While we haven't seen a new Taylor Swift album since 2014, ultra pop is still strong - maybe stronger than ever with more key artists coming to center stage. The melange of musicians such as Coldplay and The Chainsmokers, newcomers such as Dua Lipa and rising vets like Carly Rae Jepsen provide for an-often '80s-inspired amalgam of sounds that is only getting better.
As a genre that evolves but is designed and named for the masses, pop receives its fair share of hate and condescension. It tends to be formulaic, erring on the side of patterns, chord progressions and lyrical tropes that are tried and true. But even at pop's most ultra-iconic level - a space these songs and artists inhibit - there's definitive worth in a good repetition.
Not only is their Ed Sheeran's record-breaking "Shape of You," pushing his sound away from his more acoustic roots, but Katy Perry and Maroon 5 each have new releases with "Chained to the Rhythm" and "Cold." For those recent releases and more, allow this playlist to refuel your indie-loving soul.