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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
592 163
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
377 144
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
385 164
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
412 186
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

5
467 247
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

6
346 213
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
371 201
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
278 158
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

9
266 117
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

10
288 150
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

11
213 89
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
218 115
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

13
205 118
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

14
150 84
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

15
141 74
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
160 121
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
108 55
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
138 96
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

19
109 68
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
147 105
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
111 52
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

22
81 45
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

23
154 112
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

24
126 86
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

25
108 82
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

26
115 99
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

27
116 78
Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

28
94 64
Monica is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

29
113 82
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added

30
191 164
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

31
78 57
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

32
88 88
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

33
75 55
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

34
87 71
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
77 80
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

36
57 51
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

37
64 52
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

38
56 58
Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

39
58 60
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

40
34 32
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

41
55 63
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

42
57 63
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

43
43 48
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

44
58 52
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

45
60 70
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

46
32 35
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

47
52 66
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

48
36 50
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

49
24 35
Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

50
31 44
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers