Coolest Music Artists of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

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.

Best ever. Bar none. I have seen her live 5 times and nobody comes close. Jackie connects to my soul. She moves me like no other. Rest of the pack just spout music. Jackie transforms me.

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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 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

This guy is the definition of a cool and popular artist. Oh yeah, there's also the fact that he's a genius! Heck of a professional, top lyrics on the market, coolest colab's, and funnyest ever! Simply Shady!

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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 include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture 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

They should be number 1 according to me as they are the only artist from 21st Century present in "Legendary Music Artists of All Time List"

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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

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 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

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8 Black Eyed Peas Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers,, 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 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 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

His songs are the most amazing I've ever heard

Robbie I love you for ever - you are a legend

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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 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". 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 and guitarist Taylor York.
14 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
15 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 more.

They are the coolest they deserve number 1 chris martin so stylish!

16 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
17 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 more.
18 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 . 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

19 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
20 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.
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 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
25 David Guetta David Guetta
26 Breaking benjamin Breaking benjamin
27 Aria Tesolin
28 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) 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). more.
29 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor 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 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!

30 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys

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 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

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 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 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 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.
36 One Republic

Their music is so amazing!

37 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 five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, more.

Put them in the top ten

38 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.
39 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 sing in alto.
40 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.
41 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 . more.
42 Drake Drake Aubrey Drake Graham, known professionally as Drake, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
43 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, 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, he built more.
44 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. 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

45 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. He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career. He's often criticized for talking more.
46 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
47 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

48 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!

49 Yuya Matsushita
50 Skrillex Skrillex Skrillex is an American (Born in 1988, in Los Angeles, California) EDM producer who is known for popularizing dubstep. He is part of the bands Jack Ü (DJ) and From First To Last (Lead Singer). His album Recess debuted at 4 on the BB200, tying him with Zedd for the highest debut for an EDM album on more.
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