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The 60 Best Songs of 2010

Journey back to 2010 for 60 slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.

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Formulaic 'A Star Is Born' Doesn't Hit Many High Notes

A Star Is Born traffics in the sort of superficial emotion that fades faster than the ringing in your ears after a concert.

Music

Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 5 - Bright Eyes to Childish Gambino

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Our list concludes today with the most recent examples of important protest music.

Music

Lady Gaga - "John Wayne" (Singles Going Steady)

The video is all saturated color, motion, and quick edits, part Death Proof, part two-fisted tribute to Wendy O. Williams, not subtle, perfectly apt, Gaga going for sensory overload above all else.

Music

Lady Gaga: Joanne

Even with all her extracurricular endeavors paying off cultural dividends, Gaga's greatest achievement is yet to come, and Joanne, flaws and all, feels like the necessary step to get there.

Sports

Was Super Bowl 50 a Golden Bowl?

A pop culture play-by-play of the biggest TV event of the year.

Sports

The Five Best (And Five Worst) Super Bowl Commercials of 2016

There were touchdowns and fumbles in this year's mostly lackluster crop of ads, plus one commercial that left us conflicted.

Media

The 2015 Grammys Get Jazz Mostly Wrong, a Little Right

Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.

Music

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek

Cheek to Cheek is a sound pairing between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, though not without flaws.

Reviews

There Isn't a Single Insertion in 'There Goes Gravity' That Isn't Intriguing

An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.

Music

Lady Gaga: Artpop

Lady Gaga can see all the smiling faces in the funhouse mirrors nodding in approval, but she refuses to believe that she's the only person in the room, the smiles all her own.

Music

Lady Gaga's Round of "Applause" (single review)

As Gaga and Perry go toe-to-leopard-print-toe, it's obvious which diva comes out on top. Shame then that neither track are indicative of either artist's actual strengths ...

Television

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Eleven

With American Idol’s latest season now in full swing, let’s take a look at what happened to last year’s top ten contestants.

Reviews

Madonna: 10 October 2012 - Los Angeles

The Material Girl solidifies her dominance in the live-music world.

Melissa Bobbitt
Internet

Body Image: Chris Brown's Tattoo, Lady Gaga's Weight Gain and Amanda Todd's Suicide

Chris Brown's latest tattoo supposedly boasts violence against women. Lady Gaga has gained weight and now she's attempting to start a 'body revolution'. Amanda Todd, a teenage girl defined (and destroyed) by the image of her own body, committed suicide.

Music

Pussy Riot, Paul Ryan, and Protest Music in 2012 America

With a high-stakes presidential election around the corner, many people have wondered what's happened to protest music in America. From Pussy Riot to Paul Ryan, taking stock might not be as simple as it was a few decades ago.

Performing Arts

In Defense of Not Going Goo-goo Over Lady Gaga

Seven days. Two letters. And one angry animals rights group. Lady Gaga's rein at the top is possibly nearing its end.

Music

In Defense of "Call Me Maybe" As the Song of Summer 2012

With Carly Rae Jepsen's recent smash, we are reminded of how great pop music can be whenever it decides to return to fun and innocence.

Music

Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

Music

Sinéad O'Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.

Music

What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and the Power of Music?

Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock 'n' roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style.

Music

Rating the Performances at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Starting with the most memorable and ending with the most dull (or clichéd), here’s what happened on “music’s biggest night”.

Music

Lana Del Rey: Born to Die

The Internet-famous chanteuse releases her highly-anticipated debut album. Does it live up to the hype?

Music

The Pop Fan's Most-Anticipated Albums of 2012?

Here’s a look at what might be taking space in your CD collection or filling up your MP3 player this year.

Music

The 2011 Artists of the Year

This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.

Music

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.

Enio Chiola
Music

Guessing the 2012 Grammys

Predictions on who will be honored on “music’s biggest night”, based on a mixture of rumors, critical acclaim, and the academy’s voters.

Books

'Poker Face': The Intelligent Design of Lady Gaga

Is Lady Gaga a true artist or a con artist? To quote Gaga herself, "Whatever."

Music

Weird Al Yankovic: Alpocalypse

Like his previous albums, Weird Al Yankovic's Alpocalypse mixes several parodies of topical pop with some polkas. As always, the album highlights his gift for lyrics that are simultaneously incisive and absurd.

Music

The Hypocrisy of Mother Monster. Yeah, We Mean You, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga preaches acceptance and love. However, her music videos teach that love is only for the beautiful.

Music

Lady Gaga: Born This Way

No one will deny it's going to be the biggest pop album of the year, but the needlessly excessive religious imagery, surprisingly repetitive beats, and unfocused songwriting wind up burying some of Born This Way's best moments.

Television

Oprah May Say Goodbye, But I Say Hello

Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Music

The Year in Music: December 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in December 2010.

Music

Nicole Atkins: Mondo Amore

When a shoe hits your eye like a feisty woman's blunt reply, that's "Amore".

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