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
2,354 2,067
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
2,333 1,891
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
2,201 2,281
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
2,071 1,816
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
1,494 1,798
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
596 695
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
2,001 1,681
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

8
1,598 1,623
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

9
1,570 1,777
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
706 513
Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Mackenziecroucher added Shawn Mendes Contemporary R&B

11
1,267 1,299
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

12
1,577 1,925
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Katy Perry Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

13
1,614 1,506
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
1,224 1,205
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

The Greatest English Pop Singers

15
1,208 1,480
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

16
1,011 1,215
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
1,580 2,004
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
1,232 1,425
Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Selena Gomez Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

19
1,198 1,420
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
160 417
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
981 1,276
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 Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
1,070 1,183
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

23
782 741
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
833 831
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
776 1,513
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
912 1,149
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
155 123
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dua Lipa Pop

28
686 826
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

The Best Friends in Kpop

29
904 1,228
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
360 432
Zayn Malik is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Coolza added Zayn Malik

31
805 1,128
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

32
716 1,104
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
515 660
Little Mix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
conormariep added Little Mix Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop music

34
426 869
Pitbull is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Dani678 added Pitbull Hip hop music, Electro hop, Latin American music

35
893 1,223
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

Hottest Music Videos Of All Time

36
722 957
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
288 281
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Téa Serena Johnson added Halsey Electropop, Synthpop

38
759 1,106
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
778 890
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
885 741
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
420 561
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
630 600
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

The Best Pop Songs About Death

43
744 1,227
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
739 1,359
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
145 184
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
658 1,025
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
117 183
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
550 741
Calvin Harris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Calvin Harris Progressive music, Synthpop, New Wave

49
629 608
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers
Akul Khanna added Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

50
677 781
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