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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
2
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
3
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Latin pop
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, and singer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the ...more
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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music
Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australia TV soap opera Neighbours, where she ...more
5
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added Pop, Dance, Electronic
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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
gavin-bolton added 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
7
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
8
Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop, Electronica
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
10
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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Cher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop
Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more
15
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Contemporary R&B, Pop
Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Bieber's current manager, Scooter Braun first discovered him through his YouTube videos in 2007. Braun was impressed with the videos, and ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
michalkaly added Pop, Contemporary R&B
Pop music
20
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
R&B, Pop, Hip hop
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