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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. 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, 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
iwontgiveyou.myinformation added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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2
1,219 1,673
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
650 1,526
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
but chickens double d added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
621 1,600
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

5
355 1,159
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

6
514 1,069
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
495 1,151
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

8
172 255
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

9
172 113
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

10
420 777
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
670 814
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

12
757 1,638
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
434 1,141
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

14
172 84
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

15
172 184
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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16
749 475
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

17
1,054 2,060
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

18
172 87
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

19
172 82
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

20
942 1,857
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

21
437 149
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

22
172 54
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

23
392 771
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

24
513 1,110
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

25
172 115
New Order is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

26
172 67
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

27
172 121
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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172 78
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

29
369 915
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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172 161
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

31
172 115
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

32
172 60
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

33
172 129
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Kim Wilde Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

34
172 58
INXS is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

35
172 84
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

36
172 82
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

37
172 82
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

38
172 144
Katrina and the Waves is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Katrina and the Waves New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

39
172 132
Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Bruce Hornsby Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

40
172 126
Asia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Asia Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

41
172 37
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

42
172 75
Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jim Reeves Nashville sound, Country

43
172 83
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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265 514
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

45
172 90
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

46
172 56
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

47
172 44
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

48
172 63
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

49
172 94
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

50
172 155
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music