Top 10 Pop and Rap Music Artists that Metalhead Elitists Should Listen To

The Top Ten

1 MF Doom MF Doom Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.

Finally, one of my favorite rappers, is on a top 10 list on this site - venomouskillingmachine

Remember all caps when you spell the man's name. - Sop

I'll admit that's a pretty cool mask he has. - DarkMatter1997

2 A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest were an American hip-hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Why would people with good music tastes listen to this crap?

Because they influenced Kanye West, who in turn has influenced a whole slew of artists. - SwagFlicks

3 Michael Jackson 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 like few of his songs and he's good. Stevie Wonder is great as well. I recommend him. - FieryKnightFloyd

I'm a metalhead, but nobody can beat the king of pop

He has a few good songs, I guess. - RogerWatersfan1999

4 CHVRCHES CHVRCHES CHVRCHES is a Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. The band consists of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. The band, before formation, practiced playing with demo songs written mostly by Doherty.

Good choice for number one! I actually like this band quite a lot. - cjWriter1997

I like their song with Hayley Williams

5 Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg ...read more.

Swimming Pools Is A Good Modern Rap Song Because Its Different From All The Other Rap Songs - christangrant

Sometimes like him, glad he got popular
not a fan of his music, but of his lyrical standpoints - Metalfan2112

Humble, Hiii Power, Breakfast & Cereal, Swimming Pools, Blacker The Berry, I, King Kunta, his Control verse and Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe are some of his best even lyrically

6 Death Grips Death Grips Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop band from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of vocalist MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, and recording engineer Andy Morin.
7 2Pac 2Pac Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

He's good. Gotta admit it and how much I wish modern rap were like this. - FieryKnightFloyd

He Has Some Descent Songs - christangrant

He is the best rapper ever.Metalheads should listen to this guy before hating on rap.-LitSavage

8 Frank Ocean Frank Ocean Christopher Edwin Breaux, known professionally as Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.
9 Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Arcade Fire are a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.

This band is good but they are neither pop nor rap. They play indie and art rock, meaning their music is far even from the mainstream rock music. - Metal_Treasure

Why is there so many rock bands on a list that is supposed to be rap and pop? - germshep24

Amazing band - Metalfan2112

10 Marianas Trench Marianas Trench Marianas Trench is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band consists of members Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, and Ian Casselman.

But they are a rock band - they play symphonic rock and pop punk. You can read it even in the short article under their band name on this list: "Marianas Trench is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver...". - Metal_Treasure

Wonkeydude introduced me to this band. And yes wonkey, I like their songs. But anyway they are a rock band. And also Pop rock. But pop rock is also a part of rock music. But anyway their songs are very good.

(calling them pop won't be wrong either, just not pure pop). - zxm

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The Contenders

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

She Has Some Good Songs
Poker Face
Just Dance
She Even Has A Song Called Heavy Metal Lover
Shes Also My Favorite Modern Pop Artist Because She Can Write Good Songs
And She Does It For The Music (Probably Because She Loves Bands Like Iron Maiden) - christangrant

12 Eminem 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.

I recommend Eminem to the people who say that all rap is meaningless, because I'm not a huge rap fan myself, but I respect Eminem because he writes his songs from the heart.

I like 2 Eminem songs and this is all from the rap genre. - Metal_Treasure

The only decent item on this list except for 2pac and Nas. Everything else is gay

Before people say rap is meaningless,they need to listen to this guy,Tupac and Kendrick Lamar.Tipac and Eminem are the best rappers of all time and Kendrick Lamar is the best 2010's rapper and I recommend him if you want something recent.-DarkBoi-X

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13 Adele 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 ...read more.

I think you'll love her and if you don't, you will certainly respect her over other pop artists who twerk for fame. - DCfnaf

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15 Bjork Bjork 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.

Have listened to her...

16 Eazy-E Eazy-E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.

He looks like Ryder from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. - FieryKnightFloyd

I Like The Song Boyz In The Hood - christangrant

17 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

He's the best funk soul singer of all time. - waraypiso

18 Julia Holter Julia Holter Julia Shammas Holter is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and artist, based in Los Angeles.
19 N.W.A N.W.A N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.
20 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

My favorite rapper. That's all I can say. - cjWriter1997

The best rapper of all time - germshep24

21 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.
22 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario. He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards
23 Kanye West 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 ...read more.

I have listened to him,a and I find his music repulsive! - RogerWatersfan1999

24 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, ...read more.

He Has Some Good Songs
It Was A Good Day
You Know How We Do It - christangrant

25 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
26 The Notorious B.I.G The Notorious B.I.G Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

I Like Some Songs From Him
Juicy
Hypnotise
Big Poppa - christangrant

27 Aesop Rock Aesop Rock
28 Rihanna 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 have listened to her, my brother plays her music quite loud and I do not like her.

29 Joey Badass Joey Badass Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.
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31 TobyMac TobyMac Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, hip-hop and pop artist, songwriter and author.

I love TobyMac and indeed, many of his songs are great. - FieryKnightFloyd

32 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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.
33 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
34 Jay Z Jay Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.
35 Depeche Mode 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.

I admit I like several songs by this band. But they aren't a typical pop or rap music act, I mean nothing in common with Katy Perry or Kanye West. Depeche Mode songs are pretty dark and have some really heavy rhythms. - Metal_Treasure

Such an eclectic and dark synthpop group. Perfect for metalheads. - TheStargazer

36 The Beatles 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.

As much as they are a pop band, they are also a rock band. - zxm

They have influenced a ton of rock and metal artists.

37 Kate Bush Kate Bush
38 The xx
39 Panic! at the Disco 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.

Actually their new stuff is even better than the old one

40 Katy Perry 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.

Some people think I'm (or was) an elitist. But anyway, I've never said it specifically that I like some of her songs. - zxm

She's overrated in the pop genre but I'll admit I like few of her songs. - FieryKnightFloyd

41 Pet Shop Boys
42 Tori Amos Tori Amos Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range.
43 Natalie Imbruglia Natalie Imbruglia
44 Vanessa Carlton Vanessa Carlton
45 Soulja Boy Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
46 Pentatonix Pentatonix Pentatonix is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.
47 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
48 Angie Aparo
49 Prodigy

R.I.P. The rap community will truly miss him.

50 Earl Sweatshirt Earl Sweatshirt Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer, and disc jockey from Los Angeles, California.
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