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
2,773 2,675
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
2,794 2,489
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

3
2,654 2,292
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
1,330 1,371
Bangtan Boys (BTS) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RyanLion added Hip hop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

5
2,626 2,936
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

6
1,829 2,285
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
1,990 1,993
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
1,149 827
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Contemporary R&B

9
2,387 2,072
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

10
1,817 2,163
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
1,206 982
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
1,720 1,676
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

13
1,813 2,374
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

14
1,894 1,837
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

15
1,498 1,512
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

16
1,494 1,813
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

17
412 421
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

18
1,226 1,539
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

19
946 1,504
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

20
1,412 1,740
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

21
1,875 2,463
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

22
351 864
EXO is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop

23
1,511 1,792
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

24
1,236 1,438
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

25
1,072 1,064
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
unashamedjfreak116 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

26
1,065 1,385
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
RichMoyleJr. added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

27
1,127 1,611
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

28
393 364
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop

29
958 1,959
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
dhwani added Pop music, Teen pop, Contemporary R&B

30
976 960
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Misha Gedekhauri added Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

31
828 1,044
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

32
78 83
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

33
922 1,369
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

34
817 1,348
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

35
1,008 1,463
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

36
530 750
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added

37
740 814
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

38
502 1,193
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

39
628 895
Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
conormariep added Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

40
580 689
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
officialadrianj added Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

41
837 1,657
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

42
411 491
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Electropop, Synthpop

43
977 1,509
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

44
862 1,385
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Elise Hennigan added Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

45
867 1,101
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

46
826 1,269
Fifth Harmony is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
WorldHarmonized added Pop music, Dance music, R&B music

47
728 1,239
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

48
494 772
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

49
209 382
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Prince Joshua added Dream pop, Electropop

50
729 802
Pentatonix is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Onlyhere Forslots added Electronic music, A cappella, Cover band