Top 10 Female Singers in the 90s Who Rule the World

Emma | 02 - 01 - 2024

Though times have gone by, there’s no denying that female pop singers and musicians dominated the 90s. Want to know who ruled the 90s with their breathtaking songs? Several 90s female singers inspired people of all genders with their boundary-breaking performances. Until the 90s, music was a male-dominated affair. In pop culture, many female bands of the 90s showed the power of sisterhood and female empowerment. Some female artists performed solo and shined with their remarkable performances. Surprisingly, these female singers of the 90s presented their best in the country, modern rock, electronica, and pop music genres. Now, let’s take a peek at the top 10 female singers in the 90s!

Talking about music and singing, do you know who is called the “Queen of Rap?” It’s Nicki Minaj! Know more about Nicki Minaj’s music and awards.

10 Female Singers in the 90’s

It is time to take you back to the past to learn some facts about the best 90s female singers. Shall we begin?

Lauryn Hill is famous for melodic rapping.
  • A. True
  • B. False

1. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is recognized as one of the greatest singers of all time and is also regarded as the most influential singer of her generation. Hill is remembered and lauded for breaking boundaries with her powerful songs. She is well known for melodic rapping and presenting hip-hop and neo-soul to popular music. Her songs were based on womanhood, fame, love, and spirituality, with a blend of strength and tenderness.

Hill is popularly known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop,” and Rolling Stone has included her in the list of “200 Greatest Singers of All Time.” 

2. TLC


The TLC trio is known as one of the most successful female bands of the 90s, consisting of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. The band’s nine songs hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and they included “Creep,” “Unpretty,” “Waterfalls,” and “No Scrubs.” Their songs were about self-love, particularly for women who shouldn’t be afraid of expressing their rights, true desires, and political concerns.

The band has sold more than 65 million records across the globe. Billboard magazine has also called them the “Seventh-Most-Successful Act” of the 1990s. The band surely belongs to the list of the best female singers in the 90s.

3. Shania Twain

Shania Twain

The Canadian-born singer won many fans’ hearts with her “Come On Over” album. With 20 million copies sold in the US, this album is considered the decade’s (90s) biggest-selling album and recognized as the biggest-selling album ever by a female artist. Her song, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” became highly popular. Its lyrics are based on the experiences of Twain at a resort in Ontario, where she had to work to support her family after the death of her parents.

4. Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Remember “My Heart Will Go On,” from the movie, “Titanic?” Many of us know that this song was recorded by Dion. Celine’s voice is one of the most recognizable and celebrated in pop music. 

Celine is a famous French Canadian artist, best known for her passion for music and vocal prowess. She became famous internationally in the 1990s, and her emotional ballads became fan favorites. The album, “The Color of My Love” skyrocketed Celine to global stardom. Between her English records, she also released French albums, and “D’eux” became one of the best-sellers. No wonder she is one of the most loved female singers in the 90s.

5. Madonna


By 1991, the “Queen of Pop” had dominated the pop charts and had scored 21 top ten songs in the United States. There is no denying that she left a profound impact on pop music. Madonna was also a  provocateur of fashion and music. From her debut single, ”Everybody” to Rebel Heart‘s “Living for Love,” she has provided the best pop songs of all time.

Madonna became more and more popular by acting in movies, such as “A League of Their Own,” “Dick Tracy,” and “Evita.” During your leisure time, try reading more about the “Queen of Pop,” including the perfume house Madonna introduced in the late 1990s.

6. Britney Spears

Britney Spears

This pop icon is one of the best female artists of the 90s and made it in the 90s female singers’ list. She is appreciated for inspiring the revival of teen pop in the late 1990s and early 2000s. With more than 150 million records sold worldwide, Spears is rightly regarded as the “Princess of Pop.” 

Spears’ albums, “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops! I Did It Again” are among the best-selling of all time. Spears has broken many records and has received numerous awards and accolades for her albums.

7. Courtney Love

Courtney Love

She was a successful solo artist of the 90s. The fearless figure’s lyrics were about young women seeking an unconventional hero. Her famous tracks were “Celebrity Skin” and “Doll Parts.” “Celebrity Skin” has won 3 Grammy Awards. If you are a person who is interested in following the awards received by celebrities, it would be helpful to know more about the Grammy Awards. Read about the Grammy Awards history and interesting facts!

Do you know that Love’s career spanned 4 decades? Love is also an excellent actress, who played roles in big-budget movies, such as “Trapped” and “Man on the Moon.”

8. Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

The five-time Grammy-winning singer and American rapper made a mark in the 90s with her groundbreaking topics, including gender, body positivity, feminism, equality, and sex positivity. In the 1990s, Elliot was with the R&B girl group known as “Sista.” 

Elliott was the first ever female rapper, who was included in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame.” She was also offered a place on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” in 2021.

9. Jewel


She was a breakthrough artist in the 1990s who presented the best mournful songs. By 2015, her songs had sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Her male-dominated hip hops won many fans in the 1990s.

Initially, she began performing at coffeehouses and clubs in San Diego, California. She was also involved in small gigs and street performances. In 1995, Jewel’s debut album, known as “Pieces of You” was released. 

Jewel surely belongs to the best female singers in the 90s. Apart from singing and songwriting, Jewel has also published a book of poetry!

10. Spice Girls

Spice Girls

The British pop group, “Spice Girls,” was formed in 1994, and their debut album sold over 32 million copies. Their main target was the young female fanbase. This band was famous for Archetypal band personas and girl power. Their songs demonstrated female empowerment and the importance of sisterhood.

The Spice Girls are considered the most successful British band since the Beatles. You might know that one of the Spice Girls, popularly called, “Posh Spice,” is now the wife of David Beckham, the football player. Victoria Beckham has also got many solo singles to her credit. Like many celebrities, she too owns a beauty brand. If you are interested in this topic, read about the 4 discontinued beauty brands.

Rock and Roll with the Songs of the 90s!

We hope you have enjoyed our list of top 10 female singers in the 90s. So, why not listen to the albums of these singers and groove to them? And, make sure you play their songs when your friends come home for that much-awaited midnight party!

Read Next