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post Mar 6 2021, 07:30 PM
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For example, I've done the 60's to start off with cos it's the easiest decade to do. To nominate an act for the Top Prize, it should based on what they released that year, not just cos they were your fave act for the years on either side of it and just released one "feature" that year. Quality and quantity count, and coming in second is not enough, even in the case of say, Beach Boys for 1966 and Monkees or Bee Gees for 1967 (in my case) if another act was easily justifiably even better that year.

For later years I'll give reasons, but in the 60's it's a piece of cake, cos, eerrr The Beatles. Nobody was as big, as creative, as prolific, as influential culturally and musically over 7 short years as The Fab Four, 2 albums a year singles not on albums, songs for other acts, the whole lot. The only questions for the 60's was who was the Best before they Crashed onto World Music, and who came second each year. So, the hard bit was 1960 through 1962 when no-one was dominating except maybe Elvis. So, by default...

1960: Elvis Presley: Girl Of My Best Friend, It's Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight. Rockin' Elvis is dead, but still good enough to beat out The Shadows.

And then just starting his amazing run of self-written songs and heart-tugging soaring ballads with that amazing voice
1961: Roy Orbison: Runnin' Scared, Cryin' , Love Hurts

A Lot of US stars turning out great stuff, and I was tempted to give it to Carole King for her one big hit, combined with her songs written for others, but that wouldn't be as ground-breaking as:
1962: The Tornadoes: Telstar, Jungle Fever, Joe Meek co-winner really, for the ground-breaking advance in pop music.

And from here on no-one else came close, there's no point listing all the key tracks, and all the other 60's greats who were unlucky to come up against this act...but in most cases who were all inspired to do more than their best by the sheer advances in pop music made by:

1963: The Beatles
1964: The Beatles
1965: The Beatles
1966: The Beatles
1967: The Beatles
1968: The Beatles
1969: The Beatles


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post Mar 6 2021, 07:59 PM
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70s is the most well-known decade in music for me, so there are my choices :

1970 : Mary Hopkin (Temma Harbour + Knock, Knock Who's There + Think About Your Children)

1971 : New Seekers (Never Ending Song Of Love + I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing)

1972 : Pearls (Third Finger Left Hand + You Came, You Saw, You Conquered)

1973 : New Seekers (You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me + Goodbye Is Just Another Word + We've Got To Do It Now)

1974 : ABBA (Waterloo + Honey Honey)

1975 : Lynsey De Paul (My Man And Me + Rhythm And Blue Jean Baby + Happy Christmas To You From Me)

1976 : Brotherhood Of Man (My Sweet Rosalie + Save Your Kisses For Me)

1977 : Twiggy (Rings + Woman In Love)

1978 : Blondie ((I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear + Picture This + Hanging On The Telephone + Denis)

1979 : Blondie (Sunday Girl + Heart Of Glass + Dreaming + Union City Blue)
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post Mar 6 2021, 09:16 PM
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I'm going for the 90s (obviously).

1990: The Stone Roses - Fool's Gold, Waterfall, She Bangs The Drums (Happy Mondays close second)

1991: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium

1992: R.E.M. - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, Everybody Hurts, Nightswimming

1993: Take That - Pray, Relight My Fire, Babe

1994: Blur - Girls & Boys, Parklife, To The End

1995: Pulp - Common People, Sorted For E's & Wizz, Disco 2000

1996: Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall (1996 was Oasis's year, their back catalogue was in the chart all year and WTSMG was huge. The Spice Girls are pretty close here as well).

1997: The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work, Lucky Man (Radiohead close second!)

1998: Robbie Williams - Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Millennium

1999: Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, Driftwood, Writing To Reach You


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post Mar 6 2021, 09:27 PM
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1980 - ABBA
1981 - Ultravox and Adam and the Ants
1982 - ABC and Duran Duran
1983 - Spandau Ballet
1984 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
1985 - Madonna
1986 - A-ha
1987 - U2, Pet Shop Boys
1988 - House music in general, Yazz and S'express if I was to pick individual artists
1989 - Fine Young Cannibals

These are not all my favourite artists of each year (quite a few of my favourite songs of each 1980s year were one hit wonders) but are based on a mix of artists with songs I like and who actually dominated each year. While Kylie Minogue dominated 1988 I didn't nominate her for this as I much prefer her early 00s era.

