Greatest Female R&B Singers of the 80s

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1Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

She was a pop singer, probably one of the greatest of all time, but still a pop singer.

She was also an R&B singer. Songs such as "Saving All My Love For You", and her rendition of "Greatest Love of All" can be classified as R&B songs. And most, if not all of her albums can be classified as R&B albums - anewman

2Janet JacksonJanet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.
3Tina TurnerTina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.
4Patti LabellePatricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.
5Chaka KhanChaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.
6Anita Baker
7SadeHelen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
8Diana Ross
9Stephanie Mills
10Aretha FranklinAretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

She and Patti Labelle are the only two on this list worthy of mention. Maybe Tina, given the right material.

As long as she is breathing, she is the best in any decade.

The Contenders

11Phyllis Hyman
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