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The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

Updated June 1, 2020 778.1k votes 10.4k voters 138.2k views464 items

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For years, pop music has dominated your radio dial. No matter where you listen, there's no doubt that pop music bands and pop music artists have had a major impact in shaping music. Even as the faces and stylings of what exactly is pop music has changed, the one thing that remains constant is that pop music has endured. Starting with doo-wop and early rock and roll and eventually becoming more hip hop and R&B-driven, the only thing that links pop music artists to each other is the power and reach of their best songs. 

So, who should be at the top of the pop music artists list? Any pop music artists list should have, at minimum, Madonna and Michael Jackson at or near the top. Both of these amazing pop music artists have managed to endure over the years, with their material, even multiple decades after initially released, are still being played on radio today. On this list of pop music, the artists, bands, or pop duos who are on here should be easily recognizable faces whose songs are ones that you'd know if you heard them. Pop music artists are a rare breed and is a broad term, so please vote accordingly.

What are the greatest pop music bands? Whether you think it should be current pop artists or classics, that's up to you to decide on this list of pop music artists. However, when determining who should be considered the best pop music artists, you shouldn't be voting on popular pop music bands. This should only take into account the quality of their songs.  This list answers the questions "who are the best pop music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop music musician ever?" If you notice a pop group or pop artist missing, feel free to add them to this poll. It's up to you to decide who is the best pop musician of all time, so choose wisely.

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    Pop music, Rock music
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    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul
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    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music
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    Frank Sinatra

    Swing music, Traditional pop music
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    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul
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    Simon and Garfunkel

    Pop music, Worldbeat
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    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop
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    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco
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    Synthpop, Disco
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    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop
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    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music
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    The Police

    New Wave, 2 Tone
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    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
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    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music
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    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop
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    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music
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    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music
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    Neil Diamond

    Pop music, Rock music
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    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music
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    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music
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    Duran Duran

    Synthpop, New Wave
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    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music
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    The Four Seasons

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul
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    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
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