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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. 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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1,498 1,806
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
1,292 1,776
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
683 1,644
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
but chickens double d added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
661 1,698
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
383 1,258
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

6
577 1,159
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
210 300
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

8
539 1,270
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

9
838 511
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
452 1,254
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

11
210 186
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

12
724 911
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

13
768 1,755
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

14
210 99
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
210 111
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
512 171
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

17
1,091 2,165
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

18
977 1,957
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

19
475 868
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

20
211 150
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

21
552 1,194
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

22
210 190
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

23
210 217
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

24
210 115
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

25
210 113
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

26
399 996
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

27
210 113
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

28
210 93
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

29
210 56
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

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30
210 169
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

31
210 64
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

32
310 585
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

33
273 725
The Police is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

34
210 622
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

35
210 71
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

36
210 133
New Order is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

37
210 54
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

38
210 249
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

39
210 68
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

40
210 73
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

41
210 91
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Mink DeVille Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

42
210 142
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

43
210 133
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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44
429 844
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

45
210 259
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
211 92
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

47
210 130
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

48
210 78
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

49
210 87
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

50
213 81
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music