Pop Pantheon

By DJ Louie XIV

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The podcast where DJ Louie XIV and guests completely overanalyze all your favorite pop stars, then rank them in the official Pop Pantheon.

Episode Date
Jul 18, 2024
Katy Perry's Not So Grand Return + Kesha, Lana Del Rey & More (Patreon Preview)
Jul 15, 2024
Jul 11, 2024
Megan Thee Stallion Reps for the South— and Herself— on Megan (with Taylor Crumpton) (Patreon Preview)
Jul 08, 2024
The Winners and Losers of the Touring Boom (with Matthew Perpetua, Zach Schonfeld & Emily Stewart)
Jul 04, 2024
The Chaos and Calculations of Camila Cabello's C,XOXO (with Omri Rolan) (Patreon Preview)
Jul 01, 2024
KATE BUSH (with Mic the Snare)
Jun 27, 2024
Ranking the Main Pop Girl Albums of 2024 (So Far) (with Ira Madison III)
Jun 20, 2024
Normani's Album is Good. Now What? (with Rolling Stone's Larisha Paul) (Patreon Preview)
Jun 18, 2024
FRANK OCEAN (with Tre Johnson)
Jun 13, 2024
Charli XCX Breaks New Ground on Brat (Patreon Preview)
Jun 10, 2024
Queer Women are Taking Over Pop (with Trish Bendix & Mel Woods)
Jun 06, 2024
PINK (with Molly Mary O'Brien)
May 30, 2024
Why are Music Biopics so Bad? (with Keith Phipps)
May 23, 2024
Love Hits Hard, Soft & Everything in Between on Billie Eilish's New Album (with the LA Times' Mikael Wood) (Patreon Preview)
May 20, 2024
TINA TURNER (with Yale University's Dr. Daphne Brooks)
May 16, 2024
Anitta's Global Pop Takeover (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd) (Patreon Preview)
May 13, 2024
Mariah, Nirvana & The Story of MTV Unplugged (with Rob Tannenbaum & Craig Marks)
May 09, 2024
Dua Lipa Disappears on Radical Optimism (with Owen Myers) (Patreon Preview)
May 07, 2024
HILARY DUFF (with Legends Only's T. Kyle)
May 02, 2024
Is the Music Video Dead? (with Michael Cragg)
Apr 25, 2024
Pop Pantheon Live! Tortured Poets & the State of Taylor Mania (with Brittany Spanos, Nora Princiotti & Hunter Harris) (Patreon Preview)
Apr 23, 2024
NIRVANA (with Bandsplain's Yasi Salek)
Apr 18, 2024
Listener Mailbag! Taylor, Pop Pet Peeves & a *Very* Special Guest
Apr 11, 2024
BRANDY (with Naomi Zeichner)
Apr 04, 2024
Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter is a Genre Explosion (with Danielle Amir Jackson) (Patreon Preview)
Apr 01, 2024
Beyoncé, Black Country & the Long Road to Cowboy Carter (With Dr. Francesca Royster & Taylor Crumpton)
Mar 28, 2024
Finding Bliss in Existentialism on Kacey Musgraves' Deeper Well (with Jewly Hight) (Patreon Preview)
Mar 26, 2024
Mar 21, 2024
Britney and Janet Aren’t Justin Timberlake’s Only Problem (with Vox's Kyndall Cunningham) (Patreon Preview)
Mar 19, 2024
Do You Still Listen to Kanye West and Michael Jackson? (with Tre Johnson & Kemi Olivia Alemoru)
Mar 14, 2024
The Novel & Familiar Thrills of Ariana Grande's Eternal Sunshine (with Bustle's Nolan Feeney) (Patreon Preview)
Mar 11, 2024
ARIANA GRANDE: PART 2 (with Pitchfork's Anna Gaca)
Mar 07, 2024
ARIANA GRANDE: PART 1 (with the LA Times' Mikael Wood)
Feb 29, 2024
NYC Live Show! Talking Taylor at the Bellhouse on 4/22
Feb 26, 2024
JLo, Beyoncé & the Surprisingly Long History of the Visual Album (with Sydney Urbanek)
Feb 22, 2024
Can We Justify Justin Timberlake's Justified? (with Rachel Brodsky) (Patreon Preview)
Feb 19, 2024
SHERYL CROW (with Natalie Weiner)
Feb 15, 2024
Beyoncé's Surprise Singles + Usher's Halftime Show + New Music Speed Round (with Variety's Steven J. Horowitz) (Patreon Preview)
Feb 12, 2024
Second Spin: USHER (with Rawiya Kameir)
Feb 10, 2024
N*cki, M*gan & Why it's Time to Rethink Stan Culture (with Rolling Stone's Mankaprr Conteh)
Feb 08, 2024
The Grammys Still Have a Problem with Black Women (with Variety's Chris Willman) (Patreon Preview)
Feb 05, 2024
FERGIE (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd)
Feb 01, 2024
THE BLACK EYED PEAS (with The Ringer's Rob Harvilla)
Jan 25, 2024
How Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia Made Her a Main Pop Girl (with Pitchfork's Anna Gaca) (Patreon Preview)
Jan 22, 2024
Why Can't Pop Stars Score Two Hits Off One Album? (with Andrew Unterberger & Eric Bennett)
Jan 18, 2024
Ariana Returns! Plus New Music from Lil Nas X & Jennifer Lopez (Patreon Preview)
Jan 15, 2024
DEMI LOVATO (with Molly Mary O'Brien)
Jan 11, 2024
What Pantheon Rankings Did I Get Wrong in 2023?: Shakira, The Simpson Sisters, Lana & More!
Jan 04, 2024
Hard Candy is a Sweet Spot in Madonna's Late Period (with Miles Marshall Lewis) (Patreon Preview)
Jan 03, 2024
How Has Lady Gaga's Chromatica Held Up? (with Matthew Perpetua & Molly Mary O'Brien) (Patreon Rerun)
Dec 28, 2023
Pop Stars We Lost This Year: Sinéad O'Connor, Tony Bennett & Tina Turner (with Annie Zaleski, Brian Newman & Melissa Vincent)
Dec 21, 2023
Who TF is Tate McRae? Making Sense of Pop's New Main Girl (Patreon Preview)
Dec 18, 2023
MARIAH CAREY: PART 3 (with Pot Psychology's Rich Juzwiak)
Dec 14, 2023
Is Pink Friday 2 a Worthy Sequel? (with Hunter Harris) (Patreon Preview)
Dec 12, 2023
MARIAH CAREY: PART 2 (with NPR's Aisha Harris)
Dec 07, 2023
How Mariah Carey Became the Queen of Christmas (with The Wall Street Journal's John Jurgensen) (Patreon Preview)
Dec 04, 2023
MARIAH CAREY: PART 1 (with Dr. Brittnay L. Proctor)
Nov 30, 2023
The Best Pop Music of 2023 (with Shaad D'Souza)
Nov 22, 2023
Bonnie McKee on the Song Machine, Pop Stardom & Ego Death
Nov 16, 2023
AALIYAH (with Kathy Iandoli)
Nov 09, 2023
Pop Pantheon Live! Britney's Memoir, Music & Legacy (with Jason King, Troy McEady and Kirbie Johnson) (Patreon Preview)
Nov 03, 2023
Lizzo & The Nature of Celebrity Scandal (with Megan Agnew & Hanna Phifer)
Nov 02, 2023
Taylor Touchdown! (1989 TV! Eras Tour Film! Travis!) (Patreon Preview)
Oct 30, 2023
BRUNO MARS (with Stereogum's Tom Breihan)
Oct 26, 2023
Where are All the New Pop Stars? (with Billboard's Elias Leight)
Oct 19, 2023
Searching for Queer Utopias on Troye Sivan's Something to Give Each Other (Patreon Preview)
Oct 17, 2023
JESSICA & ASHLEE SIMPSON (with Beyond the Blinds' Troy McEady)
Oct 12, 2023
How Country Bros Took Over Pop (with Spencer Kornhaber & Marissa R. Moss)
Oct 05, 2023
The Ease of Kylie Minogue's Tension (with Michael Cragg) (Patreon Preview)
Oct 02, 2023
Doja Cat Walls Herself In on Scarlet (with Rawiya Kameir) (Patreon Preview)
Sep 29, 2023
DOJA CAT (with Rolling Stone's Larisha Paul)
Sep 28, 2023
PRINCE: PART 3 (with Miles Marshall Lewis)
Sep 21, 2023
PRINCE: PART 2 (with Pot Psychology's Rich Juzwiak)
Sep 14, 2023
Olivia Rodrigo Makes the Sophomore Jump on Guts (with Stereogum's Tom Breihan) (Patreon Preview)
Sep 13, 2023
PRINCE: PART 1 (with Dr. Elliott H. Powell)
Sep 07, 2023
BIG Announcement! + Britney Spears' Blackout Unlocked (with Troy McEady) (Originally Published on Patreon on 12/22/2022)
Aug 31, 2023
Jack Antonoff: Friend or Foe? (with Mitch Therieau)
Aug 24, 2023
JENNIFER LOPEZ (with Billboard's Leila Cobo)
Aug 17, 2023
Pop Punk: Past & Present (With Ryan Piers)
Aug 10, 2023
Carly Rae Jepsen's New Paths on The Loveliest Time (with Brennan Carley) (Patreon Preview)
Aug 07, 2023
Aug 03, 2023
GWEN STEFANI PART 1: NO DOUBT (with Molly Mary O'Brien)
Jul 27, 2023
Revisiting Robyn's Honey (with Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger) (Patreon Preview)
Jul 24, 2023
Listener Mailbag: Dua, Charli, The Idol, Behind-The-Scenes & More!!
Jul 20, 2023
PAULA ABDUL (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)
Jul 13, 2023
A Deep Dive into Speak Now, OG and TV (with Every Single Album's Nora Princiotti) (Patreon Preview)
Jul 12, 2023
Send Us Your Questions for Our Listener Mailbag Episode!
Jul 08, 2023
Checking in on Taylor Swift's Re-Recordings So Far (with Charlie Harding, Larisha Paul & Nora Princiotti)
Jul 06, 2023
CHARLIE PUTH (with Steven J. Horowitz)
Jun 29, 2023
The Bebe Rexhafication of Kim Petras on Feed the Beast (with Vulture's Jason P. Frank) (Patreon Preview)
Jun 27, 2023
The Holy Bond Between Queer Men & Pop Divas (with Dr. Craig Jennex)
Jun 22, 2023
LITTLE RICHARD (with Jason King)
Jun 15, 2023
Does Mariah Carey's Glitter Deserve #Justice? (with Matt Jacobs) (Patreon Preview)
Jun 12, 2023
What Makes a Great Pride Anthem? (with Canada's Drag Race Winner Priyanka)
Jun 08, 2023
KIM PETRAS (with Vulture's Jason P. Frank)
Jun 01, 2023
New Music Speed Round: Janelle Monáe, Kylie Minogue, G-Flip & More (with Who? Weekly's Lindsey Weber) (Patreon Preview)
May 29, 2023
ARETHA FRANKLIN (with Mark Bego)
May 25, 2023
The Best Pop Music of 2023 (So Far) (with The Wall Street Journal's Myles Tanzer)
May 18, 2023
How Has Lady Gaga's Chromatica Held Up? (with Matthew Perpetua & Molly Mary O'Brien) (Patreon Preview)
May 15, 2023
SHAKIRA (with Rolling Stone's Julyssa Lopez)
May 11, 2023
Jessie Ware's That! Feels Good! & the State of the Disco Revival (Patreon Preview)
May 08, 2023
(Almost) One Year Of Renaissance: Where Does It Rank In Beyoncé's Catalog? (with Hunter Harris, Ira Madison III & Puja Patel)
May 04, 2023
How Tik Tok Has Changed Pop Stardom (with The New Yorker's John Seabrook)
Apr 27, 2023
Ariana Grande's Positions (with Steven J. Horowitz) (Patreon Preview)
Apr 24, 2023
FIFTH HARMONY (with Service 95's Brennan Carley)
Apr 20, 2023
What's Gone Wrong for Chlöe Bailey? (Patreon Preview)
Apr 17, 2023
TLC (with The New Yorker's Doreen St. Félix)
Apr 13, 2023
Apr 06, 2023
Lana Del Rey's Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (with Shaad D'Souza)
Mar 30, 2023
LANA DEL REY (with Kathy Iandoli)
Mar 23, 2023
KACEY MUSGRAVES (with Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger)
Mar 16, 2023
Miley Cyrus' Endless Summer Vacation (with Shaad D'Souza) (Patreon Preview)
Mar 14, 2023
Do We Still Need Poptimism? (with Vulture's Jason P. Frank)
Mar 09, 2023
New Music Speed Round: Sam Smith, Ava Max, Lana, Ice Spice & More! (with Main Pod Girl's AJ Marks) (Patreon Preview)
Mar 06, 2023
JA RULE, NELLY, LUDACRIS & 50 CENT (with Jordan Sargent)
Mar 02, 2023
The State of Streaming: How It's Impacted Pop Stars, Music & Us (with Trapital's Dan Runcie)
Feb 23, 2023
FRANK SINATRA (with You Must Remember This' Karina Longworth)
Feb 16, 2023
Was Rihanna's Halftime Show Good? (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd) (Patreon Preview)
Feb 13, 2023
Rihanna Super Bowl Setlist Draft Extravaganza!! (with Lindsey Weber, Jason Lipshutz & Julianne Escobedo Shepherd)
Feb 07, 2023
We Need to Talk About The Grammys... (Patreon Preview)
Feb 06, 2023
THE WEEKND (with Anupa Mistry)
Feb 02, 2023
What Pantheon Rankings Have I Gotten Wrong?: Kesha, ABBA, Miley, Your Calls & More!
Jan 26, 2023
MADONNA: PART 4 (with Pot Psychology's Rich Juzwiak) [Originally Published on 4/21/2021]
Jan 23, 2023
MADONNA: PART 3 (with Annie Zaleski)
Jan 19, 2023
MADONNA: PART 2 (with The Clive Davis Institute's Jason King)
Jan 12, 2023
New Music Speed Round: Meghan Trainor, Paramore, Lana Del Rey & More (Patreon Preview)
Jan 09, 2023
MADONNA: PART 1 (with Inside The Groove's Edward Russell)
Jan 05, 2023
Taylor Swift's Reputation (with Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos) (Patreon's Version)
Dec 29, 2022
KATY PERRY: PART 2 (with Variety's Daniel D'Addario)
Dec 22, 2022
KATY PERRY: PART 1 (with Variety's Daniel D'Addario)
Dec 15, 2022
Imperial Phases: What Are They, Who's Had One and Do They Still Exist? (with Tom Ewing)
Dec 08, 2022
The Best (and Worst) Pop Music of 2022 (with NPR's Hazel Cills)
Dec 01, 2022
AMY WINEHOUSE (with Sasha Frere-Jones)
Nov 23, 2022
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me and the State of the Pop Doc (with New York Magazine's Rachel Handler)
Nov 17, 2022
BELINDA CARLISLE, DEBBIE GIBSON, TIFFANY & TAYLOR DAYNE: Forgotten Ladies of the 1980s (with Stereogum's Tom Breihan)
Nov 10, 2022
Can the Super Bowl Put Rihanna in Tier 1?? (Preview)
Nov 07, 2022
The Joys & Terrors of Stan Culture (with The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli)
Nov 03, 2022
Nov 01, 2022
Taylor Swift's Midnights (with The Ringer's Rob Harvilla)
Oct 26, 2022
SPICE GIRLS (with Owen Myers)
Oct 20, 2022
GEORGE MICHAEL (with Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak)
Oct 13, 2022
Listener Mailbag! Britney, Bowie, Flops, Divas and More!!
Oct 06, 2022
BTS (with Tamar Herman)
Sep 29, 2022
Lady Gaga's Chromatica Ball (with Steven Avalos, Omri Rolan & Lala Thompson)
Sep 22, 2022
DONNA SUMMER (with Black Girl Songbook's Danyel Smith)
Sep 15, 2022
Disco: Past & Present (with The Clive Davis Institute's Jason King)
Sep 08, 2022
Sep 07, 2022
USHER (with Rawiya Kameir)
Sep 01, 2022
MTV VMAs: Past, Present & Our Favorite Moments (with Dunzo's Troy McEady)
Aug 25, 2022
MILEY CYRUS (with Shaad D'Souza)
Aug 18, 2022
Billboard's Hot 100: Hits, History and Kinks (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)
Aug 11, 2022
BEYONCÉ'S RENAISSANCE (with The New Yorker's Doreen St. Félix)
Aug 04, 2022
BEYONCÉ PART 3: AMERICAN ICON (with Yale University's Dr. Daphne A. Brooks)
Jul 28, 2022
BEYONCÉ PART 2: SOLO SUPERSTAR (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd)
Jul 21, 2022
BEYONCÉ PART 1: DESTINY'S CHILD (with Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos)
Jul 14, 2022
Song of the Summer: History, Favs and Predictions (with Billboard's Jason Lipshutz)
Jul 07, 2022
DURAN DURAN (with Annie Zaleski)
Jun 30, 2022
Bey-Side: Beyoncé's "Break My Soul" and Renaissance Predictions
Jun 22, 2022
Father's Day Special (with my dad)
Jun 17, 2022
KELLY CLARKSON (with Legends Only's Bradley Stern)
Jun 16, 2022
Bloghouse (with Lina Abascal)
Jun 09, 2022
SCISSOR SISTERS (with Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua)
Jun 02, 2022
Best Pop Music of 2022 So Far (with Who? Weekly's Lindsey Weber)
May 26, 2022
SHANIA TWAIN (with Kate Dries)
May 19, 2022
MTV's Total Request Live (with Dunzo's Troy McEady)
May 12, 2022
BILLIE EILISH (with Molly Lambert)
May 05, 2022
One Year of Pop Pantheon: Reassessing All the Rankings
Apr 28, 2022
ABBA (with Carl Magnus Palm)
Apr 21, 2022
Charli XCX's Crash (with Owen Myers)
Apr 14, 2022
CHRISTINA AGUILERA (with Evan Ross Katz)
Apr 07, 2022
NORMANI (with Keep It! Host Ira Madison III)
Apr 01, 2022
Grammys Special! (with Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos)
Mar 31, 2022
KESHA (with Pitchfork's Cat Zhang)
Mar 24, 2022
LISTENER MAILBAG!: Answering Your Questions on Dua, Beyonce, Kylie, Charli, Kacey and.... Ava Max!
Mar 17, 2022
DIANA ROSS PT. 2: THE SOLO YEARS (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)
Mar 10, 2022
DIANA ROSS PT. 1: THE SUPREMES (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)
Mar 03, 2022
Bonus: Louie and Rich Juzwiak on the Janet Jackson Documentary
Feb 24, 2022
NICKI MINAJ (with Keep It! Host Ira Madison III)
Feb 17, 2022
Super Bowl Halftime Show Extravaganza! (with Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak)
Feb 10, 2022
NELLY FURTADO (with Bianca Gracie)
Feb 03, 2022
CYNDI LAUPER (with The Ringer's Rob Harvilla)
Jan 20, 2022
SELENA GOMEZ (with The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli)
Jan 06, 2022
RIHANNA PT. 2 (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd)
Dec 16, 2021
RIHANNA PT. 1 (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd)
Dec 02, 2021
ONE DIRECTION (with Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos)
Nov 18, 2021
MINISODE: Answering Your Questions on Charli, Charli, More Charli, Hailee Steinfeild's Career, Katy and Tinashe, Girl Groups and ME!
Nov 11, 2021
CHARLI XCX (with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan)
Nov 04, 2021
POST MALONE (with Larry Fitzmaurice)
Oct 21, 2021
MINISODE: Answering Your Questions on Toni, Tamar, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake and Iconic Pop Stars With Terrible Debut Singles
Oct 14, 2021
TONI BRAXTON (with Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak)
Oct 07, 2021
MINISODE: Answering Your Questions on Britney, The Pantheon and The Best Pop Songs of the Year
Sep 30, 2021
JUSTIN BIEBER (with Pitchfork Contributing Editor Rawiya Kameir)
Sep 23, 2021
LORDE (with Billboard's Jason Lipshutz)
Sep 09, 2021
KYLIE MINOGUE (with HuffPost's Noah Michelson)
Aug 26, 2021
CARDI B (with Pitchfork's Clover Hope)
Aug 12, 2021
MAX MARTIN (with The New Yorker's John Seabrook)
Jul 29, 2021
CELINE DION (with Call Your Girlfriend's Aminatou Sow)
Jul 15, 2021
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (with Jordan Sargent)
Jul 01, 2021
MISSY ELLIOTT (with Steven J. Horowitz)
Jun 17, 2021
LADY GAGA (with NY Times Contributor Lindsay Zoladz)
Jun 03, 2021
ROBYN (with The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino)
May 20, 2021
DRAKE (with The WSJ Mag's Myles Tanzer)
May 06, 2021
MADONNA (with Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak)
Apr 22, 2021
CARLY RAE JEPSEN (with Who? Weekly's Lindsey Weber)
Apr 08, 2021
CIARA (with Chris Stedman)
Mar 25, 2021
ARIANA GRANDE (with Steven J. Horowitz)
Mar 11, 2021
Mini-sode: What Exactly is the Pop Pantheon?
Mar 09, 2021
Pop Pantheon Teaser
Mar 08, 2021