10. Christina Aguilera
Aguilera achieved fame following her self-titled album spawning #1 spot of three of her singles. Her lyrical themes include her childhood, woman empowerment etc. Christina’s work has earned her many accolades including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Grammy Awards. Apart from that, this pop singer has also won a Latin Grammy Award.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty popularly known as Rihanna is a pop singer from Barbados. She began her career through her association with producer Evan Rogers whom she met in Barbados in 2003. Rogers later signed her to “Syndicated Rhythm Productions” and recorded her demo tape. The debut album by Rihanna titled “Music of the Sun” came out in 2005 and saw rave reviews all over the United States and Europe. One of Rihanna’s heaviest influences has been Bob Marley. In 2010, she collaborated with rapper Eminem for “Love the Way You Lie” which was a major success everywhere.
8. Enrique Iglesias
Born to the famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique began his musical career in the 1990s delivering hit after hit. He has been conferred the title of “King of Latin Pop”. This eminent pop singer has sold over a 100 million records worldwide. He also had ten #1 songs on Billboard’ Dance charts, making him the only male artist to achieve the feat. In the late 90s he made a crossover into the English language music market.
7. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga came to prominence as a pop singer following the release of her debut album “The Fame” which came out in 2008. This album mustered commercial success and chart toppers around the world. The track “Poker Face” spread like moss everywhere. She cites David Bowie and Michael Jackson as two of her major influences. She is recognized for her outlandish dressing sense and the concept behind her music videos. Her achievements include five Grammies and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.
6. Elton John
Elton John is the foremost piano player in pop music history. He has released over 50 top 40 singles including a phenomenal 38 consecutive top 40 singles from 1972 through 1986. His music could be considered definitive of mainstream pop in the 1970s. In recent years Elton John has toured frequently with a fellow successful piano playing pop musician, Billy Joel.
5. Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce Knowles nee Beyonce Gisele Knowles is an American pop singer and actress. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the group “Destiny’s Child” in the late 1990s. Her debut solo album titled “Dangerously in Love” came out in 2003 and it spawned two #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. It was one of the most successful albums of the year which earned her five Grammy Awards which was a record then. Following Destiny’s Child’s disbandment in 2005 she released her album titled “B’Day” in 2006. Beyonce has been ranked #3 on the ‘100 Greatest Women in Music’ in 2012 by VH1.
4. Britney Spears
Britney Jean Spears rose to popularity as a child artist performing stage roles and television shows. She was signed with Jive Records in 1997. Britney released her debut album “Baby One More Time” in 1999 which became the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. She gained mainstream popularity after the release. Spears became the ‘best-selling teenage artist of all time’ and gained the honorific title of “Princess of Pop”.
Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 “Madge” or MDNA . She has 13 studio albums (Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, Erotica, Bedtime Stories, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy, MDNA and Rebel Heart), 3 soundtrack albums (Who’s That Girl, I’m Breathless, and Evita), 4 compilation albums (The Immaculate Collection, Something to Remember, GHV2, and Celebration), and 2 remix albums (You Can Dance and Remixed & Revisited. ) She is regarded to be the female music act with the most records in Guinness World Records reportedly to have more than 20 records .
2. Elvis Presley
Without Elvis Presley, its hard to imagine how much of what came after in pop and rock music could have happened. He brought rock ‘n roll into American living rooms. Elvis Presley became a larger than life cultural icon. He recorded over 100 pop top 40 hits. Elvis Presley died in 1977 at the age of 42.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, with the possible exception of Elvis Presley, was the epitome of larger than life pop music figures. He hit the pop spotlight as a child of 11 in 1969 with his brothers in the group Jackson 5. At the end of the next decade he emerged as a young adult recording artist. Michael Jackson recorded Thriller, the bestselling album of all time, and was the world’s biggest pop star in the late 1980s. His career became mired in tabloid rumors and criminal investigations. However, his star still shone brightly when he died suddenly at age 50 in 2009