A confident step forward, ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ was a deeply personal Sam Smith statement that helped fans to share in their emotions.
Soft Cell masterminds Dave Ball and Marc Almond look back on the “enjoyable chaos” of Britain’s first ever synth-pop duo.
Revealing a deep emotional intelligence, ‘I’m Not The Only One’ proved that Sam Smith could write songs that tell us something about ourselves.
Digging deep into their roots for their fifth album, Maroon 5 emerged victorious with ‘V’, proving themselves the dance-pop-rock hybrid act of the decade.
Taylor Swift’s seventh album, ‘Lover’ jumps back to the sunnier world of ‘1989’ with an abundance of confidence in her genre-straddling pop.
Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ is widely regarded as a pop classic, and proved that Katy had both star quality and staying power.
‘Halcyon’ saw Ellie Goulding edge towards stardom. Its reissue, ‘Halcyon Days’, added a disc of club smashes that took that leap of faith.
The best Demi Lovato songs reveal an artist whose honesty and relatability have made her one of the most compelling pop stars in the world.
Lady Gaga’s debut album, ‘The Fame’, remains a masterclass in how to launch a 21st-century pop star, setting the stage for Gaga’s world domination.
Impossible to improve upon, ‘Dancing Queen’ remains a career-defining ABBA song – one that many have tried, but failed, to capture.
From her Virgin Tour to her Rebel Heart shows, Madonna has pioneered live performances, setting the bar for every large-scale pop production since.
The best Justin Bieber duets have inspired both creative innovation and some of the greatest songs of our time. In short: they define 21st-century pop.
Restlessly inventive, 10cc set about creating some of the most inventive pop of the 70s – a fascinating period covered in their Before During After box set.
In the late 60s and early 70s, the future members of 10cc helped put Strawberry Studios on the map, with a fascinating history of rare early recordings.
Truly making its mark on popular culture, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ took Demi Lovato’s career to a whole new level, making sure her voice was heard.