rock The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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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. 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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The Beatles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

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Queen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Queen Pop music, Rock music Heavy metal

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The Who 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Who Popular music, Pop music Rock music

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The Arcana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music Baroque pop/rock

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Paul Simon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

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The Beach Boys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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Elton John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

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Maroon 5 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Maroon 5 Jazz rap, Ballad Neo soul

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OneRepublic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
OneRepublic Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

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Led Zeppelin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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Billy Joel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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The Rolling Stones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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

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Michael Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

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Pink Floyd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock Experimental rock

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Rod Stewart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Elvis Presley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

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Simon and Garfunkel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat Rock music

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Frank Sinatra 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music Big band

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ABBA 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
ABBA Synthpop, Disco Pop music

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Eagles Country pop, Rock music Folk rock

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Fall Out Boy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fall Out Boy Pop punk, Pop music Rock music

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Fleetwood Mac 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

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The Byrds 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music Raga rock

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Bee Gees 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Disco

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The Cars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop New Wave

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul Swamp pop

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Ramones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music Classic Punk

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Madonna 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Madonna Pop music, Rock music Electronic music

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Paul McCartney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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The Script 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Script Indie pop, Blue-eyed soul Rock music

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Coldplay 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock Post-Britpop

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The Carpenters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

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Panic! at the Disco 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Panic! at the Disco Pop punk, Rock music Emo

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Green Day 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music Alternative rock

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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The Everly Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Everly Brothers Christian music, Rock music Rockabilly

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The Police 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Police New Wave, 2 Tone Ska punk

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Dire Straits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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Electric Light Orchestra 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music Rock music

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The Turtles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Turtles Pop music, Rock music Psychedelic pop

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Robbie Williams 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Robbie Williams Hip hop music, Swing music Rock music

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Phil Collins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

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The Doobie Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock Rock music

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Blondie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave

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The Kinks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music Rock music

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Huey Lewis & the News 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Huey Lewis & the News Doo-wop, Blues-rock Blue-eyed soul

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Tina Turner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues

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Meat Loaf 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Meat Loaf Wagnerian rock, Rock opera Rock music

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The Lovin' Spoonful 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music Folk rock