The 90s was a decade of bold fashion choices, classic video games and incredible music coming from every genre – from rock to pop, electronica and hip-hop. A heady mix of R&B divas, pop princesses and ethereal performance artists, the best 90s female singers set the world alight – and continue to keep it burning.
10: Beverley Knight
From the moment Beverley Knight brought us a flavour of the old school with her debut single in 1995, she marked herself out as one of the best 90s female singers to emerge from the UK. By echoing her musical heroes Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin on her debut album, The B-Funk, Knight laid the groundwork for one of the most successful R&B careers of any British vocalist. It’s follow-up, 1998’s Prodigal Sista, went gold off the back of the UK No.14 single Greatest Day (built on a sample from Fat Larry’s Band’s laidback funk cut Act Like You Know), and found Knight taking more control over her sound, pointing to even greater things to come in the 2000s.
Must hear: Greatest Day