In 2005 we lived in a world (mostly or completely) free of Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, iPads and mainstream hipster culture â€“ and thatâ€™s only ten years ago! Itâ€™s an understatement to say that lot has changed in pop culture and music business. In 2005 most music was bought in CD format. MP3â€™s had been around since the end of the 90â€™s, and iTunes and iPod since 2001, but the digital music markets were still marginal. In turn, this meant that indie music wasnâ€™t as apparent as itâ€™s today. Also, retro aesthetics hadnâ€™t yet come to the fore. All in all, 2005 offered us a comfortable-sized dose of great modern pop music. My favourites from this year include delicate and beautiful pop songs by The Magic Numbers, Saint Etienne and almost-forgotten band called Hal.