What is very apparent is the Tuesday to Friday polls on here are quite a popular feature. So far we've done Favourite UK number 1 singles from 1960 to 1989 and likewise the number 2's from the same period. These polls usually attract 20 or so folk taking part, so im keen to continue in some capacity. I have two suggestions but would welcome any other poll ideas you may have. Here are my two suggestions, please let me know your thoughts.
Suggestion 1...Well we've done number 1 & 2's, why not just continue and tackle records that only made it to number 3 in the UK singles chart. If this was to be done, i an only going to use the 1970's and 1980's. Ive looked into this already and 60's number 3's are just not well known enough.
Suggestion 2...I could select a weekly solo artist or group and simply ask you to vote in a poll to determine your 3 favourite singles by them. When i say singles, the record in question would have to have been placed top 10 or higher in the UK charts to qualify. That all works fine, but when one looks at Elvis Presley's discography for example, it takes on the look of a logistical nightmare. Anyway, if that suggestion is preferred, a set of criteria needs to be put in place. Id naturally keep a table with all the favourites listed. In time it would make for interesting reading.
Id like to commence next Tuesday and welcome any thoughts or preferences you guys have.
Well for me the #3s would make most sense and would be a relatively easy progression I imagine. The best songs of each Group/Artist would be interesting but sounds a bit fiddly. If we were to do this I would prefer allowing any song or, to satisfy purists, perhaps any single and maybe we'd be exposed to some interesting favourite rarities that way. American #1s would be fine by me too as would the 1990s #1s but some of these might not attract the full electorate. You fill up my Senses....
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I would be happy with either of the two main suggestions, but if we did go for the number 3s I would be very disappointed if we missed out the 60s altogether. I, for one, would be far more familiar with these 60s numbers than for the late 80s. And for those hits that you don’t know very well, YouTube is always your friend. For me as for anyone else. Perhaps the 3 Polls could start at 1964 or 1965.
For the option of favourite singles from given artists, how long would it go on for? How long is a piece of string? There are clearly many artists we could choose from, so that may take a long time to complete.
Another idea was to go into the 90s for 1s and 2s. Again I would be unfamiliar with most from then, I feel. But would be happy to go along with it, if others preferred that route.
Thinking about it, I would prefer suggestion 1, but not to the exclusion of any other better ideas. And I cannot think of any myself right at this moment.
Just a thought, but how about a poll of all the songs danced to by the various troupes, from the Sixties through to the Eighties.
Each year could be divided into segments of three months, which would offer four weeks’ of polls for us to vote upon. On the fifth week, we could select the winner for that year, and then move on to the next year for the following week’s poll. Once the end is reached, the favourites from each year could then be whittled down over the course of a few weeks until the ultimate winner is revealed.
I’d be happy with the No.3s idea, though, but do include the Sixties; having to research unfamiliar music can be very rewarding.
Well after reading folks comments, most seem to be in favour of `the number 3's` option, and i favour that myself. Its just a case of what years to use. Defiantly 70's and 80's, but im not so sure the 60's will feature.
If it's to be No.3 record polls, the range might as well follow the pattern of the previous two positional sets and encompass the same three decade range too because as a few have already said, they become a voyage of discovery through YouTube.
I don't mind doing favourite No 3s. If we eventually get down to our favourite No.54s then some of GD's favourite songs will be featured (only joking GD!)
Also happy with a US Number Ones poll. I would be able to vote for Huey in 1985 and 1986!
We could do a NZ Number Ones poll although I don't suppose many of you are familiar with Howard Morrison or Prince Tui Teka!
On a more serious note, I think Michael's suggestion of favourite song danced to by our troupes has some merit.
Or how about a favourite album poll? You could take the top ten selling albums of each year (perhaps eliminating greatest hits albums)
Facebook have a number of chart related/nostalgic charts each week for discussion and garner a lot of input. I like the idea of the American charts - Top 10 from a week as a lot of that music was danced to by Pans to Legs. Or maybe an album chart for UK. Alternate it week by week with your preference Ryan.
Everywhere, wherever you look, manipulation rearing it's head.
Glad it seems we are going for the numbers threes, just for continuity as perhaps the groups/artists idea, which is also very good, could then follow after? Doing both eventually gives us more polls to enjoy.
I too would like todo the 60s if at all possible, even if some are obscure. It’s always great to hear songs that I have not come across before.
I think the most obvious next step of finding our fave No.3 is my preferred option of those so far suggested. And Hanway's compromise suggestion of beginning from the mid-sixties is a good idea.
I instinctively liked OGW's idea of choosing from the Top Ten albums across the years, but thinking about it there will almost certainly be many instances where people are familiar with few if any of the options from a particular year, and YouTube isn't the quick and easy solution that it is in the case of singles.
I like the idea of the best records danced to by Pan's/Ruby/Legs, but it's difficult to break down the years into manageable chunks. For example, take 1979, tracks like Tragedy, Ain't No Stopping Us Now, Off The Wall would definitely make the cut for me, but as we know from the repeats we have very varied tastes on this forum, so it would require people nominating tracks first to reduce the contenders to around the 10 mark. Therefore, the No.3s is an easier option, though I too would back the idea of discarding, say, the first 3 years of the 60s.
Thanks to all who have contributed ideas and suggestions for the Tue to Fri poll. I don't really have enough knowledge or enthusiasm for American charts or indeed UK Albums (or LP's as we used to call them). So they were never really going to get the nod, but thanks anyway for suggesting them.
As for `Your favourite song danced to by our dance troupes`, well yeah, thats not a bad idea at all. We have done so many polls on here i did wonder if we had already done that one ! Anyhow, maybe that could be a poll for 2020, yep the 10th anniversary of the OFTDs forum.
But at the end of the day (gee how i hate that phrase) i think it best to take the easy option and simply replicate the No1 & No2 polls and proceed with the UK number 3 singles poll. In a way thats the correct thing to do, as to go with our Gold medal winner Kate and Silver medal winners The Fab Four, so we need to find a Bronze medal winner.
Now, i was contemplating ditching the 1960's for this. True some of the number 3's from the 60's are less well known to our ears, but we may as well do all 30 years. So you have been warned, some of those years are hard work, but like others have mentioned, YouTube will be getting a right old bashing.
I have to say here and now that i have no plans to do favorite number 4's polls. So make the most of these number 3's. Some fine records will crop up and im sure we will make a success of it. This begins on 21st May.
Number 3s sound interesting. Agree no further though. Going forward if you embark on the US charts I have plenty of chart statistic books by Joel Whitburn so you would not need to trawl through You-tube.
Everywhere, wherever you look, manipulation rearing it's head.