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Musicians Who Will Explode In 2020

Updated September 9, 2020 37.9k votes 16.1k voters 191.6k views57 items

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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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    Yola
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    Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Conan Gray
    614
    367

    Conan Gray

    Indie pop, Dream pop
    Conan Lee Gray (born Gurei Konan) is an American recording artist and social media... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    girl in red
    502
    310

    girl in red

    Indie pop
    Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999), known professionally as Girl in Red (often... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Wallows
    435
    270

    Wallows

    Indie rock
    Wallows is an American rock band based in Los Angeles composed of Braeden Lemasters, Cole... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    beabadoobee
    450
    288

    beabadoobee

    Indie rock
    Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Beach Bunny
    382
    248

    Beach Bunny

    Indie pop, Rock
    Beach Bunny is an American indie pop band from Chicago, Illinois. The group formed in 2015... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    FINNEAS
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    421

    FINNEAS

    Pop, Indie-pop
    Finneas Baird O'Connell, also known as FINNEAS, is an American singer, songwriter, record... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Caamp
    355
    231

    Caamp

    Folk
    Caamp is an American folk band from Columbus, Ohio, which began as a project between childhood... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Omar Apollo
    342
    225
    Omar Velasco, known professionally as Omar Apollo, is an American singer-songwriter. He first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    MorMor
    340
    224

    MorMor

    Indie pop
    Seth Nyquist, better known as MorMor, is a Canadian indie pop singer and songwriter. In 2015,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Kero Kero Bonito
    341
    225

    Kero Kero Bonito

    Rock, Indie pop
    Kero Kero Bonito (KKB) is a British indie pop band from London, England. The band consists of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ashley McBryde
    341
    225
    Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas. Her song "A Little Dive Bar... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Orville Peck
    365
    245
    Orville Peck is a Canadian country musician. Peck, who released his debut album Pony in 2019,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Pale Waves
    317
    208

    Pale Waves

    Indie pop, Synthpop
    Pale Waves are an English indie pop band from Manchester, formed in 2014. They were founded... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Khruangbin
    325
    215

    Khruangbin

    Rock, Instrumental rock
    Khruangbin is an American musical trio from Houston, Texas, with Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Cherry Glazerr
    312
    205

    Cherry Glazerr

    Rock, Indie rock
    Cherry Glazerr is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States, formed in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Inner Wave
    305
    201
    Inner Wave is a Los Angeles-based indie band comprised of members Pablo Sotelo (guitar,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Emotional Oranges
    328
    220
    Emotional Oranges is an American R&B–pop duo from Los Angeles, California, which formed in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Viagra Boys
    310
    207

    Viagra Boys

    Post-punk
    Viagra Boys is a Swedish post-punk band from Stockholm. The band formed in 2015, with several... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tank and the Bangas
    298
    201

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Joywave
    217
    138

    Joywave

    Alternative Rock

    AlbumsHow Do You Feel Now?, Content, Possession

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    Cautious Clay
    458
    639
    Joshua Karpeh (born January 30, 1993), known professionally as Cautious Clay, is an American... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Poppy
    25
    31

    Poppy

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

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    Snail Mail
    496
    707

    Snail Mail

    Indie rock, Dream pop
    Snail Mail is the American indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Lindsey... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Chromatics
    14
    20

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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