The Rating Project: Cumulative Results

From April 13 to August 9, 2003—plus quite a few sporadic sequels to cover subsequent releases—I ran polls in which I asked my site visitors to rate the songs written and/or performed by the Pet Shop Boys on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with each other, with 0 indicating "one of the worst PSB songs ever" and 10 indicating "one of the very best PSB songs."

I fully acknowledge that, taken as a group, these are thoroughly unscientific ratings. It would have been far more valid, for instance, to have presented all of the songs at once and have my site visitors rate them in one fell swoop, so to speak. That, however, would have been a monster survey to complete and even more monstrous for me to manage. And they would all have to be voted on, over and over again, whenever any new songs were released. So as unscientific as the week-by-week process has been, it's far more practical and manageable.

The following table provides the cumulative results of this series of ratings polls. The songs are listed and ranked in descending order based on the average rating they each received. In addition, "album averages" appear near the bottom of this page, followed by a list of various "ratings superlatives and statistics." The songs rated most recently are highlighted in pink.

Rank
Song (listed from highest average rating to lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
ranking
10
% of
voters
ranking
0
1
Being Boring
8.742
46.5%
0.0%
2
The Way It Used to Be
8.727
47.8%
0.3%
3
Can You Forgive Her?
8.650
37.8%
0.0%
4
Disappointed (Electronic)
8.431
32.8%
0.0%
5
Left to My Own Devices
8.407
34.6%
0.0%
6
It's a Sin
8.399
36.9%
0.0%
7
Shameless
8.286
29.5%
0.7%
8
Go West
8.217
35.6%
0.0%
9
Integral
8.173
30.1%
0.3%
10
West End Girls
8.145
33.3%
1.2%
11
Always on My Mind
8.062
30.9%
1.2%
12
Fugitive
7.984
25.7%
0.4%
13
So Hard
7.956
23.3%
0.0%
14
Minimal
7.945
21.2%
0.3%
15
Thursday
7.944
20.0%
0.8%
16
Getting Away with It (Electronic)
7.912
22.7%
0.0%
17
Burn
7.911
19.0%
0.2%
18
Vocal
7.910
25.4%
0.6%
19
Miserablism
7.904
28.8%
0.7%
20
Domino Dancing
7.901
24.2%
0.0%
21
No Time for Tears
7.874
25.2%
1.0%
22
Your Funny Uncle
7.865
27.2%
0.7%
23
Will-o-the-wisp
7.862
18.6%
0.7%
24
After All
7.837
30.6%
1.0%
25
Leaving
7.834
20.7%
0.2%
26
Jealousy
7.830
22.6%
0.0%
27
Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
7.824
27.1%
1.0%
28
Pandemonium
7.800
22.8%
0.3%
29
Somebody Else's Business
7.799
24.0%
0.0%
30
King's Cross
7.792
33.3%
0.6%
31
Decide
7.776
18.7%
0.8%
32
So Sorry, I Said
7.754
18.0%
0.0%
33
Delusions of Grandeur
7.750
23.2%
0.7%
34
Rent
7.732
22.6%
0.0%
35
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
7.728
22.2%
0.0%
36
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
7.714
22.6%
0.0%
37
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
7.701
17.9%
0.7%
38
Paninaro
7.688
21.8%
0.0%
39
Always
7.677
23.3%
0.0%
40
A Red Letter Day
7.674
21.5%
0.0%
41
Brick England (with Jean-Michel Jarre)
7.655
15.4%
0.0%
42
My Night (from Closer to Heaven)
7.644
19.1%
0.0%
43
Too Many People
7.640
17.8%
0.7%
44
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
7.610
23.6%
0.0%
45
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More *
7.604
20.3%
0.0%
46
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave *
7.604
23.3%
0.0%
47
For Freedom
7.598
27.2%
1.1%
48
Closer to Heaven
7.582
15.4%
0.0%
49
Love etc.
7.563
14.1%
0.2%
50
Heart
7.536
17.3%
0.0%
51
One Thing Leads to Another
7.535
17.1%
0.7%
52
You've Got to Start Somewhere (unreleased)
7.522
14.3%
0.9%
53
Flamboyant
7.520
16.2%
0.5%
54
Paninaro '95
7.486
21.7%
0.7%
55
Love Comes Quickly
7.473
23.0%
1.2%
56
I'm Not Scared
7.463
14.2%
0.0%
57
The Dictator Decides
7.451
15.2%
0.4%
58
For Your Own Good
7.445
20.9%
0.5%
59
Hallo Spaceboy (duet with David Bowie)
7.438
10.7%
0.0%
60
The Resurrectionist
7.436
17.2%
0.4%
61
Yesterday, When I Was Mad
7.428
18.9%
0.0%
62
Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)
7.400
24.0%
2.0%
63
After the Event
7.398
15.4%
0.8%
64
Memory of the Future
7.391
16.5%
1.0%
65
Miracles
7.387
15.1%
0.5%
66
All Over the World
7.386
15.8%
0.5%
67
The Theatre
7.378
17.2%
0.6%
68
Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin
7.375
14.8%
0.7%
69
In Private
7.370
15.1%
1.7%
70
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
7.358
11.1%
0.0%
71
Call Me Old-Fashioned (from Closer to Heaven)
7.349
10.1%
0.0%
72
The Truck-Driver and His Mate
7.331
15.9%
0.7%
73
Liberation
7.328
21.7%
0.0%
74
Burning the Heather
7.311
14.2%
1.0%
75
Forever in Love
7.308
13.2%
1.3%
76
To Step Aside
7.302
18.0%
0.6%
77
The Patience of a Saint (Electronic)
7.292
10.9%
0.8%
78
Home and Dry
7.284
9.9%
0.0%
79
A Face Like That
7.265
12.2%
0.7%
80
Hit and Miss
7.233
16.7%
0.7%
81
A Powerful Friend
7.222
12.5%
0.0%
82
A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi
7.221
13.0%
0.5%
83
It Always Comes as a Surprise
7.198
16.3%
0.0%
84
An Open Mind
7.194
11.5%
0.8%
85
Fluorescent
7.192
12.0%
0.6%
86
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
7.185
17.3%
0.6%
87
Axis
7.182
11.6%
0.4%
88
Hoping for a Miracle
7.180
15.1%
1.2%
89
The Squadron
7.163
18.6%
4.8%
90
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
7.158
12.1%
1.2%
91
Bright Young Things
7.149
14.9%
0.5%
92
For All of Us (from Closer to Heaven)
7.148
19.1%
2.2%
93
Positive Role Model
7.136
10.7%
0.7%
94
This Used to Be the Future
7.132
12.4%
0.3%
95
Inside a Dream
7.105
12.0%
0.6%
96
London
7.099
9.9%
0.0%
97
More Than a Dream
7.094
10.2%
0.5%
98
Do I Have To?
7.093
12.9%
0.7%
99
Nervously
7.088
18.9%
0.6%
100
In His Imagination
7.081
10.7%
1.3%
101
Was It Worth It? *
7.080
11.1%
0.0%
102
Somewhere *
7.080
14.5%
0.7%
103
The Last to Die
7.055
9.7%
0.4%
104
Indefinite Leave to Remain
7.054
11.9%
0.4%
105
The Grind
7.042
23.9% 5.6%
106
Between Two Islands
7.026
15.3%
0.7%
107
The End of the World
7.025
14.5%
0.6%
108
One Night
7.034
11.4%
0.3%
109
Say It to Me
6.996
10.7%
0.4%
110
Hey, Headmaster
6.993
16.4%
0.0%
111
Suburbia
6.988
13.3%
2.4%
112
Into Thin Air
6.970
10.1%
0.6%
113
It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas
6.966
11.6%
0.7%
114
In the Night
6.965
12.9%
0.0%
115
Discoteca
6.953
15.7%
0.6%
116
Time on My Hands
6.951
11.3%
0.0%
117
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
6.950
8.2%
1.4%
118
The Lost Room
6.944
10.1%
0.4%
119
Full Steam Ahead
6.940
15.7%
4.8%
120
Sexy Northerner *
6.938
18.0%
3.3%
121
The Man Who Has Everything *
6.938
11.2%
0.7%
122
Here
6.932
16.7%
0.0%
123
Undertow
6.930
7.8%
0.4%
124
Some Speculation
6.928
15.1%
0.7%
125
It Couldn't Happen Here
6.917
15.5%
0.6%
126
Dreaming of the Queen
6.906
15.6%
0.6%
127
My October Symphony
6.899
17.6%
1.9%
128
She's Madonna (with Robbie Williams)
6.895
12.8%
0.5%
129
Monkey Business
6.891
11.6%
1.2%
130
Se A Vida É (That's the Way Life Is)
6.890
10.5%
1.2%
131
Decadence
6.882
13.4%
0.7%
132
Luna Park
6.880
10.2%
0.7%
133
Happy People
6.879
8.8%
1.2%
134
Nothing Has Been Proved
6.877
10.2%
1.6%
135
Did You See Me Coming?
6.864
9.7%
0.7%
136
Young Offender
6.861
12.2%
0.6%
137
My Girl
6.849
10.9%
0.4%
138
Listening
6.845
6.2%
0.3%
139
I Made My Excuses and Left
6.836
10.5%
0.7%
140
I'm with Stupid
6.832
6.7%
0.7%
141
We All Feel Better in the Dark
6.823
13.7%
0.7%
142
Odessa
6.810
17.9%
2.4%
143
King of Rome
6.807
12.1%
1.5%
144
The Pop Kids
6.805
7.1%
0.8%
145
Invisible
6.789
13.1%
1.5%
146
Tonight Is Forever
6.782
10.9%
1.2%
147
Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
6.773
9.6%
0.7%
148
Daydreaming (Dusty Springfield)
6.772
6.7%
1.7%
149
Only the Dark
6.762
10.5%
1.2%
150
It Must Be Obvious
6.759
11.0%
0.7%
151
Something Special (from Closer to Heaven)
6.756
5.6%
0.0%
152
Falling
6.755
6.3%
0.0%
153
The Survivors
6.750
16.3%
1.7%
154
If Looks Could Kill *
6.732
12.0%
0.7%
155
Friendly Fire *
6.732
11.3%
2.0%
156
Two Divided by Zero
6.727
10.9%
1.2%
157
The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
6.704
13.0%
0.7%
158
The Clock 10/11/12
6.700
21.7%
5.0%
159
The Loving Kind
6.696
11.8%
1.5%
160
A Different Point of View
6.694
7.2%
1.7%
161
Nyet
6.690
13.8%
3.4%
162
One in a Million
6.689
10.0%
0.6%
163
In Slow Motion
6.688
13.9%
0.6%
164
Out of My System (from Closer to Heaven)
6.686
7.9%
3.4%
165
To the Battleship
6.679
15.5%
4.8%
166
How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?
6.673
8.2%
0.6%
167
I Want to Wake Up
6.667
11.9%
0.6%
168
It's Alright
6.648
12.3%
1.9%
169
New York City Boy
6.643
17.0%
4.9%
170
DJ Culture
6.630
6.8%
0.6%
171
Up Against It *
6.628
9.9%
2.9%
172
To Speak Is a Sin *
6.628
6.7%
0.6%
173
Casanova in Hell *
6.624
7.8%
1.4%
174
Viva la Vida *
6.624
8.1%
2.6%
175
To the Shore
6.619
16.7%
4.8%
176
A New Life
6.614
12.9%
0.7%
177
Dancing in the Dusk
6.600
8.1%
0.6%
178
A Little Black Dress
6.597
3.6%
0.0%
179
One More Chance
6.595
13.1%
1.2%
180
If There Was Love (Liza Minnelli)
6.582
5.9%
0.0%
181
Twenty-something
6.578
8.3%
2.1%
182
Don Juan
6.576
9.5%
2.0%
183
I Get Along
6.574
4.3%
0.0%
184
Single
6.570
9.3%
1.2%
185
Absolutely Fabulous
6.568
13.8%
3.3%
186
Only the Wind
6.553
8.2%
0.0%
187
"Comrades!"
6.551
18.0%
4.5%
188
Losing My Mind
6.550
7.5%
0.7%
189
Vulnerable
6.543
5.8%
0.5%
190
Twentieth Century
6.542
7.6%
1.1%
191
It's Just My Little Tribute to Caligula, Darling (from Closer to Heaven)
6.523
9.0%
1.1%
192
Inner Sanctum
6.506
6.6%
1.0%
193
I Will Fall
6.482
6.9%
0.4%
194
The Ghost of Myself
6.477
10.2%
0.8%
195
Bolshy
6.471
6.0%
0.4%
196
The View from Your Balcony
6.455
8.0%
1.4%
197
To Face the Truth
6.453
7.5%
0.6%
198
Sad Robot World
6.435
6.0%
0.8%
199
Betrayed
6.420
10.1%
0.7%
200
The Miracle: The Meeting (reprise)
6.410
16.4%
4.9%
201
Euroboy
6.390
8.9%
0.0%
202
I Want You Now (Liza Minnelli)
6.385
3.4%
0.0%
203
The Samurai in Autumn
6.383
7.4%
1.2%
204
I Don't Wanna
6.372
5.1%
1.2%
205
The Meeting
6.371
21.0%
3.2%
206
Dreamland
6.369
5.9%
1.7%
207
In Denial
6.368
15.9%
4.9%
208
The Forgotten Child
6.354
5.7%
1.2%
209
Occupy Your Mind (Dusty Springfield)
6.351
7.6%
1.7%
210
Building a Wall
6.348
3.5%
1.3%
211
Numb
6.343
8.0%
1.7%
212
Lies
6.342
7.8%
0.8%
213
Night Falls
6.341
7.1%
3.5%
214
Before
6.337
13.4%
2.9%
215
KDX 125
6.333
6.6%
1.3%
216
Later Tonight
6.321
9.1%
1.8%
217
Radiophonic
6.319
8.8%
0.5%
218
Girls and Boys
6.307
6.5%
1.4%
219
That's My Impression
6.305
8.2%
2.0%
220
A Man Could Get Arrested
6.298
10.2%
1.4%
221
One of the Crowd
6.281
8.2%
2.7%
222
Break 4 Love
6.277
9.3%
2.0%
223
Reunion
6.276
5.5%
1.8%
224
We Came from Outer Space
6.256
6.6%
0.7%
225
I Want a Lover
6.248
9.1%
1.2%
226
Jack the Lad
6.241
11.6%
0.0%
227
The Performance of My Life
6.217
9.4%
2.2%
228
Don't Drop Bombs (Liza Minnelli)
6.216
5.0%
1.7%
229
Run Girl Run! (from Closer to Heaven)
6.214
10.1%
2.2%
230
The Way Through the Woods
6.208
5.3%
2.0%
231
I Started a Joke
6.188
3.5%
1.9%
232
Tall Thin Men
6.186
6.3%
0.0%
233
We're the Pet Shop Boys
6.183
5.7%
3.4%
234
Up and Down
6.179
4.5%
1.2%
235
The Clock 4/5/6
6.164
13.1%
4.9%
236
My Head Is Spinning
6.156
3.9%
0.7%
237
Breathing Space
6.155
4.3%
2.8%
239
All or Nothing (Miyuki Motegi)
6.146
1.7%
0.0%
239
Nightlife
6.144
8.7%
2.7%
240
Girls Don't Cry
6.142
4.3%
0.5%
241
Stormy Meetings
6.134
7.3%
4.9%
242
Was That What It Was?
6.129
6.8%
0.0%
243
New Boy
6.106
4.9%
0.8%
244
Everything Means Something
6.093
4.9%
2.3%
245
Hell
6.089
4.2%
1.0%
246
I Want a Dog
6.086
4.3%
1.9%
247
In Bits
6.081
5.2%
1.2%
248
You Are the One
6.060
5.3%
1.0%
249
How I Learned to Hate Rock 'n' Roll
6.041
5.8%
0.7%
250
Casting a Shadow
6.038
7.0%
1.6%
251
On Social Media 6.036 6.3% 2.2%
252
Why Don't We Live Together?
6.024
9.1%
2.4%
253
Drama in the Harbour
6.023
9.8%
3.7%
254
Wiedersehen 6.019 6.0% 1.5%
255
The Miracle: Colour and Light 6.018 10.5% 5.3%
256
A Cloud in a Box 6.011 5.3% 1.1%
257
The Clock 1/2/3 6.000 15.0% 5.0%
258
Purple Zone (collaboration with Soft Cell) 5.972 6.1% 0.8%
259
One-Way Street 5.969 3.7% 0.6%
260
Psychological
5.962
4.5%
0.3%
261
At Rock Bottom
5.955
4.2%
2.0%
262
Baby
5.952
4.6%
0.3%
263
The Clock 7/8/9 5.950 11.7% 5.0%
264
Destruction 5.934 8.2% 4.9%
265
Back to the Grind 5.932 8.5% 5.1%
266
The Winner 5.931 8.6% 5.2%
267
Metamorphosis
5.924
11.0%
3.5%
268
Men and Maggots
5.918
5.9%
3.5%
269
The Wedding 5.917 16.7% 5.0%
270
For Every Moment
5.916
6.1%
3.7%
271
The Competition 5.915 11.9% 6.8%
272
The Challenge 5.906 7.8% 6.3%
273
Beautiful People
5.905
2.0%
0.3%
274
Violence
5.903
6.1%
1.8%
275
Physical Jerks 5.902 8.2% 4.9%
276
Nine Out of Ten (from Closer to Heaven)
5.895
1.1%
2.2%
277
Postscript
5.883
10.6%
3.9%
278
Help Me 5.873 7.9% 4.8%
279
Give It a Go
5.872
4.8%
1.8%
280
The Calm Before the Storm
5.862
2.9%
0.7%
281
Confidential
5.843
6.5%
3.6%
282
You Know Where You Went Wrong
5.811
8.2%
2.7%
283
Birthday Boy
5.790
6.8%
6.2%
284
Inside
5.785
2.3%
0.3%
285
No Boundaries
5.762
2.5%
0.8%
286
One and One Make Five
5.761
4.4%
4.4%
287
I Cried for Us
5.748
4.8%
2.2%
288
Music for Boys
5.746
6.2%
2.1%
289
Happiness
5.728
3.3%
2.9%
290
I Can't Say Goodnight (Liza Minnelli)
5.719
2.5%
2.5%
291
Risk 5.714 12.7% 6.3%
292
Shouting in the Evening
5.711
3.8%
3.2%
293
Believe/Song for Guy
5.709
7.3%
4.2%
294
Love Life (Alcazar)
5.705
2.5%
1.7%
295
Your Early Stuff
5.699
2.7%
1.7%
296
Together
5.698
3.7%
1.7%
297
Sail Away
5.696
5.5%
1.6%
298
Ring Road
5.684
3.8%
1.3%
299
Silver Age
5.679
4.7%
1.6%
300
Our Daily Bread
5.667
6.9%
3.4%
301
No More Ballads
5.663
5.3%
2.7%
302
Ich bin Musik
5.658
2.7%
2.7%
303
Night Song
5.644
5.7%
2.6%
304
Shopping
5.637
6.5%
