NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11:  Jarvis Cocker of Pulp performs at Radio City Music Hall on April 11, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo
Steve Mack

For nearly 30 years, UK Britpop band Pulp have been recording tracks that have defined the words "cheeky" and "arch." Best known stateside for "Common People" and "Mis-Shapes" from 1995's Different Class, the band remains beloved in their home country and cult heroes in the U.S. (We caught 'em ourselves when they played Radio City earlier this year.)

Frontman Jarvis Cocker, who turns 48 today, is an enigma; a combination of outsized, controversial figure (who once famously interrupted Michael Jackson's 1996 BRIT Awards performance) and wry bookworm whose trenchant lyrics about the UK class system fomented more ideas than any classroom. To honor our favorite bespectacled rock star, check out our Jarvis Cocker playlist, featuring the best tracks from both Pulp and Cocker's solo work.