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Origins of Pop

Pop is short for ‘Popular’ music’ and it is usually commercial, aimed towards the youth. It is quite short and simple in its structure. It is often classed as a softer for, or alternative to rock n roll.

Its life began in the 1950’s in The UK and The USA. Pop has a mix of a lot of genres, taking bits from each of them to create its own genre, it gained its use of vocal harmonies from gospel and soul, instrumentation from Jazz, country and rock music, ochestration from classical music, tempo from dance music,, backing from electronic music, rhythmic elements from hip-hop music, and recently incorparated spoken passages from rap.

From 1967 it was used increrasingly as an opposition to rock music. Rock aspired to authenticity and an expansion of the possibilities of popular music, pop was more commercial, ephemeral and accessible. Though Pop was ‘Popular’ I still believe that rock and jazz a the talent, the courage to stand up against the main stream, and with it came many loyal followers that would follow them till they die, currently, pop changes from week to week, what was new one day, is suddenly old and rubbish a few months later, to me it seems these musicians only produce music that will last enough time to get them to the top for a while and then thats it, no legendary peices of music are produced, nothing that will make you just listen in awe. To me that is a big shame, it seems the level of music, generally, has dropped recently, and yes it may be what the public want, it may be what will get them the most money and fame, but the music is of poor quality and as a person who appreciates raw talent, it upsets me to see where this is taking us. As you can probably tell, I am not a big fan of pop, and most modern day music. But i have gone of on a tangent.


List Pop artists

  • The wanted
  • The Saturdays
  • Sugar babes
  • S club 7
  • Spice girls
  • Boyzone
  • Westlife






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