Best Power Pop Songs of All Time?

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I wanna make a cool POWER POP mix CD. List what you think should be on it.

-carlos nyc

Carlos Ramirez (Carlos Ramirez), Friday, 5 December 2003 05:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sweet "Ballroom Blitz"
Blondie "Dreaming"

Orbit (Orbit), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Shake Some Action" - Flamin' Groovies
"Come On, Come On" - Cheap Trick
"Too Late" - Shoes
"Ballad Of El Goodo" - Big Star
"False Alarm" - Sloan

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'American Ruse' - MC5

webcrack (music=crack), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)" - The Undertones

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

records "starry eyes"

the surface noise (electricsound), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the first three who albums, in their entirety.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 5 December 2003 06:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Teenage Fanclub - "What You Do To Me"

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Plimsoles - "A Million Miles Away"

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

anything by Badfinger.

hstencil, Friday, 5 December 2003 06:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Something from Weezer's Blue Album. Say what you want, but they ARE a
power pop band.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Friday, 5 December 2003 06:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Plimsoles - "A Million Miles Away"

Put this song twice.

billstevejim, Friday, 5 December 2003 07:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Raspberries - "I Wanna Be With You"
Todd Rundgren - "Couldn't I Just Tell You"

billstevejim, Friday, 5 December 2003 07:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

1. "My Sharona," The Knack (or "Your Number Or Your Name," if you want something a little less well known from GTK)
2. "Let's Go," The Cars
3. "Dearest Darling," Liquor Giants
4. "Just Say," Fastbacks
5. "Radiation Vibe," Fountains of Wayne
6. "Sick of Myself," Matthew Sweet

John Fredland (jfredland), Friday, 5 December 2003 07:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Letter from an Occupant," New Pornographers

Sean Thomas (sgthomas), Friday, 5 December 2003 08:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i wanna be your boyfriend - rubinoos

gaz (gaz), Friday, 5 December 2003 08:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If you want Power Pop, you have to check out the excellent Elaine MacKenzie album by Green, crammed with yearning & screaming PowerPopSongs. Follow-up White Soul is excellent as well. If I would have to pick one song to include on your comp, it'd be "Don't Ever Fall In Love With Someone, As Long As You Love Someone Else".

willem (willem), Friday, 5 December 2003 08:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"If I Can't Change Your Mind" by Sugar

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Friday, 5 December 2003 09:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Flavour of the month" by The Posies.

Rob M (Rob M), Friday, 5 December 2003 09:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Flavour of the month" and "radiation vibe" seconded. also...

brendan benson - tiny spark
lemonheads - confetti
teenage fanclub - neil jung

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Friday, 5 December 2003 09:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth", Dandy Warhols

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 5 December 2003 11:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"I Watched You Rhumba" - Hackamore Brick

NickB (NickB), Friday, 5 December 2003 11:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sex Clark Five-"Detention Girls"

Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Friday, 5 December 2003 12:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

kilians suggestions seconded (or thirded)

gaz (gaz), Friday, 5 December 2003 12:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

How killer to see Green mentioned on iLX!

You should put some Shoes on there, and don't forget Material Issue's "Valerie Loves Me" on there. (BTW, Jim Ellison was a member of Green for awhile back in the day, though I don't think he played on Elaine.) You might as well put on some early Posies and Smithereens, too.

don weiner, Friday, 5 December 2003 13:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I agree with a lot of the songs mentioned in this thread and add one: The Producers, with either "What's He Got" or "I Love Lucy". Or both -- whichever you choose.

Tenacious Dee (Dee the Lurker), Friday, 5 December 2003 13:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Some slightly more obscure greats:
Spongetones: She Goes Out With Everybody
Fotomaker: Where Have You Been All My Life?
20/20: Yellow Pills
Tearaways: Jessica Something
Brad Jones: Miss July
Cotton Mather: My Before And After

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 5 December 2003 13:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fuckin' "Another Girl Another Planet"!!!

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Friday, 5 December 2003 14:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Airport!" by the Motors

lawrence kansas (lawrence kansas), Friday, 5 December 2003 14:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Man - what great suggestions. I want the disc when it's done.

Yo La Tengo - Bitter End
Magnapop - Lay it Down

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 5 December 2003 14:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah Carlos, are you willing to "distribute"/trade when it's done?

willem (willem), Friday, 5 December 2003 14:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Plimsouls -- "How Long Does It Take?"
Blondie -- "Hangin' on the Telephone"
Cheap Trick -- "Surrender"
the Nerves -- "Paper Dolls"
The Exploding Hearts -- "Rumours in Town"
The Jam -- "I've Changed My Address"
the Posies -- "Grant Hart"
Nova Mob -- "Last Days of Pompeii"

Kingfish Beestick (Kingfish), Friday, 5 December 2003 15:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Big Star to thread ...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 December 2003 15:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, I guess "Ballad of El Goodo" (mentioned in post #3) isn't good enough for you?

see also: "September Gurls," "In The Street," and "Back Of A Car."

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 5 December 2003 15:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Gin Blossoms - Follow You Down
The Romantics - What I Like About You
The Nazz - Open My Eyes
Ben Folds Five - Emaline

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Friday, 5 December 2003 16:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Walking Out on Love - The Beat
I Think We're Alone Now - The Rubinoos
Tell That Girl to Shut Up - Holly & The Italians

may pang (maypang), Friday, 5 December 2003 16:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Her Head's Revolving" by the Three O'Clock

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 5 December 2003 19:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Quick - "Hilary"
The Boys - "Brickfield Nights"
The Nerves - "Hanging on the Telephone"
The Beat - "Rock N Roll Girl"
Pezband - "Baby It's Cold Outside"
The Donkeys - "No Way", "Don't Go"
The Robbs - "Bittersweet"

why not some current: The Exploding Hearts - 'I'm a Pretender', The Star Spangles - "Which One of the Two Of Us Is Going To Burn This House Down"

brent_D, Friday, 5 December 2003 20:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If we're suggesting BF5 songs, I think "Juliane" and "Underground" and "Song for the Dumped" are FAR MORE appropriate here than "Emaline".

nickalicious (nickalicious), Friday, 5 December 2003 20:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Friendship" - Sloan
"Bottle of Fur" - Urge Overkill

Second (or third) the Big Star suggestions

webcrack (music=crack), Friday, 5 December 2003 21:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Someloves-"Know You Know"
Gary Charlson-"Real Life Saver"
The Notes-"Rough School Year"
The Jags-"Back of My Hand" (the first version)
The Outcasts-"The Cops Are Comin'"
Tom Petty + Heart Breakers-"Rockin' Around"
The Shivvers-"Teen Line"
The Know-"I Like Girls"
Prince-"Sister"
The Vertebrats-"Teen Seen"
Marshall Crenshaw-"Someday Someway"
The Boo Radleys-"Wish I was Skinny"
The Gay Potatos (Chris Collingwood)-"Frank Strange"
The Rooks-"Reasons"
Velvet Crush-"Atmosphere"
Shoes-"On Fire For Awhile"


Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Friday, 5 December 2003 22:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Hello There" by Cheap Trick. And man, I second "Yellow Pills". But is The Boo Radleys' "Wish I was Skinny" power pop?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 5 December 2003 22:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"i've got your number (written on the back of my hand)" - the jags
"where's the boy for me" - the rezillos
"get over you" - the undertones
"time goes by so slow" and/or "boys cry" - the distractions
'i don't wanna be friends with you" - the shop assistants
"girl about town" - helen love

lauren (laurenp), Friday, 5 December 2003 22:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

valerie loves me: material issue

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Friday, 5 December 2003 22:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Good call on The Star Spangles.

"Can't Hardly Wait" by The Replacements.

Alex Pittman (Alex Pittman), Saturday, 6 December 2003 00:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But is The Boo Radleys' "Wish I was Skinny" power pop

Sounds a lot like it to me.

Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Saturday, 6 December 2003 00:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Posies "Solar Sister" - Frosting on the Beater is an incredibly strong power pop album in whole.

kinski (kinski), Saturday, 6 December 2003 00:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Frosting on the Beater is an incredibly strong power pop album in whole

Like all Posies albums, it falls about after the first five songs.

Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Saturday, 6 December 2003 01:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Whoops, my bad re: Big Star)

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 6 December 2003 04:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Raspberries, "I Wanna Be With You"

Burr (Burr), Saturday, 6 December 2003 05:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is the best power pop song of all time:

DWIGHT TWILLEY - LOOKING FOR DA MAGICZ

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― Moka, viernes 12 de diciembre de 2014 0:25 (three years ago)

This is still my answer.

Two others by Twilley for your consideration:

You Were So Warm
Burning Sand

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 8 July 2018 03:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Looking for the Magic is perfect. Adam the next two CT records are great too

albvivertine, Sunday, 8 July 2018 05:37 (two months ago) Permalink

On the Cheap Trick front, I saw Over the Edge for the first time tonight (in a theatre).

clemenza, Sunday, 8 July 2018 05:56 (two months ago) Permalink

the next two CT records are great too

i've ordered Heaven Tonight and Dream Police both VG+ used vinyl for under $10

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 19:24 (two months ago) Permalink

weird al does a surprisingly good cover of Hello There.
What's the best power pop song from a decidedly non-powerpop band?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Power Pop is probably not the first thing you think when you think NRBQ, but they had a number of great moments in that vein ("I Want You Bad", "Green Lights", "Me and The Boys" etc.).

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Paperback Writer

mick signals, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

A number of songs on the Ron Goedert solo album!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQDhavk4oh4

timellison, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Is Hey Ya power pop or bubblegum?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:37 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF9DBXoBrNk

||||||||, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

What's the best power pop song from a decidedly non-powerpop band?

Either 'Drill Sergeant' by N*E*R*D or 'Here Come July' by Scritti Politti

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:55 (two months ago) Permalink

"My Sharona" for song structure alone.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Simon Turner - (Baby) I Gotta Go

flopson, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Peace Love & Understanding - Elvis Costello

― ImprovSpirit, Friday, April 23, 2010 1:10 PM (eight years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is the jam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssd3U_zicAI

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:42 (two months ago) Permalink

the beat - rock n roll girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cEvEUKN4Fw

flopson, Saturday, 21 July 2018 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

pure bliss

niels, Saturday, 21 July 2018 23:59 (two months ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/gkSy-6ij76k

rip van wanko, Sunday, 22 July 2018 02:13 (two months ago) Permalink

help me list tropes of the genre. I'll start:

Jesus
superstition

pedophilia

rip van wanko, Sunday, 22 July 2018 02:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Some later era cheese

DM3 - Road to Rome album

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlt545QqLBKV4GK9CjjTfZX2YzEpIsqoi

Lolas - Something You Oughta Know album

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOYnBR8tMVojkgcIMG53yG4S4-Hw9U0SE

The Candyskins - Never Will Forget You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT1jh97FsXI

Flashing Lights - Where Do the Days Go? Heard this one in between sets at a Sloan show but doesn't appear to be available streaming anywhere.

skip, Sunday, 22 July 2018 04:47 (two months ago) Permalink

What's the best power pop song from a decidedly non-powerpop band?

California Boy by Lil B came to mind, but then I remembered that song was terrible.

MarkoP, Sunday, 22 July 2018 05:56 (two months ago) Permalink

controversial opinion: almost all of the 90s power-pop revival stuff is trash

flopson, Sunday, 22 July 2018 07:13 (two months ago) Permalink

not controversial, just rong

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 July 2018 20:51 (two months ago) Permalink

controversial opinion: some of the aor/power pop crossover stuff from the early '80s (balance, martin briley) is fucking good

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 22 July 2018 22:38 (two months ago) Permalink

i have a hard time getting past the production. what’s the best 90s stuff iyo?

flopson, Monday, 23 July 2018 00:41 (two months ago) Permalink

jellyfish

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 23 July 2018 02:05 (two months ago) Permalink

also cotton mather

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 23 July 2018 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink

i think there’s something too formally dramatic and muso to make jellyfish powerpop for the most part and i really like both things. Jellyfish are just fucking awesome.

Hunt3r, Monday, 23 July 2018 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink

what’s the best 90s stuff iyo?

Red Kross, Lady in the Front Row & Jimmy's Fantasy

kornrulez6969, Monday, 23 July 2018 02:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Sloan
The Grays
The Loud Family

Never could get into Jellyfish. Too close to psychedelia I guess.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 23 July 2018 02:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I have a soft spot for Buffalo Tom, but never loved the Posies or the Gin Blossoms

rip van wanko, Monday, 23 July 2018 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

(and I absolutely adore TFC but they transcend "power pop")

rip van wanko, Monday, 23 July 2018 02:54 (two months ago) Permalink

I love Buffalo Tom but never really thought of them as power pop. I suppose if jangle is a major component of the genre, they do have plenty of that.

Their 2018 album is pretty solid, btw.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 23 July 2018 02:59 (two months ago) Permalink

The track listing for Rhino's Poptopia! Power Pop Classics of the '90s (released, rather prematurely, in 1997):

Matthew Sweet - "I've Been Waiting"
Jellyfish - "That Is Why"
Ride - "Twisterella"
Gigolo Aunts - "Cope"
The Rembrandts - "Rollin' Down the Hill"
Tearaways - "Jessica Something"
The Posies - "Solar Sister"
The Wondermints - "Proto-Pretty"
The Lemonheads - Into Your Arms"
Redd Kross - "Lady in the Front Row"
The Grays - "Same Thing"
The Rooks - "Reasons"
The Greenberry Woods - "Trampoline"
Velocity Girl - "I Can't Stop Smiling"
Velvet Crush - "Hold Me Up"
Zumpano - "The Party Rages On"
P. Hux - "Every Minute"
Idle Wilds - "You're All Forgiven"

I know a few of those artists but I honestly can't recall any of those specific songs offhand aside from "Same Thing."

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 23 July 2018 03:14 (two months ago) Permalink

the first jason falkner solo album is also top notch

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 23 July 2018 03:21 (two months ago) Permalink

there's a KEXP version of Twisteralla I've watched at least a dozen times, what a band what a song. (Wouldn't consider it power pop though??)

rip van wanko, Monday, 23 July 2018 03:22 (two months ago) Permalink

by the way he took the '90s off but the toms put another record out last year and it's fucking great

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 23 July 2018 03:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I saw the Sugarplastic once in the '90s - they seemed like an actual power pop band.

timellison, Monday, 23 July 2018 03:28 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8HVyrkwc88

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Monday, 23 July 2018 05:58 (two months ago) Permalink

90s power pop I like (not in any order): Spongetones, Sneetches, Perspex Whiteout, Teenage Fanclub, Posies, Velvet Crush, Fountains of Wayne

didn't really like Buffalo Tom. Gigolo Aunts were OK

Colonel Poo, Monday, 23 July 2018 08:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Velvet Crush's first two albums are essential
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqD6Z8KYUGw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHSMg0oGsII

PaulTMA, Monday, 23 July 2018 09:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I've never really been able to get into Matthew Sweet or Redd Kross bar a few songs here and there.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 23 July 2018 10:44 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRHBMypKSFQ

... (Eazy), Monday, 23 July 2018 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Velvet Crush's first two albums are essential
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Third one is pretty good too:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MiBXjcey7KI

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 12:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Gentle Breeze ended up recorded again on the fourth album though

Could never get into Heavy Changes. Found them sometimes good but not so great after Teen Symphonies

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 12:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Not mentioned and underrated: Chainsaw Kittens

Eliza D., Tuesday, 31 July 2018 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Gentle Breeze ended up recorded again on the fourth album though

Could never get into Heavy Changes. Found them sometimes good but not so great after Teen Symphonies

I forgot about the first record. I meant Free Expression. That’s a solid record.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

It's a bit better than I remember it. Listening to Heavy Changes again today and it's just so bland, dunno what happened

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 19:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I always post Mayflies USA on power pop threads becz their first two albums are some of my favorites from the '90s/'00s and they never got a lot of attention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dZhmS0zWwM

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Frisbie! I remember buying that record based on a breathless review on salon.com

For me their bid for power pop immortality is Vertigogo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7v0y0o0kVc

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:59 (one month ago) Permalink


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