Saturday, January 29, 2022

VA - Power Pop Anthems The 100 Greatest Power Pop Songs of All Time [2021] (5 x CD's)



VA - Power Pop Anthems The 100 Greatest Power Pop Songs of All Time [2021] (5 x CD's)

Pete Townshend, the guitarist and principal songwriter for The Who, is credited as the originator of the name “power pop.” He used the phrase to describe the type of music The Who performed in the late 1960's - upbeat, catchy, hook-driven - but the name wouldn’t catch on until the 1970's. "Pictures of Lily" was included in the Who album Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, a compilation of previously released singles. Townshend coined the term "power pop" when he used it to describe the song in a May 1967 interview with NME.

My friend "K" says the following:

I see a few have been requesting a really good power pop compilation on your blog today.  I thought you might be interested in my own power pop compilation: Power Pop Anthems: The 100 Greatest Power Pop Songs of All Time (5xCD's) (2021)

Following weeks and weeks of extensive research reading through critics polls, readers and listeners polls, fan lists, TV countdowns, online discussion forums votes (Steve Hoffman), Will Birch insight and favourites listed, Wikipedia info, my own recollections and favourites, I have finally settled upon my 100 Greatest Power Pop Songs of All Time collection.

My goal was to include the very very best of the genre, the cream of the crop, and to add a number of tracks you just never see on compilations due to licensing, music rights issues, etc.. These are the top 100 songs which are mentioned and feature most on all the power pop discussion forums and critics and fan lists. (K)

So here without further adieu is "K's" Box Set of Power pop. All 100 tracks are a delight to Power Pop fans.    Thank you "K".


