Top Ten Most Popular Music Artists and Bands of the 2010s in Austria

Of course, Austria, much like every country, has music stars they admire. Artists we like are often local musicians, but we also love the German, American or British music scene, and occasionally something entirely different altogether. In the decade of the 2010s, celebrities from diverse genres have found fame, or continued a successful career from the past decade.

The list doesn't compile the greatest or your personal favorite artists, but which ones you experienced are most popular with the public. While sales and chart positions matter, the overall media presence, airplay and fanbase are just as important. A popular artist is one everybody knows and that has many followers.

I didn't include artists that are not active anymore in the 2010s for whatever reason, but still have a huge following and get lots of airplay for hits of past decades. Falco and Queen would probably be on top of the list, then. However, as always, it's up to you to interpret my list.
The Top Ten
1 Helene Fischer Jelena Petrowna Fischer, better known by her stage name Helene Fischer, is a German pop and schlager singer of Russian descent, born on August 5, 1984. ...read more.

Her album "Farbenspiel" went 18 times platinum, becoming the third best selling album in Austria, behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Herbert Grönemeyer's "Mensch". The lead single "Atemlos durch die Nacht" stayed on the charts for 90 weeks and is probably the most played song of the 21st century (that goes for Germany and Switzerland as well, where she is similarly huge). The German singer is all over T.V., her concerts are sold out, and she managed to gather a fanbase of every gender and age.

It always amazes me how Germans got into a Russian singer (and Austrians, too).

2 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 her second, third and fourth studio album which is 21, 25 and 30.

Everything Adele touches turns to gold, at least. Her many hit songs play all over the radio, and of course, her albums sell well, she has little to no haters, and many people, old and young, view her as the greatest artist of her era.

Should be first, beautiful voice.

3 Conchita Wurst Conchita Wurst or simply Conchita is the stage name and persona of Austrian singer Tom Neuwirth, who was born on November 6, 1988 .

She has been a TV personality of moderate success for years in Austria, and rose to fame in other European states after winning the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Rise Like a Phoenix” . Since then, she reached a-list celebrity status in her home country and has been given the honorific nickname “Queen of Austria”.

Most of Wurst’s songs are cinematic and climatic self empowerment anthems, and she is seen as a voice for minorities and outsiders, as well as an activist for LGBT rights and tolerance in general . Unlike most other famous drag queens in German speaking territories, Wurst is not a novelty act but a serious singer and is seen as an intellectual by her supporters . ...read more.

Wurst was a moderately famous T.V. personality for a few years, who wasn't that much noticed until she won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with "Rise Like a Phoenix" (I know the importance of this event differs widely from country to country, but in Austria it's a really big deal where the entire nation stays up late to watch it). Then she became a cultural icon. Her messages of tolerance, LGBT rights and self empowerment hit the country like a tornado, and caused a massive hype for equality of any kind. She performed in front of politicians, was on every show and newspaper, and was named person of the year. Although her last musical output was in 2015 (she will release her second album soon, though), she is still the national number one celebrity of the decade and is often seen in the media.

4 Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He sang songs such as The A team and Shape of You. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

I don't need to tell you about his popularity. Fact is, this guy is as massive all around the globe, and his hits are just as huge, chart topping and excessively played over here as in your country. I just feel that he has more haters abroad. No one really hates this man over here.

I wonder if there is a country where he isn't popular.

5 Andreas Gabalier

With all his albums to date ranging from three to eight times platinum, this singer-songwriter who mixes traditional Austrian elements (squeeze box, Viennese dialect, slight touches of yodelling) with commercially accepted pop rock music (guitars, raspy vocals, percussion, earworm choruses) is definitely one of the best selling stars of his generation. He polarizes heavily, though, and for every fan comes a hater. But judging by his sales, I don't think that's a problem for him.

6 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative Rock, Hip Hop and Techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Roots and Aphex Twin.

The band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was released in 2000. The album was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries. Their song ‘In the End’ is considered to be one of the best rock songs of the 21st century. Linkin Park has sold over 68 million albums worldwide and have won two Grammy Awards. They released 7 studio albums, and their most popular songs include “Numb”, “In The End”, “What I’ve Done”, and “New Divide”. ...read more.

Long before Chester Bennington's tragic death, Linkin Park have been a generation defining band that managed to touch many. Their albums were all extremely popular, and they have already been legendary for years, and will be even more under these sad circumstances.

7 Seiler und Speer

Originally, Seiler und Speer were a comedian and a director (none of the big names though) who thought it would be fun to go to the studio and record some indie music. Their single "Ham kummst" immmediately topped the Austrian charts, has 30 million views on YouTube (that's a lor for German music and the biggest of the biggest blockbusters for Austrian music) and still gets tons of airplay four years later, and the album of the same name was awarded four times platinum, the follow up album got another platinum certificate.

8 Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

Robbie Williams isn't just a successful pop star, he's a music legend that is universally loved by all audiences no matter the age or gender. His songwriting craft and singing is acclaimed by pretty much everyone, and every new music he creates immediately becomes insanely popular. Apart from the fact that his songs from the 90s and 00s are still much loved, his "Swings Both Ways" album was a huge hit in the 2010s, and his other records were also really successful.

9 Bushido Anis Mohammed Yousef Ferchichi, better known by his stage name Bushido, is a German rapper and music producer of Tunisian descent born on September 28, 1978 in Bonn, though usually being associated with Berlin where he lives.

Bushido is the commercially most successful German hip hop artist of all time and became an icon in the country's pop culture. Ever since his career began, each of his records managed to become a massive hit. Bushido was one of the first artists who brought gangster rap and hardcore rap to Germany, his 2003 debut solo album “Vom Bordstein bis zur Skyline” as well as the Fler collaboration “Carlo Cokxxx Nutten” seen as two of the most influential German albums of the 21st Century. The first is furthermore often regarded as one of the greatest and most definitive German hip hop albums of all time. It is also credited to him and Sido that German hip hop became one of the most popular mainstream genres in his home country. ...read more.

Germany's biggest rapper is just as successful and chart topping over here. Much like in Germany, interest in English language hip hop has declined in the 2010s, paving the way for the German language counterpart to take its place, and Bushido, being the Godfather of German hip hop, of course is what every genre fan digs.

10 Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette.

Justin Bieber is best known for his songs "Baby" and "What Do You Mean". He currently has seven videos that exceed 1 billion views on YouTube, which are "Baby", "What Do You Mean?", "Sorry", "Love Yourself", DJ Khalid's "I'm the One", Skrillex and Diplo's "Where Are Ü Now" and Major Lazer's "Cold Water", as well as one of the few artists to have had three songs in the Top 5 on Billboard. The record for most videos to exceed 1 billion views has since been beaten by Ozuna, who currently has eight videos exceeding one billion views. However, he also has the third most disliked video on YouTube, with "Baby" having 12 million dislikes, which has been exceeded by YouTube Rewind 2018 and Fox Star Studio's Sadlak 2 Trailer. ...read more.

The reception is pretty much the same as in the US. He always had commercial hits and massive media coverage, but also many haters and was generally seen negatively, until "Purpose", which completely changed his reputation for the better. Suddenly, Justin Bieber was taken seriously as an artist and the hit songs also received more radio airplay.

The Contenders
11 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 Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, 14 People's Choice, 1 Juno Award, 2 Myx Music Awards, 3 NRJ Awards, 6 Teen Choice and a Brit Award.

Katy, herself was once a Christian-genre singer and was only known at Santa Barbara. She signed at Columbia Records but been dropped but got hired at Capitol Records.

In 2008, she released her first single I Kissed A Girl which got mixed reviews but became a successful hit. In the same year, she also released her second single Hot n Cold which got nominated for Best Female Video of the Year but lost to Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me. ...read more.

Katy Perry has many hits that are all over the radio, but especially "I Kissed a Girl" is one of the most popular pop songs of the last fifteen years. She's also way better received in Austria than in the US, her latest album and songs didn't get hate, and "Chained to the Rhythm" is everywhere.

12 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 a team of producers namely Rob Fusari and RedOne. Most of her songs were deep unreleased cuts, due to her having more than 30 songs and 17 were picked. ...read more.

Of course, Lady Gaga is still used synonymously with great and well crafted pop music blockbusters, and several her songs have already turned to evergreens, but in the first half of the decade, she would have topped the list. It was absolutely clear she has a place next to Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince as the peak of creative mainstream pop singer-songwriters.

13 Trackshittaz
14 Sunrise Avenue

Sometime in the mid-to-late 2000s, the Finnish alternative rock band became much more popular in German language territories than any of their American emo counterparts, and lead singer Samu Haber became a well known celebrity who often appeared on German shows. In the 2010s, their popularity increased even more, and so they have received lots of airplay, have popular concerts and have good album sales. Many people of different target groups like them - although music is often similar to the American emo movement (also that their more recent output is poppier), they are much less gimmicky and aren't really associated with a certain group of people.

15 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian post-grunge band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

I did often say that Nickelback is not really hated over here, but even more: they are also pretty popular and well liked. Not only are their hits of the 2000s still on rotation, also their newer output of this decade found many Austrian fans, especially "Song on Fire" that was everywhere in 2017.

16 Thirty Seconds To Mars Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band currently consists of brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.

Thirty Seconds to Mars have entered the Austrian top ten when every other country, including the USA and Germany, still had to discover them as more than just some ambitious newcomers. They had a very devoted and widespread fanbase, and while other big emo bands of the USA weren't really that mainstream, 30 Seconds to Mars were the big deal. Many were also baffled that an actor as great as Leto could create music like this, without even promoting it as HIS project. The success only increased from then on, and now in 2018, they finally had their first number one album, when in the rest of the world they finally had the success they had over here in 2005.

17 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 after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction's four albums, Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Four topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", and "Story of My Life".

Boybands were always embraced very much in German language territories. Remember: the Backstreet Boys had success much earlier over here and had a gazillion more hits than in the US. Although One Direction were just as popular in the rest of the world, maybe even more, they still were very present in this decade's pop landscape.

Also: with Harry Styles' successful departure many see him as the third member of a bunch of former boyband members who managed to be taken very seriously as artists next to the two giants Robbie Williams and Justin Timberlake.

18 Shindy Michael Schindler, better known by his stage name Shindy, is a German rapper and music producer of Greek descent, born on November 7, 1988 in Bietigheim-Bissingen.

He established himself in the German hip hop scene as a featured artist on Kay One's and Bushido's albums and was at some points rumored to be their ghostwriter, though right now being in a feud with the first one. He had his national breakthrough as a solo artist with the controversial viral music video "Stress ohne Grund" in 2013. Having released an album each year since then, as of 2016 each of them topped the charts immediately. ...read more.

German rapper Shindy brought a bit of light heartedness, relaxed vibrations and a decent mix of high class and lazy casualness to the dark and gritty German hip hop. Not only did all four of his albums to date top the Austrian charts, he also became a favorite of Austrian teens who don't dig the street aesthetics that much.

19 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.

I am not sure how the situation is in the USA, because as far as I know your radio stations don't like explicitness that much, but "Love on the Brain" was inescapable in the past two years. But even more than this song, "Stay" and "Diamonds" are among the most played songs ever since they came out.

20 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 da 5'9") half of the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil. Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has had ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and 5 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and 13 worldwide.

While in the 2000s, American rappers were the big ones with German rap slowly emerging, everything took a 180° turn in the current decade. German rappers top the chart, while most popular American rap songs only appear on some hip hop enthusiast's playlists (we're still CD buyers). Songs that didn't appear on the Austrian top 100 include "Bodak Yellow" and "Bad and Boujee". Somewhere between number 20 and 11 are the big singles by Future, Rae Sremmurd or Kendrick Lamar (as hip hop is an album genre over here, their albums sometimes chart higher, but only when there are physical releases available).
The one exception whose music is always hugely anticipated is Eminem. Here we talk about chart topping success, and here we have one of the very, very rappers who ger regular radio airplay, because they are also heard by people who aren't always into hip hop. Eminem is the one everyone agrees is a genius.

21 Andrea Berg Andrea Ferber (born Andrea Zellen), better known by her stage name Andrea Berg, is a German singer-songwriter in the schlager genre that was born on January 28, 1966.

Next to Helene Fischer, Andrea Berg is among the most famous and successful schlager singers of the 21st century and has had several chart topping albums in Germany, Austria and Switzerland throughout her career, having sold over 10 million records overall. While making music since 1992, her enormous megastar status began in the 21st century. Since 2003, each of her albums was able to top the German charts. Her 2001 greatest hits compilation “Best of Andrea Berg” was certified 10 times platinum in Germany and is the best selling German language album of the 2000s ...read more.

Before Helene Fischer, Andrea Berg was the Queen of Schlager for years. Her albums usually sell multi-platinum and she is extremely present on T.V. (especially music shows) and newspapers (particularly gossip magazines). She's even bigger in Germany but is also pretty damn huge over here

22 Michael Buble Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

The man with the smooth voice of whom every household seems to have an album (his Christmas album is pretty popular). I don't know how this came to be. He has no big hits, doesn't get as much airplay (only at the end of the year) and isn't constantly in the media. I guess the word just spread that he makes some fine music. He sells very well and every year in December his CDs are always back in stores, although the craze is even more massive in the UK and Germany.

23 Eros Ramazzotti

Simply put: in the 80s, Austria had a craze for this man's Italian music and the vibe it spread. Romantic, with personality, and classy. The rest of the world, apart from Italy and Switzerland, barely noticed him, when he topped the Austrian album charts. Nothing about his charm has changed since then, people still have the very same feelings about him.

24 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) peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200 and reached the top in Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and in the United Kingdom albums charts. It spawned the international number-one singles "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade" and "The Lazy Song". The former won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Although his latest album wasn't as successful anymore, hits like "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade" or "Uptown Funk" are decade defining and are among the most played songs of the 2010s.

25 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. After that Miley had numerous worldwide hits, such as ''Party in the USA'', '' We Can’t Stop'', and ''Wrecking Ball''. On December 23, 2018 she got married to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, but they divorced shortly after.

American reaction: "Oh no, the formerly good role model of our kids dances naked on a wrecking ball and talks about sex".
Austrian reaction: "Now that she's finally not a children star anymore it's acceptable to like her music. Just wish the gossip press wouldn't treat this harmless video without any explicit nudity like the biggest scandal in the world."

These aren't that exaggerated by the way, but I've read/heard these statements several times.

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