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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.

Newly added names are in Red

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Last Updated: 07-16-2014

  1. Cheap Trick
  2. Big Star
  3. The Raspberries
  4. Badfinger
  5. Weezer
  6. Squeeze
  7. Todd Rundgren
  8. Nick Lowe
  9. Marshall Crenshaw
10. Teenage Fanclub
11. The Smithereens
12. Buzzcocks
13. The dB's
14. Matthew Sweet
15. Joe Jackson
16. The Posies
17. Shoes
18. The Lemonheads
19. Sloan
20. Red Kross
21. The Bangles
22. Fountains of Wayne
23. Jellyfish
24. Gin Blossoms
25. Crowded House
26. Material Issue
27. The Records
28. Supergrass
29. The Romantics
30. The Flamin' Groovies
31. Dwight Twilley
32. Rick Springfield
33. The Knack
34. Bay City Rollers
35. Bram Tchaikovsky
36. The Plimsouls
37. The La's
38. The Only Ones
39. The Primitives
40. Del Amitri
41. Hoodoo Gurus
42. 20/20
43. Bob Mould
44. Game Theory
45. Enuff Z'Nuff
46. Tommy Keene
47. Velvet Crush
48. Dramarama
49. Klaatu
50. The Rubinoos
51. Pezband
52. The Apples in Stereo
53. The New Pornographers
54. The Rembrandts
55. Rockpile
56. Semisonic
57. The Exploding Hearts
58. The Paul Collins Beat
59. Superdrag
60. Wreckless Eric
61. Nada Surf
62. The Muffs
63. Sugar
64. NRBQ
65. Ben Kweller
66. the pillows
67. Brendan Benson
68. Jason Falkner
69. Phantom Planet
70. fun.
71. The Jags
72. The Joel Plaskett Emergency
73. Fastball
74. Hot Hot Heat
75. The Loud Family
76. Marvelous 3
77. Chris Bell
78. OK Go
79. The Vapors
80. The Innocents
81. Alex Chilton
82. The Real Kids
83. The Rentals
84. The Railway Children
85. Tommy Tutone
86. The Last
87. The Spongetones
88. Beulah
89. Teenage Head
90. Charlotte Haterley
91. The Motors
92. The Wannadies
93. The Format
94. Head Automatica
95. The Nerves
96. The Early November
97. Sunnyboys
98. Close Lobsters
99. Secret Affair
100. The Jasmine Minks


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Power Pop Influences
10 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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