Charlie Harding

Charlie Harding is the co-host of Switched On Pop, the podcast that breaks down how popular music works.

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How the Pop-Drop Became the Sound of 2016

This is the year of the "pop-drop," the post-chorus musical interlude that blends techniques from electronic dance music to hip-hop, and it's taken the chorus' place in pop music. The pop-drop is the new climax of the song, right where we would expect to hear the chorus, and it is absolutely everywhere.