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popular music

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(Music, other) music having wide appeal, esp characterized by lightly romantic or sentimental melodies. See also pop2
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Noun1.popular music - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)popular music - any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
disco, disco music - popular dance music (especially in the late 1970s); melodic with a regular bass beat; intended mainly for dancing at discotheques
macumba - popular dance music of Brazil; derived from the practices of the macumba religious cult
pop music, pop - music of general appeal to teenagers; a bland watered-down version of rock'n'roll with more rhythm and harmony and an emphasis on romantic love
ethnic music, folk music, folk - the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
ballroom music, dance music, danceroom music - a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
jazz - a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
rap music, hip-hop, rap - genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged
R and B, rhythm and blues - a combination of blues and jazz that was developed in the United States by Black musicians; an important precursor of rock 'n' roll
rockabilly - a fusion of black music and country music that was popular in the 1950s; sometimes described as blues with a country beat
rock and roll, rock music, rock 'n' roll, rock-and-roll, rock'n'roll, rock - a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western; "rock is a generic term for the range of styles that evolved out of rock'n'roll."
reggae - popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar
skiffle - a style of popular music in the 1950s; based on American folk music and played on guitars and improvised percussion instruments
music genre, musical genre, musical style, genre - an expressive style of music
References in classic literature ?
It's the latest popular song," declared the phonograph, speaking in a sulky tone of voice.
That makes a popular song popular, and the time is coming when it will take the place of all other songs.
Then the president and the senate struck up in a tremendous voice the popular song "Yankee Doodle," while from the congress resounded the masculine tones of the "Marseillaise.
Taunts the beadle in shrill youthful voices with having boiled a boy, choruses fragments of a popular song to that effect and importing that the boy was made into soup for the workhouse.
Patient of toil, not to be disheartened by impediments and disappointments, fertile in expedients, and versed in every mode of humoring and conquering the wayward current, they would ply every exertion, sometimes in the boat, sometimes on shore, sometimes in the water, however cold; always alert, always in good humor; and, should they at any time flag or grow weary, one of their popular songs, chanted by a veteran oarsman, and responded to in chorus, acted as a never- failing restorative.
Scraps of popular songs were chorused with an enthusiasm which was a strange prelude to a scientific lecture, and there was already a tendency to personal chaff which promised a jovial evening to others, however embarrassing it might be to the recipients of these dubious honors.
By grouping these songs together for the first time, Walsh provides scholars with a starting point from which to further explore the ways in which popular song served as a medium to negotiate, perform, and experience the logics and ideologies of U.
net, Egyptian superstar Amr Diab 's "Matkhafeesh" (Don't be Afraid) and "Ana Mish Had'af" (I will not be Weak) were both written by Majdi, as well Asala Nasri's popular song "Mabaqash Ana" (It Wouldn't be Me).
the 1930s Taiwanese popular song, "Moonlight Sorrow": Taiwanese lyrics used by Yu-Xian Deng and
TheA Korean pop sensation Psy's song, after becoming viral all over the world, is now a popular song choice for funerals in China -- despite being anything but a funereal melody.
American popular song composers; oral histories, 1920s-1950s.
The US president and wife Michelle will hold the event at the White House on June 2 for the ex-Beatle, who will be awarded the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.