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The Best New Artists Of 2020, Ranked

Updated January 21, 2021 15.4k votes 473 voters 4k views47 items

List RulesOnly new artists and bands who are about to break out, or brand new pop artists who have just exploded.

Here are the best new artists of 2020. This list of the top new artists today features the hottest new artists right now in pop, rap, rock, country, R&B, indie, EDM, and a variety of subgenres within. Many good new artists in 2020 are among the most popular current musicians, from the best new 2020 R&B artists, like Summer Walker and Normani, to the best new rap and hip hop artists of 2020, like Roddy Ricch and Lil Tecca. Likewise for top new 2020 pop artists, such as Lauv and Conan Gray.

While many of the entries on this list of new artists to watch in 2020 are rappers, singers, or producers who perform as solo artists, the best new bands of 2020, like Inhaler and Dirty Honey, are eligible for inclusion as well. 

Who do you think are the best new 2020 male artists? Which women are the best new female artists of 2020? Of all the upcoming 2020 artists, who will claim their spot among the greatest musical artists of all time?

Vote for the best new artists of 2020 below, and be sure to add any good new 2020 artists that you think we may have missed.

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    girl in red

    Indie pop, Bedroom pop
    Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999), known professionally as Girl in Red (often stylized in all lowercase as girl in red), is a Norwegian indie pop singer-songwriter. Her single "I Wanna Be...  more
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    Conan Gray

    Indie pop, Dream pop
    Conan Lee Gray (born Gurei Konan) is an American recording artist and social media personality. He is best known for his debut EP, "Sunset Season," which was released under Republic Records in 2018...  more
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    Yungblud

    Alternative rock, Pop punk
    Dominic Richard Harrison (born 5 August 1997), known professionally as Yungblud, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. His debut album, 21st Century Liability, was released on 6 July 2018....  more
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    FINNEAS

    Pop, Indie-pop
    Finneas Baird O'Connell, also known as FINNEAS, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor. He has released several singles and has written music for other artists,...  more
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    Pink Sweats (stylized Pink Sweat$), is an American singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is managed by Thrice Cooked Media. He released his first EP Volume 1 on November 2, 2018,...  more
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    Benee

    Indie pop
    Stella Bennett (born 2000), known professionally as Benee (/ˈbɛniː/, stylised BENEE, formerly spelt Bene) is a New Zealand musician from Grey Lynn in Auckland. She is best known for her 2018 single...  more
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    Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to Mark...  more
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    Joshua Karpeh (born January 30, 1993), known professionally as Cautious Clay, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Since 2017, he has released three EPs...  more
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    Orville Peck is a Canadian country musician. Peck, who released his debut album Pony in 2019, has been widely remarked upon for his tendency to wear a fringed “Lone Ranger” mask....  more
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    Koffee

    Reggae, Dancehall
    Mikayla Simpson, better known as Koffee, is a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, rapper, DJ, and guitarist from Spanish Town, Jamaica. She released her debut single, "Toast," in 2018, and in 2019,...  more
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    Sigrid Solbakk Raabe (born 5 September 1996), known professionally as Sigrid, is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. In 2017, she rose to fame with the release of her debut EP Don't Kill My Vibe, and...  more
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    beabadoobee

    Indie rock
    Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as beabadoobee (stylized in all lowercase), is a Filipino-British indie singer-songwriter. Since 2018, she has...  more
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    Omar Velasco, known professionally as Omar Apollo, is an American singer-songwriter. He first gained recognition in 2017 with the release of his song "Ugotme." Since his initial breakthrough, Apollo...  more
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    Au/Ra

    Pop, Alternative pop
    Jamie Lou Stenzel (born 15 May 2002), known by her stage name as Au/Ra, is an Antiguan-German singer-songwriter. Stenzel released her first single 'Concrete Jungle' in 2016, which quickly gained 15...  more
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    AlbumsMelodies, Unbreakable, We Are Monster High (Madison Beer version)

    Madison Elle Beer (born March 5, 1999) is an American singer and actress. She gained media attention after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. "Dead" was released as the...  more
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    LoveLeo

    Pop, Indie pop
    Leo Reilly, known professionally as LoveLeo, is an American singer from the greater Los Angeles area. He roes to popularity after his Godmode-backed debut single, "BOYFREN," went viral in late 2019....  more
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    Dirty Honey is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2017. It consists of singer Marc Labelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone. The group's...  more
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    The Murder Capital is an Irish post-punk band based in Dublin.The band began performing together in 2015, and signed with Human Season Records in 2018 before releasing their first singles in 2019. On...  more
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    Inhaler

    Alternative rock, Indie rock
    Inhaler are an Irish rock band originating from Dublin. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Elijah Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon. The band was...  more
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    Celeste

    Pop, R&B
    Celeste Epiphany Waite (born 5 May 1994), known professionally as Celeste, is an American–born British singer-songwriter from Saltdean, England. Her music blends British soul and jazz-tinged blues...  more
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    Tenille Arts (born April 19, 1994) is a Canadian country music singer from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She independently released an extended play and studio album before signing a record deal with indie...  more
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    Tones and I

    Pop, Indie pop
    Toni Watson, known professionally as Tones and I, is an Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and musician. Her second single, "Dance Monkey", was released in May 2019 and reached number one in over...  more
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    Gabby Barrett (born March 5, 2000) is an American country music singer. She finished third on the sixteenth season of American Idol. Her debut single "I Hope" was the first top ten Hot Country Songs...  more
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    Olivia Devine (born 21 June 1997), known professionally as L Devine, is an English singer and songwriter who is signed to Warner Bros. Records and BMG Publishing....  more
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    AWA

    Pop
    Awa Matilda Isakine Santesson-Sey (born July 6, 1997 in Stockholm), known professionally as AWA, is a Swedish singer based in London. Her father is Senegalese, her mother Swedish. In 2019 Awa was...  more
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