Lady Gaga’s recent Super Bowl performance confirmed that halftime shows are most dynamic with pop divas at the center. In fact, life is at its most dynamic when pop divas seize the spotlight, which is as good a reason as any to rank the best of the best’s debut singles.
The rubric is simple: I’ve selected the 33 greatest female pop stars ― including mainstream crossovers whose roots belong to genres like country and R&B ― and ranked their grand entrances based on each song’s quality and ability to vault its singer into superstardom. Here we go.
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