This is partly to flog my own back for being such an insufferable grouch about pop music. It's not that I feel bad about disliking it as a general rule - modern pop is really overproduced (too much compression and Autotune) and too steeped in brainless club techno for my liking. Also I am a cranky old man and I hate everything. That said, there are certain pop music offshoots that grab me by the lapels and make me dance like the awkward white person I am.
First up? Powerpop. Powerpop is a sugary mixture of early 60s rock music (crisp vocal harmonies, simple arrangements, prominent/melodic guitars) and the lighter end of 70s punk (the Ramones, the Buzzcocks, Generation X). It flies in the face of my usual fast/heavy/aggressive tastes, but when it's good it sounds like "What I Want," by the Donkeys.
New wave, which I think everyone can more or less identify by now, tends to be either annoyingly, stupidly chipper or detached and androgynous (in a forced, awkwardly teenage kind of way). But The Network (aka Green Day in masks) put out an album a few years ago that, despite taking the piss out of new wave, ended up being a really good new wave album. There's a certain snottiness to the delivery that I wish actual new wave music would adopt once in a while. Here's "Roshambo."
Also, to throw in an actual touring new wave band that didn't suck, here's the Epoxies: "Synthesized." I am a total sucker for the melody in this one and there's no use denying it.
Oh, and I like Royksopp because their music consists of bright little jelly beans full of ear heroin. Here's "Remind Me."