Top 10 Living Pop Legends Who Are Most Influential In This Day And Age

As per Blue Rhymez Entertainment. The following list compiles ten names that have established themselves and their sound as trendsetters and rule breakers. From its pure entertainment value that is unbeatable in earworm motifs, historical chronicling that is unmatched in accuracy (think of all the music videos from past decades that immediately take you back to times you probably didn’t even live), to emotional relatability (spanning a wide array of feelings) and economical value (billions of dollars generated each year), Pop music has taken over the market since its inception and will be here for many more decades to come.
Note: We know there is Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Madonna who’ve left their permanent mark on the music industry and history, but as of recent years, the legends have not necessarily made waves in contemporary charts and trends.

10. Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny (Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) is a Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and songwriter. He was born on March 10, 1994, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He first rose to prominence in the Latin American music scene in 2016 with his song Diles, which led to a deal with Hear This Music. Bad Bunny has since become one of the most popular and influential Latin American global pop stars. Bad Bunny is known for his unique blend of Latin American music styles, such as reggaeton, trap, and Latin pop, and for his collaborations with some of the biggest names in international music, including Cardi B, Jowell & Randy, and Drake.

9. Camilla Cabello

Camila Cabello, born in Havana, Cuba, is a melodious singer, songwriter, and actress (in 2021, Cabello made her acting debut, starring as the main character in Cinderella) who has made her mark in the music industry with her delectable voice and graceful stage presence. Possessing a plethora of musical aptitudes, she rose to prominence as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony before venturing out as a solo artist (her debut studio album, Camila (2018), reached number one on the US Billboard 200). From ballads to upbeat pop songs, her lyrics are often imbued with a candid and introspective quality, allowing listeners to connect with Camila on an emotional level.

8. Beyoncé

Renaissance (also titled Act I: Renaissance) is the multi-genre diva’s seventh studio album (and an unexpected dive into the Dance, Disco, and Pop genres), released on July 29, 2022 by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. Beyoncé had to absolutely be included on this list, despite her brand’s affinity heavily leaning towards R&B for decades. The woman and living legend has sold over 100 million records worldwide as a solo artist and a member of Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Queen B’s music often tackles important social and cultural issues, such as feminism, racial equality, and self-empowerment. She uses her platform to promote messages of inclusivity, equality, and empowerment, making her a powerful voice for positive change across the globe. Beyoncé has won a total of 24 Grammy Awards, the most won by a female artist, and she is the first black woman to win 6 Grammy Awards in a single night. Beyoncé also seems to have found the way to industry immortality: reinventing herself with every major project thus confirming a sense of novelty to different generations.

7. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is a multi-talented artist who has achieved immense success and recognition in several fields, including music (more than 80 million records sold with 15 billion streams worldwide), film (over 40 movie titles she’s appeared in), and fashion (a successful lifestyle brand carrying the name and likeness of the Pop star). Lopez is most famous for her music (8studio albums, one remix album, 3 compilation albums, one soundtrack, one extended play, 65 singles (including 14 as a featured artist), 5 charity singles and 12 promotional singles), and telenovela-worthy personal life (married four times thus far). She is globally recognized as one of the most influential Latin artists in the entertainment industry.

6. Shakira

Shakira is THE Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer who has achieved numerous accomplishments throughout her career. With over 80 million records sold worldwide (we start to see why the Super Bowl organizers picked both her and JLo for the Halftime Show), she is one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time. She has won 3 Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammy Awards, and 4 Billboard Music Awards. She has also been listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Shakira’s most popular songs include Whenever, Wherever, Hips Don’t Lie, and Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In addition to her music career, Shakira is also known for her philanthropic efforts, particularly through the Shakira Foundation, which aims to improve the education and nutrition of children in Latin America.

Recently, Shak (the more personal monicker the fans use for their favorite artist) has split up from her longtime partner, Gerard Piqué, thus attracting a new wave of (probably unwanted) attention to her songs’ lyrics and music videos with fans decoding messages and reading between the lines 24/7 on social media.

5. Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell is a New-Age American singer, songwriter, and acclaimed trendsetter who has already seen incredible success in her career on a global scale. According to Wikipedia, she has won 5 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Song Written for Visual Media. Her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released in March 2019 and became a commercial success, reaching number one on the charts in over 50 countries. It was also certified platinum in the United States and the United Kingdom. Billie Eilish has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time albeit her young age (21 years). She has also been recognized by the Billboard Music Awards, winning Top New Artist and Top Female Artist in 2020. Billie Eilish’s impact on the music industry is undeniable, and she continues to break records and inspire millions of teenagers and adults alike with her unique sound and style.

4. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a power to be reckoned with. To date, the singer, songwriter, business maverick, has sold over 50 million albums and 150 million singles worldwide, making her one of the top-selling music artists of all time. She has won 10 Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, and a Brit Award, among others. Her album Fearless is the MOST awarded Country album of all time and the second-best-selling album in the US in the 2010s, with over 4.5 million copies sold. Swift has also been recognized as the TOP streamed female artist on Spotify, with over 50 billion streams, and is the highest-earning female musician in history, with a net worth of $365 million (no wonder Kanye felt threatened). Taylor Swift’s talent, hard work, dedication, and blunt attitude regarding industry discrimination toward female entertainers, have made her one of the top influential artists in the music industry. We stan.

3. Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa, the English singer and songwriter, has achieved great success in her career so far. She has released 2 studio albums, with the first, self-titled album, reaching number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum. Her second album, Future Nostalgia, was released in 2020 and reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified gold. Dua Lipa has also released over 20 singles, with several of them reaching the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. Some of her most successful singles include New Rules, One Kiss, and Levitating, which have been certified 6x Platinum, 5x Platinum, and 2x Platinum respectively in the UK. Lipa has received numerous awards and nominations, including 6 Grammy Award nominations and won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Levitating in 2021. With over 13 billion streams on popular music platforms, Dua Lipa has established herself as one of the most successful female artists in recent years.

2. Harry Styles

Harry Styles is a British singer, songwriter, and actor. He rose to fame as a member of the boy band One Direction, formed in 2010 on the X-Factor. In the group, Harry released 5 studio albums that sold over 50 million copies worldwide and earned 4 Grammy nominations. He launched his solo career in 2017 with the release of his self-titled album, which debuted at number one in over 10 countries. To date, Harry has sold over 20 million records as a solo artist and received numerous accolades, including two Brit Awards and two American Music Awards. He has also embarked on two world tours, performing in front of over 1.2 million fans and earning a total of over $120 million in ticket sales. The recent drama regarding Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh pushed Harry Styles to the front pages of all gossip websites around the world thus cementing his brand as a relevant name in the current entertainment industry.

1. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus began her career as a child actress, starring in the hit Disney Channel series Hannah Montana from 2006 to 2011. Over the years, Miley Cyrus has released 7 studio albums, selling over 20 million records worldwide. She has received several awards and nominations, including two Grammy nominations and one win for Best Music Video in 2015. Cyrus has also been a judge on the singing competition show The Voice, serving as a coach in seasons 11 and 13. In addition to her music and acting careers, she is also known for her philanthropic work and activism. In 2020, she founded the charity organization the Happy Hippie Foundation, which focuses on supporting homeless and LGBTQ+ youth. With such impressive accomplishments and a dedicated effort to give back, Miley Cyrus has proven to be a valuable figure in the entertainment industry.

Although Flowers, the singer’s latest release, has received lukewarm critical acclaim, the fans of the artist are pushing the song to the top of the global charts and we’re agreeing with the latter. It’s phenomenal music, a charismatic visual, and an undeniable much-needed self-love anthem in the current world. Thank you and we love you Miley.

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