September 26, 2022

It’s Consequence’s fifteenth anniversary, and all September lengthy we’ll be publishing a collection of retrospective items encompassing our publication’s personal historical past — and the leisure panorama usually. Immediately, Contributing Editor Mary Siroky runs down her favourite pop albums of the final 15 years.

Glad 15 years, Consequence! As one in every of our crew’s resident pop fans, I used to be excited to look again at 15 of my most favourite pop albums, however this process rapidly turned a problem — not solely of narrowing a plethora of unbelievable choices right down to just some favorites, but additionally in deciding what may rely as pop music usually.

Lately, genres have began to mix, the traces blurring between folks, pop, nation, indie, and R&B sounds, which I think about an excellent factor. There’s magic, motion, and thought scary ideas to be present in nearly each categorization of music, at the same time as they mix into the all-encompassing umbrella of pop. With that in thoughts, I wasn’t too strict on the albums I selected to incorporate. Are these essentially essentially the most acclaimed albums of the final 15 years? Sure, in accordance with my private Spotify historical past.

Once I began laying these albums out chronologically, I seen one thing attention-grabbing: 5 of the albums on the listing — a full third — are from 2017. That yr was… not nice within the grand story of Mary Siroky. Once I look again on the final decade of my life, 2017 seems like a turning level. On reflection, because the listing will affirm, ’17 was the yr I actually let myself fall again in love with pop music. So lots of the albums on the listing guided me, supported me, and impressed me by way of robust occasions, each personally and professionally.

Isn’t that type of the great thing about pop music? It has a approach of discovering you whenever you want it most, and these had been the albums I wanted. Listed below are 15 of the information I’ll inevitably proceed to return to time and time once more.

Girl Gaga – Born This Manner (2011)

I like this album a lot that I wrote a love letter to Born This Manner to have fun its 10 yr anniversary. It’s true — Gaga’s seminal LP is already over a decade previous, and it’s aged splendidly. “Yoü And I” can be my favourite Girl Gaga track; what can I say, I’m drawn to Gaga at a piano singing about love that already feels prefer it’s slipping from between your fingers. However there’s not a second of Born This Manner that doesn’t hit.

In so some ways, Girl Gaga is at all times simply forward of the curve, and her steadfast dedication to inclusivity and outspoken adoration for the LGBTQ+ group is simply one of many methods Born This Manner proves that. Gaga was perfecting fandom earlier than the times of Twitter standom, and this album stays an exquisite hear all these years later.

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