We aren’t listening to music anymore like our parents used to on the radio, or even buying CDs from the music store, as streaming services are widely available on multiple platforms which makes it easier more than ever to hear the latest hits. Getting an earful of the latest music acts to make waves in the music world is as simple as downloading an app on your phone or computer. Some of these musicians have been doing it for a long time, others are brand new to the music scene, but whatever the case may be, these music acts are all making noise, winning awards and topping the charts and are who the 30 and under crowd are listening to these days.
So, can you name them all? How well do you know your music acts, the bands, singers, songwriters, rappers, country singers and all in between that make up today’s popular, billboarding topping sounds? It’s a wide range of talent and what is popular today may not be popular tomorrow, as music interest change quickly. But most of these artists have withstood the test and should be around for a while. So, see if you can name them all, or recognize the hits that made them a star or won them a Grammy Award.
1Who is this artist?
This Canadian small-town singer was discovered through his YouTube videos covering songs in 2008. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and released his first full-length studio album in 2010. It debuted at or near number one in several countries and contained his single "Baby". He has been listed four times by Forbes magazine among the top ten most powerful celebrities in the world, in 2011 to 2013.
2Who are these artists?
After this all-girl group exited from The X Factor, they released their debut single "Miss Movin' On", preceding by their extended play, Better Together, which as certified gold in the United States. The following year, "Work from Home", the lead single from their second album, 7/27, became the group's first top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first top-five by a girl group in a decade on that chart. They released their third album, self-titled, in 2017.
3Who is this artist?
This artist initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in 2009. He has his own clothing line and has also developed a whiskey, and is the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors.
4Who is this artist?
This solo artist was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups in history. Her first solo album earned her five Grammy awards and featured two popular hits on the billboard top 100 charts ¨Crazy in Love¨ and ‘Baby boy’.
5Who is this artist?
This American singer and songwriter is one of the most contemporary artist of our time. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania then eventually moved to Nashville where she rose to fame with her hit song `Our Song`. Her self titled album peaked on the top 200 billboard charts and won four Grammys in which she became the youngest artist to win Album of the year. In 2015 Forbes named her one of top earning artist in their 100 list.
6Who is this artist?
Born and raised in Hawaii, this artist comes from a musical influenced family. He was dropped by Motown in 2009 and then resigned to capitol records. His most recent hit ‘Finesse¨ has earned him more than 130 million records sold worldwide. He is also known for his stage performances and retro showmanship. He is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and also serve as backup singers and dancers.
7Who is this artist?
After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, Plus +, was released in September 2011. It topped the UK charts and reached number five in the US. His second studio album, multiply, was released in June 2014. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, multiply won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and his single from multiple, "Thinking Out Loud", earned him two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
8Who is this artist?
He is an Ethiopian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer who has had two number-one albums Beauty Behind the Madness in 2015 and Starboy in 2016. He has also had a top-two release in 2013 which earned him a spot on the 200 billboard charts. He became the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three top positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with "Can't Feel My Face", "Earned It", and "The Hills". He has won three Grammy Awards and nine Juno Awards.
9Who is this artist?
She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13. In 2013, she released her first studio album Yours Truly. The single "The Way", opened in the top 10 on the billboard charts. In 2016, she released her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, which charted at number two on the Billboard charts making her the first person in the history of that chart to have the lead singles from each of their first three albums chart. In that year, Time magazine named her one of the most 100 influential people in the world.
10Who is this artist?
Rose to fame in 2000, this artist was best known for her coloured hair and her acrobatic concerts. After gaining recognition with the Moulin Rouge soundtrack in which she won her first Grammy for best soundtrack, she later on pursued going towards a pop rock theme with her album, Misunderstood. She has sold over 40 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, and a Brit Award,
11Who is this artist?
After appearing on the popular children's television show Barney and friends, she pursued her acting career on the Disney television hit show, Wizards of Waverly. Once the TV show ended in 2012, she decided to pursue her musical career with her band the Scene. After touring and producing multiple hits such as Kiss and Tell, and, When the sun goes down, she decided that it was time take her musical career solo. She also is known for having a relationship with Justin Bieber.
