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Which Decade Is Tops For Pops?

Mary Hopkin vs The Cars vs Enya vs Queen/Wyclef Jean vs Leona Lewis vs Rita Ora

Season 3, Ep. 3

Mike's first gig, an almighty ding-dong over hit single legitimacy, the rave afterlife of new age, an extended Bake Off metaphor, an actual genuine X Factor breakout star, and a revelation which leaves two of us in dumbfounded shock.

YouTube playlist // Spotify playlist // extra tracks & bonus bits

To join in with the voting, please submit your 1st, 2nd and 3rd favourites, plus your "most bad and hated" selection, to:

The Patreon Supporters Club // X: @whichdecadetops // Facebook // whichdecadeistops@gmail.com

The voting deadline for this episode is 6pm UK time, Tuesday 9th January 2024.

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