10. MadonnaThis is not a surprise to me nor should it be to anyone for that matter. Over the span of three decades, Madonna has transcended the face of pop music. A musical chameleon is still punching today with shocking behavior and sold out tours.
09. BeyonceShe is the 'it' girl in the industry and continues to inspire and be duplicated by many a R&B chicks. Her style and music set the standard in what's expected of a R&B diva. If your not trying to be Beyonce or not being compared to her, you don't matter.
08. Stevie WonderYou can virtually name any singer and more than likely they were influenced by Stevie Wonder. Not only are his songs unforgettable, his albums frequently make the top 10 lists of every artist known to music. Now that's what you call influential!
07. Whitney HoustonContestants on "American Idol" audition to Whitney Houston songs for a reason. She is the 'voice' o of a generation which went on to aspire future generations and still continue to this day.
06. PrinceLike Stevie Wonder, Prince is likely to be name dropped as a favorite among artists. His eclectic style, sound, and imagery are very much still duplicated to this day.
05. Janet JacksonMany dance pop divas wouldn't exist if it weren't for Janet Jackson. Her nearly five decade long career continues to imitate and inspire a whole new generation of performers.
04. Mariah CareyMariah Carey's voice and style continues to introduces us to a host of imitators and followers; too many to name.
Many artists credit Brandy as a major influence to both their career and musical direction.
02. Mary J. BligeName a R&B singer that wasn't influenced by Mary J. Blige?
01. Michael JacksonThere is no surprise here. Michael Jackson is and continues to be one of most recognizable and influential artists in music today.
So how do you feel about this list? Do you feel some artists should of make the top 10? Or is this list the way you would of imagined it give or take a few names? This list is based solely on a survey I conducted earlier in the week. I didn't tamper with any of the votes, just simply recorded them. Keep reading and look out for another music feed soon!
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