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  • gorgonzola
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    Gaye Su Akyol ?
    This must be joke

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  • Erotica
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    I am very happy with the winner, but it's so sad she's not releasing music anymore (or maybe it's a good thing cause I don't know how her music would sound like now)

    The years from 2006 to 2012 or so were perfect, I liked most things she released in that period. Anti isn't so great in my opinion, but it has the masterpiece Kiss it better on it.

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  • matthew_dixon
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    Thanks for hosting this, Akini - really well done.

    Lady Gaga is okay - she's had some great songs and some not-so-great songs. I'd say "Born This Way" tracks I know were generally better than ones from "The fame".

    Rihanna - wow - alas that is an incredible anticlimax for me. If there was a countdown of the "Worst Acts of the last 20 years", I would seriously consider her in my top 5. The odd track, like "Umbrella" or "Don't Stop The Music", is okay I guess, but the vast majority of Rihanna's output I've personally found dreadful.

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  • JSparksFan
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    Many thanks to everyone for participating and hope y'all enjoyed it! I actually discovered quite a few awesome new songs through this (Katie Melua's "Call Off the Search" has since been added to my wedding playlist) and I might be an Arctic Monkeys fan now!

    I also have infinitely more respect for the regular countdown hosts. Cheers, y'all.

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  • JSparksFan
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    My thoughts on the top two:

    Lady Gaga - my #4. What an incredible career. She's so talented and I love how much she pushed queerness in her music early on. The GP had to deal and she was so fearless and unapologetic about it.
    Rihanna - my #1. Yes, there's a bit of a West Indian bias in seeing a pop star from a similar background incorporate certain elements of my culture within my fave genre of music, but I also admire and respect her consistency between 2005 and 2016. I grew up on RiRi and she's soundtracked so many big moments of my life. I hope she releases soon!

    Spoiler!

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  • Loose
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    I am so shocked about Katy Perry being UKMIX‘s leading lady.

    To me, she was always the side dish to a great main course.

    Rihanna at #1 was expected although I thought it would have been Taylor in the end.

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  • ludichris
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    I didn't even vote for either of the top 2!

    I was really into Rihanna about 10 years ago but my interest has waned and I don't have as many of her songs in my library anymore. She had an incredible run at the top though. Lady Gaga has been back on my radar since A Star Is Born and Chromatica is my favourite album from her. I think my ranking would be different in a few years time once some of the acts release new material.

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  • InFamous
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    Congrats on an excellent countdown JSparksFan.

    Tonally Rihanna is one of my favourite singers and good to see her emerge victorious.

    Gaga is so so for me. But when she does it right she does it amazingly well - Always remember is this way

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  • cheapthrills
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    Fantastic job of presenting the results, JSparksFan

    Both were in my top ten - Gaga ahead of RiRi. Gaga had such a strasospheric peak in her boom years that I feel like what followed gets really overlooked - she proved to have much more versatility than I ever imagined. She's had some wildly different changes of pace with her show performances and music. Of course, that peak was stunning. Bad Romance was a moment. And I'm trying to think of anyone else in the past 20 years who matches what she did in that time - the videography, the fashion, the musical impact - I'm pretty pleased the monsters turned out for her.

    Rihanna is a deserved #1. At first, she was pretty faceless for me. She churned out hit after hit though. I feel like I loved the music, but I didn't feel her. It was really years before I realized wow, Rihanna has produced a lot of songs that I like. Not only that, despite the constant and sheer output of her music, I found I was never tiring of her. She proved to be such a chameleon that she easily veered from R&B to pop to dance and back again without it seeming forced. I can understand why she might be burnt out from recording - it seemed as if she was chained up in the studio the way she kept releasing music. The fact that Rihanna (and Adele) haven't released anything since I joined UKMix is pretty crushing though. :sad:

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  • spiritboy
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    Fantastic countdown Akini, thanks for hosting this.

    So glad Gaga didn't win this, Rihanna is a more deserved winner. RiRi was my #5, Gaga on the other hand wasn't in my top 50 I like her though.

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  • Thombus
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    Great countdown Akini, surprised Rihanna still holds up after peaking some time ago but she really did conquer the mid 00s so kudos.

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  • JeremySpears
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    Mini me was a huge Gaga stan in 2008-2013. She was so incredible during that time. Whatever came after that period is a clone. But 2008-2013 Gaga will always be iconic.

    I love the retired pop icon Rihanna. She’s definitely the biggest hitmaker of the century so she deserves that #1.

    Thank you for doing this JSparksFan

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  • Thriller
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    Both deserving winners, I had them ordered the other way round though as I think Lady Gaga’s albums are better than Rihanna’s on the whole.

    Probably the last time Rihanna will come top of any chart anyway.

    Best songs for Rihanna are SOS, Umbrella, Stay, Love On The Brain, Only Girl (In The World).

    Best songs for Gaga are Bad Romance, Poker Face, 911, You And I, Telephone.

    Thanks Akini for hosting a great countdown!

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  • bm08
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    Im a bit surprised seeing Gaga at #2, though she is definitely worthy of a top 10 appearance.

    Rihanna is a worthy winner here.

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  • Carbon
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    Riri is very deserving, tho shame she quit right when her music reached a new peak.

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  • Spartan
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    Congrats on an epic countdown Akini, you slayed.

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  • Goldmoney
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    An underwear salesperson won this?

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  • RyanS
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    I completely understand why Rihanna won, endless hits (until she stopped releasing), but to me she's almost faceless... jumping between singles and features and never really stood out. The Loud era was a notable exception.

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    Comparatively, Lady Gaga was my #1 and I'm glad she wound up doing so well. A debut era that catapulted her not just in line with the big names but eons above them for a few years (much to Madonna's rage): candids becoming red carpet events that made headlines around the world, music videos that became water-cooler conversation, and her unapologetically queer sheen on ever outfit, lyric and performance - I've never experienced a commercial act like that in my lifetime. The woman who had the music industry, fashion industry, and celebrity media in the palm of her dainty hand in late 2010, who chose to put together what could be argued is the biggest LGBTQ+ record of the 10s decade at her apex of popularity as her second LP. She could never sustain that level, but steadily diversified and now is one of the most accomplished acts of the 21st century and still pulls more than respectable numbers for her music.

    EGOT status almost feels inevitable, and she'll probably lean into more HAC-style music in the future. But for all of us who remember what her peak represents... we'd be so fantastical.



    And major thanks to Akini for the rate!

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  • Blondini
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    [04 POINTS] - Lady GaGa

    Though as i missed about a dozen artists, she shouldn't be in my list!
    If only she'd kept up the quality of Fame / BTW


    Rihanna has had amazing singles and tracks but has never convinced as an albums act

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  • stevyy
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    I was predicting such an outcome. John Mayer should have won this. His new album is totally outstanding. The name of the set is Sob Rock.

    I would have preferred Gaga tho. She is involved in her music and actually loves it. The winner abandoned music as soon as she could make money with something else...

    However, this countdown was an absolute blast @Akini. I loved the presentation and the fact that you ran it down timely and did not take 11 months between updates. But, knowing you for such a long time, I didn't expect anything less than a great countdown.

    BTW, sometimes, even I realize that I sound like a complete douche... and I am apologetic about this.

    OK, so, RIRI won... Okay. She has some bops.

    My real and true opinion about the other 3 that we have seen...

    Katy Perry: She is hated so much by this MrLeonix guy or whatever... and I have idea why that is. She seems like a cute and sweet girl... her music is uplifting and always exciting and trendy. I became a total stan during the Witness era... Bon Appetit is my anthem tbh.

    Beyoncé: What a woman.. such a force. I usually love a lot of the material that she is putting out. Now, I'm a white dude... and I probably should not commenting on Formation and what the songs means... I just want to say... that it is my favourite song by her... bc I simply also think (I said also) I also think that the production of the song... the melody, instrumentation (production) is so powerful and amazing. I love the melody. She really pushed herself and I love that in an artist. She is a constant threat (and I mean in the best positive way). I care is another song, that belongs to my life's soundtrack.

