One cannot imagine a world of pop and rock music without Elvis Presley. He is the one who brought in rock n roll music to the living rooms of the Americans who later went on to become a cultural icon of the Americans. More than 100 top 40 pop hits have been recorded by Elvis Presley who died at the age of 42 in the year 1977. Some of the essential songs of Elvis Presley are “Jailhouse Rock”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and much more.
Another larger than life icon of pop music is Michael Jackson who hit the spotlight in the world of pop at a very young age of 11 along with his brothers in the year 1969 in their group Jackson 5. Michael Jackson was the most popular and biggest of all the pop stars during the late 1980s and his album called Thriller is the best selling pop albums of all times. Though a lot of criminal cases and tabloid rumors ruined his musical career he was still popular among his fans throughout the world even after his sudden death in the year 2009 at the age of 50. Some of the essential songs of Michael Jackson are “Billie Jean”, “You Are Not Alone”, “Black or White”, “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” and “Man in the Mirror”.
The Beatles, the most famous English rock band that formed in the year 1960 in Liverpool is another among the favorites. The popularity of the Beatles in pop music during the years 1960 to 1970 is simply not measurable. Their experiments with several genres of music from pop, hard rock to Indian music is simply amazing as they have also been innovative with incorporating classical elements in their music. The career of this popular pop band was very phenomenal in those years which influenced all the pop artists that followed through the years. The Beatles still remain to hold the record for being the top most pop singles in the US and are the best selling pop album artists of all times. Their strong influence is felt even after decades after their recording of their top selling album in the 2000s. Some of their most influential songs are “Come Together”, “Hey Jude”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Help!” and “Get Back”.