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What is Pop Rock?
It is tough to define pop rock because of its many variations. While in some places it has been described as a slower and mellower form of rock music, it has also been termed as a subgenre of pop music. It has also been explained as a music genre which mixes a catchy pop style of light lyrics, in its (typically) guitar-based rock songs.
Essentially pop rock is the fusion of pop music with rock. But unlike rock, pop appeals to a wider audience. It can be described as music having catchy lyrics with a focus on record making and craftsmanship.
Having a broader appeal, pop rock was readily embraced by the masses in America as well as Europe as soon as it surfaced. It has changed faces over the years and all have enjoyed its share of fans. The genre has produced some of the biggest artists and bands that the music industry has known. Classics produced by these artists have been enjoyed by pop and rock fans world over. Whenever these big names perform, there is a maddening rush for pop rock tickets.
Pop Rock Finds Its Roots in Rock ‘n’ Roll
Pop Rock can be traced back to the 1950s with its roots entwined with rock ‘n’ roll; therefore its history cannot be separated from it. Early rock ‘n’ roll was the fusion of country and blues only. Rock music meant music with energy and catchy hooks. It came to be associated with rebellion and music for the youth exclusively. It met a lot of criticism as well because of the nature of music which was ‘anti-social’ and ‘over-sexual’ at times. The older generation wasn’t keen to accept it but the tide was unstoppable.
Early Pop Rock in the 50s
For a few years rock ‘n’ roll was recognized for having a particular sound and with that sound emerged a specific image of the genre. But this didn’t last for long. Pop rock started taking shape after the rock ‘n’ roll era reached its peak. It was after 1955 that the pop elements started to infiltrate the genre. The industry was more open to new music now.
Gradually the definition of rock expanded to include everything from Chuck Berry’s hammering, three-chord rockers to the catchy music of the Beatles. Social issues also began to be raised through music and that set the stage for the pop rock bands of the 60s and 70s.
Early 1950s charts were dominated by rock ‘n’ roll songs. Rockers such as Little Richard and Jerry Lew Lewis were popular for their wild piano performances. The key instrument that contributed to rock ‘n’ roll’s evolution was the electric guitar. Singers such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry became popular for their use of bass and guitar. Chuck Berry was a big name then. John Lennon says about him:
“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” Songs such as Bye Bye Love by Everly Brothers and Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley were loved by the teenagers of that age.
Pop Rock Becomes More Defined in the 60s
Definition of rock slowly broadened as the genre started to push boundaries. Rock musicians also began to stress on craftsmanship and lyrics. After the heavy rock ‘n’ roll craze came a preference towards a smoother sound that was in some parts similar to rock but still very different. One can say that it was a lighter version of rock with more emphasis on beats and songwriting.
Pop rock slowly began to emerge with the focus being on melody. It started emphasizing on making memorable songs that would instantly hook the listeners. For commercial purposes, not only was the music targeting a larger audience but also focused more on record-making.
Eventually rock diversified and turned into pop rock with several new sub-categories like folk rock, soul, surf, psychedelic, hard rock and the British Invasion.
Elvis Presley’s Rockabilly
“Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.” – Elvis Presley
This is the philosophy that inspired Elvis Presley to make the music he did. He came up with a version of rock that came to be known as “rockabilly.” His music was catchy and had hints of rock. His sexually charged performances became the new rage. He became an American icon with his unique rock style that inspired many. Some of the noteworthy names who sported a rockabilly style include Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly.
Beatles were loved for their individual personalities and their mellow pop rock music that became a part of popular culture. Their clever fusion of pop love songs and sweet harmonies had catchy elements, with a hint of rebelliousness that caught on with the masses. Beatles dominated the record charts throughout the 60s. They gave six top 10 albums of the decade and 21 of the decades’ top 100 singles. Elvis Presley gave nine of the decade’s top 100 singles and four of the decades’ top 100 albums.
Fun Facts about Pop Rock
- “Pop” comes from the word popular.
- The word pop was first used in 1926 to refer to music with a popular appeal.
- Pop music is one of the few genres that are accepted worldwide.
- There is no specific definition for pop music because the genre of pop is constantly changing.
- The Beatles developed a music contract that stated that they would not play in front of segregated audiences.
- Elvis recorded more than 600 songs but wrote none of them.
- Chuck Berry aspired to be a professional photographer and only got into music so that he could buy photography equipment.
Best 20 Pop Rock Bands & Artists
Many pop rock bands came and went over the last few decades, each bringing their own style and adding to the genre. These bands/artists are the reason why pop concert tickets sell hot and it is these packed houses that make their performances memorable.
Listed below are some of the best pop rock acts who have made their mark in the industry and given the fans unforgettable and inspiring songs. Some of these were termed as rock bands and some pop but all of them have been great.
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
- The Who
- Michael Jackson
- Elvis Presley
- Pink Floyd
- Def Leppard
- Bryan Adams
- Bruce Springsteen
- Fleetwood Mac
- The Everly Brothers
- Maroon 5
- Bon Jovi
- The Beach Boys
- Elton John
- Billy Joel
All these artists have proven their worth by selling out rock music tickets to their concerts. Their high grossing concerts and chart success is a testament to the popularity of pop rock, which is definitely here to stay.