Past PSB Survey Results - 2020 Surveys

This page presents the results of surveys I've conducted in the year 2020 (during which I stopped running weekly or biweekly polls, instead running them only sporadically). The results of surveys conducted in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 , 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 , and 2019 appear on separate pages.

The response in each survey that received the most votes is highlighted in bold red. I usually list the responses in descending order according to the number of votes, but in a few cases I've decided that the results may be clearer or more meaningful if I list them in some other order. Incidentally, I do vote in my own surveys—and, yes, I vote only once. More often than not, what I vote for doesn't come in first place. In the results below, the symbol ¤ appears after the item(s) that I voted for in each survey.


Survey 908 - Week of June 14, 2020
The Rating Project: My Beautiful Laundrette and "New Boy" (135 voters)

Please rate each of the previously unrated Tennant-Lowe songs from My Beautiful Laundrette as well as the most recent b-side, "New Boy," on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (not with songs by other artists):

Track (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest) Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Most
frequent
rating
Wayne's
Rating ¤
New Boy 6.106 4.9% 0.8% 6 4
Beautiful Laundrette 5.594 5.9% 3.0% 5 3
Angelic Thug 4.907 1.9% 4.6% 6 4
Night Sings (Popa's Theme) 4.536 2.1% 5.2% 5 1
Omar's Theme 4.363 2.0% 6.9% 5 2
Johnny's Theme 4.360 2.0% 5.0% 5 2
Johnny's Dark Side 4.340 2.1% 6.2% 5 1

To see where these tracks (as well as the previously rated Laundrette song "No Boundaries") fall in relation to other songs in the PSB catalog, please visit my overall "Rating Project" page.

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Survey 907 - Week of March 29, 2020
Ranking the "Price trilogy" of albums (505 voters)

How do you rank the three Pet Shop Boys studio albums of the "Stuart Price trilogy"? Please indicate which one you feel is the best, the one "in the middle," and the one that is weakest. (This doesn't mean that you don't like the "weakest" one. You may love it! It simply means that you don't think it's quite as good as the other two.)

Note: Vote submissions that did not rank all three albums were not counted.

*In calculating the averages, a ranking of "The Best" equalled a score of 1, "The 'Middle'" a score of 2, and "The Weakest" a score of 3. Therefore in the averages, the lower the figure is—that is, the closer it is to 1— the better it is.

 
The Best
The "Middle"
The Weakest
Average*
Electric
49.5%
¤ 26.5%
24.0%
1.75
Hotspot
33.3%
38.8%
¤ 27.9%
1.95
Super
¤ 17.2%
34.7%
48.1%
2.31

The breakdown of how voters ranked the three albums as a group:

 
The Best
The "Middle"
The Weakest
30.5%
Electric
Hotspot
Super
19.0%
Electric
Super
Hotspot
17.6%
Hotspot
Electric
Super
15.6%
Hotspot
Super
Electric
¤ 8.9%
Super
Electric
Hotspot
8.3%
Super
Hotspot
Electric

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Survey 906 - Week of March 8, 2020
Rating three recent music videos (311 voters)

Please rate the following three music videos by the Pet Shop Boys on a scale of 1 to 5 as they compare to other PSB music videos (as opposed to how it compares with other artists' videos).

1 = One of the all-time weakest/worst PSB music videos
2
= Not one of their worst, but below average for them
3
= An average PSB music video
4
= Not one of their best, but above average for them
5
= One of the all-time best PSB music videos

*Note: Abstentions are not counted toward the calculation of the average.

 
Abstain*
1
2
3
4
5
Average
Monkey Business
2.9%
4.8%
7.4%
¤ 15.4%
37.9%
31.2%
3.954
On Social Media
8.7%
¤ 6.4%
15.1%
24.4%
26.7%
18.6%
3.394
Dreamland
7.1%
¤ 10.9%
27.3%
37.9%
11.9%
4.8%
2.702

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Survey 905 - Week of March 1, 2020
The Rating Project: Hotspot and recent b-sides (428 voters)

Please rate each of the songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Hotspot (minus "Dreamland," which was rated in a previous poll), as well as the b-sides of its singles released so far, on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB/Tennant-Lowe songs: (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever").

Track (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest) Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Most
frequent
rating
Wayne's
Rating ¤
Will-o-the-wisp 7.862 18.6% 0.7% 8 10
Decide 7.776 18.7% 0.8% 9 8
Burning the Heather 7.311 14.2% 1.0% 8 6
An Open Mind 7.194 11.5% 0.8% 8 4
Hoping for a Miracle 7.180 15.1% 1.2% 8 5
Monkey Business 6.891 11.6% 1.2% 8 7
Happy People 6.879 8.8% 1.2% 6 6
Only the Dark 6.762 10.5% 1.2% 7 6
I Don't Wanna 6.372 5.1% 1.2% 8 5
You Are the One 6.060 5.3% 1.0% 5 4
At Rock Bottom 5.955 4.2% 2.0% 7 2
No Boundaries 5.762 2.5% 0.8% 6 5
Wedding in Berlin 4.447 4.1% 11.2% 5 1

To see where these tracks (as well as the previously rated "Dreamland") fall in relation to other songs in the PSB catalog, please visit my overall "Rating Project" page.

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Survey 904 - January 26, 2020
Early impression of Hotspot (425 voters)

I had to end this poll after only a single day because someone had figured out a way to corrupt its data, rendering the results invalid and the poll itself a waste of time. But I happened to check the results a few hours before this corruption began to occur, and the following is an approximation of how the results stood at that time. So these results should be taken as flawed and partial, but at least they're not seriously corrupted. If you're surprised by the large number of voters for a single day, don't be. It's not unusual for my website to have a large upward spike in the number of site visitors right after the release of a new Pet Shop Boys album, and my polls generally have a larger than usual voter turnout at those times. It's also fairly routine for well over half of all the votes in my surveys to occur in the first 24 hours or so. At any rate, because of the corruption of this poll, I called an at least temporary halt to my PSB surveys. They may resume, however, at a later date, though they will probably be sporadic rather than regular biweekly occurrences.

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your very early impression of the Pet Shop Boys' new album Hotspot?

33.9% - I like it. It may not be one of their very best, but it's a winner! ¤
21.6% - I love it! I think it may be one of their very best albums!
20.9% - I don't much care for it and I'm somewhat disappointed.
09.2% - It's OK, sort of "average"—not bad by any means, but not as good as I might've liked.
07.8% - I think it's a mixed bag. Some of it is fantastic, some middling, and some not very good at all.
04.7% - I hate it! I think it may be one of their worst albums!
00.9% - I'm undecided so far. I'm not quite sure what to make of it right now.
00.7% - I have a very different opinion from any of those expressed above.
00.2% - I can't answer this question. Not only have I not heard it, but (for whatever reason) I'm not going to be able to hear it during this poll.

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Survey 903 - Weeks of January 12 and 19, 2020
Opinions about the "greatest hits" tour (497 voters)

The Pet Shop Boys' upcoming Dreamworld Tour is subtitled "The Greatest Hits Live." Which one of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about them playing what is apparently a "greatest hits tour" this time around?

23.1% - It really doesn't matter to me. I'm just pleased they're heading out on tour again, whatever form the show takes.
20.3% - I think it's fantastic! A live PSB show with nothing but hits will probably be one of the best shows ever!
19.1% - I'm disappointed. I love hearing non-hits like album tracks and b-sides live, so this show may not be as much to my liking.
15.7% - I have mixed feelings about it. Some things I like about it, but I also have some reservations. ¤
12.3% - It's probably just a marketing gimmick. I suspect the show will still feature a number of non-hits, such as selections from their new album and other non-singles.
08.0% - It doesn't matter to me because I almost certainly won't be attending any of the live shows, anyway.
01.4% - I have a very different opinion from any of those expressed above.*

*I initially began collecting "different opinions" from voters who chose this option. But, unfortunately, egregious abuse by one or more individuals of my "Comments" feature necessitated its discontinuation mid-survey. Therefore, since I was forced to deny some voters that opportunity, I won't list the alternate opinions offered by any of the voters. I won't be soliciting comments in this way from voters in future polls, at least for the foreseeable future.

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