Pop Music The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists  

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The genre known as power pop is a derivative of 1960s rock pop that ruled the airwaves. The best power pop bands have catchy hooks, quick songs that are easily to remember and seamless blend between hard rock and regular old melodic pop music. Generally, the best power pop bands made their impact in the late 1970s and 1980s and were generally of the new wave and punk rock variety. It may confusing to fans to see pop music and some of these genres mixed together, 

So, what are the best power pop bands? This list of power pop bands seeks to determine that. Familiar bands like Blondie, The Cars, Squeeze, The Knack, The Romantics and Big Star all make this list. All power pop bands should be on this list. If you notice that one of the best power pop bands isn't on this list and should be, please feel free to add them. 

That said, it's up to you to determine which power pop band could be considered the greatest of all time. This list answers the questions "who are the best power pop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest power pop musician 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 power pop bands that you might've heard of. (207 items)
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157 107
The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

2
151 105
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

3
110 73
The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

4
136 98
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

5
85 54
The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

6
122 87
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

7
119 85
The Move is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

8
90 60
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

9
113 81
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

10
72 45
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added

11
83 55
Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

12
112 82
The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

13
110 84
Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

14
128 101
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

15
79 56
The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock

16
126 101
The Knack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

17
85 68
The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

18
62 46
Gary Lewis & The Playboys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

19
111 95
The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

20
102 99
Big Star is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

21
45 47
Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop

22
59 66
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

23
34 37
Teenage Fanclub is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Shoegazing

24
39 44
Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

25
48 57
The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock