THIS IS MY THREAD, WAIT TIL I GET HOME!
edit: okay, I'm home!
First things first: K-pop > you. More specifically, Girls Generation > You. That's all.
As far as American pop here, I only know things on a song-by-song basis, not albums. But there has been an explosion of better-than-normal pop music in recent years. I kinda feel that more and more pop stars are embracing the Electro sound and becoming more eclectic instead of churning out by-the-books bubblegum pop or vocal-based pop music with boring instrumentals.
I'd have to agree with everyone that Lady Gaga is basically the best pop star of the 2000's so far. I'm also not hating the resurgence of boy bands and teen idols. If Jay Biebs can write more songs like this
, then he'd be unstoppable.
A few of my faves, off the top of my head:
La Roux - Bulletproof (This is probably the song that made me fall in love with pop music)
Selena Gomez - Love You Like A Love Song
Beyonce - Single Ladies
Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River
Kanye West - Stronger
Rihanna - Umbrella
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
and don't be ashamed bro, here's my favorite Miley song
but here's the best pop song ever written