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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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1,975 2,097
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
1,727 2,043
Queen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
MichaelGilham added Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
857 2,002
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
891 1,924
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
802 1,548
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

6
537 1,526
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
599 1,218
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

8
572 1,619
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
313 507
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
672 1,048
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

11
702 1,357
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

12
359 205
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
323 188
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

14
339 284
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
331 311
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
340 217
Adele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

17
299 258
New Order is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

18
347 151
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
859 1,979
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
513 906
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

21
315 742
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
310 188
INXS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

23
289 271
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

24
1,257 2,395
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

25
279 386
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

26
308 305
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

27
328 151
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
1,104 2,154
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
293 271
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

30
303 150
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

31
310 162
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

32
290 145
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
290 209
Herman's Hermits is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

34
284 140
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
273 160
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

36
287 328
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

37
266 193
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

38
278 99
Dion & The Belmonts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
LaphaetonZ added Pop music

39
281 274
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
289 110
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

41
271 102
Quicksilver Messenger Service is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rock music, Acid rock, Jam band

42
268 209
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

43
267 175
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
multimediagill added Doo-wop, Rock music, Cabaret

44
277 205
Asia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Rock music, Arena rock, Pop rock

45
282 167
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
280 172
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

47
272 234
Kim Wilde is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Smiler added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

48
267 225
Katrina and the Waves is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

49
297 405
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

50
271 94
Them is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock