cultural origins: Mid 1950s, United States
sub-genres: 12
artists listed: 1,324
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Vocal/Standards

cultural origins: Mid 1950s, United States

Traditional pop (also known as classic pop or standards) music denotes, in general, Western (particularly American) popular music that either wholly predates the advent of rock and roll in the mid 1950s, or to any popular music which exists concurrently to rock and roll but originated in a time before the appearance of rock and roll, and its offshoots, as the dominant commercial music of the United States and Western culture. The term “pop standards” is used to denote the most popular and enduring songs from this style of music. More generally, the term “standard” can be used to describe any popular song that has become very widely known within mainstream culture.

The genre was embodied by a remarkable and diverse group of singers, writers and style-makers. Jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Paul Whiteman first popularised jazz music among a diverse audience.

The distinction between pop standards and the broader popular music of the aforementioned time period lies in an enduring appeal of the greatest of these songs long after being "chart hits", although methods for measuring commercial appeal changed greatly over the course of the 20th century. The songs of classic pop may also be said to possess certain ineffable qualities, including but not limited to an easy-to-remember melody, along with witty and charming lyrics. The greatest of the classic pop writers achieved this with regularity, such as "Learning the Blues" by Dolores Silver and "Willow Weep for Me" by Ann Ronell.

Many contemporary performers have worked in the style of classic pop, including Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, John Pizzarelli, Karrin Allyson, Madeleine Peyroux, Jane Monheit, Maude Maggart, as well as those known as cabaret singers such as Andrea Marcovicci and Bobby Short.

This description is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses materials from the Wikipedia article "Traditional pop music".

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