Best Pop podcasts — Pop music and news (Updated December 2017; image)
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Popcast
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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.
 
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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
Monthly+
 
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
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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
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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
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"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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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.
 
Billboard staffers discuss Ed Sheeran & Beyonce's "Perfect Duet," K. Michelle's intriguing "Kim K," Bjork's "Losss," Lil Uzi Vert & Nicki Minaj's "The Way Life Goes (Remix)," PRETTYMUCH and French Montana's "No More" and First Aid Kit's "Fireworks."
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
One constant in the Bay Area music scene for the past few years has been flux. Artists coming and going and prevalent styles always evolving. But if 2017 showed us anything, it's that the Bay is a fruitful haven for independent music and artists. Listen in as the Noise Pop Podcast counts down the Top 6 Local Albums of the year plus one EP. Chec ...…
 
Calming international tensions with skate punk. Stopping at-risk kids from turning to rap rock. Yes, we're continuing the good fights both locally and abroad- and just by listening, you're doing your part. Giving back feels good, even if not every song in the 1997 Hottest 100 countdown does... SONGS COVERED: 90. Pennywise - Society 89. The Dand ...…
 
On the latest show, we're breaking down the 2018 Grammy nominations! The theme of this year's nods, especially in the Big Four categories (album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist), is diversity, with men of color dominating the picks. Aside from Lorde's Melodrama, every nominee in the album of the year catego ...…
 
A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.
 
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The BackBeat
 
This Week on The BackBeat, we get into the 2018 GRAMMY nominations and talk through some of our favorite nominees. From Album of the Year to Best Urban Contemporary Album, we have you covered. Later we get into the passing of Lil Peep and the importance of discussing addiction and mental illness. We've been gone for too long but it's time we br ...…
 
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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.1Lexer – It will be all over soon29NEW.1Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels – I miss you28NEW.1Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line – Let me go27292Mr Gun – Rockets26228DJ Liciou ...…
 
Björk is uniquely both a pop star and avant-garde composer. Though her music often challenges our ears, underneath her records you'll find more in common with today's pop music than you'd expect. Pieced together, you'll hear that she paints emotional landscapes composed of all the complexities of human experience. We give you a way to enjoy lis ...…
 
Just like how the sass can sneak into speech when you just say it backwards, there are some things in this episode we can't hold in: like our opinions on dolphin lyrics, the correct hierarchy of the Toy Story films and what songs are most appropriate for accountants to take that third (and hopefully last) walk down the aisle. Oh, and of course ...…
 
On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast: a preview of Billboard’s 2017 Women in Music gala, news about PSY and David Cassidy, and chart chat about Taylor Swift, Portugal. The Man and Pentatonix.
 
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Hottest 100s and 1000s
 
Season 5 starts with a bang. We got new hits. We got repeat offenders. We got a political campaign. We got the sweet, sweet stats we know you crave. Most importantly, we have the first five of the 100 hottest songs of 1997. Baby, are you ready to go? SONGS COVERED: 100. Effigy - I Give In 99. Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye 98. Daft Punk - Da Funk ...…
 
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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.1Daya – New29NEW.1Mr Gun – Rockets282214Clean Bandit ft. Marina and the Diamonds – Disconnect2730 ...…
 
The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.
 
Tove Lo drops in to the new Pop Shop Podcast to chat about her just-released album "Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II)," why she wanted to make a two-part concept album (the new set is the continuation to 2016’s Lady Wood), her new single “Disco T**s,” and filming its “bizarre” music video. Plus, the Pop Shop team discusses Taylor Swift's million-s ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
The final Noisemakers mix of the year features new cuts, local shouts and a saucy remix of one of our favorites, by one of our favorites. Dig into our last fresh batch of tracks before our back-to-back Best Music of The Year episodes! Playlist: 1) Sunflower Bean - “I Was A Fool” 2) Jonti - “Tokorats” 3) Ela Minus - “Ceremony” 4) Field Medic - “ ...…
 
