Easy listening

Easy listening (sometimes known as mood music)[1][4] is a popular music genre and radio format that was most popular during the 1950s to 1970s.[5] It is related to middle-of-the-road (MOR) music and encompasses instrumental recordings of standards, hit songs, non-rock vocals and instrumental covers of selected popular rock songs. It mostly concentrates on music that pre-dates the rock n' roll era, characteristically on music from the 1940s and 1950s. It was differentiated from the mostly instrumental beautiful music format by its variety of styles, including a percentage of vocals, arrangements and tempos to fit various parts of the broadcast day.

Easy listening music is often confused with elevator music ("Muzak"),[not verified in body] or lounge music, but while it was popular in some of the same venues it was meant to be listened to for enjoyment rather than as background sound.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Keightley 2012, p. 192.
  2. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 7, 2005). "The Musical Genre That Will Save the World". Slate.
  3. ^ Murray, Noel (April 7, 2011). "Gateways to Geekery: Sunshine Pop". The A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Musiker & Musiker 2014, p. 16.
  5. ^ Lanza et al. 2008, p. 161.

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