Just a brief recap, Adorno contrasts popular music with "serious music", and he concludes that pop music is characterized by standardization while in serious music, "every detail derives its musical sense from the concrete totality of the piece which, in turn, consists of the life relationship of the details and never a mere enforcement of a musical scheme."
Pop music examples
Kpop (similar format, repetition of title)
Gee - Girls' Generation
Sorry Sorry - Super Junior
Taylor Swift - #2 on Billboard 100 list
This song is a good example of how "popularity lists" can play a role in boosting the actual popularity of a song.
Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Same Chord Songs
Also, if you remember in class, we watched the "4 Four Chord Song" by Axis of Awesome.
I was telling Alenda that there are a couple of Chinese popular music combos that use the same concept. Here is just one example:
This is a 13-minute long song that combines about 30 popular Chinese songs. I don't think they use the same four chords throughout, but the concept is very similar.
Hope this helps explain Adorno's concept on pop music!