An Applied Study on Turkish Popular Music

Koç Ç. T.

Sıbe International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 28 - 31 October 2010, pp.2-3

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Lisbon
  • Country: Portugal
  • Page Numbers: pp.2-3
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Today, popular music has come to be known as

an integral part of mass culture together with

other products of popular culture. It’s also

asserted that such characteristics of mass

culture which can be listed as “standardization,

simplification, presenting the same item in

different labels, association, imitation”, as also

defined previously by Adorno, are encountered

in popular music. One of the signs of

standardization in music, repetition is constantly

applied in production and presentation and

consumption stages. All musical productions

imitate each other in accordance with

standardized market conditions. The value of

most musical items is determined according to the extent of standardization to which they are

exposed under market conditions. The listeners

who are accustomed to musical products

prepared according to the same standard plan

can easily guess what’s to come next in a song,

as they usually do when watching TV serials.

Other products imitate popular TV programs,

films, serials and musics in order to become

popular as well. This study analyses the

characteristics of popular music in Turkish

Popular Music as defined by Adorno in his

article named “On Pop Music”. The study firstly

introduces characteristics of popular music

analysing Adorno’s article “On Pop Music” and

then performs a content analysis on 5 hit songs

selected from the music program named

“Zirvedekiler”, weekly broadcast on Kral TV

(broadcasts throughout Turkey), between

02.07.2007 and 05.08.2007.