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List Rules Vote up the top black female pop singers around the world.

You've sung along to their songs countless times, and might have grown up listening to their music. Now it's time to celebrate the women behind these unforgettable tunes. These are the greatest black female pop singers of all time, as voted on by you. The best black female pop singers come in many forms. Some famous black female pop singers sing the blues while other top pop singers infuse rock into their catchy songs. Many of the best black female pop singers have written chart-topping hit singles.

What artists will you find on this list of the best black female pop singers? Whitney Houston is arguably one of the most iconic singers of all time. She charted seven consecutive number-one Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” Rihanna is another talented black female pop singer. Perennial favorites like “Natural Woman” and “Think” made Aretha Franklin a worldwide superstar. Other artists featured on this list include Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, and Macy Gray.

Which black female pop singer do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any singers who are missing.

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

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

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kelly Rowland Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Lena Horne Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Ronnie Spector is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ronnie Spector Girl group, Pop music, Rock music

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Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary Wells Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

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Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Monica is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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

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Santigold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Santigold Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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

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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers