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Oct 09

Popular ’85

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I give every entry on Popular a mark out of 10, and at the end of each year’s worth of entries you get the chance to vote for any YOU would have given 6 or more out of 10 to.

My highest rated tracks were Madonna and Dead Or Alive, with 9 each. Shakin’ Stevens, Midge Ure and UB40 all got 2s.

Which Of These Number One Singles Of 1985 Would You Have Given 6 Or More To?

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Poll closes: No Expiry

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Use the comments box to discuss the year in general, critics and readers polls at the time, etc etc. (Hopefully you’ll find plenty to talk about cos the next entry won’t be up until a week on Monday!)

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  1. 51
    Billy Smart on 13 Nov 2009 #

    Melody Maker Readers Poll, Best Single 1985;

    1. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
    2. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
    3. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars
    4. The Cure – Inbetween Days
    5. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
    6. The Smiths – The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    7. Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking
    =. Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
    9. U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
    10. Propaganda – Duel

  2. 52
    DV on 28 Dec 2009 #

    Musically speaking, this was a year of total fail.

  3. 53
    wichita lineman on 18 Oct 2010 #

    In Italy, Band Aid hit number one on Feb 17th and Wham!’s Last Christmas eventually got there in March. They wish it could be Christmas every day, I assume.

  4. 54
    punctum on 11 Jun 2014 #

    TPL gets going with 1985, a year that never really gets going. First, a wrecked soul with something to say, and if only we could hear it through the wall of benign plastic that she’s stuck behind.

  5. 55
    punctum on 24 Jun 2014 #

    TPL asks: is this land still his land?

  6. 56
    punctum on 26 Jun 2014 #

    TPL gets to the year’s most violent and confrontational opposing popstrological star.

  7. 57
    punctum on 27 Jun 2014 #

    TPL update: this is what Thatcher’s Britain wanted instead of socialism.

  8. 58
    punctum on 29 Jun 2014 #

    TPL on that difficult (but not in a bad way) second album.

  9. 59
    punctum on 29 Jun 2014 #

    TPL update. Nearly three thousand bloody words. I’m sorry.

  10. 60
    punctum on 1 Jul 2014 #

    TPL on the biggest album of the decade.

  11. 61
    punctum on 2 Jul 2014 #

    TPL update: “You don’t have to take this crap.”

  12. 62
    punctum on 3 Jul 2014 #

    TPL update: “heatwave to nightshade.”

  13. 63
    punctum on 4 Jul 2014 #

    TPL update: “J’entend ton coeur.”

  14. 64
    punctum on 7 Jul 2014 #

    TPL gets to Now 5.

  15. 65
    punctum on 18 Jul 2014 #

    One of the best TPL posts there has ever been, and one of the best number one albums too: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/kate-bush-hounds-of-love.html

  16. 66
    punctum on 27 Jul 2014 #

    TPL on the last K-Tel number one.

  17. 67
    punctum on 29 Jul 2014 #

    TPL on Simple Minds, once upon a time: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/simple-minds-once-upon-time.html

  18. 68
    punctum on 5 Aug 2014 #

    TPL update: stronger than Pride.

  19. 69
    punctum on 7 Aug 2014 #

    TPL update: the first of four consecutive Various Artists compilations.

  20. 70
    punctum on 11 Aug 2014 #

    TPL update: pop versus Adorno.

  21. 71
    punctum on 12 Aug 2014 #

    TPL says: “it’s Christmas.” Britain says: “Humbug!”

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