Greatest of All Time Pop Songs Artists


When exploring the realm of pop music’s greatest artists, a handful of names stand out as pillars of the genre’s enduring legacy. These iconic figures have not only defined the sound and style of their eras but have also left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape worldwide. From the unparalleled stage presence and chart-topping hits of Michael Jackson to the groundbreaking artistry and boundary-pushing creativity of Madonna, these artists have shaped the evolution of pop music through their innovative approaches and timeless appeal.

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#25: Nelly

Nelly has garnered numerous accolades over his illustrious career, including three Grammy Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards. Recognized as one of the standout stars of the new millennium by Peter Shapiro, Nelly has solidified his place as a powerhouse in hip hop. According to the RIAA, he ranks as the fourth-best-selling hip hop artist in American music history, with a staggering 21 million albums sold in the United States alone. Billboard further affirmed his influence by placing him at number three on their Top Artists of the Decade list for the 2000s, underscoring his enduring impact and widespread acclaim in the music industry.
Chris Brown has left an indelible mark on the pop music industry, boasting a remarkable career highlighted by staggering achievements. With over 140 million records sold worldwide, he ranks among the best-selling music artists globally. Brown has amassed a devoted following and is celebrated as one of the highest-grossing African American touring artists in history. His dominance on the charts is unparalleled, holding records for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by any male singer, the most top 40 hits among R&B singers, and the most RIAA Gold and multi-Platinum-certified singles for a male artist. Billboard recognized Brown as the third most successful artist of the 2010s in R&B and hip-hop, underscoring his enduring impact.
Eminem is one of the top-selling music artists globally, with over 220 million records sold. He dominated the 2000s as the best-selling artist in the US and continued his success in the 2010s. Eminem holds the record for ten consecutive albums debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. He has five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and multiple Diamond-certified albums, including The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. His achievements include 15 Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, and Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade (2000–2009)”. Rolling Stone has honored him among the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time”. In 2022, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Lopez has achieved remarkable success in both music and entertainment, having sold over 80 million records worldwide. Her career is punctuated by a string of iconic singles such as “If You Had My Love”, “Waiting for Tonight”, “Let’s Get Loud”, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”, “I’m Real”, “Ain’t It Funny”, “Jenny from the Block”, “All I Have”, “Get Right”, and “On the Floor”. Lopez’s impact extends beyond music, earning her prestigious accolades including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award, and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

#21: Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty rose to international fame with their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You (1996), which achieved diamond certification in the United States and multi-platinum status in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Their success continued with their second album, Mad Season (2000), which charted in the top three on the Billboard 200 and was certified 4× Platinum in the United States. The band’s third album, More Than You Think You Are (2002), also enjoyed significant success, earning 2× Platinum certification in the United States. With a consistent track record of chart-topping albums and widespread acclaim, Matchbox Twenty has cemented their status as one of the greatest pop song artists of all time.
After contributing and writing songs for various artists, Jason Derulo signed with Beluga Heights, a recording label owned by record producer J.R. Rotem. When Beluga Heights became part of the Warner Music Group, Derulo transitioned to a recording artist and released his debut single, “Whatcha Say,” in May 2009. The single sold over five million digital downloads, earned an RIAA certification of triple platinum, and reached number one in both the U.S. and New Zealand. Building on this success, Derulo released his second single, “In My Head,” in December 2009, followed by his self-titled debut studio album on March 2, 2010. His second album, Future History, came out on September 16, 2011, featuring the UK number-one single “Don’t Wanna Go Home.” With a string of successful albums and chart-topping singles, Jason Derulo has firmly established himself as a prominent figure in the pop and R&B music scene.
Nickelback signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999 and achieved mainstream success in 2002 with “How You Remind Me,” which topped charts in the U.S. and Canada. Their album Silver Side Up was certified 8× Platinum in Canada. Their fourth album, The Long Road (2003), included the Canadian number one “Someday.” In 2005, their best-selling album All the Right Reasons produced multiple Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “Photograph,” “Far Away,” and “Rockstar.” Dark Horse (2008) featured the top-10 single “Gotta Be Somebody,” and Here and Now (2011) topped Canadian charts. Subsequent albums include No Fixed Address (2014), Feed the Machine (2017), and Get Rollin’ (2022). With over 50 million albums sold worldwide, Nickelback was named Billboard’s most successful rock group of the 2000s. In 2023, they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Having sold 200 million records worldwide, Beyoncé is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her numerous accolades include a record 32 Grammy Awards, 26 MTV Video Music Awards (including the 2014 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), 24 NAACP Image Awards, 35 BET Awards, and 17 Soul Train Music Awards, more than any other artist in the industry. Recognized as the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) Top Certified Artist of the Decade and Billboard’s Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, Beyoncé is also the most successful black touring act in history, receiving the Pollstar Touring Artist of the Decade award in 2021. Rolling Stone named her the world’s greatest living entertainer of the past decade, and Time included her as one of the 100 women who have defined the 21st century.
Flo Rida’s 2007 breakout single “Low” topped the charts for 10 weeks in the United States and set a record for digital download sales. His debut studio album, Mail on Sunday (2008), reached number four in the US, followed by R.O.O.T.S. in 2009. His subsequent albums, Only One Flo (Part 1) (2010) and Wild Ones (2012), also charted on the US Billboard 200. With over 80 million records sold worldwide, Flo Rida is one of the best-selling music artists. His catalog features international hit singles such as “Right Round,” “Club Can’t Handle Me,” “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones,” “Whistle,” “I Cry,” “G.D.F.R.,” and “My House.”
With over 300 million records sold worldwide, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She holds the title of the most successful solo artist in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, achieving 44 number-one singles across major global music markets. As the first woman to accumulate over US$1 billion in concert revenue, six of her solo headlining tours have grossed over US$100 million each. Forbes has named her the world’s highest-paid female musician a record 11 times across four decades. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Madonna has been ranked as the greatest woman in music by VH1, and as the greatest music video artist ever by MTV and Billboard. Additionally, Rolling Stone listed her among the greatest artists and songwriters of all time.
Janet Jackson has sold over 100 million records worldwide, establishing herself as one of the best-selling music artists. Known for hits like “Nasty,” “Rhythm Nation,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Together Again,” and “All for You,” she holds the record for the most consecutive top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist, with 18. She’s the only artist to have seven singles from one album (Rhythm Nation 1814) peak in the top five positions. Billboard ranked her seventh on its Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists list and fifth among the “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” in 2010. Jackson has won five Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, eleven American Music Awards, and received recognition from the Academy Awards. In 2019, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Christina Aguilera has sold over 90 million records worldwide, cementing her as one of the best-selling music artists. Celebrated as a pop culture icon and acclaimed vocalist by Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound, she was named the twentieth most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard and ranks eighth on VH1’s list of greatest women in music. Aguilera’s influence extends to shaping the “Latin explosion” in music. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, two Latin Grammy Awards, six ALMA Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, a Guinness World Record, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also honored as a Disney Legend in 2019.

The Black Eyed Peas rose to fame with their 2003 single “Where Is the Love?” from Elephunk, topping charts in 13 countries and becoming the UK’s best-selling single of 2003. Their album Monkey Business was a global hit, certified 3× Platinum in the US. In 2009, they made history with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling” both holding the top spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record 26 weeks. With approximately 80 million records sold, they are among the best-selling groups ever, ranked 12th on Billboard’s 2000s Decade-End Artist list and 7th on the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade.

Lady Gaga has sold approximately 170 million records, establishing herself as one of the best-selling music artists globally. She holds the distinction of being the only female artist with four singles each surpassing 10 million copies sold worldwide. Gaga’s impressive accolades include 13 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, and 18 MTV Video Music Awards. She has been honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Year in 2010 and Woman of the Year in 2015. Gaga’s influence is further underscored by her inclusion in numerous Forbes power rankings and ranking fourth on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012.
Usher, often hailed as the King of R&B, has sold over 100 million records worldwide, solidifying his status as one of the top-selling music artists in history. Billboard recognized him as the second most successful artist of the 2000s and the decade’s top Hot 100 artist, with Confessions named the top solo album. He ranks sixth on Billboard’s list of “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” and was named the 97th greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023. Usher boasts nine number-one singles and has garnered numerous accolades including 8 Grammy Awards, 12 Soul Train Music Awards, 8 American Music Awards, and 3 Guinness World Records. He is also highly decorated at the Billboard Music Awards with 18 wins, making him the fifth-most awarded artist.
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Bruno Mars has sold over 130 million records worldwide, cementing his place among the best-selling music artists in history. With eight number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and immensely successful concert tours, Mars has also garnered an impressive collection of awards. He boasts 15 Grammy Awards, including three for Record of the Year, along with four Brit Awards, eleven American Music Awards, and 13 Soul Train Awards. Mars holds three Guinness World Records and has been featured on prestigious lists like Music Week’s best songwriters and Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Artists. Recognized as a pop icon, Mars was the first artist to achieve six Diamond-certified singles in the United States, underscoring his profound impact on the music industry.
Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling music artists globally, with over 220 million records sold. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the National Recording Registry, and the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Carey holds the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles by a solo artist (19), female songwriter (18), and female producer (15), totaling a record-breaking 93 weeks at number one. She is the highest-certified female artist in the US with 75 million certified album units. Carey has garnered 6 Grammy Awards, including the Global Impact Award, 10 American Music Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards, and 12 Guinness World Records, solidifying her status as an iconic figure in music history.
Kelly Clarkson has amassed an impressive array of accolades throughout her career, including three MTV Video Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, and four American Music Awards. Her achievements also include two Academy of Country Music Awards, eight Daytime Emmy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Globally recognized, Clarkson has sold over 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide, with numerous top-ten singles in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. She made history by topping Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, adult pop, country, and dance charts, becoming the first artist to achieve such a feat. Billboard has celebrated her as “one of pop music’s greatest singers” and honored her with the prestigious Powerhouse Award, while VH1 ranked her nineteenth on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Taylor Swift stands as a monumental figure in contemporary music, with an astounding track record of success. Seven of her albums have debuted with over one million sales in their first week alone. Named the Time Person of the Year in 2023, Swift has earned accolades on esteemed lists such as Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time”, Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time Artists”, and Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”. Her illustrious career includes 14 Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, 40 American Music Awards, 39 Billboard Music Awards, and 23 MTV Video Music Awards. Swift has also clinched the prestigious Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, and the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year title an unprecedented four times each.
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Britney Spears has left an indelible mark on the music industry, solidifying her status as one of the top-selling female artists in the United States. Dominating the 2000s, she garnered six number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five chart-topping singles on the Hot 100, including iconic hits like “…Baby One More Time” and “Toxic”. Her debut single was heralded as the greatest of all time by Rolling Stone, reflecting her immense impact. Beyond music, Spears ventured into the world of fragrances, launching a highly successful line that exceeded $1.5 billion in sales by 2012. A perennial chart-topper and cultural phenomenon, Spears continues to influence and inspire, recognized by Time magazine as one of the most influential people globally.
Justin Timberlake has solidified his place in music history with a series of chart-topping albums and hit singles. His debut solo effort, Justified (2002), launched with standout tracks like “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body”, establishing him as a solo force. His follow-up, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), soared to the top of the charts with iconic singles such as “SexyBack” and “My Love”, showcasing Timberlake’s ability to blend pop sensibilities with R&B influences. Returning to music after a hiatus, his albums The 20/20 Experience (2013) and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013) delivered smash hits like “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors”, reaffirming his status as a dominant figure in contemporary pop music. Timberlake’s musical journey continues with subsequent albums like Man of the Woods (2018) and Everything I Thought It Was (2024), each contributing to his legacy as one of the greatest pop artists of all time.
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Katy Perry has achieved remarkable success in her music career, with each of her major-label studio albums surpassing one billion streams on Spotify individually. She boasts an impressive nine U.S. number one singles and three U.S. number one albums, along with holding the distinction for the second-most U.S. diamond certified singles among female artists, with six to her name. Perry’s accolades span various prestigious awards, including multiple Guinness World Records, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. Recognized not only for her musical prowess but also for her financial achievements, Forbes has consistently ranked Perry among the world’s highest-paid female musicians, underscoring her influence and success in the industry
Maroon 5 has forged a significant path in the music industry since their inception. After signing with Octone Records, their debut album “Songs About Jane” in 2002 propelled them to fame with hits like “Harder to Breathe” and “This Love”, leading to quadruple platinum status and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005. Their subsequent albums, including “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” (2007), “Hands All Over” (2010), and “Overexposed” (2012), continued their chart-topping success with singles like “Makes Me Wonder” and “Moves like Jagger”. “V” (2014) marked their transition to Interscope Records, topping the Billboard 200. With the addition of PJ Morton and Sam Farrar, their lineup expanded to seven members. Their seventh album “Jordi” (2021) further solidified their legacy, while their cumulative sales of over 135 million records globally attest to Maroon 5’s status as one of the most successful music acts of all time.
Pink is celebrated as “pop royalty,” known for her distinctive voice and dynamic stage presence. She has sold over 135 million records worldwide, including 60 million albums and 75 million singles, making her one of the best-selling music artists globally. Billboard named her the Pop Songs Artist of the 2000s Decade. Pink’s accolades include three Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, and seven MTV Video Music Awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She received the BMI President’s Award for songwriting and global impact, and has been honored with the People’s Champion Award, IHeartRadio Music Award Icon Award, Billboard Icon Award, and Billboard Legend of Live recognition. VH1 ranked her 10th among the 100 Greatest Women in Music, underscoring her enduring influence.
Rihanna has achieved unparalleled success in the music industry, recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of the 21st century by Guinness World Records. With estimated worldwide sales of 250 million units, she ranks among the top-selling artists of all time. Rihanna holds the title of the highest-certified female digital single artist and is the only female artist with seven U.S. diamond-certified singles. Her career boasts an impressive 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to her chart achievements, Rihanna has amassed numerous awards and nominations, solidifying her status as one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. As of 2024, she is also recognized as the wealthiest female musical artist, with an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion.

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