Backbeat vs. Offbeat: What's the Difference?
Backbeat and Offbeat Definitions
A sharp rhythmic accent on the second and fourth beats of a measure in 4/4 time, characteristic of rock music.
An unaccented beat in a measure.
(music) The sharp accent on the second and fourth beats of rock music in 4/4 time.
Not conforming to an ordinary type or pattern; unconventional
A loud steady beat
(music) The beats not normally accented in a measure.
The congregation clapped along on the offbeat.
(slang) An unconventional person, someone who does not follow the beat, who chooses not to conform.
Unusual; unconventional; not ordinary.
He has such an offbeat sense of humor that hardly anyone finds his jokes amusing.
Informal terms; strikingly unconventional