Is it true that pop music derived from rock music?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago
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    no. pop existed before rock. Pop rock is derived from rock and roll and it is often referred to as soft rock or easy listening. Rock is meant to be played loud, with a hard driving rhythm, but pop is usually played so that it soothes. Most of the music called country music nowadays is actually country pop. Pop music tries to appeal to the most people so as to make the most money, and usually relies on catchy tunes, or what they call 'hooks" or a short piece that is easily remembered and sounds good to the ear. Rock critics usually despise pop, and rock 'artists' are insulted if you call them pop stars.

    There is also classical pop, which is classical music that is re-arranged to sound more melodic and less complicated so as to appeal to a wider audience. Pop is therefore an attempt to commercialize or popularize music, and innovation and creativity are discouraged for fear that it will have only limited appeal to a small audience.

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  • Tony B
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    No: the word “pop” was originally just a shortened version of “popular” and there's always been popular music.

    I think the term “pop” started to be used in the 1960s (at least in the UK) when the charts were taken over by (mainly) groups playing modern music as opposed to the stuff in the charts pre-Beatles that appealed mainly to parents rather than their children.

    Pop music was never a “type” of music - basically it just meant music that sold well and entered the singles chart. In the UK we had Top of the Pops - a TV programme that focussed on the fop 30. Over the years it featured Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, ELP, Family, Steeleye Span, The Dubliners, Fairport Convention, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Curved Air, East of Eden, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton and lots of other “serious” artists. This though, together with The Osmands, Brotherhood of Man, The Archies, Rolf Harris, The Nolans, The Sweet, Clive Dunn, and lots of other “less respected” artists was all “pop music” - at least so far as my parent's generation was concerned.

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  • RockIt
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    No. There has been a lot of popular music through out history. The folk songs that have been passed down generation by generation were pop music for a very long time then it evolved in many ways in the 20th century. Its always been there.

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  • John
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Cab Calloway was pop music. Ragtime piano was pop music. The Lindy Hop was, the Inkspots were, and on and on. The word wasn't invented yet but pop music is nothing new.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes, all pop music means is popular music. The stuff in heavy rotation on the radio. Elvis was the king of rock and roll which was extremely popular music. Same with the Beatles.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Nope.................................

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