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Pop Music

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the Western world during the 1950s and 1960s as a softer alternative to 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).

Although pop music is seen as just the singles charts, it is not the sum of all chart music. Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music. Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure) as well as the common employment of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.

In essence the characteristics of pop music include an aim of appealing to a general audience, rather than to a particular sub-culture or ideology, and an emphasis on craftsmanship rather than formal "artistic" qualities.

Adam and the Ants

Adam and the Ants

Adam and the Ants were an English new wave band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The group existed from 1977 to 1982.

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Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

After initial success with the The Tourists, she and David A. Stewart achieved major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics.

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Beatles, The

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and widely regarded as the most influential acts of the rock era.

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Björk

Björk

Björk Guðmundsdóttir, (born 21 November 1965), known mononymously as Björk is an Icelandic singer-songwriter.

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Blondie

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Blur

Blur

Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The band helped establish the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK.

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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter & record producer best known for being the leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

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Chic

Chic

Chic is an American band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers & bassist Bernard Edwards.

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Cranberries, The

The Cranberries

The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who rose to international fame with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

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David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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Devo

Devo

Devo is an American rock band, formed in 1973 their music mingles science fiction themes, surrealist humor & satirical social commentary.

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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is the leading light in current popular music achieving unprecedeted success with his latest album 'Divide'

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century & the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

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Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine's style is described as 'dark, robust & romantic', a mix of "classic soul & midnight-on-the-moors English art rock.

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George Michael

George Michael

George Michael was one of the most influential and successful British pop musicians who sadly died on Christmas Day 2016

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Grace Jones is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel & record producer, known for her unique look as much as she is for her music.

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is a renowned musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter with The Smiths.

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Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell's songs drawing from folk, rock & jazz helped define a generation. She is regarded as one of the greatest ever songwriters

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Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Catherine Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, known for her eclectic and experimental music.

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Keith Moon

Keith Moon

Keith Moon, The Who’s celebrated original drummer was noted for his unique style & eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour.

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Kinks, The

The Kinks

The Kinks, an English rock band formed by brothers Ray & Dave Davies are regarded as one of the most nfluential rock groups of their era.

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La's, The

The La's

The La's were an English rock band from Liverpool, active from 1983 until 1992 and ronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Lee Mavers.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny" Kravitz's 'retro' style of music incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, pop, folk & ballads.

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Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher is best known as the charismatic, self-assured front man of Manchester Britpop band Oasis.

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Madness

Madness

Madness are an English band from Camden Town, London & one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s & early 80s 2 Tone ska revival.

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Madonna

Madonna

Madonna transcended the term 'pop star' into a global icon & is regarded as the most influential female recording artist of all time.

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Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist & poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor - often referred to as the 'King of Pop'.

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Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey is an English singer, songwriter & author, he rose to prominence as the lead singer of the indie rock band The Smiths.

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Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher is regarded as one of the UK’s most respected musicians and the mastermind behind Britpop super group Oasis.

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O.A.R.

O.A.R.

O.A.R. is an American rock, jam band founded in 1996 in Rockville, Maryland by lead vocalist Marc Roberge and drummer Chris Culos.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis were an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band have sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Paul Weller

Paul Weller

Paul Weller is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam.

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Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a member of the rock band The Who.

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Phil Collins

Phil Collins

Phil Collins is a world class drummer, songwriter & one of the defining voices of the 1980s, as both a solo artist and frontman for Genesis

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are currently getting set for the 'Their Mortal Remains' exhibition at the V&A - Check out our range of images for sale.

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Featured Prints

Foo Fighters (FOOF002AW)

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters backstage before a gig at the Student Union Bar, University of London Union in August 2002.

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Elton John (EJON001ABAL)

Elton John

Elton John at his rented house in Los Angeles prior to his career-defining sellout concerts at Dodger Stadium.

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Clash, The (CL001LR)

The Clash

Joe Strummer (lying on floor) & Mick Jones performing live onstage on their 'Sort It Out' Tour at the Paradiso, Amsterdam.

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Nirvana (NV001MG)

Nirvana

Nirvana photographed outside the Dalmacia Hotel in Shepherd's Bush, London on a cold October morning in 1990.

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Johnny Cash (CASH003DONH)

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash during a recording session at the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in New York City in October 1959.

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Oasis (OA029JF)

Oasis

At the time of Wonderwall Oasis not only sounded like The Beatles they looked like them too.

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Featured Artists

Squeeze

Squeeze

Squeeze are a British band formed in Depford, London in 1974 that came to prominence during the new wave period of the late 1970s.

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Blondie

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Beck

Beck

Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist.

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen (Nicknamed "The Boss") is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian.

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician who is usually known by the name "Van the Man" to his fans.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are currently getting set for the 'Their Mortal Remains' exhibition at the V&A - Check out our range of images for sale.

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Featured Collections

Morgan Howell Collection

Morgan Howell Collection

Artist Morgan Howell's paintings of record sleeves have become cult classics. We are delighted to introduce a range of his affordable prints

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Folk & Country Collection

Folk & Country Collection

Welcome to our Folk & Country Print Collection - iconic images of the world's greatest artists from the past 50 years

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Album Covers

Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable

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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Rockarchive Edition 100

Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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