VH1 Unveils ‘100 Greatest Women In Music’, Plans Weeklong Whitney Houston Tributes

Published: Monday 13th Feb 2012 by Rashad

VH1 has completed its quest to crown ‘the ultimate diva’ (based on fan votes) by unveiling its list of the 100 greatest women of music history.  The survey comes as their second – the first saw acts Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner take the number 1 and 2 spots respectively while acts like Madonna and Billie Holiday filled out the top 10.

With 6 categories – “All Time”, “90s”, “80s”, “Pop”, “Rock”, and “Hip Hop/R&B” – VH1 has introduced a more comprehensive compilation of divas to include, unlike their original survey, more contemporary performers (i.e. Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, etc) and base it on achievements in the past 20 years.  Sure to get tongues wagging, the list’s first 20 are set for a televised unveil on tonight’s premiere episode of the five night countdown at 10pm Eastern.

If this list is the best they could do, VH1 may have done better unveiling this on April 1st.  Find out where your fave fell via the full list below:

Source:  VH1

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 Antebellum)
88. SWV
87. Robyn
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
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. Dixie 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
10. P!nk
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

Umm…yeah.  Looks like VH1’s redo needs a redo!  Celine Dion, Brandy, Monica, and many more’s placements alone on this list make their quest to crown the ultimate diva the ultimate fail.  Were not ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, ‘Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, and ‘The Boy Is Mine’ released in the last 20 years.  And, one word:  Ke$ha? #wecant

In related news, as the world continues to mourn the loss of ‘The Voice’ Whitney Houston, this showing will set off what has been announced as a weeklong tribute to the fallen singer.  Much like CNN, OWN, and other channels, VH1 will honor Houston with a slew of shows including tonight’s “VH1 News Special –‘Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva’” at 9:30P eastern and Thursday, Feb 16th’s “VH1 News Presents Whitney Houston’s Greatest Moments” at 11pm.  The tributes will accompanys VH1’s promise to continuously rotate the divas iconic videos on its main network and sister channels.

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  1. Itsme2002 February 13, 2012

    Brandy 72?? Lauryn Hill 50? Pink 10…WTF?

    This list is a #fail

    • PAUL August 23, 2012


  2. Dummm February 13, 2012

    How the f*** did Badu get behind Nicki the talentless bimbo?!?

  3. Imgunnacheckuboo February 13, 2012

    Ok, considering we’re talking the past 20 years I guess this list ain’t that bad.

  4. OhNoNo February 13, 2012

    Nicki #40 Lauryn Hill #50… F*** this list you can tell a bunch of teens voted.

  5. movementlove February 13, 2012

    where’s Tina Turner? Diana Ross? Chaka Khan? This list is a mess. And say what you want, but Ashanti should NOT be #98. I don’t stan for her, but I do think she’s better than that.

    • PAUL August 23, 2012


  6. DareToDeal February 13, 2012

    That VH1 list was “Industry voted” NOT “Fan voted”

    Lawd knows, if it was voted by the fans, the Britney and Rihanna stans would have rigged it. Anyhow congrats to the top 10

  7. aaron February 13, 2012

    Really TLC 12 and Destiny’s Child 59 get the f*** out of here!!!!

    • PAUL August 23, 2012


  8. Onyx February 13, 2012

    Lady Gaga behind Beyonce what! i don’t get it.

  9. DareToDeal February 13, 2012

    I love this VH1 list thing. Everyone thinks their opinion is greater than VH1

  10. Imgunnacheckuboo February 13, 2012

    I hate to defend this list cause lord knows it’s messy but certain things make more sense than some of y’all are willing to see.

    Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan have done nearly nothing worth noting over the past 20 years. So you can just hush.

    And the Lauryn Hill thing ain’t surprising considering she only put out one damn album.

    • PAUL August 23, 2012


  11. FuckYou February 13, 2012

    Keshia is #57 yet Monica is #98… Yep a bunch of 13 yr. olds voted on the list and how did Nicki Minaj even get past Lauryn Hill?

    • PAUL August 23, 2012

      MONICA IS #91 ASHANTI IS #98

  12. king z February 13, 2012


    umm honey this list was fan voted. i voted a mill times for my fave! before her death and before they closed the polls! #teamwhitneyRIP

  13. Sarah February 13, 2012

    Okay Leona Lewis #76?!? No no no no lol are you serious? Beat out by people like Kesha, MIA, and Fergie?! This needs a redo, Leona would be in the top 20

  14. WHITNEYWHITNEY February 13, 2012

    Whitney behind Adele, Beyonce, Lady Gaga? That’s BS

    • PAUL August 23, 2012


  15. ChristinasCOMING February 13, 2012

    How in the hell did Christina get behind Gaga and Beyonce. Christina’s been a solo act for over 13 years now and has sold far more in album sales than the both of them. She has a Walk of Fame star, which none of them have. I really don’t f****** get it.

