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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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2,024 2,131
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
1,789 2,069
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
884 2,032
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
911 1,952
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
836 1,571
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
629 1,239
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

7
555 1,549
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

8
724 1,376
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

9
584 1,654
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

10
693 1,067
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
357 245
Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

12
319 535
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

13
540 928
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

14
319 326
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

15
375 227
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

16
327 763
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

17
360 304
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

18
1,280 2,422
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

19
337 211
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

20
872 1,999
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

21
362 172
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

22
344 330
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

23
344 165
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

24
307 281
New Order is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

25
316 210
INXS is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

26
332 270
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
322 179
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

28
292 295
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

29
310 171
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

30
303 297
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

31
279 412
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

32
1,127 2,176
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

33
291 157
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
294 168
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

35
280 119
Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music

36
379 960
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

37
293 244
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

38
293 142
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

39
273 193
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

40
321 548
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

41
292 363
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

42
270 229
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

43
287 308
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

44
394 1,005
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

45
289 208
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

46
271 141
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

47
281 252
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

48
284 206
Tommy James & the Shondells is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Garage rock

49
279 244
Asia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

50
279 245
Mike + The Mechanics is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music