back·​beat | \ ˈbak-ˌbēt How to pronounce backbeat (audio) \

Definition of backbeat

: a steady pronounced rhythm stressing the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure

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Recent Examples on the Web Some of Joyce’s more experimental rock-leaning influence is evident as Moore’s effects-laden vocals cruise along to a funky backbeat and sizzling lead guitar. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, "Kip Moore Celebrates His ‘Good Life’ in a Heavy Rocking New Song," 23 Apr. 2021 The original was a potent enough folk-rock tune, but for her solo rendition Kiah dialed up the amplifiers and turned it into a pulverizing number that weds blues and scuzzy alt-rock to a funky backbeat. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, "Amythyst Kiah Gets Defiant in Powerful ‘Black Myself’ Video," 17 Mar. 2021 Because time marches to its own backbeat, many riot grrrls are now riot moms, raising new generations of kids who have to invent their own rebellion. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Moxie Invokes Fierce, Riot Grrrl Spirit, Only to End in a Noncommittal Group Hug," 3 Mar. 2021 Pedestrians who walk down ramps and steps that zigzag to the lower level are amazed to find the musician behind the backbeat. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "'I hope my best drumming is done on the last day of my life,' says drummer who practices at the River Walk," 8 Feb. 2021 Drummer Taylor Hawkins, best known for his cavernous and thudding backbeat, creates a slippery groove with an intricate hi-hat pattern, one of several places on the record where his contributions shine. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Medicine at Midnight’ by Foo Fighters Review: Inviting More Genres to the Party," 25 Jan. 2021 All of this is present from the get-go in the title track, whose propulsive backbeat carries along a bevy of mixed emotions. Jack Butler, National Review, "An Ode to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs," 18 Aug. 2020 It’s some of the catchiest music Jackson created during the 1980s and comes with an industrial pop backbeat that’s tailor-made for the dance-floor and gravity-defying moves featured in the stunning video. cleveland, "100 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs of the 1980s," 12 Aug. 2020 The combination of Freddy Cole’s reedy voice and Lionel Cole’s chesty baritone made for a most appealing euphony, accompanied by Freddy Cole’s silvery pianism, Randy Napoleon’s buoyant guitar work and a chugging backbeat from the rest of the band. Howard Reich,, "Jazz Fest review: Freddy Cole evokes sweet memories of brother Nat King Cole," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of backbeat

1928, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Backbeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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