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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. (486 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 - Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

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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 - The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and ...more

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1,880 691
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 - Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

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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 - Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

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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 - Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B - Whitney Elizabeth Houston 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 ...more

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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 - ABBA was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters ...more

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
MichaelNedergaard added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal - Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music - David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music - Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco - The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording ...more

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues - Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more

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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 - William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more

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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 - Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

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1,757 604
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 - The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Formed ...more

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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 - Liza May Minnelli is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Born to film ...more

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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 - Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

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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 - Annie Lennox, OBE, born Ann Lennox, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The ...more

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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 - The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls, and ...more

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for ...more

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The B-52's New Wave, Pop music, Rock music - The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock - Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music - Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two ...more

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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 - Cyndi Lauper is a co-founder of True Colors Fund.

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock - Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic ...more

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music - Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and ...more

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Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave - Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Its first two ...more

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz - Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the ...more

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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 - Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went ...more

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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 - Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. ...more

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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 - Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more

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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 - Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more

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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 - Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more

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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 - Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John ...more

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
passionsears added The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk - The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. ...more

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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 - The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more

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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 - Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. Born in Skewen, she spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler is known for her ...more

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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 - Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She recorded several number one ...more

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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 - Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with ...more

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Depeche Mode Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music - Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Depeche Mode ...more

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling ...more

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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 - Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more

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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 - The Jackson 5 are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Marlon and ...more

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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 - Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more

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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 - Jefferson Airplane is a musical band. The members have included Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Spencer Dryden, Jack Casady, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Skip Spence.

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk - The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally ...more

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock - Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE is an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot ...more

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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 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and ...more

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Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music - Duran Duran are an English rock 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 United ...more