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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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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

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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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

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Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

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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

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T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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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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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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INXS is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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

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Extreme is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Kim Wilde Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Train is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Train Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Asia Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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Katrina and the Waves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Katrina and the Waves New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bruce Hornsby Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

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Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jim Reeves Nashville sound, Country

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz