Spotify announces the most popular songs and singers country by country every year. So, there are popular Turkish women singers, too, among those lists. According to those lists, the rise of Rap Music keeps on. And pop music, after that, follows it. The first three in the list of “The First 5” of Spotify comprises of Rap Music. The other two on the list, on the other hand, are Pop Music.
Therefore, we have compiled the list which consists of the 13 most popular Turkish women singers. Take a look at our list and then share your comments with us that which one is your favorite and which one you most like to listen to!
13- Tuvana Türkay
The beautiful Turkish singer and actress have a growing popularity in Turkey. After acting some Turkish TV series, Tuvana Türkay launched a single, and that raised her popularity even more. The 30-year-old Turkish celebrity lives in Istanbul.
12- Şebnem Ferah
Şebnem Ferah is a striking example of one of the leading women figures for Turkish Rock music. With her dynamic and intensive voice and charismatic image, she is the one whom millions of people in Turkey in love with! She is now 48 years old and still wafts millions behind her songs.
11- Selda Bağcan
Selda Bağcan is the name who left her mark to Turkish music in the last 50 years, even more. The legendary name of Turkish folkloric music appeals to every and each of us from different generations, ages, and social classes. What’s more, her velvety and enchanting voice and psychedelic style brought her millions of fans from the world, as well. She is now in her 70s, but still very energetic!
10- Gaye Su Akyol
Turkish psychedelic rock star Gaye Su Akyol (GSA) is the trending name of the last decade. On December 4th, on Wednesday, The New York Times (NY Times)* made an interview with Turkish chanteuse. While she was commonly popular in Istanbul’s underground music spaces, now she has more common fame. Moreover, she is also a powerful feminist figure in Turkey. Just a couple of days ago, she started a trend on Twitter as #erkekleryerinibilsin (“Let the men know their places”). And soon after, the hashtag became a TT on Twitter and millions of people retweeted it.
In addition to her career as a singer, she is also a modest intellectual. Gaye Su Akyol is interested in writing and painting, too. Apart from all, Gaye Su Akyol’s profile is not only growing in Turkey but also in the world. British radio shows, such as Iggy Pop’s on BBC 6 Music, have played songs from her latest album. The name of her latest album is “Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir” (“Consistent Fantasy Is Reality”), and on Nov. 30, Songlines, a London-based magazine about global music, named “the best artist” at its annual awards.
9- Aleyna Tilki
The 18-year-old Turkish pop singer Aleyna Tilki is the trending figures of the last years in Turkish music. She became popular after ranking in the first place in a song contest in Turkey. The singer has been fascinating millions of people with her powerful voice despite her very young age. She has millions of listeners on Youtube.
The beautiful Turkish singer Hadise grew in Belgium. She is a 35-year-old Turkish-Belgian singer-songwriter, dancer, and television personality. In 2003, she participated in the Belgian singing competition show Idool 2003 but rose to fame after releasing her debut album Sweat in 2005. The album spawned 5 singles and earned Hadise both a TMF Award (Belgium) and Golden Butterfly Award (Turkey). Hadise established and maintained a successful career in both Belgium and Turkey with the release of her self-titled album Hadise (2008). The album, which includes English and Turkish songs, features the single “Deli Oğlan” that became a number-one hit in Turkey.
7- Demet Akalın
Turkish pop music singer Demet Akalın is one of the most popular Turkish singers. She is a former model and 15 years ago, she turned to become a singer. Demet akalın, in addition to her singing career, is also famous on social media with her spurts on political matters. She is a pro-government, pro-AKP celebrity and admires the President of Turkey, Erdoğan. She is 48 years old now.
6- Hande Yener
The beautiful celebrity is one of the most popular Turkish women singers in the last quarter of Turkish pop. She is single and has a son from her ex-husband. Hande Yener is continuously updating her style, music, and sound in accordance with the changing trends in music. The vocalist and the songwriter is now 47 years old and still in form and beauty.
5- Ceylan Ertem
The vocalist, who was born in 26 December 1980, is a Turkish singer-songwriter. Ceylan Ertem started her musical career by joining the Akhisar Municipality’s children choir. She started learning how to play piano in 1995 and moved to Istanbul in 1999 to continue her musical education. There she attended the Mujdat Gezen Art Academy and studied Western Music for 2 years. Then she enrolled in the Musicology department of Yıldız Technical University for her bachelor degree. In 2000, she formed the band Anima with Tuncay Korkmaz. Anima, with its all members studying in the same faculty at the YTU, released their first and only album Animasal in 2006. In 2008, she started producing the radio show SubidaP on Acık Radyo, the show aired for 26 weeks.
4- Sertap Erener
Sertab Erener was born on 4 December 1964. She is a prominent Turkish singer, songwriter, and composer. Further, and apart from her fame, she has one of the deepest, powerful, and influential voices in Turkey. In 2003, she won the Eurovision Song Contest and became the first Turkish singer who brought ever this success to Turkey.
Sertab Erener has a coloratura soprano voice.
Sıla Gençoğlu was born on 17 June 1980 and is a Turkish singer-songwriter. She was born in Acıpayam, Denizli, and later moved to İzmir and then to Istanbul to finish her studies. She started to learn the performing arts at high school. After studying jazz at Istanbul Bilgi University, she worked as a backing vocalist for various popular Turkish singers. The popular singer married the eminent chef Hazer Armani on January, 13th, 2020.
2- Zeynep Bastık
The popular singer Zeynep Bastık is a promising Turkish pop singer in Turkey. It was the last year when she became enormously popular after her cover became viral and was watched by more than 100 million people! The song was covered from Turkish Rap musician Ezel’s song named “Felaket” (Disaster). The song brought huge popularity to the young and beautiful singer.
1- Sezen Aksu
So, here we are on the top of our Popular Turkish Women Singers List. So, with no doubt, the first rank goes to the most precious and valuable name of Turkish pop music: Sezen Aksu. The prominent Turkish singer has a particular name that anyone in Turkey understands that the alias refers to Sezen Aksu, which is “Tiny Sparrow” (Minik Serçe, in Turkish). Sezen Aksu has been in the Turkish music world for the last 60 years, even more. What’s more, she is a factory that brings in so many new young talents to Turkish music. Furthermore, she is the most-listened woman singer in Turkey, according to Spotify’s 2019-20 list. She is now 65 years old and continues to produce as a songwriter, composer, and talent scout.