Bollywood songs are neither traditional classical music nor the best folk or Western form. They are not even a pure genre of music with any real tradition or accumulated perfection. Yet, they make one of the most popular musical forms of our time. Here is an explanation to this apparent paradox regarding the popularity of Bollywood music.
The popularity of Bollywood songs as an identifiable genre of music is unmatched in India and spread across the world. The classical music, the Western songs as well as the folk music are the three major varieties of music popular in India. Even though all these genres of music boast rich traditions, a lot of variety and many great and legendary artistes, some of whom have also contributed to Bollywood music, yet none of them comes anywhere close to the popularity drawn by Bollywood music.