Famous American Pop Singers

When you think of pop singers, the first thought that comes to your mind is flashy artistes with wind-swept tresses or slickly moussed Mohawks, multicolored wigs and sleeve tattoos, gyrating in barely there dress carrying some eye-popping props in some outlandish music video. But we don’t really blame you for deeming so! Ever since the advent of pop culture, pop stars have been deemed as desirable pinups masquerading as singers. But thanks to the Gagas, the Biebers, the Minajs and the Perrys who showed the world that the flashy business of pop was not just faff – it meant some seriously good music too! The number of Billboard hits these pop stars have scored is a testimony to that. There is no denying that the musical empire of America has always been over-saturated with pop singers. We bring you biographies, trivia and interesting facts on America’s most famous pop singers who gave pop its own unique place in the world of global music.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
135
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

A talented youngster, Ariana Grande first stepped into the world of entertainment through Broadway musical 13 and later shot to fame with television series Victorious and its spinoff, Sam & Cat. Her television series also kick started her musical career which flourished with the release of her five commercially successful and critically applauded albums and collaborations with various other artists.

 2 Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
114
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

 3 Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
94
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, and actress, Selena Gomez, was destined for a career in the entertainment industry! The daughter of an actress, she was exposed to acting as a child and began her career early on. She gained much fame as a singer and actress in her teenage and was named the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017.

 4 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
69
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.

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 5 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
48
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 6 Katy Perry

Katy Perry
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

A name that has found a place in the Forbes list of highest-earning women in music continuously for 9 years in a row, Katy Perry is a one of America’s most beloved pop singers. An inspiration to upcoming singers, Perry has established herself in the music industry through her edgy tunes and empowering tracks.

 7 Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Demi Lovato rose to fame with the television film Camp Rock, but became highly successful as singer when she released her pop rock debut album, Don't Forget in 2008, which was followed by many more albums seeing millions in sale. Her health issues like bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa and drug and alcohol addictions have received significant media attention.

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 8 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
53
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

American singer, Bruno Mars, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has a wide range of musical style like R&B, pop, funk, reggae, hip hop and rock. He is also known for his stage performances. Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic and That's What I Like are some of his hit songs.

 9 Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Cuban-American singer and songwriter, Camila Cabello, first gained fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She is also a solo artist and released her debut solo album in 2018. She is the recipient of Billboard Women in Music award for Breakthrough Artist. She is also an upcoming actress who has appeared in a few TV shows.

 10 Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The co-founder of the popular band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani is a famous singer, songwriter, and record producer. One of the most decorated singer-songwriters, Stefani was ranked 13th in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, she is also one of the most successful female artists.

 11 Pink

Pink
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Pink is an American singer-songwriter known for her acrobatic stage presence and raspy voice. Having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, Pink is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. A recipient of several prestigious awards, Pink was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Her work has inspired many other artists like Taylor Swift.

 12 Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Regarded as the personification of the perfect pop star, Kelly Clarkson is a product of American Idol. After winning the competition, she went on to become a popular star and was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. She has also inspired other popular musicians, such as Kelsea Ballerini and Demi Lovato. Kelly is also a well-known philanthropist.

 13 Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Charlie Puth initially gained fame through his covers and originals on his YouTube channel, CharliesVlogs. He briefly worked under Ellen DeGeneres's label. He is known for the multiple-Grammy-nominated track See You Again by rapper Wiz Khalifa, which featured him, and his chartbusters One Call Away and We Don't Talk Anymore.

 14 Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

American singer, songwriter and actor Joe Jonas shot to fame as the lead vocalist of the famous pop-rock band, Jonas Brothers. Later, he released a solo album, Fastlife and also formed another band, DNCE before once again joining his brothers for a single, Sucker. He has also appeared in various films and television shows.

 15 Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Meghan Trainor is an American talent show judge and singer-songwriter. Trainor is credited with promoting body positivity through her music; her songs often have lyrical themes based on personal empowerment and body image. Also a well-known philanthropist, Meghan Trainor works closely with organizations, such as The American Cancer Society. She also takes an active part in several charity events.

 16 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

 17 Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A Radio Disney Music Award winner, Sabrina Carpenter is a popular actress and singer. After finishing third in a singing contest called The Next Miley Cyrus Project, Sabrina landed acting roles before launching her music career. Although described as a teen pop singer, she has explored various other genres, such as country, folk pop, and acoustic.

 18 Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Actress and singer Zendaya is best known for her role in the Disney Channel sitcom, Shake It Up. She began her career as a model and is trained in different forms of dance. As a singer, she has released one studio album and several singles. She identifies as a feminist and has shown support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

 19 Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens’s breakout roles were Disney Channel’s film High School Musical and Netflix’s The Princess Switch, both in 2006. She subsequently went on to act in a range of films cutting across various genres. She courted controversy in 2007 when her nude photos from her phone were leaked on the internet, for which she apologised to her fans.

 20 Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Bebe Rexha is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, Rexha has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Eminem, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez. Her debut album Expectations did well in the US. Having described her sexual orientation as fluid, Rexha serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community; she is also a supporter of the community.  

 21 Kevin Jonas

Kevin Jonas
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Musician, singer, and songwriter Kevin Jonas rose to fame as a member of the pop-rock band, the Jonas Brothers, with his younger brothers, Joe and Nick. Also an actor, he has appeared in many Disney Channel productions. He is involved in business ventures as well and is the founder of a construction company, JonasWerner.

 22 Adam Levine

Adam Levine
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Three-time Grammy-winning Maroon 5 singer and guitarist Adam Levine had started his career with the band Kara's Flowers, which went defunct later. He has also judged the reality show The Voice. Adam owns a production company and a music label. He also has his own fragrance line and clothing collection.

 23 Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Tori Kelly was initially spotted on Star Search and won America's Most Talented Kid. She failed to make it to the "Top 24" of American Idol but later released Billboard Hot 100-charting singles such as Nobody Love. The two-time Grammy-winner has also voiced Meena in Sing and its sequel.

 24 Khalid (Singer)

Khalid (Singer)
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Khalid is an American singer-songwriter whose work in Logic’s hit single 1-800-273-8255 earned him a nomination at the Grammy Awards. He has also received prestigious awards, such as Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Award, and American Music Awards. In 2019, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 25 Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 10, 2016

Christina Grimmie was an American singer-songwriter, actress, and YouTuber. She was fatally shot in 2016 when she was signing autographs after performing at The Plaza Live in Florida. Following her murder, celebrities demanded better security measures at concert venues and Billboard published an open letter demanding background checks for gun purchases. Several venues observed safety precautions like adding metal detectors.  

 26 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A member of the prominent Jackson family, Janet Jackson is a singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. Popularly known for her innovative and socially conscious songs, she was considered a sex icon in her youth. Beginning her career as a teenager, she went on to become one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

 27 Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 14, 1977

Bing Crosby was an American singer, actor, and comedian. Widely regarded as the first multimedia star, Bing was a leader in motion picture grosses, radio ratings, and record sales from 1930 to 1954. His intimate singing style influenced several popular singers, such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, John Lennon, and Elvis Presley among others.

 28 Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

American singer-songwriter and actor, Adam Lambert, serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community; he became the first openly gay musician to top the U.S. Billboard 200 charts with the release of his second studio album Trespassing. Also a well-known philanthropist, Adam Lambert helps raise money for various charitable causes.

 29 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 30 Lea Michele

Lea Michele
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Lea Michele is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway and is best known for the role of Rachel Berry on the comedy-drama series Glee. She won many awards and was critically acclaimed for it. However, Lea has also been accused of being rude to her co-actors on the sets of Glee.

 31 Madonna

Madonna
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Often called the Queen of Pop, Madonna is considered one of the most popular and influential personalities in popular culture. Having sold more than 300 million records, she is the best-selling female musician of all time. Often featured in lists like the Greatest Artists of All Time, Madonna serves as an inspiration to many musicians, singers, and songwriters.

 32 Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 1983

One half of the popular musical duo The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter was an American drummer and singer. Her death at age 32 and life-long struggles with eating disorders led to increased awareness of conditions like anorexia and body dysmorphia, which were little-known at the time. In 2010, Carpenter was named on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers of all time list.

 33 Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

 34 Sofia Daccarett Char

Sofia Daccarett Char
1
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Sofia Daccarett Char is an American singer and actress known for playing important roles in TV films and series like Adventures in Babysitting and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Apart from being an actress, Sofia also serves as Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation's global ambassador, promoting the foundation's educational programs and mission. She is also the global ambassador of Revlon.

 35 Carole King

Carole King
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Carole King is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, King has contributed immensely to the success of other singers and is widely regarded as one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century. In 2013, she became the first woman to be honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

 36 Josh Groban

Josh Groban
1
Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Josh Groban is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Groban had a major impact on the music industry right after making his debut. He has sold over 20 million albums inside a decade, with his first four solo albums receiving multi-platinum certifications. Also a well-known philanthropist, Groban has performed for several charity events.

 37 Brendon Urie

Brendon Urie
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, and musician Brendon Urie is best known as the lead vocalist of the pop-rock band Panic! at the Disco. He started taking guitar classes while in high school and also joined a band. He has enjoyed considerable success with Panic! and also takes up projects as a solo artist. He launched the Highest Hopes Foundation in 2018.

 38 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

 39 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 41 Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony
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Birthdate: September 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Marc Anthony is a singer-songwriter, television producer, and actor. He is the top-selling salsa artist in history, for which he entered the Guinness Book of Records. Also a well-known philanthropist, Marc Anthony helped launch the Maestro Cares Foundation, which helps orphans and teenagers around the world.

 42 Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Frankie Valli is an American singer who became famous as the lead singer of the band The Four Seasons, thanks to his powerful falsetto voice. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Frankie Valli was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2012.

 43 Patty Duke

Patty Duke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 29, 2016

 44 JoJo

JoJo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

JoJo is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. A child prodigy, JoJo released her self-titled debut studio album at the age of 13. Subsequently, the album peaked at number four on Billboard 200 and has sold more than four million copies to date. She has also been headlining several tours, apart from releasing albums.

 45 Billy Joel

Billy Joel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Popularly known as the Piano Man, Billy Joel is a singer-songwriter and musician. Having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, Billy is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He is also America's third best-selling solo artist and the sixth best-selling recording artist. He is also known for his multiple relationships with popular women.

 46 Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 47 Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
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Famous As: Vocalist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1965
Jazz pianist/singer Nat King Cole, father of singer Natalie Cole, is best remembered for tracks such as Too Young and Mona Lisa. His last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded while he battled lung cancer. With The Nat King Cole Show, he became the first African-American to host his own show.

 48 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 49 Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy nominee singer-songwriter Julia Michaels has written many chartbusting songs, including the Billboard Hot 100-topping tracks Sorry by Justin Bieber and Lose You to Love Me by Selena Gomez. Julia’s debut single, Issues, was a hit, too. She has also won multiple BMI Pop Awards.

 50 Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: August 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Tony Bennett is an American painter and singer. He is credited with founding the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, popular performing arts high school. A famous and critically praised concert performer and recording artist, Tony Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.