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Encyclopedia > Pop music
Pop
Stylistic origins
Cultural origins
Typical instruments
Mainstream popularity Continuous worldwide since emergence.
Subgenres
Baroque pop - Bastard pop - Bubblegum pop - Dance-pop - Girly-pop - Disco - Indie pop - Manufactured pop - Noise pop - Operatic pop - Power pop - Sophisti-pop - Space age pop - Sunshine pop - Synthpop - Teen pop
Fusion genres
Country pop - Dream pop - Electropop/Technopop- House-pop - Jangle pop - Pop folk - Pop punk - Pop rap - Pop rock - Psychedelic pop
Regional scenes
Africa: Afropop

Americas: Brazilian pop, Latin pop, Mexican pop, Louisiana swamp pop, US pop
Asia: Arab pop, Arabesque, Chinese pop, Filmi, Hindi pop, Hong Kong and Cantonese pop, Hong Kong English pop, Indonesian pop, Japanese pop, Korean pop, Mandarin pop, Persian pop, Taiwanese pop, Thai pop, Turkish pop
Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... R&B redirects here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Traditional pop or Classic pop or Standards music denotes, in general, Western (and particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the advent 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 the... Two different electric guitars. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Synth redirects here. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was traditionally a device or piece of software that allows the user to record, play back and edit musical patterns. ... An AKAI MPC2000 sampler Playing a Yamaha SU10 Sampler A sampler is an electronic music instrument closely related to a synthesizer. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Dance-pop is a subgenre of pop music that evolved from disco, circa the early 1980s, that combines dance beats with a pop song structure. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Manufactured music includes the following categories // A natural band is a band where all members knew each other and didnt audition any members, and got their recording contract purely through sending out demo tapes, spotted whilst busking or similar. ... Noise pop is a term used to loosely describe a number of alternative rock bands that fuse punk rocks attitude and anger with the atonal noise, feedback, and free song structures of noise music, presented in a decidedly pop context. ... Operatic pop is a subgenre of pop music, where lyrical opera voices sing pop songs. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Sophisti-pop is a music genre used to describe a certain kind of smooth, jazz-like radio friendly pop music. ... Space age pop is a general and loosely based term for a music genre associated with certain American composers and songwriters in the Space Age of the 1950s and 1960s - hence the name. ... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Dream pop is a type of alternative rock that originated in Britain in the early 1980s, when bands like Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons, The Passions, Dead Can Dance, Dif Juz, Lowlife and A.R. Kane (to whom the term has been attributed) began fusing post-punk experiments with bittersweet pop... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... House-pop is also known as commercial dance and is the style of Dance most commonly played on radio station in the United States aside from trance music. ... -1... Pop-folk is a music-genre consisting of both pop music and folk music. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has a strong pop music influences. ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Psychedelic pop is a musical style inspired by the harder, louder songs of Psychedelic rock but applied more to a pop music setting. ... African popular music, like African traditional music, is vast and varied. ... Música Popular Brasileira, or MPB, literally Brazilian Popular Music, designates a trend in post-Bossa Nova urban popular music. ... Ritchie Valens album cover Latin Pop (Pop Latino, in Spanish) is pop music from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Hispanic American artists who sing in languages spoken in Latin America, mainly Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. ... Luis Miguel Mexican pop is popular music produced in Mexico. ... Swamp pop musician Jivin Gene, circa 1959. ... For the musical term, see American pop. ... Arabic pop music or Arab pop is a subgenre of Pop music and Arabic music. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Arabesk. ... C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese pop. ... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... Cantopop (Chinese: 粵語流行曲) is a colloquial portmanteau for Cantonese popular music. It is also referred to as HK-pop, short for Hong Kong popular music. It is categorized as a subgenre of Chinese popular music within C-pop. ... Hong Kong English pop (Chinese: 英文歌) are songs sung in the English language in Hong Kong. ... J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. ... K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically from South Korea. ... Mandopop (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a colloquial abbreviation for Mandarin popular music. It is also referred to as Mandapop. ... -1... Taiwanese pop is mandarin chinese pop music performed by Taiwanese singers. ... String is a genre of Thai music roughly equivalent to western pop. ... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÜ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet...

Europe: Austropop, Britpop, Disco polo, Eurobeat, Euro disco, Europop, French pop, Greek Laïkó pop, Italo dance, Italo disco, Levenslied, Nederpop, Russian pop, Schlager, Vispop, Yugoslav pop
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This article is about the genre of popular music. For the song by M, see Pop Muzik. For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation).

Pop music is music charted by the number or sales, plays, etc., that the work receives.[1] It is not a particular genre or style of music, but simply that which is the most popular for the tracked period of time. Most commercial music of any genre is composed with deliberate intent to appeal to the majority of its contemporaries,[2][3][4] but, unless extremely popular in its own genre, it must appeal to a wider audience to appear on the pop charts. Austropop is a musical movement, which started in Austria in the middle of the 1970s. ... Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. ... Disco polo is a musical genre unique and native to Poland, which in its present form exists since the early 1990s. ... SUPER EUROBEAT Vol. ... The term Euro-Disco first used during the 70s, to describe the non UK based disco productions and artists. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... French pop music is the pop music sung in the French language. ... Laïkó was the pop music of Greece the 1950s and 1960s. ... Italodance, Nu Italo Disco, Nu-Italo or just Italo is a derivate of the eurodance genre which became popular in Europe in the late 1990s to early 2000s. ... Cover of the ZYX Music compilation album. ... A levenslied (Dutch for song about the real life) is a highly sentimental Dutch-language song, where simplicity and distinguishability are important subjects. ... Nederpop is a Dutch term that was invented by the mid-1970s to describe the pop music scene of the 1960s and 1970s that was gaining worldwide attention, exemplified by bands such as Shocking Blue, Golden Earring and Focus. ... Russian pop music is a genre of popular music distinguished from other pop music by virtue of being in Russian. ... Schlager (German Schlager, literally hitter or, more loosely translated, a hit) is a style of popular music that is prevalent in northern Europe, in particular Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Latvia and Lithuania, but also to a lesser extent in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. ... SFR Yugoslav pop and rock scene includes the pop and rock music of the former SFR Yugoslavia (a state that existed until 1991) incl. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Pop Duo is a term geerally referred to a Pop Band with only two members. ... Boyband redirects here. ... The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... For the British television series, see Pop Idol. ... Image File history File links Portal. ... For other uses see M (disambiguation) M is the name of Robin Scotts musical collaboration who had a UK hit in April 1979 with the track Pop Muzik, featuring the distinctive vocals of Brigit Vinchon. ... The song Pop Muzik was performed by Robin Scott, also known as M. He was a producer and musician, and the song was written as his resume of 25 years of pop music and being in the music business since 1954. ... The term pop music may also refer to: Popular music - popular forms of music in a general sense. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Musical composition is a phrase used in a number of contexts, the most commonly used being a piece of music. ...


In opposition to music that may require education or formation to fully appreciate, a defining characteristic of pop music is that anyone is able to enjoy it. Artistic concepts such as musical form and aesthetics are not a concern in the writing of pop songs, the primary objectives being audience enjoyment and commercial success.[5] The term musical form refers to two related concepts: the type of composition (for example, a musical work can have the form of a symphony, a concerto, or other generic type -- see Multi-movement forms below) the structure of a particular piece (for example, a piece can be written in... The aesthetics of music or musical aesthetics is the quality and study of the beauty and enjoyment (plaisir and jouissance), the aesthetics, of music. ...


Although pop music is produced with a desire to sell records and do well in the charts, it does not necessitate wide acclaim or commercial success: there are bad or failed pop songs.[6] // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ...


Initially the term was an abbreviation of, and synonymous with, popular music, but evolved around the 1950s to describe a specific musical category.[7] For the music genre, see Pop music. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ...

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Current genres

Musicologists identify a tendency in society for individuals to set the music of themselves and their peers apart from that of other groups with a self-proclaimed genre of music.[8] This tendency has resulted in an almost unlimited list of names for styles of music,[9] and no possible method to define them all.[10] Recording labels cater to these perceptions placing their product in outlets under a number of different categories.[11]


However, due to market requirements, in commercial popular music there is in reality only a limited number of genres. Market statistical models require a certain amount of stability but societal changes and technical advancements do drive change.[12] The last major change in music categories occurred in 1991.[13] These are the current popular music genres:


United Kingdom

... The UK Rock Chart usually refers to the BBC Radio 1 Top 40 Rock Singles. ... These are The Official UK Charts Company UK Official Indie Chart number one hits of 2007. ...

