10.0k voters

The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

Updated June 1, 2020 786.9k votes 10.0k voters 127.2k views464 items

List RulesUpvote your favorite pop groups, bands, singers and artists

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

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.

  • 1


    Pop music, Rock music
    Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Queen 

    The Real Bohemian Rhapsody Ending: What Actually Happened To Queen After Their Live Aid PerformanceWhat Freddie Mercury's Relationship With His Bandmates Was Really Like

  • 2
    Frank Sinatra

    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

    More Frank Sinatra 

    Smooth Facts You Didn't Know About Frank SinatraThe Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All Time

  • 3
    Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music
    Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Fleetwood Mac 

    Fascinating Stories From Stevie Nicks’s Love LifeThe Best Fleetwood Mac Songs of All Time

  • 4
    Stevie Wonder

    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

    More Stevie Wonder 

    The Best Stevie Wonder Songs of All TimeThe Most Underrated Stevie Wonder Songs

  • 5
    Bee Gees

    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

    More Bee Gees 

    The Best Bee Gees Albums of All Time#29 of 211 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

  • 6
    The Supremes

    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

    More The Supremes 

    The Best Supremes Albums of All Time#32 of 154 The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever

  • 7
    The Four Seasons

    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

    More The Four Seasons 

    #189 of 219 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s#102 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

  • 8
    Billy Joel

    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

    More Billy Joel 

    The Best Billy Joel Songs of All TimeThe Best Billy Joel Albums of All Time

  • 9
    Shania Twain

    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music


    Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Shania Twain 

    The Best Shania Twain SongsThe Unbelievably Tragic Life Of Shania Twain

  • 10
    Simon and Garfunkel

    Simon and Garfunkel

    Pop music, Worldbeat
    Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More Simon and Garfunkel 

    The Best Simon And Garfunkel SongsThe Best Simon And Garfunkel Albums of All Time

  • 11
    James Brown

    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
  • 12
    The Police

    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

    More The Police 

    The Best Police Albums of All Time#43 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

  • 13
    Donna Summer

    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

    More Donna Summer 

    The Best Donna Summer Albums of All Time#219 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 14
    Celine Dion

    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music


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

    More Celine Dion 

    The Best Celine Dion SongsThe Best Celine Dion Albums of All-Time

  • 15
    Maroon 5

    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

    More Maroon 5 

    The Best Maroon 5 Albums of All Time#39 of 461 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

  • 16
    John Lennon

    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

    More John Lennon 

    28 Facts You Didn't Know About John LennonThe Best John Lennon Songs

  • 17
    David Bowie

    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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

    More David Bowie 

    The Best David Bowie Songs of All TimeFun Facts You Didn't Know About David Bowie

  • 18
    Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music


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

    More Paul McCartney 

    The Best Paul McCartney Songs#88 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • 19
    The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music
    The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More The Beach Boys 

    The Best Beach Boys Albums of All TimeThe Best Beach Boys Songs of All Time

  • 20
    Tina Turner

    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

    More Tina Turner 

    The Best Tina Turner SongsThe Best Tina Turner Albums of All Time

  • 21


    Hip hop music, Pop punk
    Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. ... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22


    Synthpop, Disco
    ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More ABBA 

    All Of The Drama And Heartache Behind ABBA’s Feel-Good Disco HitsThe Best ABBA Albums of All Time

  • 23
    George Harrison

    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

    More George Harrison 

    The Best George Harrison Albums of All Time#31 of 542 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

  • 24
    Neil Diamond

    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

    More Neil Diamond 

    The Best Neil Diamond Albums of All Time#1485 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 25
    Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music


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

    More Rod Stewart 

    The Best Rod Stewart Albums of All TimeThe Best Rod Stewart Songs of All Time