Honorific nicknames in popular music
Honorific nicknames in popular music are often religious, familial, or (most frequently) royal and aristocratic in nature and are used as a form of expression in the media, or to identify the significance of an artist by fans. Honorific nicknames were used in classical music in Europe as early as the early nineteenth century, with figures such as Mozart being called "The father of modern music" and Bach "The father of modern piano music". They were also particularly prominent in African American culture in the post-Civil War era, perhaps as a means of conferring status that had been negated by slavery, and as a result entered early jazz and blues music, including figures such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
In American culture, despite its republican constitution and ideology, honorific nicknames have been used to describe leading figures in various areas of activity, such as industry, commerce, sport and the media; father or mother have been used for innovators, and royal titles such as king and queen for dominant figures in a field. In the 1930s and 1940s, as jazz and swing music were gaining popularity, it was the more commercially successful white artists Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman who became known as "The King of Jazz" and "The King of Swing" respectively, despite such genres of music originating from African American culture. These patterns of naming were transferred to rock and roll when it emerged in the 1950s. There was a series of attempts to find (and a number of claimants to be) the "King of Rock 'n' Roll", a title that became most associated with Elvis Presley. This has been seen as part of a process of the appropriation of credit for innovation of the then new music by a white establishment. Different honorifics have been taken or given for other leading figures in the genre, such as "The Architect of Rock and Roll", by Little Richard from the 1990s, but this term, like many, is also used for other important figures, in this case including pioneer electric guitarist Les Paul.
Similar honorific nicknames have been given in other genres, including Aretha Franklin, who was literally crowned "Queen of Soul" by disk jockey Pervis Spann on stage in 1968. Madonna and Michael Jackson have been closely associated with the terms Queen and King of Pop since the 1980s. They have been strongly promulgated and contested by various artists and occasionally disowned or played down by their subjects. Some notable honorific nicknames are in general usage and commonly identified with particular individuals.
|Rushdi, AhmedAhmed Rushdi||Father of South Asian Pop||Pakistan|||
|Aitken, LaurelLaurel Aitken||Godfather of Ska||Jamaica|||
|Kansiime, AnneAnne Kansiime||African Queen of Comedy||Uganda|||
|Aaliyah||Princess of R&B||United States|||
|Queen of Urban Pop|||
|Acuff, RoyRoy Acuff||King of Country||United States|||
|Adamou, IviIvi Adamou||Pop Queen||Cyprus/Greece|||
|, AdeleAdele||Queen of Soul||United Kingdom|||
|Princess of Pop|||
|Christina Aguilera||Princess of Pop||United States|||
|The Voice of a Generation|||
|Álvarez, PaulinaPaulina Álvarez||Empress of the Danzonete||Cuba|||
|Amuro, NamieNamie Amuro||Queen of Japanese Pop||Japan|||
|The Japanese Madonna|||
|Andrews, JulieJulie Andrews||Britain's Youngest Prima Donna||United Kingdom|||
|Arden, DonDon Arden||The English Godfather||United Kingdom|||
|Ashford, AnnaleighAnnaleigh Ashford||The New Queen of Disco||United States|||
|Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong||King of Jazz Trumpet||United States|||
|Atkins, ChetChet Atkins||Mr. Guitar||United States|||
|Erykah Badu||First Lady of Neo-Soul||United States|||
|Queen of Neo-Soul|||
|Godmother of Soul|||
|Joan Baez||Queen of Folk||United States|||
|Beck||King of Slackers||United States|||
|Harry Belafonte||King of Calypso||United States|||
