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Definition and background:

A term used in American popular music to describe a continuous heavy accent on beats 2 and 4 in jazz and rock and roll music.

A consistent rhythm that stresses beats 2 and 4 in common time. In other "common" time signatures, the backbeat will land elsewhere. For example, the backbeat lands on 4 and 10 in 12/8 time.

For more information on the music term "Backbeat" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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