The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

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Only pop bands and musicians.

For years, pop music has dominated your playlists and radio dial. No matter where you listen, there's no doubt that pop music bands and artists have had a major impact in shaping the music industry worldwide. Even as the faces of pop music change over time, the one thing that remains constant is pop music's endurance. Starting with doo-wop and early rock and roll, and eventually becoming more hip hop / R&B-driven, the only thing in particular that links the biggest pop music artists with each other is both their songs' power an reach among vast audiences.

So, who should be at the very top of this pop music artists list? Any compilation of the top pop singers and groups should feature the genre's king and queen: Michael Jackson and Madonna; and of course, the one and only pop princess Britney Spears. These three unparalleled musicians only continue to inspire millions of listeners with their incredible material, even decades after their albums' initial releases, with many of their hit singles still played across radio stations today. 

That being said, there's still tons of other amazing artists included below who deserve your votes, both newer and classic musicians. There are teen pop stars and lifelong legends. This list answers the questions "what are the best pop music bands, duos, and singing groups of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop artist ever?" Vote below for the 100+ best pop stars based on their music and overall influence, rather than simply their popularity, fame, or number of streams. 

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