Female Singers have been rocking the music industry for decades. They are famous for their strong vocals, dynamic stage presence, and timeless beauty. Today, in this article we are going to consider the most famous female singers who established themselves as the most influential ladies.
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There have been numerous iconic female singers whose music has resonated with generations of followers. From legendary Aretha Franklin to modern Ariana Grande to multi-talented Dolly Parton. These singers are irreplaceable.
Therefore, we have compiled a list of the 20 Most Popular Female Singers of All Time. Without any further discussion, let’s check out the list and know more interesting facts about their inspirational career.
1- Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin aka “Queen of Soul” was one of the most famous female singers. She rose to international fame with her album “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Moreover, Franklin was popular for her musical blend of gospel, pop, and R&B. She has won eighteen Grammy awards throughout her career. Some of her best works include Chain of Fools, Respect, Cry Like a Baby, etc. She was one of the best-selling female artists of all time.
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2- Ariana Grande
The second prominent singer on the list is Ariana Grande. She was born on 26 June 1993. She is also a songwriter and actress who began her career with the role in Broadway Musical “13”. Ariana then appeared in the Nickelodeon series “Victorious”, and “Sam & Cat”.
Her debut album “Yours Truly” reached #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. She has won various awards including two Grammy Awards, nine MTV Music Video Awards, three American Music Awards, 30 Guinness World Records, etc.
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler is a renowned singer born in Adelaide. Her career started with the acid jazz band “Crisp”. After the band disbanded, she started her solo career and released her first studio album “OnlySee”. Her hit singles include Elastic Heart, Cheap Thrills, Chandelier, etc.
Her sixth album “1000 Forms of Fear” debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Apart from being a singer, she also worked as a songwriter. She wrote songs for other artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, and others.
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4- Taylor Swift
American singer Taylor Swift is truly an inspiration to women. She started her musical career at the age of 15. She signed her first record with Big Machine Records. Swift released her self-titled debut album that became a U.S. platinum-certified. She was the first female country singer to do so.
In addition to this, she is amazing at playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Her most successful albums include Speak Now, Fearless, Lover, Reputation, and Red. She has also appeared as an actress in films like Valentine’s Day(2010) and Cats(2019).
Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, entrepreneur, and actress as well. In 2005, she signed with Def Jam. Her albums Music of the Sun and A Girl Like Me brought her success and reached within top ten in the US Billboard 200 chart.
In fact, Rihanna has sold over 250 million records across the world which made her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She won nine Grammy awards, thirteen American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, etc.
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Cher is one of the most influential and famous female singers. She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California. Her career started as the duo Sonny and Cher with her husband. The duo released several hits including I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On.
Later on, Cher began her solo career and established herself as a prominent singer. Some of her most notable works include Half Breed, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, and Believe. She has sold over 100 million records and is referred to as the Goddess of Pop.
Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is a prominent singer better known as “Beyonce”. She came to the industry as a member of the girl group Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups. In 2003, she released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love.
Indeed, she has won thirty-two Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded woman in Grammy history. Not only this, but she also won 26 MTV Music Awards, 31 BET Awards, and many others for her notable works.
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8- Jennifer Lopez
One of the most famous female singers, Jennifer Lopez hails from New York City. She is popular with her name “J.Lo”. She started her career as a dancer with the series In Living Color. Afterward, Lopez got the role in the film Selena, Anaconda, Out of Sight.
She then launched her musical career in 1999 with the album “On the 6”. With her studio album J.Lo. and film The Wedding Planner, she became the first woman to have a #1 film and album in the same week. Forbes ranked Lopez as the world’s most powerful celebrity in 2012.
The multitalented singer Pink was born Alecia Beth Moore Hart. She is one of the best-selling music artists. She formed the girl group “Choice” along with Sharon Flanagan and Chrissy Conway. After the group disbanded, Pink started her solo career with the single “There You Go”.
The single became the first top ten hit on the Billboard 100 Chart and other countries’ charts as well. Her debut album “Can’t Take Me Home” went double-platinum in the U.S. Some of her best works include M!ssundaztood, Raise Your Glass, What About Us, etc.
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10- Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in New York City. She started playing piano and in musicals at an early age. She gained a following with her blend of rock, pop, and electronic music in the New York City music scene.
