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Derived from the word “Popular”, Pop, in the broadest sense of things, is music that aims to communicate with a large amount of people with catchy hooks, choruses and melodies. Just like pop culture, which absorbs all kind of elements from various sources and cultures, a pop tune can have infinite musical genes in its DNA – Rock n Roll, Folk, R&B, Hip Hop, Dance – even african music. Today, however, Pop music is usually referred to as the type of music you can hear on mainstream media outlets, rehashed on famous brands such as American Idol & Glee. Its sound is mostly electronic, and draws equally from Hip Hop and R&B on one hand, and European dance music on the other.
Nsync The phenomenally successful Boyband has sold an astonishing 56 million albums world wide even though they have released only 3 studio albums. The band with their cool image, high-energy choreographed and extravagant concerts captured North America. Their album "No String Attached" sold 1 million copies on the very first day of release, a feat which has never been equaled.
Air Supply Air Supply's music is from the heart, for the heart and everything about the heart. For nearly 36 years they have played to anyone who has ever been in love. Since 1975 Air Supply have played their blend of acoustic melodic pop all over the world.

3. Aqua

Aqua Danish dance-pop quartet are easily one of best bands from the Scandinavian pop scene to burst out into mainstream success. They would surely be recognized for their global smash hit "Barbie Girl" and the high production videos. Aqua never pretended to be anything but themselves; their music was about having fun with many sexual references.
Billy Joel Born William Martin Joel on May 9, 1949, in Bronx, New York, the son an accomplished classical pianist , playing piano was part of life from birth. Being teased through his childhood for playing piano Billy took up boxing as a teenager and had 22 amateur Golden Gloves fights before he quit pursuing music. From 1963 to 1970 Billy Joel participated in a number of marginally successful bands. The disappointments of his musical efforts lead to depression at age 22 that culminated in a suicide attempt and hospital stay.
Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears was born December 2, 1981 in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. From an early age Spears showed a prodigious talent for performance. She was an accomplished gymnast, competing in state competitions until the age of nine. In addition, she danced in local shows and performed with her church choir.

6. Dido

Dido The Angelic Voice As legend would have it, Dido's track "Thank You" was used as a sampling track by rap superstar Eminem for his single Stan and it changed Dido's world. The song went on to become a global best seller and Dido's parts were even performed by none other than Sir Elton John with Eminem for a live Grammy performance. The deep soulful voice with those trademark high notes has made Dido a world wide pop star.
Elton John One of the greatest singer-songwriters of the world, Elton John transformed himself from a shy British teenager to the flamboyant stage performer that could hold a stadium crowd with just him and his piano. The real beauty of his music lies in his sense of melody and the chemistry with his song writing partner Bernie Taupin. At his core it was his gospel influenced piano which is the lead instrument and not a part of the rhythm section. And his tenor voice singing over it.
Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez was born in the year 1969, on the day of July 24. Her parents were David Lopez and Guadalupe Rodriguez. She was born in the Bronx. She was raised as a Catholic and attended Catholic schools. At the young age of 16 she started to take dancing and singing lessons which she financed for herself.
Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson the blonde bombshell has seen it all from superstar status, commercial success, reality TV cult popularity, to an embarrassing live performance and target of blame for many Dallas Cowboy fans when the lost the SuperBowl. Her mush publicized marriage and then divorce from singer Nick Lachey sometimes completely eclipsing everything else. But she is a multi-platinum selling recording artist with her album sales touching the 10 million mark world wide.
Neil Diamond Neil Diamond is one of the most prolific and enduring singer-songwriters of the last many decades, but most of all it is that legendary voice which resonates in his music, at concerts halls, and most notably at "Fenway Park" for the Red Sox Nation. Neil Diamond is a true legend; his pop tunes have sold nearly 115 million albums worldwide. He is only thirds behind Elton John and his school mate Barbara Streisand in terms of record sales as an Adult Contemporary artist.
Bowling For Soup Bowling for Soup does not make thought provoking or emotionally charged records; they represent the generation that watched American Pie movies and the best part is they do not make any bones about it. They do not pretend to be anything that they are not. The music is three chord progressions and relates to the Basket Case era of Green Day and the fun lightweight of The Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated”. The music is about prom nights, getting drunk and the hangovers.

12. Cher

Cher Cher remains one of American Pop music’s greatest stars! A career spanning over 4 decades of energetic and sensual music and of course her spectacular live shows. Cher is the consummate entertainer achieving accolades and fame both as an actress and a pop icon. From her rags to riches story, TV shows, feature films and bizarre outfits, Cher has established a phenomenally successful career.
George Michael Little did he know, the man born Georgios Kyriacos Panayioutou, from East Finchley in North London, would go on to be one of pop rock’s greatest all time singers. He was the son of a restaurant owner that moved to England and Michaels would go on to attend Bushey Meads School. At this school he would begin his partnership with his musical counterpart Andrew Ridgeley. As a young man, he began playing local schools and youth clubs sometimes acting as a DJ for the parties.
Gwen Stefani Gwen Renee Stefani was born in Fullerton, California on October 3, 1969 to parents, Dennis Stefani and Patti Flynn. She is one of four children, two girls, two boys. It was with her brother, Eric, that she began fronting for the group No Doubt.
Jason Mraz Jason Mraz has carved out a niche for himself in the music business by his simple arrangements and acoustic blend of pop, hip-hop and folk. Jason Mraz deliberate Dylanseque vibe has given him positive critical reception and success at the charts. It is his tenor voice that gives both the power and subtleness in his music. Mraz also has his signature holiday hat on while he performs giving him the “boy next door” image.
Kylie Minogue In Melbourne, Australia, May of 1968, Kylie Minogue was born. She has a younger brother and sister. Her and her siblings were raised in Surrey Hills in Melbourne. Kylie and her sister started out early as actresses. When she was just eleven years old Kylie found herself on soap operas called Skyways and The Sullivan’s. She was given the lead role in The Henderson Kids as well.
Laura Pausini The girl that would go on to be known throughout the pop scene as Laura Pausini would go on to become one of the most successful singers of the current age. She was born in the year of 1974 in a small town in Italy. She would be encouraged by her father to start a singing career by entering into contests across the nation and bringing her voice and style to the public.
Lionel Richie The singer and songwriter by the name of Lionel Richie grew up in the state of Alabama basically on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute. He would later move to the state of Illinois and graduate from Joliet Township High School where he was a scholar athlete and gained a tennis scholarship to the Tuskegee Institute back in Alabama.
Matchbox Twenty It was 1995 when Rob Thomas, Paul Douchette, and Brian Yale left Tabitha’s Secret, added Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor and began playing as Matchbox 20, in Orlando Florida. In just a year they signed with Atlantic Records and released Yourself Or Someone Like You, which was certified gold before summer 1996, eventually reaching Diamond while only peaking at #5 on the Billboard. Touring extensively their single, Long Day, got some alternative radio play setting the stage for singles Push, 3 AM, Real World, and Back 2 Good to chart on Billboard at Top 10, Top 40, and Top 10 respectively.
Nelly Furtado The hip hop songstress has made an impact in the world of music in a very short span of time. As a Canadian with Portuguese roots, she has managed to combine the grace and sophistication with street smart coolness. Her music influences range from the legendary U2 and Oasis to Mary J Blige and Madonna. Her songwriting has grown from the confessional to in your face sexuality. Her third album generated major controversy for the raw sexual imagery distinct from her previous work. Yet Nelly remains an enigmatic pop star shying away talking about her personal life. Nelly has racked up almost 20 million in album sales as well as three No.1 US and two UK No.1 singles. Her sultry good looks have also added to the pop star image.
Norah Jones The eclectic voice, the simple contemporary jazz sound and beautiful looks have given this talented young artist global recognition. Norah Jones single handedly brought contemporary jazz music to a world wide audience. Her soulful music can be termed as acoustic pop, a mixture of blues and jazz but it is her subtle piano playing which gives it the journey like feel. Her Grammy Award winning first album has sold a staggering 20 million albums. She is easily the most successful female jazz artist of all times.
Paul McCartney James Paul McCartney was born in Walton Hospital in Liverpool , England on June 18, 1942. When he was young boy, he learned to play the acoustic guitar, later he moved to the piano. Influenced by American Rhythm and Blues music and fueled by his own unique style, McCartney was performing his own rendition of the Little Richard hit, Long Tall Sally, at talent shows. In October of 1956, his mother lost her battle with breast cancer. Not long after his mother’s passing, he met his soon to be band mate, John Lennon. The two collaborated to write their first song entitled, When I’m Sixty-Four.
Phil Collins Legendary singer songwriter has transcended many genres of music and was one of the biggest recording artists of the Eighties. Phil Collins poignant song writing with his distinctive and easily recognizable voice has given him a special place in the music industry. From drummer to band leader for super group Genesis, Phil Collins has always been a pioneer. Collins has also acted in several movies, theater and was also portrayed in the video game Grand Theft Auto. His failed three marriages and the costly divorces have made tabloid news all over the world. Phil Collins has also won Album of the Year and 6 other Grammies and an Academy award for his contribution to the Tarzan soundtrack. As a solo artist Phil Collins has sold nearly 35 million albums world wide.

24. Pink

Pink Pink has transcended from being just another teen idol RnB singer to full fledged adult contemporary rock queen. Her confessional songwriting, on stage and media antics, social consciousness and raw energy has propelled her to superstardom. Pink is the Janis Joplin of the Internet generation with some Madonna thrown in for good measure. Her pop/rock sound from the sophomore effort allowed her to distance herself from the media hungry emptiness of teen pop; even ridiculing them with her song Stupid Girls.
Richard Marx The singer and songwriter that would take the music world by storm in the 1980’s known as Richard Marx would be born in the city of Chicago in 1963. Marx was the son of a jazz musician as well as a mother who was a performer would begin singing at the age of five years old when he began singing commercial jingles for Arm and Hammer and Nestle Crunch. He would gain the notice of Lionel Richie who would say that he thought he could make it big but couldn’t promise anything. He would go on to graduate high school and then move to Los Angeles to begin his recording career as a solo artist as well as singing back up for Richie. He would go on to work in the studio setting and land jobs singing back up for numerous artists such as Madonna and Whitney Houston just to name a few.
Sarah McLachlan Her music is inspirational and cathartic. Sarah McLachlan is one of the most gifted and talented artist of the last two decades. Her ethereal music and the simplicity in production and yet her soul bearing songwriting has moved an entire generation. Sarah has also been the voice of the unheard by the many charities which she actively supports. In her poetic songwriting Sarah has challenged the very convention of female songwriters being commercially viable. Her albums sales have crossed the 40 million mark. And her Lilith Fair festival has ushered in many new talents who have gone to achieve success such as Dido, Sheryl Crow and Liz Phair.
Savage Garden The group who called themselves Savage Garden would become one of the most popular bands of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with their soft rock sound that would allure many the young women. Upon putting an article in a local newspaper, Daniel Jones would find Darren Hayes and the two would go on to pursue a musical career that would be awarded many times over. They would initially start out with the group that was called Red Edge but would eventually leave the group and start their career as a duo act that was called Savage Garden.

