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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 6 (Alliteration songs)

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)
Gang Of Youths - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out? (2017 Hottest 100)
BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE (2017 Favourites)
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (Colour songs)
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (Songs from years ending in '0')
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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.
#60. DMA's - Dawning

Round by round: 67-59-60

Points - 71.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#59. Queens Of The Stone Age - The Way You Used To Do

Round by round: 43-49-59

Points - 72.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#58. DZ Deathrays - Shred For Summer

Round by round: 49-56-58

Points - 72.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#57. Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke

Round by round: 56-52-57

Points - 75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#56. Baker Boy feat. Kian - Cloud 9

Round by round: 45-44-56

Points - 76.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


Continuing to rack up entries as they approach their 2nd album release, we've got DMA's here at #60 and their many rhymes for "Dawning". We've then got Hottest 100 veterans in Queens Of The Stone Age, the only band that can lay claim to still landing on the poll a decade and a half after taking the top spot, coming through with "The Way You Used To Do" at #59. The rest of this lot is much more modern, with DZ Deathrays only on their 2nd entry ever with "Shred For Summer" at #58, while Khalid loses his first solo entry with his highest ranked track, "Young Dumb & Broke" at #57. Baker Boy's order is more in order, with "Cloud 9" opening proceedings at #56.
#55. Amy Shark - Weekends

Round by round: 54-58-55

Points - 81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#54. Meg Mac - Low Blows

Round by round: 55-47-54

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


#53. Khalid - Saved

Round by round: 50-57-53

Points - 82
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#52. The Smith Street Band - Passiona

Round by round: 61-60-52

Points - 87.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#51. Vera Blue - Regular Touch

Round by round: 41-40-51

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


IT WOULD SEEM THAT AMY SHARK VOTERS FELT TOO MUCH RELIEF OVER THE WEEKEND TO KEEP HER FROM GETTING ELIMINATED...although in saying that she did climb a little to #55 with "Weekends". We then continue the run of artists I don't have much to say about as Meg Mac takes her highest entry to #54, and the number you should save for Khalid is #53 for "Saved". After just barely getting through the last round, The Smith Street Band are up a fair bit to #52 with "Passiona", while Vera Blue is just getting started with her first track "Regular Touch" at #51, keeping up with even more cases of artists not landing highest with their biggest song.
#50. Vance Joy - Lay It On Me

Round by round: 52-54-50

Points - 89.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#49. The Presets - Do What You Want

Round by round: 42-50-49

Points - 91.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#48. The Jungle Giants - Used To Be In Love

Round by round: 58-55-48

Points - 91.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#47. The Jungle Giants - On Your Way Down

Round by round: 60-53-47

Points - 92
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#46. Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3

Round by round: 33-38-46

Points - 93.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Vance Joy doubles his finish from the ARIA game to land just in the top half with "Lay It On Me" at #50. For those disillusioned by all these wild new artists, there's a bit of a throwback with The Presets at #49 with their first Hottest 100 entry in half a decade. After much bouncing around, we end up with what I thought could have happened in the actual Hottest 100, with two Jungle Giants tracks right next to each other, "Used To Be In Love" at #48 and "On Your Way Down" at #47. Lastly is Lil Uzi Vert's wonderful "XO TOUR Llif3" at #46.
#45. Ball Park Music - Exactly How You Are

Round by round: 44-41-45

Points - 97
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#44. Mallrat - Better

Round by round: 46-45-44

Points - 97.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#43. San Cisco - Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?

Round by round: 40-46-43

Points - 98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#42. Future - Mask Off

Round by round: 53-51-42

Points - 98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #19


#41. Paul Dempsey - Edge Of Town {Like A Version}

Round by round: 51-48-41

Points - 98.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Ball Park Music proved they are not little fish at all as they improved their highest ever Hottest 100 position from #19 to #18 with "Exactly How You Are", which finds its potty-mouthed self at #45. We've then got some songs I wasn't sure would get any votes, but have ended up quite highly, as Mallrat takes her first ever entry "Better" to #44, while San Cisco are in the more stalwart position with "Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?" which comes to #43. Future's back with diminishing returns on his ARIA EOY game performance with "Mask Off" landing at #42, while Paul Dempsey covers a song I love dearly and takes it to #41 here. I can at least brag that the original has done better in this context as it finished at #2 in the 2016 Favourites game last year.
This leaves us with 40 tracks still in the running

Alex Lahey - Every Day's the Weekend
alt-J - In Cold Blood
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal - Marryuna
Billie Eilish - Bellyache
BROCKHAMPTON - SWEET
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
CamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola
Camp Cope - The Opener
Charli XCX - Boys
Drake - Passionfruit
Flume feat. Kučka - Hyperreal
Frank Ocean - Chanel
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.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nuclear Fusion
Lorde - Homemade Dynamite
Lorde - Liability
Lorde - Perfect Places
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
N*E*R*D & Rihanna - Lemon
Nothing But Thieves - Amsterdam
Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake Magic
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave
Stormzy - Big for Your Boots
The Jungle Giants - Feel the Way I Do
The Killers - The Man
The xx - Say Something Loving
Touch Sensitive - Lay Down
Vera Blue - Mended
Yungblud - I Love You, Will You Marry Me


Be sure to vote your favourites, Gang Of Youths or otherwise, by selecting your Top 10 to 16 selections from this portion of the list, from which I will eliminate another 20 on Wednesday after 6pm, which is when I would need your votes in by. The qualifying game is finished already, so I can't plug that, but I do have a new poll for you to help decide what the next one should be. http://www.strawpoll.me/15104052
#40. Stormzy - Big For Your Boots

Round by round: 39-39-38-40

Points - 88.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#39. Yungblud - I Love You, Will You Marry Me

Round by round: 34-36-40-39

Points - 90.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#38. The Killers - The Man

Round by round: 48-42-37-38

Points - 92
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#37. N*E*R*D & Rihanna - Lemon

Round by round: 30-32-31-37

Points - 92.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#36. Frank Ocean - Chanel

Round by round: 26-28-27-36

Points - 103.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


This elimination set kicks off in the most British fashion possible, firstly with Stormzy's "Big For Your Boots" at #40 and then Yungblud's "I Love You, Will You Marry Me" at #39. Antipodean fever is only slightly eased off after as it's followed by US band The Killers who are of course most popular in the UK, with "The Man" landing at #38. At #37 is N*E*R*D's "Lemon" which I've got info hot off the press that explains why triple j shortens the pause http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/drive/lemon-n.e.r.d./9470852 Then we arrive at the wildcard performer with Frank Ocean's not-actually Hottest 100 entry "Chanel" at #36.
#35. Alex Lahey - Every Day's The Weekend

Round by round: 47-43-36-35

Points - 110.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#34. Pnau - Go Bang

Round by round: 37-34-39-34

Points - 116.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#33. BROCKHAMPTON - SWEET

Round by round: 32-33-32-33

Points - 120.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#32. Gang of Youths - Blood {Like A Version}

Round by round: 29-31-33-32

Points - 122.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#31. Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave

Round by round: 36-35-35-31

Points - 122.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Landing just one spot higher than she finished in the Hottest 100, Alex Lahey has her highest entry here at #35 with "Every Day's The Weekend". Pnau finally got a top 10 finish in the Hottest 100 which definitely has nothing to do with the fact that "Go Bang" caught on a little bit quicker than "Chameleon", nonetheless "Go Bang" lands at #34 here. Speaking of artists who have landed at #11 in the Hottest 100, next up is America's favourite boyband BROCKHAMPTON with "SWEET" at #33. Gang of Youths finally take their first hit in this contest with their cover of The Middle East's "Blood" at #32, while the #100 finisher in the poll has performed considerably better here as "Don't Leave" takes #31.
#30. Touch Sensitive - Lay Down

Round by round: 38-37-34-30

Points - 123.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#29. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nuclear Fusion

Round by round: 24-22-30-29

Points - 127.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#28. CamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola

Round by round: 28-30-28-28

Points - 127.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#27. Hockey Dad - Homely Feeling

Round by round: 31-29-29-27

Points - 131.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#26. Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake Magic

Round by round: 35-26-26-26

Points - 134.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Not since Eminem & Rihanna has there been such a pro-laying down* anthem, but Touch Sensitive delivers on that front and takes the #30 spot here. King Gizzard released about 12,000 songs in 2017, but they had just one song to garner attention here, and it does quite well as "Nuclear Fusion" lands at #29. Getting some crossover success with their massive club/roofie anthem, CamelPhat & Elderbrook take "Cola" to #28, followed by the second ever Woolongong band to land at #6 on the ARIA album chart, with Hockey Dad taking "Homely Feeling" to #27. Peking Duk have their highest entry here at a much more respectable position than their first, as "Fake Magic" takes #26.

*yes I know it's not grammatically correct, don't @ me
#25. Drake - Passionfruit

Round by round: 16-16-17-25

Points - 140.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#24. Billie Eilish - Bellyache

Round by round: 22-21-24-24

Points - 157.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. alt-J - In Cold Blood

Round by round: 27-27-25-23

Points - 162
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#22. Vera Blue - Mended

Round by round: 21-23-21-22

Points - 164.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#21. Haim - Want You Back

Round by round: 23-19-18-21

Points - 167.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


Drake was looking good to land in the top 20 two games in a row, but "Passionfruit" falls at the last hurdle and instead takes #25. Sitting strong amongst mostly veteran hitmakers is I believe the youngest artist to ever make the Hottest 100 (as in, present age), Billie Eilish with "Bellyache" at #24. Of those veterans, we have alt-J onto their 3rd album and continuing to find success, though this time only with "In Cold Blood" at #23. While not *quite* matching up to her actual Hottest 100 success, Vera Blue still performs commendably, this time with "Mended" instead taking her top gong at #22. Then juuuust missing by less than 2 points, Haim have their sole representation with "Want You Back" at #21.
And so this takes us to the final hurdle, as these 20 songs that are surely all equally likely to take the top spot, battle it out

Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal - Marryuna
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Camp Cope - The Opener
Charli XCX - Boys
Flume feat. Kučka - Hyperreal
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?
Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Lorde - Homemade Dynamite
Lorde - Liability
Lorde - Perfect Places
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
Nothing But Thieves - Amsterdam
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
The Jungle Giants - Feel the Way I Do
The xx - Say Something Loving


Take your picks, as the songs will need your votes to land as highly as possible. Select just your Top 5 to 8 from this lot and submit it to me by 6pm on Friday. I could always use more votes on the poll for the next qualifying game http://www.strawpoll.me/15104052 and I will try to get the ACI posted up tonight as long as Billboard actually update their chart on time.
#20. Lorde - Homemade Dynamite

Round by round: 19-17-15-15-20

Points - 114.56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#19. The xx - Say Something Loving

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

Points - 114.61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


You may have noticed so far in this game there haven't been any Lorde songs. In case you were wondering that some rabid Lorde fans had spammed up my inbox with votes, I can nip that in the bud as "Homemade Dynamite" now shows up at #20. She sits next to another artist who hadn't appeared yet, though partly because they only had one song to appear, that being The xx at #19 with "Say Something Loving".
#18. Camp Cope - The Opener

Round by round: 17-18-19-13-18

Points - 116.54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#17. Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau

Round by round: 25-25-23-19-17

Points - 121.61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Camp Cope are about to release their very good 2nd album, which is appropriately opened up with "The Opener" which lands here at #18. But then subverting the expectation of lead singles performing the best, we've got Angus & Julia Stone taking "Chateau" to #17.
#16. Flume feat. Kučka - Hyperreal

Round by round: 15-15-16-20-16

Points - 150.41
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Arcade Fire - Everything Now

Round by round: 11-12-09-10-15

Points - 161.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


While it was a more quiet year for Flume in 2017, there was still quite a lot of fanfare for "Hyperreal" which lands at #16. Next up is Arcade Fire's "Everything Now" at #15, a song that unfortunately shares its name with Arcade Fire's worst album.
#14. The Jungle Giants - Feel The Way I Do

Round by round: 20-24-22-17-14

Points - 180.46
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#13. Baker Boy feat. Yirrmal - Marryuna

Round by round: 05-05-04-01-13

Points - 215.97
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Highly different circumstances result in two songs that landed in the 11-20 section of the Hottest 100 replicating it here. The Jungle Giants just crept into the top 20 last round with "Feel The Way I Do" and ended up a tidy #14, but Baker Boy was actually at the top of the table last round, and is quite unlucky to land at #13 due to losing some votes and also there being generally close scores.
#12. Lorde - Liability

Round by round: 12-13-13-14-12

Points - 226.41
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#11. Charli XCX - Boys

Round by round: 18-20-20-16-11

Points - 229.59
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Back at it again, we've got Lorde at #12 with her much less obvious single among her entries, "Liability", while at #11 is the purest form of a single since it doesn't have an album to call home yet, Charli XCX's "Boys", which was recently subjected to a bizarre sense of camaraderie when both Charli XCX & Wolf Alice played the same two songs in both of their Like A Version sets.
#10. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

Round by round: 10-07-06-12-10

Points - 231.18
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#9. Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

Round by round: 07-10-10-08-09

Points - 233.85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Landing in the top 10 two games in a row for these next two, though slightly lower than last time as well. We've got Portugal. The Man seeing their way into the Hottest 100 top 30 with so little airplay that I think triple j were playing their 2011 material more, with "Feel It Still" taking #10 here, behind the actual winning song, "HUMBLE." which is not even Kendrick Lamar's highest song in this game.
#8. Nothing But Thieves - Amsterdam

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

Points - 234.09
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Methyl Ethel - Ubu

Round by round: 04-04-05-06-07

Points - 241.58
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


We've got mostly big names and big songs in this top 10 but to buck that trend just briefly, Nothing But Thieves have excelled with a relatively low profile to take "Amsterdam" considerably higher than its Hottest 100 finish, to end up at #8. Next to it we have the only song that every single person voted for in round 1, despite never getting higher than #4. Methyl Ethel lost a lot of those votes in the end but still held up strong at #7 with "Ubu".
#6. Kendrick Lamar - DNA.

Round by round: 06-06-08-07-06

Points - 241.87
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. Lorde - Perfect Places

Round by round: 08-11-07-05-05

Points - 243.86
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Consistently landing just slightly above "HUMBLE.", Kendrick Lamar has his highest polling song indeed end up being "DNA." at #6, while another big gun in this game also finishes up, as Lorde's highest entrant here is "Perfect Places", coming somewhat close to a back to back victory at #5.
#4. Gang Of Youths - Let Me Down Easy

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

Points - 251.48
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide

Round by round: 09-08-11-11-03

Points - 267.45
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


I have the slightest suspicion that some people here like Gang Of Youths. I only mention this because they land at #4 with "Let Me Down Easy", which was their highest entrant in the Hottest 100 but is not even their highest here. Then we breed another certain familiarity, with Calvin Harris having the highest placing song in the last game that was eligible here, he naturally posed quite a challenge for the top, and while a slight loss on the last game, he's only gone from #2 to #3 with "Slide" so I can't imagine there are many complaints from him and his cohorts.
#2. Gang Of Youths - The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows

Round by round: 01-01-01-03-02

Points - 280.92
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#1. Gang Of Youths - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?

Round by round: 03-03-03-02-01

Points - 289.63
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


The other slight reason that I suspect people might like Gang Of Youths is because I've got the result in front of me, and rather I've had similar results in front of me for the past fortnight. I specifically want to note that for the first three rounds, the band held down a trifecta, the order of which didn't even change either. It put "The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows" in a good position to take the top spot until it was challenged last round and only could recover to #2. So instead of Gang Of Youths, they have to take consolation that they have lost to Gang Of Youths, whose lead off single had the most dedicated high voters all the way through. "What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?" actually appeared very recently when we were considering lead singles at the end of last year, finishing at #9. This time with all its Hottest 100 success appraised, though it was only the 3rd highest polling of their tracks, it does the best here. But will it be replicated on Sunday's combined aus-charts EOY? I guess you'll find out soon!
Thanks as always to all who voted, especially this time around where I nearly had no missed votes throughout the whole proceedings. Next week we'll finish off the run of 2017 polls as we go through all your favourite songs that haven't already featured in these lists.

The next qualifying game has also been decided, and we'll be looking into songs that feature colours in their titles.

The ACI is also taking votes, but the combined EOY isn't anymore, so now is the time to get hyped about that on Sunday afternoon!
Not sure when I'll be next awake so let's get this one going now. Just like last year, it's a look into all those songs not in the first two games. Some of them you may have heard yesterday, but some are even deeper cuts, which is not to put them out of contention!

Amber Mark - Heatwave
Angus & Julia Stone - Oakwood
Brett Young - Like I Loved You
BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE
Camila Cabello feat. Quavo - OMG
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Carly Pearce - Every Little Thing
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Carmouflage Rose - Late Nights
Chris Brown - Questions
Dan Sultan - Hold It Together
Dan Sultan - Kingdom
Dean Lewis - Lose My Mind
DJDS feat. Amber Mark & Marco McKinnis - Trees On Fire
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Fluir - Only One
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle
George Maple - Kryptonite
Gorillaz feat. Grace Jones - Charger
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Grace Mitchell - Now
Gretta Ray - Towers
Haiku Hands - Not About You
Haim - Little Of Your Love
Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers
Jamiroquai - Automaton
Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - Instruction
Jay-Z - 4:44
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
Kesha feat. The Dap-Kings Horns - Woman
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Rattlesnake
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sleep Drifter
Kira Puru - Tension
Lana Del Rey - Love
Little Mix - Is Your Love Enough?
Little Mix feat. Machine Gun Kelly - No More Sad Songs
Lorde - Writer In The Dark
Manchester Orchestra - The Alien
Maty Noyes - London
Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart
MGMT - Little Dark Age
Middle Kids - Never Start
MØ - Nights With You
Mura Masa feat. Bonzai - Nuggets
Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
Old Dominion - No Such Thing As A Broken Heart
P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
Paramore - Fake Happy
Paramore - Hard Times
Paul Kelly - Firewood and Candles
Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Phoenix - Ti Amo
Rae Morris - Atletico
Rae Morris - Do It
Ricki-Lee - Not Too Late
Rita Ora - Anywhere
Royal Blood - Hook, Line & Sinker
Royal Blood - Lights Out
Ruby Fields - I Want
Sam Smith - Pray
Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive
Sigrid - Strangers
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
Sløtface - Galaxies
Slowdive - Sugar for the Pill
SOPHIE - It's Okay To Cry
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
St. Vincent - Los Ageless
St. Vincent - New York
Stella Donnelly - Boys Will Be Boys
Stella Donnelly - Mechanical Bull
Sum 41 - Goddamm I'm Dead Again
Superorganism - Something For Your M.I.N.D.
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Tame Impala - List Of People (To Try And Forget About)
Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
Tears For Fears - I Love You But I'm Lost
The Go! Team - Mayday
The Killers - Run For Cover
The Killers - Tyson vs Douglas
The National - Carin At The Liquor Store
The National - Day I Die
The National - I'll Still Destroy You
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The War On Drugs - Holding On
Tired Lion - Cinderella Dracula
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Tove Styrke - Say My Name
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
WAAX - Wild & Weak
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


You know the drill, but if you don't, it's calling for you to submit to me your Top 25 to 40 selections here by 6pm on Wednesday, after which I will do the necessary culls, and before which I'll open the qualifying game.
#100. Superorganism - Something For Your M.I.N.D.

Points - 16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


#99. The Go! Team - Mayday

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


#98. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#97. The Killers - Tyson vs Douglas

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


#96. Carly Pearce - Every Little Thing

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


Possibly due to the nature of this fortnight's list, what we've got here is what feels like a record in regards to high scoring songs getting eliminated in round 1, so don't feel disheartened because it wasn't easy to get through this round! Case in point that we're already well ingrained into double digit points from the very bottom of the list, which belongs to upstarts Superorganism who are poised to release their debut album later this year, backed by their breakout hit "Something For Your M.I.N.D." at #100. In contrast to them, they're followed by two indie veterans, with The Go! Team's "Mayday" at #99 and Spoon's "Hot Thoughts" at #98. Similarly we've got The Killers at #97 with the first of their two entries here, "Tyson vs Douglas", while we keep the bookends fresh as Carly Pearce has her country radio #1 peaking debut single "Every Little Thing" at #96.
#95. Camila Cabello feat. Quavo - OMG

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


#94. Tears For Fears - I Love You But I'm Lost

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


#93. Sam Smith - Pray

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#92. Carmouflage Rose - Late Nights

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#91. Slowdive - Sugar For The Pill

Points - 40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


Throwback to a wild time last year, Camila Cabello released two new singles at once, and initially the more popular one was "OMG" which lands at #95. The other single was some other track called "Havana". We've got even more veteran-y veterans in this set too, as through this game I learnt that Tears For Fears put out a quite good single last year and it lands at #94, while Slowdive also had a comeback album with a few popular singles to it, "Sugar For The Pill" representing them here at #91. Sam Smith gets extra spiritual with "Pray" at #93, while Carmouflage Rose is definitely an Australian rapper which might not be obvious if you heard #92's "Late Nights".
#90. Sum 41 - Goddamn I'm Dead Again

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#89. The National - I'll Still Destroy You

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


#88. Tame Impala - List Of People (To Try And Forget About)

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#87. Old Dominion - No Such Thing As A Broken Heart

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


#86. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Lord Of Lightning

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


Keeping up the nostalgia, we've got Sum 41 with a song whose solo makes me want to play Guitar Hero again, as "Goddamn I'm Dead Again" lands at #90. Thoroughly absent from the last two games, The National stake their claim and then some with this game as they've got 4 songs in play, the first of which is "I'll Still Destroy You" landing at #89. Tame Impala's "Currents" is two and a half years old now, but they've more recently released new material from those sessions, namely "List Of People (To Try And Forget About)" at #88. Old Dominion have a streak of getting exactly one country radio #1 hit every year from 2015 to 2018, 2017's contribution "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart" takes the group to #87 in their first ever QLVG appearance. Then it would feel wrong not to include some King Gizzard in this game since they've got 5 albums worth of material to choose from. The first of their 3 entries here is "The Lord Of Lightning", which no doubt benefits greatly from the serendipity of sharing its name with a boss in Super Mario Odyssey.
#85. Gorillaz feat. Grace Jones - Charger

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


#84. Little Mix - Is Your Love Enough?

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


#83. DJDS feat. Amber Mark & Marco McKinnis - Trees On Fire

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#82. Kesha feat. The Dap-King Horns - Woman

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#81. Tired Lion - Cinderella Dracula

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


Gorillaz had many collaborators on their latest album "Humanz", the most timely of which here is surely Grace Jones who has just been in the country touring, and appeared on #85's "Charger", the first of two Gorillaz entries in this game. Speaking of artists with two entries, Little Mix check out at #84 with "Is Your Love Enough?", which was added to "Glory Days" on a deluxe edition and cracked the UK top 50 despite not being a properly promoted single. At #83 is DJDS, one of the latest production duos to break out as an artist in their own right, having previously produced several songs on Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo", their own song "Trees On Fire" appears here. The current single on Kesha's "Rainbow" is her wild and upbeat collaboration with the Dap-Kings, "Woman" which lands at #82, and finishing this round off we've got Western Australia's finest Tired Lion, whose debut album last year was led by #81's "Cinderella Dracula".
Suffice to say that your favourites may not be as safe as you'd expect, but 20 songs have to go out next from this set of 80:

Amber Mark - Heatwave
Angus & Julia Stone - Oakwood
Brett Young - Like I Loved You
BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Chris Brown - Questions
Dan Sultan - Hold It Together
Dan Sultan - Kingdom
Dean Lewis - Lose My Mind
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Fluir - Only One
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle
George Maple - Kryptonite
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Grace Mitchell - Now
Gretta Ray - Towers
Haiku Hands - Not About You
Haim - Little Of Your Love
Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers
Jamiroquai - Automaton
Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - Instruction
Jay-Z - 4:44
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Rattlesnake
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sleep Drifter
Kira Puru - Tension
Lana Del Rey - Love
Little Mix feat. Machine Gun Kelly - No More Sad Songs
Lorde - Writer In The Dark
Manchester Orchestra - The Alien
Maty Noyes - London
Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart
MGMT - Little Dark Age
Middle Kids - Never Start
MØ - Nights With You
Mura Masa feat. Bonzai - Nuggets
Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
Paramore - Fake Happy
Paramore - Hard Times
Paul Kelly - Firewood and Candles
Perfume Genius - Slip Away
Phoenix - Ti Amo
Rae Morris - Atletico
Rae Morris - Do It
Ricki-Lee - Not Too Late
Rita Ora - Anywhere
Royal Blood - Hook, Line & Sinker
Royal Blood - Lights Out
Ruby Fields - I Want
Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive
Sigrid - Strangers
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
Sløtface - Galaxies
SOPHIE - It's Okay To Cry
St. Vincent - Los Ageless
St. Vincent - New York
Stella Donnelly - Boys Will Be Boys
Stella Donnelly - Mechanical Bull
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
The Killers - Run For Cover
The National - Carin At The Liquor Store
The National - Day I Die
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The War On Drugs - Holding On
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Tove Styrke - Say My Name
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
WAAX - Wild & Weak
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


The best way you can assure things go your way is to make sure to vote, because at the very least all of those songs will get 40-9 points more than they otherwise would. Specifically you should be voting your Top 32 to 20 selections and memo it to me by 6pm on Friday. The qualifying game is well under way, and I'll try to post the ACI tonight.
#80. Mura Masa feat. Bonzai - Nuggets

Round by round: 70-80

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


#79. Angus & Julia Stone - Oakwood

Round by round: 77-79

Points - 49
Current Voters -2
Top Vote - #6


#78. Fluir - Only One

Round by round: 66-78

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#77. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Rattlesnake

Round by round: 80-77

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#76. Chris Brown - Questions

Round by round: 73-76

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Noted Cerulean City bridge enthusiast Mura Masa kicks off today with "Nuggets" at #80. We've then got a bit of a lesser known cut from the latest Angus & Julia Stone album, "Oakwood" at #79. At #78 is a lovely pop song that is insanely familiar to me, Fluir's "Only One". King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have the first single released off their 5th most recent album at #77, as "Rattlesnake" continues to rattle me. And then we've got Chris Brown interpolating Kevin Lyttle on his egregiously short-running "Questions" at #76.
#75. Dean Lewis - Lose My Mind

Round by round: 76-75

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#74. Tove Styrke - Say My Name

Round by round: 79-74

Points - 62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#73. Jamiroquai - Automaton

Round by round: 51-73

Points - 62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#72. St. Vincent - New York

Round by round: 75-72

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#71. Ruby Fields - I Want

Round by round: 78-71

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


One of the biggest eligible hits for this in terms of being one of the nearest misses for the Hottest 100, we've got Dean Lewis at #75 with "Lose My Mind". Then at #74 is "Say My Name" by an artist whose name is particularly difficult to pronounce (it's like tu-va steer-kay), Tove Styrke. Jamiroquai started the proceedings off aptly since "Automaton" was exactly where it landed in the combined EOY proceedings, but it's dropped off a bit to instead land at #73. With two songs in the running, St. Vincent has her first, "New York" land at #72, followed by Ruby Fields who just released her debut EP, containing breakout hit "I Want".
=#69. Rae Morris - Atletico

Round by round: 64-69

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


=#69. Sløtface - Galaxies

Round by round: 74-69

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#68. Stella Donnelly - Mechanical Bull

Round by round: 60-68

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


#67. Brett Young - Like I Loved You

Round by round: 72-67

Points - 65
Curernt Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#66. Jay-Z - 4:44

Round by round: 61-66

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


In what can only be considered the nicest of results, we have two songs here tied at #69. Firstly it's Rae Morris's current ACI hit "Atletico", followed by Sweden's finest, Sløtface, with one of their less brattish sounding tunes "Galaxies". Because I can't get enough of promoting recent released, Stella Donnelly only just released the music video for her not-KOL-related "Mechanical Bull", which is the first of her two entries at #68. Then at #67 is Brett Young who just released his debut album about a year ago, netting two country #1 hits, the second of which is "Like I Loved You". At #66 is Jay-Z who just this year dethroned Diddy to be the richest musician in the US, coming close to a billion net worth. Not much of that is down to the release of his 13th studio album, but "4:44" was not without its acclaim and has the title track landing at #66.
#65. Maty Noyes - London

Round by roudn: 71-65

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#64. Amber Mark - Heatwave

Round by round: 68-64

Points - 68
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#63. Perfume Genius - Slip Away

Round by round: 67-63

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#62. Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Round by round: 65-62

Points - 71
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#61. Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish

Round by round: 54-61

Points - 74
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Something of a surprising song to have turned up on the ARIA Charts for just a week, Maty Noyes has the delightfully kooky "London" at #65. At #64 is Amber Mark who just today released a quite good new single, but is here with 2017's "Heatwave". Things get extremely emotional and serious afterwards, with Perfume Genius at #63 and Sampha at #62, but because we exercise diversity of options here, they're followed by Katy Perry's "Swish Swish" at #61.
60 songs

BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Dan Sultan - Hold It Together
Dan Sultan - Kingdom
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle
George Maple - Kryptonite
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Grace Mitchell - Now
Gretta Ray - Towers
Haiku Hands - Not About You
Haim - Little Of Your Love
Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers
Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - Instruction
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sleep Drifter
Kira Puru - Tension
Lana Del Rey - Love
Little Mix feat. Machine Gun Kelly - No More Sad Songs
Lorde - Writer In The Dark
Manchester Orchestra - The Alien
Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart
MGMT - Little Dark Age
Middle Kids - Never Start
MØ - Nights With You
Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
Paramore - Fake Happy
Paramore - Hard Times
Paul Kelly - Firewood and Candles
Phoenix - Ti Amo
Rae Morris - Do It
Ricki-Lee - Not Too Late
Rita Ora - Anywhere
Royal Blood - Hook, Line & Sinker
Royal Blood - Lights Out
Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive
Sigrid - Strangers
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
SOPHIE - It's Okay To Cry
St. Vincent - Los Ageless
Stella Donnelly - Boys Will Be Boys
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
The Killers - Run For Cover
The National - Carin At The Liquor Store
The National - Day I Die
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The War On Drugs - Holding On
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
WAAX - Wild & Weak
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


Help the ones you love, determine a Top 15 to 24 from this bunch and submit it to me by 6pm on Monday. The qualifying game is also presently running, as is the ACI so do what works for you and have a productive and/or relaxing weekend.
#60. MGMT - Little Dark Age

Round by round: 53-54-60

Points - 86.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#59. The Killers - Run For Cover

Round by round: 52-49-59

Points - 86.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#58. Little Mix feat. Machine Gun Kelly - No More Sad Songs

Round by round: 58-60-58

Points - 94.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#57. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

Round by round: 55-52-57

Points - 96.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#56. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sleep Drifter

Round by round: 63-56-56

Points - 100
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


No longer able to electric feel anything, MGMT released an ode to depression in "Little Dark Age" landing at #60. Speaking of throwbacks to 2008, we've got a Killers song that was initially written a decade ago, only finally manifesting last year as the 2nd single to "Wonderful Wonderful", which gives The Killers their highest entry here at #59. At #58 is Little Mix going full trop pop for "No More Sad Songs", something of a lesser hit for them which they amended for the next single by remembering to recruit a rapper that Britons actually like. Taking things in a far different direction, is the title track to Father John Misty's "Pure Comedy" album at #57, while I must give my deepest condolences as I now have to stop the King Gizzard catalogue jokes as they get their highest entry at #56 with "Sleep Drifter".
#55. Dan Sultan - Kingdom

Round by round: 69-55-55

Points - 101
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#54. The National - Day I Die

Round by round: 57-59-54

Points - 102.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#53. Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive

Round by round: 36-57-53

Points - 102.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#52. Kira Puru - Tension

Round by round: 56-58-52

Points - 103.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#51. Phoenix - Ti Amo

Round by round: 59-50-51

Points - 109.9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


Doing quite well in this game, Dan Sultan got 2 songs through to this round, the first of which is "Kingdom" checking out at #55. Perhaps considerably outdone by The National who come in at #54 with "Day I Die", and still holding onto two more entries within the top 50. We've then got a section that can only be described as extremely me, as we go to Australia's thriving (no pun intended) indie pop scene courtesy of Samsaruh at #53 and Kira Puru at #52. Finishing off the first half by doing far better than I expected is Phoenix with "Ti Amo".
#50. Royal Blood - Lights Out

Round by round: 47-51-50

Points - 110.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#49. Gretta Ray - Towers

Round by round: 38-42-49

Points - 111.35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#48. George Maple - Kryptonite

Round by round: 42-47-48

Points - 112.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#47. Heaps Good Friends - Olympic Sneakers

Round by round: 48-45-47

Points - 113.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#46. Jax Jones feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - Instruction

Round by round: 44-44-46

Points - 114
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Showing everyone how it's done, Royal Blood had but two entries in this list and they've landed them both in the top 50, firstly lead single "Lights Out" at #50. We've then got Gretta Ray with her 3rd consecutive single that starts with 'I...', as "Towers" takes #49. George Maple kicks things up a gear with "Kryptonite" at #48. If you haven't heard of Heaps Good Friends then just Google it, but they land at #47 with "Olympic Sneakers", sitting behind Jax Jones' secondary club banger of 2017, "Instruction" at #46.
#45. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

Round by round: 50-46-45

Points - 114.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#44. Paramore - Fake Happy

Round by round: 49-43-44

Points - 116.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#43. SOPHIE - It's Okay To Cry

Round by round: 62-53-43

Points - 117.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#42. Cardi B - Bodak Yellow

Round by round: 31-48-42

Points - 120.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#41. The National - Carin At The Liquor Store

Round by round: 37-30-41

Points - 121.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


If there are any Americans here reading this right now, welcome to those of you who are reading this IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIIIIIGHT, which is appropriate as Taylor Swift takes "...Ready For It?" to #45, 1 spot higher than "Look What You Made Me Do" was in the ARIA game. She sits alongside good friends Paramore who have the first of their two entries at #44 with "Fake Happy". And speaking of artists taking a considerable step back from the sound that they're known for, SOPHIE comes in at #43 with the very tender "It's Okay To Cry". Having less expectations to defy is Cardi B with her major label debut single "Bodak Yellow", which went all the way to the top in the US charts, with the big surprise being that 6 months later she'd end up with 5 huge hit singles at the same time. Lastly, our list of artists with multiple entries still to come shrinks down to just 3, as The National are back again with "Carin At The Liquor Store" at #41, but how high can they get with their last entry?
It's still not clear who's going to take this title, just that it'll be one of these 40 songs

BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Dan Sultan - Hold It Together
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Grace Mitchell - Now
Haiku Hands - Not About You
Haim - Little Of Your Love
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
Lana Del Rey - Love
Lorde - Writer In The Dark
Manchester Orchestra - The Alien
Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart
Middle Kids - Never Start
MØ - Nights With You
Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask
P!nk - Beautiful Trauma
Paramore - Hard Times
Paul Kelly - Firewood and Candles
Rae Morris - Do It
Ricki-Lee - Not Too Late
Rita Ora - Anywhere
Royal Blood - Hook, Line & Sinker
Sigrid - Strangers
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
St. Vincent - Los Ageless
Stella Donnelly - Boys Will Be Boys
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The War On Drugs - Holding On
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Vera Blue - Lady Powers
WAAX - Wild & Weak
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


Make a mark on how that all goes down, by selecting your Top 10 to 16 choices from this and sending them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. I may be a bit late with the results as apparently my power is going to be off for most of that day. Otherwise use the opportunity to get in on the qualifying game which looks like it'll be finishing up within 24 hours. I also have new qualifying possibilities to be voted on here until it's announced at the end of the game https://www.strawpoll.me/15203653
#40. Tove Lo - Disco Tits

Round by round: 24-24-36-40

Points - 107.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#39. Stella Donnelly - Boys Will Be Boys

Round by round: 43-39-31-39

Points - 122.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#38. Haim - Little Of Your Love

Round by round: 23-31-30-38

Points - 123.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#37. Paul Kelly - Firewood and Candles

Round by round: 46-38-37-37

Points - 124.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#36. Sigrid - Strangers

Round by round: 40-36-33-36

Points - 127.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


While starting strong in the early rounds, Tove Lo falls a little behind with "Disco Tits" at #40 the only song to not get at least 3 votes. Stella Donnelly also takes a bit of a fall but I'm more impressed she's gotten as high as #39 with a song like "Boys Will Be Boys", shout out to International Women's Day tomorrow. Yet again Haim get up to the 4th round, this time on the other side of the posting equation with "Little Of Your Love" at #38. Having had a highly successful 2017, Paul Kelly finds some love here with "Firewood and Candles" at #37, followed by perpetually breaking out Sigrid with "Strangers" at #36.
#35. WAAX - Wild & Weak

Round by round: 41-41-35-35

Points - 128.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#34. Rae Morris - Do It

Round by round: 45-37-29-34

Points - 128.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#33. Middle Kids - Never Start

Round by round: 21-17-32-33

Points - 132.46
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#32. Royal Blood - Hook, Line & Sinker

Round by round: 17-19-28-32

Points - 136.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#31. Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling

Round by round: 34-29-27-31

Points - 154.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Fans of tidy alliterations will be pleased to see that WAAX have made it all the way to #35 with "Wild & Weak". They're yet to put out a full length album, but they sit next to two 2018 debutants, firstly Rae Morris who has released hers, and Middle Kids whose album is coming out in a month or so. Then we've got some stalwarts as Royal Blood have the 2nd single from their 2nd album land at #32, while Gang Of Youths, shock horror, do not have the top 2 all to themselves this time, but the opening track to their 2nd album does land at #31.
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#30. Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart

Round by round: 35-33-40-30

Points - 156.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#29. Grace Mitchell - Now

Round by round: 22-21-17-29

Points - 156.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#28. Manchester Orchestra - The Alien

Round by round: 18-18-18-28

Points - 164.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#27. Niall Horan - Too Much To Ask

Round by round: 25-23-24-27

Points - 165.4
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#26. Dan Sultan - Hold It Together

Round by round: 33-28-34-26

Points - 169.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Landing higher than you'd ever expect a 7 minute psych rock odyssey that isn't "Let It Happen" to get, Melody's Echo Chamber's "Cross My Heart" kicks off the top 30 at #30. We've then got some much cleaner pop grooves from Grace Mitchell's "Now" at #29, followed by Manchester Orchestra's compelling narrative of "The Alien" at #28. After a long line of non-charting songs, we actually have a hit single next courtesy of Niall Horan's "Too Much To Ask" at #27, and lastly we've got Dan Sultan performing very well here with "Hold It Together" at #26.
#25. MØ - Nights With You

Round by round: 27-25-20-25

Points - 170.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#24. Vera Blue - Lady Powers

Round by round: 26-40-38-24

Points - 172.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#23. P!nk - Beautiful Trauma

Round by round: 39-34-25-23

Points - 174.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#22. Ricki-Lee - Not Too Late

Round by round: 32-35-39-22

Points - 177.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#21. Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter

Round by round: 19-22-26-21

Points - 185.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


And the hits that weren't quite hits enough to qualify for the previous lists mostly get bigger here as we face the last cut off before the last round. A song that with a little more outreach, could have conceivably made both prior games, but instead ended up on neither, MØ's "Nights With You" lands at #25. Vera Blue comes very close to matching her performance in the previous game as she once again lands in the top 25, this time with "Lady Powers" at #24. P!nk's got the title track to her unsurprisingly very successful latest album "Beautiful Trauma" at #23, while a very passionate voterbase of nearly all #1 votes sees Ricki-Lee almost bolt from the bottom of the standings into the last round with her rather underrated chartwise "Not Too Late" at #22. Then we've got Wolf Alice sitting at #21 donned by the fact that they have another song that did make the top 20 so there just wasn't room for the both of them, but nonetheless it's a strong finish for "Planet Hunter" at #21.
And this 6 week venture of the season opening of QLVG comes to a close now, as we have the last 20 songs in contention:

BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling
Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know
Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle
Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension
Haiku Hands - Not About You
Jessie Ware - Midnight
Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft
Lana Del Rey - Love
Lorde - Writer In The Dark
Paramore - Hard Times
Rita Ora - Anywhere
sleepmakeswaves - Tundra
St. Vincent - Los Ageless
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The War On Drugs - Holding On
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses


This means one last chance to stake your claim for supremacy as represented by the songs that you have a particular liking to that warrants wanting to provide that support. Said support can be provided by form of a Top 5 to 8 vote into my inbox by 6pm on Friday. Also do please vote in the ACI if you want to, and do please vote in the poll for the next qualifying game, because it helps my self-confidence when I see high vote numbers on the poll https://www.strawpoll.me/15203653
#20. SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore

Round by round: 03-03-03-09-20

Points - 166.00
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#19. sleepmakeswaves - Tundra

Round by round: 30-26-22-20-19

Points - 186.64
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


With a lot of strong middling votes, SZA had a really great start to this game with "Love Galore" though unfortunately runs out of nearly all of her votes to end up at #20, also I can confirm as of yesterday that "Ctrl" is still really good. Meanwhile in 'how is this in the top 20' territory, we've got the blistering post-rock stylings of sleepmakeswaves, the first of 4 Australian artists in this top 20 with "Tundra" at #19.
#18. Ed Sheeran - What Do I Know

Round by round: 29-32-23-18-18

Points - 193.43
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#17. Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers

Round by round: 20-20-21-16-17

Points - 193.68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Getting a handy boost last round, Ed Sheeran went from having nothing in the top 20 to being the only artist that landed twice in the top 20, which is perhaps even more commendable considering that he had no shortage of ineligible hits in this game. Naturally it's two different shades of Sheeran, as first up is non-partisan anthem "What Do I Know" at #18, followed by heartfelt balladry in "Supermarket Flowers" at #17, the latter of which being very timely as it just re-entered the ARIA Charts last week.
#16. Haiku Hands - Not About You

Round by round: 28-27-19-19-16

Points - 196
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples - Ascension

Round by round: 09-11-12-13-15

Points - 200.66
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


To continue this
Haiku Hands' "Not About You"
takes #16

Meanwhile showing the very different methodologies of this list and the combined list, the latter requiring higher tier support, something that Gorillaz didn't have with "Ascension" even though it had a lot of big fans, means that it's able to get all the way to #15 without even suffering a real deflation.
#14. The War On Drugs - Holding On

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

Points - 202.33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses

Round by round: 13-13-14-15-13

Points - 202.61
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


On a largely very hazed out album, The War On Drugs retained a more conventional radio single by way of "Holding On" which pays off here with more widespread appeal for a #14 finish. The same could somewhat be said of Wolf Alice (though arguably "Beautifully Unconventional" takes that ironic title) with their blissed out love song "Don't Delete The Kisses" taking #13, making you wonder which of their songs truly was unlucky /r/im13andthisisdeep
#12. Gang Of Youths - The Heart Is A Muscle

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

Round by round: 205.84
Current Voters - 4
TOp Vote - #2


#11. Paramore - Hard Times

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

Points - 217.4
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Once again we had an artist making a commendable effort to go back to back in this game but unfortunately for Gang Of Youths, their bid ends here with "The Heart Is A Muscle" at #12. Also performing very well with two songs in play was Paramore, though they have the advantage of still being allowed their lead single in the proceedings since the powers that choose what is and is not a hit single can be cruel. Nonetheless, "Hard Times" found its audience and lands at #11.
#10. Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft

Round by round: 15-15-15-14-10

Points - 225.02
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#9. St. Vincent - Los Ageless

Round by round: 08-09-09-04-09

Points - 244.45
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


For a bit of a surprise entrant into the top 10, we've got another song that just briefly grazed the ARIA Chart, as Kelly Clarkson's "Love So Soft" loses no momentum and vaults up to #10. Then we've got a song that chose the wrong round to do its random bullet, as St. Vincent returns to her usual place of #9 with "Los Ageless" after briefly challenging higher territory. How can anybody have a top 5 spot and lose it and not lose their mind too?
#8. Lorde - Writer In The Dark

Round by round: 01-01-01-02-08

Points - 253.09
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling

Round by round: 10-12-11-08-07

Round by round: 269.79
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


If my memory is not deceiving me, we still have 3 former winners of this game in the running here, or that is I say we had 3 former winners because 2 of them have gone down in the space of this post. One that looked (to me) like a real chance of repeating that feat was Lorde, who just like every other game this year, was very much in the fray and had "Writer In The Dark" leading the way for most of the contest. As it were, she takes a bit of a fall here though it's not as bad as it looks as one more vote (even at #8) would take her right back to #2. Then for not quite as recent a winner we have Carly Rae Jepsen, who nonetheless is very good at landing in the top 10 of aus-charts related lists. This time around it's the dreaded soundtrack single except it's actually far better than that title implies and "Cut To The Feeling" lands at #7.
#6. Rita Ora - Anywhere

Round by round: 14-14-13-05-06

Points - 272.95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#5. Jessie Ware - Midnight

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

Points - 273.66
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Rita Ora had decent odds going into this as she arguably had the biggest hit of 2017 that got away with eligibility since it was released too late in the year to accumulate the sales to make the ARIA EOY, and for that matter, with a delight of a song like "Anywhere". She did make a claim to it last round too, but can't quite catch up and lands at #6. So instead she lands behind a much less successful British chanteuse in Jessie Ware, who I suspected might collapse at one point, but managed to hold her mid-top 10 position the entire way to get "Midnight" to finish at #5.
#4. Ecca Vandal - Broke Days, Party Nights

Round by round: 12-10-10-10-04

Points - 279.86
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#3. Lana Del Rey - Love

Round by round: 06-05-05-06-03

Points - 282.78
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Who says this game can't offer up surprises, with the highest Australian entrant here coming from an album that didn't even crack the ARIA top 100 on release. But it does follow a blueprint set by Sia in terms of party anthems for people who don't have any money, though in this case much louder and befitting of the fact it's an Ecca Vandal song, as "Broke Days, Party Nights" comes in at #4. It could hardly be more different to the song it precedes however, as ever popular Lana Del Rey gets what I imagine without checking has to be her 2nd best ever performance in this game with "Love" all the way up at #3, and it easily could have gone to #2 for that matter...
#2. The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Round by round: 04-04-04-01-02

Points - 282.81
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#1. BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE

Round by round: 02-02-02-03-01

Points - 332.57
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


...because #3 and #2 are separated by a whole 0.03 points. Suffice to say it's a peculiar turn of events. While the Hottest 100 is prone to debates about vote splitting, there were several points in which the band with the most entries in this game, The National, still managed to get ahead of the entire pack with "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness", and it even finished the last round at #1 by a margin of 50 points. The sways of voting work in mysterious ways though because it finishes ousted from the top by pretty much the same margin, losing out to a song that has always been in the fold, but never the top of the table. It's also amusingly a song that could hardly ever manage to be made ineligible for this list no matter how popular it was because it was released in the middle of December, after the Hottest 100 cut off and with no feasible chance to make the ARIA EOY in time. But this is at the bottom of the post so you all know I'm talking about BROCKHAMPTON and the opening track to "SATURATION III", "BOOGIE", which perhaps is aided by a lack of saturation as despite many massive singles they released last year, it's the only one that was in this game. Something of an improvement from "SWEET" landing in #33 in the last game, and it gives us a 3rd chance this year to ponder back to back wins as they will be featured in the next game.
Here is my usual thanks for the participation which is very much the lifeblood of this game. And speaking of said participation, I can now announce that the next qualifying game will be the curious case of chronologic diversity as we've got any song released in a year ending in '0'.

Also usual stuff, the ACI is open, I hope you enjoy your weekend, and look out for the colours game next week.
I hope nobody here is secretly the mime from Powerpuff Girls because I provide an exceedingly colourful experience through these 100 songs for the new game

AC/DC - Back in Black
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Ali Barter - Hypercolour
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Bat For Lashes - All Your Gold
Ben Lee - Something Borrowed Something Blue
Biffy Clyro - Black Chandelier
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Birds of Tokyo - White Witch
Blanke feat. Samsaruh - Blue
Bob Dylan - Tangled Up in Blue
Booker T and the MGs - Green Onions
BROCKHAMPTON - GOLD
Caribou - Silver
Chris Isaak - Blue Hotel
CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Coldplay - Yellow
Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Deep Purple - Black Night
Delta Goodrem - Out Of The Blue
Destiny's Child - Brown Eyes
Dido - White Flag
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Donovan - Mellow Yellow
Dune Rats - Red Light Green Light
Eiffel 65 - Blue (Ba Ba Dee)
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails Red Wine
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)
Frank Ocean - Pink + White
Gorillaz - White Light
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Guy Sebastian - Gold
Hole - Gold Dust Woman
Icehouse - Electric Blue
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora - Black Widow
Jason Aldean - Big Green Tractor
Jessie J - Big White Room
Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Keith Urban - Blue Ain't Your Color
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Klaxons - Golden Skans
KT Tunstall - Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Ladyhawke - Black White & Blue
LeAnn Rimes - Blue
Let's Eat Grandma - Hot Pink
Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes
Little Mix - Black Magic
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Madonna - True Blue
Manchester Orchestra - The Gold
Max Frost - White Lies
Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Neil Young - Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)
New Order - Blue Monday
Pearl Jam - Black
Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane - Black Beatles
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
Ryuchi Sakamoto & David Sylvian - Forbidden Colours
Sam Sparro - Black And Gold
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Spandau Ballet - Gold
Spiderbait - Black Betty
Split Enz - I See Red
Stan Walker - Black Box
The Badloves - Green Limousine
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Clash - White Riot
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze
The Killers - Where The White Boys Dance
The National - Pink Rabbits
The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
Toby Keith - Courtesy Of The Red White and Blue
Trial Kennedy - Colour Day Tours
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Vanessa Williams - Colors Of The Wind
Visage - Fade To Grey
Will Smith - Men In Black
Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow
Wolf Alice - St. Purple & Green
You Am I - Purple Sneakers


If you are both new to this experience and have also not read the above portions of the thread, then to participate, you simply need to select your Top 25 to 40 from this lot and submit it to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
=#99. Donovan - Mellow Yellow

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


=#99. Hole - Gold Dust Woman

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


#98. Will Smith - Men In Black

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


#97. The Badloves - Green Limousine

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


#96. Stan Walker - Black Box

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


This time around we've got two null scorers. Both rather old songs with the first being Donovan's massive '60s hit that could really pass for mid '00s indie folk, "Mellow Yellow", sitting alongside Hole's version of a big Fleetwood Mac song "Gold Dust Woman", which is clearly the spiritual opposite of "Black Magic Woman", a Santana song that was made a hit by Fleetwood Mac covering it. We then stay in the '90s for a bit with an even bigger hit, Will Smith's theme song to the film of the same name, "Men In Black" at #98, followed by a more lightweight entry from Australia, The Badloves' "Green Limousine". Sitting somewhere in the middle of those ideas, though ahead of them, we've got the final coronation song from Australian Idol, which proved one of the biggest digital sellers ever from the series, Stan Walker's "Black Box" at #96.
#95. Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow

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


#94. Jason Aldean - Big Green Tractor

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


#93. KT Tunstall - Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

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


#92. Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue

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


#91. Vanessa Williams - Colors Of The Wind

Points - 11
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #32


Missing out on chart history by a small margin is Wiz Khalifa's first US #1 hit "Black and Yellow", which was actually the 999th #1 hit on the Hot 100. Speaking of US charts, we've next got something of a breakout hit for Jason Aldean, and his biggest for a couple of years, "Big Green Tractor" at #94. KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" lands at #93 which I imagine is a well known song despite not charting particularly well around the world. Bob Dylan has "Tangled Up In Blue" from his classic "Blood On The Tracks" album at #92, followed by Vanessa Williams' theme from Pocahontas, "Colors Of The Wind" at #91.
#90. Keith Urban - Blue Ain't Your Color

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


#89. Jessie J - Big White Room

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


=#87. The Killers - Where The White Boys Dance

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


=#87. Toby Keith - Courtesy Of The Red White and Blue

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


#86. Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver

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


Such is the infection of US spelling systems, we have some back to back 'color' even involving an Australian artist as Keith Urban has one of the biggest singles from his latest album, "Blue Ain't Your Color" at #90. At #89 is a track I recognise from Jessie J's debut album even though it's not one of the half dozen singles released, "Big White Room". Next up is a tie at #87, the most American of ties as we've got Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue" sitting side by side with a bonus track on The Killers' 2nd album, "Where The White Boys Dance". And then we stay in the US just a little longer as things get just a tiny bit more silly courtesy of Primus with "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver".
#85. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze

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


#84. Spiderbait - Black Betty

Points - 21
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#83. The Beatles - Blackbird

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


#82. Blanke feat. Samsaruh - Blue

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#81. Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane - Black Beatles

Points - 29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


Excuse me while I point out that The Jimi Hendrix Experience have landed at #85 with "Purple Haze", which is not the last time we'll see a song with that very specific title. It's not a cover, but something that is, is Spiderbait's "Black Betty" landing at #84. And if you think that's a bad segue, I can strive to continue by pointing out we've got another black song via The Beatles' "Blackbird" at #83. Up next is one of the newest songs in the list (I can't exactly verify right now if it's quite the newest, it might have missed out by about a week), another Australian entry as two up and comers in Blanke & Samsaruh team up for "Blue" at #82. It's beaten out by the moderately more well known "Black Beatles" from Rae Sremmurd at #81.
This leaves 80 songs to carry on the colour game into round 2

AC/DC - Back in Black
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Ali Barter - Hypercolour
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Bat For Lashes - All Your Gold
Ben Lee - Something Borrowed Something Blue
Biffy Clyro - Black Chandelier
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Birds of Tokyo - White Witch
Booker T and the MGs - Green Onions
BROCKHAMPTON - GOLD
Caribou - Silver
Chris Isaak - Blue Hotel
CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Coldplay - Yellow
Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Deep Purple - Black Night
Delta Goodrem - Out Of The Blue
Destiny's Child - Brown Eyes
Dido - White Flag
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Dune Rats - Red Light Green Light
Eiffel 65 - Blue (Ba Ba Dee)
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails Red Wine
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)
Frank Ocean - Pink + White
Gorillaz - White Light
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Guy Sebastian - Gold
Icehouse - Electric Blue
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora - Black Widow
Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Ladyhawke - Black White & Blue
LeAnn Rimes - Blue
Let's Eat Grandma - Hot Pink
Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes
Little Mix - Black Magic
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Madonna - True Blue
Manchester Orchestra - The Gold
Max Frost - White Lies
Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Neil Young - Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)
New Order - Blue Monday
Pearl Jam - Black
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Ryuchi Sakamoto & David Sylvian - Forbidden Colours
Sam Sparro - Black And Gold
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Spandau Ballet - Gold
Split Enz - I See Red
The Clash - White Riot
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
The National - Pink Rabbits
The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes
The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
Trial Kennedy - Colour Day Tours
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Visage - Fade To Grey
Wolf Alice - St. Purple & Green
You Am I - Purple Sneakers


Now is your chance to impact the proceedings, as I call out for you to submit your Top 20 to 32 selections to me and my inbox by 6pm on Friday, after which I'll do this whole thing again with 20 more songs most likely getting the cut. As for other things, the qualifying game is ongoing, and I'll try to make the ACI list tonight.
#80. Ladyhawke - Black White & Blue

Round by round: 80-80

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


#79. Chris Isaak - Blue Hotel

Round by round: 78-79

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#78. Gorillaz - White Light

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#77. The Clash - White Riot

Round by round: 66-77

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


#76. Booker T and the MGs - Green Onions

Round by round: 76-76

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


Just slipping through last round was Ladyhawke who still resides at #80 with the lead single to her 2nd album, "Black White & Blue". That's the most modern song we'll have in this set as we go way back to the world of '60s crooners via Chris Isaak's "Blue Hotel" at #79. A lesser known cut from Gorillaz most popular album, they've got "White Light" at #78, sitting next to the very similarly named "White Riot" from The Clash at #77. Then we've got a well known track by a not as well known name in "Green Onions" at #76.
#75. Destiny's Child - Brown Eyes

Round by round: 75-75

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


#74. Biffy Clyro - Black Chandelier

Round by round: 77-74

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


#73. The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

Round by round: 72-73

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


#72. AC/DC - Back In Black

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#71. Deep Purple - Black Night

Round by round: 70-71

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


To change things up a bit we've got Destiny's Child with a more tender ballad in "Brown Eyes" at #75. It starts off a set of songs whose colours all begin with the letter B, as it's followed by a double dosage of early to mid 2010s, firstly Biffy Clyro's "Black Chandelier" at #74, and then the title track to The Preatures' debut album "Blue Planet Eyes" at #73. It ends up on a drastic shift to classic rock after that, with what is on most weeks the highest selling song on this list, AC/DC's "Back In Black" at #72, and then Deep Purple's "Black Night" at #71.
#70. Dune Rats - Red Light Green Light

Round by round: 69-70

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#69. LeAnn Rimes - Blue

Round by round: 68-69

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#68. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1

Round by round: 65-68

Points - 42
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#67. Trial Kennedy - Colour Day Tours

Round by round: 64-67

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#66. The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar

Round by round: 62-66

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


Sounding like a completely different band to what they are now (apart from the subject matter), Dune Rats land at #70 with "Red Light Green Light". For the first of two songs to be eliminated today with a single word title, LeAnn Rimes takes "Blue" to #69. Things get considerably less succinct transitioning to The Flaming Lips with "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1" at #68. Going to some late 2000s Aussie rock we've got the tremendously underrated Trial Kennedy with "Colour Day Tours" at #67. Then it's the occasionally underrated Rolling Stones, depending on the perspective, who take the first of their two entries, "Brown Sugar" to #66.
#65. Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White

Round by round: 73-65

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#64. Let's Eat Grandma - Hot Pink

Round by round: 61-64

Points - 49
Current Voters - 3
TOp Vote - #16


#63. Manchester Orchestra - The Gold

Round by round: 52-63

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#62. Split Enz - I See Red

Round by round: 56-62

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#61. BROCKHAMPTON - GOLD

Round by round: 63-61

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


Currently receiving the most attention it's gotten in many years, Missy Higgins' "The Sound Of White" takes the #65 slot. Meanwhile when I suggested the other day that "Blue" might be the newest song in this list, it's because I forgot about Let's Eat Grandma, whose "Hot Pink" was released just this year and has found enough of an audience to take #64. Staying relatively modern, we've got the lead single to Manchester Orchestra's latest album, released last year, "The Gold" at #63. Split Enz are at their most frenetic with "I See Red" at #62, while at #61, we once again end the dream of a back to back win, as BROCKHAMPTON take one of their very rare songs to actually include the title in the lyrics, "GOLD" at #61.
*insert new way of saying that there are 60 songs left in the game*

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Ali Barter - Hypercolour
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Bat For Lashes - All Your Gold
Ben Lee - Something Borrowed Something Blue
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Birds of Tokyo - White Witch
Caribou - Silver
CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Coldplay - Yellow
Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Delta Goodrem - Out Of The Blue
Dido - White Flag
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Eiffel 65 - Blue (Ba Ba Dee)
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails Red Wine
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)
Frank Ocean - Pink + White
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Guy Sebastian - Gold
Icehouse - Electric Blue
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora - Black Widow
Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes
Little Mix - Black Magic
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Madonna - True Blue
Max Frost - White Lies
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Neil Young - Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)
New Order - Blue Monday
Pearl Jam - Black
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Ryuchi Sakamoto & David Sylvian - Forbidden Colours
Sam Sparro - Black And Gold
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Spandau Ballet - Gold
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The National - Pink Rabbits
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Visage - Fade To Grey
Wolf Alice - St. Purple & Green
You Am I - Purple Sneakers


If you see this list of songs and feel some level of investment within it, then see to it that you contribute to the order in which I will type out their titles next week. Select your Top 15 to 24 from this lot and submit to me by 6pm on Monday. Also feel free to contribute to the qualifying game and the ACI if it intrigues you.
#60. Frank Ocean - Pink + White

Round by round: 47-52-60

Points - 69.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#59. Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora - Black Widow

Round by round: 74-57-59

Points - 71.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#58. Jurassic 5 - What's Golden

Round by round: 44-59-58

Points - 75.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#57. Ali Barter - Hypercolour

Round by round: 46-55-57

Points - 76
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#56. CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue

Round by round: 57-50-56

Points - 76.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


We start things off purely in the 21st century with the eliminations. First off is Frank Ocean's popular "Blonde" track "Pink + White" featuring uncredited Beyonce backing vocals at #60. We've then got Iggy Azalea who scored a pretty big hit with "Black Widow" which lands at #59, though hits of this size have completely eluded her since. Jurassic 5 have their party starter "What's Golden" at #58, followed by one of Ali Barter's earliest singles "Hypercolour" at #57. Lastly we turn to CHVRCHES' second album with the bombastic "Clearest Blue" at #56.
#55. The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink

Round by round: 43-53-55

Points - 78.65
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#54. Ryuchi Sakamoto & David Sylvian - Forbidden Colours

Round by round: 41-54-54

Points - 80.65
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#53. Guy Sebastian - Gold

Round by round: 67-56-53

Points - 83.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#52. Neil Young - Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)

Round by round: 50-58-52

Points - 86.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#51. Spandau Ballet - Gold

Round by round: 53-35-51

Points - 88.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


Now we get far more vintage with this next set, with the exception of Guy Sebastian, though he is here with one of his more throwback sounding singles in "Gold" at #53. At #55 we've got The Psychedelic Furs with their song "Pretty In Pink" which was made slightly more famous via the film of the same name. Speaking of soundtracks, we have "Forbidden Colours" following it at #54. I've now gotten further understanding of the 1994 #100 song in the Hottest 100 thanks to Neil Young's song "Hey Hey My My" from which the hook is interpolated, while we finish things off with the 3rd "Gold" in the last 10 songs, this time the much more famous Spandau Ballet track.
#50. Muse - Supermassive Black Hole

Round by round: 45-60-50

Points - 89.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#49. Icehouse - Electric Blue

Round by round: 39-34-49

Points - 90
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#48. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise

Round by round: 51-51-48

Points - 94.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#47. Wolf Alice - St. Purple & Green

Round by round: 29-41-47

Points - 98.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#46. Max Frost - White Lies

Round by round: 55-47-46

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


The lead off single to their 4th album, Muse kick off the first half with "Supermassive Black Hole" at #50. At #49 is Icehouse's biggest hit and what I think is the 7th highest Australian #1 single in this list, "Electric Blue". Next up is one of Disclosure's early singles, "White Noise" at #48, followed by a recent album track from Wolf Alice which the band (or one member) described as their favourite on the album, and it also turned up on my shuffle playlist a couple hours ago. Lastly is a Hottest 100 one hit wonder in Max Frost and his instant hit "White Lies" at #46.
#45. You Am I - Purple Sneakers

Round by round: 36-48-45

Points - 102.3
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#44. The White Stripes - Blue Orchid

Round by round: 40-49-44

Points - 105.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#43. Caribou - Silver

Round by round: 31-44-43

Points - 107.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#42. Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes

Round by round: 58-45-42

Points - 109.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#41. Bat For Lashes - All Your Gold

Round by round: 27-42-41

Points - 111.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


Going back to the always wonderful "Hi Fi Way" days, You Am I have "Purple Sneakers" land at #45. That's the oldest song in this set as we rush to the 21st century again for the rest. Firstly The White Stripes at #44 with "Blue Orchid". For another stunner of an album track we've got Caribou's "Silver" at #43, while Limp Bizkit's cover of The Who takes #42. Surpassing my expectations in this game is Bat For Lashes whose "All Your Gold" just narrowly misses the next round at #41.
With the more niche entries weeded out, we're left with just the 40 biggest songs in the bunch

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Ben Lee - Something Borrowed Something Blue
Billy Idol - White Wedding
Birds of Tokyo - White Witch
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Coldplay - Yellow
Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Delta Goodrem - Out Of The Blue
Dido - White Flag
Eiffel 65 - Blue (Ba Ba Dee)
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails Red Wine
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Little Mix - Black Magic
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Madonna - True Blue
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
New Order - Blue Monday
Pearl Jam - Black
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Sam Sparro - Black And Gold
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The National - Pink Rabbits
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Visage - Fade To Grey


Time to deem who is worthy of making the finals, as you determine your Top 10 to 16 entries from this lot and submit them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. The qualifying game is just about over so make sure you get your favourites in safely. Also please vote in the new poll for the next game, which I didn't have time to think of ideas for so I just snagged a bunch of losing choices on very old previous polls. Naturally I'm very open to hearing suggestions https://www.strawpoll.me/15314679
#40. Prince - Little Red Corvette

Round by round: 48-39-37-40

Points - 86.78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#39. Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat

Round by round: 25-27-38-39

Points - 95.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#38. Ben Lee - Something Borrowed Something Blue

Round by round: 24-25-34-38

Points - 99.81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#37. Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

Round by round: 38-29-31-37

Points - 102.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#36. Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes

Round by round: 23-22-25-36

Points - 111.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Prince has had two songs in the running from the beginning, and now he loses the first, which is "Little Red Corvette" at #40. We've then got Lorde represented for the 4th game in a row but this time she doesn't make the final round with "Yellow Flicker Beat" landing at #39. Ending up a bit higher than I'd have expected, Ben Lee takes "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" at #38. This post ends up in the land of eyes, firstly the brown variety from Van Morrison at #37, and then the hazel variety from Kelly Clarkson at #36.
#35. Delta Goodrem - Out Of The Blue

Round by round: 18-36-32-35

Points - 125.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#34. Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Round by round: 26-43-39-34

Points - 128.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#33. Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)

Round by round: 42-33-29-33

Points - 129.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#32. The National - Pink Rabbits

Round by round: 12-30-27-32

Points - 137.29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#31. Little Mix - Black Magic

Round by round: 49-17-13-31

Points - 141.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


And now out of the blue, that tangent is over we go to a blue tangent starting with Delta Goodrem's "Out Of The Blue" at #35. I've also just noticed the other blue song has been typeset incorrectly in this game the entire time, though it hasn't hurt Eiffel 65's opportunities to land at #34. At #33 is what was Foster The People's 2nd biggest US pop hit until about a week ago, with "Don't Stop" landing at #33. After big success in the last game, we go back to the previous National album which sees "Pink Rabbits" landing at #32, and lastly Little Mix have one of their biggest hits, "Black Magic" at #31.
#30. Billy Idol - White Wedding

Round by round: 34-32-36-30

Points - 144.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#29. Birds of Tokyo - White Witch

Round by round: 21-23-28-29

Points - 145
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#28. My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade

Round by round: 10-19-23-28

Points - 146
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#27. Cyndi Lauper - True Colors

Round by round: 60-21-17-27

Points - 151.91
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#26. Madonna - True Blue

Round by round: 32-18-21-26

Points - 153.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Billy Idol started strong with a lot of voters, though not many high votes which results in "White Wedding" landing at #30. Also consistently landing in the top 30 but not the top 20, Birds of Tokyo have one of the slightly deeper cuts on their 2nd album, "White Witch" at #29. With a steeper slide, My Chemical Romance take #28 for "Welcome To The Black Parade". Cyndi Lauper only had a more fleeting time in the top 20 but gets the spoils of having "True Colors" just slightly higher at #27. She sits next to an even bigger '80s superstar as Madonna takes "True Blue" to #26.
#25. Coldplay - Violet Hill

Round by round: 59-46-40-25

Points - 155.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#24. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Round by round: 35-26-18-24

Points - 156.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#23. Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails Red Wine

Round by round: 17-07-07-23

Points - 157.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#22. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal

Round by round: 19-37-33-22

Points - 167.26
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#21. Coldplay - Yellow

Round by round: 22-15-19-21

Points - 171.78
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


If you ever considered ordering a sandwich with Coldplay bread then...why would you do that, but if you want the closest simulation, then come to this post, where Coldplay sit at both #25 and #21, firstly with the more recent but still now about 10 years old "Violet Hill", and then just missing out with "Yellow". Between this we have potentially learned that it don't matter if you're black or white, which you could interpret as meaning it is preferable to be an actual colour, because all of these eliminations fall under that realm. Amy Winehouse has the sombre "Back To Black" at #24, Eskimo Joe have a bit of a hard fall to #23 with "Black Fingernails Red Wine", and then Fleet Foxes have "White Winter Hymnal" whose slight recovery could only take it back up to #22.
Now that I've gotten past that lengthy hurdle of typing a lot of things, I can relax by just copy/pasting the list of the 20 songs that remain in the final round

Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi
Dido - White Flag
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry
Klaxons - Golden Skans
New Order - Blue Monday
Pearl Jam - Black
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Sam Sparro - Black And Gold
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
The Stranglers - Golden Brown
The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
Visage - Fade To Grey


You might think to yourself that it's a fine looking list of songs, but that particular order doesn't strike you as optimum. You might also by chance think it's perfect because you choose all your musical preferences based on alphabetical order. Either way, the list won't resolve itself like this so you best choose your Top 5 to 8 selections and submit them to me by 6pm on Friday, after which a winner will be crowned in a not-so-ceremonious way.

Also that poll where I forgot to capitalise a letter in the title is still going https://www.strawpoll.me/15314679 and I'll try to set up the ACI tonight
#20. R.E.M. - Orange Crush

Round by round: 37-13-15-17-20

Points - 116.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#19. Klaxons - Golden Skans

Round by round: 28-40-35-19-19

Points - 151.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


I have been prudent to count up that there are 9 different colours represented in this final 20. As of this post there's one less as one of the few unique representations was orange via R.E.M.'s "Orange Crush" which goes out first at #20. It sits aside the much more fruitful gold of Klaxons' "Golden Skans" at #19.
#18. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Round by round: 05-10-08-10-18

Points - 154.28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#17. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Round by round: 09-16-14-18-17

Points - 157.83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


A constant sitter in the top 10...until this round, Soundgarden have their biggest hit "Black Hole Sun" finishing its residence at #18. Sitting aside it is the second oldest song left in the running with Procol Harum's ageless smash hit "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" at #17.
#16. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Round by round: 06-08-06-14-16

Points - 159.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Visage - Fade To Grey

Round by round: 03-09-10-15-15

Points - 163.08
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Staying with the oldies for a bit longer, we come to the title track to Elton John's classic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album at #16, a song that is soon to be covered by Queens of the Stone Age for an Elton John covers album. Sitting alongside it is the ahead of its time early '80s hit "Fade To Grey" from Visage at #15.
#14. The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black

Round by round: 20-38-20-12-14

Points - 185.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


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

Round by round: 30-12-26-20-13

Points - 185.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


Finishing the run of oldies is the oldest of all, at least in the top 60, as The Rolling Stones' highest track finishes up at #14, it being "Paint It, Black". Then with one of the most rickety runs of the game, Kanye West ends up at his Hottest 100 ranking of #13 with "Gold Digger".
#12. Pearl Jam - Black

Round by round: 14-31-24-16-12

Points - 198.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. The Stranglers - Golden Brown

Round by round: 04-05-09-06-11

Points - 199.52
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Proving you don't even have to be released as a single to break through, Pearl Jam net a #12 finish with the most popular non-single on their debut album, "Black". Just outside of the top 10 after a healthy run inside of it, The Stranglers take their memorable baroque pop hit "Golden Brown" to #11.
#10. The War On Drugs - Red Eyes

Round by round: 15-11-11-11-10

Points - 203.23
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#9. Dido - White Flag

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

Points - 204.77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


But those top 10 dropouts had to make way for something, so in the lucky zone we have The War On Drugs, who spent the last 3 rounds at #11, but finally now break through with "Red Eyes" to take the #10 spot. Sitting alongside them is the first song that was qualified into this game, Dido's still resonant "White Flag" at #9.
#8. The Drones - Shark Fin Blues

Round by round: 13-28-22-08-08

Points - 227.11
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#7. Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton - Big Yellow Taxi

Round by round: 54-24-16-13-07

Points - 227.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


But if we want to talk about mid 2000s tracks I didn't really expect to see up this high, here's a treat for you. The Drones have "Shark Fin Blues" which was once voted by Australian industry higher ups as the greatest Australian song of all time, and does remarkably well here to land at #8. The latter part of that can be said for Counting Crows, whose cover of "Big Yellow Taxi" started with a middling position, but proved to have more fans than I realised and climbed all the way up to #7.
#6. Kendrick Lamar - The Blacker The Berry

Round by round: 16-14-12-09-06

Points - 234.42
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

Round by round: 07-06-05-04-05

Points - 235.02
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


At long last we have two songs representing the same colour in the same post, though it's hard to imagine a pair of songs that take a more radically different approach to it. At #6 we have Kendrick Lamar tackling race relations on "The Blacker The Berry", and at #5 is Alannah Myles' ode to Elvis Presley on her massive hit "Black Velvet".
#4. Groove Armada - Purple Haze

Round by round: 33-20-30-07-04

Points - 239.18
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Sam Sparro - Black And Gold

Round by round: 08-03-02-03-03

Points - 280.97
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Now I said there were surprises before, but they probably all pale in comparison to the fact that there is an abundant amount of fanfare for Groove Armada here, or at least enough to let me see them whine up to #4 with "Purple Haze", honestly I didn't even think this would have been the highest ranked song of that name going into this game. It does however sit a reasonable amount behind the top slots, so we finally move into the serious contenders for the top as #3 has our highest multi-colour representative, Sam Sparro's "Black and Gold".
#2. New Order - Blue Monday

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

Points - 290.42
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#1. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain

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

Points - 322.48
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


But to finish off the proceedings, we had a head to head battle with two behemoth hits of the mid-80s. In the runner up position, as they were in all but one round, we have New Order, formed from the ashes of Joy Division and going in a wildly different direction with their music, which culminated in the highest selling 7" single of all time, "Blue Monday". Joy Division previously won the game last year with "Love Will Tear Us Apart", so had they gotten to the top here, it would substantially increase the amount of people who have won multiple QLVG titles, which as it stands includes just Drake, Q-Tip & Dave Grohl. We cannot add to that list just yet however, as it's another first time winner here, and it goes to the song that has been leading the race the entire time, "Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution.
As per usual, I thank all participants for being the lifeblood of this game. Coming up next week will be the round of only songs from years that end in '0'. The next qualifying game has been voted as Songs/Artists that start with the same letter, which can lead to all manner of variety in the roughly 1/26 of all music that it encompasses. In the meantime, the ACI is open for votes, and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
I am obviously very awake as I type this, this list of songs from years that end in '0'

3 Doors Down - Kryptonite
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
Aaliyah - Try Again
Afrojack feat. Eva Simons - Take Over Control
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Britney Spears - Lucky
Cat Stevens - Father And Son
Children Collide - My Eagle
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Cold Chisel - Cheap Wine
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long As I Can See The Light
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Deerhunter - Helicopter
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Derek & The Dominos - Layla
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never
Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
Faith No More - Epic
Five For Fighting - Superman (Its Not Easy)
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foo Fighters - Generator
Free - All Right Now
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Jessica Mauboy feat. Jay Sean - What Happened To Us
Jimmy Barnes - Lay Down Your Guns
Johnny O'Keefe - She's My Baby
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West - POWER
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around
Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
Lo-Tel - Teenager Of The Year
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Madison Avenue - Who The Hell Are You?
Madonna - Music
Madonna - Vogue
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Melanie - Lay Down
MGMT - Flash Delirium
Miike Snow - Billie Holiday
Motor Ace - Death Defy
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Operator Please - Logic
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Pixies - Velouria
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Idioteque
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Ride - Vapour Trail
Rihanna feat. Drake - Whats My Name?
Rocky Burnette - Tired Of Toein' The Line
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Charlatans - Then
The Corrs - Breathless
The Cure - A Forest
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Falling Joys - Lock It
The Masters Apprentices - Turn Up Your Radio
The National - Lemonworld
The National - Terrible Love
The Script - Nothing
The Shadows - Apache
The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Tim Buckley - Song To The Siren
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun
Warpaint - Undertow
You Am I - Damage


Stake your claim, in terms of songs to be voted for, by selecting your Top 25 to 40 picks from this lot and sending them in to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#100. Operator Please - Logic

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


#99. The Masters Apprentices - Turn Up Your Radio

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


#98. Children Collide - My Eagle

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


#97. The Corrs - Breathless

Points - 15
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #31


#96. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long As I Can See The Light

Points - 17
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


As I relish this being the second last time for 6 months that I have to have this all ready at 3pm, I present the opening results. With the blood of both the slave and the master, Operator Please take "Logic" to #100, the only song unable to register a vote. Following that is The Masters Apprentices with their highest charting single "Turn Up Your Radio" at #99, and then we go right back to 2010 for Children Collide's "My Eagle" at #98. The Corrs only UK #1 "Breathless" lands at #97 while CCR have the first of their 2nd entries here at #96, with "Long As I Can See The Light".
#95. Gypsy & The Cat - Jona Vark

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


#94. The Shadows - Apache

Points - 19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #30


#93. Derek & The Dominos - Layla

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


#92. Warpaint - Undertow

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


#91. Jimmy Barnes - Lay Down Your Guns

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


Representing the biggest gap on offer in this list, the next two songs are separated by half a century in age. Gypsy & The Cat with arguably the biggest single they put out in 2010, "Jona Vark", and The Shadows with one of the biggest songs of 1960, the instrumental "Apache" at #94. For a different kind of huge single, Derek & The Dominos' "Layla" bursts in at #93 in all of its grandeur. The script is flipped once more as Warpaint mellow things out with "Undertow" at #92, and then Jimmy Barnes has some relatively late career fire burning with "Lay Down Your Guns" at #91.
#90. Rocky Burnette - Tired Of Toein' The Line

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


#89. Johnny O'Keefe - She's My Baby

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#88. Deerhunter - Helicopter

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


#87. The Falling Joys - Lock It

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#86. MGMT - Flash Delirium

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


For a very late inclusion into this list, Rocky Burnette takes #90 with "Tired Of Toein' The Line". Then there's another huge timeline gap as Johnny O'Keefe's "She's My Baby" sits side by side with Deerhunter's "Helicopter" at #89 & #88. We keep up a pattern of having an Australian entry on every 2nd song as The Falling Joys' "Lock It" takes #87, and then MGMT have one of their most wild tracks ever, "Flash Delirium" at #86.
#85. Free - All Right Now

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#84. WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun

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


#83. 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#82. Five For Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy)

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


#81. Lo-Tel - Teenager Of The Year

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


This last set of entries serves as a transition from hard rock to soft rock, Free's classic rock staple "All Right Now" starting things off at #85. WALK THE MOON's breakout single "Anna Sun" takes #84, and then it's a bad time for Clark Kent-related entities, as 3 Doors Down have "Kryptonite" at #83, sitting right next to the song which may well have been confused with it, Five For Fighting's "Superman (It's Not Easy)" at #82. Finishing it off, we kind of ruined the Australian pattern, but we do end on another one on an odd number no less, as Lo-Tel's 2000 hit "Teenager Of The Year" takes #81.
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You have 80 songs to continue into the next round and they are these 80 songs that I'm about to copy paste below this sentence.

A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
Aaliyah - Try Again
Afrojack feat. Eva Simons - Take Over Control
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Britney Spears - Lucky
Cat Stevens - Father And Son
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Cold Chisel - Cheap Wine
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never
Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
Faith No More - Epic
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foo Fighters - Generator
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Jessica Mauboy feat. Jay Sean - What Happened To Us
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West - POWER
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around
Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Madison Avenue - Who The Hell Are You?
Madonna - Music
Madonna - Vogue
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Melanie - Lay Down
Miike Snow - Billie Holiday
Motor Ace - Death Defy
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Pixies - Velouria
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Idioteque
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Ride - Vapour Trail
Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Charlatans - Then
The Cure - A Forest
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The National - Lemonworld
The National - Terrible Love
The Script - Nothing
The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Tim Buckley - Song To The Siren
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
You Am I - Damage


Make an impression on how this will turn out by selecting your Top 20 to 32 picks from this lot and submitting it to me by 6pm on Friday. The qualifying game is going, and I remembered to post the ACI early for once this week so all is pretty chill right now.
#80. Tim Buckley - Song To The Siren

Round by round: 79-80

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#79. James Taylor - Fire and Rain

Round by round: 71-79

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


#78. The National - Terrible Love

Round by round: 77-78

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#77. Melanie - Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)

Round by round: 73-77

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#76. Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You

Round by round: 68-76

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


Perhaps made more famous by This Mortal Coil, the original version of "Song To The Siren" by Tim Buckley kicks off this set at #80. Sticking with 1970, it's followed by perhaps James Taylor's most well known song "Fire and Rain" at #79, and they're still not along as there's also Melanie's "Lay Down" from the same year at #77. The other two entries are a bit more modern. The National with the opening track to their 2010 album, "Terrible Love" at #78, while Samantha Mumba has what is a big nostalgia hit for me in "Gotta Tell Me" at #76.
#75. Motor Ace - Death Defy

Round by round: 69-75

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#74. Foo Fighters - Generator

Round by round: 70-74

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#73. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

Round by round: 52-73

Points - 60.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#72. The Charlatans - Then

Round by round: 76-72

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#71. You Am I - Damage

Round by round: 62-71

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


But the splash of 1970 & 2000 entries continues, this time leaning more on the latter side. We've got local rockers Motor Ace at #75 sitting side by side with the moderately more popular Foo Fighters with "Generator" at #74. Despite being written in 1962, The Chiffon's "He's So Fine" lands at #73, next to one of the first singles by The Charlatans, "Then" at #72. Lastly we return to the year 2000, with one of You Am I's last top 50 hits, "Damage" at #71.
#70. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain

Round by round: 56-70

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#69. Sonic Youth - Kool Thing

Round by round: 60-69

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#68. Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never

Round by round: 59-68

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#67. Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie

Round by round: 41-67

Points - 69.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#66. Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss

Round by round: 57-66

Points - 70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


CCR finish their run here with yet another 1970 song as "Who'll Stop The Rain" takes #70, surely the most apt thing to happen today. In saying that, there is the fitting #69 landing for Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing". With one of his finest vocal performances, Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" takes #68, which means in this very context, we can say that Eminem is the best thing since Elvis Presley as he's 1 spot higher at #67. Going back to their first album, Tame Impala take "Solitude Is Bliss" to #66.
#65. Britney Spears - Lucky

Round by round: 42-65

Points - 70.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#64. The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Round by round: 49-64

Points - 71
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#63. Ride - Vapour Trail

Round by round: 80-63

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


#62. Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love

Round by round: 63-62

Points - 76.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#61. Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory

Round by round: 51-61

Points - 77
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Britney Spears had one of the biggest selling albums of the year 2000 with "Oops!...I Did It Again", and it's represented in this list just by the song "Lucky" that takes #65. Something of a surprise performer their first time in QLVG, 2 years later The Shirelles have more modest landings with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" at #64. Ride were lucky to make it through to this round at all but they nearly snuck into the next round as well, with "Vapour Trail" climbing to #63. There's some Cure somewhere later on this list, but Robert Smith strikes out on his own, alongside Crystal Castles at #62 with "Not In Love", while just missing out at #61 is Jon Bon Jovi with the only song he's written to be an Australian #1 single "Blaze Of Glory".
And the 60 songs that have been spared these past two eliminations are these 60 songs

A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?
Aaliyah - Try Again
Afrojack feat. Eva Simons - Take Over Control
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cat Stevens - Father And Son
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Cold Chisel - Cheap Wine
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Faith No More - Epic
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
Jessica Mauboy feat. Jay Sean - What Happened To Us
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West - POWER
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around
Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter
Madison Avenue - Who The Hell Are You?
Madonna - Music
Madonna - Vogue
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Miike Snow - Billie Holiday
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Pixies - Velouria
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Idioteque
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Cure - A Forest
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The National - Lemonworld
The Script - Nothing
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough


Who knows how the rest of this can unfold? Not even me really because the list has already proven pretty volatile just in this 2nd round. The best way to solidify positions for your favourites would be to submit your Top 15 to 24 selections to me by 6pm on Monday AEST, that's right, I can comfortably sleep in an hour longer on these days from now on which is the most important thing. But apart from that, we can always use more qualifying votes, the ACI is open, and I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend, which for some of you gets to be an hour longer than usual.
#60. The Script - Nothing

Round by round: 55-57-60

Points - 83.35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#59. Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl

Round by round: 28-47-59

Points - 86.77
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#58. Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter

Round by round: 23-54-58

Points - 95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#57. Pretenders - Brass In Pocket

Round by round: 78-59-57

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


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

Round by round: 72-58-56

Points - 100.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


Starting things off is close to the newest song in the entire list, just by virtue of being released on a 2010 album in the latter half of the year, The Script coming in at #60 with "Nothing". The release dates are relatively spread out in this set as the only double up is the back to back of 2000 tracks at #59 & #58 with Stone Temple Pilots & Machine Gun Fellatio. Pretenders take us back to the start of the 1980s with their sole UK #1 hit "Brass In Pocket" at #57, while for Heart they had their only AU #1 hit with "All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You", which finds itself at #56.
#55. Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment

Round by round: 65-51-55

Points - 101
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#54. Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

Round by round: 74-60-54

Points - 104.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#53. Goldfrapp - Lovely Head

Round by round: 67-56-53

Points - 105.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#52. Pixies - Velouria

Round by round: 66-52-52

Points - 107.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#51. Madison Avenue - Who The Hell Are You?

Round by round: 38-55-50

Points - 110
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


For just the space of the 2nd round, it could be said that we were falling even more in love with Lifehouse, though "Hanging By A Moment" winds up at #55. Sitting next to it is the oldest song on the list, as we go 57 years back in time for Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind". Goldfrapp have their slightly more recent debut album's opening track "Lovely Head" at #53. A fun discovery for me in this game was the Pixies' "Velouria" at #52, while the more familiar Madison Avenue and their #1 hit "Who The Hell Are You?" takes #51.
#50. Ratcat - That Ain't Bad

Round by round: 38-55-50

Points - 110
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#49. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')

Round by round: 25-39-49

Points - 111.83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#48. Cat Stevens - Father and Son

Round by round: 27-49-48

Points - 114.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#47. Miike Snow - Billie Holiday

Round by round: 58-50-47

Points - 115.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#46. Motorhead - Ace Of Spades

Round by round: 13-44-46

Points - 125.54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Inventors of shoegaze [citation needed], Ratcat have their huge Aus #1 track "That Ain't Bad" kick off the top half at #50. Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster" takes #49, though has consolation as the preferred reggae track about jammin' according to people who read my Twitter feed https://twitter.com/LOOFRunDry/status/979338862139813890 A popular catalogue seller of late, Cat Stevens' "Father and Son" is in at #48, while Miike Snow's "Billie Holiday" ascends from bonus track obscurity to #47 finish. We finish this post with the hard rock classic from Motorhead that re-entered the UK charts 2 years ago after Lemmy passed away, "Ace Of Spades" at #46.
#45. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It?

Round by round: 17-33-45

Points - 127.86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#44. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls

Round by round: 54-42-44

Points - 128.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#43. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Round by round: 47-33-43

Points - 129.9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#42. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

Round by round: 50-41-42

Points - 131.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#41. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Round by round: 34-48-41

Points - 133.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Yes you can...find A Tribe Called Quest at #45 with the hip hop classic "Can I Kick It?". 2010 was a big year for Katy Perry but she's quite unlucky here to lose two tracks just before the elimination cut off, "California Gurls" at #44, and the following single "Teenage Dream" at #41. Sitting in the middle is Simon & Garfunkel's ever enduring "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at #43, while Depeche Mode had one of the most acclaimed albums of 1990 with "Violator", notably containing the song "Enjoy The Silence" which takes #42.
Here's the 40 songs that have proceeded beyond the eliminated ones, so take your anger out on them and not me, who merely counts them

Aaliyah - Try Again
Afrojack feat. Eva Simons - Take Over Control
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
Cold Chisel - Cheap Wine
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Faith No More - Epic
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Jessica Mauboy feat. Jay Sean - What Happened To Us
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kanye West - POWER
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway
Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around
Madonna - Music
Madonna - Vogue
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Idioteque
Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Cure - A Forest
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The National - Lemonworld
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough


Your duty for the surviving songs that you haven't yet disowned is to determine your Top 10 to 16 tracks and submit those selections to me by 6pm AEST on Wednesday. I also have a new voting poll I'd be happy to see you vote in https://www.strawpoll.me/15415447
#40. Kanye West - POWER

Round by round: 26-17-32-40

Points - 125.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#39. The National - Lemonworld

Round by round: 44-45-38-39

Pionts - 134.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#38. Queen - Another One Bites The Dust

Round by round: 33-36-33-38

Points - 135.09
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#37. The Avalanches - Since I Left You

Round by round: 61-35-34-37

Points - 143.66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#36. Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Round by round: 11-28-28-36

Points - 146.80
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Starting with the newest as we have cuts from two of the most acclaimed albums of 2010. Kanye West's "POWER" at #40 and the The National at #39 with "Lemonworld". Following that is one of the first #1 hits of the '80s with Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" at #38, while The Avalanches have the title track to their first album "Since I Left You" at #37. In the increasingly limited set of the oldest songs left from 1970, we've got Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" at #36.
#35. They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul

Round by round: 15-40-37-35

Points - 149.10
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#34. Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

Round by round: 151.50
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#33. At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor

Round by round: 12-31-31-33

Points - 155.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#32. Jessica Mauboy feat. Jay Sean - What Happened To Us

Round by round: 21-29-26-32

Points - 156.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#31. Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill

Round by round: 16-21-22-31

Points - 157.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Watching over you at #35 are They Might Be Giants with "Birdhouse In Your Soul". And you might ask yourself, where will Talking Heads land in this newest game with their song "Once In A Lifetime", and as the eliminations go by, we finally reach it at #34. But if you think that I will cut away from the allure of bad puns, then I regret to inform you that said station is very operational, and At The Drive-In are at #33 with "One Armed Scissor". With her highest entry in quite some time, Jessica Mauboy has "What Happened To Us" at #32, sitting next to another 2010 cohort from Gorillaz's 3rd album, as "On Melancholy Hill" takes #31.
#30. Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely

Round by round: 39-37-36-30

Points - 158.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#29. Madonna - Music

Round by round: 32-11-19-29

Points - 161.79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#28. Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway

Round by round: 18-23-30-28

Points - 164.7
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#27. Radiohead - Idioteque

Round by round: 14-14-18-27

Points - 168.16
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#26. Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

Round by round: 36-13-16-26

Points - 169.65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Radiohead have been doing well so far with two tracks from their "Kid A" album, but now in one fell swoop, they're both out, as "How To Disappear Completely" takes #30 and "Idioteque" takes #27. To stay in the year 2000 just a little longer we have Madonna's "Music" at #29. Also back for a 2nd time tonight is Kanye West, once again from "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" with one of the biggest singles "Runaway" at #28. For a second #1 hit in this set, we've got the 2nd of Roxette's 3 #1 hits, "It Must Have Been Love" coming through at #26.
#25. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?

Round by round: 46-43-39-25

Points - 175.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#24. Cold Chisel - Cheap Wine

Round by round: 30-27-25-24

Points - 180.23
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #5


#23. Foals - Spanish Sahara

Round by round: 64-22-24-23

Points - 180.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#22. Joy Division - Atmosphere

Round by round: 75-53-40-22

Points - 183.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #6


#21. Madonna - Vogue

Round by round: 07-05-09-21

Points - 187.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


A US and UK #1 hit for Rihanna & Drake, though oddly enough only reaching #18 over here, "What's My Name?" takes #25 here as one of two very big improvers this round from songs that just made it through this round. The other one is Joy Division's "Atmosphere" which sailed from #40 last round to #22 this round, just part of its hefty ascent after nearly being eliminated in the first round. Cold Chisel's 2 day growth amounts to moving up 1 spot to #24 with one of their biggest hits "Cheap Wine". Foals have one of their least conventional, yet most popular singles, "Spanish Sahara" taking #23, while Madonna joins the league of Kanye West & Radiohead by having had 2 entries in this game that both left in round 4. "Vogue" is particularly unlucky after its potential top 10 berth turns into a #21 finish.
This brings us to the final 20 songs which have made it all the way to the final round:

Aaliyah - Try Again
Afrojack feat. Eva Simons - Take Over Control
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Faith No More - Epic
Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Cure - A Forest
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough


Who will be crowned victorious? Only you, the reader, and the remnants of you, the readers and voters of the previous round can decide. You just need to select your Top 5 to 8 choices and submit them to me by 6pm on Friday. The ACI is also open, and I will always be happy to see more votes in this poll https://www.strawpoll.me/15415447
#20. Afrojack feat. Eva Simons - Take Over Control

Round by round: 29-20-15-07-20

Points - 119.51
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7


#19. Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around

Round by round: 20-06-10-04-19

Points - 185.23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


Sometimes in this game we have quite a wide gap in this large round, like that one time that Lorde demolished everything. In stark contrast to that round, we've got a gap of just a little over 100 points between #19 and #1. Sitting outside of this conversation is Afrojack who I suppose is lucky to have been in this round but couldn't find much support for "Take Over Control". It sits alongside a slightly more consistent song if only because it has stood in the top 20 each round. On this, the day of Kylie Minogue's new album release, we've got "Spinning Around" at #19.
#18. Anastacia - I'm Outta Love

Round by round: 37-32-29-17-18

Points - 189.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#17. Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas

Round by round: 31-25-20-20-17

Points - 195.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Back to back #1 hits from 2000 now as we follow Kylie with Anastacia and one of the absolute biggest hits of the year, "I'm Outta Love" at #18. For a different realm of the music world, though surprisingly the happier one in this sense, we've got Cocteau Twins and the ever-so-lush "Heaven Or Las Vegas" at #17.
#16. Split Enz - I Got You

Round by round: 10-07-08-13-16

Points - 199.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#15. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

Round by round: 04-09-07-19-15

Points - 200.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


The run of having a #1 hit in each post continues as we now go back to 1980 for Split Enz's biggest hit "I Got You" which has a bit of a dip from its start to land at #16, which means it sits next to another song that spent the first 3 rounds in the top 10, The Dandy Warhols with "Bohemian Like You".
#14. Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1

Round by round: 24-30-27-10-14

Points - 201.28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#13. The Beatles - Let It Be

Round by round: 45-24-13-12-13

Points - 203.24
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Destiny's Child truly are independent women as they're the only artist with the honour of appearing twice in this top 20. The first of these is "Independent Women, Pt. 1" at #14. We also continue the #1 streak some more as the last 1970 track ends up at #13, The Beatles with one of their last hit singles, "Let It Be".
#12. The Cure - A Forest

Round by round: 09-10-06-18-12

Points - 205.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough

Round by round: 05-16-14-08-11

Points - 207.59
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


I regret to say that the run of #1 hits in posts were due to end because we only have 4 left in the running. We do get another set of vintage alternative rock next to turn of the century R&B/Pop though, this time around it's The Cure with the lengthy & brooding "A Forest" at #12, sitting just outside the top 10 alongside a big hit for Toni Braxton a little while after her career peak, with "He Wasn't Man Enough" at #11.
#10. Ed Sheeran - The A Team

Round by round: 19-18-04-05-10

Points - 210.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#9. Faith No More - Epic

Round by round: 06-04-05-14-09

POints - 214.71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Ed Sheeran had big breakout success with his #2 hit "The A Team", speaking of which, Reece Mastin released a new EP today, but in terms of enduring popularity, Ed has well and truly had the last laugh and also does well here with "The A Team" at #10, his 2nd top 10 berth in this year of QLVG. Sitting next to it is a song that hit #1 on the ARIA Charts, a fact that still feels so strange to me, but hats off to Faith No More and "Epic" with its #9 finish.
#8. Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone

Round by round: 42-08-21-15-08

Points - 219.09
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel

Round by round: 40-12-11-16-07

Points - 219.51
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


After a middling start, Matchbox Twenty have somewhat surpassed expectations which sees "If You're Gone" rocketing all the way up to #8. It sits next to the last 2010 song in the contest, with Ou Est Le Swimming Pool's breakout hit "Dance The Way I Feel" at #7, which became their only major hit as their lead singer committed suicide while the song was in the charts.
#6. Destiny's Child - Say My Name

Round by round: 08-15-12-06-06

Points - 226.27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#5. Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

Round by round: 22-19-17-09-05

Points - 229.23
Current Voters - 3
TOp Vote - #7


Back to back 2000 megahits! Firstly Destiny's Child return with their top entry which is naturally their biggest hit "Say My Name" at #10, and it sits alongside another #1 hit in Spiller's "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)", the song with the distinction of being the first song ever played on an iPod.
#4. Aaliyah - Try Again

Round by round: 35-26-23-11-04

Points - 246.77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#3. OutKast - Ms. Jackson

Round by round: 02-01-01-02-03

Points - 260.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Oh, that wasn't enough of the year 2000 for you? Here's two more helpings of it. Speaking of songs with famous distinctions, Aaliyah has a peculiar one as "Try Again" hit #1 in the US based solely on airplay, in an era where CD Singles weren't quite as prevalent and downloads were years away. In fact we've just swapped from AU #1's to US #1's as there's another US #1 in OutKast's "Ms. Jackson", the first of their 3 songs to hit #1 there, and an early leader in this game thanks to a wide variety of fans.
#2. David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes

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

Points - 272.41
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


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

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

Points - 292.84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Really this would be an appropriate time to subvert the standard pattern of posting because this was basically a 3 horse race the entire way. Here though, it comes down to the work of two of the biggest obituaries in music for 2016. In the runner up slot we've got David Bowie who moved into the 1980s with style on his "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" album, with its lead single "Ashes To Ashes". The winning song was possibly what you've been expecting though, and quite a noteworthy case in QLVG history as the closest we've gotten to a back to back win. Prince of course won the last game with "Purple Rain", and now he's back again behind the scenes having originally written & recorded "Nothing Compares 2 U", which is extremely obvious if you're familiar with Prince song titles. Of course it was Sinead O'Connor who made the song famous, and one of the biggest songs of 1990 which instantly resonated with the public and shot up to the top of the charts. This is the 3rd time the song has been featured, and in both those instances it was entrenched at the top of the list (though once it did crash out of the top 10 in the last round), similar to how it was with "Purple Rain". But now it retires and we take another huge song out of rotation.
Thank you for contributing to this game as your votes have brought the game to where it is at this very moment. There's no stopping this train though as next week on Monday we'll be heading to a new game concerning artists & songs who start with the same letter, which at the very least should look visually appealing.

With thanks to those who vote on the poll, we once again do not have a tie so I need to think of 5 more poll choices for next week (unless someone wants to suggest some of course), but the qualifying game for Tuesday will be non-top 50 hits (referring to Australia's charts of course), so maybe we'll have a more obscure winning song, or perhaps a very popular winning song that's just eligible on technicality. We'll find out in 4 weeks I suppose. Until then, the ACI is open, and I hope you have a good weekend.
This was a fun one to pull up songs for. The new round concerns songs that begin with the same letter as the artist who recorded them! Whether by accident or design, we've actually used an impressive 22 unique letters of the alphabet for this. If someone had nominated "Viceroy", "X" or "Quick And To The Pointless" we could have had 25. Don't ask me what to use for the letter Z Nonetheless, we've got a big mix of landmark songs outright, or songs by artists who are popular enough here to warrant slightly deeper cuts. Just for this game, I've modified my formatting on the artist names, taking 'The' away from the front which I think looks nicer on this list.

