An Attempt to Explain
Powerpop is a sub-genre that draws its inspiration from 60s British and American Pop and Rock. With the term defined by Pete Townshend of The Who, it typically incorporates a combination of Pop based musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements, and Rock characteristics such as prominent guitar riffs, instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and Blues elements are largely downplayed. Power Pop recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more electric guitars, an electric bass guitar, a drum kit, and sometimes electric keyboards or synthesizers. While its cultural impact has waxed and waned over the decades, Power Pop is amongst one of Rock’s most enduring sub-genres. Power Pop will often over-lap with other sub-genres such as New Wave and Pop Punk, among others.
This list is nowhere near complete, and is based on the opinions of others.
It is purely intended to try and give you an idea of the kind of artists that are perceived as defining this genre.
Buddy Holly & the Crickets
The Dave Clark Five
The Everly Brothers
The Jimi Hendrix Experience