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List of Female Pop Singers of the 2000s

By Edited Nov 14, 2016 4 9

20) Ashanti

After the release of her self-titled début album in 2002, for which she wrote all twelve tracks, she had a total of five hits on the year-end charts. Her songs ruled the Hot 100 between 2002 and 2003 with mega hit "Foolish" going to #1 in 2002. She placed 41st on Billboard's 'Top Artists of the Decade' list.

19) Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga topped the Hot 100 in 2009 with "Just Dance", featuring Colby O'Donnis and "Poker Face". Her voice is incredible, her performances are full of expression and her stand-out-of-the-crowd fashion: outrageous. She had four hits on the 2009 year-end chart.

18) Mary J. Blige

After Mary J. Blige had her first hit with "Real Love" in 1992, she went on to dominate both the 90s and 2000s. She had five hits on the year-end charts with "Family Affair"- a dance-friendly song that went #1 on the Hot 100 in 2001, "Rainy Dayz" and "No More Drama" in 2002, "Be Without You" in 2006, and "Just Fine" in 2008. Mary was recognized in the early 90s for combining hip hop and soul with the 'World Music Legends Award' and has since won nine Grammy Awards.

17) Nicole Sherzinger

Nicole had her greatest commercial success during the 2000s as lead singer of the Pussy Cat Dolls. She had six hits on the year-end charts with "Don't Cha", featuring Busta Rhymes, in 2005, "Buttons", "Beep" and "Stickwitu" in 2006, "When I Grow Up" in 2008, and "I Hate This Part" in 2009. Before she was lead singer of the PCD she was lead singer of the short-lived girl group Eden's Crush in 2001.

16) Nelly Furt
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Nelly Furtado is one of the few females with the most number ones. Three out of a total of five on the year-end charts went to the top of the Hot 100 with "Promiscuous", featuring Timbaland in 2006 and, "Give It To Me" and "Say It Right" in 2007. Her successful career began in 2000 with the release of her début album Whoa, Nelly!. Two hits from the album were "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn off the Light", which were quite different, stylistically, than her later, sexier hits.

15) Aaliyah

Aaliyah was a multi-talented R&B artist and actress with a talent and love for entertaining. Songs from her self-titled third album ruled the Hot 100 early in the decade, before and after her tragic passing in 2001. Some of her hits were "Try Again" in 2000, which went to number one, "More Than A Woman" and "Rock The Boat" in 2002, and "Miss You" in 2003. She had five hits on the year-end charts.

14) Ciara
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Ciara, with her smooth persona and even smoother dance moves, easily passes as the coolest female pop singer of the decade. She had her first hit with "Goodies", featuring Petey Pablo, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004, and went on to have six hits on the year-end charts. A few of her hits were "Oh" in 2005, "Get Up", featuring Chamillionare, in 2006, and, "Like a Boy" and "Promise" in 2007.

13) Shakira

Colombian-born pop singer Shakira made her mark on the decade with her latin inspired music, Arabic dance moves and unique voice. She had her first U.S. hit with "Whenever Wherever" in 2002. She had six hits on the year-end charts, some of which included "Underneath Your Clothes" in 2002, "La Tortura" in 2005, and "She Wolf" in 2009. She had one #1 on the Hot 100 with "Hips Don't Lie", featuring Wyclef Jean, in 2006, which was, internationally, one of the most successful songs of the 21st century.

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12) Avril Lavigne

Avril's upbeat, infectious hits included "Complicated" and "S8er Boi" in 2002, "My Happy Ending" and "Don't Tell Me" in 2004, and, #1 hit on the Hot 100, "Girlfriend" in 2007. She had seven hits on the year-end charts.

11) Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani began her successful solo career in 2004 with the release of her 80s style solo début album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. She had five hits on the year-end charts, and one #1 on the Hot 100 with "Hollaback Girl" in 2005. Before her success as a solo artist, she had four hits during the 2000s as lead singer of the popular rock group, No Doubt, on the year-end charts with "Hey Baby", featuring Bounty Killer, "Hello Good" and "Underneath It All", featuring Lady Saw, in 2002, and "It's My Life" in 2004.

10) Fergie

Fergie pursued a solo career after having commercial success in the pop group The Black Eyed Peas. She dropped her first solo album, The Dutchess, in 2006 and had three #1 hits on the Hot 100 with "London Bridge" in 2006, and "Glamorous" featuring Ludacris and "Big Girls Don't Cry" in 2007. She had five hits as a solo artist on the year-end charts. She rejoined with The Black Eyed Peas and had two mega, #1 electro-pop dance hits on the Hot 100 with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" in 2009. She had nine hits on the year-end charts as part of the group.

9) Britney Spears

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This list would not be complete without including ultimate pop princess Britney Spears. Her fame exploded at the age of 17 with her first Hot 100 mega hit "Baby One More Time" in 1999. After a long hiatus during the middle of the decade, between 2004 and 2007, she came back stronger than ever in 2008 with her first number one hit "Womanizer" and went on to have another number one with "3" in 2009. She had ten hits on the year-end charts.

8) Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer, a.k.a J. Lo, ruled both the popular music and Hollywood movie scenes during the 2000s. She is a star in every sense of the word. She is magnetic and impactful. Her first album of the decade was her second album ever released titled J.Lo. Hits from the album were "Love Don't Cost A Thing" and "Play" in 2001. She had nine hits on the year-end charts. Three went to #1 on the Hot 100 with "I'm Real", featuring Ja Rule, in 2001, "Ain't It Funny" in 2002, and "All I Have", featuring L.L. Cool J, in 2003.

