Pop has his own specific genre of music. It often incorporates a number of musical elements that may include country, dance, hip, hop and rock. Light rock and pop music are two of the most used words to describe this genre of music. It can be traced throughout its history dating back 76 years or more. In the 50s, some of its most famous musical works include Bill Haley and His Comets, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra. In the 1960s, several artists included Frankie Avalon, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Sonny and Cher, Aretha Franklin, and The Beatles. The 70s saw dance floors and rock combined during this decade, including some favorites such as Earth, Wind and fire, The Jackson Five, Rod Steward, ABBA, Donna Summer, Elton John and Billy Joel.
As you can see, pop music continues to grow in different ways with different artists, which enables it to become one of the most searched music genres ever. Of course the ’80s and earlier really didn’t differ much. In the decades when pop was considered the king of music, we must mention Michael Jackson and Madonna. Of course, they were not the only ones who defined pop music in the 1980s. Apart from them, we also remember George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Tiffany, Cher, Phil Collins, The Eurythmics and The Go-Gos.
In the 90s, pop began to incorporate elements of the R & B genre, which must include stars like TLC, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Brandy. However, the influence of rock remained with singers like Jewel, Nirvana, Eric Clapton, Tori Amos and Madonna. Of course, we can’t forget other 90s favorites like NSYNC, Ricky Martin, New Kids on Block, Willa Ford and Britney Spears.
Pop music today has a significant influence from the development of recording technology. Electronic music plays and digital recordings are intrusive and are extremely important in pop music, yet it is still the best seller today.
However, in a change from the mainstream, Adele’s “Someone Like You” from 2011 became the first song with only piano and vocals to reach number one on the US pop charts. In 2014, with her 1989 album, Taylor Swift became the most popular country music performer ever to record an album entirely pop music. Hip-hop continues to play an important role in mainstream pop music with Drake emerging as one of the top pop artists of 2016.