Five Star – There’s a Brand New World
1988, and Five Star become a Leather Proposition.
Karen Ramirez – Troubled Girl
I have a terrible track record when it comes to predicting the Next Big Thing. Karen Ramirez was my pick for 1998, and it didn't turn out very well.
Birdie – Folk Singer
Summer is coming.
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
Jakie Quartz – À la vie à l’amour
We now return to the bottomless well that is Atmospheric French Pop.
Tanya Lacey – Now That You’re Gone
New contributor Elliot on one of our finest pop-stars-in-waiting, it's the very lovely Tanya Lacey.
Japan – The Art of Parties
1981. There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?
SHeDAISY – Passenger Seat
In any other industry, a knock-off might be considered a bad thing. In pop, as Dan Poliak explains, it's often anything but.
Des’ree – Stand On My Own Ground
This is what happens to a pop career when Life gets in the way...
C.C. Catch – Strangers by Night
Great Britain joined the European Union in 1973. Perhaps one day pop will get that memo.
Dame Shirley Bassey – After the Rain
Very few people would make you wait fifty years for their best record. But that's exactly what Dame Shirley Bassey did.
Alphaville – Forever Young
First there was the Power Ballad. And then, thanks to Alphaville, came the NUCLEAR POWER BALLAD.
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
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.
Mint Juleps – Docklands
Girl Power, a decade early: it's the brilliant Mint Juleps.
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.
The Boomtown Rats – Never in a Million Years
No more champagne and the fireworks are through - the holiday season may be over, but Stewart can still spare a thought for a song that was lost in the Christmas rush 34 years ago.
St. Lucia – Dancing on Glass
Behold! Into the Popvoid's Single of the Year for 2015: the very wonderful St. Lucia and the amazing "Dancing on Glass".
The Divine Comedy – Our Mutual Friend
We've all woken up in a stranger's bed with a sense of deep shame. Only The Divine Comedy would dare set that to an orchestra.
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.