Published on April 28th, 2014 | by Gerry Galipault


365 Days of Power Pop: A Playlist

The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Small Faces, The Beach Boys and The Hollies pioneered it in the 1960s. Badfinger, Big Star, Todd Rundgren and the Raspberries perfected it in the ’70s.

Marshall Crenshaw, The Smithereens, Go-Go’s, Bangles, The Replacements and The Romantics kept it going in the 1980s. Jellyfish, The Posies, Supergrass, Weezer, Matthew Sweet and Sloan helped revive it in the 1990s.

Power pop is still alive and well in the 2000s – well, for the most part. Regardless, the subgenre’s signature combination of jangly guitars and tight harmonies hasn’t gone out of style since the Beatles first hit the world stage 50 years ago.

We have compiled our favorite power-pop classics (in no order of importance) … a playlist to last you all year. Hit shuffle and play our “365 Days of Power Pop.” Here are 100 to start off with … with more to come. And we will soon share a Spotify playlist. Hang tight.

01 Couldn’t I Just Tell You, Todd Rundgren
02 Magic, Pilot
03 I Can’t Explain, The Who
04 American Girl, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
05 She’s So High, Tal Bachman
06 Fox On the Run, Sweet
07 Alright, Supergrass
08 A Girl Like You, The Smithereens
09 Too Late, Shoes
10 I Must Be In Love, The Rutles
11 Starry Eyes, The Records
12 What’s He Got, The Romantics
13 Show Me, The Pretenders
14 Your Love, The Outfield
15 Cruel To Be Kind, Nick Lowe
16 [I’m Not Your] Steppin’ Stone, The Monkees
17 My Sharona, The Knack
18 There She Goes, The La’s
19 This Beat Goes On, The Kings
20 Stacy’s Mom, Fountains of Wayne
21 I’m on Fire, Dwight Twilley Band
22 Yellow Pills, 20/20
23 Isn’t It Time, The Babys
24 Baby Blue, Badfinger
25 The Ballad Of El Goodo, Big Star
26 Shake Some Action, Flamin’ Groovies
27 The King Is Half-Undressed, Jellyfish
28 Mrs. Green, The Posies
29 Yes It’s True, Flamin’ Groovies
30 Do Ya, The Move
31 Sick of Myself, Matthew Sweet
32 Pulling Mussels (From the Shell), Squeeze
33 Red Dragon Tattoo, Fountains of Wayne
34 When I Look in Your Eyes, The Romantics
35 No One Else, Weezer
36 September Gurls, Big Star
37 Please Please Me, The Beatles
38 The Way, Fastball
39 Girl of My Dreams, Bram Tchiakovsky
40 Go All the Way, Raspberries
41 I See the Rain, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
42 We Got the Beat, Go-Go’s
43 I Am the Cosmos, Chris Bell
44 In the City, The Jam
45 The Concept, Teenage Fanclub
46 Another Girl, Another Planet, The Only Ones
47 I Saw the Light, Todd Rundgren
48 Heaven Tonight, Cheap Trick
49 I Don’t Know, The Replacements
50 Local Girls, Graham Parker & The Rumour

51 Thirteen, Big Star
52 Sun Hits the Sky, Supergrass
53 Teenage Kicks, The Undertones
54 I Want You Back, Hoodoo Gurus
55 So It Goes, Nick Lowe
56 You Might Think, The Cars
57 Hero Takes a Fall, Bangles
58 Cannonball, The Breeders
59 Island in the Sun, Weezer
60 Kiss Me on the Bus, The Replacements
61 Mod Lang, Big Star
62 That’s Entertainment, The Jam
63 Slowly, Slowly, Magnapop
64 Ash & Earth, Velvet Crush
65 Till I Hear It From You, Gin Blossoms
66 Seems So, The Apples in Stereo
67 Walking Barefoot, Ash
68 In the Street, Big Star
69 Amsterdam, Guster
70 Someday, Someway, Marshall Crenshaw
71 Valerie Loves Me, Material Issue
72 Last Train to Clarksville, The Monkees
73 Working Girls, The Pernice Brothers
74 My Before and After, Cotton Mather
75 Psychotic Reaction, Count Five
76 Where I Find My Heaven, Gigolo Aunts
77 Our Lips Are Sealed, Go-Go’s
78 Crash, The Primitives
79 I’m in Love With You, The Singles
80 Hello It’s Me, Todd Rundgren
81 The Kids Are Alright, The Who
82 I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, The Rubinoos
83 I Think We’re Alone Now, Tommy James & The Shondells
84 Sugar Sugar, The Archies
85 52 Girls, The B-52’s
86 Let Her Dance, Bobby Fuller Four
87 Alex Chilton, The Replacements
88 Fa Fa, Guster
89 Cry Like a Baby, The Box Tops
90 I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better, The Byrds
91 Go Back, Crabby Appleton
92 Queen Bitch, David Bowie
93 Not Cool, the dB’s
94 Girls, Dwight Twilley
95 Friday On My Mind, The Easybeats
96 Very Best Years, The Grays
97 The Best Thing, Ivy
98 Native Son, The Judybats
99 My Sister, The Juliana Hatfield Three
100 Baby’s Coming Back, Jellyfish


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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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