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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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1,711 1,967
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

2
1,476 1,939
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
779 1,809
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
745 1,872
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
696 1,293
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
653 1,427
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
452 1,421
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
510 1,472
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

9
271 398
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

10
940 598
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

11
415 711
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Led Zeppelin

12
473 1,137
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
FrankRHansen added ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music

13
565 980
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

14
635 247
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

The Best Songs on U2's Album Songs of Experience

15
614 1,288
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

16
264 291
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Moby Grape Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

17
265 188
Jan and Dean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Jan and Dean Sunshine pop, Rock music, Folk rock

18
808 1,897
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

19
266 186
T. Rex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added T. Rex Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk rock

20
267 279
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
267 111
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Monkees Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
268 182
New Order is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
New Order Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

23
270 675
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
polyglot261138 added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

24
284 207
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

25
273 205
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
aishwrya-b-menon added The Jackson 5 Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

26
1,169 2,298
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad, Neo soul

27
267 115
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
264 190
Boney M is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

The Greatest Pop Songs by One-Hit Wonders

29
1,035 2,075
OneRepublic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

30
278 153
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
270 255
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
265 119
The Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Prodigy Synthpunk, Alternative hip hop, Electronic dance music

33
262 110
Röyksopp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Röyksopp Downtempo, Synthpop, Trip hop

34
266 241
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

35
263 154
Spooky Tooth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Spooky Tooth Progressive rock, Hard rock

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
467 912
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

37
410 862
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

38
265 125
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

39
262 94
The Lemon Pipers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lemon Pipers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Psychedelic pop

40
266 79
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

41
262 98
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Seeds Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

42
272 98
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

The Best Pop Songs About Cheating

43
262 207
Roxette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
erisedRi added Roxette Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

44
266 98
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
passionsears added James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

45
265 99
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
IanHarvey added The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

46
263 170
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
264 110
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Supertramp New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

48
262 117
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
263 279
The Turtles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

50
264 89
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Holly Galligher added Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock