Best Pop podcasts — Pop music and news (Updated February 2018; image)
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Popcast
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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.
 
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Pop Shop Podcast
Weekly+
 
Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson offer weekly Billboard chart breakdowns, discuss the hottest music news and cover the year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans, chart junkies and everyone in between are invited to this weekly half-hour discussion.
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
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The official ranking of the 30 hottest tracks on our playlist. The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled weekly from listener requests, club and dance radio station plays around the world. The countdown airs live every Saturday evening at 8pm. Download the podcast or listen on-demand.
 
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Switched On Pop
Monthly+
 
Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
Monthly
 
The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series showcasing noteworthy new releases from the independent and underground music scene, produced by Noise Pop: San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts and film festival. We deliver episodes that are engaging, distinctive, and always rooted in the music we love, that we think you will too. Along with music recommendations, Host Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, Fest300) interviews artists, tastemakers, and professionals from every corn ...
 
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The BackBeat
Monthly
 
Biweekly podcast dedicated to talking about what's happening in popular music.
 
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Tuner
Monthly
 
There's more to pop than meets the ear.
 
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Episodes – Hear Me Out
Monthly+
 
This is Hear Me Out, the podcast where Winston Noel and Alden Ford, along with a special guest each episode, explore the songs we love, no matter what literally everyone else says. We are not music officials. We are not music critics or music snobs. We are unqualified on every level to provide any cogent analysis of why a song is good or bad. All we know is, there are songs we just can’t stop loving, even though the world passed its harsh judgment on them long ago. So every episode we sit do ...
 
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The Chartographers
Monthly+
 
"Every album: ranked." The Chartographers is your go-to pop music podcast. Founded by Evan Sawdey & Taran O'Reilly, The Chartographers invites guests to come by and rank an artists' entire album discography from worst to best. We debate, we joke, and have those music-nerd discussions you've always wanted to have, now streaming on demand. So with new episodes every Tuesday, make sure you keep on listenin' -- 'cos you know that we'll be.[Season 2 has wrapped -- Season 3 coming in 2018]
 
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Hottest 100s and 1000s
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Since 1993, the Hottest 100 has been the largest annual music poll in the world. Countless acts have graced the chart, from Dido to Depeche Mode.We're going to talk about all of them.Hottest 100s and 1000s is a Sydney-based podcast hosted by longtime friends Adam Buncher, Andrew McDonald, David James Young and Nathan Harrison. They look back at every Hottest 100; and every song that has been deemed hot enough to be a part of it over the course of 20+ years.
 
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In Camila Cabello's "Havana" we hear both her Cuban roots and the sounds of East Atlanta. Though the singer and her featured guest, Young Thug, collectively represent these two identities, the song says much more in its musical references. The Roland TR-808 kick drum evokes an entire repertoire of Atlanta Hip Hop. The supporting piano rhythms d ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast or stream it on-demand right here. T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Daddy’s Groove & Ferdy – Latido29NEW.1Dastic & Arjay – Queen of a lonely heart282211Mr Gun – Rockets27302Sasha Lopez ft. Ale Blake & Evan – Feeling good26292So ...…
 
Chart-topping songwriter Diane Warren joins the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss her Academy Award-nominated song "Stand Up for Something," which she wrote with Common. "I knew what I wanted to say, and I didn't know how to get to it," she says of perfecting the song from the movie "Marshall," which garnered Warren her ninth Academy Award nomination ...…
 
A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.
 
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The BackBeat
 
On this week’s episode of The BackBeat, we get into the latest topics in music. We discuss the rumors that Rihanna will release a new album this year and go on tour. Next, we discuss Meek Mill’s legal issues and the love he has received from his fans from the Super Bowl and at the Olympics. We discuss Nicki Minaj’s disappearance from the inter ...…
 
The songwriters behind “The Greatest Showman” — Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — join the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss their Academy Award-nominated tune “This Is Me” and much more. Plus, the Pop Shop team chats about the Spice Girls getting back together, how ice skating at the Winter Olympics is showcasing music with lyrics for the first time and ...…
 
The internet’s response to the two musicians after the Super Bowl shows how criticism works these days. Rapid-fire groupthink online can be strong enough to have real-world impact.
 
When a single episode features a tie-in to one of the 90s' most iconic animated features, sharing a drink (or 5) with the Whitlams, a 10/10 horny song and not one but TWO EVERCLEAR TRACKS, it's pretty obvious that DJY is going to think it's a 'deadset clappy'- but are our other three hosts with him? And are YOU? SONGS COVERED: 55. The Red Hot C ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast or stream it on-demand right here. T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Sasha Lopez ft Ale Blake & Evan – Feeling Good29NEW.1Sophie Francis – Hearts of gold28NEW.1Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop – Capital Letters272111Mandee – Song 2 f ...…
 
Gina Delvac of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast and Darryl W Bullock, author of David Bowie Made Me Gay, join Nate and Charlie to dig into the poetry of Troye Sivan's "My My My!", the history of LGBT pop music, and the songs we love to hate. And also be sure to check out: Darryl Bullock's playlist of LGBT pop, from his book David Bowie Made Me ...…
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, L.A.-based electro-pop duo FRENSHIP stop by the office to talk about the surprise success of their first Billboard Hot 100 hit "Capsize" and the "timely" vibe of brand-new song "Love Somebody." Plus, Keith & Katie talk Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime and more.
 
With a very big weekend ahead of Justin Timberlake, Andrew Unterberger of Coming Around Again is joined by Jason Lipshutz and Joe Lynch of Must-Hear Music to discuss all things JT. Going from the *NSYNC days through his three (arguably four) solo albums and all the singles and controversies that defined the years in-between, the Pop Shop family ...…
 
The 100 of 1997: 40 songs down, 60 to go and in this 9th episode of the 5th season, your 4 hosts talk about 5 more- from 60 to 55, no less! Just look at all those powerful numbers. Did you just get chills? No? Well, you should have. Ask Nathan. SONGS COVERED: 60. They Might Be Giants - New York City 59. White Town - Your Woman 58. Diana Ah Naid ...…
 
Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz joins the Pop Shop to talk about the band’s new No. 1 album, “Mania,” and how its success it’s a “testament to our fanbase.” He also chats about how the album was delayed (and retooled), the group’s upcoming tour, and the success of his DCD2 record label artist MAX. “I’m super proud of him,” Wentz says.…
 
Big stars didn’t show up. Ratings were down. Hip-hop was once again shut out of the major categories. Can “music’s biggest night” represent what’s really happening in music?
 
Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1One Bit & Noah Cyrus – My way29NEW.1Laurent Schark ft. Darren Ellison – One of a kind28NEW.1Trob ...…
 
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The BackBeat
 
This week on The BackBeat, we get into Drake, Mary J. Blige, and Camila Cabello making history, changes to music streaming at Billboard, Charlemagne’s comments about Amara la Negra, and Erykah Badu’s weird interview with Vulture. We also get into Nick Cannon’s “interesting” covers of music from SZA, H.E.R., and Kehlani.…
 
The 90s are back. It is as if pop music entered a black hole and came out 25 years in the past. Today's artists are reviving the new jack swing and vocal R&B, creating a wave of 90s nostalgia. Uncover how they trick us into somehow loving those days when we got beat up in the middle school parking lot. Spotify 90s Nostalgia playlist: https://op ...…
 
We're making it very clear what the situation is here: you, a variety of wholesome outdoor activities, mother nature in all her splendour, a handful of products from only the best outdoor-related sponsors and a podcast episode that fits all of those things PERFECTLY. JUST PERFECTLY. SONGS COVERED: 65. The Lemonheads - The Outdoor Type 64. Faith ...…
 
This week's episode is our Grammy preview spectacular, starring five-time nominee Khalid!
 
The lead singer of the Irish rock band, who died at 46, wrote songs in the 1990s that deeply touched young women and Irish listeners while appealing to a worldwide audience
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
January Noisemakers: The first Noisemakers mix of the year features seven tracks to kickstart your music listening in 2018. We'll share music from Richmond, VA singer Lucy Dacus, Nashville's Liza Anne, Montreal post-punk band Ought, Miami electro-soul starlet Sabrina Claudio, indie-rock demigods Wolf Parade, a nod to the classics by the Black E ...…
 
When a single podcast episode can feature this much cyborg, Sandler and silliness (you know, the big three) and another 5 of the hottest songs of the 1997 countdown, it begs the question: HAS SCIENCE GONE TOO FAR? SONGS COVERED: 70. Reef - Place Your Hands 69. Ween - Waving My Dick in the Wind 68. Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl 67. Offspring - I Choo ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Limao – Good good time29NEW.1Rowen Reecks ft. Dwight Steven – I wanna sex you up28NEW.1Goldhouse ...…
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast: Chatter about Justin Timberlake's top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Filthy," Camila Cabello's chances for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, and more.
 
Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.
 
- Hello? Yes? How did you get this number? No, i'm sorry, I'm not interested in helping children who can't hear strings. What? No, i definitely don't want to hear your Bane impression. A free bottle opener? Listen, please don't call me agai- Oh, you have some opinions on five of the songs in the 1997 triple J Hottest 100? Do go on... SONGS COVE ...…
 
