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May 10

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 1: the Number 10s.

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops67 comments • 1,751 views

Hello! I’m Mike Atkinson, and over the course of the next three or four weeks, I’ll be overseeing an IMPORTANT EXPERIMENT IN PARTICIPATIVE DEMOCRACY, right here on Freaky Trigger. If you’ve ever visited my old blog during the month of February, then you might be familiar with the procedures – but with a new decade underway and the old blog sinking into disrepair, it felt like the right time to move operations to a new home (and arguably its natural home), and to start the process all over again from scratch.

If you’re new to the game, then this is what’s going to happen. I’ll be taking you on a guided, step-by-step excursion through the Top Ten UK singles from this week in 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. Today, we’ll be looking at the singles at Number Ten in each chart. In two days’ time (all being well), we’ll examine the Number Nines… and so on, until we reach the Number Ones.

I’ll be providing YouTube links throughout, as well as a brief memory-jogging MP3 medley, containing roughly thirty seconds from each of that day’s six tracks.

At the end of each post, you will be invited to rank the six tracks in descending order of preference. I’ll be totting up your votes (using an inverse points system, but let’s not sweat the details just yet) and providing running totals at regular intervals.

As we step through the chart positions together – day by day, place by place, from the Number Tens to the Number Ones – your scores will be accumulated into running totals for each decade. So when we get to the end of the exercise, we will have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN which of our six decades – the Sixties, the Seventies, the Eighties, the Nineties, the Noughties or, um, this one – contains the GREATEST POP MUSIC OF ALL TIME.

Now, if you’re thinking that the whole exercise sounds a bit arbitrary – for how can ten songs in one given chart, in one given year, be in any way representative of a whole decade? – then fret not, for next May we do the whole exercise all over again, looking at the Top Tens for 1961, 1971, 1981 etc etc. And then we combine this year’s scores with next year’s scores, and the scores from the year after that, and so on for the next ten years (oh yes!), until we have accumulated grand totals for each decade. So think of today’s inaugural post as merely the first tentative step on a Grand Quest for ABSOLUTE POP TRUTH.

Excited, much? Then let’s press on with Round One, in which we look at this week’s Number Tens from the past six decades.

1960: Steve Lawrence – Footsteps (video)
1970: The Move – Brontosaurus (video)
1980: The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin (video)
1990: The Family Stand – Ghetto Heaven (video)
2000: MJ Cole – Crazy Love (video)
2010: Kelis – Acapella (video)

(Download the MP3 medley)

And so to my unshakeable earworm of the past four weeks, courtesy of Steve Lawrence. Every time my thoughts turn to the Which Decade project, my mental jukebox invariably cues up the opening refrain of “Footsteps”, whether or not I wish to be reminded of it – and now (hah!) it’s your turn to be similarly plagued.

What strikes me first about “Footsteps” (once I’ve accepted its presence in my brain for the next hour or so) is its musical simplicity. The repeated ascending modulation of its opening refrain sounds a bit like something you might have been given for piano practice, reminding me in turn that sheet music sales would still have been a significant factor in the popularity of many hit songs. Easy to score, easy to learn, easy to play – but to modern ears, does the easiness merely translate as triteness?

That aside, what strikes me most about “Footsteps” is the way that the rinky-dink backing vocals almost threaten to upstage the lead singer. We got this a lot in the Tin Pan Alley pop of the early Sixties – Helen Shapiro’s “Walking Back To Happiness” immediately springs to mind – and I’m a sucker for such campy charms. Close your eyes, and try to imagine a chorus line of chickens from The Muppet Show parading across the screen, clucking away in unison, or perhaps Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, vamping behind their special guest of the week, or… OK, suit yourselves. Shall we move on?

Ten years on, has The Riff supplanted The Tune as chart pop’s compositional foundation stone? The Move have cropped up twice before on Which Decade – with “Fire Brigade” two years ago, and with “Blackberry Way” last year – but they’ve never sounded quite this heavy before.

Well, I say heavy – and in 1970, at the tender age of eight, I certainly thought that The Move were as heavy (and indeed as hairy) as heavy could possibly get – but in truth, this is a pop approximation of “heavy”, and not a very able or convincing one at that. Granted, the riff has all the lumbering qualities of the titular prehistoric beast itself – but really, that’s the problem. Where a good riff should soar, this riff can only plod. There’s a bit of an attempt at a “freak-out” near the end, but one senses that the band’s hearts aren’t fully in it. Even more than “Blackberry Way”, this feels like a stylistic excursion rather than a statement of musical belief – and we can’t have that from our hairy heavy rockers, can we?

Just as I have finished waffling on about the dwindling simplicity of early 60s tunesmanship, up pop The Undertones, ready to challenge my assertions. After all, tunes don’t come much simpler than “My Perfect Cousin” – against which “Footsteps” looks positively baroque.

Thus did the post-punk pendulum swing, affording exposure to those acts who could best make a virtue of the New Simplicity – and of those acts, there were few better exponents than Feargal Sharkey’s bunch. But most winningly of all, “My Perfect Cousin” is rooted in the everyday realities of its audience, depicting an instantly recognisable slice of life as it was actually being led.

And best of all from my perspective, “My Perfect Cousin” describes – with near-faultless accuracy, right down to the bloody Christian name, if you please – the affectionately competitive dynamic between my life partner of five years’ hence and his younger cousin from the house next door. He thinks that I’m a cabbage, because I hate University Challenge… like, how did these people KNOW?

Although obliged to put The Family Stand‘s original version on the MP3 medley, as it was the only version I could legally source (for yes, every 30-second snippet has been acquired without recourse to piratical means), my memories of “Ghetto Heaven” are all centred around the superior Jazzie B/Nellee Hooper remix, which was also the lead track on both the 7-inch and 12-inch versions. (You’ll also find this version on the YouTube link.)

Following Soul II Soul’s massive success in 1989, their downtempo, tough-but-mellow signature sound was ubiquitous for much of 1990. Or at least it was in our house, as I made it my personal mission to snaffle up every last mutation thereof – yea, even unto dodgy cash-ins such as the cover of “Loving You” by Massivo featuring Tracy. (I’m not proud. But such were the times.) But “Ghetto Heaven” was always a class apart, so it has been great to dig the 12″ out of the attic and languish once more within its smoking groove.

All of which leads us nicely into the equally classy mellowness of MJ Cole‘s track, which exemplifies the smoother, more song-based, more overtly soulful, and arguably more aspirational end of the 2-step/UK Garage spectrum.

Touching on my original thesis for a moment, there’s an effortless intricacy to the construction of “Crazy Love” which – in my opinion – places it far in advance of the likes of “Footsteps”, suggesting that pop’s overall progression might indeed have been an upwards one. And I could never quite get a purchase on that skittering 2-step rhythm, whose lack of obvious four-to-the-floor kick came as such sweet relief in an age which had become suffocated by the diminishing returns of Ibiza Trance. (There may be more examples of this to follow, by the way – but let’s not indulge in spoilers.)

And to close today’s entries, let’s go out with an absolute walloping belter. Back in the UK Top Ten for the first time in three years, Kelis sounds fully, thrillingly contemporary once again, with a track that has all the forward-thinking, shock-of-the-new impact of “Milkshake” and “Caught Out There” before it. An electronic club banger about motherhood, you say? Well, why ever not? For if there’s one thing I like better than a forward-thinking, shock-of-the-new electro club banger, it’s a forward-thinking, shock-of-the-new and emotionally affecting electro club banger.

Over to you, then. Take a good listen to these six tracks. Take several good listens, if you need to. And then, in the comments box, please arrange them in descending order of preference, i.e. starting with your favourite and working down.

When voting, please remember these three golden rules.
1) No omissions!
2) No tied places!
3) As much as you are able, please vote on merit, rather than being overly swayed by nostalgic generational predispositions!

Have fun! (Oh, and rest assured: voting for each round stays open right the way through to the end of the whole extended caper, so there’s no immediate hurry.)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SCORES SO FAR.

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  1. 31
    Pete on 11 May 2010 #

    6: The Family Stand: Ah, lovely Ghetto Heaven. I love all versions of this.

    5: Kelis: Not her finest hour but an interesting work out and one that has been on and off my playlist for the last week.

    4: MJ Cole: With a bit of skittery drum and bass in the background I would like this more, but actually pretty bland for my liking.

    3: Brontosaurus: Rockier than I expected, and actually plenty fun.

    2: Footsteps: There’s a time and a place for track like this, and just before lots of other better tracks isn’t one of the.

    1: My Perfect Cousin – Probably my least favourite Undertones track though its risible lyrics in places are hilarious. Makes my teeth feel funny.

  2. 32
    Erithian on 11 May 2010 #

    Just to join the chorus of approval for this, Mike!

    6 pts – 2010 Kelis: I don’t think I’ll be generous to this year’s chart overall so I’ll start by giving this top marks. “Original” and “different” are rare qualities just now, and this track has them both in abundance. If there’s a better record this year than this mystic, hypnotic sound, I look forward to hearing it.

    5 pts – 1990 Family Stand: Not my usual thang, but an effortless, beautiful groove.

    4 pts – 1980 Undertones: Dear old Fearg never did “angry” convincingly, and it’s funny watching him try to generate anger for what is basically an update of Terry Scott’s “My Bruvver” – spot on Asta at #21 with the “novelty song” bit. A bonus mark for the line about the Human League though, almost a year before the League were a household name.

    3 pts – 1970 The Move: just the thing for standing around at a less corporate Glastonbury, nodding your head vigorously and wondering where you put your stash. People probably actually did this. A bit second division, hard to imagine as a single.

    2 pts – 2000 MJ Cole: don’t remember this, but it’s not too bad at all.

    1 pt – 1960 Steve Lawrence: JonnyB at #2, dunno about Suggs but he reminds me of Schteve McClaren. The song’s new on me, nice enough but doesn’t feel like a newly-discovered gem

  3. 33
    jeff w on 11 May 2010 #

    Scores later. Just to say for now: top marks for the presentation.

  4. 34
    scott woods on 11 May 2010 #

    Cool idea, hope I can find the time and/or motivation to chime in throughout. I suspect that I’ll learn about a bunch of songs that never had much (if any) reach in North America (I’m in Toronto).

    Weirdly, I like all of these but can’t say I truly love any of them.

    6 – The Family Stand – Nostalgia for a track I think I only heard once or twice at the time — nostalgia, that is, for the beat and for remembering how fun it was to follow that beat around, from remix to remix, to the point where it scarcely mattered what the song itself was — so long as it captured some of the aura and the accents of “the Soul II Soul beat” it was all good (and it was! I loved that moment to pieces). This tune is nice and I’m glad I listened to the video version though I do regret the visual of the stand-up bass.

    5 – The Undertones – Like their stateside brethren the Ramones, they pulled off perfunctory fairly well (in a way, both bands just kept doing the same two or three songs over and over again anyway). Still, it’s no “There Goes Norman” or “Teenage Kicks” or (especially) “It’s Going to Happen.”

    4 – Kelis – More enraptured by the feel than by the tune. Like it but it’s not really grabbing me, I don’t know if being subsumed in this kind of gauzy disco really works for Kelis (I’m open to being turned around on this by more prolonged exposure, not that I think it will be any kind of hit in North America).

    3 – MJ Cole – Tried and almost convinced myself that I loved this at the time, but it wore off pretty quickly. Re-listening to it now, though, it’s almost worn back on. The arrangement sounds swell all over again. The vocals and (negligible) hooks do little for me.

    2 – The Move – A lot of their stuff sounds okay, but I can never get past the fact that almost all of it sounds like unrealized ELO.

    1 – Steve Lawrence – Some nice flourishes throughout (the way the background vocals are cut in reminds me of Art of Noise, weirdly enough), and I like a number of post-rock (as in post-legitimate-50s-r&b) vocal songs from the era (cf. “Three Bells” by the Browns, which out-squares this tune by miles), but… it’s a bit jaunty for my nerves this morning.

  5. 35
    Mike Atkinson on 11 May 2010 #

    Nice mix of comments we’re getting here: Freaky Trigger crew + old Troubled Diva regulars = expanded democratic reach! (With plenty of overlap between the two groups, of course.)

  6. 36
    Lena on 11 May 2010 #

    Listening to the songs right now, live comments…

    Chirpy, earwormy Mr. Lawrence!

    The Move invent classic rock, thanks

    The Undertones are the beginning of indie rock, as indicated before;

    The Family Stand are 80s incarnated

    MJ Cole – why have I never heard this before? I like it a lot – ‘sheepishness’ is an underused word

    Ah Kelis, this is as much for Guetta as you, really…

    Thus, the numbers:

    MJ Cole – 6 points
    Kelis – 5 points
    The Family Stand – 4 points
    The Undertones – 3 points
    The Move – 2 points
    Steve Lawrence – 1 point

  7. 37
    punctum on 11 May 2010 #

    Right.

    Kelis – 6 points; this could have been so numbing a performance – the singer more often than not has always sounded as though she’s on the verge of passing out under anaesthetic, the swoon perhaps not entirely voluntary (see for instance the entire, astounding middle section of Kaleidoscope), but there’s a reassurance here which is soundly double scored by Guetta’s quietly purposeful rhythm matrix. We know that she knows what it’s like to be alone and she doesn’t need to make a show of it, but the track’s natural propulsion is exceptionally cheering, like lemon and lime crush on an unexpectedly chilly May evening.

    MJ Cole – 5 points; aspirational, yes; I don’t know about more complex, except in the redistribution (rather than refocusing) of rhythm as the noughties pop song of purpose was about to know it. I think 2Step, both rough and smooth, has weathered the last decade remarkably well and here there’s the elegant suggestion of something much less elegant acting as its secret undertow, like the frantically flapping underbelly of your average swan.

    The Family Stand – 4 points; me, I couldn’t get enough of Soul II Soul derives and peace n’ love stuff in the time of Poll Tax Riot 1990 and this sounds as unaffectedly sunny as it did twenty (ulp!) years ago. Whacked, or kissed, together with EvoStik and Sellotape but its chassis is so damned attractive you want to drive it anyway. Aspiration in the “We Live In Brooklyn, Baby” dread-including sense.

    The Undertones – 3 points; yes, for mentioning the Human League before the Human League had a proper hit, but I’m not sure this has much to say to me now. Fine enough – more than fine enough, really – but I always preferred the Undertones when they were creeping around in the outlying stylistic suburbs (“Wednesday Week,” “Julie Ocean,” “Love Parade”) rather than acting as unwitting apologists for the worse aspects of C86 (listen to the Undertones for half an hour each morning to teach ourselves, um, Pure Pop? Pure Pop? Didn’t anyone stop to THINK about that unresolvable oxymoron?).

    The Move – 2 points; Lynne and Bevan clearly warming up for ELO (you can hear bits of “Hold On Tight” peeping through here) but bellicose and bellowing were never Roy’s strongest suits as indeed he realised when he progressed to Wizzard. OK but you can tell the “progression” here is slightly forced.

    Steve Lawrence – 1 point; Showaddywaddy had the most boring hit of December 1981 with their dreary cover and I can’t say that wholesome Steve Lawrence improves on it with his original. Nor those chirping backing singers who are not robins, or even owls.

  8. 38
    johnnyo on 11 May 2010 #

    6 pts – undertones
    5 pts – the move
    4 pts- kelis
    3 pts – steve lawrence
    2 pts – family stand
    1 pt – mj cole

  9. 39
    JonnyB on 12 May 2010 #

    Undertones – The stand out track here, much as I am DESPERATE to go against prevailing wisdom. 6 points.

    The Move – I don’t have anything against this at all. It’s silly yet entertaining glam rock with lots of bass (on these speakers anyway). So I give it 5.

    Kelis – Energy and a tune. Yes, I like this. 4

    MJ Cole – I am transported via teleportation to a wine bar!!! 3

    Family Stand – They’ve bought all the equipment and all they need is a tune an’ stuff. 2

    Steve Lawrence – Record companies in the sixties loved subverting pop music with their Light Programme flourishes. But this possibly needed it. 1

  10. 40
    pink champale on 12 May 2010 #

    6 kelis – david guettta is someone who’s name i’ve heard a fair bit without that ever translating into me knowing who he is or what he does. he does good things it seems. kelis has been around for ten years. cripes.

    5: mj cole – at first i thought it was blander than i remembered, but then all the lovely details started coming through. sounds expensive in a good way. that staccato plink will be in my head for weeks.

    4: the family stand – when this came out i was buried in a stack of nme and mm, coming out only to listen to peel and attend buffalo tom gigs. but two seconds in and i’ve got a massive 1990 rush. that’s pop music for you.

    3: the undertones – somewhere between loveable and grating. still can’t hear it without thinking of gonch singing it to zammo by way of describing his flash cousin jonah who came to stay and then drowned in the swimming pool on bullet baxters’ watch.

    2: steve lawrence – steve sounds chipper enough but i wouldn’t want those backing singers following me around all day.

    1: the move – oh. i don’t like this at all. did i hear a brontosaurus/saw us rhyme? points for that, i suppose.

  11. 41
    Alan Connor on 13 May 2010 #

    6 – Acapella – moreish; Trades Description
    5 – Crazy Love – loopable-on-shuffle; Womacky
    4 – My Perfect Cousin – chantable; juvenile
    3 – Brontosaurus – raucous; one-note
    2 – Ghetto Heaven – organised fun; fun
    1 – Footsteps – good-natured; irrepressible

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    Abe Fruman on 13 May 2010 #

    6 Family Stand
    5 Undertones
    4 Kelis
    3 MJ Cole
    2 Steve Lawrence
    1 Move

    You’re MEANT to “flick to kick”, though….

  13. 43
    taDOW on 14 May 2010 #

    6 – mj cole
    5 – family stand
    4 – the move
    3 – kelis
    2 – undertones
    1 – steve lawrence

  14. 44
    weej on 14 May 2010 #

    6 – Undertones
    5 – Kelis
    4 – The Move
    3 – Family Stand
    2 – Steve Lawrence
    1 – MJ Cole

  15. 45
    Caroline on 14 May 2010 #

    6. Undertones
    5. Kelis
    4. Family Stand
    3. Steve Lawrence
    2. MJ Cole
    1. The Move

  16. 46
    DietMondrian on 14 May 2010 #

    6. Kelis
    5. Undertones
    4. The Move
    3. Family Stand
    2. MJ Cole
    1. Steve Lawrence

  17. 47
    Simon C on 14 May 2010 #

    6. MJ Cole
    5. Kelis
    4. The Move
    3. The Family Stand
    2. Steve Lawrence
    1. The Undertones

  18. 48
    intothefireuk on 15 May 2010 #

    6 – Undertones
    5 – The Family Stand
    4 – The Move
    3 – MJ Cole
    2 – Kelis
    1 – Steve Lawrence

  19. 49
    Martin on 22 May 2010 #

    6 points – The Undertones
    5 points – The Move
    4 points – Kelis
    3 points – Steve Lawrence
    2 points – MJ Cole
    1 point – The Family Stand

    This was hard. All the tracks offer something.

    Stage 1: Man, I’m a fuddy-duddy! I like the older ones more. The writeups on the site seem to favor the newer ones. What’s wrong with me?

    Stage 2: These writeups have a point. These newer tracks are deceptively good.

    Stage 3: No, it turns out that they don’t stick in the mind. I’m pushing the old ones up a bit. These are my tastes. But we must hammer out an accord between the two camps, old and new.

  20. 50
    Mark Davis on 22 May 2010 #

    6 points – The Undertones
    5 points – The Move
    4 points – Steve Lawrence
    3 points – Kelis
    2 points – The Family Stand
    1 point – MJ Cole

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    Clair on 25 May 2010 #

    My rating goes:

    6 points – the undertones
    5 points – steve lawrence
    4 points – kelis
    3 points – mj cole
    2 points – the move
    1 points – the family stand

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    crag on 26 May 2010 #

    6-Kelis:great to have her back- a pop star with character seems a bit of a novelty these days
    5-Move:No “Fire Brigade” but Roy Wood’s voice is always a pleasure to hear
    4-Family Stand: Better than Soul II Soul for my money- goes on a bit though
    3-Undertones:Good but not great
    2-MJ Cole: no recollection of this-not my cup of tea
    1-Steve Lawrence:Have already forgotten it after 10 mins- not a good sign

  23. 53
    wichita lineman on 26 May 2010 #

    Interesting how the 1960 and 1970 votes are backing up the trad history books. Two of pop’s very weakest years. A pox on revisionism!

    6 Kelis – I was convinced this would knock the equally great OMG off no.1, but sadly not. Mature in a very good way.
    5 Family Stand – warm and soulful. And – gosh – better than any Soul II Soul single bar Keep On Moving/B*** to L***, isn’t it?
    4 Undertones – how DO you play Subbuteo if you don’t ‘flick to kick’? They seemed too old for the song, dumb tune and silly lyric. Teenage heart-wreck Wednesday Week was the magnificent follow up, though.
    3 Steve Lawrence – should be played at a really inappropriate moment in Mad Men
    2 MJ Cole – way too slick for my garage tastes
    1 The Move – they released two whole albums of this unconvincing heaviness, while Roy sat on the mastertape of Boulders for another three years. The clot!

  24. 54
    Z on 29 May 2010 #

    6 points -The Undertones
    5 points – Kelis
    4 points – MJ Cole
    3 points – The Family Stand
    2 points – The Move
    1 point – Steve Lawrence

    I found it quite hard to choose between them – nothing I either loved or hated. I shall try to be unreasonably opinionated later up the charts.

  25. 55
    jeff w on 1 Jun 2010 #

    Catching up with some earlier rounds, having got a chance to listen to the mixes last week. As others have noted, this is not The Undertones’ greatest moment. But they were, after Blondie, the most consistent singles act of the era and I have a massive soft spot for some of the more absurd rhyming couplets in ‘My Perfect Cousin’.

    I’d not heard the MJ Cole song (or indeed any MJ to my knowledge) before and it’s much more spritely than I’d imagined – good stuff. It’s rudely brushed aside by Guetta’s near-perfect hypno disco though.

    6pts – Kelis
    5pts – MJ Cole
    4pts – Undertones
    3pts – The Move
    2pts – Steve L
    1pt – Family Stand (hasn’t worn well, this)

  26. 56
    Rachiesparrow on 3 Jun 2010 #

    Is it too late to join in?

    My choices are:

    6pts – undertones
    5pts – steve lawrence
    4pts – the move
    3pts – family stand
    2pts – kelis
    1pt – MJ Cole

  27. 57
    Mike Atkinson on 3 Jun 2010 #

    Rachie, it’s not too late to join in – welcome!

  28. 58
    i alex on 5 Jun 2010 #

    6p. My perfect cousin
    5p. Acapella
    4p. Crazy love
    3p. Footsteps
    2p. Ghetto Heaven
    1p. Brontosaurus

  29. 59
    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 6 Jun 2010 #

    6 for Kelis – Acapella
    5 for MJ Cole – Crazy Love
    4 for The Family Stand – Ghetto Heaven
    3 for The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
    2 for The Move – Brontosaurus
    1 for Steve Lawrence – Footsteps

    HEE, True-to-type SUKRAT=MERLIN shape again (placing them in exact reverse order). POP IS BETTER IS THAN IT’S EVER BEEN. This is science, like it or no.

    Cousin hasn’t worn well, has it? The opening riff is co-opted from “Alternative Ulster”, which is a better song.
    The Move cuts off too soon
    I thought Family Stand might pop up over MJ Cole, but she has slurred gracenotes within her contained space where they hold back, a little lackadaisical.

  30. 60
    RobMiles on 6 Jun 2010 #

    6 – Kelis
    5 – MJ Cole
    4 – The Family Stand
    3 – Undertones
    2 – Steve Lawrence
    1 – The Move

    This looks similar to the above comment, but it’s my own opinion!

  31. 61
    Tom Lawrence on 9 Jun 2010 #

    6 points MJ Cole
    5 points Kelis
    4 points The Move
    3 points The Undertones
    2 points The Family Stand (shapeless)
    1 points Steve Lawrence

  32. 62
    sarlitchin on 10 Jun 2010 #

    Well, let’s see how many of these I can get through before the deadline…I really never will learn.

    nb – Thanks, Mike, for what I know is a mammoth undertaking on your part

    6 points – Kelis
    5 points – The Undertones
    4 points – MJ Cole
    3 points – Steve Lawrence
    2 points – The Move
    1 point – The Family Stand

    I guess comments will have to go by the wayside this year – but I’ve got to say just how much I *love* the Kelis track. Rich and bouncy.

  33. 63
    Erithian on 10 Jun 2010 #

    So is she, funnily enough. I’ll get me coat.

  34. 64
    sarlitchin on 11 Jun 2010 #

    …here – let me help you, Erithian… (*groan*)

  35. 65
    ottersteve on 4 Feb 2011 #

    Er…. Mike……what’s wrong with the 50’s?

    The charts began in 1952. Surely there was some way you could have included that decade? Or are you saying that in your opinion it is the least important decade (musically) of them all?

    Maybe you could begin with 1952 when you get to the ’62 ’72 etc period later on.

  36. 66
    weej on 5 Feb 2011 #

    Re #65 I was assuming that was the plan – though we may have to wait a bit longer as the chart didn’t start until late 1952, and this feature might well come round in May again.

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    Carlynda on 26 Nov 2012 #

    Wow! Talk about a posntig knocking my socks off!

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