Mixed Pop Groups & Duos Rate • WINNER ANNOUNCED

Which decade will provide our winning song?

  • 1970s

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 1980s

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 1990s

    Votes: 11 52.4%
  • 2000s

    Votes: 9 42.9%
  • 2010s+

    Votes: 1 4.8%

  • Total voters
    21
  • Poll closed .
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It's taken 5, 6, 7, 8 months of planning*...

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*and 2 seconds to make this stupid joke

We're now One Step Closer...

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And (hopefully) The Best Is Yet To Come...

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WELCOME TO...


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...THE RATE!


Join myself and @Ezz for an affectionate celebration of:
pure-pop perfection discographies
eternally optimistic choreography
dazzling rictus grins
ever-changing member line-ups
matching costumes in synthetic fibres that should never be within spitting distance of a pyrotechnic
BIG HAIR
and Just A Little more!

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allSTARS* - Best Friends
allSTARS* - Things That Go Bump In The Night
allSTARS* - Is There Something I Should Know
allSTARS* - The Land Of Make Believe
allSTARS* - Back When
allSTARS* - Going All The Way
Aqua - Barbie Girl
Aqua - Doctor Jones
Aqua - Turn Back Time
Aqua - Cartoon Heroes
Aqua - Back To The 80's
Army Of Lovers - Crucified
ATC - Around The World (La La La La La)

Bardo - One Step Further
BeFour - All 4 One
Bjorn Again - A Little Respect
Boom! - Falling
Boyz N Girlz United - Messed Around
Bro'Sis - I Believe
Brotherhood Of Man - Angelo

Cartoons - Witch Doctor
Cherona - Rigga-Ding-Dong Song
ChipZ - 1001 Arabian Nights
Clock - It's Over
Club 2Gethr - Livin' The Dream

Daze - Superhero
Deuce - Call It Love
Deuce - I Need You
Deuce - On The Bible
Deuce - Rumours
Deuce - Let's Call It A Day
Deuce - No Surrender

Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You

Fast Food Rockers - Fast Food Song
Fast Food Rockers - Say Cheese (Smile Please)
Fast Food Rockers - I Love Christmas
Fast Food Rockers - Unforgettable

Go!Go!Go! - Back In The Day

H & Claire - DJ
H & Claire - Half A Heart
H & Claire - All Out Of Love
H & Claire - Centre Of My Heart
H & Claire - Too Close To Tears
Hear'Say - Pure And Simple
Hear'Say - The Way To Your Love
Hear'Say - Everybody
Hear'Say - Lovin' Is Easy

I Dream featuring Frankie & Calvin - Dreaming
Infernal - From Paris To Berlin

Jemini - Cry Baby
Jump5 - Spinnin' Around

Liberty X - Thinking It Over
Liberty X - Just A Little
Liberty X - Holding On For You
Liberty X vs. Richard X - Being Nobody
Liberty X - Jumpin'

Marvin & Tamara - Groove Machine

Now United - Who Would Think That Love?

Optimystic - Best Thing In The World

Pop! - Heaven And Earth
Pop! - Can't Say Goodbye
Pop! - Serious
Pop! - Xanadu

S Club Juniors - One Step Closer
S Club Juniors - Automatic High
S Club Juniors - New Direction
S Club 8 - Fool No More
S Club 8 - Sundown
S Club 8 - Don't Tell Me You're Sorry
Same Difference - We R One
Same Difference - Shine On Forever (Photo Frame)
Same Difference - Souled Out
Same Difference feat. Alcazar - Karma Karma
Same Difference - Heartbeat
Scandal'us - Me Myself & I
Scene 23 - I Really Don't Think So
Scooch - When My Baby
Scooch - More Than I Needed To Know
Scooch - The Best Is Yet To Come
Scooch - For Sure
Scooch - Music To My Heart
Scooch - Flying The Flag (For You)
Six - There's A Whole Lot of Lovin' Goin' On
Six - Let Me Be The One
Six - This Is It
Six - United We Stand
Six - After The Goldrush
Soul U*nique - 3iL (Thrill)
Stargate - Easier Said Than Done
Supernatural - Supernatural

Tight Fit - Fantasy Island

Vengaboys - Boom Boom Boom Boom
Vengaboys - We're Going To Ibiza
Vengaboys - Kiss (When The Sun Don't Shine)
Vengaboys - Uncle John From Jamaica
Vengaboys - Forever As One
VS - Love You Like Mad
VS - Call U Sexy
VS - Make It Hot

2 Unlimited - Nothing Like The Rain

Please RATE these

allSTARS* - Best Friends
allSTARS* - Things That Go Bump In The Night
allSTARS* - Is There Something I Should Know
allSTARS* - The Land Of Make Believe
allSTARS* - Back When
allSTARS* - Going All The Way
Aqua - Barbie Girl
Aqua - Doctor Jones
Aqua - Turn Back Time
Aqua - Cartoon Heroes
Aqua - Back To The 80's
Army Of Lovers - Crucified
ATC - Around The World (La La La La La)
Bardo - One Step Further
BeFour - All 4 One
Bjorn Again - A Little Respect
Boom! - Falling
Boyz N Girlz United - Messed Around
Bro'Sis - I Believe
Brotherhood Of Man - Angelo
Cartoons - Witch Doctor
Cherona - Rigga-Ding-Dong Song
ChipZ - 1001 Arabian Nights
Clock - It's Over
Club 2gethr - Livin' The Dream
Daze - Superhero
Deuce - Call It Love
Deuce - I Need You
Deuce - On The Bible
Deuce - Rumours
Deuce - Let's Call It A Day
Deuce - No Surrender
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You
Fast Food Rockers - Fast Food Song
Fast Food Rockers - Say Cheese (Smile Please)
Fast Food Rockers - I Love Christmas
Fast Food Rockers - Unforgettable
Go!Go!Go! - Back In The Day
H & Claire - DJ
H & Claire - Half A Heart
H & Claire - All Out Of Love
H & Claire - Centre Of My Heart
H & Claire - Too Close To Tears
Hear'Say - Pure And Simple
Hear'Say - The Way To Your Love
Hear'Say - Everybody
Hear'Say - Lovin' Is Easy
I Dream featuring Frankie & Calvin - Dreaming
Infernal - From Paris To Berlin
Jemini - Cry Baby
Jump5 - Spinnin' Around
Liberty X - Thinking It Over
Liberty X - Just A Little
Liberty X - Holding On For You
Liberty X vs. Richard X - Being Nobody
Liberty X - Jumpin'
Marvin & Tamara - Groove Machine
Now United - Who Would Think That Love?
Optimystic - Best Thing In The World
Pop! - Heaven And Earth
Pop! - Can't Say Goodbye
Pop! - Serious
Pop! - Xanadu
S Club Juniors - One Step Closer
S Club Juniors - Automatic High
S Club Juniors - New Direction
S Club 8 - Fool No More
S Club 8 - Sundown
S Club 8 - Don't Tell Me You're Sorry
Same Difference - We R One
Same Difference - Shine On Forever (Photo Frame)
Same Difference - Souled Out
Same Difference feat. Alcazar - Karma Karma
Same Difference - Heartbeat
Scandal'us - Me Myself & I
Scene 23 - I Really Don't Think So
Scooch - When My Baby
Scooch - More Than I Needed To Know
Scooch - The Best Is Yet To Come
Scooch - For Sure
Scooch - Music To My Heart
Scooch - Flying The Flag (For You)
Six - There's A Whole Lot of Lovin' Goin' On
Six - Let Me Be The One
Six - This Is It
Six - United We Stand
Six - After The Goldrush
Soul U*nique - 3iL (Thrill)
Stargate - Easier Said Than Done
Supernatural - Supernatural
Tight Fit - Fantasy Island
Vengaboys - Boom Boom Boom Boom
Vengaboys - We're Going To Ibiza
Vengaboys - Kiss (When The Sun Don't Shine)
Vengaboys - Uncle John From Jamaica
Vengaboys - Forever As One
VS - Love You Like Mad
VS - Call U Sexy
VS - Make It Hot
2 Unlimited - Nothing Like The Rain

LEGENDS
Please RANK these in order
(#1 favourite - #10 least favourite)

A*Teens - Upside Down
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
Ace Of Base - The Sign
Alcazar - Crying At The Discoteque
Buck's Fizz - My Camera Never Lies
Dollar - Mirror Mirror
Five Star - The Slightest Touch
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
Steps - It's The Way You Make Me Feel
Steps - Scared Of The Dark

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6CJUgXW89BcVN7Wny3XQ8a?dl_branch=1&si=c2V99oN5TZOptRq6QtAWuw

Missing from Spotify: BeFour, Bjorn Again, Boom!, Optimystic, Pop! (Heaven And Earth, Can't Say Goodbye, Xanadu), S Club 8 (Don't Tell Me You're Sorry - single version), Scene 23, Six (After The Goldrush), Soul U*nique, Stargate, Supernatural.

