Top Ten Most Underrated Pop Artists

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Singers who deserve more attention in the pop genre

The Top Ten

1 Sia Sia

She is the pop artist I respect the most. She's real. So many people only know her for Chandelier and Elastic Heart. She also sang Hostage, Fire Meet Gasoline, Big Girls Cry, The Girl You Lost to Cocaine about her depression and addiction. She uses no auto tune. - ToptenPizza

I agree, Sia is incredible. One of those singers whose emotions you can feel simply through their voices. an amazing songwriter, who really doesn't use auto tune. Her live performances are proof of her talent and artistic vision! - keycha1n

Time made me come to respect Sia's work over the years, she's an amazingly talented singer and songwriter and people give her too little credit for it.

I do't think she is underrated. - Sandez

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2 Melanie Martinez Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.

Most people just know Melanie just for Pity Party & Dollhouse, but she has so many other records like Bittersweet Tragedy, Gingerbread Man, Tag You're It, and Mrs. Potato Head. She has such a good message behind the songs too.

There isn't much to say about Melanie. She's so amazing, and effortlessly mixes pop and alternative so she isn't a cookie cutter copy of Selena Gomez, for example. Her pastel, frosted beats are catchy and stick in your head, and are perfect with deep, honest lyrics.

At one point, I went from mainstream songs to secondary artists. I went from Bea Miller to Phoebe Ryan to Halsey to Sia, but I didn't like all of their song; just one or two. Then I found Melanie Martinez while looking at random music videos. I fell in love with ALL of her songs, and was the first artist that I really liked and focused on. The message is kind of disturbing, yet amazing.

Make her 1!

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3 Halsey Halsey

Halsey and Melanie are the worst out there. Melanie is a little better as she's actually making a little more alternative music, Halsey on the other hand is a pop "artist", and I use artist loosely. She markets her aesthetic more than her music which By the way halsey fans, SHES NOT MAKING SOME REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC! It's subpar and not special. Nowadays Halsey trying to be Alternative is being mainstream as trying to be different is now doing the same thing as everyone else. Halsey is not the second coming of Christ chill the hell out

She's making better music than Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Kesha and so many of these overrated A-list celebrities. Sure, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was not as good as Badlands (some songs were still amazing) but this is a person who's actually trying to make better music. - ObscuredBeauty

All her songs are so creative, I love her. Her voice is so beautiful, I listen to all of her songs and like her! She's the first artist that I liked all of her songs

Halsey is the best singer ever. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was the Queen of music proving that she can write radio music, and she obviously can. To anyone who insults her for her popular music:1. If you do not like it, it is still better than music like Strip That Down. 2. HEAVEN IN HIDING. Also, Halsey actually has meanings in her songs. - lovefrombadlands

I actully consider her alternitive

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4 Marina and the Diamonds Marina and the Diamonds Marina Lambrini Diamandis, better known by her stage name "Marina and The Diamonds", is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Bryn Mawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she moved to London as a teenager in order to achieve her dream of being a singer. She's known for her unique style of writing, and impersonating ...read more.

Oh come on, I absolutely LOVE her music! She needs to be in the top ten - kaitlynrad11

She's unique and underrated. There's a miscomprehension of her style and once you understand what she tries to transmit, you become an automatic fan.

She's the queen, and you know it when you hear her singing.

Froot reached #8 on the US Billboard 200. It has sold 191,000 copies in the US and 1,100,000 Worldwide.

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5 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and ...read more.

SO MANY PEOLPLE are saying she can't sing! If you are talking about her SNL performance, how would you feel if people always just bugged you about your worst mistakes all the time! Her range is really big and when she hits the high notes, it is like listening to an angel! Her songs are mostly really meaningful and when I listen to her voice, I feel calm and that there is one person who really understands me in life, and that is, Lana Del Rey.

She's not underrated, but she's not overrated (maybe to people that listen to trip, dream pop, independent music or what ever it is that's she does) - dustymuave

I think she is overrated. The girl just can't sing!

Lana Del OverREYted. - lovefrombadlands

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

I wish more people knew about her. In my school, I'm her only fan. It's sad, she can sing without auto tune and she has a great voice and nice style, she is original. - ToptenPizza

I am 11 and I absolutely LOVE P! NK, she is definitely underrated

Underrated? Please... - RiverClanRocks

Don’t know if she’s VERY underrated because a lot of people know her... she is a legend though with an incredible incredible voice, personality, style, and talent. - Twixx

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7 Michelle Branch Michelle Branch Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper.

I remember her on mtv back in the day. Everywhere was a great song.

