QUIRKY POP RATE: EVOLUTION | It's done.

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First there was Quirky Pop Rate: The Debuts, then Quirky Pop Rate: Sophomore, and now it's finally time for the final chapter in the trilogy. Welcome to Quirky Pop Rate: Evolution! Before anything else, let me post the Quirky Pop concept/definition from back in the first rate:

The late 00s and early 10s saw the debut of a range of artists who toed the line between singer-songwriter and pop-star, combining the unique perspective and idiosyncrasies of the former and the big, full pop songs and strong visual element of the latter, in a type of music that was, at least at the time, often labeled as "quirky pop". Many of these artists continue to be forum favourites to this day, and this rate will serve both as a celebration of the starting points of their careers and also as an introduction for those less familiar with them.

The first rate was about the start of these artists' careers, with debut albums released between 2008 and 2014, the second focused on a selection of sophomore albums from 2011 to 2017. This one covers "post-sophomore" music released between 2014 and 2022 (with some songs being released as recently as last month), and how each of these artists evolved after their first two eras (and these evolutions have been wildly different, but let's save that for the eliminations and artist/album write-ups). While the first two rates featured one album per artist, this time around, instead of doing a "third albums rate", I thought it'd be more interesting to do a rate about everything these artists released after their sophomore albums, be it albums, EPs, mixtapes or standalone singles. The criteria for selecting songs was: up to two songs per album/EP/mixtape, plus one song from any big re-releases and any noteworthy standalone singles, up to a total of six songs per artist. This means more prolific artists, such as Charli and MARINA, have more songs in the rate, while more releasephobic ones, like La Roux and Lorde have less. But with less songs per artist, it became possible to include more artists in the rate while keeping the song list about the same size as the last two rates'. And, without further ado, here are the artists featured:

Firstly, eleven of the sixteen Quirky Pop Rate OGs -
CHARLI XCX, ELLIE GOULDING, FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, FOXES, JANELLE MONÁE, LA ROUX, LADYHAWKE, LITTLE BOOTS, LORDE, MARINA (& THE DIAMONDS) and SANTIGOLD. Sadly, Diana Vickers and Natalia Kills, who appeared in the first two rates, won't be joining us this time since they haven't exactly been active post their sophomore eras. The eleven OGs are joined by the three main artists added in the sophomore rate - HALSEY, JESSIE WARE and KATY B, and finally, ten of the artists that appeared in last rate's "Side B" rate - ALLIE X, BANKS, CARLY RAE JEPSEN, CHVRCHES, FKA TWIGS, KYLA LA GRANGE, LAURA MVULA, LET'S EAT GRANDMA, MUNA and V V BROWN. Don't worry if that seems like a lot of artists, because, as I mentioned earlier, less songs per means the song list only has two/three more songs than the debuts/sophomore rate ones did.

Less songs per album also means there's barely any fat in the song list, and in my opinion this is probably the more bulletproof song list out of the three rates, as practically every song featured is excellent. So if you thought the first two rates were brutal, this is bound to be even worse. I can't wait!


RULES: Rate the songs from 0 to 10, including one 11, and PM me your ballot. Commentary is very welcome, but please use the template provided with the song list, as it'll make my life a lot easier when organising everything. In terms of decimals, please stick to .25/.5/.75. And please be sensible with your scores and don't go out of your way to tank any of artists.



DEADLINE
Sunday 19/07 23:59 BST


Watch2gether session 1 (Allie X - Halsey)
Saturday 11/06 5PM BST
Watch2gether session 2 (Janelle Monáe - V V Brown)
Saturday 18/06 5PM BST
 
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ALLIE X
Super Sunset (2018)
Not So Bad In LA
Girl Of The Year

Cape God (2020)
Rings a Bell
Devil I Know

Cape God (Deluxe) (2021)
Anchor

BANKS
(2017)
Underdog
III (2019)
Gimme
Contaminated

Serpentina (2022)
The Devil
Meteorite


CARLY RAE JEPSEN
EMOTION (2015)
I Really Like You
EMOTION: Side B (2016)
Fever
(2017)
Cut To The Feeling
Dedicated (2019)
Now That I Found You
Dedicated Side B (2020)
Comeback (feat. Bleachers)
(2022)
Western Wind

