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The Fifties

Pop On Trial is the series which delivers the verdict on pop’s most important, influential and entertaining decade.

The results are in.
The 70s is the winning decade, decided by the jury on the finale.
Check out the top ten for the decade below as voted for by you.

The 80s Advocatecontract


Miranda Sawyer

Miranda grew up in Wilmslow, Cheshire, a suburban upbringing that she explored in her first book Park and Ride.

She came of age in the mid-80s, dancing to New Order at various Mancunian nightclubs, before leaving to study Jurisprudence at Oxford University - ideal preparation for her first job: writing for Smash Hits.

Since then, Miranda's written for a myriad of publications including GQ, Vogue, Esquire, Select and The Guardian. In 1993 she became the youngest winner of the prestigious PPA Magazine Writer of the Year award.

Nowadays she's a feature writer for The Observer, where she continues to advocate the joys of pop culture. Look out for her biography of Madonna, to be published in the summer.

The Top 10 Votecontract

These are the top ten tracks as voted for by you. Full results below.

The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
New Order - Blue Monday
Specials - Ghost Town
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Smiths - This Charming Man
Human League - Don't You Want Me
The La's - There She Goes
Stone Roses - Fool's Gold
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

The Critics Top 50contract

Montage of Artists

This Top 50 was compiled by Stuart Maconie, Mark Radcliffe, Miranda Sawyer, Martin Fry, Jazzie B and the production team.

Select a track to find out more information about the artist and the song.

Find out the full results of the vote here.

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