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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1
2,134 1,785
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
2,095 1,668
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
1,978 1,993
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

4
1,329 1,575
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

5
1,811 1,638
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

6
1,834 1,481
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

7
1,435 1,438
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
1,462 1,596
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
1,486 1,713
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

10
1,084 1,167
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

11
1,121 1,074
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

12
1,497 1,374
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

13
412 442
BTS is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RyanLion added BTS

14
915 1,075
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

The Greatest English Pop Singers

15
1,078 1,361
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

16
818 1,028
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The Arcana Pop music, Rock music, Baroque pop/rock

17
1,443 1,842
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
One Direction Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

18
1,115 1,285
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Selena Gomez Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

19
1,088 1,317
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Justin Timberlake Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

20
907 1,162
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

21
525 390
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Shawn Mendes Contemporary R&B

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
991 1,099
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

23
705 649
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Misha Gedekhauri added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

24
738 746
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
unashamedjfreak116 added Twenty One Pilots Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

25
629 730
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

26
862 1,059
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

27
863 1,140
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pharrell Williams Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

28
757 1,043
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

The Best Friends in Kpop

29
676 1,014
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

30
683 1,378
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
dhwani added Justin Bieber Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B

31
393 780
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pitbull Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

32
103 241
EXO is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added EXO K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop

33
842 1,146
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

34
270 335
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Zayn Malik

35
443 581
Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
conormariep added Little Mix Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

36
392 492
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

37
733 827
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Ellie Goulding Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

38
710 1,037
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

39
653 887
Fifth Harmony is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
WorldHarmonized added Fifth Harmony Pop music, Dance music, R&B music

40
694 1,154
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

41
578 539
Pentatonix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Onlyhere Forslots added Pentatonix Electronic music, A cappella, Cover band

42
627 956
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Jessie J Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

The Best Pop Songs About Death

43
683 1,293
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

44
807 684
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

45
99 124
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

46
512 698
Calvin Harris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Calvin Harris Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

47
578 555
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

48
632 723
Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Riot18 added Meghan Trainor R&B, Pop, Doo wop

49
340 639
Charli XCX is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Charli XCX Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

50
237 216
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Halsey