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List Rules Vote up the top black women musicians around the world.

If you're an audiophile, chances are you own albums by many of the women on this list. These are the greatest black female musicians of all time, as voted on by you and your fellow music fans. But what genre should reign supreme? Some famous black female musicians sing the blues while other top black woman musicians are pop superstars. Many of the best black female musicians have topped the charts time and time again.

What artists will you find on this list of the best black female musicians? Maybe Tina Turner is your pick for number one. By combining R&B, rock, soul, pop, the blues, and her infectious energy, Turner has earned a reputation as a truly incredible live performer. Alicia Keys is another talented African-American female musician who specializes in blending genres. Perhaps the most innovative musician of modern times – regardless of race or gender – is Beyonce. The pop icon continues to explore new musical territory with every album. Other talented performers featured on this list include Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, and Missy Elliott.

Which of these superstars should top the list? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any musicians who are missing.

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Dinah Washington Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

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Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Erykah Badu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Age

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Josephine Baker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Josephine Baker Music hall, Cabaret, French pop music

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Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Chaka Khan Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Bessie Smith Jazz, Blues

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians

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Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Ronnie Spector is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Ronnie Spector Girl group, Pop music, Rock music

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Pearl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Della Reese is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Della Reese Christian music, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Kelis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Kelis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Meshell Ndegeocello Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae

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Koko Taylor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Koko Taylor Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Musicians
Esperanza Spalding Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz