Best Pop podcasts — Pop music and news (Updated April 2018; image)
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Popcast
Weekly
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
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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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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Our beloved voting public; for a long time this podcast has been built on the solid foundations of nostalgia and brash opinions. But as we move into uncertain times, on the doorstep of 1997's top ten, we know that bold new leadership is needed- the kind of leadership that embraces self hatred, stands on basses, tells hung-over nannas to kiss ou ...…
 
Today on the show, we're joined by Sabrina Carpenter and Jonas Blue! The pop star and U.K. dance music producer have teamed up for the new song "Alien," and the collaboration all came together thanks to the A&R talents of Twitter.
 
Billboard staffers discuss Nicki Minaj's "Barbie Tingz," Cardi B's "I Like It," Drake's "Nick for What," Kylie Minogue's "Raining Glitter," 5 Seconds of Summer's "Youngblood," and Florence + the Machine's "Sky Full of Song."
 
Where did the ranking of our Whitney Hosuton albums leave you? In a Heartbreak Hotel? Or feeling like a million dollar bill? Either way, there's a lot more Whitney to talk about, and Evan, Taran, and special guest Nick Shoda will walk you through Whitney's worst song, seeing her in person, and oh so much more. Things might just get so emotional ...…
 
The 25-year-old’s LP “Invasion of Privacy” is part of her broad-scale pop culture takeover. A conversation about her rise and debut album.
 
We may be FW:ing on some old riffs, but the RE:s to the first five of 97's top twenty are worth passing on to at least 7 people. Or you'll have 13 years bad luck. ​SONGS COVERED: 20. Cake - I Will Survive 19. Regurgitator - Everyday Formula 18. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms 17. Cordrazine - Crazy 16. Baz Luhrmann x Quindon Tarver - ...…
 
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.1Valentino Khan – Lick it29NEW.1Chocolate Puma – Gotta get away282210Rowen Reeks ft. Dwight Steven – I wanna sex you up272312Cheat Codes ft. Ferry Wap & CVBZ – ...…
 
Today on the show, we welcome back AJR! Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met had a lot to catch us up on since they first appeared on the show back in February 2017, including the release of their album The Click in June and its breakout hit single "Sober Up," featuring Weezer's Rivers Cuomo.
 
Same cast, different script. When Evan & Taran invited returning guest Nick Shoda to rank the albums of Whitney Houston, we realized we have nothing if we don't have a #1, which is why our discussion bled over into two epic episodes. We make our way to number one step by step, but you being here is part of the fun. Enjoy!/// Our theme song for ...…
 
A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.
 
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.1Vini Vici & Timmy Trumpet – 10029NEW.1Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – The middle282312Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen – Breathe272011Lost Kings – Don’t call26292Sasha Sl ...…
 
On her single 'Butterflies,' Kacey Musgraves demonstrates a tour de force of songwriting. This song is a wild success because it incessantly reinforces one core emotional concept: that queasy anxious feeling in your stomach. No we're not talking about your leftover lunch, we're talking about love. But this is not just a simple little love song. ...…
 
"It just sucks, man. School is crap. Susie won't text me back. My parents don't get it, like, at all. I dunno. At least when I hear those four guys crack into analysing the top quarter of the 1997 hottest 100, I feel ok."- What Eric might say SONGS COVERED: 25. Green Day - Hitchin' a Ride 24. Korn - ADIDAS 23. Spiderbait - Calypso 22. The Verve ...…
 
Years & Years front man Olly Alexander joins the Pop Shop Podcast to chat about the group’s new “crazy” and “dramatic” video for “Sanctify” and the pressures of working on the group’s second full-length album – due out this summer. Plus, the Pop Shop team dive into an in-depth discussion about what they want for from new albums from Madonna, Ar ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Jack White's "Get In the Mind Shaft," The Weeknd's "Hurt You," Kacey Musgraves' "High Horse," Shawn Mendes' "Lost In Japan" and Cardi B's "Be Careful."
 
