The easiest route to curating a successful party or night-out playlist would be to fill it exclusively with post-2013 Charli XCX songs. Resisting temptation, this week’s pop playlist includes only one.

This playlist marks a shift from some of the more introspective compilations we’ve published in recent weeks. It’s a fun playlist for a post-party joint, but not one to conclude a night. It could also easily suffice as a pre-drinks playlist before a Girl’s Night Out.

To me, these artists represent a sort of modern elite of vibrant pop music. They all offer to counter the tiresome hoard of laddy indie, authentic singer-songwriters, and EDM bros that annoyingly infest parties these days. All of this music is, to some extent, infectious — and more importantly immeasurably innovative.

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