Choosing the top 10 best pop bands of all time is no easy task. After all, the term "pop" oftentimes earns a bad reputation. And when you call a band a pop band, it is almost as if you're suggesting they're too soft to be referred to as a rock band. Saying, ''You rock!" has become the ultimate compliment these days. Nobody says, "Hey, man, you pop!" (Unless it's said to a woman about to give birth, and then it is meant to be taken literally).
Bee Gees. The Bee Gees are the best pop band of all time, for many reasons. For one, their longevity is rarely matched. Hits, like "To Love Somebody" and "Holiday," reach all the way back to the '60s. They also helped popularize disco (something no self-respecting rock band would be proud of!) with hits like "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" from the film, "Saturday Night Fever."
ABBA. Two guys, two girls, and a truckload of hits—that's what you get with ABBA. Songs like, "Fernando" and "Dancing Queen," are simply irresistible.
The Carpenters. Some will quibble with whether or not this brother-sister duo was actually a band. But Karen started as a drummer, after all, and "Superstar" ought to be everybody's guilty pleasure.
The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys actually straddle two categories: both as a rock band, and as a pop group. Those old surfing hits land them in rock history, but Brian Wilson's complicated vocal harmonies made albums like "Pet Sounds" into pop masterpieces.
- Electric Light Orchestra. Although the group is a staple on classic rock radio, Jeff Lynne's obsession with classical music makes him more pop than rock.
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Neil Young rocks harder than most, but when he sings with his three longtime friends, he's a part of one pretty musical machine.
Prefab Sprout. This is the most obscure entry so far. Yet Paddy McAloon turned pop music into an art in the '80s; particularly with songs such as "When Love Breaks Down."
Squeeze. It makes sense that Elvis Costello produced these guys in the early days because songs like "Tempted" were instant classics.
The Smiths. Yes, Johnny Marr is one of rock's greatest modern guitarists. But vocalist Morrissey is a pop singer, at heart.
- The Beatles. Like many of the entries here, The Beatles were also known to rock. But no hard rock band has ever recorded a ballad as great as "Yesterday"—ever!
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