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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 6 (2017 Hottest 100)

Part 5: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50210

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 (as well as the order), 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)
Divinyls - Boys In Town (3- Minute songs)
Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds (Number songs)
The Killers - Mr. Brightside (Lead singles)
Lorde - Green Light (2017 ARIA End Of Year)
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If you recall from last year, we're kicking off the new year in the same way. Firstly we're looking at the ARIA EOY top 100, then the triple Hottest 100, and then a nominated list of songs from 2017 that do not feature in either list. As there is some crossover between the ARIA & triple j lists, and winning songs are retired, in the event that the winning song is one of these songs, to ensure the list keeps at 100 songs, the next game will include the Hottest 100 #101 song in its place, which we just learned 12 hours ago was Frank Ocean's "Chanel".

More so than usual, there is a bit of dispute as to which is the 'appropriate' version of song to feature in this. For the purposes of this listing, I have adhered to what ARIA listed (although I could not bring myself to credit Skrillex on "HUMBLE."), however you are free to vote as if your preferred version is the one mentioned, whether you may be mortified that Beyonce is on "Mi Gente", or mortified that Beyonce is not on "Perfect". Basically whatever floats your boat.

Anyway, it's time to start with that ARIA list!

Adele - Water Under The Bridge
Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go
Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful
Amy Shark - Adore
Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes
Bliss N Eso feat. Gavin James - Moments
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Charlie Puth - Attention
Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato - No Promises
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony
David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber - 2U
Dean Lewis - Waves
Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Drake - Passionfruit
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Ed Sheeran - Happier
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Flume feat. Kai - Never Be Like You
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
FRENSHIP & Emily Warren - Capsize
Future - Mask Off
Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls
Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & Watt - Let Me Go
Halsey - Now Or Never
Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
Imagine Dragons - Believer
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce - Mi Gente
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - Swalla
Jax Jones feat. Raye - You Don't Know Me
Jessica Mauboy - Fallin'
Jon Bellion - All Time Low
Jonas Blue feat. William Singe - Mama
Julia Michaels - Issues
Justin Bieber & BloodPop® - Friends
Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kesha - Praying
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
Lady Gaga - The Cure
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Liam Payne feat. Quavo - Strip That Down
Little Mix - Touch
Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
Lorde - Green Light
Louis Tomlinson feat. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals - Back To You
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Macklemore feat. Kesha - Good Old Days
Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey - Glorious
Maggie Lindemann - Pretty Girl
Maroon 5 feat. SZA - What Lovers Do
Marshmello x Khalid - Silence
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely
Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan - There For You
Miley Cyrus - Malibu
Milky Chance - Cocoon
Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky - Love$ick
NEIKED feat. Dyo - Sexual
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
P!nk - What About Us
Peking Duk feat. Elliphant - Stranger
Pnau - Chameleon
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone - I Fall Apart
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations
Rag'N'Bone Man - Human
Rita Ora - Your Song
Robin Schulz & David Guetta feat. Cheat Codes - Shed A Light
Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road
Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave
Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
The Chainsmokers - Paris
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey - Closer
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - Starboy
Train - Play That Song
Vance Joy - Lay It On Me
ZAYN & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever
ZAYN feat. Sia - Dusk Till Dawn
Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay


And to write the same thing I've been writing mild variations on for the last year and a half: If you wish to participate in this game, you must select your ORDERED Top 25 to 40 favourite selections in this list and memo them to me by 6pm AEDT on Wednesday. Best of luck to your favourites!
=#97. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt - Let Me Go

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


=#97. Halsey - Now Or Never

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


=#97. Imagine Dragons - Believer

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


=#97. Robin Schulz & David Guetta feat. Cheat Codes - Shed A Light

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


=#95. Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful

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


It is very lovely to come back from a break to see quite a turnout here! You would not realise it from this initial posting but that's largely because this is the first time in about a year we've had a non-curated list, which means songs can get in here with no invested interest from anyone here. Because of that we have 4 songs that received zero votes. The first of which is Hailee Steinfeld's bizarre algorithm pop monster that has evidently done what would be expected of it and not excited anyone a great deal as "Let Me Go" ties at #97. The next one I am a bit surprised by which is Halsey's "Now Or Never", I feel like "Bad At Love" might have done quite well here so I guess "Now Or Never" didn't quite click the same way. We've then got the first of two Imagine Dragons songs, one whose success you might underestimate as it spent nearly the whole year on the chart but mostly in the bottom half, but filled with questionable production & lyrical choices is "Believer" at #97. Lastly we have a song that really actually shouldn't be here #uzikhalidgate and makes no use of its artificial finish at #100 in the ARIA EOY. The much sought after collaboration between Robin Schulz, David Guetta & Cheat Codes lands higher than its ARIA EOY position by virtue of not being the only song on 0 votes. Now we get to the songs that received some level of interest, firstly we have recent Grammy winner Alessia Cara for her now 2+ year old single "Scars To Your Beautiful" at #95. It is far from the last time we'll see her, and far from the last time she'll be inspirational to us all.
=#95. Bliss N Eso feat. Gavin James - Moments

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


#94. Jon Bellion - All Time Low

Points - 9
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #32


#93. David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber - 2U

Points - 9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #36


#92. Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me

Points - 12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #30


#91. Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go

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


Evidently in this break I've forgotten what I'm doing with ties because I should have put Alessia in the same post as Bliss N Eso as they are very much tied at #95. It's followed by two songs on the same points but not tied, firstly Jon Bellion's divisive "All Time Low" at #94, and then David Guetta's considerably less evocative "2U" at #93. Dance music continues to fall a bit flat here with Kygo & Selena Gomez's chopped & screwed "It Ain't Me" landing at #92, and then we have Alessia Cara with the intended commercial pushed version of "How Far I'll Go" which unlike with Frozen actually did get more traction than the movie version because Spotify playlists.
#90. Macklemore feat. Kesha - Good Old Days

Points - 17
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #30


#89. Hailee Steinfeld - Most Girls

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


#88. Train - Play That Song

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


#87. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Points - 24
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#86. Rag'N'Bone Man - Human

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


If you're feeling nostalgic for better times, this is the section for you. First we've got Macklemore lamenting those very times alongside Kesha at #90, the first of two entries for both artists, and then for those who miss those bands of old, we've got Train & Coldplay still trucking along with "Play That Song" at #88 and "Something Just Like This" at #87. If you think like that but you're also adventurous to try new artists, you probably bought a copy of Rag'N'Bone Man's "Human", the title track of which lands at #86. Oh and that Hailee Steinfeld song I always forget about is at #89.
#85. Maggie Lindemann - Pretty Girl

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#84. Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye

Points - 40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#83. Lauv - I Like Me Better

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#82. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey - Closer

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#81. Sam Hunt - Body Like A Back Road

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


We didn't get a clean sweep of Cheat Codes or The Chainsmokers in this round but they did not go particularly well. Perhaps The Chainsmokers can use the excuse of "Closer" being a big hit in 2016, although it barely fared better in last year's game landing at #77. For Cheat Codes, they are uncredited but largely responsible for the success of Maggie Lindemann's "Pretty Girl", which undermines the message so much I'm surprised that there isn't a video of the remix on YT with an instagram model and millions of views. Which ever version you're inclined to, it's in at #80. Clean Bandit also struggle a bit crossing over into a second year with "Rockabye" landing at #79. No excuses for the last two though, Lauv's bizarrely popular "I Like Me Better" landing at #83, and Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road" at #81.
You might scratch your head at some of what hasn't left, and remember we've already hit quite a points threshold, so all of these are rather popular, your top 80:

Adele - Water Under The Bridge
Amy Shark - Adore
Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Charlie Puth - Attention
Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato - No Promises
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony
Dean Lewis - Waves
Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Drake - Passionfruit
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Ed Sheeran - Happier
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Flume feat. Kai - Never Be Like You
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
FRENSHIP & Emily Warren - Capsize
Future - Mask Off
Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce - Mi Gente
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - Swalla
Jax Jones feat. Raye - You Don't Know Me
Jessica Mauboy - Fallin'
Jonas Blue feat. William Singe - Mama
Julia Michaels - Issues
Justin Bieber & BloodPop® - Friends
Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kesha - Praying
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Lady Gaga - The Cure
Liam Payne feat. Quavo - Strip That Down
Little Mix - Touch
Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
Lorde - Green Light
Louis Tomlinson feat. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals - Back To You
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey - Glorious
Maroon 5 feat. SZA - What Lovers Do
Marshmello x Khalid - Silence
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely
Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan - There For You
Miley Cyrus - Malibu
Milky Chance - Cocoon
Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky - Love$ick
NEIKED feat. Dyo - Sexual
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
P!nk - What About Us
Peking Duk feat. Elliphant - Stranger
Pnau - Chameleon
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone - I Fall Apart
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations
Rita Ora - Your Song
Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave
Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
The Chainsmokers - Paris
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - Starboy
Vance Joy - Lay It On Me
ZAYN & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever
ZAYN feat. Sia - Dusk Till Dawn
Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay


Contribute to this chaos by submitting your Top 20 to 32 selections from here and submitting them to me by 6pm on Friday. You are free to join in if you didn't play in round 1, and if you did, you are free to change or not change your voting order. Also for those interested, I should post the ACI voting tonight.
#80. Louis Tomlinson feat. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals - Back To You

Round by round: 74-80

Points - 34.4
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#79. Jessica Mauboy - Fallin'

Round by round: 69-79

Points - 45.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #26


#78. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes

Round by round: 80-78

Points - 48.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#77. Maroon 5 feat. SZA - What Lovers Do

Round by round: 66-77

Points - 50.6
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #12


#76. Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave

Round by round: 68-76

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


I'm sure the question on everyone's minds was about who is the least popular member of One Direction, incidentally it wasn't as much of a closed case as you'd think but of course it's Popjustice favourite Louis Tomlinson, who kicks off this round at #80 with "Back To You". Jessica Mauboy has the highest charting Australian song released in 2017 (unless Pnau climb higher this weekend) with #79's "Fallin'", while after narrowly winning a Sam battle, Sam Smith finishes at #78 with his first #1 hit "Too Good At Goodbyes". NEIKED have the first of their two entries in this round with "What Lovers Do" at #77, while Snakehips have "Don't Leave" at #76, but fret not because they barely grasped their way into the Hottest 100 so they'll be back next fortnight.
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#75. ZAYN & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever

Round by round: 79-75

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#74. Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato - No Promises

Round by round: 75-74

Points - 54.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#73. Post Malone - I Fall Apart

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 58.8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #13


#72. Liam Payne feat. Quavo - Strip That Down

Round by round: 77-72

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#71. Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

Round by round: 76-71

Points - 62.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #27


In fact, ZAYN was losing the 1D battle initially with "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" starting at #79, just improving now to #75. He does have a 2nd track coming so really after round one, the least popular 1D member was Liam Payne, whose "Strip That Down" was right near the bottom too, but improves a bit more to #72. It's the first track out for Quavo but I imagine he'll be back. Cheat Codes however have run out of chances with "No Promises" their highest at #74. Post Malone opens up his salvo aptly with "I Fall Apart" dropping down to #73, while also in this post is that Logic song that I only have good things to say about.
#70. Amy Shark - Adore

Round by round: 72-70

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


#69. Peking Duk feat. Elliphant - Stranger

Round by round: 71-69

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#68. Ed Sheeran - Happier

Round by round: 78-68

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#67. Milky Chance - Cocoon

Round by round: 73-67

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#66. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go

Round by round: 51-66

Points - 71
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Nothing says 2017 quite like the 2016 Hottest 100, so here's a bunch of tracks from there. First up it's Amy Shark's "Adore" at #70, but she's also joined by Milky Chance at #67 and Peking Duk at #69. Everyone should be delighted to know that we're only just now losing the first of Ed Sheeran's 5 tracks with "Happier" having snuck into the ARIA list but doing a bit better here at #68. But maybe I should say 6 tracks because James Arthur's attempt at cornering the same market, "Say You Won't Let Go" lands at #66. Perhaps this weekend Australia finally will.
#65. DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One

Round by round: 65-65

Points - 72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#64. Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes

Round by round: 67-64

Points - 73.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#63. Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey - Glorious

Round by round: 58-63

Points - 73.8
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#62. Mura Masa feat. A$AP Rocky - Love$ick

Round by round: 63-62

Points - 75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #17


#61. The Chainsmokers - Paris

Round by round: 64-61

Points - 78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Quavo's back! This time with just a few more friends on DJ Khaled's "I'm The One" at #65. Justin Bieber still has 2 tracks left to appear while DJ Khaled has 1. A song I forget was a hit around this time because it feels much older, Andy Grammer's "Fresh Eyes" lands at #64, followed by Macklemore's highest entry and proud new part of my iTunes collection, "Glorious" at #63. Mura Masa gives us another 2016 track with "Love$ick" at #62 while The Chainsmokers run out of luck right before the finish line again, this time with their highest track "Paris" at #61.
Starting to reach the big hitters of the list with less space to fit in. Here's 60 songs of which 20 will be scrambling to find a place but ultimately failing to do so:

Adele - Water Under The Bridge
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Charlie Puth - Attention
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony
Dean Lewis - Waves
Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Drake - Passionfruit
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Flume feat. Kai - Never Be Like You
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
FRENSHIP & Emily Warren - Capsize
Future - Mask Off
Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce - Mi Gente
Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - Swalla
Jax Jones feat. Raye - You Don't Know Me
Jonas Blue feat. William Singe - Mama
Julia Michaels - Issues
Justin Bieber & BloodPop® - Friends
Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kesha - Praying
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Lady Gaga - The Cure
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Green Light
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Marshmello x Khalid - Silence
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely
Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan - There For You
Miley Cyrus - Malibu
NEIKED feat. Dyo - Sexual
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
P!nk - What About Us
Pnau - Chameleon
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations
Rita Ora - Your Song
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - Starboy
Vance Joy - Lay It On Me
ZAYN feat. Sia - Dusk Till Dawn
Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay


If you wish to participate here, submit your Top 15 to 24 selections to me by 6pm on Monday and I will do the normal bidding. From this round on, songs will retain 25% of their points from the previous rounds, so I hope you like messy decimal numbers.

ACI is also open for those who do that.
#60. P!nk - What About Us

Round by round: 55-60-60

Points - 67.7
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #12


#59. Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay

Round by round: 59-58-59

Points - 94.33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#58. Marshmello x Khalid - Silence

Round by round: 44-47-58

Points - 99.52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#57. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like

Round by round: 31-33-57

Points - 103.57
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #12


#56. Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan - There For You

Round by round: 61-57-56

Points - 107.9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


Fresh from performing at today's Super Bowl, we kick off this round by kicking out P!nk, whose latest inevitable ARIA #1 ended up proving itself quite well as a worldwide hit, that being "What About Us" at #60. The clock has finally stopped ticking for Zedd & Alessia Cara's "Stay" which lands at #59, next to another big dance collab, Marshmello & Khalid's "Silence". Khalid still has another song to come, which is the same story for Bruno Mars with his Grammy Award winning "That's What I Like" at #57, while Martin Garrix finally takes his first hit via his Troye Sivan collab "There For You" at #56. As a small teaser that will be borderline redundant depending on how you read through these posts, one of these 3 artists will lose their other entry before this elimination session is over.
#55. Jonas Blue feat. William Singe - Mama

Round by round: 56-59-55

Points - 110.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#54. Imagine Dragons - Thunder

Round by round: 53-55-54

Points - 110.96
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#53. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

Round by round: 60-56-53

Points - 112
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#52. Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana

Round by round: 43-49-52

Points - 114.17
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#51. Ed Sheeran - Perfect

Round by round: 49-51-51

Points - 116.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


How can we not be at the very pointy end right now with these colossal hits falling?! Well I'll tackle the one exception as we go back to back on international dance producers teaming up with Australian vocalists, as Jonas Blue recruits William Singe of The Collective to make an international hit out of "Mama" at #55. Despite getting no votes at all for "Believer", Imagine Dragons fair better with "Thunder" landing up at #54. We then halve the count of Sheeran left in this contest, taking out the biggest two actually, with "Shape Of You" at #53 and "Perfect" at #51. Incidentally, "Shape Of You" was one of the last songs to even get a single vote in the first round which could have seen a very quick exit. Sandwiched between the two is the song that just knocked "Shape Of You" off #1 on Japan's Spotify, interrupting its 364 day reign at #1 to make way for Camila Cabello's "Havana".
#50. Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - Swalla

Round by round: 42-50-50

Points - 118.61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#49. Dean Lewis - Waves

Round by round: 54-54-49

Points - 119.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#48. Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)

Round by round: 52-52-48

Points - 119.66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#47. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Round by round: 35-46-47

Points - 120.07
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#46. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do

Round by round: 50-48-46

Points - 120.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


So after 3 consecutive #1 hits, we kick off the top 50 with Jason Derulo's ode to swallowing his load, something so gross that I only typed it because it rhymes, though certainly "Swalla" proved marketable landing at #50. Dean Lewis manages to sneak "Waves" through into the top 50 at #49, same going for another Australian entry from Starley, with the Ryan Riback remix of "Call On Me" at #48, no doubt pleasing those who want a bit more punch to their production or just like alliterations. The title track to the greatest album of the arbitrary 12 month window decided upon by the Grammys, as decided upon by the Grammys, Bruno Mars checks out early at #47 with "24K Magic", losing out to probably the only #1 hit that puts a mentally ill celebrity on blast, Taylor Swift's only appearance here with "Look What You Made Me Do" at #46.
#45. Miley Cyrus - Malibu

Round by round: 48-42-45

Points - 121.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#44. Adele - Water Under The Bridge

Round by round: 62-31-44

Points - 125.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#43. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times

Round by round: 46-44-43

Points - 126
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#42. Justin Bieber & BloodPop® - Friends

Round by round: 41-41-42

Points - 126.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#41. ZAYN feat. Sia - Dusk Till Dawn

Round by round: 57-53-41

Points - 131.15
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


Seemingly finding its biggest success in Australia was Miley Cyrus's comeback single "Malibu" which also fairs well in this game landing at #45. Adele's here to represent 2015 music in 2018, with the last single released from "25", "Water Under The Bridge" finding a way in at #44. Otherwise hey this round's been pretty good to 1D solo members except oh no, Harry Styles checks out at #43, and ZAYN at #41, leaving only Niall left to carry the flag. In the middle of that is a 3rd Justin Bieber entry, "Friends" at #42 leaving just the big one left to come.
Just 40 songs left so there's no hiding from the elimination line now, as 20 of these songs have to go next round:

Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Charlie Puth - Attention
Childish Gambino - Redbone
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony
Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Drake - Passionfruit
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Flume feat. Kai - Never Be Like You
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
FRENSHIP & Emily Warren - Capsize
Future - Mask Off
J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce - Mi Gente
Jax Jones feat. Raye - You Don't Know Me
Julia Michaels - Issues
Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kesha - Praying
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Lady Gaga - The Cure
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Green Light
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely
NEIKED feat. Dyo - Sexual
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
Pnau - Chameleon
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations
Rita Ora - Your Song
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - Starboy
Vance Joy - Lay It On Me


Make your mark and make sure your favourite doesn't end up at #21 or something like that. Submit your Top 10 to 16 selections to my memo inbox by 6pm on Wednesday to make sure you get a fully counted vote. Best of luck.
#40. FRENSHIP & Emily Warren - Capsize

Round by round: 47-43-37-40

Points - 101.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#39. Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations

Round by round: 32-35-36-39

Points - 105.30
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#38. Julia Michaels - Issues

Round by round: 35-45-39-38

Points - 128.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#37. Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry

Round by round: 40-32-40-37

Points - 131.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#36. Charlie Puth - Attention

Round by round: 20-28-30-36

Points - 134.18
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Starting things off with an amendment of sorts. Not from me obviously, I've never made a mistake. But FRENSHIP's "Capsize" really should have been in the 2016 End Of Year charts, and is just fortunate that it kept persisting enough to make it in 2017, and lands reasonably well at #40. Post Malone has appropriately spent all his time hopping around the 30s with "Congratulations" to end at #39, while Julia Michaels was more lucky to make this round with "Issues" ending at #38. Also lucky was Demi Lovato who nearly fell out last round, but did end up improving a little to #37 with her biggest solo hit to date, "Sorry Not Sorry" at #37. Lastly we have the gradual descent of Charlie Puth's "Attention" which at the very least landed on some nice even numbers along its way to #36.
#35. Lady Gaga - The Cure

Round by round: 34-40-33-35

Points - 140.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#34. Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke

Round by round: 26-20-28-34

Points - 141.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#33. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - Starboy

Round by round: 30-30-26-33

Points - 146.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#32. J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce - Mi Gente

Round by round: 37-37-35-32

Points - 153.24
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#31. Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony

Round by round: 39-36-38-31

Points - 155.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Lady Gaga scored her first ARIA top 10 hit in 6 years with "The Cure" last year, which finds favour here to land at #35. It of course only barely snuck into that top 10 while the next two songs were ingrained for months. I'm talking about Khalid's highest entry "Young Dumb & Broke" at #34, and The Weeknd's "Starboy" at #33, the latter of which probably lost some voting prominence due to featuring in last year's game. There's a near miss of a top 10 hit that outdoes all those songs though, with J Balvin & Willy William's surprising Latin crossover hit "Mi Gente" at #32, followed by Clean Bandit's highest entry here, "Symphony" at #31.
#30. NEIKED feat. Dyo - Sexual

Round by round: 33-29-24-30

Points - 163.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#29. Flume feat. Kai - Never Be Like You

Round by round: 22-34-32-29

Points - 163.76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#28. Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely

Round by round: 38-39-31-28

Points - 165.61
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#27. Pnau - Chameleon

Round by round: 24-27-29-27

Points - 175.39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#26. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

Round by round: 28-25-23-26

Points - 175.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Need some more 2016 in your 2017 countdown? Well NEIKED has the answer for you with "Sexual" at #30, but perhaps more blatantly, we have Flume's now 2 year old "Never Be Like You" still resonating at #29. Landing surprisingly high at #28 is Martin Garrix's "Scared To Be Lonely", the first of two tracks we'll be seeing here from Dua Lipa, while Pnau have their belated 2016 track that didn't hit the ARIA top 50 until 2017, becoming the biggest Australian hit of the year with "Chameleon" at #27. Lastly we have yet another Sheeran track with "Galway Girl" landing at #26.
#25. Vance Joy - Lay It On Me

Round by round: 45-38-34-25

Points - 179.35
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #6


#24. Katy Perry feat. Skip Marley - Chained To The Rhythm

Round by round: 27-18-22-24

Points - 180.7
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#23. Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar

Round by round: 25-23-27-23

Points - 186.43
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#22. Rita Ora - Your Song

Round by round: 23-19-21-22

Points - 204.35
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#21. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

Round by round: 12-11-11-21

Points - 205.59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Pnau may have had the biggest Australian hit of the year, but the highest one in this list is surprisingly from Vance Joy, whose "Lay It On Me" has been steadily climbing the list to finish at a strong #25. We've then got some songs that were otherwise challenging for top 20 spots but naturally missed out. Katy Perry's sole entry (a weird prospect a year ago) "Chained To The Rhythm" at #24, and Rita Ora's "Your Song" at #22. Post Malone gets his highest entry at #23 with "rockstar", sadly not making some synergy at #21. Instead that honour goes to Selena Gomez who despite my maniacal wishes, drops hard out of an otherwise safe position, making for a rare case of a song whose round by round listing is a palindrome.
And so we arrive at the final 20, the much beloved hits that have survived this long

Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Childish Gambino - Redbone
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Drake - Passionfruit
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Future - Mask Off
Jax Jones feat. Raye - You Don't Know Me
Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kesha - Praying
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Green Light
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming


Have your final say on these proceedings by submitting your Top 5 to 8 selections to me by 6pm on Friday. I will also post the ACI very shortly for those who do that.
#20. Little Mix - Touch

Round by round: 21-22-17-17-20

Points - 160.72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#19. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito

Round by round: 29-24-25-19-19

Points - 164.85
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


The lesson to be learnt here is that proximity to Lorde on the alphabetical chart does not correspond to much vote splash (or maybe Lorde's next?!) as the other L artists kick us off, firstly with Little Mix's song "Touch" which I forgot was a 2017 hit, and Luis Fonsi's song "Despacito" which nobody could forget was a 2017 hit.
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#18. Childish Gambino - Redbone

Round by round: 13-12-16-20-18

Points - 175.12
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#17. French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable

Round by round: 11-13-12-16-17

Points - 190.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


While skirting ever close to falling out last round, Childish Gambino was a constant sight in the top 20 for this game with "Redbone", one of only 3 songs that spent every single week of 2017 on the ARIA Chart, and the only one of those 3 to land a good spot here. We've then got French Montana's banger/sad boi anthem for 2 lines, and by French Montana I mean Swae Lee who steals the show on "Unforgettable" which lands at #17.
#16. Future - Mask Off

Round by round: 16-15-13-15-16

Points - 190.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#15. Drake - Passionfruit

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

Points - 205.53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Some years ago you might have accused Future of riding on Drake's coat tails to success, but it's a curious event here where they're actually pretty close together on their own. Future still takes the runner up position but lands much higher than I'd have expected with "Mask Off" at #16, sitting behind of course Drake's "Passionfruit" at #15. Both of these songs will get a second chance in the next QLVG.
#14. DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

Round by round: 14-26-14-11-14

Points - 208.29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#13. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming

Round by round: 18-21-20-14-13

Points - 208.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


The run of hip-hop jams does not stop however, as next up we've got the highest appearance for DJ Khaled, finding strong favour for "Wild Thoughts" at #14. Then it's back to the trendy times of 2016 making for a rare context where "I Feel It Coming" is rated above "Starboy" as it lands at #13.
#12. Kesha - Praying

Round by round: 10-16-15-18-12

Points - 208.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#11. Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels

Round by round: 08-08-07-10-11

Points - 216.76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


While not managing to match the vocal performance of force of Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" according to Grammy voters, Kesha lands much higher in this game with "Praying" all the way up feat remy ma at #12. It's followed by what is just now the first of 2 appearances for Calvin Harris, who very nearly landed both in the top 10, but just slipped out with "Feels" at the last moment.
#10. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

Round by round: 17-14-18-13-10

Points - 234.43
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#9. Dua Lipa - New Rules

Round by round: 09-07-08-08-09

Points - 239.53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Making a surprise charge into the top 10 is Shawn Mendes which surely proves that "There's Nothing Holdin' [Him] Back" except for the 9 songs that managed to score more points. The first of which is Dua Lipa's "New Rules", the highest entry from our returning champion of the 2016 game, not quite able to repeat the effort.
#8. Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!

