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Discussions: Chris Richards and David Malitz on the most influential pop stars of the decade.

beyonceThe '00s were great to Beyonce. Might the '10s be even better? (Marcus Yam/The Washington Post)

Pundits have dubbed the dwindling Aughties “the decade without authority,” and from one look into our souls (i.e. iPods), they might be right. This decade saw the slow-motion collapse of the record industry and with it, the splintering of our collective musical taste.

But did all that chaos actually make our biggest pop celebrities more powerful? Did we need super-duper-stars to glom onto as our notions of “pop music” crumbled like so many stale breakfast scones? And if so, who were the most influential figures in pop? Brit-Brit? Yeezy? Hov? Bey? And why did we have to invent cute nicknames for all of them?

David Malitz and I will discuss pop's most influential music figures of the decade -- as well as the vision for our new music blog, Click Track -- today at 2 p.m. We hope you’ll join us.

Meantime, vote for the most influential pop artist of the decade, below.

By Chris Richards  |  December 16, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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Outkast really needs to be on there.

I'm guessing Kelly Clarkson is there to stand in for the whole American Idol phenomenon? I would just put "American Idols and Idolettes." Clarkson herself isn't influential, but the Idol machinery was.

Lists like this tend to overvalue recent releases. See: Lady Gaga. I like her fine but she screams flavor-of-the-moment pop star. If she's anything but a has-been in 2015 I'll eat one of her hats.

Posted by: hubcap | December 16, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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