in popular music, a primary accent on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure
A sharp rhythmic accent on the second and fourth beats of a measure in 4/4 time, characteristic of rock music.
Origin of backbeatback(ground) + beat.
- (music) The sharp accent on the second and fourth beats of rock music in 4/4 time.
- Just let me hear some of that rock and roll music / Any old way you choose it / It's got a back beat, you can't lose it, / Any old time you use it / It's gotta be rock and roll music / If you wanna dance with me - Chuck Berry - Rock and Roll Music