Who is the TRUE most successful female artist of all time?

I know it's between Celine Dion,Mariah Carey & Madonna. some people can be biased and say it's a certain artist just because they dislike one and love the other. But I want to know who is the REAL successful female artist of all time. I could post a ton of facts in terms of sales and such when it comes to MC but I wont.


@funk FYI Mariah has had her share of successful tours as well so that's not a good enough reason for janet to "have mariah beat" as one of the most successful female artists of all time.

Update 2:

@funk i really dont get why or how janet was even brought into this,I stated 3 artists name not one of them being janet and asked for THE most successful female artist not who critics consider to be the second most successful female artist.

Update 3:

@funk you really need to check your facts,not what critics say but FACTS which prove that Mariah is more successful than Janet whether you want to believe it or not.

Update 4:

@funk and i never once said that mariah was as successful or more successful than madonna or celine though she is very close.

Update 5:

@funk your obviously in denial and you obviously dont like MC,but that's all right. I'm not going to continue arguing about something that we all already know is true.Both women are talented in there own right but Mariah is more successful than Janet,keep denying it all you want but it's not going to change so deal with it.

22 Answers

  • Anne
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    A lot of Madonna fans seems to just post only sales when it comes to comparisons. However, she's only successful in the terms of sales today. She only influence a tidbit of fashion in the 80s. In terms of vocal ability, Mariah Carey would be the most successful, being able to adjust to other vocal types (She's an alto but can probably go soprano if she wanted to). Dance would go to Janet Jackson. Most popular song goes to Celine Dion (My Heart Will Go On) Aretha is considered the Queen of Soul music and a huge inspiration to many artists down the line. And there's tons more artists that would be successful in different categories.

    There is no one true successful female artist. Certain artists will shine in one area and others will shine in another. It's all based on opinions (Certain Madonna fans who think her sales make her the most successful but that's not true at all. She rise in certain categories/countries and fail in others)

  • T.
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Mariah Carey For the Singles, Madonna for the ALbums and Concerts

    I have No Idea How Celine Measures up

    And Whitney Is the Most Awarded Female of All Time

    Madonna , 250 Mill (By 2005)

    Celine 230 Mill (by 08)

    Mariah , 175 mill (By last year)

    Whitney 170 mill (By Last year

  • 1 decade ago

    Celine Dion,Mariah Carey and Madonna are all very successful female artists. Madonna is the most successful female recording artist of all times. She is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the best selling female rock artist of the 20th century.

  • 1 decade ago

    The TRUE most successful female artist of all time is Madonna..

    and LMFAO @ people dividing success in terms of talent. Success = Tour grossing albums/records sales, charting, movie grossing . etc. NOT by talent. Give me a break! If that were the case Janet Jackson would be the most successful of them all.

    1. Madonna (Sold about 200 million records worldwide, Tours - her last tour grossed $408 million WW)

    2. Celine Dion (about 185 million records worldwide, Tours - she has the 9th highest grossing tour of all time by any solo artist)

    Oh and FYI all Mariah has is record sales and #1 charting. That's all. But Janet Jackson got her beat as one of the most successful female artist of all time. She has the tours, movie grossing as well.

    EDIT- No where near as successful as Janet's sold-out tours. And yes, it's a good of enough reason that she's more successful than Mariah. Critics agree. Janet is actually considered the 2nd most successful female artist of all time by many critics.

    EDIT- Idc if you didn't bring Janet up. LMAO! Just understand that Mariah isn't more successful than her and definitely not remotely as successful as Madonna and Celine Dion.

    EDIT - She's not even close.

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Well Madonna out sold Mariah in album sales. Mariah has 200 Million. Madonna has like 400 Million.

    Madonna has the most successful tour out of all of them.

    Mariah broke more records than Madonna, including more #1's, Platinum singles. The more important records.

    I think Madonna is Overrated. Yeah she sales more than Mariah & Celine & Whitney, but does she have a voice? Not really. Just like Britney Spears.. Madonna and Britney sell more because they can entertain with their dance music; Even though Madonna can belt a little and Britney can't sing and is fixed in the studio.

    I don't hate Madonna but I think it's unfair that AMAZING singer put so much effort in singing their best notes to get fans and Madonna does her weak belts & make dance music & sales more.

    IDK why powerful singers even bother singing anymore? Auto-tune/Fake singing is the new way to sing. Ex. Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, etc. The chart don't care about amazing singers anymore. You have suck at singing to make it. And Justin Bieber is just a lost case lol

    So yeah, It's Madonna. The Queen of Pop.. The Queen of Sales... The Queen of Dance Music,,, The Queen of lower register jk.

    Source(s): Mariah/Celine/Whitney should of won because they are TRUE singers, but ...*Sign* LOL @MaRyxMuFfINz! Now that was a fail!
  • 1 decade ago

    Janet Jackson

  • 1 decade ago

    i dont like any of the contenders you give...but i think madonna has the title. i

    Madonna has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. She is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second top-selling female artist in the U.S., with 64 million certified albums.

    Guinness World Records listed her as the world's most successful female recording artist of all time. In 2008,Billboard magazine ranked Madonna at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists", making her as the most successful solo artist in the history of BillboardHot 100 chart. (she is still crap lol.) she has acted written books etc.

    this statistic is interseting.

    Barbra Streisand: The legendary performer has had 26 Platinum® albums, 13 of which are multi-million sellers. Four Streisand albums have reached the five-million certification plateau -- “Guilty,” “A Christmas Album,” “Memories” and “Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.” Streisand received her first gold album on May 12, 1964. In the years since, she has never been out of the limelight.

  • 1 decade ago

    In terms of sales, Madonna.

    In terms of overall likeness, Janet Jackson:)

    In terms of best voice Mariah Carey or Whitney Housten.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think Janet Jackson is the one that deserves the most success credit.

    She has done so much in music.

    She is so inspiring and influential

    Her videos are mind blowing.

    I got all teary today, when I was watching her in I Get Lonely (a song I used to listen to a lot when I was down) it's one of my all time favourite music videos. I haven't seen it in a while until today. She just breaks it down so beautifully and full of real emotion and soul.

    She is such a brilliant artist.

    A truly incredible dancer, singer, and performer

    She's so full of emotion, power, beauty, and creativity.

    It takes talent to do that, and she shows her talent way pass a 100%.

    Even if Janet Jackson isn't the most successful by critics, to me she is the best and most deserving.

    She is so underrated in a lot of aspects.

    The true Queen of Pop and R&B can get me crying.

    She is the best.

  • 1 decade ago

    Patsy Cline

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