Top Ten Female R&B Singers of the 2000s

Compiled list of the greatest female voices in the Contemporary R&B music genre.

The Top Ten

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

She is the true manifestation of old time Rhythm & Blues and modern hip-hop swagger, with a knockout soulful voice, unmatched musicianship and songwriting in today's Contemporary R&B. Truly an amazingly gorgeous and powerful woman in the music of her time. - theOpinionatedOne

2 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.

I kind of forgot about her, until now and I don't feel like rearranging the list at this point so, if you think Mary J should be higher, you know what to do. - theOpinionatedOne

3 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group more.

I know, she seems a bit fake, but if you really listen to her voice closely, you notice her voice has a trait about it that really lures you in, seduces you. People really underestimate her, but she's actually really good. The lyrical content often throws people off about the true power of her voice. - theOpinionatedOne

4 Beyoncé Beyoncé 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.

You probably think I should have put Beyoncé at the top, but she in my opinion is soulful, but comparatively less so, than Alicia Keys. Not to undermine her talent in any way, but she just seems like more of a pop act to me. - theOpinionatedOne

Beyoncé is the Queen! Along with Whitney Houston, etc... - JaysTop10List

5 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Adding some ivory to the mix now. When I was younger during Amy's prime, I was too naïve to see past her public train-wreckedness (just invented a word) to understand what pure talent Amy Winehouse was. Even after she died, I thought, "oh well, it's her own damn fault" until I heard "Rehab" and I was like, "wow, I feel like a complete moronic jackass now" and I heard a troubled woman bleeding her soul into her music through an incredible voice. She is the worst kind of tragedy in my opinion. It's like we ALL knew she had so much left in her, but at the same time knew that she would be doomed to an untimely death. It just really sucks that such awesome talent tends to come at a self-destructive cost, and even worse that she only lived to give us two albums before she died. But, she's in peace now, free of her vices, "at home with Ray".
R.I.P. Amy Winehouse - theOpinionatedOne

I still love and miss Amy's music. Her voice suited Soul, Rock, Blues, Ska, Jazz... I never once cared judged her on her private life. For me it was all about her unique voice. I miss her stil. The only artist in fact, who died, that I have shed a tear or two on. Amazing woman. Amazing talent. I love her. - Britgirl

6 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.

This luscious caramel colored diva of soul stormed onto the scene from X-Factor, and amazed everyone with her raw passion and soul with her rendition of "A Moment Like This" at first. Then she released "Bleeding Love", one of my top favorite songs of the 2000's. Her range reminds me of Mariah Carey, especially with the ease she hits her epic high notes with and such pure emotion. She COULD probably go above Beyoncé, but the general public would disagree and vote Beyoncé above anyway. - theOpinionatedOne

7 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.

Alright, can anybody say that they actually don't like Mariah's voice? If there are, than you're all lying to yourself. "We Belong Together" is a masterpiece and not only did it revive her career, it brought her a new, younger generation of fans (like myself). Her voice may not be what it once was, and she may sometimes seem like she's singing synthetic soul, but what she's achieved within two decades, some people wish they could achieve over a lifetime and I look forward to her new music. - theOpinionatedOne

8 Brandy Brandy Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

The « Full Moon », this 2002 album was a template for modern R&B. Brandy is a reference for R&B. She's queen of R&B since 1994.

9 Ledisi Ledisi

9x Grammy Nominated Powerhouse!

More than 8 albums under her name,
Queens such as Patti Labelle and Chaka Khan love her and take her as their decedant.
She is one of the most invited guest artist at The White House (Obama Administration)

worked with Prince and many others, has been noted for her chart topping songs: Pieces Of Me, High, Going Thru Changes.

10 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.

The Contenders

11 India Arie
12 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.

Xtina is absolutely guilty of overdoing it at times, especially live, but when she goes deep into herself, a la "Beautiful", "The Voice Within", "Hurt", and even the hard rock "Fighter", she gives her entire soul tenfold and then some. People regard her as "The Voice of a Generation" for a reason, because even though she is a pop singer, what she cares about is her emotional input and personal commitment to her music in every way. - theOpinionatedOne

13 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.
14 JoJo JoJo
15 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.

She came in relatively late, but even with "Chasing Pavements", you knew this girl was a force to be reckoned with. Slowly, she'll climb her way up this list, although, with, what six Grammy's now, a baby, a good man and a nice home away from the hype of London, it's gonna be difficult to write songs about the blues for Adele. But no big deal, she'll just be less autobiographical in her lyrics. - theOpinionatedOne

How in the LORD'S name is Beyonce above Adele? Exiting the decade, Beyonce made some of history's worst songs! Meanwhile, Adele has not made a bad song. - WonkeyDude98

Well I agree that beyonce is total crap, but Adele really didn't get popular until the 2010's. - RnBLover

16 Chante Moore Chante Moore
17 Kelly Price Kelly Price Kelly Cherelle Price is a six-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer and songwriter, formerly on the Def Soul label.
18 Angie Stone Angie Stone
19 Lil' Mo
20 Vivian Green
21 Toni Braxton 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.
22 Kelly Rowland Kelly Rowland Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is a Grammy Award winning American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality.
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Top Remixes

1. Mary J. Blige
2. Nicole Scherzinger
3. Ledisi
1. Alicia Keys
2. Beyoncé
3. Amy Winehouse


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