Pop music and Soft rock music that is designed to relate to older people, like adults. The lyrics don't have teeny themes, dance beats and all that (unless if it's disco). The artists of the genre are usually older.

AC music are usually very ballad in sounding, having the piano, guitars, bass, light drums and even orchestra at times. AC songs also tend to be relaxing/chill type of music that have slow beats with high level romantic and sentimental themes.

AC music format doesn't include rock, techno, blues and many other genres, but it does include the more adult-oriented stuff from the R&B genre which uses real music - Boyz II Men and All 4 One (excluding Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake, etc - they're meant for teens and their music has urban rhythms). Even the 70's disco genre is considered AC (Gloria Gaynor, Weather Girls, YMCA, etc).
Adult Contemporary musicians include Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Enrique Iglesias (early career, now he's a full blown teeny-bopper musician), Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, Josh Groban, Anastacia, Michael Jackson (some of his work), Christina Aguilera, Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, Marc Anthony, Tom Jones, Julio Iglesias, Lionel Richie, Cher, Shirley Bassey, Michael Buble, Whitney Houston and Bruno Mars.
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The kind of time you have when you choose a 'mature' night out vs. partying down.
"Dude, what'd you do last night?"

"Went to the movies, then a bookstore, had coffee after. It was very Adult Contemporary."
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A type of radio music, also known as AC, is a genre that isolates complexity. There is a subgenre of pop music that is called teen pop, including artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, One Direction, Selena Gomez, etc. Adult Contemporary would completely avoid Teen Pop sounds and more focus on being alternative, complex and independent, the style would focus on sounding like soul, disco, r&b, funk, electronic, hard rock and pop from between the 60s and the 90s.
Adult Contemporary is common in old school radios.
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