    You can definitely tell that mostly teenagers voted.

  16. Idk February 13, 2012

    I think Mariah trumps Madonna in the last 20 years. I would say this if it was over their careers. But since 1992, Mariah has probably done a little more… Just my unbiased opinion.

    • PAUL August 23, 2012


  17. kisha February 13, 2012

    List is crazy, Beyonce is dope but #3?? Why is Whitney Houston #6. Last time i checked she accomplished a lot more than #1-5. And Nicki should not be on the list, its too soon

  18. Fuckery February 13, 2012

    This is a s***** list really Monica is #98 and how the f*** is Nicki Minaj before Badu and Kesha is #10… GTFOH

  19. Honesty February 13, 2012

    I truly think that this list is Garbage…This s*** was based off of popularity not talent.

  20. Whatever February 13, 2012

    Nicki only has 1 album out.. so how is she even on this list and better yet how is above Lauryn? I believe this list was straight up s*** so i’m gonna soon a bunch of teenagers voted on this s*** cause no adult and I mean NO adult would put Kesha as #10.

  21. Whatever February 13, 2012

    Oops Pink is #10…the s*** still sucks and i’m pissed of cause Monica is 100x better than Kesha.

  22. S*** (YU MAD THO?) February 13, 2012

    This list surprisingly had a better turn out than I expected but…

    MADONNA??, I NEVER really got the HYPE with her. Just like gaga Shes all Gimmicks & VISUALs… Wheres the TALENT?? 😕

    WHAT is it??

    Anywho, I see Bey & Mariah @ the Top right where they belong only Overrated Madonna took their appropriate Slots. oh well

  23. FixIt February 13, 2012

    Pink is #10 yet Amy Winehouse is #26… Lil Kim is #45 yet Nicki is #40.. Are you kidding Nicki is the shittiest female rapper… I hate that b**** Kim but her s*** was always harder than Nicki’s.. smh

  24. ME February 13, 2012

    i try not to take VH1 lists seriously, because i bet dumb naive teens are 90% of the voters.

  25. BLACKOUT February 13, 2012


  26. S*** (YU MAD THO?) February 13, 2012

    Can anyone EXPLAIN to me why Madonnas ass is sitting @ the Top?

    WHY is she so Highly Rated, WHY is she Successful, & WHY is she still here & real artist like whitney arent??

    She has NO TALENT, Her Music is S***,

    I Like her Videos, She has great stage Presense & I Think she always looks very Beautiful (for a middle aged YT Chick) but She bores me to bits.

  27. Lax February 13, 2012

    I do not give a s*** about what they do, i just can not get pass the fact
    that even though Whitney sold her ass off she have got 6 Grammys and
    she was one of the best VOCALIST EVER TO WALK THE FUKKKKIN EARTH.
    In her best voice ever and could hold a tune and have been describes as one of the best Vocalist ever and they even found a way to tear her down before she started struggling with drugs and what ever.
    Then when you pass away then they decide to honor you to hell with them.

  28. Lax February 13, 2012

    @S***,,,,I AGREE WITH YOU.

  29. S*** (YU MAD THO?) February 13, 2012



  30. Dane February 13, 2012

    Alotta ppl won’t be satisfied with this list, but it is what it is. This is the way the Music Industry is guys. Nevertheless, I’m glad that my girl Toni Braxton made it within the Top 50. #iLuvHer …and Whitney is there @6. May her soul RIP. O:)

  31. Dollar$ign$Kills February 13, 2012

    Yes @ Ke$ha being on this pointless list lmao!! This list was a joke from day one. There are too many things wrong here, Xtina behind Beyonce and GaGa? Britney at #11? Gwen Stefani in the the top 20 and ahead of Rihanna? You can tell fans voted on this.

  32. Lax February 13, 2012

    @DARETODEAL…No rihanna fans did not do this list
    And we have learned the hard way how to deal, trust.

  33. Edgy_Timeless February 13, 2012

    Um Janet and Whitney should have been the top 4 THEN Beyonce and Gaga. What the hell is this. Britney should come before GaGa. Mess!

  34. Dollar$ign$Kills February 13, 2012

    Ke$ha has released 1 album, 1 EP, and 1 remix CD in the last 20 years yet she’s ahead of Destiny’s Child, the most successful all female group. Does vh1 not see the problem here? Lmao, congrats to Ke$ha and the Animals for voting her up there

  35. Onyx February 13, 2012

    Mariah has never overshadowed Madonna, at the time when Mariah was getting big, Madonna was causing controversy with “Erotica” and the “S**” book, Madonna is the most constant female singer of all times, she managed herself to stay relevant in the 90’s despite her voice with the invasion of all the biggest voices Whitney, Mariah, Celine ect.. then the t*** Pop sensation at the end of the 90’s that overshadows Mariah and other Legends, once again she maintained her name in the Game, making Britney and Christina her followers, now Gaga and once again at the Super Bowl 2012 she shows the world that she is light years ahead of everyone else despite not being the most talented, it has merit.

  36. Jay February 13, 2012

    Whitney should be 3, not Beyonce. And of course Christina is a better singer but Brit should be higher. Def agree with Queen Madonna being number 1 and Diva Mariah at 2.

  37. LilKimNiece_ February 13, 2012

    The polls AREN’T closed, so if you wan’t LIL’ KIM to bypass Onigga, keep voting! Onigga doesn’t deserve a spot AT ALL!

  38. Dollar$ign$Kills February 13, 2012

    To be honest, I dont even know any Animals who voted so IDK how K$ made it so high. Im suprised Selena Gomez wasnt #1.

  39. LilKimNiece_ February 13, 2012

    & TLC is the most successful all girl group, not DC.

  40. LTM February 13, 2012

    Katy Perry at #17 womp womp!!! lmao I expected the list to be something like this:
    1.Britney Spears
    2.Lady GaGa
    5.Katy Perry
    6.Selena Gomez
    8.Christina Aguilera
    9.Miley Cyrus
    10.Nicki Minaj
    this list is still crap but it coulda been worse

    • Marcus August 25, 2012

      Honey… if they made a top 500 greatest women in music Miley and selena gomez wouldn’t even be near it.

  41. Dre February 13, 2012

    I mean its Vh1, does it really matter what list they make? They come right behind EBT. This list is complete fuckery and Coonery at its finest.

  42. LTM February 13, 2012

    oops, typed in my email wrong

  43. Onyx February 13, 2012

    @S*** (YU MAD THO?)
    February 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm
    Can anyone EXPLAIN to me why Madonnas ass is sitting @ the Top?

    Because she is “The Queen of Pop”.

  44. CSquad (Fantasy Ride) February 13, 2012

    mandy moore, ke$ha, demi lovato, miley cyrus, and nicki minaj can make the list but Ciara cant? gurrrl bye, SMH. VH1 lost all credibility when they made that wack ass Greatest Songs of the 90s list that had Prince at #75 and no MJ at all. this list is hotmess.com

  45. DMWN February 13, 2012

    I agree with Madonna being #1, but Janet, Mariah, Adele, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga are all too high on this list. Meanwhile Whitney, Celine, Gloria Estefan and Annie Lennox are too low.

  46. R.i.P #Whitney February 13, 2012

    Ofcours Xtina is Beind B dummys WHAT DIID SHE ARCHIVE BEYONCE DIDNT!?? Beyonce made a much bigger mark and archived MUCH MUCH more she is the women of the decade and millinium what do u expect from Floptina !!?? to be number 3 and beyonce behind her lmaooo GET THE F*** OUT of Here the list is a little messy tho…Xtina fans should be glad XTina is sooo high on the all time artist list she wasnt there but be at 52#, whitney is to low !!!!

  47. Borilove February 13, 2012

    I think mariah should have been number 1 but im ok with Madonna being #1 and i can understand why. People like Lady Gaga, Adele,Pink, Christina Aguilera DO NOT deserve to be in the top 10, i like them all but lets get real here.

    Lady Gaga has had a Huge impact but she still needs to prove herself.
    Adele: Shes the “it” girl of the moment, she still needs to prove herself.
    Pink: I dont think she has had a real influence to be in up there.She can dissapear and people wont miss her.
    Christina: Pleaaaase!!

  48. Anne February 13, 2012

    Top 10 looks pretty good IMO (voted for Bey, Madonna, and Mary J. many times) though I think Whitney should have been higher than Adele since she is more of a newcomer. Also I think Celine Dion should have been higher. Also, where is Diana Ross and the Queen of Soul, Aretha?

  49. Deveal2014 February 13, 2012

    How is Adele above Mary J blige when this her first real major album ???

  50. Tc23 February 13, 2012

    the fact that rihanna is higher than basically all of the women below her completely shows the hot mess that is this list .. I mean madonna at number 1!!! Brandy and monica under 25!! Am I in the f***** twilight zone

  51. Kingphoenix February 13, 2012

    I knew they was going to put madonna at number 1 i just knew it…I am a Beyonce SUPER FAN and i know that she doesn’t come before Whitney! That is just a NO maybe in couple years with some more accomplishments.lol But this list is a total disgrace How in the hell are Aretha and Celine not in the top 10 at least? Where the hell Is Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Labelle…HUUUH!!! NIcki Minaj and Lil Kim over LAURYN HILL! This is pathetic! Congratz too Beyonce and Mariah though, they deserve some of the highest recognition but all of the other diva’s got jipped big time.

  52. Small_Angel February 13, 2012

    Deserving TOP 5 (success plus talent) would be
    In any Order Madonna, Mariah, Christina, Whitney and Celine Dion.

    Deserving TOP 6 – 10 (success)

    6. Janet Jackson
    7. Beyonce
    8. Adele
    9. Britney
    10. Alicia Keys

    TOP 11 – 20

    11. Lady Gaga
    12. Mary J. Blige
    13. Pink
    14. Shania Twain
    15. Avril Lavigne
    16. Toni Braxton
    17. Kelly Clarkson
    18. Jennifer Lopez
    19. Alanis Morisset
    20. Carrie Underwood

    Top 21 – 30

    21. Taylor Swift
    22. Gwen stefani
    23. Fergie
    24. Rihanna
    25. Katy Perry
    26. Shakira
    27. Norah Jones
    28. Jewel
    29. Aaliyah
    30. Lauryn Hill

    Top 31 – 50

    31. Gloria Estefan
    32. Nelly Furtado
    33. Eve
    34. Macy Gray
    35. Dido
    36. Faith Evans
    37. Spice Girls
    38. TLC
    39. Monica
    40. Brandy
    41. Ashanti
    42. Dido
    43. Leann Rhimes
    44. Jewel
    45. Joss Stone
    46. Queen Latifah
    47. Bjork
    48. Cher
    49. Annie Lennox
    50. Amy Winehouse

    • Marcus August 25, 2012

      I agree with this 100%

  53. ADC143 February 13, 2012

    Madonna rightfully tops the list, but I dispute the rankings of the rest of it.

  54. JUSTQua February 13, 2012

    THIS LIST IS BS!!!!!

  55. tyra February 13, 2012


  56. Royalkev February 13, 2012

    Madonna really don’t deserve a #1 spot on this list. She’s more of a controversial figure that rely on shock value and gimmicks than a talented artists. There’s so many ways you can display talent, but Madonna had more of a knack for stunning everyone. I think alot of her peers had consistent success (artistically speaking) , where they evolved. Madonna really peaked early in her career (musically), but remained relevant with her stunts throughout the decades. I’d definitely place Whitney, Janet and Mariah ahead of her. I’m glad that Bey placed higher than any of her peers from the 00’s, that makes a lot of sense. I wish Toni, Brandy and Lauryn were alot higher. Adele and Lady Gaga should not be in the top 10.


  57. Small_Angel February 13, 2012

    I think we have to separate the list from those around 20 years now and less than 20 years in the game. On the current era the Top 10 should be like this:

    Sales Wise

    1. Britney Spears
    2. Christina Aguilera
    3. Beyonce
    4. Avril Lavigne
    5. Lady Gaga
    6. Pink
    7. Adele
    8. Kelly Clarkson
    9. Rihanna
    10. Katy Perry

    Talent Wise

    1. Christina Aguilera
    2. Beyonce
    3. Adele
    4. Kelly Clarkson
    5. Pink
    6. Taylor Swift
    7. Avril Lavigne
    8. Lady Gaga
    9. Katy Perry
    10. Rihanna

  58. mr.m February 13, 2012

    Ke$ha is better than Brandy, DC & Leona Lewis?

    greatest woman in music MY ASSSSSSSSSSSS!

    at least Xtina is on the top 10
    but STIL, greatest woman in music MA FAT ASSSS


  59. B. Hill February 13, 2012

    Janet is way too high on that list. She hasn’t had a top 10 hit in over a decade and is really only famous because of who her brother was. She should be at like #85, if she even deserves to be on the list at all.

  60. Small_Angel February 13, 2012

    if we are going to talk about No. 1 hits

    the list should be like this:

    1. Rihanna
    2. Beyonce
    3. Katy Perry
    4 – 5. Christina Aguilera


  61. Small_Angel February 13, 2012

    i will not question whoever between mariah and madonna would occupy the top spot. they forces cannot be questioned. it all boils down to the matter of taste.

    but with the rest of the list.. I can’t.

    Gaga and Beyonce over Britney and Christina? WHAT A JOKE!!!

