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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
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
2
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
3
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
4
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
5
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
6
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop
7
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
8
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
9
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
10
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
11
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
12
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music
13
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
14
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
15
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music
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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
17
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
18
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
19
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
20
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
21
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
22
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
23
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
24
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz
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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul