2 Sade Adu(Singer-Songwriter)
Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.
3 Ella Fitzgerald(Jazz Singer)
Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. Referred to as the Queen of Jazz, First Lady of Song, and Lady Ella, Fitzgerald was renowned for her impeccable diction, purity of tone, timing, and intonation. The winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, Fitzgerald's legacy lives on several years after her death.
4 Eartha Kitt(Singer)
Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.
5 Bessie Smith(Singer)
Bessie Smith was an American singer who gained popularity during the Jazz Age. Dubbed the Empress of the Blues, Smith was one of the most famous blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Counted among the greatest singers of her generation, Bessie Smith was a major influence on several other singers. Her life and work inspired the TV film Bessie.
6 Rhonda Ross Kendrick(Singer)
7 Macy Gray(Singer-songwriter)
8 Della Reese(Singer, Actress)
9 Linda Purl(Actress)
10 Diana Krall(Jazz Pianist)
Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
11 Roberta Flack(Singer)
12 Paloma Faith(Singer-songwriter)
Paloma Faith is a British singer, actress, and songwriter. She is best known for her album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which received double-platinum certification in the UK apart from earning Faith her maiden BRIT Award nomination. Renowned for her eccentric style, Paloma Faith has also received prestigious awards like the ASCAP Award.
13 Sunny Ozell(Singer-Songwriter)
14 Peggy Lee(Singer)
15 Sister Rosetta Tharpe(Singer)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.
16 Rachael MacFarlane(Voice actress who became known for her voice work on shows like Codename: Kids Next Door, Family Guy, and American Dad)
17 Nina Simone(Singer-songwriter)
Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.
18 Laura Nyro(Songwriter)
19 Patty Andrews(Singer)
20 Sarah Vaughan(Singer)
21 Phyllis Hyman(Singer)
22 Nancy Wilson(Notable for Her Single ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am')
23 Dinah Washington(Singer)
24 Deana Martin(Singer)
25 Kate Smith(Singer)
26 Rickie Lee Jones(Singer)
27 Astrud Gilberto(Samba and bossa nova singer)
Astrud Gilberto is a Brazilian singer best known as an exponent of bossa nova and samba. She achieved international recognition in the 1960s after the release of her song The Girl from Ipanema. In 1992, she was honored with the Latin Jazz USA Award. In 2002, Astrud Gilberto was made an inductee of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.
28 Kate Ceberano(Singer)
29 Caro Emerald(Singer)
30 Meshell Ndegeocello(Singer-songwriter)
31 Valarie Pettiford(Actress)
Celeste is an American-British singer-songwriter who became the fifth artist to win the Rising Star Award and top the BBC's Sound of poll in the same year in 2019. Considered one of the finest singers of her generation, Celeste is also admired for her fashion sense. In 2020, she was featured in one of the Top 10 lists by Elle.
33 Phoebe Snow(Singer-songwriter)
34 Renee Olstead(Actress)
35 Ruth Brown(Singer-songwriter)
36 Hazel Scott(Jazz Pianist)
37 Blossom Dearie(Jazz musician)
38 Sophie Tucker(Singer)
39 Rachael Price(Singer, Musician)
40 Teresa Brewer(Singer)
41 Sha Sha(Singer)
42 Abbey Lincoln(Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist)
43 Isyana Sarasvati(Singer, Composer)
44 Yukimi Nagano(Singer, Songwriter)
45 Annie Ross(Singer, Actress)
Basia is a Polish recording artist, singer, and songwriter best known for her Latin-inspired jazz-pop music. She achieved international fame between 1987 and 1995 with the release of her studio albums, London Warsaw New York and Time and Tide. Apart from her home country, Basia is also popular in the UK, USA, and some Asian countries.
47 Victoria Abril(Actress)
Victoria Abril is a Spanish singer and actress. International audiences mainly recognize her for her role in the film ¡Átame! She began her career in the mid-1970s and found fame almost immediately. In the ensuing years, she appeared in films in Italy, France, and Iceland as well. She made her debut as a singer with a Bossanova-jazz album in 2005.
48 Carmen McRae(One of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century)
49 Patricia Kaas(Singer Known for Her Debut Album 'Mademoiselle chante')
Patricia Kaas is a French actress and singer who has sold more than 17 million records all over the world. Kaas took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and finished eighth. Over the years, she has received several prestigious awards, such as World Music Awards and Golden Europa's Female Singer of the Year award.