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The Best Up-and-Coming Artists In 2020

Updated January 25, 2021 38.7k votes 16.2k voters 197.8k views57 items

List RulesVote up the musicians you expect to hit big in 2020..

A boatload of music comes out each day, making it a challenge to keep up with new artists. So, to help you learn about the big acts of tomorrow, we're running down the musical acts poised to break through in 2020.

From up-and-coming pop singers to Soundcloud rappers, these artists represent the emerging music trends of both today and tomorrow. Many of these upcoming stars are new bands, DJs and pop singers who are about to have a meteoric rise, while others were artists to watch in 2019 who are about to hit the next level, such as Yaeji and Rosalía. Some of the names on this list are first time Grammy nominees at the 2020 Grammy Awards. 

As festivals begin releasing their lineups for 2020, expect many of these names to appear on the posters. And if you're annoyed waiting for any of 2020's most anticipated music, let a few of these acts fill the void. Whether it's YBN Cordae's feature-packed debut rap album, The Lost Boy, or Khruangbin's jam-driven festival sets, this group of rising artists offers something for everybody.

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    Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter...  more
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  • Conan Gray2
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    Conan Gray

    Indie pop, Dream pop
    Conan Lee Gray (born Gurei Konan) is an American recording artist and social media...  more
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    #44 of 102 The Best Pop Artists Of 2020, Ranked#2 of 47 The Best New Artists Of 2020, Ranked

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    girl in red

    Indie pop, Bedroom pop
    Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999), known professionally as Girl in Red (often...  more
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    Wallows

    Indie rock
    Wallows is an American rock band based in Los Angeles composed of Braeden Lemasters, Cole...  more
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    beabadoobee

    Indie rock
    Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as...  more
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    FINNEAS

    Pop, Indie-pop
    Finneas Baird O'Connell, also known as FINNEAS, is an American singer, songwriter, record...  more
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    #5 of 67 The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked#3 of 27 The Best New Male Artists Of 2020, Ranked

  • Beach Bunny7
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    Beach Bunny

    Indie pop, Rock
    Beach Bunny is an American indie pop band from Chicago, Illinois. The group formed in 2015...  more
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  • Omar Apollo8
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    Omar Velasco, known professionally as Omar Apollo, is an American singer-songwriter. He first...  more
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    Caamp

    Folk
    Caamp is an American folk band from Columbus, Ohio, which began as a project between childhood...  more
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    Kero Kero Bonito

    Rock, Indie pop
    Kero Kero Bonito (KKB) is a British indie pop band from London, England. The band consists of...  more
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    MorMor

    Indie pop
    Seth Nyquist, better known as MorMor, is a Canadian indie pop singer and songwriter. In 2015,...  more
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  • Orville Peck12
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    Orville Peck is a Canadian country musician. Peck, who released his debut album Pony in 2019,...  more
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    Pale Waves

    Indie pop, Synthpop
    Pale Waves are an English indie pop band from Manchester, formed in 2014. They were founded...  more
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  • Ashley McBryde14
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    Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas. Her song "A Little Dive Bar...  more
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    #19 of 59 The Best New Country Artists#97 of 160 The Top Female Country Singers

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    Khruangbin

    Rock, Instrumental rock
    Khruangbin is an American musical trio from Houston, Texas, with Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer...  more
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    #68 of 118 The Best Musical Artists From Texas#5 of 31 The Best Bands Like Tame Impala

  • Emotional Oranges16
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    Emotional Oranges is an American R&B–pop duo from Los Angeles, California, which formed in...  more
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    Cherry Glazerr

    Rock, Indie rock
    Cherry Glazerr is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in...  more
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  • Viagra Boys18
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    Viagra Boys

    Post-punk
    Viagra Boys is a Swedish post-punk band from Stockholm. The band formed in 2015, with several...  more
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  • Inner Wave19
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    Inner Wave is a Los Angeles-based indie band comprised of members Pablo Sotelo (guitar,...  more
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    Tank and the Bangas

    Funk-soul, Hip hop
    Tank and the Bangas is an American funk and soul musical group, based from New Orleans,...  more
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    Joywave

    Alternative Rock

    AlbumsHow Do You Feel Now?, Content, Possession

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  • Cautious Clay22
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    Joshua Karpeh (born January 30, 1993), known professionally as Cautious Clay, is an American...  more
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    Snail Mail

    Indie rock, Dream pop
    Snail Mail is the American indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Lindsey...  more
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    Poppy

    Electropop, Synthpop
    Poppy (born January 1, 1995), formerly known as That Poppy, is an American singer, songwriter,...  more
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    Chromatics

    Synthpop, Italo disco

    AlbumsKill for Love, Plaster Hounds, Night Drive, As Rats in the Basement, Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz

    Chromatics is an American electronic music band from Portland, Oregon that formed in 2001. The...  more
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