Greatest Female Singers in the Music Industry

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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.

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 Singers 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.

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#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.

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#3 Adele
It is amazing how fast Adele has risen to the top.  She already has wedding songs like Lovesong, and One And Only.

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#4 Sarah McLachlan
If you are looking for an offbeat first dance, think about the song Ice Cream.  If you are looking for a great in memoriam song at a wedding, consider I Will Remember You.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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, and Count On Me.

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#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.

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#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.

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#10 Mary J. Blige
Mary sings with so much emotion.  However, our favorite wedding song of hers is Family Affair.  Beautiful is also a great wedding love song.

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#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!

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#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.

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#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.

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#14 Faith Hill
One of the Queens of modern country.   She has a list of her own of wedding appropriate songs like There You’ll Be, The Way You Love Me, and Like We Never Loved At All.

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#15 Colbie Caillat
With her very unique pop voice, she is on wedding song charts as a soloist Bubbly, I Do, and as a duo with Jason Mraz – Lucky.

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#16 Carrie Underwood
Many of this Country’s superstar songs are wedding-appropriate.  Our favorite is Mama’s Song for mother dedications.

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#17 Taylor Swift
With her broad popularity, we are surprised she is not higher on the lists.   However, many of her songs are a medium tempo which creates havoc for many grooms.   Although the song Love Story is at the top of many wedding song lists.

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The complete list of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music – 2012

100. Pussycat Dolls

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99. Demi Lovato

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98. Ashanti

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97. Grace Potter

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96. Mandy Moore

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95. Wilson Phillips

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94. Colbie Caillat

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93. Feist

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92. Jordin Sparks

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91. Monica

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90. Regina Spektor

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89. Hillary Scott (Lady A)

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88. SWV

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87. Robyn

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86. Ingrid Michaelson

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85. Faith Evans

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84. Avril Lavigne

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83. Meg White (The White Stripes)

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82. Miley Cyrus

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81. Spice Girls

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80. Sara Bareilles

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79. PJ Harvey

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78. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)

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77. Hayley Williams (Paramore)

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76. Leona Lewis

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75. Kim Deal (The Breeders, The Pixies)

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74. Paula Abdul

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73. Dido

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72. Brandy

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71. Natalie Merchant

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70. Macy Gray

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69. Courtney Love

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68. Indigo Girls

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67. M.I.A.

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66. Natasha Bedingfield

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65. Liz Phair

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64. Eve

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63. Jill Scott

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62. Leann Rimes

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61. Shirley Manson (Garbage)

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60. Florence + The Machine

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59. Destiny’s Child

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58. Miranda Lambert

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57. Ke$ha

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56. Gloria Estefan

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55. Fiona Apple

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54. Tori Amos

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53. Sarah McLachlan

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52. En Vogue

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51. Nelly Furtado

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50. Lauryn Hill

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49. Amy Lee (Evanescence)

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48. Aaliyah

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47. Kylie Minogue

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46. Toni Braxton

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45. Lil’ Kim

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44. Erykah Badu

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43. Taylor Swift

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42. Melissa Etheridge

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41. Jewel

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40. Nicki Minaj

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39. Chicks

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38. Salt N Pepa

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37. Faith Hill

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36. Shakira

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35. Shania Twain

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34. Queen Latifah

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33. Norah Jones

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32. Fantasia

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31. Cher

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30. Sade

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29. Bjork

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28. k.d. Lang

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27. Fergie

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26. Amy Winehouse

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25. Sheryl Crow

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24. Jennifer Hudson

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23. Carrie Underwood

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22. Annie Lennox

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21. Celine Dion

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20. Rihanna

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19. Kelly Clarkson

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18. Missy Elliott

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17. Katy Perry

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16. Jennifer Lopez

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15. Alanis Morissette

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14. Alicia Keys

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13. Gwen Stefani

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12. TLC

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11. Britney Spears

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10.Pink

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09. Mary J. Blige

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08. Christina Aguilera

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07. Janet Jackson

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06. Whitney Houston

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05. Adele

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04. Lady Gaga

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03. Beyoncé

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02. Mariah Carey

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01. Madonna

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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)

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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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 the different music genres that are represented on the list including Disco, Pop, Rock, R&B, and Country.

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

Top 10 female music groups curated by Matthew Campbell

#1 TLC
Genre – Pop
Hit Singles: Waterfalls, What About Your Friends, No Scrubs, Red Light Special

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#2 Heart
Genre – Rock
Hit Singles: Crazy On You, Alone, Magic Man, All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You

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#3 Destiny’s Child
Genre – R&B
Hit Singles: Survivor, Say My Name, Independent Woman Part 1, Bootylicious

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#4 The Chicks
Genre – Country
Hit Singles: Not Ready To Make Nice, Cowboy Take Me Away, Travelin’ Soldier, Wide Open Spaces

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#5 The Runaways
Genre – Rock
Hit Singles: Cherry Bomb, I Love Playin’ With Fire, California Paradise, I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are

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#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

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#7 The Bangles
Genre – Rock
Hit Singles: Walk Like an Egyptian, Eternal Flame, Manic Monday, Hazy Shade of Winter

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#8 The Go-Go’s
Genre – Rock
Hit Singles: We Got The Beat, Vacation, Our Lips Are Sealed, Head Over Heels

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#9 The Pussycat Dolls
Genre – Pop
Hit Singles: Don’t Cha, Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny), Buttons, When I Grow Up

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#10 ABBA
Genre – Disco
Hit Singles: Dancing Queen, Take A Chance On Me, Fernando, Mamma Mia

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

Other Top Female Music Groups

SWV – Weak, I’m So Into You

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Martha & the Vandellas – Heatwave, Dancing in the Streets

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Wilson Phillips – Hold On, Release Me

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Indigo Girls – Galileo, Closer To Fine

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Vixen – Edge of a Broken Heart

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

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

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4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

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

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

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Spice Girls – Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There

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

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

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