‘Popular’ Music

‘Popular music’ is the broadest and as the name would suggest most popular genre of music today. The term ‘Popular Music’ was first used in the 19th century but it is the twentieth century that has seen the most developments in popular music., the technology it uses and the media it is conveyed in

   The start of ‘Pop Music’ is generally thought to have been in the 1950’s with the advent of Rock ‘n’ Roll. This is when music was first really brought to a mass audience watching on television. By the end of the 1950’s over half the population owned a television. Millions more than at the start of the decade. Popular bands were made ‘popular’ because they were being brought to the masses.

  The 1960’s saw a broadening in ‘popular music’  with TV shows such as ‘Top of The Pops’ showing a selection of hits from the top 40 of the singles chart. This use of the media brought most styles of music that were popular to a mass audience.

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  Later in the 1970’s and 80’s pop magazines were introduced. Some such as ‘Smash Hits!’ were aimed at the younger early teen end of the market while others such as ‘NME’ or ‘New Musical Express’ were aimed at older more refined music fans to popular music. The late 1980’s saw a flurry of new popular music magazines, many of which are still popular today, rock magazine ‘Kerrang!’ being a leading example.

  I believe that the 1990’s has seen a ‘dumbing-down’ of some magazines such as ‘Smash Hits!’. Now aimed at an even younger possibly pre-teen audience it is ...

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