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Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters

Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding


Switched On Pop: How Pop Music Works, and Why It Matters illuminates the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs. The book moves through close studies of sixteen modern pop classics by artists from Beyoncé to Zedd, each chapter bringing out key aspects of a particular song as well as introducing core concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and timbre. As the book progresses, more complex concepts such as syncopation, counterpoint, rhyme, and modulation are covered, culminating in an examination of genre, identity, and musical meaning. Accessible prose and e ... More

Keywords: popular culture, pop music, music theory, podcast, Switched On Pop

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190056650
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190056650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nate Sloan, author
University of Southern California

Charlie Harding, author