  62. Anne February 13, 2012

    The thing is Madonna became relevant BEFORE the other top contenders on the list. She ushered Pop into the mainstream. She is NOT the most talented on the list but arguably has the best combination of success, popularity at her peak, longevity, and influence on others. She is the first female artist that I became a fan of at a young age. She has so many unforgettable hit pop songs that stood the test of time. That’s why I can’t argue with her placement.

  63. Army of queen Aaliyah February 13, 2012

    I Simply Cannot #DEAL ! WTF Ke$ha Before Aaliyah And Brandy ?! Nicki Wack Ass Before KIM ?!

  64. JER February 13, 2012


    #3 BeYAWNce

    i can’t.

  65. mobwife February 13, 2012


    I’m with you I must have blinked and missed a few names. Where is Stephanie Mills? Did I miss Patti LaBelle? How about Kathleen Battle, Nina Simon, Sarah Vaughan, Queen Ella? Greatest Women in Music MY ARSH?

    Ke$ha? That name alone disavows this entire list! 🙂

  66. 9 February 13, 2012

    hilary duff

  67. mobwife February 13, 2012


    LOL, yes but when was the last Salt N’ Peper recording? How about Paula Abdul?

  68. Beyonce Never Had A Baby February 13, 2012

    Why is Christina ahead of Britney? It’s not like this garbage of a joke list is based on talent.

    Ashanti???? Ke$ha???? At least it’s good to know that Beyonce did not beat Mariah and Madonna. I figured she would be in the top 5 thanks to her ridiculous and overly obsessed fans voting a million times a day.

    Whitney should have rounded out the top 3 along with Mariah and Madge. Not the biggest faker/fraud in the business.

  69. What?? February 13, 2012

    No Ciara?? But f****** Mandy Moore and Kesha?? I can’t. I won’t. I refuse

  70. Beyonce Never Had A Baby February 13, 2012

    Dead @ Jer. Seriously when will bey-fraud stans get a life for a change? They have nothing better to do.

  71. Beyonce Never Had A Baby February 13, 2012

    “Why is Whitney Houston #6. Last time i checked she accomplished a lot more than #1-5.”

    Ummm to the best of my knowledge, Madonna and Mariah sold more records than Whitney. Plus, Mariah has 18 #1 singles. I also believe Mariah came in higher than Whitney on the RIAA list of female artists with the top sales in the USA only trailing Barbra Streisand.

  72. cray February 13, 2012

    VH1….This list is hilarious!….what a joke..so Beyonce is before Whitney? o ok….BS

  73. mobwife February 13, 2012

    “With 6 categories – “All Time”, “90s”, “80s”, “Pop”, “Rock”, and “Hip Hop/R&B”

    So ALL TIMES would include the true Divas wouldn’t it? long, side-eye are this ht mess VH1 comprised

  74. Dux February 13, 2012

    F**k dis list lol i agree with no.1 madonna but if it werent for chaka, tina turner etc.. there wouldnt be any beyonce, allyiah, and so on…..

  75. George February 13, 2012

    This is a very dirty list!!!!

  76. Small_Angel February 13, 2012

    @Beyonce Never Had A Baby
    February 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    Why is Christina ahead of Britney? It’s not like this garbage of a joke list is based on talent.


    In case you don’t know.. The only thing that Britney is ahead of Christina is her Number of Album sold. in all other aspect.. Christina is ahead of her if not equal. THATS A FACT!

  77. *NEWBIE February 13, 2012

    And right after watching Mariah receive the BET Honor award. Glad to see that she is no longer misunderstood and under appreciated.

    Happy with the top 2, have to say.

    The rest…I don’t know.

    Top 5 should include Madonna, Mariah, Janet, Celine and Whitney. Who should rank above the other? Flip a coin.

  78. lmao February 13, 2012

    Yall mad cuz queen bey higher than your faves? Lmao!!!! Stay mad and delusional. All your faves get compared to queen bey. Hell all your faves stan for queen bey. And fyi dc is the best selling girl group of all time not tlc. Just ask the world music awards who honored them. Stay mad.

  79. MICHAEL February 13, 2012


  80. JDE97 February 14, 2012

    “Janet Jackson” is in the top 10???? OK….

  81. Classy-goddess February 14, 2012

    Why the hell is WHITNEY not #1????????

  82. sallythesnoop February 14, 2012


    simply stares in disbelief

  83. exaltedone February 14, 2012

    top 5 should have been
    Mariah Madonna Whitney Celine and Janet!

