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The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists 

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Updated August 19, 2019 15.6k votes 781 voters 32.2k views 204 items

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. (204 items)
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Badfinger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Raspberries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Knack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Fountains of Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Big Star is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Romantics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Move is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Vapors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Left Banke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
Kevin Jones added
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Alex Chilton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Jimmy Eat World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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The Boomtown Rats is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Gary Lewis & The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Matthew Sweet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Squeeze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Teenage Fanclub is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists
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Dwight Twilley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Pop Bands/Artists