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300 Greatest Popular Music Artists

Criteria: These 300 Greatest Popular Music Artists were ranked for their Popularity, Influence, and Impact in Popular Music.

Newly added names are in Red
Last Updated: 2017-10-14

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




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