Just about anybody can sing, but if we’re being realistic, sometimes there are more factors at play in someone’s success than pure skill alone. After all, music is a facet of the entertainment industry as a whole.
The following women are just some of the most attractive singers who have achieved mainstream success over the years. This list will include current singers as well as those whose heyday of beauty held prominence in the past.
Depending on your point of view, opening an article like this with the Spice Girls is either a massive cop-out or the most appropriate choice possible. Throughout the 1990s, it seemed like everybody had a crush on at least 1 member of this pop group.
This group could have been considered international pop-culture royalty, and it definitely didn’t hurt that each member had their individual style. Everyone can probably agree that the Spice Girls will always be spicy.
Shakira blew up on the international music charts in the early 2000s. What most people are completely unaware of is the fact that Shakira’s music career actually began quite successfully in the early 1990s.
It was likely this amount of experience that helped her make such a massive impact when she did break through. At the age of 46, Shakira is still stunningly beautiful.
Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten might not be a female singer that everyone would place so highly in terms of attractiveness. However, for those who are into indie music genres and indie fashion, Sharon Van Etten is the equivalent of a dream.
She’s got that “cool” indie factor going on along with a seemingly natural beauty, making her seem like some underground superhero. At the same time, one could almost mistake her for being the homecoming queen cheerleader.
Sharon is proof that beauty doesn’t have to fade when someone reaches their 30s and 40s.
Unless you watch cover songs on YouTube, you might not be familiar with Angela Ricci. However, it’s almost a certainty that you’ll be hearing her name more often in the coming years.
Angela seems to have a good knowledge of the different styles that accentuate her natural beauty. Plus, it’s not too hard to fall in love with her luscious hair, no matter how she has it styled.
Does it feel kind of ironic to mention Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) in an article about hot singers? Yes, it does, but can we agree that she really is quite stunning?
The best thing about Cat Power is that it’s likely the music (rather than the image) that prompts your discovery. While she is quite attractive, it's her powerful songwriting that accentuates her beauty.
There’s just something undeniably sexy about Grace Slick during the very early years of Jefferson Airplane. When you realize that her looks are as seductive as her voice, she becomes that much more attractive.
It’s for that reason that Slick will always be considered one of the queens of psychedelia. Her voice has guided generations, and there’s something really attractive in that.
While Alicia Keys is good-looking, to say the least, it’s her amazing voice and wicked piano skills that will steal your breath. Of course, it’s always around that moment during a performance when she’ll flash that charming smile.
Alicia has done some amazing things for the world outside of her music career. She has been serving as an inspiration to generations of musicians all around the world, and that is truly admirable.
Just based on sheer numbers alone, Adele is one of the most successful artists of the 21st century. In terms of beauty, Adele has the uncanny ability to look stunning either dressing up or dressing down in sweatpants and a hoodie.
Adele has also shown that she can be sexy even if her body doesn’t fit that stereotypical “mold” for how a pop artist’s body style “should be”. No matter how she appears, she always seems to have a classiness.
It only seems fitting to follow Adele with Kiana Ledé, who won a contest held in 2011 by Kidz Bop. One of the songs Kiana performed to enter the finals was Adele’s Someone Like You.
Kiana has amazing hair that perfectly frames a pair of eyes that one can’t help but become captivated with. The hypnosis one experiences could draw parallels to the effect of the Hypnotoad in Futurama.
PJ Harvey might not fit everyone’s idea of what is attractive. However, it’s her natural beauty that really allows her unique personality to shine through visually.
Not to mention, Harvey has been stunningly prolific over her career spanning over 30 years. Her willingness to experiment fearlessly is one thing that is attractive from a musical standpoint.
If you needed an attractive face to catch your attention, Sierra Hull might have you thinking twice about bluegrass. Sierra has that country cuteness combined with a fantastic voice and some tasty mandolin chops.
Bluegrass is truly seeing a rebirth in widespread popularity thanks in part to artists like Billy Strings and Sierra Hull. What’s crazy is that these modern artists are performing at the level of bluegrass legends with their own distinct styles.
Ariana Grande has been one of the most successful artists of the last decade. Her raised ponytail imbues a sense of magic that totally pulls her look together, no matter the intended vibe.
Depending on your age, there’s a chance you might have known Ariana before she became the singer she would be known as. Either way, it seems as if she would have a playful personality.
En Vogue often gets overlooked when remembering the great music of the 1990s. There’s just something that encapsulates you when you’re presented with a performance by a top-notch power group of beautiful singers.
The song Don’t Let Go is one of the most dramatic songs in recorded history. You can’t help but actually feel the song’s emotion during the group’s vocal delivery.
If there’s 1 singer who’s won her fair share of Sexiest Singer awards, it’s Jennifer Lopez. During the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, J.Lo remained a consistent collective heartthrob crush.
Not only was she on top of the music charts, but she was also in demand as an actress. Plus, who can forget that time she wore her iconic green dress back in 2000?
Christina Aguilera was just one of a few singers who were everyone’s crush during the early 2000s. Her lyrics, combined with suggestive music videos, proved to be a potent combination that played into everyone’s curiosity.
Throughout the years, Aguilera has widely been considered one of the hottest singers on the planet. Despite now being in her early 40s, it almost seems as if she’s gotten more beautiful as time has gone by.
Depending on your age, you might have had a serious crush on Vanessa Carlton between 2002 and 2004. During that period, she knocked a home run out of the park with her song, A Thousand Miles, which made its debut in Legally Blonde.
Do yourself a favor and take a look at the cover art for her debut album, Be Not Nobody. That look, alone, is enough to send primal chills down your spine.
Lady Gaga is definitely one of the sexiest musical artists in the history of recorded music. What makes her so iconic is her willingness to let her personality express itself visually through her looks.
Sometimes, it seems as if she makes choices that are intended to go against the convention of what is expected of her. No matter how she chooses to look, it's her inherent beauty that never fails to shine through.
Take a moment to locate somebody who grew up during the 1970s being a fan of rock music. If you were to ask them who their musical crush was in terms of women in bands, Ann Wilson would be one of the top answers.
Let’s be real, the fact that Ann and her sister, Nancy, were in a wicked-cool band was pretty tight. The fact that Ann was such a looker was only an added bonus.
If there is a female rockstar that has the looks of a movie star, it’s definitely Liz Phair. Yet, even despite her dazzling appearance, her record sales have paled in comparison to many of her contemporaries.
Maybe looks aren’t always going to be a predictive indicator of album sales, after all. Because, really, if it was, Liz Phair would be one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Selena is yet another singer to have come from the long lineage of child singers, actors, and actresses. For much of the world, they got to know Selena through her role as a child pop star on the television show, Hannah Montana.
Now that she’s older, there’s no denying that she’s an attractive adult. She certainly brings a new definition to looking good in one’s 30s, proving that she can be a fashion trendsetter no matter what her age.
When he wrote the song 1999, do you think Prince knew that everyone would have a crush on Britney Spears? The world changed when she dropped her first single, …Baby One More Time.
Music has always had a degree of sexualization, but a new level and an evolved era was ushered in by Britney Spears. During the early years of her career, she was one of the most desirable stars on the planet.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is so attractive about Hayley Williams. Maybe it's her iconic hair or the fact that it always looks like she is singing into a carrot.
Or, maybe it's the fact that she’s gained a reputation as one of the most respected women in the music industry. Plus, she’s done it all fronting an actual rock band, which is a fact that says enough on its own.
Have you ever fallen in love with someone after hearing them flawlessly sing Pavement songs from memory during a concert? Precisely that very thing happened with yours truly with regard to Soccer Mommy (Sophia Allison).
Her music is tinged heavily in the sounds of the 1990s but blended with modern sound aesthetics. The result is a catalog of songs that are undeniably golden pop-song nuggets.
Many of Sophia’s lyrics touch on the notion of falling short of society’s expectations regarding her looks or her body. But it's really her individual style that makes her so insanely attractive.
Derek Trucks has to be one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Not only does he possess insanely virtuosic slide guitar skills, but he’s married and has a band with one of the sexiest women in music.
Even though Susan is now in her 50s, she never fails to look her best for each concert. More often than not, she’ll be wearing a tasteful dress along with a pair of glasses that frame her face perfectly.
Of course, you’ll be absolutely floored by Susan’s powerful voice. And, you may want to remember to lift your jaw up off of the floor after the times that she does take a guitar solo.
