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VH1 released their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. We decided to create our own twist on their list.
We reviewed the top 200 women in music and created our own list of the 17 Greatest Women Wedding Artists. Yes, the artists that have produced the best wedding music.
Women music artists have produced some of the most memorable wedding songs of all time. We will not only list the top 17 women music artists but also provide their best wedding songs.
Who do you think will sit atop our list? Dion, Underwood, Swift, Caillat? Enough teasing, let’s get started!
Best Female Music Artists for Weddings
#1 Celine Dion The queen of love songs. Celine will be played at weddings for years to come with pop mega-hits such as “Because You Loved Me”, “The Power Of Love”, and “A Mother’s Prayer”.
#2 Sade One of our favorite first dance songs is “By Your Side”. However, Sade can fill dance floors with her unique voice as a “Smooth Operator”.
#3 Adele It is amazing how fast Adele has risen to the top. She already has wedding songs like “Lovesong”, and “One And Only”.
#4 Sarah McLachlan If you are looking for an offbeat first dance, think about the song “Ice Cream”. If you are looking for a good song to play for someone who passed away during a wedding, consider “I Will Remember You”.
#5 Alicia Keys A Soulful R&B powerhouse, Alicia will be played at weddings for years to come with hits like “No One”, “Fallin'”, and “If I Ain’t Got You”.
#6 Norah Jones Known for two great Jazz songs that make great first dance songs and slow songs to fill wedding reception dance floors – “Come Away With Me” and “Don’t Know Why”.
#7 Whitney Houston Not only did Whitney produce a wedding mega-hit “I Will Always Love You” but she also produced “Greatest Love Of All”, “I Have Nothing”, “I Wan To Dance With Somebody”, and “Count On Me”.
#8 Rihanna Rihanna has produced a collection of songs to fill dance floors at wedding receptions like “Don’t Stop The Music” and “We Found Love”.
#9 Beyoncé One of the leading women in the music industry. She tops wedding song lists with “Crazy In Love” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” for the bouquet toss song.
#10 Mary J. Blige Mary sings with so much emotion. However, our favorite wedding song of hers is “Family Affair”. “Beautiful” and “Everything” are also great wedding love songs.
#11 Mariah Carey Arguably the best artist of the 90s, she produced mere hit love songs galore such as “Hero”, “I’ll Be There”, “One Sweet Day”, “Thank God I Found You”, and so on!
#12 Shania Twain Not only does Shania have a great wedding anniversary song, “You’re Still The One”, but she has a great first dance song, “From This Moment On”.
#13 Madonna Number one on VH1, we have to include dance hits like “Holiday” and “Vogue” and the love theme song from Vision Quest – “Crazy For You”.
#14 Faith Hill One of the Queens of modern country. She has a list of her own wedding-appropriate songs like “There You’ll Be”, “The Way You Love Me”, and “Like We Never Loved At All”.
#15 Colbie Caillat With her very unique pop voice, she is on wedding song charts as a soloist in “Bubbly”, “I Do”, and as a duo with Jason Mraz – “Lucky”.
#16 Carrie Underwood Many of this Country’s superstar songs are wedding-appropriate. Our favorite is “Mama’s Song” for mother dedications.
#17 Taylor Swift With her broad popularity, we are surprised she is not higher on the list. However, many of her songs are at a medium tempo which creates havoc for many grooms. Although the song “Love Story” and “Lover” are at the top of many wedding song lists.
VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music (2012)
100. Pussycat Dolls
99. Demi Lovato
97. Grace Potter
96. Mandy Moore
95. Wilson Phillips
94. Colbie Caillat
92. Jordin Sparks
90. Regina Spektor
89. Hillary Scott (Lady A)
86. Ingrid Michaelson
85. Faith Evans
84. Avril Lavigne
83. Meg White (The White Stripes)
82. Miley Cyrus
81. Spice Girls
80. Sara Bareilles
79. PJ Harvey
78. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
77. Hayley Williams (Paramore)
76. Leona Lewis
75. Kim Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies)
74. Paula Abdul
71. Natalie Merchant
70. Macy Gray
69. Courtney Love
68. Indigo Girls
66. Natasha Bedingfield
65. Liz Phair
63. Jill Scott
62. Leann Rimes
61. Shirley Manson (Garbage)
60. Florence + The Machine
59. Destiny’s Child
58. Miranda Lambert
56. Gloria Estefan
55. Fiona Apple
54. Tori Amos
53. Sarah McLachlan
52. En Vogue
51. Nelly Furtado
50. Lauryn Hill
49. Amy Lee (Evanescence)
47. Kylie Minogue
46. Toni Braxton
45. Lil’ Kim
44. Erykah Badu
43. Taylor Swift
42. Melissa Etheridge
40. Nicki Minaj
38. Salt N Pepa
37. Faith Hill
35. Shania Twain
34. Queen Latifah
33. Norah Jones
28. k.d. Lang
26. Amy Winehouse
25. Sheryl Crow
24. Jennifer Hudson
23. Carrie Underwood
22. Annie Lennox
21. Celine Dion
19. Kelly Clarkson
18. Missy Elliott
17. Katy Perry
16. Jennifer Lopez
15. Alanis Morissette
14. Alicia Keys
13. Gwen Stefani
11. Britney Spears
09. Mary J. Blige
08. Christina Aguilera
07. Janet Jackson
06. Whitney Houston
04. Lady Gaga
02. Mariah Carey
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents 10 Greatest Women in Music (2014)
#1 Whitney Houston Genre: R&B Pop Started in Newark, NJ
Popular Hits – I Will Always Love You, How Will I Know, Greatest Love Of All, I Have Nothing, Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
#2 Tina Turner Genre: Pop R&B, Soul Started in Tennessee
Popular Hits – Proud Mary, What’s Love Got To Do With It, River Deep – Mountain High, Let’s Stay Together, Private Dancer
#3 Aretha Franklin Genre: R&B Started in Detroit, MI
Popular Hits – Respect, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, Think, Chain If Fools, Jump To It, Freeway of Love
#4 Beyonce Genre: R&B Pop Started in Houston, TX
Popular Hits – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Irreplaceable, Beautiful Liar, Crazy In Love, Baby Boy, Dangerously In Love
#5 Madonna Genre: Pop Started in Bay City, MI
Popular Hits – Holiday, Like A Virgin, Vogue, Music, Ray Of Light, Like A Prayer, Material Girl, Into The Groove, Crazy For You
#6 Diana Ross Genre: R&B, Soul Started in Detroit, MI
Popular Hits – Stop In The Name of Love (The Supremes), Love Hangover, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Remember Me
#7 Annie Lennox Genre: Pop Rock Started in Scotland/United Kingdom
Popular Hits – Why, No More I Love You’s, Little Bird, Walking On Broken Glass, Precious
#8 Mariah Carey Genre: R&B Pop Started in Huntington, NY
Popular Hits – Someday, One Sweet Day, Vision of Love, I’ll Be There, Hero, We Belong Together, Fantasy, My All
#9 Taylor Swift Genre: Country Pop Started in Reading, PA
Popular Hits – I Knew You Were Trouble, Our Song, You Belong With Me, Mean, White Horse, Fearless, Tim McGraw, Love Story
#10 Blondie Genre: New Wave, Punk Rock Started in New York City
Popular Hits – Heart of Glass, The Tide Is High, Eat To The Beat, Call Me, Rapture, One Way or Another, Maria
Females (women) rule! Yes, they even rule the music scene as well. Our list of the top 10 Female Music Groups has predominantly female band members. It is interesting to look at wedding songs by music genres that are represented on the list including Disco, Pop, Rock, R&B, and Country music love songs.
Along with the greatest female music groups, we also list their hit singles and link to their music profile on Amazon. Before looking, how many great female musical groups can you name? Can you think of a human organ? Don’t run away from home! What do we all need from our moms when we are sick? Enjoy our list of female music groups.
Top Female Music Groups Ranked
#1 TLC Genre: Pop
Hit Singles: Waterfalls, What About Your Friends, No Scrubs, Red Light Special
#2 Heart Genre: Rock
Hit Singles: Crazy On You, Alone, Magic Man, All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You
Meet Matthew (Matt) Campbell, the passionate wedding DJ and music expert behind My Wedding Songs. With years of experience in the wedding industry and a keen ear for the latest trends, Matt knows just what it takes to create the perfect soundtrack for your special day. From classic love ballads to upbeat party anthems, his articles are jam-packed with insider tips and top recommendations that will have you and your guests on your feet all night long.
But Matt isn't just a music aficionado - he's also an active member of wedding planning and DJ communities, sharing his expertise and learning from other professionals along the way. Matt is the author of the Wedding Songs Planner and has articles published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. He is a member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council and Vegas Wedding Chamber. You can listen to his tips as the host of the Wedding Songs Podcast.