12Who is this artist?
He has released a total of nine studio albums and charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of which went to number one, counting a duet with Brad Paisley with the 2008 single "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he previously recorded on the album, Golden Road. His third single earned him a Grammy Award for "Sweet Thing" from his album, Defying Gravity. He has also been married to actress Nicole Kidman for over 12 years.
13Who is this artist?
This star is best known for her breakout role in Hannah Montana. She has earned five number-one and eleven top-ten albums on the US Billboard 200. One of those hits includes: ¨The Climb” and “Wreaking ball”. Her image has been the subject of significant media commentary and public controversy, including the transition from her wholesome image to a highly-sexual persona in the early 2010s. She has earned numerous awards and nominations and was recognized as the "Artist of the Year" by MTV in 2013.
14Who is this artist?
This artist initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to YouTube in 2015, which he co-wrote, co-produced, and performed with Wiz Khalifa for the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to Paul Walker. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks. After the success of "See You Again", he subsequently gained worldwide recognition for multiple subsequent releases, including his debut single "Marvin Gaye", which featured vocals from Meghan Trainor.
15Who is this artist?
Late the 1990s, he rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. He debuted his first solo album, Justified, in 2002, which yielded the successful singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", and earned him his first two Grammy Awards. He has sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles globally, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.
16Who is this artist?
This country artist lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He has charted 33 singles, including 24 number ones. His number one hit, "Doin' What She Likes", broke records on the Country Airplay chart's 24-year history. He is an eight-time Grammy Award nominee. He is also known for being one the star judges on The Voice and he was married to Miranda Lambert for 4 years.
17Who is this artist?
Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, this country legend is known for her cross-pop country music. Her first break out song ¨Any man of mine¨ earned her first Grammy. She is also known to write and produce her own music and has sold more than 100 million records. In 2004, she retired from performing and began an indefinite hiatus from music. Later in 2017 her revealing of her diagnoses with Lyme disease and dysphonia led to a severely weakened singing voice.
18Who is this artist?
He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old. He is the founder of Coke Boys Records. In 2012, he signed a joint-venture recording deal with Bad Boy Records. In July 2017, he released his second studio album, Jungle Rules, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. The album was supported by the single "Unforgettable", which became his first song as a lead artist to reach the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
19Who is this artist?
She is a New Zealand singer and songwriter who holds both New Zealand and Croatian citizenship. Her hit song, ¨Royals¨, was first released in 2013 and it became a crossover hit. Her music consists of subgenres such as dream pop and indietronica. She has earned two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards and ten New Zealand Music Awards. In 2013, she was named among Time's most influential teenagers in the world, and in the following year, she was part of Forbes's "30 Under 30" list.
20Who is this artist?
He was first discovered on the video sharing app VIne in 2013. In July 2014, he released his debut studio album, Handwritten, whose single "Stitches" reached the top 10 in the United States and Canada, and number one in the Uk. His collaboration with Camila Cabello, who was part of the group Fifth Harmony, released their collaborative single "I Know What You Did Last Summer". He was listed among Time's 25 Most Influential Teens for three consecutive years in a row.
21Who is this artist?
He was first discovered on the popular hit tv show the X factor. He was later on added to one of the most popular boy bands, One Direction. After splitting from the group in 2015, he was signed as a solo artist which, later on, he debuted his first studio album ‘Mind of mine’. His single, "Pillowtalk", debut at number one in both the UK and US. He is the recipient of several accolades, including an American Music Award and MTV Video Music Award.
22Who is this artist?
She received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film, Camp Rock in 2005. Since signing with Hollywood Records, she has earned one, number-one album, titled “Here We Go Again”, and five top-five albums which all ended up on the top 200 Billboard charts. She was featured as a judge and mentor on the American version of The X Factor in 2012 and 2013 and appeared as a recurring character on Glee. She has a history of struggling with bipolar disorder.
23Who is this artist?
She rose to fame in 2002 after winning of the television series American Idol. Her debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the charts and became the best-selling single of 2002. It was followed by the release of her debut studio album, Thankful, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. She decided to part ways with Idol management and developed a pop-rock sound for her second album, Breakaway. It sold over 12 million copies worldwide and earned two Grammy Awards.
