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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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Popular Quotes

“Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

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

“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

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” ― Leopold Stokowski

“So don't you worry your pretty little mind because people throw rocks at things that shine. [Ours]” ― Taylor Swift

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.” ― Lester Bangs

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.” ― Lester Bangs

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

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

“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

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

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

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

“Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it.” ― Bono, On the Move

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ― Bob Marley

“If it weren't for music, I would think that love is mortal.” ― Mark Helprin, A Soldier of the Great War

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

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

“Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” ― Lao Tzu

“Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

“I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me.” ― Lady Gaga