March is Women's History Month, so across the world, people are celebrating awesome ladies! On our Facebook page, we recently asked people to share some of their favorite female singers. The answers varied, from P!nk to Amy Lee to Ann Wilson.
While it would be impossible to compile a list of the BEST female singers and then try to rank them, I am more than comfortable picking a few great female singers who deserve to be recognized for all they've done. Here are 5 powerhouses music owes a debt of gratitude!
Cher, who has earned the nickname Goddess of Pop, first emerged on the scene in 1965 when she and her husband, Sonny Bono, rose to fame. Through the years, she established herself as a singer in her own right, and even went on to have several Broadway and acting gigs. Cher has had incredibly successful hit singles, including early tunes like "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "Dark Lady," and later songs like "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe."
#2 Whitney Houston
The late Whitney Houston has been lauded as one of the greatest singers of all time. A musical artist, singer, actress, producer, and model, Houston was named the most awarded female act of all time in 2009 by Guinness World Records. Houston, one of the world's best-selling music artists, has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
#3 Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey's foray into music has been described as a "Cinderella" story. She was signed after the head of Columbia Records heard only two of her songs. She became a huge success; in fact, her single "One Sweet Day" featuring Boyz II Men remains the longest-running number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 in U.S. chart history. Carey, famous for her five-octave vocal range, is one of the most successful female singers ever.
#4 Aretha Franklin
Everyone knows singer and musician Aretha Franklin, even if they don't know they know. Franklin is the powerhouse behind "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," which helped earn her the title of The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s. But that was just the start of Franklin's success, who went on to win more than 18 Grammy Awards.
#5 Celine Dion
Canadian singer Celine Dion achieved worldwide fame in the 1990s. Her biggest single was "My Heart Will Go On," which was used in the 1997 film "Titanic" and immediately became Dion's signature song. Dion is lauded for her powerful and skilled vocals, winning multiple awards for her music and sound. In the years since her "Titanic" success, Dion has become a household name in Las Vegas. She currently has a Vegas residency at Caesars Palace.
Who are your favorite female singers?