Before Beyonce dropped her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), urban pop was just another marginal sub-genre. Like all pop superstars, her success is mostly a result of brilliant marketing efforts and great PR management. But, if you strip away all the celebrity endorsements, the beauty and glamour, what’s left is a whole lot of well-refined (yet raw) talent.
She signed Rihanna to target younger audiences but has remained a favorite for fans of all ages, including her peers and competitors. Adele told MTV she had a “full-blown panic attack” when she met Beyonce. And here’s what Britney Spears had to say:
“What she [Beyonce] did with her album was pure genius”
Props for including Danger Mouse, but Bjork? And how is Jay Z below her…
Remember, the ranking is based on influence in the 21st century.
The truth is – pop music is released constantly, yet the trends rarely change. Going from Britney to Gaga is a huge step and it wouldn’t be possible (or acceptable) if not for Bjork.
Sadly, Jay Z doesn’t have as many followers.
I’m Sorry But Coldplay Should’ve Been On This List
Kanye West should be far, far higher. His influence on hiphop (the most popular genre in the US) in indisputable. He’s also a massive pop culture icon and hugely influential in other industries (fashion.) Eminem really isn’t that influential at all when it comes to developing the genre of hiphop
Kanye West is an insane moron.
No he’s not, he’s a genius, but at the end of the day he’s human like everyone else and he has his bad moments, the difference is his bad moments are on the spotlight 24/7, i mean people are still talking about stuff he said years ago. Most people that call him crazy have barely heard his music which is obviously the reason why they don’t understand his genius.