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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 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? 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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2,335 930
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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1,559 551
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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1,609 515
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

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2,032 856
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 5 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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2,048 907
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 6 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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2,016 867
Prince is listed (or ranked) 7 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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1,986 858
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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1,826 698
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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2,087 787
Queen is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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2,091 810
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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2,021 690
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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1,893 744
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

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1,932 761
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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1,830 733
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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1,710 644
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band - Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

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1,472 539
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music - Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

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1,632 553
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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1,855 703
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 19 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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1,635 606
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 20 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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1,489 553
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave - Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band No Doubt. During the band's hiatus, Stefani ...more

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1,369 493
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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1,771 515
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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1,759 523
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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1,646 659
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop music - Liza May Minnelli is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Born to film ...more

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1,554 614
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop - Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan ...more

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1,736 616
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music - Annie Lennox, OBE, born Ann Lennox, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The ...more

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1,581 538
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 28 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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1,754 642
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for ...more

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1,795 645
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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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1,682 626
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 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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1,659 618
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B - Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went ...more

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - Bad Meets Evil is an American hip hop duo consisting of rappers Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. Bad Meets Evil was formed in 1997 thanks to the duo's mutual friend, Proof. It was formed after ...more

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1,847 607
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Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave - Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Its first two ...more

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1,789 592
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul - The Supremes were an American female singing group and the 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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1,802 619
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz - Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the ...more

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1,362 625
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music - Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and ...more

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1,512 548
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco - The Jackson 5 are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. Marlon and ...more

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1,419 588
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music - Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more

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1,706 723
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more

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1,742 614
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music - Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. Born in Skewen, she spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler is known for her ...more

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1,658 574
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave - Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She recorded several number one ...more

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1,751 600
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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

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1,594 581
Madness is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music - Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with ...more

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1,672 582
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music - Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling ...more

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962 447
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music - Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and ...more

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1,524 582
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music - Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more

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1,125 402
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
AbzoluteArtistry added Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop - Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, better known mononymously as Sia, is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. Musically and artistically precocious from an early age, Sia became ...more

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1,769 560
The Police is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk - The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally ...more

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1,024 386
The Four Seasons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Disco - The Four Seasons are an American rock and pop band that became internationally successful in the 1960s and 1970s. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame has stated that the group was the most popular rock ...more