6 Influential Female Artists Who Have Made Music History With Their Record-Breaking Songs

For decades, female musicians have been leaders in the music industry in more ways than once.

From releasing groundbreaking hits that quickly climb the charts to performing powerful tracks with lyrics that resonate with fans all around the world, there are many female artists whose talent goes far beyond their powerful voices.

Beyoncé, Madonna, Ariana Grande
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The industry contains many talented women. And we’re highlighting six who have changed music for the better with their record-breaking songs.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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Following a string of heartbreaking tragedies, Ariana Grande decided to turn her pain into music and created some of her best work while she grieved losses.

After the release of her fourth studio album, Sweetener, Grande continued to deliver hit after hit, with many tracks claiming top spots on the music charts.

Following the release of her album Thank U, Next, the singer found herself achieving a huge music milestone that hadn’t been done since the Beatles in 1964.

Thanks to three of her hit tracks — “Thank U, Next,” “7 Rings,” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” — Grande became the first female artist in history to hold the top three Billboard Hot 100 spots.

Madonna

Madonna
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There is no question that Madonna has had a tremendous cultural impact on the music industry since rising to fame in the early ’80s.

Over the years, the “Queen of Pop” has gone against the grain and has paved the way for many female artists today.

From overstepping boundaries with her lyrics, performances, and on-stage visuals to making unique fashion statements, Madonna continues to prove she’s the embodiment of an icon.

But one of the main reasons why she’s known as a groundbreaking artist today is because of the many music milestones she’s achieved over the years.

Among her extensive list of accolades, Madonna holds the record for the most concert touring money grossed by any solo artist, thanks to her Who’s That Girl world tour.

Adele

Adele
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Even though she’s only released three albums, Adele has broken many records since coming onto the music scene.

Not only did she become the first female artist to hold top spots on both the singles and albums charts at the same time, but her song “Hello” also had the most single-week download sales since the digital era began.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
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At only 18 years old, Billie Eilish has already proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Not only has she dominated the music charts with her alternative pop tracks, but she recently made history by becoming the youngest recording artist to win all four major Grammy categories: Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
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Someone who knows what it’s like dominating the music industry is the one and only Taylor Swift.

After going from a teen country singer/songwriter to one of the biggest international pop superstars in the world, Swift is nowhere near finished taking the music scene by storm.

Swift holds the record for the most No. 1 debuts with 14. And we’re confident we’ll see more No. 1s in her future.

Beyoncé

Beyoncé
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Beyoncé has proven she is the ultimate icon as she continues to raise the bar. From being named the record industry’s top certified artist of the 2000s to being one the word’s best-selling artists, Bey has definitely charted new heights in music history.

With all that Beyoncé has achieved in her career over the years, it’s no wonder she’s still one of the most successful musicians in the industry today.

Many women have achieved incredible music milestones over the years. And if you’re interested in hearing those artists’ record-breaking tracks, give Pandora’s new mixtape, “Record-Breaking Women in History,” a listen.