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100 Greatest Power Pop Artists

Criteria: Power Pop artists are ranked on Musical and Commercial Impact, Influence & Importance of their Recorded Work.

Background: "Power Pop" refers to straightforward, jangly, guitar-based pop songs with little pretension or irony. The genre has its roots in the mid-60s but was not defined as such until the early 70s.

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Last Updated: 2017-05-02
  1. Cheap Trick
  2. Big Star
  3. The Raspberries
  4. Badfinger
  5. The Cars
  6. Weezer
  7. Squeeze
  8. Blondie
  9. Todd Rundgren
10. Nick Lowe
11. The Smithereens
12. Buzzcocks
13. Teenage Fanclub
14. Nick Lowe
15. The dB's
16. The Bangles
17. Marshall Crenshaw
18. Matthew Sweet
19. Fountains of Wayne
20. Gin Blossoms
21. The Sweet
22. Dwight Twilley
23. Game Theory
24. Sloan
25. Greg Kihn Band
26. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
27. The Lemonheads
28. Jellyfish
29. The La's
30. Phil Seymour
31. Supergrass
32. Let's Active
33. The Connells
34. Tommy Keene
35. The Flamin' Groovies
36. The Loud Family
37. Material Issue
38. The Romantics
39. Rick Springfield
40. Bram Tchaikovsky
41. The Posies
42. Third Eye Blind
43. Miracle Legion
44. Redd Kross
45. The Rembrandts
46. Rain Parade
47. The New Pornographers
48. Hoodoo Gurus
49. The Three O'Clock
50. Shoes
51. Fastball
52. The All-American Rejects
53. The Records
54. Velvet Crush
55. Enuff Z'Nuff
56. The Plimsouls
57. The Apples in Stereo
58. Sugar
59. OK Go
60. Blake Babies
61. The Knack
62. Ben Kweller
63. Semisonic
64. The Muffs
65. The Motors
66. Paul Collins Beat
67. that dog.
68. The Format
69. New Radicals
70. Phantom Planet
71. The Spongetones
72. The Donnas
73. The Primitives
74. Klaatu
75. Superdrag
76. Pezband
77. Marvelous 3
78. The Rentals
79. The Toms
80. Gigolo Aunts
81. Blue Ash
82. Imperial Drag
83. The Exploding Hearts
84. The Railway Children
85. Wondermints
86. Brendan Benson
87. The Rubinoos
88. Owsley
89. NRBQ
90. fun.
91. Stiv Bators
92. 20/20
93. The Monroes
94. The Innocents
95. The Joel Plaskett Emergency
96. Bill Lloyd
97. The Only Ones
98. The Nerves
99. Great Buildings
100. The Grays


rock band Cheap Trick
rock band Big Star
rock band Raspberries



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Power Pop Influences
10 Music Artists from the 60s that came close to the power pop sound and had the biggest influence in the genre:

  1. The Beatles
  2. The Who
  3. The Searchers
  4. The Byrds
  5. The Beach Boys
  6. The Easybeats
  7. The Small Faces
  8. The Hollies
  9. The Monkees
10. The Zombies




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