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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.

Last Updated: 2021-06-20
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Greatest Power Pop Artists
  1. Cheap Trick
  2. Big Star
  3. The Raspberries
  4. Badfinger
  5. The Cars
  6. Weezer
  7. Squeeze
  8. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  8. Todd Rundgren
10. XTC
11. Nick Lowe
12. Marshall Crenshaw
13. The Smithereens
14. Teenage Fanclub
15. Buzzcocks
16. Joe Jackson
17. The dB's
18. The Go-Go's
19. The Bangles
20. Dwight Twilley
21. Sloan
22. Matthew Sweet
23. Gin Blossoms
24. Fountains of Wayne
25. The Lemonheads
26. The Flamin' Groovies
27. Game Theory
28. Phil Seymour
29. Blondie
30. The Sweet
31. Greg Kihn Band
32. Jellyfish
33. The Connells
34. Let's Active
35. Supergrass
36. Tommy Keene
37. The Romantics
38. The Posies
39. Material Issue
40. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
41. The La's
42. The Rembrandts
43. Redd Kross
44. Rockpile
45. Rick Springfield
46. The New Pornographers
47. Dave Edmunds
48. Hoodoo Gurus
49. Rain Parade
50. The Loud Family
51. The Three O'Clock
52. Enuff Z'Nuff
53. Velvet Crush
54. The Knack
55. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
56. Nada Surf
57. The Motors
58. Semisonic
59. Miracle Legion
60. The Plimsouls
61. The Records
62. Paul Collins Beat
63. The Railway Children
64. Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
65. The Apples in Stereo
66. The Spongetones
67. Shoes
68. 20/20
69. The Toms
70. Superdrag
71. Bram Tchaikovsky
72. Sugar
73. Fastball
74. The Joel Plaskett Emergency
75. The Only Ones
76. Ice Cream Hands
77. The Pandoras
78. Brendan Benson
79. Wondermints
80. Owsley
81. OK Go
82. Marvelous 3
83. The Exploding Hearts
84. Blake Babies
85. Motion City Soundtrack
86. New Radicals
87. Pezband
88. The Rubinoos
89. Stiv Bators
90. The Monroes
91. Bill Lloyd
92. The Grays
93. Ben Kweller
94. The Nerves
95. Great Buildings
96. The Innocents
97. Jason Falkner
98. The Pillows
99. The Last
100. The Muffs


rock band Cheap Trick
rock band Big Star
rock band Raspberries



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Power Pop Influences
10 Music Artists from the 1960s 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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