I know. These forums tend to be filled with angsty teens who're just discovering what they like in the world, and especially in music. This means that anything mainstream is ridiculed as being for plebs or way too manufactured to be any good or whatever. It may not be as esoteric as your progressive Norwegian hardcore death metal or deep twisted house by some 14 year old producer in his former bloc bedroom, but pop music can be f*cking amazing.
There are two types of pop music, as far as I'm concerned. You've got the stuff that all the cool people rightly hate; all the corporate, "fake" stuff like (current) Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and One Direction. They're just grafting for chart positions, YouTube hits and, like everyone else, money. The other, more interesting type, is a little more focussed on making good, catchy pop-music. They're often a lot more ephemeral and further down the charts but they do come out with some gold.
For example, synth-pop seems to be making a massive move back into popularity, here in the UK at least. Some notable ones include: Foxes (featured recently on a Zedd record), CHVRCHES (of advert-song fame), Icona Pop (whose hit was literally inescapable this summer).
So, here's some stuff I'd like to present as good pop music that might not be as well known.
Matt and Kim
(I cannot stop listening to this. Her whole debut album is great, too.)
Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX)
I guess we can use this topic for any sort of pop music discussion. You're over the moon Justin Bieber is retiring? Go for it. Wanna tell me exactly why all pop music is sh*t? Come on in. Fancy discussing some of the decent stuff that's actually out there? You'll fit right in.
So.... what's the general consensus on pop music in here?