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 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... read more

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.

2 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.

3 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 Gr├Ânemeyer'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).

4 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... read more

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.

5 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... read more

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.

6 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... 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.

7 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... 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.

8 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Swift is best known for writing personal songs and has won 13 Grammy Awards... read more

Taylor Swift wasn't as noticed over here until she became pop, when she long had a diamond certification and multi-platinum in the US. "Red" was her first top ten entry, but "Fearless", which peaked at number 14, was already certified gold. But then she took off: "1989" was certified triple-platinum and "Shake It Off" is one of the most played songs of the decade that will become an evergreen.

9 P!nk Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
10 Andreas Gabalier Andreas Gabalier is an Austrian folk singer. In 2012, he won the ECHO music award in folk music category, the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2012 as Best Live Act and Best Schlager Singer and in 2013, again the Amadeus award in Folk music category.

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.

The Contenders
11 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... 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.

12 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American alternative rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The current members include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ), and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park is associated with a mixture... 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.

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

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.

14 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.

15 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... 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.

16 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.

17 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... 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.

18 RAF Camora
19 Capital Bra
20 Mero
21 Trackshittaz
22 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.

23 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.

24 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.

25 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... read more

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.

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