These are the groups for Day 1 of the People’s Pop Poll! Obviously it contains SPOILERS for the day’s match-ups so if you’d prefer to be surprised read no further!

Division 1 GROUP 1:

THE BAND – “The Weight”: One of their best known tracks, inspired by Bunuel (so says Robbie Robertson), it’s been used in loads of films and was a No.21 hit.

DAVID BOWIE – “Heroes”: Berlin ballad that gradually became his most famous song – regularly appears on best-songs-of-all-time lists. 

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – “The Killing Moon”: Lead single from Ocean Rain in 1984 and a Top 10 hit. “I know there’s not a band in the world who’s got a song anywhere near that” – Ian MacCulloch.

THE WHITE STRIPES – “Fell In Love With A Girl”: Also a UK No.21 hit, and the signature Stripes track that isn’t “Seven Nation Army” – famous also for its delightful Michel Gondry lego video.

Division 2 GROUP 1:

ALY AND AJ – “Potential Break-Up Song”: Disney Channel favourites Aly & AJ’s biggest hit, from 2007. We’ll rate the version with “violence and sexual innuendo” intact, thanks.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN – “Your Type”: Third single from E-MO-TION (and a Top 50 smash in Belgium), this has racked up streams as a Carly Rae fan favourite.

HAIM – “Falling”: Another band of sisters, with the third single from album monster hit Days Are Gone.

MIRANDA LAMBERT – “Vice”: A number 2 country hit and the lead single from The Weight Of These Wings.

Division 3 GROUP 1:

THE GAP BAND – “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”: 1982 funk smash from the Wilson brothers, removed from the radio after 9/11 (for a bit, anyway).

PRINCE – “Sign O The Times”: State-of-the-nation 1987 Pazz & Jop winner with a surprisingly low number of Spotify streams. Not the last time we’ll be seeing Prince.

THE SPINNERS – “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?”: Swoonsome Thom Bell-produced 1972 hit for the veteran soul group.

STARDUST – “Music Sounds Better With You”: A return bout for this Number 2 UK hit from Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter. Can it go further this time?

Division 4 GROUP 1:

ABBA – “The Visitors”: Ominous title track of the Swedes’ final album (and a hit single in some places).

EIGHTH WONDER – “I’m Not Scared”: Pet Shop Boys written hit for Patsy Kensit’s band, includes a bit in French.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE – “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of”: Our first album track! The opening track on 1981 synthpop colossus Dare.

MADNESS – “Wings Of A Dove”: The Nutty Boys do gospel (and drive a van out of a plane). Narrowly left off the No.2s poll.

Division 5 GROUP 1:

FEMME – “Fever Boy”: Cult pop act FEMME’s 80s-tinted second single, from 2013

PARIS HILTON – “Screwed”: The only track in the poll detourned by Banksy, this was Paris’ first leaked song from her 2016 LP.

POPPY – “Don’t Go Outside”: Isolation ballad from 2020’s pop/nu-metal LP I Disagree.

VANESSA CARLTON – “Blue Pool”: Single and title track from the “1000 Miles” hitmaker’s 2015 LP.

Division 6 GROUP 1:

ALLO DARLIN’ – “The Polaroid Song”: Second single from the London indiepop act fronted by Elizabeth Murray.

ASH – “Warmer Than Fire”: Download-only single from the Northern Irish indie rockers.

SOMETHING HAPPENS – “Parachute”: 1990 single from the Dublin band, a lead-in to their major label debut LP.

THROWING MUSES – “Delicate Cutters”: Finishing off today’s polls with the closer from Kristin Hersh’s band’s 1986 self-titled debut.