Pop Music Post * Due by 8am on September 18, 2014

Link to (or embed) two pop songs you like in the comments.  What is “pop music”? That’s partly up to you – and definitely mention in your post why you think the songs you posted qualify as “pop.”

Here’s the twist: ONE of the songs has to have been released before you were born – because part of what we’ll be talking about this week is the history of pop.

I was pretty ambivalent about Beyonce’s 2013 album (I know, I know), but I think “Flawless” is interesting mostly for its use of a clip from a lecture by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, who is one of my favorite contemporary authors. The clip includes Adiche discussing her definition of the idea of “feminism,” which is an interesting thing to drop into a pop song.  And yes – Beyonce is “pop” in the sense of the word referring to “popular” (which is ONE definition of pop music).  Beyonce sold  over 600,000 copies in its first WEEK with absolutely no pre-promotion.  This was completely unheard of in the music industry, and as we’ll discuss next week, there’s probably not another artist alive who could get away with dropping an album online-only with no promotion.

The second song is from 1941 – a version of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Besides being a great song, I love this version because it’s an early version of “cross-promotion” – the song appears in the film, so people who see the movie hear the song, and the song itself promotes the film Buck Privates, plus of course the entire combo is a tie-in to awareness of WWII and support of the troops.  In spite of its heavy blues influence, I think this still qualifies as pop music – it’s short, catchy, and uses a verse-chorus-verse structure; it has mass appeal and is pleasurable to listen to… at least, I think so.


25 Responses to “Pop Music Post * Due by 8am on September 18, 2014”

  1. When the Jonas Brothers first came out I must admit I was a fan. I loved everything about them. I thought that they made nice songs and the lyrics were exciting, fun and catchy. When the Jonas Brothers first came out I know a lot of other girls that were my age were singing all of their songs and going crazy about them. I think everything about the Brothers made them pop stars and there music backed it up. Now that I am older I do not believe that I would react the same way like I did when I was younger mainly because “pop-music” has changed somewhat .

    The next song has to be the classic THILLER by Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was one of the biggest stars that made pop music what it is today. Michael Jackson Thiller was a big hit at the time and came out right when Michael decided he wanted a solo career. The love that people have for this song and all the recognition that Michael received for this song is why I think it shows great meaning of what GREAT pop music is. This song is liked by nearly everyone and if someone was to say that they didn’t like Michael based off all the controversy that he was in can’t take away the fact that he was a extraordinary artist.

  2. Not much of what I listen to would classify under the current genre of pop, but instead would fit more under the “popular” definition.There are a few exceptions. For example, 21 Pilots is an alt-pop band that I just recently started to enjoy. They are a nice blend of several influences including punk, electronica, rap

    Megadeth was formed by a former guitarist of Metallica. Their first album released in 1986. That album was entitled “Peace sells..But who’s buying” The song which the album was named after is my favorite song by Megadeth. It really is a mix between metal and pop music. Part of the reason I love this song because of the meaning in the lyrics, and that it was released during the Cold War makes the lyrics that more meaningful.

  3. While looking for the top pop song I ran into this song Chandelier by Sia. At first I love the performance of Maddie Ziegler and chose to pay a little more attention to the artist and the song. It starts with drums beating on the background and finger/drum sticks snapping. Often her voice is use in a crossover and where there is a large echo. I came to the conclusion that. “pop songs” are written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as the common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and catchy hooks. generally short-to-medium length songs is better. I can tell the main goal is usually that of being pleasurable to listen or dance.

    As we all know pop music derived from Black & White Rock n Roll. This song is filled with sweet harmonies. I love the guitar and I wish I knew how to play it. The vocal quality sounds so natural and not like now-a-days it’s composed different. I notice that the sounds fade away and comes back and it’s because technology wasn’t the best back then.

  4. This video is from Cyndi Lauper “Girls just want to have fun” I think this video can be consider pop music because it was very popular when it came out. It also shows a really good advance in technology and in society itself.

