The Pop Core is a primer in all things popular culture. We live in a post modern, pastiche, self-referential culture. It is hard to listen to music, watch television or watch films without experiencing direct or indirect cultural references. Whether it’s Star Wars borrowing scenes and icons from famous westerns, Mad Men’s opening sequence homage to Saul Bass or Lady Gaga’s complete impersonation of Madonna, if you aren’t familiar with the cultural past you are really only experiencing half of culture.
This is not a favorites, best of all time, or top 100 list. It contains music that still has an influence today. The music in these lists are important because they had an impact on the music that came later and the directions popular music took.
Please comment and let me know what lists you think should be included and watch each week for new lists.