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Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the
mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former
describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles.
"Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.
Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Pop music is
eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements
that define pop music. Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the
verse-chorus structure), as well as common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.
What Is Pop Music?
The Definition from the 1950s to Today
What is pop music? The definition of pop music is deliberately flexible. It accommodates the fact that the specific music identified as pop is continually changing. At any particular point in time, it may be most straightforward to identify pop music as that which is successful on the pop music charts. For the past 50 years, the most successful musical styles on the pop charts have continually changed and evolved. However, there are some consistent patterns in what we know as pop music.
Music Accessible To the Widest Audience
Since the mid-1950s pop music has usually been identified as the music and the musical styles that are accessible to the broadest audience. This means the music that sells the most copies draws the largest concert audiences and is played most often on the radio. Most recently, it also includes the music that is most often streamed digitally and provides the soundtrack for the most popular music videos.
After Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock hit #1 on music charts in 1955 the most popular music became the records influenced by rock 'n roll instead of the songs and light
standards that had dominated TV's Your Hit Parade weekly countdown show.
Since 1955 the music that appeals to the broadest audience, or pop music, has been dominated by sounds that are still rooted in the fundamental elements of rock 'n roll.
What Is Pop Music?
Pop Music and Song Structure
One of the most consistent elements of pop music since the 1950's is the pop song. Pop music is not usually written, performed and recorded as a symphony, suite, or concerto.
The basic form of pop music is the song and usually a song consisting of verses and a repeated chorus. Most often the songs are between 2 1/2 minutes and 5 1/2 minutes in length.
There have been notable exceptions. The Beatles' Hey Jude was an epic seven minutes in length. However, in many cases, if the song is abnormally long, an edited version is released for radio airplay such as in the case of Don McLean's American Pie. It was edited down from its original 8 1/2 minutes long recording to a version just over four minutes for radio airplay.
On the other end of the spectrum, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, some hit songs clocked in under two minutes in length.
The Pop Music Melting Pot
As with other art forms that aim to attract a mass audience -- movies, television, Broadway shows -- pop music has been and continues to be a melting pot that borrows from and assimilates elements and ideas from a wide range of musical styles.
Rock, R&B, country, disco, punk, and hip-hop are all specific genres of music that have influenced and been incorporated into pop music in various ways over the past six decades.
In the past decade, Latin music and other international forms including reggae have played a more prominent role in pop music than in the past.
Mit Popmusik ist Musik gemeint, die bei einer großen Menge Menschen gut ankommt. Es ist anders als
die Rockmusik oder die Klassische Musik keine klar auszumachende Musikrichtung. Das liegt daran, dass
es sich über die Zeiten verändert hat, welche Art Musik viele Menschen mögen. Der Name „Pop“ kommt vom englischen Wort „popular“, was soviel heißt wie „bekannt“ oder „beliebt“, das deutsche Wort „populär“ hat die gleiche Bedeutung.
Die Popmusik entstand ab den 1950er-Jahren aus Rock 'n' Roll, Beat und Folk. Mit Folk meint man etwa
s leichtere, von der Volksmusik beeinflusste Musik. Seit den Erfolgen der Band ABBA in den 1970ern kam zu den ursprünglichen Wurzeln noch viel Elektronische Musik, die unsere heutige Popmusik seitdem massiv beeinflusst hat.
Bekannte Pop-Musiker sind zum Beispiel ABBA, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion oder Britney Spears.
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