The aim is to better understand the history of the most popular music genre that appeals to everyone today. Also the new instruments that are commonly used in the creation of pop music will be discussed.
Pop music is defined as a form of music which is different from jazz and folk music (Hatch & Millward, 1). Pop music became famous in 1920s and its origin was influenced by other forms of music like country music, hillbilly, and blues (Hatch & Millward, 49). The change of technology was also a major reason of creation of the Pop genre as it gave an opportunity for the musicians to create a new kind of music.
The most important thing that distinguishes pop music from other genres of music is its global reach. It is the only kind of music that does not caters to a particular class of population rather it appeals to everyone (Frith, Straw, & Street, 95). Pop music does not appeal to a sub culture or clan like country music rather it appeals to the general public.
Pop music is also based on dance oriented beats or rhythms which differentiated it from other forms of music at the time of its origin (Warner, 3). In 1920s people used to listen to songs but dancing was not closely associated with music. Pop culture gave dancing a new life altogether and pop songs encouraged dancing. The beats of pop songs were also such that it made people groove and move with the songs.
Lyrics of pop songs are also simple and they mostly represent the current themes like love and romance (Frith, Straw, & Street, 96). These songs do not explain past stories but current events are discussed. As pop music is aimed at a wider range of audience it cannot keep itself limited to any one theme therefore current and popular themes are found in pop songs which are simple to understand.
We can divide the history of pop music into different decades. The first is the era before 1950s. In this era pop music came to the scene and the first pop starts made