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

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2
1,384 1,869
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
735 1,729
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
706 1,793
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

5
635 1,233
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

6
598 1,352
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

7
419 1,342
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

8
248 343
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

9
898 548
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

10
358 653
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

11
473 1,384
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

12
779 990
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

13
246 255
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

14
586 217
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

15
248 148
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

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16
246 155
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

17
787 1,845
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

18
248 86
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

19
249 161
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

20
247 255
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Mark Lanzarotta added The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

21
433 1,067
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

22
247 646
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

23
250 171
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
249 157
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

25
1,128 2,249
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

26
519 924
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

27
247 96
INXS is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

28
1,003 2,036
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
247 213
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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249 128
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

31
250 237
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

32
244 138
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

33
581 1,257
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
374 831
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

35
245 111
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

36
246 80
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

37
246 83
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

38
248 73
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

39
248 67
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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246 189
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

41
246 151
New Order is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

42
248 83
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

43
249 87
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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252 105
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

45
248 89
Adele is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

46
245 158
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Kim Wilde Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

47
247 269
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

48
245 107
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Mink DeVille Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

49
246 99
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

50
246 144
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal