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MG111 – Pop Music

Lesson Outcomes

  • Tell the origin of Pop Music is
  • Mention some characteristics of Pop Music
  • Explain the structure of Pop Music
  • State how Pop Music is distributed

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Origin of Pop Music

Emerged in the 1950s and 1960s and became very popular in the U.S. and U.K.

Characteristics of Pop Music

Encompassed Rock and Roll with youthful style; Danceable

Duration of Pop Music

Usually 2.5 to 3 min length.

Structure of Pop Music

Often with a verse – chorus structure; including repeated choruses and hooks.

Distribution of Pop Music

Emphasis on recording, production and technology, rather than live performances.

Comparison of Pop Music and Other Genres

Shorter durations and shorter lyrics as compared to other genres such as Hip Pop.

Mop Music Artists

Secular Pop Music Artists

  • Michael Jackson
  • Whitney Houston
  • Beyonce
  • The Beatles
  • Taylor Swift
  • Elvis Presley
  • Mariah Carey
  • Adele
  • Justin Bieber
  • Madonna
  • Rihanna
  • Britney Spears
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Selena Gomez
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Chris Brown

Gospel Pop Artists

  • Donnie McClurkin
  • Deitrick Haddon
  • Kim Burrel
  • Yolanda Adams
  • Fred Hammond
  • Bebe Winans
  • Cece Winans
  • Kirk Franklin

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