Pop music history
Published on: Mar 6, 2016
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History of Pop
About pop music
• Pop is an abbreviation of ‘popular’. The type of music that is popular
changes over time with the popular fashion and trends.
• Some say the genre pop was created in the 1950s originating from
Rock and Roll. However it could be a creation of the 20th century
and only came about because of the rise in radios.
• Pop music is described as unforgettable, commercially friendly and
marketable, including vocals, lyrics, and instruments creating a
catchy chorus or verse.
• 1954-Elvis Presley, known as the king of Rock and Roll. Was one of
the best-selling solo artists in the history of Pop music. When Evlis
was 13 years old his music career began. In 1954, he started to
work with Sam Phillips who was the owner of ‘Sun Records’.
• Late 1950s- English rock group ‘The Beatles’ who were known in the
decade 1960-70, this decade was dominated by The Beatles with
their first single ‘Love Me Do’ released in 1962.
• 1958-In this year Michael Jackson and Madonna were born, these
are two of the most famous people in the pop industry so far.
• The "British Invasion” was the name given to the period of time in
the 60s. During this many British rock bands and pop artists found
mainstream success in the USA and also worldwide.
• The Beatles broke into the US music scene in 1963, but only
became very popular in 1964 after appearing on the Ed Sullivan
Show and after the release of their first single.
• According to Mademan.com, the biggest selling artist in the 70s was
Elvis Presley, even though he passed away in 1977 the following top
10 after Elvis, in order were Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond,
Chicago, The Rolling Stones, Bee Gees, John Denver, Paul
McCartney, and Bob Dylan.
• The Beatles released their final album ‘Let it Be’ in 1970. But other
bands emerged like Blondie who topped the charts in 1979 with
‘Heart of Glass’.
• The Jackson 5’s ‘ABC’ was released in 1970 this starting Michael
Jacksons career giving him the title of ‘King of Pop’.
• The 80s introduced dance music and new wave.
• The 80s saw a rise in digital recording .
• 80s stars such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Rick Astley and
• Madonna was the most successful women in the 80s, her videos
were always shown on MTV.