United States

For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Digital audio comprises audio signals stored in a digital format. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Latin American music, sometimes simply called Latin music in The United States, includes the music of all countries in Latin America and comes in many varieties. ... This article is about the genre. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream contemporary popular music, excluding hip hop, hard rock, some teen pop music and rhythmic dance tracks (though during the 2000s, these have been included), which is intended for a mature adult audience. ... Top Heatseekers is a weekly albums chart introduced by Billboard in 1993 whose purpose is to highlight sales by new and developing musical recording artists. ... Christian music (sometimes marketed as Inspirational music, Praise music, Worship music, or Contemporary Christian Music/CCM) is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular... Electronic dance music is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ...

Characteristics

The standard format of pop music is the song, customarily less than five minutes in duration, and with an instrumentation that can range from an orchestra to a lone singer. Despite this wide scope, a typical lineup in a pop band includes a lead guitarist, a bassist, a drummer (or an electronic drum machine), a keyboardist and one or more singers, who may or may not themselves be instrumentalists. This article is about the musical composition. ... Instrumentation is the study and practice of writing music for a musical instrument. ... For other uses, see Orchestra (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ...


Pop songs are generally marked by a consistent and noticeable rhythmic element, a mainstream style and traditional structure. The most common variant is strophic in form and focuses on melodies, catchy hooks and the appeal of the verse-chorus-verse arrangement, with the chorus sharply contrasting the verse melodically, rhythmically and harmonically.[39] For other uses, see Rhythm (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mainstream. ... The structures or musical forms of songs in popular music are typically sectional forms, such as strophic form. ... Strophic form, or chorus form, is a sectional and/or additive way of structuring a piece of music based on the repetition of one formal section or block played repeatedly. ... Look up melody in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A hook is a musical idea, a passage or phrase, that is believed to be appealing and make the song stand out; it is meant to catch the ear of the listener (Covach 2005, p. ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ... A refrain (from the Old French refraindre to repeat, likely from Vulgar Latin refringere) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the chorus of a song. ... The structures or musical forms of songs in popular music are typically sectional forms, such as strophic form. ... Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ...


Some of the most common themes in pop music are romantic love and feelings. Pop music often uses the technique of taking themes from other records producing a satirical or self-referential mixture of past styles. It also employs techniques of sampling and sequencing to introduce individuality and creativity. This article primarily discusses philosophical ideologies in relation to the subject of romantic love. ... Feelings are most generally INFORMATION that biological beings are capable of sensing in the situations they are in, exposed to or depending on. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was traditionally a device or piece of software that allows the user to record, play back and edit musical patterns. ...


History

The origins of pop music can be traced to post-World War II, the Second World War in United States, where a succession of events made commercial sound recordings accessible to the population at large for the first time.[citation needed] Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ...


The chain began with the end of the Speed War, a battle between the labels of the day to enforce their own standard. The dominating format, the 10 inches (25 cm) 78 revolutions per minute (rpm) disc, was challenged in 1948 by the new 33 ⅓ rpm 12 inches (30 cm), and then in 1949 by the 45 rpm 7 inches (18 cm).[40][41] Next came the switch in the material records were made of, from shellac to vinyl;[42] the new component, combined with the slow 33 ⅓ rpm playing speed, allowed recordings to extend their duration further than was previously possible, and gave birth to the long playing record (LP).[43] Changes continued with the invention of the multitrack tape recorder, permitting completely electronic studio recordings for the first time, and the advent of stereophonic sound in 1958.[44][45] A format war describes competition between mutually incompatible proprietary formats, usually for data storage devices and recording formats for electronic media, often forcing content publishers to take sides by supporting one format or the other. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... For other uses, see Revolutions per minute (disambiguation). ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... For the post-punk band, see Shellac (band). ... Vinyl polymers are a group of polymers derived from vinyl monomers such as styrene (polystyrene), vinyl chloride (polyvinylchloride), ethylene (polyethylene), propylene (polypropylene) and butadiene (polybutadiene). ... An LP Long playing (LP), either 10 or 12-inch diameter, 33 rpm (actually 33. ... It has been suggested that Multi-Track Vinyl be merged into this article or section. ... Surface mount electronic components Electronics is the study of the flow of charge through various materials and devices such as semiconductors, resistors, inductors, capacitors, nano-structures and vacuum tubes. ... The term studio recording means any recording made in a studio. ... Label for 2. ...


These technical advances brought about a recorded music that was standardised, of better quality than ever before, and most importantly, easier and less costly to produce, which meant it could be offered to the public at consistently lower prices. In just one year, 1954 to 1955, the average selling price of an LP in the US dropped from US$5.95 to $3.98.[46][47] Cheaper records led to greater demand for record players, which in turn became less expensive and continued to boost sales. “Standard” redirects here. ... The average sales price of goods or commodities. ... USD redirects here. ... The supply and demand model describes how prices vary as a result of a balance between product availability at each price (supply) and the desires of those with purchasing power at each price (demand). ... Tonearm redirects here. ...


These changes in sound recording, coupled with the improved economic circumstances of the era, led the general public to purchase records like never before. Music ceased to be a minority ware with limited following and became a mass-market commodity with an enormous audience. The new financial prospects and opportunities for secure investment attracted capital, which began applying commercial merchandising techniques to music: advertising, tie-ins, cross-media marketing and others. The most infamous of these is the payola, whereby record labels pay radio stations or disc jockeys to play particular songs, artificially influencing their popularity. “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... Capital has a number of related meanings in economics, finance and accounting. ... // Advert redirects here. ... A tie-in is an authorized product that is based on an existing or upcoming media property, such as a movie or video/DVD, computer game, video game, television program/television series, board game, web site, role-playing game or literary property. ... Payola, in the American music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio, in which the song is presented as being part of the normal days broadcast. ... Radio broadcasting can be done via cable FM, local wire networks, satellite and the Internet. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...


The emerging role of investors in the music industry led to tensions between the creative and the productive sides of the business, with the former accusing the latter of excessive concern with commercial success. In many cases the artists won and retained the idiosyncrasies of their style; those battles the musicians lost to the producers resulted in what we call pop music today. The music industry is the business of music. ...


Pop did not have as easy a start in the United Kingdom as in the US due to intense regulation of radio play, known in the day as needle time. This legislation required the BBC, the only broadcaster legally allowed to play music, to do so for only a few hours a day for fear of damaging the revenues of the music industry by allowing the public to hear songs without purchasing them.[48][49] The ordinance lasted until the launch of Radio 1 in 1967. Needle time was created in the United Kingdom by the Musicians Union and Phonographic Performances Ltd. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


Evolution

In contrast to genres with clear origins and a traceable evolution, pop developed, and continues to expand, as a haphazard merging of styles. Pop is an amalgam of successive fashions, of elements of many differing styles that have been successful over the years and have ended up incorporated into the genre. This section introduces the most significant tunes of each decade, and shows the progression of pop to its current form. Because performers of all varieties have released tracks that can be classified as pop, this article analyses songs, and does not list names of acts, bands, musicians or singers. For these please see the List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.), List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and List of artists by total number of U.S. number-one singles. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... The following is a list of artists that have had a no. ... This is a list of artists and the titles of their number one singles in order of total number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. ...


1950s

The first songs to belong to the new category were crossover styles from the standard formats of the day. In country music, instrumental soloing was de-emphasised and more prominent vocals added, commonly backed by a string section and vocal chorus, as exemplified in "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window", which became a hit in both the US and the UK in 1953. Two years later American folk music entered the pop spectrum with a modern version of a traditional tune, "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (1955). This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? is a popular song written by Bob Merrill in 1952, adapted from a well-known Victorian music-hall song. ... American folk music, also known as Americana, is a broad category of music including Native American music, Bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun. ... The Yellow Rose of Texas is a traditional folk song of the Southern United States, which became popular in 1955 in a recording by Mitch Miller. ...


Vocal performers of the great American songbook classics, crooners and big band singers, incorporated elements of other styles and orchestral enhancements to their repertoire, giving them greater formal complexity than their traditional antecedents. The Marc Blitzstein arrangement of "Mack the Knife" is an emblematic example, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in 1954, as did "Singing the Blues" in late 1956 and early 1957. Songwriter Harold Arlen (right) with singer Bing Crosby (left) and Decca Records owner Jack Kapp (center) Great American Songbook is an informal term referring to the interrelated music of Broadway musical theater, the Hollywood musical, and Tin Pan Alley, in a period that begins roughly in the 1920s and tapers... Left To Right, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Crooner is an epithet given to a male singer of a certain style of popular songs, dubbed pop standards. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s, although there are many big-bands around nowadays. ... Marc Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 – January 22, 1964) was an American composer. ... For other uses, see Mack the Knife (disambiguation). ... Singing the Blues is a popular song. ...


