Favourite Album



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MOPE SURVEY, SPRING, 1996
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#1.  FAVORITE ALBUM
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The numbers in the parentheses are:
(ranking point total/number of responses)

1.  The Queen is Dead (Smiths) (97/25)
2.  Louder than Bombs (Smiths)  (53/15)
3.  Strangeways Here We Come (Smiths)  (41/14)
4.  Hatful of Hollow (Smiths)  (35/10)
5.  (tie) Meat is Murder (Smiths)  (31/11)
5.  (tie) Viva Hate (Morrissey)  (31/11)
7.  Your Arsenal (Morrissey)  (30/13)
8.  Bona Drag (Morrissey)  (29/12)
9.  Vauxhall and I (Morrissey)  (24/9)
10.  The Smiths (Smiths)  (18/8)
11.  Rank (Smiths)  (14/5)
12.  Southpaw Grammar (Morrissey)  (11/5)
13.  The World Won't Listen (Smiths)  (11/3)
14.  Beethoven was Deaf (Morrissey)  (7/3)
15.  Digital Excitation (Live Morrissey Bootleg) (5/1)
16.  (tie) Peel Sessions (Smiths)  (4/1)
16.  (tie) World of Morrissey (Morrissey)  (4/1)
18.  Kill Uncle (Morrissey)  (3/2)
19.  (tie) Singles (Smiths)  (3/1)
19.  (tie) Thank Your Lucky Stars (Smiths)  (3/1)
19.  (tie) Now My Heart is Full (Morrissey)  (3/1)
19.  (tie) Best of I and II (Smiths)  (3/1)

This survey has really had some rather remarkable results.
The above is one of them.  The Smiths really just kicked
butt all over this survey.  :)  Also, _Queen is Dead_'s lead
as favorite album is quite amazing.  5 out of 6 ASKers put
_the Queen is Dead_ in their top 5.  Finally, this survey
makes it pretty clear what ASKers think in general of
the recent SIRE compilations.  (Best of's, World of, etc.)
And _Kill Uncle_... wow that album just gets no respect!  :)

Next, let's look at the album ratings in a different way.
These 31 responses were all over the world.  One thing that
we can look at is possible differences between countries,
in response mostly to the whole US vs. UK thing.
Here are the top fives for different groups of ASKers,
based on the suffixes of your email addresses.

.edu (11)  (Education, mostly Americans)
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1.  Louder than Bombs (Smiths)  (31/7)
2.  The Queen is Dead (Smiths)  (29/9)
3.  Vauxhall and I (Morrissey)  (16/6)
4.  Bona Drag (Morrissey)  (12/5)
5.  Hatful of Hollow (Smiths)  (12/3)
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.com (3)  (Commercial accounts, mostly Americans)
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1.  (tie) Meat is Murder (Smiths)  (7/2)
1.  (tie) Rank (Smiths)  (7/2)
3.  Louder than Bombs (Smiths)  (5/2)
4.  (tie) Hatful of Hollow (Smiths)  (5/1)
5.  (tie) Viva Hate (Morrissey)  (5/1)
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.uk (3)  The Brits!
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1.  Strangeways Here We Come (Smiths)  (12/3)
2.  Viva Hate (Morrissey)  (11/3)
3.  The Queen is Dead (Smiths)  (6/2)
4.  Meat is Murder (Smiths)  (5/2)
5.  The World Won't Listen (Smiths)  (5/1)
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.de (3)  Germany
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1.  The Queen is Dead (Smiths)  (13/3)
2.  Vauxhall and I (Morrissey)  (8/2)
3.  Louder than Bombs (Smiths)  (7/2)
4.  Strangeways Here We Come (Smiths)  (6/2)
5.  Hatful of Hollow (Smiths)  (3/1)
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.mx (2)  Mexico
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1.  The Queen is Dead (Smiths)  (9/2)
2.  Bona Drag (Morrissey)  (8/2)
3.  (tie)  Hatful of Hollow (Smiths)  (3/1)
3.  (tie)  Meat is Murder (Smiths)  (3/1)
3.  (tie)  Beethoven was Deaf (Morrissey)  (3/1)
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All the Rest (9) (one each from:  .au, .ca., .fi., .it, .br, .za, .hk, .org,
.net)
(true, .org and .net could be Americans, but really, they could be anything)

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1.  The Queen is Dead (Smiths)  (37/8)
2.  Strangeways Here We Come (Smiths)  (12/5)
3.  Meat is Murder (Smiths)  (12/3)
4.  Viva Hate (Morrissey)  (11/4)
5.  Hatful of Hollow (Smiths)  (11/3)

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Interesting things I've noticed about the above...

The Brits and Yanks have more in common than they think.
_The Queen is Dead_ won #1 album by a landslide.
However, the .com, .edu, and .uk's did not choose that album
as their favorite album.  (the .com's didn't even put it in their
total top five)  _The Queen is Dead_ got its support mostly from
the Germans, the Mexicans, and the other countries and suffixes.

Of those six sub-groups, none of them put a Morrissey album
in the #1 position, but three of them (Germany, UK, and Mexico)
did put one in #2.  (Vauxhall, Viva Hate, and Bona Drag respectively)

I welcome any other thoughts anyone might have about the results.



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