|Chuck Berry||King of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Father of Rock and Roll|||
|Beyoncé||Princess of R&B||United States|||
|Björk||Queen of Avant-Garde||Iceland|||
|Queen of Experimental Pop|||
|Queen of Experimental Music|||
|Mary J. Blige||Empress of Soul||United States|||
|Queen of Hip Hop|||
|Queen of Hip Hop Soul|||
|Queen of R&B|||
|BoA||Queen of K-Pop||South Korea|||
|David Bowie||The King of Glam Rock||United Kingdom|||
|The Master of Reinvention|||
|The Picasso of Pop|||
|Brandy||Princess of R&B||United States|||
|The Vocal Bible|||
|Moya Brennan||First Lady of Celtic Music||Ireland|||
|Garth Brooks||King of Country||United States|||
|Arthur Brown||The God of Hellfire||United Kingdom|||
|Chris Brown||Prince of R&B||United States|||
|Chuck Brown||Godfather of Go-Go||United States|||
|Dennis Brown||Crown Prince of Reggae||Jamaica|||
|James Brown||Godfather of Soul||United States|||
|Hardest-working Man in Show Business|||
|King of Soul|||
|Soul Brother No. 1.|||
|Ruth Brown||Queen of R&B||United States|||
|Solomon Burke||King of Rock 'n' Soul||United States|||
|Laura Canales||Queen of Tejano||United States|||
|Mariah Carey||Queen of Pop||United States|||
|Queen of Christmas|||
|Roberto Carlos||The King||Brazil|||
|Ray Charles||The Genius||United States|||
|The High Priest of Soul|||
|Edison Chen||Asia's Eminem||Hong Kong|||
|Clifton Chenier||King of Zydeco||United States|||
|Cher||Goddess of Pop||United States|||
|Queen of Reinvention|||
|Queen of Comebacks|||
|Queen of Camp|||
|Jacky Cheung||God of Song||Hong Kong|||
|Leslie Cheung||Gor Gor (Big/Elder Brother)||Hong Kong|||
|Jay Chou||King of Chinese Pop||Taiwan|||
|Ciara||Princess of Crunk & B||United States|||
|Eric Clapton||God||United Kingdom|||
|Kelly Clarkson||The Original American Idol||United States|||
|Queen of Covers|||
|George Clinton||Father of P-Funk||United States|||
|Keyshia Cole||Princess of Hip Hop Soul||United States|||
|Sam Cooke||King of Soul||United States|||
|Alice Cooper||Godfather of Shock Rock||United States|||
|Celia Cruz||Queen of Salsa||Cuba|||
|Dick Curless||Baron of Country Music||United States|||
|Miley Cyrus||Teen Queen||United States|||
|Daddy Yankee||King of Reggaetón||Puerto Rico|||
|Ray Davies||Godfather of Britpop||United Kingdom|||
|Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi||Queen of Folk||India|||
|Lana Del Rey||Queen of Indie Pop||United States|||
|Mac DeMarco||Prince of Rock||Canada|||
|Dr. Dre||Father of G-Funk||North America|||
|Amr Diab||Father of Mediterranean Music||Egypt|||
|Neil Diamond||The Jewish Elvis||United States|||
|Dick Dale||King of the Surf Guitar||United States|||
|Celine Dion||Queen Celine||Canada|||
|Queen of Pop|||
|Carlos do Carmo||King of Fado||Portugal|||
|Fats Domino||King of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Lonnie Donegan||King of Skiffle||United Kingdom|||
|Rockin' Dopsie||Crown Prince of Zydeco||United States|||
|Tommy Dorsey||Sentimental Gentleman of Swing||United States|||
|Duncan Mighty||Port Harcourt First Son||Nigeria|||
|Rocío Dúrcal||Queen of Ranchera||Spain|||
|Bob Dylan||King of Folk||United States|||
|The Crown Prince of Folk|||
|God of Folk|||
|King of Folk-Rock|||
|Edwards, NokieNokie Edwards||King of Guitars||United States/Japan|||
|Eldritch, AndrewAndrew Eldritch||Godfather of Goth||United Kingdom|||
|Elliott, MissyMissy Elliott||Beat Slayer||United States|||
|First Lady of Hip-Hop|||
|Queen of the Beats|||
|Queen of Hip Hop|||
|Queen of Hip Hop Dance Music|||
|Queen of Female Rappers|||
|Queen of Rap|||
|Enya||Queen of New Age||Ireland|||
|Darren Espanto||The Rising Total Performer||Canada and Philippines|||
|Lali Espósito||Reina de Pop Latino||Argentina|||
|Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan||Queen of Latin Pop||Cuba|||
|Cesária Évora||Barefoot Diva||Cape Verde|||
|Queen of Morna|||
|Brenda Fassie||The Black Madonna||South Africa|||
|Pops Fernandez||Concert Queen||Philippines|||
|Vicente Fernandez||King of Ranchera||Mexico|||
|Ella Fitzgerald||First Lady of Song||United States|||
|Queen of Jazz|||
|Foley, RedRed Foley||Mr. Country Music||United States|||
|Aretha Franklin||Queen of Soul||United States|||
|Alan Freed||King of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|G-Dragon||King of K-Pop||South Korea|||
|King of K-Rap|||
|Juan Gabriel||King of Latin Pop||Mexico|||
|Lyca Gairanod||Little Superstar||Philippines|||
|Marvin Gaye||Prince of Motown||United States|||
|Prince of Soul|||
|Gloria Gaynor||Queen of Disco||United States|||
|Muma Gee||Queen of African music||Nigeria|||
|Sarah Geronimo||Popstar Princess||Philippines|||
|Rachelle Ann Go||Fierce Broadway Songstress||Philippines|||
|Marika Gombitová||Queen of Slovak Pop Music||Slovakia|||
|Songstress of the 20th Century|||
|Benny Goodman||King of Swing||United States|||
|Vern Gosdin||The Voice||United States|||
|Ellie Goulding||Queen of Movie Soundtracks||United Kingdom|||
|Grande, ArianaAriana Grande||Princess of Pop||United States|||
|Amy Grant||Queen of Christian Pop||United States|||
|Hagen, NinaNina Hagen||Godmother of Punk||Germany|||
|Haley, BillBill Haley||King of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Hamasaki, AyumiAyumi Hamasaki||Empress of Pop||Japan|||
|Hegerová, HanaHana Hegerová||Queen of Czechoslovak Chanson||Czech/Slovak Republic|||
|Hikawa, KiyoshiKiyoshi Hikawa||Prince of the Enka World||Japan|||
|Hirose, KohmiKohmi Hirose||Queen of Winter||Japan|||
|, Billy HolidayBilly Holiday||Lady Day||United States|||
|Hooker, John LeeJohn Lee Hooker||King of the Blues||United States|||
|Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston||Pop Princess||United States|||
|Hui, SamuelSamuel Hui||God of Songs||Hong Kong|||
|Hurricane, AlAl Hurricane||Godfather of New Mexico music||United States|||
|Enrique Iglesias||King of Latin Pop||Spain|||
|La India||The Princess of Salsa||Puerto Rico (United States)|||
|Rhoma Irama||King of Dangdut||Indonesia|||
|Gregory Isaacs||Cool Ruler||Jamaica|||
|Juliana Kanyomozi||Uganda's Music Queen||Uganda|||
|Janet Jackson||Princess of Pop||United States|||
|Queen of Pop|||
|Queen of R&B|||
|Queen of Radio|||
|Jaya||Pinoy Queen of Soul||Phillipines|||
|Philippine Queen of Soul|||
|Ayi Jihu||The Chinese Madonna||China|||
|Mahalia Jackson||Queen of Gospel||United States|||
|Michael Jackson||King of Pop||United States|||
|Elmore James||King of the slide guitar||United States|||
|Cui Jian||Grandfather of Chinese Rock||People's Republic of China|||
|Blind Lemon Jefferson||Father of the Texas Blues||United States|||
|Joan Jett||Godmother of Punk||United States|||
|Robert Johnson||Grandfather of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Al Jolson||The World's Greatest Entertainer||United States|||
|Janis Joplin||Queen of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Sharon Jones||Godmother of Soul||United States|||
|Scott Joplin||King of Ragtime (writers)||United States|||
|Louis Jordan||King of the Jukebox||United States|||
|José José||The Prince of Song||Mexico|||
|Jully Black||Queen of Canadian R&B||Canada|||
|R. Kelly||King of R&B||United States|||
|King of Pop-Soul|||
|Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys||Queen of R&B||United States|||
|Khaled||King of Raï||Algeria|||
|B.B. King||King of the Blues||United States|||
|Chaka Khan||Queen of Funk||United States|||
|Khánh Ly||Barefoot Queen||Vietnam|||
|Maurice Kirya||King of Mwooyo||Uganda|||
|Gladys Knight||Empress of Soul||United States|||
|Frankie Knuckles||Godfather of House||United States|||
|Joseph Koo||Godfather of Cantopop||Hong Kong|||
|Kyla||Queen of R&B||Philippines|||
|Patti LaBelle||Godmother of Soul||United States|||
|High Priestess of Good Vibrations|||
|Queen of Rock 'n' Soul|||
|Lady Gaga||Queen of Pop||United States|||
|Princess of Pop|||
|Lady Saw||Queen of Dancehall||Jamaica|||
|Lamar, KendrickKendrick Lamar||King of the West Coast||United States|||
|Lambert, AdamAdam Lambert||The New King of Queen||United States|||