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post Mar 6 2021, 11:31 PM
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90s

1990 Mariah Carey
1991 Michael Jackson
1992 Whitney Houston
1993 Björk
1994 Mariah Carey
1995 Oasis
1996 Spice Girls
1997 The Verve
1998 Massive Attack
1999 Moby
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post Mar 7 2021, 08:43 AM
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QUOTE(Last Dreamer @ Mar 6 2021, 07:59 PM) *
70s is the most well-known decade in music for me, so there are my choices :

1970 : Mary Hopkin (Temma Harbour + Knock, Knock Who's There + Think About Your Children)

1971 : New Seekers (Never Ending Song Of Love + I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing)

1972 : Pearls (Third Finger Left Hand + You Came, You Saw, You Conquered)

1973 : New Seekers (You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me + Goodbye Is Just Another Word + We've Got To Do It Now)

1974 : ABBA (Waterloo + Honey Honey)

1975 : Lynsey De Paul (My Man And Me + Rhythm And Blue Jean Baby + Happy Christmas To You From Me)

1976 : Brotherhood Of Man (My Sweet Rosalie + Save Your Kisses For Me)

1977 : Twiggy (Rings + Woman In Love)

1978 : Blondie ((I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear + Picture This + Hanging On The Telephone + Denis)

1979 : Blondie (Sunday Girl + Heart Of Glass + Dreaming + Union City Blue)



Quite a few of these would be contenders for me at the time, esp Mary, New Seekers, Abba, Blondie, though I still not sure how the end result will turn out yet smile.gif
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post Mar 7 2021, 08:45 AM
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QUOTE(Jester @ Mar 6 2021, 09:16 PM) *
I'm going for the 90s (obviously).

1990: The Stone Roses - Fool's Gold, Waterfall, She Bangs The Drums (Happy Mondays close second)

1991: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium

1992: R.E.M. - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, Everybody Hurts, Nightswimming

1993: Take That - Pray, Relight My Fire, Babe

1994: Blur - Girls & Boys, Parklife, To The End

1995: Pulp - Common People, Sorted For E's & Wizz, Disco 2000

1996: Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall (1996 was Oasis's year, their back catalogue was in the chart all year and WTSMG was huge. The Spice Girls are pretty close here as well).

1997: The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work, Lucky Man (Radiohead close second!)

1998: Robbie Williams - Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Millennium

1999: Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, Driftwood, Writing To Reach You


A lot of those are hard to argue against! As I have a PSB and pop tendency the 90's will be interesting when I get round to mine laugh.gif
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post Mar 7 2021, 08:46 AM
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QUOTE(jakewild @ Mar 6 2021, 11:31 PM) *
90s

1990 Mariah Carey
1991 Michael Jackson
1992 Whitney Houston
1993 Björk
1994 Mariah Carey
1995 Oasis
1996 Spice Girls
1997 The Verve
1998 Massive Attack
1999 Moby


quite a few contenders for mine in there too smile.gif
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post Mar 7 2021, 09:26 AM
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87: U2
88: Kylie Minogue
89: Phil Collins

90: The Stone Roses
91: Simply Red
92: REM
93: Take That
94: Blur
95: Oasis
96: Spice Girls
97: The Verve
98: Robbie Williams
99: Travis

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1980 : Sue Wilkinson (You Gotta Be A Hustler If You Wanna Get On, Posers)
1981 : Bucks Fizz (Making Your Mind Up, The Land Of Make Believe)
1982 : Tight Fit (Fantasy Island, I'm Undecided)
1983 : Bucks Fizz (Run For Your Life, Rules Of The Game)
1984 : Madonna (Like A Virgin, Lucky Star, Borderline, Holiday)
1985 : Madonna (Material Girl, Angel, Dress You Up, Crazy For You)
1986 : Lick The Tins (Can't Help Falling In Love, The Belle Of Belfast City)
1987 : Samantha Fox (Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now, I Surrender, I Promise You)
1988 : Kylie Minogue (Especially For You, Got To Be Certain, I Should Be So Lucky)
1989 : Madonna (Dear Jessie, Cherish, Like A Prayer)


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1990 Pet Shop Boys
1991 KLF
1992 Tori Amos
1993 Manic Street Preachers
1994 Suede
1995 Garbage
1996 Manic Street Preaches
1997 Depeche Mode
1998 Mansun
1999 Ferry Corsten


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1990 Pet Shop Boys
1991 Seal
1992 Shakespear Sister
1993 Meatloaf
1994 Oasis
1995 Pulp
1996 Ocean Colour Scene
1997 The Verve
1998 Cher
1999 Jamiroquai
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post Mar 8 2021, 11:00 AM
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1970: Simon & Garfunkel
1971: T.Rex
1972: David Bowie
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings
1974: 10C.C.
1975: Abba
1976: Abba
1977: The Bee Gees
1978: Abba
1979: Abba
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Essentially I went for whoever released my favourite album from each year

1980 Joy Division
1981 Kraftwerk
1982 Kate Bush
1983 New Order
1984 The Smiths
1985 Kate Bush
1986 The Smiths
1987 Pet Shop Boys
1988 Tracey Chapman
1989 The Cure
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QUOTE(Colm @ Mar 8 2021, 09:20 PM) *
Essentially I went for whoever released my favourite album from each year

1980 Joy Division
1981 Kraftwerk
1982 Kate Bush
1983 New Order
1984 The Smiths
1985 Kate Bush
1986 The Smiths
1987 Pet Shop Boys
1988 Tracey Chapman
1989 The Cure


When I started compiling mine it became clear that's actually the best way of getting a complete result as you move into the 70's and singles not on albums is a rarity...... smile.gif The only other compelling reasoning I could come up with are those acts where they get creatively involved in work with other acts during a year - I decided, say, in 1972 Bowie's leg-up for Mott The Hoople should get added to his work which gave him the edge over T.Rex who had 4 classic singles and a great album track outweighed by Ziggy, John I'm Only Dancing, Jean Genie & All The Young Dudes.
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1980 Police
1981 Human League
1982 Yazoo
1983 Duran Duran
1984 Wham
1985 Tears For Fears
1986 Bon Jovi
1987 U2
1988 Erasure
1989 Queen
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QUOTE(Popchartfreak @ Mar 9 2021, 08:18 AM) *
When I started compiling mine it became clear that's actually the best way of getting a complete result as you move into the 70's and singles not on albums is a rarity...... smile.gif The only other compelling reasoning I could come up with are those acts where they get creatively involved in work with other acts during a year - I decided, say, in 1972 Bowie's leg-up for Mott The Hoople should get added to his work which gave him the edge over T.Rex who had 4 classic singles and a great album track outweighed by Ziggy, John I'm Only Dancing, Jean Genie & All The Young Dudes.


In my 90s list I went for KLF in1991 even though they didn't release my favourite album of that year. The singles burned bright enough to put them a the top. In 1999 Ferry Corsten was at the forefront of trance going into prime time mode, collaborating on and releasing blockbuster tracks.


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This is tough in some years but I'll start with the 90s as I'm most familiar with those...

1990 Depeche Mode (the Violator album remains an all time classic for me)
1991 The KLF (Erasure close behind)
1992 The Shamen (Shakespears Sister & Tori Amos also pretty much equal)
1993 Suede
1994 Prodigy
1995 Pulp (Oasis close behind)
1996 Alanis Morissette
1997 Radiohead
1998 Massive Attack (Madonna very close behind)
1999 The Chemical Brothers
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thought this was about who was the biggest, not who were our favourites biggrin.gif
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Mar 9 2021, 05:22 PM) *
thought this was about who was the biggest, not who were our favourites biggrin.gif


well, biggest in your own charts I guess laugh.gif
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