ACE OF RATE: The Ace Of Base Discography Rate! [RESULTS: THE WINNER REVEALED]

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Ace Of Base are the third best-selling Swedish act of all time, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. The Gothenburg quartet conquered the globe in the 1990s with hits such as "All That She Wants", "The Sign", "Don't Turn Around" and "Life Is A Flower".

Between 1992 and 2002 they released four studio albums and a greatest hits compilation, and in 2015 they released a new collection of B-sides and previously unreleased material.

Now it's time to rate their discography!

There are 80 songs to rate - that's every song they've ever released officially (except "Dimension Of Depth" which was more of an interlude). Some of their singles were released in different versions in different territories, but I've decided to mostly keep it simple and not split them up.

The only exception is "Cruel Summer", where you can rate the UK/US Cutfather & Joe Mix and the Euro Big Bonus Mix separately. "Cuba Cuba Libre" and "Prime Time" have slightly different lyrics but are essentially the same song, so I have put these together.


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Happy Nation / The Sign [1993]

Voulez-Vous Danser
All That She Wants
Münchhausen (Just Chaos)
Happy Nation
Waiting For Magic
Fashion Party
Wheel Of Fortune
Dancer In A Daydream
My Mind (Mindless Mix)
Young And Proud
Moogoperator
Don't Turn Around
The Sign
Living In Danger
Hear Me Calling


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The Bridge [1995]

Beautiful Life
Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry
Lucky Love
Edge Of Heaven
Strange Ways
Ravine
Perfect World
Angel Eyes
Whispers In Blindness
My Déjà Vu
You And I
Wave Wet Sand
Que Sera
Just 'N Image
Experience Pearls
Blooming 18
Love For Sale


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Flowers / Cruel Summer [1998]

Life Is A Flower
Always Have, Always Will
Cruel Summer (Cutfather & Joe Mix)
Travel To Romantis
Adventures In Paradise
Dr. Sun
Cecilia
He Decides
I Pray
Tokyo Girl
Don't Go Away
Captain Nemo
Donnie
Cruel Summer (Big Bonus Mix)
L'amour
Everytime It Rains
Whenever You're Near Me
Kings And Queens


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Singles Of The 90s [1999]

C'est La Vie (Always 21)
Hallo Hallo
Love In December


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Da Capo [2002]

Unspeakable
Beautiful Morning
Remember The Words
Da Capo
World Down Under
Ordinary Day
Wonderful Life
Show Me Love
What's The Name Of The Game
Change With The Light
Hey Darling
The Juvenile


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Hidden Gems [2015]

Would You Believe
Go Go Go
Into The Night Of Blue
Don't Stop
Make My Day
Mercy Mercy
No Good Lover
Summer Days
Giving It Up
Come To Me
Cuba Cuba Libre / Prime Time
Look Around Me
Pole Position
Sunset In Southern California
Moment Of Magic


I've created playlists for YouTube and Spotify, which includes all the original versions of the songs plus a few notable remixes. Note: "Love In December" and "Cuba Cuba Libre" are missing from Spotify.

VOTING IS CLOSED. FINAL RESULT WAS REVEALED 18/09/16.

1 - The Sign 9.88
2 - Beautiful Life 9.47
3 - Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry - 8.88
4 - Always Have, Always Will - 8.76
5 - Cruel Summer - 8.74
6 - Don't Turn Around - 8.71
7 - All That She Wants - 8.56
8 - Unspeakable - 8.53
9 - Living In Danger - 8.41
10 - Life Is A Flower - 8.32
11 - Travel To Romantis - 8.29
12 - Lucky Love - 8.21
13 - Happy Nation - 8.00
14 - Love In December - 7.97
15 - Wheel Of Fortune - 7.79
16 - Would You Believe - 7.76
17 - Go Go Go - 7.74
18 - Cruel Summer (Big Bonus Mix) - 7.68
19 - Hallo Hallo - 7.65
20 - Don't Go Away - 7.62
21 - Dr. Sun - 7.62
22 - Tokyo Girl - 7.62
23 - Beautiful Morning - 7.59
24 - Da Capo - 7.59
25 - Remember The Words - 7.59
26 - Waiting For Magic - 7.56
27 - Donnie - 7.56
28 - Adventures In Paradise - 7.50
29 - Show Me Love - 7.50
30 - Hey Darling - 7.41
31 - Blooming 18 - 7.41
32 - Young And Proud - 7.41
33 - I Pray - 7.35
34 - Mercy Mercy - 7.29
35 - Everytime It Rains - 7.26
36 - Change With The Light - 7.24
37 - Cuba Cuba Libre / Prime Time - 7.21
38 - The Juvenile - 7.18
39 - Into The Night Of Blue - 7.09
40 - Make My Day - 7.06
41 - C'est La Vie (Always 21) - 7.00
42 - Ravine - 6.97
43 - Love For Sale - 6.97
44 - Voulez-Vous Danser - 6.94
45 - Whenever You're Near Me - 6.91
46 - World Down Under - 6.88
47 - No Good Lover - 6.85
48 - Strange Ways - 6.79
49 - What's The Name Of The Game - 6.76
50 - Ordinary Day - 6.74
51 - He Decides - 6.71
52 - Wonderful Life - 6.65
53 - My Déjà Vu - 6.65
54 - Captain Nemo - 6.62
55 - Edge Of Heaven - 6.62
56 - Summer Days - 6.62
57 - Hear Me Calling - 6.56
58 - Sunset In Southern California - 6.50
59 - Don't Stop - 6.47
60 - Come To Me - 6.44
61 - Cecilia - 6.41
62 - Perfect World - 6.26
63 - Giving It Up - 6.24
64 - Moment Of Magic - 6.09
65 - Dancer In A Daydream - 6.06
66 - Just 'N Image - 5.91
67 - Que Sera - 5.74
68 - Wave Wet Sand - 5.71
69 - Look Around Me - 5.56
70 - Experience Pearls - 5.53
71 - Whispers In Blindness - 5.21
72 - Pole Position - 5.18
73 - Kings And Queens - 5.18
74 - Angel Eyes - 5.18
75 - Münchhausen (Just Chaos) - 4.88
76 - L'Amour - 4.79
77 - My Mind - 4.50
78 - Fashion Party - 4.41
79 - Moogoperator - 3.94
80 - You And I - 3.85
 
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I'm interested to see how far my 11 goes, I don't know how well loved it is among fans. Love their first three albums, De Capo not quite as much, and I've only listened to the Hidden Gems like once.
 
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS

I've been preparing all day today. Still have to do Happy Nation and Hidden Gems, but The Bridge has four 10's (plus a 0 and five 5's), while Flowers has eight 10's and nothing below an 8 (once the European/US mixes are combined), and Da Capo has five 10's, only two songs below a 9 (a 6.5 and an 8.5), and an average of 9.2.

You know what I love most about Ace of Base? They never shied away from a good key change.

Not really sure what my 11 will be. I have two possibilities in mind, but could really go with almost any of my 10's and be satisfied.

If you guys thought I was stanning during the Shania rate, BRACE YOURSELVES.

(Also, pleased to see The Ugly Stepsister isn't included. Though All for You is a huge bop.)
 
So ready to join this rate!

As for AoB memories, the granddaughter of my neighbors made me a copy of The Sign and I was hooked for life.

I also want to share this delightful bop that I'm sure you all know already, but just in case, from when Jenny tried to represent Denmark at Eurovision in 2011:



(I'm partial to "Blah, Blah, Blah On The Radio" from they who shall not be named.)
 
So ready to join this rate!

As for AoB memories, the granddaughter of my neighbors made me a copy of The Sign and I was hooked for life.

I also want to share this delightful bop that I'm sure you all know already, but just in case, from when Jenny tried to represent Denmark at Eurovision in 2011:



(I'm partial to "Blah, Blah, Blah On The Radio" from they who shall not be named.)

I loved this for the absolutely shameless gay pandering. And because it's a fucking amazing song.

Her solo album is fantastic too. It would be up there with Flowers in terms of my scores.
 
Does everyone have problems with stuttering sound every once in a while on the remasters (and Hidden Gems), or does Spotify just hate me?
 
I've noticed a stutter in Mercy Mercy (the only one I really use) on the iTunes file.
Damn it. I have that one on CD though. I had a skip in Unspeakable too, and some others I can't actually remember at the moment. But that might just be bad luck.

Next question - does anyone know where I could track down the stuff they released on ReverbNation for Ace Thursdays? It's all been removed from their account, so I went to Ultimate Ace of Base only to find it's gone! And unfortunately the Wayback Machine only has a handful of songs saved. I've got the fourteen I used at the time, but only in 128k AAC pulled from my iPod, not the original MP3, and I'd like the original form of those and others... And if a mod sees this, they were legal free downloads Ulf and Jonas released, so I'm not breaking any forum rules.
 
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