After failing to make it past the live heats of ‘Pop Idol’, Simon Fuller stepped in to ensure Sarah Whatmore got her shot at stardom.
‘Breakaway’ was only ever intended to be a stopgap single for Kelly Clarkson, but it quickly became one of her biggest hits.
‘Let’s Dance’ is a fascinating snapshot of a group at the height of their success while simultaneously verging on the point of implosion.
We didn’t know it at the time, but ‘Do You Know (What It Takes)’ was a landmark moment for pop music in the ’90s and far beyond.
‘I Turn To You’ saw Christina Aguilera resurrect a towering behemoth of glossy mid-‘90s balladry from the ‘Space Jam’ soundtrack(!)
It was never released in the UK, but the tortuous ‘Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)’ is up there as one *NSYNC’s very best efforts.
‘Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)’ is – for better or for worse – the perfect summation of Christina Aguilera as a pop artist.
With ‘Help! I’m A Fish (I’m A Little Yellow Fish)’, Little Trees released the most important aquatic-themed hit since ‘Under The Sea’
‘World Of Our Own’ was the perfect summation for this era of Westlife’s career as they broke free of the balladry that once defined them.
They might have been pop’s biggest rebels in the late ’90s, but even Five didn’t defy convention as they released a slushy ballad just in time for Christmas.
‘When You’re Looking Like That’ is Westlife’s best single in every respect…except for the fact that it was never credited as a single in the UK at all.
‘My Happy Ending’ helped Avril Lavigne transition through that difficult second album, showing that there was much more to her than a “sk8er boi” gimmick.