June 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM ET
The question of who the "queen of pop" may be is typically a question of momentary dominance. Want to make a decision based on album sales? Then Taylor Swift might be your queen. Does capturing attention by donning a meat dress do something for you? Then Gaga's probably your girl.
That sort of logic might make some sense while in the moment, but it's far from a comprehensive approach. Recognizing this, Rolling Stone has taken an under-the-microscope tactic and actually crunched numbers for 16 solo female artists.
The mag ranked brick-and-mortar sales and digital tracks, YouTube play and airplay, social networking as well as awards -- among many other elements -- to find out just who is the queen of pop.
Click through Rolling Stone's study, and see if you agree with the answer. And then weigh in with our vote.