pop music 200 Greatest Icons in Pop Music of the MTV Generation  

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List Rules Only artists who were huge in the era of MTV, vh1, and music videos. Image, style, influence, and icon status

The music world will never be the same, ever since "video killed the radio star". In honor of this we are listing the best artists of the video era. All of these artists included on this list had a major impact on pop music in the last thirty years. This list begins in no particular order. Of course, this countdown isn't limited to pop artist--iconic artists that have had major impact in the video era of rock, hip-hop, and R&B are also included. Music fans, remember to look at each artist for their iconic status--looks, image, style, uniqueness, stage presence, as well as their videos. This list is also re-rankable, in case you don't see your favorite artist. But please only artists who have made music videos. At first, MTV started off as a place to see your favorite white rock bands like Van Halen and Bon Jovi jam out. Since Michael Jackson's breakthrough, however, MTV has became a diverse musical haven, making bonafide stars out of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, The Notorious B.I.G, George Michael, Lady Gaga, and many more on this list. Of course, one of the era's biggest breakthroughs was Madonna, who has been making music as long as the time frame of this list, and has introduced a new format for women in the last thirty years of music, influencing Britney Spears, Beyonce, and others. David Bowie and Boy George are also recognized on this list for experimenting with androgyny and human sexuality. And in addition to Jackson opening doors for black artists to be bonafide superstars, Prince, Whitney Houston, and others broke through easily. Since the '80s, and '90s have died down, many fresh faced pop stars are carving their place in music history for the 21st century. So where would artists like Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, or One Direction rank? With your votes, it's your call.
Also: There is a limited time to vote, so hurry up and vote while you have the opportunity, just in case you might not like your favorite artists' rating.
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The All-American Rejects Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America - The All-American Rejects are an American rock band formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999. The band consists of Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Mike Kennerty, and Chris Gaylor. The band achieved ...more

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Staind Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America - Staind is an American rock/metal band that was formed in 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. For 17 years, the band consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist ...more

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Jonas Brothers Newark, New Jersey, United States of America - The Jonas Brothers were an American pop rock group. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel children's television network. They consist of three ...more

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Jack Johnson Santa Barbara, California, United States of America - Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the folk rock, soft rock, and ...more

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Jessica Simpson Abilene, Texas, United States of America - Jessica Ann Johnson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, reality television personality and fashion designer who made her debut in 1999. Since that time, Simpson has made many recordings, ...more

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Cake Sacramento, California, United States of America - Cake is an American alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. Consisting of singer John McCrea, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, guitarist Xan McCurdy, bassist Gabe Nelson and drummer Paulo ...more

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311 Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America - 311 is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson, bassist Aaron "P-Nut" Wills and drummer Chad ...more

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Timbaland Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States of America - Timothy Zachery Mosley, better known by his stage name Timbaland, is an American rapper, record producer, and songwriter. Timbaland's first full credit production work was in 1996 on ...more

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Savage Garden Brisbane, Australia - Savage Garden was an Australian pop duo consisting of Darren Hayes as vocalist and Daniel Jones as instrumentalist. Formed in Logan City, Queensland in 1994, the duo achieved international ...more

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Jane's Addiction Los Angeles, California, United States of America - Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney. Founded by Farrell and ...more

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Chris Isaak Christopher Joseph "Chris" Isaak is an American rock musician and occasional actor.

