Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Pop Rock songs of all time 2017, What is the difference between a rock song and a pop song Stay tuned and you just may find out. Pop is the eye of the beholder, of course, but like pornography and ill-advised Presidential candidates, you know it when you see. Well, MOST people know it when they see it. We cannot do much about addressing ignorance on the matter of unqualified Presidential candidates, but we can certainly guide you in the right direction when it comes to separating pop rock from pure rock with this list of the top 10 best pop rock songs of all time.
- 10. Goodbye to You: Scandal
- 9. Heart of Glass: Blondie
- 8. Go Your Own Way: Fleetwood Mac
- 7. Mack the Knife: Bobby Darin
- 6. The Ballad of John and Yoko: The Beatles (although really only Lennon and McCartney)
- 5. Buddy Holly: Weezer
- 4. Then He Kissed Me: The Crystals
- 3. Train in Vain: The Clash
- 2. Bizarre Love Triangle: New Order
- 1. Jailhouse Rock: Elvis Presley
Here we present the list of top 10 best Pop Rock songs of all time 2017.
10. Goodbye to You: Scandal
“Goodbye to You” is almost New Wave, but not quite. And it is certainly verging into alternative rock territory, but just misses getting there. What is Scandal’s best song ever despite the far more extensive airplay given to the atrocious “The Warrior” then? It is pop rock. Fun and kicky and eminently danceable and—perhaps the most important quality of a pop rock song: it deserves to be cranked up and put on REPEAT while speeding down the highway.
9. Heart of Glass: Blondie
Hey, another band with a hot lead female singer! “Heart of Glass” verges on being disco and probably gets there, but there is all too much of Blondie’s punk sensibility to be all disco. What do you get when you cross disco and punk? Who knows, but in the case of “Heart of Glass” you get a pop rock masterpiece for the ages.
8. Go Your Own Way: Fleetwood Mac
“Go Your Own Way” was the first single off what would become one of the biggest-selling albums of all time: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. It hit number 10 on the Billboard chart and failed to register much. A few months later, the band released “Dreams” which became their first only number hit and seemed to be on the radio all that summer, being the key single catapulting the album to record-breaking status. History has been much kinder to Lindsey Buckingham’s pop rock genius: while “Dreams” is rarely heard these days, “Go Your Own Way” has gone on to achieve the classic status it always deserved.
7. Mack the Knife: Bobby Darin
Okay, here’s what pop rock can do at its best. Take a song that in its original construction is not even close to being a rock song, lend it just enough rock credibility to make it a pop song without ever confusing it with a rock song. “Mac the Knife” is from an operetta and it is written for an operatic singer. Bobby Darin is by no means an operatic singer; he’s better. How? Because if he tried, Darin probably could have pulled opera. You know, with the right training. On the other hand, try to take someone trained to sing “Mac the Knife” in its original arrangement and get him to reproduce what Darin does on this record and the result is going to be an embarrassing spectacle.
6. The Ballad of John and Yoko: The Beatles (although really only Lennon and McCartney)
The Beatles made a lot of great pop songs. Heck, you could rightly compile a list of the top 10 best pop rock songs of all time comprising Beatles records and nothing more with no room for argument. That would be cheating, however. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” stands out from the rest by virtue of being the most unlikely material for a pop rock song. The true life narrative following the persecution of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for protesting the war in Vietnam and a bunch of other issues that most people have come to see they were right about all along seems ripe for one of the band’s psychedelic experiments or one its indulgences in the blues, but instead it is closer to a bossa nova dance song. Not quite because it still manages to exist firmly within the rock and roll sphere, but on the pop side of the spectrum.
5. Buddy Holly: Weezer
It would be sublime perfection if Weezer’s brilliantly poppy song titled “Buddy Holly” was actually about one of the greatest pop rock songwriters of all time. Alas, that is not the case. “Buddy Holly” is merely who the singer looks like. His girlfriend resembles Mary Tyler Moore. Such an infectious and fun little pop tour de force. Anyone who can resist singing along to the chorus of “Buddy Holly” may not have a soul and should be avoided.
4. Then He Kissed Me: The Crystals
They don’t make girl groups like they used to. Quite possibly no other girl group song ever hits the peaks reached by the “Then He Kissed Me” by The Crystals. Why do you think Martin Scorsese chose it as the background music for the most impressive sequence in his film Goodfellas. It wasn’t because he’d already used “Be My Baby.” He’s gone to the same song in two different movies before. It is a pop rock gem, pure and simple.
3. Train in Vain: The Clash
Weird, huh? A punk rock band providing the number three entry on a list of the top ten 10 best pop rock songs of all time. But there’s no denying the reality. The facts are clear. “Train in Vain” is not a punk song, it is a pop song. Perhaps that is why it is not listed on the official lineup of songs on the album London Calling.
2. Bizarre Love Triangle: New Order
New Order covers the waterfront. As Joy Division, they went from punk to industrial. As New Order they made stops at New Wave, techno, house music and straight up rock. “Bizarre Love Triangle” is, arguably perhaps, their poppiest song. And yet, it is just as brilliant as any of the examples of the other genres they mastered.
1. Jailhouse Rock: Elvis Presley
God, where to start? Like the Beatles, you could make a list of the top ten best pop rock songs of all time and stuff it full of nothing but Elvis Presley songs. For that matter, you would make two lists of the top ten. Which to choose, which to choose? So many potential songs by the King that could fit into this slot, but there is just something about “Jailhouse Rock” that makes it belong on the top of any list of the ten best to which it has been placed. Sure, it has the word “rock” in the title and, sure enough, “Jailhouse Rock” actually is one of the rockier songs Elvis ever produced, but any song that makes an inference about homosexual romance among prisoners is just too good to not include as an example of pop rock at its best.
Pop or rock? Some people decide they must choose between them. Separate but equal of a more exotic nature, perhaps. The argument can commence as to whether the songs here are pop songs or rock songs or even whether some of them fit either category. What is more important than fitting a song into a generalized category is the realization and the acceptance that sometimes the best songs are those songs that are slippery enough to transcend one genre and move with equal dexterity between or even more. Is there really a difference between pop song and rock songs? Yeah, there are. And when the twain does meet, the above are representative of the best results.