THE BEST POWER POP SONGS OF ALL TIME! Now that’s a social media minefield on so many different levels. And it’s not merely about arriving at a consensus as to what are THE BEST POWER POP SONGS OF ALL TIME. Fact of the matter, the first point of contention would be the definition of Power Pop itself!
Indeed. The theory that I subscribe to personally about Power Pop is that it is music that originated in the sixties consisting mainly of tuneful beat music with harmonies, power chords/12-string jangle, melodic bass lines and lively drumming. Bearing that in mind, it can be difficult to discern from pop-rock which carry the same hallmarks.
In my view, the bands that defined Power Pop in the sixties would include The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Kinks, the Byrds and The Small Faces. The music had its heyday from the seventies to the nineties but throughout rock history has been marginalised somewhat and dismissed as throwaway fodder by serious critics.
So you might quibble about my definition of Power Pop and my song choices and that is your prerogative. At the end of the day it’s all about the music, whatever the labels we may choose to place on the songs. In any case, here is my list of THE BEST POWER POP SONGS OF ALL TIME (in alphabetical order, as usual).
“A Girl Like You” – The Smithereens
“Couldn’t I Just Tell You” – Todd Rundgren
“Don’t Let Go” – Weezer
“Everybody’s World” – The Grays
“Hanging on the Telephone” – The Nerves
“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” – The Rubinoos
“International Pop Overthrow” – Material Issue
“Just What I Needed” – The Cars
“My Sharona” – The Knack
“New Mistake” – Jellyfish
“No Better Place” – Fountains of Wayne
“No Matter What” – Badfinger
“Now and Then” – Shoes
“Overnight Sensation” – Raspberries
“September Gurls” – Big Star
“Starry Eyes” – The Records
“Surrender” – Cheap Trick
“The Concept” – Teenage Fanclub
“Yellow Pills” – 20/20
There you go, THE BEST POWER POP SONGS OF ALL TIME! Comments please at our Facebook page.
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