1.2%
305
Transfer
5.624
3.3%
0.7%
306
We're All Criminals Now
5.611
2.5%
1.2%
307
Saturday Night Forever
5.605
8.1%
5.2%
308
You Choose
5.599
5.6%
5.6%
309
Screaming
5.595
4.7%
3.9%
310
Beautiful Laundrette
5.594
5.9%
3.0%
311
In My House
5.593
5.6%
3.1%
312
Footsteps
5.588
8.8%
5.5%
313
The Miracle: Resurrection 5.571 7.1% 5.4%
314
E-mail
5.562
1.9%
1.2%
315
The Night I Fell in Love
5.556
8.0%
9.3%
316
Happiness Is an Option
5.549
6.0%
5.5%
317
The Living Daylights (aka "James Bond Instrumental #2) (unreleased)
5.545
3.6%
0.9%
318
Groovy
5.542
3.1%
1.4%
319
Legacy
5.533
6.1%
3.1%
320
The Miracle: Revolution 5.527 7.3% 5.5%
321
Odd Man Out
5.524
4.1%
3.1%
322
The Miracle: Ceremony 5.491 8.8% 5.3%
323
Entschuldigung!
5.482
4.8%
4.2%
324
Prologue 5.476 3.2% 4.8%
325
One Hit Wonder
5.464
3.6%
1.0%
326
Love Is a Catastrophe
5.463
13.0%
8.1%
327
Bubadubadubadum (aka "All My Wasted Time") (unreleased)
5.461
7.1%
0.9%
328
Living in the Past
5.454
2.9%
3.3%
329
The Dead Can Dance 5.447 0.8% 1.9%
330
Searching for the Face of Jesus
5.426
4.7%
2.7%
331
Disco Potential
5.400
6.5%
4.3%
332
She Pops
5.399
5.2%
2.9%
333
The Night Is a Time to Explore Who You Are
5.384
2.7%
1.4%
334
In the Club or in the Queue (unreleased)
5.382
3.6%
1.8%
335
Party Song
5.348
3.5%
2.5%
336
Kazak
5.340
5.7%
1.9%
337
Jack and Jill Party (Pete Burns)
5.324
1.7%
3.5%
338
Gin and Jag
5.322
5.2%
3.4%
339
Alone Again, Naturally
5.321
3.1%
5.7%
340
Blue on Blue
5.287
5.3%
1.1%
341
No Excuse
5.245
2.7%
4.8%
342
Boy Strange
5.236
6.0%
7.7%
343
If Love Were All
5.199
4.8%
6.2%
344
Skeletons in the Closet 5.198 2.5% 2.1%
345
The White Dress 5.154 1.5% 0.8%
346
Glad All Over
5.143
3.4%
3.4%
347
Transparent
5.135
1.2%
1.8%
348
God Willing
5.134
1.9%
0.8%
349
Hedonism (from Closer to Heaven)
5.093
2.2%
5.6%
350
Vampires
5.088
2.2%
3.3%
351
The Only One
5.066
2.7%
3.3%
352
Get It Online
5.065
2.6%
3.6%
353
Electricity
5.064
2.7%
3.4%
354
What Are We Going to Do About the Rich?
5.051
2.2%
4.4%
355
Kaputnik
5.028
2.0%
2.4%
356
Give Stupidity a Chance
4.983
2.7%
5.3%
357
The Noise (unreleased)
4.962
1.8%
1.8%
358
Winner
4.957
2.2%
6.5%
359
Playing in the Streets
4.918
4.1%
2.0%
360
Angelic Thug
4.907
1.9%
4.6%
361
Ego Music
4.903
3.3%
5.8%
362
Cricket Wife
4.902
5.9%
8.6%
363
Oh, Dear (aka "Walking Down the High Street") (unreleased)
4.879
4.5%
2.7%
364
Mongrel
4.873
1.9%
3.3%
365
Opportunities (Reprise)
4.867
2.4%
5.5%
366
Hold On
4.777
2.5%
8.0%
367
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
4.763
8.2%
8.2%
368
Hit Music
4.732
0.6%
1.8%
369
Generic Jingle
4.729
8.6%
9.4%
370
Pazzo!
4.698
2.2%
4.1%
371
Soup
4.668
2.8%
3.7%
372
The Former Enfant Terrible
4.653
3.3%
4.9%
373
Motoring
4.599
1.2%
3.1%
374
Night Sings (Popa's Theme)
4.536
2.1%
5.2%
375
Tranquilizer (Superchumbo)
4.508
7.4%
7.4%
376
Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible) 4.466 2.6% 10.9%
377
Wedding in Berlin
4.447
4.1%
11.2%
378
Omar's Theme
4.363
2.0%
6.9%
379
Johnny's Theme
4.360
2.0%
5.0%
380
Johnny's Dark Side
4.340
2.1%
6.2%
381
K-Hole (from Closer to Heaven)
4.318
1.1%
10.1%
382
Je T'Aime… Moi Non Plus
4.288
4.7%
10.2%
383
Do the Right Thing (Ian Wright)
4.268
0.8%
4.2%
384
Wings and Faith
4.132
1.3%
2.5%
385
Pet Shop Boys (b-side of the original "West End Girls" single)
3.829
3.6%
7.1%
386
The Sound of the Atom Splitting
3.638
5.4%
23.8%
387
The Dumpling Song
3.018
1.8%
13.3%

*These songs may appear to be tied in their average ratings, but that's only because the figures are rounded to the nearest thousandth. If we increase the degree of precision, rounding to the nearest hundred-thousandth, the apparent ties are broken. Thus, in each of these cases, one song can be fairly ranked above the other:

I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
7.60440
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave
7.60377

Was It Worth It?
7.08025
Somewhere
7.08000

Sexy Northerner
6.93836
The Man Who Has Everything
6.93750

If Looks Could Kill
6.73239
Friendly Fire
6.73228

Up Against It
6.62791
To Speak Is a Sin
6.62778

Casanova in Hell
6.62411
Viva la Vida
6.62362

Album Averages

Average ratings for albums can be calculated in several different ways. One is the "Average of Song Averages" method: take the average rating for each song on the album and then average those averages together. Another is the "Average of Voter Averages" method: take the average rating for each voter who provided ratings for the songs on that album and then average those averages together. Finally, there's the "Average of All Ratings" method: take every rating for every song that album and then average those ratings together. The following table provides a simple illustration of these methods:

   Song A Song B Song C Voter Averages   
Voter 1
4
7
8
6.333
  
Voter 2
0
5
9
4.667
  
Voter 3
6
10
3
6.333
  
Song Averages
3.333
7.333
6.667
  
Average of Song Averages
= 5.778
            Average of Voter Averages
= 5.778
Average of All Ratings
= 5.778

As you can see, all three of these methods produce the same final result.

The following "Average Rating" figures are for each regular "studio" album by the Pet Shop Boys; Discography, PopArt, Disco, Disco 2, and Essential aren't included. Disco 3 is included, however, by virtue of its large number of "new" songs. If a song appears on more than one album (such as "I Want a Dog" on both Introspective and Alternative), its rating is counted in the calculations for both albums.

Ranking
Album
Average Rating
1
Introspective
7.428
2
Behaviour
7.282
3
Electric
7.152
4
Disco 3
7.141
5
Very
7.088
6
Yes
6.975
7
Actually
6.972
8
Fundamental
6.852
9
Relentless
6.754
10
Hotspot
6.644
11
Please
6.603
12
Battleship Potemkin
6.595

13

Bilingual
6.568
14
Alternative
6.560
15
Super
6.550
16
Format
6.482
17
Nightlife
6.342
18
Release
6.224
19
Elysium
6.116
20
The Most Incredible Thing
5.988

Note that "In My House" is not included in the calculations for Introspective because it is included as part of a medley with "Always on My Mind." The low rating of "In My House" by itself would pull the average rating for the album down to 7.166, thus putting Introspective at a ranking of #2 and elevating Behaviour to first place.

If we were to include Discography in the rankings, its average rating would be 7.653, putting it in the first-place position. After all, it is a "greatest hits" album. Interestingly, PopArt would have an average rating of 7.505—lower than Discography, but still higher than any of the other albums.

One of my site visitors has suggested, however, that these "Average Rating" figures aren't really fair because brief (and often not very popular) tracks like "Opportunities (Reprise)" and "God Willing" are given equal weight to other, longer tracks. Wouldn't it be fairer to "weight" album tracks according to their length? That is, a longer song, which takes up more of the album, would "count more" than a shorter song that takes up less of the album? So he suggested a system whereby the average rating for each song is multiplied by its length (number of seconds), the resulting totals are then added, and that sum is divided by the total number of seconds on the album, resulting in a "Weighted Rating" for each album. (And this allows us to include "In My House" in the calculations for Introspective based on the 2:36 portion of "Always on My Mind/In My House" taken up by that portion of the medley.) The results are not radically different, but we find several very noteworthy shifts in rankings:

Ranking
Album
Weighted
Rating
Shift
1
Behaviour
7.340
2
Introspective
7.334
3
Electric
7.230
4
Very
7.174
5
Disco 3
7.113
6
Actually
7.000
7
Fundamental
6.941
8
Yes
6.928
9
Please
6.774 *
10
Battleship Potemkin
6.774 *
11
Relentless
6.763
12
Hotspot
6.661
13
Super
6.619
14
Bilingual
6.589
15
Format
6.537
16
Alternative
6.527
17
Elysium
6.398
18
Nightlife
6.332
19
Release
6.191
20
The Most Incredible Thing
6.075

*These albums may appear to be tied in their average ratings, but that's only because the figures are rounded to the nearest thousandth. If we increase the degree of precision, rounding to the nearest hundred-thousandth, the apparent tie is broken. Thus one album can be fairly ranked above the other:

Please
6.77396
Battleship Potemkin
6.77380

Discography ends up with a weighted rating of 7.637, while PopArt winds up with 7.507, thereby parallelling the results of the "unweighted" ratings.

Ratings Superlatives and Statistics

*In a truly scientific poll, conducted scientifically with all of the songs rated at the same time and in which all of the voters made their decisions in a consistent, purely logical manner, the average song rating would theoretically be 5.000. Considering everything, I'd say that an average song rating of 6.372 is surprisingly and gratifying close to that ideal theoretical average of 5.000. Also note that the "median song" and the "average song" are only 10 positions apart in the rankings, another fairly good showing for these ratings.