Hey Grea! Hope alls happy with you! Backbeat is an interesting observation. Grandma & dad tastes seem to reflect a generational thang perhaps... so pop is young music? teen stuff... maybe..Hi Abe. Good to see you again
If you're playing anything like a backbeat there is a good chance that you are playing pop or a pop variant.
Creating grooves that compel human bodies to jiggle about is a pop thing to do - reaching out to our animal selves. The old classical crew would have been horrified such base crudeness! Dad's mother was a big fan of schmaltzy Viennese waltzes (also pop) and she was as disgusted by his noisy Benny Goodman music (also pop) as Dad was disgusted by the 60s pop and rock (also pop) that we kids listened too.
All genres have their own version of pop - degrees of populism - as well as more internally consistent art that Rolling Stone journalists tend to call "self indulgent".
My reason for asking was basically coming off the notion that almost all music comes from within ( a musician or a style/genre ), whereas the meat of pop is created as a pre-concieved product for youth consumption- predetermined for the marketplace. I would include acts like Beyonce, Usher, Adele's etc in this category. I dont mean to say they are bad musicians ( most are very talented ), but they are creating what a business plan wants them to create- so therefore the question is- Is pop music is made differently from anything else?
Just a premise, happy to be contradicted..