Top Ten Artists Who Copy Madonna

Madonna wannabe is a term used to call female pop performers who try to imitate pop icon and music legend Madonna's musical style and image. This term has, in recent years, gained increased attention due to the fact that nearly all artists of today grew up listening to Madonna, and dreaming to become like her. But, as Justin Timberlake said in Madonna's Induction ceremony into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, "The world is full of Madonna wannabes - and I might have even dated a couple - but there will only be one Madonna."

The Top Ten

1 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.

I do think Gaga references Madonna a lot in her work, however it doesn't really bother me. Gaga is a very talented musician. She will never be Madonna of course, but she doesn't need to be. Madonna has already achieved so much and broken down so many barriers, that it is hard to not copy her = she's already done EVERYTHING. I think with Madonna getting a little older and not having as much influence on the really young generation, it is good that we have someone like Gaga who can continue Madonna's message and help bring it to a new generation. Madonna opened the door for Gaga. Let's let her run with it.

She reminds me of Madonna a lot, but is she really a copycat? I don't think so. Maybe she was her inspiration, but I don't think she blatantly copies Madonna. - Misfire

This woman has NO originality or talent whatsoever. The only reason she became so famous is because she dresses queerly. Else, all she does is copy Madonna.

All of the others on the list, for the most part, indicate they've been influenced by Madonna... So they get a pass. But this person? No, she's taken from many and then says "Whitney Houston. " Dream on. It's getting very pathetic. At least when Madonna took inspiration and looks she turned it around and added meaning to it and STATED in interviews and such, where the looks came from or the meaning behind it. But what really frosts me is the LIE Lady Gaga told when Madonna supposedly sent her an email congratulating her on Born This Way. That was the most pathetic of all.

2 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar more.

Britney Spears is the Pop Princess. Even Madonna herself adores her. Its just that Madonna was born way way to early than Britney!

Bitch Britney it's true

Kylies Impossible Princess album was produced by UK indie band The Manic Street Preachers. It was NOT a dance album, itvwas indie! Ray of Light was produced by dance producer William Orbit and was NOT an indie album. So please get your facts straight! Impossible Princess flopped because it was critically slated as being forced and dull! Kylie tried to dump her terrible reputation as a manufactured pop star by working with an average indie band, she tried to create a cool image. People did not believe it, it flopped. Also Stephane Sednaoui created the images for Impossible Princess, but he had already directed videos for Madonna 5 years earlier. Kylies Lets Get To It Tour from 1991 ripped off Madonna's Blond Ambition tour from 1990, Kylie's 2005 Showgirl tour took inspiration from Madonna's 1993 Girlyshow tour! Kylie worked with Dolce & Gabbana AND Gaultier decades after Madonna! Kylie worked with Stephen Bray, Stuart Price, Bloodshy and Pharrell AFTER Madonna! Madonna was a Majorette ...more

I only voted for Britney to prevent Kylie from taking the second position. Britney being the "princess" of pop kind of copies the "Queen"!

Kylie, on the other hand, is not copying Madonna - people just say that because they can't process the fact that an AustraliaN can be ORIGINAL. Kylie has a sweet nature, opposed to Madonna's bossiness, and she has a much better and stronger vocal range. Also, Kylie has decided to gradually age, her recent release "The Abbey Road Sessions" being classy and sophisticated - opposed to Madonna's "Horny Grandma Cheerleader" approach with "MDNA"!

Madonna's "Ray of Light" actually copied Kylie's "Impossible Princess", not the other way around! Kylie's was released a year before, but flopped due to lack of promotion.

3 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and more.

Long before Christina Aguilera and even before Madonna, there was Marilyn Monroe... The greatest blonde of all time. Enough said.

Christina Aguilera's musical style is so much like Madonna's. Also, Christina dresses up like Madonna used to during her 'True Blue' days. But you got to say - Christina Aguilera deserves the success she's achieved as she has a very amazing voice. - TheSudhanva

Christina Aguilera is a big Marilyn Monroe wannabe not so much a Madonna wannabe she's very obsessed with doing everything Marilyn Monroe so maybe she should not be on this list.

Christina is the Madonna with a voice and the Marilyn Monroe of Pop music. THANK YOU

4 Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She is a co-founder and the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt, whose singles include "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak" from their 1995 breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom, as well as "Hey more.

What is Avril Lavigne doing on this list!? Since when did Madonna do ROCK!? Avril Lavigne is the complete opposite of Madonna, Madonna isn't PUNK! I'm only voting for Gwen Stefani to get Avril out of this top ten.

Gwen never copied madonna. She has her own style. Madonna copied gwen's Bindi style. And she has a better voice than madonna. Madonna is just jealous.

Yep, she definitely copied Madonna for sure, not just looks, but singing voice and her videos, as well as her songs.

She's been copying her long ago. Don't get why Adele etc are higher on the list when they don't even copy Madonna

5 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.

I don't see it. - Misfire

Woah! Adele has never copied Madonna! Is this like a sarcastic ironic joke or something!

How did Adele ever copy Madonna? She has more of her own unique style, she is more classy. She does not twerk on stage or show off skin, in fact, she is kind of overweight, but very talented. There is no reason to hate her for that. She actually has talent, I am not a fan of her music, but I appreciate her.

Was recently quoted in an interview with Rolling Stone saying "ray of light by Madonna is her best album, it inspired my album 25"

So you're saying that people can't have inspirations? Adele did not "copy" Madonna in the slightest. - DCfnaf

6 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.

Pretty obvious that this girl tries too hard to push the limits. STOP TRYING SO HARD! You're just lame and annoying...nothing new

Cyrus is a product of the repressed generation Madonna did everything 30 years ago nudity drugs sexuality gender etc

I love Miley Cyrus music! It is the best

I love Miley and M. They sang together Don't Tell Me and We Can't Stop. Pop icons

7 Kim Wan Sun

Korea's copy of Madonna.

8 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

When I look at Pink's music videos or listen to her songs I am aways reminded of the Madonna of the 'Erotica' period. - TheSudhanva

9 Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue Kylie Ann Minogue is an Australian-British singer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson.

Sorry but the idiot trying to claim Impossible Princess as giving rise to Ray of Light is pure deluded! Ray of Light was an electronic, trance, and dance album part crafted by dance supremo William Orbit. Impossible Princess was an indie-lite album! Totally different genre! It Was crafted by the Manic Street Preachers lead vocalist and was NOT dance or trance! And to be honest in 1994 Madonna had already pioneered the trip hop trance/dance scene on her Bedtime Stories album, Bedtime Story was penned and part produced by trip hop legend Nellee Hooper, Madonna then worked with dance group Massive Attack in 1995 for her collaboration on the track I Want You. It was from that collaboration after Evita, that Madonna decided to explore the underground trance scene on Ray of Light. DO NOT lay claim for that album at Kylie's feet! That Impossible Princess album wasca commercial and critical disaster for Kylie and a vain attempt to manufacture some kind of credibility out of her manufactured ...more

Huge fan of Madonna. Her tours, lyrics, songs, music videos, personality - all owe thanks to Madonna. - TheSudhanva

Kylie owns anyone else on this list

I hate that person, her songs are like almost the worst.

10 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

Jennifer Lopez has derived inspiration from Madonna, but has also managed to develop a distinct style of her own, like Britney Spears. - TheSudhanva

Of course she is basically influenced by her... Jlo has confessed that madonna was very expressive in her shows n that inspired her... But she has also maintained her own sense of style

Not a Madonna wanna be. I love J lo and her style. Always a fan of Madonna but also a fan of J lo. She is not a wanna be Madonna. She is unique and so is Madonna. Lady gaga, Brittany Spears definitely wanna be of Madonna.

I love Jlo

The Contenders

11 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning more.

Rihanna has once claimed she is the black Madonna. Madonna wannabe influence can be found in her dance pop music and various hair style and images.

12 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

She is not a Madonna copier what - Brxtney

13 Debbie Gibson

Like Madonna in the early 80s, Debbie achieved a phenomenon with music and fashion. She also states Madonna as one of her biggest influence in music

14 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. more.
15 The Spice Girls

Most of these artists are SO much better than Madonna, she can barely sing, she just puts on a good show - very overrated. Like the Spice Girls are - very overrated.

By the way, how the hell is Adele like Madonna? Adele doesn't try to be all flashy like Madonna, she's who she is. She's not some old lady wearing hardly any clothing and a lot of makeup. Adele sings beautiful ballads, Madonna sings catchy pop songs that are far form masterpieces.
Whoever made that comment about Adele, is very offensive and mean.

Being British I can testify that all the spice girls cite Madonna as a huge inspiration.

The five of them took the world by storm... All thanks to Madonna's influence on them when they were little girls. - TheSudhanva

16 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about more.

Seriously taylor doesn't know Madonna

Whether she knows Madonna or not is completely irrelevant to if she copies her. - anewman

Because ehse is a BITCH

17 Kesha Kesha Kesha Rose Sebert (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born on March 1st, 1987 in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. more.

Kesha is a complete copy of the 'wild' Madonna. I mean, the Madonna that was especially active during the 'Like A Virgin' era (not that that wild Madonna isn't active now! ). Kesha is wild and naughty and unpredictable, just like Madonna. And Kesha has openly declared her respect and adoration for Madonna too - and, above all, Madonna too likes Kesha! - TheSudhanva

18 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.

She Said her father encouraged her to watch Madonna performances in the past, to be the best you have to learn from the best is what he told her!

She is a Madonna icon her style is wild and crazy like Madonna (in a good way)

She copies Madonna's empowerment and strength.
She also copies Madonna's business skills

19 Boy George Boy George Boy George is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club.
20 Anna Nicole Smith Anna Nicole Smith Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, when she won the title of 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies including Guess, H&M, Heatherette, and Lane Bryant.
21 Jolin Tsai

From music style to dance movement, the dance-pop diva in Taiwan is apparently a cheap version of Madonna.

She's the Taiwan Version of Madonna.

22 Anita Mui

The late Queen of Pop in China and copied the images of Madonna from the Boy Toy image, conical bra to Evita Peron

She is really the Madonna of the East. By the way, she is from Hong Kong.

23 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.
24 Hilary Duff Hilary Duff Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress and singer. Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the starring titular character in the television series Lizzie McGuire.

Most forget her but she sings Material girl
and her debut album is another Like A Virgin

25 Sharon Stone Sharon Stone
26 Rita Ora Rita Ora Rita Sahatçiu Ora is a British singer and actress . Her debut studio album, Ora, released in 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom . She dated Rob Kardashian .
27 Sarah Jessica Parker Sarah Jessica Parker Sarah Jessica Parker is an American actress, producer, and designer. She is best known for her leading role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City.
28 Selena Gomez & The Scene
29 Destiny's Child Destiny's Child Destiny's Child was an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.

They have been influenced by Madonna and I do see a lot Madonna-esque things in their videos. I don't like them Madonna is the Queen of pop. But yeah Madonna was their inspiration they admire her kelly rowlan and beyonce themselves admitted it, that she's great.

30 Ayumi Hamasaki

She is called the Japanese Madonna
She rips off every image of Madonna

31 Thalia

The Mexican singer names Madonna as her biggest influence

Thalia is the Latin Madonna!

La reina del pop latino!

32 Martha Sánchez
33 M.I.A. M.I.A. Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English hip hop recording artist, director, visual artist, activist, record producer, photographer, fashion designer and model.
34 Yuri
35 Anna Vissi

She is better than Madonna.. She has voice

36 Jelena Karleuša

This lady is a bit ridiculous, she has the nerve to claim Kim Kardashian is copying her style when in fact on her second album she copies Madonna from Truth or Dare, the picture looks exactly like Madonna I couldn't believe it, and to add to her delusions she claimed that the artwork on the back of Madonna's new album Rebel Heart was copied from a music video where she puts brains in a blender and blends them, this lady is ridiculous not to mention the styles she steals from other artists like Haifa Wehbe, Ebru Polat, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Iggy Azalea and even Lady GaGa, She is just as bad as gaga if not worse.

Madonna in Serbia
She owns fashion brand and music record
She steals looks from Blond Ambition Tour and cruxifies herself just after Madonna did

37 Haifa Wehbe Haifa Wehbe

I think Haifa is more of her own person than a Madonna wannabe, because parts of the Middle East are easily shocked Haifa can wear a simple dress and cause lots of controversy just like Madonna's first MTV performance, There is something about Haifa that is quite sexy, she can do anything and it looks good, and her music is just perfection, I know when her song Breathing You In comes out it's going to be huge because everything Haifa does is just perfection.

The queen of pop in Lebanese just released the middle east MDNA called MJK

38 Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly, born June 7, 1990 known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.

Are you guys idiot? Madonna can't rap even her outfit, hers are like hip hop, classy, bravery - Princesssmooth

39 Nelly Furtado Nelly Furtado Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world.
40 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

Lol! - mood333

41 Tiffany
42 Valeriya
43 Maysan Jackson
44 Natalia Kills Natalia Kills
45 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. more.

Katy Perry has a unique style of her own & is NO Madonna wannabe. Yes, she pushes boundaries with her clothing style but the style is still all her own. However, if it wasn't for Madonna artist like her wouldn't be able to express themselves.

Katy is shameless,she will be punished !

Madonna wannabe indeed. Katy often dresses up like Madonna used to do in the '80s - and that's the Madonna we like to picture: bleached hair, bracelets, crucifixes, skirts, rosaries, and an in-your-face attitude. - TheSudhanva

46 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
47 Patricia Kaas
48 Tata Young

She is called the Madonna in Thailand with her ever-changing incarnations and catchy dance music.

49 Nancy Ajram Nancy Ajram Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese singer, world music awards winner for 3 times in 2008, 2011 and 2014 as best selling middle eastern artist, and multi-platinum recording artist.

The Madonna in Middle-East World. She is influential in music industry and a very successful female entrepreneur. She represents the girl power in the Muslim world. She has caused a huge number of controversies in the Middle East like calling on anti-Iranian remarks (similar to Madonna's political protest) or leaking nude photos on the Internet(Madonna 1985 Playboy incident)

50 Seiko Matsuda

Dubbed as Japan Madonna in the 80s
Covered Crazy for you and enjoyed a long career

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