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Rihanna named 'top pop artist of the last 20 years'

WINNING: Rihanna

RIHANNA HAS been named Billboard Magazine's 'Top Pop Artist' of the last 20 years, in an analysis of her incredible chart performance.

The Only Girl singer took the number one spot on famed US music magazine's list, which counts down the most successful artists in the history of its Pop Songs chart, after scoring 21 top ten hits and nine number one songs.

American popstar Pink came in at second place, followed by fellow songstress' Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey.

The news comes after the 24-year-old shot to the top of the UK chart with her latest single Diamonds, beating out wildly popular British boyband One Direction.

Speaking to her fans on her Twitter after finding out about her latest achievement she said: "In the mean time, #Diamonds debuts at NUMBER ONE on the UK charts!!!! #thatdamnRihannaReign !!!! UK is hard body [sic]."

See the full list of BiIlboard's 'Top Pop Songs Artists 1992-2012' below:

1. Rihanna

2. Pink

3. Britney Spears

4. Kelly Clarkson

5. Mariah Carey

6. Katy Perry

7. Usher

8. Black Eyed Peas

9. Janet Jackson

10. Madonna

11. Lady Gaga

12. Christina Aguilera

13. Justin Timberlake

14. Nickelback

15. Matchbox 20

16. Beyonce

17. Backstreet Boys

18. Jennifer Lopez

19. Maroon 5

20. Avril Lavigne

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