A sharp rhythmic accent on the second and fourth beats of a measure in 4/4 time, characteristic of rock music.
In popular music, a primary accent on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure.
Webster's New World
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.
Other Word Forms of Backbeat
Origin of Backbeat
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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