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Track lists

01 Badfinger No Matter What 3:00

02 Big Star September Gurls 2:46

03 Raspberries Go All the Way 3:22

04 Flamin' Groovies Shake Some Action (Original 1976 7" Single Version) 3:35

05 The Undertones Teenage Kicks 2:28

06 Buzzcocks Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) 2:42

07 Eddie and the Hot Rods Do Anything You Wanna Do 4:03

08 The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet 3:00

09 The Who The Kids Are Alright (Original 1966 UK 7" Mono Single Version) 3:07

10 The Beatles And Your Bird Can Sing 2:00

11 The Turtles Outside Chance 2:05

12 The Beach Boys Don't Worry Baby (Original 1964 7" Mono Single Version) 2:48

13 Nick Lowe Cruel to Be Kind 3:29

14 Dave Edmunds Girls Talk 3:25

15 Bram Tchaikovsky Girl of My Dreams 4:10

16 The Motors Airport 4:28

17 The Romantics What I Like About You 2:55

18 The Knack My Sharona (Original 1979 7" Single Edit) 4:01

19 The Rubinoos I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend 3:19

20 The Records Starry Eyes (Original 1978 7" Single Version) 4:23

21 The Who Substitute (Original 1966 UK 7" Single Version) 3:48

22 The Easybeats Friday on My Mind 2:43

23 The Hollies Look Through Any Window (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:17

24 The Searchers When You Walk in the Room (Original 1964 7" Mono Single Version) 2:22

25 Cheap Trick Surrender 4:14

26 Sweet Fox on the Run (Original 1975 7" Single Version) 3:22

27 Blue Öyster Cult (Don't Fear) The Reaper (Original 1976 7" Single Edit) 3:50

28 Raspberries Overnight Sensation (Hit Record) 5:26

29 Protex A Place in Your Heart (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:08

30 Rudi Big Time 2:43

31 Tours Language School 2:10

32 Ramones Rockaway Beach 2:06

33 Pointed Sticks What Do You Want Me to Do? 2:27

34 The Bats Popgun 3:24

35 Phil Seymour Precious to Me 2:51

36 Dwight Twilley Band I'm on Fire 3:18

37 Teenage Fanclub Star Sign (Original 1991 7" Single Edit) 3:52

38 Ash Shining Light (Original 2001 Radio Edit) 4:22

39 Cast Alright 3:37

40 The La's There She Goes 2:42

41 The Jam Start! 2:32

42 The Who I Can't Explain (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:05

43 The Creation Making Time 2:56

44 The Hollies I Can't Let Go 2:27

45 Squeeze Pulling Mussels (from the Shell) 4:01

46 Nick Lowe So It Goes 2:30

47 Elvis Costello & The Attractions Radio, Radio 3:06

48 Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out with Him? 3:35

49 Holly & the Italians Tell That Girl to Shut Up (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 3:00

50 The Shivvers No Substitute 3:52

51 Nikki and the Corvettes Back Seat Love 1:49

52 The Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed 2:48

53 The Cars Just What I Needed 3:43

54 Split Enz I Got You 3:29

55 The Monroes What Do All the People Know (Original 1982 7" Single Version) 3:30

56 XTC Mayor of Simpleton 3:58

57 The Outfield Your Love 3:34

58 Rick Springfield Jessie's Girl 3:14

59 Tommy Tutone 867-5309 / Jenny 3:47

60 Sniff 'n' the Tears Driver's Seat (Original 1978 7" Single Edit) 3:39

61 The Monkees Daydream Believer 2:59

62 The Searchers Needles and Pins (Original 1964 7" Mono Single Version) 2:13

63 The Byrds I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better 2:34

64 The Beatles If I Needed Someone 2:23

65 Blondie Dreaming 3:08

66 The Go-Go's We Got the Beat 2:31

67 The Primitives Crash 2:32

68 The Stone Roses She Bangs the Drums (Original 1989 7" Single Mix) 3:42

69 The Replacements Alex Chilton 3:13

70 The Plimsouls A Million Miles Away 3:34

71 XTC Earn Enough for Us (Original 1986 7" Single Mix) 2:54

72 Squeeze Another Nail in My Heart 2:59

73 Rich Kids Ghosts of Princes in Towers 3:34

74 Eddie and the Hot Rods Quit This Town 2:28

75 The Nerves Hanging on the Telephone 2:03

76 The Beat Rock 'N' Roll Girl 2:15

77 The Who Pictures of Lily 2:45

78 Blue Ash Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?) 3:04

79 The Zombies She's Not There (Original 1964 Decca 7" Mono Single Mix) 2:23

80 Nazz Forget All About It 3:31

81 The Jags Back of My Hand (Original 1979 7" Single Version) 3:20

82 The Producers What's He Got? 3:11

83 20 Giving It All 2:48

84 Shoes Tomorrow Night (Original 1978 Bomp 7" Single Version) 3:13

85 The Undertones Get Over You 2:45

86 The Records Rock and Roll Love Letter 3:39

87 The Vapors Turning Japanese 3:43

88 The Cars My Best Friend's Girl 3:44

89 The Dukes of Stratosphear Vanishing Girl (Original 1987 7" Single Mix) 2:30

90 Edison Lighthouse Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) 2:48

91 Cheap Trick I Want You to Want Me (Live at Budokan) (Original 1979 7" Single Version) 3:41

92 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers American Girl 3:32

93 Weezer Buddy Holly 2:39

94 Fountains of Wayne Stacy's Mom 3:16

95 Todd Rundgren Couldn't I Just Tell You (Original 1972 7" Single Edit) 3:18

96 Badfinger Baby Blue 3:37

97 Tommy James and the Shondells I Think We're Alone Now 2:10

98 The Beatles Paperback Writer 2:18

99 Raspberries Tonight 3:41

100 The Who I Can See for Miles (Original 1967 Track Record UK 7" Mono Single Mix) 4:03




  1. Perfect.................


    1. Hi Stephen
      As more Power Pop was requested, you should thank "K" for his wonderful response.
      Enjoy the music.


  2. This is an insanely fully loaded comp. Salivating like a pavlov power pop fan.

    1. Hi ken49
      More Power Pop was requested, and more to come in the future.
      Try These out for size also.

      VA - Aussie Power Pop (A Butterboy Compilation) Part 1
      VA - Aussie Power Pop (A Butterboy Compilation) Part 2

      VA - Powerpop Explosion Volume 1 + Volume 2 (A Butterboy Compilation)

      "K" offered a wonderful response.
      Enjoy the music.


    2. Woof Woof...............


  3. A marvellous compilation K. Truly appreciate the work you have put in. Of course the fun thing with these are what tracks would have made my Top 100. I probably would have had a dB's track and a Sunnyboy's track, but having said that I have no idea what I would have cut from your list. They are all truly great songs.

