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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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The Wonders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Wonders That Thing You Do!

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The Move is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Move British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Badfinger Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop 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 Beatles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - Revolution, etc., etc.

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Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Fountains of Wayne Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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

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The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Vapors New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

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Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jimmy Eat World Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Paul Revere and The Raiders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Paul Revere and The Raiders Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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Pixies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pixies Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise - Bone Machine

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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Kingsmen Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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Peter and Gordon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Peter and Gordon Pop music

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Generation X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Generation X Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk - Dancing With Myself

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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk - Trouble

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1910 Fruitgum Company is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
1910 Fruitgum Company Bubblegum pop

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The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Boomtown Rats New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Buddy Holly & the Crickets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 22 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 Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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Public Image Ltd is listed (or ranked) 25 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) 26 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Zombies British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Elvis Costello New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

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Slade is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Sparks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Sparks Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave - Fa La Fa Lee, Fletcher Honorama

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Wings Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock - Helen Wheels

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The Knickerbockers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Knickerbockers Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock

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Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Alex Chilton Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Left Banke Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Castaways is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Castaways Garage rock, Rock and roll

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The Box Tops is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Box Tops Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock

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The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Golliwogs Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock - Fragile Child, Brown Eyed Girl

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Gary Lewis & The Playboys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Gary Lewis & The Playboys Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Big Star is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Big Star Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

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The Clash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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The Dave Clark Five is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Dave Clark Five Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 42 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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The Beau Brummels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Beau Brummels Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock - Rock and Roll Woman

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Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Michelle Branch Country pop, Acoustic music, Pop rock - Everywhere (!)

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The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Go-Go's Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Romantics Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music