The Ultimately Very Essential PJ Best Of The 1980s Rate [WINNER Revealed!]

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Ahem. Right, here due to overwhelming popular demand - and with inverted_butterfly's blessing - we're going to create and rate what we decide to be the finest 80s music.

First up, we just need to have a brainstorming session, as to the overall format and whether to run a preliminary round of eliminations. Trying saying that after a few too many...

So, fire away!
 
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THE PJ ULTIMATELY VERY ESSENTIAL BEST OF THE 1980s MASTERLIST:

These are the top 100-scoring singles from the first round of voting, arranged alphabetically:

A-F

ALONE Heart (1987)
ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys (1987)
ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie (1980)
ATOMIC Blondie (1980)
BABOOSHKA Kate Bush (1980)
BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul (1989)
BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson (1983)
BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE New Order (1986)
BLUE MONDAY New Order (1983)
THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley (1985)
BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry (1988)
CALL ME Blondie (1980)
CAMBODIA Kim Wilde (1982)
CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross (1986)
THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME ABBA (1982)
DON'T GO Yazoo (1982)
DON'T YOU WANT ME Human League (1981)
DUEL Propaganda (1985)
ENOLA GAY O.M.D. (1980)
EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THW WORLD Tears For Fears (1985)
EVERYTHING COUNTS Depeche Mode (1983)
EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna (1989)
FADE TO GREY Visage (1980)
FAME Irene Cara (1980)
FAST CAR Tracy Chapman (1988)
FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING) Irene Cara (1983)
FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc (1980)

G-N

HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue (1989)
HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle (1988)
HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston (1986)
HOW SOON IS NOW? The Smiths (1985)
HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF Duran Duran (1982)
I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan (1984)
I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue (1988)
I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY Whitney Houston (1987)
I'D RATHER JACK Reynolds Girls (1989)
I'M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder (1988)
IN THE AIR TONIGHT Phil Collins (1981)
INTO THE GROOVE Madonna (1985)
JAPANESE BOY Aneka (1981)
KIDS IN AMERICA Kim Wilde (1981)
LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys (1988)
LET'S DANCE David Bowie (1983)
LIKE A PRAYER Madonna (1989)
LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac (1987)
THE LOOK OF LOVE ABC (1982)
LOVE AND PRIDE King (1984)
LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division (1980)
LUKA Suzanne Vega (1987)
THE MODEL Kraftwerk (1981)
NEVER TRUST A STRANGER Kim Wilde (1988)
NOBODY'S DIARY Yazoo (1983)
NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship (1987)

O-S

ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston (1988)
ONE OF US ABBA (1981)
THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population (1988)
ONLY YOU Yazoo (1982)
OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna (1986)
PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode (1989)
PHYSICAL Olivia Newton-John (1980)
THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush (1985)
PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S (1987)
RAPTURE Blondie (1981)
RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983)
RIDE ON TIME Black Box (1989)
RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush (1985)
SAY HELLO, WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell (1982)
SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan (1984)
SIGN OF THE TIMES The Belle Stars (1983)
SIGN O' THE TIMES Prince (1987)
SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade (1984)
SOUVENIR O.M.D. (1981)
THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. a-ha (1985)
SUPER TROUPER ABBA (1980)
SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics (1983)

T-Z

TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell (1981)
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin (1986)
TAKE ON ME a-ha (1985)
TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne (1988)
TEMPTATION Heaven 17 (1983)
THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express (1988)
THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL Eurythmics (1985)
THEY DON'T KNOW Tracey Ullman (1983)
THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL Donna Summer (1989)
TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper (1984)
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Bonnie Tyler (1983)
TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper (1986)
TRUE FAITH New Order (1987)
TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984)
VENUS Bananarama (1986)
VIENNA Ultravox (1981)
WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN Bangles (1986)
WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys (1985)
WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys (1987)
WHEN DOVES CRY Prince & The Revolution (1984)
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALLL ABBA (1980)
XANADU Olivia Newton-John & ELO (1980)
YOU CAME Kim Wilde (1988)
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON Kim Wilde (1986)
YOU SPIN ME ROUND Dead Or Alive (1984)
 
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THE COUNTDOWN....

101- THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
100- CAMBODIA Kim Wilde
099- SOUVENIR O.M.D.
098- FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc.
097- PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
096- ENOLA GAY O.M.D.
095- THE MODEL Kraftwerk
094- SUPER TROUPER ABBA
093- THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
092- ONLY YOU Yazoo
091- I'D RATHER JACK The Reynolds Girls
090- ONE OF US ABBA
089- YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON Kim Wilde
088- THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population
087- WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN Bangles
086- BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
085- PHYSICAL Olivia Newton-John
084- JAPANESE BOY Aneka
083- RAPTURE Blondie
082- TEMPTATION Heaven 17
081- LOVE & PRIDE King
080- SIGN OF THE TIMES The Belle Stars
079- XANADU Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra
078- EVERYTHING COUNTS Depeche Mode
077- NOBODY'S DIARY Yazoo
076- THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
075- SIGN 'O' THE TIMES Prince
074- THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME ABBA
073- TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
072- THE LOOK OF LOVE ABC
071- BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE New Order
070- THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
069- BACK TO LIFE (HOWEVER DO YOU WANT ME) Soul II Soul
068- NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
067- LET'S DANCE David Bowie
066- I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
065- ALONE Heart
064- CALL ME Blondie
063- SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
062- VENUS Bananarama
061- LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
060- CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
059- NEVER TRUST A STRANGER Kim Wilde
058- DON'T GO Yazoo
057- VIENNA Ultravox
056- LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
055- LUKA Suzanne Vega
054- IN THE AIR TONIGHT Phil Collins
053- PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
052- ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston
051- LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division

050- FAME Irene Cara
049- TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
048- TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
047- EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
046- I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
045- RIDE ON TIME Black Box
044- SAY HELLO, WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell
043- SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
042- RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
041- FADE TO GREY Visage
040- THEY DON'T KNOW Tracey Ullman
039- WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
038- YOU CAME Kim Wilde
037- THIS TIME I KNOW IT'S FOR REAL Donna Summer
036- FAST CAR Tracy Chapman
035- FLASHDANCE...WHAT A FEELING Irene Cara
034- OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
033- HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF Duran Duran
032- BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
031- DUEL Propaganda
030- YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
029- RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
028- HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
027- ATOMIC Blondie
026- TAKE ON ME a-ha
025- I'M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
024- TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
023- BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
022- TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Bonnie Tyler
021- ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
020- THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
019- THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. a-ha
018- HOW SOON IS NOW? The Smiths
017- KIDS IN AMERICA Kim Wilde
016- HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
015- TRUE FAITH New Order
014- WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
013- TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
012- BLUE MONDAY New Order
011- ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie

THE TOP 10:
010- HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
009- I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
008- WHEN DOVES CRY Prince & The Revolution
007- DON'T YOU WANT ME The Human League
006- TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
005- INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
004- RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
003- SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics
002- THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL ABBA

001- LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
 
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So, is the prelim round closed ballot? As in, we send you a PM with our choices and then you come up with the shortlist from that? How many songs do you want from us, and do they have to be ranked at this point or can that wait until the rate?
 
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We just need to figure out the best way to get Something's Jumping In Your Shirt in the top ten.
 
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If I were to suggest….. I would probably get everyone to send in their top 20/40/100 whatever and decide, based on the amount of interest, whether creating a shortlist is required or whether there is enough overlap of suggested songs/artists to have some kind of countdown. If we try to go for a shortlist straight away then it will be the same old songs by the same old people.

We do need some guidance though, like only (charting?) singles released between Jan 1980-Dec 1989 or something like that….
 
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I very much agree that the first criteria needs to be a charting UK single between Jan 1st 1980 and Dec 31st 1989. If you're not sure (and I readily admit not everyone has an excel file of every Top 75 entry - in order - for the decade like, er, me) just go with it and someone will put you right if it doesn't qualify. For me, this should really be about getting a better balance than something like the Classic Pop debacle, where an obvious bias and pattern emerged. We want the best singles, the biggest singles....the best of the biggest singles...for every genre and every part of the 80s.

We could make it a public procedure - ie everyone is free to suggest what ought to be in as a matter of necessity (ie Whitney, Michael Jackson, etc) and then maybe people's personal faves could be sent by PM? I'm new to the rate hosting lark, so everyone's welcome to chime in.
 
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Maybe everyone does a top 5 from each year so each year is represented equally?
 
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Top 10 for each year, even...that would be 100 choices per person....and equally spread across the decade by default. Might work!
 
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Top 10 for each year, even...that would be 100 choices per person....and equally spread across the decade by default. Might work!

I like that idea.

This will stop any bias from any particular parts of the 80's......... I'm a little worried that this rate may go to the opposite extreme of the Classic pop one..... it would be dead boring if it's all SAW, Madonna, Tiffany and Belinda.
 
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Yeah, much as I love 1983-85, I'd much prefer an equal spread of singles from across the whole of the 80s. We could make it a maximum of 10 slots per year, but if anyone can't fill all ten (like, say, for 1980, or for the Oldies, 1989 hehe), then just go as far down from #1 as you can?
 

MollieSwift21

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So should I pm or post here the lists of songs I would like to be in? Also would we have to fill out every year completely or if I had only had a few for one year just post them.
 
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I'm sure most people could find ten songs from each year. We just have to be careful it's not ridiculous amounts of songs from certain artists. We don't want a chart like the Classic Pop one which features too many songs by certain artists!

I think there should be a limit to how may times a artist can be included!
 
Re: The Ultimately Very Essential PJ Best Of The 1980s Rate!

So should I pm or post here the lists of songs I would like to be in? Also would we have to fill out every year completely or if I had only had a few for one year just post them.

First answer: not sure what the consensus is on public vs private....yet! But everyone can start compiling the lists whichever way we swing.

Second answer: Just post as many slots of the 10 that you feel able to fill. Incomplete 10s for a year do not matter!
 
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Private lists, definitely. It's better to work these things out individually without risking being influenced by others.
 
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Yeah, much as I love 1983-85, I'd much prefer an equal spread of singles from across the whole of the 80s. We could make it a maximum of 10 slots per year, but if anyone can't fill all ten (like, say, for 1980, or for the Oldies, 1989 hehe), then just go as far down from #1 as you can?

I like this idea. I was worried about how I'd ever manage to honestly rate a Top 100 for a whole decade (it was hard enough doing it for just 2013!), but going by year makes it easier to take stock and not accidentally forget something important.
 

MollieSwift21

Staff member
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Thanks Eric! Another question for the year are we going by release date or more around when the song peaked?
 
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I think we can all allow a degree of overlap...ie if it charted at 47 in Dec, then peaked at 8 in Feb the next year.
 

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