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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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1
544 147
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
349 134
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
351 157
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
440 215
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
391 167
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

6
316 202
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

7
341 184
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
251 148
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

9
249 107
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

10
271 143
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

11
197 81
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
190 106
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

13
199 105
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
138 79
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

15
130 68
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

16
148 114
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
95 48
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
150 97
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

19
141 94
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

20
128 87
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

21
119 77
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

22
102 45
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

23
112 73
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

24
70 40
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

25
94 62
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

26
88 57
Monica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

27
183 149
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

28
95 77
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

29
106 79
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added

30
99 94
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

31
73 51
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

32
71 51
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

33
83 83
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

34
85 67
Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

35
71 77
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

36
50 48
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

37
52 55
Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

38
59 50
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

39
51 57
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

40
51 60
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

41
52 59
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

42
29 30
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

43
51 46
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

44
39 46
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

45
29 33
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

46
50 62
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

47
52 67
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

48
28 42
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

49
31 48
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

50
20 33
Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll