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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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2
1,339 1,842
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
706 1,702
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
681 1,761
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
604 1,210
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

6
573 1,320
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

7
395 1,316
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

8
236 324
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
882 531
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

10
335 630
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

11
460 1,334
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

12
236 219
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

13
563 192
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

14
757 965
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

15
236 126
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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16
236 133
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

17
236 71
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

18
236 141
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

19
776 1,816
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
236 244
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

21
420 1,043
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

22
236 144
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

23
236 632
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

24
236 162
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

25
236 81
INXS is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

26
1,111 2,221
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

27
497 909
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

28
989 2,012
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
236 201
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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30
236 126
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

31
236 122
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

32
236 229
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

33
570 1,237
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
236 102
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

35
236 72
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

36
353 816
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

37
236 76
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

38
236 66
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

39
236 60
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

40
236 180
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

41
236 141
New Order is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

42
236 74
Adele is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

43
236 77
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

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44
236 82
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

45
236 97
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

46
236 99
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Mink DeVille Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

47
236 150
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Kim Wilde Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

48
236 94
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

49
236 139
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

50
236 89
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music