About - Classic Pop Magazine

about classic pop magazine

Welcome to Classic Pop, the ultimate celebration of great pop and chart music. Classic Pop is both a print magazine and website bringing you pop artist interviews, music news, album and gig reviews from the best acts from the late-70s post-punk through to the synth-pop, New Romantic, ska, indie and guitar greats of the 80s and chart stars of the 90s – plus the best new acts that embrace our classic pop heritage.

Classic Pop magazine first launched in 2012 and was the brainchild of music journalist and ZTT Records collaborator Ian Peel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Peel_(journalist), https://twitter.com/letitbeep @letitbeep), and Anthem CEO and launch publisher of Music Tech and Vintage Rock Jon Bickley (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-bickley-62763a8/).

The magazine rapidly developed a reputation for bringing the very best journalistic and design qualities of the established rock magazines to the overlooked, but oh-so-adored, pop world – with 80s pop very much at the heart of everything.

The magazine and website are now edited by Steve Harnell (https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-harnell-788b024/, https://twitter.com/steve_harnell and https://www.steveharnell.co.uk/), a music and entertainment journalist and editor who’s plied his trade with the Bristol Evening Post and Western Daily Press, Future Publishing and Immediate Media, before joining Anthem to run Classic Pop and Vintage Rock.

Classic Pop is the home to some of music’s finest journalists, with regular contributions from:


The Classic Pop website brings you all the most up-to-date news of your favourite 80s artists and similar acts, including tour dates and new album releases.

We are famous for our artist Top Tens and Top Twenties, with our picks of the best singles, albums, videos and more, regularly ranking as top results for fans searching for everyone from ABBA to Depeche Mode, Duran Duran to The Pet Shop Boys.

We also share in-depth interviews with top acts, album reviews and illuminating features on popular and sometimes obscure retro pop stars.


In every issue of Classic Pop magazine, you’ll find:

Artist interviews: Classic Pop talks to your favourite A-list artists and bands for our in-depth exclusive features.

News: Get the inside track on the latest news in the music world.

Album by Album: An in-depth look at the complete back catalogue of our favourite artists

Classic Album: We go behind the scenes of the legendary albums in pop.

Pop Art: A celebration of the best pop artwork of all time. Meet the designers behind the sleeves of your favourite albums and singles.

Top 10
We hand pick notable UK singles chart listings for a track-by-track rundown.

Month In Pop
A snapshot of the most notable happenings in the pop world.

Forget Me Nots
We give some much-needed love to underrated albums that may have flown under your radar.

Readers share their favourite photos as they get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in Planet Pop.

An at-a-glance guide to some of our favourite sub-genres.

Devoted fans show us their collections and pop memorabilia.

Top 20
Each issue we select 20 of the best from genres, artists and much more.

Reviews: Our packed reviews sections features the latest new album releases, reissues, live gigs and books.


Classic Pop magazine is available in WHSmith (high street and travel), as well as selected Tesco stores and Barnes & Noble (USA).

You can buy single issues of Classic Pop or subscribe at https://shop.classicpopmag.com/


The Classic Pop Newsletter brings you the very best of the website every week as well as news of all new Classic Pop and Classic Pop Presents magazines. Sign up now so you don’t miss a thing.




Steve Harnell, Editor – [email protected]

Leah Fitz-Henry, Advertising – [email protected]

Steve O’Brien, Digital Editor – [email protected]


Classic Pop magazine and website are published by Anthem Publishing Ltd, winners of the PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year 2014 and 2017.


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In the Press

Meet the Editor




Publisher: Jon Bickley





Classic Pop is brought to you by Anthem Publishing, the publishers of Vintage Rock.