Best Music Artists for a Pop Hall of Fame

Considering that there is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I felt as if a similar vein could be applied to Pop Music.

This is a list about not just the best Pop Music has to offer, but its also about the influence and legacy that these artists have presented. Hence, a "Hall of Fame".

The Top Ten

1 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 is the singer of all centuries!

Well, he's the "King of Pop"! And of course the royalties are in here. - Misfire

I mean, his title is "King of Pop". It is to be expected. In all fairness, Michael has remained one of Pop Music's most seminal and influential music artists, in spite of his many controversies. - CrimsonShark

The biggest solo pop star in history, he would be the first and only one inducted first year so the enitre show can be dedicated to his greatness. - MusicIsMyPassion

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2 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

She is "The Voice". She was the first true black female global superstar and one of the original pop divas who set the lane for woman to break in easier in American popular music. - MusicIsMyPassion

Like MJ, she has her own moniker; "The Queen of Pop" and its easy to see why she deserves it. She has one of the most powerful voices out of any female music artists I can think of. - CrimsonShark

Isn't Madonna the Queen of Pop and not Whitney? - TheFourthWorld

One of the greatest voices in pop ever. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure

3 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically more.

She just turned 60, has been inducted in numerous halls of fame and is the biggest female artist in history, she's and obvious choice. - MusicIsMyPassion

Back when she was in her peaks during the 80s-90s, Madonna was easily one music artist to be renowned. Although her reputation in the present isn't as good, you can't really deny her energy back then and the influence she has on Pop Music these days. - CrimsonShark

I am pretty sure she’s considered the queen of pop as opposed to Whitney. - DCfnaf

She isn't the best singer in the world.. Yet her voice has the most variety.
She isn't the prettiest pop star.. yet when she is performing she can be the most beautiful.
She isn't the best dancer technically yet artistically no one matches her.
What she is the best at is her vision, her creativity, her work ethic and her determination. She is also an opportunist and a media whore.
it shows Discipline is everything as is courage. She took the musical performance to a whole new level. She made the most of what she had and did so in a brilliant fashion. I sometimes wonder how much of her image and career was her. Can anyone person be so brilliant and talented yet say some of the dumb things she says? No matter what she the one and only Madonna and is the top of her peers and I do not believe any one will have made such a contrast in music if you could look at a before and after photo.

Here is What I don't like about her and that is her selfishness and lack of empathy ...more

4 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

One of the most renowned Pop bands of all time. They defined 70s Pop and are still seen as a big influence in the Pop scene, even after 40 years. - CrimsonShark

5 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

He is one of the most influential acts in various genres including pop music so he should be held in high consideration. - MusicIsMyPassion

I think Prince had better singing skills and a better voice than Michael Jackson but Michael was more entertaining because of his dancing. - Metal_Treasure

Prince and MJ were formidable rivals. Despite MJ's superior stage persona and singing, Prince is no slouch either and excels in instrumentals for an alternative. One of Pop's greatest instrumentalists. - CrimsonShark

6 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

Elvis is normally referred to as the "King of Rock N' Roll", but no doubt he was a massive figure in Pop as well. - CrimsonShark

7 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

His experimentation and versatility is remarkable. While also a Rock Artist, he has done some Pop work. Either way, he's proven his worth for years and his influence will go on for several years. - CrimsonShark

No question about it. He was the most diverse pop musician in history, and to ignore him for such a nomination would be a shame. - Sop

He is so good. Undeniably talented. - DCfnaf

Undeniably talented. His experimentation and versatility is remarkable and whilst he is a rock artist he is also a pop artist as well, which is awesome. His influence has gone on for several years and he is one of the best singers ever in my opinion. R.i.p. David Bowie(Day of his death was in 2016)

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8 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.
9 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

Her voice is the driving factor to some of the 90s biggest pop ballads which are in turn some of the most iconic love songs in modern history so she is definitely on this lost with reason. - MusicIsMyPassion

Alongside Whitney and Mariah Carey, them and Celine make up for one of music's most renowned Group of influential artists. That, and she has a very powerful voice, one of the best out of any music artist in general. - CrimsonShark

10 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

He has been active for as long as acts like Mariah Carey and Eminem have been alive and served immense longevity so he should be here. - MusicIsMyPassion

The Contenders

11 George Michael George Michael Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

Maybe like third class. - MusicIsMyPassion

12 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and more.

Fourth class. There are mnay pop acts who must be in before she is even considered. - MusicIsMyPassion

Yes! Amazing, incredible voice. - Metal_Treasure

13 Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.

The most mainstream gothic group to ever exist (yes, they're goth, just look at their lyrics). - Sop

Amazing artists! Their last songs like Heaven or Scum are incredible. - jeffreyhoward

I dig them, there are interesting things in their songs. Dark pop. - Metal_Treasure

14 Zara Larsson Zara Larsson Zara Maria Larsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She first gained national fame for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent, at the age of 10. Larsson signed with the record label TEN Music Group in 2012 and released her debut EP album, Introducing, in more.

Pretty Good

15 Bjork Bjork 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.

Her voice is truly haunting. If the lyrics don't stick with you, her voice will. - Sop

One of Pop's most prolific and renowned experimental artists. - CrimsonShark

I recently begun listening to her and I’m intrigued. A unique voice and some really bizarre music. - DCfnaf

16 The Carpenters - Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter The Carpenters - Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter

Who added this in this list? like oh my jedi god I forgot about the carpenters I planned earlier of buying a CD of them but whoever added this THANK YOU an orb of enlightenment and I just remembered- Kevinsidis

It's a damn shame that Karen Carpenter died of anorexia R.I.P- Kevinsidis

17 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Her song Believe was the first song to use autotune. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety more.

Should be much higher, such influence in LGBT culture and music. - MusicIsMyPassion

18 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 more.

She follows her aesthetic and I love that!

19 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.

Why is she higher? Deserves it more than half the people on this list. - MusicIsMyPassion

20 Hatsune Miku Hatsune Miku Hatsune Miku, sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune, is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media.

Cutie - NelMemazo

21 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
22 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. more.
23 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 more.
24 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 more.
25 Billy Joel Billy Joel William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.
26 Pink Pink Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
27 Adam Levine Adam Levine Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. more.
28 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.
29 Shakira Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
30 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 more.
31 Sia Sia
32 Diana Ross Diana Ross Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes.
33 Dead or Alive
34 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.
35 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. more.
36 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

She died way too soon. Judging by the track she was on, she could have been a female David Bowie for this generation. - Sop

37 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles more.
38 Eurythmics Eurythmics Eurythmics were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Stewart and Lennox were both previously in the band The Tourists, who split up in 1980; Eurythmics were formed that year in London.
39 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.

A Pop band that manages to stand out among its subgenre which isn't too well-received. Their influence is still pretty good and their music is respectable for the most part.

Fact: Backstreet Boys don't like being referred as a Boy Band. - CrimsonShark

40 Hall and Oates Hall and Oates Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia.
41 Lorde Lorde Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
42 Beyoncé Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.
43 A-ha A-ha A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.
44 Fiona Apple Fiona Apple
45 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. more.
46 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer and actress who was born in McComb, Mississippi, and grew up 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 more.
47 Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years.
48 Blondie Blondie Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s.
49 Alessia Cara Alessia Cara Alessia Caracciolo, born on July 11th, 1996 is professionally known as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
50 Selena Selena Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.
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