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100 Best Female Pop Singers of the 2000s and 2010s

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

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Pop music is a genre that is exceedingly popular globally. Different styles of pop music strike a chord with both teens and older audiences. Although a few decades back, the pop planet was dominated by men, in recent years the emotive voices of women reign supreme. Indeed, in the realms of modern pop music, the angelic voices of women capture the essence of emotions perfectly. Although women have displayed their vocal prowess in every decade, the 2000s and 2010s showcased female pop singers in a whole new avatar.

The list below showcases the best pop female singers from the 2000s and the 2010s. If you are a fan of pop music from these decades, you will have a lot to say. Feel free with your views, opinions, and suggestions in the comments section.

10 Best Female Pop Singers: 2000s–2010s

1. Ariana Grande

2. Adele

3. Taylor Swift

4. Lady Gaga

5. Beyonce

6. Dua Lipa

7. Rihanna

8. Katy Perry

9. Billie Eilish

10. Selena Gomez

Female Pop Singers of the 2000s

A new wave of female pop singers took the 2000s by storm. The new production techniques that emerged in this decade gave pop music a whole new makeover. A number of female singers in the genre started experimenting with multilayered sounds and vocal techniques to construct brand new aesthetic and identity.

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Alongside teen pop, electropop, synthpop, and dance-pop emerged with a bang in this decade. Crossover identities of sounds incorporated from different styles of music made their way in the realms of mainstream. R&B encompassed a wider spectrum of aesthetics with a diverse confluence of influences.

A new brigade of girl groups emerged with their fiery brand of pop, dance-pop, and R&B in the 2000s. The pop strained R&B ballads of these girl groups became exceedingly popular with teens globally. The decade also witnessed a number of female fronted bands emerge in pop punk and power pop.

Adele

Adele

A great number of women associated with pop music had tremendous chart-topping success with their albums. Solo female pop acts of the ‘90s continued to have tremendous success in the 2000s. Certain artists rooted in the country genre had phenomenal crossover success with their melodic country pop style of music. A sonically refined synthpop sound of the ‘80s refurbished for club and dance made a comeback in pop songs of the 2000s.

As modern R&B laced with hip hop came into the foray in the mid-2000s, a significant number of teen pop artists transitioned in a new musical direction adopting the new R&B sound with urban club and EDM influences. Numerous young female pop artists that emerged in this decade crafted their sound built on a foundation of R&B, synthpop, electropop, and hip hop.

Certain women singers had widespread commercial success with traditional pop encompassed with blue eyed soul and adult contemporary. Towards the end of the decade, a heavy dance-electronic sound layered with lush vocal arrangements became popular.

#11—20

11. Camila Cabello

12. Halsey

13. Madonna

14. Britney Spears

15. Miley Cyrus

16. Mariah Carey

17. Amy Winehouse

18. Pink

19. Sara Bareilles

20. Jennifer Lopez

Female Pop Singers of the 2010s

The blueprint of pop music changed dramatically in the 2010s. While traditional pop elements in song structure stayed true, a number of newer artists associated with the genre started adopting hushed style vocal delivery in their scheme of pop. This style of hushed whisper harmonies and keynotes gave unique identity to voice timbre characterized by falsetto and muted notes through breathy singing.

Young female artists infused hybrid sounds of hip hop, EDM, electropop, synthpop, electro house, reggaeton, and dance-pop in their brand of pop music. The smooth transition of styles and sounds from different genres made mainstream pop magnanimous in the decade. New female singers scored big with their R&B infused ballads and up-tempo dance anthems.

Rihanna

Rihanna

As musical trends changed, girl groups from the 2000s witnessed their popularity fade, which in turn led to group split-ups. However, members from these girl groups embarked on highly successful solo careers adopting a change in musical direction. As EDM started becoming mainstream, a number of solo female artists transitioned their pop influences with electronic elements and club sounds of DJs. Numerous solo female acts had chart-topping pop songs in this decade.

Eurodance and europop elements found their way in mainstream. The fusion of programmed beats and synthesizer sounds in Eurodance formats became an integral part of pop music in this decade. American female pop singers and British female pop singers reigned supreme with their glitzy style of pop.

The decade also witnessed a diverse new wave of female pop acts emerging from Australia, Canada, Sweden, Germany, and Romania. As the rise of social media grew prominent in the music industry, different movements emerged in the realms of pop with lofi hip hop and vaporwave making a connect with mainstream.

#21—40

21. Kelly Clarkson

22. Celine Dion

23. Alicia Keys

24. Christina Aguilera

25. Shakira

26. Demi Lovato

27. Lana Del Rey

28. Sia

29. Carly Rae Jepsen

30. Lizzo

31. Ellie Goulding

32. LeAnn Rimes

33. Nicki Minaj

34. Charli XCX

35. Gwen Steffani

36. Christina Perri

37. Doja Cat

38. Colbie Caillat

39. Toni Braxton

40. Iggy Azalea

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Different Types of Female Voices In Pop Music

The voices of female singers in the realms of pop are known for their distinctive timbre and texture. The soprano range, mezzo-soprano range and contralto range have been exhibited in stunningly sublime ways. Certain artists have displayed their exceptional vocal range in songs. The range of tones these vocalists have produced with their vibratory vocal folds are truly mesmerizing.

The vocal register which includes the modal voice, vocal fry, falsetto, and whistle register is executed in a flawless manner in by singers. Certain female singers in mainstream pop have showcased their insanely incredible vocal transition points which comprise of lifts and breaks within the voice in the upper, lower, or middle register. The resonance in pitch and vocal timbre created by the head voice and chest voice in certain pop songs is truly breathtaking in every sense.

#41—60

41. Zara Larsson

42. Meghan Trainor

43. Norah Jones

44. Kelly Rowland

45. Joss Stone

46. Mya

47. Kesha

48. Hailee Steinfeld

49. Ciara

50. Anastacia

51. Bebe Rexha

52. Tove Lo

53. Aaliyah

54. Mandy Moore

55. Rita Ora

56. Alessia Cara

57. Tori Kelly

58. Lorde

59. Robyn

60. Mary J. Blige

Beyonce

Beyonce

The Impact and Legacy of Women Singers in 2010s

The 2010s can be best described as the decade for women singers. Although female singers made a statement in every genre, their success in mainstream pop was truly astounding and awe-inspiring. Female pop singers had some of the biggest-selling albums in pop history. The decade is also notable for emerging pop artists gaining extensive commercial success with their debut albums.

With the music industry integrating social media trends in their scheme of things, a number of young female singers managed to bag recording contracts from major record labels, thanks to their popularity on YouTube and other social media platforms. Experimental forms of pop music became widespread in this decade. The 2010s are also credited to having the highest number-one singles for female artists and some of the most viewed videos of female singers on YouTube.

#61—80

61. Jessie J

62. Anne-Marie

63. Mo

64. Becky G

65. Ava Max

66. Madison Beer

67. Poppy

68. Fantasia

69. Jordin Sparks

70. Nelly Furtado

71. Jhene Aiko

72. Leona Lewis

73. Keyshia Cole

74. Jessica Simpson

75. Nicole Scherzinger

76. Julia Michaels

77. Ingrid Michaelson

78. Grace VanderWaal

79. Mabel

80. Vanessa Carlton

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Collaborations of artists from different genres started taking shape in the ‘90s which helped pave the way for the featured guest appearances on songs. The featured artist trend which essentially showcased a guest singer on another artist’s song gathered steam in the 2000s and became the epitome of epic in the 2010s. To cash in on the popularity of this trend, record producers and record labels engaged songwriters to write songs specifically for collaborations.

The collaborative efforts of record producers and record labels resulted in a dynamic lyrical chemistry among artists from diverse musical backgrounds. The featured artist trend became excessively popular with younger audiences, especially teens. A number of female singers made guest features on a wide genre of pop songs. Artists associated with pop, R&B and Hip hop took this trend to new heights with their collaborations on songs.

