RECORD / TRACEY THORN

Sharp, fat-free adult club-pop for life-experienced pop-clubbed adults Although Tracey Thorn has been popping up here there and...

HAPPY CHRISTMAS YOUR ARSE

Part 2 of a very short festive series.....here are 10 other great Christmas Songs or ones that are a bit Christmass-y, that didn’t make...

THE SCIENCE OF POP

How to make a pop song 200% better in eleven easy steps Written a pop song that's failing to snap and crackle? Got a future banger...

WHOO-HOO!: BLUR

Too-clever-by-half Essex boys invent a genre, disown a genre, disown themselves, then kiss and make up triumphantly. Tales of London...

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...

IT'S CHRIST-MASSS!

Christmas Number 1's are a funny old bunch. Some Christmas classics didn't get anywhere near the top spot, while others are a bit.......

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Caught between real life, and ignoring the fantasy. Confession time, I’m not really a Queen fan. I don’t mind them. I’m just not really 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...