Coolest Music Artists of the 21st Century

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The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, ...read more.

It's just crazy how talented she is and blessed to have this amazingly beautiful and unique voice. I hope she sticks to what she's doing now and not going mainstream like a lot of artists nowadays.

Her newest release "the Rains of Castamere" from Game of Thrones is haunting, beautiful, and oh so cool.

The drought is ending!
The lost generation's auto-tuned low-qual compressed-for-download angst-amplifying sausage music has lined the music moguls pockets.
But the backlash has begun, and the next generation (with eardrums still intact) is returning to Music.
Jackie bears the flag, with humility and respect, and millions rally.
So cool.

Having SEVEN CONSECUTIVE albums hit #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart is pretty cool.

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2 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

This guy is the definition of a cool musician! Oh yeah, there's also the fact that he's a genius!

EMINEM is the greatest rapper of all time best story teller the realest artist alive in this era

Eminem is the greatest rapper of all time! - EpicJake

Whenever he does a concert

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3 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

I kind of like them and kind of don't. Can't really make up my mind it depends on how I feel that day so whatever.

Linkin Park is just classic.They should have their own genre.

Jackie is good but she shouldn't be above the legendary Eminem and Linkin Park

I love them so much, how could anybody not love them?

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4 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

I'd absolutely choose him for American Idol, All his music videos are so Cool, and his fashion is amazingly fantastic... Black looks great on him! - darknessmaster909

He's just amazing! He is such a good singer, and he's very open. He is live just as good, maybe even better than on cd! So he's not a autotuned person you see sometime... He's just the World Idol!

5 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child.

I like his style and how he has evolved in such an astounding way.

6 One Direction One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

They are the best in the world; including zayn

This band is the best I just love one way or another and they are so cheeky and British also Irish. They have come so far and I'm really proud of their charity work!

We love them

7 Bigbang

Big bang oppa you are the best!

8 Black Eyed Peas Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie.

If your music can receive high marks from a critic like Robert Christgau, then you are an amazing artist.

9 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.

Shes this far down. She has 11 #1 hits. Most in pop 2000-2013. She is actually in the top ten most number one pop hits of all time. - westofohio

Now as of 2015 she has 13 #1 hits, and is #5 on the all-time pop artist's most #1's in pop - westofohio

How is he still here? Just as I say about Eminem the fact that she is just crazy is what is lovely about her and make her songs sooo damn cool! Eminem and Rihanna for the podium!

10 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

His songs are the most amazing I've ever heard

I worship this man.

Robbie I love you for ever - you are a legend

The Contenders

11 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar ...read more.
12 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

I love their music and the way they give their message out to the public

My mom loves Metallica and I do to.

13 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.
14 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
15 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
16 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. In 2013 Gontier left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced with Brad's ...read more.
17 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 the coolest they deserve number 1 chris martin so stylish!

18 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.

She is hot!

19 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.

He's the coolest person ever! Why would he at No.20 instead of number 1?
REALLY!

20 Shadmehr Aghili Shadmehr Aghili Shadmehr Aghili an Iranian singer composer, arranger, musician, songwriter and actress . He was born in 1973 in Tehran . He started his career with the release of several albums in Iran . His second album, his music became famous mosafer . ...read more.

He is the best he is a brave man because when in Iran somebody didn't can see his talent in music but he never stopped his works so we proud to him and we want that he wins because he should get first in list!

Shadmehr I love you

21 Super Junior Super Junior Super Junior is a South Korean boy band. Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of S.M. Entertainment, the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak.
22 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.
23 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
24 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and children's book author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard ...read more.
25 David Guetta David Guetta Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer who has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.
26 Breaking benjamin Breaking benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.
27 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.
28 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.

What! Taylor Swift has the best songs ever! She helps me with my life. She got me to get my singing better. It is so weird for Taylor Swift to be the seventh. I mean not cool, seriously not cool!

I love eher! Swiftie foreva!

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30 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie D., Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.

Backstreet Boys King of Boybands!

They are the best! Their voice is the best, tey love their fans a lot, they r decent

31 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

He might have been in the 20th century. What has he done
Since 2000. That would be like saying that John F Kennedy is the best president of the 21st century - westofohio

Because MICHAEL JACKSON is the king of pop he should of course been at least on number 2 of the greatest artists yet of the 21st century if compared to EMINEM MICHAEL JACKSONs didn't released any studio albums between 2001 and 2010 while EMINEM from year 2000 A.D to year 2017 A.D released albums :The marshall mathers lp, The eminem show, encore, Relapse, Recovery, The marshall mathers lp 2 and finally Revival and then he also released up to 3 albums as part of Shady Records like 8 Mile and Shady XV and even Eminem presents the re-up. But MICHAEL JACKSON also released incredible albums in the 21st century my far biggest favorite was the album named INVINCIBLE my number 2 favorite so far of the 21st century was Xscape. I would have almost ranked my favorite MJ albums like this for example INVINCIBLE at number 1 Bad at number 2 Dangerous at number 3 Thriller at number 4 History past, present and future book one at number 5 and Xscape at number 6 with Off The Wall at number 7 Michael ...more

Hello! The king of pop people! What more can I say, this man is ' awesome <3 RIP!

32 Bullet for my Valentine Bullet for my Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore/emo band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason ...read more.

The Best Band Ever. Cheers m/ All Bullet For My Valentine Fans!

33 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

Very egoistic, but a definite top 10. Made some of the best albums of the century like Late Registration and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, had a huge influence on modern pop and hip-hop, such as more introspective lyrics and production styles, and is changes his sound with every album. Although he is annoying at times, his music is always fresh and entertaining.

34 Justin Beiber
35 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.

Why is she this far down. On the all-time pop most number ones she is #12 with 9 #1's. She has the 2nd most behind Rihanna in the 21st century, it is #1 Rihanna, #2.Katy Perry and #3.Usher and that is cold hard facts. - westofohio

36 Gorillaz Gorillaz Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs.
37 One Republic

Their music is so amazing!

38 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.

Put them in the top ten

39 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. ...read more.
40 Ne-yo Ne-yo Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.
41 Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "Naturally". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.
42 Westlife Westlife Westlife were an Irish boy band, formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012. Originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, the group's final line-up consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan.
43 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. ...read more.

If this was a serious list she'd be above many of those in the top 20.

44 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born on October 24, 1986 in Toronto, Canada. He started his career on Canadian reality show "Degrassi: The Next Generation".
45 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, ...read more.
46 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.
47 R. Kelly R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. V 1 Comment
48 Jack White Jack White

Jack is an actual musician. He plays his own guitar and either writes his own songs or covers older blues songs. He needs to become number one compared to the others on this list. - drRobert7777

49 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

This amazing ginger helps me whenever I need a soothing voice to listen to and he is a great songwriter. His album is the best twenty dollars I've ever spent!

50 Yuya Matsushita
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