Top Ten Best Black Female Music Artists of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney 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 paved the way for beyonce and Alicia keys... No disrespect to Alicia or bey I love them too

The greatest voice in history

Whitney had a unique recognizable voice that had depth and height in octaves. Her songs are like stamps...forever!

Whitney will always be top notch

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2 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 ...read more.

It's a stretch even calling her a "music artist", she is a dancer, nothing more.

Nah, I'm not a huge Beyonce fan, there is something quite trashy about her she doesn't have any class.

No. If this was the "worst black female artists" list, then yes. - RnBLover

She is Michael jackson of our generation

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3 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

Aretha! Wow what a voice!

Aretha, Etta, and Gladys...
The trifecta of exquisite vocal instrumentation, from the heart, from the gut, from the soul.

ARETHA IS THE GREATEST VOICE OF ALL TIME

4 Alicia Keys Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Even she disappointed me by taking that woman's husband (Swizz stop - I still love you both) she is the greatest example of female excellence. Smart, beautiful and can read write and play music and multiple instruments. She defines what we strive for our daughters to be (without the taking another women's man part) still love you keys (smooches)

Incredible and don't get as much respect and acknowledgement as she deserves.

She has a beautiful voice, talented all around

My husband was out of town and sent one of her songs to me.

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5 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet 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.

Most Consecutive Top 10 Official Singles for a Solo Artist- #1

Greatest Artist of ALL Time- #7

Billboard's Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists- #2

Most top ten singles from one album- #1 Three-way Tie (with Michael jackson and Bruce Springsteen

Most cumulative weeks at number one- #9

GREATEST OF ALL TIME TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ARTISTS- #17

Artists with the most albums on Billboard's Top 200 Albums of All-Time- #10

Best Selling Female Artists of ALL Time- #7

Most number-one singles from one album- #2 Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

Female Artist with Most TOP 10 HITS in HISTORY- #3

Female Artist with Most TOP 5 HITS in HISTORY- #2

Female Artist with Most TOP 10 HITS in HISTORY-#2

Artists with the Most #1 Hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs- #4

Janet Jackson's Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 has the most top 5 singles, with 7.

Janet Jackson has the most albums with five or more ...more

This woman is definitely top 3, stop playing

The best female dancer of all time. She broke multiple barriers and mutlitple records in her 20 something years. She can only be touched by Aaliyah, in terms of dancing.

Not a good singer, but a good dancer - DaWyteNight

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6 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 ...read more.

Hold up, she is a black? Did not see that coming

Though good artist

She's not black! '

I think there should be another race for those who pass as white or by

Her? Best black female artist? Lol - RnBLover

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7 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Very talented. She was and always will be a very beautiful woman with great message's.R.I. P LEFT EYE GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. TLC FOREVER. WE LOVE YOU.

Such amazing rap skills. She always stayed positive to what she wrote and her lyrics always cane from the bottom of her heart. REST IN PEACE LISA " LEFT EYE " LOPES, GOD BLESS HER YOUNG SOUL.

Amazing voice. RIP LeftEye

8 Patti LaBelle Patti LaBelle Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur.

Patti has had her moments when she was right up there with the big three.

No one compares to her siren voice, great energy and performance élan!

9 Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress. She started her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales.

She is the only person on this list that has not let the glamour and glitz of making money inspire the messages she tries to deliver to women, she draws from her inner spirit as opposed to her outer ego

10 Tina Turner Tina Turner Tina 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.

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 ...read more.

Rihanna is hot and makes great music, she has done very well so far and she should be in the top 5. Young and Beautiful.

I love everyone on the list, but Rihanna is the best

She isn't number 1?...RIP me - spodermanfan1000

She’s #1 and is definitely above Beyonce and Alesha Keys this site is a joke

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12 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host.

Love her

13 Missy Elliott Missy Elliott Melissa Arnette Elliott is an American musician, hip hop recording artist, dancer and record producer.
14 Anita Baker Anita Baker Anita Denise Baker is a retired American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker eventually released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which ...read more.

Are you all deaf? She is definitely top 5
Wonderful...

15 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
16 Diana Ross Diana Ross Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes.

Set the standards. Not only open the door but walked right through it!

Queen. I would rank her top 5 or 3.

By far the queen

Easily in top ten list along side;
Tina turner
Aretha Franklin
Gloria Gaynor
Patti LaBelle
and Gladys Knight

17 Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
18 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
19 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton
20 Rasheeda
21 Pamela Williams
22 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.
23 Aaliyah Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.

Such an amazing talent taken before our eyes. At least she got to live her dream! REST IN PEACE AALIYAH, MAY YOU REST IN THE ARMS OF GOD FOR ALL ETERNITY!

WHAT? Aaliyah at no28? Who made this list for real.. ? Aaliyah is the greatest.. Even Beyonce know..

She is a pioneer and a legend in R&B. She had it all; singing, dancing, and acting. I'm glad that we had her while we did. Rest in peace Princess of Urban Pop. "Baby Girl, better known as Aaliyah"

I miss miss miss you so much baby girl :-)

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25 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. ...read more.

Please tell me this is a joke... - Survivor101

Nicki is the queen

This is the all time queen should have topped the list before Missy or Latifa. Bite me!

If You look At What Nicki Has done She should be in top ten and way before Missy 💯

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26 Chaka Khan Chaka Khan Chaka 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.
27 Ashanti Ashanti Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress.
28 MC Lyte
29 Jill Scott Jill Scott Jill Scott is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?
30 Mel B Mel B
31 Patrice Rushen
32 Shanice Shanice Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox, better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/pop-rock singer, songwriter, and actress.
33 Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.

Number 31! Your off your head, one of the greatest singers of all time! No auto tuning when she sang!

The 11-year olds who are the majority here at TTT have no idea who she is.

This amazing singer share s the same calibre as Diana Ross;Gloria Gaynor and Gladys knight she belongs in top ten list

34 Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Leona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.

"BLACK" - DaWyteNight

Not black - RnBLover

35 Kelly Rowland Kelly Rowland Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality.
36 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. She is known for being a member of Fugees and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records.
37 Natalie Cole Natalie Cole Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. The daughter of the great American singer Nat King Cole, she rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist.

Natalie should be much higher only female artist on list to have sold in pop, RnB, jazz and Latin music. Her diversity is astounding..Also Natalie only black female to win Grammy in all major categories! The only one. And she managed to secure a number 1 Album or Single in Evert decade since the 70's. people wake up and give Ms. Cole her just due.RIP.

Ms. Natalie Cole was a Legend. Her accomplishments transcend multiple genres. 12 Certified Albums (8 gold /4 platinum). 7 of those albums went to #1, Rnb, Pop, Jazz, Latin.!. 8#1 Singles in AC, Dance, Rnb,. First Black to win Grammy (Best New Artist). First Black Female to win Album. Of Year!. First Artist to Release 2 #1 Albums in same year(77). The list is Endless, Natalie Cole was a True.Artist, Fearless, not afraid to take Risk musically..She Ruled the 70's. Her first 8 singles all went top10, 5 #1. Her last album Espanol. Debuted at #2 on Jazz Charts. Stayed #1 on Latin Jazz Chart for 9 consecutive weeks. She was nominated for Latin Album/Single of Year. Ms. Cole went to #1 from 1975-2013. (38 years). Who onthis list can top that. Natalie Cole was the Truth.

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39 Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick Marie Dionne Warrick is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.
40 Big Mama Thornton
41 Lena Horne
42 Mary Boyoi Mary Boyoi
43 Mahalia Jackson
44 Lil Mama Lil Mama Niatia Jessica Kirkland, better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York.
45 Marilyn McCoo
46 Keyshia Cole Keyshia Cole Keyshia Cole is an r&b diva who was popular in the mid 2000's with songs like "Love", "Heaven Sent", "I Remember" and "Let It Go." Keyshia's r&b is known for it's 'hood' edge to it, and a lot of this is due to one of her biggest inspirations being Tupac Shacur.
47 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

Top twenty not thirty

She was a Class Act.

48 Nina Simone Nina Simone Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

The best ever...

49 Donna Summer Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.
50 Faith Evans Faith Evans

Faith is queen your favorites could never

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