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The Sugababes Discography Rate

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by beyoncésweave, Sep 13, 2016.

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    It’s time.

    Four lineups. Six members. Seven albums. Thirty-one singles. Two UK #1 albums. Five UK Top 10 albums. Six UK #1 singles. Eighteen UK Top 10 singles. Five headlining tours. Six BRIT Award nominations and one win. 3,500,000 singles sales. 4,000,000 album sales.

    And… One bathroom window escape. One secret language. Three bankruptcies. One beauty salon. One butt implant. Three fragrances. One Britney Spears single. Two criminal convictions. One property empire. Five reality TV stints. Four European Union trademark applications. One failed comeback. Countless threads on Popjustice. Hundreds of delusional, unstable and borderline psychotic stans.


    One. Iconic. Band.

    The Sugababes lay claim to that title because of all of the above, and then some. The length of their tenure, the volume of music they produced, the commercial success they achieved, and the critical acclaim they garnered is, in combination, a claim on iconic status, being unusual for a pop act, and especially unusual for a girlband.

    On top of this, the Sugababes are iconic, of course, for the sheer messery they created. From their onset, a cloud of instability surrounded them which would only intensify over the years. Alleged infighting, rumours of bullying between members, palpably tense and terse public appearances, and nefarious management and record labels would be certified with a continuous series of line-up changes. The frighteningly relentless level of D R A M A made the threat of an imminent split permanent for their entire decade plus run (when will Fifth Harmony etc.). All of this made them a permanent fixture in tabloids, on the popular conscience, and of course, on Popjustice.

    At their peak, the band ruled British pop, defining the national soundscape, achieving dizzying success and critical acclaim whilst projecting a singular image of assured, edgy coolness. At their nadir, the band plumbed depressing depths, struggling to match earlier artistic and commercial successes, becoming unrecognisable from when they started and turning into a national punchline.
    Sixteen years since they burst onto the UK music scene then, and five(/three years) since they were active in any sense – and to fill in the time between refreshing Keisha’s snapchat, Siobhan’s instagram and the European Union Intellectual Property Office Register – now is finally the time to take stock of their discography. In many senses, this catalogue directly reflects and provides context to their highs and lows and charts the remarkable, exhilarating, terrible and tragic trajectory of a vital girlband.

    Explanations, no you don't need one
    THE REASONS

    In case you weren't dusting off your One Touch cassette already, the reasons to visit the Sugababes’ discography are numerous and compelling. Musically, it covers practically the entirety of the pop music gamut, from the glossiest of pop to the hardest hitting R&B. Each of its iterations changed the band’s sound and charted a course through a vast swathe of the pop landscape – from Pop/R&B-lite to urban power pop to polished pure pop to electropop – incorporating along the way UK garage, grime, crunk, trip-hop, new wave, soul, funk, dance, dubstep and even downtempo. These styles are spread across body-pulverising bangers, simmering midtempos and ballads of every kind. Such musical range has rarely, if ever, been observed with a girlband. If you are a fan of pop, there is a lot to consider, digest and enjoy here.

    Industry-wise, the decade during which the Sugababes were active marks an important period in British pop, where a number of consequential shifts occurred in the mainstream sound which are readily apparent today. Chronologically, the band was ahead of and forcefully driving these shifts; on par with and reflecting them exemplarily; and falling behind and struggling to keep up with them, making the discography a remarkably comprehensive case study of a music industry’s evolution. In particular, the Sugababes’ emergence signalled the rise of a number of producers who would become prolific and acclaimed during the decade, including Richard X and Xenomania.

    As a girlband, the Sugababes are a fascinating case study. In many ways, they refined the template for the modern Pop/R&B girlband, and pushed it forward in several important ways, only to tear it to shreds. Each lineup change had a distinct impact on the band’s sound, vocals and image to the point where four distinct girlbands can be said to exist under the banner of the “Sugababes”. Such existential variance marks them out as particularly anomalous, even within the girlband pantheon, and makes their discography – which telegraphs these changes – absorbing listening.

    Finally, the Sugababes have been integral to the Popjustice experience. Popjustice.com went online just as the Sugababes launched themselves, and the site has mapped the band’s career trajectory ever since. On the forum, the threads involving the Sugababes have attracted some of the largest audiences for any act. They feature emotional highs, incisive discussion, unbelievable kiis, utter messes, despicable misogyny, ridiculous drama and soul-crushing despair at levels rarely seen elsewhere on the forum. All of this is reflective of the large, terrible and continuing attraction the band holds for the Popjustice populace. Collectively and individually, the Sugababes – Mutya, Keisha, Siobhán, Heidi, Amelle and Jade – have been an essential part of Popjustice’s imagination. Looking at their discography then, is a way of understanding this community itself; if not its present, then at least its equally glorious and messy past.


    Let me lay out the law
    THE RULES
    • Rate each song below from 0 to 10. Decimals are allowed, but don’t get too crazy.
    • You may award one song, and one song only, the coveted 11. Choose wisely.
    • For songs with multiple versions – i.e. where a new lineup rerecorded an older lineup’s song or when there are acoustic and non-acoustic versions of songs – rate the version you prefer.
    • Troll votes will be discarded immediately. This is especially the case of you foolishly decide to take an irrational stand against any particular line-up. Trust me, it’ll be obvious.
    • Commentary is highly encouraged. Were you there when “Overload” was first played on radio? Were you up at midnight to download free thank you to the fans "Freedom" from Amazon dot com? Tell me about it, and everything in between.
    Votes are due October 23 26, 8:00PM NZST | 8:00AM BST

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    Finally, and on a personal note, this rate is a labour of love that has been in the making for nearly two years. As I was killing sleep in the early hours the day (NZST) writing my thesis and stumbling through life in a state of delirious exhaustion throughout that whole time, planning this rate and allowing it to slowly take shape in my head was one of the few things giving me some respite. I am beyond excited to finally bring it into being and to share it with you all, and to initiate what I hope will an appreciation and celebration of a band beloved by so many of us here.


    Let’s have a party y’all…
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2018
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    Overload
    One Foot In
    Same Old Story
    Just Let It Go
    Look At Me
    Soul Sound
    One Touch
    Lush Life
    Real Thing
    New Year
    Promises
    Run For Cover

    Forever
    Little Lady Love
    Sugababes on the Run
    Don't Wanna Wait

    Freak Like Me
    Blue
    Round Round
    Stronger
    Supernatural
    Angels With Dirty Faces
    Virgin Sexy
    Shape
    Just Don't Need This
    No man, No Cry
    Switch
    More Than A Million Miles
    Breathe Easy

    Groove Is Going On

    Hole In The Head
    Whatever Makes You Happy
    Caught In A Moment
    Situation's Heavy
    Million Different Ways
    Twisted
    We Could Have It All
    Conversation's Over
    In The Middle
    Too Lost In You
    Buster
    Sometimes
    Nasty Ghetto
    Maya

    This Ain't a Party Thing
    Who
    Someone in My Bed
    Down Down
    Disturbed
    Colder in the Rain

    Push The Button
    Gotta Be You
    Follow Me Home
    Joy Division
    Red Dress
    Ugly
    It Ain't Easy
    Bruised
    Obsession
    Ace Reject
    Better
    2 Hearts

    Favourite Song
    Like the Weather
    Future Shokk!
    Now You're Gone

    About You Now
    Never Gonna Dance Again
    Denial
    My Love Is Pink
    Change
    Back When
    Surprise (Goodbye)
    Back Down
    Mended By You
    3 Spoons Of Suga
    Open The Door
    Undignified

    In Recline
    I Can't Take It No More

    Girls
    You On A Good Day
    No Can Do
    Hanging On A Star
    Side Chick
    Unbreakable Heart
    Sunday Rain
    Every Heart Broken
    Beware
    Nothing's As Good As You
    Sound Of Goodbye
    Can We Call A Truce

    Get Sexy
    Wear My Kiss
    About A Girl
    Wait For You
    Thank You For The Heartbreak
    Miss Everything
    She's A Mess
    Give It To Me Now
    Crash & Burn
    No More You
    Sweet & Amazing (Make It The Best)
    Little Miss Perfect

    Spiral
    Walk This Way
    Easy
    Good to Be Gone
    Shake It
    Freedom
    Flatline
    SPOTIFY
    (Songs unavailable on Spotify and multiple versions of songs linked below)

    One Touch (2000)

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    Overload
    One Foot In
    Same Old Story
    Just Let It Go
    Look At Me
    Soul Sound
    One Touch
    Lush Life
    Real Thing
    New Year
    Promises
    Run For Cover

    Forever

    Little Lady Love
    Sugababes on the Run
    Don't Wanna Wait



    Angels With Dirty Faces (2002)

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    Freak Like Me
    Blue
    Round Round
    Stronger
    Supernatural
    Angels With Dirty Faces
    Virgin Sexy
    Shape

    Just Don't Need This
    No Man, No Cry
    Switch
    More Than A Million Miles
    Breathe Easy (acoustic jam | non-acoustic)

    Groove Is Going On



    Three (2003)

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    Hole In The Head
    Whatever Makes You Happy
    Caught In A Moment
    Situation's Heavy
    Million Different Ways

    Twisted
    We Could Have It All
    Conversation's Over
    In The Middle
    Too Lost In You

    Buster
    Sometimes
    Nasty Ghetto
    Maya

    This Ain't a Party Thing
    Who
    Someone in My Bed
    Down Down
    Disturbed
    Colder in the Rain



    Taller In More Ways (2005)


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    Push The Button
    Gotta Be You (original | rerecord)
    Follow Me Home (album | single)
    Joy Division
    Red Dress (album | single)
    Ugly
    It Ain't Easy
    Bruised
    Obsession
    Ace Reject

    Better
    2 Hearts

    Favourite Song
    Like the Weather
    Future Shokk!
    Now You're Gone



    Change (2007)

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    About You Now
    Never Gonna Dance Again
    Denial
    My Love Is Pink
    Change
    Back When
    Surprise (Goodbye)
    Back Down
    Mended By You
    3 Spoons Of Suga
    Open The Door
    Undignified

    In Recline
    I Can't Take It No More



    Catfights and Spotlights (2008)

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    Girls
    You On A Good Day
    No Can Do
    Hanging On A Star
    Side Chick
    Unbreakable Heart
    Sunday Rain
    Every Heart Broken
    Beware
    Nothing's As Good As You
    Sound Of Goodbye
    Can We Call A Truce



    Sweet 7 (2010)


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    Get Sexy (single | album)
    Wear My Kiss
    About A Girl
    Wait For You
    Thank You For The Heartbreak
    Miss Everything
    She's A Mess
    Give It To Me Now
    Crash & Burn
    No More You
    Sweet & Amazing (Make It The Best)
    Little Miss Perfect



    Extras

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    Spiral

    Walk This Way
    Easy
    Good to Be Gone
    Shake It
    Freedom
    Flatline
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2018
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    111. Miss Everything

    100. Back Down
    99. Get Sexy
    98. No Man, No Cry
    97. Don't Wanna Wait
    96.
    No More You
    95. Groove Is Going On
    94. This Ain't A Party Thing
    93. Crash & Burn
    92. Sugababes On The Run
    91. Forever

    90. Twisted
    89. Hanging On A Star
    88. Thank You For The Heartbreak
    87. Little Lady Love
    86. 3 Spoons Of Suga
    85. Back When
    84. Wait For You
    83. It Ain't Easy
    82. In Recline
    81. Girls

    80. Surprise (Goodbye)
    79. More Than A Million Miles
    78. Down Down
    77. Look At Me
    76. Sometimes
    75. Freedom
    74. Same Old Story
    73. We Could Have It All
    72. Nasty Ghetto
    71. Better

    70. Virgin Sexy
    69. Mended By You
    68. Good To Be Gone
    67. Just Don't Need This
    66. Just Let It Go
    65. Switch
    64. One Touch
    63. Disturbed
    62. Undignified
    61. Supernatural

    60. Joy Division
    59. Who
    58. Beware
    57. Colder In The Rain
    56. Someone In My Bed
    55. Nothing's As Good As You
    54. Open The Door
    53. Spiral
    52. Buster
    51. Real Thing

    50. Lush Life
    49. Breathe Easy
    48. Obsession
    47. Now You're Gone
    46. Angels With Dirty Faces
    45. Bruised
    44. My Love Is Pink
    43. Like The Weather
    42. Sunday Rain
    41. Blue

    40. Ugly
    39. Gotta Be you
    38. About A Girl
    37. One Foot In
    36. Soul Sound
    35. Easy
    34. 2 Hearts
    33. No Can Do
    32. In The Middle
    31. Change

    30. Sound Of Goodbye
    29. Promises
    28. You On A Good Day
    27. Shape
    26. Maya
    25. Situation's Heavy
    24. Every Heart Broken
    23. Million Different Ways
    22. Unbreakable Heart
    21. Side Chick


    20. New Year
    19. Follow Me Home
    18. Can We Call A Truce
    17. Never Gonna Dance Again
    16. Whatever Makes You Happy
    15. About You Now
    14. Caught In A Moment
    13. Red Dress
    12. Conversation's Over
    11. Denial

    10. Flatline
    9. Overload
    8. Push The Button
    7. Too Lost In You
    6. Round Round
    5. Stronger
    4. Hole In The Head
    3. Run For Cover
    2. Runner-Up
    1. WINNER
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
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  5. Mr.Arroz

    Mr.Arroz Staff Member

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!
     
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  6. Y'all are going to do Catfights wrong aren't you?
     
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  7. Post reserved for me to be retroactively sassy x
     
  8. I never got into them as a group so let me check this out. Also I owe it to @beyoncésweave for my general messery.
     
  9. You better stan the first 4 albums like I do x
     
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  10. Island

    Island Staff Member

  11. Like everything with me, get ready for some disappointment.
     
  12. Self-shade but yes.
     
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  13. Mr.Arroz

    Mr.Arroz Staff Member

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    Let's get itttttt
     
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  14. Island

    Island Staff Member

    Thank fuck we don't have to rate the covers.
     
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  15. Virgin Sexy, Every Heart Broken, Never Gonna Dance Again or Wait For You for top rated album track, thanks.
     
  16. ohnostalgia

    ohnostalgia Staff Member

  17. *deep breath*

    HUZZZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Anybody doing Catfights and Spotlights wrong will be given the side-eye on my part...

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    wait no I didn't mean it I love you really don't take me to your dungeon
     
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  18. Okay but I feel like everyone who didn't see MKS live is going to underscore Promises and I'm not ready.
     
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  19. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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