Top 10 Alternative Pop Artists

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The Top Ten

1 Marina & The Diamonds Marina & The Diamonds Marina Lambrini Diamandis, better known by her stage name "Marina and The Diamonds", is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Bryn Mawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she moved to London as a teenager in order to achieve her dream of being a singer. She's known for her unique style of writing, and impersonating ...read more.

No one can sing like her. - SamuiNeko

The most Unique and original artist on the list - mood333

No one else even comes close in this category.

Absolute Queen of Alternative. Froot deserves to sell more than 161,000 copies in the US.

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2 Lorde Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.

Come on, let's face it: she's only 20 and she's done one of the best albums of the entire musical history! This girl is a genius!

She simply is the best. Just love her. - Ark-M

She's really the best! - MorgianaMagi

ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE! THE EPITOME OF A LIVING AESTHETIC. THE EMBODIMENT OF PURE ART. HER MELODRAMA ALBUM IS A ONE THEATRICAL FULL ACT. LORDE INDEED.

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3 Björk Björk Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

I'm a BIG fan of Lorde but she's only one album out. Björk may be the greatest female artist EVER.

4 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and ...read more.

I love lana, special honeymoon

Lana is honestly the best female singer she has such a soothing voice and such a wide range of songs she can sing ❤️

EXCUSE ME LANA IS THE QUEEN SHE SHOULD NOT BE PUT BELOW ANYONE. thank you.

5 Sia Sia

A lot of artists here aren't alt pop, just ordinary pop. Alternative pop means alternative rock+pop. You know alternative means alternative rock. so the rock part shouldn't be ignored from here. there are good examples of alternative pop - the killers, Brian Fallon, Imagine Dragons. On the Wikipedia its not accurate how they define alternative pop. its very similar to pop punk. - zxm

6 Grimes Grimes Claire Elise Boucher, better known by the stage name Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, music video director, and record producer. V 1 Comment
7 Ryn Weaver Ryn Weaver Ryn Weaver is an American singer and songwriter who first gained attention with the single "OctaHate" in June 2014. Billboard called the single a viral sensation.
8 Melanie Martinez Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

She is my favorite singer in this worl. She is so unique, and I really enjoy her music, because I never heard nothing like that before, its kind of weird but I love it

One of the realest Artists todate.

Her voice is so unique, you can actually be like listening to her song for 2 seconds and be like “well that’s Melanie Martinez”

Melanie is truly an amazing, unique artist. Love her. Honestly one of the best on this list, should definitely be number 1❤️❤️❤️

9 Halsey Halsey

Should be #1. Halsey is the best singer ever. No one is better than Halsey. 19/10 - lovefrombadlands

Her songs are just so damn aesthetic and spiritual, especially the badlands album, and I love all her songs lyrics, they are so appealing to me. Honestly, she should be #1, vote for her y'all!

10 Ellie Goulding Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One ...read more.

Um...these guys should be number one for sure! They can do a lot more with just two members than some bands can with six! Tyler's vocal/synth/rapping skills are spot on and Josh's drumming completes them!

They have no equal from the current generation of artists

These guys should be number 1.They made me stop hating pop and they are the most popular indie pop music artists but they aren't too mainstream.They keep indie pop sound while being kinda popular at the same time.-TheCoolGuy1

12 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

Was different sub-genre of alt rock in their early days. but recently started to use pop styles in their songs, but they didn't move from alternative music. so they deserve to be on here. - zxm

13 Kimbra Kimbra Kimbra Lee Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand recording artist based in Los Angeles.

FINALLY SHE IS ON A POSITIVE LIST - 445956

14 The Killers The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

They invented alt-pop. - Elijah_Cook

15 Florence & The Machine Florence & The Machine Florence and the Machine are an English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists. V 1 Comment
16 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.

Is not alt/indie in any way. - Elijah_Cook

Queen of indie-rock

17 Brian Fallon Brian Fallon Brian Fallon is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band The Gaslight Anthem, with whom he has recorded five studio albums. V 1 Comment
18 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
19 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

They are a alternative rock band, but they've always used some pop elements. - zxm

20 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
21 Starsailor Starsailor
22 The 1975 The 1975

Another good example for alt pop. you can't say they are pop. nor alt rock. they are a mix of it. - zxm

23 Weezer Weezer Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner. V 1 Comment
24 Lifehouse Lifehouse

Not all but some songs - zxm

25 Banks Banks
26 St. Vincent St. Vincent Anne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

If St. Vincent were running for president I'd vote for her 1000 times.

27 Sky Ferreria Sky Ferreria Sky Tonia Ferreira is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. As a teenager, Ferreira began uploading videos on Myspace of herself singing songs she had written, which led to her discovery by producers Bloodshy & Avant and an eventual recording contract with Parlophone in 2009. She released ...read more.
28 Charli XCX Charli XCX Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter.
29 Aurora Aurora
30 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
31 Tove Lo Tove Lo

She Tove Lo…obviously deserves way more attention

32 Julia Holter Julia Holter Julia Shammas Holter is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and artist, based in Los Angeles.
33 Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom
34 Ariel Pink Ariel Pink
35 Iglooghost Iglooghost
36 Torres Torres
37 First Aid Kit First Aid Kit First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo. Klara Söderberg sings and plays guitar. Her older sister Johanna Söderberg sings backing vocals and plays keyboards.
38 Toro Y Moi Toro Y Moi Chazwick Bradley Bundick, better known by his stage name Toro y Moi, is an American recording artist and producer.
39 Neon Indian Neon Indian Neon Indian is an American electronic music band from Denton, Texas. The music is composed by Mexican-born Alan Palomo, who is also known for his work with the band Ghosthustler, and as the solo artist VEGA.
40 Zella Day Zella Day Zella Day Kerr, known professionally as Zella Day, is an American singer-songwriter from Pinetop, Arizona.
41 Passion Pit
42 Foster The People
43 Ingrid Michaelson Ingrid Michaelson Ingrid Ellen Michaelson is an American singer and songwriter. Her first album, Slow the Rain, was released in 2005, and she has since released five more albums, Girls and Boys, Be OK, Everybody, Human Again, and her most recent, Lights Out.
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45 Chvrches Chvrches CHVRCHES is a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The band consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. The band, before formation, practiced playing with demo songs written mostly by Doherty.
46 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette
47 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

You've to understand the facts here. alternative pop is not a sub-genre of pop only. Rihanna isn't alt pop, - zxm

48 You Me At Six

Unknown band. they are alternative rock and pop rock. simply makes them alternative pop. - zxm

49 Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band from Mesa, Arizona, that formed in 1993. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind.
50 Yasmine Hamdan Yasmine Hamdan Yasmine Hamdan is a Lebanese singer, songwriter and actress, now based in Paris. She became known with Soapkills, the duo she founded with Zeid Hamdan while she was still living in Beirut.
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Marina & The Diamonds
2. Sia
3. Twenty One Pilots
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1. The Killers
2. U2
3. Brian Fallon
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1. Björk
2. Grimes
3. Sia
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