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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    added by MichaelGilham
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  4. 4
    + 305
    - 215

    added by MitchellRasky
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  5. 5
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    added by but chickens double d
    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  6. 6
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    - 1,035


    Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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  7. 7
    + 284
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    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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  8. 8
    + 163
    - 103


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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  10. 10
    + 214
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    added by FrankRHansen
    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  12. 12
    + 402
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    added by karlmodesto123
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 437
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    + 165
    - 103

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

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    + 249
    - 356

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

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 393
    - 542

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

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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    + 110
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    added by polyglot261138
    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    + 310
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    added by dreamertilldawn
    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    + 170
    - 191

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

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    + 53
    - 29

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

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  28. 28
    + 416
    - 644


    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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  29. 29
    + 243
    - 409


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    + 185
    - 192

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

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    + 51
    - 62


    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    + 76
    - 54

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

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    + 193
    - 259


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 144
    - 231


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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    + 206
    - 351


    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    + 53
    - 80


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    + 124
    - 169

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

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    + 26
    - 3

    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 89
    - 200

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

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    + 156
    - 229


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 97
    - 105


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  42. 42
    + 30
    - 47

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

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    + 221
    - 405

    often listed & added by shaydie
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    + 158
    - 337

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

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    + 257
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    ranked low on reranks & added by rcotto80
    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks
    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    + 217
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    + 108
    - 165


    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    + 243
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    Nu metal, Rock music, Acoustic music

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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