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‘Pop music’ vastly known as pop music originated in the USA and UK in the mid-1950s. In the beginning ‘pop’ was stamped on any genre that was a hit or became popular at that time. Pop and Rock were considered to be the same until the 1960s.

Different people have different takes on the genre. While some believe that pop is an independent body of music distinguishable from popular jazz and folk music, others beg to differ. Like Pete Seeger who believes that pop is a “professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music.”

Pop is widely seen as single-chart music. “Instant singles-based music aimed at teenagers” in contrast to “album based music for adults.” (Wikipedia)

This genre has been continuously evolving since its inception in the industrialization period in the 1800s. It has been catering to the tastes and likings of the urban middle class throughout the ages. The word ‘pop song’ was first used in 1926 to describe the songs which had a popular appeal.

Initially ‘pop’ started out as ‘popular’ but as the years went by people started seeing it as ‘non-classical songs’. The type that The Beatles, the Rolling stones and ABBA would play. But people from different parts of the world had different takes on it. While in the 1960s Americans would closely associate it with Rock ‘n roll, the English saw it as ‘music with a beat’.

From 1967 a division was set between rock and pop. Hence the two genres gained generic significance. Pop has become a commercial form of music designed to appeal to everyone. According to musicologist Simon Frith this particular genre is produced ‘’as a matter of enterprise not art.’’ And ‘’it is not driven by any significant ambition except profit and commercial reward and in musical terms, it is essentially conservative.”

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“I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” ― Tupac Shakur

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo, Hugo's Works: William Shakespeare

“Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

“Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don't care about anymore.” ― Lady Gaga

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” ― Robert Fripp

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria Augusta von Trapp

“Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you've had a bunch of bad days and there's different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.” ― Taylor Swift

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.” ― Keith Richards, Keith Richards: In His Own Words

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” ― Edith Sitwell

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo, Hugo's Works: William Shakespeare

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” ― Edith Sitwell

“When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to loose.” ― Bob Dylan

“I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” ― Tupac Shakur

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” ― Modest Mouse, Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News

“Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once.” ― Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” ― Aaron Copland

“I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.” ― Bob Dylan

“The only one who's got enough of me to break my heart.” ― Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift: Piano Play-Along Volume 95

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius, The Book of Rites

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ― Victor Hugo, Hugo's Works: William Shakespeare

“Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.” ― Oscar Wilde

“If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” ― Emma Goldman

“Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me. No hope, no harm; just another false alarm” ― Morrissey