    Adele: I always have to think about one of the UKMIXERs here... who describe what he felt like and how it was when she dropped the teaser to Hello... and it stuck with me... arguably, the biggest music act of that time... teasing something so effortlessly and making us all go mad (in a positive way). I think Adele has many great GREAT songs. Hello being one of them. I also love River Leah... such a great song.

    Gaga: I hated ... no... I despised her in the beginning of her career... her debut album and all those hits... I didn't see it... I still don't. I think the songs are generic at best and less than bubblegum fodder... However... she really went insane between Monster and Born This Way... and I did buy The Fame / Monster double disc at one point and loved the 2nd CD... Then BTW came out and I was totally team Gagz. She's had some duds in between... Judas for example is not even music imo... But she also has a lot of songs that I like... on all of her albums since BTW. She's a great visual act as well... I love her music videos... I love the dramatics... she has become a staple and I don't want to miss her anymore.

    Rihanna: When she broke out in 2005 or 2004... I was convinced that she wouldn't last... I did not like what I heard at the time. Generic and manufactured pop I thought... But then she stepped a little bit to the side and got more involved in her music... and that is how I bought Rated R. Loud - in my opinion - was a step in the wrong direction again... but subsequently... she does have these bops that even I like... I like WFL for example... and some songs on Anti as well. Her Drake and Eminem collabos are always the worst songs on her albums tho. So, in the end, Rihanna became one of my 150 most played acts since 2011.

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  • Wayne
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    Fantastic job Akini - a great throwback to the first 20 years of UKMIX. Thanks for hosting!

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  • SholasBoy
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    Gaga, my no.5, an exceptional artist that only comes along so many years. Incredibly talented as a singer and a performer…killer unforgettable songs like “Born This Way” “Poker Face” “Speechless” and “Bad Romance”


    Rihanna I didn’t vote for, I enjoyed some of her music like “Man Down” “We Found Love” and “Only Girl…” but I dont rate her so much as an artist. I think she has been very lucky to have the success she has had when arguably more talented artists that came out around the same time *cough* Ciara have had less success.


    Thanks for hosting and yes you managed to finish your countdown before me as predicted



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  • Spartan
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    Either one would have been deserved. Overall I prefer Rihanna but at least GaGa can still release new material.

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  • JSparksFan
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    54 voters
    846 artists (give or take a couple double-counted accented and uncorrected-typo names)
    61,686 points
    ...all to crown our new millennium queen. At the 53-voter mark, there was a tie for first place, but which diva surged ahead with that crucial final vote?

























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    002 Lady Gaga - 1,364 pts.


    The queen of 21st century avante-garde pop, Lady Gaga, affectionately known to her legion of devout fans as Mother Monster, crashed onto the scene in 2008 and for her first three years ruled as the the world's premier pop star. She did so with electro- and synthpop anthems that were just left of centre to be distinctly separate from her peers, but also accessible and mainstream enough to be digested by the masses. Her over-the-top fashion and bold and daring live performances kept her a mainstay in the late 2000s/early 2010s zeitgeist, and she used her immense platform to serve as an outspoken advocacy for mental health awareness and LGBT rights, endearing her even more deeply to many of her fans. It would seem that at the height of her popularity, her visuals would move more left of centre than the GP were willing to follow and her 'ARTPOP' and Joanne' albums, while both chart-topping LPs, fell far from the heights of their predecessor records. However, proving to be a true phoenix of pop, Lady Gaga made an unlikely return to commercial and critical prominence with 'A Star Is Born', the fourth version of the legendary musical romantic drama film. Her acting earned her Academy Award nominations and her musical contributions Grammy gongs and a multi-platinum megahit that ranks among the very biggest of her smashes. 'A Star Is Born', along with 2014's jazz collaborative effort 'Cheek to Cheek' with Tony Bennett, evidenced Gaga's versatility and talent beyond what many might have forecasted in those early years.

    In terms of the voting within this contest, Gaga lagged behind in the early stages, not even in the top 10 after vote no. 11, but the Monsters showed up in the eleventh hour and Gaga mounted a furious charge for the crown, just falling short with the final ballot counted.
    Code:
    Fan club: abidhaq (#1); artur (#1); RyanS (#1); sg1996 (#1); cheapthrills (#2); Tansike (#2); Goldmoney (#3); Lemo (#3); theMathematician (#3); Thriller (#3); crystalphoenix (#4); CZB (#4); JSparksFan (#4); Affillate (#5); FreakyFlyBry (#5); JeremySpears (#5); SholasBoy (#5); Leo (#6); RayRay (#6); Mickael2013 (#7); mattsky (#8); Noahh (#9); Benny; stevyy; Metalweb; vinnie65; Ska8er; Spartan; bm08; jordi_89; Wayne; Thombus; Carbon; Blondini 
    Key songs: Poker Face; Just Dance; Shallow; Bad Romance; Born This Way; Telephone; Alejandro; The Edge of Glory; Paparazzi; Applause; Rain on Me; Stupid Love; Judas
    Key albums: The Fame (Monster); Born This Way; A Star Is Born; ARTPOP


    001 Rihanna - 1,412 pts.


    The most dominant pop star of the new millennium, with more US #1s than any other artist in the 21st century, Rihanna would build a career that, at first seeming like it was on track to follow the trajectory of Teairra Marí's, now rivals some of the industry's all-time greats. However did a young girl from Saint Michael, Barbados manage to become the most significant pop star of her generation? Well, it came down partly to RiRi's own great ear for hits and her relentless pursuit to make them hers as well as her distinctive voice and chameleon-level skills with the genre. She's fused pop with practically everything under the sun - from the more common pairing parts like R&B, country, dance, rock, and hip/hop to more West-Indian-influenced pieces like reggae and dancehall. She's tackled soaring ballads à la "Russian Roulette" and dialed up the folk with jams like "FourFiveSeconds". She's a crossover radio phenom and from 2005 to 2016, it seemed like she would continue churning out increasingly high-quality and critically acclaimed albums (as well as #1 hits) into perpetuity. Of course, as we're now aware, she's turned the music faucet off for the time being to concentrate on building an empire in another space, fashion and beauty, but she could retire now (not giving her any wild ideas!) and still be cemented as one of the most successful acts in music history. Still, the Navy suspects that there's still more in the Fenty tank and though fans have had to contend with a singular studio album within the last nine years, there's still immense interest in 'R9', whenever in heavens it gets around to finally being released (or, heaven forbid, worked on).

    Rarely fronted in the voting, Rihanna led almost from the word go, only ceding ground towards the final third of voting before ultimately surging ahead with the final ballot cast.
    Code:
    Fan club: Affillate (#1); JSparksFan (#1); Noahh (#1); bm08 (#2); Goldmoney (#2); jordi_89 (#2); Ivica (#3); sg1996 (#3); InFamous (#3); JeremySpears (#4); Rawiri James (#4); Thriller (#4); abi (#5); crystalphoenix (#5); likeidogoldlink (#5); Ska8er (#5); spiritboy (#5); abidhaq (#6); Benny (#7); cheapthrills (#8); FreakyFlyBry (#9); Lemo (#10); mattsky (#10); Mugen; Tansike; Wayne; Leo; theMathematician; Ewokguy15; Spartan; RayRay; Carbon; Thombus; vinnie65; CZB
    Key songs: We Found Love; Umbrella; Only Girl (In the World); Diamonds; Stay; Work; Don't Stop the Music; S&M; What's My Name?; Rude Boy; Disturbia; Take a Bow; SOS; FourFiveSeconds; Pon de Replay; Unfaithful; Where Have You Been; Russian Roulette; Love on the Brain
    Key albums: Good Girl Gone Bad; Loud; Talk That Talk; Unapologetic; Anti; A Girl Like Me; Rated R


    Spoiler!


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  • Spartan
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    Thought Bey may win this but the whole top five are iconic.

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