Top 10 Female Singers With the Most Powerful Voices

January 30, 2014

1. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

This diva got her start back in the late 80’s and has been thrilling fans ever since. She is known for her incredible 5 octave vocal range and her ability to reach above the 7 octave, which is no easy feat.

2. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

The legendary songstress was a mezzo-soprano and was lovingly referred to as “The Voice” during her impressive career. She won numerous awards and accolades including 7 Grammy awards and 22 American Music Awards.

3. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

This pint-sized powerhouse packs an impressive punch. From a very early age Aguilera showcased her impressive 4 octave range. She is also well known for her distinctive “whistle register.”

She has had a successful career spanning nearly 2 decades and has even branched out into acting and hosting on her mega-hit, singing competition show, “The Voice.”

4. Adele


The British songstress recently took the world by a storm with the success of her debut album 19 and her sophomore chart topper, 21.

With her unique vocal range and deep, soulful style Adele has earned herself a spot on many musical top 10’s in recent years.

5. Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Arguably one of the most recognized voices in all of the world, Celine Dion is one of the greatest female singers of all time. She boasts an impressive 5 octave vocal range and identifies herself as a mezzo-soprano.

6. Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

This living legend has been breaking records with her powerful voice for over 50 years.

She is often described as one of the most powerful mezzo-sopranos to ever be recorded and has influenced many of the other artists featured on this list.

7. Florence Welch


Another British singer on our list. Welch is known not only for her super powerful voice but for her interesting and unique artistry as well. She has been compared to other musical greats like Bjork, PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux.

8. Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

The singer is currently riding on top of the music world with the release of her self-titled mega hit, Beyonce. She also boasts an impressive vocal range at 3.6 octaves and has been charming fans for nearly 2 decades.

9. Martina McBride

Martina McBride

This county singer has been affectionately dubbed “The Celine Dion of Country Music” by the music media. She sports an impressive soprano range and has one of the most recognizable voices in country music today.

The singer has also been nominated for an impressive 14 Grammy awards but hasn’t won any yet.

10. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

This singer has come a long way from her American Idol win back in 2002. She has since used her powerful soprano vocal range to cement herself as one of music’s most popular and powerful voices.

With a total of 9 Grammy nominations and 3 wins in the last decade it looks like there’s no end to what Clarkson can do with that powerful set of pipes!

  • Raimondas Andriūnas

    Where is Pink? She has an amazing voice and she is so underrated

  • gerhard hoschopf

    Patti Labelle-i hear she without Microphone-Accapella- She is the greatest voice

  • Cella

    Beyonce is just a comercial product thats all . Janis Joplin is the best.

    • chris david

      So is everybody else on this list. Why call her out alone? Get off this girl’s case. Damn.

    • VVG

      BEYONCE CAN ACTUALLY SING. Heard of Halo, Listen and If I were a Boy?

    • ian.cazwell

      the best is Tina Turner

    • Eric Erwin

      Beyonce is an absolutely amazing singer. If you don’t think she can perform, you’re kidding yourself.

  • Cara

    Ariana grande holds 4 octave soprano voice range. :/ while Beyonce just 3.6…

    • chris david

      By your logics, not only Beyonce but Whitney, Adele and Aretha should be off this list. Ariana’s voice is flat and she lacks impressive vocal acrobatics. She’s mediocre at best. Having a large vocal span doesn’t equate to you being the best singer.

    • Gregory Dittman

      Beth Hart has a 4 Octave range and she isn’t on the list.

    • CL

      were not talking about how high an octave is , its about the POWER of it!

  • david95

    Mariah, Witney, Christina and Adele over Celine and Aretha? I’m not talking about “music” here, just “voices”. None of these women can touch Celine or Aretha in pure voice alone.

    • Princess Chibiriah

      Yeah right. Celine is so emotionless when she sings and hardly has range as All the wonderful singers you just slammed down. And Aretha has a good voice but cant touch these singers, if she did she would have been more of a success.

    • Stefan

      Mariah Carey and Whitney are far beyond celine and aretha. Even Beyonce is thanks to her incredible technique

  • Ruby Ellen London

    Martina McBride is my vocal influence and Kelly Clarkson

  • hoanvu

    The best is MARIAH CAREY

  • Klaus Geltl

    This list doesn’t make sense. With at least two of the performers here, I think Katy Perry should have been included before them. It’s just pretty random.

  • Bryan Phipps Sr

    I’m sure most people will have a favorite list according to what makes you move or other nuances of your particular choosing. People will unknowing tell you who is great or good by the number of albums sold over a period of time. If you are a voice that only appeal to a certain group than you are only good to that group of people by simple popularity. But an excellent Voice crosses all ethnicities and land masses. Your talent will be appreciated and heard any where. Whitney Houston appeals to everyone…..

  • Albert Heisenberg

    Whitney should be #1, Mariah #2

  • Lisa

    Whitney Houston was by far the best singer I have ever heard…”The Voice” is so missed but singing with the Angels!!

  • Chloe7

    Octave range not the be and end all. We have a girl in South Africa who sings really low and she won idols. And it’s a beautiful sound.

  • Bijix

    It seems that the writer of this post has never heard the magical voice of Lara Fabian !!! her voice is as well as Celine Dion or even more powerful !!!

  • Afiq

    Ok lets face it. Nobody is more powerful then Celine Dion. Her voice is so loud it often overpower the music. Technically speaking shes probably not as good as Whitney or Mariah. Based on powerful alone, nobody could beat her.

    • nick

      Tina Turner os more powerfull

  • Brandon

    Minnie Riperton should have been up at the top of the list or behind Mariah if you don’t know she sang the song Loving You.

  • Ida

    Where is Charice (singer from Philippines), Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson as well as Enya and Chaka Khan I could go on and on