Top Ten Honorific Nicknames In Popular Music

Titles given to music legends to honour their contribution to the music industry.

The Top Ten

1 King of Pop (Michael Jackson)

He was both a child prodigy from the age of 10 when he performed on the Ed Sullivan show in 1970 and became the best selling artist in the world when he came out with the album Thriller which has sold more albums than any other album ever. How many child prodigies were able to become a huge success once they grew up, not too many. Most do not succeed once they hit puberty. Michael was able to reinvent himself starting with his album "Off the Wall", he then had two more great albums, Thriller and Bad, which had 5 #1 hits from that album.

Was also a child lover (and not in the normal way in the nonce way) - pjo

There is only one King... Known across the globe in big cities, tiny villages.. The name Michael Jackson = Legend King of it all...

Michael was pure genius. He wrote, he sang, he danced, he choreographed, he produced, he orchestrated, etc, etc. NO ONE else can say that. Unparalleled!

He is just LITERALLY the best and has so many famous songs. Across the globe across the ENTIRE WORLD everyone knows he is the king of pop

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2 Princess of Pop (Britney Spears)

Britney should be declared as a princess of pop because she really deserve it... After all the controversies that have struck her, people still luvs her...

Britney is the only one! She is a superstar! And a super mom! She is very beautiful, simple, sweet... So She is the best


No one ever calls her that and that name SUCKS! "The princess of pop" she thinks she is a princess. YEAH RIGHT! - Gh_player

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3 King of Rock and Roll (Elvis Presley)

He is the king of music!

This is the NICKNAMES were rating here. Elvis is not my favorite artist, but the "King of Rock and Roll" is like the king of the world.

Most famous king of this music. - zxm

You mean CHUCK BERRY the king of rock n roll.. - Briank

4 Queen of Pop (Madonna)

Madonna. The only one there ever was... And the only one who really deserves to be the Queen Of Pop. Madonna's been around for nearly three decades, sold more than 360 MILLION records worldwithe, and left a legacy that is unmatched by any artist - male, female or band. She writes her own songs, composes her own music, invents her own dance moves, and has innovated the music industry to an extent greater than any other artist's. She's experimented with every genre of music and has had ALL her singles chart on the top of international charts! Long Live The Madonna Mania! Madonna FOREVER! She's irreplaceable, incomparable and inarguably the most talented artist that ever lived, or ever will. We all will die, Madonna will die, but her music will survive the test of time. Queen Of Pop, Queen Of Reinvention, Mistress Of Music, Queen Of Dance, Queen Of Everything Music! Britney, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kesha, Christin Aguilera - all are like her children because they grew up ...more - TheSudhanva

Madonna is unique. Every so often an artist comes along who is just driven to be the best. Madonna is such an artist. Others may copy but they will never surpass her. Madonna in the beginning just did it herself. She had a vision, an ambition and nothing was going to stop her. No help from the Internet, no downloading, no iTunes. Her early achievements as a worldwide superstar came through selling record to fans who had to treck down to the record store to buy hard copy. No facebk, Twitter etc to advertise, just posters, T.V. and newspapers. Madonna toiled! Today's artists have it on a plate. Yet still Madonna is Queen. Her next album is as eagerly anticipated as any. She has made movies, acted on stage, directed, there is nothing she will not try. As her dad once said " she is an achiever". I, for one, believe there will never be another solo artist like her. She will go 'on and on'. Which other female solo performer can fill stadiums worldwide? Rock on Madonna. There'll will always ...more

Love madonna always have. No one was is or will be capable of surpassing her success. Like the article says most of her promotion was pre-Internet. She did it with a business acumen most people can only dream if and that's what people forget. Music and all that goes with it it's art but above all else it's a business. If you don't sell albums singles and concert tickets you will be forgotten. Madonna never will be.

COULD PEOPLE JUST STOP GIVING MICHAEL JACKSON A PITY VOTE!? He's good, I agree, but not THAT good that he should be placed above MADONNA. MJ only sang pop, but Madonna BECAME pop with her incomparable music and irreplaceable impact. SHE IS POP.

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5 The Fab Four (The Beatles)

I think is stupid that The Beatles are not the first... this guys are the best band in music history, they made a revolution in music! - rock2metal

The Beatles were the forefathers of all music we hear today. - TheSudhanva

How is Britney Spears number one? Her singing voice is really annoying. I think Taylor Swift should have been Princess of Pop.

The Beatles are way better than Britney Spears.

6 Queen of Soul (Arethra Franklin)

No one have ever been as good as Aretha and will never be. We should start calling her as Queen of music overall not only one genre(R.I.P)

Arethra had a weird voice and wasnt that good. Whitney Houston is the true queen of soul


Aretha had that voice that just got better when she aged. May the QUEEN R.I.P. She is and will ALWAYS be the Queen of Soul. No one better. Not even Whitney. Whitney is THE VOICE. There’s only ONE Queen of Soul!

7 Princess of Country (Taylor Swift)

More Like The Princess Of Country Pop

Taylor Swift sings country pop. Not actual country music. It baffles me that she's even on this list

Love her!

Taylor swift is really amazing, and I am falling for her. She is the best country singer ever, no doubt someday she will become the queen of country. I will always support her.

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8 Queen of Country (Shania Twain)

Shania Twain's albums have sold into many millions, and she brought country music to the forefront again. She definitely is the Queen Of Country. - TheSudhanva

9 Metal Gods (Judas Priest)

They really are the metal gods.

