Which decade is Tops for Pops? – THE WINNER.

1st place – The 1970s. (38 points)

2005: 3rd place, 30 points.
2004: 2nd place, 31 points.
2003: 1st place, 35 points + 1 tiebreak point.

10: Dat – Pluto Shervington. 1st place.
9: We Do It – R & J Stone. 3rd place.
8: Love Machine – The Miracles. 2nd place.
7: Convoy – C.W. McCall. 3rd place.
6: Love To Love You Baby – Donna Summer. 2nd place.
5: Mamma Mia – Abba. 1st place, most popular.
4: Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez – Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains. 4th place, least popular.
3: I Love To Love – Tina Charles. 2nd place.
2: Forever And Ever – Slik. 2nd place.
1: December 1963 (Oh What A Night) – Four Seasons. 2nd place.

slkmdgRight from Day One, when Pluto Shervington’s “Dat” took the lead, there was never any real doubt as to which decade would be this year’s winner. Throughout all ten rounds of voting, the 1970s remained ahead, earning them the highest score of any decade in any of our four years to date. Despite fielding only two winners, from Pluto and Abba, only one song from 1976 finished below third, with five songs finishing second. That’s what we call conclusive.

But before this all started, did we think that naff old 1976 had it in them to win? After all, approved rock history tells us that these were the dark days before punk rock came along and Saved Music. Or something.

Interestingly, there isn’t a single record in this top ten which could be said to belong to the “rock” tradition, however tangentially. This is pop all the way, with the odd foray into light soul, reggae, disco, country & western and easy listening. The only faint hints of “rebellion” come from Pluto’s taboo-breaking meat-related purchase, and CW McCall’s “bear”-dodging escapades on the Great American Highway.

As a lad, I remember an NME singles review column from round about this time, bearing the headline “Don’t Look Now, But You’re Living In A Golden Age”, which went on to make specific mention of several of the songs in this list. At the time, it seemed like a decidedly questionable proposition. But in these newly liberated, post-Guilty Pleasures days, it would seem that the dear old “rockist” NME showed remarkable presience.

The Top Ten and the Bottom Five.

(Positions are calculated by dividing the numbers of points scored by the number of people voting on that day.)

1. 19th Nervous Breakdown – Rolling Stones.
2. Mamma Mia – Abba.
3. These Boots Are Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra.
4. Borderline – Madonna.
5. Chain Reaction – Diana Ross.
6. Slight Return – The Bluetones.
7. Dat – Pluto Shervington.
8. Keep On Running – Spencer Davis Group.
9. You Got The Love (New Voyager Mix) – The Source featuring Candi Staton.
10. Spanish Flea – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.

46. Anything – 3T.
47. That’s My Goal – Shayne Ward.
48. Thunder In My Heart Again – Meck featuring Leo Sayer.
49. Burning Heart – Survivor
50. Open Arms – Mariah Carey.

Cumulative scores for the decades to date, after three years:

1 (2=) The 1970s – 135 points.
2 (2=) The 1960s – 134 points.
3 (1) The 1980s – 132 points.
4 (4) The 2000s – 101 points.
5 (5) The 1990s – 99 points.

It’s still neck and neck at the top, with the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s regularly swapping positions. Next February, we start all over again – with what I must warn you is a truly shocking selection of ropey old toss.

No, I can hardly wait either! Thanks to all who particpated. It’s been a blast.

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