  84. DUNKFAN February 14, 2012

    The Vh1 list was made my fans… If you wanted your girl to chart higher then you should’ve voted. http://tinyurl.com/6qhqrqc

  85. My2Centz February 14, 2012

    Madonna, Whitney and Mary J. are the only ones in that top 10 I agree with. The rest of them needed to rank much lower. Even Pink, who I like a lot, didn’t need to be so high.

  86. AaliyahStan February 14, 2012

    Am I the only one who thinks AALIYAH derserves to be ahead of TONS of those other nobody’s i mean I’ll take #28 not no dam #48 she paved the way for THIS GENERATION young stars and it’s sad we lost her at the prime of her career so just think where she would be today 10 years later!!!! Before Beyonce I know that much!!!!!

  87. Beylieve February 14, 2012

    Janet Whitney & Mariah in the top five hands down .. Followed by the greats pattie , retha, Chaka, Gladys , Diana ,TAMI FERRELL ( she died at a young age like aaliyah with so much more left to accomplish) , then followed by our 90/early 00s divas Brandy , Monica, Tamia ,beyonce/DC, TLC, en vogue. Then the lessors

  88. Beylieve February 14, 2012

    And LOL @ “onigga”

  89. deeboy08 February 14, 2012


  90. Theman February 14, 2012

    Based on talent, success,impact Mariah is #1. Madonna is very successful but i think that her shock value & controversy took her to the max.

  91. Ren February 14, 2012

    Mariah and Janet shouldn’t even be in the top 10.

  92. OctoberNite February 14, 2012

    This is just a weird list. Madonna makes sense being #1, no one touches her success and fame. Celine and Whitney should both be higher though, because their sales aren’t far behind hers. For “impact” reasons, I would add Barbara Streisand and Aretha Franklin to top top 10. Janet, Gaga, Mariah, Adele, Christina and Pink don’t belong in the top 10 at all, although Pink in the top 20 I wouldn’t have a problem with. And I can’t believe Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus and P**** Cat Dolls are even on this list period. All in all, this list was voted on by too many kids.

  93. Whatever February 14, 2012

    Are you f****** kidding me though?

  94. Miguel February 14, 2012

    Well… the article states this is based on “fan votes”. What do you expect? If it were a male list, perhaps Justin Bieber would be on top just based on fan votes… lol

    U cant really expect a lot when it comes to these types of votings.

  95. Alex Thomas February 14, 2012

    This list is a joke. Where the hell is Kelly Rowland?

  96. YOOSONDALOOSE February 14, 2012

    Well done all, but come on? Kesha ahead of so many greats? Not checking this list. *sigh*

  97. mariano February 14, 2012

    lady who?

  98. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) February 14, 2012

    I don’t get the shade at all. In the past couple of years, I’ve seen lists that are three times as ridiculous as this one. VH1’s list makes sense, whether you like it or not. I don’t care if your faves are not high enough, but the list is partly accurate, which is more than can be said for most polls lately. Yes, I disagree with some of the artists that ranked very high, but it’s only natural to have less than 100 women on your radar, so of course people wouldn’t agree with every single detail of the list…

    Anyway, happy about Christina being in the top 10. She deserved a bit higher imo, but it’s still enough recognition. And I’m also very happy about Aaliyah being in the top 50. She hasn’t released any new music for 11 years, yet she’s still rocking those lists. I wish she didn’t have to go that soon, she had an AMAZING career ahead of her and judging by the masterpiece that was her self-titled album, she had A LOOOT to give…R.I.P.

  99. HBF82 February 14, 2012

    Well, B****** Queen Mariah @ #2 , totally deserved.
    Talent + voice+ sales+ over-all success + impact = #2 = Mariah Carey

  100. B Lamont February 14, 2012

    Reading these comments is hilarious. It just goes to show that people dont’ read or know anything about music.

    This list was compiled over the past 20 years in music, not just the last 10. And fans voted, Vh1 didn’t make the list on their own. So to say Janet, Whitney, Mariah and Madonna don’t belong in the Top 5 is RIDICULOUS. These women are the reason that all these other ladies have a list to be on. Whether they’ve had a hit song in the past 5 years doesn’t matter because their relevancy hasn’t faded. Sales figures and #1 songs will fade as they get older, as it did with the greats before them (Aretha, Patti, Diana, Tina, etc). But their impact on the world is still felt today in all the artists they inspired who are on the list.

    Get EDUCATED people!!!

  101. RealTalkBsWalk February 14, 2012

    Janet will always be number 1 in my book f*** the rest.

