The 15 Best Female Pop Singers of All Time

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Last updated on July 9th, 2023 at 10:34 pm

Pop music is known far and wide for its catchy rhythms and chart-topping hits. But which of the top female pop singers are known as the best?

To be known as one of the best female pop singers of all time, you’ve got to have an amazing voice (sorry, Britney Spears) and write songs that top the charts. As you can see, we are a bit picky about the artists we give this title to!

Read on to find out who we think are the best female pop singers of all time, and check out some of their amazing songs.

15. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande isn’t our favorite, but she has sold an impressive 85 million records and won two Grammy Awards. Starting her career at a young age, Ariana also starred in TV shows on the Disney Chanel.

Her acting is sub-par, so we recommend you save your time and just listen to one of her hit songs.

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14. Whitney Houston

There are so many amazing female pop singers it’s truly hard to narrow them down to the best, and we had some trouble putting them in order.

Whitney Houston is truly amazing at her craft, but the reason she is further down on the list is because, technically, she was a soul singer.

Many of her songs made it to the pop genre, however, so we had to include her.

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13. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is an amazing singer known for her impressive range and crazy strong voice. Since starting her career at a young age with Disney, she is one of the top-selling artists of the 2000s, with over 75 million records sold.

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12. Madonna

As one of the most successful single-touring artists of all time, Madonna had to be on our list.

While her voice isn’t our favorite (and we suspect some auto-tune), what she achieved is truly impressive, earning her a spot on the best female pop singers of all time.

Related: 41 Interesting Facts About Madonna

11. Janet Jackson

The youngest child of Michael Jackson’s parents, Janet Jackson impacted the pop industry in major ways, just like her older brother.

Releasing pop music with unique elements and outliving her older brother, you can almost say she is the most successful child of the Jackson family.

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10. Celine Dion

No list of the best female pop singers of all time would be complete without Celine Dion.

Although she doesn’t perform as often as she used to, her songs are known around the world. Plus, she had a Las Vegas residency that she can brag about.

9. Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the best-selling female pop artists of all time, but we left her in ninth place since a lot of her music covers other genres, like R&B and Rap.

She does, however, have more Grammy Awards than any other woman on this list, just not all of them are in the pop genre.

Related: All About Beyonce: Height, Weight, Net Worth and More

8. Mariah Carey

Ah, Mariah Carey, the queen of Christmas Pop.

We are extremely impressed with Mariah Carey because not only does she have the best-selling Christmas song of all time, but she wrote it herself. Not many on this list can say the same.

Related: Mariah Carey: Net Worth, Birthday, Height, and More

7. Adele

Adele is one of the best-selling artists in the entire world, having sold over 120 million records and won no less than 15 Grammys.

What we love about Adele is her writing skills when it comes to music. She knows how to truly put her feelings into words like no one else.

6. Taylor Swift

While we are talking about songwriting, of course, Taylor Swift needs to be listed as one of the best female pop singers of all time.

She’s won more music awards than anyone else on this list, and we can only wonder what she has in store for her loyal listeners, called “swifties” next!

Related: Facts About Taylor Swift You Should Know

5. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, also known as J.Lo, is on the same level of Taylor Swift, but we ranked her a little higher because she doesn’t dabble in other genres like T.Swift does (country).

J.Lo was ranked as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes in 2012, and we believe it when you consider her popularity in Spanish-speaking countries!

4. Shakira

If we are mentioning J. Lo as one of the best female pop singers of all time, of course, we have to mention Shakira as well.

Having sold 75 million records worldwide, there’s a reason Shakira is known as the Queen of Latin Music.

3. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, although not as favored as some of the other artists on the list, has a voice we simply can’t ignore.

She’s sold over 124 million records and received 12 Grammy Awards. She also has an impressive acting career, and we will never tire of watching her in “A Star is Born” alongside Bradley Cooper.

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2. Rihanna

Another genre mixer, we are huge fans of Rihanna’s pop music (we are still singing “Shut Up and Drive” a decade later), and she deserves to be crowned one of the best female pop singers of all time, but she’s cut back on performances recently to pursue a business career, leading us to give the #1 spot to someone else.

1. Katy Perry

Katy Perry is, in our opinion, the best female pop singer of all time.

She has sold over 143 million records worldwide and has earned herself an impressive Las Vegas residency. Receiving almost half a million each time she performs, there is almost no artist paid more than she is for singing pop music.

Related: Katy Perry’s Net Worth: From Pastor’s Daughter to the Most Famous Pop Artist of All Time

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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