Pop music is generally considered the type of music that the broadest audience will listen to. Pop artists target the "mainstream" through the use of catchy rhythms, melodies, and lyrics, rather than appealing to a particular sub-culture or ideology. This genre of music is often ranked in charts based on record sales, airplay, streaming or a combination of all three. In the United States, Billboard magazine is considered an authority on pop music rankings. Over the years there have been numerous criticisms of pop music because of its simplicity and lack of progressiveness. But pop music a is a fun genre that anyone can listen to and dance along with.
Pop music origins can be traced back to the 1930’s and 1940’s with the emergence of jazz and blues. Then in the 1950’s is when rock and roll began to develop. With the development of rock and roll also came the beginning of pop. Producer Mitch Miller, who worked for Columbia Records, would combine sounds from country, blues, and folk music and add them to the mainstream rock and roll music. The result was a popular and catchy song that the mass audience could enjoy. An example of such song during that time period would be “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley.
In the 1960’s pop music took on a whole new meaning. Bands like the Beatles and the Beach Boys appealed to the teen masses. The Beatles were so popular in the UK and U.S. that the term “Beatlemania” was coined for the phenomenon of the fan frenzy that surrounded them. Other pop musicians during this time included the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Bob Dylan. In the next decade is when disco music took over America. Pop music continued to evolve, taking elements of disco to adapt to the changing sound. Elton John rose to fame in the 1970’s, becoming one of the biggest pop stars at that time. Other successful pop artists in the ‘70s included David Bowie, Cher, Earth, Wind, and Fire, the Jackson 5, and Queen.
The 1980’s was arguably the best decade for pop music. The advancement in music technology helped the growth of pop music with the increased use of digital recording, synthesizers, and the invention of MTV. Michael Jackson’s album Thriller, released in 1982, is still the best-selling album of all time. His next album was Bad (1987), which was the first album in music history to have five number-one singles on the Billboard 100. Due to his wild success in the 1980’s, Michael Jackson will forever be known as the “King of Pop”. Jackson was the most successful male pop artist of the ‘80s but Madonna was the most successful female pop artist of that decade. Madonna’s album True Blue was the best-selling female album of the ‘80s. Her music videos were iconic and played repeatedly on MTV. She is deemed with the title “Queen of Pop”. Other accomplished pop artists at the time included Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Oliva Newton-John, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, U2, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, and Janet Jackson.
The King and Queen of Pop both continued to find success in the ‘90s along with a slew of other new artists. The Spice Girls broke through to the American charts, becoming the biggest UK pop group since the Beatles. The girl group formed in 1994 and released their debut album, Spice, in 1996. Spice became the best-selling album by a female group in music history. Their widespread success influenced another wave of teen pop fans and more artists catering to that trend. Some of these artists included Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, J. Lo, and Destiny’s Child. By the end of the millennium, Britney Spears’ fame had exploded and she was deemed the “Princess of Pop”.
The teen pop trend continued into the new millennium as did the success of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Justin Timberlake broke off from NSYNC to start his solo career. His first solo album, Justified, debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200. More pop artists that arrived during this time were Pink, Jesse McCartney, Aaron Carter, and the Pussycat Dolls. This decade also saw a rise of Disney movie inspired music by artists like The Cheetah Girls, The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato. Toward of the end of the 2000s-decade, Lady Gaga made her debut and became one of the most loved modern popstars.
This current decade has seen numerous record breaking popstars rise to fame. Due to music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, music is more accessible than it has ever been. Pop artists that have found success in this decade are Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Adele, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Ariana Grande, and BTS! Pop music continues to use elements of country, hip-hop, and rock to create a sound that almost anyone can enjoy. TicketNetwork has your access to all pop tickets. Whether you are a fan of Janet Jackson or Ariana Grande, TicketNetwork has the hookup. If you love music and dancing make sure to grab you pop tickets from TicketNetwork!
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