That is the epitome of pop.....a 10 on the sliding scale.Others shamelessly target a previously defined sub sector of the known pop landscape in an effort to cash in. It's not for love of the art, but for the love of money. It's product, or just another widget. And it shows.
Have you ever watched the Sinatra show or any TV show that has had musical acts from the 1950s until today? They all do this. When Sammy Davis came out, the band was behind the curtain. When Buddy Rich came out, the band was usually behind the curtain.I would disagree with some, and say it is a genre today. Some of the traits would be frequently dance oriented, and rather shallow musically. Beiber, Katy Perry, that whole cadre of divas, and the tween bands of good looking young people playing rather thoughtless, lowest common denominator music inhabit the pop space. If when you see them perform on tv, it's a girl singer surrounded by seven dancers but no band in sight, it's pop music. If the lyrics insult your intelligence, that's a clue. If the chorus is derived by singing the word "whoa" up and down the scale with a severe look on the singer's face as if they're actually saying something, or the intro is a lifeless guitar ostinato written by someone with no imagination, there you are.
There is a very recognizable factory odor to it, very easy to spot.
Best definition I've read. Yes. What is/was "popular" meaning what was played most on the radio. Though AM radio back in the day was playing Carpenters followed by Led Zep followed by Al Green. So it was all Pop. Only later in the 1980s did these "light rock", "smooth jazz" stations come to be and suddenly pop was being divided up. To the detriment of listeners.Growing up, Pop was what the radio stations played on their Top 40 lists, Popular music. Pop has now taken on a genre of its own but is very fluid. Todays Pop is not the same as Pop 5 years ago. Always evolving.
You may be right. I would wager that today's pop doesn't stand up to the past though. Sammy Davis Jr. was popular because of his huge talent, and the same could be said for Mozart.I think you are looking back at the past with rose colored glasses in respect to music history.
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