Popular music is music with wide appeal    that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. Art music was historically disseminated through the performances of written music , although since the beginning of the recording industry , it is also disseminated through recordings. Traditional music forms such as early blues songs or hymns were passed along orally, or to smaller, local audiences. The original application of the term is to music of the s Tin Pan Alley period in the United States. The song structure of popular music commonly involves repetition of sections, with the verse and chorus or refrain repeating throughout the song and the bridge providing a contrasting and transitional section within a piece. In the s, with songs and pieces available as digital sound files, it has become easier for music to spread from one country or region to another. Some popular music forms have become global, while others have a wide appeal within the culture of their origin. Scholars have classified music as "popular" based on various factors, including whether a song or piece becomes known to listeners mainly from hearing the music in contrast with classical music , in which many musicians learn pieces from sheet music ; its appeal to diverse listeners, its treatment as a marketplace commodity in a capitalist context, and other factors. Middleton and Manuel note that this definition has problems because multiple listens or plays of the same song or piece are not counted.
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The Rolling Stone Top is a song chart that ranks popular songs from today's most popular artists. Songs are ranked by Song Units, a number that combines audio streams and song sales using a custom weighting system. The song chart does not include any passive listening, such as terrestrial or digital radio. The Rolling Stone Top Song chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday. Beta Back to All Charts. Monthly Trend NEW! Song Units Weeks at 1 1.
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From Oxford University Press, through close studies of sixteen modern classics, musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding shift pop from the background to the foreground, illuminating the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs. Based on the critically acclaimed podcast that has broken down hundreds of Top 40 songs since , showing that pop music really does matter. With engaging discussions and eye-catching illustrations by Iris Gottlieb , every music lover—from fanatics to skeptics, teenagers to octogenarians, non-musicians to professional composers—will discover something ear-opening. Through close studies of sixteen modern classics, musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding shift pop from the background to the foreground, illuminating the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs. Despite the importance of pop music in contemporary culture, most discourse only revolves around lyrics and celebrity. Readers will find themselves listening to familiar tracks in new ways and not just those from the Top
Popular music , any commercially oriented music principally intended to be received and appreciated by a wide audience, generally in literate, technologically advanced societies dominated by urban culture. Unlike traditional folk music , popular music is written by known individuals, usually professionals, and does not evolve through the process of oral transmission. Historically, popular music was any non-folk form that acquired mass popularity—from the songs of the medieval minstrels and troubadours to those elements of fine-art music originally intended for a small elite audience but that became widely popular. After the Industrial Revolution , true folk music began to disappear, and the popular music of the Victorian era and the early 20th century was that of the music hall and vaudeville , with its upper reaches dominated by waltz music and operettas. In the United States, minstrel shows performed the compositions of songwriters such as Stephen Foster. In the s Tin Pan Alley emerged as the first popular song-publishing industry, and over the next half century its lyricism was combined with European operetta in a new kind of play known as the musical. Beginning with ragtime in the s, African Americans began combining complex African rhythms with European harmonic structures, a synthesis that would eventually create jazz.