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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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1,901 2,057
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
1,627 2,015
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
826 1,968
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
861 1,899
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
758 1,512
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
516 1,497
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
555 1,582
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

8
298 481
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

9
550 1,201
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

10
631 1,036
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
671 1,338
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
326 193
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
316 262
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

14
301 171
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
318 189
Adele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

16
310 296
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

17
279 248
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
283 237
New Order is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

19
841 1,959
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
300 723
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

21
270 362
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

22
1,229 2,369
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

23
325 137
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

24
289 171
INXS is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

25
481 894
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

26
285 243
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

27
1,087 2,129
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

28
291 288
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

29
298 143
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

30
305 138
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

31
292 135
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
281 127
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
265 170
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

34
277 123
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

35
281 192
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

36
266 141
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

37
273 253
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

38
276 312
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

39
269 85
Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music

40
267 82
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

41
265 187
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

42
264 155
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

43
269 211
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

44
278 95
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

45
274 152
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

46
272 188
Asia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

47
263 206
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
263 91
The Sacred Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

49
273 152
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

50
265 77
Them is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock