50 Greatest Women in Music

Since the VH1 list is so terrible and has received many complaints on this site and elsewhere for its poor selections, I have made my own list of the 50 greatest women in music as far as my humble opinion goes, hopefully it contains a much better selection. See if you can guess them all.
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50.
Shirley Manson
49.
Fiona Apple
48.
Lady Gaga
47.
Tina Turner
46.
Mariah Carey
45.
Lhasa De Sela
44.
Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
43.
Joan Jett
42.
Tracy Chapman
41.
Vashti Bunyan
40.
Jane Birkin
39.
Enya
38.
Shirley Bassey
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37.
Agnetha Fältskog
36.
Siouxsie Sioux
35.
Whitney Houston
34.
Beyoncé
33.
Debbie Harry
32.
Stevie Nicks
31.
Marianne Faithfull
30.
Nancy Sinatra
29.
Grace Jones
28.
Imogen Heap
27.
Janet Jackson
26.
Carole King
25.
Madonna
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24.
Annie Lennox
23.
Kim Gordon
22.
Joan Baez
21.
Laurie Anderson
20.
Amy Winehouse
19.
Dusty Springfield
18.
Grace Slick
17.
Beth Gibbons
16.
Edith Piaf
15.
Diana Ross
14.
Janis Joplin
13.
Dolly Parton
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12.
Sandy Denny
11.
Nico
10.
Patti Smith
9.
Elizabeth Fraser
8.
PJ Harvey
7.
Björk
6.
Donna Summer
5.
Joni Mitchell
4.
Billie Holiday
3.
Kate Bush
2.
Nina Simone
1.
Aretha Franklin
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Level 50
Aug 25, 2016
Where is Zaz?
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Level 58
Jul 1, 2019
:D :D :D i hope you're joking
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Level 74
Aug 25, 2016
Thanks for taking a stab at this - the VH1 list is terrible. But let the arguments begin! I'm going to start by asking about Ella Fitzgerald, Chrissie Hynde, Christine McVie, Bonnie Raitt and Gladys Knight. Also, check your spelling on Marianne Faithful.
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Level 1
Aug 25, 2016
Cheers for that, fixed the spelling. There are two "L"s but it's an "E" rather than an "A" - so "Marianne Faithfull". I did debate including Ella Fitzgerald. I was going to do a top 100 but I got to about 85 and then really wasn't sure who else to add to it after that (which is shameful I know).
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Level 69
Aug 25, 2016
It's Dolly Parton. I also second Chrissie Hynde, Bonnie Raitt, and Gladys Knight, and add Ann Wilson, Shania Twain, and Reba McEntyre.
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2016
Nice quiz, but a few of the spellings are wrong. As well as the ones already mentioned, it's Siouxsie Sioux.
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Level 39
Aug 26, 2016
As soon as I saw Alanis Morissette was not included I gave up. Kudos for Fiona Apple though :)
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2017
I tried Alanis Morissette and when I released she wasn't there I gave up. same with Barbra Streisand, Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, Cher and Celine Dion.
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Level 48
Aug 28, 2016
Celine Dion should be there.
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Level 60
Aug 28, 2017
Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Mahalia Jackson, Bessie Smith, Etta James, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, kd Lang, Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar, Aimee Mann, Bonnie Raitt, Rosetta Tharp, Aimee Mann, Maria Schneider, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter, Kaki King, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbra Streisand, Skeeter Davis, Sharon Isbin, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chrissie Hynde, Beth Hart, Diana Krall, Cher, Michelle Phillips, Mama Cass, Gladys Knight, Tammy Wynette, Sade, Linda Thompson, Joan Armatrading, Rickie Lee Jones, Laura Nyro, Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Krauss, Sharon Jones, Nadia Boulanger, Adele, Sia, Allison Moorer, Shelby Lynn, Gillian Welch, Alicia Keys. Most of these should probably be ahead of Many on your list (Grace Jones, Jane Birkin, Vashti Bunyan). I have to admit I'm not familiar with Lhasa De Sela, Beth Gibbons or Elizabeth Fraser, but I'm guessing a few of mine are unknown to you too.
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2017
Dolly Parton not Dollie parton
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2017
where is Barbra Streisand, Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, Cher, Celine Dion
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Level 32
Dec 27, 2017
Having to enter the whole name (when almost all name-based quizzes accept last names) meant that I thought you were only including REALLY obscure people. Please update to accept last names!
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Level 44
Apr 3, 2018
So surprised that Barbra Streisand and Karen Carpenter weren’t there.
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Level 47
Jun 23, 2018
Anyone who leaves the great Lady of Song-Ella Fitzgerald off their list tells me that there is a lack of knowledge when it comes to music. The same can be said about Dinah Washington, Barbra Streisand, Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, and Sarah Vaughan.
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Level 67
Aug 20, 2018
The VH1 list is absolute garbage but you could at least consider Chrissie Hynde. She's one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Same with Loretta Lynn
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Level 58
Jul 1, 2019
i think Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald, Maria Callas, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Sinead O'Connor, Etta James, Sade should be included over some more irrelevant names on your list
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