The Rating Project: Cumulative Results

From April 13 to August 9, 2003—plus lots of 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 songs rated most recently are 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
After All
7.837
30.6%
1.0%
24
Leaving
7.834
20.7%
0.2%
25
Jealousy
7.830
22.6%
0.0%
26
Love Is a Bourgeois Construct
7.824
27.1%
1.0%
27
Pandemonium
7.800
22.8%
0.3%
28
Somebody Else's Business
7.799
24.0%
0.0%
29
King's Cross
7.792
33.3%
0.6%
30
So Sorry, I Said
7.754
18.0%
0.0%
31
Delusions of Grandeur
7.750
23.2%
0.7%
32
Rent
7.732
22.6%
0.0%
33
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
7.728
22.2%
0.0%
34
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
7.714
22.6%
0.0%
35
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
7.701
17.9%
0.7%
36
Paninaro
7.688
21.8%
0.0%
37
Always
7.677
23.3%
0.0%
38
A Red Letter Day
7.674
21.5%
0.0%
39
Brick England (with Jean-Michel Jarre)
7.655
15.4%
0.0%
40
My Night (from Closer to Heaven)
7.644
19.1%
0.0%
41
Too Many People
7.640
17.8%
0.7%
42
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
7.610
23.6%
0.0%
43
I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More *
7.604
20.3%
0.0%
44
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave *
7.604
23.3%
0.0%
45
For Freedom
7.598
27.2%
1.1%
46
Closer to Heaven
7.582
15.4%
0.0%
47
Love etc.
7.563
14.1%
0.2%
48
Heart
7.536
17.3%
0.0%
49
One Thing Leads to Another
7.535
17.1%
0.7%
50
You've Got to Start Somewhere (unreleased)
7.522
14.3%
0.9%
51
Flamboyant
7.520
16.2%
0.5%
52
Paninaro '95
7.486
21.7%
0.7%
53
Love Comes Quickly
7.473
23.0%
1.2%
54
I'm Not Scared
7.463
14.2%
0.0%
55
The Dictator Decides
7.451
15.2%
0.4%
56
For Your Own Good
7.445
20.9%
0.5%
57
Hallo Spaceboy (duet with David Bowie)
7.438
10.7%
0.0%
58
The Resurrectionist
7.436
17.2%
0.4%
59
Yesterday, When I Was Mad
7.428
18.9%
0.0%
60
Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)
7.400
24.0%
2.0%
61
After the Event
7.398
15.4%
0.8%
62
Memory of the Future
7.391
16.5%
1.0%
63
Miracles
7.387
15.1%
0.5%
64
All Over the World
7.386
15.8%
0.5%
65
The Theatre
7.378
17.2%
0.6%
66
Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin
7.375
14.8%
0.7%
67
In Private
7.370
15.1%
1.7%
68
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)
7.358
11.1%
0.0%
69
Call Me Old-Fashioned (from Closer to Heaven)
7.349
10.1%
0.0%
70
The Truck-Driver and His Mate
7.331
15.9%
0.7%
71
Liberation
7.328
21.7%
0.0%
72
Forever in Love
7.308
13.2%
1.3%
73
To Step Aside
7.302
18.0%
0.6%
74
The Patience of a Saint (Electronic)
7.292
10.9%
0.8%
75
Home and Dry
7.284
9.9%
0.0%
76
A Face Like That
7.265
12.2%
0.7%
77
Hit and Miss
7.233
16.7%
0.7%
78
A Powerful Friend
7.222
12.5%
0.0%
79
A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"
7.221
13.0%
0.5%
80
It Always Comes as a Surprise
7.198
16.3%
0.0%
81
Fluorescent
7.192
12.0%
0.6%
82
I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
7.185
17.3%
0.6%
83
Axis
7.182
11.6%
0.4%
84
The Squadron
7.163
18.6%
4.8%
85
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
7.158
12.1%
1.2%
86
Bright Young Things
7.149
14.9%
0.5%
87
For All of Us (from Closer to Heaven)
7.148
19.1%
2.2%
88
Positive Role Model
7.136
10.7%
0.7%
89
This Used to Be the Future
7.132
12.4%
0.3%
90
Inside a Dream
7.105
12.0%
0.6%
91
London
7.099
9.9%
0.0%
92
More Than a Dream
7.094
10.2%
0.5%
93
Do I Have To?
7.093
12.9%
0.7%
94
Nervously
7.088
18.9%
0.6%
95
In His Imagination
7.081
10.7%
1.3%
96
Was It Worth It? *
7.080
11.1%
0.0%
97
Somewhere *
7.080
14.5%
0.7%
98
The Last to Die
7.055
9.7%
0.4%
99
Indefinite Leave to Remain
7.054
11.9%
0.4%
100
The Grind
7.042
23.9% 5.6%
101
Between Two Islands
7.026
15.3%
0.7%
102
The End of the World
7.025
14.5%
0.6%
103
One Night
7.034
11.4%
0.3%
104
Say It to Me
6.996
10.7%
0.4%
105
Hey, Headmaster
6.993
16.4%
0.0%
106
Suburbia
6.988
13.3%
2.4%
107
Into Thin Air
6.970
10.1%
0.6%
108
It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas
6.966
11.6%
0.7%
109
In the Night
6.965
12.9%
0.0%
110
Discoteca
6.953
15.7%
0.6%
111
Time on My Hands
6.951
11.3%
0.0%
112
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
6.950
8.2%
1.4%
113
Full Steam Ahead
6.940
15.7%
4.8%
114
Sexy Northerner *
6.938
18.0%
3.3%
115
The Man Who Has Everything *
6.938
11.2%
0.7%
116
Here
6.932
16.7%
0.0%
117
Undertow
6.930
7.8%
0.4%
118
Some Speculation
6.928
15.1%
0.7%
119
It Couldn't Happen Here
6.917
15.5%
0.6%
120
Dreaming of the Queen
6.906
15.6%
0.6%
121
My October Symphony
6.899
17.6%
1.9%
122
She's Madonna (with Robbie Williams)
6.895
12.8%
0.5%
123
Se A Vida É (That's the Way Life Is)
6.890
10.5%
1.2%
124
Decadence
6.882
13.4%
0.7%
125
Luna Park
6.880
10.2%
0.7%
126
Nothing Has Been Proved
6.877
10.2%
1.6%
127
Did You See Me Coming?
6.864
9.7%
0.7%
128
Young Offender
6.861
12.2%
0.6%
129
My Girl
6.849
10.9%
0.4%
130
Listening
6.845
6.2%
0.3%
131
I Made My Excuses and Left
6.836
10.5%
0.7%
132
I'm with Stupid
6.832
6.7%
0.7%
133
We All Feel Better in the Dark
6.823
13.7%
0.7%
134
Odessa
6.810
17.9%
2.4%
135
King of Rome
6.807
12.1%
1.5%
136
The Pop Kids
6.805
7.1%
0.8%
137
Invisible
6.789
13.1%
1.5%
138
Tonight Is Forever
6.782
10.9%
1.2%
139
Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
6.773
9.6%
0.7%
140
Daydreaming (Dusty Springfield)
6.772
6.7%
1.7%
141
It Must Be Obvious
6.759
11.0%
0.7%
142
Something Special (from Closer to Heaven)
6.756
5.6%
0.0%
143
Falling
6.755
6.3%
0.0%
144
The Survivors
6.750
16.3%
1.7%
145
If Looks Could Kill *
6.732
12.0%
0.7%
146
Friendly Fire *
6.732
11.3%
2.0%
147
Two Divided by Zero
6.727
10.9%
1.2%
148
The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
6.704
13.0%
0.7%
149
The Clock 10/11/12
6.700
21.7%
5.0%
150
The Loving Kind
6.696
11.8%
1.5%
151
A Different Point of View
6.694
7.2%
1.7%
152
Nyet
6.690
13.8%
3.4%
153
One in a Million
6.689
10.0%
0.6%
154
In Slow Motion
6.688
13.9%
0.6%
155
Out of My System (from Closer to Heaven)
6.686
7.9%
3.4%
156
To the Battleship
6.679
15.5%
4.8%
157
How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?
