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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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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and ...more
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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
gavin-bolton added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more
5
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music
The Monkees are an American pop/rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1966 and 1970, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Formed ...more
6
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more
7
Queen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
MichaelNedergaard added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive ...more
8
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Synthpop, Disco, Pop music
ABBA was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters ...more
9
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more
10
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop ...more
13
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco
The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording ...more
14
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more
15
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more
17
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls, and ...more
18
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more
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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress. Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New ...more
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more
21
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk
Alecia Beth Moore, better known by her stage name P!nk, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, she rose to fame as an R&B artist with ...more
22
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Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music
Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Depeche Mode ...more
23
Ranker Video
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. ...more
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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two ...more
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more