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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
1,337 1,828
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
703 1,693
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
680 1,749
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
600 1,201
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
572 1,311
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 1,306
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
232 323
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
874 529
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
333 622
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

11
459 1,321
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

12
232 214
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
553 191
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
232 130
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

15
753 956
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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16
232 125
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

17
233 139
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

18
232 69
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

19
775 1,805
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
416 1,033
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

21
233 244
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

22
232 143
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

23
232 631
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
233 161
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
232 80
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
1,110 2,213
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

27
496 902
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 2,004
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
232 200
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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232 125
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

31
232 122
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
232 229
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 1,229
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
232 101
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
232 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
351 809
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
233 65
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

38
232 76
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

39
232 59
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

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232 179
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

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232 140
New Order is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

42
232 73
Adele is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

43
232 76
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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233 79
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
232 96
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
232 98
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
232 149
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
232 93
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

49
232 138
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
232 88
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