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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    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears
    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    added by MichaelGilham
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    added by but chickens double d
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    added by MitchellRasky
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    ranked low on reranks & added by karlmodesto123
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    ranked low on reranks
    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    added by FrankRHansen
    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by DatPerson
    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    added by dreamertilldawn
    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by polyglot261138
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 173
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    added by erisedRi
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    + 164
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    + 189
    - 214

    ranked low on reranks & added by juliocaesar7080
    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    + 91
    - 83

    added by kush-sahu
    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    + 198
    - 277


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

    added by Stardustmania
    Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

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    added by bri-gri
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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    - 250


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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    + 210
    - 370


    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    + 126
    - 186

    added by datrlykewlfreekinguymandood
    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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    + 263
    - 380

    added by rcotto80
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    - 121


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    added by shaydie
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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