Let’s take a look at the best-rated pop books in 2020 of All Time. These have been selected based on recommendations from music experts and thought leaders…
Pop Music and Hip Ennui By Macon Holt
This book was published on December 12, 2019. It investigates pop music history and culture and provides analytical and creative resources to back the findings. It studies the common assumptions made about pop music and the changes that have happened over time. Hold highlights the diversity that you find in pop music with many different examples. How, it mainly focuses on contemporary pop music, political realities and capitalist realism.
Switch on Pop by Nate Sloan & Charlie Harding
This nonfiction book was released in 2019 and looks at pop music from a musicological perspective. It is especially useful to any aspiring songwriters, particular ones that are just starting out. But can also be useful for experienced musicians to expand their knowledge and highlight new music that they might not be familiar with yet. However, it’s also suitable for anyone who enjoys music and wants to learn more about it! It explains the basics of music construction, how popular music works and why it matters. And make sure you get your notepad out, a lot of new music terms will be mentioned!
From Pac-Man to Pop Music by Karen Collins
This book was published in 2008. Predominately, it explores interactive audio in games and new media. It covers a wide range of topics and virtually every aspect of sound and music in relation to the gaming industry. It’s full of useful facts, ingihts and ideas surrounding the use of music in video games. And it explores contemporary mass culture by bringing together contributions of academics and practitioners in the music and gaming industry.
Yeah Yeah Yeah by Bob Stanley
This book tells the story of pop music from Bill Haley to Beyonce and was published in 2013. Stanley was a music journalist before writing this book about the grand history of pop and rock music since 1950. He has a PhD in Musicology so you know his fascinating insights into the construction of music are well-informed with lots of research. Each chapter is dedicated to a different genre of music. It goes all the way back to NME’s first chart published on the 14th of November 1952. From ”Here In My Heart” by Al Martino (1952) to ”Crazy In Love” by Beyonce (2003).
Piano Book Pop & Music Hits by Mike Emerson
This book was published on April 14th by 2018 and dedicated to piano players at an intermediate to late intermediate level. It explores a huge collection of popular pop hits that piano players will enjoy. It’s a book for piano students at an intermediate to late intermediate level. You’ll find a piano sheet for so many different recent popular pop music hits. Such as Ed Sheeran ”Thinking Out Loud”, Shawn Mendes ”There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Passenger ”Let Her Go” and ”Apologize” One Republic. But many more!