This was also the decade of the advent of rock and roll, a massively influential genre that spawned innumerable changes in the social and cultural fabric of the US, and subsequently the World. The convulsion began when "Rock Around the Clock" crowned the charts in the spring and summer of 1955, and continued with "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956 and "All Shook Up" in 1957. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Rock Around the Clock is a rock n roll song from 1952, written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter under the pseudonym Jimmy De Knight). Although first recorded by Sonny Dae & the Knights, the more famous version by Bill Haley & His Comets is not, strictly speaking... For the Whitney Houston song, see Heartbreak Hotel (Whitney Houston song). ... All Shook Up is one of the many hit songs of Elvis Presley. ...


Previously regional or niche formats became mainstream for the first time, some going on to become genres in their own right. Latin music entered the general consciousness with "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" in 1955, and Italian popular music with "Nel blu dipinto di blu" in 1958. Latin American music, sometimes simply called Latin music in The United States, includes the music of all countries in Latin America and comes in many varieties. ... Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White) is a popular song. ... // Italian Popular Music has produced pop stars, including : Anthony Tortorich, Paola & Chiara, Lucio Dalla, Renato Zero, Adriano Celentano, Gianni Morandi, Fabio Concato, Pupo, Mina, Eros Ramazzotti, Albano Carrisi, Umberto Tozzi, Andrea Bocelli, Ornella Vanoni, Vasco Rossi, Luca Carboni, Francesco De Gregori, Fabrizio De André, Francesco Guccini, Giorgio Gaber, Gianni Togni... Nel blu dipinto di blu (literally In the blue painted blue), popularly known as Volare (Italian for the infinitive form of the verb to fly), is Domenico Modugnos signature song. ...


1960s

The decade kicked off a style that is still recorded today, the novelty song, combining humorous or parodic lyrics and simple, catchy melodies: "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" (1960). In 1961 a new format arose around close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting the Californian relationship with surfing, girls and cars: Surf pop. This very successful style is epitomised by tunes like "Surfin' USA" (1963), "California Girls" (1965) and "Good Vibrations" (1966). An unusual combination of minor chords and an unexpected synthesizer formed the basis of one of the greatest hits of the first half of the decade, "Runaway" (1961), whilst in the second half a four-note electric bass riff offsetting a simple melodic arrangement brought commercial and critical success to "Windy" (1967). A novelty song is a silly or nonsensical song, performed principally for its comical effect. ... A parody (pronounced ), in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject, or author, by means of humorous or satiric imitation. ... Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is a novelty song telling the story of a shy high-school student in a very revealing bathing suit (which she apparently did not try on beforehand) who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide from view, while other high-schoolers... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Surf-pop was a genre of pop music popular from the mid- to late-1960s and characterized by its unsophisticated song structure, frequent use of vocal harmonies, and lyrics related to the surf culture popular in the United States Pacific coastal region at that time. ... Surfin U.S.A. is the title of a song written by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys, set to the melody from Chuck Berrys Sweet Little Sixteen. ... California Girls is the title of a song written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson and recorded by The Beach Boys for their 1965 album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). It features contrasting verse-chorus form. ... Good Vibrations is a pop single produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. ... Generally speaking, a minor chord is any chord which has a minor third above its root, as opposed to a major chord which has a major third. ... The clavioline was an electronic keyboard instrument, a forerunner to the analog synthesizer. ... Runaway (Shannon-Crook) was a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song in 1961 by Del Shannon. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Riff is also an alternate spelling of Rif, a region of Morocco. ... For the 1928 film, see The Wind. ...


The music that had radiated from the US to the rest of the World in the previous decade bounced back in this one, bringing with it nuances, variations and completely new styles. In the United Kingdom teens developed a feel for rock and roll and the blues, blending them with local traditions like skiffle and giving rise to music they could relate to and perform with conviction. Youths with electric guitars began joining beat bands and writing and playing up-tempo melodic pop. Some of these enjoyed success only in Europe ("Apache" (1960), "The Young Ones" (1962), "Keep On Running" (1965) and "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" (1969)), as others crossed the Atlantic and became the British invasion (1964 to 1967), delivering a whole new range of influences to US pop with songs like "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Downtown" (all 1964), "Yesterday" (1965), "Yellow Submarine" (1966), "To Sir, with Love" (1967), "Hey Jude" (1968) and "Get Back" (1969). Blues music redirects here. ... Doghouse Skiffle Group Skiffle is a type of folk music with a jazz and blues influence, usually using homemade or improvised instruments such as the washboard, tea chest bass, kazoo, cigar-box fiddle, musical saw, comb and paper, and so forth, as well as more conventional instruments such as acoustic... It has been suggested that Merseybeat be merged into this article or section. ... Apache is a popular instrumental song written by Jerry Lordan and recorded by British group The Shadows in June 1960. ... The Young Ones is a single by Cliff Richard and The Shadows. ... Keep On Running was a number one hit for The Spencer Davis Group Categories: | | ... Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) is a 1969 song by Peter Sarstedt. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... Music sample I Want to Hold Your Hand ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Cant Buy Me Love is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) and released by The Beatles on the A side of their fifth British single, Cant Buy Me Love/You Cant Do That. ... Downtown is a pop song composed by Tony Hatch following a first-time visit to New York City. ... Music sample Yesterday Problems? See media help. ... Music sample Yellow Submarine Problems? See media help. ... To Sir, with Love is the theme from the 1967 film To Sir, with Love. ... For the album of the same name, see Hey Jude (album). ... Music sample Get Back ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...


African American music broke into popular culture in a big way in this decade, bringing with it new grooves and tempos, such as doo-wop, a style giving prevalence to melody-dominated homophony and vocal-based harmonies; rhythm and blues, a combination of jazz, gospel and blues; Motown, soul music with a prominent and melodic bass line, a distinctive chord structure and a call-and-response singing style: An African American man gives a piano lesson to a young African American woman, in 1899 or 1900, in Georgia, USA. Photograph from a collection of W.E.B. DuBois. ... In popular music groove, used in the sense of rhythm, is a term for metre and its embellishment by a rhythm section. ... For other uses, see Tempo (disambiguation). ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Homophony is a musical term that describes the texture of two or more instruments or parts moving together and using the same rhythm. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. ... The Motown Sound is a style of soul music with distinctive characteristics, including the use of tambourine along with drums, bass instrumentation, a distinctive melodic and chord structure, and a call and response singing style originating in gospel music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...

"I Can't Stop Loving You" (1962)
"He's So Fine" (1963)
"Hello Dolly!" (1964)
"Baby Love" (1964)
"Reach Out I'll Be There" (1966)
"Respect" (1968)
"(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" (1968)
"I Can't Get Next to You" (1969)

Producers' involvement in the business reached new levels in 1965 when Raybert Productions set out to create a pop band from scratch, selecting the members by their looks, dancing ability and appeal to different personalities of fan, rather than musical prowess. The company controlled every aspect of the group, from choice of music to individual behaviours, and guided them to extraordinary success in music, television and cinema. This type of prefabricated band was termed manufactured pop and is the precursor of boy bands and girl groups. The greatest hit by the original act was "I'm a Believer" (1967), followed shortly after by a number one from the second of these manufactured groups, "Sugar, Sugar" in 1969. I Cant Stop Loving You was an international smash for legendary musician Ray Charles in 1962. ... Hes So Fine is a 1963 song recorded by girl-group, The Chiffons. ... One of the most famous Broadway showtunes ever written, Hello, Dolly! is the title song of the popular 1964 musical Hello, Dolly!. The music and lyrics were written by Jerry Herman who also wrote the scores for many other popular musicals including Mame and La Cage aux Folles. ... Baby Love is the name of a 1964 hit song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. ... Reach Out Ill Be There (also formatted as Reach Out (Ill Be There)) is a 1966 hit song recorded by The Four Tops for the Motown label. ... Respect is a 1967 hit and the signature song of the R&B singer Aretha Franklin, written and originally released by Volt recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. ... (Sittin On) the Dock of the Bay is a song co-written and first performed by Otis Redding, with the co-writer Steve Cropper. ... I Cant Get Next to You is a 1969 number-one single recorded by The Temptations and produced by Norman Whitfield for the Gordy (Motown) label. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Raybert Productions was a 1960s production company, founded by Robert (Bob) Rafelson and Bert Schneider. ... For more information on fans of football (soccer), see Football (soccer) culture. ... Manufactured music includes the following categories // A natural band is a band where all members knew each other and didnt audition any members, and got their recording contract purely through sending out demo tapes, spotted whilst busking or similar. ... Boyband redirects here. ... The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... Music sample: The Monkees - Im a Believer ( file info) — 16 seconds (of 2:47) Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Sugar, Sugar was a 1969 number-one hit single, originally released on the album Everythings Archie, supposedly by fictional characters The Archies, actually the product of a group of studio musicians managed by Don Kirshner, after The Monkees rejected it. ...


