The most famous black woman singer of all time is Whitney Houston, who is still the only artist in music history to chart seven consecutive Billboard number one hits. Other famous black women singers include Beyonce, Rihanna and Tina Turner.Continue Reading
Black women maintain a strong presence across a variety of musical genres, including R&B, hip-hop and rock. Whitney Houston, the top-selling black female singer of all time, dominated the R&B genre throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Her 1992 single "I Will Always Love You," a remake of a Dolly Parton song, remains the top-selling song of all time by a female artist.
Later black female musicians, such as Beyonce and Rihanna, have incorporate elements of both R&B and hip-hop into their unique sounds. One of Beyonce's most enduring hits from 2003 is the up-tempo "Crazy In Love," a collaboration with her rap superstar husband, Jay-Z. However, she demonstrates her R&B roots with several slow love songs, such as "Broken-Hearted Girl" and "Take Me From You."
Rihanna's range spans from the slow, crooning "Take a Bow" to the raunchy, subversive anthem "S&M."
Black women do not lack representation in rock music, either. The most famous example is Tina Turner, who appeared on stage with the Rolling Stones several times in the late 1960s and early 1970s.Learn more about Art & Literature