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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 5: (Songs Under 3 Minutes)

Part 4: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=48872

This whole shindig has been going for over a year, but if you're new to it all, let me briefly explain: Quick List Vote Game (or QLVG for short) is a 5 stage voting game that takes place across a fortnight. The aim is to take a list of 100 songs and eliminate the bottom 20 songs per voting each round until there are just 20 songs left and a winner is crowned from that. Voting is done by selecting some 25-40% of the remaining songs each round and submitting it to my memo inbox before the voting deadline, which comes up at 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Scoring in each round works as simple: regardless of how many songs you vote for, your #1 vote will score 40 points, and each subsequent song will score 1 point less, going down to #40 votes in round 1 scoring just 1 point. With each new round, you are free to adjust how many songs you wish to vote for, either for strategy or personal reasons, so long as it complies with the range that is set for that voting round. If you miss a round of voting, your previous round's votes will be re-used with a 20% penalty (so your top vote will get 32 points, #2 gets 31.2, etc), and your vote will consist of as many of your previously voted songs as possible, provided it doesn't go over the limit. This means that someone who voted 25 songs in round 1, could potentially be made to vote for 25 songs again in round 2. The 20% penalty stacks upon successive rounds. Meanwhile, to grant some purpose to your earlier votes, from round 2 onwards, I take 25% of a song's total points scored and add them to the total for the next round. In the event of a tie in points between two eliminated songs, if possible the tie will be broken by the number of (active) voters, and then the top vote received for the round. If that is not possible, the songs will be considered tied for ranking purposes. If this happens on the cusp of the elimination line (eg two songs tie at #80 for round 1) and the tie cannot be broken, all the tied songs will proceed into the next round, barring an extreme circumstance where there are somehow more than 20 songs scoring 0 points. In the interest of fairness, I will always lock in my own vote before the game begins, and I will be unable to adjust the order or proportion of my vote after that.

The list of songs included in each game is determined through a number of ways. Generally speaking, the songs will have to match a pre-determined theme, or feature on a certain list of songs that has been chosen. Typically, the theme will be chosen by a vote between multiple different themes, and from that, a voting process takes place in the Qualifying thread to determine the 100 songs that will compete in the next round. These Qualifying rounds typically open up on the Tuesday after a new QLVG is posted.
Retired Champions
Years & Years - King (2015 ARIA End Of Year)
La Roux - Bulletproof (2006-2015 Hottest 100 Top 10s)
Britney Spears - Toxic (2000-2016 ARIA Top 10s)
All Saints - Pure Shores (Girl Groups)
The Prodigy - Breathe (1990-1999 ARIA Top 10s)
Flight Facilities feat. Christine Hoberg - Clair de lune (Artists with 1 ARIA Top 50 hit)
a-ha - Take On Me (Debut singles)
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar - F**kin' Problems (Songs with <3.00 review averages)
Powderfinger - These Days (Movie soundtrack songs)
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (Songs with male & female vocals)
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (#1 hit follow-ups)
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child (non-AU/UK/US/IE/CA artists)
James Blake - Retrograde (non-top 50 artists)
The Presets - My People (Australian artists)
Alexis Jordan - Happiness (One-word titles)
Dua Lipa - Be The One (2016 ARIA End Of Year)
Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016 Hottest 100)
A Tribe Called Quest - We The People.... (2016 Favourites)
Michael Jackson - Thriller (Title tracks)
Bastille - Pompeii (Geographical tracks)
Evanescence - My Immortal (Unmentioned titles)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me (ACI Hits)
Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows (10 letter titles)
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (#1 Hits Around The World)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough (First Time QLVG Artists)
Foo Fighters - Everlong (Top 10 Alternative Songs hits)
Lana Del Rey - Video Games (Non-Top 20 singles on #1 albums)
Regurgitator - Black Bugs (Animal songs)
The Chemical Brothers - Go (Artists Over 40)
Portishead - Glory Box (Songs with samples)
David Bowie - "Heroes" (Noun songs)
Pulp - Common People (5+ Minute songs)
Placebo - Pure Morning (LGBTI+ artists)
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (1970s tracks)
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart ('Love' songs)
Concrete Blonde - Joey (Songs with first names)
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A simple game to kick off a new thread, songs whose titles refer to all manner of nouns

AC/DC - T.N.T.
After The Fall - Mirror Mirror
Alpine - Gasoline
alt-J - Breezeblocks
Ammonia - Drugs
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bee Gees - Words
Bertie Blackman - Thump
Best Coast - Boyfriend
Beyoncé - Halo
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Vitriol
Bon Iver - Blood Bank
Bring Me The Horizon - Happy Song
Bruno Mars - Grenade
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
CHVRCHES - Gun
D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty - Broccoli
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne and T.I. - Soldier
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith - Omen
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Emma Louise - Jungle
Everything Everything - Cough Cough
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
Gary Numan - Cars
George Michael - Faith
Girls Aloud - Biology
Grenadiers - Summer
Grinspoon - Chemical Heart
Hole - Malibu
Interpol - Evil
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Jewel - Foolish Games
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Kate Bush - The Big Sky
Klaxons - Echoes
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce - Telephone
Lana Del Rey - Love
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
Little Mix - Power
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Green Light
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Midnight Juggernauts - Tombstone
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Muse - Bliss
Mystery Jets feat. Laura Marling - Young Love
Neil Young - Old Man
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nirvana - Lithium
OutKast - Roses
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Pixx - Waterslides
Portishead - Roads
Prince & The New Power Generation - Cream
Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
Radiohead - Airbag
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Rammstein - Amerika
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Robbie Williams - Angels
Rollins Band - Liar
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire
Sean Paul - Temperature
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Fireworks
Snakadaktal - Air
Something For Kate - Monsters
The Automatic - Monster
The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
The Chemical Brothers feat. The Flaming Lips - The Golden Path
The Cure - Lullaby
The Cure - Plainsong
The Killers - Bones
The Members - Radio
The Middle East - Blood
The Prodigy - Omen
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
The Smiths - Cemetery Gates
The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
The Supermen Lovers - Starlight
The xx - Islands
TLC - Creep
Touch Sensitive - Pizza Guy
Travis Scott - Antidote
Tyler Touche - Baguette
Way Of The Eagle feat. Dan Sultan - Rattlesnake
Wolfmother - Woman
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Phenomena

Participation in this game is as simple as determining your Top 25 to 40 selections and submitting them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. Look out for a new qualifying game thread tomorrow which will detail 5 minute+ songs.
#100. Prince & The New Power Generation - Cream

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#99. Rammstein - Amerika

Points - 3
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #38


#98. The Members - Radio

Points - 9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #35


#97. Lana Del Rey - Love

Points - 11
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #30


#96. Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Points - 14
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #27


What's that coming over the hill, it's the results in fact. It would seem for many of us this was quite a tough one to pin down votes so we've got some heavy hitters leaving early. Notably not being able to catch a break is "Cream", as Prince's other entry has taken the spotlight this time around. Rammstein have a wunderbar time with "Amerika" at #99 while I got an immense radio flashback via the members who nominated The Members. Despite being a UK band, the song "Radio" seemingly only caught on as a big hit on these shores. Things end up a bit more modern with the first single from Lana Del Rey's latest album, "Love" at #97, while we remain remorseful with Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" at #96.
#95. Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies

Points - 16
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #25


#94. The Chemical Brothers feat. The Flaming Lips - The Golden Path

Points - 18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #23


#93. Jewel - Foolish Games

Points - 20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#92. Bring Me The Horizon - Happy Song

Points - 24
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


Fleetwood Mac bring us sweet little melodies with "Little Lies" at #95, while we get the only ever appearance in a Hottest 100 for The Flaming Lips, teaming up with The Chemical Brothers on "The Golden Path", the. One of the biggest hits on the Billboard charts of all time is Jewel's "Foolish Games" (when doubled with "You Were Meant For Me"), landing at #93, while Bring Me The Horizon write 10 second verses for you to sing along in their "Happy Song"
=#90. Sean Paul - Temperature

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


=#90. Travis Scott - Antidote

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


#89. Grenadiers - Summer

Points - 27
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #14


#88. Snakadaktal - Air

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#87. Little Mix - Power

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#86. Bruno Mars - Grenade

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


We're back to all one word titles now, starting with Sean Paul's 2nd Billboard #1 single keeping you warm at #90. It's tied with Travis Scott's breakout hit "Antidote" which comes in the midst of a recent viral video hit with a newscaster dropping loads of Travis Scott references because why not https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDsw3dVYQHc We go to the local Unearthed side of things for the next two, with Grenadiers' pumping summer anthem "Summer" sitting next to the rather contrasting "Air" for Snakadaktal. Little Mix have a big hit that seems unwilling the cross from the UK shores in "Power", while Bruno Mars has a much larger hit with his #1 smash "Grenade".
#85. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Fireworks

Points - 33
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#84. Robbie Williams - Angels

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


=#82. Ammonia - Drugs

Points - 35
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


=#82. The Smiths - Cemetry Gates

Points - 35
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


#81. Pixx - Waterslides

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


I continue to be marvelled by the Siouxsie and the Banshees songs I'm introduced to, the latest one being "Fireworks" which lands here at #85. Meanwhile Robbie Williams has his career defining hit "Angels" next up at #84, and then there's a tie with The Smiths' "Cemetry Gates" (which is not to be confused with the correctly spelled Pantera song), and '90s Australian band Ammonia with "Drugs". Finishing off the proceedings is a recent track, with the delightfully upbeat stylings of Pixx's "Waterslides".
The list may look stacked already, but we've got a long way to go from here, with these 80 continuing on

AC/DC - T.N.T.
After The Fall - Mirror Mirror
Alpine - Gasoline
alt-J - Breezeblocks
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bee Gees - Words
Bertie Blackman - Thump
Best Coast - Boyfriend
Beyoncé - Halo
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Vitriol
Bon Iver - Blood Bank
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
CHVRCHES - Gun
D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty - Broccoli
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne and T.I. - Soldier
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith - Omen
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Emma Louise - Jungle
Everything Everything - Cough Cough
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
Gary Numan - Cars
George Michael - Faith
Girls Aloud - Biology
Grinspoon - Chemical Heart
Hole - Malibu
Interpol - Evil
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Kate Bush - The Big Sky
Klaxons - Echoes
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce - Telephone
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Green Light
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Midnight Juggernauts - Tombstone
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Muse - Bliss
Mystery Jets feat. Laura Marling - Young Love
Neil Young - Old Man
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nirvana - Lithium
OutKast - Roses
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Portishead - Roads
Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
Radiohead - Airbag
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Rollins Band - Liar
SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire
Something For Kate - Monsters
The Automatic - Monster
The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
The Cure - Lullaby
The Cure - Plainsong
The Killers - Bones
The Middle East - Blood
The Prodigy - Omen
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
The Supermen Lovers - Starlight
The xx - Islands
TLC - Creep
Touch Sensitive - Pizza Guy
Tyler Touche - Baguette
Way Of The Eagle feat. Dan Sultan - Rattlesnake
Wolfmother - Woman
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Phenomena

I implore you to make the most of your opportunity to influence these results. Get around it by determining your Top 20 to 32 selections from here and submitting it to me by 6pm on Friday. The qualifying game is up and running, and the ACI is also ready to take your votes.
#80. Best Coast - Boyfriend

Round by round: 75-80

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#79. Kate Bush - The Big Sky

Round by round: 78-79

Points - 28
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #13


#78. Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce - Telephone

Round by round: 72-78

Points - 29.6
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#77. AC/DC - T.N.T.

Round by round: 68-77

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#76. Rollins Band - Liar

Round by round: 79-76

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


Sorry for the wait! We kick things off with the lo-fi stylings of Best Coast at #80, sitting right next to the larger than life stylings of Kate Bush at #79. Dropping off surprisingly early is Lady Gaga & Beyonce's big turn of the decade hit "Telephone" at #78, while AC/DC keep things similarly monumentous with "T.N.T." at #77. We then go for a crazy turn with Henry Rollins at #76 with "Liar".
#75. The Automatic - Monster

Round by round: 73-75

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#74. Wolfmother - Woman

Round by round: 80-74

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#73. Way Of The Eagle feat. Dan Sultan - Rattlesnake

Round by round: 74-73

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#72. The Cure - Plainsong

Round by round: 70-72

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#71. Kraftwerk - Autobahn

Round by round: 69-71

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


For real this time, what appears to be coming over the hill is indeed "Monster" by The Automatic at #75. Wolfmother rock out with one of their earliest hits "Woman" at #74. At #73 we have Way Of The Eagle, the much more pronounceable moniker of Jan Skubiszewski who you might recognise as having produced such Hottest 100 hits as "Eliza", "Brighter Than Gold", "Raiders" or "It Can Wait". The Cure have the first of their two entries here with "Plainsong" at #72, while for all the fahn fahn fahns of the "Autobahn", Kraftwerk appear at #71. Autobahn is in fact the name of a specific highway in Germany, but it's also the literal word for highway in German as well.
#70. Muse - Bliss

Round by round: 67-70

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#69. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Phenomena

Round by round: 57-69

Points - 52
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#68. Jessie Ware - Midnight

Round by round: 60-68

Points - 53.8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#67. The Middle East - Blood

Round by round: 49-67

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#66. Alpine - Gasoline

Round by round: 65-66

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


In a manner similar to Linkin Park's "Faint", you can remember the chorus to Muse's "Bliss", not because the title is in there, but because a word that sounds a lot like it ('peace') is there instead. Either would have made Muse eligible so it doesn't matter really. Then there's the "Phenomenon" of Yeah Yeah Yeahs having the fitting finish at #69. Only released a month ago, I have nothing but high praise to give for Jessie Ware's "Midnight" which lands at #68, landing behind some moderately nostalgic Australian tunes in The Middle East's "Blood" and Alpine's "Gasoline".
#65. Mystery Jets feat. Laura Marling - Young Love

Round by round: 46-65

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#64. Neil Young - Old Man

Round by round: 77-64

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#63. Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger

Round by round: 58-63

Points - 55.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#62. Bon Iver - Blood Bank

Round by round: 61-62

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#61. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith - Omen

Round by round: 71-61

Points - 56.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


We're playing opposites now, at #65 we have "Young Love" from the Mystery Jets, sitting next to "Old Man" from Neil Young. Depending on the context, you could see both sides at play considering #63 is "Gold Digger" by Kanye West. Rounding off this lot however, is the decidedly difficult to play on words "Blood Bank" from Bon Iver, and the first of two songs called "Omen", thus sparing me the potential of accidentally muddling up the points, as Disclosure take #61.
And I'm gonna bounce as I've got work to do but I'll leave you with these 60 songs to ponder over!

After The Fall - Mirror Mirror
alt-J - Breezeblocks
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bee Gees - Words
Bertie Blackman - Thump
Beyoncé - Halo
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Vitriol
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
CHVRCHES - Gun
D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty - Broccoli
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne and T.I. - Soldier
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Emma Louise - Jungle
Everything Everything - Cough Cough
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
Gary Numan - Cars
George Michael - Faith
Girls Aloud - Biology
Grinspoon - Chemical Heart
Hole - Malibu
Interpol - Evil
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Klaxons - Echoes
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Green Light
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Midnight Juggernauts - Tombstone
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nirvana - Lithium
OutKast - Roses
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Portishead - Roads
Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
Radiohead - Airbag
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire
Something For Kate - Monsters
The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
The Cure - Lullaby
The Killers - Bones
The Prodigy - Omen
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
The Supermen Lovers - Starlight
The xx - Islands
TLC - Creep
Touch Sensitive - Pizza Guy
Tyler Touche - Baguette


In order to keep things organised though, said pondering would be best achieved by determining your Top 15 to 24 selections for my inbox to acquiesce, provided you do so by 6pm on Monday. ACI can take your votes, Qualifying thread can take your votes, your weekend can be good I hope.
#60. Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness

Round by round: 56-57-60

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#59. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand

Round by round: 31-38-59

Points - 54.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


#58. Klaxons - Echoes

Round by round: 26-35-58

Points - 55
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#57. The Prodigy - Omen

Round by round: 45-55-57

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#56. The Supermen Lovers - Starlight

Round by round: 24-31-56

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Starting on a wordier side we have the #60 going to Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness", the 2nd time she has appeared in this list, and she does so next to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, with one of their biggest singles "Red Right Hand". Klaxons staged their comeback in 2010 to some effect with #58's "Echoes", while another comeback is in at #57 as we have the second "Omen" in this list, this time from The Prodigy, which proved a monster hit in the UK. Lastly is the ridiculous early 2000s hit "Starlight".
=#54. D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty - Broccoli

Round by round: 47-52-54

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


=#54. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold

Round by round: 51-60-54

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#53. alt-J - Breezeblocks

Round by round: 52-58-53

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#52. Elton John - Tiny Dancer

Round by round: 50-42-52

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#51. Everything Everything - Cough Cough

Round by round: 53-56-51

Points - 64.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


Everyone's favourite hit about vegetation and nothing else is D.R.A.M.'s "Broccoli" which comes in at #54. It has peculiar company next to it with The Stone Roses' super extended jam "Fools Gold" (also a reminder that the 5+ Minute qualifying game is still going). For many, an introduction to alt-J's zany world came with "Breezeblocks" at #53, while Elton John lands at #52 with one of his most beloved tracks in "Tiny Dancer". Finishing up the first half is current triple j feature stars Everything Everything, going back to their 2nd album with "Cough Cough".
#50. Tyler Touche - Baguette

Round by round: 35-48-50

Points - 65
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#49. The xx - Islands

Round by round: 48-51-49

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#48. The Bravery - An Honest Mistake

Round by round: 54-59-48

Points - 65.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#47. Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne & T.I. - Soldier

Round by round: 76-54-47

Points - 67
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#46. Modest Mouse - Dashboard

Round by round: 36-49-46

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


Then we've got a triple j Unearthed success story in Tyler Touche's "Baguette" at #50. The rest of this set is back to the '00s though, starting right near the end with The xx's "Islands" at #49, we've then got ultimate landfill indie with The Bravery at #48, and a return of Destiny's Child's "Soldier" at #47. Lastly it's Modest Mouse's modest return on the star making power of "Float On" as they scored another hit in "Dashboard" at #46.
#45. Little Mix - Touch

Round by round: 66-43-45

Points - 69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#44. Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop

Round by round: 44-53-44

Points - 70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#43. Ellie Goulding - Lights

Round by round: 64-45-43

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#42. Touch Sensitive - Pizza Guy

Round by round: 41-47-42

Points - 71.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#41. Emma Louise - Jungle

Round by round: 33-32-41

Points - 74.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


Just a touch more voting power could have seen Little Mix through to the next round, but alas "Touch" remains at #45. They sit next to strange company with the Ramones at #44 with one of their most popular songs "Blitzkrieg Bop", aka 'hey, ho, let's go'. Ellie Goulding has "Lights" at #43, the song that was for some reason massive in the US and nowhere else, while Touch Sensitive brings some instrumental flair to #42 with "Pizza Guy". Just shy of the next round is Emma Louise with her oft-remixed hit "Jungle".
Once again I'm in a hurry but here's your list

After The Fall - Mirror Mirror
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bee Gees - Words
Bertie Blackman - Thump
Beyoncé - Halo
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Vitriol
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
CHVRCHES - Gun
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
Gary Numan - Cars
George Michael - Faith
Girls Aloud - Biology
Grinspoon - Chemical Heart
Hole - Malibu
Interpol - Evil
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Lorde - Green Light
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Midnight Juggernauts - Tombstone
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nirvana - Lithium
OutKast - Roses
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Portishead - Roads
Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
Radiohead - Airbag
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire
Something For Kate - Monsters
The Cure - Lullaby
The Killers - Bones
TLC - Creep

We'll need to keep cutting it down though so I ask that you contribute via manner of determining your Top 10 to 16 selections and memo-ing them to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#40. SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon - Wildfire

Round by round: 54-44-34-40

Points - 81.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#39. Portishead - Roads

Round by round: 21-25-37-39

Points - 87.3
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#38. Bertie Blackman - Thump

Round by round: 17-23-24-38

Points - 89.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#37. OutKast - Roses

Round by round: 23-37-33-37

Points - 89.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#36. Radiohead - Airbag

Round by round: 40-50-38-36

Points - 96.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1

So today I found out I nearly made it into a Guinness Book of World Records, but in more relevant news I have the latest eliminations. Kicking it off is the delightful SBTRKT/Little Dragon collaboration "Wildfire" which I didn't know existed until it got voted into the Hottest 100, which is not usual for me. Unable to go back to back, but still finishing strongly is another strong cut from Portishead's "Dummy" in "Roads" at #39. Bertie Blackman has what I still think is the blueprint for Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" with "Thump" at #38, while OutKast have one of the stranger big pop hits around with "Roses" at #37. Finishing off, we have the opening track to Radiohead's "OK Computer" with "Airbag" at #36.
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#35. Beyoncé - Halo

Round by round: 63-34-26-35

Points - 100.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#34. Nirvana - Lithium

Round by round: 39-27-39-34

Points - 109.1
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#33. After The Fall - Mirror Mirror

Round by round: 38-46-40-33

Points - 109.8
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#32. Midnight Juggernauts - Tombstone

Round by round: 27-39-36-32

Points - 110.35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#31. Grinspoon - Chemical Heart

Round by round: 28-40-35-31

Points - 112.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


Ever remaining as one of her biggest catalogue sellers, Beyonce lands at #35 with "Halo", while Nirvana see another strong finish, this time with a different "Nevermind" cut in "Lithium" at #34. We then turn to Australia in the 2000s for the rest, After The Fall with the quick and frantic "Mirror Mirror" at #33, while Midnight Juggernauts slow things down with "Tombstone" at #32, and Grinspoon slow down even more for their hugely successful "Chemical Heart" at #31.
#30. The Killers - Bones

Round by round: 30-41-32-30

Points - 113.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#29. Girls Aloud - Biology

Round by round: 62-29-31-29

Points - 115.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#28. Bee Gees - Words

Round by round: 59-28-22-28

Points - 117.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#27. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Round by round: 43-30-29-27

Points - 119.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#26. Bluejuice - Vitriol

Round by round: 16-20-20-26

Points - 121.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Very nearly matching their Hottest 100 position, The Killers take the 2nd single from their 2nd album to #30 with "Bones". It leads us into a rather eclectic mix as Girls Aloud have their upbeat stomper "Biology" next to one of the Bee Gees very first hits "Words" at #28. Nicki Minaj takes a fascinating route into pop success with "Super Bass" at #27 while Bluejuice remain fascinating for totally different reasons with their triple j airplay monster "Vitriol".
#25. Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)

Round by round: 34-26-30-25

Points - 122.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#24. TLC - Creep

Round by round: 19-33-27-24

Points - 123.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#23. Something For Kate - Monsters

Round by round: 15-22-28-23

Points - 125.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#22. Jordin Sparks - Battlefield

Round by round: 42-36-23-22

Points - 129
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#21. CHVRCHES - Gun

Round by round: 18-21-25-21

Points - 129.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


We go into some classic R&B territory with a weird hybrid of gospel pop via Mary Mary's "Shackles" at #25, which sits next to TLC's huge US #1 hit "Creep" at #24. We find a second Hottest 100 runner up in this section as Something For Kate take "Monsters" to #23, sitting behind Jordin Sparks' still much regarded power ballad "Battlefield" at #22. Just falling short at the last hurdle is CHVRCHES' glorious electro pop triumph with "Gun".
And so that leaves us with 20

Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bloc Party - Banquet
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Frank Ocean - Pyramids
Gary Numan - Cars
George Michael - Faith
Hole - Malibu
Interpol - Evil
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Lorde - Green Light
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
The Cure - Lullaby

But you shan't leave the result to the will of causality, make sure to leave your imprint on it (unless of course causality wills that you intend to do that). But ignore my nonsense are merely select your Top 5 to 8 from here, I'll tally it up on 6pm Friday. There is also precious little spots remaining in the Qualifying game as I run this, and the ACI is open for business as well.
#20. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Round by round: 22-15-10-09-20

Points - 41.69
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#19. Joy Division - Atmosphere

Round by round: 25-24-17-13-19

Points - 108.56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


A theme I've noticed with this game a lot lately is Radiohead's attraction to the #20, or at least a lot of their songs seem to fall just a tiny bit short of the final round. "Street Spirit" does the opposite, doing a mighty haul to get through to the last round, but losing all its voting support this round to fall back to #20. Meanwhile Joy Division bring "Atmosphere" back for a 2nd turn after appearing in the Worldwide #1's game. That time around they fell short in round 4, but now they're new and improved up to #19.
#18. Hole - Malibu

Round by round: 12-13-11-12-18

Points - 109
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#17. Gary Numan - Cars

Round by round: 10-16-13-11-17

Points - 111.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Hole are somewhat lucky to appear here as they only got across the line thanks to a last minute vote correction. They've wound up with a relatively steady run just staying in the 10s. That might be the best way to go, as Gary Numan did something similar while living in "Cars", which ends up unluckily at its lowest position of #17.
#16. Christina Aguilera - Fighter

Round by round: 29-17-16-19-16

Points - 139.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#15. Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway

Round by round: 06-05-12-18-15

Points - 140.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


The 3rd song here to have started outside the top 20, Christina Aguilera brings the pomp with her mighty "Fighter" at #16, while Kanye West takes that pomp away (or perhaps just transforms it) in his extremely introspective "Runaway". Snek.
#14. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

Round by round: 08-12-15-20-14

Points - 141.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#13. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella

Round by round: 32-19-21-17-13

Points - 143.65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


With one of the most iconic music videos of the '80s, Peter Gabriel has "Sledgehammer" smashing its way through to #14. Things then get decidedly more modern as Rihanna has constantly improving positions with "Umbrella", a song that once came very close to winning this game a year ago.
#12. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

Round by round: 37-18-19-16-12

Points - 145.7
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#11. Interpol - Evil

Round by round: 05-11-09-15-11

Points - 147.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Lady Gaga has a similar story for "Bad Romance", which originally landed at #6 in the 10 letter game. This time around she doubles it with a still impressive #12. Just missing the top 10 this time is Interpol's ever popular "Evil".
#10. George Michael - Faith

Round by round: 11-07-14-10-10

Points - 152.1
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#9. Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Round by round: 09-10-06-04-09

Points - 155.23
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Due to the unfortunate timing of George Michael passing away at peak gift card sales, "Faith" only just barely sneaked into the ARIA top 50 the next week and was his only song there apart from "Last Christmas". Not that it's not a worthy choice of course, with its popularity here paying dividends in a #10 finish. It sits alongside a perennial top 10 sitter with another iconic music video via Beastie Boys' "Sabotage".
#8. Bloc Party - Banquet

Round by round: 04-04-08-07-08

Points - 156.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#7. Massive Attack - Teardrop

Round by round: 13-09-05-05-07

Points - 158.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


A huge breakout hit for Bloc Party over a decade ago now, and perhaps still their most popular song, "Banquet" takes its syncopated rhythms to #8 this time around. Meanwhile Massive Attack had a tremendously successful run in the game this time, "Teardrop" sits at #7 which is just now the first of their two entries in the list.
#6. Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret

Round by round: 20-14-18-14-06

Points - 180.01
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#5. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

Round by round: 14-08-07-08-05

Points - 186.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


And that other Massive Attack song is right here. Not at #6 but at #5 with "Unfinished Symphony" overtaking "Teardrop" for the first time in this crucial round. The two songs sandwich Prince's second entry, which considerably makes up for "Cream"'s false start as "Raspberry Beret" has a huge finish at #6.
#4. Lorde - Green Light

Round by round: 07-06-04-03-04

Points - 218.29
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#3. Frank Ocean - Pyramids

Round by round: 02-03-03-06-03

Points - 222.8
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


The only 2017 track to get through to the top 60 this time around was Lorde's "Green Light", and she didn't squander it with a big finish at #4, perhaps she'll be one to watch when it comes to 2017 end of year QLVG festivities? The next song is hyping us up for the next 2 QLVG games, with Frank Ocean's immense "Pyramids" bringing up the bronze.
#2. The Cure - Lullaby

Round by round: 03-02-02-02-02

Points - 231.06
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#1. David Bowie - "Heroes"

Round by round: 01-01-01-01-01

Points - 341
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


In a way that I've been tracking the scores, this has been one of the less surprising results we've encountered, I'm not sure how it was for you. That being said, I only refer to the very top, as I'm quite surprised to see The Cure landing all the way up at #2 with one of their odder, but bigger hits in "Lullaby". As for the top of the table, it was never going to anyone other than Bowie, who after many close calls, finally has his first winning song with "Heroes" smashing all the competition by over 100 points.
That's another game wrapped up, as always I thank you all for participating, or even if you're just reading along that's cool too. If you've not peeped the qualifying thread, you should know that the next game will be looking at particularly lengthy songs, so hopefully I don't overwork myself making a Spotify playlist for myself this weekend The next qualifying game will start on Tuesday looking at songs by LGBTI+ artists, see you then!
Time for a new round, it took me a long time to listen through on Spotify because all of these songs are 5 minutes long

ABBA - Chiquitita
Air - La Femme D'Argent
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Ash - Shining Light
Ball Park Music - Pariah
Battles - Atlas
Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga - Video Phone
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Blur - For Tomorrow
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Car Seat Headrest - Vincent
Chairlift - Amanaemonesia
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
Coldplay - The Scientist
Counting Crows - Round Here
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Death In Vegas - Hands Around My Throat
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
DJ Khaled feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Future, August Alsina & Rick Ross - Do You Mind
Elbow - One Day Like This
Elton John - Bennie and the Jets
Elton John - Nikita
Faker - Sleepwalking
Filter - Take A Picture
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
George Michael - Freedom! '90
Gomez - We Haven't Turned Around
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Groove Armada - Paper Romance
Hiatus Kaiyote - By Fire
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Janet Jackson - Together Again
Jebediah - Feet Touch The Ground
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Julia Holter - Betsy On The Roof
Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi - Gorgeous
Kanye West feat. Nas & Really Doe - We Major
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Metallica - One
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Neon Indian - Slumlord
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Pearl Jam - Black
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Public Image Ltd. - Rise
Pulp - Common People
Pulp - This Is Hardcore
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queens Of The Stone Age - The Evil Has Landed
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Rage Against The Machine - Bullet In The Head
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Silverchair - Emotion Sickness
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
Smashing Pumpkins - Rhinoceros
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels/Broken
Television - Marquee Moon
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Cat Empire - The Chariot
The Cure - Pictures of You
The Mars Volta - L' Via L'Viaquez
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
The Sisters of Mercy - More
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The The - This Is The Day
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
The War On Drugs - Thinking Of A Place
Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song
Tool - Schism
U2- All I Want Is You
Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX
Vera Blue - Mended


In order to participate, you'll need to determine your Top 25 to 40 in order and submit it to me by 6pm on Wednesday. Also tomorrow we'll have the new qualifying game so look out for that.
#100. Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga - Video Phone

Points - 6
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #35


#99. The Smashing Pumpkins - Rhinoceros

Points - 12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #35


#98. DJ Khaled feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Future, August Alsina & Rick Ross - Do You Mind

Points - 14
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #27


#97. Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song

Points - 17
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#96. Air - La Femme D'Argent

Points - 18
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


Starting this off, is one of the two members of the very specific grouping of songs by Lady Gaga & Beyonce released in 2009 that pertain to phones, as "Video Phone" kicks us off. We then go to pre-megafame Smashing Pumpkins with the most popular cut off "Gish" (based on Spotify plays at least), "Rhinoceros" at #99. Then DJ Khaled brings us a mega-collab in the form of 2016's "Do You Mind" at #98. It was unlucky not to crack the top 50 here, a similar case for Toni Braxton's track "Another Sad Love Song" at #97, while Air reel things back in at #96 with "La Femme D'Argent".
#95. Elbow - One Day Like This

Points - 20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#94. Queens Of The Stone Age - The Evil Has Landed

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#93. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#92. The War On Drugs - Thinking Of A Place

Points - 27
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #14


#91. Ball Park Music - Pariah

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


Elbow have a fan favourite that turned into an Olympic anthem with "One Day Like This" at #95. Queens Of The Stone Age are currently sitting at #1 on the ARIA Chart with their latest album, and the track "The Evil Has Landed" has recently given them their first ACI entry, while it lands at #94 here. The Rapture have arguably their most enduring song with "House Of Jealous Lovers" at #93, while The War On Drugs are ready to troll future EOY broadcasts with their 11 minute "Thinking Of A Place" at #92. Lastly is Ball Park Music with "Pariah", a song born out of the band's fondness for lengthy jams that had not previously been represented on their albums.
#90. Billy Idol - White Wedding

Points - 29
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #30


#89. Jebediah - Feet Touch The Ground

Points - 30
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#88. Julia Holter - Betsy On The Roof

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#87. Rage Against The Machine - Bullet In The Head

Points - 31
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#86. Groove Armada - Paper Romance

Points - 34
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7


A song I hadn't realised was so long before doing this is Billy Idol's "White Wedding" which comes in at #90 with plenty of low vote support. Jebediah just narrowly fit the qualifications of this round with the longest running of their Hottest 100 entries, "Feet Touch The Ground" at #89. Julia Holter provides us the delightful art pop of "Betsy On The Roof", while Rage Against The Machine are just slightly less peaceful on "Bullet In The Head". We finish with Groove Armada's 2010 hit "Paper Romance", whose length took me a long time to get used to having previously been used to the radio edit.
#85. Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#84. The Sisters Of Mercy - More

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#83. Sinead O'Connor - Troy

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#82. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#81. Chairlift - Amanaemonesia

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


The original super long first peek at a new Tame Impala album came in the form of "Apocalypse Dreams", which just narrowly missed the Hottest 100 but a few years later they'd send a similar song to the top 5. We then have gothic rockers The Sisters Of Mercy with their Alt #1 hit "More". At #83 is Sinead O'Connor's debut single "Troy", while we finish off in the 2010s, first with Disclosure's UK #2 hit "White Noise", and followed by the very much missed Chairlift and their "Amanaemonesia".
as we say godspeed to those 20 songs, these 80 persevere

ABBA - Chiquitita
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Ash - Shining Light
Battles - Atlas
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Blur - For Tomorrow
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Car Seat Headrest - Vincent
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
Coldplay - The Scientist
Counting Crows - Round Here
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Death In Vegas - Hands Around My Throat
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Elton John - Bennie and the Jets
Elton John - Nikita
Faker - Sleepwalking
Filter - Take A Picture
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
George Michael - Freedom! '90
Gomez - We Haven't Turned Around
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Hiatus Kaiyote - By Fire
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Janet Jackson - Together Again
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi - Gorgeous
Kanye West feat. Nas & Really Doe - We Major
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Metallica - One
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Neon Indian - Slumlord
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Pearl Jam - Black
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Public Image Ltd. - Rise
Pulp - Common People
Pulp - This Is Hardcore
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Silverchair - Emotion Sickness
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels/Broken
Television - Marquee Moon
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Cat Empire - The Chariot
The Cure - Pictures of You
The Mars Volta - L' Via L'Viaquez
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The The - This Is The Day
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
Tool - Schism
U2 - All I Want Is You
Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX
Vera Blue - Mended


It's up to you to determine how things go from here. Start by determining your Top 20 to 32 selections, and finish by submitting them to my inbox by 6pm on Wednesday. In case you were wondering, Billboard was delayed again so the ACI will be ready tonight.
#80. Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)

Round by round: 76-80

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#79. ABBA - Chiquitita

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#78. Elton John - Nikita

Round by round: 78-78

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#77. The Cat Empire - The Chariot

Round by round: 80-77

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#76. Pulp - This Is Hardcore

Round by round: 80-77

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


Kicking things off is Lauryn Hill's triumphant solo debut that sent her straight to #1 on the Hot 100 with "Doo Wop (That Thing)". We then go 30-40 years back in time for a rhyming couplet of ABBA's "Chiquitita" and Elton John's "Nikita". The Cat Empire have the curious honour of being the only band to make #100 in the Hottest 100 twice (alongside BOT/Karnivool's Kenny), doing it first with "The Chariot". Meanwhile in reaction to their commercial peak with "Different Class", Pulp followed up with the decidedly less commercially friendly "This Is Hardcore".
#75. Ash - Shining Light

Round by round: 66-75

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#74. Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi - Gorgeous

Round by round: 74-74

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#73. Black Sabbath - War Pigs

Round by round: 73-73

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#72. The Cure - Pictures Of You

Round by round: 75-72

Points - 50
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#71. Silverchair - Emotion Sickness

Round by round: 68-71

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


All grown up, early 2000s Ash give us the massive rock ballad "Shining Light". Kanye West launches a thousand memes with the lyrical dexterity of 2010's "Gorgeous". Kicking off Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" album is the monster "War Pigs", while we return to The Cure's "Disintegration" for "Pictures Of You" at #72. Silverchair finish off this set with their groan-inducing pun of "Emotion Sickness".
#70. Public Image Ltd. - Rise

Round by round: 65-70

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#69. Vera Blue - Mended

Round by round: 72-69

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#68. Hiatus Kaiyote - By Fire

Round by round: 70-68

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#67. Car Seat Headrest - Vincent

Round by round: 69-67

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#66. Kanye West feat. Nas & Really Doe - We Major

Round by round: 71-66

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


The first time I've been able to hear the connection to the Sex Pistols in Public Image Ltd., we've got "Rise" at #70. Meanwhile Vera Blue's been making the ACI 5 minutes longer for the past few months with one of her recent singles "Mended". Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote may not be super well known, but they can lay claim to having more Grammy nominations than Powderfinger, and also a fine #68 finish for "By Fire". Car Seat Headrest have some playful guitar noodling which I re-listened to because it helps you describe it yeah on "Vincent" at #67. Lastly is Kanye West's larger than life anthem and generally so nauuuuuts "We Major".
#65. Gomez - We Haven't Turned Around

Round by round: 63-65

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#64. U2 - All I Want Is You

Round by round: 60-64

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#63. Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

Round by round: 77-63

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#62. Janet Jackson - Together Again

Round by round: 61-62

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#61. My Bloody Valentine - Soon

Round by round: 64-61

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


Gomez oddly enough scored their biggest Hottest 100 hit with one of their least poppy singles, "We Haven't Turned Around" showing up at #65 here. A similar case comes with U2 scoring arguably their biggest chart hit with the similarly slow ballad "All I Want Is You". Parliament demand the funk via "Give Up The Funk" at #63 while Janet Jackson finally provides this section some pop catharsis via "Together Again" at #62. Just missing out on the next round is the closing track to My Bloody Valentine's seminal "Loveless" album.
That's another 20 songs down, and you can acquiesce the list of remaining songs here

Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Battles - Atlas
Billy Joel - Piano Man
Blur - For Tomorrow
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
Coldplay - The Scientist
Counting Crows - Round Here
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Death In Vegas - Hands Around My Throat
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Elton John - Bennie and the Jets
Faker - Sleepwalking
Filter - Take A Picture
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
George Michael - Freedom! '90
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Metallica - One
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Neon Indian - Slumlord
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Pearl Jam - Black
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Pulp - Common People
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels/Broken
Television - Marquee Moon
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Mars Volta - L' Via L'Viaquez
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The The - This Is The Day
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
Tool - Schism
Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX


Is it crunch time for your favourites, or are they going nowhere? You can provide some assistance by supplying your Top 15 to 24 selections to me by 6pm on Monday, after which I will do the unfortunate casualties list. The ACI can also take your votes, and have a good weekend.
#60. Metallica - One

Round by round: 51-57-60

Points - 74
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#59. Laurie Anderson - O Superman

Round by round: 55-60-59

Points - 74.7
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #9


#58. The Mars Volta - L'Via L'Viaquez

Round by round: 52-52-58

Points - 80.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


=#56. Death In Vegas - Hands Around My Throat

Round by round: 58-58-56

Points - 81.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


=#56. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Round by round: 59-59-56

Points - 81.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


Kicking things off, we have Metallica's commercial breakout hit "One", the first song they ever made a music video for. Laurie Anderson has one of the most bizarre songs to ever reach the UK #2 spot with "O Superman" at #59. The Mars Volta keep things particularly lengthy with "L'Via L'Viaquez" at #58, while the sole tie of the round comes from Death In Vegas' 2002 hit "Hands Around My Throat", sitting next to the title track from The Smiths' "The Queen Is Dead".
#55. The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection

Round by round: 56-56-55

Points - 84.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#54. sleepmakeswaves - Tundra

Round by round: 62-55-54

Points - 87.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#53. Blur - For Tomorrow

Round by round: 47-54-53

Points - 87.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#52. Tool - Schism

Round by round: 57-48-52

Points - 88.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#51. Billy Joel - Piano Man

Round by round: 45-39-51

Points - 90.65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


The Stone Roses are back again with another track on their self-titled album, landing in a similar place to "Fools Gold" is "I Am The Resurrection" at #55. Local band sleepmakeswaves bring some instrumental flair with "Tundra", while Blur have one of their earliest hits "For Tomorrow" at #53. One of Tool's biggest radio hits comes by way of "Schism" at #52, while missing out on the top half is Billy Joel's "Piano Man", which I have to note had nearly the exact same voters as Billy Idol did in round 1.
#50. Counting Crows - Round Here

Round by round: 40-41-50

Points - 90.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#49. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

Round by round: 48-49-49

Points - 90.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#48. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil

Round by round: 49-53-48

Points - 91.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#47. Elton John - Bennie and the Jets

Round by round: 37-36-47

Points - 92.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#46. Coldplay - The Scientist

Round by round: 54-51-46

Points - 93
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


The big ballad hit of Counting Crows' debut album, "Round Here" crashes in at #50. Arcade Fire inadvertently inspired a decade of indie music with "Rebellion (Lies)" at #49, while we can be pleased to meet The Rolling Stones at #48 with "Sympathy For The Devil". Elton John lifts the mood just a little with the controlled chaos of "Bennie and the Jets", while things finish off with one of Coldplay's most enduring tracks, "The Scientist".
#45. Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better

Round by round: 44-47-45

Points - 93.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#44. Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Round by round: 39-43-44

Points - 96.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#43. Childish Gambino - Redbone

Round by round: 29-32-43

Points - 96.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#42. Filter - Take A Picture

Round by round: 33-44-42

Points - 98.1
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#41. Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me

Round by round: 46-46-41

Points - 98.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Things continue to be sad with Sufjan Stevens' ode to his estranged, passed mother on "Should Have Known Better" at #45. It's followed by everyone's favourite hymn, "In The Garden Of Eden" by I. Ron Butterfly, which everyone knew I was going to say. King of chart longevity in 2017, Childish Gambino lands at #43 with "Redbone", followed by a turn of the century hit, "Take A Picture" by Filter. Lastly for tonight, Florence + The Machine has a particularly ambitious lead single in "What The Water Gave Me" at #41.
That leaves us with 40 songs remaining in this battle of wits, might, and persuasion to get people to vote for them

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Battles - Atlas
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Faker - Sleepwalking
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
George Michael - Freedom! '90
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
Neon Indian - Slumlord
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Pearl Jam - Black
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Pulp - Common People
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels/Broken
Television - Marquee Moon
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The The - This Is The Day
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX


Have your say (or perhaps the songs' say) by submitting your Top 10 to 16 selections to me by 6pm on Wednesday, after which I will do the necessary tallying to determine what to do with the mess of data that I have received.

I also come with a new selection of Qualifying games to vote upon, pick as many as you like, and by all means give me suggestions for the next time this comes up http://www.strawpoll.me/13907466
#40. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

Round by round: 42-40-40-40

Points - 90
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#39. Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

Round by round: 15-11-24-39

Points - 106.48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#38. Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels/Broken

Round by round: 43-35-30-38

Points - 106.77
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#37. David Bowie - Let's Dance

Round by round: 30-34-35-37

Points - 108.86
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#36. Battles - Atlas

Round by round: 50-37-33-36

Points - 117.40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


We start with the oldest song in the top 40, the only one more than 50 years old, as Bob Dylan's enduring "Like A Rolling Stone" checks in. Dire Straits have landed two songs in the top 40, with the first going out being their US #1 hit "Money For Nothing". Tears For Fears go back to perhaps the 3rd biggest hit from their "Songs From The Big Chair" album with "Head Over Heels/Broken" at #38. Recently appearing on a TV commercial I believe, David Bowie can't quite hold the throne with "Let's Dance" at #37, and we finish with Battles' chaotic math rock anthem "Atlas".
#35. Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia

Round by round: 11-12-17-35

Points - 117.77
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#34. The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work

Round by round: 41-42-37-34

Points - 118.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#33. Neon Indian - Slumlord

Round by round: 38-38-36-33

Points - 119.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#32. Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet

Round by round: 53-50-38-32

Points - 119.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#31. Faker - Sleepwalking

Round by round: 36-45-39-31

Points - 120.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Despite their pop punk origins and what that tends to entail, Green Day curiously have one of the longest ever songs to poll in the Hottest 100 with "Jesus Of Suburbia". Meanwhile it's been roughly 20 years since The Verve's sole time spent at the top of the UK singles chart, not with "Bitter Sweet Symphony" but instead sadbanger "The Drugs Don't Work". We take a brief spell into the current decade with Neon Indian's "Slumlord", but then go way back as we get Dire Straits' other entry "Romeo and Juliet", which curiously started far behind "Money For Nothing" after round 1. Lastly we find Faker "Sleepwalking" at #31, but what the f**k is that anyway?
#30. Midnight Oil - The Dead Heart

Round by round: 21-21-31-30

Points - 121.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#29. Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Round by round: 32-33-32-29

Points - 122.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#28. The The - This Is The Day

Round by round: 24-27-28-28

Points - 123.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#27. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love

Round by round: 20-22-29-27

Points - 124
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#26. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart

Round by round: 34-29-34-26

Points - 124.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


With one of their most recognisable tracks, Midnight Oil kick off the top 30 with "The Dead Heart". It's followed by the very cromulent pairing of Royksopp & Robyn for 2014's "Do It Again" at #29, while The The see big success with "This Is The Day" at #28. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a very timely entry with "Same Love" at #27, while Death Cab For Cutie allow you to spend some time, with them as the never ending intro to "I Will Possess Your Heart" lands at #26.
#25. Christina Aguilera - The Voice Within

Round by round: 28-27-25-25

Points - 126.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#24. Oasis - Champagne Supernova

Round by round: 23-31-27-24

Points - 128.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#23. Madonna - Like A Prayer

Round by round: 17-17-23-23

Points - 131.44
Current Voters - 3
TOp Vote - #5


#22. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance

Round by round: 13-14-14-22

Points - 132.12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#21. Television - Marquee Moon

Round by round: 31-30-26-21

Points - 132.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Christina Aguilera shows off her pipes to reveal "The Voice Within" at #25. Oasis have one of their many extra long songs that are also super popular with "Champagne Supernova" coming in at #24, while Madonna's monumentous "Like A Prayer" lands at #23. Frequent appearance-maker Neneh Cherry lands at #22 this time with "Buffalo Stance", while just missing the last round is 1970s post punk via Television's terrific "Marquee Moon".
And so to finish things off, I present in a particular order which is not the scores, the top 20 songs

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
George Michael - Freedom! '90
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
Pearl Jam - Black
Pet Shop Boys - Go West
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Pulp - Common People
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Panics - Don't Fight It
Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX


Which means that it's your last chance to affect these results. The most effective way would be to determine your Top 5 to 8 selections and submit them to me, because then you don't have to spend money on organising a bribe. Do it before 6pm on Friday whereupon I will deliver the final blow. The ACI is also up and running, as is this poll to determine the next qualifying game http://www.strawpoll.me/13907466
#20. Methyl Ethel - Ubu

Round by round: 27-26-19-11-20

Points - 103.69
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#19. Foals - Spanish Sahara

Round by round: 22-25-21-18-19

Points - 106.5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


If nothing else I can assure you that my slight delay was not caused by me getting a haircut, as Methyl Ethel would not allow that to go unanswered for. Their big 2017 hit "Ubu" kicks us off at #20 which is fitting because it also only barely cracks the 5 minute mark. Next up we have Foals' "Spanish Sahara" which may or may not have more sentimental value to you if you choose objectively incorrect decisions at the end of certain video games.
#18. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Round by round: 14-15-12-15-18

Points - 112.72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#17. Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry

Round by round: 18-19-20-19-17

Points - 113.30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


In the time it takes for me to type this sentence up, several people have probably discovered and been awed by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the first time, if its ceaseless appearances in the iTunes top 300 have anything to say. The dramatised pomp stands in contrast to Kendrick Lamar's rather evocative for different reasons, "The Blacker The Berry" which finishes at #17 after a consistent run of just sitting in the top 20.
#16. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood

Round by round: 07-07-06-09-16

Points - 122.18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


#15. Pet Shop Boys - Go West

Round by round: 08-09-13-12-15

Points - 131.18
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4

/r/indieheads just voted "Clint Eastwood" as the #4 Gorillaz song (behind "On Melancholy Hill", "Empire Ants" and "Feel Good Inc."), sadly they don't quite yet have enough songs to do an entirely Gorillaz-dedicated QLVG, so they just have the one entry here at #16. It sits next to the Pet Shop Boys with their timely placing of "Go West", which may or may not be an instruction about which check box you should fill in given a hypothetical situation where you've been presented two check boxes.
#14. Pearl Jam - Black

Round by round: 09-08-08-10-14

Points - 132.57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#13. Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

Round by round: 03-03-03-02-13

Points - 135.61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Though not an actual single, Pearl Jam's "Black" remains ever popular, I suppose being on a super high selling album also does dividends to the point that it might not need to be a single. Also of a similar age is Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U", the first of two Prince songs to appear in this top 20, and a high contender until its votes ran out somewhat this round.
#12. Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter

Round by round: 19-18-15-16-12

Points - 139.59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#11. Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over

Round by round: 25-20-22-20-11

Points - 143.86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


One of the several bands whose name is some sort of combination of weapons & intercourse, Machine Gun Fellatio have a respectable finish with "Unsent Letter" creeping up to #12. Also moving on up is Jeff Buckley, who went from just barely making the final round to moving up to #11 with "Lover, You Should've Come Over", one of the many glorious moments on his "Grace" album.
#10. The Beatles - Hey Jude

Round by round: 12-13-09-17-10

Points - 146.17
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#9. Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids

Round by round: 35-23-16-13-09

Points - 154.36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


The first ever #1 hit to include the words 'f**king hell', is The Beatles' extended coda of na "Hey Jude", which kicks off the top 10. Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids" does not contain the aforementioned phrase and thus can be concluded as more wholesome. With a slow start to the game, it's quite fortunate to finish in the top 10 at #9.
#8. George Michael - Freedom! '90

Round by round: 16-16-11-14-08

Points - 158.74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#7. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye

Round by round: 10-10-10-08-07

Points - 161.84
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


I like to imagine that George Michael created the perfect hook which also served as a cathartic form of expression given his artistic progression in "Freedom! '90", only later realising that he'd already written another song of the same name when he was in Wham!, thus giving us a slightly awkward title that does not lessen the impact as he finishes at #8. Meanwhile Silversun Pickups were only at the start of their career when they wrote "Lazy Eye" so such an issue wasn't a matter, not that it would be anyway since they showed an early tendency to askew their hooks when titling their songs. I guess "Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun" doesn't work as well as a title anyway.
#6. Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX

Round by round: 05-05-07-06-06

Points - 162.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#5. The Panics - Don't Fight It

Round by round: 26-24-18-07-05

Points - 173.60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Sitting at #6 is Underworld's ode to the hysteria of the drunken nightlife and existentialism or something like that and it was also used quite notably in Trainspotting. Nonetheless, any mega mega white things should be pleased at "Born Slippy .NUXX"'s finish. After that behemoth is something like an underdog, as perhaps the most low profile J Award winners The Panics land in the top 5 with "Don't Fight It", which might please Jason Derulo if he follows Australian music meme pages on Facebook.
#4. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Round by round: 04-04-04-04-04

Points - 205.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#3. R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts

Round by round: 02-02-02-03-03

Points - 217.96
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


You thought you found a way to enter the top 4 but it was just a Chuck Testa. Arcade Fire are here also, and granting Bowie an even closer attempt at retaining his crown from last fortnight, with one of his last musical outings featured on the title track to "Reflektor". If thinking about Bowie isn't sad enough, we also have the heartstrings being pulled for R.E.M.'s huge melancholic anthem "Everybody Hurts", a day late for R U OK? Day but it's a healthy reminder all year around.
#2. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain

Round by round: 06-06-05-05-02

Points - 218.43
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#1. Pulp - Common People

Round by round: 01-01-01-01-01

Points - 273.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Less than half a point separated the 2nd & 3rd placers which isn't dramatically important but it is interesting. It was the incumbent falling short though as Prince's "Purple Rain" rises to a new high of #2, keeping up his status as a regular high performer who is still yet to come out on top for this game. But since former winners are excluded, there's always a new winner to catch the throne, and this time around it's Pulp, because deep down we always have a certain fascination of the estranged perceptions among class relations, or we just like to dance to it because it's catchy as hell.
And it is as Mariah Carey and/or Mary J. Blige might say, a wrap. Thanks as always to voters/contributors of any and all capacities. The strawpoll votes are in and the next Qualifying game will be songs from the 1970s, which is sure to be interesting as we've only had one '70s winner prior I believe. That'll start on Tuesday, which will be one day after the main QLVG event on Monday, with our recently selected 100 songs by LGBTI+ artists. Enjoy your weekend, vote in ACI if that's a thing you do, and I'll see you in the next one.
With a new week, we arrive at a new game. A timely one perhaps, as in a rare moment, both the #1 single & #1 album holders at this time would qualify for this list (and one of them does feature), as we look at songs by LGBTI+ artists. In the hypothetical situation that we are to be currently undergoing a non-legally binding public survey, I am not to sway your decisions, but I imagine many of these artists may have strong feelings about it.

*NSYNC - It's Gonna Be Me
Against Me! - Stop
Anthony Callea - The Prayer
Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Austra - Home
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Big Brother and the Holding Company - Summertime
Bloc Party - Flux
Bloc Party - I Still Remember
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blue - All Rise
Boyzone - No Matter What
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
Courtney Barnett - Depreston
Cub Sport - Come On Mess Me Up
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John - Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Faith No More - Falling To Pieces
Faker - Hurricane
Faker - This Heart Attack
Fergie - Life Goes On
Frank Ocean - Nights
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
Goldfrapp - Number 1
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Green Day - Welcome To Paradise
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind
Husker Du - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake - Tuesday
Janis Ian - Society's Child
Jill Sobule - I Kissed A Girl
Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
Kele - Tenderoni
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Ladyhawke - Black White & Blue
Lana Pellay - Pistol In My Pocket
Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
Mika - Grace Kelly
Missy Higgins - Scar
Missy Higgins - Steer
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
MUNA - I Know A Place
Mykki Blanco feat. Jean Deaux - Loner
Passion Pit - Little Secrets
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
Peter Allen - Tenterfield Saddler
Placebo - Pure Morning
Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye
Queen - A Kind of Magic
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy
S Club 7 - Bring It All Back
Sam Sparro - Black & Gold
Savage Garden - Chained To You
Savage Garden - I Want You
Savages - She Will
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Shamir - On The Regular
Shona Laing - (Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy
Sia - Bring Night
Sia - Little Man
Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
Skunk Anansie - Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)
Skunk Anansie - I Can Dream
Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Suede - Beautiful Ones
Supernaut - I Like It Both Ways
Tash Sultana - Notion
Tegan and Sara - Walking With a Ghost
The B-52's - Roam
The Dresden Dolls - Coin-Operated Boy
The Internet feat. KAYTRANADA - Girl
The Kinks - Lola
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Magician feat. Years & Years - Sunlight
The Veronicas - Untouched
The xx - Angels
Tracy Chapman - Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution
Troye Sivan - YOUTH
Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Village People - Y.M.C.A.
Westlife - Flying Without Wings
Westlife - Swear It Again
Wham! - The Edge of Heaven
Will Young - Leave Right Now
Years & Years - Eyes Shut


It's time to make your picks. Deliberate and determine your Top 25 to 40 selections and memo them to me by 6pm on Wednesday, after which I will carefully crunch the numbers and perhaps eliminate 20 songs on that spot. Also look out tomorrow as the next Qualifying game will commence then.
=#99. Anthony Callea - The Prayer

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#99. Big Brother and the Holding Company - Summertime

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#98. Queen - A Kind Of Magic

Points - 10
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #31


#97. Lana Pellay - Pistol In My Pocket

Points - 17
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #29


#96. Ladyhawke - Black White & Blue

Points - 18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #23


In vintage QLVG fashion, we start things off with some nul pwah, and it just so happens to come from the artist I shouted out on the previous chart, as Anthony Callea's ARIA Chart success does not carry over here for "The Prayer", though he's probably not too fussed considering that he snubbed it for "Rain" on his new album. Sitting alongside him is Big Brother & The Holding Company, which was originally submitted as a Janis Joplin song but I had to correct it because I am extremely pedantic about metadata. It's still Janis of course, just that she performed it with said band. Queen take a hit with "A Kind Of Magic" at #98 but they've got two other entries that you suspect could do well for them anyway. A performer of many psuedonyms & guises, Lana Pellay comes in at #97 with "Pistol In My Pocket". Lastly we have the first of two entries for Ladyhawke, this one being the lead single to her second album at #96.
#95. Fergie - Life Goes On

Points - 21
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #20


#94. Supernaut - I Like It Both Ways

Points - 23
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #18


=#92. Boyzone - No Matter What

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


=#92. Janis Ian - Society's Child

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


One of the many tracks Fergie has released in this interim of not actually releasing an album, "Life Goes On" figures in at #95. Supernaut have a perhaps apt song title for this game with "I Like It Both Ways" at #94. Tied at #92 we have another Janis, this time Janis Ian with her protest anthem "Society's Child", sitting next to one of Boyzone's biggest hits, "No Matter What".
=#90. Elton John - Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Points - 27
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #14


=#90. Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy

Points - 27
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #14


=#87. Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Points - 30
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


=#87. Missy Higgins - Steer

Points - 30
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


=#87. Savage Garden - Chained To You

Points - 30
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#86. Mykki Blanco feat. Jean Deaux - Loner

Points - 30
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


If you want ties, I've got 'em. First off we have Elton John with the first of his two entries at #90, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", and he sits next to a timely entry from Right Said Fred, who have just this past month been sampled in a #1 hit from Taylor Swift, imagine hearing that sentence a year ago! Now for more ties at #87, we have the first of two entries for Savage Garden with "Chained To You", sitting next to one of three entries for Missy Higgins with her perhaps somewhat forgotten #1 hit "Steer". Alongside them is Bronski Beat who only have the one track here, but it's an influential one. Not with anything to do with Dustin Lynch's current hit, but modern tunes by September & Brandon Flowers certainly owe a debt to "Smalltown Boy". Lastly we have Mykki Blanco's "Loner" which I must say has really clicked with me during this proceeding in a way it hadn't when it was released last year.
#85. *NSYNC - It's Gonna Be Me

Points - 31
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#84. Shona Laing - (Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#83. Kele - Tenderoni

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#82. Cub Sport - Come On Mess Me Up

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#81. Green Day - Welcome To Paradise

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


Flashback to the year 2000, *NSYNC score a #1 hit with "It's Gonna Be Me", little did anyone know that they'd never do so again, but a solo member teaming up with the same producer would go on to score a number one hit 16 years later, and the two are now among the most prolific and successful in their fields of all time. Info dumb aside, the former track lands at #85 here. At #84 we have a big '80s top 10 hit from New Zealand artist Shona Laing with "(Glad I'm) Not A Kennedy", while #83 sees a solo entry for Kele Okereke of Bloc Party fame, who will be showing up here later. #82 sees a curious case of shared partnership between band members with Cub Sport's "Come On Mess Me Up", while just missing the cut is some early Green Day with "Welcome To Paradise".
That wraps up round 1, things will only continue to heat up here, in the metaphorical sense, and also in the impending summer sense

Against Me! - Stop
Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Austra - Home
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Bloc Party - Flux
Bloc Party - I Still Remember
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blue - All Rise
Courtney Barnett - Depreston
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Faith No More - Falling To Pieces
Faker - Hurricane
Faker - This Heart Attack
Frank Ocean - Nights
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
Goldfrapp - Number 1
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind
Husker Du - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake - Tuesday
Jill Sobule - I Kissed A Girl
Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van
Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
Mika - Grace Kelly
Missy Higgins - Scar
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
MUNA - I Know A Place
Passion Pit - Little Secrets
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
Peter Allen - I Go To Rio
Peter Allen - Tenterfield Saddler
Placebo - Pure Morning
Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
R.E.M. - The One I Love
S Club 7 - Bring It All Back
Sam Sparro - Black & Gold
Savage Garden - I Want You
Savages - She Will
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Shamir - On The Regular
Sia - Bring Night
Sia - Little Man
Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
Skunk Anansie - Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)
Skunk Anansie - I Can Dream
Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Suede - Beautiful Ones
Tash Sultana - Notion
Tegan and Sara - Walking With a Ghost
The B-52's - Roam
The Dresden Dolls - Coin-Operated Boy
The Internet feat. KAYTRANADA - Girl
The Kinks - Lola
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Magician feat. Years & Years - Sunlight
The Veronicas - Untouched
The xx - Angels
Tracy Chapman - Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution
Troye Sivan - YOUTH
Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Village People - Y.M.C.A.
Westlife - Flying Without Wings
Westlife - Swear It Again
Wham! - The Edge of Heaven
Will Young - Leave Right Now
Years & Years - Eyes Shut

Have your input help decide who stays and who goes. Flick through the list and pick out your Top 20 to 32 selections and submit them to me by 6pm on Friday, and then I will do the typical tallying. As usual I'll plug that the nominations game is running, and the ACI is up, on time if you can believe it.
=#79. Le Tigre - Deceptacon

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 34
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7


=#79. Years & Years - Eyes Shut

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 34
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7


#78. iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake - Tuesday

Round by round: 77-78

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#77. Westlife - Swear It Again

Round by round: 78-77

Points - 36
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#76. Judas Priest - Breaking The Law

Round by round: 73-76

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


We kick things off with a tie that could not be broken. It sees the highly politicised stylings of Le Tigre next to the relatively restrained (at least musically) Years & Years. At #78 we have iLoveMakonnen's anthem to being too busy to party on the weekend. Westlife have the first of their two entries with their very first UK #1 single and perhaps their best, "Swear It Again", while Judas Priest kick things up a gear with "Breaking The Law" at #76.
#75. Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

Round by round: 75-75

Points - 38
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#74. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212

Round by round: 72-74

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#73. Jill Sobule - I Kissed A Girl

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#72. Skunk Anansie - I Can Dream

Round by round: 68-72

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#71. Peter Allen - Tenterfield Saddler

Round by round: 76-71

Points - 39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


First up we have the oft-covered "Always On My Mind", this being the particularly notable Pet Shop Boys version, and then we have the understandably not oft-covered "212" by Azealia Banks at #74. The perhaps less morally questionable song with the name "I Kissed A Girl" sits at #73 courtesy of Jill Sobule, while Skunk Anansie go wild with "I Can Dream" at #72. We have one of the occasional Australian entries in this list via The Boy From Oz himself Peter Allen, with the much loved "Tenterfield Saddler" which didn't chart until 2015, sadly shortly before I started making a catalogue chart to...catalogue such events.
#70. Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven

Round by round: 67-70

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#69. Peter Allen - I Go To Rio

Round by round: 74-69

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#68. Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van

Round by round: 71-68

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#67. Missy Higgins - Scar

Round by round: 53-67

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#66. Savages - She Will

Round by round: 65-66

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


And Peter Allen is back again rather quickly, as "I Go To Rio" lands a little higher at #69. Sandwiched between the two is the sole appearance for Wham! with "The Edge Of Heaven" at #70. Ladyhawke is back again at #68 this time from her first album with "Back Of The Van", while Missy Higgins is also up to her second entry though with another one on the way as her other ARIA #1 "Scar" takes the fall. We're then treated to the delightful post-punk stylings of Savages at #66 with "She Will".
=#64. David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours

Round by round: 62-64

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


=#64. Passion Pit - Little Secrets

Round by round: 57-64

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#63. Village People - Y.M.C.A.

Round by round: 69-63

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#62. Faith No More - Falling To Pieces

Round by round: 64-62

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#61. Tracy Chapman - Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution

Round by round: 66-61

Points - 52
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #23


A delightful discovery for me in this game was the '80s soundtrack hit "Forbidden Colours" which lands at #65. It heads up a mostly old school set with the sole exception of Passion Pit who see "Little Secrets" finish at #64, the first of their two entries. This list wouldn't feel right if it didn't include the Village People, so "Y.M.C.A." struts in fine fashion at #63. I have learnt through this game that the keyboardist for Faith No More is homosexual, and they have a single entry here with "Falling To Pieces" at #62, while Tracy Chapman just narrowly misses the next round with "Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution".
From that, we have just 60 left to stand

Against Me! - Stop
Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Austra - Home
Bloc Party - Flux
Bloc Party - I Still Remember
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blue - All Rise
Courtney Barnett - Depreston
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Faker - Hurricane
Faker - This Heart Attack
Frank Ocean - Nights
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
Goldfrapp - Number 1
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind
Husker Du - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
Mika - Grace Kelly
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
MUNA - I Know A Place
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
Placebo - Pure Morning
Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
R.E.M. - The One I Love
S Club 7 - Bring It All Back
Sam Sparro - Black & Gold
Savage Garden - I Want You
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Shamir - On The Regular
Sia - Bring Night
Sia - Little Man
Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
Skunk Anansie - Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)
Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Suede - Beautiful Ones
Tash Sultana - Notion
Tegan and Sara - Walking With a Ghost
The B-52's - Roam
The Dresden Dolls - Coin-Operated Boy
The Internet feat. KAYTRANADA - Girl
The Kinks - Lola
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Magician feat. Years & Years - Sunlight
The Veronicas - Untouched
The xx - Angels
Troye Sivan - YOUTH
Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Westlife - Flying Without Wings
Will Young - Leave Right Now


The game is not over yet as you might understand, but it requires input to function most efficiently, so I say you see to it that you provide your Top 15 to 24 selections to my inbox by 6pm Monday. I'll need to come up with new qualifying ideas then so feel free to throw a suggestion into the hat, and also possibly do the ACI because that's open too.
#60. The Dresden Dolls - Coin-Operated Boy

Round by round: 40-36-60

Points - 69.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#59. Will Young - Leave Right Now

Round by round: 63-60-59

Points - 70.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#58. The Magician feat. Years & Years - Sunlight

Round by round: 59-58-58

Points - 70.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#57. Bloc Party - Flux

Round by round: 58-56-57

Points - 71
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#56. Troye Sivan - YOUTH

Round by round: 54-52-56

Points - 72.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


Starting things off is The Dresden Dolls who take a bit of a tumble from being round 3 safe to going out first with "Coin-Operated Boy". Then we've got Will Young with one of his first hits that isn't a cover, "Leave Right Now" at #59. The Magician has "Sunlight" which I've recently realised is somewhat indebted to Roger Sanchez's "Another Chance", but is elevated by teaming up with Years & Years. We then have Bloc Party with their song "Flux" which was reportedly written for Kylie. Lastly it's Troye Sivan with his biggest US hit "YOUTH" at #56.
#55. Goldfrapp - Number 1

Round by round: 46-40-55

Points - 73
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#54. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes

Round by round: 56-53-54

Points - 73.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#53. Faker - Hurricane

Round by round: 50-49-53

Points - 73.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#52. Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin

Round by round: 45-49-52

Points - 74.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#51. Husker Du - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely

Round by round: 49-54-51

Points - 75.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Sadly not living up to its name, Goldfrapp land at #55 with "Number 1". Following up we have Frankie Goes To Hollywood's enormous UK smash hit "Two Tribes", while Faker tap a more modest audience on "Hurricane" at #53, the first of their two entries here. Another UK #1 lands here with Pet Shop Boys' "It's A Sin" at #52, while Husker Du take the halfway point. Sadly in the time between now and when the song was qualified, key songwriter Grant Hart passed away from cancer.
#50. S Club 7 - Bring It All Back

Round by round: 61-54-50

Points - 75.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#49. Suede - Beautiful Ones

Round by round: 51-51-49

Points - 76.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#48. Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water

Round by round: 52-57-48

Points - 77.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#47. MUNA - I Know A Place

Round by round: 38-42-47

Points - 78.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#46. Skunk Anansie - Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)

Round by round: 43-44-46

Points: 79.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


With the help of S Club 7, we're bringing it all back to the '90s and thereabouts, the first song in this set right on the cusp of the decade. Suede are more primed in the decade with most of their output, naturally including "Beautiful Ones" at #49. On the other hand Melissa Etheridge's "Bring Me Some Water" is actually from the very late '80s but I wasn't born then so you can forgive me for not remembering. Landing at #47 is the sole modern track here, with MUNA's rather apt entry here "I Know A Place". Then we're back to the '90s as Skunk Anansie are back in here with their second entry, "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)".
#45. Westlife - Flying Without Wings

Round by round: 44-46-45

Points - 80.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#44. Sia - Little Man

Round by round: 35-44-44

Points - 80.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#43. Courtney Barnett - Depreston

Round by round: 48-48-43

Points - 80.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#42. Blue - All Rise

Round by round: 34-38-42

Points - 83.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#41. Austra - Home

Round by round: 33-33-41

Points - 84.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


Westlife finish off their run with second entry "Flying Without Wings" at #45, while Sia's just getting started as we go way back to her early career moment "Little Man" at #44. Courtney Barnett has a particularly inspired moment on "Depreston" at #43, while Blue throw in every single court related pun they can think of on "All Rise". Lastly we have Austra just missing out on the next round, but still landing considerably higher than I expected with "Home" at #41.
This leaves us with 40 songs remaining and I'm in a hurry so here they are

Against Me! - Stop
Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Bloc Party - I Still Remember
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Faker - This Heart Attack
Frank Ocean - Nights
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
Mika - Grace Kelly
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Placebo - Pure Morning
Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Sam Sparro - Black & Gold
Savage Garden - I Want You
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Shamir - On The Regular
Sia - Bring Night
Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Tash Sultana - Notion
Tegan and Sara - Walking With a Ghost
The B-52's - Roam
The Internet feat. KAYTRANADA - Girl
The Kinks - Lola
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Veronicas - Untouched
The xx - Angels
Vampire Weekend - Cousins

Should you wish to participate, you merely need to determine your Top 10 to 16 selections and submit them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. You are free to join even if you have not yet participated.

Here's the new qualifying poll http://www.strawpoll.me/14006046 and the ACI should be here tomorrow night.
#40. Sia - Bring Night

Round by round: 39-39-35-40

Points - 62.25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#39. Sophie B Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover

Round by round: 32-32-32-39

Points - 64.38
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#38. Tegan and Sara - Walking With A Ghost

Round by round: 46-43-39-38

Points - 82.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#37. Faker - This Heart Attack

Round by round: 55-47-33-37

Points - 89.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#36. Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla

Round by round: 30-31-36-36

Points - 99.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


From the era when Sia was making particularly poppy music but not really getting much pop airplay...for now, we had "Bring Night" which kicks off today's proceedings. Speaking of radio not being ready for things, we have Sophie B Hawkins with the song she wrote and composed herself, but with a risque word (by early '90s standards) in the title. I recently had one of those age whiplash moments when I learnt that Tegan and Sara's "The Con" album is 10 years old, and is now getting an anniversary version, but even older than that is "Walking With A Ghost" which lands at #38 here. My commentary stops it isn't

going. But I will report that Faker's second entry here has done rather well for itself with "This Heart Attack" in #37. Lastly we have some post-rock via Sigur Ros, which features the bizarre fact that it was remixed by Chicane into a UK top 10 hit in 2009, which must have been utterly bizarre at the time.
#35. Tash Sultana - Notion

Round by round: 27-26-28-35

Points - 104.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#34. The Internet feat. KAYTRANADA - Girl

Round by round: 36-34-40-34

Points - 106.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#33. Frank Ocean - Nights

Round by round: 22-21-27-33

Points - 107.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#32. The B-52's - Roam

Round by round: 25-25-31-32

Points - 110.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#31. Vampire Weekend - Cousins

Round by round: 37-35-37-31

Points - 111.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


With her second biggest hit as certified by the fact that "Murder To The Mind" doesn't have any Hottest 100 stats to compare just yet, Tash Sultana lands at #35 with "Notion". Things get even more chill as we go to some Odd Future offshoots, firstly The Internet with their KAYTRANADA collaboration "Girl", and then the slightly more well known Frank Ocean with one of the many "Blonde" highlights in "Nights". The B-52's scoring a huge #1 smash at the end of the '80s must have been a sight to behold, but they didn't rest on that as they quickly followed it up with another hit in "Roam" which lands at #32. Then we move roughly 20 years into the future as we have Vampire Weekend finishing off the '00s with "Cousins" which sits at #31.
#30. Mika - Grace Kelly

Round by round: 09-11-20-30

Points - 112.38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#29. Bloc Party - I Still Remember

Round by round: 42-37-38-29

Points - 113.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#28. The Kinks - Lola

Round by round: 29-30-34-28

Points - 114.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#27. Perfume Genius - Slip Away

Round by round: 28-29-30-27

Points - 117.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#26. Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

Round by round: 26-27-21-26

Points - 124.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Even though he's moved a little bit down the list since the game started, I'm still a little surprised to see Mika land at #30 with his huge smash hit "Grace Kelly". It sits next to a very chronologically close entry from Bloc Party with the second single from their second album, "I Still Remember". Then at #28 we go way back with the first of two entries for Ray Davies and co., if you can listen to "Lola" without thinking of Futurama then more power to you. Then we snap back to (modern) reality with Perfume Genius whose "Slip Away" had gone under my radar until doing this game and I've been really impressed by it. Lastly is a song that slipped under nobody's radar, as Scissor Sisters scored a #1 smash with "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'", but it's not the last we've seen of them here.
#25. Against Me! - Stop!

Round by round: 60-59-29-25

Points - 127.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#24. The Kinks - You Really Got Me

Round by round: 21-23-23-24

Points - 129.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#23. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind

Round by round: 19-20-24-23

Points - 137.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#22. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

Round by round: 23-24-17-22

Points - 141.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#21. Savage Garden - I Want You

Round by round: 13-14-16-21

Points - 142.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


As you would likely know, earlier in the decade, Against Me!'s lead singer came out as a transgender woman and has received much praise for her bravery which has been the subject of some of their music since. At #25 we go back to before then with the relatively straightforward "Stop!". The Kinks are back again with "You Really Got Me" consistently being the more popular choice of the two in this game. We have another transgender musician in this set as well, as Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" is an upbeat dance jam with ANOHNI on vocals, as it were, and not the last time we'll be meeting her in this game. A breakout hit for the SAW production trio, at #22 we have the unmistakable charisma of the late Pete Burns on "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)", while just missing the top 20 is the unmistakeable chica cherry cola of Savage Garden, with their first big hit "I Want You".
I am in a hurry to get back to playing my Ace Attorney/Battle Royale hybrid so I'll make it quick with saying there are 20 songs left in the hunt except oops this has run longer than it usually has, help me end this sentence please I'm begging you

Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Passion Pit - The Reeling
Placebo - Pure Morning
Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Sam Sparro - Black & Gold
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Shamir - On The Regular
The Veronicas - Untouched
The xx - Angels

That'll do it. But we can't have the game end like this, unless it turns out that this alphabetical listing coincidentally lines up perfectly with the actual result. Maybe it does? Maybe it will after you submit your Top 5 to 8 selections to my inbox before 6pm on Friday?

Also the ACI is where it usually is and the strawpoll is here this week http://www.strawpoll.me/14006046
#20. Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Round by round: 31-28-18-18-20

Points - 76.77
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#19. Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control

Round by round: 41-41-26-19-19

Points - 106.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Starting things off are the longest song titles in the top 20. Incidentally the #20 song is one of only two #1 hits on today's menu, with Culture Club's huge "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me". Following it is a more modest hit from Gossip, back when they occasionally had 'The' in their name, with "Standing In The Way Of Control" at #19.
#18. Missy Higgins - The Special Two

Round by round: 04-04-05-09-18

Points - 123.92
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#17. Antony & The Johnsons - Hope There's Someone

Round by round: 15-17-22-20-17

Points - 150.77
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


In that regard, it's easy for me to forget, given its modest composition that one of the biggest chart hits in here is Missy Higgins' "The Special Two", which lands considerably higher than her ARIA #1s, and was a fixture in the top 10 until this round. Next up we have Antony & The Johnsons, just a little bit higher than "Blind" with ANOHNI perhaps more in his wheelhouse with the heartbreaking "Hope There's Someone". at #17.
#16. Scissor Sisters - Laura

Round by round: 18-19-13-10-16

Points - 153.02
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#15. Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man

Round by round: 14-15-15-15-15

Points - 156.64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Netting their highest entry of the game, we go back to the Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut album for the upbeat and kazoo-tastic "Laura" at #16. Following that is the oldest song in the round, with Dusty Springfield finishing strongly with "Son Of A Preacher Man".
#14. Shamir - On The Regular

Round by round: 08-07-12-11-14

Points - 156.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#13. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

Round by round: 10-10-09-06-13

Points - 159.80
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Incidentally, following the oldest song in the round is the newest song, with Shamir's spontaneous and wild "On The Regular" from 2014 which personally was quite an evocative experience the first time I heard it on the radio. Following that is Grizzly Bear with another respectable finish for "Two Weeks", this time at #13.
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#12. Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye

Round by round: 12-12-25-17-12

Points - 178.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#11. The Veronicas - Untouched

Round by round: 03-03-03-03-11

Points - 180.16
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


A bit of a surprise to me is that the one act able to land two songs in the top 20 was Placebo, and they're only just now taking a casualty at #12 with 2006's "Song To Say Goodbye". A less surprising strong performer was The Veronicas' "Untouched" however after having the #3 position locked down from the beginning, it takes a tumble that I'm partially responsible for and slips down to #11.
#10. Passion Pit - The Reeling

Round by round: 11-08-10-14-10

Points - 185.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#9. Sam Sparro - Black & Gold

Round by round: 17-18-19-16-09

Points - 186.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


We stick to the late 2000s some more for the next lot, starting off with Passion Pit's "The Reeling", forever doomed as being unlucky to add to their Hottest 100 tally for that year, but clearly it's well remembered anyway with a top 10 finish. Sitting next to it is Sam Sparro's stylish ARIA debut with "Black and Gold", a song I remember seeing on the chart for quite a while not knowing what it was, but as soon as I heard it, it blew up and I completely understood why.
#8. R.E.M. - The One I Love

Round by round: 20-16-08-12-08

Points - 186.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#7. The xx - Angels

Round by round: 07-05-14-13-07

Points - 188.39
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


A good rule of thumb is that you can't go wrong with '80s R.E.M., just one of those examples being the mighty "The One I Love" sitting strongly at #8. We then turn things down a little bit with The xx's "Angels", a song that amazingly managed to enter the ARIA top 50 at a time when digital sales were at their peak, and it never felt more out of place.
#6. Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure

Round by round: 05-09-06-05-06

Points - 193.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#5. Queen - I Want To Break Free

Round by round: 24-22-11-07-05

Points - 195.61
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


When Queen checked out early with "A Kind Of Magic", I did say that you can expect them to do a bit better with their other two entries, and they've gone and made that clear with both of those entries landing in the top 10, back to back no less. The first entry at #6 even sees them team up with another LGBTI+ icon in David Bowie on "Under Pressure", while sitting above it is "I Want To Break Free", often famed by its unforgettable music video.
#4. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Round by round: 06-06-04-08-04

Points - 204.20
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#3. k.d. lang - Constant Craving

Round by round: 16-13-07-04-03

Points - 241.05
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


Elton John has been popping up often on this game lately, but we couldn't not have him in this one really, and he shows off well, with "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" soaring all the way to #4, possibly compensating for that Artist Showdown nonsense that only I remember. Next up we tone down the theatrics with k.d. lang's more intimate "Constant Craving" at #3.
#2. Blondie - Heart of Glass

Round by round: 01-01-01-01-02

Points - 255.08
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#1. Placebo - Pure Morning

Round by round: 02-02-02-02-01

Points - 288.38
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


This was a close battle no doubt, but not one that I expected to go the way it did. For it is the song that I expected to have diminishing support towards the final rounds that ended up with the best legs, making for one of the more surprising winners we've had in this game. Firstly we do shout outs to Blondie, who maintained a healthy standing on the game and looked like the obvious winner, considering all but one voter included them at the start. But for all the might of "Heart Of Glass", it just couldn't stand up to the angular riffage of Placebo's "Pure Morning", which leaps to the top spot right in the nick of time, ironically doing so on the round that it fell out of my vote.
That's another round wrapped up and I thank you all for participating, or even just reading along, as I enjoy writing these things up. The poll has spoken and we will be diving into songs that contain 'Love' in the title next week, which should have plenty of opportunities as typing it in my iTunes library gives me hundreds of results. Next week's main game will be '70s tracks, so if you want a say in that, head to the qualifying thread quickly as there aren't many slots left to fill. Otherwise, the ACI continues to be open, and I continue to wish a good weekend upon you.
Sorry for sleeping in on this new daylight savings time so it looks like this took ages to get ready

ABBA - Knowing Me, Knowing You
Abba - Waterloo
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)
Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love
Barry Manilow - Copacabana
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
Billy Thorpe - Most People I Know
Blondie - One Way Or Another
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Get Up, Stand Up
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love?
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chic - Good Times
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Commodores - Easy
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Dolly Parton - Here You Come Again
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Eagles - One Of These Nights
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
KC and the Sunshine Band - That's The Way (I Like It)
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Little River Band - Help Is On Its Way
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love
Lynn Anderson - (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Melanie - Brand New Key
Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger
Nazareth - Love Hurts
Neil Young - Heart Of Gold
Nick Drake - Northern Sky
Nilsson - Without You
Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Time
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi
Racey - Lay Your Love On Me
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
Sherbet - Howzat
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Skyhooks - Horror Movie
Spectrum - I'll Be Gone
Status Quo - Whatever You Want
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
The Angels - Take A Long Line
The Babys - Isn't It Time
The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter #23
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Clash - London Calling
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Emotions - Best Of My Love
The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie
The Master's Apprentices - Because I Love You
The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet
The Police - Message In A Bottle
The Saints - This Perfect Day
The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Tom Jones - She's A Lady
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Wings - Live And Let Die
XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
ZZ Top - La Grange

You can vote by selecting your Top 25 to 40 from this list and submitting it to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
=#95. Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#95. Spectrum - I'll Be Gone

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#95. Status Quo - Whatever You Want

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#95. The Babys - Isn't It Time

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#95. The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#95. ZZ Top - La Grange

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


Even though I was less familiar with this list than normal, I still had a fair bit of trouble cutting down my vote, and maybe I'm not alone as we have quite a few songs not picking up any votes. Some well known tracks among it from Ian Dury & ZZ Top too, while Status Quo's Coles infamy can't quite save them, Spectrum & The Babys live up to their song titles, while The Only Ones don't give me the same opportunity to make a bad pun.
#94. AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)

Points - 2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #39


#93. Billy Thorpe - Most People I Know

Points - 3
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #38


#92. Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi

Points - 5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #36


#91. The Saints - This Perfect Day

Points - 8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #38


Australian artists are taking a hit this round. The bad puns return courtesy of AC/DC, while everyone perhaps thinks Billy Thorpe is too crazy to warrant more points. Plastic Bertrand sticks out a little with the goofy "Ca Plane Pour Moi", sitting alongside Australian rock royalty The Saints.
#90. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Get Up, Stand Up

Points - 8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #34


#89. Rod Stewart - Sailing

Points - 11
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #30


#88. Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love

Points - 14
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #27


#87. Nick Drake - Northern Sky

Points - 15
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #26


#86. Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love

Points - 16
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #25


Bob Marley & The Wailers have two tracks to appear in this list, with the less popular one being "Get Up, Stand Up" at #90. Rod Stewart also has the luxury of a back up, huge hit "Sailing" starting off the proceedings. Bad Company bring some rock to this relatively mellow section with "Feel Like Makin' Love", which sits next to the tortured soul of Nick Drake with "Northern Sky". Another artist with two entries here, Lou Reed takes his first with "Satellite Of Love".
#85. James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine

Points - 17
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#84. The Emotions - Best Of My Love

Points - 17
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #29


#83. The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter #23

Points - 18
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#82. Eagles - One Of These Nights

Points - 20
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


#81. Nilsson - Without You

Points - 20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


James Brown takes creative liberties with his song titling with "Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine" at #85. The Emotions give a more pop sound through "Best Of My Love", while I had a nice discovery via Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter #23". Eagles had just the one entry in this list with "One Of These Nights" landing at #82, and just missing the cutoff is Harry Nilsson's "Without You", of course made more famous with a Mariah Carey cover.
That gives us 80 songs proceeding forward:

10cc - I'm Not In Love
ABBA - Knowing Me, Knowing You
ABBA - Waterloo
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Barry Manilow - Copacabana
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
Blondie - One Way Or Another
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love?
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chic - Good Times
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Commodores - Easy
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Dolly Parton - Here You Come Again
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
KC and the Sunshine Band - That's The Way (I Like It)
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Little River Band - Help Is On Its Way
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Lynn Anderson - (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Melanie - Brand New Key
Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger
Nazareth - Love Hurts
Neil Young - Heart Of Gold
Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Time
Racey - Lay Your Love On Me
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
Sherbet - Howzat
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Skyhooks - Horror Movie
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
The Angels - Take A Long Line
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Clash - London Calling
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie
The Master's Apprentices - Because I Love You
The Police - Message In A Bottle
The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Tom Jones - She's A Lady
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Wings - Live And Let Die
XTC - Making Plans For Nigel


If you wish to make a mark on this, you'll need to supply your Top 32 to 20 entries from the provided list to me before 6pm on Friday, AEDST. There's also a qualifying game currently running, and the ACI is ready to go.
#80. Racey - Lay Your Love On Me

Round by round: 78-80

Points - 18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #23


#79. Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze

Round by round: 75-79

Points - 19.2
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#78. Melanie - Brand New Key

Round by round: 80-78

Points - 20
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


#77. Tom Jones - She's A Lady

Round by round: 79-77

Points - 23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


#76. Chicago - If You Leave Me Now

Round by round: 77-76

Points - 24
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


It's only round 2 but we're seeing some big tracks take their leave tonight. One position short of matching their imperial year, we have the biggest band of 1979, Racey with their huge smash "Lay Your Love On Me". Taking that #79 spot is soft rock duo Seals & Crofts with one of their most popular songs, "Summer Breeze". We meet up with another Australian #1 single with Melanie's kooky "Brand New Key" at #78, and then one of Tom Jones' most recognised hits, "She's A Lady" at #77. We then go to Chicago's era of soft rock dominance with the monster ballad "If You Leave Me Now" at #76.
=#74. The Police - Message In A Bottle

Round by round: 52-74

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


=#74. Wings - Live And Let Die

Round by round: 76-74

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


#73. Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

Round by round: 65-73

Points - 25.6
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#72. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K.

Round by round: 73-72

Points - 27
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #14


#71. Barry Manilow - Copacabana

Round by round: 68-71

Points - 27.6
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #27


We now find ourselves a tie, as one of the most prolific and popular bands of the '70s/'80s turning point in The Police have one of their big hits "Message In A Bottle", sitting next to Wings' Bond theme "Live and Let Die", which works in much the same way as "Band On The Run" with its intro being a total troll and nothing like what's to come afterwards. Parliament return to the game with "Give Up The Funk" at #73, while the Sex Pistols have their monster punk anthem "Anarchy In The U.K." at #72. We then calm things down with the man who wrote all the songs, and recently came out, as Barry Manilow lands "Copacabana" at #71.
#70. The Master's Apprentices - Because I Love You

Round by round: 72-70

Points - 28
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #13


#69. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Round by round: 66-69

Points - 28.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#68. 10cc - I'm Not In Love

Round by round: 71-68

Points - 29
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #12


#67. Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely

Round by round: 57-67

Points - 29.6
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#66. Dolly Parton - Here You Come Again

Round by round: 74-66

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


A tremendous 'oh it's that song' moment for me comes with The Master's Apprentices and "Because I Love You" at #70. At #69 we've got Marvin Gaye with the title track to his immensely acclaimed "What's Going On" album. #68 sees 10cc's brilliant "I'm Not In Love" while Stevie Wonder pulls more heartstrings with "Isn't She Lovely" at #67. Finishing this set is the first of two Dolly Parton songs, with the lesser performing one naturally being "Here You Come Again"
#65. Suzi Quatro - Can The Can

Round by round: 67-65

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#64. Neil Young - Heart Of Gold

Round by round: 70-64

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#63. ABBA - Knowing Me, Knowing You

Round by round: 68-63

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#62. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Round by round: 56-62

Points - 33.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #22


#61. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light

Round by round: 53-61

Points - 33.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #26


Suzi Quatro did quite well for herself back in the day and scored 3 Australian #1 singles in a short space of time, one of those being #65's rollicking "Can The Can". At #64 we have one of the big hits from Neil Young's most famous album "Harvest", in "Heart Of Gold", while this '70s set would be incomplete without some ABBA, so here they are for the first of two times with "Knowing Me, Knowing You" at #63. We then go back to AC/DC's 3rd album, with the title track "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" at #62, and just missing the top 60 this time is Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light".
I know what you're thinking, if that's what they took out, what they left in must be pure gold. Said gold manifests itself through these 60 remaining entries

ABBA - Waterloo
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing
Blondie - One Way Or Another
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love?
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chic - Good Times
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Commodores - Easy
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
KC and the Sunshine Band - That's The Way (I Like It)
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Little River Band - Help Is On Its Way
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Lynn Anderson - (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger
Nazareth - Love Hurts
Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Time
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Sherbet - Howzat
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Skyhooks - Horror Movie
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground
T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
The Angels - Take A Long Line
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Clash - London Calling
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie
The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
XTC - Making Plans For Nigel


Is anyone really safe at this point? Your only chance to sway it to your interest would be to provide your Top 15 to 24 selections to my inbox by 6pm on Monday. After I post those results I will post a new poll regarding the next qualifying game and I will readily take suggestions for that. The ACI is still open, and I hope you have a smashing good weekend.
#60. Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing

Round by round: 50-49-60

Points - 31.85
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#59. Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Round by round: 51-52-59

Points - 32.4
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#58. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain

Round by round: 60-51-58

Points - 40
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#57. Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden

Round by round: 44-42-57

Points - 42.5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#56. Little River Band - Help Is On Its Way

Round by round: 62-59-56

Points - 42.5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7

Just a single track to represent the Bee Gees here, with "You Should Be Dancing" opening the round 3 proceedings. Almost as if it's cosmically linked, after being instructed to dance, the next retort is to play funky music sufficient for said dancing, which is another way of saying Wild Cherry are #59. CCR have their sole representation with "Who'll Stop The Rain" at #58, while Lynn Anderson sheds some realism in relationships with "Rose Garden" at #57. Lastly we have the biggest hit for Australia's own Little River Band with "Help Is On Its Way" at #56.
#55. Commodores - Easy

Round by round: 48-50-55

Points - 43.05
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#54. Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You

Round by round: 58-56-54

Points - 45
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#53. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man

Round by round: 54-54-53

Points - 47.5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#52. Nazareth - Love Hurts

Round by round: 64-55-52

Points - 51.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#51. Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

Round by round: 42-40-51

Points - 52.5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


Depending on your age bracket, you may or may not know it better as a Faith No More song, but the Commodores take the original version of "Easy" to #55 tonight. We then have one of the biggest hits of all time on the US Charts by an Australian artist with Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You" at #54, followed by Tammy Wynette's consistently ranked "Stand By Your Man". I'd only heard of Nazareth's "Love Hurts" via the Norwegian leg of this site, where it is the #1 single of all time on the charts thanks to spending 14 consecutive months in the top 10. Here it has a more modest #52, sitting behind Eric Clapton with "Wonderful Tonight".
#50. Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground

Round by round: 37-39-50

Points - 58.15
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


#49. T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution

Round by round: 58-57-49

Points - 61.8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


#48. John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads

Round by round: 36-30-48

Points - 65.95
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #22


#47. Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Round by round: 43-45-47

Points - 66.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#46. Rod Stewart - Maggie May

Round by round: 49-47-46

Points - 70.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


Depending on your age bracket, you may or may not know it better as a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, but Stevie Wonder takes the original version of "Higher Ground" to #50. We then get to bang a gong for T. Rex as they land at #49 with "Children Of The Revolution". At #48 we have John Denver with his enduring (well it was on the catalogue chart yesterday ~) "Take Me Home, Country Roads" at #48, while Blue Oyster Cult have their classic deathly 'la la la' anthem "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" at #47. Lastly is Rod Stewart with perhaps his most popular hit "Maggie May" at #46.
#45. Pink Floyd - Time

Round by round: 61-58-45

Points - 71.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#44. The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie

Round by round: 38-37-44

Points - 71.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#43. Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Round by round: 27-31-43

Points - 81.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#42. KC and the Sunshine Band - That's The Way (I Like It)

Round by round: 26-27-42

Points - 83.7
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#41. Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger

Round by round: 46-44-41

Points - 84.1
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


One of the standout moments on Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" would of course be "Time" which lands at #45. We've then got a quick succession of disco classics, songs you didn't even have to be born for in order to know them pretty much your entire life. Firstly The Jacksons with "Blame It On The Boogie" at #44, then Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" at #43, which is actually not the last we'll be seeing of them, and KC & The Sunshine Band with "That's The Way (I Like It)" at #42. Lastly we finish tonight off with Australian band Mental As Anything right on the cusp of qualifying, with their debut single "The Nips Are Getting Bigger" from 1979.
With that, we're in top 40 land, with the 40 massive songs that you just can't stop voting for

ABBA - Waterloo
Blondie - One Way Or Another
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love?
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chic - Good Times
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Sherbet - Howzat
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Skyhooks - Horror Movie
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
The Angels - Take A Long Line
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Clash - London Calling
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
XTC - Making Plans For Nigel


We're approaching the end, and come Wednesday I'll have to eliminate half of this list. How that half will be chosen, is based on your votes, if you can send them to me by 6pm on Wednesday, and have those votes be your Top 10 to 16 selections from here.

I also come with a new qualifying poll here which you can vote on until I reveal the final results on Friday http://www.strawpoll.me/14109273
#40. Chic - Good Times

Round by round: 41-41-37-40

Points: 61.8
Current Voters: 1
Top Vote: #1


#39. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love?

Round by round: 20-17-24-39

Points: 83.93
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #11


#38. The Angels - Take A Long Line

Round by round: 47-48-32-38

Points: 85.36
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #6


#37. Bob Dylan - Hurricane

Round by round: 45-43-32-38

Points: 86.63
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #7


#36. Blondie - One Way Or Another

Round by round: 08-08-21-36

Points: 87.68
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #11


Monday's disco party doesn't stop as we start off today's proceedings with Chic's sole representation, "Good Times" at #40. While after a low finish earlier in the round, Bob Marley & The Wailers turn up a fair bit stronger with "Is This Love?" at #39. Australian rock royalty The Angels get "Take A Long Line" up to #38, sitting next to Bob Dylan's 8 & a half minute epic about a wrongfully convicted boxer, "Hurricane" at #37. Lastly, Blondie had a bit of misfortune with a lot of middling votes for "One Way Or Another" resulting in a big drop off from a top 10 start.
#35. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

Round by round: 33-34-30-35

Points: 91.6
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #5


#34. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

Round by round: 18-20-40-34

Points: 94.58
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #4


#33. Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

Round by round: 19-21-35-33

Points: 98.5
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #1


#32. XTC - Making Plans For Nigel

Round by round: 40-46-39-32

Points: 99.58
Current Voters: 2
Top Vote: #1


#31. Donna Summer - Hot Stuff

Round by round: 22-24-36-31

Points: 103.81
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #10


Pink Floyd pick up their highest entry with one of the newest songs in this entire list, "Comfortably Numb" taken from their colossal seller "The Wall" released just 2 months in time for this list. Fleetwood Mac have had a renewed entry into their most popular catalogue hits thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, teaching many people that they also recorded the quite excellent "The Chain" which lands at #34. Meat Loaf keeps things grandiose with "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" at #33, while at #32 are the always excellent XTC with one of their more well known hits, "Making Plans For Nigel" at #32. Donna Summer is just getting started however with the first of her two entries being "Hot Stuff" at #31.
#30. Earth, Wind & Fire feat. The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland

Round by round: 24-29-38-30

Points: 109.8
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #4


#29. Dragon - Are You Old Enough?

Round by round: 28-25-26-29

Points: 115.68
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #10


#28. Lou Reed - Perfect Day

Round by round: 17-18-28-28

Points: 120.03
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #6


#27. The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz

Round by round: 25-28-23-27

Points: 123.25
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #5


#26. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've

Round by round: 21-19-29-26

Points: 123.63
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #2


I was a little surprising to see Earth, Wind & Fire get their highest entry with "Boogie Wonderland" though I suppose it sounds a little fresher to my ears at the moment. At #29 we have Dragon with arguably their 3rd most popular song "Are You Old Enough?". Much like Bob Marley & The Wailers, Lou Reed launches his second entry much higher with the excellent "Perfect Day" at #28. We've got another modern soundtrack revival with The Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" which saw big sales thanks to its inclusion in the Suicide Squad trailers last year. Finishing off this set is the Buzzcocks with the blistering punk rock anthem "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" at #26.
#25. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Round by round: 16-15-33-25

Points: 128.23
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #2


#24. ABBA - Waterloo

Round by round: 13-12-22-24

Points: 132.38
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #6


#23. Dolly Parton - Jolene

Round by round: 06-06-14-23

Points: 134.03
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #4


#22. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

Round by round: 15-16-10-22

Points: 134.75
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #6


#21. Skyhooks - Horror Movie

Round by round: 39-38-13-21

Points: 135.31
Current Voters: 3
Top Vote: #2


Fleetwood Mac are back with what you might argue is their signature song at this point, "Go Your Own Way" at #25. ABBA land their highest entry with their breakout Eurovision hit "Waterloo" at #24. Keeping up the diversity in this set we've got Dolly Parton with her always evocative country ballad "Jolene" at #23. While more of an '80s band, The Cure are here with their 2nd ever single "Boys Don't Cry" at #22, while Skyhooks have the distinct chart feat of scoring two Australian #1 singles in non-consecutive decades, the first of which was 1975's "Horror Movie" which just misses the final round at #21.
This brings us to the final round, no double ups, and perhaps anyone's game from here

Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Foreigner - Cold As Ice
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Sherbet - Howzat
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Clash - London Calling
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town


But as thanks to my laborious decimal points there can be only one winner, and it'll come down to your selection which is especially critical as you are only able to submit your Top 5 to 8 selections to my inbox by 6pm on Friday. The ACI will be ready in like 5-10 minutes, and this poll is still taking votes http://www.strawpoll.me/14109273
#20. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Round by round: 55-53-31-20-20

Points - 102.37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#19. Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You

Round by round: 14-14-19-18-19

Points - 106.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


Though this is a game of songs from the 1970s, it does not mean their legacy is entirely confined to that era, with these next songs showing as such. To start off, we have Talking Heads who snuck their way into this final round with "Psycho Killer", which of course has formed the skeleton of a recent top 20 hit in "Bad Liar". We also now have a moment that has proven me incorrect as to when I said there were no double-ups, as today I learnt that the singer & main songwriter in Stealers Wheel was in fact Gerry Rafferty. "Stuck In The Middle With You" was already a hit in its own right in its time, but I'm sure most people know it nowadays for its use in "Reservoir Dogs".
#18. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water

Round by round: 30-22-17-17-18

Points - 107.65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#17. Foreigner - Cold As Ice

Round by round: 09-11-15-15-17

Points - 112.10
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


With the guitar riff everyone knows, Deep Purple have their signature hit "Smoke On The Water" landing at #18. Meanwhile it would be harder to make the same signature claim for Foreigner, but "Cold As Ice" does stick out a bit with its jaunty piano given that most of the band's most well known hits are ballads.
#16. Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Round by round: 12-13-05-09-16

Points - 124.04
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#15. Sherbet - Howzat

Round by round: 11-09-04-05-15

Points - 129.97
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


And now back once again we have Gerry Rafferty with his colossal hit "Baker Street", a song that it is easy to forget has lyrics since it's saxophone motif is just so monumental. On the opposite side of singers with a tremendously popular solo hit, we've got Sherbet's #1 hit "Howzat", perhaps one of the few big Australian sport-related anthems that can be enjoyed without the context.
#14. Eletric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky

Round by round: 32-32-27-16-14

Points - 144.91
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#13. Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town

Round by round: 31-35-18-19-13

Points - 145.39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Now another song that's been revived through film. Though I would argue "Mr. Blue Sky" was already Electric Light Orchestra's most popular song, its usage in the latest Guardians Of The Galaxy film has endeared it to a new generation this year. There's a similar argument of modern endearment to be made for Thin Lizzy, if only because (at least where I see it) "The Boys Are Back In Town" is lovingly made a meme. Not that the Irish rockers needed it to help land strongly at #13.
#12. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Round by round: 29-26-09-12-12

Points - 149.70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#11. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

Round by round: 62-59-25-11-11

Points - 159.47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Continuing to speak of that modern endearment, a cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" recently hit #1 in the UK...except no one really cares about that anymore so all power to Simon & Garfunkel regardless with the track landing strongly at #12. We then see the big comeback story of the game, with Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" looking to see itself out in the 2nd round, but slowly picking up more support to the point of nearly landing in the top 10!
#10. Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock

Round by round: 35-36-12-13-10

Points - 178.39
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#9. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

Round by round: 07-07-20-14-09

Points - 183.64
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


For the 2nd highest landing Australian song, we have the chart titan itself "Eagle Rock" which spent a whole 10 weeks at #1 back in its day, only to be knocked off by a song called "Daddy Cool". Then sitting at #9 we have the title track to the album that starts off David Bowie's impressive streak of classic LPs, with "The Man Who Sold The World", which was also of course famously covered by Nirvana to the point that many think it's their song.
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#8. Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays

Round by round: 05-04-11-10-08

Points - 194.87
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#7. The Clash - London Calling

Round by round: 34-33-16-07-07

Points - 195.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


One of the two Australian #1 hits about the very specific topic of school shootings, Geldof and his cohorts in the Boomtown Rats land at #8 with "I Don't Like Mondays". Then get ready to smash your nearest bass guitar with The Clash's iconic "London Calling" at #7.
#6. Donna Summer - I Feel Love

Round by round: 02-02-06-08-06

Points - 196.76
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing

Round by round: 04-05-07-04-05

Points - 204.11
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


One of the first electronic dance tracks to really gain traction, we've got Donna Summer's 6 minute triumph in "I Feel Love", a song which holds up considerably better than its pioneering status could potentially lead it into being. Then at #5 we've got Dire Straits with their debut single which is one hell of an entrance.
#4. The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star

Round by round: 23-23-08-06-04

Points - 235.81
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#3. Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh

Round by round: 03-03-02-03-03

Points - 242.59
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


The Buggles' huge #1 hit "Video Killed The Radio Star" is of course associated with the '80s as it was the first song ever played on MTV and also because it was #1 right at the start of the decade, but we all know that means it was released back in 1979, and in fact was written way back in 1978. Now for what is actually the highest Australian track (not that I ever claimed a different track was of course), Cold Chisel have their ever enduring anthem "Khe Sanh" at #3, which lives on despite having an odd title, an odd subject matter, and a chorus that doesn't arrive until two thirds of the way into the song.
#2. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Round by round: 01-01-01-02-02

Points - 280.72
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#1. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

Round by round: 10-10-03-01-01

Points - 292.05
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


This leaves us with the final two which was once again quite a battle. "Born To Run" lead the way from the very start and looked highly likely to take the top spot, with one of The Boss's most exhilerating performances on record. But instead at the top spot we have something completely different. It's not often you see art pop music at the top of the charts, but the public has just never been able to deny the power of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", and the same can be said here, as the song started with the not even modest ranking of #10, but crept its way up to the top in style. There aren't many songs that can lay claim to having their own annual day of celebration, and there aren't many more that can lay claim to the honour of topping a QLVG list, but here we are once again.
Once again I thank you all for participating. It's not so easy for me to write at length about songs that in this case, are all considerably before my time but I hope I did ok. Fortunately the next round will mix up the chronology considerably as we'll be looking at a plethora of different tracks with the common link of the word 'Love' being somewhere in the title. I also get a break for a fortnight of having to come up with more poll options because we've got a tie this week. So starting on Tuesday, we'll be looking at songs whose title contain a first name, and then the fortnight after that, it'll be songs that are under 3 minutes long. The ACI is open as per usual, and I hope you enjoy your weekend as per usual.
With chronology out of the picture, this round is just looking at song titles with the necessity provided that the songs in question all contain 'Love' in their title. So the question is how will these 100 songs fair?

ABC - The Look of Love
AFI - Love Like Winter
Amiel - Lovesong
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Brandy feat. Kanye West - Talk About Our Love
Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Daft Punk - Digital Love
Danny L Harle feat. Caroline Polachek - Ashes Of Love
David Bowie - Modern Love
Depeche Mode - I Feel Love
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
England Dan & John Ford Coley - I'd Really Love To See You Tonight
Florence + The Machine - You've Got the Love
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
Friendly - Some Kind of Love Song
Golden Earring - Radar Love
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Haddaway - What Is Love
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
Howard Jones - What Is Love
Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
Jessica Mauboy - This Ain't Love
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
John Mellencamp - I Need A Lover
John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Justin Timberlake - Summer Love
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
Kimbra - Cameo Lover
Lana Del Rey - Love
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule
Lior - This Old Love
Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo - Secret Love Song
Madness - It Must Be Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Montaigne - Because I Love You
My Chemical Romance - I Don't Love You
Nada Surf - Always Love
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me?
Owl Eyes - Love Run Dry
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
Phantogram - Fall In Love
Powderfinger - Love Your Way
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Redbone - Come And Get Your Love
Renee Geyer - Say I Love You
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Roachford - Lay Your Love On Me
Rose Tattoo - Bad Boy for Love
Rudimental feat. John Newman - Feel The Love
Santana feat. Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love
Silverchair - Miss You Love
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Stevie Wonder - Part-Time Lover
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do
The Beatles - She Loves You
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Lovesong
The Cure - The Love Cats
The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - 2Kindsa Love
The Loved Ones - The Loved One
The National - Terrible Love
The Presets - This Boy's In Love
The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers
The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
The Supremes - Stop! In The Name of Love
The Temper Trap - Need Your Love
Time Bandits - I'm Only Shooting Love
Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song
Warpaint - Love Is To Die
Westlife - My Love
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


As per usual, that's up to you to decide. If you can pick out your Top 25 to 40 selections and memo them to me by 6pm on Wednesday that is! The next qualifying game will commence tomorrow as well.
=#96. Jessica Mauboy - This Ain't Love

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#96. John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#96. Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#96. Rose Tattoo - Bad Boy For Love

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


=#96. The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


Though it may not as such from this post, there was a great turn out for this vote. It just so happens that it didn't all spread its way into these songs, which are by no means small fry. After all, we've got what is curiously one of the biggest drum & bass hits of all time in Australia, courtesy of Jessica Mauboy because why not. We also have John Paul Young's enduring "Love Is In The Air" while Percy Sledge's performance of "When A Man Loves A Woman" remains memorable. We've got some classic Australian rock royalty from Rose Tattoo and also some vintage pop from The Everly Brothers, all of which are unfortunate to not pick up a vote.
#95. Brandy feat. Kanye West - Talk About Our Love

Points - 12
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #29


#94. Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love

Points - 17
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#93. Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song

Points - 18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #23


#92. Roachford - Lay Your Love On Me

Points - 19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#91. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - 2Kindsa Love

Points - 20
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


And so now straight after that we go right into the double digits. Starting off at #95 is a late career hit for Brandy teaming up with Kanye West on "Talk About Our Love", while on the other hand Cheryl's solo career started off in a big way in the UK with colossal opening sales for "Fight For This Love" back in 2009. It however shares a property with the next entry as it didn't crack the top 50 here, which is not to discredit the quality of Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song". We stay in the '90s for the rest of this, as we get one of those hits that are probably well remembered but no one knows the title or artist, via Roachford's "Lay Your Love On Me" at #92, while we have a first time appearance for the Blues Explosion with the song "2Kindsa Love" which amazingly got performed on national TV here with a performance that's very much worth watching.
#90. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Points - 22
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #19


#89. Stevie Wonder - Part-Time Lover

Points - 22
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#88. Westlife - My Love

Points - 24
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


#87. John Mellencamp - I Need A Lover

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


#86. Justin Timberlake - Summer Love

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


We now go way back with one of the oldest songs to ever appear in this game, with early rock & roll pioneer Frankie Lymon and his UK #1 hit "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" at #90. Then another even bigger icon lands at #89, with Stevie Wonder picking up several votes for "Part-Time Lover". Westlife land at #88 with their 7th consecutive #1 hit "My Love", while John Mellencamp has "I Need A Lover" at #87, a song I don't recall ever hearing in my life, but the day after I listened to it for this game I heard it again on the radio Then at #86 is Justin Timberlake's "Summer Love", a respectable digital hit here in its time that never charted here as it lacked a physical single.
#85. SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#84. Santana feat. Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#83. The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love

Points - 33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#82. Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This

Points - 34
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7


#81. Little Mix feat. Jason Derulo - Secret Love Song

Points - 35
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


At #85 is something of a breakout hit for SZA, teaming up with Travis Scott on "Love Galore". Just missing the next round at #84 is Santana's "The Game Of Love", which perhaps would be going through if a certain person liked it a bit more I also apologise to alley for this section, with The Supremes going out early with "Stop! In The Name Of Love" at #83, followed by a surprise #1 hit by Paloma Faith at #82, and Little Mix's "Secret Love Song", a song whose title is not mentioned in song, but it's now clear that the name was intended so that it could be one day used in this QLVG.
This gives us 80 songs to look forward to seeing the rankings for

ABC - The Look of Love
AFI - Love Like Winter
Amiel - Lovesong
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Daft Punk - Digital Love
Danny L Harle feat. Caroline Polachek - Ashes Of Love
David Bowie - Modern Love
Depeche Mode - I Feel Love
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
England Dan & John Ford Coley - I'd Really Love To See You Tonight
Florence + The Machine - You've Got the Love
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
Friendly - Some Kind of Love Song
Golden Earring - Radar Love
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Haddaway - What Is Love
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
Howard Jones - What Is Love
Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
Kimbra - Cameo Lover
Lana Del Rey - Love
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule
Lior - This Old Love
Madness - It Must Be Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Montaigne - Because I Love You
My Chemical Romance - I Don't Love You
Nada Surf - Always Love
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me?
Owl Eyes - Love Run Dry
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Phantogram - Fall In Love
Powderfinger - Love Your Way
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Redbone - Come And Get Your Love
Renee Geyer - Say I Love You
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Rudimental feat. John Newman - Feel The Love
Silverchair - Miss You Love
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do
The Beatles - She Loves You
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Lovesong
The Cure - The Love Cats
The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
The Loved Ones - The Loved One
The National - Terrible Love
The Presets - This Boy's In Love
The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers
The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
The Temper Trap - Need Your Love
Time Bandits - I'm Only Shooting Love
Warpaint - Love Is To Die
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


The priority of the revealing of the rankings is incidentally driven by your voting power. If you want to find out how a song ranks sooner, you'd best not vote for it, but the more logical way to look at this is that you should vote for the songs you wish not to see eliminated. Specifically work out your Top 20 to 32 selections and submit it to me by 6pm on Friday. The ACI is also open to take any business you may have with it.
The Blues is Number 91!!
#80. Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love

Round by round: 67-80

Points - 26
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #15


#79. The Loved Ones - The Loved One

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#78. Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 36
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#77. Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Round by round: 78-77

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#76. Golden Earring - Radar Love

Round by round: 77-76

Points - 38
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


I don't know how it is for everyone else, but for me, "Sunshine Of Your Love" is THE riff song, as through guitarist friends, I'd heard it many times before I had any idea what the song was. It being pushed down causes a lot of songs to move up 1 spot this round. The Loved Ones give themselves an eponymous track even though the hook in "The Loved One" is a different set of words. The most modern song in this relatively old school set is Lenny Kravitz's debut single "Let Love Rule" at #78. At #77 is Paul Simon's only solo US #1, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", followed by Golden Earring's "Radar Love", which younger readers might recognise from its use in the 2017 film Baby Driver.
#75. The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Round by round: 76-75

Points - 39
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#74. Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

Round by round: 75-74

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#73. Nada Surf - Always Love

Round by round: 73-73

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#72. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

Round by round: 72-72

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#71. Depeche Mode - I Feel Love

Round by round: 70-71

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


The Shirelles were a big finisher in the girl groups game from last year, now they land at a more modest #75 with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". We finally get modern as we have a song released this year, from Austra's latest album at #74. Though you may know Nada Surf solely for their song "Popular", their most played song on Spotify is actually the early 2000s track "Always Love". Led Zeppelin scored an Australian #1 single just once, with "Whole Lotta Love" which lands at #72, while Depeche Mode land at #71 with their 2001 track "I Feel Loved", not to be confused with their only other Hottest 100 entry, "I Feel You".
#70. Danny L Harle feat. Caroline Polachek - Ashes Of Love

Round by round: 69-70

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#69. Redbone - Come And Get Your Love

Round by round: 74-69

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#68. My Chemical Romance - I Don't Love You

Round by round: 71-68

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#67. Amiel - Lovesong

Round by round: 68-67

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#66. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers

Round by round: 65-66

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


From the wild world of PC music we have Danny L Harle collaborating with the lead singer of Chairlift on the super catchy "Ashes Of Love" at #70. At #69 we have Native American rock band Redbone with their big '70s hit "Come And Get Your Love". At #68 is a rare ballad for My Chemical Romance off their monster "The Black Parade" album. To add fuel for thought, we have the first of two "Lovesong"'s in here with Amiel landing at #67, while The Rapture keep us in the 2000s with their dance punk anthem "House Of Jealous Lovers".
#65. Time Bandits - I'm Only Shooting Love

Round by round: 66-65

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#64. England Dan & John Ford Coley - I'd Really Love To See You Tonight

Round by round: 64-64

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#63. Silverchair - Miss You Love

Round by round: 59-63

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


=#61. Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You

Round by round: 61-61

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


=#61. Howard Jones - What Is Love

Round by round: 62-61

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


At #65 we have the Dutch band Time Bandits, who much like some of my social circles, had the success of "I'm Only Shooting Love" largely confined to The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia & New Zealand, the latter of which saw it reach the #1 spot. At #64 is England Dan & John Ford Coley with their big '70s hit "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight". It was blocked from the top spot by Wild Cherry in the US, and incidentally lands a little bit lower than "Play That Funky Music" did in a recent game. At #63 is Silverchair's last anthem before the year 2000 with "Miss You Love". We finish off the eliminations tonight with a tie, as Heart's huge Australian #1 single locks horns with Howard Jones' synthpop monster "What Is Love" at #61.
We keep this game going courtesy of these 60 songs that manage to prevail from the ever increasing elimination line

ABC - The Look of Love
AFI - Love Like Winter
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Daft Punk - Digital Love
David Bowie - Modern Love
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Florence + The Machine - You've Got the Love
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
Friendly - Some Kind of Love Song
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Haddaway - What Is Love
Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
Kimbra - Cameo Lover
Lana Del Rey - Love
Lior - This Old Love
Madness - It Must Be Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Montaigne - Because I Love You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me?
Owl Eyes - Love Run Dry
Phantogram - Fall In Love
Powderfinger - Love Your Way
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Renee Geyer - Say I Love You
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Rudimental feat. John Newman - Feel The Love
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do
The Beatles - She Loves You
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Lovesong
The Cure - The Love Cats
The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
The National - Terrible Love
The Presets - This Boy's In Love
The Temper Trap - Need Your Love
Warpaint - Love Is To Die
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


But that line will just keep getting harder to avoid, unless we somehow get a 21-way tie at the bottom but that's exceedingly unlikely, and not something you should get your hopes up for. In that case, your best way to proceed would be to select your Top 15 to 24 selections from this and submit it to me by 6pm on Monday. The ACI is also willing to take your votes and I will hope for you to have a good weekend.
#60. The Beatles - She Loves You

Round by round: 63-60-60

Points - 48.75
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


#59. Powderfinger - Love Your Way

Round by round: 57-57-59

Points - 69.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#58. Renee Geyer - Say I Love You

Round by round: 58-58-58

Points - 78.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#57. ABC - The Look Of Love

Round by round: 60-54-57

Points - 79.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#56. James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover

Round by round: 47-59-56

Points - 79.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


The Beatles took all three of their entries to the top 60, but they lose the first of those right away as "She Loves You" lands at #60. Following some early career Beatles, we have some late career Powderfinger with "Love Your Way" at #59. We split the time difference down the middle with a big early '80s hit for Renee Geyer, "Say I Love You" at #58. We then stay there for #57, with ABC's perhaps most recognised hit "The Look Of Love" from their highly acclaimed "The Lexicon Of Love" album. Finishing off this post, we've got James Blunt at #56 with his very successful 2nd hit that didn't take off in the US so he gets labelled a one hit wonder.
#55. Killing Joke - Love Like Blood

Round by round: 55-56-55

Points - 80.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#54. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Do You Love Me?

Round by round: 46-52-54

Points - 81.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#53. Brandon Flowers - Can't Deny My Love

Round by round: 50-50-53

Points - 85.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#52. Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love

Round by round: 37-37-52

Points - 87.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#51. Anastacia - I'm Outta Love

Round by round: 33-36-51

Points - 90
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


A pleasant discovery in this game for me was Killing Joke's "Love Like Blood" which lands at #55. It's then a fair bit more familiar the rest of this as we go on to Nick Cave & The Bad Seed's mesmerizing "Do You Love Me?" at #54. The lead single for Brandon Flowers' 2nd solo album comes in at #53, while Tears For Fears have the extended coda of "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" land at #52. Finishing off the first half is one of the biggest songs of my childhood, Anastacia's "I'm Outta Love".
#50. The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love

Round by round: 56-55-50

Points - 91.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#49. Phantogram - Fall In Love

Round by round: 43-38-49

Points - 92.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#48. AFI - Love Like Winter

Round by round: 51-53-48

Points - 93
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#47. Goldfrapp - Lovely Head

Round by round: 54-51-47

Points - 94.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#46. Warpaint - Love Is To Die

Round by round: 42-46-46

Points - 98.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


The Beatles are back at it again, 10 places higher with "Can't Buy Me Love" at #50. Phantogram have their breakout alt radio hit "Fall In Love" landing at #49. Meanwhile if you flashback to 2006, you'll find me thinking AFI were some new, trendy 'emo' band competing for supremacy against My Chemical Romance, which gets funnier every time I think about it. At the centre of that dispute was the only song of theirs I knew, "Love Like Winter", which I hated at the time but now like a lot, it sits here at #48. We get much more peaceful for the rest of this, with the opening track to Goldfrapp's debut album, the very lovely "Lovely Head" at #47, and then we've got some gazey dream pop from Warpaint with "Love Is To Die" at #46.
#45. The Beatles - Love Me Do

Round by round: 44-42-45

Points - 99.15
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#44. Daft Punk - Digital Love

Round by round: 45-44-44

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#43. Friendly - Some Kind Of Love Song

Round by round: 49-49-43

Points - 102
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#42. Lana Del Rey - Love

Round by round: 41-35-42

Points - 102.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#41. The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Round by round: 53-47-41

Points - 103.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


And wouldn't you know, all in the space of one round, The Beatles have wrapped up their appearances here, with the highest being "Love Me Do" at #45. I am assured that "Love Like Blood" is not also a Beatles song since it kicks off one of these posts. Landing ahead at #44 is all the glorious cheese of Daft Punk's "Digital Love", while at #43 we've got a somewhat forgotten Australian entry into the industrial scene which is noted by fact that the singer on "Some Kind Of Love Song" is a young Sia Furler, who is still smashing the charts nearly 2 decades removed from then. At #42 is the first single released from Lana Del Rey's latest album, with the laconic title appropriate for this game of just "Love". On the other hand we finish this round off with anything but laconic, with The Darkness's ludicrously over the top glam rock anthem "I Believe In A Thing Called Love".
But this has you wondering, what are these mysterious 40 songs remaining. Well I could keep it a secret, but that might be inconvenient as I still ask that you maintain voting for them, so here they are

Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
David Bowie - Modern Love
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Florence + The Machine - You've Got the Love
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
Haddaway - What Is Love
Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Kimbra - Cameo Lover
Lior - This Old Love
Madness - It Must Be Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Montaigne - Because I Love You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Owl Eyes - Love Run Dry
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Rudimental feat. John Newman - Feel The Love
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Lovesong
The Cure - The Love Cats
The National - Terrible Love
The Presets - This Boy's In Love
The Temper Trap - Need Your Love
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


As usual, it's crunch week where we really start to thin the numbers at particularly speedy (relative to the overall size of the remaining list) pace. There are only so many ways for me to say that I wish for you to select your Top 10 to 16 selections and submit to me by 6pm on Wednesday, so I'll use that phrasing I just spoke.
#40. Haddaway - What Is Love

Round by round: 32-41-40-40

Points - 87.03
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#39. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It

Round by round: 40-39-35-39

Points - 90.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#38. Owl Eyes - Love Run Dry

Round by round: 38-43-38-38

Points - 95.99
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#37. The Temper Trap - Need Your Love

Round by round: 52-48-34-37

Points - 107.26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#36. Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love

Round by round: 29-40-37-36

Points - 110.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


Our second "What Is Love" to show is the more recognisable Haddaway track, if you were perhaps hoping it would land higher than #40, baby don't hurt me. We then go to Icona Pop who have recently scored their third top 50 hit, having started off with the huge smash "I Love It" in 2012 (or a year later if you're British). We then have Owl Eyes at #38 with the final track on her to date only album though I'm always hoping the second one is on the horizon, and at #37 is The Temper Trap disguising themselves as John Farnham on yet another 2012 track "Need Your Love". And if you've had enough early 2010s & early '90s, let's go to the early '00s with Counting Crows and their hit from the Shrek 2 soundtrack.
#35. David Bowie - Modern Love

Round by round: 39-34-39-35

Points - 124.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#34. The National - Terrible Love

Round by round: 36-31-33-34

Points - 136.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#33. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Round by round: 27-30-28-33

Points - 137.43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#32. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love

Round by round: 28-27-31-32

Points - 137.78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#31. Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover

Round by round: 48-45-36-31

Points - 141.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


We go a bit further back now, starting with one of the big singles from David Bowie's "Let's Dance" album with "Modern Love" at #35. Then at #34 is the opening track to The National's wonderful 5th album, with "Terrible Love". Whitney Houston is at #33 with her Dolly Parton cover that was #1 in the UK & US when I was born. 2 decades later is a monster smash for Rihanna & Calvin Harris with "We Found Love" at #32, and then we have a breakout hit for Prince with 1979's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" at #31.
#30. Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love

Round by round: 20-21-19-30

Points - 144.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#29. The Cure - The Love Cats

Round by round: 25-28-24-29

Points - 147.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#28. Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

Round by round: 30-25-29-28

Points - 153.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#27. Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love

Round by round: 35-32-32-27

Points - 159.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#26. Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love

Round by round: 22-33-27-26

Points - 160.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Shout out to Robert Smith. If you include his entries with The Cure, he had 4 tracks in this list and all of them made the top 30. Now that we've reached that top 30, the casualties come thick & fast. At #30 is his cover version of "Not In Love" with Crystal Castles, and at #29 we get pure Cure with the jaunty "The Love Cats". At #28 is some indie rock balladry from Band Of Horses in "No One's Gonna Love You" while Ben Lee lands strongly at #27 with "Gamble Everything For Love". Finishing off this set is an essential for this sort of list, with Huey Lewis & The News's 1985 #1 smash "The Power Of Love".
#25. Lior - This Old Love

Round by round: 19-20-22-25

Points - 162.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#24. En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)

Round by round: 34-26-30-24

Points - 162.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#23. Kimbra - Cameo Lover

Round by round: 15-15-15-23

Points - 163.01
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#22. Madness - It Must Be Love

Round by round: 26-24-26-22

Points - 163.34
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#21. Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less

Round by round: 17-17-13-21

Points - 170.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Lior plucks the heartstrings with the gentle "This Old Love" at #25, while En Vogue take a different but similarly evocative approach on "Don't Let Go (Love)" at #24. At #23 is Kimbra with what I want to call a huge single "Cameo Lover" except her not even month old new single already has more Spotify plays than it. At #22 is a Madness song that I think I just learnt is a cover version, though obviously the definitive version of "It Must Be Love". That is unless you're particularly invested in nappies which is how I'm most familiar with it. Just missing the cut, we've got the Kaiser Chiefs with the big upbeat "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" from their debut album.
This leaves us with 20 songs remaining, or 19 if you want to get technical.

Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Florence + The Machine - You've Got the Love
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Montaigne - Because I Love You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Rudimental feat. John Newman - Feel The Love
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Lovesong
The Presets - This Boy's In Love


So now we're fully into the big leagues, it's pretty much anyone's game. Your previous vote will now be slimmed down to just a Top 5 to 8 from here and try to get it submitted before 6pm on Friday, and then I will determine the song that has received the most...love
#20. Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle

Round by round: 16-18-17-11-20

Points - 123.30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#19. The Presets - This Boy's In Love

Round by round: 09-11-12-12-19

Points - 149.82
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Nipping the curiosity in the bud immediately, we have our double up at #20 with Frente!'s cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle". It makes for a double Australian set as sitting just ahead at #19 is The Presets with "This Boy's In Love".
#18. Florence + The Machine - You've Got The Love

Round by round: 06-07-06-07-18

Points - 161.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#17. The Cure - Lovesong

Round by round: 13-10-09-06-17

Points - 165.17
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


We go right to another cover version as Florence + The Machine have their very popular version of "You've Got The Love" at #18, leaving just two covers left in play. We then have a song that is higher sold as a cover since it appears on one of the highest selling albums of the century. The definitive version of "Lovesong" though is of course still The Cure's, giving them the first of their 2 entries tonight at #17.
#16. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n Roll

Round by round: 23-23-25-10-16

Points - 167.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love

Round by round: 31-29-21-15-15

Points - 180.15
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Now for a song that is also a cover but often not known to be one, with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' version of "I Love Rock 'n Roll" which went on to be a #1 hit here. Another huge song lands at #15 with one of the many collaborations between Beyonce & her eventual husband Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love" at #15.
#14. Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love

Round by round: 21-16-18-19-14

Points - 182.91
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#13. The Cure - Friday I'm In Love

Round by round: 10-09-16-20-13

Points - 185.53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Speaking of monster mid-2000s collaborations between a pop star & a rapper, we've got Justin Timberlake's "My Love" at #14. We then arrive at the highest Cure entry with "Friday I'm In Love". As the round by round notes, it had quite a battle with "Lovesong" along the way.
#12. Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved

Round by round: 11-13-11-16-12

Points - 189.34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#11. Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"

Round by round: 24-22-23-17-11

Points - 189.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


With countless hits since, Maroon 5 can still only claim to have hit #1 here with just one song which is "She Will Be Loved", that lands at #12 here. At #11 is a favourite of this game or at least a song I know I've written about a lot. Annie Lennox has the lovely "No More "I Love You's" creep up to #11 this time around.
#10. Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Round by round: 18-19-20-18-10

Points - 189.98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#9. Montaigne - Because I Love You

Round by round: 12-12-10-14-09

Points - 213.11
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


We go to the turn of the '70s/'80s decade with one of Queen's biggest hits, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" landing at #10. It does however have very modest company in the success stakes, with Montaigne's most popular song "Because I Love You" at #9.
#8. Rudimental feat. John Newman - Feel The Love

Round by round: 07-08-08-13-08

Points - 215.33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#7. Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There

Round by round: 08-06-07-08-07

Points - 219.28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Keeping with the current decade, we go to Rudimental's huge breakout hit "Feel The Love" at #8, which sadly becomes progressively less representative of what Rudimental's music is like. Next up is the highest Australian entry, with Ball Park Music's anything but succinct "She Only Loves Me When I'm There" at #7.
#6. Bon Iver - Skinny Love

Round by round: 04-05-04-04-06

Points - 226.70
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#5. R.E.M. - The One I Love

Round by round: 14-14-14-09-05

Points - 230.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Now 10 years old, we've got a breakout hit for Bon Iver with "Skinny Love" landing at #6. We then escape this modern-fest as we go to some classic '80s R.E.M. with "The One I Love" landing strongly at #5.
#4. Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

Round by round: 03-03-03-05-04

Points - 235.65
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Round by round: 05-04-05-03-03

Points - 255.58
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


At #4 is the first song ever played on an iPod, with Spiller's massive collaboration with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)". Then the battle of "Bizarre Love Triangle"s is settled quite thusly, New Order landing at the apt #3.
#2. Soft Cell - Tainted Love

Round by round: 02-02-01-01-02

Points - 291.37
Current Voters - 5
Top vote - #2


#1. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Round by round: 01-01-02-02-01

Points - 354.88
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


We've got a big finish with two songs that have been competing head to head the entire way. Both monumental tracks of their era, we kick off with the highest cover version in the list, Soft Cell's new wave transformation of "Tainted Love" at #2. It's because of Soft Cell that we miss out on a curious pair of artists together in the top two, but either way, New Order can't be too bothered as they essentially still take top billing just as members of Joy Division. So with all these uplifting 'love' songs near the top, the winner turns out to be one of the gloomiest, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" taking a handy lead in the end. In fact, among its 7 voters it has 5 #1 votes which may be a record of some sort.
Thanks for voting/reading/not plotting my demise. This thread will return on Monday as we look at songs with first names as decided upon by you in the qualifying thread recently. The next qualifying game will be songs under 3 minutes long. I will readily take ACI votes, and I hope you have a good weekend.
What does ACI stand for?
Aus-Charts Interactive, the other thread I primarily populate!
Here's your new game this week, a bunch of songs that have first names in the title!

A Perfect Circle - Judith
ABBA - Fernando
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun
Air - Kelly Watch The Stars
alt-J - Adeline
Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
B.Z. feat. Joanne - Jackie
Bastille - Laura Palmer
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubb's Tears
Bjork - Isobel
blink-182 - Adam's Song
Britney Spears - Lucky
Chairlift - Romeo
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Concrete Blonde - Joey
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Don McLean - Vincent
Drapht - Dancin' John Doe
DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts
Eels - Susan's House
Elton John - Nikita
Elvis Costello - Alison
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Oliver's Army
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Flash and The Pan - Hey St Peter
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
Florence + The Machine - Delilah
Franz Ferdinand - Michael
Frenzal Rhomb - Russell Crowe's Band
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark
Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny!
Interpol - Roland
Jackson Jackson - Eliza
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Otis Redding - Otis
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Kings of Leon - Molly's Chambers
KISS - Shandi
Led Zeppelin - Boogie with Stu
Little Richard - Good Golly, Miss Molly
Looking Glass - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
M83 - Kim & Jessie
Marianne Faithfull - The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
My Chemical Romance - Helena
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Deanna
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero
Paul Dempsey - Ramona Was A Waitress
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Powderfinger - Good-Day Ray
R.E.M. - What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Regina Spektor - Samson
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Roy English - Julianne
Run-D.M.C. - Mary, Mary
Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
Sharon O'Neill - Maxine
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
Smokie - Living Next Door To Alice
Space feat. Cerys Matthews - The Ballad of Tom Jones
Sparkadia - Mary
Stevie Wright - Evie
SZA - Drew Barrymore
The Androids - Do It With Madonna
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann
The Beach Boys - Help Me, Rhonda
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Go-Betweens - Lee Remick
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The National - Carin At The Liquor Store
The Police - Roxanne
The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream
The Rolling Stones - Angie
The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing
The Turtles - Elenore
The Wanted - Walks Like Rihanna
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny & Mary
Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance
Toto - Rosanna
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
Violent Soho - Saramona Said
WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun
Ween - Gabrielle
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
Yellowcard - Rough Landing, Holly
You Am I - Cathy's Clown

In order to participate, you'll need to submit your Top 25 to 40 selections to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#100. Little Richard - Good Golly, Miss Molly

Points - 3
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #38


#99. Looking Glass - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)

Points - 5
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #36


#98. Drapht - Dancin' John Doe

Points - 6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #37


#97. The Androids - Do It With Madonna

Points - 10
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #33


#96. B.Z. feat. Joanne - Jackie

Points - 14
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #27


A pedant in me is glad to see that there isn't a single tie in the scores this round. Starting off with the classics and with no nul pwa, we go to Little Richard with "Good Golly, Miss Molly" at #100, followed by the radio staple of Looking Glass's "Brandy" at #99. We then get a bit more modern and considerably more Australian for the rest, with Drapht's other song with an allusion of having a different name, "Dancin' John Doe" at #98. At #97 is The Androids with the greatest fortune telling powers to choose namedrops that keep "Do It With Madonna" surprisingly far less dated than it otherwise could be. Then we rely on B.Z. to touch your soul by the candle light of #96 with "Jackie" landing there.
#95. The Wanted - Walks Like Rihanna

Points - 14
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #32


#94. Smokie - Living Next Door To Alice

Points - 16
Current Voters - 1
Top Voters - #25


#93. Run-D.M.C. - Mary, Mary

Points - 16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#92. Powderfinger - Good-Day Ray

Points - 21
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #30


#91. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Deanna

Points - 23
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #18


Missing a great opportunity to land next to The Androids, we've got The Wanted at #95 with a more modern namedrop in "Walks Like Rihanna". We then go to the forever wholesome "Living Next Door To Alice" from Smokie at #94, and the surprising choice of Run-D.M.C. to cover a song by The Monkees at #93. Powderfinger have one of their more out-and-out rockers with "Good-Day Ray" at #92, while the first of two Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds songs lands at #91, it being "Deanna".
#90. The Go-Betweens - Lee Remick

Points - 26
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#89. Elvis Costello - Alison

Points - 27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#88. alt-J - Adeline

Points - 29
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #12


#87. Roy English - Julianne

Points - 30
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#86. DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


At #90 is the debut single from classic Australian act The Go-Betweens, "Lee Remick", named after the US actress. #89 is the first of two Elvis Costello tracks, the less upbeat of the two, "Alison". We then go to the latest alt-J album for "Adeline" at #88, and keep relatively modern for the rest of this set, Roy English landing "Julianne" at #87, and DZ Deathrays getting a look in at #86 for "Gina Works At Hearts".
#85. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

Points - 36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#84. Yellowcard - Rough Landing, Holly

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#83. Violent Soho - Saramona Said

Points - 38
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#82. Marianne Faithfull - The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#81. Sinead O'Connor - Troy

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


And now Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have played all their cards as their highest entry is their most recent Hottest 100 entry, "Dig!, Lazarus, Dig!!!" at #85. We stay in the mid 2000s as Yellowcard appear at #84 with "Rough Landing, Holly". Violent Soho have one of the big singles from their huge "Hungry Ghost" album with "Saramona Said" at #83. At #82 we have a cover of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, turned into a hit by Marianne Faithful with "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan". Lastly, we cross over the 40 point margin with everyone's #1 votes safe, the last casualty being Sinead O'Connor's "Troy".
Carrying on are these 80 tracks.

A Perfect Circle - Judith
ABBA - Fernando
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun
Air - Kelly Watch The Stars
Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
Bastille - Laura Palmer
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubb's Tears
Bjork - Isobel
blink-182 - Adam's Song
Britney Spears - Lucky
Chairlift - Romeo
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Concrete Blonde - Joey
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Don McLean - Vincent
Eels - Susan's House
Elton John - Nikita
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Oliver's Army
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Flash and The Pan - Hey St Peter
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
Florence + The Machine - Delilah
Franz Ferdinand - Michael
Frenzal Rhomb - Russell Crowe's Band
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark
Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny!
Interpol - Roland
Jackson Jackson - Eliza
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Otis Redding - Otis
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Kings of Leon - Molly's Chambers
KISS - Shandi
Led Zeppelin - Boogie with Stu
M83 - Kim & Jessie
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
My Chemical Romance - Helena
Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero
Paul Dempsey - Ramona Was A Waitress
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
R.E.M. - What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Regina Spektor - Samson
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
Sharon O'Neill - Maxine
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Space feat. Cerys Matthews - The Ballad of Tom Jones
Sparkadia - Mary
Stevie Wright - Evie
SZA - Drew Barrymore
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann
The Beach Boys - Help Me, Rhonda
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The National - Carin At The Liquor Store
The Police - Roxanne
The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream
The Rolling Stones - Angie
The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing
The Turtles - Elenore
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny & Mary
Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance
Toto - Rosanna
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun
Ween - Gabrielle
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
You Am I - Cathy's Clown


But if you wish for the proceeding 60 tracks to smile in your favour, then you'd best submit a vote of your Top 20 to 32 selections to me by 6pm on Friday. There is also a qualifying game going on, and I also have the ACI up and running.
#80. Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero

Round by round: 64-80

Points - 25
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#79. Rod Stewart - Maggie May

Round by round: 72-79

Points - 38
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#78. Frenzal Rhomb - Russell Crowe's Band

Round by round: 55-78

Points - 40.2
CUrrent Voters - 1
Top Vote - #28


#77. KISS - Shandi

Round by round: 78-77

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#76. Kings Of Leon - Molly's Chambers

Round by round: 77-76

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


Starting off we've got the first of Paper Lace's two #1 hits they scored in quick succession. "Billy Don't Be A Hero" sits at #80. We stay in the '70s as next up we've got a big hit for Rod Stewart in "Maggie May" at #79. We get considerably more modern for a very brief moment as Frenzal Rhomb land at #78 with what is the shortest song to ever poll in a Hottest 100, "Russell Crowe's Band". KISS find success with "Shandi" landing at #77, while Kings Of Leon have an early hit in "Molly's Chambers" at #76.
#75. Coldplay - Charlie Brown

Round by round: 76-75

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#74. The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann

Round by round: 66-74

Points - 46.6
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#73. Regina Spektor - Samson

Round by round: 74-73

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#72. Sharon O'Neill - Maxine

Round by round: 73-72

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#71. Franz Ferdinand - Michael

Round by round: 80-71

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


Moving on to Coldplay's 5th album, we have the 3rd single "Charlie Brown" at #75. Then much further back, we've got the first of two entries for The Beach Boys, "Barbara Ann" landing at #74. Regina Spektor takes the balladry of "Samson" to #73, while we have a New Zealand hit from Sharon O'Neill, "Maxine" at #72. Finishing off is Franz Ferdinand's "Michael" from their debut album.
#70. The Beach Boys - Help Me, Rhonda

Round by round: 51-70

Points - 48
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #9


#69. The Turtles - Elenore

Round by round: 75-69

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#68. Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

Round by round: 70-68

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#67. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance

Round by round: 71-67

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#66. Bastille - Laura Palmer

Round by round: 69-66

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


And so The Beach Boys' run ends quickly with the other entry being "Help Me, Rhonda" just 4 spots higher at #70. Appearing in the game for I believe the first time, The Turtles take "Elenore" to #69, while Plain White T's also appear for the first time with "Hey There Delilah" at #68. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have a later hit "Mary Jane's Last Dance" at #67, while Bastille have the topical song title choice of "Laura Palmer" at #66.
#65. Led Zeppelin - Boogie With Stu

Round by round: 68-65

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#64. R.E.M. - What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

Round by round: 52-64

Points - 55.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#63. Chairlift - Romeo

Round by round: 65-63

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#62. Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl

Round by round: 67-62

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#61. SZA - Drew Barrymore

Round by round: 63-61

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


From their super successful "Physical Graffiti" album, Led Zeppelin take "Boogie With Stu" to #65. R.E.M. had the first ever song to debut at #1 on the Alternative Songs chart in 1994 with "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" which lands at #64. They also share the property with Chairlift of having disbanded, so we go to Chairlift's final album to find "Romeo" at #63. Everyone's favourite anthem for murdering deadbeats lands at #62, with the Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl". Finishing off tonight's proceedings, we've got "Drew Barrymore" from SZA's rather successful "Ctrl" album just missing the cut for the next round.
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Now it's down to 60, getting heated up

A Perfect Circle - Judith
ABBA - Fernando
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun
Air - Kelly Watch The Stars
Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubb's Tears
Bjork - Isobel
blink-182 - Adam's Song
Britney Spears - Lucky
Concrete Blonde - Joey
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Don McLean - Vincent
Eels - Susan's House
Elton John - Nikita
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Oliver's Army
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Flash and The Pan - Hey St Peter
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
Florence + The Machine - Delilah
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark
Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny!
Interpol - Roland
Jackson Jackson - Eliza
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Otis Redding - Otis
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
M83 - Kim & Jessie
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
My Chemical Romance - Helena
Paul Dempsey - Ramona Was A Waitress
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Space feat. Cerys Matthews - The Ballad of Tom Jones
Sparkadia - Mary
Stevie Wright - Evie
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The National - Carin At The Liquor Store
The Police - Roxanne
The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream
The Rolling Stones - Angie
The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny & Mary
Toto - Rosanna
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun
Ween - Gabrielle
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
You Am I - Cathy's Clown


So once again we come to the beginning of a new round. Should you wish to participate, you merely need to determine your Top 15 to 24 selections and submit them to me by 6pm on Monday. I'll also readily accept ACI votes, and if you're not doing anything on Sunday, check out this link https://twitch.tv/distantstarcares at around 5pm AEDST and you can see me doing a speedrun race for charity! ^.^
I am way behind schedule and very busy today so no commentary today, I apologise if that is a problem!

#60. Ween - Gabrielle

Round by round: 39-41-60

Points - 67.13
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


#59. Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon

Round by round: 57-55-59

Points - 72.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#58. Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme

Round by round: 53-53-58

Points - 73.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#57. Flash and the Pan - Hey St Peter

Round by round: 61-60-57

Points - 79.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#56. The Smiths - William, It Was Really Nothing

Round by round: 59-57-56

Points - 81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3
#55. The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

Round by round: 48-42-55

Points - 82.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#54. Sparkadia - Mary

Round by round: 44-46-54

Points - 83.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#53. The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

Round by round: 56-56-53

Points - 85.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#52. The National - Carin At The Liquor Store

Round by round: 62-59-52

Points - 85.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#51. Don McLean - Vincent

Round by round: 60-54-51

Points - 86.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13
#50. Britney Spears - Lucky

Round by round: 50-51-50

Points - 86.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#49. Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny!

Round by round: 42-48-49

Points - 87.14
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#48. Arctic Monkeys - Arabella

Round by round: 47-50-48

Points - 94.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#47. Billy Bragg - Levi Stubb's Tears

Round by round: 32-31-47

Points - 96.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#46. Elton John - Nikita

Round by round: 33-39-46

Points - 97
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5
#45. Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark

Round by round: 37-44-45

Points - 97.15
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#44. Paul Dempsey - Ramona Was A Waitress

Round by round: 79-38-44

Points - 98.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#43. Interpol - Roland

Round by round: 46-47-43

Points - 99.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#42. M83 - Kim & Jessie

Round by round: 41-40-42

Points - 101.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#41. The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash

Round by round: 54-49-41

Points - 104.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4
The 40 we are left with are as such

A Perfect Circle - Judith
ABBA - Fernando
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun
Air - Kelly Watch The Stars
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Bjork - Isobel
blink-182 - Adam's Song
Concrete Blonde - Joey
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Eels - Susan's House
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Oliver's Army
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Florence + The Machine - Delilah
Jackson Jackson - Eliza
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Otis Redding - Otis
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
My Chemical Romance - Helena
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Space feat. Cerys Matthews - The Ballad of Tom Jones
Stevie Wright - Evie
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Police - Roxanne
The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream
The Rolling Stones - Angie
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny & Mary
Toto - Rosanna
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
You Am I - Cathy's Clown


But it's about to get dangerous as half of these songs will be going out in the next round. Help make sure it's not your favourites by selecting your Top 10 to 16 selections from this list and submitting it to me by 6pm on Wednesday wherein I will do the necessary countdown. There's also a new qualifying poll to vote on here http://www.strawpoll.me/14338910
#40. Bjork - Isobel

Round by round: 40-30-29-40

Points - 97.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#39. Toto - Rosanna

Round by round: 58-58-27-39

Points - 102.23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#38. Jackson Jackson - Eliza

Round by round: 26-28-34-38

Points - 107.60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#37. Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun

Round by round: 22-23-30-37

Points - 113.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#36. A Perfect Circle - Judith

Round by round: 43-45-33-36

Points - 118
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


Things start off with some earlier Bjork material in "Isobel" which lands at #40, incidentally exactly where it started. I was not able to hold the elimination line any longer which means that Toto are facing the cut with "Rosanna" at #39. We're led into the greatest love story of all time that involves a cannibal of some sort, as the combined force of Harry from The Cat Empire and Way Of The Eagle give us the now decade old "Eliza" at #38. Up next is the first new #1 hit of the 1990s via Aerosmith with "Janie's Got A Gun", while the recently returned A Perfect Circle land arguably their biggest hit at #36 with "Judith".
#35. The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream

Round by round: 30-35-40-35

Points - 123.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#34. Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

Round by round: 35-34-39-34

Points - 124.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#33. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile

Round by round: 34-32-37-33

Points - 125.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#32. Space feat. Cerys Matthews - The Ballad Of Tom Jones

Round by round: 45-52-36-32

Points - 127.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#31. Florence + The Machine - Delilah

Round by round: 16-14-21-31

Points - 133.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


A song I'm not sure that I was aware of its Australian status, The Reels land at #36 with "Quasimodo's Dream". We then go to one of the Ramones' most well known tracks in "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" at #34. Reasonably more modern for the rest as at #33 we have Wolf Alice's biggest US hit "Moaning Lisa Smile", and at #31 is a big hit from Florence + The Machine's latest album in "Delilah". Speaking of "Delilah", those two tracks sandwich what is probably the greatest love story that involves the music of Tom Jones, with "The Ballad Of Tom Jones" landing Space & Cerys at #32.
#30. Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny & Mary

Round by round: 27-25-31-30

Points - 136.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#29. Air - Kelly Watch The Stars

Round by round: 21-17-32-29

Points - 137.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#28. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Oliver's Army

Round by round: 49-43-38-28

Points - 138.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#27. WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun

Round by round: 23-22-28-27

Points - 139.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#26. Eels - Susan's House

Round by round: 38-37-20-26

Points - 139.46
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


We surprisingly continue the modern run even though we've got Bryan Ferry covering a Robert Palmer song, via French producer Todd Terje with the sole vocal track on his excellent "It's Album Time" at #30. We keep the cerebral dance going with Air's "Kelly Watch The Stars" at #29. Elvis Costello returns for a second run and does quite well at #28 with "Oliver's Army", while WALK THE MOON have their first alt rock hit "Anna Sun" at #27. As we head into the summer days, we wear headphones and sit and watch Eels land at #26 with "Susan's House".
#25. Stevie Wright - Evie

Round by round: 17-19-25-25

Points - 150.32
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#24. The Police - Roxanne

Round by round: 14-16-17-24

Points - 151.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#23. blink-182 - Adam's Song

Round by round: 15-15-09-23

Points - 152.08
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#22. Vampire Weekend - Diane Young

Round by round: 24-26-23-22

Points - 154.82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#21. Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)

Round by round: 08-06-10-21

Points - 154.86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


As we're heading into the shortest QLVG next week, we have the tremendously long run of Stevie Wright with all 3 parts of "Evie" (well it was never specified when nominated) at #25. Sitting at #24 is The Police's breakout hit "Roxanne", while blink-182 made quite a side step when they released "Adam's Song" as a single following many much less serious tracks. We nearly have it land right next to Silverchair's "Ana's Song" but that lands at #21, quite unfortunate as it lasted the entire time in the top 10 prior. Wedged between them is the lead off single to what is still Vampire Weekend's latest album, with "Diane Young" at #22.
This leaves us with the final 20 songs, quite a curious collection

ABBA - Fernando
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Concrete Blonde - Joey
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Otis Redding - Otis
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
My Chemical Romance - Helena
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Rolling Stones - Angie
You Am I - Cathy's Clown


So now we crown the winner, whoever that might be. You'll need to majorly trim down your vote to just the Top 5 to 8 and we'll see who takes the least damage from that. Do so before 6pm on Friday as that is when I will commence counting it down. The ACI is ready and open, as is this strawpoll for the next qualifying game which will close on Friday http://www.strawpoll.me/14338910
At least Toto were higher than Number 99
#20. The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra

Round by round: 28-33-26-20-20

Points - 145.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#19. Miike Snow - Genghis Khan

Round by round: 29-29-19-15-19

Points - 150.57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


I was rather shocked to see The Avalanches sneak into the top 20, as it were, they're the first cab off the rank with the lead off single to their actually existing 2nd album last year. I believe Danny Brown & MF DOOM will both be appearing seperately in the next QLVG. Next up is the band whose name sounds like a name, particularly if you only ever hear it on the radio and never written down. Miike Snow, who bizarrely got a top 50 hit last year with "Genghis Khan" which lands here at #19.
#18. Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack

Round by round: 36-36-22-18-18

Points - 150.91
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#17. Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Otis Redding - Otis

Round by round: 20-20-13-17-17

Points - 151.28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Though the last few were named after rather old figures, we now go to the oldest actual song in the list with Ray Charles' big early '60s hit "Hit The Road, Jack". We do however get a bit more '60s flavour via Jay-Z & Kanye West taking an Otis Redding sample to ride around in their other, other Benz for "Otis" at #17.
#16. The Rolling Stones - Angie

Round by round: 31-27-35-13-16

Points - 154.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Bat For Lashes - Laura

Round by round: 12-09-16-16-15

Points - 155.98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


The Rolling Stones were just narrowly eliminated before the 4th round but they made sure not to repeat it as "Angie" took a mighty jump last round and now finds itself seated at #16 to finish off. We keep the balladry front and center with Bat For Lashes' "Laura" at #15.
#14. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Round by round: 13-10-04-03-14

Points - 167.72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#13. You Am I - Cathy's Clown

Round by round: 18-18-18-19-13

Points - 181.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


I've lost count of how many David Bowie songs have reached the final but he adds another to the list with "Ziggy Stardust" taking the #14 spot. At #13 is You Am I having their best performance with a song not called "Berlin Chair", with "Cathy's Clown" making up for a middling performance first time around and instead landing at #13.
#12. The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

Round by round: 05-05-08-06-12

Points - 190.43
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#11. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Round by round: 03-03-03-12-11

Points - 193.58
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Suffice to say that The Beatles have done pretty alright here, just now landing with their first of two entries, "Eleanor Rigby" at #12. They've got mighty company just outside the top 10 as well, with one of the biggest hits from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album, "Billie Jean" taking the #11 spot.
#10. Jane's Addiction - Jane Says

Round by round: 07-13-24-11-10

Points - 193.73
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#9. John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane

Round by round: 19-21-12-08-09

Points - 195.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Now for a quick run of J names, we've got Jane's Addiction sneaking into the top 10 by 0.15 points, as they put their own artist name in the forefront for "Jane Says" at #10. Up next is a little ditty called "Jack and Diane", I believe only the second time John Cougar Mellencamp has appeared in this game with a huge improvement on his first appearance to land all the way up at #9.
#8. Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby

Round by round: 09-08-06-07-08

Points - 195.54
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#7. Eminem feat. Dido - Stan

Round by round: 04-04-05-04-07

Points - 196.55
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


I always think of the peak of UK indie in the charts being marked by when Kaiser Chiefs stood at #1 on the charts for 2 straight weeks with "Ruby". Their last appearance here saw them take the #21 slot but now they've taken the much preferrable #8 slot. Then at #7 we have a big hit for Eminem, taking a Dido sample which he heard in a Sliding Doors trailer and making a #1 hit out of it (incidentally, "Thank You" was the much bigger US hit), which is of course now known as the way we refer to people who spam the Twitter mentions of famous musicians.
#6. My Chemical Romance - Helena

Round by round: 25-23-14-10-06

Points - 196.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. ABBA - Fernando

Round by round: 06-07-11-09-05

Points - 199.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


We say so long and farewell to My Chemical Romance, who among some monster chart hits, have taken "Helena" all the way up to #6. And how better to empathise monster chart hits than ABBA's titanic #1 running "Fernando", until recently, the outright longest running #1 single of all time in Australia.
#4. Pearl Jam - Jeremy

Round by round: 10-11-07-05-04

Points - 203.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#3. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Round by round: 11-12-15-14-03

Points - 219.11
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


Just recently we had a top 10 finish for a school shooting song in "I Don't Like Mondays" at #8. Now we've got yet another one with one of the massive songs from Pearl Jam's debut "Ten", with "Jeremy" landing at #4. Evidently we're lining up for Foster The People to land at #2 soon. Next up in the ranks is a surprisingly high finish for Mark Ronson, who gets his 3rd top 5 finisher and highest ever, with his cover of The Zutons' "Valerie" getting bigger than he could have ever planned.
#2. The Beatles - Hey Jude

Round by round: 01-01-01-01-02

Points - 261.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#1. Concrete Blonde - Joey

Round by round: 02-02-02-02-01

Points - 346.93
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #2


We've had quite a bit of switcharoo action with the top 2. Often they're very set in concrete ahead of the rest of the competition, but they can't seem to make their mind up and swap around a bit. In fact at the end of September we had a peculiar situation where they only switched once at the very last moment. I mention that because it's the exact same situation we have now. The Beatles started the game off with a strong lead for "Hey Jude" that only slowly dropped back, but this round has completely swapped their favours, with 3 #1 votes not enough to get them across the line or even close to it. Instead the winnings go to Concrete Blonde who rather than just holding onto their votes from the last round, actually gained votes. Even if no one put them at the top of their vote, they still easily wound up the victors here.
That's a wrap yet again, continuing a lengthy run of 20th century winners, with the last 21st century winner being the Over 40s game and thus by artists predominantly known for their 20th century material We'll have to see if that persists in the next game, which will be the speedy topic of songs under 3 minutes long. As for the game after that, after many times going around, the 'Songs with numbers' choice has finally picked up support so that'll be the next game played. The ACI is of course open to take votes and I hope you enjoy your weekend.
I was gonna call it '<3 Songs' but I figured that'd be misconstrued Anyway, here's the shortest game we've ever had with these speedy songs that you could hear in less than 4 hours

Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Aretha Franklin - Respect
B*Witched - C'Est La Vie
Ball Park Music - Whipping Boy
Ben Lee - Into The Dark
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Birds of Tokyo - Off Kilter
blink-182 - All The Small Things
Blur - Song 2
Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chairlift - Met Before
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Chris Isaak - Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
City High - What Would You Do?
Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Danny Brown - Ain't It Funny
David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?
Divinyls - Boys In Town
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Fastball - Out Of My Head
Foo Fighters - The One
Fountains Of Wayne - Hey Julie
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Good Charlotte - The Anthem
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Green Day - When I Come Around
Grinspoon - Just Ace
Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hoodoo Gurus - Waking Up Tired
James - Laid
Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Joey Bada$$ - No. 99
Kehlani - Gangsta
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Leadbelly - Black Betty
Lesley Gore - It's My Party
Liam Lynch - United States Of Whatever
Linkin Park - Faint
Lorde - Liability
Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy - Reality
Madvillain - All Caps
Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake - Lean On
Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy
Matt and Kim - Daylight
My Chemical Romance - Cancer
NOFX - We Threw Gasoline On The Fire And Now We Have Stumps For Arms And No Eyebrows
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Pearl Jam - Animal
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
PUP - DVP
Queen - We Will Rock You
Queens Of The Stone Age - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
R.E.M. - Fall On Me
Ramones - Beat On The Brat
Rancid - Time Bomb
Regurgitator - Everyday Formula
Ricki-Lee - Do It Like That
Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - Somethin' Stupid
Sia - The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
Sløtface - Pitted
Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Spiderbait - Calypso
Spiderbait - Shazam!
Split Enz - She Got Body She Got Soul
Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A.
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy
The La's - There She Goes
The Living End - Save The Day
The National - Anyone's Ghost
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Lump
The Saints - This Perfect Day
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Strokes - 12:51
The Troggs - Wild Thing
The Vines - Get Free
The Vines - Highly Evolved
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The xx - Angels
Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
Wolf Alice - Fluffy


But contrary to that, it'll still be a game that runs the same length as usual. Select your Top 25 to 40 selections and submit them to me by 6pm Wednesday, I wish you the best of luck.
I was gonna call it '<3 Songs' but I figured that'd be misconstrued Anyway, here's the shortest game we've ever had with these speedy songs that you could hear in less than 4 hours

Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Aretha Franklin - Respect
B*Witched - C'Est La Vie
Ball Park Music - Whipping Boy
Ben Lee - Into The Dark
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Birds of Tokyo - Off Kilter
blink-182 - All The Small Things
Blur - Song 2
Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chairlift - Met Before
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Chris Isaak - Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
City High - What Would You Do?
Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Danny Brown - Ain't It Funny
David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?
Divinyls - Boys In Town
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Fastball - Out Of My Head
Foo Fighters - The One
Fountains Of Wayne - Hey Julie
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Good Charlotte - The Anthem
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Green Day - When I Come Around
Grinspoon - Just Ace
Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hoodoo Gurus - Waking Up Tired
James - Laid
Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Joey Bada$$ - No. 99
Kehlani - Gangsta
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Leadbelly - Black Betty
Lesley Gore - It's My Party
Liam Lynch - United States Of Whatever
Linkin Park - Faint
Lorde - Liability
Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy - Reality
Madvillain - All Caps
Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake - Lean On
Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy
Matt and Kim - Daylight
My Chemical Romance - Cancer
NOFX - We Threw Gasoline On The Fire And Now We Have Stumps For Arms And No Eyebrows
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Pearl Jam - Animal
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
PUP - DVP
Queen - We Will Rock You
Queens Of The Stone Age - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
R.E.M. - Fall On Me
Ramones - Beat On The Brat
Rancid - Time Bomb
Regurgitator - Everyday Formula
Ricki-Lee - Do It Like That
Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - Somethin' Stupid
Sia - The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
Sløtface - Pitted
Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Spiderbait - Calypso
Spiderbait - Shazam!
Split Enz - She Got Body She Got Soul
Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A.
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy
The La's - There She Goes
The Living End - Save The Day
The National - Anyone's Ghost
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Lump
The Saints - This Perfect Day
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Strokes - 12:51
The Troggs - Wild Thing
The Vines - Get Free
The Vines - Highly Evolved
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The xx - Angels
Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
Wolf Alice - Fluffy


But contrary to that, it'll still be a game that runs the same length as usual. Select your Top 25 to 40 selections and submit them to me by 6pm Wednesday, I wish you the best of luck.
#100. Jessica Mauboy - Burn

Points - 0
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#99. The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A.

Points - 6
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #35


#98. Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz

Points - 8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #37


#97. Liam Lynch - United States Of Whatever

Points - 9
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #32


#96. Split Enz - She Got Body She Got Soul

Points - 11
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #30


Just the one no votes this time, it goes to regular QLVG favourite Jessica Mauboy with her ARIA #1 hit "Burn", it is of course uncharacteristically short in an era of hits usually being a little bit longer. Which is why it's much more common to see older songs here, like The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." at #99 and Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" at #98, whose brevity was par the course. In the world of extreme brevity, we've got one of the shortest top 10 hits of all time, with Liam Lynch's "United States Of Whatever" at #97, followed by Split Enz's "She Got Body She Got Soul" at #96.
#95. Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright)

Points - 15
Current Voters -1
Top Vote - #26


#94. The Troggs - Wild Thing

Points - 18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #23


#93. Joey Bada$$ - No. 99

Points - 21
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #27


#92. Leadbelly - Black Betty

Points - 22
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#91. Linkin Park - Faint

Points - 23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


For the next two tracks, we go back to 1966, with an early Stevie Wonder hit in "Uptight" at #96, followed by The Troggs influential "Wild Thing" at #94 which I've just learnt is a cover. Multiply 66 by 150% and you'll get "No. 99", which for Joey Bada$$ has beaten out its namesake by 6 positions. For another cover, we've got Leadbelly interpreting a worker song with "Black Betty" at #92. Lastly is one of the big singles from Linkin Park's 2nd album, the song that you might think says the title, but actually doesn't.
#90. Kehlani - Gangsta

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#89. Ball Park Music - Whipping Boy

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#88. Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower

Points - 27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#87. Queens Of The Stone Age - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer

Points - 28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#86. Ricki-Lee - Do It Like That

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


Taken from the very hit-laden Suicide Squad soundtrack from last year, is Kehlani's track "Gangsta" landing at #90. Staying in 2016, we've got a track from Ball Park Music's 4th album, with "Whipping Boy" landing at #89. Though made more famous by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan's original version of "All Along The Watchtower" still finds favour at #88, sitting behind a silly Queens Of The Stone Age song about c-c-c-c-c-cocaine among other things. At #86 is something of a surprise hit for Ricki-Lee in 2012 with "Do It Like That".
#85. My Chemical Romance - Cancer

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#84. Grinspoon - Just Ace

Points - 32
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #28


#83. Ramones - Beat On The Brat

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#82. Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy - Reality

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#81. The Strokes - 12:51

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


One of the ballads from My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade" album, with the tender "Cancer" at #85. Then on the completely opposite end of the mood table, Grinspoon have "Just Ace" at #84, and then Ramones are #83 with "Beat On The Brat". We finishing things down the middle of the spectrum, as Lost Frequencies has the follow up to his big #1 smash, with "Reality" at #82, and The Strokes have a spreadsheet favourite in "12:51" at #81.
Carrying on for longer than they usually do, these 80 songs proceed.

Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Aretha Franklin - Respect
B*Witched - C'Est La Vie
Ben Lee - Into The Dark
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Birds of Tokyo - Off Kilter
blink-182 - All The Small Things
Blur - Song 2
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Chairlift - Met Before
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Chris Isaak - Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
City High - What Would You Do?
Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Danny Brown - Ain't It Funny
David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?
Divinyls - Boys In Town
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Fastball - Out Of My Head
Foo Fighters - The One
Fountains Of Wayne - Hey Julie
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Good Charlotte - The Anthem
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Green Day - When I Come Around
Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hoodoo Gurus - Waking Up Tired
James - Laid
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Lesley Gore - It's My Party
Lorde - Liability
Madvillain - All Caps
Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake - Lean On
Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy
Matt and Kim - Daylight
NOFX - We Threw Gasoline On The Fire And Now We Have Stumps For Arms And No Eyebrows
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Pearl Jam - Animal
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
PUP - DVP
Queen - We Will Rock You
R.E.M. - Fall On Me
Rancid - Time Bomb
Regurgitator - Everyday Formula
Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - Somethin' Stupid
Sia - The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
Sløtface - Pitted
Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Spiderbait - Calypso
Spiderbait - Shazam!
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy
The La's - There She Goes
The Living End - Save The Day
The National - Anyone's Ghost
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Lump
The Saints - This Perfect Day
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Vines - Get Free
The Vines - Highly Evolved
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The xx - Angels
Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
Wolf Alice - Fluffy


Make your voice heard to some extent. Save your favourites by selecting your Top 20 to 32 of those favourites and submitting them to me by 6pm on Friday. The ACI is also ready to take votes as is the qualifying game.
#80. Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Round by round: 79-80

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#79. Sløtface - Pitted

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#78. The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy

Round by round: 77-78

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#77. Ben Lee - Into The Dark

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#76. Vera Blue - Lady Powers

Points - 49
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


Rather than covering it up, I'll admit that I messed up the last results. It was a busy few days for me and I messed up slightly in the results, missing out votes for "Wild Thing" & "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer", so realistically they should probably getting eliminated today. Incidentally, the two songs that should have been eliminated on Wednesday are the first two out, with Lesley Gore's half-century old classic "It's My Party" landing at #80, and the Sløtface song "Pitted" which I proved is better than "Bohemian Rhapsody" https://twitter.com/LOOFRunDry/status/929708818417647616 at #79. For fans of ø's, this is a busy section, as the next entry is for the French duo The Dø with "Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy". Ben Lee has one of his lesser known Hottest 100 hits in "Into The Dark" at #77 while there's a potential future Hottest 100 hit for Vera Blue with "Lady Powers" at #76.
#75. Foo Fighters - The One

Round by round: 78-75

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#74. Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers

Round by round: 72-74

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#73. Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#72. Chairlift - Met Before

Round by round: 76-72

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#71. Matt and Kim - Daylight

Round by round: 66-71

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Going back to Foo Fighters' contribution to the Orange County soundtrack, "The One" lands at #75, hopefully not making anyone feel like shit. We've then got the delightfully named Heaps Good Friends with "Olympic Sneakers" at #74. Things then get a bit more hectic with Cloud Nothings, a band I'd say are perhaps more famous for a song that is far from eligible for this game, even if they have much more short songs like "Psychic Trauma" at #73. We then traverse to the world of TV commercials, which might be where you first encountered Matt & Kim or Chairlift.
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#70. B*Witched - C'est La Vie

Round by round: 71-70

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vot - #17


#69. Good Charlotte - The Anthem

Round by round: 57-69

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#68. Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - Somethin' Stupid

Round by round: 62-68

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#67. Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are

Round by round: 69-67

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#66. Pearl Jam - Animal

Round by round: 73-66

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Utilising the fact that 'say' sounds like 'C'est', we've got B*Witched to cheer us up at #70. At #69 is the 2nd of Good Charlotte's 3 'anthem's, the succinctly titled "The Anthem". Keeping up with the 2000s for a bit, we've got the odd pairing of Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman for a version of "Somethin' Stupid" at #68, followed by a Timbaland mega-smash in "The Way I Are" at #67. Pearl Jam have a relatively light landing after their last two entries landed in the top 20, with "Animal" at #66.
#65. Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)

Round by round: 63-65

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#64. Fountains Of Wayne - Hey Julie

Round by round: 56-64

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#63. David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?

Round by round: 67-63

Points - 62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#62. Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights

Round by round: 61-62

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#61. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya

Round by round: 55-61

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Taking a break from her run of dance pop bangers is a lighter offering from Lady Gaga that still finds some favour here, "Eh Eh" landing at #65. It would also seem that we're not so pre-occupied with 19, 19, "1985" (provided that you also think those are the same band) so Fountains Of Wayne find a different entry here, "Hey Julie" at #64. Sitting at #63 is the first of two, and by far the more popular David Guetta & Rihanna collaboration, with "Who's That Chick?". We stay in the same decade but get a lot more modern with Ecca Vandal's recent ACI #1 hit (I even tweeted her about it and she thought it was rad), "Broke Days, Party Nights" at #62. We get a vague link back to 2017 because Ol' Dirty Bastard found a way back into the charts recently being interpolated by Jason Derulo, but the original "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" sits here at #61.
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You know the drill, 20 songs down, 60 more still standing

Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Birds of Tokyo - Off Kilter
blink-182 - All The Small Things
Blur - Song 2
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Chris Isaak - Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
City High - What Would You Do?
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Danny Brown - Ain't It Funny
Divinyls - Boys In Town
Fastball - Out Of My Head
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Green Day - When I Come Around
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hoodoo Gurus - Waking Up Tired
James - Laid
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Lorde - Liability
Madvillain - All Caps
Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake - Lean On
Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy
NOFX - We Threw Gasoline On The Fire And Now We Have Stumps For Arms And No Eyebrows
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
PUP - DVP
Queen - We Will Rock You
R.E.M. - Fall On Me
Rancid - Time Bomb
Regurgitator - Everyday Formula
Sia - The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Spiderbait - Calypso
Spiderbait - Shazam!
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The La's - There She Goes
The Living End - Save The Day
The National - Anyone's Ghost
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Lump
The Saints - This Perfect Day
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Vines - Get Free
The Vines - Highly Evolved
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The xx - Angels
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down
Wolf Alice - Fluffy


If you're interested in the notion of your favourite songs remaining in this list, it is imperative that you submit your Top 15 to 24 selections to me by 6pm on Monday. If you're especially interested in the notion of memoing lists to me, then the ACI will happily take votes as well. Enjoy your weekend.
#60. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising

Round by round: 60-52-60

Points - 72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#59. Regurgitator - Everyday Formula

Round by round: 64-59-59

Points - 73.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#58. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl

Round by round: 58-49-58

Points - 79
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#57. Queen - We Will Rock You

Round by round: 41-58-57

Points - 82.9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#56. NOFX - We Threw Gasoline On The Fire And Now We Have Stumps For Arms And No Eyebrows

Round by round: 49-53-56

Points - 85.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


At #60 I see a "Bad Moon Rising" returning to where it started. Regurgitator return to the game for the second time since their former win, only with diminishing returns as "Everyday Formula" lands at #59. We've then got a breakout hit for The White Stripes which is quite unlike most of their other singles, "Fell In Love With A Girl" at #58. Queen have their obligatory sports stadium anthem "We Will Rock You" at #57 and then at #56 is a track from NOFX's B-Side collection, which while being eligible for this game, is surprisingly lengthy considering the average track length on that collection, it must be in the name.
#55. Madvillain - All Caps

Round by round: 53-57-55

Points - 88
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#54. City High - What Would You Do?

Round by round: 50-54-54

Points - 88.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#53. Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy

Round by round: 38-46-53

Points - 89.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#52. Chris Isaak - Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing

Round by round: 54-60-52

Points - 90.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#51. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

Round by round: 23-30-51

Points - 90.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


At #55 is the ever important reminder for "All Caps" when you spell the man's name. Then at #54 we've got a big pop hit with a serious message in City High's "What Would You Do?", followed by a big pop hit with a...confusing message in Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy". Chris Isaak has one of his biggest hits in "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" riding close to the middle of the list at #52, while for one of the newest songs on the list, we've got the unlikely combination of Portugal. The Man and very big chart success through "Feel It Still" at #51, perhaps a big contender when we get to the 2017 ARIA EOY game.
#50. blink-182 - All The Small Things

Round by round: 36-39-50

Points - 92.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#49. The Vines - Highly Evolved

Round by round: 51-56-49

Points - 93.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#48. Hoodoo Gurus - Waking Up Tired

Round by round: 43-47-48

Points - 96
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#47. The Living End - Save The Day

Round by round: 48-51-47

Points - 99.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#46. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Round by round: 26-31-46

Points - 99.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Say it ain't so, but blink-182 are exiting at #50 this time around with "All The Small Things". The Vines have one of the shortest songs in this game with "Highly Evolved" at #49, while for the rest of this set, we're in the mid to late '90s. Firstly with a Hoodoo Gurus hit that may be more familiar than you realise (it was for me), "Waking Up Tired" at #48. Then we've got the big local & international contingents for '90s pop punk (or thereabouts) with The Living End at #47, and Green Day at #46.
#45. Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Round by round: 39-44-45

Points - 101.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#44. The La's - There She Goes

Round by round: 64-41-44

Points - 102.3
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#43. Aretha Franklin - Respect

Round by round: 45-34-43

Points - 103.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#42. Lorde - Liability

Round by round: 52-55-42

Points - 103.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #17


#41. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Round by round: 37-45-41

Points - 103.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


For #45 we've got Otis Redding with the song he only recorded shortly before he died, with the song not quite at the initially intended state, as the whistling was an ad lib. "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" of course went on to be a big posthumous hit nonetheless, and sits here at #45. Then at #44 is one of the big Britpop hits long before the scene really took off with The La's "There She Goes". Aretha Franklin has the ultimate empowerment anthem "Respect" at #43, while Lorde has a much more restrained offering with "Liability" at #42. Finishing off tonight is the vocal powerhouse Bill Withers with "Ain't No Sunshine" at #41.
I've long since run out of interesting ways to open this up so here's the remaining 40 songs

Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Birds of Tokyo - Off Kilter
Blur - Song 2
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Danny Brown - Ain't It Funny
Divinyls - Boys In Town
Fastball - Out Of My Head
Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Green Day - When I Come Around
Hole - Celebrity Skin
James - Laid
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake - Lean On
Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
PUP - DVP
R.E.M. - Fall On Me
Rancid - Time Bomb
Sia - The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Spiderbait - Calypso
Spiderbait - Shazam!
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The National - Anyone's Ghost
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Lump
The Saints - This Perfect Day
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Vines - Get Free
The xx - Angels
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down
Wolf Alice - Fluffy


And as always, here's where it gets serious as half of these songs will not make it to the next round. It's also where it gets significantly easier for me to count up the results because you only need to send your Top 10 to 16 selections to me to be counted. It is imperative that you do so before 6pm Wednesday if you wish to be included.

The qualifying game for next week has just finished, and right on time, here's a new voting sheet for the next one. http://www.strawpoll.me/14441452

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