Top 10 Best Pop Artists of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose 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 the initials MJ... read more

Michael Jackson IS music. Without him, there really wouldn't be pop music. He is so legendary that, even though he has passed away, people still buy his music. I certainly do! If Michael wasn't here, life would be pointless. Music would be pointless. He has sold at least 300 million copies worldwide, and he has the best-selling album of all time, THRILLER! It sold 66 million copies worldwide and features the most legendary song of all time, Billie Jean. Moreover, he is the greatest entertainer of all time, both factually and in public opinion. Who hasn't heard of Michael Jackson?

The greatest pop artist of all time, in my opinion, is Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson was a natural at dancing, singing, performing, and songwriting. Music is Michael Jackson, and he embodied it completely.

He was a perfectionist who learned from all the best before him and put it together in his own unique style. His greatest influence was to connect with the soul of millions with his great music and universal messages of love and humanitarianism. In this way, his music became everlasting. He is an inspiration to all of us.

2 Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

On the start of her career, she performed at an event called the Lollapalooza Festival during 2007 whereby a record label company Interscope found her due to her performance being “amusing” to watch. Since Interscope found her, she was a mastermind behind her songs with... read more

MOTHER MONSTER! Gaga is not only the most talented musician in pop music today, but she is also the most talented in pop music history. She can play the piano, write songs, produce her own music, and she can SING. Plus, her songs I can relate to, unlike the songs of Nicki Minaj or any other of the pop singers in today's music. Go Gaga!

You know what... Gaga was described as the most talented artist of all time. She can dance while singing, play piano, write songs in 10 minutes, and she's never off-key. See this comment below, it will make you Katy Perry lovers, even Taylor Swift fans, disgusted. Taylor can't sing live, but she can sing very much off-key... Watch her YouTube videos, even Katy Perry's. So Katy Perry fans... please keep your off-keys to yourselves.

Lady Gaga does not create music, she creates art. She finds and uses so many different styles and sounds in her music. She is amazing and shouldn't even be compared to Taylor Swift, Adele, and Katy Perry. They are not as good as pop artists. Lady Gaga is the real deal, people!

3 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.

She is also is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She won 4 Guinness World Records, 5 MTV Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 16'ASCAP Pop Music... read more

I absolutely adore Katy Perry! She is my idol! She has an angelic voice, is beautiful, and produces the best songs! I especially love her new album, Prism. It includes some wonderful songs. However, I'd like to point out something about this list. Taylor Swift should not be on this list! In my opinion, she always sounds terrible. I really dislike her country music and how she's always singing about her love life. Perhaps if she stopped singing about her love life, she might have more success in it! Anyway, Katy Perry for the win!

Hey everyone, Katy Perry should be Number 1! Have you people ever seen how many views her Dark Horse, Roar, and Firework videos have? I waited one week to post this comment, and her Dark Horse went up 25 million views! Right now, her Roar has 823,758,985 views, and Firework has 803,696,736 views! Her Prism album has had billions of sales! Her Prismatic World Tour was the second biggest tour ever on the internet for people to vote for. Plus, she is nice to people who are poor. She is awesome! Katy Perry, I love you! I wish I could see you, Queen of Pop!

4 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) 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 like Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Hello, Easy On Me and the success of... read more

Adele is an amazing singer-songwriter. She doesn't need all the frills and publicity to be regarded as such either. She represents music in its highest regard, devoid of superficial details, because she doesn't need anything else to garner attention. Her artistry does it on its own, and she is an icon even with a smaller amount of work thus far.

Honestly, this list is insulting to music, as so many artists should be ranked above Katy Perry and P!nk. Yes, they are successful entertainers, but comparing them above the rest of the industry is like saying Nickelback is a better rock band than Queen. Seriously, people, in no way, shape, or form is Katy Perry better than Prince, the Beach Boys, Eminem, Tupac, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Aerosmith, Queen, Adele, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, the Beatles, and many more. These singers all represent an unimaginable amount of success and artistry. They are the ones that should be remembered in history for music, not the girl who is famous for her juvenile, racist, homophobic, and frankly, uncomplicated music.

Sorry, Katy Perry, but you're an entertainer more than you are a singer. You deserve all that you've worked for in regards to being a fun, non-complicated model for tweens, but artists like Adele show the world what true MUSIC is.

