Definition of easy listening in English:

easy listening


mass noun
  • Popular music that is tuneful and undemanding.

    as modifier ‘easy-listening tunes’
    • ‘His easy-listening albums sold more than 70 million copies.’
    • ‘There is no grit, dirt, grime or funk worth mentioning, and the rawness I was expecting has been replaced with easy-listening soul ballads.’
    • ‘It will probably never be a best seller, but if you like a bit of country that's not too country, combined with a smooth easy-listening vocalist, this may be the next album for you.’
    • ‘One of the local easy-listening stations started playing Christmas music 24/7 the day after Thanksgiving and will continue to do so until the holiest of holidays.’
    • ‘On other nights there is easy-listening music.’
    • ‘But for the music I play, which is easy-listening country and folk, a beautiful old Takamine is the only thing to use onstage.’
    • ‘It is a spangly piece of tuneful easy listening, a record unashamed of a simple chorus and a driving rhythm.’
    • ‘We hang on the phone tolerating easy-listening music for many eternities, only to talk to script-bound customer service people.’
    • ‘The older generation, as well as the authorities, discouraged easy-listening music.’
    • ‘The next time I got in her car, my friend irritably popped in a Van Halen CD and said, ‘I brought this for you since you can't stand my easy-listening music.’’
    • ‘The album is an easy-listening blend of folk, rock, and pop that pleases both the ear and the soul.’
    • ‘The music will appeal to all ages - easy listening music in the style of Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin, but is by no means a tribute to these performers.’
    • ‘Armed with an acoustic guitar, she flirts, funks and folks her way through 10 easy-listening pop ditties.’
    • ‘With its orchestral arrangements, dragging tempos and saccharine delivery, it seems less like pop music than easy listening.’
    • ‘It's almost too good to be true and cynics may dismiss this fine album as mere easy listening but that would be wrong.’
    • ‘Within the last ten years or so, piped-in music has changed from consisting mainly of easy-listening covers of Beatles tunes to consisting mainly of obscure and bad pop music.’
    • ‘Obviously, it tries to emulate cheesy easy-listening music of the 70s.’
    • ‘I was driving a rental car, and I'd turned on the local easy-listening station, since that's the sort of thing you're supposed to listen to in rental cars.’
    • ‘People who like easy-listening music are already covered by Lite FM.’
    • ‘Not trippy enough for trip hop, and not good enough for its own category, Dragizas seems to want to create some sort of easy listening album.’
    melodious, melodic, musical, mellifluous, sweet-sounding, pleasant-sounding, dulcet, euphonious, harmonious, lyrical, lilting
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