Jess Glynne brought Eurodisco back to the U.S., Roisin Murphy went arty on her first record in eight years—but no one delivered pop pleasures in 2015 quite like Carly Rae Jepsen. Below, EW’s picks for the genre’s best.
1. Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION
It’s baffling how most of the world slept on this record, which spawned no hit singles and peaked at No. 16 on the charts. But the “Call Me Maybe” singer proved she’s so much more than a viral sensation with her second album. From the blazing sax melody that kicks off “Runaway With Me” to Jepsen’s “Hey!”s that close out the album on “When I Needed You,” every moment of this glossy mall-pop record is pure pop pleasure. And even the after-thoughts that are featured on the deluxe edition (“Black Heart,” “I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance,” and “Favourite Colour”) have it going on. —K.O.