The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

65k votes 6.3k voters 288k views 184 items tags f p @

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.
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 23 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 1,088
    - 1,192

    the people's #1 & added by iwontgiveyou.myinformation
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    ;
  2. 2
    + 981
    - 1,179

    added by MichaelGilham
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ;
  3. 3
    + 289
    - 232
    The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists


    Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

  4. 4
    + 538
    - 1,043

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

    ;
  5. 5
    + 529
    - 1,111

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

    ;
  6. 6
    + 446
    - 249

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

    ;
  7. 7
    + 280
    - 670

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

    ;
  8. 8
    + 955
    - 1,515

    ranked low on reranks
    Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

    ;
  9. 9
    + 847
    - 1,344

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

    ;
  10. 10
    + 342
    - 673


    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

    ;
  11. 11
    + 58
    - 110

    added by passionsears
    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

    ;
  12. 12
    + 118
    - 54

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

    ;
  13. 13
    + 372
    - 639

    added by MitchellRasky
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

    ;
  14. 14
    + 715
    - 1,268


    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  15. 15
    + 251
    - 529

    added by FrankRHansen
    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

    ;
  16. 16
    + 372
    - 800


    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    ;
  17. 17
    + 238
    - 418


    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

    ;
  18. 18
    + 409
    - 774


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  19. 19
    + 208
    - 384


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  20. 20
    + 100
    - 93
    No image

    ranked low on reranks & added by passionsears

  21. 21
    + 118
    - 168


    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

    ;
  22. 22
    + 232
    - 349


    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

    ;
  23. 23
    + 463
    - 775

    added by karlmodesto123
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  24. 24
    + 123
    - 185


    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

    ;
  25. 25
    + 183
    - 374


    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

    ;
  26. 26
    + 56
    - 77

    added by jack-spurlock
    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

    ;
  27. 27
    + 96
    - 142


    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

    ;
  28. 28
    + 479
    - 860


    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ;
  29. 29
    + 420
    - 756

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

    ;
  30. 30
    + 62
    - 87


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  31. 31
    + 134
    - 298

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

    ;
  32. 32
    + 118
    - 156

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

    ;
  33. 33
    + 92
    - 163


    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

    ;
  34. 34
    + 243
    - 476


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  35. 35
    + 540
    - 907


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ;
  36. 36
    + 102
    - 192


    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

    ;
  37. 37
    + 351
    - 577

    added by dreamertilldawn
    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

    ;
  38. 38
    + 121
    - 96

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

    ;
  39. 39
    + 234
    - 460

    added by shaydie
    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

    ;
  40. 40
    + 260
    - 536


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

    ;
  41. 41
    + 53
    - 41

    ranked low on reranks & added by IanHarvey
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

    ;
  42. 42
    + 178
    - 390

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

    ;
  43. 43
    + 189
    - 324

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

    ;
  44. 44
    + 107
    - 179

    added by CarolAustin
    Wagnerian rock, Rock opera, Rock music

    ;
  45. 45
    + 59
    - 52

    added by MarioArley
    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

    ;
  46. 46
    + 104
    - 167


    Doo-wop, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

    ;
  47. 47
    + 442
    - 825


    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  48. 48
    + 108
    - 248


    Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

    ;
  49. 49
    + 139
    - 235

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

    ;
  50. 50
    + 15
    - 15


    Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

    ;
185 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >