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While originally it was defined solely as merely meaning popular music, the term has evolved, with a second definition.

This newer use defines mostly mainstream music. Catchy, simpler rhythms, repeating chorus, minimal (or no) guitar, heavy drum beats, streamlined lyrics that don't really have a deeper meaning, and so on. Acts such as Britney Spears, Lily Allen, late 80's/early 80's-on Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and the like... would not be categorized as rock, hip hop, R&B (while a common element of pop music), metal, blues, or anything else... it would be categorized as "Pop Music". It is a genre as well as a term referring to music that is popular.
Pop music
Pop songs
Michael Jackson
Britney Spears
Lily Allen
Christina Aguilera
Lady Gaga
Kate Nash
The Jackson 5
Ricky Martin
The Spice Girls
Billy Joel
Early Beatles
by Lemony Flavor October 15, 2009
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Contrary to popular belief (above) pop music is not short for Lollypop music but Popular music. Pop Music = Popular Music, basically rendering a lot of "alternative music" IE Nirvana, to be Pop, and a lot of rock music like the beatles (or nirvana) to not only be rock music, but also pop music. Sorry people.

"pop" is deemed to mean more than popular to record copanies, they see it as an actual type of music, a particular sound. A money-making sound. Don't confuse yourself thinking you dont like "pop" music though.
"I am Britney Spears, I sell records, I am a pop artist*"

(*please note if she referred to herself as an artist in my presence i would donkey punch her)

"Hi Im Jake Teblaauznikov, I am an overweight 30 year old Russian man. I make music inspired by Britney Spears, basically exactly the same to her music, but noones heard of me and noone buys my record, I am not a pop artist"
by xxoo May 14, 2003
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An extremely broad genre of music. Pop music consists of catchy melodies, infectious beats, polished instrumentals, and usually a calculated image/vision to go along with it and promote it. "Pop music," as a genre, isn't to be confused with the term, "popular music," which could be music from any genre that has garnered mainstream attention or adoration. Many works of pop music also never gain widespread popularity. Pop music is commonly structured in a verse-bridge-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus-middle 8-chorus form, but there are numerous exceptions to this standard, but pop music always has a catchy and polished sound to it that is intended to appeal to the public at large. Although, at times, pop music can have a "unique" sound to it that instantly will make one label it as "pop," pop music often heavily borrows from other genres of music, creating subgenres such as: dance pop, teen pop, bubblegum pop, r&b pop, pop rap, country pop, electropop, etc. The one characteristic that sets these subgenres away from the genres they borrow from is, again, a catchy, structured, and polished sound.

Pop music is also often maligned by music elitists and critics. But, the one thing you have to remember is that pop music is mostly intended to be fun and exciting, not some deep emotional work of art; although pop music can be deep and emotional at times, contrary to popular notion.
Examples of Pop Music and its stars:

Britney Spears
Kylie Minogue
Girls Aloud
One Direction
The Wanted
Michael Jackson
Justin Timberlake

... and the list goes on...
by bluesunstorm January 08, 2013
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(a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short and simple love songs and utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes. Pop music has absorbed influences from most other forms of popular music, but as a genre is particularly associated with the rock and roll and later rock style.
Tim: Ey,bob did you here that Micheal Jackson died?

bob: Yeah..i heard some people called him, ''The king of pop music''.
by Ghost™ June 26, 2010
5 17
any music that is popular at the time.
right now rap and hip hop are "pop" but so is like evanescense
by ..... April 13, 2004
23 47
pop music is simply short for 'popular' music everything on mtv and on the radio is pop
'oooooh listen its the latest from avril!!!!'
by josh April 14, 2004
17 52
You guys are fucking idiots. Pop music isn't just the mass produced shit like Britney Spears or whatever (and to be fair, "Toxic" is a decent, catchy song, which is more than can be said for a lot of the shitty nu-metal/emo bullshit you kids listen to). Pop music is really anything that pertains to conventional songwriting of verse-chorus-verse. It can be loud, sloppy, even dissonant at times, but if it follows the conventional song structure, it is, to a degree, pop music. Get over yourselves and realize that musicians like Brian Wilson and John Lennon wrote pop music and were more talented than any shitty teen-angsty garbage band you douche bags listen to.
Metal, nu-metal, "hardcore," emo, and what your probable interpretation of punk is (derivative bullshit like Rancid) couldn't hold a candle to a great pop song -- and probably write really bad pop songs anyway.
by :-* October 18, 2004
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