There is no doubt that today the most popular music in the music industry is pop music, as its name suggests. The thing about pop is that it is basically that, popular music and trends change over time so pop music is the genre that changes the most over time, while still holding the throne as the most popular in the industry.
In order to understand pop, it’s important to understand the context of the times, for example back in the 60s The Beatles were at the top of pop music, having hit after hit and conquering the world with their music and full live shows.
If you were to put The Beatles in a genre today, it would not be pop, it would probably be Rock because they were a Rock band, they just happened to be what was popular at the time, even more so with soft rock hits like “Hey Jude”, “Help”, and many more.
After that, the 70s gave pop a more funk and disco sound, in the 80s it was all about synths, electronic music, and glam, and then towards the 90s and 2000s, it started to shift towards hip hop, EDM, and even influenced by some Latin sounds from artists like Ricky Martin, and Shakira.
Today it’s hard to say where pop stands, even more so with how every genre is getting influenced by everything, but there is always one aspect of pop that will never change, if it’s very much alive in the mainstream and at the top of the “most played” songs in the world, it’s pop.
I'm old enough to remember the '60's and on up and from my perspective, today's music is not "pop music", at least not compared to pop music of the 60's. Maybe that is just an old person's take on this though.
Back in those days, you really had to know how to sing. Now, they just use an auto tuner, so it doesn't matter if your voice is good or not, they will make it good.
Most music today is not music. It's just trash sounds thrown together.
I grew up on country music but later learned to love pop music better.
Pop music of the 60's and 70's took me through the hard times in Vietnam!