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The term pop standards refers to an American songwriting, arranging, and singing style that is widely considered as the high point of Western vocal popular music. The terms standards or American standards are also sometimes used. A songwriter is someone who writes either the lyrics or the music for songs. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, often constrasted with speech. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ...


This style embodies the era of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney. Popular artists sang with known bands and orchestras led by such luminaries as Guy Lombardo or Nelson Riddle, and performed classic pop songs penned by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and others from the "Great American Songbook". Frank Sinatra in 1947 Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is considered one of the finest vocalists of all time, renowned for his impeccable phrasing and timing. ... Dean Martin in 1965 at a St. ... Bing wooed fans with a sensuous voice, wit, and good looks. ... Rosemary Clooney on the cover of her 2000 collection 16 Biggest Hits Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 - June 29, 2002) was an American popular singer and actress. ... Guy Lombardo, photographed by William P. Gottlieb, 1947 Gaetano Alberto Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902 - November 5, 1977) was a Canadian bandleader and violinist. ... Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra, 1956 Nelson Riddle (June 1, 1921 - October 6, 1985) was a well-known American bandleader, arranger and orchestrator whose career spanned from the late 1940s until the early 1980s. ... George Gershwin photograph by Edward Steichen in 1927. ... Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. ... The Great American Songbook is an informal term referring to a period of American popular music songwriting that took place between the 1930s and 1950s, that is considered by many to be the peak of the popular songwriting craft. ...


In its heyday, roughly the 1930s through the 1950s, this was the most popular form of music. Singers packed houses across the country, and the advent and subsequent widespread popularity of radio and movies enabled their music, personalities and distinctive vocal styles to catapult them to superstar status. // Events and trends The 1930s were spent struggling for a solution to the global depression. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby-boom from returning...


At the beginning of this period, popular music was generally defined as music with both melody and lyrics that were easy to remember. Within this, there was a gradation: }} Wiktionary has a definition of: Melody In music, a melody is a series of linear events or a succession, not a simultaneity as in a chord. ... Lyrics are the written words in a song. ...

  • "Pops" were songs that became popular quickly but faded out rapidly
  • "Hits" were songs with great popularity
  • "Standards" were a few special songs that retained their popularity year after year.

Over time, these distinctions have become less clear, but the term "traditional pop music" is used to include all three of the above classes, whereas "pop standards" is only the last. mainstream pop music Traditional pop music is a genre of music which encompasses music that succeeded big band music and preceded rock and roll as the most popular kind of music in the United States, most of Europe, and some other parts of the world. ...


Today, many popular artists, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Natalie Cole, have covered the work of classic pop songwriters. Standards also persist in nightclub and lounge acts around the world. Harry Connick, Jr. ... Natalie Cole (born February 6, 1950) is an American singer/songwriter. ... The term classic pop may be used, in general, to refer to any kind of American popular music that either wholly predates the eruption of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, or to any popular music which exists concurrently to rock and roll but originated in a time before... A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music which emerged in the mid-20th century and which is smooth, pleasant and undemanding on the ear. ...


See also

mainstream pop music Traditional pop music is a genre of music which encompasses music that succeeded big band music and preceded rock and roll as the most popular kind of music in the United States, most of Europe, and some other parts of the world. ... The Great American Songbook is an informal term referring to a period of American popular music songwriting that took place between the 1930s and 1950s, that is considered by many to be the peak of the popular songwriting craft. ... A Show tune is a song designed and written for a musical theater production, such as the songs from: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammersteins Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, The Sound of Music Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewes Brigadoon, Paint Your... Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known, performed, and recorded among jazz musicians. ...

References

  • World Book Encyclopedia, 1967, "Popular music".

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Pop's standards of what makes a well-constructed song still apply to much of rock, which strives for memorable tunes and clear sentiments; the tension between pop virtues (such as sophisticated chord structures and unusual melodic twists), and incantatory, formulaic blues elements animates much of the best rock, like that of the Beatles."
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It has been suggested that Classic pop be merged into this article or section.
The term pop standards refers to an American songwriting, arranging, and singing style that is widely considered as the high point of Western vocal popular music.
Over time, these distinctions have become less clear, but the term "traditional pop music" is used to include all three of the above classes, whereas "pop standards" is only the last.
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