Youtube Playlist


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Score each song between 10 and 1 points (scores to 1 decimal point accepted)
1 song can receive an 11
1 song can receive a 0
Votes to @Doodvid and @Ezz please
Commentary encouraged, as little or as much as you'd like
but at the very least we'd love to know the reason for scoring your 11 (and 0...)


VOTE DEADLINE: MONDAY 19TH JULY (the extended remix)


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For our 'legends' (acts that have either had dedicated singles/discography rates on Popjustice or have rates in progress or planned for soon), we'd like you to RANK their songs separately from the main contest, in order of preference from #1 (favourite) to #10 (least favourite)

We've included the songs that won their associated rates and made educated guesses about possible winners for those yet to announce.

These results will be shared during the main rate reveals as a special side attraction!

A*Teens - Upside Down
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
Ace Of Base - The Sign
Alcazar - Crying At The Discoteque
Buck's Fizz - My Camera Never Lies
Dollar - Mirror Mirror
Five Star - The Slightest Touch
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
Steps - It's The Way You Make Me Feel
Steps - Scared Of The Dark

Spotify link to Legends Playlist
Youtube Playlist

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Why didn't you include this song...?

For acts such as Aqua and Liberty X who have enough material for their own dedicated future rate we limited ourselves to 5 tracks to represent their back catalogue.
We had to make loads of cuts (the song list has been in preparation since November 2020) but really wanted to celebrate and include as many songs as possible from acts that would never have their own rate.

Where is this act...?

Yup, there are some that may have slipped through the net (hi Da Buzz, Love City Groove, Friends etc) but we already have enough songs for a sequel rate in the future so they'll appear there. Big Brovaz were an early consideration for inclusion as were N-Dubz but the material didn't quite fit with the playlist as it is now.
We're aware also that this list is very westernised so any big non-English language groups you feel could fit for the future, please let us know.

2 Unlimited were huge! Why only 1 song...?

Some acts such as 2 Unlimited and Clock (the latter being no more than a glorified cover band for most of their career) started out primarily as dance acts and (arguably) rarely took on a more 'pop' sound - but we did want them represented so chose a track for each that we felt best fit with the rest of the playlist.

Why aren't Steps, A*Teens, ABBA etc. included in the main list..?

We wanted to give the lesser known acts their time to shine and avoid the 'big names' who have already had their own rates from dominating the contest. So we can still celebrate them, we have the Legends side contest in place to cover their material. Steps have 2 entries due to having had both a singles rate and a discography rate with 2 different winners (ABBA also had 2 rates but the same song won both)

Do I vote for the single version or the album version or the remix?

Most songs included on the list have very similar single and album versions (e.g. Liberty X 'Holding On For You') so please vote based on either version. S Club 8's 'Don't Tell Me You're Sorry' single was extensively remixed for release which is why we haven’t included the original album version on the Spotify Playlist. Deuce's 'On The Bible' charted in Australia as a dance remix edit of the Wand Mix but it is the original UK version we are voting for as the remix changes the song too much. If in doubt, go by the Youtube version we picked.


VOTE DEADLINE: MONDAY 19th JULY (the extended remix)



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100-91

#100 Fast Food Rockers - ‘Fast Food Song’
#99 Club 2Gethr - ‘Livin’ The Dream
#98 Marvin and Tamara - ‘Groove Machine’
#97 Fast Food Rockers - ‘I Love Christmas’
#96 Electro Velvet - 'Still In Love With You'
#95 Bro'Sis - 'I Believe
#94 allSTARS* - ‘Best Friends
#93 Soul U*nique - ‘3iL (Thrill)
#92 VS - ‘Love You Like Mad

#91 Deuce - ‘Let’s Call It A Day’

90-81

#90 Cherona - 'Rigga-Ding-Dong Song

#89 I Dream featuring Frankie & Calvin - ‘Dreaming'
#88 Vengaboys - 'Forever As One
#87 Scandal’us - ‘Me Myself & I'
#86 allSTARS* - ‘Going All The Way’
#85 Jump5 - ‘Spinnin’ Around
#84 Clock - ‘It’s Over’
#83 Six - ‘United We Stand’

#82 Cartoons - 'Witch Doctor'
#81 Six - 'This Is It'

80-71

#80 Boom! - 'Falling
#79 Jemini - ‘Cry Baby’
#78 S Club Juniors - ‘Automatic High'
#77 Brotherhood of Man - 'Angelo'

#76 Ch!pz - '1001 Arabian Nights'
#75 allSTARS* - ‘Is There Something I Should Know’
#74 Stargate - ‘Easier Said Than Done’
#73 Supernatural - 'Supernatural'
#72 Björn Again - 'A Little Respect
#71 Scene 23 - ‘I Really Don’t Think So'


70-61

#70 Deuce - 'No Surrender'
#69 Fast Food Rockers - ‘Say Cheese (Smile Please)’
#68 Scooch - ‘Flying The Flag (For You)’
#67 VS - 'Make It Hot'
#66 Six - 'After The Goldrush'
#65 Optimystic - 'Best Thing In The World'
#64 Six - ‘There’s A Whole Lot Of Lovin’ Goin’ On’
#63 Hear’Say - ‘Lovin’ Is Easy’
#62 Bardo - 'One Step Further'
#61 Boyz N Girlz United - 'Messed Around'

60-51

#60 allSTARS* - ‘Back When’
#59 beFour - ‘All 4 One
#58 Go!Go!Go! - 'Back In The Day'
#57 Now United - 'Who Would Think That Love?'

#56 Scooch - 'When My Baby'
#55 Pop! - 'Xanadu'
#54 Six - ‘Let Me Be The One
#53 S Club 8 - ‘Don’t Tell Me You’re Sorry’

#52 Vengaboys - ‘Uncle John From Jamaica’
#51 VS - 'Call U Sexy

50-41

#50 Tight Fit - ‘Fantasy Island
#49 Daze - ‘Superhero
#48 Fast Food Rockers - ‘Unforgettable
#47 Liberty X - ‘Jumpin’’
#46 2 Unlimited - ‘Nothing Like The Rain
#45 Vengaboys - ‘Kiss (When The Sun Don’t Shine
#44 Liberty X - ‘Holding On For You’
#43 H & Claire - ‘Centre Of My Heart’
#42 Same Difference - ‘Heartbeat
#41 Hear’Say - ‘Pure And Simple

40-31

#40 Same Difference - ‘Shine On Forever (Photo Frame)
#39 allSTARS* - ‘The Land Of Make Believe
#38 Aqua - ‘Back To The 80’s
#37 Deuce - ‘Rumours
#36 Hear’Say - ‘Everybody’
#35 Scooch - ‘Music To My Heart’

#34 H & Claire - ‘Too Close To Tears’
#33 Scooch - ‘For Sure’
#32 Aqua - ‘Cartoon Heroes’
#31 H & Claire ‘Half A Heart’

30-21


#30 Deuce - ‘I Need You’
#29 Vengaboys - ‘We’re Going To Ibiza’
#28 S Club Juniors - ‘New Direction’
#27 S Club Juniors - ‘One Step Closer’
#26 Deuce - ‘Call It Love’
#25 Scooch - ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

#24 Deuce - ‘On The Bible’
#23 Pop! - ‘Serious’
#22 Infernal - ‘From Paris To Berlin’
#21 Army Of Lovers - ‘Crucified’


20-11

#20 H & Claire - ‘DJ’
#19 Same Difference - ‘Souled Out’
#18 Same Difference - ‘We R One’
#17 S Club 8 - ‘Fool No More’
#16 Scooch - ‘More Than I Needed To Know’
#15 Aqua - ‘Turn Back Time’
#14 Liberty X - ‘Thinking It Over
#13 allSTARS* - ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night’
#12 H & Claire - ‘All Out Of Love’
#11 Pop! - ‘Heaven And Earth’


THE TOP 10

#10 ATC - ‘Around The World (La La La La La)’

#9 Aqua - ‘Barbie Girl’
#8 Aqua - ‘Doctor Jones’
#7 S Club 8 - ‘Sundown’
#6 Richard X vs. Liberty X - ‘Being Nobody’
#5 Pop! - ‘Can’t Say Goodbye’
#4 Hear’Say - ‘The Way To Your Love’
#3 Same Difference feat. Alcazar - ‘Karma Karma’
#2 Vengaboys - ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!’
#1 Liberty X - ‘Just A Little’


Youtube playlist in order of elimination from 100 to 1:




 
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Oops! Another one for the list (see: Disclaimers)

I do love how songs get passed around these acts though. ‘I Really Don’t Think So’ by K-otic appears on the list but performed by flop US group Scene 23!
 
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Do you know this best song ever by a mixed band @Doodvid? Were you around when it was a PJ00s Silver Medallist?


Ah slightly before my regular forum usage but congratulations for the achievement (2 years too late)! I would’ve scored it highly.

I see it even went up against allSTARS* ‘You Got It Bad’ & Fast Food Rockers ‘I’m Not Gonna Tell You Again’ in the same round. Legends only!


 

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