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Does Everybody Love Pop Music?

Pop music is a particular genre of music that is characterized as songs that are “popular” tunes of a current time period.  The term “pop music” began in the early 1920’s.  During that time, pop music was generally music that was family-friendly, and they were songs that the whole family enjoyed listening to; however, over the next few decades, pop music slowly became music that was listened to mostly by teenagers and young people.  Pop music has played a large part in the lives of young people for many, many years.

Pop music is often a combination of many music genres.  Some songs include elements of genres such as: Latin, rock, or rhythm and blues.  Pop songs are generally not too long in length, averaging about 3-5 minutes per song.  They usually include easy-to-remember choruses and very melodic tunes.  Pop music often is upbeat in rhythm and encourages the listener to dance or tap their feet.  The lyrics usually involve words that exhibit common trends of the current times.

Pop music originated in the United Kingdom and the United States, and is still a very popular genre in both areas.  Many countries around the world have some variation of their own pop music.  The commonality across the world, as far as pop music goes, is that pop music is largely written for the vast majority of young citizens and includes lyrics that are simple and memorable.

Some examples of famous pop stars throughout the last few decades are: Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber.  One famous singer, Justin Timberlake, regards co-musician, Michael Jackson, so highly that he once said, “Michael Jackson opened the minds of people about music.  He helped with segregation.  His music did that and not a lot of people can say that.”

Many musicians have greatly influenced young people around the world.  Pop music can bring people together of all ages and races with the simple lyrics and mood that a particular song can exhibit.  For example, the well-known song, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is so popular that many people can recognize it just from the melody or the accompanying dance moves that were used in the top-rated “Thriller” music video.  Although the song and the video were created in the early 1980’s, people of many generations recognize the tune and the unforgettable moves that Michael Jackson taught us.

The sounds of pop music are catchy, fun, and recognizable.  Once a pop song becomes a favorite of yours, it can reenter your life at many different stages and provoke memories of that time in your life.  Some could say, once a favorite, always a favorite as pop music transforms your mind to a particular time and place of your personal past.