American POLL Posse - ILM Artist Poll #91 - TORI AMOS - Results

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14 Ballots Received
13 Album Ballots Received
102 songs voted for

Going to kick things off with the top 9 albums and the remix results soon

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:58 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/G3J7P0Z.jpg
9. American Doll Posse
6 Points, 3 votes

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:59 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/8prBdzg.jpg
8. Unrepentant Geraldines
8 points, 2 votes

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:17 (three months ago) Permalink

there are many good songs on geraldines but idk if i'll ever really get it as an "album," just kinda washes over me every time

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:26 (three months ago) Permalink

where i would argue adp doesn't have a bad song on it and is constantly engaging

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:27 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah I agree completely, ADP is great if only my 6th favourite. i think it's just a result of the low turnout + her having four classic albums so not much other room on most ballots that the album results are the way they are

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:30 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/oRinEvh.jpg
7. Night of Hunters
10 points, 2 votes

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:30 (three months ago) Permalink

^^^ this album does completely rule though

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:31 (three months ago) Permalink

I kinda wish she'd done something like it earlier in her career, going all out in the direction of Icicle, Cloud On My Tongue, Yes Anastasia, Marianne etc.

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:39 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/aG6Qx5c.jpg
6. Scarlet's Walk
12 points, 2 votes, 1 #1 vote

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:49 (three months ago) Permalink

album results: all of the tori records that are at the very least good-to-great lol

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:51 (three months ago) Permalink

which is cool that's how it goes usually

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm here to learn, stoked for the madness.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:55 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/IeTPaIG.jpg
5. To Venus and Back
26 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:14 (three months ago) Permalink

my no. 1! which was v impulsive because i didn't even really understand this record until two weeks ago, but it's the tori record i wanna listen to all the time now

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

on the wiki there's a tori quote that suggests venus is about "shadows and the shadow world" and i'm like hell yeah that's what i wanna hear

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:25 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/ag5AS6o.jpg
4. Under the Pink
64 points, 13 votes

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:28 (three months ago) Permalink

surprisingly this was the only album to make every ballot

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:29 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/WmFN5vO.jpg
3. Little Earthquakes
66 points, 10 votes, 3 #1 votes

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

surprisingly this was the only album to make every ballot

― ufo, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:29 AM (thirty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

when i was a kid i skipped from little earthquakes right to pele and never wound my way back to under the pink, so my enthusiasm for it is relatively fresh—after all the years that passed in between, hearing a tori album that was pretty much every bit the equal of its predecessor and successor yet was doing something distinct from either of them (i talked about the production and the impact of the second side prob sufficiently on the voting thread), it was almost like learning to fall in love with her all over again

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:02 (three months ago) Permalink

it's the one I'd spent the least time with too out of the first four and it was great to get properly into it. it doesn't quite have the same highs as Little Earthquakes and doesn't feel as big, but it's broader in sound and more consistently great too

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:06 (three months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/X48Lxdb.jpg
2. From the Choirgirl Hotel
88 points, 12 votes, 3 #1 votes

https://i.imgur.com/WuWWx4q.jpg
1. Boys for Pele
100 points, 12 votes, 5 #1 votes

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink

didn't really have any idea what order the top four would end up being in so it's interesting to see Pele come out on top fairly decisively

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Top 4 mirrors my boring ranking. In a weird contra-brad moment I went in expecting TVAB to be 5th but ended up replacing it with ADP - after realising that while I love TVAB none of its songs are ones I really can't live without.

Unrepententant Geraldines is fine and I listened to it quite a bit when it came out but yeah it does feel like a lesser, more constricted work than ADP. Also I've said this before I think but ironically her last two albums are really the first time the whole "oh she's just an inferior Kate bush" argument has really made sense to me (now that the people who say that have stopped listening).

Tim F, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Unrepentant Geraldines is fine but just sort of a lesser Scarlet's Walk. I understand what you mean with Native Invader, like Reindeer King is one of the most Kate Bush songs she's ever done but it's also one of her best since ADP and the whole album's pretty solid, it almost made my albums ballot.

ufo, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 18:05 (three months ago) Permalink

I was one of the two voters for Unrepentant Geraldines - I gave it a listen when it came out and was surprised how much I enjoyed it, having not heard anything post-Choirgirl Hotel at that point (I still haven't heard Night of Hunters or a couple of the others that aren't listed here). Agree with the top two.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 18:10 (three months ago) Permalink

My ballot was [quick math] 47% Little Earthquakes, and that tends to be the only Tori album I go back to with any regularity, so I didn’t know what the more devoted fans considered her best anymore. I do remember From the Choir Girl Hotel being hailed by some as her greatest around the time it was released, but I didn’t know how much of that to attribute to new-album-enthusiasm (see also, OK Computer topping a Q readers poll of the greatest albums ever in late ‘97/early ‘98). Boys For Pele at #1 makes sense, though; it was a dense, difficult album that felt almost calculated to shed her fan base of casual admirers who’d come to her from MTV or Rolling Stone. I do remember mainstream critics typically being baffled by it at the time.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 18:41 (three months ago) Permalink

BFP came out at the height of my fandom. i remember finding out about it in December ’95 from the list of forthcoming releases at the mall (not sam goody. record town?) and scarfing it down the day it came out. the 2 star Rolling Stone review prompted a hastily scrawled letter to the editor. XD

i guess i’ve only dabbled but never been convinced there’s anything post-TVAB that approaches what she achieved on the first four albums. i’d be happy to be proven wrong but i’m skeptical.

How to Destroy How to Dress Well (lou), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:29 (three months ago) Permalink

I straight up just don't like BFP all that much, and if FTCH hadn't been as good as it was, I probably would've stopped following her at that point altogether.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 21:13 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm the other unrepentant Geraldines voter, I'll admit I also don't really get it as an album but I love pretty much every song on it.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:06 (two months ago) Permalink

And like Gavin I hadn't heard anything since Choirgirl at that point -- maybe that was the key?

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:07 (two months ago) Permalink

TBH I'm a little bit surprised with the praise ADP is getting here. It was definitely a more exciting project than the snoozefest of The Beekeeper but it's waaay too long (26 songs?!) and plenty of tracks have some embarrassing lyrical clunkers (Yo George, Dark Side of the Sun etc.). But the worst offender is IMO the actual sound of the record -- it's just so toothless. I know she was going for a rock band vibe but somehow she ended up with Guitar Hero production, lifeless vocals, and tinny drums. Weird, given the fact how brilliantly she managed to incorporate some unhinged rock/electronic/full band elements on Choirgirl and Venus. ADP sounds like a muzak version of them.

Or maybe it's just my ears. Anyway, can't wait to see the songs poll results.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:40 (two months ago) Permalink

there were only three remix ballots so here are the remixes that got more than one vote:

3. God (The Rainforest Resort Mix by Carl Craig)
12 points, 2 votes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb7rVlHV0DI

2. Ambient Raspberry Swirl (Scarlet Spectrum Feels)
14 points, 2 votes, 1 #1 vote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt-LKsyT1qc

1. Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)
24 points, 3 votes, 1 #1 vote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl9DkcBreNw

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 12:58 (two months ago) Permalink

and the full remix and album results:

1	Ambient Raspberry Swirl (Scarlet Spectrum Feels)	14	2	1
2 God (The Rainforest Resort Mix by Carl Craig) 12 2 0
3 Kingdom - Red Baron Juke 10 1 1
4 God (The Thinking Mix 2 by Carl Craig) 8 1 0
5 Hey Jupiter (Dakota Version) 6 1 0
6 Talula (BT's Synethasia Mix) 2 1 0
8 Mainline Cherry (Ambient Spark) 2 1 0
8 Mainline Cherry (Ambient Spark) 2 1 0

