Pop music is music that is really contemporary music. Today whatever music you hear, music that is moving with the times, all of it is pop music. Fifty five years before, the music which was contemporary in that era was also pop and the fathers of pop, Bob Dylan etc lived. But today’s music is also called pop, so pop is really a genre of contemporary music throughout all ages, which is flexible enough to change its form from one to another and still maintain some integrity.
So you can have rock, jazz, blues, R&B, dance numbers and many other genres influencing this one particular genre of music. Sometimes even elements of folk and country music has been found to be present in pop. The basic trick that pop music undertakes to maintain its popularity is use melody that would stay in the minds of people. They do not use catchy tunes but tunes and rhythm which forces you to remember it. Also, the songs are barely filled with lots of music, there is one tempo which goes through the entire song and doesn’t change. But this is an element which has drawn much criticism around the song. Critics often say that pop is too simple and therefore maybe worthless.
However, popular music is defined by what people love in general and what they have full access to. It is a social representation, a social class of its own and it is not just another form of music. It is a music that is meant to be heard again and again. This happens with me always, whenever I listen to any pop song for the first time I don’t quite like it because it seems to be too plain. But as I listen again and again it kind of grows on me and then I am hardly able to get rid of it. Now, pop is just popular music and when it grows on you, you hardly think of any other music.
The best thing about pop is that it is a huge music industry. The production and sale of pop is by far more than any other form of music. The rhythm, the simplicity, the beats, everything combine to produce the magic which we call pop. Mostly, all the best selling songs are those of the pop genre and very rarely does other genres make it to the top of the top ten list.
With time however pop music has changed a lot. With the coming of the various recording devices which can now create various types of sounds pop has entered a new era. These recording devices and the ability to change the tonal quality of voices has actually set pop apart from the various other forms of musical genres like jazz etc.