It’s all about Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” on the new Pop Shop Podcast, as Jason and Keith dive into their thoughts about the album, and how the set is off to a sizzling sales start. Plus, the Pop Shop team chat about Eminem’s new single, “Walk on Water,” featuring Beyoncé, and if Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, will hit No. 1 ...…
 
This week, we're taking a brief break from anniversaries to look back on the catalog of an artist in the news right now: Taylor Swift. With help from Billboard deputy editor, digital Joe Lynch and editorial director Jason Lipshutz, both of the Must-Hear Music podcast, Coming Around Again reviews Swift's six studio albums, from her 2006 self-tit ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' album, running down each track from the hip-hop-heavy “End Game” featuring Future and Ed Sheeran (all three rap on it) to the tragic romantic tale of “Getaway Car” to the When Harry Met Sally-referencing closer “New Year’s Day."
 
Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.
 
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The Chartographers
 
Yes, it's that (very first-ever) time of year! After their biggest season to date, Evan, Taran, and special guest John Gleason Teske host the First Annual Chartie Awards, looking back over two seasons worth of material and handing out awards like Best Mispronunciation, Worst Evan Intro, Most Memorable Artist Impression, and so much more!Plus, 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 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.1Kokab – Got U29NEW.1Mandee – Song 2 fall in love 2282011HI-LO & ALOK – Alien technology27282Fire ...…
 
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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.1Alter Ego ft. Amy Tjasink – Get wild29NEW.1Sans Souci ft. Pearl Andersson – Safe in your arms28N ...…
 
She hasn’t done interviews, but the pop star has been leaving hints about what to expect on her sixth album. Our writers listen to the signs.
 
Billboard staffers discuss Taylor Swift's "Call It What You Want," Miguel's "Told You So," N.E.R.D.'s "Lemon" ft. Rihanna, Pinegrove's "Intrepid," Yaej's "raingurl" and Tom Misch's "Movie."
 
Dance/DJ trio Cheat Codes (Trevor Dahl, Kevin Ford and Matthew Russell) drop in to talk about their breakthrough year, working with Demi Lovato on their top 40-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit “No Promises,” their new single “Feels Great,” featuring Fetty Wap and CVBZ, and much more. In addition to the chat with Cheat Codes, the Pop Shop team div ...…
 
A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.
 
Billboard Associate Editor Taylor Weatherby comes by CAA to discuss her Shania superfandom, recently capped by an excellent interview Taylor did with the singer-songwriter, in which she dove deep back into her two-decade-old memories surrounding the album. We talk about how Shania was actually intimidated by the idea of following up the album s ...…
 
[AUDIO FIXED] At the top of the pop charts, Taylor Swift and Cardi B, two artists with seemingly little in common, exploit the same compositional technique to hook listeners in. Meanwhile, across time and space, electro producers Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels, channel the thematic tricks of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz in his 1830 ...…
 
Rachel Platten drops by the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss her new album, “Waves,” how the set is her with “no filter,” and why wearing onesies and drinking tequila in the recording studio was important in making the album. Plus, the Pop Shop team dives into chart news about Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, and discusses Kelly Clarkson’s new album, "M ...…
 
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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.WL.W.W.O.30NEW.1Vassey & Afrojack – Lost29NEW.1Andrew Rayel ft. Emma Hewitt – My reflection28302Walk The Moon – O ...…
 
This week, we take another look at George Michael's world-conquering 1987 solo debut LP Faith, which turns 30 on Monday (Oct. 30). Billboard deputy editor, digital Joe Lynch stops by the podcast first, to help run down the album's six Hot 100 smashes, discussing our favorites and least favorites. Then, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson of the Char ...…
 
