American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Song

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The American Music Award for Favorite Song – Pop/Rock (formerly known as Favorite Pop/Rock Single 1974-1995) has been awarded since 1974. The category was retired for over a decade in 1995, before returning in the 2016 ceremony. Years reflect the year in which the awards were presented, for works released in the previous year (until 2003 onward when awards were handed out in November of the same year). The all-time winner for this category is tied between the following four artists: Justin Bieber, Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie, with 2 wins each.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Artist Song Ref
1974
(1st)
Tony Orlando & Dawn "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" [1]
Jim Croce "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly"
1975
(2nd)
Olivia Newton-John "I Honestly Love You" [2]
Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun"
Barbra Streisand "The Way We Were"
1976
(3rd)
Glen Campbell "Rhinestone Cowboy" [3]
Captain & Tennille "Love Will Keep Us Together"
Elton John "Philadelphia Freedom"
1977
(4th)
Elton John and Kiki Dee "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" [4]
The Manhattans "Kiss and Say Goodbye"
Wild Cherry "Play That Funky Music"
1978
(5th)
Debby Boone "You Light Up My Life" [5]
Andy Gibb "I Just Want to Be Your Everything"
Meco "Star Wars Medley"
1979
(6th)
Commodores "Three Times a Lady" [6]
Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive"
Debby Boone "You Light Up My Life (song)"

1980s[edit]

Year Artist Song Ref
1980
(7th)
Donna Summer "Bad Girls" [7]
The Knack "My Sharona"
Rod Stewart "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
1981
(8th)
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust" [8]
Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall"
Diana Ross "Upside Down"
1982
(9th)
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross "Endless Love" [9]
Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes"
REO Speedwagon "Keep On Loving You"
Rick Springfield "Jessie's Girl"
1983
(10th)
Lionel Richie "Truly" [10]
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder "Ebony and Ivory"
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger"
1984
(11th)
Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" [11]
Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
The Police "Every Breath You Take"
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
1985
(12th)
Bruce Springsteen "Dancing in the Dark" [12]
Prince "When Doves Cry"
Tina Turner "What's Love Got to Do with It"
1986
(13th)
Huey Lewis and the News "The Power of Love" [13]
Dire Straits "Money for Nothing"
Wham! "Careless Whisper"
1987
(14th)
Billy Ocean "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" [14]
Madonna "Live to Tell"
Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls"
Steve Winwood "Higher Love"
1988
(15th)
Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" [15]
Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer"
Bob Seger "Shakedown"
1989
(16th)
Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" [16]
Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up"
Steve Winwood "Roll With It"

1990s[edit]

Year Artist Song Ref
1990
(17th)
Milli Vanilli "Girl You Know It's True" [17]
Bon Jovi "I'll Be There for You"
Gloria Estefan "Don't Wanna Lose You"
1991
(18th)
Jon Bon Jovi "Blaze of Glory" [18]
Madonna "Vogue"
Wilson Phillips "Hold On"
1992
(19th)
Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" [19]
Color Me Badd "I Wanna Sex You Up"
Extreme "More Than Words"
1993
(20th)
Boyz II Men "End of the Road" [20]
Mariah Carey "I'll Be There"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
1994
(21st)
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" [21]
Tag Team "Whoomp! (There It Is)"
UB40 "Can't Help Falling in Love"
1995
(22nd)
Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love to You" [22]
Ace of Base "The Sign"
Celine Dion "The Power of Love"

2010s[edit]

Year Artist Song Ref
2016
(44th)
Justin Bieber "Love Yourself" [23]
Adele "Hello"
Drake (featuring Wizkid and Kyla) "One Dance"
2017
(45th)
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber) "Despacito" [24]
The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) "Closer"
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"
2018
(46th)
Camila Cabello (featuring Young Thug) "Havana" [25]
Drake "God's Plan"
Ed Sheeran "Perfect"

Category facts[edit]

Multiple Wins[edit]

2 wins

Multiple Nominations[edit]

2 nominations

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "1977 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "1978 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "1979 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "1980 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "1981 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "1982 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "1983 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "1984 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "1985 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "1986 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "1987 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  15. ^ "1988 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "1989 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "A Fountain of Youth at the American Music Awards". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. January 24, 1990. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "M. C. Hammer, Rap Win Big at American Music Awards". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. January 29, 1991. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "1992 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jackson Wins 3 American Music Awards". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. January 26, 1993. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "1994 American Music Awards Winners". Awards and Winners. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  22. ^ "Boyz II Men Tops American Music Awards". The Christian Science Monitor. February 1, 1995. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  23. ^ McIntyre, Hugh (November 20, 2016). "American Music Awards 2016: Full List of Winners". Forbes. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  24. ^ "Here Are All the Winners From the 2017 AMAs". Billboard. November 19, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  25. ^ "2018 Winners". American Music Awards. October 9, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.