The 2023 Popjustice
Twenty Quid
Music Prize

Chucking a £20 note at
greatness in pop since 2003

The 2023 Shortlist

Body Better by Maisie Peters

Writers: Ines Dunn, Matias Tellez, Maisie Peters

Producers: Matias Tellez


Double Denim  by SKYLAR

Writers: Hight, Charlie Martin, Joe Housley, SKYLAR

Producers: The Nocturns


Easy Lover  by Ellie Goulding feat Big Sean

Writers: Julia Michaels, Ellie Goulding, Greg Kurstin, Big Sean

Producer: Greg Kurstin


Escapism.  by RAYE and 070 Shake

Writers: RAYE, 070 Shake, Mike Sabath

Producer: Mike Sabath


Falling In Love Again by Leif Coffield and Wuh Oh

Writers: Leif Coffield, Wuh Oh

Producer: Leif Coffield


Forget Me by Lewis Capaldi

Writers: Michael Pollack, Philip Plested, TMS

Producers: TMS, Lewis Capaldi


Free Yourself by Jessie Ware

Writers: Clarence Coffee Jr, Jessie Ware, Stuart Price

Producer: Stuart Price


Light It Up by Moss Kena and SUPER-Hi

Writers: SUPER-Hi, Moss Kena

Producers: Red Triangle


Lionheart (Fearless) by Joel Corry and Tom Grennan

Writers: Lewis Thompson, Digital Farm Animals, James Murray, Jamie Scott, Joel Corry, Mike Needle, Mustafa Omer, Neave Applebaum, Tom Grennan

Producers: Digital Farm Animals, Joel Corry, Lewis Thompson, Neave Applebaum


Nothing Lasts Forever by Dylan

Writers: Dylan, King Ed, Martin Luke Brown

Producer: King Ed


Nothing Left To Lose by Everything But The Girl

Writers: Everything But The Girl

Producers: Everything But The Girl 


Weightless by Arlo Parks

Writers: Arlo Parks, Paul Epworth

Producer: Paul Epworth

How To Be A Judge

Judging will take place on THE EVENING OF september 7 (WHICH IS a thursday)…

judging will take place over video conferencing platform 'zoom'.

If you’d like to join IN on the night, email [email protected] AND Tell us everything you think we need to know about yourself. please also name one song you'd like to champion, one song that should be kicked off this year's shortlist, and suggest a song that should replace it.

We'll be back in touch to confirm your place on the panel, and with further information.



– The 18+ age limit has gone out of the window as it's not in a pub. Nobody under four. 

– Due to the like­li­hood of Twenty Quid Music Prize judging duties inducing strong feelings of euphoria we do not recommend judging  the Twenty Quid Music Prize on an empty stomach.

A twenty pound note. Twelve shortlisted songs. One winner.

It’s really very simple.

Each year a panel of judges meets in a pub (or, in post-pandemic times, on Zoom), considers twelve songs in a tour­na­ment-style smackdown debacle, and awards twenty quid to the song that’s still standing at closing time. Songs are judged on qualities including tune, pro­duc­tion, lyrics, drama, deploy­ment of metaphor, and Congability™. 


All the judges are Popjustice readers! This is why Louis Tomlinson will never win a Twenty Quid Music Prize.


In the interests of moving Twenty Quid towards being self-sus­tain­ing, judges on the night are usually invited to vote in the Twenty Quid Invoice Prize, which is presented to the artist respons­ible for the year’s worst British pop single

Accept no imitations.

It has been noted by some observers that the Twenty Quid Music Prize takes place each year on the same night as the Mercury Music Prize, which famously awarded £20,000 to the act respons­ible for the year’s best British or Irish album. Please rest assured, this is nothing more than a coincidence.

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The average length of a Twenty Quid Music Prize shortlist is 43 minutes. The longest was 2006’s (48 minutes) while 2021's was the shortest to date at just 39 minutes. This year's shortlist is 41 minutes. Interesting!! 


Since 2003 Popjustice has short­l­is­ted 252 different British and Irish pop singles, or 251 if you discount the publicly nominated Lisa Scott-Lee one in 2013 (and 250 if you take off the strange decision many years ago to shortlist Muse). 

to date

Well, it’s more like eleven winners — Little Mix have won three times so far, and Girls Aloud won five prizes. The only male winners have been Zayn, Will Young, Example and, in 2022, Harry Styles. 

quids given

If we’d taken inflation into account the £20 prize should have risen to £30.71 by now. But we have not taken inflation into account. 

Past winners

2022: Harry Styles — As It Was


All I Ever Asked by Rachel Chinouriri + As It Was by Harry Styles + Cardboard Box by FLO + Cupid by Rose Gray + Good Ones by Charli XCX + Let’s Do It Again by Jamie xx + Merry Christmas by Ed Sheeran and Elton John + Panic by Phoebe AXA + Primadonna by Moss Kena + Something About Your Love by SG Lewis + This Hell by Rina Sawayama + Twice In A Lifetime by HYYTS 

2021: Laura Mvula — Got Me


Black Hole by Griff + Got Me by Laura Mvula + Hot Hot by Bree Runway + I Don’t Mind by Georgia Twinn + I Don’t Really Care For You by CMAT + Levitating by Dua Lipa + Love Of Your Life by Raye + On A Mountain by Danny L Harle + Right Now by Sophie & The Giants + She’s My Religion by Pale Waves + Sweet Melody by Little Mix + What’s Your Pleasure? by Jessie Ware 

2020: Dua Lipa — Physical

Shortlist: Alone In My Room (Gone) by Gracey + Another Place by Bastille and Alessia Cara + Break Up Song by Little Mix + Damn Daniel by Bree Runway and Yung Baby Tate + Forever by Charli XCX + If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know) by The 1975 + New Me by Ella Eyre + Physical by Dua Lipa + Please Don't Touch by Raye + Save A Kiss by Jessie Ware + Take Care Of You by Ella Henderson + Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

2019: Georgia — About Work The Dancefloor

Shortlist: About Work The Dancefloor by Georgia + Baby by Clean Bandit (feat Marina and Luis Fonsi) + Blame It On Your Love by Charli XCX (feat Lizzo) + Different Things by Gracey + Electricity by Silk City feat Dua Lipa + Fingers by Zayn + The Human Stone by KDA (feat Angie Stone) + Interstellar Disco by Oscar Scheller with Pawws + It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) by The 1975 + Nothing Breaks Like A Heart by Mark Ronson (feat Miley Cyrus) + Phone Down by Stefflon Don (feat Lil Baby) + Ritual by Tiesto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora

2018: Rita Ora — Anywhere

Shortlist: Love Lasts Forever by All Saints + One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa + Pat Earrings by CASISDEAD + Solo by Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato + Waking Up Slow by Gabrielle Aplin + Paradise by George Ezra + Falling Into Me by Let’s Eat Grandma + Word Of Mouth by Metroplane and Bree Runway + All Or Nothing by Naughty Boy, RAY BLK and Wyclef + Do It by Rae Morris + Anywhere by Rita Ora + Dancefloor by Tracey Thorn

2017: Little Mix — Touch

Shortlist: Danny L Harle ‘1UL’ + Louisa Johnson ‘Best Behaviour’ + Charli XCX ‘Boys’ + Calvin Harris and pals ‘Feels’ + KDA and Tinashe ‘Just Say’ + Disciples ‘On My Mind’ + Rae Morris ‘Reborn’ + Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie and Sean Paul ‘Rockabye’ + Steps ‘Scared Of The Dark’ + Ed Sheeran ‘Shape Of You’ + Niall Horan ‘Slow Hands’ + Little Mix ‘Touch’

2016: ZAYN — Pillowtalk

Shortlist: XYconstant feat Tom Aspaul ‘Do It Well’ + Clare Maguire ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ + Dua Lipa ‘Hotter Than Hell’ + Little Mix ‘Love Me Like You’ + The Rhythm Method ‘Party Politics’ + Zayn ‘Pillowtalk’ + Fleur East ‘Sax’ + The 1975 ‘Somebody Else’ + Ellie Goulding ‘Something In The Way You Move’ + Clean Bandit feat Louisa Johnson ‘Tears’ + Shura ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ + Olly Murs ‘You Don’t Know Love’

2015: Little Mix — Black Magic

Shortlist: XYconstant feat Tom Aspaul ‘Do It Well’ + Clare Maguire ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ + Dua Lipa ‘Hotter Than Hell’ + Little Mix ‘Love Me Like You’ + The Rhythm Method ‘Party Politics’ + Zayn ‘Pillowtalk’ + Fleur East ‘Sax’ + The 1975 ‘Somebody Else’ + Ellie Goulding ‘Something In The Way You Move’ + Clean Bandit feat Louisa Johnson ‘Tears’ + Shura ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ + Olly Murs ‘You Don’t Know Love’

2014: Little Mix — Move

Shortlist: Charli XCX ‘Boom Clap’ + Katy B ‘Crying For No Reason’ + Rita Ora ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ + One Direction ‘Story Of My Life’ + La Roux ‘Uptight Downtown’ + Jessie Ware ‘Tough Love’ + Years & Years ‘Take Shelter’ + Rixton ‘Me & My Broken Heart’ + Leona Lewis ‘One More Sleep’ + Ella Henderson ‘Ghost’ + Indiana ‘Solo Dancing’

2013: CHVRCHES — The Mother We Share

Shortlist: Charli XCX ‘Boom Clap’ + Katy B ‘Crying For No Reason’ + Rita Ora ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ + One Direction ‘Story Of My Life’ + La Roux ‘Uptight Downtown’ + Jessie Ware ‘Tough Love’ + Years & Years ‘Take Shelter’ + Rixton ‘Me & My Broken Heart’ + Leona Lewis ‘One More Sleep’ + Ella Henderson ‘Ghost’ + Indiana ‘Solo Dancing’

2012: Will Young — Jealousy

Shortlist: Lawson ‘Taking Over Me’ + Little Mix ‘Wings’ + Nero ‘Promises’ + Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ + One Direction ‘What Makes Your Beautiful’ + Rizzle Kicks ‘Down With The Trumpets’ + Rudimental feat John Newman ‘Feel The Love’ + Saint Etienne ‘Tonight’ + Siobhan Dillon ‘Powerless’ + The Saturdays ‘All Fired Up’ + Will Young ‘Jealousy’ + Marina & The Diamonds ‘Power & Control’

2011: The Saturdays — Higher

Shortlist: Adele ‘Rolling In The Deep’ + Hurts ‘Stay’ + Jessie J ‘Do It Like A Dude’ + Joe McElderry ‘Ambitions’ + Mark Ronson & The Business Intl feat Boy George and Andrew Wyatt ‘Somebody To Love Me’ + Nadia Oh ‘Taking Over The Dancefloor’ + Nicola Roberts ‘Beat Of My Drum’ + The Saturdays ‘Higher’ + Sunday Girl ‘Stop Hey’ + Take That ‘The Flood’ + The Wanted ‘All Time Low’ + Yasmin ‘Finish Line’

2010: Example — Kickstarts

Shortlist: Alexandra Burke feat Flo Rida ‘Bad Boys’ + Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘Bittersweet’ + Marina & The Diamonds ‘I Am Not A Robot’ + Mini Viva ‘I Wish’ + Groove Armada ‘I Won’t Kneel’ + Example ‘Kickstarts’ + Mini Viva ‘Left My Heart In Tokyo’ + Tinchy Stryder feat Amelle Berrabah ‘Never Leave You’ + Diana Vickers ‘Once’ + Mini Viva ‘One Touch’ + Nerina Pallot ‘Real Late Starter’ + Hurts ‘Wonderful Life’

