Best Female R&B Singers of the 2000s

These ten woman will be the future of R&B. These woman are the new legends of our generation.

The Top Ten

1 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.

No. Beyonce is a joke people.

I think BEYONCE is amazing sh has been going for quite a while and she still knows how to keep it fresh SHE IS AN R&B incon and we all should respect her lots of love L DOG x

A modern day cross between, Diana Ross and Tina Turner.

Multi-Talented & Multi-Dementional! "GORGEOUS " AND COMMITTED TO HER FAMILY & CRAFT...

2 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.

She is an excellent and talented pianist, songwriter, and singer. Look forward to a lifetime of excellent music from her. She is just days away from 30 years of age (25 January, 2011), happy birthday. Many more years and songs!

I only voted for Keys because she's good and all that but WHERE THE HELL IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIMES, AALIYAH AND MARY J. BLIGE ON THIS LIST? WHAT THE HELL! AALIYAH ROCKS THIS WORLD AND WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE PRINCESS OF R&B

Great singer on all of her songs I know of. Especially considering she writes her own material & plays piano on top of singing. She's definitely multitalented & deserves a lot of credit.

3 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.

Not even an r&b singer

Um guys, this is not an r&b singer.

A modern day Jody Whatley with a cross of Donna Summers.

Rihanna I love is amazing

4 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.

Keyshia fine ass Cole is supposed to be number 1 or at least top 3 (with her sexy ass lol) not beyonce or Mariah fatty

A morden day cross between, Etta James and Mary J. Blige

5 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.

One of the best female r&b singers of all time is not number 1 and is under Rihanna the mainstream pop artist, Mariah Carey the fat irrelevant singer who was only good in the early 90's, beyonce the pretentious mainstream artist, and Alicia Keys who is good but not as legendary as Mary? SMH

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.

6 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.

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.

Well, she was good in the 90's, but in the 2000's her music was...well kinda trash. Her the emancipation of mimi was highly overrated and it only had two or three decent songs, I'm still in disbelief how that album sold so many copies and gave her a comeback. I guess it just shows that people now days have very low standards and will eat up anything...

Well she wasn't actually good in the 2000's, she was only good in the 90's

Ewww, this fat thing? The best? She isn't the best in anything, definitely not r&b during the 2000's. All of her 2000's was complete crap, especially that pile of crap "we belong together."

7 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.

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.

I'd take her over that ugly, overrated, disgusting, trashy beyonce any day.

The songs Psycho, Elevator, Somebody to Love, Hush Hush, How Many Times How Many Lies, On My Side, God of War and Casualty really show her r&b singing skills!

Nicole is multi-talented! Great underrated singer. She is obviously beautiful/sexy, but she also has a very soulful voice that didn't get used much in PCD type of songs.

8 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.

Much better than that ugly overrated hag beyonce!

One of the few female singers who actually does just that...sings...nothing else...you can't say that for most female singers today especially beyonce

9 Ciara Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, model and actress. She is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Ciara can't sing

A morden day cross between, Janet Jackson and Aaliyah.

Hitting the scene in 2004 with the #1 international hit "goodies" and more smash hits like "promise,like a boy,1 2 step,get up,and body party. She is without a doubt our modern day Janet Jackson. She has made her own lane with her smoove and slick vocals and killer choreography. The Grammy award song bird is in for a long and great career ahead of herself

10 Ashanti Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress.

A morden day cross between, Dionne Warwick and Chili from TLC.

Ashanti can't sing

The Contenders

11 Fantasia

A modern cross between, Big Mama Thornton and Patti LaBelle.

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

Shes one of the top selling female artist ever she out sold almost everyone

Great singer on all of her songs I know of.

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.

13 Ledisi

The Princess of Neo soul.
9 Time Grammy Nominee.
seven albums, more times at the white house more than most artists. she is the real deal!

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.

14 Corinne Bailey Rae

A modern day cross between, Sade and Joan Armatrading.

15 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

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.

16 Angie Stone
17 Kelly Rowland
18 India. Arie

A modern day cross between, Roberta Flack and Tracy Champman.

19 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.
20 Deborah Cox
21 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 was really good in the 80's/90's, not so much in the 00's.

Hands down! Then Queen B!

22 Kelly Price Kelly Cherelle Price is a six-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer and songwriter, formerly on the Def Soul label.

Come on Kelly should be higher than beyonce and mariah they're not even rnb they're pop

23 Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
24 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.

Sold 40 million copies she has one of the best voices ever and every album was a classic

25 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.

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