The Rating Project: Cumulative Results

From April 13 to August 9, 2003—plus quite a few sporadic sequels to cover subsequent releases—I ran polls in which I asked my site visitors to rate the songs written and/or performed by the Pet Shop Boys on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with each other, with 0 indicating "one of the worst PSB songs ever" and 10 indicating "one of the very best PSB songs."

I fully acknowledge that, taken as a group, these are thoroughly unscientific ratings. It would have been far more valid, for instance, to have presented all of the songs at once and have my site visitors rate them in one fell swoop, so to speak. That, however, would have been a monster survey to complete and even more monstrous for me to manage. And they would all have to be voted on, over and over again, whenever any new songs were released. So as unscientific as the week-by-week process has been, it's far more practical and manageable.

The following table provides the cumulative results of this series of ratings polls. The songs are listed and ranked in descending order based on the average rating they each received. In addition, "album averages" appear near the bottom of this page, followed by a list of various "ratings superlatives and statistics." The song rated most recently ("Cricket Wife") is highlighted in pink.

Rank
Song (listed from highest average rating to lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
ranking
10
% of
voters
ranking
0
1
Being Boring
8.742
46.5%
0.0%
2
The Way It Used to Be
8.727
47.8%
0.3%
3
Can You Forgive Her?
8.650
37.8%
0.0%
4
Disappointed (Electronic)
8.431
32.8%
0.0%
5
Left to My Own Devices
8.407
34.6%
0.0%
6
It's a Sin
8.399
36.9%
0.0%
7
Shameless
8.286
29.5%
0.7%
8
Go West
8.217
35.6%
0.0%
9
Integral
8.173
30.1%
0.3%
10
West End Girls
8.145
33.3%
1.2%
11
Always on My Mind
8.062
30.9%
1.2%
12
Fugitive
7.984
25.7%
0.4%
13
So Hard
7.956
23.3%
0.0%
14
Minimal
7.945
21.2%
0.3%
15
Thursday
7.944
20.0%
0.8%
16
Getting Away with It (Electronic)
7.912
22.7%
0.0%
17
Burn
7.911
19.0%
0.2%
18
Vocal
7.910
25.4%
0.6%
19
Miserablism
7.904
28.8%
0.7%
20
Domino Dancing
7.901
24.2%
0.0%
21
No Time for Tears
7.874
25.2%
1.0%
22
Your Funny Uncle
7.865
27.2%
0.7%
23
Will-o-the-wisp
7.862
18.6%
0.7%
24
After All
7.837
30.6%
1.0%
25
Leaving
7.834
20.7%
0.2%
26
Jealousy
7.830
22.6%
0.0%
27
Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
7.824
27.1%
1.0%
28
Pandemonium
7.800
22.8%
0.3%
29
Somebody Else's Business
7.799
24.0%
0.0%
30
King's Cross
7.792
33.3%
0.6%
31
Decide
7.776
18.7%
0.8%
32
So Sorry, I Said
7.754
18.0%
0.0%
33
Delusions of Grandeur
7.750
23.2%
0.7%
34
Rent
7.732
22.6%
0.0%
35
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
7.728
22.2%
0.0%
36
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
7.714
22.6%
0.0%
37
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
7.701
17.9%
0.7%
38
Paninaro
7.688
21.8%
0.0%
39
Always
7.677
23.3%
0.0%
40
A Red Letter Day
7.674
21.5%
0.0%
41
Brick England (with Jean-Michel Jarre)
7.655
15.4%
0.0%
42
My Night (from Closer to Heaven)
7.644
19.1%
0.0%
43
Too Many People
7.640
17.8%
0.7%
44
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
7.610
23.6%
0.0%
45
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More *
7.604
20.3%
0.0%
46
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave *
7.604
23.3%
0.0%
47
For Freedom
7.598
27.2%
1.1%
48
Closer to Heaven
7.582
15.4%
0.0%
49
Love etc.
7.563
14.1%
0.2%
50
Heart
7.536
17.3%
0.0%
51
One Thing Leads to Another
7.535
17.1%
0.7%
52
You've Got to Start Somewhere (unreleased)
7.522
14.3%
0.9%
53
Flamboyant
7.520
16.2%
0.5%
54
Paninaro '95
7.486
21.7%
0.7%
55
Love Comes Quickly
7.473
23.0%
1.2%
56
I'm Not Scared
7.463
14.2%
0.0%
57
The Dictator Decides
7.451
15.2%
0.4%
58
For Your Own Good
7.445
20.9%
0.5%
59
Hallo Spaceboy (duet with David Bowie)
7.438
10.7%
0.0%
60
The Resurrectionist
7.436
17.2%
0.4%
61
Yesterday, When I Was Mad
7.428
18.9%
0.0%
62
Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)
7.400
24.0%
2.0%
63
After the Event
7.398
15.4%
0.8%
64
Memory of the Future
7.391
16.5%
1.0%
65
Miracles
7.387
15.1%
0.5%
66
All Over the World
7.386
15.8%
0.5%
67
The Theatre
7.378
17.2%
0.6%
68
Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin
7.375
14.8%
0.7%
69
In Private
7.370
15.1%
1.7%
70
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
7.358
11.1%
0.0%
71
Call Me Old-Fashioned (from Closer to Heaven)
7.349
10.1%
0.0%
72
The Truck-Driver and His Mate
7.331
15.9%
0.7%
73
Liberation
7.328
21.7%
0.0%
74
Burning the Heather
7.311
14.2%
1.0%
75
Forever in Love
7.308
13.2%
1.3%
76
To Step Aside
7.302
18.0%
0.6%
77
The Patience of a Saint (Electronic)
7.292
10.9%
0.8%
78
Home and Dry
7.284
9.9%
0.0%
79
A Face Like That
7.265
12.2%
0.7%
80
Hit and Miss
7.233
16.7%
0.7%
81
A Powerful Friend
7.222
12.5%
0.0%
82
A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi
7.221
13.0%
0.5%
83
It Always Comes as a Surprise
7.198
16.3%
0.0%
84
An Open Mind
7.194
11.5%
0.8%
85
Fluorescent
7.192
12.0%
0.6%
86
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
7.185
17.3%
0.6%
87
Axis
7.182
11.6%
0.4%
88
Hoping for a Miracle
7.180
15.1%
1.2%
89
The Squadron
7.163
18.6%
4.8%
90
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
7.158
12.1%
1.2%
91
Bright Young Things
7.149
14.9%
0.5%
92
For All of Us (from Closer to Heaven)
7.148
19.1%
2.2%
93
Positive Role Model
7.136
10.7%
0.7%
94
This Used to Be the Future
7.132
12.4%
0.3%
95
Inside a Dream
7.105
12.0%
0.6%
96
London
7.099
9.9%
0.0%
97
More Than a Dream
7.094
10.2%
0.5%
98
Do I Have To?
7.093
12.9%
0.7%
99
Nervously
7.088
18.9%
0.6%
100
In His Imagination
7.081
10.7%
1.3%
101
Was It Worth It? *
7.080
11.1%
0.0%
102
Somewhere *
7.080
14.5%
0.7%
103
The Last to Die
7.055
9.7%
0.4%
104
Indefinite Leave to Remain
7.054
11.9%
0.4%
105
The Grind
7.042
23.9% 5.6%
106
Between Two Islands
7.026
15.3%
0.7%
107
The End of the World
7.025
14.5%
0.6%
108
One Night
7.034
11.4%
0.3%
109
Say It to Me
6.996
10.7%
0.4%
110
Hey, Headmaster
6.993
16.4%
0.0%
111
Suburbia
6.988
13.3%
2.4%
112
Into Thin Air
6.970
10.1%
0.6%
113
It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas
6.966
11.6%
0.7%
114
In the Night
6.965
12.9%
0.0%
115
Discoteca
6.953
15.7%
0.6%
116
Time on My Hands
6.951
11.3%
0.0%
117
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
6.950
8.2%
1.4%
118
Full Steam Ahead
6.940
15.7%
4.8%
119
Sexy Northerner *
6.938
18.0%
3.3%
120
The Man Who Has Everything *
6.938
11.2%
0.7%
121
Here
6.932
16.7%
0.0%
122
Undertow
6.930
7.8%
0.4%
123
Some Speculation
6.928
15.1%
0.7%
124
It Couldn't Happen Here
6.917
15.5%
0.6%
125
Dreaming of the Queen
6.906
15.6%
0.6%
126
My October Symphony
6.899
17.6%
1.9%
127
She's Madonna (with Robbie Williams)
6.895
12.8%
0.5%
128
Monkey Business
6.891
11.6%
1.2%
129
Se A Vida É (That's the Way Life Is)
6.890
10.5%
1.2%
130
Decadence
6.882
13.4%
0.7%
131
Luna Park
6.880
10.2%
0.7%
132
Happy People
6.879
8.8%
1.2%
133
Nothing Has Been Proved
6.877
10.2%
1.6%
134
Did You See Me Coming?
6.864
9.7%
0.7%
135
Young Offender
6.861
12.2%
0.6%
136
My Girl
6.849
10.9%
0.4%
137
Listening
6.845
6.2%
0.3%
138
I Made My Excuses and Left
6.836
10.5%
0.7%
139
I'm with Stupid
6.832
6.7%
0.7%
140
We All Feel Better in the Dark
6.823
13.7%
0.7%
141
Odessa
6.810
17.9%
2.4%
142
King of Rome
6.807
12.1%
1.5%
143
The Pop Kids
6.805
7.1%
0.8%
144
Invisible
6.789
13.1%
1.5%
145
Tonight Is Forever
6.782
10.9%
1.2%
146
Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
6.773
9.6%
0.7%
147
Daydreaming (Dusty Springfield)
6.772
6.7%
1.7%
148
Only the Dark
6.762
10.5%
1.2%
149
It Must Be Obvious
6.759
11.0%
0.7%
150
Something Special (from Closer to Heaven)
6.756
5.6%
0.0%
151
Falling
6.755
6.3%
0.0%
152
The Survivors
6.750
16.3%
1.7%
153
If Looks Could Kill *
6.732
12.0%
0.7%
154
Friendly Fire *
6.732
11.3%
2.0%
155
Two Divided by Zero
6.727
10.9%
1.2%
156
The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
6.704
13.0%
0.7%
157
The Clock 10/11/12
6.700
21.7%
5.0%
158
The Loving Kind
6.696
11.8%
1.5%
159
A Different Point of View
6.694
7.2%
1.7%
160
Nyet
6.690
13.8%
3.4%
161
One in a Million
6.689
10.0%
0.6%
162
In Slow Motion
6.688
13.9%
0.6%
163
Out of My System (from Closer to Heaven)
6.686
7.9%
3.4%
164
To the Battleship
6.679
15.5%
4.8%
165
How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?
6.673
8.2%
0.6%
166
I Want to Wake Up
6.667
11.9%
0.6%
167
It's Alright
6.648
12.3%
1.9%
168
New York City Boy
6.643
17.0%
4.9%
169
DJ Culture
6.630
6.8%
0.6%
170
Up Against It *
6.628
9.9%
2.9%
171
To Speak Is a Sin *
6.628
6.7%
0.6%
172
Casanova in Hell *
6.624
7.8%
1.4%
173
Viva la Vida *
6.624
8.1%
2.6%
174
To the Shore
6.619
16.7%
4.8%
175
A New Life
6.614
12.9%
0.7%
176
Dancing in the Dusk
6.600
8.1%
0.6%
177
A Little Black Dress
6.597
3.6%
0.0%
178
One More Chance
6.595
13.1%
1.2%
179
If There Was Love (Liza Minnelli)
6.582
5.9%
0.0%
180
Twenty-something
6.578
8.3%
2.1%
181
Don Juan
6.576
9.5%
2.0%
182
I Get Along
6.574
4.3%
0.0%
183
Single
6.570
9.3%
1.2%
184
Absolutely Fabulous
6.568
13.8%
3.3%
185
Only the Wind
6.553
8.2%
0.0%
186
"Comrades!"
6.551
18.0%
4.5%
187
Losing My Mind
6.550
7.5%
0.7%
188
Vulnerable
6.543
5.8%
0.5%
189
Twentieth Century
6.542
7.6%
1.1%
190
It's Just My Little Tribute to Caligula, Darling (from Closer to Heaven)
6.523
9.0%
1.1%
191
Inner Sanctum
6.506
6.6%
1.0%
192
The Ghost of Myself
6.477
10.2%
0.8%
193
Bolshy
6.471
6.0%
0.4%
194
The View from Your Balcony
6.455
8.0%
1.4%
195
To Face the Truth
6.453
7.5%
0.6%
196
Sad Robot World
6.435
6.0%
0.8%
197
Betrayed
6.420
10.1%
0.7%
198
The Miracle: The Meeting (reprise)
6.410
16.4%
4.9%
199
Euroboy
6.390
8.9%
0.0%
200
I Want You Now (Liza Minnelli)
6.385
3.4%
0.0%
201
The Samurai in Autumn
6.383
7.4%
1.2%
202
I Don't Wanna
6.372
5.1%
1.2%
203
The Meeting
6.371
21.0%
3.2%
204
Dreamland
6.369
5.9%
1.7%
205
In Denial
6.368
15.9%
4.9%
206
The Forgotten Child
6.354
5.7%
1.2%
207
Occupy Your Mind (Dusty Springfield)
6.351
7.6%
1.7%
208
Building a Wall
