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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

2
1,523 1,956
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
769 1,897
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
801 1,841
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

5
723 1,316
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
682 1,452
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
472 1,444
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
519 1,508
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
281 420
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
952 618
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
444 728
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

12
499 1,152
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

13
589 996
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
495 922
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

15
644 261
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

16
632 1,299
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
266 312
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

18
823 1,916
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

19
273 198
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
279 125
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

21
270 204
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

22
274 195
New Order is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
281 688
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
284 216
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
293 225
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

26
1,183 2,320
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

27
276 129
INXS is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

28
283 145
Adele is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

The Best Pop Songs About Death

29
291 164
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

30
280 265
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

31
1,053 2,091
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

32
264 206
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

33
274 253
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
264 124
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Röyksopp Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

35
267 135
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

36
264 166
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

37
424 873
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

38
285 104
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
266 135
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

40
269 90
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

41
262 106
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

42
262 109
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol

43
271 108
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
266 221
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

45
274 291
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

46
270 109
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

47
279 122
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
267 287
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

49
268 97
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

50
325 572
The Who is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music