The Essential Pet Shop Boys: Ranking Their Top Ten Songs

Pet Shop Boys have been bringing us their Original Synthâ„¢ for almost thirty years, and while their last hit in the U.S. was over 25 years ago, they’ve maintained their hitmaking ability in the U.K.

Today is Neil Tennant’s 60th birthday, so let’s pay tribute by ranking their greatest hits. This is a good place to start your Essential Pet Shop Boys Collection.

10. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

YEAR: 1994
ALBUM: N/A
CHART PEAK: N/A

Of course.

9. OPPORTUNITIES

YEAR: 1986
ALBUM: Please
CHART PEAK: #10

The second single from their debut, it proved they were no one-hit wonders.

8. ALWAYS ON MY MIND

YEAR: 1987
ALBUM: Introspective
CHART PEAK: #4

PSB first performed their version on Love Me Tender, an ITV television special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and it would go one to become one of theirbiggest hits.

7. LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES

YEAR: 1988
ALBUM: Introspective
CHART PEAK: #84

The second single from Introspective, it deserves inclusion just for the line “But in the back of my head I heard distant feet, Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat”.

6. GO WEST

YEAR: 1993
ALBUM: Very
CHART PEAK: N/A

This remake of The Village People song is a hot mess, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. it’s everything PSB have ever done, rolled into one song.

5. IT’S A SIN

YEAR: 1987
ALBUM: Actually
CHART PEAK: #9

The first single from their second album, it’s gloriously over-the-top and dramatic

4. SUBURBIA

YEAR: 1986
ALBUM: Please
CHART PEAK: #70

The final single from their debut, it’s one of their most underrated songs, and should have score higher on the chart.

3. DOMINO DANCING

YEAR: 1988
ALBUM: Introspective
CHART PEAK: #18

Their final top 40 hit, it was one of their most maligned singles, presenting an entirely different freestyle sound that freaked people out.

2. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS

YEAR: 1987
ALBUM: Actually
CHART PEAK: #2

Their second biggest hit, not only was it a great pop song, but it brought the faboo Dusty Springfield to a new generation.

1. WEST END GIRLS

YEAR: 1986
ALBUM: Please
CHART PEAK: #1

Sometimes the first and biggest is the best, and that’s the case with PSB’s greatest song. It’s one of the most hypnotic synthpop songs ever, and a true 80’s classic.

Bubbling under the top ten: “Being Boring,” “So Hard,” “I’m With Stupid,” “You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk”

Okay, your turn! What’s in your Essential Pet Shop Boys collection.

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