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Give me an Absolutely PERFECT Pop Song


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1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

The "Perfect Album" thread got some interesting responses:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gimmie-a-perfect-album

So let's do a harder one: "Absolutely Perfect Pop Songs"

Your choices should contain everything a pop song needs:

Unforgettable Hook

Upbeat Tempo

'Like it the first time you hear it' songcraft

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DON'T post overplayed Beatles or Nirvara songs; this is your big chance to be creative and dig out some perfect gems - not post the moldy oldies top 40.

If you hear it all the time on the radio, it's NOT the perfect pop song.

Make sure you put the artist's name and song title before the video, (NSFW) tags if necessary.

#2 1 year ago

I'll start the game off with the most perfect earworm ever

The Kinks - Sweet Lady Genevieve

Once under a scarlet sky I told you never ending lies
But they were the words of a drunken vagabond
Who knew very well he would break your heart before long
Oh forgive me Genevieve

Now I've come back to see Sweet Lady Genevieve
This time I'll give you some security
And I will make promises I can keep
So will you come back to me Sweet Lady Genevieve

Let me rock you, hold you
Take you in my arms
Forgive me, please
Smile away all your sadness, put your trust in me

Oh if you come back to me Sweet Lady Genevieve
I'm not the impetuous fool you used to know
I know that I used you and I hurt you so
But that was so long ago Sweet Lady Genevieve

Oh, love me
Take me in your arms
Let me rock you, hold you
Smile away all your sadness, put your trust in me

Once under a starry sky I led you on and told you lies
Drank too much whiskey on that hot summer night
I acted so slyly because you were acting so shy
Oh forgive me Genevieve

If you come back to me Sweet Lady Genevieve
You're not the child who smiled so innocently
And I'm not the rogue that I used to be
So will you come back to me Sweet Lady Genevieve

Oh Genevieve, Oh Genevieve

#3 1 year ago

Billy Don't Be a Hero

#5 1 year ago

Michael Jackson's Billy Jean might be the best pop song ever. Maybe not everybody's favorite, but very well could be the best. So hard to pass it up, and I don't think it gets "moldy" due to how much is in there.

Edit: If The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun falls under pop, that's probably it. Perfect melody, despite your challenge not to post it.

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#6 1 year ago

I’m Not In Love, 10CC - perfection in recording engineering.

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#7 1 year ago

This lesser known hit by The Knack, has everything a perfect pop song needs.

Super hook, double backbeat drums, and some suggestive teenager in lust lyrics.

(and yes, Doug Fieger is lawyer Jeffery Fieger brother, RIP Doug)

The Knack - Good Girls Don't

She's your adolescent dream
Schoolboy stuff, a sticky sweet romance
And she makes you want to scream
Wishing you could get inside her pants
So you fantasize away
While you're squeezing her, you thought you heard her saying

Good girls don't
Good girls don't
But she'll be telling you
Good girls don't, but I do

So you call her on the phone
To talk about the teachers that you hate
And she says she's all alone
And her parents won't be coming home till late
There's a ringing in your brain
'Cause you could've swore you thought you heard her saying

Good girls don't
Good girls don't
But she'll be telling you
Good girls don't, but I do

And it's a teenage sadness
Everyone has got to taste
An in-between age madness
That you know you can't erase
Till she's sitting on your face

You're alone with her at last
And you're waiting till you think the time is right
'Cause you've heard she's pretty fast
And you're hoping that she'll give you some tonight
So, you start to make your play
'Cause you could've swore you thought you heard her saying

Good girls don't
Good girls don't
But she'll be telling you
Good girls don't, but I do

And it's a teenage sadness
Everyone has got to taste
An in-between age madness
That you know you can't erase
Till she's sitting on your face
It hurts

Good girls don't
Good girls don't
But she'll be telling you
Good girls don't, but I do
Good girls don't
Good girls don't
But she'll be telling you
Good girls don't, but I do
But I do
But I do
But I do

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#8 1 year ago

45 years later and this one still absolutely hits the spot.

#9 1 year ago

Ok, I'll play by the rules. Broken Bells' The Ghost Inside is infectious, but not cheap. It translates wonderfully when played live. The vocals are godly and the bass beat is a toe tapper. I've shared the live version, which is a little more upbeat and less electronic.

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#10 1 year ago

Because life in plastic is truly fantastic, Barbie girl ftw!

#11 1 year ago

The Go Betweens

Streets of your Town

#12 1 year ago

Radiohead- Karma Police or Creep
Talking Heads- Burning Down the House

#13 1 year ago

Enanitos Verdes - Frances Limon

Whether your speak Spanish or not, these Argentines can get you grooving along with them. You'll notice the main guitar riff, which has been shamelessly stolen and fought about by other artists, but this song predates their usage. The song is all pop, but it has bits of reggae, rock, and blues.

Latin pop and rock, the non-trashy stuff could absolutely dominate this list, by the way.

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#14 1 year ago

Officially, the most money ever spent on an EDM video.

Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance teams up with deadmau5 with a beat and a chorus hook that ruins your brain, permanently

deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way - Professional Griefers

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Kkuoppamaki:

Because life in plastic is truly fantastic, Barbie girl ftw!

OMG that is an earworm.

I did not even click it because I dont want it stuck in my head.

#16 1 year ago

I've Got a Line on You by Spirit.

Its going in my Mustang premium if I ever figure out how to use pinball browser to add/change the music files.

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#17 1 year ago

A more recent offering- "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man

#18 1 year ago

The Archies "Sugar Sugar".

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#19 1 year ago

This is one of the best pop songs ever IMHO Crazy simple lyrics with such a hook. Just love it.

#20 1 year ago

I will only give you something within the last year, there are just way too many choices..... The latest Beck album has a lot of good options, but for one that just gets stuck in your ear all day-

#21 1 year ago

You want pop, Pop Goes the World by Men without Hats. Hear it once and hum it all day. Lol

#22 1 year ago

Makes me smile everytime I hear this. Teenage Fanclub 'Sparkys Dream' 1995. Perfect guitar pop

#23 1 year ago

Motörhead - Ace of Spades

#24 1 year ago

Kool and the Gang's Jungle Boogie is another one.

#25 1 year ago

Tubthumping by Chumbuwumba. Catchy lyrics, beat, allows for singalongs, etc.

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#26 1 year ago

Dancing Queen. Admit it, you like it too. Lots of songs listed here I would't call Pop. This one definitely is. I'm a rock guy myself, in a car club and the guys call me "The Cruiser", but I like Dancing Queen....

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/7be8753f-13cb-46b0-bcab-1b4b02d2ce1e

DQ

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#27 1 year ago

It's like getting 2 songs in one!

The Kings - This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide

#28 1 year ago

Oingo Boingo

#29 1 year ago

Feel Good Inc.

#30 1 year ago

That guy married Jenna Elfman who was in the ZZ Top Legs video I believe. Dharma and Greg. Also the house band in Back To School I think.

#31 1 year ago

This song is a pop freight-train

The Dictators - Stay With Me

I shuffle down the street
My eyes are on my feet
I got no place to go

I try to reason why
But end up getting high
I'm drinking more it shows

I stare into the TV screen
But every face reminds me of a girl

I never used to be so mean
But I can't bear to face my shattered world,
You just ain't fair to this romeo
I fell apart when I watched you go

Baby, baby, baby
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my,
Heart is calling won't you
Stay with me
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my,
Heart is calling won't you
Stay with me

The stars they used to shine
But now my tears they blind
The fun we used to have
At night I toss and turn,
The memories they burn
I don't know how to laugh

I try and make the social scene
But I get drunk and turn into a fool
Then I start a fight because I'm only half the man I was with you

Said we'd never part until we die
Why didn't you stop when you heard me cry?

Baby, baby, baby
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my,
Heart is calling won't you
Stay with me
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my,
Heart is calling won't you
Stay with me

#32 1 year ago

Flamin’ Groovies - overlooked and almost forgotten, but this is one of the best “Power Pop” tunes of the 70s:

#33 1 year ago
Quoted from Darcy:

The Archies "Sugar Sugar".

Were you aware the singer on "Sugar Sugar" was Andy Kim?

#34 1 year ago

Although I usually listen to modern music, this thread is right up my alley having grown up during the 70s. lol

Another great Canadian "Hit"

#35 1 year ago
Quoted from KozMckPinball:

That guy married Jenna Elfman who was in the ZZ Top Legs video I believe. Dharma and Greg. Also the house band in Back To School I think.

Danny Elfman is Jenna's uncle-in-law.

#36 1 year ago


More hip hop than pop, but it saw a lot of action in pop rotations
So awful it’s a great. Made it to #9 hot 100

#37 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

Were you aware the singer on "Sugar Sugar" was Andy Kim?

Yes. He is Canadian, born in Montreal, also known as Baron Longfellow. He co wrote the song.

#38 1 year ago

Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba duba dop
Ba du, yeah
Mmmbop, ba duba dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du bop, ba du dop
Ba du, yeah
Said oh yeah
In an mmmbop they're gone
Yeah yeah

#39 1 year ago

Good stuff, with the criteria above I'll go with Running on a treadmill

But thinking more mainstream, wedding jokes aside, as a random listener I find it very hard to find a more pure pop worthy song that Outcast - Hey ya. It's pretty goddamn perfect.

#40 1 year ago

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Beatles were probably the biggest pop hit makers of them all. The first song that really grabbed me when I was 4 or 5 years old.

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#41 1 year ago

Square Hammer by Ghost, most perfect pop song about the devil I know of

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#42 1 year ago

When I think of "perfect" and "pop music" together, the only thing I can come up with is Taylor Swift's legs.
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#43 1 year ago

Grammar nazis help me out....should there be an apostrophe in Swift's? It is possessive correct?

#44 1 year ago
Quoted from Gryszzz:

Grammar nazis help me out....should there be an apostrophe in Swift's? It is possessive correct?

I'm not a grammer nazi just grammer power (is that a thing?), but yes her anus is possessed by her.
EDIT: I also don't care aboot grammer

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#45 1 year ago

"I don't listen to this song very often But when i do So do my neighbors"

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#46 1 year ago

There are so many choices, but going by your rules, “Under Pressure”. No matter how many times I have heard it I still wont skip it or change the station when it is on.

#47 1 year ago

On the subject of Bowie..

#48 1 year ago
Quoted from Gryszzz:

should there be an apostrophe in Swift's? It is possessive correct?

I hope this helps answer your question.
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#49 1 year ago

Classic rock was the “pop” music of its time. I’m going with “Help” by the Beatles, “Already Gone” by The Eagles, and “If you Want My Love” by Cheap Trick.

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#50 1 year ago

On the subject of Cheap Trick: Surrender

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