Top 10 Pop Artists that Are Respected by Metalheads

Pop Artists that have gotten respect by Metalheads. So if anyone tries saying that Metalheads only like "Metal" artists this list will prove them wrong for the most part. If I missed one feel free to add it. And if you disagree that's perfectly fine.

The Top Ten

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 more.

MJ is the greatest of all time. I say this as a metal head myself.

I like his music and LOVE his dancing but all these new stories about his child molesting makes me not like him as a person. - PhoenixAura81

His hiccups, that are a significant part of his singing style, make me burst into uncontrollable laughter and I can't stop the giggle (please, don't hate me for this, I really have no control over it).
I think he's a better dancer than singer (his voice is too thin and weak to my taste). - Metal_Treasure

This guy got me into real music! - awesomedp900

That's a very interesting comment because metalheads believe that metal is the real music. Just saying. - Metal_Treasure

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

They are the classical of pop music. Their songs are very well composed - of course, it's pop but it's top notch pop. I respect them for that. The singers are very good as well.
Also, many metal musicians admitted they liked ABBA and many even made metal covers of ABBA songs (see the list Top 10 Metal Covers of Abba Songs).
Even the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London) played ABBA live and recorded a CD with cover songs. - Metal_Treasure

The first group to introduce me to music. I used to do choir in year 2 and we had to sing their songs. Not knowing any other artist or band, I was hooked. - LemonComputer

Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour once admitted that he likes this band. - JCHOW

A few metalheads but not a lot that I know of.

You will be surprised that not only ordinary metalheads but also many metal musicians like ABBA. - Metal_Treasure

3 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.

I've seen quite a few Metalheads admit to liking her music on this site and I can see why. She's fairly a enjoyable singer.

I definitely like her voice, she is immensely talented. I have a respect for her godly voice - so powerful, rich and perfect.
And I feel bad for her - her private life was such a mess. R.I.P. Whitney.
If I listen to her songs from time to time, it's for her voice and not for her music. - Metal_Treasure

Don’t really like her that much to be honest. All opinions respected. *dies*
~ AlphaQ

4 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.

Despite I love metal to death, I don't refuse giving credits when deserved. She is a talented singer and songwriter. Believe it or not, I was the person who was on her side when some pop and rap fans on this site described her as "fat, ugly and can't sing". Now, if a musician appearance is so important to you, perhaps music isn't your strength. Metal taught me one thing: if somebody is talented, his/her looks, age, race, origin, etc., don't matter.
My favorite Adele songs are: Rolling in the Deep and Rumour Has It (I'm not into her slow songs, not saying they are bad, they are just too depressing to me and depressing music isn't my cup of tea). - Metal_Treasure

Even Metal_Treasure likes her and to be honest she's a great singer.

One of the few modern pop singers metalheads like. - DarkBoi-X

5 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.

Yes, I respect him. As far as I know, christangrant also likes him. - Metal_Treasure

I'm not exactly a metalhead, but being mainly a hip hop head, I can say that I've always loved Elton John's music. - Mcgillacuddy

6 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" .

I can definitely understand why Metalheads would respect Prince. He had that rock-star quality about him and could shred his ass off on the guitar. - Eddiej

My musical daddy

RIP Prince.

7 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.

Their riffs are dark and heavy which is enough for me to make me like them - I like about 6-7 songs, my favorite is I Feel You (I love that riff). - Metal_Treasure

Well, Lacuna Coil did cover "Enjoy the Silence", so there's that. - CrimsonShark

I know a lot of metal bands who like Depeche Mode.

Somewhat respected ig.

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

She gained some respect when I learned she was actually a metal fan and likes Metallica the most. She likes thrash metal! Not something softer, she likes thrash and even danced to a Metallica song at a live show! Wow, I didn't know one can dance to thrash.
She also likes Iron Maiden (a lot) and Saxon.
And yes, she likes Queen (a band I respect) and took her stage name from Queen's song Radio GaGa. - Metal_Treasure

I saw a comment on Bohemian Rhapsody saying "why do we have crap nowadays like Justin and Lady Gaga? " The irony is strong here when they are saying this on a Queen song. - 445956

The thing is, Lady Gaga is a fan of rock and metal and she named herself after Radio GaGa by Queen. - 445956

I hugely respect her creativity. Haven't listened to her music for years but the ones I've heard show her talent. - LemonComputer

Lots of Metalheads respect her and she likes Metal music so it's fairly obvious why she's on this list.

9 Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, more.

I don't listen to her but she is extremely talented, so I would say I respect her. - Metal_Treasure

10 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.

I admit she is incredibly talented - her song Hurt is one of the best vocal performances in all pop. Her vocal range is remarkable, her runs are awesome. Also, she and Michael Bolton are the singers with the most perfect pitch I've ever heard (I don't count opera singers, they are a different story).
However, there are some things I don't like: she uses autotune for some songs - she doesn't need it, she just wants to get that awful robot voice and sound like every other talentless singer in the pop industry.
She's got a great, powerful and soulful voice made for singing soul and jazz - by the way, I've heard her singing jazz with Tony Bennett and she was amazing. - Metal_Treasure

A bit iffy on this one but I'm sure that there's a few Metalheads that like her.

The Contenders

11 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.

I love rock and metal but I kept replaying one of her songs on Guitar Hero Live. Definitely a talented singer. - LemonComputer

And for good reason she was a talented singer who died too soon.

It's so sad she died. Kids, don't drink alcohol.

12 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

I tried to get into them several times but it didn't happen - I guess they aren't my cup of tea. I liked very much one song - Surfin' USA - but it turned out the music to this song was a 100% rip off of Chuck Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen, so I basically liked Chuck Berry again and not exactly The Beach Boys. - Metal_Treasure

Arguably rock but art pop is an accurate nametag. - JoLeKosovo

They sound more poppy than Rock-ish so I guess they count.

13 Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.
14 John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.
15 Hall & Oates Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia.

Yes pop icons with excellent songs. What can you say bad about this duo really. They are not just pop though, but Soul. Respected, yes.

Actually, Liked these two better than MJ but that is my personal opinion.


16 Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed more.

Nice joke, but most metalheads I know of can't stand Coldplay.

Nope.I can't stand them.

17 Kate Bush
18 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.
19 Tears for Fears Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock more.

Stellar band, metalhead or not.

20 Nelly Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., known professionally as, Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St.
21 Anastacia Anastacia Lyn Newkirk is an American singer-songwriter, producer and former dancer. Her first two albums Not That Kind and Freak of Nature were released in quick succession to major success.

I added her because I respect her for the talent she has - a great voice and songwriting skills (her music is pop but it's different than the mainstream pop;
some lyrics are poetry).
Songs I like the most:
Left Outside Alone, Heavy On My Heart, I'm Outta Love, One Day in Your Life, Sick and Tired, Paid My Dues - Metal_Treasure

22 Duran Duran Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US.
23 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.

I just voted for her because there was no comments and she's pretty great.

24 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Somebody has to find the trolls a better goal in life... - Metal_Treasure

This isn't funny - B1ueNew


25 Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide more.

Metalheads respect an overvoted guy? - Userguy44

Um no he might be worshipped by Indians (Not trying to be racist) but no Metalhead respects him that I know of.

Never met one (I am not a fan of his music either) - XxembermasterxX

26 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. more.

This is a meme right? That's why he's here? Because in all seriousness, absolutely not.

No metalhead I know of likes him...

No. Just no, - Userguy44

27 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.

More of just normal rock actually - B1ueNew

28 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.
29 P!nk Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
30 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.
31 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. more.

I don't. And I don't know any metal fan who does. - Metal_Treasure

I was dragged along to her concert recently, a few months ago, in fact. I can't say I hated it, but I didn't like it either. I don't know how to feel about her... - WheresMyGuitarPick

No, Every metalhead despises her - B1ueNew

She’s a beautiful talented kind woman but no metal

32 Cannibal Corpse Cannibal Corpse is a American death metal band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1988. The band is known for their graphic album covers, explicitly violent lyrics and song titles like "I C** Blood" The group got into mainstream after performing the song "Hammer Smashed Face" in the 1994 film Ace Ventura: more.

Definitely pop music! (Sarcasm) - B1ueNew

Never want to respect this band! They're violent! - Userguy44

Best pop group ever! -MetalheadSatanic666

Yup, I C** Blood is the number one pop song of 2019. - WheresMyGuitarPick

33 Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.

What can I say. Respected as one of the great voices and female singers. Songwriters wrote songs and she made those songs her own with that great voice. She did it all pop, rock, etc.. Such a shame Parkinson's disease took her voice. Music is timeless and her voice will always be there. I'm an older metalhead and always respected Linda.

34 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.
35 Michael McDonald Michael Robert McDonald is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division of the UFC.

I think the actual singer from The Doobie Brothers and his solo work should be here. What is this Michael McDonald doing here. Big huge mistake and I have to laugh. But this is not funny really but a huge mistake.

Why? This list is ruined by trolls

36 Lenny Kravitz Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
37 Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.
38 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.

No metalhead respects Justin Timberlake.

39 Shakira Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

I don't know any metalheads who enjoy listening to reggaeton music. They will most likely hate the genre, and this artist of course. - VoxelVillager

She gets hate by Metalheads if I recall correctly...

40 Dahvie Vanity David Jesus Torres, better known by his stage name Dahvie Vanity, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper born on September 5, 1984, who is best known as one half of Crunkcore duo Blood on the Dance Floor and as the face and creative mind behind Industrial project Sinners are Winners. He is also more.

Whoever respects him I know a doctor - XxembermasterxX

Ummm, HELL NO - B1ueNew

41 Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching more.
42 Grimes Claire Elise Boucher, better known by the stage name Grimes, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, music video director, and record producer.
43 Kesha Kesha Rose Sebert (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born on March 1st, 1987 in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. more. Not me. - Metal_Treasure

You should listen to her new album if you haven't; it's much more respectable than her other ones - DCfnaf

44 Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in more.

Not a SINGLE metalhead I know of respects this douchebag.

What? I don't think he was added by a metalhead. Easily - a troll item on this list. - Metal_Treasure

45 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Queen is Hard Rock maybe Operatic Rock at most not Pop in the slightest.

46 Ace of Base Ace of Base was a Swedish pop group, originally consisting of Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg and three siblings, Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Malin "Linn" Berggren and Jenny Berggren.
47 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 more.
48 Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. She is known for her distinctive husky voice, resulting from an operation to remove vocal nodules in the mid-1970s.
49 Sheryl Crow Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues.
50 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.
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