1991: the year that wanted to sex you up. Possibly one of the reasons why Eg and Alice never troubled the charts.
Film star in Moomin-pop-courtly-love-quite-good-album shocker!
Yes, it is that Running Up That Hill.
Saluting the fallen girl bands of our time: it's the here today, gone today story of the Thunderbugs.
Where do Brücken hearts go? The bargain bin, sadly.
Not that Love Hangover. The other Love Hangover.
Pop: one of the few career choices where quitting early can actually do you a favour.
Never be the Next Big Thing.
1999: Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue finally get together, create stunningly beautiful song, world shrugs. That's the brutality of pop for you.
Every chirpy pop star must at some point become a Frowning Concept (thank you Neil Tennant for that phrase), and Gina G's turn came with this lovely dreamy ballad. Note also cut-price version of Kylie's "Put Yourself in My Place" video.
In which bubbly pop princess Debbie Gibson attempts to grow up a bit and is roundly rejected because we are all TERRIBLE PEOPLE.
In which Kate Bush makes us all want to tuck into a bowl of Fruit 'n Fibre with our BARE HANDS.
Quite how we've got this far without covering one of pop's most successful guiding lights is beyond me, but here she is, finally: the irresistible Cathy Dennis!
That peculiar time when Debbie Harry became Deborah for a bit, roped in PWL for a remix and very few people cared. Sigh.
From the file marked "Bands we never quite got round to buying even though they were dead good" - it's the amazing Dubstar.
Ah, the long-distance love song. Where would pop be without telephone operators who can't do their job properly?
I had great expectations for this song, but not even Great Expectations could make it a hit. More Music for Spies, this time from the really very good Mono.
Welcome to the club, Swing Out Sister.
The 90s dance cover version is often enough to make the blood run cold, but this one gets Stewart's pumpin'...
Hooked on classics: charting pop music's use of Symphony No.5 by Jean Sibelius. Wait, come back!