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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690 197
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
447 177
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
444 196
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
572 292
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
460 217
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

6
435 222
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

7
380 244
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
318 183
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

9
319 162
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

10
297 137
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

11
244 112
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

12
242 139
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

13
178 83
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

14
177 93
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

15
240 132
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

16
179 134
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
127 65
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
107 55
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
127 78
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
154 106
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

21
169 120
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

22
173 124
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

23
148 100
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

24
138 91
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added

25
130 111
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music