5 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 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums,... read more

Her best moment is when she sang "I Will Always Love You." Her voice was awesome.

Love her voice. She's plenty successful. Love ya!

She has a great voice.

6 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop 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 with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard... read more

They're the Beatles. No one can honestly compare. For decades, they have been the most prominent force in music, representing a level of success and talent that has never been repeated. Songs like "Hey Jude" and "Come Together" showcase the huge range of music they represent and the way they were able to bring all kinds of songs to the popular front.

Additionally, they made important statements about the world through songs like "Blackbird," unlike current artists like Katy Perry, who lack substance in their songs and have yet to find any critical success. In contrast, the Beatles are an untouchable force in history, and their legacy will last forever due to the amazing music they created. Current pop artists will be forgotten, but the Beatles have lasted for five decades on top, and they will forever continue to do so.

They are The Beatles - the greatest influence on all others. They have more number 1 hits than most groups have hits, and more chart hits than most groups have songs. Duh. The greatest thing about The Beatles is their range of music and styles that they have experimented with over the years. Each member is a formidable composer in their own right, save for Ringo.

They have drawn from many, many sources in their music and have even invented their own. Many rock/pop groups have had success in some of these areas of creativity, composition, and music innovation, but The Beatles have done it all. Anyone who loves rock and roll, pop, blues, jazz, even classical music, appreciates the accomplishments of The Beatles.

7 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 personal songs and for having won 11 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old, and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin a country music career. She... read more

She deserves the second spot because she and Michael Jackson are the only artists in history to have a BMI award named after them. She is the youngest person to be included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time, the first female artist to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, and the only act to sell more than 1 million album copies in the first week of release in the US. She holds both the most awarded country album and the most awarded pop album in history. The list of her achievements goes on, but most significantly, she treats her fans with so much kindness and generosity. Her relationship with fans is what makes her different from other artists. Lastly, she's a brilliant businesswoman who knows the market scenario very well and always comes up with new strategies, which is why she's so successful.

Taylor Swift is my lifelong inspiration, heroine, and the best superstar, singer, and celebrity ever... besides my family, of course. She is hated by Katy Perry fans? They are just going to hate, but she'll shake them off anyway, so what do they matter? Taylor's outfits are not weird like Lady Gaga's, Nicki Minaj's, or Katy Perry's. I like her style, which is classical and cool. My favorite song by her is Ours, followed by Enchanted, 22, and many more. I have to admit, Taylor Swift's voice is paradise to my ears, and it's cool that she's BFFs with Selena Gomez.

8 Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including nine number... read more

The best pop/rock artist of all time.

9 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" .

The Artist, with Purple Rain, Sign 'O' The Times, 1999, and The Gold Experience, sits at only 62? Come on, people! Especially you bubblegum-loving teenyboppers. He was amazing at guitar, had among the widest vocal ranges for popular singers (even wider than Freddie Mercury, who people seem to be crazy about for no reason), pioneered a sound (specifically the Minneapolis Sound), referred to himself as a symbol for some time (you know, the Love Symbol), was the first artist to sell music on the Internet, wrote his first song at age 8, and had the best Super Bowl halftime show ever (in 2007. He finished the performance with 'Purple Rain' while it was raining and the audience lit purple lights). And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Face it, not only is he a phenomenal artist, he is The Artist.

Prince was just short of Michael Jackson in singing and dancing ability. He also could play any instrument put in front of him. He was simply the total package when it came to performing.

10 P!nk Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

Pink is the best, period. She is one of the few artists these days that actually make songs with real meanings, not just about partying, getting drunk, and hot chicks. Pink's songs, like "Try" (so inspiring) and "Blow Me One Last Kiss," are so great! And "Just Give Me A Reason," "So What," the list goes on and on. She's got her own style. Haha, how a couple of days ago Pink was at #59... So I'm not the only fanatic.

Warning: Pink is highly addictive! Consume with caution, as high volumes of numerous classic hits will cause stuck-in-head syndrome. I have had Just Like a Pill stuck in my head for four days now and have listened to it approximately 60 times since the syndrome began. You've been warned.

Pink is a great artist with a great voice. All of her songs are energetic and fun to listen to.

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

Mars rose to fame in 2010 with the release of the successful singles "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, both of which featured his vocals on the hooks. His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)... read more

Actually, he is the best pop artist. He is the prince of pop. He has a perfect voice, and he can dance while singing perfectly. He can play the piano, guitar, ukulele, and drums. He can write beautiful lyrics. The rhythm of his songs is really good.

Oh my God, what is Bruno doing at 14? He is like one of the best pop artists ever. Why is he below Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and who on earth are Mariah Carey and Pink?

With his singing technique and dance moves, he is the Michael Jackson of our time. He is the most complete male pop artist alive.

12 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 in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA. She has 14 studio albums (Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer,... read more

Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey are over Madonna? Is this list a joke?

Many people just envy her success and huge impact on music. Madonna is the most popular, successful, and influential female star ever. You can hate it, but it's true, so deal with it!

Madonna has been such a huge influence on the music industry for over thirty years. She has sold millions of records and broken so many boundaries. She is the Queen of Pop, and no one can deny her that (Britney is the Princess).

She should be much ahead. Nobody cares or listens to Kelly Clarkson anymore.

13 Beyonce 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 1999 to 2004. After they broke up in 2006, Beyonce pursued her solo career, creating smash hits such... read more

For 50% of her life, she's been doing it, and 100% of that time, she has been QUEEN! Learned from the king himself, MJ, and is the only true modern-day artist that can hold a flame to the rest of these legends on the list.

She's the queen of music. She sings live perfectly, she dances perfectly, and she has written many of the most influential songs of our time. I truly think that since M.J. passed away, she inherited his crown and throne.

A hot and sexy singer with a good voice, she is awesome!

14 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race... read more

There are way too many young people voting on this list. Fourteen of the top twenty are modern acts. Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Elvis, and Elton John should definitely be in the top five, in some order. They were the four most dominant acts in music history. Without their contributions, most of today's acts would not exist. Others in consideration for a top five spot are Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys, the Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, and Olivia Newton-John.

Even though he started as a rock singer, in later days, he sang a lot of pop songs.

"Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles" - John Lennon.

15 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 is an American pop/pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Ok, why is Maroon 5 merely 9th on the list? This band is great. They have everything you could ask for in a male pop band. Adam Levine is in the top 10 for best male singers ever. He can go all over the vocal register but always returns to that high-sounding voice that makes him stand out. This band started in '95 as Kara's Flowers, which was a rock band. As rock became less and less popular to the public eye, Maroon 5 evolved to the pop genre, which is what the new race was and still is today. Just listen in chronological order from Songs About Jane to V, and you will see what I speak of.

However, instead of abandoning their rock roots, like Gwen Stefani did by leaving No Doubt, they evolved and found ways to integrate the rock instruments and roots from where they came into their new stuff. To put it in other words, they evolved in a way that their new music sells, but they didn't lose their identity.

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

They will only be playing four or five of these groups 200 years from now: The Beatles, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Queen, and some Elton John. Even Elvis's music now is dated. Those four groups' music is timeless and will be played forever. Yet ABBA is #15? Really?

They are a seriously overlooked group. They were only really around for a ten-year period and produced some of the best music, which has genuinely stood the test of time. Overlooked by the establishment but loved by the people.

ABBA revolutionized music. In fact, they are so good in terms of album sales, they are up there with The Beatles and Elvis. I'm not even kidding. Whether you like them or not, you have to admit they have had a big impact on music!

17 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received critical acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, one Bambi Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards,... read more

How is she ranked so low? She is one of the Broadway/classically trained singers. People always make fun of her wide range, which is stupid because it's so rare to have such a wide range. Everyone automatically thinks her voice is annoying. This is talent. All these people who know nothing about talent just hate. She is amazing and she actually writes her songs about real love, not all that you hear nowadays. She is one of the pop singers today who can sing along with Demi and Adele. Her music and her voice are so angelic and emotional. She is just plain amazing.

How is Ariana in 60th place? She is like one of the best singers I have ever heard! I am a huge Ariana Grande fan, and she can sing so well live. And she has made so many hit songs, she needs to be in the top ten.

I feel like Ariana Grande is one of the best live singers of our new generation. She definitely deserves to be in the top ten. What the heck.

18 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 for its then-president, hip-hop producer and rapper Jay Z.

