Popular music

A man playing the trumpet in front of an enthusiastic young audience in Austin. Photo by Andre Benz on Unsplash.

Popular music belongs to any of a number of musical genres “having wide appeal” and is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional music, which are typically disseminated academically or orally to smaller, local audiences. The original application of the term is to music of the 1880s Tin Pan Alley period in the United States.

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