popular music

noun

Definition of popular music

: music written and marketed with the intention of achieving mass distribution and sales now principally in the form of recordings Though many early pieces of popular music shared general features with classical music of the day, they were briefer and simpler, making fewer demands on both performer and listener. — Gregory D. Boothe et al., Musical Quarterly, Vol. 74 No. 3, 1990

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First Known Use of popular music

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Popular music.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popular%20music. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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