|Last, JamesJames Last||Last king of easy listening||Germany|||
|Lavigne, AvrilAvril Lavigne||Pop-Punk Queen||Canada|||
|Pop Rock Princess|||
|Princess of Pop|||
|Punk Rock Princess|||
|Kuh Ledesma||Pop Diva||Philippines|||
|The Renaissance Woman|||
|Paul, LesLes Paul||Architect of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Lil B||The Based God||United States|||
|Lil Brianna||Princess of the South||United States|||
|Lil Jon||King of Crunk||United States|||
|Lil' Kim||Queen Bee||United States|||
|Lil' Mo||Godmother of Hip-Hop and R&B||United States|||
|Lisa Lisa||Queen of Latin Hip Hop||United States|||
|Elisa Lindström||Princess of Dansband Music||Sweden|||
|Little Richard||Architect of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|King of Rock and Roll|||
|Logan, JohnnyJohnny Logan||Mr. Eurovision||Ireland|||
|Loggins, KennyKenny Loggins||King of the Movie Soundtrack||United States|||
|Lorde||New Queen of Alternative||New Zealand|||
|Dave Lombardo||The Godfather of double bass||United States|||
|Love, TobyToby Love||King of Crunkchata||United States|||
|Lynn, LorettaLoretta Lynn||First Lady of Country||United States|||
|Queen of Country|||
|Lynn, VeraVera Lynn||Forces sweetheart||United Kingdom|||
|Miguel, LuisLuis Miguel||The Sun of Mexico||Mexico|||
|Madonna||First Lady of Pop||United States|||
|Queen of Pop|||
|High Priestess of Pop|||
|Queen of Reinvention|||
|Queen of Controversy|||
|Magalona, FrancisFrancis Magalona||King of Philippine Rap||Philippines|||
|Makeba, MiriamMiriam Makeba||Mama Africa||South Africa|||
|Bamboo Mañalac||Rock Maestro||United States|||
|Teena Marie||Ivory Queen of Soul||United States|||
|Marley, BobBob Marley||King of Reggae||Jamaica|||
|Maurício, FernandoFernando Maurício||King of Fado and Mouraria||Portugal|||
|Mazelle, KymKym Mazelle||First Lady of House||United States|||
|Martina McBride||Celine Dion of Country||United States|||
|McEntire, RebaReba McEntire||Queen of Country||United States|||
|Mendoza, LydiaLydia Mendoza||Queen of Tejano||United States|||
|Menzel, IdinaIdina Menzel||Broadway Queen||United States|||
|Mercury, DanielaDaniela Mercury||Queen of Axé||Brazil|||
|Sparrow, MightyMighty Sparrow||Calypso King of the World||Trinidad and Tobago|||
|Minaj, NickiNicki Minaj||The New Queen of Hip Hop||Trinidad and Tobago/United States|||
|Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli||Queen of Broadway||United States|||
|Queen of Hollywood|||
|Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue||Goddess of Pop||Australia|||
|Princess of Pop|||
|Queen of Pop|||
|Misia||Queen of Ballads||Japan|||
|Queen of Japanese Soul|||
|Misora, HibariHibari Misora||Queen of Japanese Pop||Japan|||
|Monica||R&B Princess||United States|||
|Monroe, BillBill Monroe||Father of Bluegrass||United States|||
|Moore, Rudy RayRudy Ray Moore||Godfather of Rap||United States|||
|Moroder, GiorgioGiorgio Moroder||Father of Disco||Italy|||
|Morrison, JimJim Morrison||King of Orgasmic Rock||United States|||
|Mui, AnitaAnita Mui||Queen of Canto Pop||Hong Kong|||
|Madonna of Asia|||
|Müren, ZekiZeki Müren||Sun of Art||Turkey|||
|Murphy, PeterPeter Murphy||Godfather of Goth||United Kingdom|||
|My Tam (Mỹ Tâm)||The Queen of V-Pop||Vietnam|||
|Emilio Navaira||King of Tejano||United States|||
|Stevie Nicks||Queen of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Thanh Nga||The Queen of Cải lương (Vietnamese Renovated Opera)||South Vietnam|||
|No I.D.||The Godfather of Chicago hip hop||United States|||
|Noor Jehan||Queen of Melody||British India/Pakistan|||
|Ted Nugent||Motor City Madman||United States|||
|Odetta||Queen of American Folk Music||United States|||
|Onyeka Onwenu||Queen of African pop music||Nigeria|||
|Orelsan||The Boss of French rap||France|||
|The French Eminem|||
|Ozzy Osbourne||Godfather of Heavy Metal||United Kingdom|||
|Prince of Darkness|||
|Johnny Otis||Godfather of Rhythm and Blues||United States|||
|Papin, ImeldaImelda Papin||Sentimental Songstress||Philippines|||
|Park, JayJay Park||Fresh Prince of Seoul||United States/South Korea|||
|Parton, DollyDolly Parton||Queen of Country||United States|||
|Patton, CharleyCharley Patton||Father of the Delta Blues||United States|||
|Pavarotti, LucianoLuciano Pavarotti||King of the High C's||Italy|||
|Peniston, CeCeCeCe Peniston||Queen of Dance||United States|||
|Perkins, CarlCarl Perkins||King of Rockabilly||United States|||
|Peters, BernadetteBernadette Peters||Queen of Broadway||United States|||
|Pop, IggyIggy Pop||Godfather of Punk||United States|||
|Prado, PérezPérez Prado||King of Mambo||Cuba|||
|Presley, ElvisElvis Presley||King of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Presley, Lisa MarieLisa Marie Presley||Princess of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Psy||King of YouTube||South Korea|||
|Ivy Queen||Queen of Reggaetón||Puerto Rico/United States|||
|Queen of Rap|||
|Queen of Latin Hip-Hop|||
|Queen of Urban Music|||
|Reggaetón's First Lady|||
|Joey Ramone||Godfather of Punk||United States|||
|Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray||Prince of Wails||United States|||
|Redding, OtisOtis Redding||King of Soul||United States|||
|Reed, LouLou Reed||Godfather of Punk||United States|||
|Redžepova, EsmaEsma Redžepova||Queen of Gypsy Music||Macedonia|||
|Regis, SherynSheryn Regis||Crystal Voice of Asia||Philippines||
|Rivera, JenniJenni Rivera||The Diva of Banda||Mexico/United States|||
|The First Lady of Corrido|
|Rodgers, JimmieJimmie Rodgers||Father of Country Music||United States|||
|Rodrigues, AmáliaAmália Rodrigues||Queen of Fado||Portugal|||
|Rozalla||Queen of Rave||Zambia|||
|Robinson, RossRoss Robinson||Godfather of Nu Metal||United States|||
|Rubio, PaulinaPaulina Rubio||The Mexican Madonna||Mexico|||
|Todd Rundgren||God||United States|||
|Janella Salvador||OPM Pop Sweetheart||Philippines|||
|Sandara Park||BoA of the Philippines||Philippines|||
|Pambansang Krung Krung ng Pilipinas|||
|Sandy||Princess of Brazilian Pop||Brazil||[not in citation given]|
|Romeo Santos||King of Bachata||United States|||
|Chuck Schuldiner||Father of Death Metal||United States|||
|Shirley Scott||Queen of the Organ||United States|||
|Gil Scott-Heron||Godfather of Rap||United States|||
|Selena||Queen of Tejano Music||United States|||
|Queen of Latin Music|||
|Seo Taiji||President of Culture||South Korea|||
|Shakira||Queen of the World Cup||Colombia|||
|Shin Jung-hyeon||Godfather of Rock||South Korea|||
|Frank Sinatra||The Chairman of the Board||United States|||
|Nina Simone||Queen of Soul||United States|||
|High Priestess of Soul|||
|Siouxsie Sioux||Godmother of Goth||United Kingdom|||
|Siti Nurhaliza||Voice of Asia||Malaysia|||
|Asia's Celine Dion|||
|Shila Amzah||Asia's Sweetheart||Malaysia|||
|National Treasure of Malaysia|||
|Princess of Music|||
|Bessie Smith||Empress of the Blues||United States|||
|Patti Smith||Godmother of Punk||United States|||
|Sy Smith||The Underground Queen of R&B and Soul||United States|||
|Barbra Streisand||Mother of Divas||United States|||
|Diva of Divas|||
|Britney Spears||Princess of Pop||United States|||
|Queen of Pop|||
|Phil Spector||First Tycoon of Teen||United States|||
|Spice||Queen of Stage||Jamaica|||
|Queen of Dancehall|||
|Dusty Springfield||White Queen of Soul||United Kingdom|||
|Bruce Springsteen||The Boss||United States|||
|Candi Staton||First Lady of Southern Soul||United States|||
|Gwen Stefani||Pop Princess||United States|||
|Stevie B||King of Freestyle||United States|||
|George Strait||King of Country||United States|||
|Yma Sumac||Queen of Exotica||Peru|||
|Donna Summer||Queen of Disco||United States|||
|Taylor Swift||Country Pop Princess||United States|||
|Sylvester||Queen of Disco||United States|||
|T.I.||King of the South||United States|||
|Alan Tam||Principal (Tam)||Hong Kong|||
|Koko Taylor||Queen of the Blues||United States|||
|Thalía||Queen of Latin pop||Mexico|||
|Queen of Telenovelas|||
