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. 31990

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First Known Use of popular music

1906


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