Some top female singers of all time include Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. On Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers of all time list, published in 2010, Aretha Franklin ranked number one.
Additional female singers making Rolling Stone's top 100 list include Bjork, Christina Aguilera, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and Bonnie Rait. Joni Mitchell, Dusty Springfield and Bonnie Rait made it into the top 50. Mary J. Blige rounded out the list at 100.
Mariah Carey, Celine Dione, Barbara Streisand, Adele, Stevie Nicks and Donna Summer all appear on Ranker.com's list of Best Female Vocalists, as do Karen Carpenter, Billie Holiday, Annie Lennox and Diana Ross.
In terms of music sales, Madonna ranks at the top, with over 250 million records sold. Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston follow close behind, with over 200 million records sold. It terms of top singles, Cher ranks in at number one, with 1.79 million copies sold of her single "Believe." Whitney Houston comes in at a close second, with her single "I Will Always Love You." The song, originally written by Dolly Parton, spent more than 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Charts.