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One more list! One more list!

My Best of the 2010s list-making journey has finally come to a close! (Or has it? … For now, it has at least. The future will come as it may, and it may just surprise you, and me.) All this week, I’ve been posting my rankings of a few categories that I was inspired to put together after submitting them to a Best of the 2010s polls that I’m participating in with some of my fellow cultural aficionados. To wrap it all up, I guide you along to the realm of music and lyrics, as I present the Best Musical Artists of the 2010s.

My criteria was similar to that of my choices for Best Film Directors. I considered a combination of how much I enjoyed their musical output as well as how much – and how well – they influenced the industry at large.

1. Rihanna
2. St. Vincent
3. Tame Impala
4. Ariana Grande
5. Daft Punk
6. Sia
7. Kendrick Lamar
8. Beyoncé
9. Vampire Weekend
10. Adele
11. Lady Gaga
12. Major Lazer
13. The Black Keys
14. Lana Del Rey
15. Lorde
16. Pharrell Williams
17. Kanye West
18. Hans Zimmer
19. Childish Gambino
20. Miley Cyrus
21. Janelle Monáe
22. Tove Lo
23. Carly Rae Jepsen
24. Kesha
25. Tegan and Sara
26. Lizzo
27. David Bowie
28. Beck
29. Charli XCX
30. The Weeknd
31. Katy Perry
32. Taylor Swift
33. “Weird Al” Yankovic
34. Miguel