Music is a major part of European cultural diversity, and although Europe is popular for being the hub of house music, the availability of streaming services has made access to other types of music much easier. 

Pop, dance and R&B are currently the most popular genres of music in Europe. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the artists and bands that top the charts consistently belong to these genres. Genres like pop and dance music are so popular that you’ll even find them used as musical scores in video games and even in the games found in iGaming platforms such as the online casino. Moreover, the gaming industry has been paying homage to legendary bands and musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Guns N’ Roses by creating games modeled after their stellar singing careers.

It’s also important to understand that the popularity of musical artists grows or diminishes week after week, depending on the music they have recently released and other social activities. Thus, a couple of months from now, the list could look completely different as the music scene continues to evolve. Right now, at the beginning of 2021, here are the top 10 bands and singers that have continued to top European Music Charts:

Ed Sheeran

Britain’s very own Ed Sheeran is a pop singer and songwriter who attributes his rise to fame to YouTube. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the most formidable forces of music in the past decade. He was even praised by legend Elton John for his prowess in making memorable music that wins the hearts of listeners globally. His albums have been topping Billboard charts and enabled him to win multiple awards that include four Grammy and five Brit Awards.

Zayn Malik

Zayn, a former member of the teen sensation boy band One Direction, started his career at The X Factor music competition where the band was formed. He has since chosen a solo career, thrived and even became the first British male artist to debut at number one in the US and UK.

Harry Styles

Also a former member of One Direction, Harry Styles’ debut album debuted as number one in the US and the UK charts like that of his former band member Zayn. He has earned several awards, including a Billboard Music Award and a Brit Award. From his recently released album titled ‘Fine Lines’, we can only expect more from Harry.

Dua Lipa

One of the most influential personalities on Earth, Dua Lipa has enjoyed much success across Europe, with her singles and albums peaking at to ten in many Western European countries. Her singles have also entered the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, UK Singles Chart and Hot 100 year-ender Chart. She has won tons of awards, including two Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, an honorary Billboard PowerHouse Award and one American Music Award.

Taylor Swift

Europe is not only centered on music produced by its own artists: Taylor Swift, one of the greatest talents that have graced our planet, has charmed her way through her country-pop genre, to top European charts. With 10 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, 27 Guinness World Records, 32 American Music Awards and 23 Billboard Music Awards, Taylor has been consistently among the top, if not at the top of the mainstream music charts in Europe and the world.

Ariana Grande

Having won one Brit Award, one Grammy, two Billboard Awards, three AMAs, nine MTV VMAs and 22 Guinness World Records, this is almost a given in 2021. Her impressive career of dropping hit song after hit song makes Ariana one of the most talented teen pop singers of the decade.

Little Mix

The dance-pop girl group that won Season 8 of The X-Factor series has so far received six awards from MTV Europe Music, another two from Teen Choice, five Global Awards and nine nominations from the Brit Awards. They have made it to the UK Albums Chart and UK Singles Chart. 


The Italian band Meduza is making waves in Europe, growing so popular that it got nominated for the Grammy and won multiple accolades at the 2020 International Dance Music Awards. Their song, ‘Piece of my Heart’ topped the UK Singles Chart shortly after being released.

Sam Smith

British pop singer and songwriter hit the ground running in 2012 when he rose to fame after being featured in Disclosure’s single “Latch”, which ended up being among the top on the UK Singles Chart. He has since gone ahead to win several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and Grammy Awards.

The Weeknd

Canadian R&B and Soul singer the Weeknd has also been topping European charts. He is among the world’s bestselling music artists and has won two Grammy awards, five America Music Awards, MTV Music Awards and nine Juno Awards.

Who is Your Favorite Singer or Band?

This list does not exhaust all the top artists and bands, but the ones mentioned above are truly the crop of the cream both in Europe and in the world. Their success can be attributed to the Internet-savvy audience that is the current generation and the industry’s support of up-and-coming talent. 

Which artist here is your favorite? Which of their songs make you love the artist even more whenever you listen to it? Feel free to share your thoughts below!