CHARLI XCX
Vroom Vroom (2016)
Vroom Vroom
Number 1 Angel (2017)
Dreamer (feat. Starrah & RAYE)
Pop 2 (2017)
Out of My Head (feat. Tove Lo & ALMA)
Charli (2018)
Gone (feat. Christine and the Queens)
how i'm feeling now (2020)
claws
CRASH (2022)
Good Ones

CHVRCHES
Love Is Dead (2018)
My Enemy (feat. Matt Berninger)
Miracle

Screen Violence (2021)
How Not To Drown (feat. Robert Smith)
Good Girls


ELLIE GOULDING
(2014)
Outside (with Calvin Harris)
Delirium (2015)
On My Mind
Lost And Found

Brightest Blue (2020)
Power
Love I’m Given

EG.0 (2020)
Slow Grenade (feat. Lauv)

FKA TWIGS
CAPRISONGS (2022)
tears in the club (feat. The Weeknd)
papi bones (feat. Shygirl)


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015)
Ship To Wreck
Queen of Peace

High As Hope (2018)
Sky Full Of Song
Hunger

Dance Fever (2022)
My Love
Free


FOXES
Friends In The Corner (2021)
Love Not Loving You
Friends In The Corner

The Kick (2022)
Sister Ray
Sky Love


HALSEY
(2019)
Nightmare
Manic (2020)
Graveyard
You should be sad

(2020)
Be Kind (with Marshmello)
If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power (2021)
I am not a woman, I’m a god
You asked for this


JANELLE MONÁE
(2015)
Yoga (feat. Jidenna)
Dirty Computer (2018)
Make Me Feel
Like That


JESSIE WARE
Glasshouse (2017)
Midnight
Your Domino

(2018)
Overtime
What's Your Pleasure? (2020)
Spotlight
What’s Your Pleasure?

What's Your Pleasure? (The Platinum Pleasure Edition) (2021)
Please

KATY B
Honey (2016)
Honey (feat. KAYTRANADA)
I Wanna Be (with Chris Lorenzo)

Peace and Offerings (2021)
Under My Skin
Lay Low


KYLA LA GRANGE
(2016)
Hummingbird
While Your Heart's Still Beating (2022)
Set You Free
Neverland


LA ROUX
Supervision (2020)
International Woman of Leisure
Automatic Driver


LADYHAWKE
Wild Things (2016)
A Love Song
Wild Things

Time Flies (2021)
Guilty Love (feat. BROODS)
My Love


LAURA MVULA
Pink Noise (2021)
Church Girl
Got Me


LET'S EAT GRANDMA
Two Ribbons (2022)
Hall of Mirrors
Happy New Year


LITTLE BOOTS
Working Girl (2015)
Better in the Morning
Get Things Done

Afterhours (2016)
Face to Face
Burn (2018)
Secret
Tomorrow's Yesterdays (2022)
Silver Balloons
Crying On The Inside


LORDE
Solar Power (2022)
Solar Power
Mood Ring


MARINA (& THE DIAMONDS)
Froot (2015)
Froot
I’m a Ruin

Love + Fear (2019)
Handmade Heaven
Karma

Ancients Dreams In A Modern Land (2021)
Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
Venus Fly Trap


MUNA
MUNA (2022)
Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Anything But Me

SANTIGOLD
99 Cents (2015)
Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. BC Unidos)
Banshee

I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (2018)
Run the Road
Valley of the Dolls

(2022)
High Priestess

V V BROWN
Glitch (2015)
Lazarus
Shift





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Please use this template and write your scores (here) and your commentary "here", thank you!

Allie X
Not So Bad In LA • () ""
Girl Of The Year • () ""
Rings a Bell • () ""
Devil I Know • () ""
Anchor • () ""

BANKS
Underdog • () ""
Gimme • () ""
Contaminated • () ""
The Devil • () ""
Meteorite • () ""

Carly Rae Jepsen
I Really Like You • () ""
Fever • () ""
Cut To The Feeling • () ""
Now That I Found You • () ""
Comeback (feat. Bleachers) • () ""
Western Wind • () ""

Charli XCX
Vroom Vroom • () ""
Dreamer (feat. Starrah & RAYE) • () ""
Out of My Head (feat. Tove Lo & ALMA) • () ""
Gone (feat. Christine and the Queens) • () ""
claws • () ""
Good Ones • () ""

CHVRCHES
My Enemy (feat. Matt Berninger) • () ""
Miracle • () ""
How Not To Drown (feat. Robert Smith) • () ""
Good Girls • () ""

Ellie Goulding
Outside (with Calvin Harris) • () ""
On My Mind • () ""
Lost And Found • () ""
Power • () ""
Love I’m Given • () ""
Slow Grenade (feat. Lauv) • () ""

FKA twigs
tears in the club (feat. The Weeknd) • () ""
papi bones (feat. Shygirl) • () ""

Florence + The Machine
Ship To Wreck • () ""
Queen of Peace • () ""
Sky Full Of Song • () ""
Hunger • () ""
My Love • () ""
Free • () ""

Foxes
Love Not Loving You • () ""
Friends In The Corner • () ""
Sister Ray • () ""
Sky Love • () ""

Halsey
Nightmare • () ""
Graveyard • () ""
You should be sad • () ""
Be Kind (with Marshmello) • () ""
I am not a woman, I’m a god • () ""
You asked for this • () ""

Janelle Monáe
Yoga (feat. Jidenna) • () ""
Make Me Feel • () ""
Like That • () ""

Jessie Ware
Midnight • () ""
Your Domino • () ""
Overtime • () ""
Spotlight • () ""
What’s Your Pleasure? • () ""
Please • () ""

Katy B
Honey (feat. KAYTRANADA) • () ""
I Wanna Be (with Chris Lorenzo) • () ""
Under My Skin • () ""
Lay Low • () ""

Kyla La Grange
Hummingbird • () ""
Set You Free • () ""
Neverland • () ""

La Roux
International Woman of Leisure • () ""
Automatic Driver • () ""

Ladyhawke
A Love Song • () ""
Wild Things • () ""
Guilty Love (feat. BROODS) • () ""
My Love • () ""

Laura Mvula
Church Girl • () ""
Got Me • () ""

Let’s Eat Grandma
Hall of Mirrors • () ""
Happy New Year • () ""

Little Boots
Better in the Morning • () ""
Get Things Done • () ""
Face to Face • () ""
Secret • () ""
Silver Balloons • () ""
Crying On The Inside • () ""

Lorde
Solar Power • () ""
Mood Ring • () ""

MARINA (& The Diamonds)
Froot • () ""
I’m a Ruin • () ""
Handmade Heaven • () ""
Karma • () ""
Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land • () ""
Venus Fly Trap • () ""

MUNA
Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) • () ""
Anything But Me • () ""

Santigold
Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. BC Unidos) • () ""
Banshee • () ""
Run the Road • () ""
Valley of the Dolls • () ""
High Priestess • () ""

V V Brown
Lazarus • () ""
Shift • () ""
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ELLIE GOULDING
@aux


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
@Trouble in Paradise

FOXES
@Music Is Death


JANELLE MONÁE
@BubblegumBoy

KATY B
@Island


LA ROUX
@Trouble in Paradise


MUNA
@Music Is Death


One write-up will be posted every Sunday, the day when there aren't eliminations. If anyone wants to do a write-up for one of the artists that haven't been claimed yet, please let me know! This applies the people already on the list too, I'm happy to have people do as many artists as they want. And if multiple people want to do write-ups for the same artist, that also works. With this many artists, having write-ups for every one might not be very realistic, but I'm hoping to have write-ups for as many as possible.




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SONGS THAT CUT GOT

PART I
PART II
PART III
PART IV
 
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#99: INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF LEISURE
#98: AUTOMATIC DRIVER
#97: SLOW GRENADE (FEAT. LAUV)
#96: SOLAR POWER
#95: KARMA
#94: METEORITE
#92 (1): VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
#92 (2): THE DEVIL
#91: LAY LOW

#90: HONEY (FEAT. KAYTRANADA)
#89: SECRET
#88: MIRACLE
#87: UNDER MY SKIN
#86: DREAMER (FEAT. STARRAH & RAYE)
#85: SET YOU FREE
#84: LOVE I'M GIVEN
#83: MY ENEMY (FEAT. MATT BERNINGER)
#81 (1): YOU SHOULD BE SAD
#81 (2): CONTAMINATED

#80: BE KIND (WITH MARSHMELLO)
#79: SILVER BALLOONS
#78: HIGH PRIESTESS
#77: GRAVEYARD
#76: OUT OF MY HEAD (FEAT. ALMA & TOVE LO)
#75: BETTER IN THE MORNING
#74: ON MY MIND
#73: HANDMADE HEAVEN
#71 (1): CRYING ON THE INSIDE
#71 (2): FACE TO FACE

#70: OUTSIDE (WITH CALVIN HARRIS)
#69: GUILTY LOVE (FEAT. BROODS
#68: YOGA (FEAT. JIDENNA)
#67: ANCHOR
#66: DEVIL I KNOW
#65: MIDNIGHT
#64: PAPI BONES (FEAT. SHYGIRL)
#63: BANSHEE
#62: CLAWS

#60 (1): VENUS FLY TRAP
#60 (2): GIMME
#59: HUMMINGBIRD
#58: SKY FULL OF SONG
#57: WILD THINGS
#56: LOVE NOT LOVING YOU
#55: UNDERDOG
#54: NEVERLAND
#53: POWER
#52: MY LOVE
#51: NOT SO BAD IN LA

#50: I WANNA BE (WITH CHRIS LORENZO)
#49: GET THINGS DONE
#48: MOOD RING
#47: NIGHTMARE
#46: VROOM VROOM
#43 (1): RUN THE ROAD
#43 (2): CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF (FEAT. BC UNIDOS)
#43 (3): A LOVE SONG
#42: LAZARUS
#41: I REALLY LIKE YOU

#40: NOW THAT I FOUND YOU
#39: COMEBACK (FEAT. BLEACHERS)
#38: WESTERN WIND
#37: SHIFT
#36: YOUR DOMINO
#35: FRIENDS IN THE CORNER
#34: YOU ASKED FOR THIS
#33: HALL OF MIRRORS
#32: TEARS IN THE CLUB (FEAT. THE WEEKND)
#31: ANYTHING BUT ME

#30: SKY LOVE
#29: GOOD GIRLS
#28: ANCIENT DREAMS IN A MODERN LAND
#27: HOW NOT TO DROWN (FEAT. ROBERT SMITH)
#26: RINGS A BELL
#25: FEVER
#23 (1): I LIKE THAT
#23 (2): LOST AND FOUND
#22: HAPPY NEW YEAR

#20 (1): GOT ME
#20 (2): CHURCH GIRL
#19: SILK CHIFFON (FEAT. PHOEBE BRIDGERS)
#18: FREE
#17: PLEASE
#16: HUNGER
#14 (1): OVERTIME
#14 (2): GIRL OF THE YEAR
#13: CUT TO THE FEELING
#12: I AM NOT A WOMAN, I'M A GOD
#11: GOOD ONES

#10: MY LOVE
#9: QUEEN OF PEACE
#8: SHIP TO WRECK
#7: I'M A RUIN
#6: SISTER RAY
#5: GONE (FEAT. CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS)
#4: MAKE ME FEEL
#3: SPOTLIGHT
#2: WHAT'S YOUR PLEASURE?
#1: FROOT
 
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Shit, I didn't think "Gimme" would be here and challenge for that 11. Many other gems too.

There are a lot of gems here, I've been listening to the playlist these last few days and it's just smash after smash after smash. The results are going to be a bloodbath dd

Damn if that first session was Saturday I'd easily make it, but I'll be away on a day trip Sunday.

I'm fine doing it Saturday if that means more people would be able to take. Anyone else interested please let me know if you'd prefer Saturday or Sunday, or if you're fine either.
 
Choosing Not So Bad In LA when it flopped in the discography rate over Little Things and Science which both made Top 5 feels like sabotage dd...

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Right in front of my Not So Bad In LA avatar...

No but it's the second most streamed song in the album (after Girl Of The Year), the only one with a music video, and probably the most instant song in the album along with Girl and also my favourite, so it made sense to include it I think.
 
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Right in front of my Not So Bad In LA avatar...

No but it's the second most streamed song in the album (after Girl Of The Year), the only one with a music video, and probably the most instant song in the album along with Girl and also my favourite, so it made sense to include it I think.
Dd sorry! I personally gave all three 10s or higher but for some reason the forum doesn't seem to like it that much. We shall see how it does this time.
 
I'm in! Scared of the opinions of some of these girls tho, I'm too old now for the mess kii

The fact that ten of these songs are going be in the bottom ten is worrying, barely any of them actually deserve it nn. There aren't any album tracks most people don't have any strong feelings about to soften the blow of the first cuts this time around, so people will be losing faves right from elimination number one

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