Britney Spears presents Michael Jackson a birthday cake at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)

Pop music, short for popular music, is one of the biggest musical genres with millions of artists and listeners.

Pop music combines multiple genres and originated with popular ragtime music in the 1890s and early 1900s and the jazz movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Pop music spans genres from rock and roll, to jazz, to dance music, to rap, and more.

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