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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 Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beatles 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
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Fall Out Boy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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The Script is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Script Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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Huey Lewis & the News is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Huey Lewis & the News Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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Duran Duran is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Duran Duran Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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Tears for Fears is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tears for Fears Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Meat Loaf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Wings Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music