In an industry often dominated by men, it is important to remember the amazingly talented and powerful women who shaped the music world over the last several decades. The following women are the most fabulous pop divas in history, sharing their big voices and even bigger personalities with the world, and refusing to apologize for their success. This is a great time to create a power playlist and rock out to these fabulous women for the next 72 hours.
Sources: TheLavaLizard.com, Annoyatorium.com, Top40.About.com, STLToday.com
Ah Whitney RIP. The owner of the bestselling debut album by a female artist, Houston rocked the pop diva game since she entered it. Hits such as, “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and “How Will I Know” will always perk up anybody looking for a powerhouse song – complete with notes that absolutely nobody else can hit. Whitney, we miss you!
Mariah Carey has had an impressively long career, reigning as a pop diva queen for much of the 1990s and 2000s. She has more No. 1 pop hits in the U.S. than any other artist apart from the Beatles, and her early 2000s hit, “We Belong Together,” spent an impressive 14 weeks in the No. 1 spot. We forgive you for “Glitter,” Mariah.
Cher, though she got her start with Sonny by her side, definitely does not need a man to make her mark. With a Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy under her belt, she’s just one Tony away from an EGOT! Cher’s 1998 hit “Believe” is quite possibly one of the best-known songs ever. Cher’s star power was so powerful that it took three years for her to complete her farewell tour, given the high demand.
This Queen of Soul is also a Queen of Pop, and with 20 Grammy Awards to her name, it’s no question she has earned her spot on this list, along with our undying “Respect.” Franklin was also the first female artist to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, meaning she can also lay claim to the rock star category as well.
Like Cher, Madonna has shown that you only need one name to make your mark. She is considered the most successful female artist of all time, with timeless hits such as “Like a Virgin,” “Vogue,” and “Like a Prayer.” She has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in history, and continues to influence the music game today – she even performed the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012!
She got her start singing in French in Quebec, Canada, and Celine Dion quickly shot to fame in the 1990s with hits such as “Because You Loved Me” and “It’s Al Coming Back to Me Now,” not to mention the critical “Titanic” soundtrack cornerstone, “My Heart Will Go On.” Dion sold more than 200 million albums worldwide by 2007, and her five-year gig at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was one of the top-rated shows of all time on the strip.
The only thing bigger than Diana Ross’s hair is her voice, and the Supremes lead singer quickly made her name as a solo artist in the 1970s. She is one of the few pop divas able to translate her talent to the stage, winning a Tony for her show, “An Evening With Diana Ross.” She is the mega-voice behind hits such as “Love Hangover” and the timeless song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Little girl, big voice. This is how Christina Aguilera made her name when she first burst onto the scene with “Genie in a Bottle” in 1999. But while the Christina-Britney rivalry flared up, there was no doubt who had the bigger lungs. Aguilera has become known for her dynamite voice and hit songs, such as “Beautiful” and “Ain’t No Other Man,” as well as her collaborations on “Moves Like Jagger” (with Maroon 5) and “Lady Marmalade” (with Pink, Lil’ Kim, and Mya). Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir, indeed.
Tina Turner knew she was meant for bigger things when she changed her name from Anna Mae Bullock, and she was right. The “River Deep – Mountain High,” “Nutbush City Limits,” and “Proud Mary” singer was able to overcome impressive obstacles including her doomed marriage to Ike Turner. Later she released “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” She is occasionally referred to as the Queen of Rock n Roll, but everyone knows she is a pop diva first and foremost.
If the other women are considered pop divas of the past, Beyoncé is without a doubt the pop diva of the present and future. Her 2013 self-titled visual album nearly broke the Internet when she released it without warning, and her top singles such as “Crazy in Love” and “Irreplaceable” will never become dated. While Destiny’s Child was a groundbreaking group with some incredible songs, there was never in doubt who the true diva queen was – sorry Michelle and Kelly.
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