The top 10 black American female singers wowed us with their talent, achievements and performance that helps everyone remember why they achieve great success. Here are a list of women who earned their spot as legends and those who are legends in the making.
- Alicia Keys. Alicia Keys is one of the top 10 black American female singers, with her soulful voice accompanied by her talented piano playing. Since her debut in 2001 with hit song, “Fallin”, she has not stopped delivering wonderful music and gaining recognition across the globe.
- Jennifer Hudson. This one time American Idol star is proof dreams can come true. After American Idol, she started her acting career in the Oscar winning film, “Dreamgirls” and released her first single in 2006, “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going'” from the “Dreamgirls”
soundtrack. Her soulful voice with a wonderfully high vocal range is in comparison with heavyweights like Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan as she rightfully earns a spot as one of the top black female singers.
- Whitney Houston. She is one of the top divas as Houston’s voice, sends shivers down anyone spine with hits like, “I’ll Always Love You’” or “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” From her humble beginnings as a church singer to R&B and pop superstar, there is no wonder many young girls inspired, as her signing talent is undeniable.
- Billie Holliday. One of the best black American singers of all time, jazz singer Billie Holliday’s soothing voice is full of depth and emotion, especially with the 1942 classic, “God Bless The Child.'”Since her untimely death, in 1959, her legacy lives on and continues influencing many female artists today.
- Janet Jackson. Miss Jackson is a triple threat when it comes to talent- dancer, singer and actress who can do it all. One of the best black American female singers, who are an incredible artist in her own right, earned her legendary status without being in the shadow of her older brother, Michael Jackson. She brings sensuality and sexiness with her vocals with hits songs such as “Anytime, Any Place'”and has not not stopped anytime soon.
- Diana Ross. One of the most recognizable faces and voices in entertainment industry, Diana Ross hit it big with 60s girl group, “The Supremes and came out a a breakthrough solo artist in the early 70’s with her self-titled debut album, “Diana Ross.'”Her songs and voice always embedded in people hearts and minds, blessing fans with her timeless voice
- Tina Turner. She is the black rock and roll queen with incredible stage presence and a raspy unique voice belting out timeless hits, “Proud Mary”, or “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” Tina Turner is a true southern diva with a great voice and pair of legs that forever goes on.
- Beyonce. If anyone can name one woman who keeps going and never stopping is singer, Beyonce. Before having a lot on her plate as a singer, actor and businessperson, she was the lead the singer of 90’s girl group Destiny’s Child and stepped out on her own with the 2003 mega hit album, “Dangerously In Love.” She is a true entertainer and dubbed as one of the hardest women in show business, Beyonce’s talent is undeniable and her amount of dedication to her craft is amazing.
- Ella Fitzgerald. If one can take a picture and place the word perfection under it, it will describe Ella Fitzgerald’s voice. This incredible black jazz singer’ voice, is similar to an angel, pure and heavenly and it shows in countless of her songs, especially “Summertime” which showcase her captivating, mesmerizing voice which is hard to replace.
- Aretha Franklin. A true performer whose voice is indescribable, Franklin brought her gospel roots mainstreamed, proving to the world she is the Queen of soul and an incredible songstress in a league of her own. Franklin’s widely known 1967 anthem, “Respect” is an empowerment for all women, including black Americans who demand respect during the civil rights era. With a voice in a world of it is own, it can be difficult for most female singers to fill the Queen of Soul’s shoes.