300 Greatest Popular Music Artists

The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby
Criteria: These 300 Greatest Popular Music Artists were ranked for their Popularity, Influence, and Impact in Popular Music.

Last Updated: 2022-10-27
Newly added names are in Red
Pop Artists 1
  1. Beatles
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Frank Sinatra
  4. Bing Crosby
  5. Michael Jackson / Jackson 5
  6. Louis Armstrong
  7. James Brown
  8. Billie Holiday
  9. Johnny Cash
10. Duke Ellington
11. Bob Dylan
12. Ray Charles
13. Chuck Berry
14. Hank Williams
15. Aretha Franklin
16. Madonna
17. Stevie Wonder
18. Al Jolson
19. Glenn Miller
20. B.B. King
21. Nat King Cole
22. Rolling Stones
23. Ella Fitzgerald
24. Muddy Waters
25. Beach Boys
26. Charlie Parker
27. Benny Goodman
28. Miles Davis
29. Little Richard
30. Louis Jordan
31. John Coltrane
32. Bessie Smith
33. Bob Marley and the Wailers
34. Prince
35. Led Zeppelin
36. Mahalia Jackson
37. Tommy Dorsey
38. Mills Brothers
39. Marvin Gaye
40. Jimi Hendrix
41. Jay-Z
42. Elton John
43. Jimmie Rodgers
44. Robert Johnson
45. Kanye West
46. Sam Cooke
47. Mariah Carey
48. Bruce Springsteen
49. Queen
50. Whitney Houston
51. The Who
52. Abba
53. Pink Floyd
54. Buddy Holly and the Crickets
55. Temptations
56. Drifters / Clyde McPhatter / Ben E. King
57. Barbra Streisand
58. Tony Bennett
59. Diana Ross and the Supremes
60. Fats Domino
61. Otis Redding
62. David Bowie
63. U2
64. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
65. Eric Clapton (solo and with bands)
66. 2 Pac
67. Ink Spots
68. Count Basie
69. Howlin' Wolf
70. Johnny Mathis
71. George Jones
72. Eagles
73. Enrico Caruso
74. Run-D.M.C.
75. Public Enemy
76. Paul Whiteman
77. Dizzy Gillespie
78. Big Joe Turner
79. Willie Nelson
80. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
81. Bee Gees
82. John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival
83. Jerry Lee Lewis
84. Bo Diddley
85. Nirvana
86. Patsy Cline
87. Woody Guthrie
88. Everly Brothers
89. Dolly Parton
90. Eminem
91. Eddy Arnold
92. Drake
93. Garth Brooks
94. Rod Stewart
95. Scott Joplin
96. Fats Waller
97. Perry Como
98. Jelly Roll Morton
99. Carter Family
100. Thelonious Monk
Pop Artists 2
101. Jimmy Dorsey
102. Merle Haggard
103. Ike & Tina Turner
104. Jackie Wilson
105. Beyoncé
106. Sarah Vaughan
107. Billy Joel
108. Doors
109. T-Bone Walker
110. Judy Garland
111. Bon Jovi
112. Harry Belafonte
113. Sly and the Family Stone
114. Neil Young
115. Conway Twitty
116. AC/DC
117. Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
118. Four Tops
119. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
120. George Clinton / Parliament / Funkadelic
121. Ozzy Osbourne / Black Sabbath
122. Roy Orbison
123. Bobby Darin
124. Crosby, Stills and Nash
125. Isley Brothers
126. Kinks
127. Kingston Trio
128. Fleetwood Mac
129. Brenda Lee
130. Dinah Washington
131. Billy Murray and the American Quartet
132. Britney Spears
133. Police / Sting
134. Platters
135. Neil Diamond
136. Kenny Rogers
137. Andrews Sisters
138. Dells
139. Bill Monroe
140. Yardbirds
141. Metallica
142. Bill Haley and the Comets
143. Celine Dion
144. Rihanna
145. Radiohead
146. Charles Mingus
147. Bobby "Blue" Bland
148. John Lee Hooker
149. Stan Getz
