Top 10 Most Influential Female Musicians of 2019

Updated on January 9, 2019
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I am a writer/student (Canada > Southern California). I have been covering live shows and reviewing artist releases since 2016.


I've been covering live shows and reviewing artist releases since 2016, and I must say, today's female artist's are making incredible strides. Within a quickly changing music industry, these talented songstresses are taking charge and showing the world how their music can influence the world!

10 Influential Women in Music 2019

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Adele
  4. Christina Aguilera
  5. Amy Lee
  6. Katy Perry
  7. Beyoncé
  8. Halsey
  9. Betty Moon
  10. Dua Lipa


1. Lady Gaga

Although younger fans may think she is a newer actress (she had a lead role in A Star Is Born) with a great voice, Lady Gaga has been a music icon for over a decade. Since unveiling "The Fame" back in 2008, Gaga’s voice and over-the-top fashion sense has captured the attention of fans around the globe. With her inspiring outlook on life, philanthropy, and, of course, insane arena shows, the world is watching to see what she does next. The exciting part is that her next move is usually difficult to predict.

Tell me somethin', girl

Are you happy in this modern world?

Or do you need more?

Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?

— Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, "Shallow (A Star Is Born)"

2. Ariana Grande

At just 25 years old, Ariana Grande already has quite the life. Since her teens, she has been in the public eye and only continues to grow in popularity. Her multiple award nods has landed her as one of the most influential Women on the planet (via Time Magazine) and who knows what 2019 holds for Ariana Grande. With her incredible vocal range and eclectic fashion, she will influence a whole new generation of fans!

Oh, I just want you to come with me

We're on another mentality

Ain't got no tears left to cry (so don't cry)

So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah

— Ariana Grande, "No Tears Left to Cry"

3. Adele

Packed with raw, emotional talent, Adele will be one of those celebrities who is talked about and remembered for decades to come. With a timeless look, classic Soulful voice, and a fashion sense that conjures up simpler times, Adele is a voice for parents, kids, and grandparents alike. She truly brings people together. With many modern stars getting famous overnight and disappearing just as fast, Adele's staying power has proven that hard work and talent still reigns supreme.

Hello from the outside

At least I can say that I've tried

To tell you I'm sorry

For breaking your heart

— Adele, "Hello"

4. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera definitely did not use a “Genie in a Bottle” to wish for her music career. Since paying her dues early in her teens (via Disney television programming), she has since released two decades worth of hits. Recently she became the star of NBC’s hit show The Voice. Her influence as a singer and fashion icon is already massive, and now that she judges who has the potential for a successful pop star career, her star power has reached new heights.

Candy man, candy man

Sweet, sugar, candy man

I met him out for dinner on a Friday night

He really got me working up an appetite

— Christina Aguilera, "Candyman"

5. Amy Lee

When thinking about rock n’ roll comebacks, Amy Lee (of the rock band Evanescence) may be quickly written off. Unfortunately, some people will only think of her as the singer of “Bring Me to Life” (the song has 577M views on YouTube), which was released almost 15 years ago. However, after writing one of the biggest rock hits ever, Lee and the band wrote multiple other singles. Because of their huge tours throughout 2018, they have come back on the rock radar. Expect more awesome rock tours and singles in 2019 from this influential vocalist!

Be still, my love

I will return to you

However far you feel from me

You are not alone

— Amy Lee, "Speak To Me"

6. Katy Perry

Katy Perry has come a long way since her innocent pop days. She used to be stuck playing tours like the Warped Tour (back when she was trying to find her way in the music industry), but now she is worldwide superstar! Naturally, her massive hit songs and her unique sense of style has landed her on the top of the pop radar. With her creative live show production, and her massive influence on young music fans, don’t expect Perry to go anywhere anytime soon.

So you wanna play with magic?

Boy, you should know what you're falling for

Baby, do you dare to do this?

'Cause I'm coming at you like a dark horse

— Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"

7. Beyoncé

Since releasing her first solo album 15 years ago, this former member of Destiny’s Child has become a worldwide icon. More than just a pop star with mega hits, Beyoncé can easily be described as one of the most powerful women on the planet. Every one of her moves that the media covers has an inspiring, positive effect on those who follow her.

Some of them men think

They freak this like we do

But no they don't

Make your check come at they neck

Disrespect us no they won't

— Beyoncé, "Run the World (Girls)"

8. Halsey

In just a few short years, Halsey has gone from being a buzzing indy artist to an international superstar. The cause of her massive influence, outside of her iconic music and style, also includes activism. She publicly supports suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault awareness. Her fans know her for so much more than just her hit singles.

Tell me how's it feel sittin' up there

Feeling so high but too far away to hold me

You know I'm the one who put you up there

Name in the sky

— Halsey, "Without Me"

9. Betty Moon

Producer Betty Moon has continued to push musical boundaries with the release of multiple hit singles from her 2017 album Chrome. Moon has also been busy running an established music licensing company and label called Evolver Music in Los Angeles (started in 2010). With eight albums released since her smash major label debut, Moon has only continued to fine tune her sound and style. Her accomplishments are being recognized across the U.S. and Canada. Moon’s brand of rock n’ roll and pop/electronic infused music has influenced countless peers and artists in multiple genres. Her fans can expect a new Betty Moon release in 2019.


10. Dua Lipa

In just two short years, Euro-pop star Dua Lipa has risen to the top of global radio charts. Her fashion sense and her pop hit songwriting has made her a viral sensation. For a new generation of music fans and musicians, Dua Lipa is the new face of industry success. moving forward, she will be influencing a new era of music lovers!

One: Don't pick up the phone

You know he's only callin' 'cause he's drunk and alone

Two: Don't let him in

You'll have to kick him out again

— Dua Lipa, "New Rules"

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