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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

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

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

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

“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

“My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.” ― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

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

“Excuse me if I have/some place in my mind/where I go time to time.” ― Tom Petty

“And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.” ― Bob Dylan

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou

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

“Would you destroy Something perfect in order to make it beautiful?” ― Gerard Way

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

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

“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

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

“And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.” ― Bob Dylan

“Play it fuckin' loud!” ― Bob Dylan

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

“I've always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.” ― John Barrowman

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

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac

“My ambition was to live like music.” ― Mary Gaitskill

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

“Next to music, beer was best.” ― Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

“Excuse me if I have/some place in my mind/where I go time to time.” ― Tom Petty

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou