Pop divas are known for their exceptional vocal abilities, style, and larger-than-life personalities. In the United States, many pop divas have achieved massive success.
Here Are The Top 12 Pop Music Divas
According to the dictionary, a diva is a deity. These ladies are all pop goddesses. They are 10 of the most popular female performers in history.
1. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was one of the most successful pop divas of all time. She released seven studio albums, all certified diamond or multi-platinum, in the US.
Houston also had numerous hit singles, including “Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You.”
The best-selling debut album by a female artist is Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut, which came out in 1985.
Houston enjoyed success as an actor in movies as well. It was the first time a woman’s second album debuted at the top of the chart.
Her most extraordinary hits collection, a movie soundtrack, and four studio albums are all thought to have sold at least 10 million copies globally.
Houston made history by being the first artist to have seven straight No. 1 singles. Tragically, she passed away in 2012 at age 48.
2. Mariah Carey
The Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, is one of the most successful pop divas. She has released 15 studio albums, 8 of which have gone platinum or multi-platinum.
Carey has had an incredible 38 Hot 100 No. 1 singles, more than any other solo artist in history.
In addition to bringing hip-hop into the pop mainstream, Carey’s five-octave vocal range and melismatic technique influenced a generation of pop singers that came after, particularly the competitors on “American Idol” for 15 years.
Many of Carey’s fans were ecstatic with her cooperation with rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the “Fantasy” remix, which surprised some onlookers.
She also succeeded in something that most pop stars can only hope for. She wrote the iconic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
She is the only artist in history to have their first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Material Girl, Madonna, is one of the most famous pop divas. She is the best-selling female recording artist, with over 300 million records sold worldwide.
Madonna has released 14 studio albums and has had an incredible 55 Hot 100 singles, including 12 No. 1s.
She has been a pop culture icon for over three decades and has influenced many other pop divas that came after her.
She has long been admired as one of the top businesswomen in the music industry.
Madonna is known for her cutting-edge fashion sense and ability to reinvent herself. She has also been a philanthropist and an LGBT rights advocate.
Queen Bey, as her fans affectionately call her, is one of the most famous pop divas. With over 118 million records sold worldwide, she is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Beyonce has released 6 studio albums and has had an incredible 47 Hot 100 singles, including 17 No. 1s.
She is a pop culture icon and a fashion trendsetter. She is also known for her philanthropy and for advocating for gender equality.
5. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is one of the most famous pop divas of all time. She has released 7 studio albums and an incredible 41 Hot 100 singles, including 11 No. 1s.
Swift is the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year twice.
She is also the only female artist in history to have two albums (2010’s “Speak Now” and 2012’s “Red”) sell more than one million copies in their first week of release.
Swift is known for her confessional songwriting style and her ability to connect with her fans.
She is also an advocate for gender equality and has been a role model for young girls everywhere.
One of the most famous Pop divas in music history is Cher. Like Tina Turner and Beyoncé, she has two distinct phases to her music career: a solo phase and a Sonny & Cher phase.
She also enjoyed great success as an actor, appearing in 18 big-budget films.
She began her musical career as a young backup singer in Phil Spector’s famed Wall of Sound.
She and her husband, Sonny Bono, formed the hugely popular duo Sonny and Cher, and finally, she completely outperformed that success as a solo artist.
Cher pioneered auto-tune in pop with 1998’s Believe, which won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2000.
7. Whitney Houston
The late Whitney Houston was one of the most famous pop divas of all time.
Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album, released in 1985, became the bestselling debut album by a female artist.
She is known for her powerful vocal abilities and ability to connect with her fans.
Houston is also a philanthropist and an advocate for children’s causes.
Houston has received praise for continuing to break racial boundaries in popular music in the late 1980s.
She was equally well-liked by R&B and mainstream pop audiences. Beginning with “How Will I Know” from 1985, her music videos were well-liked on MTV.
It wasn’t until “I Just Wanna Dance With Somebody” that she became the massive star we know today. That song dominated the charts at the time it was released. H
8. Celine Dion
Celine Dion is one of the most famous pop divas of all time. With over 250 million records sold worldwide, she is one of the best-selling artists.
Celine Dion began her career as a renowned teen singer singing in French. She was born and raised in Quebec, Canada.
When she won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Switzerland in 1988, she received her first significant amount of worldwide attention.
Dion finally made a name for herself as one of the best English-language pop vocalists overall.
9. Janet Jackson
The fame of Janet Jackson rivals that of her brother Michael Jackson. She has achieved fame not only as a singer but also as a dancer and actress.
Her choreography has impacted a wide range of performers.
Janet Jackson had five albums that debuted at No. 1 in a row. Since Dream Street in 1984, none of her studio albums have failed to debut at No. 2 or higher on the album chart.
10 of her singles have topped the US pop chart at No. 1. Over 160 million recordings have been sold globally by her.
10. Britney Spears
A pop diva who needs no introduction is Britney Spears. At the age of only 23, she had already achieved global superstardom.
Who can forget her 2001 VMAs performance with a snake, or when she dressed up as a school girl for the music video of “…Baby One More Time”?
She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
She has received numerous awards, including a Grammy Award and five MTV Video Music Awards.
11. Nicki Minaj
The lone rapper on the list is Nicki Minaj. She has gathered more sales from singles than some of the more established divas, largely from tracks on which she has appeared.
Although her career has been relatively brief, in the 15 years, she has been active, and she has published 120 singles, 40 of which are singles on which she was the featured artist.
She has also released 4 studio albums, 3 compilation albums, and 120 singles.
12. Lady Gaga
The eccentric diva is never a “one trick pony,” as the saying goes. She began her career as a Euro Dance diva, evolved into a mysterious popstar, explored jazz on an album with the great crooner Tony Bennett, and most recently appeared in the Academy Award-winning film “A Star Is Born” as a singer.
A Star is Born success, and fashion icon status aside – is how much she can inspire people with her music. Songs like “Born This Way,” “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” and “Just Dance” allow fans to let out the “little monsters” inside them.
These are only a few of the pop divas who have made an impact on the music industry.
It is clear that these women have worked hard to achieve their level of success, and they continue to inspire other women to pursue their dreams.