1 Boys for Pele 100 12 5
2 From the Choirgirl Hotel 88 12 3
3 Little Earthquakes 66 10 3
4 Under the Pink 64 13 0
5 To Venus and Back 26 5 1
6 Scarlet's Walk 12 2 1
7 Night of Hunters 10 2 0
8 Unrepentant Geraldines 8 2 0
9 American Doll Posse 6 3 0
10 Strange Little Girls  2 1 0

going to start counting down the top 40 tracks soon, starting with 40-31 today

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:03 (two months ago) Permalink

uh that's

1	Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)	24	3	1
2 Ambient Raspberry Swirl (Scarlet Spectrum Feels) 14 2 1
3 God (The Rainforest Resort Mix by Carl Craig) 12 2 0
4 Kingdom - Red Baron Juke 10 1 1
5 God (The Thinking Mix 2 by Carl Craig) 8 1 0
6 Hey Jupiter (Dakota Version) 6 1 0
8 Talula (BT's Synethasia Mix) 2 1 0
8 Mainline Cherry (Ambient Spark) 2 1 0

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:05 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/SjhNkA6.jpg
40. Yes, Anastasia
84 points, 2 votes, 1 #1 Vote

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:55 (two months ago) Permalink

we’ll see how brave you are

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:11 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/GuI650e.jpg
39. Little Earthquakes
86 points, 2 votes

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:16 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/ZBHwnWc.jpg
38. The Waitress
86 points, 3 votes

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:40 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/J7WULvM.jpg
37. Space Dog
86 points, 6 votes

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Wanted to add "Little Earthquakes" to my ballot after I sent it, but didn't want to make trouble for ufo. Glad it squeaked in.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:05 (two months ago) Permalink

i love the whole last two minutes of Space Dog, whenever she does her overlapping vocals it's incredible

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/i0RmKOR.jpg
36. Baker Baker
88 points, 4 votes

https://i.imgur.com/PoJvr6S.jpg
36. Taxi Ride
88 points, 4 votes

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I love Taxi Ride so much, it's like a midpoint of Cocteau Twins and Fleetwood Mac lol

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Didn’t vote (sorry!) because I didn’t feel knowledgeable but loving the images! Great job

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

"taxi ride" just missed my ballot (or rather i couldn't in good conscience vote for both it and "secret spell" since they're doing near-identical things) so i'm glad it's here

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

also these images rule thank you ufo

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Secret Spell is so much more driven and it's almost a power pop thing while Taxi Ride is extremely dreamy soft rock so there's not much connection between the two to me except they're both highlights of her 00's albums

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:34 (two months ago) Permalink

and i'm glad people are enjoying the images!

ufo, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Secret Spell is so much more driven and it's almost a power pop thing while Taxi Ride is extremely dreamy soft rock so there's not much connection between the two to me except they're both highlights of her 00's albums

― ufo, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:34 AM (two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ah i get this but i group them together anyway, both choruses are sugar

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:37 (two months ago) Permalink

my #1

the bridge is her overlapping vocal lines at its very best and the way the first chord of the bridge hits is perfect

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

WHOA

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

my no. something but this song has the lightest possible touch for something so devastating

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

hey

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/GRhKhvh.jpg
2. Pretty Good Year
370 points, 12 votes, 1 #1 vote

https://i.imgur.com/ypLyieG.jpg
1. Silent All These Years
404 points, 11 votes, 1 #1 vote

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:02 (two months ago) Permalink

i didn't have much idea what would be #1 before doing the poll but Silent All These Years was my best guess and it's completely deserving. the song that got me into Tori, i was completely blown away the first time i heard it

years go by!

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Pretty Good Year was my #1

Wonderful to see "Mother" so high

It's so weird to see Tori's catalogue ranked like this, I'm starting to think she's not a "singles" artist nor an "albums" artist but this kind of "zeitgeist" artist, it's more her entire existence and strategies toward music-making as a whole that I find so important

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:08 (two months ago) Permalink

The first time I listened to "Little Earthquakes" my take-aways from "Crucify" were "the line about 'dirty sheets' is really good and might mean something to me when I'm not 14" and "that clave is really mixed loud" and "this song has one too many choruses". My take-aways from "Girl" were "this snare drum is really boring" and "those MIDI strings are frustrating" and "what do flying pigs dream about?" Then "Silent All These Years" came on for the first time and I just was floored, I don't think I'd ever been so immediately sure that a song was perfect upon first listen as I was when I heard that song.

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:11 (two months ago) Permalink

"silent all these years" if anything is MORE powerful now than when i first heard it

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:12 (two months ago) Permalink

which, i first heard it driving home from the airport with my mom, after visiting my (internet) girlfriend for the first time and it was a nice trip but it was full of the same tensions that would eventually cause me to run away from home at 15 to live with my girlfriend for 10 months and essentially trap myself in a very mentally abusive relationship. but before all that, it was just my mom driving us back home, it was 2001 and for some reason a radio station in las vegas was playing "silent all these years," who can say why, thank god they were though, bc it was the most beautiful song i'd ever heard and it still is

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:16 (two months ago) Permalink

god that paragraph is a mess but y'all get it

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:17 (two months ago) Permalink

"pretty good year" is apparently about a tori fan who was way too dramatic about his own life in his letters to her, but as a way-too-dramatic person it has been a personal anthem this year. which despite a lot of [redacted mental illness], still, pretty good

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

don't want to be a boy today

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:23 (two months ago) Permalink

the dynamics on Pretty Good Year are so good and the way it drifts between beauty and darkness only to eventually explode is wonderful

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:24 (two months ago) Permalink

anyway here are the full results, thank you to everyone for voting and for all the discussion this has generated. it's been great to poll one of my favourite artists ever

1	Silent All These Years		404	11	0
2 Pretty Good Year 370 12 0
3 Father Lucifer 292 10 0
4 Mother 284 8 0
5 Winter 270 8 0
6 Hey Jupiter 268 11 0
7 Liquid Diamonds 264 8 0
8 Caught A Lite Sneeze 262 10 0
9 Precious Things 258 9 0
10 Spark 242 9 0
11 Tear in Your Hand 242 6 0
12 Crucify 232 6 0
13 Hotel 230 8 0
14 Doughnut Song 218 8 0
15 Marianne 216 6 0
16 Cornflake Girl 208 10 0
17 Jackie's Strength 192 5 0
18 iieee 190 6 0
19 Icicle 176 5 0
20 Beauty Queen/Horses 160 6 0
21 Blood Roses 144 4 0
22 Playboy Mommy 142 4 0
23 Raspberry Swirl 140 6 0
24 Girl 122 3 0
25 Honey 120 5 0
26 In the Springtime of His Voodoo 118 5 0
27 Cooling 118 4 0
28 Putting the Damage On 114 4 0
29 Northern Lad 114 3 0
30 Bells for Her 96 3 0
31 Twinkle 96 4 0
32 Concertina 92 4 0
33 God 92 3 0
34 Cloud On My Tongue 90 6 0
36 Taxi Ride 88 4 0
36 Baker Baker 88 4 0
37 Space Dog 86 6 0
38 The Waitress 86 3 0
39 Little Earthquakes 86 2 0
40 Yes, Anastasia 84 2 0
41 China 70 3 0
43 Black-Dove (January) 68 2 0
43 Real Men 68 2 0
44 Dragon 66 3 0
46 Past the Mission 64 4 0
46 Bliss 64 4 0
47 Happy Phantom 62 2 0
48 Not the Red Baron 60 2 0
49 Datura 58 2 0
50 Leather 52 2 0
51 Take to the Sky 50 1 0
52 Cruel 46 2 0
53 Talula 44 2 0
54 A Sorta Fairytale 42 1 0
57 Carry 40 1 0
57 Wings 40 1 0
57 I'm on Fire 40 1 0
58 The Wrong Band 38 2 0
62 Upside Down 38 1 0
62 Alamo 38 1 0
62 Hungarian Wedding Song 38 1 0
62 I Can’t See New York 38 1 0
63 Gold Dust 34 2 0
65 1000 Oceans 34 1 0
65 Pandora's Aquarium 34 1 0
66 Purple People 32 2 0
70 Promise 32 1 0
70 Spring Haze 32 1 0
70 Night of Hunters 32 1 0
70 Cool on Your Island 32 1 0
71 Carbon 30 3 0
73 Bouncing Off Clouds 26 2 0
73 Mr. Zebra 26 2 0
75 Sugar 26 1 0
75 Cloud Riders 26 1 0
77 Wild Way 24 2 0
77 Here In My Head 24 2 0
80 Juarez 24 1 0
80 The Pool 24 1 0
80 Weatherman 24 1 0
81 Graveyard 22 1 0
84 Father’s Son 20 1 0
84 Your Cloud 20 1 0
84 Time 20 1 0
85 Me and a Gun 18 1 0
87 Pancake 16 1 0
87 Siren 16 1 0
88 Suede 16 2 0
90 Sister Janet 12 1 0
90 Josephine 12 1 0
91 Secret Spell 10 2 0
93 Toast 10 1 0
93 Snow Cherries From France 10 1 0
94 Frog On My Toe 8 1 0
95 Strange 6 1 0
99 Wednesday 4 1 0
99 Lust 4 1 0
99 Butterfly 4 1 0
99 Flying Dutchman 4 1 0
102 Rose Dover 2 1 0
102 16 Shades of Blue 2 1 0
102 Reindeer King 2 1 0

definitely a few I was surprised to not make it - Datura, Sugar, and Here In My Head are probably the main ones

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:30 (two months ago) Permalink

49 Datura 58 2 0

motherfucker. my no. 1

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:32 (two months ago) Permalink

psyched "dragon" made it to 44

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:32 (two months ago) Permalink

oh whoops I didn't copy the #1s properly there lol

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Father Lucifer was a shock. Surprised people don’t love Cornflake Girl more. Great poll all round. Does seem, as I thought, that everything after the ‘ .. Choir Girl’ era is much more of an acquired taste.

piscesx, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink

and fixed results:

1	Silent All These Years		404	11	1
2 Pretty Good Year 370 12 1
3 Father Lucifer 292 10 1
4 Mother 284 8 0
5 Winter 270 8 1
6 Hey Jupiter 268 11 0
7 Liquid Diamonds 264 8 1
8 Caught A Lite Sneeze 262 10 0
9 Precious Things 258 9 0
10 Spark 242 9 0
11 Tear in Your Hand 242 6 0
12 Crucify 232 6 2
13 Hotel 230 8 0
14 Doughnut Song 218 8 0
15 Marianne 216 6 0
16 Cornflake Girl 208 10 0
17 Jackie's Strength 192 5 0
18 iieee 190 6 0
19 Icicle 176 5 0
20 Beauty Queen/Horses 160 6 0
21 Blood Roses 144 4 0
22 Playboy Mommy 142 4 0
23 Raspberry Swirl 140 6 0
24 Girl 122 3 1
25 Honey 120 5 0
26 In the Springtime of His Voodoo 118 5 0
27 Cooling 118 4 0
28 Putting the Damage On 114 4 1
29 Northern Lad 114 3 1
30 Twinkle 96 4 1
31 Bells for Her 96 3 0
32 Concertina 92 4 0
33 God 92 3 0
34 Cloud On My Tongue 90 6 0
36 Taxi Ride 88 4 0
36 Baker Baker 88 4 0
37 Space Dog 86 6 0
38 The Waitress 86 3 0
39 Little Earthquakes 86 2 0
40 Yes, Anastasia 84 2 1
41 China 70 3 0
43 Black-Dove (January) 68 2 0
43 Real Men 68 2 0
44 Dragon 66 3 0
46 Past the Mission 64 4 0
46 Bliss 64 4 0
47 Happy Phantom 62 2 0
48 Not the Red Baron 60 2 0
49 Datura 58 2 1
50 Leather 52 2 0
51 Take to the Sky 50 1 1
52 Cruel 46 2 0
53 Talula 44 2 0
54 A Sorta Fairytale 42 1 0
57 Carry 40 1 0
57 Wings 40 1 0
57 I'm on Fire 40 1 0
58 The Wrong Band 38 2 0
62 Upside Down 38 1 0
62 Alamo 38 1 0
62 Hungarian Wedding Song 38 1 0
62 I Can’t See New York 38 1 0
63 Gold Dust 34 2 0
65 1000 Oceans 34 1 0
65 Pandora's Aquarium 34 1 0
66 Purple People 32 2 0
70 Promise 32 1 0
70 Spring Haze 32 1 0
70 Night of Hunters 32 1 0
70 Cool on Your Island 32 1 0
71 Carbon 30 3 0
73 Bouncing Off Clouds 26 2 0
73 Mr. Zebra 26 2 0
75 Sugar 26 1 0
75 Cloud Riders 26 1 0
77 Wild Way 24 2 0
77 Here In My Head 24 2 0
80 Juarez 24 1 0
80 The Pool 24 1 0
80 Weatherman 24 1 0
81 Graveyard 22 1 0
84 Father’s Son 20 1 0
84 Your Cloud 20 1 0
84 Time 20 1 0
85 Me and a Gun 18 1 0
87 Pancake 16 1 0
87 Siren 16 1 0
88 Suede 16 2 0
90 Sister Janet 12 1 0
90 Josephine 12 1 0
91 Secret Spell 10 2 0
93 Toast 10 1 0
93 Snow Cherries From France 10 1 0
94 Frog On My Toe 8 1 0
95 Strange 6 1 0
99 Wednesday 4 1 0
99 Lust 4 1 0
99 Butterfly 4 1 0
99 Flying Dutchman 4 1 0
102 Rose Dover 2 1 0
102 16 Shades of Blue 2 1 0
102 Reindeer King 2 1 0

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

the first four albums are the classics obviously but it's definitely worth digging into some of the later ones even if they aren't quite as special. Scarlet's Walk, American Doll Posse and To Venus And Back are all solid, and I like Native Invader a lot too

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Sister Janet is so low! and Here In My Head! and Carbon! so interesting. I guess it was a poorly showed voting process tho, that's not a lot of points!

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:56 (two months ago) Permalink

thanks for running this ufo, great images throughout

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 17:57 (two months ago) Permalink

my ballot, bolded didn't place in the rollout

Songs:

Datura
Tear in Your Hand
iieee
Icicle
Liquid Diamonds
Silent All These Years
Cooling
Hey Jupiter
Dragon
Raspberry Swirl
Talula (The Tornado Mix)
Girl
Doughnut Song
Honey
Spark
Caught a Lite Sneeze
Father Lucifer
Pretty Good Year
Suede
Carbon
Cloud on My Tongue
In the Springtime of His Voodoo
Secret Spell
Space Dog
Cornflake Girl

Albums:

To Venus and Back
Boys for Pele
Under the Pink
From the Choirgirl Hotel
American Doll Posse

Remixes:

Ambient Raspberry Swirl (Scarlet Spectrum Feels)
God (The Thinking Mix 2)
Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)
God (The Rainforest Resort Mix)
Talula (BT's Synethasia Mix)

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 18:00 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost: yeah only 14 ballots total, rather low unfortunately, it seems Tori only has a small following here

my ballots:

Father Lucifer
Hotel
Tear in Your Hand
Silent All These Years
iieee
Marianne
Spark
Mother
Pretty Good Year
Playboy Mommy
Taxi Ride
Icicle
Liquid Diamonds
Raspberry Swirl
Caught a Lite Sneeze
Winter
God
Siren
In the Springtime of His Voodoo
Cornflake Girl
Carbon
Doughnut Song
Precious Things
Cloud on My Tongue
Twinkle

From the Choirgirl Hotel
Boys for Pele
Little Earthquakes
Under the Pink
Scarlet's Walk

ufo, Friday, 14 September 2018 18:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Twinkle
Tear in Your Hand
Marianne
Beauty Queen/ Horses
Doughnut Song
Bells for Her
Alamo
Northern Lad
Mother
Not the Red Baron
Cruel
Pretty Good Year
Space Dog
Liquid Diamonds
Past the Mission
iieee
Purple People
Here. in My Head
Precious Things
Icicle
Baker Baker
Father Lucifer
Cloud on My Tongue
Butterfly

Albums:

Boys for Pele
Under the Pink
From the Choirgirl Hotel
Little Earthquakes

never need to hear the LI and UTP singles again.
I regret not voting for She's Your Cocaine. only recently realized how savage the lyrics are lol.
Twinkle became my favorite in the past few years. the piano alone kills me, simple as it is. all the live performances i've seen on Youtube (mostly from the 00s and beyond) don't quite get it right--just a little too fast or busy.

this, on the other hand...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9hjw20vifI

How to Destroy How to Dress Well (lou), Friday, 14 September 2018 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

My ballot:

Songs:

1. Yes, Anastasia
2. In the Springtime of His Voodoo
3. Liquid Diamonds
4. Cooling
5. Precious Things
6. Blood Roses
7. Hotel
8. Cloud on My Tongue
9. Pandora's Aquarium
10. Spring Haze
11. Caught a Lite Sneeze
12. i i e e e
13. Doughnut Song
14. Juarez
15. Mother
16. Spark
17. Baker Baker
18. Crucify
19. Pretty Good Year
20. Cornflake Girl
21. Gold Dust
22. Hey Jupiter
23. Strange
24. Flying Dutchman
25. Reindeer King

Albums:

1. From the Choirgirl Hotel
2. Boys for Pele
3. Under the Pink
4. Little Earthquakes
5. To Venus and Back

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Friday, 14 September 2018 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Great poll and images ufo!

My songs ballot:

Liquid Diamonds
Tear In Your Hand
Doughnut Song
Icicle
In The Springtime of his Voodoo
Mother
Pretty Good Year
Playboy Mommy
Marianne
Honey
Father Lucifer
Hotel
Silent All These Years
Gold Dust
Dragon
iieee
Caught A Lite Sneeze
Precious Things
Cornflake Girl
Sister Janet
Putting The Damage On
Here In My Head
Space Dog
Taxi Ride
Horses

^ This feels like I was being too harsh on TVAB, but while I love that album I just realised I don't feel as close to any of its songs (even "Datura", my favourite) as to the above. But that's not a diss given I didn't even vote for, like, "Girl" or "Baker, Baker" or "Cloud On My Tongue" or "Sugar" or "Cooling" or "Carbon" or...

Tim F, Friday, 14 September 2018 20:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Albums

1. Boys For Pele
2. Little Earthquakes
3. Under The Pink
4. From The Choirgirl Hotel
5. American Doll Posse

Songs

1. Pretty Good Year
2. Icicle
3. Doughnut Song
4. Crucify
5. Little Earthquakes
6. Caught A Lite Sneeze
7. Hungarian Wedding Song
8. Hotel
9. Liquid Diamonds
10. The Waitress
11. Mother
12. Twinkle
13. Father Lucifer
14. The Pool
15. Cooling
16. Father Jupiter
17. Silent All These Years
18. Cornflake Girl
19. Purple People
20. Josephine
21. Dragon
22. Past The Mission

Sad that Carbon didn't make the top 40, despite three votes. Glad to see that mine wasn't the only vote for Purple People. Weird that Josephine didn't get more votes! my favourite track from TVAB

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 14 September 2018 21:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I think The Waitress is one of her top 10 songs, too, but has been somewhat tarnished (in my mind, anyway) by its live version which I find gruelling

If I voted for covers (I didn't) I'd have voted for "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" lol

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 14 September 2018 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know why I didn't top 10 "Silent All These Years".. I think there's a comparative simplicity to its composition that makes me rank it lower within Tori's oeuvre.. but if I were to include a Tori song on a list of "best songs of the 90s" it'd be my pick

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 14 September 2018 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

glad to see the other dragon voters here

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 14 September 2018 22:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Just home from work and catching up with the top 15 -- great choices everyone! I'm a bit surprised that nothing post-90s cracked the top 35, though I suppose it's just a matter of a consensus-averse artist's later work being even less prone to consensus (and, uh, slightly less amazing).

geoffreyess, Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Howdy @ my fellow "Wild Way" voter, whoever you are.

1. Girl
2. Crucify
3. Jackie's Strength
4. Little Earthquakes
5. Black-Dove (January)
6. Hey Jupiter
7. Winter
8. Putting the Damage On
9. Bells for Her
10. Promise
11. Caught A Lite Sneeze
12. Tear in Your Hand
13. Cloud Riders
14. Concertina
15. Past the Mission
16. Your Cloud
17. Father Lucifer
18. The Waitress
19. Hotel
20. Wild Way
21. Space Dog
22. Frog On My Toe
23. Bouncing Off Clouds
24. Wednesday
25. Rose Dover

1. Little Earthquakes
2. From the Choirgirl Hotel
3. Boys for Pele
4. Unrepentant Geraldines
5. Under the Pink

geoffreyess, Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:04 (two months ago) Permalink

felt a little guilty putting "Girl" and "Crucify" at 1 and 2, though not enough to start my own religion

geoffreyess, Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:06 (two months ago) Permalink

btw i didn't mention this during the countdown but "mother" is one of my least favorite tori songs! idk why!!!!!

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for running this ufo! My ballot:

1. Northern Lad
2. Father Lucifer
3. Pretty Good Year
4. Blood Roses
5. Marianne
6. Jackie's Strength
7. Beauty Queen/Horses
8. Caught a Lite Sneeze
9. Silent All These Years
10. Space Dog
11. Liquid Diamonds
12. Cornflake Girl
13. Black Dove (January)
14. Weatherman
15. Bells for Her
16. Real Men
17. Winter
18. Hey Jupiter
19. Cooling
20. Wild Way
21. Honey
22. Concertina
23. Spark
24. Secret Spell
25. 16 Shades of Blue

Albums:
1. Boys for Pele
2. From the Choirgirl Hotel
3. Under the Pink
4. Unrepentant Geraldines
5. Little Earthquakes

Gavin, Leeds, Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Xpost whut brad that is insane

Tim F, Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Seconded!

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Tracks (ranked)

Take to the Sky
God
Mother
Spark
A Sorta Fairytale
Wings
Precious Things
Pretty Good Year
Bliss
Cool on Your Island
Silent All These Years
Raspberry Swirl
Sugar
Tear in Your Hand
Honey
Bouncing Off Clouds
Hey Jupiter
Hotel
Talula

Albums (ranked)

Little Earthquakes
From the Choirgirl Hotel
Under the Pink

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:45 (two months ago) Permalink

idk i can't help it, at some point when i was a kid i convinced myself the lyric was just a little less sure-footed than the rest of le and that feeling persisted even though it doesn't matter! lovely music behind it ofc

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:50 (two months ago) Permalink

It definitely points forward to a more oblique lyrical style than the rest of the album. "Somebody leave the light on / just in case I like the dancing / I can remember where I come from" isn't top-tier. But man.. the sudden shift in tone on "he's gonna change my name" wow

fgti is for (flamboyant goon tie included), Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:58 (two months ago) Permalink

he's gonna change my name is outstanding yes, maybe i should work hard at changing my relationship with this song lol

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Surprised by how low yes Anastasia and putting the damage charted


Because I was on the road and didn’t vote. Yes, Anastasia could have been a lot higher. Might have quit ILX if it hadn’t charted.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 15 September 2018 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

My ballot would have snuck Past the Mission into the top 40 too :)

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 15 September 2018 17:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Datura

Ross, Monday, 17 September 2018 16:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Criminally underrated

Ross, Monday, 17 September 2018 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Is there a spotify playlist of the results?

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 17 September 2018 18:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks very much to everyone who participated in this - I listened to Little Earthquakes a lot in college but never went much beyond that, and have really enjoyed discovering everything else in this poll.

toby, Friday, 21 September 2018 11:46 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Tori influenced my writing to an incredible degree. When she says Ed is watching my every move, that is such an abstract lyricism - perhaps it is Ed the Horse, but Tori always wrote lyrics that allowed one to transpose themselves onto them. Even if she did not give background to these lyrics, she respects the intelligence of the listener to take away their own meaning (much like Lynch). I am grateful she exists and her music changed my life

Ross, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:38 (two months ago) Permalink


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