Best Pop podcasts — Pop music and news (Updated October 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
Weekly
 
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
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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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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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The BackBeat
 
On this week’s episode, we discuss Tina Campbell’s less than smart choice to vote for Donald Trump for president. We discuss Azealia Bank’s apology to Nicki Minaj and beef with Cardi B. Speaking of Cardi B, we praise her achievement of securing the first number 1 record by a solo female rapper since Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) in 1998. W ...…
 
Oh! You pretty things. Time comes and goes, and here we are: at the very last episode of our second season. After what may very well go down as the most contentious #1 ranking of all time, Evan, Taran, and special guests Bobby "Major Bob" Evers and Jon "Kooky" Harvey go to town on tracking Bowie's many ch-ch-ch-changes, tackling his worst song, ...…
 
“The Star-Spangled Banner” has long been a site of dissent and disagreement. A conversation about the history of the anthem, and those who have protested it.
 
This week, Billboard senior editor Frank DiGiacomo comes on to discuss an album that he's loved for 40 years: Billy Joel's The Stranger. Released in 1977, The Stranger would go on to become the best-selling album in Columbia Records history. On the podcast, DiGiacomo shares his memories of being a young Billy Joel fan in Youngstown, Ohio at the ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
The Noisemakers September Mix settles back down in a danceable groove with some stellar collaborations, lots of Bay Area love and one of our favorite discoveries of the year. Chill, relax, and let this one flow. 1) Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett - "Over Everything,” 2) Caleborate - “Soul,” 3) Ibeyi - “Me Voy (feat. Mala Rodríguez),” 4) Hazel Engl ...…
 
PRETTYMUCH drops by the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to talk about their debut single “Would You Mind,” how they’re bringing "full-out" dancing back to the boy band landscape, advice they got from One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and working with “god of pop” Max Martin. Plus, the Pop Shop teams discusses big chart news about Cardi B hitting No. 1 ...…
 
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, Chartographers are music junkies.That's right, we wrap up our final ranking episode of Season 2 by having special gusts Jon Harvey and CHIRP's Bobby Evers swing by to tackle what turns out to be arguably the most contentious ranking for #1 of all time. Things still end up hunky dory for the guys, and oh, the prett ...…
 
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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.1EDX – We can’t give up29NEW.1Gianni Don Carlo ft RAiK – Every time I see you28228Olav Basoski ft ...…
 
This week on Coming Around Again, we're visited by Ricky Riccardi, archivist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York. Ricky talks with Billboard about the 50th anniversary of the song that's endured as Armstrong's best-remembered: "What a Wonderful World," a pop ballad with a very interesting history, both in its creation and in ...…
 
Nashville has been undergoing a gender crisis for most of the 2010s. Is the latest development — kinder men — a solution?
 
How does a song with nonsense lyrics capture our attention, making us want to move? It is called the groove. Enter Calvin Harris' "Feels" (ft. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean). Known for mainstreaming EDM, Harris throws out the software and picks up hardware instruments on this track. Upon first listen, this might seem like a sleeper ...…
 
Nadine Coyle guest stars on the latest Pop Shop Podcast, as the singer/songwriter (and 1/5 of U.K. girl group Girls Aloud) drops in to talk about her new single “Go to Work” and of course the legacy of Girls Aloud. Plus, the Pop Shop team dives into chart news about Thomas Rhett bringing country back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart a ...…
 
Wham, bam, thank you ma'am! For the final artist of our second season, The Chartographers went all-out, not only tackling one of the most elusive discographies of all time (David Bowie), but also bringing back not one but two fan-favorite guests to help settle the score: most frequent guest Jon Harvey and CHIRP's Bobby Evers. The journey starts ...…
 
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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.1Bob Sinclar ft. Akon – Til the sun rise up29NEW.1Klingande – Pumped up28206TRAVI – Bang27302Dimi ...…
 
The rapper behind one of the summer’s biggest hits has made swift moves in the music industry, and is making waves in the fashion world, too.
 
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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.1Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & David Guetta ft. Kiiara – Complicated29NEW.1Watermat & Pep & Rash – R ...…
 
This week on 'Coming Around Again,' we're flashing back 10 years to Sept. 11, 2007, when hip-hop hosted the heavyweight bout of the year, between superstar rappers 50 Cent and Kanye West. Along with Billboard Hip-Hop Editor Carl Lamarre, we share our memories of the sales battle, discuss how the 'Curtis' and 'Graduation' albums hold up, and the ...…
 
Engineer and co-producer Colin Peden sits in for Adrian and plays some songs of the louder persuasion. You'll hear metal, punk, synth music and synth punk cuts, that are definitely putting the "noise" back in Noise Pop. Turn your listening device of choice up and tweet our guest host Colin (@colinpeden) with anything within reason. Full Playlis ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Taylor Swift's "…Ready for It," Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes," Kelly Clarkson's "Love So Soft," ILoveMakonnen's "Love" ft. Rae Sremmurd, St. Vincent's "Los Ageless," Tove Lo's "Disco Tits," and Demi Lovato's "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore."
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, we welcome our special guest, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson! The chart-topping star chats about his new album "All the Light Above It Too," how the set got its start on a boat in the North Atlantic Ocean, why he wrote the Donald Trump-inspired single “My Mind Is For Sale,” and how he remains incredibly humble ab ...…
 
No need to feel like you're in a guilty cubicle -- this Happy Hour Minisode may as well be our major label debut, as Evan, Taran, and special guest Carlo Lopez talk about all things Broken Social Scene, from their worst song to numerous side-projects/other band commitments to Kevin Drew's endless gay-but-not-gay-but-totally-gay lyrics. Enjoy!// ...…
 
What happens when the media shines a light on feminist punk? A conversation about D.I.Y. scenes and representation.
 
This week, Coming Around Again welcomes a special guest in Jay Kay, frontman of English jazz-funk greats Jamiroquai. Jay comes on to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards -- the year Jamiroquai won four awards (including Video of the Year) for their classic "Virtual Insanity" clip -- discussing his memories of the VM ...…
 
This episode of Switched on Pop comes at you live from Block Island, RI, recoded in front of an audience of friends and family following a solar eclipse. Fittingly, the two songs discussed that day formed their own kind of syzygy. Kesha's "Praying" and Imagine Dragon's "Believer" are inverse anthems of resilience. Both tracks seek catharsis - o ...…
 
We’ve got a special edition of the podcast dedicated entirely to a lengthy interview with hit songwriters Justin Tranter and Leland. You know them from their work with Selena Gomez, Troye Sivan, Justin Bieber, Daya, Imagine Dragons and more. On the show, the guys talk about their latest efforts with Gomez and also dive into a wide range of topi ...…
 
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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.1XYLO – Alive29NEW.1Vicetone ft. Rosi Golan – Collide28NEW.1Kenn Colt, Hiisak – Come on sugar2729 ...…
 
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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.1HI-LO & ALOK – Alien Technology (DJFM Radio edit)29NEW.1Gianluca Vacchi – Viento (DJFM Radio edi ...…
 
It's all ... gonna break! And by that, we mean it's all going to come together in some sort of K.C. Accidental fashion. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special guest Carlo Lopez go up and down this shoreline to determine what is the single greatest Broken Social Scene song. Yes, the guys go for the sweetest kill while avoiding your run-of-the-mill shampo ...…
 
On this week’s episode, our readers picked the topics of conversation, which include Lil Wayne, merchandise and Camila Cabello.
 
This week, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson of Billboard's Chart Beat podcast stop by Coming Around Again to talk about 'Bad,' Michael Jackson's 1987 blockbuster LP, and the first album to ever notch five No. 1 singles on the Hot 100. They discuss the unusual circumstances that led to MJ's third-most-beloved album making such history, and debate ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
Throw everything you think you know about the Song of The Summer out the door and instead, listen in to our picks for the INDIE Song of the Summer! You'll hear cuts from Alvvays, Ariel Pink, House of Feelings feat. Shamir, Rexx Life Raj, Kevin Morby, Ratboys and Tom Misch. Listen in and tweet our host Adrian (@AGSpinelli) with your picks for th ...…
 
Fifth Harmony joins the show to talk about their new album, gaining respect and proving themselves, loving their new music, and of course, their performance on the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Plus, the Pop Shop team discusses news about Taylor Swift’s new single “Look What You Made Me Do,” how “Despacito” hits a record-tying 16th week at No. 1 ...…
 
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The BackBeat
 
This week on The BackBeat, we get into a petition starting to get Missy Elloitt a monument in Virginia, Aaliyah and Nicki Minaj's Mac Cosmetic Collections, Mystikal turning himself in on rape charges, and a woman coming forward breaking her nondisclosure agreement with R. Kelly surrounding his latest scandal.Also, make sure you tune into the en ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do," Justin Bieber & BloodPop's "Friends," Dave East ft. French Montana's "Maneuver," Aly & AJ's "Take Me Out," Jamila Woods ft. Chance the Rapper's "LSD," J Roddy Walston's "You Know Me Better," and Syd's "Bad Dreams/No Looking Back."
 
If the music-streaming service disappeared, a culture might vanish too. A conversation about where the tech and culture worlds collide.
 
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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.1Felix Jaehn & Alex Aiono – Hot2Touch29NEW.1Cosmic Gate & Emma Hewitt – Tonight281810Alle Farben ...…
 
Darren Criss joins the Pop Shop Podcast to chat about the third annual Elsie Fest music festival, how the show is a "pop culture cabaret," how he aims to sing a surprise duet at the shindig, and his ultimate hope of booking rock gods to perform at future Elsie Fests. Plus, founding Pop Shopper Jason Lipshutz returns to co-host the show and chat ...…
 
Is our time with Arcade Fire over? Li-iees! Li-iees! Before the power goes out, Evan, Taran, and special guest Ryan Donahue dive straight in to Arcade Fire's worst song, live experience, label drama, and so much more. So controversial, it may just start a suburban war (I'm told), but probably will just give you some creature comfort. Enjoy!/// ...…
 
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