Singers 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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651 182
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
425 164
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
423 179
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
526 273
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
442 202
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

6
407 210
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

7
360 232
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
301 172
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

9
311 155
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

10
283 125
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

11
229 103
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
225 129
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

13
230 124
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
167 88
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

15
164 76
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
173 127
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
120 61
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
100 49
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
161 109
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

20
119 71
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

21
165 117
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

22
141 94
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

23
147 102
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

24
119 57
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
KiritSingh added Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

25
117 88
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm