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AoS 3 Popular music in context

The term popular music (pop music) is used to describe any style of music which is not classical or serious music. It’s music that has been composed to appeal to the wider population who have little or no music training or knowledge.

In order to appeal pop music has catchy melodies, riffs, a strong bass line, a memorable structure that is not too long and a typical combination of instruments. Repetition is a major factor in making the music easy to remember. Popular pieces are usually quite short often lasting less than five minutes. (Some classical pieces can take a few hours to perform!)

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