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10 Most Famous American singers
America is known the world over for so many things and music is one of them. Several talented singers have become worldwide celebrities.
They have not only made America proud but the world too. these singers come from different cultural backgrounds and have greatly contributed to the development of world music.
There is no doubt that their music has had a great influence on the rest of the world’s lifestyle and entertainment.
Some of these singers have been in the spotlight for decades. They have remained relevant and successful with a legion of fans always supporting them.
America has produced some of the best singers in different genres such as country, RnB, Soul, and so much more.
There are other new genres of music that have developed in the recent past, making America the lead when it comes to music and entertainment.
Read on to discover more about the 10 most famous American singers.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, also known as MJ, was and remains to be the King of Pop. He was an international icon who started his music career in a boy band.
Michael was part of the Jackson 5, a group of five brothers that were very popular from the 60s to the 90s.
After several years performing together as a band, Michael Jackson took solo gigs and he was well received.
His solo career took off in 1979 and he officially left the band in 1984. He became more popular for his signature dance move moonwalking.
MJ’s career span over four decades and had great influence in dance, fashion and pop culture. He is the most awarded music artist in history and has sold millions of records.
Popular hits: Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller
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Prince Rogers Nelson is one of the greatest musicians of his generation. Prince was regarded as a guitar genius. Additionally, he also played several other instruments.
He has sold over 150 million records worldwide and is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time.
Prince was also known for his flashy, androgynous persona. His vocal range was wide and he had far-reaching high-pitched tones.
He produced his albums himself, pioneering the Minneapolis sound and incorporated a wide variety of styles, including funk, R&B, rock, new wave, soul, synth-pop, pop, jazz, and hip hop in his music.
Popular album: Purple Rain,
3. Post Malone
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Austin Richard Post, also known as Post Malone, is known for his meditative songwriting. He also has varied vocal styles in his music.
Malone has successfully been able to blend different genres and subgenres of pop, hip hop, R&B, and trap. Something that he has received acclaims for.
Post Malone was said to be the most successful male American singer in 2020.
Further, Malone received a Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for his single “Congratulations”.
His other accolades include three American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an MTV Video Music Award. Additionally, he has received six Grammy Award nominations during his career.
Popular hits: Congratulations, Goodbyes, and Sunflower
4. Chris Brown
Chris Brown has had a successful singing career in the last 2 decades. Although he became controversial after he physically abused his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
He released his first album in 2004 and his single Run It was top in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Currently, Chris Brown had 9 albums on his name. He is said to be one of the most consistent artists and has had several collaborations with other famous artists.
His musical style is described as polyhedric. Additionally, his RnB style has been defined by influences of other genres like hip hop and pop.
When listening to his music, recurring themes are lovesickness, regret, romantic love, and fast life. He has sold more than 193 million records worldwide.
Albums: Royalty (2015); Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017); Indigo (2019); Breezy (2022)
5. Elvis Presley
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Elvis Aaron Presley was crowned the “King of Rock and Roll” and is the most significant cultural icon of the 20th century.
Most of his songs are energized and he would perform in a sexually provocative style while on stage.
Presley was loved by all and was able to cross the race line leading to great success in his music career.
His career started as a performer in country music, RnB and Rock. Presley succeeded in mixing black and white sounds in his music. While this was warmly received by his fans, others saw it as being controversial.
Presley has several records, like the most RIAA certified gold and platinum albums, the most albums charted on the Billboard 200 among several others.
In 2018, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump.
Popular hits: Heartbreak hotel, Blue suede Shoes, “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Beyoncé Knowles is a multi-Grammy award winner and another famous American singer. She developed an interest in music when she was still a child.
During her teen years, Beyoncé was the lead singer of the girl band Destiny’s Child. This was one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
It was then that she rose to fame until the bad broke up. She then released her first solo album Dangerously in Love (2003). Beyoncé has sold over 120 million records worldwide.
Additionally, she became the first solo artist to have her first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200.
In 2014, Billboard named her the highest-earning black musician of all time. Furthermore, in 2020, she was named on Time’s list of 100 women who defined the last century.
Popular Album: Lemonade
7. Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift is best known for her narrative songwriting often centring around her personal life.
Swift has received widespread critical praise and media coverage and was one of the most paid female singers from the United States in 2020.
Although she received mixed reviews early in her career, Taylor earned the love and praise of her fans by being consistent and her refusal to use the auto-tune.
She was described as one of the greatest songwriters of all time and the best of her generation.
Taylor Swift is a recipient of several awards and honours, including 10 Grammy Awards, 29 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records.
Popular hits: Look What You Made Me Do, Shake it Off, Bad Blood
8. Britney Spears
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Britney is credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s. This earned her the title the “Princess of Pop”.
As one of the highly regarded pop icons, Britney has sold almost 150 million records worldwide. She sold over 70 million in the United States only.
Spears was ranked as the 4th bestselling female album artist in the 2000s. her single, Baby One More Time, was named the greatest debut single of all time by Rolling Stone in 2020.
Between 2002 and 2012, Britney was one of the highest-paid female musicians.
Time Magazine named Spears one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.
Albums: Glory, Britney Jean, Femme Fatale
9. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has had a very successful career in the entertainment industry. She is not only a singer but also a songwriter and an actress.
Gomez comes from an artistic background with her mother being an actress.
Her star shone brighter as a teen when she gained fame as a singer becoming the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017.
Living in the limelight had her announce her hiatus after she was diagnosed with lupus sometime between 2012 and early 2014. She came back after a kidney transplant and continues to produce great music.
Albums: Revival, For You, Selfish Love
10. Aretha Franklin
Aretha is popularly regarded as the Queen of Soul. Other than being an excellent singer, Aretha Franklin was also a civil rights activist.
She was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010, she was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Aretha has sold over 75 million records and remains to be one of the best-selling musicians ever.
Her music career started as a child, singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
As a teenager, Aretha took on a music career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. In 2020, Aretha Franklin was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Popular Hits: I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools