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Disc-graces Grace Annual Bottom 10

January 11, 1987|PATRICK GOLDSTEIN

Had enough of Top 10 lists?

It's time for Pop Eye's seventh annual Bottom 10, a collection of 1986's biggest critical flops. We've polled nearly four dozen rank-and-file music fans, writers, deejays record execs, managers and musicians for their picks for the Dean's List of Decrepit Discs.

This year's landslide winner--with nearly twice as many votes as its closest rival--was Julian Lennon's "Secret Value of Daydreaming," which struck voters not only as a bad record, but as the work of a vastly overpraised minor talent. The Beatles connection also accounted for the No. 2 album, Paul McCartney's dismal "Press to Play" album, which fared almost as poorly on the charts as in the poll.

Groups named after cities also were well represented, with both Boston and Chicago making the Bottom 10. There were no repeat "winners" from last year, though Queen finished at No. 6, a notch up from its No. 7 showing in the 1984 poll. As always, there was considerable backlash voting, particularly against over-hyped pop clowns (Sigue Sigue Sputnik), stalled comeback artists (John Fogerty) and timid solo projects (Daryl Hall). None of the products of the year's biggest fad--sound-track albums--made the final cut, but collections from such films as "Top Gun," "Miami Vice II" and "American Anthem" were heavy vote-getters.

Narrowly missing the list, but getting enough votes to merit honorable mention were albums by Emerson, Lake & Powell, Bob Geldof, Lone Justice, Deborah Harry, Toto, a-ha, Survivor and American Girls.

The winners:

1--"The Secret Value of Daydreaming" by Julian Lennon.

2--"Press to Play" by Paul McCartney.

3--"Color in Your Life" by Missing Persons.

4--"Third Stage" by Boston.

5--"Solitude/Solitaire" by Peter Cetera.

6--"A Kind of Magic" by Queen.

7--"Flaunt It" by Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

8--"Eye of the Zombie" by John Fogerty.

9--"Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine" by Daryl Hall.

10--(Tie) "XVIII" by Chicago and "The Unforgiven" by the Unforgiven.

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