Why? Well, the inspiration for this rate of epic proportions came while I was running Ultimate Popstars 2019. I saw all these classic artists whom I realized never got much discussion outside of Comeback Corner. I figured they needed their time to shine. Plus after making many re-discoveries, I knew I would do the same by running a rate like this and add new favorites too -- just like I hope everyone who votes does! How? The process of finalizing a songlist for this was a long one (I'm sure everyone saw all the drafts posted in Rate Queues). I started out thinking, "okay so if a song was Top 10 in both U.S. and UK then we'll have a strong list". Wrong, as it left me feeling like so much was being left out. Even when I expanded upon it (to Top 20s), it wasn't enough. It dawned on me that I wanted songs that were not only huge back in the 80s (charts/sales) but have passed the test of time. To quantify that, I used Youtube and Spotify plays as those will often define what an artist's 'legendary' tracks are. It's best the formula I could use since it's kind of subjective. But I'm not an expert on the decade's music, so I brought some of you in via PM. Together, we broke it all down and you made great suggestions that have been added, stuff I wasn't even aware of and would've been big losses to the rate otherwise! Thank you all so much! In the end, there is no chart stipulation as long as a song charted quite well in either the U.S. or UK and has million of plays on both Youtube and Spotify. The limitation for big artists like Madonna, Janet, or Whitney was five. Only one Kylie song because her fan favorites aren't big numbers wise (that would come later). I tried my best to stay objective, but some artists got an extra song because of my personal love for them, think Fleetwood Mac or Heart for example -- but everything here is/was a huge hit so no worries! Why 125? A combination of making sure I got everything I wanted in plus the idea of this being like a Popjustice version of one of those VH1 countdowns, when they had celebrities discuss the songs as they revealed each song. You guys being the celebrities - just Popjustice ones! 100 songs just like those countdowns and the other 25 being like a 'Bubbling Under' section. There was a 'Best 100 songs of the 80s' countdown on VH1 and the only female-sung song not on my list is Toni Basil's "Mickey" -- sorry to any fans of it! What's the scoring method? Okay, so I thought about this for a while and decided on not going with the standard system. There are ALOT of 10-worthy and 11-worthy songs here. Chances are, many ballots would be littered with 10s and other high scores. To me, this doesn't really demand someone to pick their favorites. Instead, I will ask you to pick a Top 40. Yes I only want you to give points to what you consider the best. Now, I still want everyone to listen to all 125 songs. You'll make many nostalgic re-discoveries and find new gems that might have passed you by, or in the case for many of the younger members on this forum - you were too young to know they existed. Please format the Top 40 as four Eurovision styled Top 10s. A Eurovision ballot means ranking a Top 10 by assigning points to them like this: 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. So in essence you have four "11s" in this rate by giving them 12. So send it in like this: 12 - song 10 - song 8 - song 7 - song 6 - song 5 - song 4 - song 3 - song 2 - song 1 - song and do that four times. I ask everyone to set aside a "I think this objectively is the best 40 songs" mentality and really pick your personal favorites, because to me this makes the results more varied, unexpected, and exciting. Comments? I'm a stats guy, not a words-y person. With this in mind, I really don't enjoy sorting through commentary when I host a rate but I understand people do like writing. I also find it makes it easier for many voters when they know commentary is off the table. My compromise is by saying I will accept commentary for your four 12s and that's it, no other comments are are being asked for or used (so don't spend time doing it and then get upset when I don't post it). In addition, it would be cool for everyone to send in their favorite new discovery from this rate or song they haven't heard in many years that gave them a massive feeling of new found love all over again (a re-discovery). Also, you can feel free to send one song missing from our list that you would've had. Your 'we could've rated this' pick. So in summation, send in the following: Your four Eurovision ballots (a Top 40) Your comments for your 12s if you choose to. Your favorite new discovery or re-discovery from the 125. Your one 'we should've had this' song. Deadline? I don't think we need more than a month to come up with our Top 40s, so I'm setting it at May 8th, but I'm sure an extension can be worked out if needed.