Madonna has long been considered the Queen of Pop. She has been DE-THRONED!
Robyn is huge overseas, not so much in the United States. #16 is fitting for the Swede.
Adele is a relative newcomer to the scene so making the list is an impressive feat. Time will tell if the English singer/songwriter can surge beyond #14.
13. Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson, who became famous after winning season 1 on American Idol, is the 2nd Idol to make the list. Unfortunately for her, this list would indicate that it is Underwood, not Clarkson, who is the most popular Idol of all time.
12. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj finds herself at a disadvantage on this list when considering she does not generate much airplay on Pop stations, mostly Hip-Hop/Rap stations.
11. Carrie Underwood
This country starlet finds herself in the middle of the pack in most of the statistical categories that Rolling Stone generated. #11 is fitting for Carrie Underwood.
Shakira is a global performer, which is why she ranks in at #3 for YouTube hits. Unfortunately, the remaining categories skewed the results in favor of other artists. Shakira comes in at #10.
Since 2009, Ke$ha has won not 1 single award for her musical accomplishments! Not to be outdone, Christina Aguilera has not either. All things considered, Ke$ha ranks in at #9.
8. Miley Cyrus
If the list took into consideration influence on Tweenagers, Miley would certainly be vying for the top spot. It didn't, so she ranks in at #8.
From 2009-Present, Pink has had 3 radio Top 10s ("So What," "Raise Your Glass," and "Perfect") that lasted well over 20 weeks. Cool Factoid: Pink beat out Lady Gaga by $1.4 million when it comes to touring gross ($150 million to $148.6). She comes in at #7.
6. Katy Perry
Katy Perry has accumulated 4 #1 Billboard tracks off her Teenage Dream album, with "California Gurls" being the highest selling digital track in 2010. She ranks in at #6 when adding up all the data.
Beyonce made history by becoming the first female artist to headline Glastonbury in 2011. However, the long period of time between I am...Sasha Fierce and her recent 4th album brought her down a few notches.
4. Britney Spears
If this ranking took into account the entire 2000s decade, Britney Spears would undoubtedly take the top spot. Since the stats for the list are only 2009 - present, Spears has to settle for #4.
For this ranking, digital track sales hurt Rihanna considering some of her most famous songs she was only featured on the chorus, or hook. Still, #3 is well deserved for the Barbadian beauty.
2. Taylor Swift
Swift dominated the album sales during the selected time period by nearly 3 million records, but only managed a #2 spot on the Rolling Stone list.