As long as I can remember, sex appeal has been one of the biggest drivers of success among female R&B singers. Beauty, charisma and decent vocal abilities are almost minimal requirements for any woman in search of a recording contract.
Sure there are rare exceptions like Angie Stone and Macy Gracy but the “in crowd” has always clinged to the more glamorous acts like The Supremes and Destiny’s Child. With that in mind, here is our list of the 10 Sexiest Female R&B Singers of All-Time.
It’s been a while since Mya blessed us with some new music, but from 1998 til about 2005 she was one of the most talked about females in the game. With a 2002 Grammy Award and 3.2 million record sold, this beauty still deserves a spot on our list.
9. Kelli Rowland
This chocolate bombshell, is the perfect mix of class and sass. Though her solo career has failed to take off like Beyonce’s, Kelli Rowland stays consistent and continues to evolve with the times.
8. Toni Braxton
Every since blessing us with “Love Should of Brought You Home” on the Boomerang soundtrack, Toni Braxton has been one of the hottest chicks in the game. The multi-platinum singer turned reality TV star is still running circles around women half her age.
7. Mariah Carey
When Nick Cannon married Mariah Carey in 2008, there was no doubt he hit the Jackpot. With over 200 million records sold world-wide, Mimi is one of the best, if not the best, to ever do it.
6. Alicia Keys
It is a rare that you find someone who is a beautiful and vocally talented as Alicia Keys. I mean, how can you deny a classical trained singer/songwriter that knows how to keep it hood?
5. Diana Ross
Before the reality tv show R&B Divas aired on TV ONE, Diana Ross embodied the loosely used word. With over 100 million records sold and 70 hit singles the “original diva” sits pretty at #5 position.
4. Janet Jackson
Since emerging from the shadows of her legendary siblings, Janet Jackson has been object of every man’s obsession. When Janet first stepped on the scene in the early 90’s, who would have thought MJ’s younger sister would have turned out that way she did?
Love her or a hate her, Esquire Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive is the envy of every woman on the planet. At tender age of 24, Rihanna has won every award known to man and the trophies keep coming in.
Gone but not forgotten, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was one of the most beautiful and talented singers of all-time. With the release of her “One In a Million” single, the “Princess of R&B” transformed the genre of R&B with the help of Timbaland and Missy Elliot.
How could you go against the Queen B? She has “ran the world” since her humble beginnings as Destiny’s Child front woman while maintaining her sweet southern girl persona.