After years of singing for multiple punk bands, Bjork developed a solo voice that stood out in a sea of identical ’90s pop stars. Before her first hit single dropped in 1995, Bjork had already written lyrics for Madonna, co-recorded two albums with Nellee Hooper and helped produce David Arnold’s hit ‘Play Dead’.
Most pop stars of the 2000s, including Katy Perry, P!nk and Sia, project her music. Also, one look at Bjork’s 2011 album cover will tell you what inspired Lady Gaga’s “loud” wardrobe.
2. Dr. Dre
No one played a bigger role in the rise of gangster rap then Dr. Dre. In addition to pioneering the G-funk style of hip hop, he helped produce countless game-changing records. That influence may be fading now, but the first decade of the 21st century was defined by artists who he “made.” Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent are just some of the rap legends who attribute their success to working with Dre.
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.