When I think of the music I listened to as a child, I can’t help but think of all the female vocalists who were the perfect combination of beauty, style, grace and talent. They never disappointed during live performances and seemed to only get better as time went on. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite female singers in no particular order.

  1. Aretha Franklin
  2. Natalie Cole
  3. Etta James
  4. Chaka Khan
  5. Diana Ross
  6. Donna Summer
  7. Phyllis Hyman
  8. Stephanie Mills
  9. Cheryl Lynn
  10. Evelyn “Champagne” King
  11. Candi Staton
  12. Millie Jackson
  13. Mary Wells
  14. Minnie Riperton
  15. Deniece Williams
  16. Marlena Shaw
  17. Anita Baker
  18. Regina Belle