Pop The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers  

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List Rules Only today's biggest pop stars. Groups from 5 years ago shouldn't be on here

A list of the best current pop groups and singers who are making some of the best pop songs of 2018. The battle between pop music fans will always rage over who is the top pop star in the world. Each pop star's fanbase is highly opinionated and will always argue on behalf of their hero or heroine. This list is determined to figure out who is the biggest pop star alive. Why? Because pop stars are generally at the center of the music universe. They sell out arenas and stadiums. Pop songs are always on top-40 radio, which means their catchy hooks, radio-friendly beats and the group's crowd-friendly and darn near perfect makes both guys and girls scream OMG whenever their favorite pop star is near them. If you turn on the radio and do not hear anyone on this list at any given moment, then they aren't considered a gigantic superstar. 

Several of the pop groups and pop stars on this list are considered among the greatest pop stars of all time. That's no easy feat. You'll see some of the biggest names in pop music on this list. One Direction, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have some of the most rabid fan bases of any musician out there today. One Direction's fans go nuts whenever they see their favorite group, so this is the chance to defend their honor by voting them the best current pop group on this list. The same goes for the Beliebers, all of them just happen to be fans of popular singing groups. Ensure Justin gets his due in the pantheon of current popular artists by voting for him.

This is your chance to vote for your favorite current pop group or pop star. If you think that someone is missing, feel free to add. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the best pop star out today!

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2,768 2,667
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
2,791 2,476
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

3
2,649 2,281
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

4
1,309 1,361
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RyanLion added BTS Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

5
2,623 2,929
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

6
1,824 2,283
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

7
1,986 1,992
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
1,146 824
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Shawn Mendes Contemporary R&B

9
1,816 2,160
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

10
2,386 2,067
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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1,201 979
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
1,717 1,672
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

13
1,812 2,370
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

14
1,893 1,834
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

15
1,497 1,509
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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1,493 1,811
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

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407 421
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

18
1,225 1,535
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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942 1,501
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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1,411 1,739
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Justin Timberlake Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

21
347 856
EXO is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added EXO K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop

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1,873 2,459
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
One Direction Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

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1,509 1,788
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Selena Gomez Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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1,235 1,435
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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1,070 1,063
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
unashamedjfreak116 added Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

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1,062 1,385
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RichMoyleJr. added Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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1,126 1,608
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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390 361
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dua Lipa Pop

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957 1,955
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
dhwani added Justin Bieber Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B

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974 958
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Misha Gedekhauri added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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825 1,043
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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75 81
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Matt1345 added Bad Meets Evil Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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921 1,367
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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816 1,347
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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1,007 1,462
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pharrell Williams Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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528 748
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Zayn Malik

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501 1,190
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pitbull Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

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736 812
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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626 894
Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
conormariep added Little Mix Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

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579 688
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
officialadrianj added Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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836 1,655
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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976 1,507
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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410 490
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

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860 1,382
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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866 1,100
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Ellie Goulding Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

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824 1,266
Fifth Harmony is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
WorldHarmonized added Fifth Harmony Pop music, Dance music, R&B music

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727 1,237
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Jessie J Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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491 771
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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206 381
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Prince Joshua added Troye Sivan Dream pop, Electropop

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727 801
Pentatonix is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Onlyhere Forslots added Pentatonix Electronic music, A cappella, Cover band