1970s

Singer-songwriters and other folk-based artists were the biggest contributors to the pop genre in the first half of this decade, from 1970's "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "(They Long to Be) Close to You", through 1971's "It's Too Late", to 1972's "American Pie", "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Without You". The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Music sample Bridge over Troubled Water Problems? See media help. ... Close to You track listing Side one Weve Only Just Begun Love Is Surrender Maybe Its You Reason to Believe Help! (They Long to Be) Close to You Side two Baby Its You Ill Never Fall in Love Again Crescent Noon Mr. ... Its Too Late is a song from Carole Kings 1971 album, Tapestry. ... For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ... Alone Again (Naturally) is a song by the Irish singer-songwriter, Gilbert OSullivan. ... For other uses, see Without You (disambiguation). ...


The main influence in the second half of the decade came from disco, a dance-oriented style with soaring, reverberated vocals, a steady beat and prominent, syncopated electric bass lines: "Disco Lady" and "Play That Funky Music" (both 1976), "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" (1977), "Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive" (both 1978), "Bad Girls", "Le Freak" and "YMCA" (all 1979). This article is about the music genre. ... Disco Lady is a 1976 chart-topping single for Johnnie Taylor. ... Play That Funky Music is a song recorded by Wild Cherry. ... I Just Want to Be Your Everything was a hit song by pop singer Andy Gibb. ... Night Fever, is a disco song, written and performed by The Bee Gees. ... Stayin Alive is a song by The Bee Gees, released as a single in 1977. ... Bad Girls is a 1979 single released by American singer Donna Summer. ... Le Freak is a 1978 hit disco song by Chic. ... Y.M.C.A. is a 1978 song by the Village People which became a hit in January 1979. ...


Country music re-entered pop in 1973 with "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" and in 1975 with "Rhinestone Cowboy", whilst the African American rhythms that had so affected the genre in the previous decade were still producing hits and expanding limits in this one. Disco, an almost entirely African American creation, was joined in the charts by protest songs ("War" (1970)), soulful ballads ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1972), "Killing Me Softly with His Song" and "Let's Get It On" (both 1973)), and by more upbeat compositions ("Best of My Love" (1977)). The single cover of Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree was a popular song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. ... Rhinestone Cowboy is a song written by Larry Weiss. ... A protest song is a song which protests perceived problems in society. ... War is a soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label in 1969. ... Alternate covers Promotional single The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is a 1957 folk song written by Ewan MacColl for his wife Peggy Seeger. ... The single cover of Killing Me Softly with His Song Killing Me Softly with His Song is a 1971 song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, which has become a pop standard. ... Lets Get It On is the seminal 1973 #1 smash sung by American soul music legend Marvin Gaye. ... Best of My Love (1977) is the first musical single released by the band The Emotions, from their album Rejoices. ...


Sounds from the UK continued to permeate pop music, with pop rock songs like "Maggie May" (1971), "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (1978) and "My Sharona" (1979); blues-based tunes in the style of "In the Summertime" (1970); and simple pop ditties such as "Save Your Kisses for Me" (1976) "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Silly Love Songs" (both 1979). For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Rod Stewart song. ... Da Ya Think Im Sexy? is a 1978-9 hit song for Rod Stewart. ... My Sharona is a 1979 song which was the debut single by and international hit for The Knack. ... In the Summertime is the title of three popular recordings. ... Save Your Kisses For Me was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, performed for the United Kingdom by Brotherhood Of Man in The Hague, Netherlands. ... Dont Go Breaking My Heart was a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee. ... Silly Love Songs is a song written and sung by Paul McCartney with his band Wings in 1976. ...


In the same way that Britain contributed to the genre since the 1960s, pop artists started appearing in other nations in the 1970s, some with surprising longevity and significance.


Special mention must go to Sweden for ABBA who took over the Music world with songs like "Waterloo" (1974), "Fernando" (1976), "Take a Chance on Me" (1978), "Dancing Queen", "The Name Of The Game" and to Boney M for the hits "Daddy Cool" (1976), "Ma Baker" (1977) and "Rivers of Babylon" (1978). Abba redirects here. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) Waterloo was the first single from ABBAs second album Waterloo, their first for Epic and Atlantic. ... Audio sample Info (help·info) Fernando is Swedish pop group ABBAs first non-album single, and appeared on the 1976 ABBA release Greatest Hits in some countries. ... Take a Chance on Me is a song recorded in 1977 by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was the second single to be released from their fifth album, simply called The Album from 1977, and has appeared on numerous ABBA compilations, namely ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits. ... Dancing Queen is the biggest hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, and as such is considered to be their signature song. ... For other uses, see Name of the Game (disambiguation). ... Boney M was a Eurodance, pop, and disco group, comprising four West Indian singers and dancers and masterminded by West German record producer Frank Farian, and who were successful during the 1970s. ... Daddy Cool was a 1976 hit single released by the Euro-disco group Boney M, their first UK hit. ... Ma Baker was a 1977 music single released by the Euro-disco group Boney M. The song is about legendary 1930s outlaw Ma Barker, but the lyrics are not historically accurate. ... Rivers of Babylon is a spiritual song penned by the late Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Melodians. ...


1980s

The mutual benefits the film and music industries could afford each other were evidenced in this decade by the songs from movie soundtracks that became chart-toppers: "Eye of the Tiger", from 1982's Rocky III; "Flashdance... What a Feeling", from Flashdance (1983); "Footloose" from the eponymous 1983 film; "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" from 1984's Against All Odds; "Into the Groove" from 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan; and "Say You, Say Me", out of the 1985 blockbuster White Nights. Eye of the Tiger is also the title of a 1986 film, and should not be confused with the 1977 film Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... Flashdance. ... Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983, and was one of the most successful films of the early 1980s. ... The song Footloose, by Kenny Loggins spent 4 weeks at number one in 1984 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was one of the first of two number-ones from the motion picture Footloose. ... Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. ... Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) is a song originally written and recorded by British singer Phil Collins. ... Against All Odds is a neo-noir 1984 film, a remake of Out of the Past. ... Like a Virgin (non-US release) track listing Love Dont Live Here Anymore (5) Into the Groove (6) Dress You Up (7) You Can Dance track listing Over and Over (5) Into the Groove (6) Wheres the Party (7) The Immaculate Collection track listing Crazy for You (6... Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna. ... Say You, Say Me is a song recorded by Lionel Richie. ... White Nights is a 1985 movie starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. ...


The return influences of pop were having a greater impact in this decade than ever before. Hits in the US charts came from the UK, "Careless Whisper", "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" (both 1984), "Faith" (1987), "Got My Mind Set on You" and "Never Gonna Give You Up" (both 1988); and from Australia, "Need You Tonight" (1987). Twenty Five track listing ) Careless Whisper was a worldwide number-one hit song for George Michael in 1984. ... Wake Me Up Before You Go Go was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1984 and became their first UK number-one hit. ... For Céline Dions single by the same name, see Faith. ... Got My Mind Set on You is a song written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by the late James Ray in 1962. ... Audio sample Info Never Gonna Give You Up (help· info) For other uses, see Never Gonna Give You Up (disambiguation). ... A frame from INXSs Need You Tonight video. ...


The rock genre delivered a good number of pop hits this decade, with bands otherwise protective of their roots delving briefly into commercialism. See "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (1982), "Centerfold", "Every Breath You Take" (both 1983), "Down under" (1983, also from Australia), "I Want to Know What Love Is" (1985) and "Sweet Child o' Mine" (1988). I Love Rock n Roll is a rock and roll song, written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of The Arrows, who recorded the first released version. ... Centerfold was a hit for The J. Geils Band. ... Every Breath You Take is a song written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. ... Down Under is the title of a New Wave song of the reggae flavour, recorded in 1982 by the Australian rock group Men at Work, and featured on their album Business as Usual. ... Picture Disc I Want to Know What Love Is is a power ballad recorded by the British-American rock band Foreigner. ... Appetite for Destruction track listing Music sample Sweet Child o Mine Problems? See media help. ...


Producers wishing to multiply their markets tried bringing two accomplished acts together, aggregating the fans of one to those of the other. The concept worked, and the following combinations became hits: "Endless Love" (1981), "Ebony and Ivory" (1982), "Say Say Say" (1983) and "On My Own" (1986). Endless Love is a song originally recorded as a duet between soul singer Diana Ross and pop singer Lionel Richie, who wrote the song. ... This article is about a musical recording. ... Say Say Say was a 1983 hit single for Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, produced by George Martin. ... On My Own was a hit duet by singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald when it was released as a single in 1986. ...


