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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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1,979 2,102
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
1,738 2,045
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
860 2,005
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
893 1,928
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
806 1,550
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
540 1,528
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
604 1,220
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

8
573 1,624
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
313 511
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 1,049
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
705 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
361 206
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
342 285
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
324 189
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
333 312
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
349 152
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

17
342 221
Adele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

18
299 260
New Order is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

19
516 908
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

20
860 1,980
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
315 745
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
290 273
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

23
310 190
INXS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

24
1,261 2,399
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

25
279 388
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

26
310 306
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

27
329 152
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
1,108 2,155
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
294 274
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

30
313 163
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

31
304 151
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
291 147
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
291 211
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

34
286 141
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
268 194
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

36
287 330
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

37
273 162
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

38
278 101
Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music

39
281 276
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
291 111
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

41
268 176
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

42
271 104
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

43
278 206
Asia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

44
283 168
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
282 174
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

46
268 211
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
269 226
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
272 236
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

49
300 406
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

50
272 95
Them is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock