The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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List Criteria: Only pop rock bands and artists

Over the years, pop rock has come to dominate the radio waves. Mixing a catchy pop sound with light (read: not serious) lyrics combined with guitar rock, pop rock bands are some of the most popular bands on the planet. While new pop rock bands come and go, the best pop rock bands have managed stick around and churn out hit after hit. These pop rock artists sell out arenas, sell millions of singles and downloads, and some are even featured on TV shows and movies. Above all, pop rock bands have managed to endure and are widely known for having big hits.

So, what are the best pop rock bands? Any list of pop rock bands has to include names like Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, OneRepublic, Daughtry, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and the Beatles. These famous pop bands span generations and different eras in pop music, but the one similar thread is that they all play rock music and were labeled as a pop band. Pop rock isn't going away any time soon, and its bands, with good reason, appeal to all music fans. Famous pop singers are often treated like celebrities and it's usually their charisma that makes them so good at what they do. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the top pop rock bands. If you think a pop rock band should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add there . This list answers the questions "who are the best pop rock bands of all time?" and "who are the greatest pop rock musicians ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular pop rock bands that you might've heard of.
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    the people's #1 & added by iwontgiveyou.myinformation
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    ABBA is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

    often listed & added by datrlykewlfreekinguymandood
    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    The Police is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blondie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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    Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by CarolAustin
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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