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Jangle pop (sometimes conflated with "college rock"[1]) is a style of popular music that emphasizes trebly, ringing guitars (usually 12-string electrics)[2] and 1960s-style pop melodies.[3]


The Everly Brothers and the Searchers laid the foundations for jangle pop in the late 1950s to mid 1960s; examples include "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1958) and "Needles and Pins" (1964).[2] However, the Beatles and the Byrds are commonly credited with launching the popularity of the "jangly" sound that defined the genre.[2] The Beatles' use of the jangle sound in the songs "A Hard Day's Night", "What You're Doing", "Words of Love" (1964), and "Ticket to Ride" (1965) encouraged many artists to use the jangle sound or purchase a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar.[4]

Rickenbacker guitars were expensive and rare, but could create a clear, ringing sound that could not be reproduced with the more "twangy" Telecaster or the "fatter, less sharp" sound of the Les Paul.[4] After seeing the Beatles' 1964 film A Hard Day's Night, the Byrds modeled their sound on the Beatles and prominently featured a Rickenbacker electric 12-string guitar in many of their recordings.[4] The term "jangle pop" is derived from the lyric "In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come following you" from the Byrds' 1965 rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man", as well as the chiming sound of its 12-string electric guitar.[2]

Even though many subsequent bands drew hugely from the Byrds, they did not fit into the folk rock continuum as the Byrds did.[5] Groups such as the Who (in their early mod years), the Beach Boys, the Hollies and Paul Revere & the Raiders also incorporated 12-string Rickenbackers. Folk rock artists Simon and Garfunkel crossed over into jangle pop by adding 12-string guitars to their music, which helped launch their commercial success.[4] From then and into the 1970s, jangle pop saw a crossover with other subgenres, including power pop artists like Raspberries and Big Star who blurred the line between the two styles.[2]

In the 1980s, the term "New Sincerity" was loosely used for a similar group of bands in the Austin, Texas music scene, led by the Reivers, Wild Seeds and True Believers.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Spindizzy Jangle: The Reivers' "In Your Eyes"". PopMatters. June 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f LaBate, Steve (December 18, 2009). "Jangle Bell Rock: A Chronological (Non-Holiday) Anthology… from The Beatles and Byrds to R.E.M. and Beyond". Paste. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Wilkin, Jeff (August 19, 2015). "British band Life in Film sounds off on 'Jangle Pop'". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Kocher, Frank (September 2012). "Jingle-Jangle Revolution: How Rickenbacker Guitars Changed Music". Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2003). Eight Miles High: Folk-rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock. Backbeat Books. pp. 293–. ISBN 978-0-87930-743-1.
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