Étienne Daho – Week-end à Rome
In which familiarité breeds contentement.
Bright Light Bright Light – Little Bit
Ooh-aah, just a Little Bit: the greatest pop moment of 2016.
Randy Newman – Falling in Love
Probably the best record ever made about the fuzziness of falling in love.
Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
My beautiful dark twisted fantasy of four top ten hits from a Brandon Flowers album.
Prince – D.M.S.R.
"DanceMusicSexRomance" - it's Dan's go-to Prince tune (and also his to-do list for Saturday nights).
Will Young – Like a River
Work hard, do good things and all your dreams will come true: not strictly the case when you're a pop star in this day and age.
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.
Paul Simon – Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
Paul Simon - probably the first artist who made me sit up and think "this music lark is definitely for me".
Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing
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.
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".
Billy Joel – Code of Silence
Billy Joel ropes in Cyndi Lauper for a bit of help on this anthem for the emotionally repressed. AMAZING.
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra – Deep in Vogue
Kermit the Frog – One More Sleep ’til Christmas
I briefly considered adding a category of "Frog Solo" for this post, but it's a fairly small genre to be honest. Here's Kermit with one of the best Christmas songs EVER.
Sufjan Stevens – Christmas in the Room
Derek shares his love for "Christmas in the Room" by yuletide enthusiast Sufjan Stevens. A slightly less frantic way of saying "All I want for Christmas is you".
Sam Sparro – 21st Century Life
Hook filled delirious pop? Keep your eye on the Sparro.
Tom Baxter – My Declaration
Coshed by a Blunt instrument, Tom Baxter's "My Declaration" could find a second life as a winner's song...
Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane
Derek would rather Fleetwood Mac than jack.
Vince Kidd feat. Vanessa White – The Zoo
Luke wonders why Vince Kidd remains "a curiosity on the fringes of pop".
Lewis Taylor – Satisfied
Joe Rivers on "an absurdly talented artist who really didn't want to play the game".
Deptford Goth – Feel Real
Derek on Deptford Goth's gorgeous "Feel Real", and the social anxieties involved when you find yourself standing next to a pop personage.