Her voice just makes me melt. All you wanted was perfect

so unique.

NUMBER 4?

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8 Carly Rae Jepsen Carly Rae Jepsen Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Mission, British Columbia, and later based in Vancouver.

Only the gays appreciate what carly rae jepsen contributes to music

She's like a one hit wonder so yeah

Just listen to her album Emotion...

EMOTION is amazing - Maxo

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9 Daya Daya Grace Martine Tandon, professionally known as Daya, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Daya is by far my favorite artist. She has such amazing music, yet when I talk about her no one knows who she is! Everyone only knows her from Sit Still, Look Pretty. Honestly, I like her unpopular songs better! This is why I think the amazing singer Daya is super underrated.

SHUT UP Daya is very talented - riri_lol

Known for making two pretty bad-meh songs in my opinion, hide away and sit still look pretty. but her other songs (such as New) are so much better! - Maxo

10 Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne

She used to be really popular in the early 2000's, it's just that time has changed people sleep on her now. I wouldn't say that she's underrated - dustymuave

Love her pop-rock style and I don't know why so many people don't know her?

Listen to her songs all the time. My favorite is "This Is How You Remind Me"

She is so underrated and her songs are just amazing! - Sugarcubecorner

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The Contenders

11 Troye Sivan Troye Sivan Troye Sivan Mellet, better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor and YouTuber.

Lol I don't think he's underrated at all!

He is the best and his songs are so heartwarming. I love him recommended 100/10

He is bae.

I bet this new album will be more mainstream than blue neighbourhood, well-known for 'youth' and sometimes 'wild' but I def 100% recommend especially 'for him' or 'dkla'

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12 Lilly Allen

Adorable, badass, British babe. Everything you could ask for in music with her accent as the cherry on top!

She has a lot of bad words, yet that's just her being all unique. And she only has about 100k subs! She's so underrated.

She took a lot of stands on political views, for example f you was against George Bush, and should be every homosexual person's theme song. - ToptenPizza

13 Stacie Orrico

I think Stacie Orrico is ok. Not amazing, but not bad.

WHERE IS SHE - mood333

14 Hozier

This guy has an impressive voice. He should have more hits. I hope he doesn't join the one hit wonder club... - ToptenPizza

Take Me To Church was an absolute disaster, but I feel like I should have given him another try. Jackie and Wilson was decent. - WonkeyDude98

I love hozier but if I'm not mistaken he's alternative not pop. - Beautifulsound

15 Elle King Elle King Elle King is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her musical style encompasses country, soul, rock and blues.

I love Elle King so much her voice is so powerful and her songs are mesmerizing my favorites are song of sorrow and ain’t gonna drown

16 Jacquie Lee

She is from the voice, her songs such as Broken One, Tears Fall, etc are very uplifting and need to be put on the radio. - ToptenPizza

17 Cher Lloyd Cher Lloyd Cher Lloyd is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, and model. She rose to fame in 2010 when she finished fourth in the seventh series of The X Factor.

She has a good singing voice but simon cowell really made her terrible like with most of the other artists he ruins - Maxo

She is so talented. - DynastiSugarPop

Sirens. Go listen. - Twixx

She hasn't done anything special to be honest, she's underrated for a reason. 'swagger jagger", 'want you back', 'i wish'. MEH. her songs are okay but there nothing special - dustymuave

18 Miranda Cosgrove Miranda Cosgrove Miranda Taylor Cosgrove is an American actress and singer. Her career began at the age of three, when she appeared in television commercials.

I repeat. She sings?

Yeah but not that much I haven’t herd one of her songs since like 2013

19 Tove Lo Tove Lo

(Am I the only one to find the term "Underrated" a bit loose on this list? )

Anyway, Tove Lo is an amazing artist and underrated as far as charting pop stars go. People usually just call her "That girl that sung "Talking Body" or "Habits", but she really is so much more. She's a great songwriter and an even better vocalist (Speaking of her songwriting, she also wrote the hit, "Love Me like You do.") She's able to sound strong and confident one moment, then scared and vulnerable in the next. She really is great artist and I highly recommend "Queen of the Clouds."

20 Christina Aguilera 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 ...read more.

She's not underrated, she's just old. She use to be popular in the early 2000's - dustymuave

Her voice is angelic to be honest

What,if u kissed Madonna your golden

21 Christina Perri Christina Perri

She is probably one of the best. For some reason she is underrated. I listened to much of her songs and I liked them all. So please support her and a bunch of other artists I know. She is one of the best.

Human and A Thousand Years brought tears to my eyes.

How isn't she higher? christinas voice is incredible and shes got some of the best music out there

22 Emily Osment Emily Osment

She sings?

23 Little Mix Little Mix Little Mix are a British girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson.

They make empowering music like I understand they are trying to deliver a message, but it does;t sound catchy or good, the way that the construct the music instrumentally, and sometimes lyrically just don't go. - dustymuave

They deserve more attention

They are overrated as heck

They are the most underrated girl group ever. Their songs are empowering for girls and they have real meaning. They are all very sweet and extremely talented and they all give each other a time to shine on stage, they are equals and there is no "lead singer" like in other groups (cough, Camila Cabello).

24 Zara Larsson Zara Larsson Zara Maria Larsson is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She first gained national fame for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent, at the age of 10. Larsson signed with the record label TEN Music Group in 2012 and released her debut EP album, Introducing, in ...read more.

Amazing singer that deserves success in the US

25 Colbie Caillat

I LOVE her!

26 Magic

Yes, they have other songs then rude. And they are just as good, if not better. - ToptenPizza

These guys are not talented and never will be. All of y'all that think they have a future stfu. The reason why people think that's their only song think that just because it's catchy and their other ones don't make the cut. 👎

27 Sarah Connor Sarah Connor Sarah Marianne Corina Lewe, better known by her stage name Sarah Connor, is a German pop and soul singer from Hamburg born on June 13, 1980. ...read more.

Such a unique singing voice... so many emotions... her voice can be so fragile and gentle... then all of a sudden so loud, powerful and strong. She puts so many feelings into each performance. A majority of her albums consist of brilliant '00s pop equal to Christina Aguilera's work, with the highlights being her ballads, like "From Sarah With Love", "Living to Love You", "Skin on Skin", "Just One Last Dance" and "Still Crazy in Love". In Germany, she was one of the leading figures of pop music in the early 2000s, but never made it big internationally. Also her music lost importance as the century goes on. But that may be due to her lackluster albums "Sexy as Hell" and "Real Love". But in 2015 she had a brilliant comeback to high quality pop with her German language debut album "Muttersprache". It is also her debut as a songwriter. She definitely needs more attention; she is hugely talented with a unique ...more - Martin_Canine

I LOVE sarah connor!

28 Dove Cameron Dove Cameron Dove Cameron is an American actress and singer. She is known for playing a dual role as both title characters in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Liv and Maddie.

I want her to sing Once Upon a Time in New York City from Oliver & Company! And what exactly is your idea of a better show? Yeah, the show has problems, and reasons to hate, but I've realized that ALL SHOWS ARE LIKE THAT! Including SpongeBob, Fairly OddParents, Regular Show, and Adventure Time. It's still my favorite show. Even if it's bad, SO IS EVERY OTHER SHOW I CAN THINK OF! Also she's starring in that new movie Descendants. Do you think it'd be good?

Not bad at all, not bad. Dove has an amazing singing voice which is not that cringe-worthy (or cancer, don't use cancer as an insult)! - DynastiSugarPop

Her voice isn't bad at all, but her chances of ever being truly appreciated by the music industry were destroyed when we agreed to star in a horrible Disney show that's quite cringe worthy.

A beauty with a beautiful voice. Shame about liv and Maddie. She has amazing potential and should go to perform on better shows. - keycha1n

She isn't my favorite pop star, but she isn't the worst. Too bad she has had plastic surgery. - Minecraftcrazy530

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29 Charlie Puth Charlie Puth

I liked his older joke songs better, but his newer and more funky songs like how long and attention are SO much better - Maxo

His sobs are so good but all I'm hearing on the radio is One Call Away, Attention and We Don't Talk Anymore

Somebody, please throw this man in the trash. - RiverClanRocks

I love his work he's amazing

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30 Owl City Owl City Owl City is an American Synthpop/Electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota; it is the most successful of several projects by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young.

How is he not on the list? - growlbunny

31 Vanilla Ninja Vanilla Ninja Vanilla Ninja is an Estonian pop rock and synth rock band consisting of Lenna Kuurmaa (lead vocals, guitar), Piret Järvis (vocals, guitar) and Katrin Siska (keyboards). Past members are Maarja Kivi and Triinu Kivilaan, both providing vocals and electric bass. ...read more.
32 M2M M2M M2M was a Norwegian teen pop duo consisting of Marit Larsen and Marion Raven, both of which provided vocals, guitar, piano and songwriting. They released two albums, “Shades of Purple” and “The Big Room”, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Both albums received universal acclaim internationally ...read more.

