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-'''Pop music''', often called simply '''pop''', is a common type of [[popular music]] (distinguished from [[classical music|classical]] or [[art music]] and from [[folk music]]. The term, which was coined as a genre in [[1954]], does not refer specifically to a single [[genre (music)|genre]] or sound, and its meaning is different depending on the time and place. Within popular music, "pop music" is often distinguished from other subgenres by stylistic traits such as a [[dance]]able [[rhythm]] or [[beat (music)|beat]], simple [[melody|melodies]] and a repeating [[song structure (popular music)|structure]]. Pop [[song]] [[lyrics]] are often emotional, [[love song|relating to love]].+'''Verse-chorus form''' is a [[musical form]] common in [[popular music]] and predominant in [[rock and roll|rock]] since the 1960s. In contrast to [[Thirty-two-bar form|AABA]] (thirty-two-bar) form, which is focused on the verse (contrasted and prepared by the [[bridge (music)|bridge]]), in verse-chorus form the chorus is highlighted (prepared and contrasted with the verse).
-==Style==+The [[refrain|chorus]] often sharply contrasts the [[Song structure (popular music)#Verse|verse]] [[melody|melodically]], [[rhythm]]ically, and [[harmony|harmonically]], and assumes a higher level of [[dynamics (music)|dynamics]] and activity, often with added instrumentation. See: [[arrangement]].
-The standard format of pop music is the [[song]], customarily less than five minutes in duration, with [[Instrumentation (music)|instrumentation]] that can range from an orchestra to a lone singer. Pop songs are generally marked by a consistent and noticeable [[Rhythm|rhythmic element]], a [[Mainstream (terminology)|mainstream]] style and traditional [[Song structure (popular music)|structure]]. Rare variants are the [[verse-chorus form]] and the [[thirty-two-bar form]], with a focus on [[Melody|melodies]] and catchy [[Hook (music)|hooks]], and a [[Refrain|chorus]] that contrasts melodically, rhythmically and [[Harmony|harmonically]] with the [[Verse (popular music)#Verse|verse]].+ 
 +==Contrasting verse-chorus form==
 +Songs which use different music for the verse and chorus are in '''contrasting verse-chorus form'''. Examples include:
 +*"[[Be My Baby]]" by [[The Ronettes]] (1963)
 +*"[[Penny Lane]]" by [[The Beatles]] (1967)
 +*"[[Smoke on the Water]]" by [[Deep Purple]] (1973)
 +*"[[That'll Be the Day]]" by [[Buddy Holly]] (1957)
 +*"[[California Girls]]" by [[The Beach Boys]] (1965)
 +*"[[All You Need Is Love]]" by [[The Beatles]] (1967)
 +*"[[Foxy Lady]]" by [[Jimi Hendrix]] (1967)
 +*"[[Bad Company (album)|Can't Get Enough]]" by [[Bad Company]] (1974)
 + 
 +==Simple verse-chorus form==
 +Songs that use the same music for the verse and chorus, such as the [[twelve bar blues]], though the lyrics feature different verses and a repeated chorus, are in '''simple verse-chorus form'''. Examples include:
 +*"[[Shake, Rattle and Roll|Shake, Rattle, and Roll]]" by [[Big Joe Turner]] (1954)
 +*"[[Louie, Louie]]" by [[The Kingsmen]] (1963 cover), example not using blues form
 +*"[[La Bamba (song)|La Bamba]]" by [[Ritchie Valens]] (1959)
 + 
 +==Simple verse form==
 +Songs which feature only a repeated verse are in '''simple verse form''' (verse-chorus form without the chorus). Examples include:
 +*"[[Evil Ways]]" by [[Santana (band)|Santana]] (1969)
 +*[[blues]]-based songs which are not simple verse-chorus form (above), such as "[[Heartbreak Hotel]]", "[[Jailhouse Rock (song)|Jailhouse Rock]]", "[[Hound Dog (song)|Hound Dog]]", and "[[Lucille (Little Richard song)|Lucille]]"
 +and with a contrasting [[bridge (music)|bridge]]:
 +*"[[Eight Miles High]]" by [[The Byrds]] (1966)
 +*"[[Tomorrow Never Knows]]" by [[The Beatles]] (1966)
 +*"[[Purple Haze]]" by [[Jimi Hendrix]] (1967).
 + 
 +Both simple verse-chorus form and simple verse form are [[strophic form]]s.
-==See also== 
-*[[List of popular music genres]] 
-*[[Traditional pop music]] 
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Verse-chorus form is a musical form common in popular music and predominant in rock since the 1960s. In contrast to AABA (thirty-two-bar) form, which is focused on the verse (contrasted and prepared by the bridge), in verse-chorus form the chorus is highlighted (prepared and contrasted with the verse).

The chorus often sharply contrasts the verse melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically, and assumes a higher level of dynamics and activity, often with added instrumentation. See: arrangement.

Contrasting verse-chorus form

Songs which use different music for the verse and chorus are in contrasting verse-chorus form. Examples include:

Simple verse-chorus form

Songs that use the same music for the verse and chorus, such as the twelve bar blues, though the lyrics feature different verses and a repeated chorus, are in simple verse-chorus form. Examples include:

Simple verse form

Songs which feature only a repeated verse are in simple verse form (verse-chorus form without the chorus). Examples include:

and with a contrasting bridge:

Both simple verse-chorus form and simple verse form are strophic forms.





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