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Stylistic origins Pop music
European music
Rock music
Cultural origins 1970s, Europe
Typical instruments Electric guitar - Bass guitar - Piano - Keyboard - Drums - Synthesizer
This is a page for the musical genre Europop in general. For the album by Eiffel 65, see Europop (album). For the Eiffel 65 song, see Europop (song).

Europop refers to a style of pop music that first developed in today's form in Europe, throughout the late 1970s. Europop topped the charts throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Some Europop stars came from France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands and United Kingdom; but most were Swedish in origin. In the 1970s, such groups were primarily popular in continental countries, with the exception of the biggest Europop outfit ever, Swedish 4-piece ABBA, who achieved great success in the UK, where they scored a 19 top 10 singles and 9 chart-topping albums, and in North America and Australia. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Roxette and Ace of Base led Europop in American and British mainstream audiences. In the 1990s, pop groups like the Spice Girls, Aqua, Backstreet Boys and singer DJ BoBo were strongly influenced by Europop. In the 2000s, one of the most popular representators of Europop music is Swedish pop group Alcazar. One of the main differences between American and European pop is that Europop is generally more dance and trance oriented. In central Europe Italo disco (a.k.a. ’80s Eurodisco) and Euro House (a.k.a. ’90s Eurodance) (later) are the predominant attempts by young musicians to have a hit record in and beyond the borders of their own country.

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  1. a style of European pop music from the 1970s and 1980s characterized by catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics

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