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The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists 

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Updated September 5, 2019 1G votes 12.9k voters 415.2k views 324 items

List Rules Only pop rock bands and artists

Over the years, pop rock has come to dominate the radio waves. Mixing a catchy pop sound with light (read: not serious) lyrics combined with guitar rock, pop rock bands are some of the most popular bands on the planet and making some of the best rock songs of 2018. While new pop rock bands come and go, the best pop rock bands have managed stick around and churn out hit after hit. These pop rock artists sell out arenas, sell millions of singles and downloads, and some are even featured on TV shows and movies. Above all, pop rock bands have managed to endure and are widely known for having big hits.

So, what are the best pop rock bands? Any list of pop rock bands has to include names like Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, OneRepublic, Daughtry, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and the Beatles. These famous pop bands span generations and different eras in pop music, from current bands to the classics, but the one similar thread is that they all play rock music and were labeled as a pop band. Pop rock isn't going away any time soon, and its bands, with good reason, appeal to all music fans. Famous pop singers are often treated like celebrities and it's usually their charisma that makes them so good at what they do. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the top pop rock bands. If you think a pop rock band should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add there . This list answers the questions "who are the best pop rock bands of all time?" and "who are the greatest pop rock musicians 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 pop rock bands that you might've heard of.

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American ...more

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and ...more

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#2 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #5 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Queen Songs of All Time

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining ...more

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late ...more

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. The ...more

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Tommy James & the Sh... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Dion & The Belmonts ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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INXS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop rock and pop punk band. Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin. The group were ...more

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Them is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Icehouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Keane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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