#81—100

81. Hilary Duff

82. Jess Glynne

83. Sabrina Carpenter

84. Michelle Branch

85. JoJo

86. Dido

87. Ashley Tisdale

88. Delta Goodrem

89. Kelis

90. Tinashe

91. Jennifer Hudson

92. Foxes

93. LeToya Luckett

94. Keri Hilson

95. Tamia

96. Melanie C

97. Fergie

98. Janelle Monae

99. Cher Lloyd

100. Melanie Martinez

Other Notable Female Pop Singers of the 2000s and 2010s

  • Pixie Lott
  • Emma Bunton
  • Paloma Faith
  • Ashlee Simpson
  • Jessie Ware
  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Rachel Platten
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Christina Milian
  • Lily Allen
  • Michelle Williams
  • Jessie James Decker
  • Monica
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • Cheryl
  • Rumer
  • Kristine W
  • Leigh Nash
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Brooke Allison
  • Destiny Rogers
  • Daya
  • Amerie
  • Fletcher
  • Duffy
  • Lea Michele
  • Colette Carr
  • Aurora
  • Charlotte Church
  • Dawn Richard
  • Sabrina Claudio
  • Normani
  • Dodie
  • Auburn
  • Rebecca Black
  • Teddy Sinclair
  • Jorga Smith
  • Kristinia DeBarge
  • Astrid S
  • Kaci Brown
  • Brooke Hogan
  • Alexandra Burke
  • Dev
  • Sophie Cates
  • Paula DeAnda
  • Bridget Kelly
  • Diana Gordon
  • Kat DeLuna
  • FKA Twigs
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Teyana Taylor
  • Olivia O’Brien
  • Jessica Sutta
  • Sheridan Smith
  • Ella Mai
  • King Princess
  • Lykke Li
  • DaniLeigh
  • Leah LaBelle
  • Sky Ferreira
  • Vicci Martinez
  • Kiiara
  • Amy Kuney
  • Dawn Robinson
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Christine Anu
  • Inna
  • Mel B
  • Ashley Roberts
  • Cassandra Kubinski
  • Aubrey O’Day
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Missy Higgins
  • Sarah Connor
  • Kimberley Locke
  • Tove Styrke
  • Michelle Lambert
  • Willa Ford
  • Grimes
  • Kalomira
  • Anna Nalick
  • Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Martha Wainwright
  • Phoebe Ryan
  • Perrie Edwards
  • Mapei
  • Jasmine Trias
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Allie X
  • Bea Miller
  • Kaci Battaglia
  • Jessica Mauboy
  • Ricki-Lee Coulter
  • Aslyn
  • Jordan Pruitt
  • Charlotte Lawrence
  • Rae Morris
  • Heidi Montag
  • Tina Cousins
  • Candice Glover
  • Pia Mia
  • Shaznay Lewis
  • Mutya Buena
  • Tamar Kaprelian
  • Clairo
  • Diana Vickers
  • Havana Brown
  • Samantha James
  • Victoria Beckham
  • Sam Bailey
  • Kate Miller-Heidke
  • Bridgit Mendler
  • Gabriella Cilmi
  • Rachel Stevens
  • Kiesza
  • Vitamin C
  • Kirsten Price
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Samantha Jade
  • Victoria Monet
  • Haley Reinhart
  • Ryn Weaver
  • Caroline Polachek
  • Vanessa Amorosi
  • Jeannie Ortega
  • Kali Uchis
  • Lolo
  • Maggie Rogers
  • Ella Henderson
  • Louise Redknapp
  • Holly Valance
  • Jo O’Meara
  • Bonnie McKee
  • Cassie
  • Empress Of
  • Siobhan Donaghy
  • Rachael Leahcar
  • Kate Voegele
  • Tristan Prettyman
  • Ivy Levan
  • Billie Piper
  • Tessa Violet
  • Zendaya
  • Little Boots
  • Katy Rose
  • Javine Hylton
  • Uffie
  • Betty Who
  • Jamie Pineda
  • Leighton Meester

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