Changes to the formulas used to build albums and singles charts will weigh paid streams more than free ones. What will the impact be?
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
The second to last Noisemakers Mix of 2017 is here with eight new tracks for your listening pleasure. Playlist: 1. Rapsody - "Laila's Wisdom" 2. Weaves - "Gasoline" 3. Open Mike Eagle - "(How Could Anybody) Feel At Home 4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "In The World But Not Of The World" 5. P-Lo - "Much More" 6. Kelela - "Frontline" 7. Hamilton Leith ...…
 
Vance Joy returns to the show for a fun conversation about life on the road, hiking, if he gets nervous before playing shows, and how he’s not exactly known for sexy choreography onstage. The singer-songwriter recently scored his second No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart with “Lay It On Me,” and is aiming to release a new album ...…
 
Two of the music world’s biggest voices and boldest personalities are back. Deep into successful careers, where have their paths diverged?
 
This week we revisit INXS' blockbuster 1987 LP, Kick. The album, an impossibly seductive blend of rock, pop, funk and soul, made the Australian rock band international superstars, spawning four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits in the U.S. Writer Eric Spitznagel calls in this week to discuss the piece he wrote for Billboard magazine about the contr ...…
 
With Charlie off the grid, Nate sits down with singer/producer Amber Mark to explore the different levels of Kendrick's hit HUMBLE.. Then, they turn to the diverse influences (including house music, Carnatic samples, and autodidactic piano chords) behind Mark's own track "Lose My Cool." Featuring: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. Amber Mark - Lose My C ...…
 
Daya stops by the Pop Shop Podcast to talk about her “emotional” new single “New,” how she’s gained a lot of confidence in herself as an artist in recent months, and how she has to work “twice as hard” to be respected as a songwriter. Plus, we’ve got chart chat about Post Malone, NF and P!nk, and news about the American Music Award nominations, ...…
 
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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.1Walk The Moon – One foot29NEW.1Kygo – Stargazing282212Lincoln Jesser ft. Gabrielle Current – Som ...…
 
This week, we look back at Bruce Springsteen's 'Tunnel of Love' album, released in early October of 1987. Three decades later, the album still holds an interesting place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's catalog, as arguably his most personal album. Variety senior music editor Jem Aswad comes on to debate how the album's songs and sonics hol ...…
 
In the 15 years since she last released an album, the music industry has undergone big changes, but Ms. Twain’s new LP still debuted at No. 1.
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito joins the podcast for the next installation in the My Mix series. The Oakland native sits down with Host Adrian Spinelli to talk about and listen to the music that has inspired his career from Delta Blues great Robert Johnson to rapper Kendrick Lamar. The NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner also discusses music fr ...…
 
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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.1Jasmine Thompson – Words29NEW.1Infected Mushroom & WARRIORS – Becoming insane 2017282317Omnikid ...…
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, we discuss news of the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations (including possible inductees Depeche Mode, Eurythmics and Kate Bush), Sam Smith’s upcoming sophomore album "The Thrill of It All" and Jason Aldean’s moving performance and statement on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live." Plus, we’ve got chart chat about S ...…
 
Demi Lovato's latest, "Sorry Not Sorry" is at once an unapologetic anthem of defiance and a super catchy mashup of multiple genres. As we'll see, every small musical choice is here for a reason, together fostering Lovato's message of ascension—or even, transcendence. And as we pick apart "Sorry Not Sorry," we'll go to some surprising places our ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Khalid's "Perfect (Rough Draft)," Miley Cyrus' "Week Without You," Anna of the North's "Always," Nora en Pure's "Fever," Whitney's "You and Me" and MUNA's "In My Way" on the Must-Hear Music podcast.
 
Tom Petty is remembered on the latest Pop Shop Podcast, following the rock legend’s unexpected death on Oct. 2. Plus, the Pop Shop team dives into big chart news about The Killers, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Camila Cabello and Shania Twain.
 
He was a student of the ’60s who learned from his elders, but put his own deliberate spin on rock ’n’ roll.
 
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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.1Filous ft. Klei – Knots29NEW.1Avicii ft. Rita Ora – Lonely together28NEW.1DJ Licious – I can’t s ...…
 
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