24Who is this artist?
He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. He holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14. In 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard. He was also ranked the 88th-greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone. He married singer Beyoncé in 2008.
25Who is this artist?
Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats", it became the best selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history and the best-selling country album of the last 14 years. She won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. She is also married to Nashville Predator Mike Fisher.
26Who is this artist?
After performing "Flashlight" in Pitch Perfect 2, She released a cover version of the song and then signed with Republic Records. She released her debut single, "Love Myself", which has been certified platinum in several countries. She has since released a series of standalone singles, including "Starving", which was a collaboration with both Grey and Zedd, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and "Let Me Go", a collaboration with Alesso, which reached number 14 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart in the United States.
27Who are these artists?
Formed in 2005, they gained popularity from their appearances on the Disney Channel television network. They consist of three brothers: Kevin, Joe and Nick. They had sold over eight million albums worldwide. The band released four consecutive albums: It's About Time , a self-titled album, A Little Bit Longer , and Lines, Vines and Trying Times .The group was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best new Artist and won the award for Breakthrough Artist at the American Music Awards.
28Who is this artist?
She released her debut album, Songs in A Minor in 2001 with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. It produced her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'", and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Her album earned her five Grammy Awards in 2002. Time have named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. She is the co-founder and Global Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Keep a Child Alive.
29Who is this artist?
In 2014, she released her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, which debuted at No 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 and generated the top-ten breakthrough single "Chandelier". She released her seventh studio album, This Is Acting, which spawned her first Hot 100 number one single, "Cheap Thrills". The same year, she gave her Nostalgic for the Present Tour, which incorporated performance art elements. She has received an array of accolades, including ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
30Who is this artist?
His 2011 album, Planet Pit, featured the single "Give Me Everything", which was his first US number-one single. His 2013 track "Timber" from his Meltdown EP topped the charts in twenty nations, including the US and UK. He performed the song "We Are One (Ole Ola)" along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, which served as the official theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. His fourth stuido album, Rebelution peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.
31Who is this artist?
She rose to fame in 2008 with the release of her second album, a pop rock record titled ‘One of the Boys’, and its singles "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold". The former track also sparked controversy for its Sapphic themes. Her third album, Teenage Dream, ventured into disco, and was her first album to top the U.S. Billboard 200. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with the singles "California Gurls", "Teenage Dream", "Firework", "E.T.", and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" while "The One That Got Away" reached number 3 on the chart.
32Who are these artists?
This six-person alternative rock band revolutionized the rap-rock genre of music with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, and followed it up with Meteora in 2003. They then went in a different direction musically with their next three albums, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns and Living Things, before going back to their hard rock roots with The Hunting Party. They produced One Moe Light and released it in 2017. Two months later, lead singer Chester Bennington committed suicide.
33Who are these artists?
This band is known for their heavily popular song, Radioactive, which was released on their second studio album, Night Visions in 2012. Radioactive holds the record for most weeks on the Hot 100 and was named the biggest rock hit of the year. Their latest album, Evolve, produced singles “Believer” and “Thunder”. They have won three American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, one Grammy Award, and one World Music Award. Their band name is an anagram for a phrase only known to members of the group.
34Who is this artist?
This rapper has received a number of accolades over the course of his career, including twelve Grammy Awards and was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. He independently released his first album, Section.80, in 2011, which included his debut single, "HiiiPoWeR". He amassed a large following by then, and collaborated with many major artists including The Game and Snoop Dogg. Since then he has released three more studio albums, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, in 2012, To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, and, Damn, in 2017.
35Who is this artist?
This Canadian singer was featured on the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007, where she placed third. Her breakthrough, however, wouldn’t come until 2012 with the release of her hit song, “Call me maybe”, which become the best-selling single of the year, reaching number one in eighteen different countries. She has released three studio albums, Tug of War in 2008, Kiss, in 2012, and Emotion, in 2015, and has turned her talents to the stage, as she played Frenchy in the live broadcast of Grease.