History of music has seen several singers with incredible talent and energy. Not all of them achieved the fame these 10 people could achieve. There is a definite reason these people are famous than the rest. They have influenced and inspired the music world to a great extent. Singers like Eminem, Michael Jackson and Madonna have been legends in this arena. These famous singers have achieved great success in their music journey earning them a huge fan base. Who are those ten popular singers in the world?
Here is the list of ten most famous singers who have influenced music greatly:
10. Britney Spears, Pop Singer
Britney Spears is not just a famous singer but a hard worker and an amazing entertainer. The reason for her being famous is not just because of her talents but also because she is a great mainstream trendsetter. The provocative and influential icon began her career in 1992 as a cast in The Mickey Mouse Club along with other stars. She rose to fame in 1999 by releasing her two albums back to back – …Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). The two albums gave her global successes and made her the best-selling teenage artist of all time. Several of her singles reached the number one spot in the United States. She won several awards and a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. The dancer and singer once battled drug addiction.
9. Ed Sheeran, Pop Singer
Prior to 2014, not many knew Ed Sheeran. In 2017, he made a career breakthrough with his album Divide (2017). The best singles of Ed Sheeran is “Shape of You” from the same album. The album was the best-selling and the fastest-selling album of 2017. It won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Apart from his melting voice, he is able to connect with people by story-telling and creating nostalgia in the minds of his fans. He is extremely versatile. This is evident in his songs. We shouldn’t forget that he is a great songwriter and has written songs for many famous singers around the world. He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. His singles have sold over 100 million copies worldwide.
8. Katy Perry, Pop/Rock Singer
Katy Perry is famous for many things. Here are some of her achievements. She learned from her failures during her teenage gospel music career. Her first album was unsuccessful. She made a breakthrough in her career and rose to fame in 2008 by releasing her second album One of the Boys. It was a pop rock with three singles. Her third album was even more successful. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This album made history after the album was the first to produce five number-one songs in the U.S. by a female artist. It was second only to Michael Jackson’s album Bad. She holds four Guinness World Records and several other awards. From 2011–2018, Katy Perry was the highest earning female musician in the world. Her songs are relatable and she has an extremely remarkable marketing skill.
7. Beyoncé, R&B/Pop Singer
As a child, Beyoncé Knowles performed at various singing and dancing competitions which modeled her career. She rose to fame in the 1990s when she was the lead singer for R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Beyoncé won a tremendous amount of Grammy Awards (22 awards) in her career. She is also the most nominated woman in the history of Grammy Awards. The singer is popular because of her huge stage presence. She can easily impress and draw the attention of her audience and keep them amused with her dancing moves and expressions. Apart from her stage presence she has done charity and has worked really hard. In the 2015 and 2017 lists by Forbes, she ranked number one on the list of the most powerful female in entertainment. Several magazines had ranked her as the most influential person in the world.
6. Taylor Swift, Pop Singer
Taylor Swift has been one of the leading contemporary recording artists in the world. She is known for narrative singing about her personal life. Due to her friendly, catchy and genuine songs, Taylor Swift has latched on to her audience firmly. The listeners are able to relate to her real-life songs to their personal lives. Even her music is evergreen and lovely to listen after two or three years.
She pursued her career at the age of 14 as a country singer. Soon she was approached by big names in the music industry like the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. She became the youngest artist to sign with Sony/ATV Music publishing house. In 2006, she released her first self-titled album Taylor Swift which peaked number five on the Billboard 200. Then onwards, several of her later albums were a hit and her career in the music world began to build firmly. She became influential, powerful and rich.
5. Madonna, Pop Singer
Madonna has been an influential character in the world of music. She is known to have inspired several other singers and artists around the world. Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears were inspired and influenced by Madonna’s style. Everyone in the world has at least heard about her. “Queen of Pop” is the famous name given to her. She is a songwriter, businesswoman, and an actress who is famous for pushing her boundaries of songwriting. Madonna has been influencing the music industry since the 1980s. She was in the top of VH1’s countdown of 100 Greatest Women in Music. Guinness World Records attributes her as the best-selling female recording artist of all time. Madonna is a jewel to the world of music and arts. She is also one of the most popular women in history.
4. Justin Bieber, R&B/Pop Singer
Justin Bieber at the age of 12 sang the Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a local singing competition and won the second place. His mother posted his performance on YouTube for their family and friends to see. Bieber sang for various covers of R&B songs and she continued to post the videos on YouTube. His popularity grew over time. Seven of his debut songs were on the Billboard Hot 100 making him the first artist to achieve this feat. His popularity can be seen on Twitter with over 100 million followers. He is the second person after Katty Perry to reach this record. On Vevo, he became the first artist to surpass 10 billion total video views.
Apart from all his achievements, he was still a handsome teenager back then with amazing looks. His talent, looks, and luck made him an amazing artist and extremely popular.
3. Lady Gaga, Electronic/Pop Singer
Many people do not know her original name – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta but famously known by her nickname as Lady Gaga. She has become famous for her provocative, unconventional and visually rich singing experiments. Lady Gaga has been an active singer since her teenage years at the open mic and in school. At the beginning of her music career, she lost a contract with Def Jam Recordings and pursued as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In 2007 at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records. The next year in 2008, she rose to fame with her debut album, The Fame. In the 2010s, she became the only woman in US history to have five US number one albums to her name.
2. Michael Jackson, Pop Singer
There will hardly be anyone who does not know Michael Jackson. He is one of the most popular figures in music. He is famously called as the “King of Pop”. Michael Jackson was one of the most popular entertainers in the world. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time. For four decades, he ruled the music world with his outstanding contributions to music, dance, arts, entertainment, and fashion. He is also famous for owning an exotic animal – a chimpanzee.
He was the eighth child of the Jackson family. In 1964, he made the professional debut with his elder brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. His solo career in music began in 1971 at Motown Records. By the 1980s, he was a dominant and popular figure in music.
1. Eminem, Hip Hop Singer
Eminem is the most famous singer in the world. Many do not know his original name which is Marshall Bruce Mathers III. The American rapper, hip-hop singer and songwriter is often called as “King of Hip Hop”. The most important thing about Eminem is his music is evergreen and everlasting. Not all the rappers are able to achieve that. His name is cool and insane. The flow of the rap is amazing and great to listen. At the age of 14, he began rapping with his school friend Mike Ruby and went on to become one of the greatest-selling musicians of all time.
Why is Eminem so famous? His lyrics are clever and mystical. He raps as no one can ever do that. Eminem is able to change rhythms frequently and is super-fast. He never went behind the glamour and the burst of energy in his songs are incredible. There are many reasons he is called the “King of Hip-Hop” by Rolling Stone. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with over 200 million record sales.