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Eg and Alice – Indian

1991: the year that wanted to sex you up. Possibly one of the reasons why Eg and Alice never troubled the charts.

1970s ›

Boney M – No Woman No Cry

Conspicuous by their absence no longer, it's the one, the only (apart from the numerous versions appearing in a club near you) Boney M!

ABBA – If it Wasn’t For the Nights

A fun discussion when ABBA fans get together is "what singles would YOU have chosen from 'Voulez Vous'?" Before you know it 37 years will have passed and no consensus will have been reached.

Donna Summer – The Hostage

It's 1974 and Donna Summer, prior to becoming the first lady of everything, speaks out on terrorism and police incompetence. Wait, come back!

1980s ›

1990s ›

Eg and Alice – Indian

1991: the year that wanted to sex you up. Possibly one of the reasons why Eg and Alice never troubled the charts.

2000s ›

Robbie Williams – Better Man

In which Dan asks the question "Is 'Better Man' Robbie Williams' career-defining song?" Dan is American, and therefore has an entirely different perspective from the rest of us who are all shouting "NO, IT'S OBVIOUSLY ANGELS" right about now.

2010s ›

Duos ›

Erasure – She Won’t Be Home

Look, we can argue about whether this is technically a hit or not until the cows come home but it might just be THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS RECORD EVER. So, um, there.

Female Solo ›

French Pop ›

Stéphanie – Irresistible

You might think that to be successful in pop you need to be able to carry a tune. But as any backing singer will tell you – probably through gritted teeth – […]

Mylène Farmer – Désenchantée

We return now to the realm of French pop and its undisputed queen, Mylene Farmer. Were you inclined to put Madonna and Pet Shop Boys into a blender and blitz on full power […]

German Pop ›

Boney M – No Woman No Cry

Conspicuous by their absence no longer, it's the one, the only (apart from the numerous versions appearing in a club near you) Boney M!

London Boys – My Love

They sold more albums than Kate Bush or Tears for Fears in 1989, but will anybody these days admit to buying a London Boys record? I will, obviously.

Groups ›

Male Solo ›

Scottish Pop ›

Thomas Leer – No 1

Two years prior to "Snobbery & Decay", Thomas Leer was out-blowing the Blow Monkeys with the string and saxophone drenched "No 1".

Swedish Pop ›

Niki & The Dove – DJ, Ease My Mind

A magnificent entry in our occasional 'Crying at the Discoteque' series, Niki & The Dove's "DJ, Ease My Mind" demonstrates why Scandinavians do pop better than just about anyone.

Kylie Minogue – Turn it Into Love

Fun fact! This was probably the song that started off the whole Into the Popvoid concept. I've been bitter about Turn it Into Love's non-single status for 28 years.

Laura Branigan – Shattered Glass

It’s almost impossible to discuss pop music at the end of the 1980s without mentioning Stock, Aitken and Waterman. For the last two years of the decade they essentially colonised the UK charts, […]

Swing Out Sister – We Could Make It Happen

As we’ve discussed at length before, pop is brutal. Our test-case today is Swing Out Sister, one of Britain’s greatest ever groups, but one who were given incredibly short shrift in their […]

Kylie Minogue – Your Disco Needs You

Question: can you have a hit so gay it irrevocably changes your career? Even damages it? Answer: yes you can. Case in point: Go West by Pet Shop Boys. Back in 1993 Neil Tennant was yet […]

Kirsty MacColl – My Affair

I think a lot of people – if I’m honest I’m one of them – tend to judge pop careers on chart positions. I do realise that this logic is […]