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The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists 

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Updated September 5, 2019 1G votes 13.1k voters 417.5k views 320 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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The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most ...more

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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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#11 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #876 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #13 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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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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#848 of 1,038 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #1 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time The Best Queen Songs of All Time

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#14 of 279 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s The Best Bee Gees Albums of All Timelisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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#37 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #121 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Kinks Songs of All Time

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and ...more

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, ...more

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Tommy James & the Sh... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tommy James and the Shondells are an American rock and roll group whose greatest period was in the late 1960s. They had two No. 1 singles in the U.S., "Hanky Panky" and "Crimson ...more

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#590 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #138 of 344 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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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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Dion and the Belmonts were a leading American vocal group of the late 1950s. All members were from the Bronx, New York City. The group formed when Dion DiMucci, lead singer, joined The Belmonts ...more
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Electric Light Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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#72 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #22 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time

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INXS is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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INXS (pronounced "in excess") were an Australian rock band, formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. The band's founding members were bassist Garry Gary ...more

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#168 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #88 of 367 The Best Pop Artists of the 1980slisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more

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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950) is an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. After ...more

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Smash Mouth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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5 Seconds of Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Them 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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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Sugar Ray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Huey Lewis & the New... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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