2018 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
3,554 4,022
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
3,556 3,785
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

3
3,632 3,409
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
2,525 1,904
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
2,851 3,327
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
2,477 3,165
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

7
2,738 2,714
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
2,678 2,369
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

9
3,342 4,002
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

10
2,351 2,898
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
1,960 1,455
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Contemporary R&B

12
2,983 2,762
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

13
1,996 2,109
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

14
2,333 2,505
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

15
2,188 3,128
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

16
872 1,057
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
1,983 2,375
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

18
1,409 2,206
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

19
1,574 2,112
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
2,618 3,111
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

21
1,530 1,445
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
unashamedjfreak116 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

22
1,753 2,240
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
2,024 2,306
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

24
741 1,859
EXO is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop

25
841 757
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop

26
1,498 1,824
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

27
1,230 2,626
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
dhwani added Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B

28
1,333 1,772
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RichMoyleJr. added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

29
1,082 1,432
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

30
1,323 2,067
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

31
1,281 1,338
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Misha Gedekhauri added Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

32
1,007 1,753
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

33
980 1,156
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

34
918 1,245
Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
conormariep added Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

35
850 1,177
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added

36
1,109 1,763
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

37
1,197 1,836
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

38
704 1,078
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
officialadrianj added Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

39
647 825
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Electropop, Synthpop

40
1,051 2,044
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

41
607 1,643
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

42
373 690
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Prince Joshua added Dream pop, Electropop

43
1,013 1,407
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

44
1,098 1,859
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

45
177 502
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

46
1,012 1,705
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

47
1,012 1,593
Fifth Harmony is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
WorldHarmonized added Pop music, Dance music, R&B music

48
533 1,164
Charli XCX is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

49
419 1,062
B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

50
872 1,540
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop