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Pop rock is a genre of music that combines elements of both pop and rock. Songs are identified by their simple song structure, catchy melodies, and repetition of musical passages (the pop part), and by their use of electric guitar- and drums-based instrumentation and a somewhat aggressive attitude (the rock part). The term was first used to describe the early hits of The Beatles, along with acts that followed them, such as The Grass Roots, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, and The Buckinghams. Surf rock is sometimes included as a type of pop rock; this is an anachronism, as surf music and rock music were considered distinct musical genres in the 1960s.

Pop rock largely gave way to soft rock in the 1970s. Although there were few acts in the 1970s and 1980s that could strictly be called pop rock, the genre continued in the form of power ballads from hard rock and heavy metal acts, along with the more up-tempo songs from soft rock acts.

The latest wave of pop rock originated in the mid-1990s with such acts as Alanis Morissette and possibly Melissa Etheridge. The genre has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years as hard rock acts are knocked off the charts in favour of rap, R&B and hip hop artists. A feature of some modern pop rock songs is the alternation of soft verses and loud choruses, influenced by the arrangements of alternative rock artists. Other modern pop rock artists include Michelle Branch, the All-American Rejects, Kelly Clarkson, Vanessa Carlton, Catalina Velez, Ashlee Simpson, t.A.T.u., and The Veronicas. These acts are commonly classified as Hot AC (after the radio format) or Adult Top 40 (after the Billboard chart).

There is much debate over whether certain artists are defined as rock or pop rock, and this generally comes down to the opinions of fans and critics. Australian artists such as Jet and Rogue Traders (headed by former Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte) are often the source of many disputes, whereas Powderfinger are still generally regarded as alternative rock despite their commercial success.

There are many Chinese pop rock bands and singers, including F.I.R, Jay Chou, JJ Lin, and Stephani Sun. Japanese pop rock artists include L'Arc~en~Ciel, the brilliant green, and Nana Kitade.

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