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

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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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

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

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

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol

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INXS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

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Boney M is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

Pop Stars With And Without Makeup

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Röyksopp Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

The Best Country Songs About Growing Up

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Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Herman's Hermits British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

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Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Dion & The Belmonts Pop music

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Roxette is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Mink DeVille Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

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Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Quicksilver Messenger Service Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

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Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Kim Wilde Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

The Best Female Musicians of All Time

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Extreme is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Asia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Asia Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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Katrina and the Waves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Katrina and the Waves New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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The Sacred Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tommy James & the Shondells Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

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Them is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Them Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock