- American pop
American pop is a vague and nebulous term, applied generally to whatever form of music is most popular among mainstream American teenage audiences. Adolescents are an especially important
audience, both because of their relatively large amount of discretionary spending, and their fervent devotion to pop stars. Though the modern era of teen popmusic is not usually said to have begun until the '60s, there were important antecedents.
Perhaps the first genre of teen pop was the swing craze, which was an important dance style among teens across the nation in the early part of the 20th century. Later, a number of vocalists like
Ella Fitzgeraldand the Ink Spotsbecame very popular, especially among the young. Though these performers are not generally considered teen pop singers, their success indicated that music that appealed to teens could be highly profitable. A number of Italian-American crooners soon found a major youth audience, including Dean Martin, Rudy Vallee, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Frankie Laineand, most famously, the "first pop vocalist to engender hysteria among his fans" Frank Sinatraref|Sinatra.
The era of the modern teen pop star, however, began in the 1960s.
Bubblegum popgroups like The Monkeeswere chosen entirely for their appearance and ability to sell records, with no regard to musical ability. Pop groups like these remained popular into the '70s, producing family acts like the Partridge Familyand The Osmonds. By the late '90s, there were numerous varieties of Teen popincluding Pop princesses like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpsonand Clean-cut boy bands like The Backstreet Boysand *NSYNC
* cite book|author=Garofalo, Reebee|title=Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA|publisher=Allyn & Bacon|year=1997|id=ISBN 0-205-13703-2
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