Here's a podcast to get so emotional over. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special returning guest and All-Star Nick Shoda explore what is truly the greatest love of all: the discography of the diva supreme that is Whitney Houston. The discussion gets so intense, we had to split this into two parts. It's not right ... but it's way OK!/// Our theme song f ...…
 
Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.
 
We fight for bovine freedom, discover the darkness behind the 'doos', ruin karaoke and open wide those third eyes as Nathan makes his long awaited return to the role of our resident numerologist. It's all enough to make you pause to comment how interesting it is. ​SONGS COVERED: 30. Tool - Forty Six & 2 29. Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life 2 ...…
 
MNEK joins the Pop Shop Podcast to talk about his new single and video “Tongue,” his upcoming debut studio album, and writing hits with such acts as Beyoncé, Dua Lipa and Madonna. Plus, the Pop Shop team discusses big chart news from XXXTentacion, Lil Dicky, Chris Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt and more.…
 
For Season 3's first-ever Happy Hour Minisode, the Chartographers gang -- Evan, Taran, Left of Left Center's Ned O'Reilly, and Pharoah Hound's J.C. Sciaccotta -- start reelin' in the years by talkin' all things Dan, going over their worst track, Walter Becker's passing, the contracts that were signed, the producers that were involved, and so mu ...…
 
Our annual SXSW episode is back with interviews with four of the festival's best artists: Sophie Allison of Brooklyn bedroom pop project Soccer Mommy, Frances Quinlan of Philadelphia-based Hop Along, Bay Area rapper Caleborate and Tim Darcy of Montreal band Ought. Listen in for a conversation and song selection from each of these SXSW standouts!…
 
For the lovers, for the felines no longer with us, for garage-rocking simpsons fans and especially for anyone in the Youtube comments section with a story to tell- yes, in 1997, Perth's ambient music scene had a song for you all. SONGS COVERED: 35. The Sundays - Summertime 34. Grinspoon - DCx3 33. Jebediah - Military Strongman 32. Pendulum - Co ...…
 
In which Nate tries to convince Charlie that Lil Pump's SoundCloud Rap hit "Gucci Gang" warps the perceptual present. Featuring: Lil Pump - Gucci Gang Gustav Mahler - Der Abschied / Das Lied von der Erde Franz Schubert - String Quintet / Adagio Conlon Nancarrow - Study for Prepared Piano 21 Check out Jonathan Berger's article on musical time in ...…
 
Keala Settle joins the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to chat about her breakthrough hit “This Is Me” from "The Greatest Showman" and her journey from being a Shakespeare major in college to hitting the big screen in film. Plus, she talks about her experience of performing the Academy Award-nominated “This Is Me” on the Oscars, her debut EP "Chapte ...…
 
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.1Yves V & Sevenn – Beautiful tonight29NEW.1Sasha Sloan – Normal28209Mark Sixma & Emma Hewitt – Missing (Andrew Rayel & Mark Sixma mix)27282Loop – Give n Take261 ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Leon Bridges' "Bet Ain't Worth the Hand" and "Bad Bad News," Troye Sivan's "Strawberries & Cigarettes," Anderson .Paak's "Til It's Over," Courtney Barnett's "Need a Little Time" and RuPaul's "Kitty Girl" ft. Trixie Mattel, Shangela, Kennedy Davenport and BeBe Zahara Benet.
 
It's time to brandish your steely knives, 'cos we're throwing back the little ones and pan-frying the big ones in The Chartographers' Season 3 premiere! Evan & Taran return as hosts, and bring along All-Star guests like Left of Left Center's Ned O'Reilly and Pharoah Hound's J.C. Sciaccotta to talk all things Dan. No stone is left unturned, 'cos ...…
 
Part two of our conversation about the mid-2000s pop star features debates about her MTV reality show and “S.N.L.” debacle, and a listener mailbag.
 