M2M were only a short lived project, having released only 2 albums in the early 2000s, but they were absolute masterpieces. M2M, consisting of singer-songwriters Marit Larsen and Marion Raven (both of which later had solo careers, which were really good, but no match to their work as a duo), took teen pop to a whole new level. The songs were warm, alive and full of detail, grace and fun. Never where they overly melodramatic or even cheesy, the thoughts explored in their songs were real teenage problems that can apply to anyone: "Mirror Mirror lie to me / show me what I wanna see" or "Don't say you love me / You don't even know me / If you really want me / Then give me some time". Those two albums were all about the bumps along the way of growing up, without ever talking about growing up. This does not feel like a product about teens, but like teens talking about what they experience at the moment. - Martin_Canine

33 Jessie J Jessie J Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known by her stage name Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind.

People sleep on her, but she has bomb ass vocals though. - dustymuave

She is

She’s awesome. - Twixx

She should be more popular than she is she's better than sluts and whores and bitc**s aka Miley Cyrus I love all her songs

34 Nate Ruess Nate Ruess

This guy has great songs such as his Nothing Without Love and his feature on Eminem's Headlights. I love him way more than any other singer

35 Anastacia Anastacia

A multi platinum selling superstar in most countries of the world, completely unknown in the US. Anastacia's music is powerful pop-rock with disco elements, her voice is strong and extremely unique and her songwriting poetic. Her music has soul, heart and personality.
"Left Outside Alone", "Everything Burns", "Paid My Dues", "Sick and Tired", "One Day in Your Life", "Pieces of a Dream", "Time", "Seasons Change",... also some of many, many great songs by her. - Martin_Canine

36 Charli XCX Charli XCX Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter.
37 AJR AJR

In case you don't know,
AJR has only 2 hit songs on youtube, I'm Ready with 18M views on youtube and Infinity with 1M views.
But they are pretty big on Spotify, and should definitely be number 1 on this list.
Listen to, "No Grass Today", "Turning Out", "Weak" and "Come Hang Out" and you will be swayed.
Pure genius, and pure goodness.

38 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 love Adele but she's not underrated

I LOVE ADELE. But let's be honest. She is FAR from overrated. So there may be some devout fans who vote her up, but you should instead vote for people like Melanie Martinez or Charlie Puth - TheWiseOne

Underrated? Please... - RiverClanRocks

39 Megumi Hayashibara Megumi Hayashibara Hayashibara Megumi is a Japanese singer-songwriter and voice actress born on March 30, 1967. ...read more.
40 NIIC NIIC Kyle McCarthy, better known by his stage name NIIC, is an American singer-songwriter, producer and YouTuber born on May 24, 1990 in New York City. ...read more.
41 An Cafe An Cafe An Cafe, also known as Antic Cafe or Antikku Kafe, is a Japanese dance rock band consisting of Miku (vocals), Takuya (guitar), Yu-ki (keyboard), Teruki (drums) and Kanon (bass), that formed in 2003. Guitarist Buo left the band in 2007. ...read more.

Not a siunger, - Lucretia

42 Maria Mena Maria Mena Maria Viktoria Mena is a Norwegian pop artist, best known for her single "You're the Only One" which charted in multiple countries.
43 Tinashe Tinashe Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, known professionally as Tinashe, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and former model.

Very underrated, her earlier mixtapes were hot and now her label is forcing her to go mainstream

44 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato

Underrated Demi is not

Um... - Twixx

~But you've had me underrated...~

45 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

Adam has a very high range of voice. He sung with Queen as Queen + Adam Lambert and people consider him just as versatile(or even more) as Freddy Mercury. He even starred in Glee for few episodes but decided to persuade his music career. A star like Adam should definitely be at the top!

46 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter and model. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine.

Fell in love with literally him and every song of his as soon as he hit his first note on the first song I ever heard him sing. Definitely underrated as he is definitely up with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith' standard.

I hate everything about him because he can't sing because he sucks at it

All I hear is people at school sing that school like every day, he is not underrated. - dustymuave

Talent over looks. This guy has looks, but no talent. - RiverClanRocks

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47 Katelyn Tarver

Weekend Millionaires by her is so good!

48 Sara Bareilles Sara Bareilles Sara Beth Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song", which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She is my favorite singer on all time! When ever someone asks me who is my favorite singer, they don't one clue who she is.

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49 Conchita Wurst 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 . ...read more.
50 MØ Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, better known by her stage name, MØ, is a Danish singer, song writer, and pianist. She was born on August 13, 1988 in Ubberud, Denmark .
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