Catchy, Loud and Proud: 20 Essential Power Pop Tracks That Will Be Stuck In Your Head Forever

What’s power pop, you ask? It’s ridiculously radio-friendly hooks and close vocal harmonies, mixed with a hefty dose of Marshall stacks and relentless four-on-the-floor beat. Perfect for music fans who like a little sugar in their rock! The genre has its roots in the British Invasion sound of the mid-sixties, borrowing heavily from The Who and The Beatles, as well as Americans, The Byrds. Following the demise of the Fab Four at the start of the ’70s, a host of new groups hoping to carry the pop torch amped up their jangling Rickenbacker 12-strings and made a bid for Billboard glory. Only a few made it, but the music that came out of the power pop golden era (1973-1982) is still among the catchiest ever committed to wax.

Read on for 20 essential power pop tracks that will be lodged in your brain for the rest of your life. Overly commercial? Maybe. Guilty pleasures? Possibly. But you’ll be singing right along, we guarantee it! Be warned: This ear candy is so sweet, you’re going to have to brush your speakers before bedtime.

20. “So It Goes”  by Nick Lowe (1978)
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The British pub-rocker had scored previous hits during his stint in Brinsley Shwartz, recording the original version of Elvis Costello’s “What So Funny ’Bout Peace, Love And Understand.” That tune is power pop to the max, but Nick’s solo debut Jesus Of Cool brought out even bigger guns like “Little Hitler”, “Roller Show” and this cut.

 

19.Abracadabra (Have You Seen her?)” by Blue Ash (1973)

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