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Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020 

Coley Reed
Updated March 18, 2020 98.8k votes 15.1k voters 161.7k views 53 items

List Rules Vote 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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FINNEAS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Pop and Indie-pop; Nationality: USA
Finneas Baird O'Connell, also known as FINNEAS, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor. He has released several singles and has written music for other artists, ...more
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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more
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Rex Orange County is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie pop, Jazz pop & Alternative hip hop; Nationality: UK
Alexander O'Connor, better known by his stage name Rex Orange County, is an English recording artist. He grew up in the village of Grayshott near Haslemere, Surrey. O'Connor has released three ...more
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Conan Gray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie pop and Dream pop; Nationality: USA
Conan Lee Gray (born Gurei Konan) is an American recording artist and social media personality. He is best known for his debut EP, "Sunset Season," which was released under Republic ...more
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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020

Albums: Last Day of Summer, CLEAR

Summer Walker (born April 11, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She is signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. Her debut studio album Last Day of Summer ...more
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J.I.D is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Hip hop and Rap; Nationality: USA
Destin Choice Route, known by his stage name J.I.D (also stylized JID), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is part of the musical collective Spillage Village, founded by EarthGang ...more
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beabadoobee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie rock; Nationality: Philippines
Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as beabadoobee (stylized in all lowercase), is a Filipino-British indie singer-songwriter. Since 2018, she ...more
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girl in red is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie pop; Nationality: Norway
Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999), known professionally as Girl in Red (often stylized in all lowercase as girl in red), is a Norwegian indie pop singer-songwriter. Her single "I ...more
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Dave is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Hip hop and Rap; Nationality: UK
David Orobosa Omoregie (born 5 June 1998), known mononymously as Dave, is a British rapper. Dave released his debut EP Six Paths in 2016, to critical and commercial success, after the release of ...more
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Wallows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie rock; Nationality: USA
Wallows is an American rock band based in Los Angeles composed of Braeden Lemasters, Cole Preston, and Dylan Minnette. They are signed to Atlantic Records. The band began releasing songs ...more
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Half Alive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Half Alive (stylized as half•alive) is an American band from Long Beach, California. The band was formed in 2016 and consists of lead singer Josh Taylor, drummer Brett Kramer and bassist J Tyler ...more
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Stephanie Poetri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Stephanie Poetri Dougharty (born May 20, 2000) is an Indonesian singer who is the son of singer Titi DJ and her American father, Andrew Hollis Dougharty. Poetri is best known for her single ...more
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Beach Bunny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie pop, Rock & Surf pop; Nationality: USA
Beach Bunny is an American indie pop band from Chicago, Illinois. The group formed in 2015 when Lili Trifilio recorded a song titled "6 Weeks." That same year, Trifilio released her ...more
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Yola is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter from Bristol, England. She has also gone by the name Yola Carter. Her family was poor and banned ...more
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MorMor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie pop; Nationality: Canada
Seth Nyquist, better known as MorMor, is a Canadian indie pop singer and songwriter. In 2015, he released his debut EP, "Live for Nothing," under the moniker MorMor, which was the name ...more
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Orville Peck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Country; Nationality: Canada
Orville Peck is a Canadian country musician. Peck, who released his debut album Pony in 2019, has been widely remarked upon for his tendency to wear a fringed “Lone Ranger” mask.
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slowthai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Tyron Kaymone Frampton (born 18 December 1994), better known by his stage name slowthai (stylised in lowercase), is a British rapper from Northampton. He rose to popularity in 2019 for his ...more

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Jessie Reyez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Jessie Reyez (born June 12, 1990) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Her 2016 single "Figures" peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017 and was certified 2× Platinum ...more
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Rosalía is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Rosalía Vila Tobella (born 25 September 1993), known mononymously as Rosalía, is a Spanish singer and songwriter from Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Catalonia, Spain. Known for her modern ...more
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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Pop; Nationality: American

Labels: Zelig Recordings

Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to ...more
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City Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Hip hop and Rap; Nationality: USA
City Girls is an American hip hop duo from Miami, Florida, composed of members Yung Miami (born Caresha Romeka Brownlee on February 11, 1994 in Miami), and JT (born Jatavia Shakara Johnson on ...more
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Snail Mail is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Indie rock, Dream pop & Emo; Nationality: USA
Snail Mail is the American indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan. In 2015, she started playing her songs live with her band and released the EP Habit in 2016. ...more
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Cautious Clay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: R&B; Nationality: USA
Joshua Karpeh (born January 30, 1993), known professionally as Cautious Clay, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Since 2017, he has released three EPs
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Yaeji is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: House, Hip hop & Electronic; Nationality: USA

Albums: Yaeji, EP2

Labels: Godmode

Kathy Yaeji Lee (born c. 1993), known professionally as Yaeji, is a Korean-American electronic music artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her style blends elements of house music and hip hop with ...more
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Caamp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020
Genre: Folk; Nationality: USA
Caamp is an American folk band from Columbus, Ohio, which began as a project between childhood friends Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall, who met at a summer camp in middle school. They later added ...more