Dork’s Chart Attack tackles a British pop classic with Girls Aloud’s ‘Sound Of The Underground’

What would a post-millennium number ones podcast be without a little reality show?

Dork’s all-new podcast Chart Attack is back with a new episode, out today (Wednesday 6th September), and what would a post-millennium number ones podcast be without a little reality show?

One of the first of its kind, Pop Stars: The Rivals gave birth to Girls Aloud, the girl group who were put together in real time on the show in 2002, and their debut single ‘Sound Of The Underground’, which went on to reshape British pop throughout the decade. This week’s episode also sees us dip into chart battles (more next week) and cast our minds back to Christmas 2002.

In season one, we jump in our big pop time machine and revisit ten iconic number ones from the turn of the millennium onwards. Exploring the highs and lows of the 21st-century UK chart, we’ll be dissecting cultural milestones, iconic pop stars, telling classic pop stories, and taking a trip down memory lane ourselves. Most importantly, we’ll be asking the crucial pop question: is this a good song?

You’ll be able to download a new edition of season one of Chart Attack every Wednesday via all the usual podcast providers, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more. Subscribe now to make sure you never miss an episode.

It will also be broadcast each Sunday on Dork Radio at 6pm BST. You can tune in via the Dork Radio app. Available for iOS and Android, it also allows you to get all the latest music news direct to your mobile device. You can also listen at, or via TuneIn on iOS, Android and more.

Chart Attack is brought to you by Dork. It’s hosted by Abigail Firth and Martyn Young and produced by Patrick Gunning. Chart data is sourced from the Official Charts Company. You can follow us or get in touch across socials @chartattackpod or via the Dork accounts @readdork and @dorkradio.

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