-->''Power pop is what we play what Music/TheSmallFaces used to play, and the kind of pop Music/TheBeachBoys played in the days of "Fun, Fun, Fun" which I preferred.''
-->'''[[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]]'''

PowerPop is Music/TheBeatles [[XMeetsY meets]] TheWho.

That's literally all there is to it. Power pop emerged as a genre in the middle of TheSixties, and its basic characteristics have remained unchanged since then. Power pop basically denotes bands that try to sound like a cross between Music/TheBeatles and TheWho. There's an emphasis on strong melodies and heavy use of Beatles-styled vocal harmonies, but this is married to massive guitars and somewhat "aggressive" druming borrowed from the Who (with the jangly 12-string guitar sound of TheByrds occasionally thrown in for good measure). The result? Well, pop music with balls, so its popularity probably isn't that surprising.

The term "power pop" was, perhaps fittingly enough, coined by Pete Townshend in a 1967 interview (quoted above) to describe his band's style. Their early singles like "I Can't Explain", "The Kids Are Alright" and "Substitute", helped [[TropeCodifier codify]] the genre, merging strong Beatle-ish melodies with driving R&B-inspired rhythms and massive Marshall-stacked guitars. The Beatles themselves released harder-edged singles that helped inspire the genre, such as "Day Tripper" and "Paperback Writer", and TheKinks joined in the fun with the {{Epic Riff}}y "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night".

TheSeventies represented the decade where PowerPop came into its own as a genre, represented by artists like Badfinger (who enjoyed the patronage of Music/TheBeatles), The Raspberries, famous [[CultClassic cult band]] Music/BigStar, NRBQ, [[ToddRundgren Nazz and Todd Rundgren]]. The genre also reached the peak of its mainstream popularity in the late seventies, represented chiefly by Music/CheapTrick and others like 20/20, Music/TheCars, and The Knack. The Knack provided the genre's biggest hit with "My Sharona", but they suffered a huge backlash and a "Knuke the Knack" campaign over the perceived misogyny of their lyrics. Thanks to dumb British journalists who tended to use "power pop" as a catchall term, lots of bands that weren't really power pop got lumped into the genre, such as The Jam, Music/{{Squeeze}}, The Buzzcocks, Music/ElvisCostello, Music/{{Blondie}}, Music/{{XTC}} and Music/NickLowe (most of these bands were [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]], PunkRock or early AlternativeRock, with Squeeze and Nick Lowe being the closest to bona-fide Power Pop).

Power pop dropped out of the spotlight after the end of the seventies but continued to thrive underground and proved to be an important influence on AlternativeRock bands - many of the early alt-rock bands, such as {{REM}}, played JanglePop and owed a massive debt to power pop, especially Music/BigStar. The genre has still had its occasional moments of mainstream success, such as MatthewSweet's "Girlfriend", GinBlossoms' "Hey Jealousy" or {{Weezer}}'s "Buddy Holly".

PopPunk bands often [[BlatantLies claim to be]] power pop. Considering TheWho inspired many of the first punk bands, this may not be surprising.
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Bands commonly associated with the genre:
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* Music/{{Ash}}
* Music/{{Badfinger}}
* Music/BigStar
* Music/TheCars (straddling the line between PowerPop and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]])
* Music/CheapTrick
* Music/MarshallCrenshaw
* [[Music/EnuffZNuff Enuff Z'Nuff]] (although they had the misfortune of being labeled as a HairMetal band because [[ExecutiveMeddling that's what Atco said they were]].)
* Music/TheExplodingHearts
** ''Music/GuitarRomantic'' (2003)
* [[Music/TheFlaminGroovies The Flamin' Groovies]], at least in the post-Roy Loney era.
* Music/FountainsOfWayne
* Music/GinBlossoms
* Music/{{Jellyfish}}
* Music/TheKnack
* Music/TheLas
* Music/NickLowe
* Nazz and ToddRundgren solo
* Music/TheNewPornographers, particularly on their early albums.
* Music/NewRadicals
* Music/{{NRBQ}}
* Quite a lot of Music/LizPhair's material fits in here, especially the songs where she's working with a full band. ("Supernova", "Rocket Boy" and the like.)
* Music/ThePillows
* Music/ThePosies
* Music/TheRaspberries
* Music/TheRomantics
* Music/{{Shoes}}
* Music/{{Sloan}}
* Music/TheSmithereens
* Music/{{Sparks}} (one of their [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly many]] styles, the one that first brought them popularity in 1974-1975)
* Music/{{Squeeze}}
* Music/MatthewSweet
* Music/TeenageFanclub
* Music/{{Weezer}}
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