What is 'period pop'?

Period Pop Is A Thing Now

Life / posted 5 months ago / Eva Caiden

Period Pop Is A Thing Now

Periods. Half the world’s population has them once a month and yet mentions of them are noticeably absent from music, film and popular culture. The Debrief recently calculated that in ten years, the TV show Friends only mentioned periods once. That’s one single time in 3,650 days. (It was in The One Where Rachel Has A Baby in case you’re interested.)

So Vice magazine’s recent feature on a new music genre caught our attention. This week, they published an article championing writer Beulah Devaney’s newly crowned genre: ‘period pop

What is Period Pop?

Devaney’s obsession with songs devoted to menstruation, periods and PMS led to her creating her own musical canon of classic period pop tunes, because, in her own words, “In a world that’s constantly deeming periods gross and shameful, any track that free bleeds over the music industry is an instant classic in my eyes.”

Top of the (Period) Pops

Her period pop picks include:

Mary J Blige ‘PMS’.

Sample lyric: “My lower back is aching’ and my clothes don’t fit now ain’t that a bitch”


PJ Harvey ‘Happy and Bleeding’.

Sample lyric: “Out of season, happy and bleeding, long overdue too early and it’s late too”

Dolly Parton ‘PMS Blues’.

Sample lyric: “You know you must forgive us for we care not what we do I got those can’t stop crying, dishes flying PMS blues”

We’d like to add:

Janet Jackson: ‘Feedback’

Sample lyric: “My swag is serious something heavy like a first day period”

Lily Allen: ‘Sheezus’*

Sample lyric: “Periods, we all get periods/Every month, yo, that’s what the theory is/It’s human nature, another cycle” The song was actually banned from radio play because it was deemed ‘offensive’ for mentioning periods. Go figure.


Have we missed any out? Are there any songs you listen to at particular times of your cycle? Let us know in the comments!

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