-->"'''''Baroque pop [[color:green :is to]] pop music [[color:green :what]] progressive rock [[color:green :is to]] rock music.'''''
-->''It's a more complex form, likely to have more varied instrumentation and/or more ambitious song structures. Whilst the term baroque pop originated in 1960's music journalism during a fad for using a harpsichord in pop songs, the term as used by music journalists has come to mean something more ornate and complex than most pop music. In terms of modern artists, the two most often cited are the classically influenced ostentatious pop songs of RufusWainwright, and the complex arrangements of SufjanStevens' music with their non-standard time signatures, instrumentation and harmonic counterpoints.''" [[http://baroquepop.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-is-baroque-pop.html]]

Baroque pop is a style of music that combines pop songwriting with (often complex) classical instrumentation. Instead of synths or electric guitars, expect to hear pianos, harpsichords, strings, woodwinds, and harps. This style started in the mid-60s. Even though the subgenre is called ''baroque'' pop, much of the instrumentation of it is more akin to the Classical period (ca. 1750 to the early 1800s), which was after the Baroque period (mid-1600s to ca. 1750). Chamber pop/rock is like baroque pop/rock, except that the instrumentation is influenced by chamber music.

The exact origins of baroque pop are unknown. Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector often made or produced classical-inspired music. The Zombies' "She's Not There" is often cited as an early example of the subgenre, but although the song had many harmonic qualities found in later baroque pop, it didn't use classical instrumentation. The song and group did inspire Michael Brown to form The Left Banke, whose 1966 single "Walk Away Renée" is considered the first true baroque pop single. Music/TheBeatles, TheBeachBoys, Music/TheMoodyBlues, {{Abba}}, the BeeGees, and ProcolHarum are a couple of bands from this time that had absorbed the influence of the subgenre.

Baroque pop then faded into the background as [[PunkRock punk rock]], [[Music/HeavyMetal metal]], [[{{Electronic Music}} electronic music]], and [[ProgressiveRock progressive rock]] dominated the music scene. It slowly started to revive. Now baroque pop is more common, although its musicians are often classified under indie, [[AlternativeRock alternative]], folk, Americana, {{Britpop}}, or [[DreamPop dream pop]] instead.

!!Some Baroque Pop and Chamber Pop artists are:
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* Music/ToriAmos (especially her first three albums, ''Midwinter Graces'', and ''Night of Hunters'')
* Anathallo evolved into this. Initially, they were PostRock.
* Antony and the Johnsons
* ArcadeFire
* Music/TheBeachBoys on ''Music/PetSounds'' and ''Smile''.
* Music/BigStar's ''Third/Sister Lovers''
* EmilieAutumn in the ''Enchant'' era - ''Opheliac'' is much more industrial/metal, though there's still violins. Perhaps her music could be called [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly chamber metal.]]
* The Association
* Burt Bacharach
* BeachHouse
* Music/TheBeatles
* TheBeeGees (early years)
* Music/BelleAndSebastian
* Andrew Bird
* Music/{{Birdeatsbaby}}
* The Brunettes
* Camera Obscura
* Music/JohnCale
* KenjiSawada (Earliest works had a few singles like this, and in the late eighties/early nineties included a lot of string sections mixed in, often drawing from classical melodies)
* Music/TheDecemberists
* Music/LanaDelRey
* The Dirty Projectors
* Music/TheDivineComedy
* Music/NickDrake
* {{Efterklang}}
* The {{Elephant 6}} Collective
** TheApplesInStereo
** Beulah
** Circulatory System
** Elf Power
** NeutralMilkHotel
** OfMontreal
** TheOliviaTremorControl
* {{Feist}}
* FleetFoxes
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine
* Music/TheFreeDesign
* SergeGainsbourg
* Chris Garneau
* LisaGermano
* Grizzly Bear
* Jellyfish (They started off as PowerPop, but moved towards this later on)
* {{Music/Keane}}
* The Left Banke (often considered the TropeMaker)
* JensLekman
* {{Music/Love}}
* TheMagneticFields
* The Millenium
* Music/MyBrightestDiamond
* TheNational
* JoannaNewsom
* Music/{{Nico}}'s ''Chelsea Girl''
* Owen Pallett
* PerfumeGenius
* ProcolHarum
* {{Music/Rasputina}}
* Music/LouReed's ''Berlin''
* SimonAndGarfunkel
* Duncan Sheik
* Music/ShiinaRingo has this among her many styles, although she is also a case of NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly
* ElliottSmith
* Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows is this mixed with {{Darkwave}}.
* ReginaSpektor
* {{Starflyer 59}} dipped into this on their 2001 album ''Leave Here a Stranger'' (which was a tribute to the Beach Boys' ''Pet Sounds'') and their 2005 album ''Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice''.
* Strawbs
* SufjanStevens
* Music/TearsForFears' ''The Seeds of Love'' and ''Everybody Loves a Happy Ending''
* Music/TheTigers Their first 5 singles and ''Human Renascence''
* ViennaTeng
* RufusWainwright
* ScottWalker
* Music/{{XTC}} from ''Skylarking'' onward.
* TheZombies

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