2009: Girls Aloud — The Promise

Shortlist: JLS ‘Beat Again’ + Frankmusik ‘Better Off As Two’ + Calvin Harris ‘I’m Not Alone + La Roux ‘In For The Kill’ + Pet Shop Boys ‘Love Etc’ + Saint Etienne ‘Method Of Modern Love’ + Little Boots ‘New In Town’ + Tinchy Stryder feat Taio Cruz ‘Take Me Back’ + Girls Aloud ‘The Promise’ + The Saturdays ‘Up’ + Alesha Dixon ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ + Lily Allen ‘The Fear”

2008: Girls Aloud — Call The Shots

Shortlist: Goldfrapp ‘A&E’ + Sugababes ‘About You Now’ + Leona Lewis ‘Bleeding Love’ + Girls Aloud ‘Call The Shots’ + Dizzee Rascal feat Calvin Harris ‘Dance Wiv Me’ + Bloc Party ‘Flux’ + Daggers ‘Money’ + The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’ + Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse ‘Valeria’ + Hot Chip ‘Ready For The Floor’ + Groove Armada feat Mutya Buena ‘Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)’ + Little Boots ‘Stuck On Repeat’

2007: Amy Winehouse — Rehab

Shortlist: Calvin Harris ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ + Jamelia ‘Beware Of The Dog’ + Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘Catch You’ + Siobhan Donaghy ‘Don’t Give It Up’ + Kate Nash ‘Foundations’ + Roisin Murphy ‘Overpowered’ + Robbie Williams ‘She’s Madonna’ + Boot Luv ‘Shine’ + Girls Aloud ‘Something Kinda Ooooh’ + Mark Ronson ‘Stop Me’ + Amy Winehouse ‘Rehab’ + Bodyrox feat Luciana ‘Yeah Yeah’

2006: Girls Aloud — Biology

Shortlist: Girls Aloud ‘Biology’ + Gorillaz ‘Dare’ + Ladytron ‘Destroy Everything You Touch’ + Rachel Stevens ‘I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)’ + Goldfrapp ‘Number One’ + Hot Chip ‘Over And Over’ + Sugababes ‘Push The Button’ + Lily Allen ‘Smile’ + Muse ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ + Matt Willis ‘Up All Night’ + Delays ‘Valentine’ + Will Young ‘Who Am I’

2005: Girls Aloud — Wake Me Up

Shortlist: Charlotte Church ‘Crazy Chick’ + Verbalicious ‘Don’t Play Nice’ + The 411 ‘Dumb’ + Kaiser Chiefs ‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’ + Mylo ‘In My Arms’ + Shapeshifters ‘Lola’s Theme’ + Rachel Stevens ‘Negotiate With Love’ + Basement Jaxx ‘Oh My Gosh’ + Goldfrapp ‘Ooh La La’ + Uniting Nations ‘Out Of Touch’ + Robbie Williams ‘Radio’ + Girls Aloud “Wake Me Up’

2004: Rachel Stevens — Some Girls

Shortlist: Busted ‘Crashed The Wedding’ + McFly ‘5 Colours In Her Hair’ + Sugababes ‘Hole In The Head’ + Will Young ‘Leave Right Now’ + Emma Bunton ‘Maybe’ + Shaznay Lewis ‘Never Felt Like This Before’ + Girls Aloud ‘The Show’ + Rachel Stevens ‘Some Girls’ + Keane ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ + Jamelia ‘Superstar’ + Javine ‘Surrender’ + Rachel Stevens ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’

2003: Girls Aloud — No Good Advice

Shortlist: Abs ‘Stop Sign’ + Amy Studt ‘Misfit’ + Busted ‘What I Go To School For’ + Daniel Bedingfield ‘If You’re Not The One’ + Girls Aloud ‘No Good Advice’ + Ladytron ‘Seventeen’ + Lisa Scott-Lee ‘Lately’ [Public choice] + Mis-teeq ‘Scandalous’ + Richard X vs Liberty X ‘Being Nobody’ + S Club Juniors ‘New Direction’ + S Club ‘Say Goodbye’ + Sugababes ‘Round Round’


You can’t put a price on great art.

But if you really have to, it’s £20.