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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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  • What concerns me here, though, is not science so much as popular song.

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