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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
529 141
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
334 127
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
340 150
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
424 202
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
378 158
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

6
309 194
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
326 170
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
243 142
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

9
243 104
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

10
193 79
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
263 141
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

12
185 99
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

13
195 104
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
135 78
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

15
126 67
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
147 91
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

17
145 113
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

18
89 47
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

19
133 88
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

20
98 40
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

21
115 73
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
109 69
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

23
93 59
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

24
119 86
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

25
67 38
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

26
86 56
Monica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

27
177 145
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

28
93 76
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

29
104 78
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added

30
96 93
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

31
71 50
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

32
70 50
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

33
80 82
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

34
84 66
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
69 76
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

36
48 47
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

37
51 54
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
58 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
52 59
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

40
50 57
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

41
29 30
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

42
50 60
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

43
39 46
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

44
29 32
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

45
49 46
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

46
49 61
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

47
52 65
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

48
26 41
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

49
29 47
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

50
16 27
Esther Phillips is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz