Who Is The Most Famous Singer In The World?

The music sector has become more and more competitive with rapidly changing charts, new musicians appearing every week, and social media helping artists shine or fall. Everything happens so fast with a song and an artist going viral in hours while some others fall from stardom to be forgotten.

But, some famous singers consistently appear around the peak, maintaining the quality of their music, selling a tremendous amount of records, or getting many streams on the platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, SoundCloud, and others. 

So here are the most famous singers of recent years according to the stats available in authoritative platforms like Billboard, Times, and RIAA, as well as stream counts in Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music, and others.

1. Billie Eilish

One of the most successful artists of the 2010s is the young singer Billie Eilish. The 2001-born artist had so many achievements in her short career so far, including seven Grammy Awards, with several Guinness World Records including the most consecutive Record of the Year award wins and the most simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 entries by a female artist.

Her singles like “Everything I Wanted” “Therefore I Am” had billions of streams on many platforms. Billie Eilish topped the Billboard top Artists charts several times, keeping the peak position for more than 11 weeks. According to Billboard Top Artists Year-End charts, she has been in the top 20 positions since 2019.

Billie Eilish has four songs in the 100 most-streamed songs on Spotify, making her the fourth Artist with the most songs on the list. 

2. Dua Lipa

Three times Grammy award winner Dua Lipa is considered one of the most famous female artists today. The pop singer has the Guinness World Record for most tickets sold for a live-streamed concert by a solo female artist, and she was the most listened-to female artist on Spotify in 2021.

According to Billboard magazine, Dua Lipa spent almost 200 weeks in the Top 100 Artist chart with the top position in May 2021. Since 2019, Dua Lipa had six hit singles charting in the Billboard Mainstream Top 40, with four singles peaking the list and occupying the position for more than 19 weeks.

Her single “Levitating” holds the top position in the Hot 100 Songs of 2021. Also, she is the only female artist who has two albums with over 5 billion streams on Spotify.

3. Adele

english singer Adele is one of the most famous singers and songwriters of the last decade. With fifteen Grammy Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe award, she is one of the most successful musicians.

Her breakthrough album 21 held the top position in the U.S. Billboard charts in 2011 for more than 24 weeks while the three singles from the album “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone like You,” and “Set Fire to the Rain” all peaked at Billboard Hot 100 charts. 

Adele marked her name as one of the most famous artists in the world. Her success on Spotify and Youtube is also highly respectable as her latest album broke a record with 60.7 million streams globally on the first day. 

4. Ed Sheeran

Another important singer figure of the 2010s is undoubtedly Ed Sheeran. According to Billboard magazine, he spent more than 392 weeks in the top 100 Artists’ chart, and he is currently in the second position. 

Ed Sheeran’s most successful tune, “Shape Of You,” spent 12 weeks in the top position in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the 10th most successful single of all time. Furthermore, he is the first artist who debuted more than one single in the Billboard top 10 positions with “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” in 2017.

He has four Grammy Awards, and he is the first artist whose song reached 3 billion streams on Spotify. While he is one of the most listened to artists on online platforms, his single “Shape Of You” is the most listened to song on Spotify.

5. The Weeknd

The well-known artist Weeknd is the current holder of the top position in the Billboard Top Artist 100 charts. His single “Blinding Lights” remained for 43 weeks in total in the top position, making it the longest peaking single in history.

The Weeknd holds three Grammy Awards and nineteen Billboard Music Awards, among other awards. At the beginning of 2022, he became the number 1 global artist on Spotify, with over 86 million monthly listeners.

The Weeknd is not only among the best-selling and most-streamed artists in the world. According to Time, he is one of the 100 most influential people of 2020.

6. Taylor Swift

The sonically versatile country-pop star Taylor Swift left her mark on the music scene in the last decade. With 30 singles charting in the Billboard Hot 100 lists, Swift is the 5th artist with the 5th most top 10 singles, sharing the position with Michael Jackson.

As one of the best-selling musicians of all Time, Taylor Swift has sold over 200 million records globally. Along with eleven Grammy Awards, she has 55 Guinness World Records. Furthermore, The Rolling Stones magazine considers her one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Swift spent 50 weeks in the peak position of Billboard Top 100 Artists charts and more than 390 weeks in the different positions. She is also a powerful advocate of artists’ rights and women’s empowerment in the music industry, in addition to being an accomplished musician.

