You may have heard of hyperpop a lot in recent years, but what is hyperpop? Though hyperpop can mean different things to different people, as it’s loosely defined, a common thread you’ll find in hyperpop music is a maximalist take on pop music. Filled with eclectic sounds and often overstimulating, hyperpop is pop music at its extreme. It hit the mainstream back in 2019, with the release of the official hyperpop Spotify playlist that came about after the unexpected success of 100 gecs’ debut album, which Spotify playlist curators felt deserved its own category due to its unique sound. Hyperpop draws inspiration from many genres including nightcore, hip hop, rap, pop, EDM, and PC music. For those looking for an introduction to the genre, we’ve compiled a list of songs to get you into it!
1. Charli XCX – ‘claws’
Charli XCX’s How I’m Feeling Now was released in the beginning stages of the pandemic, and let’s just say it was much needed. If you want to ease your way into hyperpop, look no further. The album is bursting with creativity and ‘claws,’ produced by Dylan Brady of 100 gecs is a standout track through and through.
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2. 100 gecs – ‘money machine’
This list wouldn’t be complete without the duo (composed of Laura Les and Dylan Brady) that sparked the creation of the Spotify playlist in the first place. If you watch Euphoria, you probably caught Lexi jamming out to Laura Les’ ‘Haunted’ recently. It’s hard to describe 100 gecs, but one thing we can say for sure is that they are truly experimental and that their music doesn’t fit into a box. See for yourself!
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3. SOPHIE – ‘Faceshopping’
In an interview, SOPHIE stated “I think all pop music should be about who can make the loudest, brightest thing. That, to me, is an interesting challenge, musically and artistically.” We can’t think of a better way to describe the genre and SOPHIE’s sound. The late SOPHIE produced for many of our favorite artists and was truly a talent, working with Charli XCX, Kim Petras, Madonna, and more.
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4. Caroline Polachek – ‘So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings’
You’ve probably heard this one before (especially if you’re on TikTok), but we had to include it! Caroline Polachek’s brand of hyperpop is fun and easy to listen to, leaning more into indie-pop. Her album Pang is a staple of the genre.
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5. Dev Lemons – ‘One Whole Me’
This new track by Dev Lemons is bubbly and full of energy, with catchy lyrics and a beat that makes you just want to get up and dance. Dev Lemons is the host of the popular SongPsych TikTok account, where she “breaks down your favorite songs.” With all of that musical knowledge, it’s no surprise her music is this good!
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We hope you enjoyed these picks and would love to hear your thoughts! What’s your favorite song on this list? Will you check out more of the genre? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
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