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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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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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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 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 ...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
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant ...more

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls, and ...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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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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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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) 11 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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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television ...more

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Byrds 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
Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more

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Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central and pioneering figure of ...more

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Stevie Wonder 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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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
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