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For music lovers, this is a list of the most popular musical artists of the 21st century. As the music business continues to crumble (or evolve, depending on your point of view), the sounds that appeal to people are changing by the day. Pop music, which once consisted of mainstream rock music, is now dominated by hip hop, EDM and R&B. While the names may not be familiar to older fans, many of these names for the younger generation are dominant.

Who are the most popular musicians of the 21st century? Take a look at this list and you'll recognize some of the biggest names in music, and you won't be disappointed. These famous 21st century music artists may not be the greatest singers or dancers in the world, but they've all managed to carve out a unique niche in the industry and become household names along the way. Will their fame stand the test of time? There's no way to know. But for now, these are some of the great artists who are popular in today's music scene.

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Jennifer Lopez Hip hop music, Pop music, Latin pop

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
R. Kelly Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
T.I. Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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Nelly Furtado is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Nelly Furtado Hip hop music, Rock music, Latin American music

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Justin Timberlake Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Fergie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Fergie Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Tim McGraw Country, Southern rock

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Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Chris Brown Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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Akon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Popular Musical Artists of the 21st Century
Akon Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music