Everyone knows how much I enjoy power pop music. I can’t get enough of that pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatles melodies mixed with Beach Boys’ vocal harmonies and Who-like and Kinks-esque power chords, with a touch of Byrds-ian jangle, into this dream amalgamation that Pete Townshend once called power pop, which has stuck to this conservative brand of rock music. And when I use “conservative”, it is not a political designation but a musical one because of the tight definition of this genre. Sure, I am still in touch with the AM radio side of youth.
So, today, I am going to send you into the weekend with my 15 suggestions of power pop albums that every music lover should have in their collection. I love making these of suggestions. Rock on!
15 Power Pop Albums Every Music Lover Should Own
- Big Star – #1 Record (1972); Key track: “Thirteen”
- Raspberries – Raspberries (1972); Key track: “Go All the Way”
- Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action (1975); Key track: “Shake Some Action”
- Bram Tchaikovsky – Strange Man, Changed Man (1979); Key track: “Girl of My Dreams”
- Cheap Trick – At Budokan (1979); Key track: “I Want You to Want Me” (was there EVER any doubt?)
- The Knack – Get the Knack (1979); Key track: “My Sharona”
- The Records – The Records (1979, USA), Shades in Bed (1978, UK); Key track: “Starry Eyes”
- The Rubinoos – Back to the Drawing Board (1979); Key track: “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
- The Romantics – The Romantics (1980); Key track: “What I Like About You”
- Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog (1981); Key track: “I’ve Done Everything for You”
- Squeeze – East Side Story (1981); Key track: “Tempted”
- Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw (1982); Key track: “Cynical Girl”
- Jellyfish – Bellybutton (1990); Key track: “I Wanna Stay Home”
- Velvet Crush – Teenage Symphonies to God (1994); Key track: “Hold Me Up”
- Weezer – Weezer (1994, “The Blue Album”); Key track: “Buddy Holly”
Now, if you would just throw in some early Ramones, non-concept album Green Day, the Buzzcocks’ greatest hits album Singles Going Steady and some non-experimental or blue-eyed soul Todd Rundgren (or his band Utopia), then you will have a well-rounded power pop collection that embraces most sides of the genre.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and a rockin’ Halloween!!!