Are you ready for a new radio format?  When modern rock (aka new wave and later alternative) was launched in the U.S. in the early 1980s, it filled a niche between top 40 and mainstream rock and became the radio home for music that was deemed too alternative for top 40 or too electronic for rock.  Since the mid-1990s, this format has evolved to sound just like traditional rock.  So it’s time for a rebirth in 2010.  Let’s call it modern pop and you can follow its playlists here.

Is there a market for a different top 40 format?  Well, many people still don’t care for hip-hop.  Listeners in their 20s may feel they’re a little “old” to be listening to Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.  And Nickelback and Creed put some to sleep.

Since 98.9 KQAK, one of the first modern rock stations in America, started here in the Bay Area, it’s only right that we should reboot and introduce modern rock 2.0.

For more background info, refer to The Death of Modern Rock.

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [January 2011]

  1. Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime
  2. Gareth Emery Featuring Lucy Saunders – Sanctuary
  3. Social Distortion – Machine Gun Blues
  4. Professor Green Featuring Example – Monster
  5. Deadmau5 – Sofi Needs a Ladder
  6. Guster – Do You Love Me?

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [December 2010]

  1. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
  2. Crystal Castles Featuring Robert Smith – Not in Love
  3. Martin Solveig Featuring Dragonette – Hello
  4. The Black Keys – Tighten Up
  5. Daft Punk – Derezzed
  6. Belle and Sebastian – I Want the World to Stop

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [November 2010]

  1. Goldfrapp – Believer
  2. Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  3. The Ting Tings – Hands
  4. The Temper Trap – Love Lost
  5. Blaqk Audio – Bon Voyeurs
  6. One eskimO – Kandi

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [October 2010]

  1. Jen Titus – O Death
  2. Armin van Buuren vs. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving up on Love
  3. Blank & Jones With Cathy Battistessa – Miracle Man
  4. Wilco – Deeper Down
  5. BT – The Emergency
  6. Honeywagon – Billie Jean

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [September 2010]

  1. Example – Last Ones Standing
  2. Cee Lo Green – What Part of Forever
  3. Jes – Closer
  4. Chicane Featuring Adam Young - Middledistancerunner
  5. She & Him – In the Sun
  6. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit 'Em up Style

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [August 2010]

  1. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  2. Hot Chip – I Feel Better
  3. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
  4. Miike Snow - Silvia
  5. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire
  6. Kele – Tenderoni

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [July 2010]

  1. Shiny Toy Guns – Rocketship 2010
  2. Scissor Sisters – Fire With Fire
  3. K’Naan – Wavin’ Flag
  4. Swedish House Mafia Featuring Pharrell – One (Your Name)
  5. Grum – Can’t Shake This Feeling
  6. Electro Blues – Deborah’s Theme

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [June 2010]

  1. Example – Kickstarts
  2. Sia – Clap Your Hands
  3. M.I.A. – XXXO
  4. Andy Bell – Will You Be There?
  5. Crystal Castles – Celestica
  6. Broken Bells – The High Road

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [May 2010]

  1. Alphabeat – Hole in My Heart
  2. Luxe – Simple Attraction
  3. Steve Aoki Featuring [[[Zuper Blahq]]] – I’m in the House
  4. JJ – Let Go
  5. Bob Sinclar Featuring Sugarhill Gang – Lala Song
  6. She & Him – Thieves

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [April 2010]

  1. Goldfrapp – Rocket
  2. David Guetta Featuring Kid Cudi – Memories
  3. Alex Sayz Featuring Evi – Hate to Love
  4. Grum – Heartbeats
  5. Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love
  6. Cypress Hill Featuring Marc Anthony & Pitbull – Armada Latina

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [March 2010]

  1. Fever Ray – Seven
  2. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
  3. Gossip – Love Long Distance
  4. Bimbo Jones – Freeze
  5. Jes – Lovesong
  6. Jay-Z + Mr. Hudson – Young Forever

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [February 2010]

  1. Basement Jaxx Featuring Sam Sparro – Feelings Gone
  2. Calvin Harris – Flashback
  3. Editors – Papillon
  4. Example – Watch the Sun Come Up
  5. Phoenix – Lisztomania
  6. Sade – Soldier of Love

M-Pop6:  Modern Pop Playlist [January 2010]

  1. Little Boots – Remedy
  2. Deadmau5 Featuring Rob Swire – Ghosts N Stuff
  3. Tocadisco & Nadia Ali – Better Run
  4. Robbie Rivera Featuring Adrian – Closer to the Sun
  5. The Crystal Method Featuring Emily Haines – Come Back Clean
  6. Metric – Gold Guns Girls

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