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This Is Pop

This Is Pop

CTV 2021

Unknown histories take center stage as the hitmakers themselves - from ABBA to T-Pain - explore dimensions of pop music you never knew existed.

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The 10 Best Episodes of This Is Pop

This Is Pop - S1E3

#1 - Stockholm Syndrome


Season 1 - Episode 3

Since 1974, when a little-known group named ABBA won Eurovision's song contest with their track "Waterloo," Sweden has been a global force in exporting pop music. Cassette players and bedroom walls have been filled with the likes of Roxette, Ace of Base, and Robyn, and โ€˜90s playlists featuring Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC would be obsolete without the work of Swedes Denniz Pop and Max Martin.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E2

#2 - Hail Britpop!


Season 1 - Episode 2

Britpop. The word can elicit an eye roll, an itch to get on the dance floor, or a sudden urge to cry and sing "Wonderwall." In the early โ€˜90s, when America was hooked on grunge, The Brits retaliated with a return to catchy, witty, and downright fun pop, speaking to their own stories and cultural roots. This musical zeitgeist known as "Britpop" went far behind the headlines of "Oasis vs. Blur" โ€“ bands like Elastica, Echobelly, Pulp, Lush, and Suede became international exports with a unique sound.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E1

#3 - Auto-Tune


Season 1 - Episode 1

Love it or hate it, Auto-Tune has changed pop music. From Cher's "Believe" to Kanye West's "Love Lockdown," the sound has penetrated the globe and revolutionized music since its invention in 1997. Some say the pitch-correction technology has ruined music, while others have found fame by using the tool creatively. Tracing Auto-Tune's roots to predecessors like the synthesizer, the good, the bad, and the ugly of this game-changing technology is revealed, grounded in a personal account of Auto-Tune's most famous user, T-Pain.

The episode was rated from 37 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E5

#4 - When Country Goes Pop


Season 1 - Episode 5

It's a tale as old as time โ€“ a country song goes "pop" and country music fans protest. From Dolly Parton to Shania Twain to Lil Nas X, the scrutiny around what makes a song "country" has been a raging debate that shows no signs of slowing down.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E4

#5 - The Boyz II Men Effect


Season 1 - Episode 4

Before Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and 98 Degrees, there was a "boy band" from Philadelphia called Boyz II Men that ruled the charts. With their incredible vocal harmonies and preppy-cool style, Boyz II Men became the "soundtrack to our lives" with hits like "End of The Road", "I'll Make Love To You", "Motown Philly," and "One Sweet Day" โ€“ heard at weddings, proms, karaoke bars, and funerals alike. Going back to the band's humble beginnings in Philadelphia, this episode pays homage to the influential R&B group who set the template for โ€˜90s boy bands.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E7

#6 - What Can A Song Do?


Season 1 - Episode 7

For decades, musicians have been using music as their weapon of choice against social injustice, discrimination and marginalization. From Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" to Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," a song is one of the most powerful ways to transmit a message to a large audience.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E8

#7 - Festival Rising


Season 1 - Episode 8

There is no rite of passage quite like the music festival. Millions of people attend them each year and now more than ever they infiltrate our culture from โ€œfestival wearโ€ clothing lines to playlists. Taking a journey from โ€˜60s counterculture to modern-day "selfie" culture, the evolution of the music festival is explored to examine deeper ideas about the importance of collective experiences, and they act as a cultural mirror that reflect interests and ideals.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

This Is Pop - S1E6

#8 - The Brill Building in 4 Songs


Season 1 - Episode 6

New York City's Brill Building and pop music go together like bread and butter, or in this case, like King n' Goffin, Leiber n' Stoller, or Barry n' Kim. In the 1950s and 60s, songwriters, record producers, and wannabe pop stars flocked to 1619 Broadway in New York with dreams of churning out the next big hit. Full of small rooms with upright pianos, The Brill Building was labelled a "song-factory", but its true spirit grew out of a community that collaborated and challenged each other to achieve greatness.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.

Last updated: may 16, 2022

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