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The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

Updated June 1, 2020 791.7k votes 10.1k voters 130.7k 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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  • Queen1
    4,381
    1,428

    Queen

    Pop music, Rock music
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  • Frank Sinatra2
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    Frank Sinatra

    Swing music, Traditional pop music

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Stevie Wonder3
    2,681
    937

    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Fleetwood Mac4
    2,776
    1,028

    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music
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  • Bee Gees5
    3,229
    1,290

    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul
    The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Supremes6
    2,942
    1,199

    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop
    The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • David Bowie7
    3,339
    1,407

    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    NationalityEngland

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Police8
    2,931
    1,214

    The Police

    New Wave, 2 Tone
    The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Simon and Garfunkel9
    3,131
    1,329

    Simon and Garfunkel

    Pop music, Worldbeat
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  • Donna Summer10
    2,325
    886

    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco

    NationalityUnited States of America

    LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), widely known by her stage name based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Billy Joel11
    3,168
    1,346

    Billy Joel

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Beach Boys12
    2,589
    1,090

    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music
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  • ABBA13
    3,780
    1,627

    ABBA

    Synthpop, Disco
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  • Shania Twain14
    2,610
    1,042

    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music

    NationalityCanada

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  • Celine Dion15
    2,825
    1,082

    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    NationalityCanada

    Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born into a large... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • James Brown16
    2,797
    1,169

    James Brown

    Hip hop music, Doo-wop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • John Lennon17
    3,190
    1,211

    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Paul McCartney18
    3,203
    1,207

    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music

    NationalityEngland

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Four Seasons19
    1,700
    703

    The Four Seasons

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul
    The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Tina Turner20
    3,027
    1,316

    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop

    NationalitySwitzerland, United States of America

    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • George Harrison21
    2,809
    1,115

    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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  • Duran Duran22
    2,876
    1,213

    Duran Duran

    Synthpop, New Wave
    Duran Duran () are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band were one of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Maroon 523
    2,485
    1,055

    Maroon 5

    Pop, Alternative Rock
    Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles, California. It currently consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Neil Diamond24
    2,474
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    Neil Diamond

    Pop music, Rock music

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Rod Stewart25
    2,515
    954

    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Roderick David Stewart, (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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