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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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163 45
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

2
123 69
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

3
95 54
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

4
85 47
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
87 64
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

6
83 53
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

7
69 48
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

8
79 66
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

9
54 39
Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Aaliyah Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

10
50 48
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

11
50 44
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

12
39 27
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

13
42 33
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

14
49 42
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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34 27
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

16
31 24
Kelly Rowland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kelly Rowland Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

17
30 26
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

18
11 4
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

19
33 33
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

20
10 3
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

21
33 35
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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27 23
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

23
29 30
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

24
25 22
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jason Martin added Sade Adu

25
24 22
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

26
27 31
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

27
21 22
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

28
21 23
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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18 20
Gloria Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Gloria Gaynor Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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5 4
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
3 2
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

32
16 18
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

33
4 3
Martha Reeves is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Martha Reeves Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

34
19 21
Macy Gray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Macy Gray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

35
13 15
Faith Evans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Faith Evans Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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18 21
Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

37
15 18
Monica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Monica Hip hop music, Pop music, Folk music

38
19 23
Grace Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Grace Jones

39
13 16
Mýa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mýa Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

40
17 22
Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Jhené Aiko Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

41
2 3
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 41 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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1 2
Esther Phillips is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Esther Phillips Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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1 2
Dinah Washington is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
12 17
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Mary Wells Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

45
3 3
Bessie Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Bessie Smith Jazz, Blues

46
3 2
Mavis Staples is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Guest_d57910f2-fed0-4834-9967-373c9d74c270 added Mavis Staples Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

47
12 18
Ronnie Spector is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Ronnie Spector Girl group, Pop music, Rock music

48
14 17
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

49
13 20
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Fantasia Christian music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

50
16 24
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers
Lena Horne Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz