Top Ten Best Black Female Music Artists of All Time

The Top Ten Best Black Female Music Artists of All Time

1 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 more.

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

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

The greatest voice in history

I'm sorry guy she the best black female singer for me, I just love her

2 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.

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

3 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.


4 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.

She looks white...but doesn't matter what race she is I love her so much.

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

5 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

shes a sweetheart with a voice of an angel - anthonybecerra831

6 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


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.

This is definitely top 3, stop playing

7 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!

8 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

9 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 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 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

This list is for the "BEST" black female artists, not the worst. - DaWyteNight

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Missy Elliott Melissa Arnette Elliott is an American musician, hip hop recording artist, dancer and record producer.
13 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

14 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 more.

Are you all deaf? She is definitely top 5

15 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
16 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 Toni Braxton Toni Michele Braxton was October 7th 1967 in Severn, Maryland the oldest of six siblings.She has sold 67 million records worldwide. She is been named the ''Queen of R&B'' and has one of the most distinctive voices of the late 20th century.
19 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.
20 Pamela Williams

Who dis?

21 Rasheeda
22 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". 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!

Wait I thought she was a barbie OH REKT - spodermanfan1000

23 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.
24 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. 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"

No talent! - RnBLover

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26 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 Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress.
28 MC Lyte
29 Jill Scott Jill Scott is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?
30 Mel B Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975), also known as Mel B or Melanie B, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Brown rose to prominence in the 1990s as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Scary Spice. With over 85 million records more.
31 Patrice Rushen
32 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 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 Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.

Donna should be number 1 on ere not 59 she as much more talent than all of them n thass all there is to it.

35 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

36 Kelly Rowland Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality.
37 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.
38 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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40 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.

Should be rated much higher. Best voice of any female singer in the 60,s,70,s,80,s.

41 Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson is synonymous with Gospel and she paved the way for so many artists in various genres. She should be way higher than #43 in my honest opinion.

42 Big Mama Thornton
43 Lena Horne
44 Mary Boyoi
45 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.
46 Marilyn McCoo
47 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.
48 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.

49 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...

50 Faith Evans

Faith is queen your favorites could never

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