For many people pop music doesn't have to be great. It just needs to be adequate. For many people music is just background or for dancing. Most people don't demand deep messages or creative twists in music. Yet from the sixties through the nineties, the creative geniuses were winning at carving out a place in history while everything else was simply disposable. Dance/pop, in general, although viable in terms of keeping a dance floor packed, is usually not in the same realm as the conscious music I'm about to describe in detail, which is usually meant for listening more than dancing.
Most dance floor favorites, especially with 1970's disco music is more about "shakin' your booty" than thinking about the world around us. Dancers care more about beats than message or originality, and this is not to discredit dance music, which is certainly more relevant than lyrical songs when it comes to an organized public event promoted as a dance party. On the dance floor the dancer is the star and the music is secondary and replacable.
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