What's up with Justin Timberlake? Two years ago he gifted us the ebullient family-friendly jam "Can't Stop the Feeling," now he's on the cusp of a deeply serious new record called "Man of the Woods," whose first single, strangely, is a bit of electro-funk snarl expertly produced by long-time collaborators Timbaland and Danja. What's going on he ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Justin Timberlake's "Filthy," Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" remix, Brockhampton's "Boogie," CupcakKe's "Crayons," Travis Scott and Quavo's "Where You From" and Curl.'s "Moon Bay Mood."
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast: a discussion of possible Academy Award nominees for best original song, reviewing Justin Timberlake’s new single and video for “Filthy,” and chart news about “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack and more.
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
By counting up the total amount of plays on our playlist in 2017, we came up with this list of Top 108 songs from the past year. Have a listen and let us know your thought on twitter @djfmtoronto The DJ Top 108 of 2017 – December 31 2017 108 Sam Feldt – What about the love 107 Dante Klein – Harder 106 Rita Ora – Anywhere 105 Ofenbach ft. Nick W ...…
 
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The BackBeat
 
On this week’s episode, we breakdown some of 2018’s newest music. We fan out over the Bruno Mars and Cardi B collab “Finesse.” We also debate whether or not Bruno Mars appropriates black music and culture. Next, we get into Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy” and his upcoming Superbowl performance that should include an appearance from Janet Jackson. ...…
 
Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived.
 
It's the episode that will make you question everything. Who is a hero? Who is a villain? How well do we really know anyone? Did David actually popularise the use of the air horn in the 90s? And where does anything fall on the horny scale? But mostly it will make you question how much we can talk about things that aren't actually the songs of t ...…
 
Charlie talks laments, Baroque opera, and gender politics in Dua Lipa's sleeper hit "New Rules" with writer Emily Bootle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Stream it again right here. T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Mark Sixma & Emma Hewitt – Missing (Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma mix)29NEW.1David Guetta, Afrojack, Charlie XCX, French Montana – Dirty sexy money28NEW.1Flying Decibels – The road27NEW.1Cosm ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Stream it again right here. T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Cheat Codes ft. Fetty Wap & CVBZ – Feels great29NEW.1Sultan + Shepard ft. Nadia Ali & Iro – Almost Home28NEW.1Lost Kings – Don’t call273023LAU – Star Crossed261714Watermat & Pep & Rash – ...…
 
After a brief break from the spotlight, the rapper returned with “Revival,” an album that revisited familiar tropes and sounds. Where can he go from here?
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
On the final episode of the year, we're joined by Kevin Morby, whose album City Music is the Noise Pop Podcast's Album of the Year. Also on this episode, Jessi Frick of Father/Daughter Records and Nastia Voynovskaya of KQEDArts share their song of the year picks, along with picks from Adrian (Host), Colin (producer) and Kevin Morby. Track list: ...…
 
Billboard staffers talk about their favorite releases of 2017, including SZA, Priests, Camila Cabello, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Katy Perry, The xx, Stormzy, Niall Horan, Paramore, Corbin, Halsey and Lorde.
 
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Hottest 100s and 1000s
 
Our presence is a present in this very special Christmas episode where we attempt to unwrap ALL 100 SONGS in the first 'best of all time' countdown of 1989 within the space of 100 MINUTES! Which songs are gold and which are merely frankincense and/or myrrh? We like to think we've truly captured the chaos of the holiday season with this one. MER ...…
 
Pop legend Johnny Mathis stars in our final Pop Shop Podcast of 2017. Our end-of-the-year holiday spectacular features an interview with the “Chances Are” singer about his famed Christmas music, as well as his new box set. Plus, the Pop Shop team discusses new holiday tunes from Kelly Clarkson, Josh Groban, Seal, Sia, Gwen Stefani and even Jane ...…
 
Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Stream it again right here. T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.13LAU – Star Crossed29NEW.1Alex Christensen & The Berlin Orchestra – You’re not alone28NEW.1Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen – Breathe27302Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals – All fal ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Stream it again right here. T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals – All falls down29NEW.1Lost Frequencies & Zonderling – Crazy28NEW.1Don Diablo ft. A R I Z O N A – Take her place272213Vicetone ft. Rosi Gola ...…
 
Yes, there's a Kylie song at the end of this podcast: but you gotta earn it with some flashbacks to 'that night' in Berlin, some dude who thinks his cane is cool, a shakedown from a perverted customs officer and the world's brownest stew first. But there is a Kylie song at the end of this podcast. SONGS COVERED: 85. Brain Bug - Nightmare 84. Da ...…
 
Charlie and Nate breakdown Mariah Carey's classic "All I Want for Christmas is You" and revisit their favorite tracks of 2017. Sleigh bells abound. Featuring • Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas • Laura Marling - Semper Femina • Lorde - Melodrama • Khalid - Location • Dua Lipa - New Rules • Logic - Everybody / 1-800-273-8255 • Childish Gam ...…
 
"Call Me by Your Name" director Luca Guadagnino joins the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss music's vital role in his new critically acclaimed film. Plus, the Pop Shop team chats about Ed Sheeran and Beyonce's "Perfect" No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and how U2 becomes the first group with No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart in the 1980s, 19 ...…
 
From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.
 
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