stylistic origins: Pop, Rock
cultural origins: 1960s, Great Britian and United States
sub-genres: 8
artists listed: 2,382
albums: 20,507
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stylistic origins: Pop, Rock
cultural origins: 1960s, Great Britian and United States

Pop rock is a hybrid of pop and rock music that uses a guitar-based catchy pop style with light lyrics. There are varying definitions of the term, ranging from an "upbeat variety of rock music" to a subgenre of pop music.

Pop and rock are usually depicted as opposites; the detractors of pop often deride it as a slick, commercial product along with advocates of rock who claim that rock music is a more authentic and sincere form of music. Nevertheless, pop rock has gained mainstream popularity worldwide since the 1960s with songs from artists such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, Everly Brothers, Rod Stewart, Chicago and Peter Frampton.

The categorisation of groups as "pop rock" is subjective, and music critics and journalists have differing opinions on which category a band should be placed in. Billboard magazine considers the pop/rock performers or groups from the 1990s to include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Ace of Base and Whitney Hoston.

In more recent years, artists such as Shakira, Robbie Williams, pop punkers Blink-182, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, The Jonas Brothers, P!nk, Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, Tokio Hotel and Demi Lovato have also been listed under the pop rock category by Billboard magazine.

This description is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses materials from the Wikipedia article "Pop rock".

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