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What do you consider the main distinctions between Pop style lyrics as opposed to Folk style lyrics?

Asked by auhsojsa (2505 points ) January 27th, 2012

For me, I’m thinking Pop tends to talk about Love and relationship mandatory. Folk is somewhat a style where lyrics just talk about happenings. What’s your take?

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zenvelo's avatar

Pop is surface emotions, even “Breaking Up is hard To Do” was bouncy and happy. Folk conveys a deeper emotion whether happy or sad.

picante's avatar

“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind . . . ”

@zenvelo gave an excellent response!

marinelife's avatar

Folk is usually about improving the world around us or political issues.

Examples: Joe Jill, Big Yellow Taxi, If I Had a Hammer.

Blueroses's avatar

Well, Pop isn’t really a style. It’s whatever is popular, catchy and gets radio play and that changes often. We tend to think of Pop as superficial, fluffy, romantic stuff with a beat you can dance to (She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah) but songs with deeper messages can make it to the Pop charts.

Folk generally addresses some sociopolitical issues. Anti-war, pro-environment, specific calls for amnesty for political prisoners, etc. Catchy Folk songs can cross over to Pop.

GladysMensch's avatar

Pop music lyrics are often secondary to the beat/music. The lyrics don’t need to make sense or even make words.

Lyrics in folk music, on the other hand, are the primary focus. The lyrics tell a story or make a point. The music is secondary to the lyrics.

Obviously, there are exceptions to both genres, but we’re talking generalities.

flutherother's avatar

Folk style lyrics usually have something to say and say it quite well.

auhsojsa's avatar

All great answers in my opinion. Keep it coming! @GladysMensch For me, “Lyrics in folk music, on the other hand, are the primary focus. The lyrics tell a story or make a point. The music is secondary to the lyrics.” Stands true. Also @Blueroses Yes I totally understand every now and again a good folk tune will make the pop charts. Music is so darn interesting.

MilkyWay's avatar

I agree with the people above, and just want to add that I think folk music is also more poetic than pop.

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