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Baroque pop, baroque rock, or English baroque, often used interchangeably with chamber pop/rock, is a pop and rock music subgenre which originated in the United Kingdom and United States. It emerged in the mid-1960s as a fusion of pop, rock and classical music, in particular that of the baroque and classical eras.

Baroque pop reached its height of success in the mid-to-late 1960s, with several prominent groups and artists both emerging or incorporating the genre within their repertoire; these include the The Beach Boys, The Moody Blues, The Beatles, Left Banke, The Rolling Stones, Love and Procol Harum, amongst others. Baroque pop's mainstream popularity faded by the 1970s, partially due to punk rock, disco and hard rock taking over; nonetheless, music was still produced within the genre's tradition, and it exerted an influence on several subgenres. Such includes the arrival of chamber pop in the 1990s, which contained ornate productions and classical influences, while contesting much of the time's low fidelity musical aesthetic. Furthermore, since the 1990s, baroque pop has seen a revival; several prominent artists, such as Belle and Sebastian, Regina Spektor and The Divine Comedy, have performed or incorporated elements of the genre in their work.

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