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The U.K.’s Telegraph named Madonna the greatest female pop artist of all time.
The Telegraph cited the Queen of Pop’s ability to constantly reinvent herself and produce cutting-edge dance music as reason to crown her with this honorific title.
Madonna’s career has spanned 30 years, starting with the release of her single Everybody in 1982. Since then, she has taken on many roles, including virgin, temptress, earth goddess, witch, cowgirl, disco queen, and cheerleader. Her 2012 MDNA Tour was the highest grossing tour in the U.S, accompanied by a number one album with the same name.
Madonna made a musical “comeback” in February of last year when she performed at the Super Bowl Halftime show. It was the most watched Halftime show in history. 3 million more people tuned into watch Madonna than the actual game itself. She performed classic hits like “Music,” “Vogue,” “Express Yourself,” “Open Your Heart” and “Like A Prayer.”
Tina Turner, Kate Bush, Debbie Harry, the ABBA girls, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lady GaGa, and Patti Smith rounded out the top 10.
Seemingly missing from the list were Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Cher, and Donna Summer.
Yahoo! released a similar list, and Madonna was given the top prize as well.