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The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time

Updated June 1, 2020 782.8k votes 10.3k voters 133.8k 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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  • Fleetwood Mac2

    Fleetwood Mac

    Blues-rock, Pop music
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  • Stevie Wonder3

    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
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  • Frank Sinatra4

    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
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  • Bee Gees5

    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
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  • Simon and Garfunkel6

    Simon and Garfunkel

    Pop music, Worldbeat
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  • The Supremes7

    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop
    The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during...  more
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  • Billy Joel8

    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
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  • Donna Summer9

    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
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  • The Police10

    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
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  • David Bowie11

    David Bowie

    Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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  • ABBA12


    Synthpop, Disco
    ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by...  more
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  • Celine Dion13

    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music


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  • John Lennon14

    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
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  • The Beach Boys15

    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
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  • Paul McCartney16

    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music


    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,...  more
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  • The Four Seasons17

    The Four Seasons

    Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul
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  • Shania Twain18

    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music


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  • Tina Turner19

    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop

    NationalitySwitzerland, United States of America

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  • Neil Diamond20

    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
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  • Rod Stewart21

    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music


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    Duran Duran

    Synthpop, New Wave
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  • Stevie Nicks23

    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    The Carpenters

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
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    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and...  more
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