Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant thinks Taylor Swift is 'the Margaret Thatcher of pop music'.

The 61-year-old duo who formed the electronic pop band with Chris Lowe said a lot of good things about many contemporary artists, including Bad Blood hitmaker, and praised her for being interested in business side of music world.

"I think Lady Gaga has been interesting and Taylor Swift is a sort of Mrs Thatcher of pop music in that she seems to be about economics but you know what at least somebody is interested in that," he said at an interview with Noisey.

Now, former UK Prime Minister was famous for privatizing public businesses, and Taylor wrote a letter to Apple music and asked them to pay artists royalties, and told Spotify they were not paying her enough.

Tennant like American singer Justin Bieber, and had good things to say about Zayn Malik, and really liked his track It's You. But he said, the pop world is wanting in depth and variety, even though according to him pop music as a whole was in "good" shape at present.

"I think the current pop landscape is pretty good. I thought last year we arrived at a place where mainstream pop music started for the first time in ages, to take in influences from what would be underground if it wasn't underground, if it hadn't gone mainstream," he said.

"There's a problem in pop music in spite of what I've just said and that's the subject matter of pop music and there is only currently one subject matter and that is the singer and possibly their emotional life, or their issues with fame. There is not a lot of role playing going on."