Ceca had her first public appearance at the age of nine, in her hometown, and at the age of thirteen she sang in a hotel on the Montenegrin coast, while vacationing with her parents. Here, the acclaimed singer and accordion player Mirko Kodić noticed her, and helped her in recording her first studio album “Cvetak zanovetak.” At the age of fifteen, she performed at the Ilidža Music Festival in Sarajevo, at which her song "Cvetak zanovetak" won the competition, and became a hit. Ceca was mentored by Dobrivoje Ivanković, a composer and producer of folk music, who launched many careers in the 1970s and 1980s.
Her first two albums, “Cvetak zanovetak” (1988) and “Ludo srce” (1989) were made in the traditional Serbian folk music style with some songs, such as "Volim te," having a more modern production. With the song “Pustite me da ga vidim,” Ceca quickly became a very popular teenage star and idol for many people in Serbia. Her third album, was a major hit in the former Yugoslavia. Ceca became the best-selling artist of the Belgrade TV's record label PGP-RTB and third best-selling female folk artist in Yugoslavia, behind Lepa Brena and Dragana Mirković. She continued in the same direction with her next album, “Babaroga” (1991) which included a music video for the song "Hej vršnjaci" composed of footage from her eighteenth birthday gala event.
At the age of 17, Ceca was cast in the role of Koštana, a gypsy singer and dancer, in Stojan Stojčić's directorial effort of Nečista krv, a movie based on the works of Serbian playwright and novelist Borisav Stanković. Even though she had acted alongside actors such as Rade Šerbedžija, Ljuba Tadić, she felt that her role was unimportant and therefore asked for her scenes to be removed because of "low quality." The troubled production took years to complete and received poor critical reception upon its release in 1996.
She continued to work with Marina Tucaković, Edin Dervišhalidović and later with their young protégé Aleksandar Milić Mili, with whom she continues to work today. Her next three albums, “Šta je to u tvojim venama” (1993), “Ja još spavam u tvojoj majici” (1994) and “Fatalna ljubav” (1995), broadened her popularity and included hit songs such as "Nije monotonija" and two covers of hit Hanka Paldum songs: "Tražio si sve" and "Volela sam volela." With a more modern production of music, music videos, and an evolving style, her popularity grew, as demonstrated by her 1996 album “Emotivna luda” and 1997's “Maskarada.” The song "Nevaljala" from “Maskarada” became the number one hit in Serbia for seventeen consecutive weeks.
She released her tenth studio album, “Ceca 2000,” which featured multiple hit songs: "Crveno" and two covers "Crni sneg" and "Sviće dan." Her eleventh album “Decenija” (2001) had two hit songs, "Tačno je" and the title track. Ceca's twelfth album was “Gore od ljubavi,” released in 2004, and her thirteenth studio album “Idealno loša” (2006) contained the hit songs "Manta, manta" and "Koža pamti.” She released her fourteenth studio album “Ljubav živi” in June 2011.
In June 2013, she held a concert at Ušće in Belgrade in front of 170,000 people for her 40th birthday singing 47 songs for 4 hours, breaking her personal record.
Studio albums
·      Cvetak zanovetak (1988)
·      Ludo srce (1989)
·      Pustite me da ga vidim (1990)
·      Babaroga (1991)
·      Šta je to u tvojim venama (1993)
·      Ja još spavam u tvojoj majici (1994)
·      Fatalna ljubav (1995)
·      Emotivna luda (1996)
·      Maskarada (1997)
·      Ceca 2000 (1999)
·      Decenija (2001)
·      Gore od ljubavi (2004)
·      Idealno loša (2006)
·      Ljubav živi (2011)
·      Poziv (2013)
Live albums
·      To Miki, To (1990)
·      Babaroga (1991)
·      Kukavica + Tašmajdan (1993)
·      Hala Pionir (1995)
·      Marakana (2002)
·      Live Ušće (2006)
·      Live Ušće 2 (2013)
Remix albums
·      London MIX (2005)
·      C - Club (2012)