150. Ray Price
151. Donna Summer
152. Leadbelly
153. Buck Owens
154. Byrds
155. Wynonie Harris
156. Sonny Til and the Orioles
157. Etta James
158. Harry James
159. Clovers
160. Elmore James
161. Frank Zappa / Mothers Of Invention
162. Wilson Pickett
163. Webb Pierce
164. Ravens
165. Soul Stirrers
166. Chicago
167. Loretta Lynn
168. Lester Young
169. Janis Joplin
170. Grateful Dead
171. Coleman Hawkins
172. Paul McCartney and Wings
173. Ramones
174. Tammy Wynette
175. Dean Martin
176. Art Tatum
177. Joan Baez
178. Eric B. and Rakim
179. Santana
180. John Lennon
181. Peter, Paul and Mary
182. Kendrick Lamar
183. R. Kelly
184. Sonny Rollins
185. Yes
186. Robins / Coasters
187. Sammy Kaye
188. Ruth Brown
189. Pete Seeger and the Weavers
190. Ernest Tubb
191. Dionne Warwick
192. Billy Ward and The Dominoes
193. Peggy Lee
194. Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
195. Van Morrison
196. Janet Jackson
197. Earth, Wind and Fire
198. Charley Patton
199. Son House
200. LL Cool J
Pop Artists 3
201. Cab Calloway
202. Al Green
203. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
204. Glen Campbell
205. The Clash
206. Genesis / Phil Collins
207. Joni Mitchell
208. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
209. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
210. Gladys Knight and the Pips
211. Beastie Boys
212. Linda Ronstadt
213. Big Bill Broonzy
214. Martha and the Vandellas
215. Ornette Coleman
216. Guns N' Roses
217. Charles Brown
218. Mary J. Blige
219. Judy Collins
220. Staple Singers
221. Spinners
222. Little Walter
223. Lynyrd Skynyrd
224. R.E.M.
225. Taylor Swift
226. Justin Timberlake
227. Henry Mancini
228. Elvis Costello
229. Alabama
230. Lil Wayne
231. Carole King
232. Carpenters
233. Pearl Jam
234. Van Halen
235. Outkast
236. Herbie Hancock
237. Kool and the Gang
238. Coldplay
239. Lonnie Johnson
240. Tito Puente
241. N.W.A
242. Professor Longhair
243. Moody Blues
244. Lionel Richie / Commodores
245. Lionel Hampton
246. The Band
247. Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee Williamson)
248. Jimmy Reed
249. Connie Francis
250. Sidney Bechet
251. Luther Vandross
252. Ma Rainey
253. Deep Purple
254. Barry White
255. Patti Page
256. Green Day
257. Aerosmith
258. Jethro Tull
259. Velvet Underground
260. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
261. Guy Lombardo
262. Emerson, Lake and Palmer
263. Billy Eckstine
264. Bill Evans
265. Allman Brothers Band
266. Iron Maiden
267. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
268. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
269. The Notorious B.I.G.
270. Shirelles
271. Art Blakey
272. Rev. James Cleveland
273. Tampa Red
274. Clara Ward Singers
275. Talking Heads / David Byrne
276. Frankie Laine
277. Rick Nelson
278. Reba McEntire
279. Henry Burr and the Peerless Quartet
280. Ted Lewis
281. King Crimson
282. Artie Shaw
283. Ethel Waters
284. Blind Lemon Jefferson
285. Waylon Jennings
286. Nina Simone
287. Lady Gaga
288. John Denver
289. Gene Autry
290. Adele
291. Hank Snow
292. Kraftwerk
293. O'Jays
294. Marty Robbins
295. Roy Acuff
296. Tennessee Ernie Ford
297. Blondie
298. Nas
299. Daryl Hall & John Oates
300. Ed Sheeran








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