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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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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

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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

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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

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

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

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

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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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

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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

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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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

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

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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jill Scott Spoken Word Soul, Neo soul, Spoken word

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

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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added Sade Adu

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Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jhené Aiko Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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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

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Monica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

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

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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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

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Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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

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Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 42 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

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

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Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

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

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Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 46 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

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Rita Ora is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
1520025577137 added Rita Ora Neo soul, Rock music, Hip Hop

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

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Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Bessie Smith Jazz, Blues

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