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A sharp rhythmic accent on the second and fourth beats of a measure in 4/4 time, characteristic of rock music.


(Music, other) music the second and fourth beats of a bar written in even time or, in more complex time signatures, the last beat of the bar. Compare downbeat1, upbeat1



an accented secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.
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Noun1.backbeat - a loud steady beatbackbeat - a loud steady 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."
musical rhythm, rhythm, beat - the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"
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BACKBEAT, the 1994 Beatles film, has been adapted for the stage - and we have teamed up with the producers to offer five readers the chance to win tickets to see the world premiere of the play in Glasgow this month.
The 1994 flick Backbeat - the story of the early days of the Beatles in Hamburg, Germany - has now been adopted for the stage.