Billboard calls Mary J. Blige the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years!

November 18, 2010
In honor of the incomparable artists that have helped bring urban music to the masses over the last three decades -- and also to toast the success of our recently launched music column The Juice -- the Billboard chart team has assembled this list of the Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop artists of the last 25 years.

The tally is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts from Jan. 5, 1985, issue to the charts dated Nov. 6, 2010*. Artists are ranked based on an inverse point system (which just means that who ever spent the most weeks at No. 1 earned greater value than those that spent most time at the lower end of the chart).

Our list includes recent chart-toppers as well as classic favorites, platinum-selling crossover divas and quiet-storm crooners, innovators you'd expect to see and some surprising inclusions you never saw coming. But each artist is an essential voice in a genre that has become the driving force in today's popular music.

Now dissect the list, tear it apart, put it back together, and share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Top 10:
1.) R. Kelly <---The King of R&B  
2.) Mary J. Blige <---The Queen of R&B  
3.) Whitney Houston
4.) Mariah Carey
5.) Janet Jackson
6.) Usher
7.) Luther
8.) Jayz
9.) Freddie Jackson
10.) Alicia Keys

CONGRATS TO MARY J. BLIGE BEING THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE R&B ARTIST OF THE LAST 25 YEARS...It's ONLY logical Whitney, Mariah, Janet & Bey ranked behind their Queen. Lol


The entire top 50 --->


Tierra at: November 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM said...

beautiful picture mary!!!!!!!!!!!! Mary j will always be the most successful female r&b artist.

Thaddeus at: November 18, 2010 at 8:57 PM said...

She sure will! She's the Queen of R&B.

Anonymous at: November 19, 2010 at 8:46 PM said...

i love u maryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Anonymous at: November 19, 2010 at 8:59 PM said...

Congratulations Mary!!!!!! But honestly, what happened to Luther???

Anonymous at: November 19, 2010 at 9:04 PM said...

mary god said if you let him he would lead you to the promise land. love is great!!!!!

Anonymous at: November 19, 2010 at 9:04 PM said...

Luther ummm

bridgette at: November 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM said...

The best reign supreme now and forever!....we love u Mary!

Anonymous at: November 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM said...

Freddie Jackson? WTF?

Anonymous at: November 19, 2010 at 11:25 PM said...

So HAPPY 4 U, Mary J ... Billboard almost got it right. U should b No. 1 period - wit all due respect to R Kelly. I remember when u began back in tha day - almost 20 yrs ago ... not only do u get stronger with each tear but with each year as well. U deserve so much love and blessings for your inspiration and perseverance! Congratulations Mary J!

Marcus E at: November 20, 2010 at 6:19 AM said...

Congrats Mary J- Big Shout out for Mary J Blige- The undisputed Queen of R & B -The Stats dont Lie. Queen Mary is the TRUTH

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