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popular song

a song that is written to have an immediate and wide appeal and is usually popular for only a short time, but that sometimes is of a sufficiently high quality to become part of the permanent repertoire of popular music and jazz.
Compare standard (def 12).
Origin of popular song
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jerrys imitation of a phonograph rendering a popular song of her own impromptu composition ended suddenly.

  • He was the author of the popular song, the Old Oaken Bucket.

  • But M. Buchor did not remain content to be a poet of popular song.

    Musicians of To-Day Romain Rolland
  • "By the telegraphic wire," he explained, quoting a line of a popular song.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Perhaps the most popular song in some regiments was, after all, "Mary."

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • Some day when I have time, I shall make that lady the topic of a popular song.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Through a crevice he saw the entrance of a stout, good-natured-looking young man, whistling a popular song.

    Frank and Fearless Horatio Alger Jr.

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