Pop music came of age in this decade, crowning its own King and Queen ( Michael Jackson and Madonna ) of the popular music, rock artists that left behind them histories with other styles and devoted themselves wholeheartedly to, or began whole careers in, rock music. Primary examples are "Rock with You" (1980), "Billie Jean", "Beat It" (both 1983), "Borderline," "Like a Virgin" (both 1984), "Papa Don't Preach" (1986), "Bad" (1987), "Dirty Diana" (1988) and "Like a Prayer" (1989). For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Michael Jacksons Visionary chronology Dont Stop Til You Get Enough (2006) Rock With You (2006) Billie Jean (2006) Off the Wall track listing Dont Stop Til You Get Enough (1) Rock with You (2) Working Day and Night (3) HIStory track listing Black or White (3) Rock... This article is about the Michael Jackson song. ... Beat it redirects here. ... Audio sample Info Borderline (help· info) Borderline is the fourth single by pop singer Madonna, released on February 15, 1984 by Sire Records. ... Audio sample Info Like a Virgin (help· info) Like a Virgin is the first single by pop singer Madonna from her second studio album, Like a Virgin. ... True Blue track listing The Immaculate Collection track listing Papa Dont Preach is the second single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her 3rd studio album True Blue and was released on June 11, 1986 by Sire Records. ... Michael Jacksons Visionary chronology Beat It (2006) Bad (2006) The Way You Make Me Feel (2006) Bad track listing HIStory track listing Bad was a 1987 hit recording by American singer Michael Jackson. ... Michael Jacksons Visionary chronology The Way You Make Me Feel (2006) Dirty Diana (2006) Smooth Criminal (2006) Bad track listing Dirty Diana is a hit song by singer Michael Jackson. ... Like a Prayer track listing Like a Prayer (1) Express Yourself (2) The Immaculate Collection track listing La Isla Bonita (11) Like a Prayer (12) Express Yourself (13) This article is about the 1989 single by Madonna. ...


The African American influence reached new heights with songs like "What's Love Got to Do with It?" and "I Feel for You" in 1984, "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" and "When I Think Of You" in 1986]] "Shake You Down" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" in 1987, "My Prerogative" in 1988 and "Miss You Much" in 1989. Whats Love Got to Do with It was the second single released from Tina Turners breakthrough solo debut album, Private Dancer. ... I Feel For You is a 1984 song by Chaka Khan. ... When I Think of You is the third single from Janet Jacksons third album Control. ... Shake You Down is a U.S. number-one hit from Gregory Abbotts eponymous debut album Gregory Abbott in 1986. ... I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) was released in May 1987 and is the first single from Whitney Houstons second studio album Whitney. ... For Britney Spears Greatest Hits album, see Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. ... Miss You Much was the first single from R&B singer Janet Jacksons fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation 1814. ...


A new kind of release debuted in this decade, the charity record, aimed at raising funds for a particular cause held dear by the performer(s). The first of these came from the British Isles in 1984, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", followed in 1985 by "We Are the World", and by "That's What Friends Are For" in 1986. A charity record (also known as a charity single) is a release of a song for a specific charitable cause. ... This article explains the archipelago in north-western Europe. ... Cover art for the original Do They Know Its Christmas? release – artist Peter Blake This article is about the song. ... Not to be confused with We Are Here To Change The World, a song that was featured in Captain EO. For the album with the same title, see We Are the World (album). ... Thats What Friends Are For is a song and a series of charity concerts. ...


1990s

The nineties were clearly the decade of the female pop artist, their successful singles greatly outnumbering those of male performers. A few of the most significant are "Hold On", "Nothing Compares 2 U" "Better the Devil You Know" and "Vogue" (all 1990), "Rush Rush" (1991), "Save the Best for Last" (1992), "The Power of Love" , "That's The Way Love Goes" and "Hero" (all three from 1993), "Creep" (1994), "Waterfalls" (1995), "Wannabe (1996)" and "Always Be My Baby" (1996), "You Were Meant for Me" (late 1996 and early 1997), "How Do I Live" (1997), "Frozen", "Ray of Light", "Believe" and "The Boy Is Mine" (all 1998), and "...Baby One More Time", "Genie in a Bottle", "Maria" and "Have You Ever?" (all 1999). Hold On is a song recorded by Wilson Phillips. ... Nothing Compares 2 U is a song written around 1984 or 1985 by Prince for The Family. ... Better the Devil You Know is a dance-pop song written by Stock, Aitken & Waterman for Australian pop singer Kylie Minogues third album, Rhythm of Love. ... For the song by KMFDM, see Vogue (single). ... Rush Rush was the first single off of Paula Abduls second album, Spellbound. ... Save The Best For Last is considered as the biggest hit of Vanessa Williams. ... The Power of Love is the name of a famous power ballad co-written and originally recorded by Laura Branigan number one on the UK singles chart in the process becoming the first single by a female soloist to sell a million copies in the UK, and is among the... janet. ... #1s track listing Greatest Hits (CD #1) track listing Hero is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, and recorded for Careys fourth album, Music Box (1993). ... Creep was TLCs first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, (third number one total) and the first single from their second album, CrazySexyCool. ... Alternate cover Japanese CD cover Audio sample Wannabe is the first single from the Spice Girls first album, Spice. ... Daydream track listing #1s track listing Greatest Hits (CD #2) track listing The Remixes (CD #2) track listing Always Be My Baby is a pop/R&B song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey, rapper Jermaine Dupri, and songwriter Manuel Seal. ... You Were Meant for Me is a folk pop song written by Jewel and Steve Poltz and performed by Jewel on her first album, Pieces of You. ... How Do I Live is a 1997 song, written by Diane Warren, that was released originally by LeAnn Rimes, and shortly afterward by Trisha Yearwood. ... Ray of Light track listing Shanti/Ashtangi (8) Frozen (9) The Power of Good-Bye (10) GHV2 track listing Beautiful Stranger (William Orbit radio edit) (8) Frozen (edit) (9) Take a Bow (edit) (10) Frozen is a pop song by American singer Madonna from her 1998 album Ray of Light. ... Ray of Light is the second single by American singer Madonna from her 1998 album Ray of Light. ... Believe is a Grammy Award winning US #1, Multi-Platinum Dance Song which served as the world-wide lead single for American singer Chers twenty-third studio album Believe. ... The Boy Is Mine is a 1998 duet by female R&B singers Brandy and Monica. ... Audio sample Info Genie in a Bottle (help· info) Genie in a Bottle is the first single and signature song from Christina Aguileras debut album, Christina Aguilera. ... Maria is a song by Blondie from their 1999 album No Exit. ... Have You Ever? is a pop ballad written by Diane Warren for Brandys second studio album, Never Say Never (1998). ...


Following-up on the positive results of the eighties, the music and film industries continued to scratch each other's backs in this decade, including pop songs in movie soundtracks and releasing them as singles. Defining hits of the genre include "It Must Have Been Love" from 1990's Pretty Woman; "I Wanna Sex You Up" from New Jack City and "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (both 1991); "End of the Road" from Boomerang and "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard (both 1992); "Can't Help Falling in Love" from 1993's Sliver; "Gangsta's Paradise" from Dangerous Minds and Kiss from a Rose from Batman Forever (both 1995); Don't Let Go from Set It Off (1996) and "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic (1998). Roxette singles chronology It Must Have Been Love is a pop song written by Per Gessle and performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. ... Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy motion picture. ... I Wanna Sex You Up was a hit song for R&B boy band Color Me Badd in 1991. ... For the Father Ted episode, see New Jack City (Father Ted). ... (Everything I Do) I Do It for You is a song co-written and performed by Bryan Adams, featured on Waking up the Neighbours and on the soundtrack for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991. ... Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was a 1991 film directed by Kevin Reynolds. ... For other uses, see End of the Road (disambiguation). ... Boomerang is a 1992 romantic comedy film, starring Eddie Murphy, and directed by Reginald Hudlin. ... I Will Always Love You is a song written and originally performed by American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (first released as a single in 1974) and then most famously recorded by American singer Whitney Houston. ... For other uses, see The Bodyguard (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Cant Help Falling in Love (A*Teens song) be merged into this article or section. ... Promotional movie poster for Sliver Sliver is a 1993 film based on the Ira Levin novel Sliver about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York highrise apartment building. ... Gangstas Paradise is a rap song by Coolio from the new Paramount Pictures movie Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002) (starring Arnold Doug Funnie). ... 1995 re-release Kiss from a Rose is a song from Seals second eponymous album Seal, subsequently featured on the Batman Forever (1995) film soundtrack. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... Dont Let Go may refer to: Dont Let Go (Love), a song by En Vogue from their 1993 album, EV3 Dont Let Go, a song by Wang Chung from their 1984 album Points On the Curve Dont Let Go, a song by Loverboy from their 1987... This article is about the film. ... My Heart Will Go On is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. ... Titanic may refer to: RMS Titanic, the British ocean liner which sank in 1912. ...


Dance music broke out of a specialised section of the market into pop in this decade, with hits such as "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1991) and "The Sign" (1993). Simultaneously, African American influences continued with rock, rhythm and blues and hip hop-inspired tunes. Indicative examples of the first are "Black or White" (1991) and "You Are Not Alone" (1995), notable instances of the second being "Baby Got Back" and "Jump" (both 1992), "On Bended Knee" and "I'll Make Love to You" (both 1994), and "I'll Be Missing You" and "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" (both 1997). Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) was C&C Music Factorys first hit. ... Alternative covers U.S. Cover The Sign is a 1993 dance-pop song by the band Ace of Base. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... Black or White was the first single taken from Michael Jacksons album Dangerous, released in November 1991. ... You Are Not Alone was a hit single by singer/songwriter Michael Jackson, released in August 1995. ... Baby Got Back is a 1992 hip-hop song by Sir Mix-a-Lot. ... Jump is a 1992 song by the hip hop duo Kris Kross. ... On Bended Knee is a 1994 number-one hit single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... Ill Make Love To You is a 1994 #1 hit single by R&B group Boyz II Men for the Motown label. ... Ill Be Missing You is a song and hit single recorded by Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered on March 9, 1997. ... Cant Nobody Hold Me Down is a hip-hop song by Sean Puff Daddy Combs featuring Ma$e. ...


Pop became truly international in the nineties, with hits coming from diverse and distant locations:

The Power (a. ... Rhythm Is a Dancer is a song recorded by the act Snap!, released as a single in the summer of 1992. ... Mr Vain is a popular song by Culture Beat. ... The One and Only is a popular song by Chesney Hawkes. ... Ebeneezer Goode is a song by British electronic music group The Shamen, which became their biggest hit when released as a single in September 1992. ... Love Is All Around is a song composed by Reg Presley and performed by the Troggs. ... Spaceman is a song by Wolverhampton singer-songwriter Jas Mann, of Babylon Zoo. ... Candle In The Wind 1997 or Goodbye Englands Rose is a remake of Candle in the Wind by Elton John that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. ... The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award-winning English pop group formed in 1994. ... Look up Wannabe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Jewel song of the same name, see 2 Become 1 (Jewel song). ... Macarena is a song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. ... Blue (Da Ba Dee) is a single by Italian group Eiffel 65. ... Boom Boom Boom Boom is a song by the Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys. ... Kylie redirects here. ... Confide in Me is a dance–pop song performed by Australian singer Kylie Minogue and written by Steve Anderson, Dave Seaman and Owain Barton. ... Torn is a song by the band Ednaswap from their debut album Ednaswap (1995). ... This article is about the song Truly Madly Deeply. For the film, see Truly, Madly, Deeply. ... Media Naranja is Feys debut single. ... Categories: | ... Swear It Again is the debut single of Irish boy band Westlife. ... Westlife is the debut album by Irish boyband Westlife, released on 1 November 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Ruben Studdard (born September 12, 1978) is an American pop music singer who rose to fame as winner of the second season of the American Idol television program. ... Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Listen to this article ( info/dl) This audio file was created from a revision dated 2005-12-10, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Westlife is an Irish pop band that was formed on July 3, 1998. ...

2000 to the present day

In a similar vein to the previous decade, female singers have had a big influence on the pop music in the first decade of the twenty-first century, with rhythmic ballads, hip hop pieces and dance tracks: "Music" (2000); "Fallin'", "All for You" and "Whenever, Wherever" (all 2001); "Foolish", "What about Us?", "Beautiful", "I Begin To Wonder", "Murder on the Dancefloor" and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"(all 2002); "Crazy in Love" and "White Flag" (both 2003); "Goodies", "If I Ain't Got You", "1, 2 Step", " Toxic", "Since U Been Gone", "Come Clean", "Slow" (all 2004); "Hips Don't Lie", "Hollaback Girl" , Hung Up and "We Belong Together" (all 2005); and "The Sweet Escape", With Love", "Umbrella" and "Gimme More" (all 2007); "In My Arms", "Forever", "The Best Damn Thing and "Disturbia" (all 2008). Madonna Music Video chronology The Madonna Collection (2000) Music (2000) The Ultimate Collection (2000) Music is the first single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her 8th studio album Music and was released on August 21, 2000 by Maverick Records. ... Fallin is an R&B/Soul song written and produced by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys for her debut album, Songs In A Minor (2001). ... Audio sample All for You is the first single from American R&B/pop singer Janet Jacksons seventh studio album, All for You (2001). ... Audio sample Whenever, Wherever is a Latin pop song written by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her first English album, Laundry Service (2001). ... UK single cover for Unfoolish Foolish is the 2002 debut single by R&B singer Ashanti, produced by Irv Gotti and taken from her self-named album. ... What About Us? is the first single from Brandys fourth studio album Full Moon. ... Beautiful is a pop song written and produced by Linda Perry and recorded by American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera for her second studio album, Stripped (2002). ... I Begin to Wonder is a Dance-pop song written by Dannii Minogue, Jean-Claude Ades, Dacia Olaf K and Ian Masterson for Minogues fourth album Neon Nights (2003). ... Murder on the Dancefloor is a song written by Gregg Alexander and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, produced by Alexander and Matt Rowe for Ellis-Bextors first album Read My Lips (2001). ... Audio sample Info Cant Get You out of My Head (help· info) Cant Get You out of My Head is a pop-dance song recorded by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue for her eighth studio album Fever (2001). ... Crazy in Love is an R&B/funk song written by Beyoncé Knowles, producer Rich Harrison, rapper Jay-Z, and Eugene Record. ... White Flag was the lead single from Didos follow-up album, Life for Rent. ... Goodies is an R & B song written by American singer Ciara, Sean Garrett, LaMarquis Jefferson, Craig Love and Jonathan Smith, and produced by Lil Jon for Ciaras debut album Goodies (2004). ... If I Aint Got You is a Grammy Award-winning single released from R&B/soul musician Alicia Keyss sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. ... 1, 2 Step is a dance-pop/hip hop song recorded by Ciara and Missy Elliott for Ciaras debut album Goodies (2004). ... Audio sample Info Toxic (help· info) Toxic is a British and American Grammy Award-winning dance-pop song written by Bloodshy & Avant, Cathy Dennis, and Henrik Jonback for Britney Spears fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). ... This article is about the Kelly Clarkson song. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Slow is a pop–dance song written by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue, Mr. ... Hips Dont Lie is a Grammy Award-nominated Latin pop song based in a salsa and Cumbia mix and fused with reggaeton beat (reggaeton pop) performed by Colombian singer Shakira and Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. ... Hollaback Girl is a pop song written by singer Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams for Stefanis debut solo album Love. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) Hung Up is a pop song written by American singer-songwriter Madonna, Stuart Price, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and produced by Madonna and Price. ... We Belong Together is a pop–R&B song recorded by Mariah Carey for her ninth studio album The Emancipation of Mimi (2005) and released as the albums second single in 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Akon singles chronology The Sweet Escape is a pop song written by Gwen Stefani, Akon, and Giorgio Tuinfort for Stefanis second solo album The Sweet Escape (2006). ... With Love is a dance-pop song written by Hilary Duff, Vada Nobles and Kara DioGuardi, released as the second U.S. single and the first non-U.S. single from Duffs third studio album, Dignity (2007). ... For other uses, see Umbrella (disambiguation). ... Gimme More is a song by American pop singer Britney Spears. ...


