The music industry is constantly changing at a rapid rate, and it can be hard to keep up. It’s important to understand the appeal of certain artists and forms of music. And this industry is always cyclical, and what is outdated now will come around again. So, we should pause for a moment, and take a look at four of the most influential recording artists of the past 10 years.

You might love them; you might loathe them. But you can’t deny their influence and success.

LADY GAGA

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Lady G exploded onto the scene in 2008 with smash-hit singles Just Dance and Poker Face. She has gone on to become one of the most successful and revered pop stars of all time. With her enigmatic style and dress sense, along with catchy tunes and a great voice, Gaga has captured hearts and minds everywhere. Her recent success may not have matched that which she enjoyed with her debut record. But there’s no denying this woman is still a musical powerhouse. With a new record currently in stores, Gaga is trying to build herself another musical dynasty.

JUSTIN BIEBER

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What is there to say about Justin Bieber? The young Canadian has become a cultural and musical phenomenon. He’s one of the most successful and well-known acts on the planet, and he still only 22 years old! There’s no doubting the talent this kid possesses, if only he could keep out of trouble. It’s well documented that Justin was discovered by Usher. And his huge fan-base of ‘Beliebers’ have made him a multi-millionaire. Though he has matured in recent years, Bieber still possesses that wild and unpredictable streak.

BEYONCE KNOWLES

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Beyoncé originally came to fame as one-third of successful all-girl group Destiny’s Child. She up and left for pastures new in 2006 and has been a solo artist since. She’s become one of the most successful artists in the world, and she’s married to hip hop legend Jay-Z! As a measure of her success, the Beyoncé net worth statistics are pretty impressive. Her personal fortune sits at around $420,000,000, and this looks set to grow. It seems that everything this woman touches turns to gold these days.

TAYLOR SWIFT

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Tay Tay has had quite the musical journey. She became a country music superstar at the age of 14. And, in the past few years, she has transitioned to become the Queen of mainstream pop. Sure, her personal life may be a car crash at the best of times, but there’s no denying this spunky diva is a talented gal! You want to know what really makes a hit song? Well, then you need to listen to a few of Taylor’s records to get an idea. Catchy and memorable songs always do well, and this girl has built a career on those.

These artists may not be everyone’s favorite, but they are certainly successful and influential. And sometimes it’s important to respect artists for what they’ve done, even if we don’t necessarily like them.