I kinda love the idea that someone is going to find this episode after searching for their favourite ancient Greek philosopher- and look, he does get a run, but this is mainly four guys talking about songs that teenagers loved twenty years ago. At least I think it's still about that? SONGS COVERED: 40. The Bloodhound Gang - Why is Everybody Alw ...…
 
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.1The Chainsmokers – You owe me29NEW.1Steve Aoki – Azukita28NEW.1Loop – Give n take27302Krewella – Alibi262110Alex Christensen & The Berlin Orchestra – You’re no ...…
 
On today's show, we have Anne-Marie! The breakout British singer/songwriter is known for the 2016 Clean Bandit song "Rockabye," also featuring Sean Paul, and for the buzzy new Marshmello collaboration "Friends," which climbs 27-24 on our Pop Songs chart this week and is already a top five hit in her native U.K.…
 
In the mid-2000s, the pop singer had platinum albums and an MTV reality show. Hear the first of two conversations about Ms. Simpson’s misunderstood career.
 
"Make Me Feel," is the first hit from Janelle Monáe's upcoming album Dirty Computer. It is a sensual song about the fluidity of desire. In the pre-chorus, the singer proudly expresses that she is a "sexual bender." Fans have embraced the song for breaking free of normative sexual expectations. But these non-binary statements aren't limited to t ...…
 
Andrew and Nathan go out on a limb with some deep cut love, Adam goes in for the kill and Deej goes way back in time. So many directions- or should we say, misdirections? Enjoy the shit horny magic show. SONGS COVERED: 45. The Cure - Wrong Number 44. The Tea Party - Temptation 43. Ammonia - You're Not the Only Way Who Feels This Way 42. Corners ...…
 
On our latest episode, MAX is back on the podcast to talk about the slow-burning success of his biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit yet, "Lights Down Low," featuring gnash.
 
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.1Krewella – Alibi29NEW.1David Tort – Yo te prefiero28NEW.1Don Diablo – Everybody’s somebody27214The Chainsmokers – Sick boy26302Daddy’s Groove & Ferdy – Latido2 ...…
 
This week on The BackBeat, we get into Diddy speaking on hip hop getting diluted, FunkMaster Flex tagging “wack rappers” in Diddy’s post, Jay Z producing a docu-series on the late Trayvon Martin with the Paramount Network, and an announcement that Spotify's Tuma Basa, curator of the influential RapCaviar Playlist has decided to leave the compan ...…
 
A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive
 
Billboard staffers discuss "Opps" from the 'Black Panther' soundtrack, Janelle Monae's "Make Me Feel," 5 Seconds of Summer's "Want You Back," Kacey Musgraves' "Space Cowboy," SOPHIE's "Faceshopping," and Soccer Mommy's "Still Clean."
 
Never content with our content, we're pushing ahead in brave new directions: pioneering genres, getting our acting chops up, curating perfect funeral set lists and laying the foundations for undoubtedly one of the greatest concepts for a motion picture soundtrack of all time. Just don't ask us anything about children's authors. We know nothing. ...…
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, superstar artist/DJ/producer Zedd joins the Pop Shop! The Grammy Award-winning chart-topper discusses the making of his latest smash single, “The Middle,” with Maren Morris and Grey, how Morris had the "perfect voice" for the song, and how the track became involved with Target’s spring marketing campaign. Plus, t ...…
 
What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?
 
February's mix features an interview with hip-hop producer Cam O'Bi (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, SZA), as he gets ready to drop his debut solo album, Grown Ass Kid. Music featured in this episode includes Cam O'Bi's debut single, "Tenderheaded" (feat. Smino), the much-anticipated return of Philadelphia's Hop Along, Solange collaborator Starch ...…
 
In Camila Cabello's "Havana" we hear both her Cuban roots and the modern sounds of Atlanta. Though the singer and featured guest Young Thug reference these two geographic identities, the song says so much more through its core musical elements. A Roland TR-808 kick drum evokes an entire repertoire of Atlanta Hip Hop, while the track's supportin ...…
 
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.
 
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.
 
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