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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 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
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 (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
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), nicknamed "J-Lo", is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer and businesswoman. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a ...more
4
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, (; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Minogue has been known for reinventing herself ...more
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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
6
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 (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...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 Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was ...more
8
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Pop, Electronica
Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, ...more
9
Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 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. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and ...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 (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have ...more
11
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 rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Their original line-up consisted of the ...more
12
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 (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more
13
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 (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and ...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 (born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress and television host. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she has been described as embodying ...more
15
Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Contemporary R&B, Pop
Justin Drew Bieber (; born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actor. Discovered at 13 years old by talent manager Scooter Braun after watching his YouTube videos covering songs, ...more
16
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Synthpop, Disco, Pop music
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
18
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 18 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. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late ...more
19
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 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
21
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
KennethWeaver added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and actress. She is originally from the United States, and has been a Swiss citizen ...more
22
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
HercMcca added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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
24
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
R&B, Pop, Hip hop
Robyn Rihanna Fenty ( ree-AN-ə; born February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. She is known for ...more
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music
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