Popular music is commercial music written and performed for the mass market the world over; music calculated to please the greatest majority of people in any given country at any given time. Contrary to world music it is does not have ethnic or traditional influences or if it does they are very slight and watered down. Ray Browne identifies as popular culture “all those elements of life which are not narrowly intellectual or creatively elitist and which are generally though not necessarily disseminated through the mass media.” (Browne & Ambrosetti 1970)
Legends concerning real caves have inspired three songs here. Two legends in France: one for the Chambre de l’Amour sea cave and another for the important karst resurgence, Fosse Dionne. In the States there is the legend for the Silver Springs resurgence.
Many of these songs or instrumental works were inspired by real caves. The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) in Capri motivated two instrumental pieces and one German song. Two other instrumental pieces were inspired either by the Blue Grotto of Capri or the one in Malta. Other caves the world over that have been celebrated in popular music include the Caves of Manacor in Majorca, the Drakou Cave in Greece, and Luray Caverns, Weeki Wachee Springs, plus two pieces for McDougal’s Cave (Mark Twain Cave) in the United States.
There are also four different versions of the 1962 hit pop song, Johnny Get Angry, which was the popular music song writer’s answer to the growing influx of “caveman” rock songs in the 1960s.
In the children’s section there are nine songs about bats and four songs about cavemen. There are many more cave and bat songs for children, which were performed for children’s films or for children’s television shows (see under Film & Television Music).
Each country has been listed alphabetically. And each entry for that country was given a code number – starting with “PO” meaning popular music followed by the country code established by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), based on lists published by the United Nations.
All the English songs and music from Great Britain and the United States have been listed together and grouped alphabetically. The English children’s songs have also been put separately.
For the song entries, wherever possible an effort was made to obtain or transcribe the song lyrics and translate them into English. These lyrics will be found in “Lyrics – Popular Music & Children’s Songs” section (tab on bottom left).
The list of abbreviations used for each entry will be found in the “Abbreviations” tab on the bottom left.