Pop music


May 28, 2022

Pop music - popular music in general, but the term is ambiguous, in the broadest sense it means any type of popular music, regardless of its nature.

Definition of

In a narrower sense, pop is called a more "soft" and mass audience-oriented branch of rock music, characterized by simplicity, melody and a wider use of synthesizers and studio recording techniques than in classical rock music. Often, pop styles are "milder" variations of the original styles grown out of different varieties of popular music (not just rock), or combinations of these varieties so juxtaposed to remove sounds that are currently not tolerated by most potential listeners, and to preserve sounds that are currently in vogue . The encyclopedia of the Kluszczyński publishing house from 2009 defines pop music as rhythmic instrumental-vocal music, often of a dance character, maintained in major keys with a simple rhythmic and melodic structure with superficial borrowings from various musical styles created for commercial purposes, while the encyclopedia of the PWN publishing house defines pop music as any kind of light music. So, regardless of the style of music, pop artists are those artists who create their music guided solely by the tastes of the audience and completely give up trying to convey any deeper values. However, there are few artists who officially admit it, and most try to add some kind of "ideology" to their music. In addition, many artists who at the beginning of their activity were "cult" and "alternative" for certain audiences, after achieving success cease to be regarded as such, despite the fact that very often their music does not change, but only becomes popular and fashionable to not to say - common. As a result, it is often very difficult to distinguish between "pop" and "non-pop" on the basis of this definition, and it is up to your point of view to classify an artist in one of these categories. The fact that pop music is "produced" for the sheer enjoyment of listening does not mean that it is amateur music. On the contrary, the production of pop songs is usually done by professionals: songwriters, composers, choreographers and session musicians.


A typical pop song usually consists of relatively short musical parts played on an electric guitar, standard bass, drums and vocals, and a very catchy chorus and borrowings from other musical styles.

Subgenres and styles of pop music

The development of pop music resulted in the development of many different musical styles, such as: avant-pop brit pop college rock dream pop indie pop jangle pop noise pop symphonic pop progressive pop psychedelic-pop power pop synth pop twee pop Virtually every genre of popular music has its own popular, commercial trend, so you can distinguish styles such as: country-pop dance pop pop metal pop punk pop rock pop-rap Basically every music culture has developed its own version of pop music. So you can distinguish styles such as: afro pop c-pop (Chinese pop) indian pop j-pop (Japanese pop) k-pop (Korean pop) Hispanic will drink the like.


Pop has developed a number of specific phenomena related to mass culture, such as: boyband girlsband idol power play hit (hit) Due to the crystallization of the term "pop music", the meaning of this term was separated from the term "pop music", because the latter covers both a broader and slightly different scope, dealing to a lesser extent with varieties of strongly rock origin, for it is referring even to the lightest types of serious music