TIME Says This is a List of the Biggest Pop Stars of All Time

Who is the “ultimate pop star?” That all depends on your criteria, of course.  And if you’re TIME, your criteria dictates that Mariah Carey is more “ultimate” than anyone else.  More than Madonna, Michael Jackson and, yes, The Beatles.

To engage in a bit of clickbait that will generate all kinds of angry comments, here’s the Top 20:

  1. Mariah Carey
  2. Rihanna
  3. Usher
  4. Beatles
  5. Madonna
  6. Janet Jackson
  7. Whitney Houston
  8. Michael Jackson
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Boys II Men
  11. Elton John
  12. Stevie Wonder
  13. Diddy
  14. Ludacris
  15. Beyonce
  16. Kanye West
  17. Bruno Mars
  18. 50 Cent
  19. Alicia Keys
  20. Supremes

So how did TIME come to these conclusions?  By using this points system. Click on the image to get a better look.

Time Ultimate Pop Star 2014

 

(Via Vintage Vinyl News)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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