Greatest Female Singers in the Music Industry

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.

17 Greatest Women Wedding Musicians

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 songs “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

98. Ashanti

97. Grace Potter

96. Mandy Moore

95. Wilson Phillips

94. Colbie Caillat

93. Feist

92. Jordin Sparks

91. Monica

90. Regina Spektor

89. Hillary Scott (Lady A)

88. SWV

87. Robyn86. 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

73. Dido

72. Brandy

71. Natalie Merchant

70. Macy Gray

69. Courtney Love

68. Indigo Girls

67. M.I.A.

66. Natasha Bedingfield

65. Liz Phair

64. Eve

63. Jill Scott

62. Leann Rimes

61. Shirley Manson (Garbage)

60. Florence + The Machine

59. Destiny’s Child

58. Miranda Lambert

57. Ke$ha

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)

48. Aaliyah

47. Kylie Minogue

46. Toni Braxton

45. Lil’ Kim

44. Erykah Badu

43. Taylor Swift

42. Melissa Etheridge

41. Jewel

40. Nicki Minaj

39. Chicks

38. Salt N Pepa

37. Faith Hill

36. Shakira

35. Shania Twain

34. Queen Latifah

33. Norah Jones

32. Fantasia

31. Cher

30. Sade

29. Bjork

28. k.d. Lang

27. Fergie

26. Amy Winehouse

25. Sheryl Crow

24. Jennifer Hudson

23. Carrie Underwood

22. Annie Lennox

21. Celine Dion

20. Rihanna

19. Kelly Clarkson

18. Missy Elliott

17. Katy Perry

16. Jennifer Lopez

15. Alanis Morissette

14. Alicia Keys

13. Gwen Stefani

12. TLC

11. Britney Spears


09. Mary J. Blige

08. Christina Aguilera

07. Janet Jackson

06. Whitney Houston

05. Adele

04. Lady Gaga

03. Beyoncé

02. Mariah Carey

01. Madonna

Greatest Women In Music

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.

top female music groups

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

#3 Destiny’s Child
Genre: R&B

Hit Singles: Survivor, Say My Name, Independent Woman Part 1, Bootylicious

#4 The Chicks
Genre: Country

Hit Singles: Not Ready To Make Nice, Cowboy Take Me Away, Travelin’ Soldier, Wide Open Spaces

#5 The Runaways
Genre: Rock

Hit Singles: Cherry Bomb, I Love Playin’ With Fire, California Paradise, I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are

#6 The Supremes
Genre: R&B

Hit Singles: Baby Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, Someday We’ll Be Together, Stop! In The Name of Love

#7 The Bangles
Genre: Rock

Hit Singles: Walk Like an Egyptian, Eternal Flame, Manic Monday, Hazy Shade of Winter

#8 The Go-Go’s
Genre: Rock

Hit Singles: We Got The Beat, Vacation, Our Lips Are Sealed, Head Over Heels

#9 The Pussycat Dolls
Genre: Pop

Hit Singles: Don’t Cha, Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny), Buttons, When I Grow Up

#10 ABBA
Genre: Disco

Hit Singles: Dancing Queen, Take A Chance On Me, Fernando, Mamma Mia

Please know that our list excludes music groups known by single female artists like Janet Jackson, Pat Benatar, and Joan Jett.

SWV – Weak, I’m So Into You

Martha & the Vandellas – Heatwave, Dancing in the Streets

Wilson Phillips – Hold On, Release Me

Indigo Girls – Galileo, Closer To Fine

Vixen – Edge of a Broken Heart

The Chiffons – He’s So Fine, One Fine Day

Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Dedicated To The One I Love

4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love), He’s So Shy

The Ronettes – Be My Baby, Baby, I Love You

Spice Girls – Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There

The Judds – Love Can Build A Bridge, Grandpa (Tell ME About The Good Ol’ Days)

Have a favorite female group, not on our list? Please share the group below so that we can add them!

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