What Is POWER POP?

In a Google hangout yesterday, I was chatting with some folks about music and the term power pop came up. I was describing a genre that seems to be semi-defined within my social circles. However a woman in the hangout, from a Thailand, asked,  “What is power pop? What does it mean? Can you give me some examples?”

My first two examples have more to do with some music I am working on myself, but they did seem to capture the idea.

The two songs that came up immediately, The Knack’s My Sharona, and The Romantics’ What I Like About You.

In the BAND category I was also struck by the immediate identification, in my mind, of two contemporary artists that represent power pop to me. The Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick.

So what are your TOP POWER POP associations? Put them in the comments and I’ll post the Youtube videos of them and create a playlist for our mutual enjoyment.

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