commonly mistaken for being a shortened version of 'popular music', pop music is a term that applies to songs which use a pretty formulaic verse chorus bridge, verse chorus as the standard.. a rock n' roll song that hits it bigtime is still a rock song.. popular country tunes are still country tunes.. hip hop be hip hop. due to mass-corruption on many levels of humanity, pop's name has been spoiled--forever linked to (but not limited to) the latest top40 geared studio manufactured product pusher of the month.
fella #1: "did you watch conan last night?"
duder #2: "nah, too busy watchin'the music video station."
fella #1: "those music video's are nothing more than 3 1/2 minute commercials, played over and over until we know the words, associate that with liking it and buy the album."
duder #2: *singing latest madonna song in his head* "huh? whah? sorry, i wasn't listening."
fella #1: "record companys decide and let the music channels and radio stations know what the next hit single shall be. they can afford to do that sorta thing."
duder #2: "but kelly clarkson totally rocks!"
fella #1: "wrong. she will be gone shortly and forever erased from our memories."
duder #2: "who was on conan?"
fella #1: "broken social scene.. amazing band, proving that the pop music has room for growth, depth, and talent."
duder #2: "you gonna eat that?"
fella #1: "ugh.. take it." *hands over his sandwich*
by the-rich February 27, 2006
Pop music- n. Music that is, as the name suggests, popular among music listeners. Pop(ular) music can be anything really, dance, hip hop, rock, etc. Pop music also varies from country to country, and can be considered to vary even in different areas (what's popular in Midland, Texas may not be as popular in London, for instance...heck, they may even be the same sometimes, who knows). Popular music is not really a genre, but rather any kind of music that is spinning round and round the minds of consumers.
Elvis was popular in his time, so were the Beatles, Nirvana, COUNTLESS folk acts, and well, you get the idea. Popular music is just a term used to designate whats hot on the pulse of music. Just because a lot of people like something doesn't make it bad (not to say that I don't dislike some, if not a lot of pop music personally) because heck, maybe the collective consciousness can come up with some good ideas sometimes, eh? If you just listen to a band because it is not well known, or refuse to listen to a band because it is popular (God forbid you do both), then you are listening to music for all the wrong reasons, and should look into joining a secret club to satisfy your superficial desires to be "cool" because the cool folks just do whatever the heck they want, we dont care what the critics say, even if its good. Thats how cool we are. ;)
by The King of Californitopia December 27, 2005
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
A genre of music. Pop refers to 'popular'

This genre of music is generally listened to by the wild fag.
"What's that playing on the radio?"

"Pop music"

"No wonder i hear fags"
by Erik N. Maknov March 31, 2014
A type of music popularized by the mainstream. Often a perfect example of the moral degradation in our modern society.
James died last week because he heard the latest Pop Music "Sensation."
by The guy behind you... January 07, 2015
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
Pop music can be any form of music (rock, country, rap even metal) that hits the chart. But it has some requirements:
1. Have no talent
2. Repeat lyrics over and over
3. Be good looking
4. Remember to have no musical ability!
5. If you are a boy, feature half naked girls in your video
6. If you are a girl, be half naked.
7. Lyrics are whatever the public wants to listen to.
If you join the pop music industry, you'll last a few years at most.
by a_random_girl_online_duh August 29, 2015
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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