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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 Producers

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 Tchaikovsky

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 Til 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

Next Edition: 365 Days of Power Pop, Part 2

365 Days of Power Pop, Part 3 / 365 Days of Power Pop, Part 4

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