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The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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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. (218 items)
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    Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    The Cars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Blondie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Garage rock, Rock and roll

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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    The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock Helen Wheels

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    Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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    Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Buddy Holly & the Crickets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop music

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    The Wonders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    That Thing You Do!

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    The Clash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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    The Nightcrawlers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    My Little Black Egg

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    Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Shoegazing

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    British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

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    Jangle pop, Power pop

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    New Wave, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Grunge, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

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    Gin Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

    Jangle pop, Pop punk, Pop music

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    Rock music, Power pop

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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