Pop (an abbreviation of the word “popular”) music exists for mass-market appeal. Ideally, the intention of pop music is to achieve instant memorability. Most pop music is developed from a well-structured combination of repetitive melody and lyric lines (referred as “hooks”) that convey messages of varying importance. Pop is even more chameleon-like than rock in the way it can exist in e seemingly endless array of styles while maintaining its essential structural qualities. Generaly pop’s spiritual home is Top 40 and middle-of-the-road adult radio formats.
Alhough pop is rarely more than a fairly pleasant diversion, at its best it can possess powerful sentiment and melodic invention that transcend mere craftsmanship; consider, for example, a deceptively simple song like the Beatles “Yesterday”. Exaples: Bread, the Carpenters, Neil Diamond, Michael Bolton, Art Garfunkel, Lionel Richie, Sade, Simply Red, Dione Warwick, and Swing Out Sister.
Pop rock is description is applied to a commercially accessible blend or pop song craftsmanship and production values, which still incorporates elements of rock’s immediacy. Artists who have delved into this approach include: Bon Jovi, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, the Guess Who, Extreme, and World Party.
1. "All Music Guide. The Best CD's, Albums & Tapes. The Expert's guide to the best releases from thousands of artists in all types of Music". Edited by Michael Erlewine, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra. Publisher: Miller Freeman Books, ISBN 0-87930-331-X. p. 9-10Pop Rock bands starting with 'A': 22 bands in database
|Ace Flash and the Dynamos (United Kingdom)||Adam and the Ants (United Kingdom)||Adam Ant (United Kingdom)||Afterglow (United States)||Age (United Kingdom)||Air Supply (Australia)||Alto (Germany)||Amen Corner (United Kingdom)||Andwella (United Kingdom)||Andwella's Dream (United Kingdom)||Andy Fraser Band (United Kingdom)||Any Trouble (United Kingdom)||Apple (United Kingdom)||Argent (United Kingdom)||Ariesta Birawa Group (Indonesia)||Arrows (United Kingdom)||Audience (United Kingdom)||Axiom (Australia)||Axis Point (United Kingdom)||Die Anderen (Germany)||Eric Burdon and the Animals (United Kingdom)||Gregg Allman Band (United States)|
|Adam Ant||Al||Andre Santos||Angry Anderson||Art Ayre||Börje Andersson||Barry Allen||Barry Alton||Bill Albaugh||Bob Avery||Bruce Abbott||Carmine Appice||Chris Andrews||Colin Allen||Dave Allen||David Altham||Derek Austin||Dieter Ahrendt||Doug Aldrich||Duane Allman||Ella Avery||Felix Ayala||Fernando Ayala||Finn John Andresen||Francisco Aguabella||Frank Aiello||Franklyn De Allie||George Alexander||Gregg Allman||Guy Allison||Herbie Armstrong||Jeff Allen||Jerry Aiello||Jim Alciver||Jim Armstrong||Jimmy Alaimo||John Anderson||John Annas||John Anthony||Johnny Almond||Jon Anderson||José "Chepito" Areas||Keith Airey||Kevin Ayers||Larry Alexander||Laurie Arthur||Leif Andersson||Lindsay Askew||Mary Azzopardi||Matthew Ashman||Mel Austin||Michael Anthony||Paul Arnold||Paul Atkinson||Peter Arnesen||Phil Allen||Raúl Aguirre||Ray Arnott||Rob Alderton||Rob Askew||Rod Argent||Rolf Antener||Roy Austin||Signe Toly Anderson||Skip Alan||Slick Aguilar||Sortiris Arnis||Steve "Beast" Ansell||Steve Alexander||Ted Atkinson||Tim Ayers||Tommy Aldridge||Tommy Anthony||William Ash||Willy Andersen|
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