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Maxwell New York City, New York, United States of America - Gerald Maxwell Rivera, better known by his stage name Maxwell, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Along with fellow musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell has ...more

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Hanson Hanson were a British-based rock band formed by Junior Hanson in 1973 and were signed to Emerson, Lake and Palmer's record label Manticore. Their debut album Now Hear This, was released in 1973 ...more

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Ne-Yo Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America - Shaffer Chimere Smith, known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Ne-Yo gained fame for his song-writing abilities when he ...more

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Jewel Homer, Alaska, United States of America - Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has ...more

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Good Charlotte Waldorf, Maryland, United States of America - Good Charlotte was an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1995. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been lead vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist/vocalist Benji Madden, ...more

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T.I. Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America - Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known by his stage name T.I., is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He signed his first major label record deal in 1999, with Arista Records ...more

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Cee Lo Green Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America - Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known by his stage name CeeLo Green, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman. Green came to initial prominence as a member of ...more

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Fugees South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America - Fugees were an American hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae. The members of the group ...more

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Mandy Moore Orlando, Florida, United States of America - Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Raised in Florida, Moore first came to prominence with her 1999 debut single, ...more

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System of a Down Glendale, California, United States of America - System of a Down, also known by the acronym SOAD and often shortened to System, is an American four-piece rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994. The band currently consists of four ...more

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The Cranberries Limerick, Republic of Ireland - The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1990. The band consists of vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. ...more

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Mumford & Sons London, United Kingdom - Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, England, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons have released ...more

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OK Go Chicago, Illinois, United States of America - OK Go is an American alternative rock band originally from Chicago, Illinois, now based in Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka and Andy ...more

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Trey Songz Virginia, United States of America - เทรย์ ซองส์ เป็นนักร้อง-นักแต่งเพลง โปรดิวเซอร์เพลง นักร้องเพลงแร็ป และนักแสดง

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Puddle of Mudd Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America - Puddle of Mudd is an American alternative rock band from the early 90's originally from Kansas City, Missouri. To date the band has sold over seven million albums, and have had a string of No. 1 ...more

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Erykah Badu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America - Erykah Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in ...more

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Pitbull Miami, Florida, United States of America - Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper from Miami, Florida. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon's ...more

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Panic! at the Disco Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America - Panic! at the Disco is an American band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and features the current lineup of vocalist and guitarist Brendon Urie and bassist Dallon Weekes, who are supported ...more

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Kelly Clarkson Burleson, Texas, United States of America - Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. In 2002, she rose to fame after winning the first season of American Idol, and has since been established as "The Original ...more

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MGMT New York City, New York, United States of America - MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band founded by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James ...more

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Sean Combs New York City, New York, United States of America - Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969),[1] currently known by his stage name Diddy, is an American record producer, rapper, actor, and men's fashion designer. He won three Grammy Awards and two ...more

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Slipknot Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America - Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in September 1995, the group was founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. After several line-up changes ...more

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Matchbox Twenty Orlando, Florida, United States of America - Matchbox Twenty (originally spelled officially, and still sometimes known, as Matchbox 20) is an American rock band, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1995. The group currently comprises Rob Thomas ...more

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Pat Benatar New York City, New York, United States of America - Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial ...more

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Morrissey Stretford, United Kingdom - Steven Patrick Morrissey, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band ...more

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Will Smith Wynnefield, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him ...more

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Genesis Godalming, United Kingdom - Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups ...more

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Elvis Costello Elvis Costello is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and ...more

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Poison Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America - Poison is an American glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Poison has sold over 45 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records ...more

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M.I.A. Mitcham, London, London - Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. ...more

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John Mellencamp John J Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock ...more

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Korn Bakersfield, California, United States of America - Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian ...more

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DMX Yonkers, New York, United States of America - Earl Simmons, better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit ...more

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Daft Punk Paris, France - Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in ...more

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Tori Amos Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America - Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically-trained musician and has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She has been nominated eight times for a Grammy ...more

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Henry Rollins Henry Rollins is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist. Rollins hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW. He ...more

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Hole/Courtney Love Portland, Oregon, United States of America - Courtney Michelle Love is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and visual artist. Prolific in the punk and grunge scenes of the 1990s as the frontwoman of Hole, ...more

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Cyndi Lauper New York City, New York, United States of America - Cyndi Lauper is a co-founder of True Colors Fund.

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Nickelback Hanna, Canada - Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, ...more