Pop The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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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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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco Pop music

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Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues Jazz

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music Dance music

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music Neo soul

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music Rock music

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B Soul music

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music Quiet storm

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Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music Pop music

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Synthpop

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Lena Horne Pop music, Traditional pop music Vocal jazz

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Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music Disco

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music Pop music

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music Pop music

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music Neo soul

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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music Gospel music

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Pop music

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music Folk music

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Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kelly Rowland Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Pop music

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul Spoken word

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Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary Wells Disco, Pop music Rhythm and blues

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music Contemporary R&B

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop Hardcore hip hop

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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music Dance-pop

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

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Ronnie Spector is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ronnie Spector Girl group, Pop music Rock music

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

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Future soul

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B

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Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Neo soul

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Monica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music Folk music

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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul Folk music

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music Dance-pop

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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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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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jhené Aiko Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B