Top 20 Iconic Black Female Singers Of The 90s Thursday February 22 2024, 10:00 PM
Yona Marie
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Top 20 Iconic Black Female Singers Of The 90s

Black Female Singers Of The 90s

The 1990s saw an incredible array of talent, especially among black female singers who made significant contributions to genres like soul, R&B, and pop.

As an early 90s baby, I have a special place in my heart for the legendary black female singers from that decade. Some are still doing their thing today, while others have retired and held their status as complete icons.

Let's talk about some of my all-time favorites that rocked the charts and will forever be inspirations in my own musical journey as a singer and a musician. These artists not only dominated the charts but also influenced the musical landscape for years to come.

Whitney Houston 

Often referred to as "The Voice," Whitney Houston's vocal technique and power were unmatched, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" became one of the best-selling singles by a woman in music history.

Mariah Carey 

Mariah Carey is celebrated for her five-octave vocal range and pioneering use of the whistle register. She's one of the best-selling music artists of all time, known for hits like "Vision of Love" and "Fantasy," blending pop with R&B.

Toni Braxton

With a contralto voice that's both distinctive and captivating, Toni Braxton has delivered some of the most memorable ballads of the 90s, including "Un-Break My Heart," which showcased her emotional depth and vocal prowess.


With a smooth, controlled voice, Tamia's music, including hits like "So Into You," explored themes of love and intimacy. Her sophisticated vocal delivery and heartfelt performances have earned her critical acclaim.

Lauryn Hill

As a member of the Fugees and a solo artist, Lauryn Hill blended rap, soul, and R&B in a way that was groundbreaking. Her album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" won numerous awards and is often cited for its significant impact on the music industry.

Mary J. Blige

Known as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," Blige is recognized for her raw and honest lyrical content, which resonated with many. Her albums in the 90s, including "My Life," are considered classics in the R&B genre.

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu's unique style and music, characterized by its blend of soul, jazz, and hip-hop, earned her the title of "Queen of Neo-Soul." Her debut album, "Baduizm," was a critical and commercial success, influencing the neo-soul movement of the late 90s.


Brandy's smooth, husky voice and her role in the popular sitcom "Moesha" made her a household name. Her successful albums and groundbreaking duet "The Boy Is Mine" with Monica cemented her status in R&B.


Monica's mature voice and emotive delivery earned her significant success at a young age. Hits like "Don't Take It Personal" and "The Boy Is Mine" showcased her vocal talent and her place in R&B music.


Often referred to as the "Princess of R&B," Aaliyah's innovative approach to R&B and pop, along with her smooth vocals, left a lasting legacy despite her tragic death at the age of 22.

Destiny's Child

Before Beyoncé emerged as a solo superstar, she was part of Destiny's Child, one of the most successful female groups of the late 90s. Destiny's Child, comprising Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams (with earlier members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett), revolutionized R&B and pop.

Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox's powerful vocals and emotive ballads, such as "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," made her a prominent figure in R&B. Her ability to convey deep emotion through her music resonated with many listeners.

En Vogue

With incredible harmonies and a sophisticated image, En Vogue scored hits with songs like "Hold On" and "Free Your Mind." Their vocal talent and empowering messages made them stand out.

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson's innovative music, choreography, and social messages in albums like "Rhythm Nation 1814" made her a pop and R&B icon. She's known for her versatility and ability to constantly reinvent herself.


With her band of the same name, Sade's smooth voice and blend of soul, jazz, and soft rock have made her a timeless icon. Hits like "Smooth Operator" and "No Ordinary Love" are emblematic of her elegant style.


While India.Arie's breakthrough came at the tail end of the 90s and her prominence rose in the early 2000s, her influence is rooted in the neo-soul movement that gained momentum in the late 90s. Known for her rich, soulful voice and acoustic sound, India.Arie's music often delves into themes of self-discovery, empowerment, and love.

Tracy Chapman

Known for her folk and rock influences, Tracy Chapman's soulful voice and storytelling in songs like "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason" have resonated with audiences worldwide, earning her critical and commercial acclaim.

Angie Stone

With her deep roots in soul, R&B, and hip-hop, Angie Stone's music, including hits like "No More Rain," often explores themes of love, life, and struggle, resonating deeply with listeners.

Faith Evans

Known for her soulful voice and emotional delivery, Faith Evans became a prominent figure in the R&B scene with hits like "I'll Be Missing You," showcasing her vocal talent and heartfelt lyrics.


Emerging at the end of the 90s, Kelis brought an eclectic style to R&B and hip-hop, with hits like "Caught Out There" and "Milkshake." Her innovative approach to music and fashion has made her a trendsetter.

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