Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. Music intended for or accepted by a wide audience, usually with a commercial basis and distinguished from classical music and folk music.
n. music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love [syn: pop]
Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the Western world during the 1950s and 1960s, deriving from rock and roll. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular (and can include any style).
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 the common employment of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.
Pop music is a musical genre.
Pop music may also refer to:
- Popular music, a number of musical genres having wide appeal
- Pop Music (album), a 1996 album by Iggy Pop