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The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked 

Kareem Gantt
Updated February 20, 2020 1.3k votes 96 voters 56 items

List Rules Only popular artists releasing new music in 2020.

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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Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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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Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, ...more

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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Kesha Rose Sebert (; born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized Ke$ha), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
Miley Ray Hemsworth (née Cyrus, born Destiny Hope Cyrus; November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the ...more

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked
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