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

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    Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop

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    Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock Helen Wheels

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    Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Garage rock, Rock and roll

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    Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Shoegazing

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Jangle pop, Power pop

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    New Wave, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop music

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    Buddy Holly & the Crickets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Grunge, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

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    Rock music, Power pop

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

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    That Thing You Do!

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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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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Jangle pop, Pop punk, Pop music

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Power pop, Pub rock, Punk rock

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    British Invasion, Folk music, Soft rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Indie pop, Pop rock, Power pop

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Pop rock

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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