Dec 11

The Freaky Trigger Readers’ Poll 2011

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Unlike the rest of the internet, here at FT Towers we like to make our end-of-year list at the Actual End Of The Year! And we need YOUR help to do it!

Send your top 20 tracks of 2011 to poptimistspoll2010@gmail.com* by 1am GMT on 30th December and we will post the results during the first week of January.

– ‘Tracks of 2011’ can mean something released as a single or on an album this year, or a track that emerged this year on the internet or a young person’s trendy mixtape, or singles taken from a 2010 album released this year. To be honest I will be pretty lenient about the whole business so put whatever you like.

– The order of your top 20 is important! Your #1 will be allocated more points than #20.

– If you can’t think of 20 songs then 10 or 14 or 2 is just fine.

– As per last year we are running this poll in conjunction with the Poptimists LJ community, so if you’ve already sent me your 2011 list over there, there’s no need to do so again.

That’s it! Get voting!

*Yes yes I know it’s last year’s email address. A big ‘whatevs’ to you too :)


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    katstevens on 28 Dec 2011 #

    I may be flexible re: closing date of entries, but I am in work on the 30th and will be hankering for some spreadsheet action…

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    thefatgit on 28 Dec 2011 #

    Just popped my list off. Last year, I remember my email ended up in your junk folder. Might be an idea to check there again this year :-) (originallegend1966@hotmail.com)

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    Kat but logged out innit on 29 Dec 2011 #

    Thanks to everyone who’s sent their votes in so far! I fear Lady Gaga is going to suffer the most from SPLITTING – she currently has 6 different tracks on the go…

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    Kat but logged out innit on 30 Dec 2011 #

    OK dudes you have an extra TWO HOURS from now – basically if you send your list before lunchtime today I’ll count it.

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    Weej on 30 Dec 2011 #

    I suppose if time’s up now we can post our own lists. I’ve made a bit of a big deal out of it this year and have been listening to every release I can find for the past twelve months (not just for the FT readers’ poll of course), leading to a rather excessive top 200 I’m putting up here – http://haonowshaokao.com/tag/2011-tracks/ – daily.
    To be honest it wasn’t really worth the effort as I have no desire to become a music journalist, am now thoroughly sick of listening to new releases, and have probably had it with indie bands forever. But might as well pimp it out since I am never ever doing it again.

    And here’s Beyonce’s favourite 9 tracks of the year, much more easily digestible – http://www.beyonceonline.com/us/news/beyonc%25C3%25A9s-favorite-songs-2011

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    Pete on 31 Dec 2011 #

    “Actual year end” – ahem!!!

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    swanstep on 1 Jan 2012 #

    Happy New Year All. I won’t bore everyone with posting my list of faves but I rated Rihanna’s ubiquitous recent hit highly. I just came across yesterday, however, this (downloadable and streamable) NPR-Planet Money story from last July about how stuff like Rihanna’s recent album gets made and promoted. The song the story focuses on doesn’t become much of a hit, which gives the story (and the hundreds of comments it received at the time) a particular flavor. R’s recent extreme success alters that flavor again. Worth a listen if, like me, you missed it. (It would be interesting to hear/read a broader piece/series that explored how industrial pop sausage gets made on lower budgets than Rihanna’s – but the high end is so dramatic!)

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