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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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83 48
The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
107 70
The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

3
147 104
The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

4
144 102
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

5
120 82
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

6
72 42
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added

7
87 55
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

8
117 81
The Move is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

9
131 94
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

10
111 77
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

11
81 54
Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

12
79 53
The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock

13
109 81
The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

14
125 99
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

15
123 99
The Knack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

16
106 83
Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

17
85 65
The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

18
61 44
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
108 93
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
98 98
Big Star is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

21
41 47
Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop

22
56 66
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

23
32 37
Teenage Fanclub is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Shoegazing

24
36 43
Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

25
43 53
The Plimsouls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

26
46 57
The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock

27
34 42
The New Pornographers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Pop rock

28
28 35
Dwight Twilley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Power pop

29
34 43
The Posies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Grunge, Power pop, Alternative rock

30
27 36
The Only Ones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

31
29 39
The dB's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Power pop

32
28 38
The Undertones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

33
27 37
The Motors is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Power pop, Pub rock, Punk rock

34
49 67
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

35
26 36
Gin Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Pop punk, Pop music

36
11 16
Sugar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added Power pop, Alternative rock, Post-punk

37
11 16
The Bongos is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

38
27 38
The Nerves is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Power pop, Alternative rock

39
18 26
The Rubinoos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Power pop

40
23 33
1910 Fruitgum Company is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added Bubblegum pop

41
25 36
The Rembrandts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

42
15 23
Spongetones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Power pop

43
15 23
The Connells is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Rock music, Power pop

44
19 29
Material Issue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

45
19 29
Enuff Z'Nuff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
20 31
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

47
10 17
Michael Penn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
JoeCaravellaJr added Pop rock, Alternative rock, Film score

48
17 27
Tommy Tutone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

49
12 20
The Veronicas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

50
18 29
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music