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The People's Pop Polls (run on Twitter by Tom Ewing)

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I posted about these polls last year, in the good cover songs thread, and some might already be aware of them. But I think it's worth giving them their own thread, because they're fun (if occasionally frustrating!), and have introduced me to a hell of a lot of unfamiliar music...



For the last year, Tom Ewing (who does the Popular blog writing about every UK number one single) has been organising a series of monthly music tournaments on Twitter.


Description here: http://freakytrigger.co.uk/the-peoples-pop-polls/


Copied from there, the previous themes and winners:



MARCH 2020: UK Number 1s – won by Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”


APRIL 2020: UK Number 2s – won by Pulp – “Common People”


MAY 2020: The People’s Pop Poll (charity poll with no set entry criteria) – Won by David Bowie – “Heroes”


JUNE 2020: Cover Versions – won by Aretha Franklin – “Respect”


JULY 2020: The Year 1990 – won by George Michael – “Freedom ’90”


AUGUST 2020: Debut Singles – won by Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”


SEPTEMBER 2020: The Year 2001 – won by Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”


OCTOBER 2020: Duets – won by Queen and David Bowie – “Under Pressure”


NOVEMBER 2020: The Year 1980 – won by Talking Heads – “Once In A Lifetime”


DECEMBER 2020: The Tree And The Stocking (2 holiday polls) – won by Darlene Love – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and Duke Ellington – “Sugar Rum Cherry”


JANUARY 2021: The Year 2020 – won by Christine And The Queens – “People, I’ve Been Sad”


FEBRUARY 2021: Album Openers – won by Pixies – “Debaser”


Everything that's got into the last 8 (and is therefore disqualified from future polls):



A-Ha – “Take On Me”

Aretha Franklin – “Respect”

A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”

Basement Jaxx – “Romeo”

Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

Bjork – “Human Behaviour”

Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”

Blondie – “Call Me”

Blondie – “Heart Of Glass”

Bob Vylan – “We Live Here”

Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time”

Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen In Love”

Cardi B ft Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You”

Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman”

Chic – “Good Times”

Christine And The Queens – “People, I’ve Been Sad”

Cristina – “Things Fall Apart”

Daft Punk – “Digital Love”

Darlene Love – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

David Bowie – “Heroes”

David Bowie – “Station To Station”

Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”

Depeche Mode – “Enjoy The Silence”

Diana Ross – “Upside Down”

Dolly Parton – “9 To 5”

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers – “Islands In The Stream”

Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”

Dr. Dre ft Snoop Doggy Dogg – “Nuthin But A G Thang”

Duke Ellington – “Sugar Rum Cherry”

Estelle ft Kanye West – “American Boy”

Fiona Apple – “Shameika”

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Relax”

George Michael – “Freedom ’90”

Gorillaz – “Clint Eastwood”

Half Man Half Biscuit – “It’s Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas”

Happy Mondays – “Kinky Afro”

Hercules And Love Affair – “Blind”

Hot Chip – “Ready For The Floor”

Isaac Hayes – “Walk On By”

Jimi Hendrix – “All Along The Watchtower”

Johnny Cash and June Carter – “Jackson”

Joy Division – “Disorder”

Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Kate Bush – “Wuthering Heights”

Kirsty MacColl – “A New England”

KLF – “What Time Is Love? (Live At Trancentral)”

Kraftwerk – “Europe Endless”

Kylie Minogue – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Lily Allen – “The Fear”

Madonna – “Like A Prayer”

Martha And The Muffins – “Echo Beach”

Mary J Blige – “Family Affair”

Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – “You’re All I Need To Get By”

MGMT – “Kids”

MGMT – “Time To Pretend”

Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”

Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades”

Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”

New Order – “Age Of Consent”

Pet Shop Boys – “Being Boring”

Pet Shop Boys – “Left To My Own Devices”

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”

Phoebe Bridgers – “I Know The End”

Pixies – “Debaser”

Prince – “1999”

Prince – “Sign O’ The Times”

Prince – “U Got The Look”

Prince – “When You Were Mine”

Pulp – “Common People”

Queen and David Bowie – “Under Pressure”

Run DMC and Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”

Run The Jewels – “Walking In The Snow”

Sam And Dave – “Hold On I’m Coming”

Santigold – “LES Artistes”

SAULT – “Wildfires”

Shakira – “Whenever, Wherever”

Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Slade – “Merry Xmas Everybody”

Soccer Mommy – “Circle The Drain”

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” AND “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?”

Talking Heads – “Once In A Lifetime”

Talking Heads – “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”

The Avalanches – “Since I Left You”

The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”

The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”

The Cure – “A Forest”

The Cure – “Pictures Of You”

The Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset”

The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”

The Specials – “A Message To You Rudy”

The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

The Strokes – “Last Nite”

The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks”

The Waitresses – “Christmas Wrapping”

The Wombles – “Wombling Merry Christmas”

They Might Be Giants – “Birdhouse In Your Soul”

TLC – “Waterfalls”

Underworld – “Born Slippy (Nuxx)”

Wham! – “Last Christmas”

Wu-Tang Clan – “Bring Da Ruckus”


The March 2021 poll was for The Year 2008, and the result was... "American Boy" by Estelle ft Kanye West beat "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyoncé, by 393 votes to 352.


The current poll theme for April is The World Cup of Placename Songs (aka Around The World In 384 Songs).


This is the Twitter thread containing the matches that finish today...



If you hurry up and start now, you should just about have time to listen to the tracks in Qualifier 9 (including the 19-minute Isaac Hayes track!) before the poll closes!



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