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Power pop

Music genre
NamePower pop
Stylistic originsPop rock, rock and roll, beat music, rhythm and blues, garage rock
Cultural origins1960s, United Kingdom and United States
Typical instrumentsStandard drum kit - Electric guitar - Keyboard - Bass guitar - Synthesizer
Mainstream popularitySporadic
Mainstream peak in 1970s
(U.S. & U.K.)
Derivative formsBritpopIndie popPop punkNoise pop
SubgenresJangle popMod revival
Fusion genresNew WavePsychedelic popSynthpop
Other topicsPop rock

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Power pop is a popular musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop and rock music. It typically incorporates a combination of musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements, and prominent guitar riffs. Instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed. Recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more electric guitars, an electric bass guitar, a drum kit, and sometimes electric keyboards or synthesizers. While its cultural impact has waxed and waned over the decades, power pop is among rock's most enduring subgenres.

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