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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? The Results, Decade By Decade.
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Finally, the moment of ABSOLUTE POP TRUTH is upon us! And my goodness, what a nail-biter of a contest this has been. Halfway through the voting, two decades broke decisively ahead of the pack, establishing a lead that proved impossible to catch up wi[…]

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? The Results, Round By Round.
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Before we get to the final rankings for our six decades, which I’ll be posting in the next couple of days or so, here are the final totals for each round.
Round One: The Number 10s.
246 points, average score 4.82: Kelis – Acapella (2010)
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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 10: the NUMBER ONES.
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With just one round left to run, the Seventies continue to claw back some of their lost ground. Our leading decade took a knock in the Number Twos, as Johnny Logan notched up the lowest average score of any track to date – but with the voting f[…]

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 9: the Number 2s.
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After days of stasis, there’s change at last! A good result for Plan B in the last round has reversed the declining fortunes of the Teens, and the Seventies are finally off the bottom of the pile, where they have been languishing since Round Th[…]

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 8: the Number 3s.
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Back after an extended break, we’re finally ready to tackle the Top Three – but before we do that, let’s check the cumulative scores so far:
1(1) The Eighties – 29.20 points.
2(2) The Nineties – 27.65 points.
3(3) The Noughties […]

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 7: the Number 4s.
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Looking at today’s cumulative scoreboard, we find the Teens – who led the pack for the first two rounds – continuing their gradual slide down the rankings. The Eighties are beginning to look unassailable, the Seventies could be irre[…]

Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 6: the Number 5s.
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Although our scoreboard currently remains unchanged from last time, the inconclusive voting pattern of the previous round has left our middle-ranking decades in a constant state of flux, and the gap at the bottom of the table is beginning to narrow:
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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 5: the Number 6s.
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First things first: let’s see how Round 4 has affected the cumulative scoreboard. I’ve put positions from the previous round in brackets.
Cumulative scores so far:
1(1) The Eighties – 15.84 points.
2(4) The Nineties – 14.94 points.
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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 4: the Number 7s.
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With three rounds of voting already underway, let’s take our first look at how the six decades are matching up against each other. In accordance with the mood of the times, i.e. in order to make every vote count, I have replaced the hated and […]

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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops? Round 3: the Number 8s.
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Timely reminder: I’ll be keeping the voting open on all rounds until a few days after we’re done – so if you’ve just breezed in and fancy playing catch-up, there’s no immediate rush. Experience has shown that late votes[…]

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