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The Most Famous Musician Born Every Year Since 1930

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Almost every year, it seems, a musical artist is born who goes on to achieve at least one No. 1 song and alter the music industry in a significant way.

Every generation has its musical icons. These artists have huge fan followings, sell millions of records, and create the soundtrack of each era. And their popularity might sometimes wax and wane, those who reach the top often achieve an enduring status. (Here are 35 musicians with legendarily long careers.)

To determine the most famous musician born every year between 1930 and 2004, 24/7 Tempo compiled an index based on daily average Wikipedia pageviews from July 25, 2019 to July 24, 2022; Spotify follower count and monthly listener count; certified U.S. album sales as determined by the Recording Industry Association of America; and a custom score based on Billboard Hot 100 performance as of July 15, 2022, wherein a week at No. 1 is worth 100 points, a week at No. 2 worth 99 points, and so on up to a week at No. 100 worth one point. All index components were weighted equally. 

Data on birth year and birthplace came from Famous Birthdays. No musicians born later than 2004 have been included – but it’s a sure thing that they’re developing out there and will one day make their mark.

Click here to see the most famous musician born every year since 1930

Tastes have changed, careers have been reappraised, and the fame of many of the most popular artists of the mid-20th century has not endured. Some artists who had chart-topping hits 50 or more years ago have relatively few Spotify listeners today.

At the same time, other, much younger, musicians are probably at the peak of their careers now but have already logged achievements that will be talked about for decades to come. For example, Taylor Swift holds the honor of spending the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – 36 weeks, putting her at the top of the most dominant reigns in Billboard history.

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1930: Ray Charles
> Born: Sept. 23, 1930
> Birthplace: Albany, GA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,609
> Spotify followers: 1,725,966
> Certified U.S. album sales: 8 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: I Can’t Stop Loving You (No. 1 for 5 weeks)

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1931: Sam Cooke
> Born: Jan. 22, 1931
> Birthplace: Clarksdale, MS
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,994
> Spotify followers: 1,201,835
> Certified U.S. album sales: N/A
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Chain Gang (No. 2 for 2 weeks)

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1932: Johnny Cash
> Born: Feb. 26, 1932
> Birthplace: Kingsland, AR
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 11,599
> Spotify followers: 4,686,429
> Certified U.S. album sales: 24 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: A Boy Named Sue (No. 2 for 3 weeks)

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1933: Willie Nelson
> Born: April 29, 1933
> Birthplace: Abbott, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,713
> Spotify followers: 1,401,870
> Certified U.S. album sales: 32 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Always On My Mind (No. 5 for 3 weeks)

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1934: Leonard Cohen
> Born: Sept. 21, 1934
> Birthplace: Westmount, Quebec (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,409
> Spotify followers: 2,354,140
> Certified U.S. album sales: 2 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Hallelujah (No. 59 for 1 week)

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1935: Elvis Presley
> Born: Jan. 8, 1935
> Birthplace: Tupelo, MS
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 21,120
> Spotify followers: 5,461,163
> Certified U.S. album sales: 139 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: It’s Now Or Never (No. 1 for 5 weeks)

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1936: Roy Orbison
> Born: April 23, 1936
> Birthplace: Vernon, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,286
> Spotify followers: 1,271,260
> Certified U.S. album sales: 5 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) (No. 2 for 1 week)

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1937: Waylon Jennings
> Born: June 15, 1937
> Birthplace: Littlefield, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,309
> Spotify followers: 930,271
> Certified U.S. album sales: 9 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love) (No. 25 for 2 weeks)

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1938: Kenny Rogers
> Born: Aug. 21, 1938
> Birthplace: Houston, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,096
> Spotify followers: 1,633,270
> Certified U.S. album sales: 48 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Lady (No. 1 for 6 weeks)

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1939: Marvin Gaye
> Born: April 2, 1939
> Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 5,740
> Spotify followers: 4,036,137
> Certified U.S. album sales: 7 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Let’s Get It On (No. 1 for 2 weeks)

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1940: John Lennon
> Born: Oct. 9, 1940
> Birthplace: Liverpool, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 14,465
> Spotify followers: 4,169,472
> Certified U.S. album sales: 11 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: (Just Like) Starting Over (No. 1 for 5 weeks)

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1941: Bob Dylan
> Born: May 24, 1941
> Birthplace: Duluth, MN
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,078
> Spotify followers: 5,062,223
> Certified U.S. album sales: 36 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (No. 12 for 2 weeks)

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1942: Paul McCartney
> Born: June 18, 1942
> Birthplace: Liverpool, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,756
> Spotify followers: 3,519,430
> Certified U.S. album sales: 16 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Say Say Say (feat. Michael Jackson) (No. 1 for 6 weeks)

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1943: Joni Mitchell
> Born: Nov. 7, 1943
> Birthplace: Fort Macleod, Alberta (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,771
> Spotify followers: 992,233
> Certified U.S. album sales: 7 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Help Me (No. 7 for 1 week)

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1944: Diana Ross
> Born: March 26, 1944
> Birthplace: Detroit, MI
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 6,897
> Spotify followers: 1,287,606
> Certified U.S. album sales: 5 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Endless Love (feat. Lionel Richie) (No. 1 for 9 weeks)

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1945: Bob Marley
> Born: Feb. 6, 1945
> Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,435
> Spotify followers: 9,519,830
> Certified U.S. album sales: 22 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Roots, Rock, Reggae (No. 51 for 3 weeks)

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1946: Cher
> Born: May 20, 1946
> Birthplace: El Centro, CA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 11,039
> Spotify followers: 2,044,487
> Certified U.S. album sales: 13 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Believe (No. 1 for 4 weeks)

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1947: Elton John
> Born: March 25, 1947
> Birthplace: London, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 18,258
> Spotify followers: 7,129,353
> Certified U.S. album sales: 79 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Candle In The Wind 1997/Something About The Way You Look Tonight (No. 1 for 14 weeks)

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1948: Stevie Nicks
> Born: May 26, 1948
> Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 8,057
> Spotify followers: 789,654
> Certified U.S. album sales: 11 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (feat. Tom Petty) (No. 3 for 6 weeks)

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1949: Billy Joel
> Born: May 9, 1949
> Birthplace: New York City, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 5,647
> Spotify followers: 3,491,965
> Certified U.S. album sales: 85 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: The River Of Dreams (No. 3 for 1 week)

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1950: Stevie Wonder
> Born: May 13, 1950
> Birthplace: Saginaw, MI
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 6,012
> Spotify followers: 5,000,126
> Certified U.S. album sales: 20 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: I Just Called To Say I Love You (No. 1 for 3 weeks)

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1951: Phil Collins
> Born: Jan. 30, 1951
> Birthplace: London, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 9,498
> Spotify followers: 3,687,205
> Certified U.S. album sales: 34 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (No. 1 for 3 weeks)

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1952: George Strait
> Born: May 18, 1952
> Birthplace: Poteet, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 2,776
> Spotify followers: 2,530,253
> Certified U.S. album sales: 69 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: She’ll Leave You With A Smile (No. 23 for 1 week)

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1953: Cyndi Lauper
> Born: June 22, 1953
> Birthplace: Astoria, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,038
> Spotify followers: 1,640,561
> Certified U.S. album sales: 9 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Girls Just Want To Have Fun (No. 2 for 2 weeks)

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1954: Annie Lennox
> Born: Dec. 25, 1954
> Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 2,815
> Spotify followers: 1,025,611
> Certified U.S. album sales: 5 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Walking On Broken Glass (No. 14 for 1 week)

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1955: Reba McEntire
> Born: March 28, 1955
> Birthplace: McAlester, OK
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,029
> Spotify followers: 1,382,222
> Certified U.S. album sales: 41 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Somebody (No. 35 for 1 week)

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1956: Kenny G
> Born: June 5, 1956
> Birthplace: Seattle, WA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 1,452
> Spotify followers: 753,167
> Certified U.S. album sales: 48 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Songbird (No. 4 for 1 week)

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1957: Gloria Estefan
> Born: Sept. 1, 1957
> Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 2,409
> Spotify followers: 515,683
> Certified U.S. album sales: 16 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Turn The Beat Around (No. 13 for 3 weeks)

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1958: Michael Jackson
> Born: Aug. 29, 1958
> Birthplace: Gary, IN
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 23,628
> Spotify followers: 18,546,932
> Certified U.S. album sales: 85 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Billie Jean (No. 1 for 7 weeks)

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1951: Sting
> Born: Oct. 2, 1951
> Birthplace: Wallsend, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 179
> Spotify followers: 2,197,094
> Certified U.S. album sales: 22 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Every Breath You Take (No. 1 for 8 weeks)

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1960: Amy Grant
> Born: Nov. 25, 1960
> Birthplace: Aug.a, GA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 1,606
> Spotify followers: 156,212
> Certified U.S. album sales: 17 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: That’s What Love Is For (No. 7 for 1 week)

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1961: Toby Keith
> Born: July 8, 1961
> Birthplace: Clinton, OK
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 1,369
> Spotify followers: 1,493,655
> Certified U.S. album sales: 25 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Red Solo Cup (No. 15 for 1 week)

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1962: Garth Brooks
> Born: Feb. 7, 1962
> Birthplace: Tulsa, OK
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,600
> Spotify followers: 899,539
> Certified U.S. album sales: 157 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Wrapped Up In You (No. 46 for 1 week)

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1963: Whitney Houston
> Born: Aug. 9, 1963
> Birthplace: Newark, NJ
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 11,415
> Spotify followers: 6,649,472
> Certified U.S. album sales: 60 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: I Will Always Love You (No. 1 for 14 weeks)

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1964: Lenny Kravitz
> Born: May 26, 1964
> Birthplace: New York City, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,222
> Spotify followers: 2,254,261
> Certified U.S. album sales: 11 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Again (No. 4 for 6 weeks)

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1965: Dr. Dre
> Born: Feb. 18, 1965
> Birthplace: Compton, CA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 9,165
> Spotify followers: 5,661,526
> Certified U.S. album sales: 10 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang (No. 2 for 1 week)

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1966: Janet Jackson
> Born: May 16, 1966
> Birthplace: Gary, IN
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 6,031
> Spotify followers: 2,534,607
> Certified U.S. album sales: 26 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: If (No. 4 for 2 weeks)

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1967: David Guetta
> Born: Nov. 7, 1967
> Birthplace: Paris, France
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 1,785
> Spotify followers: 22,598,842
> Certified U.S. album sales: 2 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Sexy Chick (feat. Akon) (No. 5 for 1 week)

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1968: Celine Dion
> Born: March 30, 1968
> Birthplace: Charlemagne, Quebec (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,587
> Spotify followers: 4,880,001
> Certified U.S. album sales: 51 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Because You Loved Me (No. 1 for 6 weeks)

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1969: Jay-Z
> Born: Dec. 4, 1969
> Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 8,719
> Spotify followers: 6,237,621
> Certified U.S. album sales: 28 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys) (No. 1 for 5 weeks)

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1970: Mariah Carey
> Born: March 27, 1970
> Birthplace: Long Island, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,551
> Spotify followers: 6,701,888
> Certified U.S. album sales: 67 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: All I Want For Christmas Is You (No. 1 for 8 weeks)

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1971: Tupac Shakur
> Born: June 16, 1971
> Birthplace: New York City, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 15,863
> Spotify followers: 10,538,403
> Certified U.S. album sales: 37 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: How Do U Want It/California Love (feat. K-Ci & JoJo) (No. 1 for 2 weeks)

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1972: Eminem
> Born: Oct. 17, 1972
> Birthplace: Saint Joseph, MO
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 17,147
> Spotify followers: 44,604,780
> Certified U.S. album sales: 47 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) (No. 1 for 7 weeks)

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1973: Nas
> Born: Sept. 14, 1973
> Birthplace: New York City, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 4,629
> Spotify followers: 2,360,370
> Certified U.S. album sales: 12 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: I Can (No. 12 for 1 week)

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1974: Nelly
> Born: Nov. 2, 1974
> Birthplace: Austin, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 3,221
> Spotify followers: 1,792,612
> Certified U.S. album sales: 22 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Dilemma (feat. Kelly Rowland) (No. 1 for 10 weeks)

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1975: 50 Cent
> Born: July 6, 1975
> Birthplace: New York City, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,655
> Spotify followers: 7,148,971
> Certified U.S. album sales: 16 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: In Da Club (No. 1 for 9 weeks)

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1976: Luke Bryan
> Born: July 17, 1976
> Birthplace: Leesburg, GA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 2,657
> Spotify followers: 6,423,835
> Certified U.S. album sales: 13 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Drunk On You (No. 16 for 4 weeks)

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1977: Kanye West
> Born: June 8, 1977
> Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 19,824
> Spotify followers: 13,956,553
> Certified U.S. album sales: 24 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx) (No. 1 for 10 weeks)

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1978: Usher
> Born: Oct. 14, 1978
> Birthplace: Dallas, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 109
> Spotify followers: 8,722,857
> Certified U.S. album sales: 23 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: You Make Me Wanna… (No. 2 for 7 weeks)

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1979: Pink
> Born: Sept. 8, 1979
> Birthplace: Doylestown, PA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 730
> Spotify followers: 11,018,328
> Certified U.S. album sales: 18 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess) (No. 1 for 3 weeks)

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1980: Christina Aguilera
> Born: Dec. 18, 1980
> Birthplace: Staten Island, NY
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 5,914
> Spotify followers: 6,133,731
> Certified U.S. album sales: 16 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Beautiful (No. 2 for 1 week)

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1981: Beyoncé
> Born: Sept. 4, 1981
> Birthplace: Houston, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 465
> Spotify followers: 27,502,710
> Certified U.S. album sales: 15 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Irreplaceable (No. 1 for 10 weeks)

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1982: Nicki Minaj
> Born: Dec. 8, 1982
> Birthplace: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,958
> Spotify followers: 21,416,620
> Certified U.S. album sales: 8 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Super Bass (No. 3 for 2 weeks)

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1983: Future
> Born: Nov. 20, 1983
> Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 379
> Spotify followers: 10,231,526
> Certified U.S. album sales: 7 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Life Is Good (feat. Drake) (No. 2 for 8 weeks)

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1984: Katy Perry
> Born: Oct. 25, 1984
> Birthplace: Santa Barbara, CA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,955
> Spotify followers: 18,342,762
> Certified U.S. album sales: 11 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) (No. 1 for 4 weeks)

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1985: Bruno Mars
> Born: Oct. 8, 1985
> Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,692
> Spotify followers: 30,806,083
> Certified U.S. album sales: 13 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: That’s What I Like (No. 1 for 1 week)

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1986: Drake
> Born: Oct. 24, 1986
> Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 429
> Spotify followers: 54,897,075
> Certified U.S. album sales: 26 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: God’s Plan (No. 1 for 11 weeks)

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1987: Kendrick Lamar
> Born: June 17, 1987
> Birthplace: Compton, CA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,674
> Spotify followers: 17,394,769
> Certified U.S. album sales: 8 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Humble. (No. 1 for 1 week)

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1988: Rihanna
> Born: Feb. 20, 1988
> Birthplace: St. Michael, Barbados
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 12,610
> Spotify followers: 42,899,242
> Certified U.S. album sales: 23 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) (No. 1 for 10 weeks)

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1989: Taylor Swift
> Born: Dec. 13, 1989
> Birthplace: Reading, PA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 20,423
> Spotify followers: 40,002,532
> Certified U.S. album sales: 46 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Shake It Off (No. 1 for 4 weeks)

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1990: The Weeknd
> Born: Feb. 16, 1990
> Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 13,267
> Spotify followers: 32,648,001
> Certified U.S. album sales: 13 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Blinding Lights (No. 1 for 4 weeks)

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1991: Ed Sheeran
> Born: Feb. 17, 1991
> Birthplace: Hebden Bridge, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,150
> Spotify followers: 80,383,018
> Certified U.S. album sales: 11 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Shape Of You (No. 1 for 12 weeks)

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1992: Selena Gomez
> Born: July 22, 1992
> Birthplace: Grand Prairie, TX
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 13,847
> Spotify followers: 27,509,247
> Certified U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Same Old Love (No. 5 for 1 week)

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1993: Ariana Grande
> Born: June 26, 1993
> Birthplace: Boca Raton, FL
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 20,103
> Spotify followers: 63,360,298
> Certified U.S. album sales: 9 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: 7 Rings (No. 1 for 8 weeks)

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1994: Justin Bieber
> Born: March 1, 1994
> Birthplace: London, Ontario (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 16,110
> Spotify followers: 45,959,804
> Certified U.S. album sales: 21 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Love Yourself (No. 1 for 2 weeks)

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1995: Dua Lipa
> Born: Aug. 22, 1995
> Birthplace: London, England
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 19,921
> Spotify followers: 25,197,891
> Certified U.S. album sales: 2 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Don’t Start Now (No. 2 for 1 week)

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1996: Lil Peep
> Born: Nov. 1, 1996
> Birthplace: Allentown, PA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 6,457
> Spotify followers: 7,041,586
> Certified U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Falling Down (feat. XXXTENTACION) (No. 13 for 1 week)

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1997: Camila Cabello
> Born: March 3, 1997
> Birthplace: Cojimar, Cuba
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,482
> Spotify followers: 21,695,851
> Certified U.S. album sales: 2 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Havana (feat. Young Thug) (No. 1 for 1 week)

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1998: Shawn Mendes
> Born: Aug. 8, 1998
> Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 7,996
> Spotify followers: 32,944,566
> Certified U.S. album sales: 4 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Stitches (No. 4 for 1 week)

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1999: Lil Nas X
> Born: April 9, 1999
> Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 10,811
> Spotify followers: 4,858,693
> Certified U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) (No. 1 for 19 weeks)

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2000: Lil Pump
> Born: Aug. 17, 2000
> Birthplace: Miami, FL
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 2,698
> Spotify followers: 7,700,234
> Certified U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Gucci Gang (No. 3 for 2 weeks)

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2001: Billie Eilish
> Born: Dec. 18, 2001
> Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 30,805
> Spotify followers: 43,752,101
> Certified U.S. album sales: 4 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Bad Guy (No. 1 for 1 week)

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2002: Lil Mosey
> Born: Jan. 25, 2002
> Birthplace: Seattle, WA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 1,498
> Spotify followers: 3,643,849
> Certified U.S. album sales: 1 million
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Blueberry Faygo (No. 8 for 1 week)

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2003: Olivia Rodrigo
> Born: Feb. 20, 2003
> Birthplace: Temecula, CA
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 71,879
> Spotify followers: 2,839,351
> Certified U.S. album sales: N/A
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: Good 4 U (No. 1 for 1 week)

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2004: Grace VanderWaal
> Born: Jan. 15, 2004
> Birthplace: Lenexa, KS
> Daily avg. Wikipedia pageviews: 2,099
> Spotify followers: 1,280,690
> Certified U.S. album sales: N/A
> Top Billboard Hot 100 song: . (No. 0 for 0 weeks)

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