MIDNIGHT CITY / M83

2011 UK Chart Position: 34 French electronic pop is the best kind of pop (except when it’s British or Swedish) and so this already had a...

BIOLOGY / GIRLS ALOUD

Year: 2005 UK Chart Position: 4 Sometimes there’s a strange symbiotic connection between producers and artists that just works. The...

BURN THE WITCH / RADIOHEAD

Year; 2016 UK Chart Position: 64 Perhaps this doesn’t strictly qualify as “pop”. It’s more a scarily prescient Dystopian nightmare...

ALEJANDRO / LADY GAGA

Year: 2010 UK Chart Position: 7 From Ziggy Stardust onwards, pop music has been founded on artifice and character building. I remember...

WHERE ARE WE NOW? / DAVID BOWIE

Year: 2013 UK Chart Position: 6 Always a master of timing, was there ever a more perfect exit than that of David Bowie? Releasing your...

GET LUCKY / DAFT PUNK

Year: 2013 UK Chart Position: 1 I’ve never met anyone who dislikes this song. They may not love it. But to say you don’t like it would be...

NOTHING COMPARES 2 U / SINEAD O'CONNOR

Year: 1990 UK Chart Position: 1 As a performance, this must be one of the most startling number one records of all time. As a reading of...

ENJOY THE SILENCE / DEPECHE MODE

Year: 1990 UK Chart Position: 6 I’ve got a theory that there are two types of great pop single. One pulls up a chair next to you, takes...

DANCING ON MY OWN / ROBYN

Year: 2010 UK Chart Position: 8 Pop music is all about taking universal sentiments and drilling them down into something personal about...

THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME / ABBA

Year: 1982 UK Chart Position: 32 Where to start with this? This was the second to last Abba single and one off the last things they...