Dance pop combines elements of normal pop music with pounding dance club beats and simple, catchy melodies. Many popular artists like Kesha, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Madonna perform dance pop. It’s a producer-dominated genre, as most of the songs are written and constructed by the producers before they pick a vocalist to sing them. This style of pop dance is also influenced by other genres such as contemporary R&B, house, trance and techno music.
Popping is a street dance and funk dance style that involves sudden tensing and relaxing of the body’s muscles, referred to as hitting. The style originated among groups of friends who would practice and show off their moves at clubs or in dance battles. The Electric Boogaloos are credited with bringing Popping and other street dance styles to the attention of a larger audience when they appeared on Soul Train in 1979.
The term “pop” has long been a generic term for a broad range of popular music styles. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, disco was a popular musical genre that incorporated rhythm and blues, psychedelic rock and other genres. By 1980, a new genre emerged that merged elements of rock, dance and R&B music called pop music.
Since then, the genre has diversified and evolved into a variety of sub-categories. As the popularity of hip hop and electronica grew in the 2000s, dance-pop artists started to incorporate more modern elements into their music. The 2010s saw the emergence of strong electronic wave influencing dance-pop from artists like David Guetta and Katy Perry.