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Chapter 227: Beautiful

New millennium boy bands & teen pop

This set explores a pop era both celebrated and maligned, as much for the stars’ tabloid omnipresence as for the dawning sense that their songs are closer to corporate products than genuine artistic expression (a trend that’s only accelerated). There’s something to be said for the music-as-product model though - these songs have endured! Songwriters like Max Martin construct clockwork opuses like “I Want It That Way” with the visionary rigor of a Jony Ive. And fluke hits like “Friday” prove pop can still be a vehicle for new and singular voices, no matter how baffling.

Bye Bye Bye

2. Christina Aguilera

Ain't No Other Man

3. Backstreet Boys

I Want It That Way

4. Justin Timberlake

Like I Love You

5. Britney Spears

...Baby One More Time

6. Shakira

Whenever, Wherever

7. Justin Timberlake

SexyBack (ft. Timbaland)

8. Britney Spears


9. Rebecca Black


10. Christina Aguilera