Pop music is a subgenre of popular music . Pop music may be distinguished from classical or art music and from folk music but since the term spans many rock , hip hop , rhythm and blues (R&B), country , dance and operatic pop acts. It is reasonable to say that "pop music" is a loosely defined category.
Pop music is a music genre which began in the 1950s, and is music that is generally popular to a wide range of people. With the introduction of vinyl records in the 1930s, and later CDs ( Compact Discs ) in the 80s, recorded music became more widely available, as opposed to live music. Pop songs often make use of the 3-minute song to create hit records in the Pop Singles Charts. It uses melodies that are usually fairly predictable, and therefore appeal to many. Pop music is characterised by a heavy rhythmic element, and the use of electronic amplification, while the melody line may also be dominant, and refers to popular songs that people generally enjoy to sing. It is commercially and radio friendly, readily accessible, memorable and easily marketable, often with a catchy chorus. It draws from a wide range of musical influences from pop/rock, R & B, country, soul, rock, jazz, folk and more.