In which familiarité breeds contentement.
Ooh-aah, just a Little Bit: the greatest pop moment of 2016.
Probably the best record ever made about the fuzziness of falling in love.
My beautiful dark twisted fantasy of four top ten hits from a Brandon Flowers album.
"DanceMusicSexRomance" - it's Dan's go-to Prince tune (and also his to-do list for Saturday nights).
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.
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 - probably the first artist who made me sit up and think "this music lark is definitely for me".
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.
Two years prior to "Snobbery & Decay", Thomas Leer was out-blowing the Blow Monkeys with the string and saxophone drenched "No 1".
Billy Joel ropes in Cyndi Lauper for a bit of help on this anthem for the emotionally repressed. AMAZING.
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.
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".
Hook filled delirious pop? Keep your eye on the Sparro.
Coshed by a Blunt instrument, Tom Baxter's "My Declaration" could find a second life as a winner's song...
Derek would rather Fleetwood Mac than jack.
Luke wonders why Vince Kidd remains "a curiosity on the fringes of pop".
Joe Rivers on "an absurdly talented artist who really didn't want to play the game".
Derek on Deptford Goth's gorgeous "Feel Real", and the social anxieties involved when you find yourself standing next to a pop personage.