  102. linker nippel February 14, 2012

    Xtina deservs TOP 5 ….but still okay
    Madonna for #1….yes i agree
    Lady Gaga for TOP 5…..nooo i would say 10
    Beyonce 5
    Whitney , Celine, Britney, Cher, Lil Kim, and many more deservs a better place
    but i am fine with the list

  103. Johnny February 14, 2012

    I guess they dnt kno the definition of “ultimate”

  104. grammy dammy sammy February 14, 2012

    lol @ the comments. i assure no compilation of this kind can ever satisfy the entire public so its even no use stressing it, im just glad my favs got honourable spots that’s all. maybe a few people shoulda been lower whilst some higher but that’s just from my pov as it is with erryone else

    i will say though, i dont think the list is based solely on fan votes. if it were, i really think katy perry, gaga and definitely Britney would’ve have ranked higher. u know how those Britney fans go hard for her on polls. no offense but Britney has always been more popular than Christina so for Chrsitna to rank above Britney, it couldn’t have been based on votes alone

    and i understand legends not placing so high as well, the list mainly captures he music scene of the last 2 decades so no sweat

  105. iSTANFORNOONE February 14, 2012






  106. My Way February 14, 2012

    This list is almost like a slap in the fast to most of these women… I can’t even believe Ke$ha is on this list & her high ranking & then Miley Cyrus… I mean what about Ciara, she’s made strides in her career, what little they have. This list is yet another attempt. But I guess to each its own. The list is still a remarkable step in the right direction. There is too much fussing when it comes to lists like these.

  107. commanderofthedancefloor February 14, 2012

    this list is a mess!! it is for the past 20 years

    so whitney houstons bodyguard album is the highest selling album with over 40 million which kills everybody else in the top 10 with all of their albums from 1990 to now and she isnt number one???
    some of it is understanable like bey but gaga hasnt sold anywhere near what the rest of the top 10 sold so i dont know why she is there bey makes sense she put in work over those years oh!!! and how is dc not top 20 along with the spice girls they sold way more then the others and kesha has sold 3 million!!! and she is higher than cher???? i cant with this list………

    • jax December 21, 2012

      dude kesha is not higher than cher she’s 57 cher is 31

  108. Kaygee2484 February 14, 2012

    Im sorry but if you dont have more than 2 albums out you shouldnt be on the list, come on vh1 everybody from the 90’s should have been on the list first than the people that came out in the 2000’s should have came after

  109. rrichard February 14, 2012

    What about diana ross, barbra Streisand and Lisa stansfield and Taylor Dayne? Just goes to show women like demi Lovato who had a few hits cannot compare to the other divas
    . This is just a popularity contest to get ratings. Its very clear. I tuned out.

  110. NYEPUUTAH February 15, 2012

    Why F****** Adele and Lady Gaga is in the legendary top ten list? They better be under 50 and MIA is 67. Who the hell is MIA?

  111. aa February 15, 2012

    this is so f*** up, ciara should have been up there she won grammys she can sing, and also dance. vh1 is full of s***.

  112. Shelley February 15, 2012

    Most of these women are awesome, but where’s Ani DiFranco and Sia???

  113. Queen Tashia February 15, 2012

    Why is Destiny’s Child #59? Top 30 for DC. Madonna should’ve been #3 , Mariah #1, Beyongreat #2 respectively…I bet VH1 kicking themselves in the b*** about top three now after that lipsynced love at the Superbowl

  114. Mr Alphabet February 15, 2012

    No Kate Bush…… Without her 25% of this list would have never sang a song !! Plus when she released her album in 2011 and everyone dumped their Adele albums and came running back to her…

  115. Phylicia February 15, 2012

    How Beyonce,Adele, and Lady Gaga gone be before Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston. Janet Jackson holds the record for the most Soul Train Awards and Whitney Houston has the most American Music Awads(AMA). I like Adele but she just started getting famous.

    • sharon October 23, 2012

      Whitney is the most AWARDED FEMALE of all time!!!!!

  116. Meredith February 16, 2012

    Poor Jessica Simpson… Girl never gets anything!!

  117. tim February 16, 2012

    What a complete and utterly useless list. Does anyone really care about most of these “entertainers”? And will anyone remember half of these chicks 20 years from now? Doubt it.

  118. Devin February 18, 2012

    What is going on with the world today! All these new singers sound the same. This list is total disrespect to true singer/songwriters/bands who have made a difference and defined their own style in music: Dolores O’ Riordan of The Cranberries, Cyndi Lauper, Suzanne Vega, Lisa Loeb, Brandi Carlile, Beth Orton, Emmylou Harris, I can go on and on but it’s just no use!

