Blue Pearl – Running Up That Hill
Yes, it is that Running Up That Hill.
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.
Hurts – Stay
The best wintry ballad of the decade.
Scarlet – Love Hangover
Not that Love Hangover. The other Love Hangover.
Pet Shop Boys with Kylie Minogue – In Denial
1999: Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue finally get together, create stunningly beautiful song, world shrugs. That's the brutality of pop for you.
Buggles – Elstree
Or: How I Learned to Stop Fearing Martians and Love Synthesisers.
Red Box – Heart of the Sun
One of those bands that made you feel a bit clever for liking them, Red Box made a classic debut album which flopped terribly - and, as it turns out, quite unnecessarily. Thanks, record label types!
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
30 years may have passed, but I'm pretty certain I could say "everybody Wang Chung tonight" out loud and most people would know what I was talking about. Right?
Mini Viva – One Touch
(Mini) Viva Forever! Brand new contributor Joe Anderton with a cautionary tale of bad scheduling that consigned one of pop's most exciting new acts to the dumper.
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Out of Touch
Sort of a discussion about how versions are very important to die-hard pop fans, but mainly about how brilliant "Out of Touch" is.
Pet Shop Boys – Integral
You've had your chance, now we've got the mandate. If you've changed your mind, I'm afraid it's too late.
Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville – All My Life
Why do some pop stars only ever seem to have hits here with duets or movie themes? It's all so unfair.
Niki & The Dove – So Much it Hurts
Pop: expressing how we feel so we don't have to. Thank goodness for that.
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.
Mono – Life in Mono
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.
Tears for Fears – Famous Last Words
Everybody loves a happy ending, but for the longest time it looked like Tears for Fears weren't going to get one.
Swing Out Sister – Notgonnachange
Welcome to the club, Swing Out Sister.
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.
Vegas – Walk Into the Wind
The union of Frowning Concepts Terry Hall and Dave Stewart produces unexpectedly uplifting results.
The Beloved – Time After Time
In which we ask the question: are pop stars on a hiding to nothing when they borrow the title of a famous song?