The Top Pop Music Artists of the 2000s

In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at the top pop music artists of the 2000s. This decade saw the rise of some of the most iconic and influential artists in pop music history.


It’s hard to believe that the 2000s are already over. This decade has seen the rise of social media, the fall of major record labels, and the advent of a new generation of music stars. In honor of the end of this decade, we’ve compiled a list of the top pop music artists of the 2000s.

The criteria for this list are simple: each artist must have released at least one album during the 2000s, and they must be currently active (so sorry, no Britney or Justin). We’ve also decided to focus on English-language artists, so you won’t find any Latino superstars like Shakira or Jenni Rivera on this list.

And without further ado, here are the top pop music artists of the 2000s:

1. Beyonce
2. Rihanna
3. Lady Gaga
4. Taylor Swift
5. Adele

Britney Spears

Britney Spears is one of the most successful pop music artists of the 2000s. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has had numerous hit singles, including “Oops!… I Did It Again”, “Toxic”, and “Womanizer”. She is also one of the most successful female touring artists of all time, having grossed over $1 billion from her live shows.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera was one of the most popular pop music artists of the early 2000s. She rose to fame with her debut album, ” Christina Aguilera,” which was released in 1999. The album included the hit singles ” Genie in a Bottle,” ” What a Girl Wants,” and ” Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You).”

Aguilera’s follow-up album, ” Stripped,” was released in 2002 and featured the hits ” Dirrty,” ” Beautiful,” and “Fighter.” In 2006, Aguilera released her third album, ” Back to Basics,” which topped the charts in multiple countries and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Aguilera has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling female artists of all time.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981), sometimes known by his initials JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. During his solo career, Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. His awards include ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards.


Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. His mother put him in local singing competitions before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. Usher released his self-titled debut album in 1994 when he was fifteen years old. The album sold over one million copies and he became the youngest artist ever to have a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single with “Nice & Slow”.

Usher’s follow-up album My Way (1997) was certified six-time platinum in the US. Like its predecessor it produced top ten hits—”You Make Me Wanna…” and “My Way”—and won him numerous awards including the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the former. 8701 (2001) produced four consecutive Billboard number one hits—”U Remind Me”, “U Got It Bad”, “U Don’t Have to Call”, and “U Don’t Have to Call”—as well as “What’s Your Phone Number / Uptown Funk”. Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade. It sold over ten million copies in the US alone, and 20 million copies worldwide, spawning four consecutive Billboard number one singles—”Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II” and “My Boo”.

Looking 4 Myself (2012) became Usher’s sixth US number one album. It featured the hit singles “#1” and “Scream”, both of which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; as well as top five hit single “Climax”. In 2004, Usher received 31 awards out of a possible 44 nominations during that year’s show season; this made him tied with Justin Timberlake for receiving the most awards that year. In addition, he has earned numerous awards throughout his career including eight Grammy Awards and 18 Billboard Music Awards.


Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, composed of rapper and producer André “André 3000” Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and rapper Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, helping to popularize Southern hip hop while experimenting with diverse genres such as funk, psychedelia, pop, rock, and techno.

The group’s third album, Aquemini (1998), reached number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album’s fourth single and title track, “Aquemini”, is regarded as one of Outkast’s signature songs. Their next release, the double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the US alone, earning diamond certification by the RIAA. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year – making Outkast only the second rap group in history to win this prestigious award –and featured the number-one singles “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move”.


As one of the most controversial and best-selling artists of the 2000s, Eminem’s impact on pop music is undeniable. Though he faced many obstacles during his rise to fame, including a difficult upbringing and struggles with addiction, Eminem proved to be a groundbreaking artist who could not be ignored. With hits like “Lose Yourself” and “Stan,” he cemented his place as one of the most famous rappers of all time.


Beyonce Knowles rose to fame in the early 2000s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. The group became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time, and Beyonce went on to enjoy a successful solo career. She is one of the most successful pop artists of all time, with multiple Grammy Awards and hits like “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta; March 28, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and businesswoman. She is known for reinventing herself throughout her career and for her versatility as a performer. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a music career. When Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract in 2007, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. By 2008, Gaga had gained mainstream success with the release of her debut album, the electropop record The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles “Bad Romance”, “Alejandro”, and “Telephone”, was also successful.

Gaga’s second full-length album, Born This Way (2011), explored electronic rock and techno-pop. It peaked atop the US Billboard 200 and included the successful single “Born This Way”. Her third album Artpop (2013) combined elements of pop music with Art Deco imagery and sounds from 1920s–1940s entertainment; it peaked in the US at number one on the Billboard 200. Its singles “Applause” and “Do What U Want” topped the US Mainstream Top 40 chart. In 2015, Gaga released her collaborative jazz album Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett; it topped the US Billboard 200chart. During this time frame she achieved international success with hits such as “The Edge of Glory” from Born This Wayand A Star Is Born’s soundtrack single “Shallow”. Since 2017 when she embarked on her Joanne World Tour until early 2019 when she completed it after more than two years later on February 16th 2019 by headlining Coachella again Gaga has grossed over $800 million dollars in ticket sales from her concert tours alone making one of highest grossing solo touring artist of all time according to Billboard Boxscore once again breaking numerous records never before achieved by any other artist whether male or female placing Gaga once again as one of most iconic influential celebrities in modern pop culture today still continuing to break records left right center solidifyingher place as one of best pop artists not only this generation butof all time


After careful consideration of all of the artists that rose to prominence during the 2000s, we have compiled a list of what we believe to be the top 10 pop music artists of the decade. These are the artists that we believe made the biggest impact on the pop music scene during the 2000s and helped to shape the sound of pop music for years to come.

In no particular order, our top 10 pop music artists of the 2000s are:

1. Britney Spears
2. Justin Timberlake
3. Christina Aguilera
4. Beyonce
5. Rihanna
6. Usher
7. Alicia Keys
8. Pink
9. Lady Gaga
10. Katy Perry

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