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The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s 

Jovaughn Brown
Updated January 7, 2020 12k votes 593 voters 1.5k views 110 items

List Rules Vote up the artists based only on their music from 2010 to 2019.

From Kanye West and Taylor Swift to Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe, we're ranking the best artists of the decade. This list of the top 2010s artists includes some of the most popular musicians, bands, and singers in pop, rap, country, EDM, rock, R&B, and more. The 2010s decade was filled with so many good songs and albums, but which artists stood out from the rest?   

Vote up the best artists of the 2010s, and add your favorites if they deserve to be on this list. 

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1
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: England

Albums: 21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder, + more

Labels: XL Recordings, Universal Music Group, Columbia

25 (2015)

21 (2011)

2
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop and Folk; Nationality: England

Albums: x, Plus, No. 5 Collaborations Project, iTunes Festival 2012: Holiday Gift, The Slumdon Bridge, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Asylum Records, Elektra Records

÷ (2017)

× (2014)

+ (2011)

3
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Daisy Yoo added

Albums: Welcome To Momoland (2016) , Freeze! (2017) , Great! (2018), Fun To The World (2018), Show Me (2019)

Labels: MLD Entertainment

4
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Country, Pop & Rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fearless, Speak Now, Red, Taylor Swift, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, + more

Labels: Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group

1989 (2014)

Red (2012)

Speak Now (2010)

5
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Web Entertainment, Game Recordings, Mashin' Duck Records, Rawkus Records, + more

Revival (2017)

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

Recovery (2010)

6
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance, The Edge of Glory, The Fame Monster, + more

Labels: Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, KonLive Distribution, Streamline Records

Joanne (2016)

Artpop (2013)

Born This Way (2011)

7
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses, Baby I, Right There, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records, Republic Records

Thank U, Next (2019)

Sweetener (2018)

My Everything (2014)

8
Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: FutureSex/LoveSounds, The 20/20 Experience, Justified, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Justin Timberlake: Live from London, + more

Labels: Tennman Records, Jive Records, Zomba Group of Companies, RCA Records

Man of the Woods (2018)

The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013)

The 20/20 Experience (2013)

9
Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: Night Visions, Continued Silence EP, Night Visions Live, It's Time, It's Time Remixes, + more

Labels: Interscope Records

Evolve (2017)

Smoke + Mirrors (2015)

Night Visions (2012)

10
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop punk and R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse, Dear Mr. President, Pink: Live in Europe, + more

Labels: LaFace Records, Jive Records, Arista Records, RCA Records

Hurts 2B Human (2019)

Beautiful Trauma (2017)

The Truth About Love (2012)

11
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: R&B, Pop & Hip hop; Nationality: Barbados

Albums: Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set, A Girl like Me, Music of the Sun, + more

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Roc Nation

Unapologetic (2012)

Talk That Talk (2011)

Loud (2010)

12
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Soul & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver, Live at SOB's New York City, Love In The Future, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Urban Music, Sony Music Entertainment, GOOD Music

Darkness and Light (2016)

Love in the Future (2013)

13
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Parachutes, X&Y, Clocks, + more

Labels: Parlophone, EMI, Fierce Panda Records, Universal Music Group, EMI Records, + more

Everyday Life (2019)

A Head Full of Dreams (2015)

Mylo Xyloto (2011)

14
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora, Minutes To Midnight, Burn It Down, + more

Labels: Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

One More Light (2017)

Living Things (2012)

A Thousand Suns (2010)

15
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: Songs About Jane, Hands All Over, Payphone, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, 2003-10-31: Philadelphia, + more

Labels: Fueled by Ramen, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal International, BMG Brasil, A&M Octone Records, + more

V (2014)

Overexposed (2012)

Hands All Over (2010)

16
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium, Mother's Milk, By the Way, + more

Labels: Warner Music Group, EMI, Warner Bros. Records, EMI Records

The Getaway (2016)

I'm with You (2011)

17
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80, Overly Dedicated, Memories Back Then, + more

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Top Dawg Entertainment, Interscope Records

To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (2012)

Section.80 (2011)

18
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Channel Orange, nostalgia, ULTRA., unreleased, MISC., + more

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Odd Future Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group

Blonde (2016)

Channel Orange (2012)

19
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters, One by One, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, + more

Labels: RCA, RCA Records, Capitol Records

Concrete and Gold (2017)

Sonic Highways (2014)

Wasting Light (2011)

20
U2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Albums: The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, The Unforgettable Fire, + more

Labels: Island Records, CBS Records, Mercury, Interscope Records, Columbia

Songs of Experience (2017)

Songs of Innocence (2014)

21
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop, Rock & Disco; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Teenage Dream, E.T., One of the Boys, Katy Hudson, Ur So Gay, + more

Labels: Island Records, Capitol Music Group, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Records, Columbia, + more

Witness (2017)

Prism (2013)

Teenage Dream (2010)

22
The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Hip hop & Pop; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Kiss Land, House of Balloons, Thursday, Echoes of Silence, Trilogy, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records, XO Records, Republic Records

Starboy (2016)

Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)

Trilogy (2012)

23
Avicii is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: House, Techno & Electro House; Nationality: Sweden

Albums: Bom, Collide, Avicii et al: Swedish House Collection - Taken from Superstar, Avicii Presents Strictly Miami, True, + more

Labels: Vicious Vinyl, Island Records, Big Beat Records, Joia, Universal Music Group, + more

Tim (2019)

Stories (2015)

True (2013)

24
Khalid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s

Free Spirit (2019)

American Teen (2017)

25
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Musical Artists Of The 2010s
Genre: Pop, Contemporary R&B & Electronica; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again, Femme Fatale, In the Zone, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Jive Records, Zomba Group of Companies, RCA Records

Glory (2016)

Britney Jean (2013)

Femme Fatale (2011)