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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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2
71 37
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

3
62 35
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

4
82 54
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
61 40
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

6
66 49
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

7
55 37
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

8
44 28
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

9
44 34
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

10
57 48
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

11
31 22
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

12
28 24
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

13
41 41
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

14
25 18
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kelly Rowland Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

15
32 29
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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27 21
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

17
24 21
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

18
25 23
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

19
28 28
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

20
20 15
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

21
20 17
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

22
19 16
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

23
33 34
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

24
16 15
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added Sade Adu

25
16 16
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

26
21 22
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

27
13 13
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

28
14 15
Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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17 19
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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10 13
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

31
15 19
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

32
14 18
Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jhené Aiko Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

33
9 12
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

34
14 19
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

35
11 16
Ronnie Spector is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ronnie Spector Girl group, Pop music, Rock music

36
14 20
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Lena Horne Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

37
10 15
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

38
10 15
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary Wells Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

39
10 16
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

40
11 18
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

41
10 17
Monica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

42
7 16
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

43
5 18
Santigold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Santigold Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

44
5 19
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

45
5 25
Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers