PJ Retro 100 - It's an anniversary! Reveals are LIVE!


Wear your fanciest outfit, your most exquisite perfume and the best mood for our anniversary.

I was asked to host, and having been part of the veto panel way back in the very first PJOPS it felt like an honor I couldn’t decline.

It’s honestly insane to think this started in July 2013. Barack Obama had just been sworn in for a second term. Blurred Lines was the biggest song all over the world (eww). Edward Snowden blew the whistle. It was 11 years ago but somehow a lifetime ago.

I’m so glad to have spent these 11 years with you guys, and I hope we keep going for at least 100 rounds more.

THEME: None. Just bring your absolutely best.

Do feel free to share your favorite songs from PJOPS and PJ Retro over the years in the thread. As a piece of celebration, I will pair you all with a favorite cocktail of mine for the reveals.

General inclusion/exclusion criteria for entries:
  • must have been first released before January 1, 2000
  • no UK top 10 hits
  • no US top 10 hits
  • no covers or prominent samples of a UK or US top 10 hit OR was covered/prominently sampled in a song that was a UK or US top 10 hit
  • no songs (or covers of songs) that have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest
  • relatively unknown/underrated on Popjustice - so as a general benchmark, nothing from an artist with more than 25 pages of discussion on PJ (across all their artist threads)
  • no entry that has been previously entered in a previous round of PJSC (list of entries here) or PJ Retro (list of entries here)
  • no song by an act that was entered in the previous round - this includes any related solo or group acts to an act that was entered in the previous round (ex. Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, in an alternate universe where either of them could actually pass the veto criteria)

Criteria that will also be taken in consideration for veto purposes:
  • Song is from an album that peaked in the top 10 on the UK or US albums chart
  • Song is from a Platinum- or Gold-certified album in the UK or US
  • Song peaked between #11 and #20 on the UK or US singles chart
  • Song was a major hit in other big music markets and/or in multiple countries
  • Act has 15-24 pages of discussion on the forum
  • Song is by an act who had major success in the UK or US
  • Act has been entered multiple times in this contest

Voting rules:
  • You can award points to 10 entries per round. Award points ranging from 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 (with 12 points going to your favorite entry).
  • Only people who submitted a participating song can vote.
  • Entrants cannot vote for their own submission.
  • All entrants who fail to vote by the host's deadline will have their final scores cut in half.

Submission deadline: PM @KamikazeHeart by Saturday, May 18
Voting deadline: Saturday, June 8
Reveals: Sunday, June 9

Let’s go!