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The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists  

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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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have ...more

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first hit and signature song of the same ...more

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" ...more

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's ...more

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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INXS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Huey Lewis & the New... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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