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Top 10 Female Singers Who Can Dance

VO: Emily Brayton
The female superstars that know how to get down. Join MsMojo, as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Female Singers Who Can Dance. For this list, we’re looking at female artists of the past and present, all of whom are capable of holding their own as both singers and top-notch dancers. Special thanks to our users Pat Nguyen, Jared Smith, makkinen123 and Cat Hunter for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at

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Top 10 Female Singers Who Can Dance

The female superstars that know how to get down. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Female Singers Who Can Dance.
For this list, we’re looking at female artists of the past and present, all of whom are capable of holding their own as both singers and top-notch dancers.

#10: Lady Gaga

With a performance background in both theatre and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, this gal was groomed to kill it on stage. Even so, Lady Gaga’s concert moves aren’t always technical and calculating, as she’s been known to wing it and lose herself in freestyle routines. With all the bravado that comes along with the Gaga persona, she’s perfectly capable of not just producing club-bangers but seriously operating a high level alongside those who dance only for a living. Applause. Born This Way. Edge of Glory. Gaga’s got that rhythm.

#9: Missy Elliott

Well, you just can’t make it up when it comes the dance groove of Missy Elliott, as she’s got a cool, free-flowing style that’s all her own. In fact, Billboard once gave her a full tribute in 2015, which was unsurprising considering the transformative routines seen in “Lose Control”, “Get Ur Freak On” or whatever her latest original production happens to be. When you’re a noted producer in your own right and collaborate with the likes of Timbaland and Pharrell, you gotta have the moves to back up your beats, and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott doesn’t just know how to move, she knows how to swerve so superb.

#8: Rihanna

When this Caribbean beauty arrived on the scene, her physical grace and sexualized demeanor was part of the appeal. And with all due respect to the vocal acumen of Robyn Fenty aka “Rihanna,” she’s become increasingly willing to show us a little more via dancing, most notably in her enticing “Work” collaboration with Drake. But beyond the stage routines and iconic music videos, Rihanna’s also been known to twerk it out on occasion. She’s one helluva performer, and her unadulterated style often leaves fans breathless, as nobody has a full package quite like Rihanna.

#7: Paula Abdul

Once a beloved pop star and always a fan favorite “American Idol” judge, Paula Abdul developed her skills first as a Laker Girl and later as the crew’s head choreographer. Inspired by “Singin’ in the Rain”, she displayed some of that old school tradition in her early routines, and it was the Jackson Family that actually took note of her choreography skills and hooked her up with Janet. Of course, Paula was destined to become a star herself, and she’s played an instrumental role in modern choreography.

#6: Shakira

Before there was YouTube, there was MTV’s “Total Request Live,” and dance enthusiasts made sure to record the endless stream of Shakira music videos. Already a major Colombian star when she crossed over to the U.S., Shakira showed the world, that Latin America is a region rich with culture and distinct styles differing from country to country. Blessed with an alluring yet sweet presence, Shakira’s dance techniques are fierce to the core, as she may contort her body with impossible flexibility. And you know what they say… her hips just don’t lie.

#5: Madonna

With a resume dating back to the 80s, it’s only natural that some of Madonna’s early dance routines seem, well, “dated,” by today's standards but she’s long influenced how we move as a collective society. One word: Vogue. For the landmark video, Madonna took a little known concept and brought it to the world through her own iconic production. She may not have the moves of a Shakira but Madonna’s routines have always played an integral role in pop culture dialogue, celebrating dancing itself while challenging how we think about the art as a whole.

#4: Jennifer Lopez

Unless you’re a true aficionado of pop culture, you may not have known that J.Lo was a “Fly Girl” on the '90s comedy series “In Living Color”. Then just a girl from The Bronx – Jenny from the Block – was blissfully unaware that she’d land a film role portraying the late Selena just a few years later. Today, we know Jennifer Lopez, the icon, and while her obvious talent took her to cinema, her entire persona changed once she came a legit pop star and ushered in a new era of dance music. J.LO works, she works it hard, and after numerous studio albums and iconic music videos, she’s one of the defining female figures of 21st century R&B dance.

#3: Britney Spears

While she may not have the same dancer to pop-star pedigree as J-Lo, the Princess of Pop did beat her to the punch career-wise, dropping her debut album five months before Lopez’s first album release. Given the demographic of Britney Spears fans and the singer’s obvious sex appeal, her landmark MTV performances were destined to go viral before “viral” was a thing. Whether it was the pre-YouTube video for “Toxic” or even some of her most recent productions, Britney’s choreography has routinely influenced the American youth, and with the rise of social media and accessibility to music videos,
her legacy only continues to grow.

#2: Beyoncé

Yet another musical icon that emerged in the late 90s, this influential artist first turned heads as a member of Destiny’s Child. Let’s be clear: Beyoncé made her mark years before she ventured off on her own. However, it was in the 2000s when she truly elevated from star to pop culture icon, large in part to her dynamic live performances and certainly through the meticulously choreographed music videos such as “Single Ladies” and “Love On Top”. While sex appeal is part of the allure, Beyoncé trumps all when it comes to mixing individuality, creativity and style in modern dance.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.


Nicole Scherzinger

Christina Aguilera


Tina Turner

#1: Janet Jackson

The icon. The legend. The woman who inspired a rhythm nation. In a time when her brother Michael was the most recognized face in the world, Janet went ahead and established herself as one of the most influential artists of the 80s. From 1989's Rhythm Nation to the influential follow up titled Janet from 1993, each production was highly anticipated not just for the music, but for how Janet expressed herself on stage. Like MJ, she broke barriers and elevated the craft with both MTV and world tour stages as her platform. Her legacy is unmatched by any other female artist, and her music will continue to grace the ears of dancers around the world for years to come!

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