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The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

Updated February 4, 2021 49.8k votes 5.9k voters 240.7k views73 items

List RulesVote 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 easily one of he best Black female singers of the '80s, and 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 African American female singers Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, and Macy Gray.

Which Black female pop singer do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Who were the best Black female singers of the 2000s and 2010s? Which older Black female singers paved the way for them? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any singers who are missing.

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    Aretha Franklin

    Pop music, Rock music

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  • Whitney Houston2
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    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop

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  • Tina Turner3
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    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop

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  • Tracy Chapman4
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    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music

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  • Diana Ross5
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    Diana Ross

    Disco, Pop music

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  • Alicia Keys6
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    Alicia Keys

    Hip hop music, Pop music

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  • Billie Holiday7
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    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad

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  • Ella Fitzgerald8
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    Ella Fitzgerald

    Ballad, Swing music

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  • Donna Summer10
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    New Wave, Disco

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  • Nina Simone11
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    Nina Simone

    Folk music, Rhythm and blues

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  • Mary J. Blige12
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    Mary J. Blige

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Etta James

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  • Rihanna15
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    Rihanna

    R&B, Pop

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  • Macy Gray17
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    Macy Gray

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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  • Mariah Carey18
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    Mariah Carey

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

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  • Dionne Warwick19
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    Dionne Warwick

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music

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    Janet Jackson

    Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Shirley Bassey

    Popular music, Adult contemporary music
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  • Toni Braxton22
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    Toni Braxton

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music

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    The Pointer Sisters

    Girl group, New Wave
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    Lena Horne

    Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Sarah Vaughan

    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music

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