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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.

Close up shot of Annie Lennox, Eurythmics photographed in London in 1983 by Brian Aris

Annie Lennox

Stunning shot taken in 1983 of Annie Lennox wearing a striking make-up style that was originally created by artist Sue Mann

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Beatles, The (TB001BG)

The Beatles

John Lennon in New York City in 1974, this was during the period when he recorded 'Walls and Bridges'.

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Beatles, The (TB001MPUT)

The Beatles

John Lennon and Yoko Ono In the White Room in Ascot, 1971 where the classic video clip for ‘Imagine’ was shot

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Beatles, The (TB001WHIT)

The Beatles

This iconic 'Umbrella' image of The Beatles was taken in Scotland in 1964 on the banks of Loch Earn.

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Beatles, The (TB003BW)

The Beatles

John Lennon & Yoko Ono in the kitchen of their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, UK in 1971, taken after an on-site press interview.

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Beatles, The (TB004WHIT)

The Beatles

The Beatles having fun at Cliveden House whilst taking a break from filming the comedy, Help in May 1965.

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Beatles, The (TB005WHIT)

The Beatles

Iconic photo of John Lennon with a flower in his eye, fondly known as 'Adoration'.

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Beatles, The (TB006WHIT)

The Beatles

A very relaxed looking John Lennon taken by photographer Robert Whitaker at his studio in London.

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Björk (BJ004JF)

Björk

Björk captured in 1995 by Jill Furmaovsky

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Blondie (BL001MAGO)

Blondie

Photo shoot for Telegraph Sunday Magazine used on Parallel Lines picture disc, taken in New York in 1978.

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Debbie Harry reclining on a chair in her New York apartment in 1988

Blondie

Debbie Harry reclining on a chair in her New York apartment in 1988. Her portrait by Andy Warhol is resting on a radiator in the background.

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Chic (CH001JF)

Chic

All four members of Chic cannot help but groove to the same beat. Taken by Jill Furmanovsky at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.

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David Bowie (DB001ALBY)

David Bowie

David Bowie posing in Paddington Green, London in September 1969.

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David Bowie cover artwork for Aladdin Sane photographed by Brian Duffy in 1973

David Bowie

Aladdin Sane is the one image that has defined David Bowie and is nicknamed the 'Mona Lisa of Pop' - Shot by Duffy in his London studio.

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David Bowie (DB001FA)

David Bowie

David Bowie in front of a Diego Rivera mural whilst visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in October 1997

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David Bowie (DB002DUFFY)

David Bowie

Contact sheet taken from the photo shoot for Aladdin Sane

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David Bowie (DB003MR)

David Bowie

Iconic Mick Rock photograph of David Bowie during the 'Saxophone' Session in London 1973

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Terry Pastor print of David Bowie based on the original Hunky Dory cover artwork

David Bowie

Terry Pastor's photograph of David Bowie from the 'Hunky Dory' album cover photo session.

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David Bowie (MAC011)

David Bowie

David Bowie and photographer Geoff MacCormack backstage on the set of The Man Who Fell to earth.

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Elton John (EJ003BW)

Elton John

Elton John performing 'Crocodile Rock' onstage at the Edmonton Sundown in London in March 1973

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Elton John (EJ004BW)

Elton John

Elton John on Hampstead Heath, London in the Summer 1970

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Elton John (EJON001ALBY)

Elton John

The Rocketman himself, Elton John, brings it onstage at London's Crystal Palace in July 1971.

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Elton John (EJON002ALBY)

Elton John

Elton John performing onstage at the Crystal Palace Garden Party at Crystal Palace Bowl, London in July 1971

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