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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

2
162 78
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

3
115 64
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
101 53
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
109 66
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
85 54
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

7
98 80
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

8
68 46
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

9
102 87
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

10
63 54
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

11
61 49
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

12
51 33
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

13
54 39
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

14
22 7
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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20 6
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

16
44 31
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
38 28
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
67 54
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

19
42 37
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

20
40 29
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kelly Rowland Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
36 26
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added Sade Adu

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36 29
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

23
38 39
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

24
30 24
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

25
35 35
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

26
33 30
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

27
29 26
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

28
24 22
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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33 35
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

30
24 23
Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

31
11 9
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

32
20 21
Monica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

33
25 28
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

34
5 4
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Dinah Washington Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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23 26
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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16 19
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

37
23 27
Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jhené Aiko Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

38
19 23
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

39
5 2
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

40
5 7
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

41
5 6
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

42
14 18
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary Wells Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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43
18 19
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

44
6 9
Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Martha Reeves Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

45
3 5
Esther Phillips is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Esther Phillips Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

46
19 26
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

47
5 4
Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
1520025577137 added Rita Ora Neo soul, Rock music, Hip Hop

48
16 23
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

49
3 2
Rachelle Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Rachelle Ferrell Pop music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

50
2 1
Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Heather Headley Contemporary Christian music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music