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".
1 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.
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
One of the best, word - jeffreyhoward
2 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 ...read more.
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
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
4 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was a 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. ...read 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
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" .
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
Madonna Louise Ciccone 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 in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.
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
7 David Bowie
David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read 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
Hard to say; he only had a handful of albums that could really be construed as pop (Young Americans, Let's Dance, Tonight, and maybe Hunky Dory or Ziggy Stardust). His "best" work (Station to Station, Low, "Heroes", Lodger, Scary Monsters, ★, etc.) certainly wasn't. I guess he did drive a number of pop music trends, which probably justifies his inclusion. - PetSounds
Agreed. Bowie was a musician, first and foremost. He did drive pop music trends but wasn't really a full-on pop musician. - Gg2000
8 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.
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
9 George Michael
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally by his stage name George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer.
10 Elton John
11 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 ...read more.
12 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
13 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 ...read more.
Yes! Amazing, incredible voice. - Metal_Treasure
14 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
15 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 ...read more.
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
Cher is an American singer and actress. 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 of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long ...read more.
She follows her aesthetic and I love that!
19 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 is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy ...read more.
20 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 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 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
23 Kelly Clarkson
24 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. ...read more.
Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
26 Justin Timberlake
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
28 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 ...read more.
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 ...read more.
30 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 . ...read more.
31 Dead or Alive
33 Avril Lavigne
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.
35 Backstreet Boys
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
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter.
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 ...read more.
A-ha is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.
39 Fiona Apple
40 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.
41 Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer.
42 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.
43 Cyndi Lauper
44 Hall and Oates
Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia.
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.
46 Billy Joel
47 Alessia Cara
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.
49 Gwen Stefani
50 Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.