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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695 198
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
452 178
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
452 196
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
577 294
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
466 217
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

6
440 222
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

7
384 245
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
320 184
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

9
321 164
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

10
299 139
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

11
245 114
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
244 141
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

13
179 85
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

14
178 95
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

15
241 134
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

16
180 136
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
128 67
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
109 57
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
129 80
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
170 121
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

21
174 125
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

22
155 108
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

23
149 101
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

24
139 92
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added

25
132 112
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music