Mariah Carey was absolutely dominating the music charts during the 1990s. Her distinct whistling register allowed her to have a plush presentation, while her music videos left much to come back for.
One has to wonder if Mariah Carey had stumbled upon the fountain of youth over the years. It seems as if she hasn’t aged a year beyond the early 2000s, which is an astonishing feat for anyone in the music industry.
Who can forget the first time they listened to Katy Perry’s hit single, I Kissed A Girl? The song immediately cemented Perry as one of the hottest female singers in music’s mainstream.
Since then, Katy Perry has continued to exist at the top echelon of popular music. She managed to play the Super Bowl halftime show at the age of 30, which is an astonishing feat of its own.
Perry seems to look her best when she takes her inspiration from vintage eras. One look she pulls off quite well is that retro-modern baby boomer style of the 1940s-1950s, rounded out with today’s aesthetic touches.
Dua Lipa has that distinctly exotic European look, which is brimming with character even without much makeup. In fact, it’s that natural look where Dua Lipa seems at her most comfortable.
Her facial lines imbue a mood of sexiness, perhaps even during those moments of normalcy. Not to mention, Dua Lipa has even been a model on the runway of a Versace fashion show.
Some of Dua Lipa’s hottest moments include the music videos for Prisoner (Miley Cyrus), and Sweetest Pie (Megan Thee Stallion).
There’s a likely chance you’re unfamiliar with Heather Mae, but that’s all about to change. She’s an independent artist on the come-up who fills her music with intention.
If there’s one thing that Heather Mae has made a point of, it’s the embracing of her self-image as her beautiful, natural self. Though she’s aware of the “beauty standard” that exists in the mainstream music industry,” the simple fact is that she holds her own with those who are perceived as meeting that standard.
Nevertheless, Heather Mae is important in helping other women realize they are beautiful, too. Even if they don’t look a certain way.
There’s something about Mitski that draws the eye and doesn’t let go. It’s almost as if you discover something you didn’t notice upon first glance, each time you look at a picture of her.
Mitski is definitely attractive in the idea that she keeps her life out of the public eye. Much of her music seems to be extremely personal, which has allowed audiences to connect with her on a deeper level.
The best part is that it seems as if she has quite of bit of endurance in the tank for maintaining her momentum.
Do you know that cute girl in the coffee shop who sometimes plays guitar and sings at the open mic on Wednesday afternoons? Even if you don’t know someone like this personally, you can probably imagine such a person in existence.
Kim Deal almost seems to be the realistic personification of this. Her music during The Pixies and The Breeders years continues to stand as some of the most iconic indie rock jams of all time.
In the mid-1990s, TLC was one of the hottest pop groups in the world. The summer of 1995 was filled with tracks from the group’s smash-hit album, CrazySexyCool.
And really, CrazySexyCool might be the most appropriate definition of what makes TLC such an attractive group. Their success has continued long after the tragic death of Lisa Lopes in 2002.
Taylor Swift has been country music’s darling ever since she emerged onto the scene with her debut album. Since then, she’s become a heartthrob for teenagers and adults alike.
Taylor seems to have this natural beauty to her, using makeup only to modestly enhance. She also seems to maintain this beauty through every stylistic fashion change she takes up, whether it be formal, dressed-down, or futuristic.
Out of all the mainstream artists of the last 20 years, Taylor Swift has the biggest cult-like fanbase. She will be talked about in another century for sure.
With her sultry R&B vocal delivery, Toni Braxton will forever be one of the hottest female singers of the 1990s and 2000s. Her collaborative partnership with Babyface has played a key role in her success, but it’s always been her delivery that seals the deal.
Not to mention, Braxton has even played Belle in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. What more evidence of beauty do you need than to play the role to which the word “beauty” in the title refers?
Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion is definitely one of the hottest female singers holding prominent relevance among current mainstream audiences. Of course, part of this has to do with how suggestive her imagery is.
As an artist, she definitely steps up and owns her sexiness with outright confidence. Because of this, she is able to attract an audience’s attention and isn’t afraid to ramp up the steam to do so.
Stevie Nicks during the late 1970s and even the 1980s was quite a sight to behold, indeed. Part of her charm was the fact that she seemingly had a vibe that transcended the photographs she was featured in.