|Empress of Beauty|||
|Sister Rosetta Tharpe||Godmother of Rock and Roll||United States|||
|Irma Thomas||Soul Queen of New Orleans||United States|||
|Timaya||Egberi papa 1 of Bayelsa||Nigeria|||
|Justin Timberlake||Prince of Pop||United States|||
|President of Pop|||
|Dick Todd||King of the Jukebox||United States|||
|Pete Townshend||Godfather of Punk||United Kingdom|||
|Gloria Trevi||The Mexican Madonna||Mexico|||
|Tina Turner||Queen of Rock||United States|||
|Shania Twain||Country Pop Queen||Canada|||
|Queen of Country Pop|||
|Jolin Tsai||Queen of Chinese Pop||Taiwan|||
|Asia's Dancing Queen|||
|The Asian Madonna|||
|Hikaru Utada||Diva of the Heisei period||Japan|||
|Usher||King of R&B||United States|||
|Carrie Underwood||Country Music's Reigning Queen||United States|||
|Regine Velasquez||Asia's Songbird||Philippines|||
|Viguen||Sultan of Pop||Iran|||
|Rhonda Vincent||Queen of Bluegrass||United States|||
|Liza Wang||Big Sister||Hong Kong|||
|Dionne Warwick||Princess of Pop||United States|||
|Dinah Washington||Queen of the Blues||United States|||
|Paul Weller||Modfather||United Kingdom|||
|Kitty Wells||Queen of Country||United States|||
|Paul Whiteman||King of Jazz||United States|||
|Marijohn Wilkin||The Den Mother of Music Row||United States|||
|Jackie Wilson||Mister Excitement||United States|||
|Tony Wilson||Mr Manchester||United Kingdom|||
|Wendy O. Williams||Queen of Shock Rock||United States|||
|Faye Wong||Diva of Asia||Hong Kong/People's Republic of China|||
|Tammy Wynette||First Lady of Country||United States|||
|Xuxa||Queen of Children||Brazil|||
|Yuri||The Mexican Madonna||Mexico|||
|"Weird Al" Yankovic||King of Parody||United States|||
|Neil Young||Godfather of Grunge||Canada|||
|Aerosmith||America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band||United States|||
|Anthrax||Big Four of Thrash||United States|||
|The Beach Boys||America's Band||United States|||
|The Beatles||Fab Four||United Kingdom|||
|BIGBANG||Gods of K-Pop||South Korea|||
|Kings of K-pop|||
|Nation's Boy Band|||
|Daft Punk||Godfathers of French House||France|||
|Dusty Springfield||Five Mighty Pop Divas of the Sixties||United Kingdom|||
|Aretha Franklin||United States|
|Five Stairsteps||First Family of Soul||United States|||
|The Jackson 5||First Family of Soul||United States|||
|Jacky Cheung||Four Heavenly Kings of Chinese Pop||Hong Kong|||
|Girls' Generation||The Nation's Singers||South Korea|||
|The Nation's Girl Group|
|Queens of Girl Groups|||
|Princesses of K-pop|||
|Mỹ Linh (Đỗ Mỹ Linh)||Four Divas of Vietnam||Vietnam|||
|Thanh Lam (Đoàn Thanh Lam)|
|Hồng Nhung (Lê Hồng Nhung)|
|Trần Thu Hà|
|One Direction||The World's Biggest Boyband||United Kingdom / Ireland|||
|R.E.M.||America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band||United States|||
|The Rolling Stones||World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band||United Kingdom|||
|Shinee||Princes of K-pop||South Korea|||
|TVXQ||The King of K-pop||South Korea|||
|Gods of K-Pop|||
|Sun of Asia|||
|Kiss||The Hottest Band in the World||United States|||
|U2||The Biggest Band in the World||Ireland|||
- A denotes template[full citation needed], i.e. for sources where a reference is alluded to, or given in part, but not specified in enough detail. Their factuality, thus, may or may not be in question.
- B denotes template [source needs translation], i.e. for source(s) that needs to be translated.
- C denotes template[unreliable source?], i.e. for source(s) very possibly being unreliable
- D denotes template[not in citation given], i.e. for source(s) that have been checked, but did not contain the cited material.
- E denotes template [clarification needed], i.e. clarification of wording or interpretation is needed.
- F denotes template[dead link], i.e. source cannot be verified.
- G denotes template [according to whom?] The discussed artists themselves and/or only one cited person?
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