They Went Platinum and Then Some: The Top Black Pop Artists Of The Last 20 Years

November 8, 2012 ‐ By Jasmine Berry

We’re going to tell you right now that this list is going to surprise you. Billboard put together a list of the top pop artists of the last twenty years between 1992 and 2012, based on hit singles and album sales. Times have changed so much over the past two decades in terms of how people consume music that it’s hard to define success by album or single sales. Selling one million albums in 1992 means totally something different from selling one million albums in 2012. In any case, it’s still fun to look at how different artists have charted over the years. Here are the top pop Black artists of the last two decades.

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35. TLC

Named one of the best groups of all time, TLC has ten top ten singles, four Grammy Awards, four number one singles and four multi-platinum albums. They have sold 55 million albums and are the best selling R&B female group of all time, and second best selling female group.

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  • Dreama

    I don’t mean to be a hater – but Flo Rida? Really? And surely Janet has Grammy’s?

    • Ashlynn

      That’s exactly what I thought! TLC, BOYZ II MEN … flo rida …. DESTINY’S CHILD. One of these things is not like the other!

  • No Solja Boy(or however his name is spelled)? Thank you!

  • Suchalady

    Refuse to go through all of these pages. You guys are ridiculous.

  • Lola

    I so desperately want to see who is on this list but I cannot go through the clicks. MN, you’re killing me. SMDH