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The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time 

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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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Motown Sound, Rock music & Electronic music; Nationality: United States of America
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant ...more

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and ...more

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Psychedelic pop & Electronic music; Nationality: United Kingdom
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more

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Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band were pioneers in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s. Its first ...more

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Doo-wop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more

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The Best James Brown Albums of All Time #59 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #47 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Swing music, Traditional pop music & Big band; Nationality: United States of America
Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is ...more

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Smooth Facts You Didn't Know About Frank Sinatra #71 of 372 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #24 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
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The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the line-up consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and ...more

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic; Nationality: United States of America
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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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: England
John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for ...more

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. ...more

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Duran Duran () are an English new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band were one of the most successful acts of the 1980s, but by the end of the decade, membership and music style ...more

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first hit and signature song of the same ...more

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late ...more

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: England
Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
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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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), widely known by her stage name based on her married name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained ...more

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the ...more

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Country pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada
Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist ...more

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most ...more

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Pop music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United Kingdom
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), professionally known as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the ...more

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada
Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born 30 March 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, she emerged as a teen star in her homeland with a series of ...more

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
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