28. Seal

Seal Seal is one of UK music’s most popular soul singer has what has been probably described a voice which is a gift from the heavens. The melodic, soulful and falsetto voice is one of the most easy recognizable in recorded music. At his peak in the 90s Seal sold millions of albums world wide and is known as much for his music as he is for marrying German supermodel Heidi Klum. His origins lie with Acid House and dance music, the burgeoning dance scene of the London underground. Seal is probably best known for his global chart topping and Grammy award winning single “Kiss from a Rose”. Since the 90s Seal has toured across the world and managed to be one of the respected soul artists in England.
Simon & Garfunkel Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, also known as Simon and Garfunkel grew up in Queens NY. They preformed among their peers and were popular among the high school crowds. “Hey Schoolgirl” was their first single. At the time they were recording under the name of Tom and Jerry. They became the duo Simon and Garfunkel in 1964 and continued to record together until 1970. Their style of folk/pop continues to be popular in many households across the nation.
Spice Girls The Spice Girls have been around since the early 1990's when five girls who were unknown to each other, answered an ad which stated that it was looking for "girls to form a band." One can only surmise that at that time, such an ad was not as scary as it would be today; the managers picked the girls who later became the core of the Spice Girls and offered them the gig. But the girls knew they had "something" so they ultimately rejected his offer and, after only two months together on their own, they launched their collective career.
Tears for Fears Tears for Fears is an English pop band that became established in the 1980s with several hits that have stood the test of time. In addition to making a name for themselves with their hit songs these same songs have also helped bring attention to many aspiring artists that cover their hits years later.
The Beach Boys Formed in 1961, this laid back and talented quintet The Beach Boys made a name for themselves as a true American rock band. Their songs contain lyrics about southern California living, surfing, cars and romance. With their creative ambitions and hard work they were able to become an influence for generations to come.
The Carpenters This brother and sister duo started out back in the 1960s. They have come out with some of the most well known songs that have stayed popular for generations. The Carpenters are an award winning duo that were considered ‘goody two shoes’ by fellow musicians and greatly respected by listeners around the world.
Tom Jones The iconic Tom Jones is one of England’s greatest exports. A career spanning 5 decades of super hits, high-energy shows, raspy vocals and of course his raunchy onstage persona has made him one of the most popular and enduring singers of all times. Jones has a song in just about every genre possible. The raw sexuality in his voice and a steady stream of hit records have ensured his relevance and mainstream success for so many years. Jones can hold his own while performing with UK Pop superstar like Robbie Williams or when being backed by rock band Stereophonics.

35. UB40

UB40 UB40 were a pioneering reggae band that originated in the late 70s. England was going through a punk and reggae invasion in the late 70s and UB40 with their political and socially conscious lyrics and easy going music were a major hit. Relentless touring have made the band sell nearly 70 million albums world wide. It was Ali Campbell’s infectious smile and distinctive voice gave the band a voice and a face. The band has four No.1 hit singles and is among the favorite British live acts of the 80s and early 90s.
Gavin DeGraw Growing up in the Catskills of New York, Gavin DeGraw started his up and coming career as musician. His mother was a specialist at a Botox clinic, and his father was nothing more than a prison guard. Attending the Berklee College of Music at the same time that John Mayer attended, DeGraw would go on to be known for his hit single that was featured on the hit television show One Tree Hill. He grew up with two older brothers named Joey and Neeka, Gavin would start out playing the piano at age eight, eventually touring the country displaying his many talents to him adoring fans.
Alejandro Sanz The musician and composer of the popular Spanish flamenco style, was born in Madrid in 1968 under the name of Alejandro Sanz. Flamenco was the roots of the artist and he would bring his style to fans across the entire world at the high point of his career. Many have said that his style is that of a party and will continue that emotion even when singing songs or sorrow.
Joss Stone From a child-like age of 14 when she won a BBC talent contest, British born soul singer and songwriter was destined for musical greatness. Her phenomenal voice, British charm with an American attitude was just the perfect mix for talent waiting to make a name in the pop-soul genre. From a debut album of little known soul covers in 2001 at age 16 to be asked to sing “My Generation” as a tribute to The Who in 2008, Joss Stone has come a long way. The gifted singer has broadened her creative aspiration by even starring in Hollywood movie and also playing a British monarch in the hit TV series The Tudors. Joss Stone also champions many philanthropic causes world wide.
Maroon 5 Maroon 5 have built their success on relentless touring and as an opening act for some of Rock’s best! Opening for the likes of The Rolling Stones and John Mayer have given them the world wide exposure they deserve. From Grunge beginning to melodic rock/pop, Maroon 5 have become a global success. The raw sexual imagery in their videos has only helped to get the MTV generation support. Their soulful music and catchy riffs have made them a multi-platinum selling band with a global fan following.

40. Fergie

Fergie Stacey Ferguson, better known by her stage name, Fergie, was born March 27th 1975 in Hacienda Heights, California. She began a career in show business very early on, as the voice for Sally in two Peanuts cartoons in 1984. From 1984 through 1989 she was on the show Kids Incorporated. Even with a taste early on, she managed to maintain straight A’s throughout school, become a spelling bee champ, a girl scout, and a cheerleader.
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