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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713 207
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
2
464 185
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
3
462 202
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
4
593 307
Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
5
469 223
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
6
450 230
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop
7
390 249
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
325 189
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
9
325 170
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
10
306 144
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
11
246 120
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
248 145
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music
13
182 97
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
14
245 137
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music
15
184 89
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
183 138
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
17
133 70
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
113 60
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
179 129
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
20
132 84
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
21
154 104
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul
22
143 95
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added
23
157 112
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
24
172 126
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
25
135 115
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music