As a New Zealander, this site’s naturally biased towards New Zealand artists, so I’ve collated them all onto this area of the site. New Zealand pop music didn’t really start in earnest until later than the rest of the world; despite flickers of brilliance like The Fourmyula’s 1969 hit ‘Nature’, New Zealand didn’t produce many noteworthy albums until the second half of the 1970s.
Crowded House reached #2 on the US charts with ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ in 1986. This feat wasn’t bettered until the 2010s, when Lorde‘s ‘Royals’ and Kimbra‘s guest-spot on Gotye’s ‘Someone I Used To Know’ made #1.
Most successful and acclaimed NZ pop music in the 20th century was guitar-based – pop/rock like Dave Dobbyn and Flying Nun bands like Straitjacket Fits. NZ’s version of roots/reggae has been popular in the 21st century – I enjoy Trinity Roots‘ spiritual take on the genre.
Artists I’m planning to cover include Anika Moa, The Chills, Dimmer, and The Able Tasmans.