(The first in an occasional series listing things that make me like a pop song. Taken together, this will serve as an exhaustive guide for any songwriters looking to compose something specifically to appeal to my tastes.)
#1: The song should contain multiple background singers who, at some point, should punctuate the song by shouting out a list of numbers.
Please see below for examples:
Los Campesinos! - My Year in Lists
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You