All About Music! — The Different Styles of Pop

Hi, everyone! This is Rebecca. Im on Vikis content team, and one of my specialties is music. Ever heard a song but never quite knew how to classify it? To help you figure out the different genres of music we offer on Viki, we’ve put together a quick introduction. Today, we bring you Pop.

Derived from rock and roll from the 1950s, pop music is widely defined as mainstream music, especially for youths. It's constantly evolving, so to break it down a little further, here are some of the most common subgenres of pop music that we offer on Viki.

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Bubblegum Pop: Classified as uptempo, catchy music, bubblegum pop usually has lyrics about romance and caters to teenagers. Expect one-hit wonders in this category, too.


In addition to Miley Cyrus, other bubblegum pop artists include Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Orange Caramel


Dance Pop: The versatile type of pop, dance pop was created to play at dance clubs and yet be a contemporary radio hit. These tunes are common in mashups.



T-ara and Enrique Iglesias ace the dance pop genre, alongside Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Teen Top and Nine Muses



Pop Punk: This fusion genre combines mainstream pop tunes with punk rock attitude. Think loud electric guitars and high tempo beats.


Artists who fit the bill for pop punk include Fall Out Boy, Green Day and Blink-182


Pop Rock: This subgenre is a softer version of a guitar rock song, albeit a less authentic one.  


Some well known pop rockers are LEDApple, Elton John, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5


In addition to all the pop subgenres already mentioned above, here are some additional pop favorites from around the world.

Latin Pop From J.Lo




K-Pop From Ga In and Hyung Woo




C-Pop From Evonne Hsu and Wilber Pan