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Top 10 Artists For Pop Fans at Lollapalooza 2012

The Best In Pop Music


When Lollapalooza began as a traveling festival, it was primarily a celebration of alternative music. However, with its permanent residence in Chicago, the destination festival has expanded its reach to include a wide range of genres, mainstream pop music among them. These are the top 10 acts for pop fans at the 2012 festival. Lollapalooza takes place August 3-5, 2012.

Dev - BMI Stage 6:50 p.m. Friday

Dev at Coachella 2011
Photo by Michael Tullberg / Getty Images

While constant delays in the release of her debut album The Night the Sun Came Up potentially damaged some of her momentum as a rising artist, Dev remains one of the most exciting new artists to come out of the dance pop underground in recent years. Her single "In the Dark" was a major pop hit, and "Bass Down Low" remains a perennial party favorite.

Watch Dev perform "Bass Down Low" live

M83 - Sony Stage 7:30 p.m. Friday

M83 live at Coachella 2012
Photo by Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Hurry Up, We'r Dreaming, the most recent album by French electronic band M83, was one of the most critically acclaimed of 2011. The single "Midnight City" has been certified gold and was a top 10 hit on both the alternative and rock songs charts. The music of M83 is used frequently in TV shows and movies.

Watch M83 perform "Midnight City" live

The Black Keys - Red Bull Soundstage 8:30 p.m. Friday

Black Keys at Coachella 2011
Photo by Karl Walter / Getty Images

Rock duo The Black Keys have a well-deserved reputation as one of today's top live acts. They have won three Grammy Awards. Their most recent album El Camino reached #2 on the album chart and generated the hit singles "Lonely Boy" and "Gold On the Ceiling."

Watch The Black Keys perform "Gold On the Ceiling" live

fun. - Google Play Stage 4:45 p.m. Saturday

Photo by Charles Eshelman / Getty Images

fun. are one of the top breakout pop artists of 2012. Their single "We Are Young" spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow up "Some Nights" is just outside the top 10. The group is led by charismatic lead vocalist Nate Ruess.

Watch fun. perform "We Are Young" live

Calvin Harris - Perry's 7 p.m. Saturday

Calvin Harris
Courtesy Gareth Cattermole

Calvin Harris first hit the charts in the UK five years ago. However, this is the year he has taken the US by storm. Calvin Harris' first chart appearance in the US came as featured performer on Rihanna's massive #1 pop hit "We Found Love." He has followed that with his own top 20 hits "Feel So Close" and "Let's Go."

Watch Calvin Harris perform "Feel So Close" live

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Red Bull Soundstage 8 p.m. Saturday

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are a legendary rock group. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past spring. Red Hot Chili Peppers have released six consecutive top 10 albums and they have nine top 40 pop hit singles.

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers perform "Under the Bridge" live

Avicii - Bud Light Stage 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Photo by Tom Briglia / Getty Images

With the hit single "Levels," Swedish DJ Avicii became a pop star. At the young age of 22 he is already listed in the top 10 among the world's best DJs. In addition to the success with "Levels," Avicii also topped the dance chart in the US collaborating with Leona Lewis on "Collide."

Watch Avicii perform "Levels" live

Sigur Ros - Red Bull Soundstage 4 p.m. Sunday

Sigur Ros
Photo by Karl Walter / Getty Images

Nearly 20 years since their founding, Icelandic band Sigur Ros remain one of the world's most critically acclaimed pop groups. The sound of the group is ethereal with elements from classical music. Their most recent album Valtari, released this past spring, was the first to reach the top 10 in the US.

Watch Sigur Ros perform "Hoppipolla" live

Florence and the Machine - Bud Light Stage - 6:15 p.m. Sunday

Florence and the Machine
Photo by Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine has one of the pop music world's most compelling and powerful voices. Live performances have helped propel singles like "Dog Days Are Over" and "Shake It Out" into mainstream pop consciousness. Florence and the Machine recently topped the UK pop singles chart for the first time with assistance from Calvin Harris on "Spectrum (Say My Name)."

Watch Florence and the Machine peform "Shake It Out" live

Miike Snow - Sony Stage 7:15 p.m. Sunday

Miike Snow
Courtesy Frazer Harrison

Initially the Swedish group Miike Snow were best known as a project featuring the production duo known as Bloodshy and Avant (producers of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and "Piece Of Me"). However, Miike Snow have emerged as significant pop artists in their own right. Their most recent album Happy To You was released this past spring and includes the single "Paddling Out."

Watch Miike Snow perform "Paddling Out" live

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