Music soothes the mind. In fact, music, even in olden days appealed the audience and it does so even now. Music is a wide term. Hence, it can be categorized into a number of genres in many a different ways. Basically, a music genre is a particular category of music which has sounds or notes unique to it that can be distinguished from other types of music.
But, due to the varied purpose that each genre of music has and the varied points of view through which they are created, this categorization of music is very often considered illogical and controversial. Often it is seen that closely related genres seem to overlap. That is why; such generic classification of music is not good and this type of categorization sets boundaries and limitation for music. This in a way hampers the smooth development of music.
That is why; the popular music belongs to a wide range of musical genre that has a wide appeal. Thus, popular music generally refers to all those different styles of music that can be easily accessible to the general public and that can be distributed, broadcasted or even advertised by one or more forms of mass media.
Popular music is also made in order to make a profit. That is why; the popular music artists have an appeal throughout the world irrespective of culture, caste or creed. The popular music is the most marketed form of music. Most of the commercial radio stations, commercial music retailers and even the common departmental stores seem to have popular music.
In fact, the popular music artists use their songs in movies and even in television shows for commercial viability. In this respect, popular music and pop music seems to merge. It may seem that pop music is abbreviated from popular music, but this is not the case. In fact, pop music has a wide appeal of its own.
Pop music is also commercially recorded music but it is generally targeted towards the youth market. Pop music as a genre is in particular associated with the rock and roll. Being distinctly different from jazz and folk music, pop music artists list is varied. Being a softer alternative of the rock and roll style, the pop music usually aims towards the singles chart and not the sum total of all the charts.
Originating in Britain in the mid 1950s, the pop music artists list includes such legends as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Carpenters, ABBA who rocked the world with their immortal songs between 1960s and 1970s. Frank Sinatra who started off quite early as 1935 continued till the 1990s. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John, Bryan Adams, Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, the Bee Gees, George Michael, Lionel Ritchie Michael Bolton all started off their careers in and around the 1970s and have till now continued to entertain a wide variety of audience throughout the world. The more recent stars of the late 1990s like Maria Carey, Robbie Williams, Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera, Destinys Child, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Britney Spears have till date entertained and continue to do so for even a decade or more.