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   Pop (an abbreviation of the word “popular”) music exists for mass-market appeal. Ideally, the intention of pop music is to achieve instant memorability. Most pop music is developed from a well-structured combination of repetitive melody and lyric lines (referred as “hooks”) that convey messages of varying importance. Pop is even more chameleon-like than rock in the way it can exist in e seemingly endless array of styles while maintaining its essential structural qualities. Generaly pop’s spiritual home is Top 40 and middle-of-the-road adult radio formats.[1]

     Alhough pop is rarely more than a fairly pleasant diversion, at its best it can possess powerful  sentiment  and melodic invention that transcend mere craftsmanship; consider, for example, a deceptively simple song like the BeatlesYesterday”. Exaples: Bread, the Carpenters, Neil Diamond, Michael Bolton, Art Garfunkel, Lionel Richie, Sade, Simply Red, Dione Warwick, and Swing Out Sister.[1]

     Pop rock is description is applied to a commercially accessible blend or pop song craftsmanship and production values, which still incorporates elements of rock’s immediacy. Artists who have delved into this approach include: Bon Jovi, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel,  the Guess Who, Extreme, and World Party.[1]

1. "All Music Guide. The Best CD's, Albums & Tapes. The Expert's guide to the best releases from thousands of artists in all types of Music". Edited by Michael Erlewine, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra.  Publisher: Miller Freeman Books, ISBN 0-87930-331-X. p. 9-10

Pop Rock bands starting with 'A': 22 bands in database

Ace Flash and the Dynamos (United Kingdom)Adam and the Ants (United Kingdom)
Adam Ant (United Kingdom)Afterglow (United States)
Age (United Kingdom)Air Supply (Australia)
Alto (Germany)Amen Corner (United Kingdom)
Andwella (United Kingdom)Andwella's Dream (United Kingdom)
Andy Fraser Band (United Kingdom)Any Trouble (United Kingdom)
Apple (United Kingdom)Argent (United Kingdom)
Ariesta Birawa Group (Indonesia)Arrows (United Kingdom)
Audience (United Kingdom)Axiom (Australia)
Axis Point (United Kingdom)Die Anderen (Germany)
Eric Burdon and the Animals (United Kingdom)Gregg Allman Band (United States)

Pop Rock artists starting with 'A': 75 artists in database

Adam AntAl
Andre SantosAngry Anderson
Art AyreBörje Andersson
Barry AllenBarry Alton
Bill AlbaughBob Avery
Bruce AbbottCarmine Appice
Chris AndrewsColin Allen
Dave AllenDavid Altham
Derek AustinDieter Ahrendt
Doug AldrichDuane Allman
Ella AveryFelix Ayala
Fernando AyalaFinn John Andresen
Francisco AguabellaFrank Aiello
Franklyn De AllieGeorge Alexander
Gregg AllmanGuy Allison
Herbie ArmstrongJeff Allen
Jerry AielloJim Alciver
Jim ArmstrongJimmy Alaimo
John AndersonJohn Annas
John AnthonyJohnny Almond
Jon AndersonJosé "Chepito" Areas
Keith AireyKevin Ayers
Larry AlexanderLaurie Arthur
Leif AnderssonLindsay Askew
Mary AzzopardiMatthew Ashman
Mel AustinMichael Anthony
Paul ArnoldPaul Atkinson
Peter ArnesenPhil Allen
Raúl AguirreRay Arnott
Rob AldertonRob Askew
Rod ArgentRolf Antener
Roy AustinSigne Toly Anderson
Skip AlanSlick Aguilar
Sortiris ArnisSteve "Beast" Ansell
Steve AlexanderTed Atkinson
Tim AyersTommy Aldridge
Tommy AnthonyWilliam Ash
Willy Andersen

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