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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
2,333 2,039
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
2,314 1,866
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
2,176 2,245
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
2,045 1,795
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

5
1,467 1,774
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

6
572 667
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RyanLion added BTS Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

7
1,986 1,661
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

8
1,574 1,608
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

9
1,563 1,754
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
1,567 1,897
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

11
686 499
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Shawn Mendes Contemporary R&B

12
1,240 1,285
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
1,601 1,488
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

14
1,210 1,189
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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15
1,193 1,464
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

16
998 1,196
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

17
1,564 1,982
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
1,214 1,404
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Selena Gomez Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

19
1,191 1,401
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
153 391
EXO is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added EXO K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop

21
975 1,258
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

The Best Pop Songs of 2017

22
1,065 1,167
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

23
771 726
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
826 815
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
760 1,492
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
dhwani added Justin Bieber Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B

26
905 1,135
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
678 808
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

28
140 108
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dua Lipa Pop

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29
899 1,215
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pharrell Williams Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

30
803 1,113
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

31
346 414
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Zayn Malik

32
711 1,084
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

33
421 852
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pitbull Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

34
504 646
Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
conormariep added Little Mix Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

35
885 1,211
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

The Best Rappers of the 2000s

36
712 945
Fifth Harmony is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
WorldHarmonized added Fifth Harmony Pop music, Dance music, R&B music

37
281 271
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

38
752 1,093
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
773 881
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Ellie Goulding Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

40
871 732
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

41
415 552
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

42
625 590
Pentatonix is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Onlyhere Forslots added Pentatonix Electronic music, A cappella, Cover band

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43
736 1,216
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

44
726 1,352
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Miley Cyrus Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

45
136 176
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
653 1,016
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Jessie J Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

47
111 171
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Prince Joshua added Troye Sivan Dream pop, Electropop

48
622 597
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

49
543 735
Calvin Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Calvin Harris Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

50
672 772
Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Riot18 added Meghan Trainor R&B, Pop, Doo wop