Phoenix, Arizona. From an early age, she showed a love and aptitude for music, singing country and western duets with her grandfather when she was 4 years old. After moving to San Francisco, she began songwriting and performing at Menlo-Atherton High School, where she met ...
Including Fleetwood Mac @ Empress of Rock n Roll -Edge of Seventeen -Stand Back -Stop Draggin' my Heart Around -Talk to Me -Whole Lotta Trouble
75. Cyndi Lauper
Actress | Mad About You
Cyndi was born at Boulevard Hospital, in Astoria, Queens. She spent her first four years in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Her family then moved to Ozone Park, Queens.
@ Queen of New Wave Rock -Girls Just Want to Have Fun -Time After Time -She Bop -All Through the Night -Change of Heart
76. Annie Lennox
Soundtrack | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Annie Lennox was born on December 25, 1954 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as Ann Griselda Lennox. She has been married to Mitch Besser since September 15, 2012. She was previously married to Uri Fruchtmann and Radha Raman.
Rock @ -Why -Walking on Broken Glass -Into the West -I Put a Spell on You -No More "I Love You's"
77. Ann Wilson
Soundtrack | The Golden Child
Singer, flute player, songwriter, and guitarist Ann Dustin Wilson was born on June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California. The daughter of Brig. Gen. John B. Wilson USMC, Wilson and her family moved around a lot, before eventually settling in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, WA. Ann attended Interlake ...
Rock -Stairway to Heaven -Immigrant Song -Barracuda -Alone -What About Love
78. Patti Smith
Soundtrack | Noah
Patti Smith was born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patricia Lee Smith. She was previously married to Fred 'Sonic' Smith.
Rock @ Godmother of Punk -Because the Night -Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough -Dancing Barefoot -People Have the Power -Gimme Shelter
79. Chaka Khan
Actress | The Blues Brothers
Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA as Yvette Marie Stevens. She has been married to Doug Rasheed since 2001. She was previously married to Richard Holland and Hassan Khan.
@ Queen of Funk -Ain't Nobody -I Feel for You -Sweet Thing -Through the Fire -I'm Every Woman
80. Amy Grant
Soundtrack | Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Amy Grant was born on November 25, 1960, in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A., the youngest of four daughters to Dr. Burton Paine Grant and his wife Gloria. She recorded her first album, a Christian album called, "Amy Grant" in 1977. It initially sold 250,000 copies, eventually selling over a million copies...
@ Queen of Christian Rock -Better Than a Hallelujah -Baby Baby -El-Shaddai -Breath of Heaven -Grown Up Christmas List
81. Gloria Estefan
Soundtrack | Music of the Heart
Gloria Estefan was born on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba as Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García. She has been married to Emilio Estefan Jr. since September 2, 1978. They have two children.
Replaces Dionne Warwick Dance & Rock (Latin) @ Queen of Latin Rock -Conga -Anything for You -The Rhythm's Gonna Get You -1-2-3 -Get On Your Feet
82. Toni Braxton
Soundtrack | The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
Toni Braxton was born on October 7, 1966 in Severn, Maryland, USA as Toni Michele Braxton. She was previously married to Keri Lewis.
R&B @ -Breathe Again -Another Sad Love Song -Un-Break My Heart -You're Making Me High -He Wasn't Man Enough
83. Janet Jackson
Soundtrack | Poetic Justice
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...
Replaces Debby Harry @ Prom Queen of R&B -Feedback -Escapade -Rhythm Nation -Nasty -Miss You Much
84. Mary J. Blige
Soundtrack | Mudbound
Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Mary Jane Blige. She was previously married to Kendu Isaacs.
Replaces Grace Slick @ Queen of Hip-Hop -Be Without You -The One -I'm Going Down -Real Love -Enough Cryin'
85. Sarah McLachlan
Soundtrack | Charlotte's Web
Sarah McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Sarah Ann McLachlan. She was previously married to Ashwin Sood.
Replaces Cher Rock @ -Angel -I Will Remember You -Fallen -Ordinary Miracle -Answer
86. Sheryl Crow
Soundtrack | Tomorrow Never Dies
Sheryl Crow was born on February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri, USA as Sheryl Suzanne Crow.
Replaces Joan Jett Rock, Country & Folk @ -Soak Up the Sun -Real Gone -The First Cut is the Deepest -Easy -All I Wanna Do
87. Faith Hill
Actress | The Stepford Wives
Faith Hill was born on September 21, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Audrey Faith Perry. She is a producer, known for The Stepford Wives (2004), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Practical Magic (1998). She has been married to Tim McGraw since October 6, 1996. They have three children. She was ...
Country @ -This Kiss -Breathe -The Way You Love Me -There You'll Be -Cry
88. Whitney Houston
Soundtrack | The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.
She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...
Replaces Madonna * @ Prom Queen of Soul -I Wanna Dance with Somebody -How Will I Know -Greatest Love of All -I Look to You -One Moment in Time
89. Céline Dion
Soundtrack | Titanic
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the...
Replaces Karen Carpenter @ Prom Queen of Soft Rock -My Heart Will go On -Because You Loved Me -Taking Chances -It's All Coming Back to Me Now -O Holy Night
90. Shania Twain
Soundtrack | I Heart Huckabees
Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, one of three daughters of Clarence and Sharon (Morrison) Edwards (sister Jill is two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was age six, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa ...
@ Queen of Country Rock -Any Man of Mine -You're Still the One -Man! I Feel Like a Woman -From This Moment On -That Don't Impress me Much
91. Alison Krauss
Soundtrack | Cold Mountain
Alison Krauss is a bluegrass virtuoso who effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. A highly sought after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo-Yo Ma and Bonnie Raitt. Since ...
@ Empress of Bluegrass -Down to the River to Pray -When You Say Nothing at All -I'll Fly Away -Stay -Forget About It
Soundtrack | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Eithne, the fourth youngest of nine children, comes from the small village of Dore (Dobhar in Irish) in the Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair) region of County Donegal in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland. She now lives in Killiney, a coastal district on the southern outskirts of Dublin The family is ...
Replaces Roberta Flack @ Queen of New Age -Orinoco Flow -Caribbean Blue -Anywhere Is -Only Time -May It Be
93. CeCe Winans
Soundtrack | White Men Can't Jump
CeCe Winans was born on October 8, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Priscilla Winans. She is an actress, known for White Men Can't Jump (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995) and Living Single (1993). She has been married to Alvin Love II since June 23, 1984. They have two children.
Replaces Bette Midler Gospel -Alabaster Box -I Surrender All -Waging War -Pray -More
94. Alicia Keys
Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees
Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...
@ Empress of R&B -Fallin' -Girl On Fire -If I Ain't Got You -No One -My Boo
Soundtrack | The Voice
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980 in Staten Island, New York City to musician Shelly Loraine Fidler Kearns and U.S. Army sergeant Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera Monge. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. ...
@ Princess of Rock -Beautiful -Genie in a Bottle -Ain't No Other Man -Hurt -Fighter
96. Kelly Clarkson
Soundtrack | The Kelly Clarkson Show
Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann (Rose), a teacher of English, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, an engineer. She was the first winner of the series American Idol, in 2002. Kelly is also a strong believer in God. She has been married to Brandon Blackstock since ...
@ Rock Princess -Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) -Since U Been Gone -Piece by Piece -A Moment Like This -Miss Independent
97. Carrie Underwood
Actress | Soul Surfer
Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in Checotah, Oklahoma, USA as Carrie Marie Underwood. She has been married to Mike Fisher since July 10, 2010. They have two children.
@ Country Princess -Before He Cheats -Jesus Take the Wheel -Cowboy Casanova -All American Girl -Blown Away
98. Norah Jones
Soundtrack | Ted
Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is a daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is Anoushka Shankar's half-sister.
In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the ...
@ Empress of Smooth Jazz -Don't Know Why -Come Away With Me -Turn Me On -Thinking About You -Chasing Pirates
99. Amy Winehouse
Soundtrack | Amy
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in Southgate, London, England to Janis Holly Collins (previously: Janis Holly Winehouse; born: Janis Holly Seaton), a pharmacist & Mitchell "Mitch" Winehouse, a taxi driver. Her family shared her love of theater and music. Amy was brought up on jazz...
* @ Soul Princess -Valerie -Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow -Rehab -Our Day Will Come -You Know I'm No Good
Soundtrack | Skyfall
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born May 5, 1988) is a British singer-songwriter who has sold millions of albums worldwide and won a total of 15 Grammys as well as an Oscar. Adele's first two albums, 19 and 21, earned her critical praise and a level of commercial success unsurpassed among her peers. ...
@ Queen of Soul (British) -Rolling in the Deep -Set Fire to the Rain -Hello -Someone Like You -Rumor Has It