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Pop: Genre Or Label?

was having this arguement the other day with a friend. He claimed that Pop rwas nothing more than a label put over any music that is popular, while I rclaimed that pop, at its core, has many defining features. including, but not rlimited to:
1The Beatles
Abbey Road


A tendency to produce short songs with simple structures that leave an immediate impression, not to mention plenty of catchy hooks and sugary vocal deliveries.
2Miley Cyrus
Bangerz


accessible in both lyrics and music; generally familiar concepts are touched upon: ideals that "the common man" can easily relate to while avoiding any feelings of confusion, discomfort or general "wtf" anxieties
3Nirvana
Nevermind


A pandering in sound towards a current demographic based on social trends and the general "mood" of the intended audience. EG grunge and depressed teenage slackers.
4Skrillex
My Name is Skrillex


A fun, party-like atmosphere is common, but not always present: bangin' beats, superficial peaks and dives; all that stuff. Moderate to fast tempo generally. That or a sappy ballad seems to be most common from my experience.
5Coldplay
A Rush of Blood to the Head


It seems to boil down to a careful mix of accessibility, relatability (I know this isn't a word but it's the best way to describe it, and fuck it- it should be a legit word tbh), memorability and, more often than not, simplicity. Keep in mind that these are all broad generalizations, and IMO pop does not limit itself to a single genre; rather, it is a formula that can encompass any style of music imaginable.
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