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Popular music

LC control 85088865
LC classificationM1627 M1844 Music
ML3469 ML3541 History and criticism
Topical headingPopular music
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Variant(s)Music, Popular
Music, Popular (Songs, etc.)
Pop music
Popular songs
Popular vocal music
Songs, Popular
Vocal music, Popular
See alsosee also headings for music of individual instruments followed by the qualifier "(Popular music)" and the subdivisions Methods (Popular music) and Studies and exercises (Popular music) under individual musical instruments and families of instruments
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Scope noteHere are entered popular vocal music and collections containing both popular instrumental and vocal music.
Subject example tracingExample under reference from Arrangements (Popular music and jazz)
Note under Sheet music
Found inJoynson, V. Dreams, fantasies, and nightmares from far away lands, 1999 (rock and pop, 1963-75)
Shuker, R. Key concepts in popular music, 1998 (pop music; while the use of the word "popular" in relation to the lighter forms of music goes back to the mid-19th century, the abbreviation "pop" was not in use as a generic term until the 1950s, when it was adopted as the umbrella name for a special kind of musical product aimed at a teenage market; often used in an oppositional sense to rock music; seen as a somewhat watered-down, blander version of rock'n'roll, associated with a more rhythmic style and smoother vocal harmony; best of pop survives as "golden oldies"; musically defined by general accessibility, emphasis on memorable hooks, and preoccupation with romantic love as a theme)
New Rolling stone encyc. of rock & roll, c1995 (pop: basically any popular music that places a premium on accessibility; employs various means to boost both instant appeal and memorability (distinctive syncopation, novel instrumental flourishes, danceable rhythms, repeated riffs), but its signal feature is melodic emphasis; generally, any pop record avoids the experimental, arcane, or edgy, aiming instead, in its production, structural familiarity, and clear sentiment to reach the widest possible audience)
LC database, Oct. 25, 2000 (hdg.: Popular music; usage: popular music, pop, pop music)