  119. tina turner is amazing February 18, 2012

    i think this list was rigged too cuz there is some amazing women artests that should be on the list but they aint and there is some that shouldnt be on it and r and i agree that some of the ones that got put toward the bottom r way better than the ones that made towards the top selina and tina turner should be on the list cuz they showed things that the artists have done throught out their whole careers not just the last 20 years its not fair they should be on the list cuz they did have songs done wit in the last 20 years

  120. Carmen February 18, 2012

    Guys it’s 1992 and on… So stop mentioning Barbara, Aretha, tina, Diana!

    Madonna Mariah Celine Whitney & Janet top 5 for sure.

    Then Britney beyonce xtina…

    I love Lauryn Hill but she did only have one huge hit album & then disappeared.

    Adele is WAYY too new. Nicki is a psychopath. Ke$ha should be 80 or above.
    Gaga is overhyped.
    P!nk is good & has stayed in the game long but no one really cares about her. She’s not influential.

  121. Car February 18, 2012

    Mariah should’ve been #1 and Whitney Houston #2 but this list is not based on talent anyways cuz Madonna is #1 anyways but I’m glad Mariah made #2 at least. Definitely well deserved!!!

  122. ANY February 19, 2012

    FOOLERY! Beyonce on 3. . .absolute B.S

  123. KAT DELUNA FAN February 19, 2012

    Congrats to the girls


  124. Zach February 19, 2012

    So glad P!NK made top 10!!!! What people don’t get about her is that she is like the Madonna in other countries like Australia and Germany!

  125. cory lyhnn February 20, 2012

    it this list is based on talent Mariah Carey has sold over 200 million albums! she has some tough competition. id love for her to be #1 but i will settle for #2

  126. INK. February 20, 2012

    Beyonce #3 STAY MAD lmao!


    FYI boo, Destiny’s Child has sold over 65 million records , TLC has sold 45 million

  127. Eat my black ass, Whiteboi February 21, 2012

    Yes Sir.

    KING B at number three, Bitchanna at number TWENTY

    I’m ’bout to c** in my boxers.

    but where the f*** is Kat DeLuna?? She must be inside the top40 at least, she has got 2$ million on Dicki Garbaj.

  128. 1, 2, 3 February 21, 2012

    Katy Perry higher than Shade??!!!

    F*** me

    F*** me hard

  129. Heymskay February 21, 2012

    This list is a f****** travesty,

  130. WHAT THA HELL!!!! February 21, 2012


  131. qua February 21, 2012

    @Lmao hey bey stan dc is not the best selling female group in the exact order its Spice Girls, TLC then dc boo. That’s to all of you stans.

  132. qua February 21, 2012

    This list is full of s*** my top 5 would be 1. Madonna 2. Whitney 3. Mariah 4. Christina 5. Britney Mary j would be in my top ten

  133. Conner Davis February 25, 2012

    Where is Sinead O’ Connor?

  134. troy May 17, 2012

    Aaliyah needs to be much higher than #48!!!!! First of all, why did ashanti, kesha, fantasia and these other nobody’s make the list?? Secondly, Aaliyah and kelis should be in the top 10! N where the f*** is selena?!!

  135. Jose Gomez August 6, 2012

    Are u kidding me. Adele and Lady Gaga beating legends like Whitney and Janet. Not good. Pink sucks and she beats Britney. TLC is way better than DC so I agree. I think the top 20 should be
    20. Kylie Minogue
    19. Lauryn Hill
    18. Spice Girls
    17. Shania Twain
    16. Alanis

  136. Jose Gomez August 6, 2012

    Are u kidding me. Adele and Lady Gaga beating legends like Whitney and Janet. Not good. Pink sucks and she beats Britney. TLC is way better than DC so I agree. I think the top 20 should be
    20. Kylie Minogue
    19. Lauryn Hill
    18. Spice Girls
    17. Shania Twain
    16. Alanis Morisette
    15. Rihanna
    14. Gwen Stefani
    13. Alicia Keys
    12. Mary J. Blige
    11. Sheryl Crow
    10. Beyonce
    9. TLC
    8. Christina Aguilera
    7. Britney Spears
    6. Annie Lenox
    5. Janet Jackson
    4. Whitney Houston
    3. Celine Dion
    2. Mariah Carey
    1. Madonna
    Now that’s how the list should be 

  137. Jose Gomez August 6, 2012

    TLC are the Greatest Girl-Group off all time . They should have a countdown of Girl-Groups. It will go like this
    10. Indigo Girls
    9. Wilson Phillips
    8. Pussycat Dolls
    7. SWV
    6. En Vogue
    5. Salt-N-Pepa
    4. The Supremes
    3. Destiny’s Child
    2. Spice Girls
    1. TLC

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