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
3,546 4,012
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
3,546 3,773
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

3
3,624 3,398
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
2,519 1,891
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
2,842 3,309
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
2,469 3,152
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
2,731 2,703
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

8
2,663 2,361
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

9
3,331 3,989
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

10
2,343 2,890
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
1,952 1,448
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Contemporary R&B

12
2,980 2,750
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

13
1,989 2,102
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

14
2,327 2,495
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

15
2,184 3,115
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

16
867 1,047
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
1,979 2,366
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

18
1,402 2,197
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

19
1,570 2,106
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
2,615 3,103
One Direction is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Teen pop, Electronic music

21
2,020 2,298
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

22
1,523 1,441
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
unashamedjfreak116 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

23
1,748 2,233
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

24
737 1,853
EXO is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Olya Savitska added K-pop, Electronica, Hip hop

25
839 752
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop

26
1,493 1,821
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

27
1,227 2,619
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
1,327 1,767
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
1,080 1,427
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

30
1,321 2,063
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
1,278 1,334
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Misha Gedekhauri added Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

32
1,005 1,749
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
976 1,151
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
916 1,240
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
847 1,171
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added

36
1,103 1,762
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

37
1,193 1,831
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
702 1,073
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
645 821
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Electropop, Synthpop

40
1,047 2,039
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

41
604 1,636
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
370 684
Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Prince Joshua added Dream pop, Electropop

43
1,009 1,404
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

44
1,093 1,855
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

45
175 496
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
1,011 1,700
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
1,009 1,588
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 1,159
Charli XCX is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

49
418 1,057
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
871 1,536
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