Think about it, the style of Stevie Nicks lives on and is far larger than the person will ever be. Not only are people following in her footsteps as a singer, but they also make a point to dress in the same gypsy-bohemian fashion.
The 1980s were a strange time in the landscape of mainstream music when the selling of an image became even more prevalent. Along with this came the imagery associated with the new wave of popular music at the time.
Blondie was at the forefront of this, with Debbie Harry displaying her Hollywood looks. In a way, Debbie Harry’s face is partially responsible for the collective mental imagery often conjured up when recollecting the era.
Jill Scott is an example of a female singer who is sexy despite maybe not having the stereotypical mainstream body image. But the thing is, part of what makes Jill Scott sexy is the fact that she is not advertised for her looks.
Instead, Jill lets the fruit of her voice talents do the talking for her. She’s a highly accomplished singer and voice actress with a preciously powerful musical personality.
Beyoncé Knowles quickly gained the world’s attention when she emerged onto the scene in Destiny’s Child. From there, she essentially established herself as one of the hottest and most significant artists of the modern era.
There’s no denying that the work Beyoncé has done in her career has been groundbreaking and legendary. But it’s the accomplishments she’s had outside of music that continue to be attractive and inspiring to aspiring artists.
One person who may have taken a few pages out of Beyoncé’s playbook is Rihanna. Since the early 2000s, Rihanna has risen to become one of the best-selling artists of the modern age.
Not only is she a beauty to behold, but also has her own business centered around beauty and fashion products. Rihanna is looking good whether she’s singing, acting, or being a business owner.
Maggie Rogers looks like the kind of girl you might have had a crush on in high school but were too afraid to ask out. She maintains a look of playful youth even as she nears her 30s, proving that the 30s are still a ripe time for beauty.
Maggie Rogers is proof that sometimes, the right person hearing your song is all it takes. Pharell Williams heard Maggie’s song, Alaska, in 2016, and she’s essentially become a famous favorite ever since.
There are a few things that make St. Vincent wildly sexy in her own way. The first is her unyielding will to express herself the way she sees fit, whether it be related to her clothing or the design of her guitar.
Secondly, it’s the fact that her willingness to express her eccentricity ends up one of her most attractive qualities. Not to mention, as an artist, her abilities are absolutely astounding on every level.
Jewel is an artist that seems to have a true sense of natural beauty. During a time when many other female artists were going to the extreme, Jewel was seemingly just herself.
Sure, maybe the glamorization and sexualization of other acts were attractive to some degree. However, there really is something to be said about natural beauty and the ability to have a commercially successful music career without using looks as a primary marketing tool.
You can’t release a song called Get Ur Freak On and not be sexy in some way or another. Throughout her career, Missy Elliott has had a degree of attractiveness that can’t be denied.
One of her most attractive qualities is the fact that she has stayed true to her own artistic vision, especially surrounding her image. It’s what has helped her become one of the most significant female artists of the last 30 years.
Many of the artists featured on this list would not be known in the same capacity if Madonna didn’t exist. Madonna ushered in a new standard for what was possible for a female pop singer to accomplish in terms of popularity and expression.
It’s also safe to say that Madonna pushed the envelope in sexualizing her imagery, songs, and music videos. Without Madonna pushing these boundaries, today’s music landscape would seem much different.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes rapper Lil Debbie so catching to the eye. Perhaps it's that blending of California style with an attitude of effortlessness.
In a way, her stage name is quite fitting as, not only is she a snack for the eyes, her verses are a treat to hear, too.
Okay, so, I admit, maybe having Lisa Loeb mentioned here is probably far and away from what someone else would put here. This glasses-wearing singer-songwriter has maintained a look that has become synonymous with her name.
And, if you’re into cute-looking nerdy women who wear glasses and sing songs, then Lisa Loeb is essentially your dream companion.
Zooey Deschanel has a distinct style steeped in indie fashion that takes inspiration from vintage details. Her style and look have made her one of the most iconic humans of the early 21st century.
Hottest Female Singers, Final Thoughts
Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and there’s a solid chance your own personal list would look much different. With that being said, it is interesting to see how the perception of beauty has played into music throughout the years.
Beauty is certainly not a good indicator of skill but has historically been shown to help generate revenue. What will be interesting is whether there will be a shift in beauty’s importance in the future.