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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
Madonna
Kylie Minogue
Bananarama
Rihanna
Girls Aloud
Sugababes
One Direction
The Wanted
Michael Jackson
Justin Timberlake

... and the list goes on...
by bluesunstorm January 08, 2013
 
1.
The sound a dying mongoose makes from its anus as it dies
BOB - "Shit, is there a dieing mongoose in your living room?"
FUCKWIT - "no, thats my Britney Spears CD"
BOB - My eyes are bleeding....
by V.D Hurts December 06, 2003
 
2.
the retarded form of song that offers no originality and is the result of corporation - backed, "singers," and writers. basically highly non - political\religious\profane because the people that make it have no balls
man MTV's becoming a pop music - promoting piece if junk
by ike November 15, 2003
 
3.
gay music that 12yr old girls listen 2
pop music sucks balls
by Tim Jeske December 10, 2004
 
4.
The catagory with the fastest band deathrate ever achieved in music.
Backstreet boys got popular, then pow!
Spice Girls got popular, bickered among each other, sang on their own, then pow!
Britney Spears got popular, then pow! Shes a porno star among cyber-wienies!

This is the cycle of pop music. Don't be a pop artist, they'll love you, then they'll hate you.
by Chang Tan January 27, 2004
 
5.
Probably the worst, most degrading music on earth. Simple, fake beats and talentless singers do not make for good music, yet this shit is eaten up by teenyboppers and the mainstream. The lyrics suck as well.
I refuse to listen to radio due to this pop music.
by Fairly Created October 07, 2008
 
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Popular music. A collective genre, also referred to as Pop, Chart Music, Top 40, or Hits, it primarily focuses on wide circulation, sales and the marketability of the "artists" than on creative or artistic content. Pop can range from Dance, R&B, Rap, Country and Rock, but is generally the most "diluted" form of any genre it emulates. Pop songs generally have a 3-minute, hook/verse structure (although many ballads have made it to the charts) written for immediate likability, often written by corporate record label executives, and "pushed" by a front-person or people, commonly referred to as the artist or artists.
When initially identifying a pop artist, mass production and circulation are the biggest indicators. Check mainstream media/entertainment outlets, such as MTV, VH1, E!, Rolling Stone magazine, or the "New Releases" or "Heavy Rotation" section of the local music store.
by odl July 04, 2005
 
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Musical noise which, when repeated over and over, is used as a tool to extract a profit from dimwits. Lacking the ability to categorize this rhythmic noise under any standard genre, record company executives have come to call it ‘pop music’ because they can convince some people it is popular and therefore must be worth listening to.
Don’t you just love pop music artists such as Britney Spears?
by D.B. Cooper January 08, 2004