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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. 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

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

2
1,265 1,752
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
675 1,614
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
but chickens double d added The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

4
650 1,673
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
563 1,135
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
201 284
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

7
530 1,236
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

8
373 1,234
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

9
816 495
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
201 160
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

11
201 79
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

12
765 1,717
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

13
490 161
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

14
201 100
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

15
447 1,225
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

The Best Pop Songs About Death Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

16
201 131
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

17
461 842
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

18
699 889
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

19
201 186
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

20
539 1,171
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

21
201 209
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
jack-spurlock added The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

22
201 108
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

23
201 108
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
bri-gri added The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

24
201 111
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

25
392 977
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

26
201 53
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

27
1,084 2,132
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

28
966 1,926
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

29
201 52
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

The Best Pop Songs About Alcohol The Absolute Worst People at the Movies

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201 166
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

31
298 569
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

32
201 131
New Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

33
201 77
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

34
201 75
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

35
201 67
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

36
201 86
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

37
201 621
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

38
201 248
The Everly Brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music, Rockabilly

39
201 71
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

40
201 133
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

41
201 91
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

42
201 68
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

43
420 826
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2010s Quality Wines Brands at the Best Prices

44
201 258
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

45
201 128
Extreme is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
tine-dandal added Extreme Glam metal, Blues-rock, Progressive metal

46
201 140
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
201 90
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

48
201 68
INXS is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
PaulCollins added INXS New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

49
201 153
Katrina and the Waves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Katrina and the Waves New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

50
328 761
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music