Sorry. Can't help myself but this should be the last one
1. Ito '89 - I mean, could there really be any other choice? Garnering 6.0s, this program would've probably won throughout the 1990s and 2000s pre-CoP!
2. Witt '87 - Witt at her best with 5 triples including the 3loop and selling the hell out of WSS like only she could. Got 6.0s on the 2d mark, too.
3. Biellmann '81 - 3z ahead of its time. She only did 3 triples total but the speed, power, edges, height of the jumps and incredible spins, along with improved choreography means that this holds up well over time.
4. Zayak '82 - 6 triples at this time! makes up for the fact that she only did 3t and 3s because everything was done with entrances, combos, sequences, speed and power, good, centered spins, and exuberance. You also can't deny the emotional factor of this performance, moving from 7th to 1st.
5. Witt '84 - starts off with a powerful 2z-3t. Witt did everything really well but she would develop more artistry and connection later.
6. Sumners '83 - a skater's skater, she skated with probably the best posture with great stroking which was able to generate decent speed. The program was like one long, connecting move! However, only 3 triples IIRC and somewhat wonky landings.
7. Witt '85 - she attacked even more than in '84 but watered down the 2z-3t to a simpler 3t-2t
8. Thomas '86 - This program was actually beaten by Witt's WSS, which was weaker than her '87 WSS. She wasn't consistent yet with the 3l and was no longer doing the amazing 2x-3t. The opening triple jumps were a little wonky. The stag leap-3t-2t was nice though.
9. Witt '88 - 'Carmen' was not as great as 'Gershwin' or 'WSS' with less going on, more poorly structured and additionally, she popped an axel, doubled her hardest combo to 2s-2f -seq. and her other 3sal was barely held onto. Cracks in the iron facade!
10. Poetzsch '80 - Just as Trenary's '90 performance may have belonged to the '80s, this performance belonged in the 70s; 1 triple, clunky performance, anyone other than Witt doing Jutta Mueller's choreography was She was beaten [again] by Fratianne in this phase of the competition.