List Of 50 Most Popular Women In The Past Years

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Do you want to know who the 50 most popular women in the world are? Well, do not worry, Google has your answer. Each year, the search engine shows the most searched women. The list contains actresses, singers, models, and some multitalented artists.

To determine the popularity of any individual, Google takes a look at aspects like social media presence and online fan following. But they also care about the real-life audience. We have to remember, nowadays, everything that happens on the Internet is on social media. That is why we have to take social media as an important factor in determining the 50 most popular women.

All of the women on the list are successful in their lives because they are popular. Without further ado, let’s go.

Oprah Winfrey


Year after year, Oprah Winfrey doesn’t disappoint. She continues to deliver exclusive news and exclusive interviews. Just last year, she had an exclusive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Born in January 1954, Oprah Winfrey managed to rise from a rough childhood. She overcame unexpected teen pregnancy, miscarriage, and producers telling her she doesn’t have the face for news.

Nowadays, she is a successful actress, author, television host, and philanthropist.



This might come as a surprise for most young fans. Cher is someone who hasn’t been active for many years. Born in May 1946, the American actress and singer is known as the Goddess of Pop. Her presence on television remains big.

Her fan following continues to grow as Cher is entering her sixth decade of entertainment. What makes Cher special is that there was never a dull moment in her career.

Lana Del Rey

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Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey is an American singer and record producer. Popular for her songwriting, Lana delivers a hit single after a hit single.

Her debut single Video Games in 2011 made her an international star.


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What can you say about Rihanna that hasn’t been said before? She is literally one of the most popular women in the world. Lately, the world has been preoccupied with her pregnancy and how she managed to hide it for a few months.

Born in February 1988 in Barbados, Rihanna started her music journey in 2005. Over the years, she has amassed a net worth of more than $300 million.

In the past few years, Rihanna was active in promoting independence for Barbados. In 2021, she was declared National Hero of Barbados.

Kendall Jenner

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Born in November 1995, Kendall Jenner is a member of the Kardashian family. Some might say the Kardashians are the most famous family in the United States. Everyone knows them.

Literally, every member of the family is a celebrity and famous person. Kendall is a model and has a great presence on social media with more than 150 million followers on Instagram.

Lady Gaga

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Born in March 1986 in New York, Lady Gaga is a true star. She got famous thanks to her always-changing looks and amazing music videos. In 2008, Lady Gaga released her debut studio album, The Fame.

Besides music, she has ventured into acting in the past few years. Gaga won every big award when she appeared in the movie A Star is Born thanks to her acting and the soundtrack Shallow. In 2021, she appeared in the movie House of Gucci, portraying Patrizia Reggiani.

Taylor Swift

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Let’s continue our list with Taylor Swift. The country singer has a hit single after a hit single. And most of her singles come after she breaks up with a boyfriend.

In 2008, Taylor Swift released her second album, Fearless, which spawned multiple hits and earned her rewards.

Britney Spears


There was a time when Britney Spears was the most popular woman in the world. That was in the 1990s and early 2000s. But then Britney went through some rough times.

Recently, she got back into the media world thanks to her emancipation trial. Britney Spears has always been a target of the media.

In the 1990s, she and Justin Timberlake were the most famous young couple.

Selena Gomez

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Born in 1992 Selena Marie Gomez, the US multi-talented artist has enjoyed success in singing and acting. Widely recognized as a Disney star, Selena also had a romantic relationship that made headlines.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were basically Britney and Timberlake of the 2010s.

Selena Gomez appeared in Hannah Montana alongside Miley Cyrus. But now she has grown into a mature woman with amazing singing qualities and talents.



Next on our list is the most famous singer of the past two decades. Born in May 1988 in London, England, Adele is an English singer and songwriter. Her debut album 19 made her an international star.

Adele proved to the world that you do not have to look amazing if you have a talent for signing. Recently, she has lost weight and completely changed her body.

But when she was rising up the ranks, Adele was not looking like the sexy singers we are used to seeing.


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Similar to Britney, Madonna was the most popular woman in the world at one point in time. She has survived several decades of entertainment.

Many critics praise Madonna for breaking boundaries and changing the music industry forever. For example, her music video for the song Like a Virgin was considered controversial and even banned at the time of release.

Nowadays, she is known as the Queen of Pop.


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Born Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter in September 1981 in Huston, Texas, Beyonce is a multitalented artist. She excels in singing, acting, directing, and dancing. Beyonce has been actively participating in dancing and singing competitions ever since she was a child.

Beyonce initially gained fame as part of Destiny’s Child group. But during their hiatus, she released a solo album and then continued as a solo artist following disband of the group.

Jennifer Lopez


We have to add a Latino person to the list, right? Jennifer Lopez is arguably one of the most famous Latino stars in the United States. While many view her as a Latino star, Jennifer Lopez was actually born in New York City.

Speaking of her Latin heritage, she became the first Latin actress to charge $1 million for a movie. As one of the most successful female artists, Jennifer Lopez has a net worth of more than $400 million.

Katy Perry

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Next on our list is Katy Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She was active in the music industry since 2000. Yet, Katy Perry rose to popularity in 2008 with her album One of the Boys.

With more than 110 million followers on Instagram and a net worth of more than $330 million, Katy Perry is quite a successful artist.


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Another Latin singer makes the list. Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in February 1977, Shakira is a singer, songwriter, and a fantastic dancer.

Many call her the Queen of Latin Music. Shakira was among the first Latin artists to enjoy success in the United States.

Shakira has produced music in both English and Spanish language.

Nicki Minaj


Born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty in December 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad, and Tobago, Nicki Minaj is one of the most popular rappers of the past decade.

She is famous for her eccentric outfits and bold lyrics. Her makeup is also unique. Over the years, Nicki Minaj has collaborated with almost any female rapper and singer.

Miley Cyrus

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Born in November 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee, Miley Cyrus gained fame as a child star. She was among the first Disney channel stars.

Fun fact: her parents nicknamed her Smiley as she used to smile a lot as a child. After leaving Disney, Miley Cyrus has enjoyed even more success with her songs.

Kim Kardashian

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You cannot have a list of popular women without Kim Kardashian West. If you walk about popularity, Kim is the original famous for being famous star in the United States.

With more than 200 million followers on Instagram and many more on other social media platforms, Kim can break the internet at any time.

Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie has enjoyed quite a successful career. She has won awards for her acting but also honors for her humanitarian work. In the past several years, Angelina Jolie has helped many children from third-world countries and adopted them.

Liked around the globe for her humanitarian work, she has been away from the public in the past few years.

Paris Hilton

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Before there was Kim Kardashian, there was Paris Hilton. Kardashian even started her Internet personality career as a stylist for Paris Hilton.

Born in 1981, Paris Hilton is the granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Over the years she has used her name to gain followers and fans.

Paris started her career as a model in New York and released a music album in 2006. But she has gained more fame because of her scandalous life.

Demi Lovato

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Here is another Disney star. Born in August 1992, Demi Lovato is a successful actress, songwriter, and singer. She has appeared in various series and shows alongside Miley Cyrus.

In 2008, Demi Lovato released her debut album. Since then, there is no stopping her.

Christina Aguilera

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Some women have managed to stay relevant for more than three decades. Christina Aguilera is one of them. The famous singer was famous as a young and innocent ballad singer in the 1990s. Then, in the 2000s, she burst onto the scene with more provocative videos and music.

The multi-talented artist appeared in several television shows before starting her singing career. Christina has more than 7 million followers on Instagram.

Avril Lavigne

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Do you remember the young rock star? Avril Lavigne was ultra-famous in the early 2000s. Some might say she disappeared from the scene. Her first studio album, Let Go, was the best-selling album of the 21st century by a Canadian artist.

She released one more album in the 2000s, Under My Skin. Since then, she has been away from the media.

Megan Fox

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If you want to talk about popular women and famous women, Megan Fox has to be on your list. During the 2000s and early 2010s, Megan Fox was widely considered the most beautiful and sexiest woman alive. She constantly appeared on lists by Maxim and similar magazines.

Active in the industry since 2001, Megan gained international fame after appearing in the famous movie Transformers.

Mariah Carey


Every year when Christmas is around, you instantly think of Mariah Carey. The famous singer has one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, All I Want for Christmas. Mariah Carey has won a Grammy Award five times, making her one of the best.

The American singer began her career in the early 1990s and won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1991.

Kristen Stewart

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Some would say Kristen Stewart should not be on this list. After all, she faced enormous criticism for her lackluster acting in the Twilight series.

Yet, that was the same movie that made her popular.

Alicia Keys

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Born in January 1981 in New York City, Alicia Keys was an early bloomer. Interested in music since 12 years of age, Alicia signed her first contract with Columbia Records at the age of 15.

Her first album Fallin sold more than 12 million copies. Nowadays, she is famous as one of the biggest celebrities to support the no-makeup movement and trend.

Lindsay Lohan

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For a brief period, Lindsay Lohan was considered the best actress for teenage movies. At the age of 3, she signed with Ford Models. By 10 years of age, she appeared in a soap opera known as Another World.

Lindsay Lohan got her breakthrough role in the Walt Disney movie, The Parent Trap, released in 1998. The famous actress also released two music albums, one in 2004 and one in 2005.

Emma Watson

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The young actress was born in April 1990, in Paris, France. Forbes has put her as the highest-paid actress many times and as the 100 most influential people in the world.

After her appearance in the famous Harry Potter movie series, Emma Watson used her popularity to help people in need. She is a UN ambassador nowadays.

Carly Rae Jepsen


You can say Carly Rae Jepsen was a one-hit-wonder. Born in November 1985 in Mission, British Columbia, she started her music career in 2007. But her real success came with the single Call Me Maybe, which turned out to be a viral hit.

The song became the best-selling single of the year and topped the chart in 18 countries.

Jessie J

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Fans love her voice and natural character. Jessie J has been away from music in the past few years, but there was a time many considered her the best singer in the world.

Born in March 1988, Jessie J rose to fame with her single album released in 2010, Do it Like a Dude.

Vanesa Hudgens


We had a couple of Disney stars on our list, and the next one is Vanessa Hudgens. She got famous thanks to the High School Musical franchise, a series that also made Justin Bieber famous.

Following the success of the musical, she signed a contract with Hollywood Records and focused on her acting career.

Heidi Klum

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We said there are multi-talented artists on this list, and Heidi Klum definitely fits the bill. She was the first-ever German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

In 2011, Forbes listed her as the top-earning model in the world. Heidi has worked with Victoria’s Secret for 13 years.

During that period, she has developed into a businesswoman, entering ventures like television and more. The television personality was among the judges of America’s Got Talent.

Kylie Minogue

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Born in May 1968 in Melbourne, Australia, Kylie Minogue was liked by fans because of her experimentation with different genres. Kylie managed to gain success in the United States as well.

Kylie Minogue released most of her albums during the 1990s, and some in the 2000s.

Kate Moss

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Let’s continue our list with another model. Kate Moss has been active in the industry since 1988 when she was just 14 years of age.

Many point to her as a turning point in the fashion industry. Kate Moss was among the first skinny models, changing the way people look at models.

She also is a fashion designer with her own clothing range.


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Born in March 1987 in Los Angeles, Kesha enjoyed success with her album Animal. It was released in 2010.

The American singer signed with Kemosabe Records at the age of 18.

Halle Berry

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Famous as the first female African American to win an Academy Award, Halle Berry is one of the best actresses in the world. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002.

Berry started her career as a model and finished as the first runner-up in the Miss USA contest. Since then, she has moved into the acting and movie industry.

Hillary Clinton

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Born Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton in October 1947 in Chicago, Hillary Clinton is an American public speaker, politician, and television personality.

She was the First Lady of the US during the term of her husband, Bill Clinton. Over the years, Hillary Clinton has worked on women’s empowerment.

Hilary Duff

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You can say we have a mix of old and young on this list. Hilary Duff belongs to the younger generation. Born in September 1987 in Houston, Texas, she rose to fame as a leading character in the TV show, Lizzie McGuire.

Since then, she has done a couple of movies and TV shows. Just recently, she was the lead character in the show How I Met Your Father.

Ellie Goulding

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Born in December 1986 in England, Ellie Goulding is a famous English singer. She has been active in the industry since 2009. Her biggest success came with her 2010 album, Lights. It topped the UK Albums Chart.

Since 2019, she has been more focused on her family life, as she and her boyfriend Caspar Jopling got married.

Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama is the second First Lady on our list, right after Hillary. Both of them used their time in the White House in the best possible way to promote themselves.

Michelle was the first African American First Lady. Her husband, Barack Obama, was the first African American US President.

Since then, she has released an autobiography and continues to speak at public events as a famous black woman.

Kate Middleton

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Arguably one of the most famous members of the Royal family. Kate Middleton has married Prince William, and since then, she has been the talk of the world.

Many compare her to the late Princess Diana, but Kate is not on her level since. Kate Middleton is famous for her different fashion sense and for breaking rules. For example, she wears cheap dresses, and sometimes, the same dress more than once.

Jessica Alba

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Born in April 1981 Jessica started her acting career at the age of 13. She is a contemporary of Megan Fox. Both were considered among the sexiest women in the world at one point.

Jessica gained fame at 19 when she played the lead role in the movie Dark Angel.


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Fergie Duhamel was born in Los Angeles, Calirofnia. She has been active in the music industry since 1984 when she was only 10 years of age.

Fergie was initially part of the Black Eyes Peas group, before embarking on a solo career. She was married to Josh Duhamel until 2019.

Jennifer Anniston

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If you needed an actress for a romantic comedy in the past 20 years, Jennifer Aniston was the one to call. She has gained popularity as the best actress in a comedy movie.

Active in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years, Jennifer has expanded her portfolio to different movies.

Jessica Simpson

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Born in July 1980 in Texas, US, she has been active in entertainment since she was a child. It took some time to gain recognition, though.

Jessica Simpson became popular with the release of her album Irresistible in 2001. It gave her a more mature image.

Scarlett Johansson

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Speaking of sexy and popular women, Scarlett Johansson has to be on that list. In the past decade, Scarlett has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that is all you need to know about her popularity.

But do not think of her as a one-dimensional Marvel actor. Over the years, Scarlett Johansson has had different movies that show her talent for acting.

Carrie Underwood


Born in March 1983, Carrie Underwood rose to fame in 2005 by winning the fourth season of American Idol. Her debut single, Inside Your Heaven, broke all records and topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Marilyn Monroe

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You cannot have a list of popular women without including Marilyn Monroe in it. Years after her death, Marilyn tops charts and lists.

Born in Los Angeles, California, she was among the first sexy bombshell women.

Her dress Happy Birthday Mr. President holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive dress sold at auction. It fetched $4.8 million.

Eva Longoria

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Let’s finish off the list with Eva Longoria, the famous Latino actress from the Desperate Housewives TV show.

Fun fact: many of her fans also recognize her for the role in The Young and the Restless.

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