Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Strategic cross-pimping: "Which Decade Is Tops For Pops?"

Now in its seventh year, my annual collaborative blog-stunt seeks to rank the last five decades in order of chart-pop fabulousness, by comparing the Top Ten UK singles from the week of my birthday and collating reader scores accordingly.

This year, we're examining the charts of 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009. On Day One we compare the five songs at Number 10, on Day Two we shift up a place, and so on. There's a brief memory-jogging medley MP3 to accompany each round, as well as YouTube links for each song.

Last year, the 1960s romped home for the second year running. The 1990s and 2000s tend not to do so well - although the 2000s have been staging a marked recovery over the past couple of years, so There Is Still Hope. Meanwhile, the 1980s have been steadily tanking, ever since 1985 won it for them four years ago.

At the time of writing, we're comparing and contrasting singles by Stevie Wonder, Driver 67, Robert Howard/Kym Mazelle, TQ and Shontelle. So do please come and join us, at http://tinyurl.com/wd2009.

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