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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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1,981 2,104
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
iwontgiveyou.myinformation added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
1,739 2,047
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
862 2,006
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
896 1,929
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
808 1,551
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
541 1,529
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

7
605 1,220
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

8
574 1,627
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
314 511
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

10
675 1,050
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
706 1,358
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
362 207
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

13
325 189
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

14
343 286
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

15
335 313
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

16
343 222
Adele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

17
349 154
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

18
299 262
New Order is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

19
517 910
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

20
861 1,981
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
315 747
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

22
290 275
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

23
310 192
INXS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

24
1,264 2,399
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

25
311 306
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

26
279 390
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

27
330 152
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

28
1,110 2,156
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
294 276
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

30
314 164
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

31
304 153
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

32
291 148
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

33
287 141
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

34
291 213
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

35
287 331
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

36
273 163
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

37
268 196
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

38
278 102
Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music

39
282 276
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

40
291 112
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

41
279 206
Asia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

42
268 177
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

43
271 105
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

44
283 169
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

45
282 175
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

46
268 212
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

47
269 227
Katrina and the Waves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

48
272 237
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

49
300 407
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

50
281 237
Rick Springfield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock