Pop Music 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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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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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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330 148
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

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373 150
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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414 195
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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320 161
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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301 190
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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239 97
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

9
238 138
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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190 76
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 10 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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257 136
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

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179 96
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

13
187 102
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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132 76
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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130 84
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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Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

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113 71
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

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106 68
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

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91 58
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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Monica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added Sade Adu

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68 49
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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68 49
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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80 81
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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82 63
Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jhené Aiko Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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66 75
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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46 45
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

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58 49
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 40 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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50 59
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 41 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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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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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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29 31
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 44 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

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

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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51 64
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

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26 40
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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29 46
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Lena Horne Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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19 32
Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 50 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