7. Ariana Grande

Today, one of the most famous cultural pop icons is the pop-star Ariana Grande, who is the most streamed female artist on Spotify, Apple Music, and the most subscribed female artist on Youtube. According to Billboard, she is one of the best-selling artists and holder of the Record of the most number-one debuts with 5 songs.

Grande is the holder of two Grammy awards and two Billboard music awards. She has spent around 376 weeks in the Billboard Top 100 Artists chart, while 15 were in the top position.

Grande has broken 27 Guinness World Records, including the highest annual earnings for a female musician, most followers on Instagram as a musician, most monthly listeners on Spotify for a female, and most subscribers for a female musician on YouTube.

With her four-octave vocal range, catchy songs, and her role as a pop icon with over 200 million Instagram followers, Ariana Grande is one of the most famous artists in the world.

8. Justin Bieber

Having sold 150 million records worldwide, Justin Bieber is one of the world’s most famous and best-selling artists. With his debut album “My World 2.0,” he became one of the youngest singers whose songs were charted in the Billboard lists. 

Later in his career, Bieber won two Grammy Awards, 21 Billboard Music Awards, and his single “Baby” became one of the highest certified singles in history. Despite a decline in fame over the past few years, he is still one of the most famous artists and pop icons who spent 365 weeks so far in the Billboard Top 100 Artists chart with 15 weeks on the top position.

Justin Bieber is one of the most streamed artists on Spotify. He has 6 songs in the 100 most-streamed songs lists, making him the most successful artist on the platform. He is one of the most successful and famous pop stars of all time. With the help of social media, he is more than an artist but one of the most influential people on earth.

9. Shawn Mendes

The Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes is one of the youngest pop stars ever. He is one of the five musicians ever to debut a number one in the U.S. Billboard 200 chart before the age of 18. Mendes is one of the most streamed artists today, with four songs in the Spotify Top 100 Streamed Songs list.

The Canadian singer has released four albums so far, all of which topped the Billboard 200 chart and made him the youngest musician ever to achieve that. He was nominated three times for a Grammy but could not win one yet. 

Mendes also spent more than 300 weeks in the Billboard Artist 100 chart while in the top position for 2 weeks. The young pop artist was also selected many times to the Most Influential Teens and one Time to the Most Influential People lists of the Time magazine.

10. Bruno Mars

One of the best-selling singers of all time with more than 130 million records globally is the American pop, funk, and R&B singer Bruno Mars. With eight chart-topping singles in the Billboard Hot 100 lists, Mars became the first musician to receive four diamond-certified tracks, given to the singles selling over ten million copies.

Furthermore, Mars won 11 Grammy Awards and broke 3 Guinness World Records throughout his career. At the same time, he was also selected to the Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people worldwide in 2011 and Forbes’s Celebrity 100 in 2014, 2018, and 2019.

Mars’ single “Uptown Funk” is currently the 5th in the list of Top 10 Songs Of All Time list by Billboard, and his debut single “Just The Way You Are” is in the Top 100, making Mars the second artist with the most singles in the All-Time Top 100 list.

With his great shows, music videos, retro style, and songs in a wide range of musical genres, Bruno Mars is undoubtedly one of the most famous pop icons and singers in the world.


So, these are the most famous singers, according to the data from different sources such as Billboard, Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music, and RIAA. All of these singers consistently received success with their singles and albums while they managed to be pop icons using social media and the fame they have succeeded.

You may or may not like their music, but they are the most famous faces in the world of music today. 



Image Credits

Billie Eilish Image by: Toglenn, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Dua Lipa Image by: Warner Music New Zealand, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Adele Image by: By Condé Nast (through Vogue Taiwan), CC BY 3.0, Link
Ed Sheeran Image by: Harald Krichel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The Weeknd Image by: Nicolas Padovani, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Taylor Swift Image by: Toglenn (Glenn Francis), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Ariana Grande Image by: Cosmopolitan UK, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Justin Bieber Image by: Lou Stejskal, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Shawn Mendes Image by: Condé Nast (through Vogue Taiwan), CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Bruno Mars Image by: slgckgc, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Berk Oztuna

Berk Oztuna

Berk Öztuna is a handpan player, percussionist, and guitarist. He has been playing multiple instruments over the last 10 years. He started his music career as a guitarist, playing with several bands before putting his main focus into playing the handpan.

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