The Beatles are one of the greatest rock groups of all time. They're also one of the greatest pop groups. And no Beatlemaniac would take offense to either of those labels. Plus, if you really want to blow this writer's mind, you could tell him that Eddie Van Halen played the guitar solo on "Beat It". You know, that song by Michael Jackson? The King of Pop?
The idea that rock is above pop, or that you have to be smart to appreciate it, is totally bogus, and it's not what rockers like me want people to think. Fact is, rock can be just as simple and rudimentary as pop. You know how many chords you need to know to play "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones? Three. A major, D major and E major. That's it. Even Bono said that all he needs to rock out are three chords and the truth.
Rock stars and pop starlets aren't enemies; we're brothers from another mother. At the end of the day, we're all just writin' simple songs with catchy hooks and melodies designed to make people want to get up and move.