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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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1,793 2,014
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
1,541 1,970
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
782 1,914
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
817 1,854
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
737 1,331
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
701 1,469
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
487 1,460
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
530 1,526
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
285 436
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
958 632
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
459 742
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

12
510 1,166
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

13
600 1,009
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
509 935
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
657 266
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
644 1,309
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
827 1,934
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
287 137
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
267 329
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

20
273 214
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

21
306 232
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

The Best Singers of All Time

22
278 206
New Order is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
275 211
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

24
287 700
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

25
292 229
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

26
302 169
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

27
293 154
Adele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

28
1,195 2,336
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating

29
284 138
INXS is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

30
290 274
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
1,060 2,103
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

32
281 258
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

33
269 219
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

34
437 881
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

35
269 147
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

21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

36
298 112
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

37
266 176
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

38
264 136
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Röyksopp Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

39
275 95
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
268 148
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

41
265 113
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
278 112
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

The Best Pop Songs of 2017

43
265 116
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

44
288 126
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
284 136
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
279 296
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

47
338 574
The Who is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

48
276 125
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

49
274 115
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

50
267 230
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music