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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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72 39
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
*DSO* added The Arcana

2
106 68
The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Vapors New Wave, Power pop, Mod revival

3
80 47
The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added The Left Banke Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

4
145 103
The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Raspberries Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

5
86 53
Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Jimmy Eat World Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

6
118 81
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

7
141 101
Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Badfinger Synthpop, Classic rock, Pop music

8
116 80
The Move is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Move British Invasion, Pop music, Rock music

9
128 93
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

10
106 76
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Flamin' Groovies Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly

11
78 51
The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Pillows Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock

12
79 53
Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Alex Chilton Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

13
107 80
The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Romantics Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

14
123 98
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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15
85 63
The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Boomtown Rats New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

16
121 98
The Knack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Knack New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

17
104 82
Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Fountains of Wayne Pop punk, Indie pop, Pop rock

18
61 43
Gary Lewis & The Playboys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Gary Lewis & The Playboys Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

19
108 92
The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Go-Go's Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

20
97 97
Big Star is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Big Star Rock music, Power pop, Alternative rock

21
39 46
Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Matthew Sweet Grunge, Pop rock, Power pop

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22
54 65
Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Squeeze New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

23
43 52
The Plimsouls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Plimsouls New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

24
45 56
The Smithereens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Smithereens Jangle pop, Rock music, Pop rock

25
34 43
Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Todd Rundgren Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

26
32 41
The New Pornographers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The New Pornographers Jangle pop, Indie pop, Pop rock

27
28 36
Teenage Fanclub is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Teenage Fanclub Jangle pop, Indie pop, Shoegazing

28
26 34
Gin Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Gin Blossoms Jangle pop, Pop punk, Pop music

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26 34
Dwight Twilley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Dwight Twilley Rock music, Power pop

30
32 42
The Posies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Posies Grunge, Power pop, Alternative rock

31
48 64
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

32
26 35
The Only Ones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Only Ones New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

33
28 38
The dB's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The dB's Jangle pop, Power pop

34
25 34
The Rembrandts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Rembrandts Jangle pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

35
27 37
The Undertones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Undertones Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

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27 37
The Nerves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Nerves New Wave, Power pop, Alternative rock

37
18 25
The Rubinoos is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Rubinoos Rock music, Power pop

38
26 36
The Motors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Motors Power pop, Pub rock, Punk rock

39
10 15
The Bongos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Bongos New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

40
15 22
The Connells is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Connells Jangle pop, Rock music, Power pop

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19 28
Material Issue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Material Issue Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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12 19
The Veronicas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Veronicas Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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17 26
Tommy Tutone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Tommy Tutone New Wave, Rock music, Power pop

44
14 22
Spongetones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Spongetones Power pop

45
21 32
1910 Fruitgum Company is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added 1910 Fruitgum Company Bubblegum pop

46
18 28
Enuff Z'Nuff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Enuff Z'Nuff Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
18 28
Bay City Rollers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added Bay City Rollers Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

48
10 17
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

49
10 17
The Del Fuegos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
The Del Fuegos Rock music, Garage rock, Power pop

50
19 30
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music