Common Features Of Pop And Rock Music In The 1950s

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Stemming from the creation of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s was the birth of a diverse range of different genres and styles marked a new era for music history. Some of the most common styles created in this period include Pop and Rock music. In Australia, this music began to expand in popularity as a response to its advancement around the world. Common features of Rock music include verse-chorus form, a diversity of lyrical themes, syncopation, terraced dynamics, repetitive hooks and riffs, standard common or cut common time signatures, the use of electric and bass guitars, and the use of drum kit. These features can be clearly displayed across Rock music from multiple decades. ‘Working Class Man’ composed by Jimmy Barnes in 1985 clearly demonstrates the features of rock music. These features can also be seen almost two decades later, in the 2003 single from Australian band Jet, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’.

A common feature of Rock music is the use of a simple duple or quadruple time signature, such as 4/4 or 2/2.
‘Working Class Man’ features a common time signature (4/4). This is a regularly occurring feature in Rock music, as the focus leans on the melody line, as oppose to more difficult rhythmic qualities of a more complex time signature. It’s tempo =120 beats per minute. The drum kit plays a syncopated rhythm, placing emphasis on beats 2 and 4, which is another regularly occurring feature of Rock. The extended chords in the guitar are played on beat one, and sustained

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