Planet Pop

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the true significance of the Pop genre. Where would music be today without the perfect melodies, hooks and middle-eights of The Beatles, Abba, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and The Pet Shop Boys? No doubt a much sadder, sorrier (and probably more Metal) place.

Cynics say that the perfect pop song can be easily thrown together after following a simple strategy, but as any pop fan knows, pop music is so much more than just light-hearted fluff. Pop music is your friend, the music to get you through the sunny and uplifting times of life (falling in love, the sun shining, winning the lottery etc.), as well as the melancholy depths of despair (relationship break-ups, no coffee left in the kitchen, existential crisis etc.). Yep, seminal 90s Kiwi band The Chills were right on the money when they sang about the blissful effects of the perfect pop song in their hit track ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’.

Just browsing through the Bandplanet Pop genre listings is an affirmation of the supremacy of Pop. Bandplanet is full to bursting with great pop songs, from the likes of Switzerland’s Biggles, Germany’s Everyday History, Finland’s Siberian Jay and Brazil’s Roberta Amaral. Here’s a globe-trotting sampler of Bandplanet’s finest pop offerings, featuring all of the above, plus more:

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