rock The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

67k votes 262k views 184 items Embed

List Rules 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.

1
+ - 1,133 1,261
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

The Best Pop Songs About Death The Best Drummers of All Time

2
+ - 1,020 1,247
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music Heavy metal

3
+ - 337 326
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music Baroque pop/rock

4
+ - 451 330
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

5
+ - 183 79
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music Rock music

6
+ - 562 1,100
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

7
+ - 548 1,167
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

8
+ - 970 1,600
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad Neo soul

9
+ - 862 1,423
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

10
+ - 132 143
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

11
+ - 292 717
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

12
+ - 400 675
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

13
+ - 264 437
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

14
+ - 373 716
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

15
+ - 256 385
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock Experimental rock

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
+ - 724 1,306
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music Rhythm and blues

17
+ - 131 116
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat Rock music

18
+ - 228 395
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

19
+ - 71 52
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Eagles Country pop, Rock music Folk rock

20
+ - 129 188
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music Big band

21
+ - 272 544
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
ABBA Synthpop, Disco Pop music

22
+ - 482 806
Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music Rock music

23
+ - 428 790
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

24
+ - 63 129
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music Raga rock

25
+ - 129 173
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Disco

26
+ - 63 88
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop New Wave

27
+ - 130 205
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music Classic Punk

28
+ - 64 37
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul Swamp pop

29
+ - 383 820
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music Electronic music

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Most Interesting Things You Could Buy for $100K

30
+ - 488 874
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

31
+ - 431 770
The Script is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Script Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul Rock music

32
+ - 73 68
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock Post-Britpop

33
+ - 68 102
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

34
+ - 366 592
Panic! at the Disco is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Panic! at the Disco Pop punk, Rock music Emo

35
+ - 553 921
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

36
+ - 98 159
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music Rockabilly

37
+ - 138 177
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music Alternative rock

38
+ - 194 382
The Police is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone Ska punk

39
+ - 125 167
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock Rock music

40
+ - 48 39
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music Rock music

41
+ - 95 173
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

42
+ - 106 118
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Robbie Williams Hip hop music, Swing music Rock music

43
+ - 250 485
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2010s The Best Organic Coffee Brands

44
+ - 195 331
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave

45
+ - 42 35
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock Rock music

46
+ - 48 48
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music Rock music

47
+ - 138 307
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues

48
+ - 109 175
Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Huey Lewis & the News Doo-wop, Blues-rock Blue-eyed soul

49
+ - 104 201
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music Folk rock

50
+ - 207 328
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paramore Pop punk, Rock music Emo