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Power Pop
Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. Musically the style is characterized by strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements and prominent guitar riffs, with instrumental solos kept to a minimum, and blues elements largely downplayed. Usually groups new to the traditional rock band instrumentation of one or more electric guitars, electric bass guitar, and drum kit, with perhaps electric keyboards or synthesizers added. Badfinger's "No Matter What" (1970), Raspberries' "Go All The Way" (1972), and The Knack's "My Sharona" (1979) are some of the most commercially successful singles best representative of the power pop genre. While its cultural impact has waxed and waned over the decades, it is among rock's most enduring subgenres: a listener who has heard the '60s smash "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles or the 2003 hit "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains Of Wayne has heard power pop.
Stylistic origins:
Pop, Rock N' Roll, Rhythm And Blues, Garage Rock

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