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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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1,705 1,963
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

2
1,468 1,938
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
775 1,806
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
743 1,869
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
692 1,292
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
649 1,425
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
448 1,419
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
508 1,468
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
270 396
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

10
939 596
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

11
410 711
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

12
469 1,136
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

13
563 979
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

14
631 247
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

The Best Songs on U2's Album Songs of Experience

15
263 290
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

16
807 1,895
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

17
263 188
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
265 185
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

19
265 279
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

20
267 181
New Order is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

21
266 111
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
270 674
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

23
283 206
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
273 204
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

25
1,168 2,298
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

26
266 115
INXS is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

27
264 189
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

28
1,035 2,074
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

29
262 109
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Röyksopp Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

30
277 153
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

31
265 119
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

32
268 255
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
266 240
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

34
263 154
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

35
408 862
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

36
610 1,287
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

37
265 125
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

38
262 94
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

39
265 78
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
262 98
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

41
272 97
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

42
262 207
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating

43
266 97
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

44
263 170
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Kim Wilde Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

45
263 279
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

46
262 117
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
263 99
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

48
263 110
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

49
261 152
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
264 88
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock