The League Of Extraordinary Tracks II: 1. NOT IN ENGLISH – Polls
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This is where you VOTE in the League Of Tracks Season 2 Week 1. You’ll need a registered account on the site to vote, so we can keep it to one person one vote (or to log in via Twitter/X – we are working on other login options!)

Please vote for up to FOUR tracks from the ones you don’t already know. You can hear them all in the playlist post!

League Of Extraordinary Tracks S2E1: Not In English!

Please pick up to FOUR of these tracks.


Spotify and YouTube playlists in the playlist post.

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The League Of Extraordinary Tracks II: 1. NOT IN ENGLISH – Playlists
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We’re BACK! The League Of Extraordinary Tracks returns with 11 new players and 8 new (well, maybe new) themes. As before the rules are simple. You listen to the songs picked by our players each week, and each week you vote for your 4 favourites. The catch? You can only vote for songs you didn’t already know. It’s all about discovery and hearing new things, and I hope you enjoy it!

Vote in the Poll Post once you’ve listened.

The first week theme is Not In English – and here’s the YouTube playlist:

There’s also a Spotify playlist – BUT bear in mind this doesn’t include Tracks 10 and 11 (by Deckadas and Jeans Team). (this isn’t embedding for some reason – sorry)

Your 11 tracks are:

  1. FAMILJEN – “Det Snurrar I Min Skalle”: Sweden. From Det Snurrar I Min Skalle (2007)
  2. MC SOLAAR – “Bouge De La”: France. From Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo (1991)
  3. VAUDOU GAME – “Camisole”: Togo. From NOUSSIN (2021)
  4. PRINS POLO – “París Norðursins“: Iceland. From París Norðursins (2014)
  5. TSHETSHA BOYS – “Nwampfundla”: South Africa. From the 2010 compilation Shangaan Electro.
  6. MC YALLAH & DEBMASTER – “Miniboss”: Uganda. From Yallah Beibe (2023)
  7. THE LEMONS – “Monad”. Mongolia. From III (2015)
  8. CORRY BROKKEN – “Dansvijsje”: The Netherlands. From the Eurovisie Songfestival 1963 EP (1963).
  9. CENT – “決心 (Determination)”: Japan. From PER -> CENT -> AGE (2023)
  10. DECKADAS – “Espectros”: Peru. From Espectros (1991)
  11. JEANS TEAM – “Oh Bauer”. Germany. From Musik Von Oben (2005)

RAGNAPOP: Twilight Of The Polls
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The rumours are true: the Peoples Pop Polls are coming to an end.

I could go deep into the reasons for this and maybe later I will, but most of them are obvious, and the most important one is this: I always think you should stop doing something while you’re still enjoying it. I initially expected to be doing the polls for a few months, then I thought maybe 3 or 4 years, 5 at the most. We’ll end up – depending on whether Twitter dies on its arse before then – on 4. A good run.

More important than the WHY of the ending is the HOW.

All through the People’s Pop Polls the top 8 tracks in each poll – and a few others – have gone into POLLHALLA, a playlist of democratically selected greats maintained by the mighty Dan Perry.

The plan has always been to conclude the People’s Pop Poll Project with a final poll of polls where the tracks in Pollhalla battle one another for supremacy. The perfect name for this project came from regular Graham Meikle – RAGNAPOP.

We’ve a few more polls to go until RAGNAPOP is upon us. The latest it will happen is May – the 4th anniversary of me setting up the actual @peoples_pop account. So this post is about the run-up to that as well as the actual final poll itself.


We have a few polls scheduled before Ragnapop starts, each of which will send (as usual) a bunch of tracks to Pollhalla where they have the opportunity to compete in Ragnapop.

The World Cup Of 2015 is happening now – our one and only 2010s year spotlight! 

The World Cup Of Animals is scheduled for mid-October. A menagerie of pop beasts will be unleashed. Nominations day for that is September 30th – this coming Saturday.

The World Cup Of 2003 is scheduled for mid-November. Our final historical year poll!

In December we will do UNPOLLED BANGERS FROM UNPOLLED YEARS – see below.

I planned for two more following this, which I’d still like to do, but I have to be honest. The voting numbers for 2015 have been very low – symptomatic not just of a low-interest theme but of a platform that’s degrading faster than anyone imagined. I think Animals and particularly 2003 will be better-subscribed, but at some point I have to ask myself – how much effort can I put in?

So I’m going to make a final decision on these after I see participation levels for Animals Noms day and the rest of the 2015 poll. Assuming they do go ahead…

The World Cup Of 2023 – our fourth annual look back at the year in music – will provisionally be in January as usual.

Black Pop History Month 1978-1981 will provisionally be in February, moving from its previous date of October to match US Black History Month rather than the UK one. As before, an A- and B-Sides poll will run simultaneously.

The final poll before Ragnapop will be a one entry per nominator poll called The World Cup Of Favourite Songs. More on that another time – it should be fairly obvious what it is!


We’ve also been running minipolls, which offer another route to Pollhalla for a smaller number of songs.

My original plan for this Autumn was to run something I called CRISIS ON INFINITE POLLS – groups from polls we never got around to running. Unfortunate external circumstances have meant I’m not going to have time to do this – instead the format will be reserved for a future LEAGUE OF TRACKS season.

Instead I’ll be running the Unpolled Bangers From Unpolled Years minipolls.

These will be tracks we’ve never polled from years which didn’t get their own poll by artists who are not already in Pollhalla. Many years will get multiple tracks.

We’ll pick these by open suggestion after we’ve done Animals nominations – there will be a year sweepstake, where you put your name in and a selection of years you want: you’ll get a year you can select a track from.

There will be a daily Unpolled Bangers match, and then the finals of Unpolled Bangers will serve as our Christmas Poll.

Ultimately, once Unpolled Bangers, Favourite Songs, and whatever main polls we do are done, it’s…


By this point we will have 450-ish songs in Pollhalla. Ragnapop will include c.256 of them.

So before Ragnapop itself we’ll work out what actually gets into the competition. Ragnapop will include:

  • The Top 3 from each A-Side poll we’ve run (c. 135 songs)
  • The winner from each *full* B-Side poll we’ve run (eg the BPHM B polls, the Christmas stocking) (c. 4 songs)
  • Generous helpings from Unpolled Bangers and Favourite songs (c. 16 songs)

That leaves roughly 100 slots to be decided.

20-25 of them will be decided by PRIZE WINNERS in the remaining polls, who will get the chance to put a track through.

The rest will be decided by a big ballot launching during the end stages of the Favourite Songs poll (with a fairly limited entry window, cos I will want to get Ragnapop moving).

Finally, parallel to Ragnapop we’ll run the Ultimate Golden Beat, a one nomination per person mini tournament where you can put forward your single favourite discovery across the 4-year history of the polls.

And that’s all!

Meanwhile, a lot of the People’s Pop Twitter community are winding up on Bluesky, which is sadly poll-free for the forseeable but is beginning to pick up some good music (and other) chat. It’s far from impossible that some kind of organised fun will happen there in future. If you’re a PPP regular and need a code, let us know in the comments!

The League Of Extraordinary Tracks 8: 2023 RESULTS and OVERALL RESULTS
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After 8 weeks and 96 tracks we’re at the end of the League Of Extraordinary Tracks Season 1! Time to see who won (not a lot of suspense there to be fair…)

First off, the final round results! And in a shock outcome there’s NO MEDAL for actualee simpson!

Joint second place here are Scar Lip’s brutal Big Apple beatdown “This Is New York” and Baiuca & Leilia’s dancefloor version of the traditional “Vai Tu”. But our final week winner is DAN POP-O-MATIC with Rose Gray’s Dee-liteful interpolation “Happiness”. All three of these excellent songs get a free ticket into the 2023 end of year poll on Twitter.

Which means the ranking rounds are over and we can see who is the top pop picker of Season 1!

I’ve included total votes here as while the gap in points is pretty wide the votes are much less spread out – everyone put forward multiple bangers even if the scorecard was sometimes harsh.

But as has been clear for several weeks the winner is the same however you count it – a dominant performance from ACTUALEE SIMPSON. Sterling work from runners up Dan Bright-Amaya and Job too but they couldn’t catch the League Of Pop maestro. Congratulations!

I’ve also listed the top-performing track from each player. These will go forward – along with each round’s winning song – into a final poll which I’ll put up soon, to determine the beat of beats, the League Of Pop champion track.

As for PRIZES, because the Twitter polls are ending next year the prizes are mostly picks for Ragnapop, the closing tournament. Job and Dan each get a Ragnapop pick, Actualee Simpson gets two – the list of eligible tracks will be posted nearer the time. Actualee ALSO gets to become the Taskmaster for the LEAGUE OF TRACKS SEASON 2 – he picks the opening two weeks’ themes: can be any theme whether we’ve done it before or not. When will Season 2 happen? Sometime in September – family medical issues have slowed everything down for me so there are delays all around. But happen it will!

And with that all that remains is saying a big THANKYOU to everyone who’s joined in. It’s been tough to get participation, and I’m very keen on hearing how the format or set-up might be improved to make things easier. But it’s also been a lot of fun and a reliable source of excellent tunes. Thanks again and see you in Season 2.

The League Of Extraordinary Tracks 8: 2023 Poll!
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It’s the FINALE of Season 1 of the League Of Extraordinary Tracks. 12 players, 12 tracks from 2023.

1 Go to the playlist post and hear the tunes!

2 Discard from consideration any you already knew!

3 Work out which four you like best!

4 Vote for them in the poll!

And with that it only remains to thank everyone involved with the League, but ESPECIALLY our 12 players who’ve put their taste on the line 8 weeks running for our entertainment. Thanks, and best of luck in this final round…!

League Of Extraordinary Tracks S1E8: 2023!

Please pick up to FOUR of these tracks.


Spotify and YouTube playlists in the playlist post.

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The League Of Extraordinary Tracks 8: 2023 Playlists!
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It’s the final round of Season 1 of the League Of Extraordinary Tracks – and our 12 players have been brought bang up to date with the instruction to bring us all something from this year. Here are the Spotify and YouTube playlists so you can see what’s in their haul before voting in the poll post.

  1. Crooks And Nannies – “3AM”: from the No Fun EP.
  2. Ni’Jah ft Childish Gambino & KIRBY – “Sticky”: From the Swarm EP.
  3. Scar Lip – “This Is New York”: a single!
  4. Santi Pulvirenti – “…Fate Tiptoes To A Party”: from the soundtrack to L’Ultima Notte Di Amore
  5. Rắn Cạp Đuôi – “Straws”: from the LP *1
  6. Rose Gray – “Happiness”: a single!
  7. Brighde Chaimbeul ft Colin Stetson – “Tha Fonn Gun Bhi Trom (I Am Disposed Of Mirth)”: from the LP Carry Them With Us
  8. The Clientele – “Fables Of The Silverlink”: from the LP I Am Not There Anymore
  9. Bully – “Ms. America”: from the LP Lucky For You.
  10. Israel Fernandez ft Pional – “Al Tercer Mundo”: from the LP Pura Sangre
  11. Baiuca ft Leilia – “Vai Tu”: a single!
  12. Tiete – “Zig Zag”: a single!