6.673
8.2%
0.6%
158
I Want to Wake Up
6.667
11.9%
0.6%
159
It's Alright
6.648
12.3%
1.9%
160
New York City Boy
6.643
17.0%
4.9%
161
DJ Culture
6.630
6.8%
0.6%
162
Up Against It *
6.628
9.9%
2.9%
163
To Speak Is a Sin *
6.628
6.7%
0.6%
164
Casanova in Hell *
6.624
7.8%
1.4%
165
Viva la Vida *
6.624
8.1%
2.6%
166
To the Shore
6.619
16.7%
4.8%
167
A New Life
6.614
12.9%
0.7%
168
Dancing in the Dusk
6.600
8.1%
0.6%
169
A Little Black Dress
6.597
3.6%
0.0%
170
One More Chance
6.595
13.1%
1.2%
171
If There Was Love (Liza Minnelli)
6.582
5.9%
0.0%
172
Twenty-something
6.578
8.3%
2.1%
173
Don Juan
6.576
9.5%
2.0%
174
I Get Along
6.574
4.3%
0.0%
175
Single
6.570
9.3%
1.2%
176
Absolutely Fabulous
6.568
13.8%
3.3%
177
Only the Wind
6.553
8.2%
0.0%
178
"Comrades!"
6.551
18.0%
4.5%
179
Losing My Mind
6.550
7.5%
0.7%
180
Vulnerable
6.543
5.8%
0.5%
181
Twentieth Century
6.542
7.6%
1.1%
182
It's Just My Little Tribute to Caligula, Darling (from Closer to Heaven)
6.523
9.0%
1.1%
183
Inner Sanctum
6.506
6.6%
1.0%
184
The Ghost of Myself
6.477
10.2%
0.8%
185
Bolshy
6.471
6.0%
0.4%
186
The View from Your Balcony
6.455
8.0%
1.4%
187
To Face the Truth
6.453
7.5%
0.6%
188
Sad Robot World
6.435
6.0%
0.8%
189
Betrayed
6.420
10.1%
0.7%
190
The Miracle: The Meeting (reprise)
6.410
16.4%
4.9%
191
Euroboy
6.390
8.9%
0.0%
192
I Want You Now (Liza Minnelli)
6.385
3.4%
0.0%
193
The Samurai in Autumn
6.383
7.4%
1.2%
194
The Meeting
6.371
21.0%
3.2%
195
In Denial
6.368
15.9%
4.9%
196
Occupy Your Mind (Dusty Springfield)
6.351
7.6%
1.7%
197
Building a Wall
6.348
3.5%
1.3%
198
Numb
6.343
8.0%
1.7%
199
Lies
6.342
7.8%
0.8%
200
Night Falls
6.341
7.1%
3.5%
201
Before
6.337
13.4%
2.9%
202
KDX 125
6.333
6.6%
1.3%
203
Later Tonight
6.321
9.1%
1.8%
204
Radiophonic
6.319
8.8%
0.5%
205
Girls and Boys
6.307
6.5%
1.4%
206
That's My Impression
6.305
8.2%
2.0%
207
A Man Could Get Arrested
6.298
10.2%
1.4%
208
One of the Crowd
6.281
8.2%
2.7%
209
Break 4 Love
6.277
9.3%
2.0%
210
Reunion
6.276
5.5%
1.8%
211
We Came from Outer Space
6.256
6.6%
0.7%
212
I Want a Lover
6.248
9.1%
1.2%
213
Jack the Lad
6.241
11.6%
0.0%
214
The Performance of My Life
6.217
9.4%
2.2%
215
Don't Drop Bombs (Liza Minnelli)
6.216
5.0%
1.7%
216
Run Girl Run! (from Closer to Heaven)
6.214
10.1%
2.2%
217
The Way Through the Woods
6.208
5.3%
2.0%
218
I Started a Joke
6.188
3.5%
1.9%
219
Tall Thin Men (unreleased)
6.186
6.3%
0.0%
220
We're the Pet Shop Boys
6.183
5.7%
3.4%
221
Up and Down
6.179
4.5%
1.2%
222
The Clock 4/5/6
6.164
13.1%
4.9%
223
My Head Is Spinning
6.156
3.9%
0.7%
224
Breathing Space
6.155
4.3%
2.8%
225
All or Nothing (Miyuki Motegi)
6.146
1.7%
0.0%
226
Nightlife
6.144
8.7%
2.7%
227
Girls Don't Cry
6.142
4.3%
0.5%
228
Stormy Meetings
6.134
7.3%
4.9%
229
Was That What It Was?
6.129
6.8%
0.0%
230
Everything Means Something
6.093
4.9%
2.3%
231
Hell
6.089
4.2%
1.0%
232
I Want a Dog
6.086
4.3%
1.9%
233
In Bits
6.081
5.2%
1.2%
234
How I Learned to Hate Rock 'n' Roll
6.041
5.8%
0.7%
235
Casting a Shadow
6.038
7.0%
1.6%
236
Why Don't We Live Together?
6.024
9.1%
2.4%
237
Drama in the Harbour
6.023
9.8%
3.7%
238
Wiedersehen 6.019 6.0% 1.5%
239
The Miracle: Colour and Light 6.018 10.5% 5.3%
240
A Cloud in a Box 6.011 5.3% 1.1%
241
The Clock 1/2/3 6.000 15.0% 5.0%
242
One-Way Street 5.969 3.7% 0.6%
243
Psychological
5.962
4.5%
0.3%
244
Baby
5.952
4.6%
0.3%
245
The Clock 7/8/9 5.950 11.7% 5.0%
246
Destruction 5.934 8.2% 4.9%
247
Back to the Grind 5.932 8.5% 5.1%
248
The Winner 5.931 8.6% 5.2%
249
Metamorphosis
5.924
11.0%
3.5%
250
Men and Maggots
5.918
5.9%
3.5%
251
The Wedding 5.917 16.7% 5.0%
252
The Competition 5.915 11.9% 6.8%
253
The Challenge 5.906 7.8% 6.3%
254
Beautiful People
5.905
2.0%
0.3%
255
Violence
5.903
6.1%
1.8%
256
Physical Jerks 5.902 8.2% 4.9%
257
Nine Out of Ten (from Closer to Heaven)
5.895
1.1%
2.2%
258
Postscript
5.883
10.6%
3.9%
259
Help Me 5.873 7.9% 4.8%
260
Give It a Go
5.872
4.8%
1.8%
261
The Calm Before the Storm
5.862
2.9%
0.7%
262
Confidential
5.843
6.5%
3.6%
263
You Know Where You Went Wrong
5.811
8.2%
2.7%
264
Birthday Boy
5.790
6.8%
6.2%
265
Inside
5.785
2.3%
0.3%
266
One and One Make Five
5.761
4.4%
4.4%
267
I Cried for Us
5.748
4.8%
2.2%
268
Music for Boys
5.746
6.2%
2.1%
269
Happiness
5.728
3.3%
2.9%
270
I Can't Say Goodnight (Liza Minnelli)
5.719
2.5%
2.5%
271
Risk 5.714 12.7% 6.3%
272
Shouting in the Evening
5.711
3.8%
3.2%
273
Believe/Song for Guy
5.709
7.3%
4.2%
274
Love Life (Alcazar)
5.705
2.5%
1.7%
275
Your Early Stuff
5.699
2.7%
1.7%
276
Together
5.698
3.7%
1.7%
277
Sail Away
5.696
5.5%
1.6%
278
Ring Road
5.684
3.8%
1.3%
279
Silver Age
5.679
4.7%
1.6%
280
Our Daily Bread
5.667
6.9%
3.4%
281
No More Ballads
5.663
5.3%
2.7%
282
Night Song
5.644
5.7%
2.6%
283
Shopping
5.637
6.5%
1.2%
284
Transfer
5.624
3.3%
0.7%
285
We're All Criminals Now
5.611
2.5%
1.2%
286
Saturday Night Forever
5.605
8.1%
5.2%
287
You Choose
5.599
5.6%
5.6%
288
Screaming
5.595
4.7%
3.9%
289
In My House
5.593
5.6%
3.1%
290
Footsteps
5.588
8.8%
5.5%
291
The Miracle: Resurrection 5.571 7.1% 5.4%
292
E-mail
5.562
1.9%
1.2%
293
The Night I Fell in Love
5.556
8.0%
9.3%
294
Happiness Is an Option
5.549
6.0%
5.5%
295
The Living Daylights (aka "James Bond Instrumental #2) (unreleased)
5.545
3.6%
0.9%
296
Groovy
5.542
3.1%
1.4%
297
Legacy
5.533
6.1%
3.1%
298
The Miracle: Revolution 5.527 7.3% 5.5%
299
Odd Man Out
5.524
4.1%
3.1%
300
The Miracle: Ceremony 5.491 8.8% 5.3%
301
Entschuldigung!
5.482
4.8%
4.2%
302
Prologue 5.476 3.2% 4.8%
303
One Hit Wonder
5.464
3.6%
1.0%
304
Love Is a Catastrophe
5.463
13.0%
8.1%
305
Bubadubadubadum (aka "All My Wasted Time") (unreleased)
5.461
7.1%
0.9%
306
The Dead Can Dance 5.447 0.8% 1.9%
307
Searching for the Face of Jesus
5.426
4.7%
2.7%
308
Disco Potential
5.400
6.5%
4.3%
309
She Pops
5.399
5.2%
2.9%
310
The Night Is a Time to Explore Who You Are
5.384
2.7%
1.4%
311
In the Club or in the Queue (unreleased)
5.382
3.6%
1.8%
312
Party Song
5.348
3.5%
2.5%
313
Kazak
5.340
5.7%
1.9%
314
Jack and Jill Party (Pete Burns)
5.324
1.7%
3.5%
315
Gin and Jag
5.322
5.2%
3.4%
316
Alone Again, Naturally
5.321
3.1%
5.7%
317
Blue on Blue
5.287
5.3%
1.1%
318
No Excuse
5.245
2.7%
4.8%
319
Boy Strange
5.236
6.0%
7.7%
320
If Love Were All
5.199
4.8%
6.2%
321
The White Dress 5.154 1.5% 0.8%
322
Glad All Over
5.143
3.4%
3.4%
323
Transparent
5.135
1.2%
1.8%
324
God Willing
5.134
1.9%
0.8%
325
Hedonism (from Closer to Heaven)
5.093
2.2%
5.6%
326
Vampires
5.088
2.2%
3.3%
327
The Only One
5.066
2.7%
3.3%
328
Get It Online
5.065
2.6%
3.6%
329
Electricity
5.064
2.7%
3.4%
330
The Noise (unreleased)
4.962
1.8%
1.8%
331
Winner
4.957
2.2%
6.5%
332
Playing in the Streets
4.918
4.1%
2.0%
333
Ego Music
4.903
3.3%
5.8%
334
Oh, Dear (aka "Walking Down the High Street") (unreleased)
4.879
4.5%
2.7%
335
Opportunities (Reprise)
4.867
2.4%
5.5%
336
Hold On
4.777
2.5%
8.0%
337
What Keeps Mankind Alive?
4.763
8.2%
8.2%
338
Hit Music
4.732
0.6%
1.8%
339
Generic Jingle
4.729
8.6%
9.4%
340
Pazzo!
4.698
2.2%
4.1%
341
The Former Enfant Terrible
4.653
3.3%
4.9%
342
Motoring
4.599
1.2%
3.1%
343
Tranquilizer (Superchumbo)
4.508
7.4%
7.4%
344
Oppressive (The Best Gay Possible) 4.466 2.6% 10.9%
345
K-Hole (from Closer to Heaven)
4.318
1.1%
10.1%
346
Je T'Aime… Moi Non Plus
4.288
4.7%
10.2%
347
Do the Right Thing (Ian Wright)
4.268
0.8%
4.2%
348
Wings and Faith
4.132
1.3%
2.5%
349
Pet Shop Boys (b-side of the original "West End Girls" single)
3.829
3.6%
7.1%
350
The Sound of the Atom Splitting
3.638
5.4%
23.8%
351
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
Please
6.603
11
Battleship Potemkin
6.595
12
Bilingual
6.568
13
Alternative
6.560
14
Super
6.550
15
Format
6.482
16
Nightlife
6.342
17
Release
6.224
18
Elysium
6.116
19
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
Super
6.619
13
Bilingual
6.589
14
Format
6.537
15
Alternative
6.527
16
Elysium
6.398
17
Nightlife
6.332
18
Release
6.191
19
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 6.430 is surprisingly and gratifying close to that ideal theoretical average of 5.000.