In 2008, Gaga released her debut album “The Fame” which become a commercial success. She won two Grammy awards for the album including hit singles Poker Face and Just Dance. She collaborated with artists such as Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Elton John, and Tony Bonnet.
Adele is a prominent English singer and songwriter. She signed with XL Recordings and released her debut album “19” in 2008. It includes singles “Chasing Pavements” and “Hometown Glory” which brought her two Grammys.
Her second album “21” was released in 2011 and became the world’s best-selling album of the 21st century. It was certified 18x Platinum in UK and Diamond in the US. She has won various accolades including sixteen Grammy awards, twelve Brit Awards, a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, etc.
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Madonna Louise Ciccone is a renowned singer, actress, and songwriter. She was born on 16 August 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. She moved to New York to become a dancer. But she started her musical career with the self-titled album.
Some of her most notable albums include True Blue, Like a Virgin, Ray of Light, Erotica, and Rebel Heart. She is one of the best-selling female artists with sales of over 300 million records worldwide. In fact, Forbes named her the top-earning female musician 11 times across four decades.
The Columbian singer was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. She is best known for her musical versatility. She began her career when she was just 13. When we hear the name Shakira, the first thing that comes to mind is her melodic voice and killer belly dance moves.
Her breakthrough came when her third album Pies Descalzos was released. It peaked at number 1 in different countries. She is also known as the “Queen of Latin Music”. Her debut English album “Laundry Service” went multi-platinum in various countries.
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14- Dolly Parton
Here is another legendary singer Dolly Parton. She was born in Sevier County, Tennessee. She grew up in a large, poor family and started singing at a young age. Parton signed with Monument Records and released her debut album “Hello, I’m Dolly” in 1967.
Some of her best works include Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Two of a Kind, I Believe in You, etc. She is also an amazing songwriter. She wrote some of the best songs that have become classics.
15- Selena Gomez
Here is one of the most beautiful singers on the list, Selena Gomez. She is also an actress and businesswoman. She started her career with the series Barney and Friends. Selena signed with Hollywood Records and released her debut album Kiss and Tell.
Selena won the MTV Video Music Award for the single Come and Get It. She received the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award and the Young Visionary Award for her philanthropic works. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.
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16- Katy Perry
Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara. She started her career as a gospel singer but later became a pop singer. Her debut album was not a successful one. The second album One of the Boys brought her success.
Her album “Teenage Dream” produced five #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She has sold over 143 million records across the world and she became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Perry has nine U.S. number-one singles and three U.S. number-one albums.
17- Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She was born in Newark, U.S. She started singing at church when she was a child. Her first two albums ‘Whitney Houston” and “Whitney” peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.
In fact, Houston was inducted into the Grammy, Rhythm & Blues Music, and Rock & Roll halls of fame. She has won various accolades including six Grammy awards, two Emmy awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, and twenty-eight Guinness World Records.
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18- Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand is a renowned singer, director, and actress. She was born in New York City, US. She started her career with her role in the Broadway musical “Funny Girl”. Her musical career began in the 1960s when she released her debut album “The Barbara Streisand Album” which brought her two Grammys.
Interestingly, Barbara has topped the US Billboard 200 chart eleven times including The Way We Were, People, Guilty, etc. She has sold over 150 million records worldwide. She is the second-highest certified female artist in the US according to RIAA(Recording Industry of Association of America).
19- Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is a famous singer, actress, and songwriter who hails from Franklin. She is the daughter of singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus. She started her career as a child artist with the Disney series Hannah Montanna. Meanwhile, she released successful albums such as Meet Miley Cyrus and Breakout.
Cyrus released the extended play “The Time of Our Lives” which peaked at number 2 in the U.S. Its single “Party in the U.S.A.” became one of the best-selling singles in the U.S. and RIAA gold-certified.
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20- Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is one of the most popular female singers. She started her career with the album Mariah Carey in the early 1990s. It included hit singles like Vision of Love, and Love Takes Time. She continued to release hit albums such as Daydream and Musicbox.
Carey is best known for her vocals and ability to hit high notes. She has sold over 200 million records across the world and became one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won numerous accolades for her commendable works in the music industry.