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Power Pop Anthems

Artist Song Buy
Badfinger  No Matter What (1970)  buy on itunes
Big Star  In The Street (1972)  buy on itunes
The Raspberries  I Wanna Be With You (1972)  buy on itunes
Cheap Trick  Surrender (1978)  buy on itunes
The Records  Starry Eyes (1979)  buy on itunes
The Undertones  Really Really (1979)  buy on itunes
Bram Tchaikovsky  Girl Of My Dreams (1979)  buy on itunes
The Rubinoos  I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (1979)  buy on itunes
The Jags  Back of my Hand (1979)  buy on itunes
Shoes  Your Imagination (1981)  buy on itunes
Marshall Crenshaw  Whenever You're On My Mind (1983)  buy on itunes
Tommy Keene  Places That Are Gone (1984)  buy on itunes
The Long Ryders  I Want You Bad (1987)  buy on itunes
Parthenon Huxley  Bazooka Joe (1988)  buy on itunes
The La's  There She Goes (1990)  buy on itunes
Teenage Fanclub  What You Do To Me (1991)  buy on itunes
Lemonheads  Down About It (1993)  buy on itunes
Matthew Sweet  Sick Of Myself (1995)  buy on itunes
Wilco  Box Full Of Letters (1995)  buy on itunes
The Odds  Someone Who's Cool (1996)  buy on itunes
Fountains of Wayne  Survival Car (1996)  buy on itunes
Myracle Brah  Love Is (1998)  buy on itunes
Jason Falkner  My Lucky Day (1999)  buy on itunes
The Shazam  Chipper Cherry Daylily (2000)  buy on itunes
Weezer  Don't Let Go (2001)  buy on itunes
Apples In Stereo  Please (2002)  buy on itunes
Cliff Hillis  Go Go Go (2004)  buy on itunes


Inspired by an online bulletin board asking people to list their 3 favorite "power pop" songs... but why stop at 3 when you can, like, fit 27 on a cd?
Not surprisingly, this was incredibly hard to settle on, and the tracklist kept changing. Ended up with enough leftovers for a second disc (the Knack, Wondermints, Cherry Twister, Mockers, etc.). Also thought about going back to the true power pop roots (i.e. early Who singles like "Can't Explain," "Kids Are Alright," and "Pictures of Lily"; Rubber Soul-era Beatles), but figured that power pop is typically defined as inspired by this music, so that would kinda be cheating.
And what, dear friends, do I consider power pop (which, of course, we wouldn't want to confuse with jangle pop, noise pop, punk pop, etc.)? Well, the Rock Snob Dictionary defines it as follows:Record-reviewer term for high-energy, Beatles-esque music made by intelligent-dork bands that, though they've given it the old college try, can't actually muster the songcraft, cleverness, vocal agility, or production ingenuity of the Beatles. First applied to early-'70s acts such as the Raspberries and Badfinger (the latter group actually being McCartney protTgTs), and subsequently given a new lease on life with the '90s advent of such bands as the Wondermints and Apples in Stereo. The Shins' debut album shimmered with pure power-pop exuberance.
But that seems a bit harsh. Me, I tend to think of songs with 3-4 chords (plus maybe a couple minor chords tossed into the bridge), 2 guitars bass & drums (maybe a bit of tasteful synth thrown in on rare occasions), instantly memorable chorus (preferably with some harmonies), etc. If possible, there should be a bit of a crunch to the power chords, but a little jangle is tolerable. Of course, sometimes early Beatles-inspired power pop can veer into later Beatles-inspired baroque pop (i.e. Wondermints), and some of this probably slightly fits more in the latter category.
Plan to swap out the Long Ryders track with the NRBQ original down the road, but have to borrow that album, so this will do in the interim. May swap out a few other tracks at that time... or just wait for volume 2.
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anthony lombardi
Date: 4/27/2007
this is fantastic -- i'm putting together a 60's & 70's pop mix myself, which contains much power pop, so i've been listening to alot of this lately. i would love to hear this...
The Misfit
Date: 4/28/2007
Great selections!
Date: 4/28/2007
Whole lotta classic stuff here.
Date: 4/28/2007
4,5, and 7 are under considered for the college education volume of my musical bio. (coming soon) very nice
Date: 4/28/2007
powerfully pop-o-licious.
Date: 4/28/2007
Dang it. I was going to post mine, but you beat me to it. I will post mine soon.

This is pretty awesome.Classics along with tunes I have never heard. Badass!!
Rob Conroy
Date: 4/28/2007
I love lots of these.
Date: 4/28/2007
Outstanding. For the definition - two requirements for true power pop (maybe "requirements" is a bit strong, but what the hey) - handclaps & "ooh's" and/or "aah's"
Little Spencer Boys
Date: 4/29/2007
I live for Power Pop!!! And as I read the playlist, I just say 'sure'. Consider Fountains of Wayne for Vol. 2
Sean Lally
Date: 4/29/2007
Good god - every song a winner! Kudos for Bram - maybe my fave 70s PP number, or certainly in my top 5. Awesome.
Date: 4/29/2007
i demand a volume 2! especially considering that power pop is alive and well in the 90s and beyond... and weezer's green album?! for the most part, i love the latter part of this mix, as well as what i know of the former part. keep it coming!
Mark Petruccelli
Date: 4/30/2007
The opening 4 are just incredible and the balance is commendable.
Date: 6/13/2007
Check out this Power Pop mix by a friend of mine
Date: 6/24/2007
Gotta love the raspberries...

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