Some popular American female singers include Madonna, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Equipped with powerful voices and strong songwriting, these singers have all topped the American pop charts.
As a singer, songwriter, performer, actress and fashion icon, Madonna has exerted a major influence on the course of pop music since her debut in the 1980s. Continuously reinventing herself throughout her career, the “Queen of Pop” pushed boundaries with her transgressive lyrics and confrontational music videos. Unlike many pop stars, Madonna is responsible for writing and producing most of her biggest hits, including “Into the Groove,” “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Like a Prayer.”
Mariah Carey was the best-selling female performer of the 1990s, remaining artistically relevant and commercially successful well into the 2010s. Carey is well-known for her expansive five-octave vocal range, and her versatile talents make her equally adept at ballads, hip-hop and dance pop. Moving to New York City as a teenager, Carey caught her big break when her demo made its way into the hands of a Columbia Records executive, who signed her almost immediately.
With an estimated 200 million records sold worldwide, Whitney Houston is one of the most successful female recording artists of all time. Houston’s self-titled debut album was the best-selling debut by a female singer, and she racked up a string of hits throughout her career. Houston’s talent was unfortunately marred by drug abuse, and she died in 2012.