popular music

Definitions of popular music
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n any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)

Synonyms:
popular music genre
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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, pop music
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, folk music
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
hip-hop, rap, rap music
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, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock'n'roll, rock-and-roll
a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western
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
scat, scat singing
singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument
folk ballad, folk song, folksong
a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
schottische
music performed for dancing the schottische
C and W, country and western, country music
a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
gospel, gospel singing
folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)
square-dance music
music performed for square dancing
bebop, bop
an early form of modern jazz (originating around 1940)
boogie, boogie-woogie
an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)
cool jazz
jazz that is restrained and fluid and marked by intricate harmonic structures often lagging slightly behind the beat
funk
an earthy type of jazz combining it with blues and soul; has a heavy bass line that accentuates the first beat in the bar
hot jazz
jazz that is emotionally charged and intense and marked by strong rhythms and improvisation
modern jazz, neo jazz, new jazz
any of various styles of jazz that appeared after 1940
heavy metal, heavy metal music
loud and harsh sounding rock music with a strong beat; lyrics usually involve violent or fantastic imagery
art rock, progressive rock
a style of rock music that emerged in the 1970s; associated with attempts to combine rock with jazz and other forms; intended for listening and not dancing
acid rock, psychedelic rock
a musical style that emerged in the 1960s; rock music inspired by or related to drug-induced experience
punk, punk rock
rock music with deliberately offensive lyrics expressing anger and social alienation; in part a reaction against progressive rock
trad
traditional jazz as revived in the 1950s
jive, swing, swing music
a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
Type of:
genre, music genre, musical genre, musical style
an expressive style of music

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