Pop music (a term that derives from "popular") is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the Western world during the 1950s and 1960s, deriving from rock and roll. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular (and can include any style).
- ... And this is the origin of pop music: it's a professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music as well.
- The attitude to sexual love in the "pop" song is so ugly and mechanical as to seem schizoid, and psychopathological. Exposed as they are to such powerful cultural statements, young people are being encouraged to forfeit genuine commitment in love in favour of depersonalised sexual activity, with an undercurrent of violence, and to take false solutions in which they must deny their deepest needs, by hate.
- Pop music is probably the only art form that is totally dependent for its success on the general public. The more people buy a record, the more successful it is — not only commercially but artistically.
- Manfred Mann, quoted in The Sociology of Rock (1978) by Simon Frith
- Pop music can't be described, but quantified.
- Mattia Coluccia, 5 Steps Through Madness, from Dbl Long Island Session (2010)