Here's 10 (5) underrated and overlooked pop gems by an underrated pop gem herself LIZ shared with Dummy Magazine, who also details personal insights to her choices.
10. "Radar" by Britney Spears
“OK. So, this is one of my favorite Britney songs ever. I imagine her hunting her prey as a black velvet panther. It goes down like a mango boptini with a spicy kick. The song is pop perfection, but it was never on the radio or really, truly, pushed as a single. Her label put it on two albums, 'Blackout' and 'Circus (Deluxe Version)', which makes you think they had to be considering giving it some real promo love. But alas, all us stans got was this bizarre music video where she comes off as some Eastern European pop star (you know, the kind whose mob boyfriend owns the record label she's signed to and encourages other men to gaze at her, but pulls a gun on anyone who tries to "touch").
Her styling in it is awful and they objectify a polo horse as it's getting hosed down. This might've been the era of her fake British accent, so that explains a lot. Let's pretend this video never happened, but you should definitely add this track to your playlists...you won't be sorry. #JusticeforRadar.”
9. "The Two of US" - NSYNC
“This was when JC [Chasez] was super involved in the writing process. He appreciates UK garage and that is one of the many reasons why we love him. Solid melodies and vocal production. This track really influenced a song JC and I wrote together called 'Do I Like U'.”
4. "Superlove" by Tinashe
“I was really hoping a Miami Bass pop song would take off, but I guess people weren't ready for that kinda nostalgic heat. I've been doin shit like that for years, and it's only truly appreciated in the underground. (See ‘Stop Me Cold’ and ‘Could U Love Me’).”
3. "Where Did You Go" - Ashley Parker Angel
“RIP Ashley P Angel's pop-rock solo career. The 'Soundtrack To Your Life' album was actually very well put together - it had some big-deal pop producers on it like Max Martin, Dr. Luke and The Matrix. This last track on the album always stuck out to me with its beautiful, simple melodies and lush harmonies...it made me tear up on the regular. A nightcore remix of this would be lit. Fun LOL fact: My ex-boyfriend played in Ashley's band sometimes, and I went with them to Palm Springs when they played the Miss Teen USA pageant. JoJo was also performing!!!”
2. "Casanova" - Allie X
“What a brilliant track - clever lyrics with attitude and stellar production. Their voices also blend really nicely together. Cool conceptual video too. Time and time again, Allie serves us quality alt-pop content.”
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