Make way for the ladies! Female artists have cemented their status in the music industry and became some of the most popular to date. From Diana Ross, Rihanna to Madonna, these female artists have stunned the world with their powerful vocals and performances. They sold millions of singles and albums throughout their career. Let us find out who these top 10 female artists are.
The Quintessential Singer – Diana Ross
The number 10 spot on our list of top 10 female artists of all time goes to the quintessential singer, Diana Ross. Diana Ernestine Earle Ross or famously known as Diana Ross is an American singer, actress, and record producer. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Ross became one of the greatest female solo artists of all time after leading one of the most successful female group in American History – the Supremes.
As a female artist, Ross achieved six number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Endless Love” with Lionel Richie, and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” Some of her most notable and memorable songs are Upside Down, Touch me in the Morning and the theme song “If We Hold On Together” from the film Land Before Time. With her success, it’s no wonder that Ross holds The Guinness Book of Records for the most successful female performer in history.
A Transformation Like No Other – Katy Perry
“I Kissed a Girl” – Katy Perry’s first ever single will make you doubt her history of being a Christian singer. Katy Perry’s transformation from a Christian genre-singer to one of the most recognizable and successful female singers in the world today is incomparable. She accomplished a lot and achieved many awards. She won 5 Billboard Music Awards, 5 MTV Awards, 4 Guinness World Records, 5 American Music Awards, 6 Teen Choice, 16’ASCAP Pop Music Awards, 1 Juno Award, 3 NRJ Awards, 2 Myx Music Awards, 14 People’s Choice, and a Brit Award.
Roar, Firework, and Dark Horse are some of her most memorable songs, with the latter music video made her the first female artist to have 1 billion views. As a female artist, Perry has an image of a sex symbol, but she is also known for her philanthropy and was even officially named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
The Lyrical Prowess Diva – Taylor Swift
Coming at number 8 of our Top 10 Female Artists of All Time list is the lyrical prowess diva, Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift has proven herself as one of the most successful singer-songwriters of her generation. She started her musical career way back in 2006, and made a mark in the global music when she released her album Fearless, with hit singles “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story.” She continued dominating the music industry with her albums 1989, Red, Speak Now and Reputation.
Swift’s most memorable song is none other than her single “Love Story,” with more than 8 million units sold worldwide. Music helped Swift gain not just stardom but also millions of dollars. In 2015, she was the youngest person, age 25, to enter Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List, ranking number 6.
No-Messing Power from the Legendary Artist – Aretha Franklin
Dubbed by Mariah Carrey as the Queen of Soul, and hailed by Elton John as the greatest singer of all time, Aretha Franklin is a legendary artist not just among her fans but also among co-artists. Aretha has a voice of splendid vivacity with mezzo-soprano vocal range. With her exceptional talent and skills, she achieved eight number one albums and twenty number one hits, including five consecutive number one singles from 1967 to 1969. She also has 100 entries on the Billboard Hot R&B and Hip-Hop Songs chart under her name.
The song that made people believe that voice is a magnificent blessing from heaven is Aretha’s debut single “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).” This iconic song showed Aretha’s powerful and emotive vocals. While Aretha earned fame and money from singing, her late father was a preacher and famously known as the “man with the million-dollar voice.”
Groovin’ With the Musical, Grease – Olivia Newton-John
Who could forget about the musical romantic comedy film “Grease”?
“Grease” is one of the most critically and commercially successful musical film in history that starred Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. This film won several awards and Oscar nomination in the category of Best Original Song for Hopelessly Devoted to You – one of Newton-John’s iconic songs. While Grease made her famous in the acting world, Newton-John is already well known for her notable talent in music.
Throughout her career, she won four times in the Grammy award, with five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two number-one Billboard solo albums. One of her most popular songs “I Honestly Love You” won the Grammy Award for Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year. Despite all her success, Newton-John revealed that her greatest achievement is her one and only daughter.
Born To Be a Star – Rihanna
Rihanna makes it to our top 5 best female artists of all time. Robyn Rihanna Fenty famously known as Rihanna is one of the most acclaimed and versatile artists in postmillennial contemporary music. At age 16, she was rocking stardom when her first album, “Music of the Sun” sold more than two million copies worldwide. Still, at her prime years, Rihanna has already sold more than 41 million albums and 150 million songs globally.
She is the youngest female solo artist that achieved 14 number one singles on Billboard Hot 100 and 31 top 10 singles. Her album “Good Girl Gone Bad,” which featured her most memorable hit singles “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Umbrella” went multi-platinum in Canada, Germany, Brazil, Russia, Ireland, and Australia. When she was younger, Rihanna’s musical influences were Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Beyoncé.
The Voice that Transcends Time – Whitney Houston
The world lost Whitney Houston too soon, but her voice transcends time. Dubbed by many as the greatest female vocalists of all time, Whitney Houston’s vocal power is beyond excellence. She has won over 400 awards including, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Emmys’, 6 Grammys’, and 22 American Music Awards. In 2009, the Guinness World Records named her as the most awarded female act of all time.
She is one of pop music’s best-selling artists that sold about 200 million records sold worldwide. “I Will Always Love You,” the soundtrack of her acting debut film, the Bodyguard, is her most iconic and memorable song, with over 200 million copies sold worldwide. Houston made her last public performance on stage by singing “Jesus Loves Me.”
A Formidable Force to Reckon with – Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is not just Michael Jackson’s sister; she is the Princess of Pop and the Queen of R&B. Janet had a formidable career that spanned more than four decades. She is known for her iconic performances, exceptional dancing skills, and talented voice. She holds the record for the consecutive top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with 18.
According to Billboard site, the three most remarkable songs of Janet are “If,” “Miss You Much,” and “Black Cat.” Janet Jackson’s career is not just about fame and glamour. In 2004, her wardrobe malfunction incident got her blacklisted from radio airplay and significant music channel. However, this unfortunate event made way to the creation of YouTube. Thanks to Janet Jackson!
Hitting High Notes is like Breathing – Mariah Carey
Critics regarded Pop Diva Mariah Carey as having one of the highest notes ever produced by a human voice. The songbird has excellent five-octave vocal range and can even hit notes beyond the seventh octave effortlessly. Her memorable hit songs “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” hold the record for most number 1 debuts in Billboard Hot 100 history. She has more No.1 pop hits in American than anyone but the Beatles.
Although her career faded in the early 2000s, she made a big comeback with her hit song “We Belong Together” that spent 14 weeks at number 1 on Billboard and became one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time. While Carey never failed to impress the music industry, she often cut classes in high school and was given the nickname Mirage.
The Iconic Queen of Pop – Madonna
Sitting among the elites of the world of music, such as Elvis, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, is none other than the hailed Queen of Pop, Madonna. Madonna is the only female artist that sold more than 250 million units in claimed sales. She is one of the few artists that influenced other famous female artists, such as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.
She is regarded as the female music act with the most records in Guinness World, having more than 20 records. Her album “True Blue” was a global hit with remarkable songs “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Live to Tell,” and “Open Your Heart” that topped the Billboard Hot 100 list. In the 60th year history of America’s Billboard Hot 100, Madonna cemented her position as the number 1 top female artists of all time.