If Janet Jackson wanted to declare independence from her famous family, she didn’t entirely succeed with her debut LP. It wasn’t until 1986’s Control that she fully emerged.
Mariah Carey’s Butterfly is rightly heralded as the finest work in her long discography and it would prove to become one of the best pop albums of the 1990s.
Instead of offering reassurance or solace, Hercules and Love Affair’s In Amber reflects our unsettling times with themes and lyrics that are challenging and worrying.
No group combined the rebellious, enterprising ambition of the punk movement with the grand and performative nature of major pop superstardom like Blondie did.
ODESZA’s The Last Goodbye is impressively diverse and wide-ranging; there are moments of elysian pop, broody angst, thrilling dance, and smart wit.
Mainstream pop albums like Bette Midler’s Bette of Roses work because the songs are inclusive of a broader range of audiences and the themes relate to most people.
Aaliyah’s patented brand of Black pop, a mélange of hip-hop, electropop, and soul, set the standard by which other urban-pop singers were judged and set the stage for Beyonce and Rihanna.
Aretha Franklin’s comeback with ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ wasn’t an awkward attempt to be hip. Instead, she entered the cool, synth-sluiced 1980s with aplomb.
Winona Oak’s Island of the Sun scores stories of sorrow and anguish with a thrilling cornucopia of sounds that practically spill in luscious waves.
New York, New York is the kind of album that Liza Minnelli would excel at because it leaned into her old-fashioned tendencies instead of turning away from them.
A true legend of the 20th century, Judy Garland was born 100 years today. We offer a playlist of her best work with some of the greatest moments in film and music history.
Boy George is an essential figure in queer pop culture because his work strove to counter the prevailing conversation about queerness in the 1980s.