The 5 Most Influential Women In Music Today

The 5 Most Influential Women In Music Today

These ladies have changed the game.
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When you think of females who are vocal legends, who do you think of? Do you think of Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande or Zendaya? No. These women are all great artist in their own respect, but they all were influenced by the artists who came before them. This list will attribute some of the most influential women in music. These women pioneered musical styling for modern day pop artist. Without these women, the artists above would not even be here...

1. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is the highest selling female recording artist of all time and she has 18 number one hits. But is this why she is the most influential female on the list? No. Mariah Carey is known for influencing music in a number of ways. Firstly, Mariah Carey is the artist who popularized two different abilities that artist use while singing. Secondly, she is known as the Queen of Remix because her remixes such as "Fantasy" with ODB and "Honey Remix" with Mase and The Lox were so amazing. She also is the first R&B artist to infuse hip hop with R&B/Pop. These things in their own rights changed music forever, but she still did more. Mariah popularized melisma, the stretching of a word while singing it, and she popularized the use of the whistle register. This is the highest register of the human voice and very hard to do. Artist such as Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande have implemented whistle register in their music ever since.

Mariah also is known for her songwriting abilities. 17 out of her 18 number one hits she either wrote herself or co-wrote. Mariah's talent also transcends into the holidays. Her original song "All I Want for Christmas is You" is considered a modern classic for the holidays and has been covered by hundreds of artist. This song goes number one on the holiday charts every year. Mariah Carey is still relevant 25 years after the start of her career and she still manages to influence artists. Beyoncé said it best when she said, "Mariah Carey was the person that made me want to sing, she was beautiful, she had great videos and great songs and she could REALLY sing." She also stated, "I feel like Mariah Carey's voice came from God, you can hear the gospel in her voice." If Queen Bey respects you as her idol, you must be great! Go Mariah!

2. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is the second most influential woman. Ironically, she influenced Mariah Carey herself. Whitney Houston's vocal stability and her vocal ability led her to being an artist who has influenced almost every artist since her. Jennifer Hudson was greatly influenced by Whitney and she even fantasized about singing with her. Jennifer said, "When she came out with 'I Will Always Love You,' I would create a duet between her and I … If you would hear her recording of singing it and you hear my voice singing the top harmony part and it's like 'ahhh' to me. That's Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston's duet, around the house that is." She influenced other artists, such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and even Celine Dion. She is also the most awarded artist in history. We miss you Whitney, you will forever be a legend. RIP

3. Madonna

Madonna is the second highest selling female recording artist of all time. Madonna is so influential because she has broken down barriers and she has literally created a brand of music that many of today's artists fall into. Musical acts such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, P!NK, and so many more were influenced by Madonna. Madonna made it known that women have a mind and that they can and will speak it, a theme that often resonates in the music of the younger generations. Madonna made a huge impact on music and a huge impact on our parents' generation. Like Mariah, Madonna remains relevant years after her career and she continues to make an impact while looking darn good.

4. Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson, is The Queen of Pop! Janet is known for having some of the most amazing music videos with amazing choreography. Janet also is known for being a sex symbol; a woman who was not afraid to show her body in the classiest of ways. Janet also is the artist who popularized "event albums," a musical body of art complete with interludes and short songs that are years in the making. This album concept has been used by artist such as Beyoncé, Trey Songz, Rihanna and more. Janet Jackson is influential for all the reasons above, but the one thing she is most influential for is her impact on dance. Janet influenced Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Aaliyah, Zendaya and Rihanna, just to name a few. Janet Truly is the Queen of Pop!

5. Beyoncé

This is a list of most influential women in music right? Beyoncé is influenced by all the women prior to her on this list right? So how and why is she on this list? The reason Beyoncé made the list as the fifth and final most influential women in music is because she is an icon! Beyoncé has beat down barriers and has had a career that spans over 11 years. Beyoncé has already influenced a plethora of artist such as Rihanna, Ciara, Zendaya, and many more hitmakers. She is nowhere near finished yet. Beyoncé can sing, dance and act. She is a triple threat and sooner or later she will no longer be considered an icon but a legend. Beyoncé started with Destiny's Child, which was a popular girl group in its day. Beyoncé has won multiple grammys and Golden Globes. All I can say is keep your eyes open, because Queen Bey is not done.

All of the women on this list are amazing artists who pop culture adores and idolizes. We must pay tribute to them and thank them for their contribution to music. Without them who knows where music would be.




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The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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1. Realizing you're coming home to family, good food, and someone else doing your laundry

After all the packing and unpacking, you could use a home-cooked meal and some good catching up with those you love most.

2. Thinking about how much you packed and what you still have to unpack

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3. Realizing you aren't the slightest bit independent when you're living under someone else's roof again

Not your house or your rules, but you made the choice to come home for another summer. Still satisfied with that decision?

4. Missing your friends from school day in and day out

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