Popular music group the Supremes performing onstage in January 1989
Popular music group the Supremes | David Redfern/Redferns

Popular music is a broad range of commercial music that many people appreciate. It’s primarily written by professionals and produced and distributed by record companies for mass appeal. Popular music encompasses many genres and styles, such as pop, rock, rap, jazz, Latin, and country.


  • Biggest record labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group
  • Notable music producers: Babyface, Dr. Dre, Brian Eno, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Max Martin, Mark Ronson, Rick Rubin, RZA, Timbaland
  • Well-known songwriters: Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Bernie Taupin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Neil Young
  • Famous music artists: The Beatles, BeyoncĂ©, Britney Spears, BTS, Mariah Carey, Drake, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Prince, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Tupac Shakur, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Ye
  • Top popular music songs: “Billy Jean,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Despacito,” “Hey Jude,” “Hey Ya,” “Hotel California,” “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” “Imagine,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Respect,” “Shape of You,” “See You Again,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Uptown Funk,” “What’s Going On”

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