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Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

The genre known as power pop is a derivative of 1960s rock pop that ruled the airwaves. The best power pop bands have catchy hooks, quick songs that are easily to remember and seamless blend between hard rock and regular old melodic pop music. Generally, the best power pop bands made their impact in the late 1970s and 1980s and were generally of the new wave and punk rock variety. It may confusing to fans to see pop music and some of these genres mixed together, 

So, what are the best power pop bands? This list of power pop bands seeks to determine that. Familiar bands like Blondie, The Cars, Squeeze, The Knack, The Romantics and Big Star all make this list. All power pop bands should be on this list. If you notice that one of the best power pop bands isn't on this list and should be, please feel free to add them. 

That said, it's up to you to determine which power pop band could be considered the greatest of all time. This list answers the questions "who are the best power pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest power pop musician 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 power pop bands that you might've heard of. (199 items)

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    Day After Day: Live, Straight Up, No Dice

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    Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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    Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

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    The Romantics, In Heat, 61/49

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    Starting Over, Raspberries, Fresh Raspberries

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    Third/Sister Lovers, #1 Record, Radio City

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    Normal as the Next Guy, ... But the Little Girls Understand, Get the Knack ...

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    2011, Green Thoughts, Blown to Smithereens

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    Beauty and the Beat, We Got The Beat / Our Lips Are Sealed, Vacation

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    East Side Story, Singles: 45's and Under, Play

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    Something / Anything?, A Wizard, a True Star

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    Utopia Parkway, Welcome Interstate Managers, Sky Full of Holes

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    Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds: A Short Cut to Teenage ...

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    One Night in America, The Plimsouls... Plus, Gangrene Tambourines

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    Move, Looking On, Message From the Country

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    Girlfriend, In Reverse, 100% Fun

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    Flamingo, Supersnazz, Groovies' Greatest Grooves

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    Sincerely, The Great Lost Twilley Album, The Luck

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    Bleed American, Christmas, Futures (bonus disc: Demo Recordings)

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    Twin Cinema, Electric Version, Mass Romantic

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    Frosting on the Beater, Dear 23, Success

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    The Sound of Music, Stands for deciBels, Repercussion

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    The Undertones, Hypnotised, The Sin of Pride

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    New Clear Days, Magnets, Turning Japanese: The Best of the Vapors

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    Jack Lee, Paul Collins, Peter Case

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    New Miserable Experience, Congratulations I'm Sorry, Dusted

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    National Emotion, 867-5309 Jenny, Tommy Tutone / Tommy Tutone 2

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    All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons

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    Special View, The Immortal Story, The Only Ones

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    1985–1991, Slow, Blow Out the Sun

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    A Tonic for the Troops, Great Songs of Indifference: The Best of Bob ...

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    Born Innocent, Persevere, This Is the Story

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    Strength, Enuff Z'nuff, Animals With Human Intelligence

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    Change Everything, Waking Hours, Some Other Sucker's Parade

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    Inside In/Inside Out, Stormy Weather, Inside In/Inside Out Acoustic

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    International Pop Overthrow, Gone but Not Forgotten, Telecommando ...

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    Boylan Heights, Ring, Fun & Games

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    Long Gone Before Daylight, First Band on the Moon, Life

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    Big Innings: Best of The Outfield, Playing the Field, Diamond Days

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    Spin This, L.P., Untitled

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    Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

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    Lean Into It, Mr. Big, Bump Ahead

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    Don't Make Me Wait, Locksley, Locksley EP

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    The Downward Road, Love Junk, Where's the Bone

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    Over and Over, Kind of Light, Fortune Teller

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    19 Years: A Collection of Alex Chilton, Bach's Bottom, Loose Shoes and ...

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    Owsley, The Hard Way

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    Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, Do the Collapse

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    How to Save a Life, The Fray, How to Save a Life

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    Approved by the Motors, 1, Airport - The Motor's Greatest Hits

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