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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. (241 items)

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music Rock music - Beyond count.

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Big Star is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Big Star Rock music, Power pop Alternative rock

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Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Alex Chilton Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul Rock music

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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave Rock music

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The Knack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Knack New Wave, Rock music Power pop

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The Move is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Move British Invasion, Pop music Rock music

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

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Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Badfinger Synthpop, Classic rock Pop music

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The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music Garage rock

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Buddy Holly & the Crickets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Buddy Holly & the Crickets

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Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Fountains of Wayne Pop punk, Indie pop Pop rock

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The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Romantics Pop punk, New Wave Pop music

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk Pop punk - Trouble

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The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Go-Go's Pop punk, New Wave Pop music

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Chad & Jeremy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Chad & Jeremy British Invasion, Folk music Soft rock

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Chris Spedding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Chris Spedding Pop music, Rock music Jazz - Hurt by Love

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The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Box Tops Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Pop rock

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge Noise - Bone Machine

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The Beau Brummels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Beau Brummels Pop music, Rock music Folk rock

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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music Rockabilly

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The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Boomtown Rats New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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1910 Fruitgum Company is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
1910 Fruitgum Company Bubblegum pop

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

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The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Left Banke Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Wings Pop music, Rock music Pop rock - Helen Wheels

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock Merseybeat

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul Spoken word - Romeo Had Juliette, etc.

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Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Peter and Gordon Pop music

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The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Nightcrawlers My Little Black Egg

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The Wonders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Wonders That Thing You Do!

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The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Pillows Pop punk, Power pop Alternative rock

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music Pop rock - Revolution, etc., etc.

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The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Vapors New Wave, Power pop Mod revival

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop New Wave

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Gary Lewis & The Playboys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Gary Lewis & The Playboys Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop New Wave - Fa La Fa Lee, Fletcher Honorama

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Slade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Slade Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal - When the Lights Are Out

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Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jimmy Eat World Pop punk, Rock music Emo

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave

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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock Protopunk

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Public Image Ltd Noise rock, New Wave Dance-punk

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The Zombies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music Alternative rock - Basket Case

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The Castaways is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Castaways Garage rock, Rock and roll

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock Rock music - Head Held High

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music Classic Punk - She Was Everything to Me

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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music Rockabilly

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The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Golliwogs Blues-rock, Rock music Garage rock - Fragile Child, Brown Eyed Girl