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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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250 82
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

2
148 87
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

3
196 118
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

4
129 76
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
131 68
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

6
147 92
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

7
122 105
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

8
127 103
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

9
38 16
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

10
88 59
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

11
85 72
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

12
33 13
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

13
77 61
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

14
77 53
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

The Greatest English Pop Singers

15
48 33
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

16
53 34
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added Sade Adu

17
54 43
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

18
66 52
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

19
55 39
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

20
54 40
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

21
48 40
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

The Greatest Songs by '60s One-Hit Wonders

22
48 47
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

23
38 31
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

24
31 27
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

25
44 41
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

26
14 4
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

27
42 43
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

28
44 42
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kelly Rowland Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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29
34 31
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

30
15 11
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

31
42 41
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

32
17 14
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
28 22
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

34
73 78
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

35
29 29
Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
10 8
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
28 30
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

38
20 21
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary Wells Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

39
10 9
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
23 28
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

41
9 12
Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
6 8
Esther Phillips is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Esther Phillips Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol

43
8 6
Mavis Staples is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Mavis Staples Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

44
16 22
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

45
8 8
Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Bessie Smith Jazz, Blues

46
21 29
Monica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

47
17 24
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

48
19 27
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

49
20 28
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

50
5 4
Phyllis Hyman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Phyllis Hyman Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues