Abrieviated from word ‘popular’
Commercially recorded music – often aimed at youth audience.
Hatch & millward define pop as “body of music distinguishable from jazz and folk”
“pop song” was first recorded – 1926 and was a piece of music with a sinse of poularity.
In Britain it came around in the 1950’s – as a description for rock and roll with a mix of youth styles.
The beatles, abba, rolling stones etc
1960’s pop music was described as music with a beat.
Musicologists often identify the following characteristics as typical of the pop music genre:
Appealing to a genre audience, rather than to a particular sub-culture
Emphasis on recording, production, and technology, over live performance.