How is Rihanna not in the top 10? Come on guys, vote her up! Rihanna is one of the best pop artists of the era. Who can forget her smash hit Umbrella (ela ela eh eh eh)? She has more number 1 hits than any other pop artist and so many good, catchy, and meaningful songs. Songs like Pon de Replay, Unfaithful, Umbrella, Take a Bow, Rehab, Shut Up and Drive, We Found Love, Diamonds, Stay, Work, Needed Me, Love on the Brain, etc.

The thing about Rihanna that is different from other pop artists is that she changes her style and genres so much, but always does so really well, unlike other pop artists. Everybody knows and loves at least one Rihanna song.

Selena and Maroon 5 over Rihanna? Don't get me wrong, I don't hate them, but Rihanna's music is so varied and catchy.

I don't see why anybody would hate on my girl Rih. She has a great voice, super-catchy songs, etc.

19 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 "It Ain't Me". 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.

She is absolutely amazing and can serve some mean vocals. She has a very gentle, soft, and sexy voice which some people just cannot appreciate. She is one of the best pop artists out there.

Selena is perfect and one of my favorite singers. I always try to be like her. Her songs are awesome, like Come and Get It, Hit the Lights, Good for You. I love her. She should be number 2.

Amazing songs! I love the more recent ones like "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and "Come and Get It", and all of the electronica influence!

20 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 "Candyman".

She's at #52? I am not surprised, considering the current definition of "best pop artists" is often influenced by younger fans who mainly follow artists like Justin Bieber. Christina Aguilera had the best voice. True, she's not as extremely popular now as she was between 1999 and 2004. However, she remains one of the finest artists for me. By "best," I mean an artist producing work of good quality, with deep meanings and lyrics, and showcasing a real, great voice, rather than relying on autotune. Therefore, I would rank her in the top 3.

Aguilera's voice is better than 80% of the artists ahead of her. She also has the look and dance moves too. Why is she behind so many irrelevant acts?

She has everything! She can sing, dance, act, and produce timeless songs and catchy pop songs. She's the queen, the voice of our generation. I wonder why she's not included in the top 10, or even the top 20. She deserves more recognition than these debut artists (Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Rihanna).

21 Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
22 OneRepublic OneRepublic is an American pop rock band. Formed in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2002 by lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins, the band achieved commercial success on Myspace as an unsigned act.

Counting Stars and Love Runs Out were simply awesome! Maybe with a little effort, they could be a little more famous... Now everyone says it's a one-hit wonder.

23 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.

Timberlake is the best of our generation, writing, producing, dancing, singing. You may not like him, but with 5 albums, the way he revolutionized pop by bringing jazz, RnB, electro, and even country is insane.

He can do everything and is happy in life, not in competition with anyone in particular. He just rests in the life he lives and constantly develops his skills. He is one with life and whatever it brings. You know, he doesn't force it too much. That's why nature blesses him with everything. He just lets go, if you know what I mean, and is himself. He knows the industry is an illusion and has numerous ways about him.

He knows that if you try your best and leave the rest to rest, then you can enjoy the full support of nature. He is funny, happy, contented, peaceful, charming, witty, well-read, likes holidays, and can sing and dance. He puts into practice this ethic. Justin is the king of my moments.

24 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 sexy poses and for having breast implants. She is also known to be a diva, and she is well known for... read more

Awesome, amazing, my number one favorite singer. She has the most awesome songs like Love Takes Time, Vision of Love, Heartbreaker, and my all-time favorite, Dream Lover.

Mariah should easily be in the top 10. She had 18 #1 songs, by far the most of the 90s and 2000s.

I bet she has more songs than Taylor Swift and Beyonce combined.

25 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 Hot 100 chart and became the country's best-selling single of 2002. It was followed by the release... read more

I absolutely LOVE Kelly Clarkson. I have been a fan for a long time and I love her special quality. She inspires music and has a magnificent voice, hands down. She deserves to be in the top ten. She has been singing for ten years. She is a born natural. She is my idol, and the original American Idol. I'm a total fangirl of Kelly, and will be forever more!

OK, she isn't the number 1 pop artist, but she deserves to be in the top 10. Kelly has a great voice and many awesome songs. Her Breakaway album was a huge hit that was very important for the music industry. Kelly rocks!

I've been a big fan of Kelly probably since I started singing! She's such an inspiration and she deserves the top spot. I love her!

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