    1. Thanks LibraryDude,
      Good taste never goes astray.


  4. Its obvious that Blood, Sweat, & Tears (not the band) was shed in compiling such a colossal collection of top-notch tunes; thank you very much.

    1. Hi Unknown,
      Who knows what Volume two (?) may look like.


  5. If you can't dig this, I'm not sure you can dig at all. Thanks my friend!

  6. I'm pretty sure I have every one of these songs on various comps. Still, always nice to have a new configuration. And the music can't be beat.

    1. Hi Coober67,
      Isn't it great to get them all together in one place.


  7. No one will ever create a "perfect" compilation, but this one is pretty close.

  8. Awesome work made by "K"!!! It's nice to have all these together. "K" and BB, thank you both for sharing.

    1. Thanks Manolis,
      Enjoy these and more to come in the future.


  9. Congratulations for this compilation !!
    Alain (from France)

  10. > So here without further adieu is "K's" Box Set of Power pop.

    I'm sooo glad this is not "Power's" box set of K-pop :))

    1. Hi Wolfgang,
      Be kind, someone loves K-Pop ... 😀


  11. Great collection apart from shock/horror of missing anything by one the greatest Power Pop bands...Jellyfish..regards,Jay

    1. Hi freebie6969
      You may find some Jellyfish in the other links in the comments section above.
      here for your convenience.


  12. Most excellent stuff K. Little disagreement from me here. Pleased to see Rich Kids and The Records.

    1. Hi dchughes62,
      Enjoy K's compilation its a beauty.


  13. Thanks K and BB. Really looking forwward to this! Thanx!

  14. Wow, this look tremendous!


  15. A great compilation indeed! But I didn't kown that Beatles, Easybeats, Who, Zombies, Byrds, Searchers, Monkees were power pop. Very surprising.

    1. Hi Racati,
      I guess the majority of people who commented on the lists used to define this compilation think otherwise. There are many more bands I would also include. Possibly a 2nd Volume will show itself someday.


  16. A most wonderful (and very intelligently compiled) collection of truly great POWERPOP: I am enjoying it tremendously .. and there are so many personal memories & stories to nearly each one of these songs. Just take "Baby Blue", the very last track in the very last episode of BREAKING BAD, and how fitting it was there and then. And now here it is, with 99 more of its kind. Many thanks, "K" & Mr. B.! Best, TC

    1. Hi TC,
      Your summation of your feelings is rewarding to me. Your love for this music is evident.


  17. I love these collections as much for the questions they raise, as for the excellent content they provide especially when its based on the court of Internet opinion.

    For example how is it that the quirky 'Start' with its 'Taxman' riff by the Jam is included when what some others might believe are the vastly superior quartet of "In The City", "When You're Young", "Strange Town" and "Going Underground" are overlooked?

    How is it that the masters of sunshine and surf, the Beach Boys, and the always jazz orientated Zombies, both wonderful bands but largely not remembered for the 'force' of their songs, sit alongside the Beatles and the Who but the endless power of the mid sixties Kinks, Stones, Yardbirds and Pretties are not?

    Intriguing stuff. The court of Internet opinion is an amazing phenomena. Anyway lots of great stuff in this collection which no doubt will serve to encourage many further offerings. Many thanks K & BB! I look forward to listening to those tracks I don't recognise!

    PS And a shout for some who missed the cut. Here's to : the Reaction, Orange, The Action, the Chords, The Purple Hearts, The Donkeys, Squire, The Birds, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Back To Zero, The Boyfriends, The Attack, The Syn, The Rezillos / Revillos and The Rivals (there are many more).......

    1. Hi Anona Mause.
      I see what you mean. We all have differing opinions of great songs and sometimes we agree wholeheartedly whilst other times our views are diverse. My take on Power Pop was posted a long time back (3 years ago) it is here if you are interested.

      I think K's set is outstanding for what he stated as the criteria used to pull it together.
      Love your list by the way.


  18. I Kept waiting for a bad track but it never came.. full marks

  19. Many, many thanks, my friend. Muchas gracias, apreciado amigo. Saludos.

  20. Nice selection, but low bitrate (260)...