First impressions count. Having completed the Best Debut Album project which was ultimately won by Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, we now embark on debut singles.

Twitter followers have been pitching their preferences and suggestions and with 256 places to fill, I’m throwing in a few curveballs myself, just to see how far they will go. Like this from The James Dean Driving Experience.

What I’ve attempted to do is to showcase as many decades and genres as I can so the tournament will house anything and everything from Abba to The Zombies.


  • A and B side 45’s – extended plays excluded

The first round will run for an entire month, commencing Saturday 4 September and ending Tuesday 5 October with two rounds per day posted on Twitter.

The two songs most voted for from each group will go through to round two.

The second round and onwards will be on a knockout basis right through to the final which could possibly be before Christmas or soon thereafter.


Saturday 4 September


Interpol – PDA, Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking, The Knack – My Sharona, ELO – 10538 Overture

Voting was strong from the start and I was surprised really, early indications showing that Debut Singles may prove even more popular than Debut Albums.

The one-hit wonders I included weren’t to everyone’s approval but I thought it would be interesting to see how far any of them got. In the case of Uptown Top Ranking, a healthy 50% was achieved.

331 votes were cast in the second group with My Sharona pricing hugely popular and 10538 Overture managing to hold out for second spot.

Sunday 5 September


Bjork – Human Behaviour, Stray Cats – Runaway Boys, The Housemartins – Flag Day, Madness – The Prince

Monday 6 September


Booker T and The MG’s – Green Onions, Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill, Jesus Jones – Info Freako, Lightning Seeds – Pure

Wednesday 8 September


Blur – She’s So High, The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed, The Beatles – Love Me Do, Human League – Being Boiled

Thursday 9 September


The Damned – New Rose, A-ha – Take On Me, Boston – More Than A Feeling, The Jam – In The City

Friday 10 September


Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, The Clash – White Riot, Tracy Chapman – Fast Car, Darts – Daddy Cool

Saturday 11 September


House Of Love – Shine On, The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star, The B-52’s – Rock Lobster, Buddy Holly & The Crickets – That’ll Be The Day

Sunday 12 September


The Cure – Killing An Arab, Joy Division – Transmission, Erasure – Who Needs Love Like That, Placebo – Bruise Pristine

Monday 13 September


Scritti Politti – Skank Bloc Bologna, Sonic Youth – Death Valley ’69, Mudhoney – Touch Me, I’m Sick, Wham! – Wham Rap!

Tuesday 14 September


America – A Horse With No Name, The Specials – Gangsters, Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights, Eels – Novocaine For The Soul

Wednesday 15 September


Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight, Blondie – X Offender, Plastic Bertrand – Ça plane pour moi, Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay

Thursday 16 September


Morrissey – Suedehead, Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne, Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him, Magazine – Shot By Both Sides

Friday 17 September


This round produced the first tied score and so rather than ask the punters the same question again, I had to choose between Adam Ant and Kraftwerk. I picked the latter because the track is innovative and quirky and perhaps stands more of a chance in round two.

Kraftwerk – Kohoutek – Kometenmelodie, Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing, Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods, Public Image Limited – Public Image

Saturday 18 September


Depeche Mode – Dreaming Of Me, Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax, Chic – Dance, Dance, Dance, Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight, Counting Crows – Mr. Jones,. Half Man Half Biscuit – The Trumpton Riots

Sunday 19 September


The Chameleons – In Shreds, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Perfect Skin, Aztec Camera – Just Like Gold, Killing Joke – Nervous System, De La Soul – Plug Tunin’, Kim Wilde – Kids In America

Monday 20 September


The Assembly – Never Never, Velvet Underground- All Tomorrow’s Parties, The Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing, The Sugarcubes – Birthday

Tuesday 21 September


The Saints – I’m Stranded, Sugarhill Gang – Rappers Delight, New Order – Ceremony, Death Cab For Cutie – Your Bruise

Wednesday 22 September


Pixies – Gigantic, Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight To Mention, The Rubettes – Sugar Baby Love, Cabaret Voltaire – Extended Play

Thursday 23 September


Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK, Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy, Siouxsie And The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden, Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Friday 24 September


Spice Girls – Wannabe, Suede – The Drowners, X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage! Up Yours!, Tears For Fears – Suffer The Children

Saturday 25 September


Roxy Music – Virginia Plain, Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light, The Waterboys – A Girl Called Johnny, UB40 – King, The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop, T. Rex – Debora

Sunday 26 September


Franz Ferdinand – Darts Of Pleasure, Orange Juice – Falling And Laughing, Oasis – Supersonic, Queen – Keep Yourself Alive, The Ruts – In A Rut, Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows

Monday 27 September

Bow Wow Wow – C·30 C·60 C·90 Go
The Zombies – She’s Not There
REM – Radio Free Europe
Gary Numan – Cars

Pigbag – Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag
Pearl Jam – Alive
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home

Tuesday 28 September

Coast To Coast – Do The Hucklebuck
Dean Friedman – Ariel
Radiohead – Creep
Smiley Culture – Cockney Translation

XTC – Science Friction
The Pogues – Dark Streets Of London
Electronic – Getting Away With It
Snap! – The Power

Wednesday 29 September

Ray Lamontagne- Trouble
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Wizzard – Ball Park Incident
Stone Roses – So Young / Tell Me

The Police – Fall Out
Sade – Your Love Is King
Tania Tikaram – Good Tradition
Rose Royce – Car Wash

Thursday 30 September

Wedding Present – Go Out and Get ’Em, Boy
Hank Mizell – Jungle Rock
The Cult – Spiritwalker
Madonna – Everybody

Racing Cars – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness
The Sound – Heyday

Friday 1 October

Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
The Replacements – I’m In Trouble
Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
Simple Minds – Life In A Day

Duran Duran – Planet Earth
The Mission – Serpents Kiss
David Bowie – Liza Jane
The Fall – It’s The New Thing

Saturday 2 October

Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Big Country – Harvest Home
Yazoo – Only You

The Smiths – Hand In Glove
The Skids – Sweet Suburbia
The Subways – Oh Yeah
Soft Cell – A Man Can Get Lost

King – Love And Pride
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Upside Down
Ultravox – Dangerous Rhythm
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

Sunday 3 October

OMD – Electricity
Stereophonics – Local Boy in the Photograph
Squeeze – Take Me I’m Yours
Psychedelic Furs – We Love You

Boomtown Rats – Looking After No. 1
The Corrs – Runaway
UK Subs – C.I.D
Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short

Sex Gang Children – Into The Abyss
Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device
The Rezillos – I Can’t Stand My Baby
Imagination – Body Talk

So can you spot the winner out of that lot? On the pop front there are the Gabriel and Collins heavyweights, Solsbury Hill and In The Air Tonight though some might want to shout for Wannabe.

Then there’s Transmission (Joy Division), Hand In Glove (The Smiths) and Orgasm Addict (Buzzcocks) that may prove to be front-runners while my obsession wuth anything Placebo will trick me into thinking that this is a serious contender!

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