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7) Mariah Carey

The always glamorous Mariah Carey topped the charts with four Hot 100 #1 hits with "Thank God I Found You", featuring Joe & 98 Degrees, in 2000, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us" in 2005, and "Touch My Body" in 2008. She had eight hits on the year-end charts. Mariah is one of the only female artists to have topped the charts with the most #1 hits during the 2000s and is the only solo artist to surpass Elvis' record for the most number of hits in America. Mariah Carey's staggering 5-octave vocal range is one of her most recognizable trademarks. Her angelic voice is stunning. Not only is she a seasoned diva who has rightfully earned her top spot as one of the greatest female pop singers of the 2000s, but she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

6) Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera first received national attention when she performed as a child contestant on Star Search in 1990. She later became a bona fide pop music star known for her incredible, soulful pipes. She had three #1 Hot 100 hits with "Come on Over" and What a Girl Wants" in 2000, and "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink in 20001. She had nine hits on the year-end charts. Rolling Stone ranked her at #58 on their '100 Greatest Singers of All Time' list.

5) P!nk

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Her real name is Alecia Moore. Her tell-it-like-it-is attitude and raw talent have earned her a total of eleven hits on the year-end charts and two Hot 100 #1 hits with "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil' Kim in 2001, and "So What" in 2008. Her absolutely stunning trapeze performance singing "Glitter in the Air" at the 2010 Grammys reinforced why she was ranked by Billboard.com as the 13th 'Artist of the Decade'. P!ink is the real deal.

4) Kelly Clarkson

Kelly's rise to pop star fame was for all the world to see on the first season of American Idol. Kelly had two number one hits with "A Moment Like This" in 2002, and "My Life Would Suck Without You" in 2009. She had eleven hits on the year-end charts. She is one of the most commercially successful female pop singers who has ever competed on American Idol.

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3) Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a moving performer with an intuitive and trained talent for music. Her success began after the release of her 2001 début album Songs in A Minor, for which most of the songs she wrote, aranged, earned her five Grammy's. She had four #1 Hot 100 hits with "Fallin" in 2001, "My Boo", featuring Usher, in 2004, "No One" in 2007, and New York anthem "Empire State of Mind", featuring Jay-Z, in 2009. She had nine hits on the year-end charts.

2) Rihanna

Rhianna's infectious hits and mysterious, edgy persona took the pop music scene by storm topping the Hot 100 with five #1 hits with "SOS" in 2006, "Umbrella", featuring Jay-Z, in 2007, and "Take a Bow", "Disturbia" and "Live Your Life", featuring T.I., in 2008. She had ten hits on the year-end charts.

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1) Beyonce

Beyonce Knowles, also known by her alter ego stage name Sasha Fierce (which describes her crazy-fierce stage presence), is a living legend. Her emotional convictions and artistry carry her songs and performances to the highest level.

Beyonce was named Billboard's top female artist of the 2000s. She topped the Hot 100 with five #1 hits as a solo artist with "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy" in 2003, "Check on It", featuring Slim Thug, and "Irreplaceable" in 2006, and mega pop hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in 2008. She had fourteen hits on the year-end charts. As lead singer of the extremely successful, all female R&B group Destiny's Child she had three number one hits with "Say My Name" in 2000, and "Independent Women" and "Bootylicious" in 2001. She had eight hits on the year-end charts as part of the group.

Note: This list of female pop singers of the 2000s was ranked based on the total number of hits each singer had on the Billboard Top Hot 1oo year-end-charts and the total number of hits each had on the Billboard Hot 100 weekly charts between 2000 and 2009.

Photo Credits

Beyonce: Author's Flickr.com username is Osei (Ozzy), Alicia Keys: Author's Flickr.com username is Jose Goulao, Mariah Carey and Nicole Sherzinger: Author's Picasa Web Albums username is Senis, Pink: Author's Flickr.com username is indoloony, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne: Author's Picasa Web Album user name is Wallpaper, Ciara: Author's Flickr.com username is CPX Interactive International, Lady Gaga: Author's Flickr.com username is SpreePiX, Nelly Furtado: Author's Flickr.com username is ovtovaz

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Jun 9, 2010 1:22am
I love this list! It's so great to look back on the past decade in music -- a lot sure has happened with female singers.
Jun 10, 2010 5:14pm
Thanks! It is great looking back...I had a lot of fun writing this!
Jun 15, 2010 9:36pm
Why is Britney Spears ranked so low at number 9? She should be ahead of Alicia Keys. Just kidding. I don't like Alicia that much. Don't believe that statement. I've already written three articles with much more to come concerning her.
Jun 17, 2010 6:12pm
:) Thanks for the comment! I really like your articles on Alicia.
Sep 27, 2010 12:46am
great list and nicely put together
Sep 27, 2010 1:19am
Nice article,your writing style is very good,I just kept reading.
Sep 27, 2010 1:49am
Thank-you desperatejournalism and Ayemin for your kind compliments!
Sep 27, 2010 8:35am
great list!
Sep 29, 2010 1:07am
Excellent list. It's kinda weird looking back and realizing I actually like most of these artists.
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