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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. (242 items)
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    The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Rock/pop Baroque pop/rock

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    Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock Helen Wheels

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal When the Lights Are Out

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music Head Held High

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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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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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    British Invasion, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Buddy Holly & the Crickets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Country pop, Acoustic music, Pop rock Everywhere (!)

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    Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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

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    My Little Black Egg

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Merseybeat

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    Noise rock, New Wave, Dance-punk

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    Synthpunk, Synthpop, New Wave Fa La Fa Lee, Fletcher Honorama

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise Bone Machine

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    The Golliwogs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock Fragile Child, Brown Eyed Girl

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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock Rock and Roll Woman

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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz Hurt by Love

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    The Wonders is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists

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    That Thing You Do!

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    Pop music

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Dance-punk Dancing With Myself

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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk Trouble

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock Basket Case

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