6.348
3.5%
1.3%
209
Numb
6.343
8.0%
1.7%
210
Lies
6.342
7.8%
0.8%
211
Night Falls
6.341
7.1%
3.5%
212
Before
6.337
13.4%
2.9%
213
KDX 125
6.333
6.6%
1.3%
214
Later Tonight
6.321
9.1%
1.8%
215
Radiophonic
6.319
8.8%
0.5%
216
Girls and Boys
6.307
6.5%
1.4%
217
That's My Impression
6.305
8.2%
2.0%
218
A Man Could Get Arrested
6.298
10.2%
1.4%
219
One of the Crowd
6.281
8.2%
2.7%
220
Break 4 Love
6.277
9.3%
2.0%
221
Reunion
6.276
5.5%
1.8%
222
We Came from Outer Space
6.256
6.6%
0.7%
223
I Want a Lover
6.248
9.1%
1.2%
224
Jack the Lad
6.241
11.6%
0.0%
225
The Performance of My Life
6.217
9.4%
2.2%
226
Don't Drop Bombs (Liza Minnelli)
6.216
5.0%
1.7%
227
Run Girl Run! (from Closer to Heaven)
6.214
10.1%
2.2%
228
The Way Through the Woods
6.208
5.3%
2.0%
229
I Started a Joke
6.188
3.5%
1.9%
230
Tall Thin Men
6.186
6.3%
0.0%
231
We're the Pet Shop Boys
6.183
5.7%
3.4%
232
Up and Down
6.179
4.5%
1.2%
233
The Clock 4/5/6
6.164
13.1%
4.9%
234
My Head Is Spinning
6.156
3.9%
0.7%
235
Breathing Space
6.155
4.3%
2.8%
236
All or Nothing (Miyuki Motegi)
6.146
1.7%
0.0%
237
Nightlife
6.144
8.7%
2.7%
239
Girls Don't Cry
6.142
4.3%
0.5%
239
Stormy Meetings
6.134
7.3%
4.9%
240
Was That What It Was?
6.129
6.8%
0.0%
241
New Boy
6.106
4.9%
0.8%
242
Everything Means Something
6.093
4.9%
2.3%
243
Hell
6.089
4.2%
1.0%
244
I Want a Dog
6.086
4.3%
1.9%
245
In Bits
6.081
5.2%
1.2%
246
You Are the One
6.060
5.3%
1.0%
247
How I Learned to Hate Rock 'n' Roll
6.041
5.8%
0.7%
248
Casting a Shadow
6.038
7.0%
1.6%
249
On Social Media 6.036 6.3% 2.2%
250
Why Don't We Live Together?
6.024
9.1%
2.4%
251
Drama in the Harbour
6.023
9.8%
3.7%
252
Wiedersehen 6.019 6.0% 1.5%
253
The Miracle: Colour and Light 6.018 10.5% 5.3%
254
A Cloud in a Box 6.011 5.3% 1.1%
255
The Clock 1/2/3 6.000 15.0% 5.0%
256
One-Way Street 5.969 3.7% 0.6%
257
Psychological
5.962
4.5%
0.3%
258
At Rock Bottom
5.955
4.2%
2.0%
259
Baby
5.952
4.6%
0.3%
260
The Clock 7/8/9 5.950 11.7% 5.0%
261
Destruction 5.934 8.2% 4.9%
262
Back to the Grind 5.932 8.5% 5.1%
263
The Winner 5.931 8.6% 5.2%
264
Metamorphosis
5.924
11.0%
3.5%
265
Men and Maggots
5.918
5.9%
3.5%
266
The Wedding 5.917 16.7% 5.0%
267
For Every Moment
5.916
6.1%
3.7%
268
The Competition 5.915 11.9% 6.8%
269
The Challenge 5.906 7.8% 6.3%
270
Beautiful People
5.905
2.0%
0.3%
271
Violence
5.903
6.1%
1.8%
272
Physical Jerks 5.902 8.2% 4.9%
273
Nine Out of Ten (from Closer to Heaven)
5.895
1.1%
2.2%
274
Postscript
5.883
10.6%
3.9%
275
Help Me 5.873 7.9% 4.8%
276
Give It a Go
5.872
4.8%
1.8%
277
The Calm Before the Storm
5.862
2.9%
0.7%
278
Confidential
5.843
6.5%
3.6%
279
You Know Where You Went Wrong
5.811
8.2%
2.7%
280
Birthday Boy
5.790
6.8%
6.2%
281
Inside
5.785
2.3%
0.3%
282
No Boundaries
5.762
2.5%
0.8%
283
One and One Make Five
5.761
4.4%
4.4%
284
I Cried for Us
5.748
4.8%
2.2%
285
Music for Boys
5.746
6.2%
2.1%
286
Happiness
5.728
3.3%
2.9%
287
I Can't Say Goodnight (Liza Minnelli)
5.719
2.5%
2.5%
288
Risk 5.714 12.7% 6.3%
289
Shouting in the Evening
5.711
3.8%
3.2%
290
Believe/Song for Guy
5.709
7.3%
4.2%
291
Love Life (Alcazar)
5.705
2.5%
1.7%
292
Your Early Stuff
5.699
2.7%
1.7%
293
Together
5.698
3.7%
1.7%
294
Sail Away
5.696
5.5%
1.6%
295
Ring Road
5.684
3.8%
1.3%
296
Silver Age
5.679
4.7%
1.6%
297
Our Daily Bread
5.667
6.9%
3.4%
298
No More Ballads
5.663
5.3%
2.7%
299
Ich bin Musik
5.658
2.7%
2.7%
300
Night Song
5.644
5.7%
2.6%
301
Shopping
5.637
6.5%
1.2%
302
Transfer
5.624
3.3%
0.7%
303
We're All Criminals Now
5.611
2.5%
1.2%
304
Saturday Night Forever
5.605
8.1%
5.2%
305
You Choose
5.599
5.6%
5.6%
306
Screaming
5.595
4.7%
3.9%
307
Beautiful Laundrette
5.594
5.9%
3.0%
308
In My House
5.593
5.6%
3.1%
309
Footsteps
5.588
8.8%
5.5%
310
The Miracle: Resurrection 5.571 7.1% 5.4%
311
E-mail
5.562
1.9%
1.2%
312
The Night I Fell in Love
5.556
8.0%
9.3%
313
Happiness Is an Option
5.549
6.0%
5.5%
314
The Living Daylights (aka "James Bond Instrumental #2) (unreleased)
5.545
3.6%
0.9%
315
Groovy
5.542
3.1%
1.4%
316
Legacy
5.533
6.1%
3.1%
317
The Miracle: Revolution 5.527 7.3% 5.5%
318
Odd Man Out
5.524
4.1%
3.1%
319
The Miracle: Ceremony 5.491 8.8% 5.3%
320
Entschuldigung!
5.482
4.8%
4.2%
321
Prologue 5.476 3.2% 4.8%
322
One Hit Wonder
5.464
3.6%
1.0%
323
Love Is a Catastrophe
5.463
13.0%
8.1%
324
Bubadubadubadum (aka "All My Wasted Time") (unreleased)
5.461
7.1%
0.9%
325
The Dead Can Dance 5.447 0.8% 1.9%
326
Searching for the Face of Jesus
5.426
4.7%
2.7%
327
Disco Potential
5.400
6.5%
4.3%
328
She Pops
5.399
5.2%
2.9%
329
The Night Is a Time to Explore Who You Are
5.384
2.7%
1.4%
330
In the Club or in the Queue (unreleased)
5.382
3.6%
1.8%
331
Party Song
5.348
3.5%
2.5%
332
Kazak
5.340
5.7%
1.9%
333
Jack and Jill Party (Pete Burns)
5.324
1.7%
3.5%
334
Gin and Jag
5.322
5.2%
3.4%
335
Alone Again, Naturally
5.321
3.1%
5.7%
336
Blue on Blue
5.287
5.3%
1.1%
337
No Excuse
5.245
2.7%
4.8%
338
Boy Strange
5.236
6.0%
7.7%
339
If Love Were All
5.199
4.8%
6.2%
340
The White Dress 5.154 1.5% 0.8%
341
Glad All Over
5.143
3.4%
3.4%
342
Transparent
5.135
1.2%
1.8%
343
God Willing
5.134
1.9%
0.8%
344
Hedonism (from Closer to Heaven)
5.093
2.2%
5.6%
345
Vampires
5.088
2.2%
3.3%
346
The Only One
5.066
2.7%
3.3%
347
Get It Online
5.065
2.6%
3.6%
348
Electricity
5.064
2.7%
3.4%
349
What Are We Going to Do About the Rich?
5.051
2.2%
4.4%
350
Give Stupidity a Chance
4.983
2.7%
5.3%
351
The Noise (unreleased)
4.962
1.8%
1.8%
352
Winner
4.957
2.2%
6.5%
353
Playing in the Streets
4.918
4.1%
2.0%
354
Angelic Thug
4.907
1.9%
4.6%
355
Ego Music
4.903
3.3%
5.8%
356
Cricket Wife
4.902
5.9%
8.6%
357
Oh, Dear (aka "Walking Down the High Street") (unreleased)
4.879
4.5%
2.7%
358
Mongrel
4.873
1.9%
3.3%
359
Opportunities (Reprise)
4.867
2.4%
5.5%
360
Hold On
4.777
2.5%
8.0%
361
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
4.763
8.2%
8.2%
362
Hit Music
4.732
0.6%
1.8%
363
Generic Jingle
4.729
8.6%
9.4%
364
Pazzo!
4.698
2.2%
4.1%
365
Soup
4.668
2.8%
3.7%
366
The Former Enfant Terrible
4.653
3.3%
4.9%
367
Motoring
4.599
1.2%
3.1%
368
Night Sings (Popa's Theme)
4.536
2.1%
5.2%
369
Tranquilizer (Superchumbo)
4.508
7.4%
7.4%
370
Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible) 4.466 2.6% 10.9%
371
Wedding in Berlin
4.447
4.1%
11.2%
372
Omar's Theme
4.363
2.0%
6.9%
373
Johnny's Theme
4.360
2.0%
5.0%
374
Johnny's Dark Side
4.340
2.1%
6.2%
375
K-Hole (from Closer to Heaven)
4.318
1.1%
10.1%
376
Je T'Aime… Moi Non Plus
4.288
4.7%
10.2%
377
Do the Right Thing (Ian Wright)
4.268
0.8%
4.2%
378
Wings and Faith
4.132
1.3%
2.5%
379
Pet Shop Boys (b-side of the original "West End Girls" single)
3.829
3.6%
7.1%
380
The Sound of the Atom Splitting
3.638
5.4%
23.8%
381
The Dumpling Song
3.018
1.8%
13.3%

*These songs may appear to be tied in their average ratings, but that's only because the figures are rounded to the nearest thousandth. If we increase the degree of precision, rounding to the nearest hundred-thousandth, the apparent ties are broken. Thus, in each of these cases, one song can be fairly ranked above the other:

I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
7.60440
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave
7.60377

Was It Worth It?
7.08025
Somewhere
7.08000

Sexy Northerner
6.93836
The Man Who Has Everything
6.93750

If Looks Could Kill
6.73239
Friendly Fire
6.73228

Up Against It
6.62791
To Speak Is a Sin
6.62778

Casanova in Hell
6.62411
Viva la Vida
6.62362

Album Averages

Average ratings for albums can be calculated in several different ways. One is the "Average of Song Averages" method: take the average rating for each song on the album and then average those averages together. Another is the "Average of Voter Averages" method: take the average rating for each voter who provided ratings for the songs on that album and then average those averages together. Finally, there's the "Average of All Ratings" method: take every rating for every song that album and then average those ratings together. The following table provides a simple illustration of these methods:

   Song A Song B Song C Voter Averages   
Voter 1
4
7
8
6.333
  
Voter 2
0
5
9
4.667
  
Voter 3
6
10
3
6.333
  
Song Averages
3.333
7.333
6.667
  
Average of Song Averages
= 5.778
            Average of Voter Averages
= 5.778
Average of All Ratings
= 5.778

As you can see, all three of these methods produce the same final result.

The following "Average Rating" figures are for each regular "studio" album by the Pet Shop Boys; Discography, PopArt, Disco, Disco 2, and Essential aren't included. Disco 3 is included, however, by virtue of its large number of "new" songs. If a song appears on more than one album (such as "I Want a Dog" on both Introspective and Alternative), its rating is counted in the calculations for both albums.

Ranking
Album
Average Rating
1
Introspective
7.428
2
Behaviour
7.282
3
Electric
7.152
4
Disco 3
7.141
5
Very
7.088
6
Yes
6.975
7
Actually
6.972
8
Fundamental
6.852
9
Relentless
6.754
10
Hotspot
6.644
11
Please
6.603
12
Battleship Potemkin
6.595

13

Bilingual
6.568
14
Alternative
6.560
15
Super
6.550
16
Format
6.482
17
Nightlife
6.342
18
Release
6.224
19
Elysium
6.116
20
The Most Incredible Thing
5.988

Note that "In My House" is not included in the calculations for Introspective because it is included as part of a medley with "Always on My Mind." The low rating of "In My House" by itself would pull the average rating for the album down to 7.166, thus putting Introspective at a ranking of #2 and elevating Behaviour to first place.

If we were to include Discography in the rankings, its average rating would be 7.653, putting it in the first-place position. After all, it is a "greatest hits" album. Interestingly, PopArt would have an average rating of 7.505—lower than Discography, but still higher than any of the other albums.

One of my site visitors has suggested, however, that these "Average Rating" figures aren't really fair because brief (and often not very popular) tracks like "Opportunities (Reprise)" and "God Willing" are given equal weight to other, longer tracks. Wouldn't it be fairer to "weight" album tracks according to their length? That is, a longer song, which takes up more of the album, would "count more" than a shorter song that takes up less of the album? So he suggested a system whereby the average rating for each song is multiplied by its length (number of seconds), the resulting totals are then added, and that sum is divided by the total number of seconds on the album, resulting in a "Weighted Rating" for each album. (And this allows us to include "In My House" in the calculations for Introspective based on the 2:36 portion of "Always on My Mind/In My House" taken up by that portion of the medley.) The results are not radically different, but we find several very noteworthy shifts in rankings:

Ranking
Album
Weighted
Rating
Shift
1
Behaviour
7.340
2
Introspective
7.334
3
Electric
7.230
4
Very
7.174
5
Disco 3
7.113
6
Actually
7.000
7
Fundamental
6.941
8
Yes
6.928
9
Please
6.774 *
10
Battleship Potemkin
6.774 *
11
Relentless
6.763
12
Hotspot
6.661
13
Super
6.619
14
Bilingual
6.589
15
Format
6.537
16
Alternative
6.527
17
Elysium
6.398
18
Nightlife
6.332
19
Release
6.191
20
The Most Incredible Thing
6.075

*These albums may appear to be tied in their average ratings, but that's only because the figures are rounded to the nearest thousandth. If we increase the degree of precision, rounding to the nearest hundred-thousandth, the apparent tie is broken. Thus one album can be fairly ranked above the other:

Please
6.77396
Battleship Potemkin
6.77380

Discography ends up with a weighted rating of 7.637, while PopArt winds up with 7.507, thereby parallelling the results of the "unweighted" ratings.

Ratings Superlatives and Statistics

*In a truly scientific poll, conducted scientifically with all of the songs rated at the same time and in which all of the voters made their decisions in a consistent, purely logical manner, the average song rating would theoretically be 5.000. Considering everything, I'd say that an average song rating of 6.420 is surprisingly and gratifying close to that ideal theoretical average of 5.000.