backbeat

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Etymology[edit]

back +‎ beat

Noun[edit]

backbeat (plural backbeats)

  1. (music) The sharp accent on the second and fourth beats of rock music in 4/4 time.
    • 1957, “Rock and Roll Music”, performed by Chuck Berry:
      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