    This video is from one of the most recent song’s of the artist Taylor Swift, it’s call “Shake it off” this music video is very fun to watch, is catchy and entertaining. it has a lot of repetition, and chorus. This song is really popular right now.

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgZ7gMze7A Sang by George michael in 1984.I just love the way this song grabs my attention and especially as he hits the high note of the chorus.”i wanna hit that hiiiiiiiiigh..

  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Wlz6mTyiMZc done by Elton John in 1980. He being a pianist adds flavor to the song from the way he plays it.Their is also combination of the guitar, and the drums that makes music lovely.

  7. The song that I chose as my favorite pop culture song of its time is, “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey, an American singer and songwriter. It was released in 2005 when I was 9 years old. I feel as if this song constructed the image and the sounds of what love “should be.” My way of interpreting love, is because of this song. The paino and the back beat make up the melody. The lyrics of the song and the video has made me believe that true love exist and that I have to fight for it. This idea that Mariah shares with me is so powerful that I base my love life standards on this type of “true love.” I am a romantic and I believe that true love exists because of this song and others like it. In the video it shows that she has the courage to chose between someone who is young and that she loves and makes her happy rather than someone who she is probably expected to marry because he has money, which can be more power. Cough cough “classism.” which ironically I think is funny, because I am the working poor.

  8. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0nMQLZVZ-_E


    The first two songs are songs I wouldn’t listen to on the regular basics yet I consider them pop music because I believe that people even though they were born in the 90’s still know who sings these songs. They might not know any other songs from either one of the examples I gave but I believe they have heard at least once or twice one of the first two.


    The third one I picked was because I love Mariah Carry and I like this song from her and it was some thing from before I was born. Somehow till this day I can say I like her music even though I am 20 almost 21 and her music to this day is touching to me.

  9. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0nMQLZVZ-_E


    The first two songs are songs I wouldn’t listen to on the regular basics yet I consider them pop music because I believe that people even though they were born in the 90’s still know who sings these songs. They might not know any other songs from either one of the examples I gave but I believe they have heard at least once or twice one of the first two.


    This third one I pick was because I love Chris brown, and not for his looks but for his music. There is not one song I can say I don’t like from him. Even after the whole incident with Rihanna I still enjoyed his music

  10. mdgutierrez Says:

    Currently my favorite pop song is “Baliando” by Enrique Iglesias. My favorite pop song that came out before I was born is “Pump The Jam”. By Technotronic. Growing up my dad was a big music junkie and loved Techno music, he would always play this song when I was a kid. I consider these songs “Pop” music because they make me get up and dance! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9EcjWd-O4jI

  11. The late Luther Vandross was one of my favorite artists when it came to R & B songs.I happen to like most of his songs especially ‘Here and Now’ a 1989 song which was a single from his compilation album ‘The Best of Love’.

    I also like ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction also know as 1D an English-Irish boy band which reached number one on the UK Single Charts,was released in September 2011.

    I think these two songs qualify as pop songs because they both bare the traits of what pop music constitutes of such as the lyrics are simple and speak of universal experiences and feelings,they are short and melodic,they have catchy hooks and are enjoyable,they aim to appeal to a wide audience and also have dance oriented rhythms.

  12. The 2pac song is consider pop because it was popular back in the day because at that time gangster rap was at it’s highest point.

    • I think tupac was sterotyped into a gangster, which led him to compose songs that were true to him and other people who could connect with him. I think he was killed with bad intentions to prevent people on being who they want to be. This also reminds me of a sad story that my friends and I all share about the way my friend committed suicide, which I think somehow all ties in this.

    • Eminem is also pretty awesome, but unlike tupac he is white which I think speaks on racism. Like how come a white guy can get out of the “ghetto”, but a black guy has to die for also speaking about rising through his struggle? It is a controversial issues, yes, but for the same reason it is ignored. It sad to know that speaking up for things can kill me but yet I believe it is better to talk about it then to leave things unchallenged or unquestioned.

  13. It was very difficult for me to choose a song. However, one song that has recently been stuck in my head is “The Cup Song (When I’m Gone).” The way Anna Kendrick does the beat of the song with a solo cup along with the clapping is awesome! I want to learn how to do it, but I’m not that talented.

    I would have to say my favorite song of all time is “FreeBird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I first heard it on a VH1 special about the band. Later on it was in the movie, The Devil’s Rejects. This song was a huge hit in the 70s. It starts as a ballad with the piano, then the upbeat with the drums. And when the guitar solo begins (the best part), I get goosebumps all over. This is a song I never get tired of, its “popular” in my books. 🙂

  14. This next song that I chose is actually also really special. I have also allowed it to construct my life and my love for different cultures, out side of my own. The stage name of the composer to this piece is, Perez Prado, the first name is the paternal family name and the second is his maternal family name, which is something we Latinos like to do, because we like to keep the identity of both out father and mother. He is Cuban, but he directed his Orchestra in Mexico, where he was really popular in the 1950’s where his music came out and was promoted in Mexican movies like the one in this video. The silly guy in the video is a very loved and special icon for us Mexicans, his stage name is, Cantinflas and he earned his foray to Holywood. The scary thing that I found out, mostly because it is something that affects me through “racism”, is that when I was in Mexico the youtube video had a lot of comments from various Latinos, and here in the United States, it has been blocked out, and with the things that I have learned in my Chicano Literature class is this separation that is purposely going on in various countries, which means we as Latinos will eventually lose our culture if we do nothing about it, which I think it is really sad. I am so glad I shared this part of my life with you, because of this kind of music, my father and I can relate, even though he has a lot of “Macho” ideals, I Love him for connecting me to the rhythm and dancing style to this music that I just love moving my hips to. Make sure you notice Cantiflas innocence toward this woman that sees to intimidate him, yet he uses his comic relief to show he is genuinely trying to be himself in a way he can love himself, which is something I also see in my dad that he has passed on to me. So once again music to me is this connection toward other people outside of my own and a reminder to myself to keep my traditions alive here in America which Mexico is also apart of, but it is something that is ignored.

  15. m.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4isv_Fylg

    One of my favorites pop song in a while it’s Coldplays Paradise, I have always been a huge Coldplay fan so it was no surprise that I instantly liked this song. The first song that really got me was Coldplays Viva La Vida I can listen to song anytime along with Paradise.


    For my Old School Song I would have to pick Elton John’s Daniel, I like this song because it feels very chilled and also just love the piano.

  16. I don’t really have a “favorite” song, but I do have a few that I enjoy listening to. I’m not the type of guy that remembers song lyrics just by listening to them a few time on the radio or in my phone and specially if they song has no meaning behind it. I find myself drawn to song that have somewhat of a story to them, I feel as if I’m listening to a short movie, in four minutes or less. Also if the artist when performing the song sounds like it has a personal and emotional attachment to it, I’m attracted even more. Bruno mars in my opinion always sounds like he pours out his feelings in his song and “it will rain” is a perfect example of that. His song is catchy and it mentions something that we can all relate to loves and break ups.

    My second is one that we all know or have heard in on point in our lives….. “Eye of the tiger” by Survivor. If you don’t recognize it by the name once you hear it you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m sure this song qualifies as pop music, meaning it’s popular, I would eve go as far as to say that this song is iconic. I believe this is the underdog theme song. Every time I listen to this song rocky comes to mind and for some reason I just feel like running until I can’t run anymore…..but I usually just sit there and sing along with it.

  17. In class i learned a lot about Pop Music because before i thought that it was only music that was hip and in style in that moment in time. But i’m not sure what is considered pop music? maybe my songs that i chose could be considered pop music, because of the length that they are.

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