2018 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers  

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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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1
3,828 4,473
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
3,850 4,213
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

3
3,936 3,800
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

4
2,904 2,285
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
3,293 3,862
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RyanLion added Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

6
2,998 2,973
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

7
3,005 2,663
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

8
2,678 3,464
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

9
3,600 4,301
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

10
2,237 1,684
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Contemporary R&B

11
2,592 3,121
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

12
3,183 3,019
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

13
2,178 2,303
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

14
2,496 2,702
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

15
2,320 3,383
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

16
1,025 1,280
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

17
2,125 2,591
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

18
1,562 2,447
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

19
1,699 2,299
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

20
2,778 3,343
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

21
1,673 1,598
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
unashamedjfreak116 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

22
1,875 2,388
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

23
2,172 2,480
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

24
978 914
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop

25
868 2,122
EXO is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop