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The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked 

Kareem Gantt
Updated March 16, 2020 5.5k votes 407 voters 3k views 56 items

List Rules Only popular artists releasing new music in 2020.

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Pop 2020 playlist on Spotify!

Here are the best pop artists of 2020, ranked by fans everywhere. Only including popular artists releasing new music right now, this list of current pop singers and musicians features new pop artists to watch in 2020 and rising stars, like Lauv and Charli XCX, as well as the most famous, constantly-trending hit singers, like Lady Gaga and The Weeknd. Solo artists and pop groups, like the Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5, are all releasing some of the latest hits in the industry, and are therefore included here. Who are the top pop artists of 2020? Who's defining pop music today?

Both American artists and musicians from elsewhere in the world are eligible for inclusion, as long as they are among the best and/or biggest names of the modern day. Who are the hottest pop artists right now? What good pop artists do you think will define 2020's pop music landscape?

Vote up the 2020 pop stars who are dominating the charts, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more

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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which critics ...more

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#20 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #40 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years The Best Ariana Grande Songs Of All-Time

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Shawn Mendes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He gained a following in 2013, posting song covers on the video-sharing application Vine. The following year, ...more

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#3 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked #1,503 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Shawn Mendes Songs, Ranked

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Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Selena Marie Gomez (born July 22, 1992) is an American singer and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends (2002–2004), she received wider recognition ...more

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Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (born March 3, 1997) is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The ...more

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more

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#81 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #52 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like The Best Taylor Swift Songs

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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He rose to stardom as a member of the boy band One Direction after a 2010 audition as a solo artist for ...more

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Charlie Puth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Charles Otto Puth Jr. (born December 2, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Puth's initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to ...more

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#573 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #3 of 53 The Best New Male Artists The Best Songs on Charlie Puth's Album Voicenotes

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for embracing various ...more

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Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Dua Lipa (born August 22, 1995) is an English singer, songwriter, and model. Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. In 2015, she was ...more

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Levine, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, ...more

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Jonas Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
The Jonas Brothers are an American pop rock band. Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin ...more

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more

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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016, and his ...more

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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her initial recognition came from her self-released music posted on ...more

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which ...more

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Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18 and signed her first recording contract with 5 ...more

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The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer.He has won three Grammy Awards, eight Billboard ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Barranquilla, her first studio albums, Magia ...more

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#10 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #60 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like The Best Shakira Songs

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, she ...more

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Lewis Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
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Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), nicknamed "J-Lo", is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer and businesswoman. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a ...more

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Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter. Trainor's work has been recognized with several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, Music ...more

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