PJ TWENTY QUID RATE: Part One (2003-2007): The Winner! | The Popjustice Forum

PJ TWENTY QUID RATE: Part One (2003-2007): The Winner!

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by Lost In Japan., Feb 21, 2022.

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    For the last twenty years, the very best in British & Irish pop music has been shortlisted, argued over in a pub, and an eventual best song of the year crowned and awarded a crisp twenty-pound note. That's right - the Popjustice £20 Music Prize. Founded by @Popjustice himself; it was initially conceived as a reaction to the Mercury Prize - awarded to a British or Irish album of the year and typically given out on the same night as the PJ £20 Quid.

    Over the years, the nominations have included PJ faves like Girls Aloud, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Sugababes and Jessie Ware. There's also been the occasional head-scratcher of a nominee, with Ed Sheeran appearing on the list in recent years and Jessie J also making an appearance.

    What better way to celebrate the best of the best, than to rate each nominated song against each other and see what comes out on top? For Part 1 of the rate, we're going back to the very beginning, and ranking the nominees from 2003-2007. Subsequent parts of the rate will cover 2008-2012, 2013-2017 and, lastly, 2018-2022. So what are the songs being rated this time:

    Abs - Stop Sign
    Amy Studt - Misfit
    Busted - What I Go to School For
    Daniel Bedingfield - If You’re Not the One
    Girls Aloud - No Good Advice
    Ladytron - Seventeen
    Lisa Scott-Lee - Lately
    Mis-teeq - Scandalous
    Richard X vs Liberty X - Being Nobody
    S Club Juniors - New Direction
    S Club - Say Goodbye
    Sugababes - Round Round

    Busted - Crashed the Wedding
    Emma Bunton - Maybe
    Girls Aloud - The Show
    Jamelia - Superstar
    Javine - Surrender (Your Love)
    Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
    McFly - 5 Colours in Her Hair
    Rachel Stevens - Some Girls
    Rachel Stevens - Sweet Dreams My LA Ex
    Shaznay Lewis - Never Felt Like This Before
    Sugababes - Hole in the Head
    Will Young - Leave Right Now

    Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh
    Charlotte Church - Crazy Chick
    Girls Aloud - Wake Me Up
    Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
    Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
    Mylo - In My Arms
    Rachel Stevens - Negotiate With Love
    Robbie Williams - Radio
    Shapeshifters - Lola’s Theme
    The 411 - Dumb
    Uniting Nations - Out of Touch
    Verbalicious - Don’t Play Nice

    Delays - Valentine
    Girls Aloud - Biology
    Goldfrapp - Number One
    Gorillaz - Dare
    Hot Chip - Over and Over
    Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
    Lily Allen - Smile
    Matt Willis - Up All Night
    Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
    Rachel Stevens - I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
    Sugababes - Push the Button
    Will Young - Who Am I

    Amy Winehouse - Rehab
    Bodyrox - Yeah Yeah (feat. Luciana)
    Booty Luv - Shine
    Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80s
    Girls Aloud - Something Kinda Ooooh
    Jamelia - Beware of the Dog
    Kate Nash - Foundations
    Mark Ronson - Stop Me (feat. Daniel Merriweather)
    Robbie Williams - She’s Madonna
    Roisin Murphy - Overpowered
    Siobhan Donaghy - Don’t Give It Up
    Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Catch You

    As with any rate, the rules are simple:
    • Give each of the above songs a score, on a rating from 0 - 10.
    • Ideally, please keep your scores to multiples of 0.5.
    • You can give one song, the ultimate favourite, your 11.
    • Commentary on all songs is welcomed and encouraged!
    • Voting will close on April 4thApril 11th.

    Spotify playlist:

    Last edited: Apr 18, 2022
  2. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    Yassss exciting!!!
  3. Perched for this! Some absolute classics here, and also some... very questionable picks, I guess Mr PJ's occasionably questionable taste isn't a new thing dd
  4. The resurgence of Being Nobody continues!!! Siobhan Donaghy getting to shine with another song!!! Sugababes!! Girls Aloud!! A multitude of other classics! But really - it might be Ladytron here who get my biggest average! Those classics <333
    Remorque, Runawaywithme, Mvnl and 5 others like this.
  5. And I honestly think this section is the one with the least of the latter nn.

    What is everyone’s favourite year here? 2007 is a place for legends, okay, but I think 2004 is hard to beat.
    Remorque, berserkboi, Doodvid and 3 others like this.
  6. When there are ten contenders for your 11, you know the song list is strong.
  7. Here for this.

  8. Oh My Gosh!!!

    I just lost a 1000 calories. I mean that is what happens to your body when listening to Something Kinda Oooh and Beware of the Dog in succession. The absolute intensity of power both tracks have. Legit a double knockout.
    Remorque, TéléDex, Mvnl and 6 others like this.
  9. This certainly looks like fun, count me in!
  10. Started this and... the lyrics to What I Go To School For are so uncomfortable. Made my skin crawl.

    Predicting a Girls Aloud vs. Sugababes battle for the winner though!
  11. The way The 411, Amy Studt and Lisa Scott Lee are in contention for my 11, this song list is chaos.
  12. Can you believe @Filler (with the forethought of @Hurricane Drunk) chose probably the only PJ00 eligible song here and won the whole contest?


    Remorque, marie_05, saviodxl and 4 others like this.
  13. I think that was the only song I hadn't heard before putting together the song list - and it's great!
    Remorque, berserkboi, Doodvid and 2 others like this.
  14. Is this the first time a Muse song has been eligible for a Popjustice rate?
  15. They were also part of @soratami's 00s Indie Pop/Rock Rate
  16. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    This rate being the real MVP of charts & rates right now it's true it's true!!1
  17. Island

    Island Staff Member

    Rachel Stevens to win another rate xx
    Someboy, Remorque, Uno and 6 others like this.
  18. One of only two acts to be nominated multiple times in one year - a true Popjustice legend!
    Someboy, Remorque, Uno and 6 others like this.
  19. A couple years ago I happened to be in London during the judging of the 20 Quid Prize, and Peter posted that he was looking for participants. I couldn’t believe it - definitely a rare opportunity for someone from the US. I wrote him a heartfelt personal email detailing my time on here and how it has influenced my life and work, and saying I couldn’t believe the coincidence that I, an American, was actually going to be in London for it. I finished by saying it would be such an honor to take part.

    He never responded, which I really should have seen coming.
    Someboy, Remorque, Island and 12 others like this.
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