When it comes to music, there is usually a wide range of songs to choose from. Whether it is rhythm and blues, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, jazz and pop, the selection is endless.
However, there are several artists who stand the test of time and their music must be present in your music collection. Let us take a look at 12 famous black singers your collection is empty without.
1. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys takes R&B to a whole new level.
Apart from being an amazing singer, she is also a great instrumentalist.
She incorporates the piano in most of her songs, which is what makes her music outstanding.
The main topics she covers in her songs include female empowerment, heartbreak and love.
Her hit songs include Sleeping With A Broken Heart, No One and If I Ain’t Got You.
She also experiments with other genres of music such as pop, neo soul, rock, soul and jazz.
2. Whitney Houston
It cannot be disputed that Whitney Houston has an amazing voice.
She was cited in 2009 as the most awarded female artist of all time.
She is also the only artist to ever chart 7 consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits.
Her achievements in the music industry are uncountable.
Some of her well-known songs include Greatest Love Of All, One Moment In Time and Saving All My Love For You.
Her music is timeless and was, is and will always be enjoyed by everyone who listens to it.
3. Mary J. Blige
Mary Jane Blige started out as a background singer for Uptown Records.
After releasing her first album in 1992, she never looked back.
Since then, she is one of the few entertainers in history to have more than 7 albums reaching the multi-platinum status.
Some of her songs include Be Without You, Mr. Wrong and Not Gon’ Cry.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked her as one of the top 100 greatest singers of all time.
4. Janet Jackson
She is the youngest child in the Jackson family and has an amazing voice.
Her success in pop music can be attributed to her clever mix of funk, R&B, rap, industrial beats and disco in all her music.
She has sold over 160 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music.
Some of the songs that made her famous include Escapade, Control and Someone To Call My Lover.