Traditional rock and modern rock made forays into pop with consecrated artists and newcomers both introducing songs to the pop music: "Smooth", "Maria Maria" and "It's My Life" (all 2000), "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)", "Hanging By A Moment" and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (both 2001), "This Love" (2003), and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (2005). Entirely digital productions integrated new technology and sounds, and as electronic dance music entered the mainstream, pop artists started using producers and remixers who contributed their styles to the genre: "Feel Good Inc." (2005) and "Crazy" (2006) are good examples. This article is about the genre. ... Modern rock is term commonly used to describe a rock music format found on American commercial radio. ... Smooth is a song by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas of the rock group Matchbox Twenty. ... Maria Maria is a song by Santana and The Product G&B. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for ten weeks. ... Its My Life is Bon Jovis first single from the album Crush. ... Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) is an alternative rock song by California rock band Train on their second album Drops of Jupiter (2001). ... Hanging by a Moment is the single that catapulted rock group Lifehouse to fame, peaking at number-one in Australia and number two in the United States. ... All That You Cant Leave Behind track listing Beautiful Day (1) Stuck in a Moment You Cant Get Out Of (2) Elevation (3) The Best of 1990-2000 track listing Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (7) Stuck in a Moment You Cant Get Out Of (8) Gone (9... This Love is the second single from the hit album, Songs About Jane by Maroon 5. ... American Idiot track listing Boulevard of Broken Dreams (sometimes incorrectly referred to as I Walk Alone) is the Grammy Award winning fourth track from Green Days seventh studio album, American Idiot. ... Feel Good Inc. ... Alternate covers Promotional CD and digital download single cover Crazy is the first single from Gnarls Barkley, a musical collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo, and is taken from their 2006 debut album St. ...


Once more, African Americans contributed heartily to pop with diverse styles. Some hits were hip hop-based, such as "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" (both 2002), "In da Club" and "Ignition" (both 2003), "Yeah!" and "Goodies" (both 2004), "Candy Shop" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart" (both 2005). Other chart-toppers were variations on reggae beats ("It Wasn't Me" (2000) and "Get Busy" (2003) or more traditional rap compositions such as "The Way You Move" (2003). Hot in Herre is a popular song and single performed by the hip-hop artist Nelly, and was released in 2002 as the first single on his album Nellyville. ... Kelly Rowland singles chronology Separated (1999) Dilemma (2002) Stole (2002) Dilemma is the hit single by the rapper Nelly, featuring Kelly Rowland from Destinys Child, released in 2002, from the 2002 album Nellyville. ... In da Club is a song performed by rapper 50 Cent for his commercial debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin (2003). ... Ignition (Remix) is a single by R&B singer R. Kelly in his Chocolate Factory album in 2003. ... For other uses, see Yeah. ... Goodies is an R & B song written by American singer Ciara, Sean Garrett, LaMarquis Jefferson, Craig Love and Jonathan Smith, and produced by Lil Jon for Ciaras debut album Goodies (2004). ... Olivia chronology Bizounce (2001) Candy Shop (2005) Wild 2Nite (2005) Candy Shop is a song performed by rapper 50 Cent and R&B singer Olivia. ... Dont Phunk with My Heart is the first single from The Black Eyed Peas fourth album Monkey Business. ... It Wasnt Me is a 2000 number one hit song by reggae artist Shaggy, featuring Ricardo Rikrok Ducent. ... Get Busy is a 2003 re-released hit song by Jamaican dancehall reggae toaster Sean Paul, from his album Dutty Rock. ... The Way You Move is a 2003 number-one single recorded by Big Boi of the hip-hop duo OutKast, released on LaFace Records. ...


The international appeal of pop was evident in the new millennium, with artists from around the world influencing the genre and local variants merging with the mainstream.


Russia made its breakthrough to the international charts with "All the Things She Said" (2002) which even topped the UK Singles Chart. 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane track listing All the Things She Said is also a song by Simple Minds from the album Once Upon a Time. ... British Hit Singles redirects here. ...


Latin pop was successful with songs from Spain, "Hero" (late 2001/early 2002), "The Ketchup Song" (2002); Mexico's Rebelde and Colombia, "Whenever, Wherever" (2002) and "Hips Don't Lie" (2006). Hero is a single released by Enrique Iglesias from his second English album Escape. ... The Ketchup Song is the English title of the song Aserejé which was an international hit in 2002. ... For other uses, see Rebelde (disambiguation). ... Audio sample Whenever, Wherever is a Latin pop song written by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her first English album, Laundry Service (2001). ... Hips Dont Lie is a Grammy Award-nominated Latin pop song based in a salsa and Cumbia mix and fused with reggaeton beat (reggaeton pop) performed by Colombian singer Shakira and Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. ...


Irish entered the charts with Westlife hits: "Fool Again" and "My Love" (2000), "Uptown Girl" and "Queen of My Heart" (2001), "Bop Bop Baby", "World Of Our Own", and "Unbreakable" (2002), "Mandy" (2003), "You Raise Me Up" (2005). Westlife is an Irish pop band that was formed on July 3, 1998. ... Westlife is the debut album by Irish boyband Westlife, released on 1 November 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... My Love is a single from Westlifes album, Coast to Coast. ... Uptown Girl is a song performed by musician Billy Joel. ... Queen of My Heart is a song by Irish Boyband Westlife released in 2001. ... Bop Bop Baby is a single by Westlife released in 2002. ... World of Our Own is a single by Westlife released in 2002. ... ... You Raise Me Up is a popular song in the inspirational mold. ...


Canada entered the charts with "That's the Way It Is" (2000). Alternate cover Thats the Way It Is is a hit single from Céline Dions All the Way. ...


British artists did the same with "Feel" (2003); "You're Beautiful" (2005); "You Give Me Something" (2006) and "Rehab" (both 2006); "Smile";"Tell Me 'Bout It" and "Bleeding Love" (all 2007). Feel is a 2002 single released by Robbie Williams, the first one from his 2002 album Escapology. ... Youre Beautiful is a pop song co-written by British singer James Blunt, Sasha Skarbek and Amanda Ghost[1] for Blunts debut album Back to Bedlam (2004). ... You Give Me Something is the first single by British singer James Morrison, which was released on July 16, 2006. ... Amy Winehouse U.S. singles chronology You Know Im No Good (2007) Rehab (2007) Tears Dry on Their Own (2007) Rehab is a soul/jazz/R&B song written by English singer Amy Winehouse for her second studio album, Back to Black (2006). ... Alternative covers CD2 cover 7 vinyl cover/Promo CD cover/iTunes digital download Smile is Lily Allens first mainstream single release, and was penned by Lily Allen, Iyola Babalola and Darren Lewis (the duo who produced the track as Future Cut). ... Tell Me Bout It is the first single from Joss Stones third album Introducing Joss Stone. ... Alternate cover Promo single cover Bleeding Love is a smash hit pop–R&B ballad written by Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney[1] and produced by Tedder for Leona Lewiss debut album, Spirit. ...


Moldova hit the European charts with "Dragostea din Tei" (2003), "Despre tine" (2004); and Romania did with "Kylie" (2005). Dragostea din tei (pronounced ) is the most successful single by the Moldovan band O-Zone. ... Despre Tine is the third single release from O-Zones second album DiscOZone. ... Akcent on the cover for JoKero (2006). ...


Australia reentered the global pop scene with the mainstream return of superstar Kylie Minogue whose single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" was number 1 in 40+ countries. Australia also saw other success stories with Natalie Imbruglia, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance and Dannii Minogue. Kylie redirects here. ... Audio sample Info Cant Get You out of My Head (help· info) Cant Get You out of My Head is a pop-dance song recorded by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue for her eighth studio album Fever (2001). ... Imbruglia redirects here. ... Delta Lea Goodrem (born 9 November 1984) is a multi ARIA Award winning Australian singer-songwriter, pianist and Logie Award winning actress. ... Holly Rachel Vukadinović (born 11 May 1983), who is better known by her stage name of Holly Valance, is an Australian Emmy nominated actress and multi award winning, ARIA nominated singer. ... Not to be confused with Dan Minogue. ...


