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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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1,935 2,074
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
1,673 2,028
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
843 1,981
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
879 1,908
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
777 1,533
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
530 1,510
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
310 491
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

8
564 1,602
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
574 1,209
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

10
653 1,040
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
690 1,346
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
345 196
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
313 180
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

14
330 275
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
325 302
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
291 248
New Order is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

17
327 206
Adele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

18
339 145
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

19
285 262
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
304 180
INXS is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

21
851 1,970
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

22
277 375
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

23
309 734
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

24
499 901
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

25
1,244 2,386
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

26
302 298
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

27
321 141
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
291 258
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

29
1,095 2,144
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

30
306 151
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

31
299 143
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
286 136
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
282 131
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
287 202
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

35
266 183
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

36
271 152
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

37
283 321
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

38
274 93
Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music

39
278 266
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
270 93
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

41
284 104
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

42
267 165
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

43
267 200
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

44
271 225
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

45
280 159
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

46
275 197
Asia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

47
265 217
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
270 85
Them is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock

49
276 167
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

50
264 104
The Sacred Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists