Damn it, Janet. Dan Poliak on the complete madness of 2004.
Echoes of an era with the best person to come out of Glee.
Dolly! Dolly! Dolly!
"DanceMusicSexRomance" - it's Dan's go-to Prince tune (and also his to-do list for Saturday nights).
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.
Brilliant song, amazing video, but Gwen Stefani can't get a hit single. Are those pesky "isms" to blame? Dan Poliak investigates.
1981: a fresh faced young man from the west coast arrives in New York city and heads straight for the nearest record shop.
In which Dan asks the question "do singles even exist anymore?" The short answer is of course "no, not really and we sort of have Beyoncé to thank for it". But we'll let him delve a little deeper via discussion of the unbridled filth-fest that is "Ego".
California, here we come.
Everyone wants to be a Disney princess. Especially our American correspondent Dan Poliak. He's almost there!
When a fourth musical Gibb brother appeared, America was like "OMG YES", but over here we were more "we'll just leave it, thanks" - which was patently a mistake because "Shadow Dancing" is absolutely bloody amazing.
Jack Antonoff, putting the fun. into the pop side project.
Here's a little story and you're sure to like it - Dan Poliak on everyone's homegirl, Paula Abdul.
In any other industry, a knock-off might be considered a bad thing. In pop, as Dan Poliak explains, it's often anything but.
Dan Poliak, invoking the memory of the Spice Girls to make a point about AC/DC and the Fist Pump Anthem. Business as usual then.
It's the biggest test of pop snobbery there is: can you admit to liking a Paris Hilton record? We can.
America had loved them for a decade, but in the UK there was a total eclipse of Heart until 1987.
Or: how to write a memorial without getting maudlin.
Dan Poliak on Young MC, rap's big breakthrough and Bette Midler samples.
Easy Listening. No two words have inspired more hate and derision amongst rock hipsters and the pop music cognoscenti than these – frankly, for the most part with good reason. […]
Can a band be considered to be one of the most successful in the world without ever having had a hit single? The answer is, of course, yes, but the […]