Best Power Pop Songs

The Top Ten

1 All Star - Smash Mouth All Star - Smash Mouth Cover Art
2 It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M. Cover Art
3 Working for the Weekend - Loverboy Working for the Weekend - Loverboy Cover Art
4 Surrender - Cheap Trick Surrender - Cheap Trick Cover Art
5 Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies Cover Art

I absolutely dig this song. It's my favorite on the list. I think the Groovies deserve a lot more recognition. - Gg2000

6 Now - The Plimsouls Now - The Plimsouls Cover Art
7 I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick Cover Art
8 Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe Cover Art

Even before I knew who the heck Nick Lowe was, this song would get stuck in my head every so often that I heard it. A bona-fide earworm with plenty of energy. - Gg2000

9 (She's A) Runaround - The Undertones
10 Buddy Holly - Weezer Buddy Holly - Weezer Cover Art

I can't belive. HOW THIS SONG IS NOT IN #1?

The Contenders

11 Dream Police - Cheap Trick Dream Police - Cheap Trick Cover Art
12 Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones Cover Art
13 September Gurls - Big Star

Surprised that Big Star isn't in the top ten, considering that #1 Record and Radio City are two of the first proper examples of power pop. - Gg2000

14 Shake It Baby - The Cryers
15 I Guess You're Right - The Posies I Guess You're Right - The Posies Cover Art
16 Don't Come Close - The Ramones Don't Come Close - The Ramones Cover Art
17 Couldn't I Just Tell You - Todd Rundgren Couldn't I Just Tell You - Todd Rundgren Cover Art

Another primo early example of power pop. The song kicks off with an awesome acoustic guitar lick, goes with propulsive energy, and has an incredibly catchy chorus. - Gg2000

18 Love Comes - The Posies Love Comes - The Posies Cover Art
19 Local Girls - Graham Parker & the Rumour
20 Perfect Situation - Weezer Perfect Situation - Weezer Cover Art
21 Cynical Girl - Marshall Crenshaw Cynical Girl - Marshall Crenshaw Cover Art
22 Starry Eyes - The Records Starry Eyes - The Records Cover Art
23 Badfinger No Matter What
24 Pictures of Lily - The Who Pictures of Lily - The Who Cover Art
25 Go All the Way - Raspberries Go All the Way - Raspberries Cover Art

The crunchy riff, the smooth harmonies, and the 60s-esque breakdown- this one's a classic. - Gg2000

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