Pop The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time  

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For years, pop music has dominated your radio dial. No matter where you listen, there's no doubt that pop music bands and pop music artists have had a major impact in shaping music. Even as the faces and stylings of what exactly is pop music has changed, the one thing that remains constant is that pop music has endured. Starting with doo-wop and early rock and roll and eventually becoming more hip hop and R&B-driven, the only thing that links pop music artists to each other is the power and reach of their best songs. 

So, who should be at the top of the pop music artists list? Any pop music artists list should have, at minimum, Madonna and Michael Jackson at or near the top. Both of these amazing pop music artists have managed to endure over the years, with their material, even multiple decades after initially released, are still being played on radio today. On this list of pop music, the artists who are on here should be easily recognizable faces whose songs are ones that you'd know if you heard them. Pop music artists are a rare breed and is a broad term, so please vote accordingly.

What are the greatest pop music bands? That's up to you to decide on this list of pop music artists. However, when determining who should be considered the best pop music artists, you shouldn't be voting on popular pop music bands. This should only take into account the quality of their songs.  This list answers the questions "who are the best pop music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop music musician ever?" If you notice a pop group or pop artist missing, feel free to add them to this poll. It's up to you to decide who is the best pop musician of all time, so choose wisely. (483 items)

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Liza Minnelli Pop music

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Justin Timberlake Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Eurythmics Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music