Power Pop

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An Attempt to Explain

Powerpop is a sub-genre that draws its inspiration from 60s British and American Pop and Rock. With the term defined by Pete Townshend of The Who, it typically incorporates a combination of Pop based musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements, and Rock characteristics such as prominent guitar riffs, instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and Blues elements are largely downplayed. Power Pop 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 amongst one of Rock’s most enduring sub-genres. Power Pop will often over-lap with other sub-genres such as New Wave and Pop Punk, among others.

Some Artists

This list is nowhere near complete, and is based on the opinions of others.

It is purely intended to try and give you an idea of the kind of artists that are perceived as defining this genre.

A

The Arcana

Arctic Monkeys

B

Badfinger

The Beatles

Buddy Holly & the Crickets

C

The Clash

Elvis Costello

D

The Dave Clark Five

E

The Everly Brothers

F

Fall Out Boy

H

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

J

The Jam

Jimmy Eat World

K

The Kingsmen

The Knickerbockers

M

The Move

P

The Pixies

Public Image Ltd

R

The Ramones

Lou Reed

S

Slade

Sparks

Buffalo Springfield

V

The Vapors

The Velvet Underground

W

The Who

Wings