Round by round: 19-17-19-12-08

Points - 248.51
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#7. Niall Horan - Slow Hands

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

Points - 255.65
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


We did it reddit. Also Niall Horan is here at #7 to prove himself the most popular solo One Direction member by the basis of comparing the very selective selection of songs that were included in this. Anyway, the post punk revivalist classic of the mid '00s, "Slow Hands" lands at #7.
#6. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

Round by round: 02-02-03-04-06

Points - 258.98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#5. Jax Jones feat. RAYE - You Don't Know Me

Round by round: 05-05-05-05-05

Points - 261.21
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Now I'm not saying that songs should be removed from the universe, but if there was a song that was sitting above "Feel It Still" every single round, and it was removed from this list, pushing Portugal. The Man up one spot each round, "Feel It Still"'s round by round trajectory would be a Fibonacci sequence. On the other hand there is nothing remotely interesting to say about Jax Jones' trajectory which began and ended at #5 for "You Don't Know Me".
#4. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

Round by round: 06-09-09-07-04

Points - 273.07
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

Round by round: 03-04-04-03-03

Points - 308.18
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


The suspense is over for sadbois aka Frank Ocean fans because the highest song in this ranking list that ISN'T in the Hottest 100 is "Castle On The Hill", meaning that "Chanel" gets to see both sides of the equation by having me pretend it was a Hottest 100 entry next fortnight. But it will have some tough competition as it will include a second run for Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." which lands up at #3, and feels really weird to be his only song in this list, but he's got more on the way soon.
#2. Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide

Round by round: 04-03-02-02-02

Points - 331.02
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#1. Lorde - Green Light

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

Points - 488.22
Current Voters - 9
Top Vote - #1


I feel like if Kendrick were in the top 2 this could have felt more suspenseful because I could readily believe "HUMBLE." getting enough voting swell to challenge the top spot. Instead we have a top two which it's very hard to see swapped around the other way. Rightly so because this competition was never close at any point. And hey, Frank Ocean's here again, this time in company with Calvin Harris and the members of Migos who weren't left off "Slide" at #2. But obviously Lorde was #1 from the get go and nothing was going to change that. The only curiosity I'll note is that in the first round, it had 11 voters, which tied it with Portugal. The Man & Dua Lipa, however Lorde managed to hold on to every single one of them, because she technically still has 11 voters if you count those who haven't voted since round 1. That "Green Light", you wanted it.
So with Lorde winning, we have to retire "Green Light" so we don't have the temptation to make it win the next game, which will of course be the Hottest...101 of 2017. It'll also be the week that I open up the floodgates for the Qualifying thread again. I'll be looking for your favourite songs of 2017 that haven't been in either of these two games.

ACI will also take any and all calls, but enjoy your weekend.
I'm not saying that me posting these early in the morning will become a theme, but it does give me ease of mind in case someone's waiting for me to post it and I'm sleeping well past midday. So without further adieu I present the 2017 Hottest 101 list without "Green Light":

Alex Lahey - Every Day's the Weekend
Alex Lahey - I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself
Alex the Astronaut - Not Worth Hiding
Allday feat. Japanese Wallpaper - In Motion
alt-J - In Cold Blood
Amy Shark - Blood Brothers
Amy Shark - Weekends
Angie McMahon - Slow Mover
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Angus & Julia Stone - Snow
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Baker Boy feat. Kian - Cloud 9
Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal - Marryuna
Ball Park Music - Exactly How You Are
Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot
Billie Eilish - Bellyache
Bliss N Eso feat. Gavin James - Moments
Boo Seeka - Does This Last
BROCKHAMPTON - SWEET
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
CamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola
Camp Cope - The Opener
Charli XCX - Boys
Cub Sport - Chasin'
DMA's - Dawning
Drake - Passionfruit
Dune Rats - 6 Pack
Dune Rats - Braindead
DZ Deathrays - Shred for Summer
E^ST - Life Goes On
Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Arty Boy
Flume feat. Kučka - Hyperreal
Frank Ocean - Chanel
Future - Mask Off
Gang of Youths - Blood {Like A Version}
Gang of Youths - Let Me Down Easy
Gang of Youths - The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows
Gang of Youths - What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?
Haim - Want You Back
Hayden James - NUMB (feat GRAACE)
Hockey Dad - Homely Feeling
Holy Holy - True Lovers
Jack River - Fool's Gold
Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari - LOVE.
Khalid - Saved
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Kim Churchill - Second Hand Car
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nuclear Fusion
Kingswood - Golden
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
Lorde - Homemade Dynamite
Lorde - Liability
Lorde - Perfect Places
Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey - Glorious
Mallrat - Better
Meg Mac - Low Blows
Meg Mac - Maybe It's My First Time
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
N*E*R*D & Rihanna - Lemon
Nothing But Thieves - Amsterdam
Ocean Alley - The Comedown
Odette - Watch Me Read You
Paul Dempsey - Edge Of Town {Like A Version}
Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake Magic
Peking Duk feat. Icona Pop - Let You Down
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used to Do
San Cisco - Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?
Skegss - Got on My Skateboard
Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave
Stormzy - Big for Your Boots
Tash Sultana - Electric Feel {Like A Version}
Tash Sultana - Murder to the Mind
Tash Sultana - Mystik
The Jungle Giants - Bad Dream
The Jungle Giants - Feel the Way I Do
The Jungle Giants - On Your Way Down
The Jungle Giants - Used to Be in Love
The Killers - The Man
The Presets - Do What You Want
The Rubens - Million Man
The Smith Street Band - Birthdays
The Smith Street Band - Passiona
The Wombats - Lemon to a Knife Fight
The xx - Say Something Loving
Thundamentals feat. Hilltop Hoods - 21 Grams
Thundamentals feat. Mataya - Sally
Touch Sensitive - Lay Down
Vallis Alps - Oceans
Vance Joy - Lay It on Me
Vera Blue - Mended
Vera Blue - Regular Touch
Winston Surfshirt - Be About You
Yungblud - I Love You, Will You Marry Me


We already know how the nation (and to a lesser extent, the world) voted, but how will you vote. It will surely be different and not just because the voting system is totally different. Because here, I'll be asking you to vote for your top 25 to 40 selections here and in order. Submit your vote by 6pm on Wednesday so I will be able to include it.
=#99. Kingswood - Golden

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


=#99. The Rubens - Million Man

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


#98. Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255

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


#97. Meg Mac - Maybe It's My First Time

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


#96. Tash Sultana - Murder To The Mind

Points - 12
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #37


With diverse opinions, we've resulted in just 2 goose eggs, one of them I almost saved. Incidentally, it was last year that I saved Kingswood from the heap with "Creepin'", but "Golden" didn't get the same luxury and ends up tied at #99 with what is surely the best Rubens Hottest 100 in half a decade, "Million Man". Onto the point tallies though only by the narrowest amount we've got Logic scoring a whole 1 point. Then it's some popular solo female artists with their 2nd biggest songs of the year, Tash Sultana with "Murder To The Mind" at #96 and Meg Mac's "Maybe It's My First Time" living up to its name at #97.
#95. Bliss N Eso feat. Gavin James - Moments

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


#94. Allday feat. Japanese Wallpaper - In Motion

Points - 14
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #30


#93. Ocean Alley - The Comedown

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


#92. Thundamentals feat. Mataya - Sally

Points - 17
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#91. Amy Shark - Blood Brothers

Points - 20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


You can't say they're not consistent, after landing at #95 on the ARIA EOY game, Bliss N Eso are once again #95 with "Moments". We stay in the world of Australian pop rap with Allday looking ever so dapper on "In Motion" at #94, and Thundamentals gifting Mataya her 2nd Hottest 100 top 10 appearance with "Sally" at #92. Filling the Australian reggae void left by Sticky Fingers in 2017 is Ocean Alley's "The Comedown" at #93. Lastly, why why why Amy Shark must feel like a million man with "Blood Brothers" landing in the 90s.
#90. Dune Rats - 6 Pack

Points - 24
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#89. Winston Surfshirt - Be About You

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


#88. Boo Seeka - Does This Last

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#87. Angus & Julia Stone - Snow

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


#86. Dune Rats - Braindead

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


Topping and tailing this post is everyone's favourite blaze lords Dune Rats, with "6 Pack" at #90 and "Braindead" at #86. They are extremely out of place in this very chill Australian section. We start that with Winston Surfshirt's very high ranking "Be About You" at #89, and then some other tracks that just snuck in, Boo Seeka's "Does This Last" at #88 and Angus & Julia Stone's "Snow" at #87.
#85. Alex The Astronaut - Not Worth Hiding

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#84. Thundamentals feat. Hilltop Hoods - 21 Grams

Points - 29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#83. Peking Duk feat. Icona Pop - Let You Down

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


#82. Angie McMahon - Slow Mover

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#81. Cub Sport - Chasin'

Points - 32
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #9


Alex The Astronaut was clearly asking for Hottest 100 related misfortune here as she just yesterday announced a tour with #102 finisher Stella Donnelly. "Not Worth Hiding" represents her here at #85. I'm also extremely surprised to see Thundamentals get their highest entry with "21 Grams" but also extremely satisfied that it lands on a multiple of 21 in #84. Peking Duk have their first impression in this list with "Let You Down" at #83, no doubt hoping to redeem that with their other entry, but time is up in this game for Angie McMahon & Cub Sport, who land at #82 & #81 with their sole representatives.
the entree has been served, now we're left with 80 songs still powering on:

Alex Lahey - Every Day's the Weekend
Alex Lahey - I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself
alt-J - In Cold Blood
Amy Shark - Weekends
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Baker Boy feat. Kian - Cloud 9
Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal - Marryuna
Ball Park Music - Exactly How You Are
Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot
Billie Eilish - Bellyache
BROCKHAMPTON - SWEET
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
CamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola
Camp Cope - The Opener
Charli XCX - Boys
DMA's - Dawning
Drake - Passionfruit
DZ Deathrays - Shred for Summer
E^ST - Life Goes On
Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Arty Boy
Flume feat. Kučka - Hyperreal
Frank Ocean - Chanel
Future - Mask Off
Gang of Youths - Blood {Like A Version}
Gang of Youths - Let Me Down Easy
Gang of Youths - The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows
Gang of Youths - What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?
Haim - Want You Back
Hayden James feat. GRAACE - NUMB
Hockey Dad - Homely Feeling
Holy Holy - True Lovers
Jack River - Fool's Gold
Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari - LOVE.
Khalid - Saved
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Kim Churchill - Second Hand Car
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nuclear Fusion
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Lorde - Homemade Dynamite
Lorde - Liability
Lorde - Perfect Places
Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey - Glorious
Mallrat - Better
Meg Mac - Low Blows
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
N*E*R*D & Rihanna - Lemon
Nothing But Thieves - Amsterdam
Odette - Watch Me Read You
Paul Dempsey - Edge Of Town {Like A Version}
Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake Magic
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used to Do
San Cisco - Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?
Skegss - Got on My Skateboard
Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave
Stormzy - Big for Your Boots
Tash Sultana - Electric Feel {Like A Version}
Tash Sultana - Mystik
The Jungle Giants - Bad Dream
The Jungle Giants - Feel the Way I Do
The Jungle Giants - On Your Way Down
The Jungle Giants - Used to Be in Love
The Killers - The Man
The Presets - Do What You Want
The Smith Street Band - Birthdays
The Smith Street Band - Passiona
The Wombats - Lemon to a Knife Fight
The xx - Say Something Loving
Touch Sensitive - Lay Down
Vallis Alps - Oceans
Vance Joy - Lay It on Me
Vera Blue - Mended
Vera Blue - Regular Touch
Yungblud - I Love You, Will You Marry Me


But unlike Beatrice's epitaph, the subsequent twilights feature just as many eliminations, so you'll want your favourites to be safe in the top 60 to proceed. Do so by submitting to me your Top 20 to 32 selections by 6pm on Friday. I will have the ACI up tonight, and there's also a qualifying game on right now. If you have any qualifying game suggestions, I am all ears.
=#79. Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Arty Boy

Round by round: 78-79

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


=#79. Tash Sultana - Mystik

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#78. Holy Holy - True Lovers

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#77. Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna - LOYALTY.

Round by round: 68-77

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


#76. E^ST - Life Goes On

Round by round: 77-76

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


If you're adverse to change, then fret not because we've started off with another tie. And it could have been a contribution to Wednesday's tie because Flight Facilities' "Arty Boy" was actually the last song to get off the ground with its first vote in round 1. It sits alongside Tash Sultana's 2nd entry "Mystik" ending her reign of original material. Higher up are some triple j stalwarts of late with their first major breakthroughs, Holy Holy at #78 and E^ST at #76, while in the middle we have the first of Kendrick's 4 entries, matching up with the countdown order as it's "LOYALTY." at #77.
#75. Jack River - Fool's Gold

Round by round: 73-75

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#74. Skegss - Got On My Skateboard

Round by round: 75-74

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#73. The Wombats - Lemon To A Knife Fight

Round by round: 76-73

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#72. Hayden James feat. GRAACE - NUMB

Round by round: 72-72

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#71. Kim Churchill - Second Hand Car

Round by round: 74-71

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


Essentially a highly antipodean section here. Continuing the run of first time entrants, we've got Jack River at #75 and Skegss at #74. The Wombats may as well be Australian at this point and they've got "Lemon To A Knife Fight" at #73, followed by Hayden James' recent top 50 hit "NUMB", and Kim Churchill's 3 year lapsed return to the countdown at #71 with "Second Hand Car".
#70. Tash Sultana - Electric Feel {Like A Version}

Round by round: 71-70

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#69. The Jungle Giants - Bad Dream

Round by round: 70-69

Points - 50
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#68. Alex Lahey - I Haven't Been Taking Care Of Myself

Round by round: 69-68

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#67. Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari - LOVE.

Round by round: 63-67

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


#66. Odette - Watch Me Read You

Round by round: 64-66

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


Running for about 8 minutes is Tash Sultana's 3 minute long cover of "Electric Feel" which lands at #70, while the fitting rank goes to The Jungle Giants who just now lose their first entry with "Bad Dream". Alex Lahey also takes a hit with "I Haven't Been Taking Care Of Myself" at #68 with another song on the way, while Odette's first ever single is "Watch Me Read You" at #66. Just like the first post, this almost entirely Australian section is broken up by the 4th song being by Kendrick Lamar, this time it's "LOVE." at #67.
#65. The Smith Street Band - Birthdays

Round by round: 57-65

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#64. Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar

Round by round: 66-64

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#63. Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot

Round by round: 65-63

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#62. Vallis Alps - Oceans

Round by round: 59-62

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#61. Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey - Glorious

Round by round: 62-61

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


The Smith Street Band took the unlucky #21 slot for a 2nd year in a row, though fortunately for them they also got a 2nd entry so there's not just "Birthdays" to represent them at #65. Vallis Alps sit at #62 which I can't note much about except that they're surrounded by the cavalcade of songs that triple j didn't really play in 2017. There's Post Malone at #64 falling a bit shy of his ARIA game performance, while Big Shaq's "Man's Not Hot" is at #63 to keep up the Hottest 100's fine tradition of not taking itself too seriously. If you do wish to take yourself seriously, you've got Macklemore's "Glorious" at #61.
In an actual Hottest 100, this would be the section where you start to have concern over whether or not your favourites will make the list at all, but that does not apply to this as we are fully aware of the top 60 which are these songs:

Alex Lahey - Every Day's the Weekend
alt-J - In Cold Blood
Amy Shark - Weekends
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Baker Boy feat. Kian - Cloud 9
Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal - Marryuna
Ball Park Music - Exactly How You Are
Billie Eilish - Bellyache
BROCKHAMPTON - SWEET
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
CamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola
Camp Cope - The Opener
Charli XCX - Boys
DMA's - Dawning
Drake - Passionfruit
DZ Deathrays - Shred for Summer
Flume feat. Kučka - Hyperreal
Frank Ocean - Chanel
Future - Mask Off
Gang of Youths - Blood {Like A Version}
Gang of Youths - Let Me Down Easy
Gang of Youths - The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows
Gang of Youths - What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?
Haim - Want You Back
Hockey Dad - Homely Feeling
Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Khalid - Saved
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nuclear Fusion
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Lorde - Homemade Dynamite
Lorde - Liability
Lorde - Perfect Places
Mallrat - Better
Meg Mac - Low Blows
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
N*E*R*D & Rihanna - Lemon
Nothing But Thieves - Amsterdam
Paul Dempsey - Edge Of Town {Like A Version}
Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake Magic
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used to Do
San Cisco - Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?
Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave
Stormzy - Big for Your Boots
The Jungle Giants - Feel the Way I Do
The Jungle Giants - On Your Way Down
The Jungle Giants - Used to Be in Love
The Killers - The Man
The Presets - Do What You Want
The Smith Street Band - Passiona
The xx - Say Something Loving
Touch Sensitive - Lay Down
Vance Joy - Lay It on Me
Vera Blue - Mended
Vera Blue - Regular Touch
Yungblud - I Love You, Will You Marry Me


It's time to cut the stragglers however. To the point where you can only select a Top 15 to 24 from this lot. Get it in to me by 6pm on Monday for it to be included. I hope you enjoy your weekend and possibly get in your contributions to the ACI or the qualifying game.

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