What better way to kick off the new year than with five talented musicians brimming with talent? We’ve been mapping the globe for decades, searching for those who put in the hard work, hone their craft and make music that will live on. And the result is this list of eight singers, songwriters and instrumentalists from a wide variety of genres. So put your headphones on and lets start our journey through some of the world’s greats.
1: Chris Brown (USA)
Brown is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. He’s known for songs like ‘With You’, ‘Forever’ and ‘Yeah 3x’.
2: Drake (Canada)
Drake’s a rapper from Canada with hits like ‘Best I Ever Had’ and ‘Say Something’. He has collaborated with quite a few rappers including Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa. He has also appeared in movies such as Degrassi: The Next Generation.
3: Robin Thicke (Thailand)
One of the biggest music stars in the world, he’s currently nominated for a Grammy as Best R&B album. His list of hits includes ‘Lost Without U’, ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘When I Get You Alone’.
4: Nicki Minaj (USA)
Nicki has been making a name for herself since late 2010. She’s one of the top-ranking female rappers in the game and her hit songs include ‘Starships’, ‘Right by My Side’, ‘Super Bass’ and ‘Playing With Fire’.
5: Rihanna (Barbados)
Rihanna’s a Barbadian pop star with hits like ‘What’s My Name’ and ‘Rude Boy’. She has been featured in songs alongside some big names including Eminem and JAY-Z. And her list of accomplishments is quite extensive including three BRIT Awards, eight Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, 12 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, six BET awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.
6: Alicia Keys (USA)
Alicia is an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. Her album, ‘Girl On Fire’ recently debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and her hit songs include ‘No One’ and ‘Girl On Fire’. She has also worked with artists including Kanye West, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake and more.
7: Wiz Khalifa (USA)
Khalifa is a rapper whose list of hits includes ‘We Dem Boyz’, ‘Burn After Rolling’, ‘Work Hard Play Hard’ and more. He’s collaborated with some big names including Snoop Dogg, Curren$y and Chevy Woods. And he’s even been featured on the big screen in films like Smokin’ Aces and The Fast and the Furious.
8: DJ Khaled (USA)
Khaled is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ and television host. He’s known for songs like ‘All I Do Is Win’, ‘Take It To The Head’ and ‘I’m On One’. He’s got five albums under his belt and his latest top 10 single is called ‘No New Friends’.
While we’ve only just about touched the surface of the best singers and performers across the world, this list gives you a strong sampling for what’s out there. And each one of these artists showcases exceptional skill and talent.