Adele - All I Ask
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Art vs. Science - A.I.M Fire!
Ash - A Life Less Ordinary
Bachelor Girl - Buses And Trains
Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
Beck - Beercan
Ben Folds Five - Brick
Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden
Beyonce - Best Thing I've Never Had
Big Scary - Belgian Blues
Bjork - Bachelorette
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Broken Leg
Blur - Beetlebum
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Bomb The Bass feat. Justin Warfield - Bug Powder Dust
Bon Iver - Blood Bank
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
Chainsmokers, The feat. Halsey - Closer
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Chet Faker - Cigarettes and Loneliness
Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Coldplay - Clocks
Common Linnets, The - Calm After The Storm
Cordrazine - Crazy
Crowded House - Chocolate Cake
Cure, The - Charlotte Sometimes
Cure, The - Close To Me
Dawin - Dessert
Deerhunter - Desire Lines
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Django Django - Default
DMA's - Delete
Elle King - Ex's & Oh's
Everything Is Recorded feat. Sampha & Owen Pallett - Everything Is Recorded
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone
Go! Team, The - Get It Together
Good Charlotte - Girls and Boys
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Grimes - Genesis
Hollies, The - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Housemartins, The - Happy Hour
Huey Lewis and The News - Hip To Be Square
Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
INXS - I Send A Message
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd - Lust For Life
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
LeAnn Rimes - Life Goes On
Lene Lovich - Lucky Number
Live - Lightning Crashes
M2M - Mirror Mirror
M83 - Midnight City
Mariah Carey - My All
Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Middle Kids - Mistake
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Muse - Muscle Museum
My Chemical Romance - Mama
Nas - N.Y. State of Mind
Owl Eyes - Open Up
Pendulum - Propane Nightmares
Public Image Ltd. - Public Image
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Regina Spektor - Real Love
Republica - Ready To Go
Rihanna - Russian Roulette
Samantha Jade - Soldier
Semisonic - Secret Smile
Shins, The - Simple Song
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Sia - Stop Trying
Siouxsie and The Banshees - Spellbound
Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sugababes - Stronger
Susanne Sundfør - Slowly
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
Temper Trap, The - Trembling Hands
The The - This Is The Day
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Thirsty Merc - Tommy And Krista
Ting Tings, The - That's Not My Name
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Ur Life One Night
Weeknd, The - Wicked Games
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Who, The - Won't Get Fooled Again
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control


As per usual, you get to decide how this goes about. You've got until 6pm Wednesday to memo to me with your Top 25 to 40 selections on this list.
Z song

ZZ Top - Zipper Job

Just a heads up, having PC troubles today so at best, results will be a little late tonight.
Update: things haven't improved yet so I'll delay the end of this round to Monday 6pm, though depending on how things turn out, it could take longer. Qualifying thread will persist as is.
Hijinx

Hope your computer problems are fixed soon.
Hey, good news, I believe they are, so I'll do my best to have this round's results on Monday, and that round will last until Friday, so we'll be on the usual schedule, just a week behind.
#100. Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey

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


#99. Semisonic - Secret Smile

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


#98. Art vs. Science - A.I.M. Fire!

Points - 9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #34


#97. Ash - A Life Less Ordinary

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


#96. Who, The - Won't Get Fooled Again

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


It's finally here. Rumour has it that my cursed system of rearranging 'The' bands caused my computer to malfunction in protest. I shall stick by my guns however. I'm sorry for keeping you waiting. Now we have the results that have not changed at all since Wednesday last week. There are no ties in the whole set, but we do have one non-scorer and it's from the Beastie Boys. It's "Brass Monkey" from their classic debut album "Licenced To Ill". Into the scoring territory, Semisonic have one of their better known songs that aren't "Closing Time" with "Secret Smile" at #99. Art vs. Science started their career off quickly with 4 consecutive years of Hottest 100 appearances, that ended with "A.I.M. Fire!" in 2011, which comes here at #98. Ash appear at #97 with "A Life Less Ordinary", a single that never made it onto a studio album. Lastly at #96 is The Who with their well known song by a not so obvious name, "Won't Get Fooled Again".
#95. Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone

Points - 22
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#94. Huey Lewis and The News - Hip To Be Square

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#93. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Ur Life One Night

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


#92. Pendulum - Propane Nightmares

Points - 26
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


#91. First Aid Kit - Fireworks

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


I believe we have Violent Femmes going into the next QLVG but for the time being we have a preview via Gnarls Barkley doing a cover of their song "Gone Daddy Gone" at #95. This is a very modern set but we break that up briefly with Huey Lewis & The News's "Hip To Be Square" at #94. Unknown Mortal Orchestra just released a new album, but we go back to their previous album for a strong highlight in "Ur Life One Night" at #93. We do go to the newest stuff at #91 as we have "Fireworks" from First Aid Kit's newest album they released in January this year. In between them we have the famed ambient band from Perth [citation needed] Pendulum, with their monster banger "Propane Nightmares" at #92.
#90. My Chemical Romance - Mama

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


#89. Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day

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


#88. Lana Del Rey feat. The Weeknd - Lust For Life

Points - 31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#87. Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden

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


#86. Everything Is Recorded feat. Sampha & Owen Pallett - Everything Is Recorded

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


Featuring the Liza Minnelli, My Chemical Romance come at #90 with "Mama". At #89 is Ice Cube and his classic ode to a mysterious good day that was possibly January 20th 1992 though Ice Cube disputes this. Lana Del Rey delivers an ode to her favourite member of Migos with "Lust For Life" at #88, while at #87 is Bette Midler striking fear into would-be litterers with her cover of The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burden" at #87. Lastly at #86 we have an odd entity here as Everything Is Recorded is a moniker for the boss of XL Recordings and thus responsible for signing the likes of Adele. It's also a bizarre entity here because it's a self-titled song, although if you listen to it, Sampha doesn't actually say the title exactly, so this surely wasn't as planned as it might otherwise seem.
#85. Susanne Sundfør - Slowly

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


#84. Beck - Beercan

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


#83. Common Linnets, The - Calm After The Storm

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


#82. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Spellbound

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#81. Lene Lovich - Lucky Number

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


At #85 we have the original English version of "Despacito" [citation needed], as Susanne Sundfør provides another emotional pop banger in "Slowly". On a completely different spectrum of things, we have Beck with what is surprisingly his highest ever Hottest 100 ranking song (tied with "Devils Haircut", the much less obvious pick of "Beercan" at #84. At #83 we've got a runner up Eurovision entry from the Netherlands with the folksy "Calm After The Storm", while we finish things off with a pair of eccentric performers, firstly Siouxsie and the Banshees with "Spellbound" at #82, and then Lene Lovich's #2 peaking hit "Lucky Number" at #81.
It's taken a week, but we've brought it down to 80 songs now

Adele - All I Ask
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Bachelor Girl - Buses And Trains
Ben Folds Five - Brick
Beyonce - Best Thing I've Never Had
Big Scary - Belgian Blues
Bjork - Bachelorette
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Broken Leg
Blur - Beetlebum
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Bomb The Bass feat. Justin Warfield - Bug Powder Dust
Bon Iver - Blood Bank
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
Chainsmokers, The feat. Halsey - Closer
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Chet Faker - Cigarettes and Loneliness
Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Coldplay - Clocks
Cordrazine - Crazy
Crowded House - Chocolate Cake
Cure, The - Charlotte Sometimes
Cure, The - Close To Me
Dawin - Dessert
Deerhunter - Desire Lines
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Django Django - Default
DMA's - Delete
Elle King - Ex's & Oh's
Go! Team, The - Get It Together
Good Charlotte - Girls and Boys
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Grimes - Genesis
Hollies, The - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Housemartins, The - Happy Hour
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
INXS - I Send A Message
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
LeAnn Rimes - Life Goes On
Live - Lightning Crashes
M2M - Mirror Mirror
M83 - Midnight City
Mariah Carey - My All
Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Middle Kids - Mistake
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Muse - Muscle Museum
Nas - N.Y. State of Mind
Owl Eyes - Open Up
Public Image Ltd. - Public Image
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Regina Spektor - Real Love
Republica - Ready To Go
Rihanna - Russian Roulette
Samantha Jade - Soldier
Shins, The - Simple Song
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Sia - Stop Trying
Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sugababes - Stronger
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
Temper Trap, The - Trembling Hands
The The - This Is The Day
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Thirsty Merc - Tommy And Krista
Ting Tings, The - That's Not My Name
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Weeknd, The - Wicked Games
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control


I will try not to let it keep up this pace, but I will have to make for another slow round just so we get back on schedule (and also it's my semester break and I'd like to preserve that). So know that you have until 6pm on Friday to submit your Top 20 to 32 choices, and I will try to ready the ACI between now and then.
#80. Thirsty Merc - Tommy And Krista

Round by round: 62-80

Points - 35.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


#79. John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over

Round by round: 78-79

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


#78. Ting Tings, The - That's Not My Name

Round by round: 58-78

Points - 45
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#77. Bomb The Bass feat. Justin Warfield - Bug Powder Dust

Round by round: 77-77

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#76. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control

Round by round: 80-76

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


I open by presenting a curious fact. After their first two albums, Thirsty Merc had a bit of trouble capitalising on more than one hit single per album, although curiously they got their only New Zealand top 10 hit on their 3rd album with "Tommy and Krista", which is actually now by far their most played song on Spotify worldwide. It's in at #80 on this list. On a grander scale of success, we have John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" at #79, which was part of his set of 3 consecutive posthumous #1 singles in the UK following his assassination. The Ting Tings had a UK #1 of their own in "That's Not Their Name", which puts them as somewhat of an oddity of artists whose very first time in the UK Charts was at the #1 position, but then who isn't weird in that group of artists? We diversify things here with yet another decade as Bomb The Bass's '90s hit "Bug Powder Dust" comes at #77, and then we've got the very niche lettering choice from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and their tightly packed post punk revivalism in "Y Control" at #76.
I open by presenting a curious fact. After their first two albums, Thirsty Merc had a bit of trouble capitalising on more than one hit single per album, although curiously they got their only New Zealand top 10 hit on their 3rd album with "Tommy and Krista", which is actually now by far their most played song on Spotify worldwide. It's in at #80 on this list. On a grander scale of success, we have John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" at #79, which was part of his set of 3 consecutive posthumous #1 singles in the UK following his assassination. The Ting Tings had a UK #1 of their own in "That's Not Their Name", which puts them as somewhat of an oddity of artists whose very first time in the UK Charts was at the #1 position, but then who isn't weird in that group of artists? We diversify things here with yet another decade as Bomb The Bass's '90s hit "Bug Powder Dust" comes at #77, and then we've got the very niche lettering choice from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and their tightly packed post punk revivalism in "Y Control" at #76.


#75. Housemartins, The - Happy Hour

Round by round: 79-75

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#74. Public Image Ltd. - Public Image

Round by round: 76-74

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#73. Crowded House - Chocolate Cake

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 50.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#72. Dawin - Dessert

Round by round: 65-72

Points - 50.8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#71. Chet Faker - Cigarettes and Loneliness

Round by round: 73-71

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


With their biggest self-penned hit, The Housemartins land here at #75 with "Happy Hour". From a similar era we've got another self-titled-ish song, this one much more conceivable as it was the first song released by John Lydon's other group Public Image Ltd, and they're here at #74 with "Public Image". For a relatively modern entry, we then go to Crowded House's "Chocolate Cake" from their classic "Woodface" album at #73. Baffling top 10 hit "Dessert" takes the #72 while Chet Faker finishes off this set with the potentially dangerous mix of "Cigarettes and Loneliness" at #71, the longest track on "Built On Glass".
#70. Beyonce - Best Thing I've Never Had

Round by round: 69-70

Points - 52.8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


#69. M2M - Mirror Mirror

Round by round: 64-69

Points - 54
Current Voters - 54
Top Vote - #8


#68. INXS - I Send A Message

Round by round: 75-68

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


#67. Bjork - Bachelorette

Round by round: 72-67

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#66. Cure, The - Charlotte Sometimes

Round by round: 71-66

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Fresh from annihilating the universe at Coachella last weekend, Beyonce lands here at #70 with "Best Thing I Never Had". At the very nice position of #69 is M2M with the follow up to their biggest hit, "Mirror Mirror". INXS themselves have one of their most enduring hits "I Send A Message" at #68, while Bjork has the 2nd single from her very acclaimed "Homogenic" album, "Bachelorette" at #67. Lastly we have the lesser known of the two Cure songs in the mix of this game, "Charlotte Sometimes" taking #66.
#65. Chainsmokers, The feat. Halsey - Closer

Round by round: 68-65

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#64. Regina Spektor - Real Love

Round by round: 74-64

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#63. Good Charlotte - Girls and Boys

Round by round: 48-63

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#62. Go! Team, The - Get It Together

Round by round: 66-62

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#61. Sia - Stop Trying

Round by round: 35-61

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


Released in 2016 but still sitting on the ARIA Chart as recent as a week ago, The Chainsmokers have their biggest hit "Closer" at #65 here. We had a John Lennon song earlier tonight but he effectively doubles up as he also originally wrote "Real Love" before being re-recorded with the remaining Beatles, and then another decade later, covered by Regina Spektor, which is here at #64. It is an unfortunate truth that Blur did not reverse the ordering of their similarly titled song because it would be perfect here to go up against Good Charlotte, who win that duel by default by having their "Girls and Boys" follow the rules at #63. A song that may have you wondering where a general keeps his armies and if wondering 'can a match box?', The Go! Team make a nonsense of aesthetically pleasing grammar in this context, but land at #62 with "Get It Together". This round closes with the first of 2 Sia entries here, both mid-career era at that, which starts off with the very upbeat "Stop Trying" at #61.
It's been a long two weeks but I can finally present...your top 60

Adele - All I Ask
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Bachelor Girl - Buses And Trains
Ben Folds Five - Brick
Big Scary - Belgian Blues
Bloc Party - Banquet
Bluejuice - Broken Leg
Blur - Beetlebum
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Bon Iver - Blood Bank
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Coldplay - Clocks
Cordrazine - Crazy
Cure, The - Close To Me
Deerhunter - Desire Lines
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Django Django - Default
DMA's - Delete
Elle King - Ex's & Oh's
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Grimes - Genesis
Hollies, The - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX - I Love It
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
LeAnn Rimes - Life Goes On
Live - Lightning Crashes
M83 - Midnight City
Mariah Carey - My All
Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Middle Kids - Mistake
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Muse - Muscle Museum
Nas - N.Y. State of Mind
Owl Eyes - Open Up
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Republica - Ready To Go
Rihanna - Russian Roulette
Samantha Jade - Soldier
Shins, The - Simple Song
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sugababes - Stronger
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better
Temper Trap, The - Trembling Hands
The The - This Is The Day
Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Weeknd, The - Wicked Games
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go


But here's the great news. Barring any unexpected circumstances, we're back on schedule, and I'll have the next round on the wildly rapid pace of 3 days from now, after 6pm on Monday which is when I'll need your Top 15 to 24 selections voted in by. The ACI is also ready to take votes in that's a thing, but enjoy your weekend, and I have a 100+ hour novel to finish off.

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