10 The Voice of a Generation (Christina Aguilera)

Christina is such a beautiful woman of generation she voice like no other Britney might be a pop princess but Tina has the voice

She is definitely also a princess of pop, as well as reinvention.

Definitely, also The Chameleon of Music

Her voice is easily the most recognizable voice in music.

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The Contenders

11 Prince of Pop (Justin Timberlake)

He is the absolute best and definitely deserves to be the prince of pop

Michael Jackson himself called Justin Timberlake the Prince of Pop, so yeah

He's way too talented and honest not to be

He deserves this honor

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12 Queen of R&B (Alicia Keys)

Mariah Carey

It is Mariah Carey

Who Said That

It is only Whitney Houston

13 Father of Death Metal (Chuck Schuldiner)

Death was the best death metal band ever, they created the genre! R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner - rock2metal

Wow.. I didn't think he would be 11 hell yeah m/

14 King of Hip Hop (Eminem)

Its actually biggie smalls

Eminem transcended the his 'king of rap' status years ago to attain his undisputed status as the 'rap god'...undeniable and irrevocable facts.
Simply put, he's the g.o.a.t and is unmatched by any other lyrically.

*God - venomouskillingmachine

He go to damn hard

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15 The Four Horsemen (Metallica)
16 The Prince of Sophisticated Soul (Will Downing)

I like this one the best, and he really is the prince of sophisticated soul. - DaWyteNight

17 The Godfathers of Punk (The Ramones)
18 The Boss (Bruce Springsteen)

The boss? He can't sing. - RiverClanRocks

19 The Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osbourne)
20 The Voice (Whitney Houston)
21 Lady of Pop (Lady Gaga)

She is queen of pop


22 Goddess of Pop (Cher)

Oscar Winner, and the only female with 56 years old she have na #1 hit!

Only singer to have #1s in each of the past 6 decades. Very successful singer as well as actress.

23 Queen of Reinvention (Madonna)

Madonna. How true. Madonna has experimented with nearly all genres of music - successfully. She has reinvented her image and style periodically and successfully. - TheSudhanva

24 The Prince of Pop Music (Bruno Mars)

I think he is more of king of funk.

The prince of overrated, annoying, overplayed music. - RiverClanRocks

He deserves it. He is so talent

25 Godfather of Shock Rock (Alice Cooper)

Even though he was the first to have horror imagery in music he has shocked countless of people and is still singing in his 60's

26 The King of R&B (Joe)
27 Dancing Queen (Madonna)
28 The Bards (Blind Guardian)
29 The Songbird Supreme (Mariah Carey)

She’s one of the greatest of all time

30 God of Guitar (Jimi Hendrix)

The greatest guitar player ever. To this day all guitarists are influenced by him somehow. Even the lateStevie Ray Vaughn and Freddie Mercury were inspired by James Marshall Hendrix.

Actually, this honorific went to Eric Clapton, as the graffiti slogsn "Clapton is God" was popular in London during the mid-60's

31 King of Reggae (Bob Marley)

He is, was & always will be

My favorite artist - 445956

32 Godfather of Heavy Metal (Ozzy Osbourne)

But Alice Cooper is the Godfather of Heavy Metal!
Ozzy Osbourne is the Prince of Darkness!

Funny that he got the nickname doing nothing. If Tony Iommi had gotten this then it'd be better. Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi helped the band to develop metal and Ozzy becomes famous. He again becomes famous for Randy Rhoads in the 80s. - zxm

33 The Father of Rock and Roll (Chuck Berry)
34 Princess of R&B (Aaliyah)

I believe that Aaliyah should be the QUEEN of R&B

Aaliyah is most definitely the princess there's no other like her

35 Asia's Popstar Princess (Sarah Geronimo)

Yes sarah is the pop star princess

36 Pop Rock Queen (Avril Lavigne)

Avril will always be the pop rock queen, her punk style and even the differences from her music now and before are revolutionary and no one is like her

She’s the fking best!

She's in the music industry for almost 2 decades,and until now, she keeps rocking the world in every song she releases, that's what makes her deserving for that title " The pop rock queen"

37 Queen of R&B (Beyoncé)

She's straight up the best in the game and she is the greatest living entertainer while Michael is the greatest of all time but Beyonce is the closest thing we have to Michael Jackson today!

She ain't the queen of r&b lol - DaWyteNight


38 King of R&B (R. Kelly)
39 Asia's Songbird (Regine Velasquez)
40 America's Sweetheart (Taylor Swift)
41 Queen B (Beyonce)

Whitney Houston

42 The Voice of Triumph (Whitney Houston)

This is very true and correct in every way

43 Godfather of Punk (Joey Ramone) Godfather of Punk (Joey Ramone) Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.
44 King of Music (Prince)


King of Music right he should be 1 though

He deserve to be king of something


45 Queen of Hip-Hop (Nicki Minaj)


Nicki Minaj is the best selling female rapper of all time, and has the most hit records of any female. Only a fool would deny her success.


What?! Are you serious? Nicki Minaj is not the queen.

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46 God (Eric Clapton)

The exact expression is: "Clapton is God".

47 Goddess of Music (Madonna)

This Hell No!

48 Queen of Hip Hop Soul (Mary J. Blige)
49 Queen of Avant-Garde (Bjork)

Björk found her own unique way of saying art. Rather than bringing million-selling albums, she shows much character in her voice, composition, and musical structure, making her one of the musicians who discovered the unique ability of music, suiting her for the title.

50 Cowboys from Hell (Pantera)
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