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February 21, 2006 11:03 AM   Subscribe

¿What's your favorite contemporary (like 2005-2006) pop music?

Guilty pleasures included. I for instance confess to an unhealthy preference for Girls Aloud.
posted by skree to Media & Arts (18 answers total)

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Cascada, "Every Time We Touch"

So bad it's good.
posted by smackfu at 11:12 AM on February 21, 2006

She wants Revenge - She Wants Revenge
Controller.Controller - History
Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel the Illinoise! (really brilliant)
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
posted by doctor_negative at 11:16 AM on February 21, 2006

There is nothing in the least bit "guilty" or "unhealthy" about liking Girls Aloud. Stop being such a twat.

Good current pop music:
- Sugababes "Taller In More Ways" (esp "Obsession")
- Rachel Stevens "Come And Get It" (esp "Nothing Good About This Goodbye")
- t.A.T.u. "Dangerous And Moving" (esp "Cosmos (Outer Space)")
- Lindsay Lohan "Speak" (her 2nd album is not so good, apart from "Who Love You")
- Ashlee Simpson "Autobiography" and "I Am Me" (both are good)
- Lillix "Falling Uphill"
posted by cillit bang at 11:16 AM on February 21, 2006

Elbow has been my latest "Must Listen." I heard these guys a couple of months back and man are they good. They're still over in the UK but I hear that they are going to be released here in the US. A must, must, must if you haven't had a chance.
posted by Botunda at 11:20 AM on February 21, 2006

Three 6 Mafia - The Most Known Unknown
Robyn - Robyn
System of a Down - Mezmerize / Hypnotize
Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have it So Much Better
posted by driveler at 11:20 AM on February 21, 2006

guilty pleasures:
Tatu, Madonna

good pop:
Annie, Imogen heap, royksopp,
posted by _zed_ at 11:21 AM on February 21, 2006

Guilty pleasure: Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'.
posted by Robot Johnny at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2006

Arctic Monkeys - their new album is fantastic
posted by omnidrew at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2006

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah...it's infectious
posted by elquien at 11:33 AM on February 21, 2006

Also, Hilary Duff "Most Wanted" is fantastic, though it doesn't include her song "The Math", which is like the best thing ever. And the version of "Come Clean" on it is a crappy remix. So get her first album "Metamorphosis" too.
posted by cillit bang at 11:36 AM on February 21, 2006

Recent purchases I've been enjoying greatly (in each case, the newest release per artist):

Aiden Hawken
Wolf Parade
Rogue Wave
My Morning Jacket
LCD Soundsystem
Death Cab for Cutie (waaay overproduced relative to earlier work, but I love the lyrics too much to mind.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yea (much hype, mostly warranted.)
British Sea Power
Architecture In Helsinki

I'll second the new Franz Ferdinand, and the insanely-hyped Artic Monkeys (US release today, I believe - I haven't heard the whole thing but I'm planning on getting it) may be worth a listen.
posted by jalexei at 11:39 AM on February 21, 2006

(I wouldn't call a lot of this "pop".)
posted by smackfu at 11:41 AM on February 21, 2006

Oh yeah, 'Madonna - Confessions on a Dancefloor' is good too, and I still can't get enough of the 'Hung Up' single from the album.

Also, a lot of these recommendations are not 'pop' in a 'popular' sense.
posted by driveler at 11:45 AM on February 21, 2006

Interestingly enough, all of the Gwen Stefani solo album has been good as far as pop music goes. A ton of singles came off that one album.
posted by jeversol at 11:47 AM on February 21, 2006

Yeah indie rock does not equal pop.
posted by Robot Johnny at 11:47 AM on February 21, 2006

The Futureheads. The only new guitar album I've cared about in years. Superficially similar to some of the others (Arctic Monkeys, I guess) but they make it sound urgent and new. Try their cover of "Hounds of Love" first.
posted by lbergstr at 11:49 AM on February 21, 2006

Ah oops. Lessay that remix of Ne-Yo, "So Sick" featuring LL Cool J. Treacly R&B but I like it.
posted by lbergstr at 11:51 AM on February 21, 2006

I'll second Robyn's "Robyn" album - smart lyrically and rhythmically and hugely fun. Arctic Monkeys, while hype-worthy, isn't pop.
posted by nicwolff at 12:03 PM on February 21, 2006

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