Top selling Pop Artists

Artist Records Sold Genre Albums Years Active
1. Michael Jackson 350 Million + Pop 20 1967-present
2. Madonna 295 million + Pop 21 1982-present
3. Elton John 250 Million + Pop 56 1964 - present
4. Celine Dion 215 Million + Pop 45 1982-present
5. Julio Iglesias 200 Million + Pop Latin 77 1968-present
6. Mariah Carey 190 million + Pop R&B 15 1991-present
7. Cher 180 Million + Pop 31 1964- present
8. Whitney Houston 170 Million + Pop 14 1985-present
9. ABBA 160 Million + Pop 33 1972-1982
10. Janet Jackson 130 Million + R&B Pop 11 1982 - present
11. Bee Gees 110 Million + Pop 29 1965-present
12. Barbra Streisand 100 Million + Pop 60 1957- present
13. Backstreet Boys 100 Million + Pop 7 1993-present
14. George Michael 100 Million + Pop Soul 8 1981-present
15. The Jacksons 100 Million + Pop 19 1966- 1990
16. Britney Spears 88 Million + Pop 7 1998 - present
17. Robbie Williams 70 Million + Pop 13 1990 - present
18. New Kids On The Block 70 Million + Pop 8 1984–1994, 2008-present
19. Christina Aguilera 60 Million + Pop 4 1999 - present
20. Kylie Minogue 68 Million + Pop 21 1987-present
21. Spice Girls 57 Million + Pop 4 1996-2001, 2007-2008
22. 'N Sync 56 Million + Pop 5 1997 - 2002
23. Ricky Martin 55 Million + Pop Latin 12 1984-present
24. Shakira 50 Million + Pop Latin 11 1991 - present

For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Look up Madonna in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... This article is about the musician. ... This page is about the singer Julio Iglesias. ... This article is about the singer. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Abba redirects here. ... This article is about the singer. ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. ... Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand; born April 24, 1942) is an American two time Academy Award-winning singer, film and theatre actress. ... This article is about the band. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... For other people with the same name, see Robbie Williams (disambiguation). ... This article is about the group. ... This article is about the singer. ... Kylie redirects here. ... The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award-winning English pop group formed in 1994. ... For their self-titled album, see *NSYNC (album). ... Enrique Martín Morales (born December 24, 1971), better known by his stage name Ricky Martin, is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican pop singer who rose to fame, first as a member of the Latin boy band Menudo, then as a solo artist since 1991. ... This article is about the musician. ...

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See also

Adult contemporary music
Adult oriented pop music
Adult standards
Beat music
Background music
Beautiful music
Best-selling music artist
Billboard charts
Category:Grammy Awards for pop music
Category:Pop albums
Category:Pop music groups
Category:Pop musicians
Category:Pop record labels
Category:Pop singers
Category:Pop songs
Contemporary Christian music
Easy listening
Elevator music
Eurodance
Funk Brothers
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
Incidental music
Jazz fusion
List of best-selling music artists
List of popular music genres
Lounge music
Middle of the road
Spacesynth
Spanish Tinge
Surf music
Top 40
Traditional pop music
Turbo-folk
United World Chart
Urban contemporary

Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream contemporary popular music, excluding hip hop, hard rock, some teen pop music and rhythmic dance tracks (though during the 2000s, these have been included), which is intended for a mature adult audience. ... Adult Oriented Pop Music is a term used in music radio programming. ... Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... It has been suggested that Merseybeat be merged into this article or section. ... Although background music was by the end of the 20th Century generally identified with Muzak or elevator music, there are several stages in the development of this concept: // In the Baroque and Classical music era music could be performed as a background to other activities, for instance: French kings of... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... // The artists below are listed in alphabetical order. ... On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music and radio format that emerged in the mid-20th century, evolving out of swing and big band music, and related to Beautiful music and Light music. ... Elevator music, also known as lift music (in the UK), piped music or muzak, refers to the gentle, bland instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships, airports, doctors and dentists offices, and... This article is about a music style. ... The Funk Brothers was the nickname given to a group of Detroit, Michigan, session musicians who performed on the backing tracks to most Motown Records recordings from 1959 until 1972, when the company moved to Los Angeles. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... Jazz fusion or jazz rock is a musical genre that merges jazz with elements of other styles of music, particularly funk, rock, R&B, ska, electronic, and world music, but also pop, classical, and folk music, or sometimes even metal, reggae, country, hip hop, etc. ... The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ... Popular music dates at least as far back as the mid 19th century. ... Lounge music refers to music played in the lounges and bars of hotels and casinos, or at standalone piano bars. ... Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... Spacesynth, also known as synthdance and spacedance, is a modern U.S.A. term to describe various 1980s music styles of European electronic dance music, emerge from a 70s Eurodisco music style, called Space Disco. ... The phrase Spanish Tinge is a reference to the belief that a Latin American touch offers a reliable method of spicing the more conventional 4/4 rhythms commonly used in jazz and pop music. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture, particularly Orange County and other areas of Southern California. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Traditional pop or Classic pop or Standards music denotes, in general, Western (and particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the advent 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 the... Turbo-folk is a music genre originating in Serbia in the early 1990s. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ...

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  • Billboard Genre Index
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Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund Adorno (September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German sociologist, philosopher, pianist, musicologist, and composer. ... Henry Pleasants (born 1910-died 2000) was born on May 12, 1910, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and studied voice, piano and composition at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he received an honorary doctorate in 1977. ... Lillian Roxon (1932-1973) was a noted Australian journalist and author. ... Charlie Gillett born Feb 20, 1942 is a British radio presenter and writer, and in recent years has become one of the countrys most influential proponents of world music. Gillett began in journalism in 1968 with a weekly column in the Record Mirror. ... Richard Middleton FBA is Professor of Music at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne. ... Donald Clarke is a writer on music. ... Simon Frith is a former rock critic and a sociologist who specializes in popular music culture, and the brother of guitarist Fred Frith and psychologist Chris Frith. ...

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The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Arabesk. ... Baroque pop is a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Country Pop is a subgenre of country music that first emerged in the 1970s, with roots in both the countrypolitan sound and in soft rock. ... Futurepop is a recently-emerging electronic dance music genre, an outgrowth of electronic body music incorporating influences from synthpop (such as song structure and vocal style) and uplifting trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies). ... For other uses, see Pop rock (disambiguation). ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Pop rap (sometimes referred to as hip pop) is the name given to a style of hip hop that has a strong pop music influences. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Synthpop is a subgenre of New Wave in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a form of synth pop music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1981. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Traditional pop or Classic pop or Standards music denotes, in general, Western (and particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the advent 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 the... Sunshine pop, also known as sunshine rock, is a musical movement originating in California with its most famous exponents being The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas. ... This article is about the Greek music-culture. ... Pop-folk is a music-genre consisting of both pop music and folk music. ... Manufactured music includes the following categories // A natural band is a band where all members knew each other and didnt audition any members, and got their recording contract purely through sending out demo tapes, spotted whilst busking or similar. ... Yé-yé is a style of pop music, popular in France in the 1960s. ... For the musical term, see American pop. ... Arabic pop music or Arab pop is a subgenre of Pop music and Arabic music. ... C-pop is an abbreviation for Chinese pop. ... Cantopop (Chinese: 粵語流行曲) is a colloquial portmanteau for Cantonese popular music. It is also referred to as HK-pop, short for Hong Kong popular music. It is categorized as a subgenre of Chinese popular music within C-pop. ... Mandopop (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a colloquial abbreviation for Mandarin popular music. It is also referred to as Mandapop. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... Austropop is a musical movement, which started in Austria in the middle of the 1970s. ... Nederpop is a Dutch term that was invented by the mid-1970s to describe the pop music scene of the 1960s and 1970s that was gaining worldwide attention, exemplified by bands such as Shocking Blue, Golden Earring and Focus. ... Hong Kong English pop (Chinese: 英文歌) are songs sung in the English language in Hong Kong. ... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... Timeline and Samples Genres Classical (Carnatic and Hindustani) - Folk - Rock - Pop - Hip hop Awards Bollywood Music Awards - Punjabi Music Awards Charts Festivals Sangeet Natak Akademi – Thyagaraja Aradhana – Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Media Sruti, The Music Magazine National anthem Jana Gana Mana, also national song Vande Mataram Music of the states Andaman... J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. ... Picopop is a type of electronic music, similar to electropop, with origins in Japanese experimental bands. ... Shibuya at night Shibuya-kei (渋谷系 Shibuya-style; also 渋谷系サウンド Shibuya-kei sound) is a variety of Japanese pop music which combines elements of jazz, fusion, traditional music, and other styles. ... K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically from South Korea. ... Pakistan’s first music channel, INDUS MUSIC (“IM”), is a milestone proving that Pakistani music has a lot to offer. ... -1... SFR Yugoslav Pop Rock scene was the pop and rock music scene of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia further in the text), a state that existed until 1991. ... Taiwanese pop is mandarin chinese pop music performed by Taiwanese singers. ... History (Timeline and Samples) Genres: Alternative - Classical - Dance - Folk - Hip hop - Jazz - Military - Ottoman - Opera - Pop - Religious - Rock Music awards Kral - MÜ-YAP - MGD Charts Powerturk 40 - Kral 20 Annual festivals Istanbul International Music Festival - Istanbul International Jazz Festival - Ankara IMF - Izmir European Jazz Festival - Aspendos International Opera and Ballet... Boyband redirects here. ... The Supremes A Go-Go (1966) was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. ... For the British television series, see Pop Idol. ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ...

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The pop music style is sometimes described as music that is produced commercially to appeal to the masses, but is a very flexible style and includes music that can exhibit the characteristics of rock, R & B, folk, country, Hip Hop and blues music.
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