Friday, August 21, 2015

20 Best Power Pop Songs (1972-1986)

These are songs that sound like a perfect mix of 60's British and American rock and pop music.

These are songs largely about adolescence, girls and good times.

These are songs with guitars that ring with clean riffs and warm fuzz, while jingling and jangling at the same time.

These songs are full of handclaps.

These are songs with combinations of chords that make you feel like smiling and driving with the windows down.

These are songs with perfectly blended vocals and harmonies.

These are songs that are cleverly crafted, but never take themselves too seriously.

These are songs that are less about pushing musical boundaries, and more about three minutes of perfectly executed fun and happiness.

These songs are from the best and most important period of time for one of my favourite genres of music.

Also, many of these songs are also on this Power Pop playlist on Rdio

20. Marshall Crenshaw - Mary Anne

19. Rick Springfield - We're Gonna Have A Good Time

18. 20/20 - Backyard Guys

17. The Romantics - When I Look In Your Eyes

16. Tommy Keene - Back To Zero Now

15. Bram Tchaikovsky - Girl Of My Dreams

14. The dB's - Big Brown Eyes

13. The Rubinoos - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

12. The Cars - Just What I Needed

11. Dwight Twilley Band - I'm On Fire

10. The Knack - I Want Ya

9. Flaming Groovies - Shake Some Action

8. Blue Ash - Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?)

7. Shoes - Boys Don't Lie

6. Todd Rundgren - Couldn't I Just Tell You

5. Big Star - Back Of A Car

4. Raspberries - Go All The Way

3. The Records - Starry Eyes

2. Bad Finger - No Matter What

1. Cheap Trick - Come On, Come On