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. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . 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.

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.

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.

There is no doubt she is a copy cat. Period!

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Gwen wins my vote. "Don't Speak" tells it all. - mood333

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5 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice is contralto. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the show.

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

Wanna be Madonna, in a BAD way. Just a BAD COPY.

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6 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.

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

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

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. - AnimeDrawer

They are polar opposites. Adele is more like Etta James. - anewman

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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

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

For anyone who thinks Kylie hasnt copied Madonna, go and read her first producers biography (pete waterman), and her creative directors biog too (william baker)! Kylie is well known in the UK for being a Madonna wannabe. In fact shecwas the first! Shes used producers, designers, photographers ALL after Madonna had popularised them. Her shows follow the same format Madonna pioneered decades ago. She has been photographed at nearly all Madonna's tours in the UK and in general, she follows pretty much all Madonna's career steps. Shes only here thanks to Madonna

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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 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 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

13 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

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 (Taylor 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 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 (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America

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 Boy George Boy George
19 Anna Nicole Smith Anna Nicole Smith
20 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

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