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.

I love her so much, she's a giant inspiration. Her music is absolutely incredible and never fails to impress. - aieesa

Marina is the queen, hands down

No one can sing like her. - SamuiNeko

The most Unique and original artist on the list - mood333

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2 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.

Björk the queen of alternative music

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

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

Lorde is a musical icon. She changed the soundscape of pop music forever. No other slow pop artist would be successful if Lorde did not introduce slow pop into every single radio in the whole entire world. Lorde changed pop music forever. Iconic! Lorde has amazing lyrics and writes her songs, unlike other artists who use SEVERAl ghostwriters. Lorde is amazing in every way possible and unique. Now we have other others copying her style such as Billie Eyelash...

She moved the game

I love every artist on this list, but no one will ever quite reach Lorde's caliber. Pure Heroine showed her wisdom and songwriting savvy while Melodrama shows her ability to take something primitive (a house party and love) and make it conceptual and raw. She's a musical Picasso or Rembrandt; she started off with crafting musical masterpieces and, towards the later part of her career, she did whatever she wanted and still made a masterpiece.

Just listen to pure heroine and melodrama

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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.

Queen!

INVENTED THE ALTERNATIVE GENRE

I really love her voice. I'm deeply in love with all her songs.

I love lana, special honeymoon

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5 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.

duh

She is my 2nd favourite singer behind Billie Eilish, why is she only 10th on this list?! her songs are so unique and her album crybaby has a great story!

I watched Melanie when she was on the voice. She has always been very unique. I love that she isn't afraid to show how she feels and who she is to the world. This girl is fierce. I love you Melanie!

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

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6 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.

It's Florence, come on guys.

7 Grimes Grimes Claire Elise Boucher, better known by the stage name Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, music video director, and record producer.

This girl is a young Genius.

8 Sia Sia
9 Billie Eilish Billie Eilish

Iconic Queen who deserves the world. Stream When we fall asleep where do we go and Don't smile at me

10 Kate Bush Kate Bush

From Florence to Marina, we wouldn't have many of the great artists on this list without Kate. She got the ball rolling ("rollin' the ball...")

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.

These two boys saved my life and I think I speak for most of us clikkies they have helped all of us in a different way and I love them so much.

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!

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

They have no equal from the current generation of artists

12 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
13 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

14 Halsey Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated ...read more.

Halsey should be a lot higher in my opinion. She has way better music then many other mainstream pop singers. Her songs have the best lyrics I ever heard in a song and her voice is beautiful and spiritual. Her Badlands album is especially one of my favourite albums of all time and I cannot find a singer better then Halsey in my opinion. 15/10

Halsey has better music than many other mainstream pop artists in my opinion. Her songs have amazing lyrics, and her voice is a pleasure to my ears. 10/10 - allamassal

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

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!

15 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.

They have some elements of pop. they deserve to be here. - zxm

16 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.
17 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.
18 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.

19 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.

Why 45? Why not so much higher? They are really amazing, and their album "Every Open Eye" is a masterpiece. The only song I didn't care for on that album is "High Enough To Carry You Over." Other than that, they deserve as much recognition on this list as Melanie Martinez, Marina and the Diamonds, and Lorde do. They're all amazing.

20 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

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

Kings of alternative

23 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

24 Charli XCX Charli XCX Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter.
25 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.
26 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.

Underrated singer, no one voted on my list for his best songs. but he's a great example of alt pop. plays alt rock songs with mix of pop elements. - zxm

27 Banks Banks

Tru, a goddess

a goddess

28 Tove Lo Tove Lo

She Tove Lo…obviously deserves way more attention

29 The 1975 The 1975 The 1975 are an English pop rock band from Manchester, consisting of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew "Matty" Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel.

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

30 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.
31 Foster The People Foster The People Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2009. It currently consists of lead vocalist Mark Foster, lead guitarist Sean Cimino, keyboardist Isom Innis, and drummer Mark Pontius.Foster founded the band in 2009 after spending several years in Los Angeles as ...read more.
32 Starsailor Starsailor
33 Lifehouse Lifehouse Lifehouse is an American rock band from Los Angeles comprising Jason Wade, Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. and Bryce Soderberg.

Not all but some songs - zxm

34 Zella Day Zella Day Zella Day Kerr, known professionally as Zella Day, is an American singer-songwriter from Pinetop, Arizona.
35 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.
36 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.
37 Julia Holter Julia Holter Julia Shammas Holter is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and artist, based in Los Angeles.
38 Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom
39 Ariel Pink Ariel Pink
40 Iglooghost Iglooghost
41 Torres Torres
42 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.
43 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.
44 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.
45 Passion Pit
46 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.
47 alt-J alt-J Alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, by Joe Newman, Thom Sonny Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Gwil Sainsbury.
48 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
49 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American 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

50 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.

Queen of indie-rock

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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. Florence & The Machine
2. Björk
3. Weezer
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