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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 7

Part 6: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=52166

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')
M83 - Midnight City (Songs and artists starting with the same letter)
Gotye - Hearts a Mess (Non top 50 hits)
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - The Message (Songs beginning with 'The')
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (Titles with 5 letters or less)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Titles with parentheses)
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Titles with 5 words or more)
George Michael - Careless Whisper (Australian #1 singles)
Soft Cell - Tainted Love (Artists beginning with S)
Madonna - Frozen (Artists/Songs containing a Z)
A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (Animal artists)
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Now it's time for what can only be thought of as the blessing of my wrists round, all of these songs have titles of 5 or less letters, have at it

A$AP Rocky - L$D
ABBA - SOS
AC/DC - T.N.T.
Adele - Hello
Alicia Keys - No One
Architecture In Helsinki - It'5!
Ariana Grande - Baby I
Beach House - Myth
Beyonce - Halo
Bic Runga - Sway
Birds Of Tokyo - Plans
Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna
Camp Cope - Done
Childish Gambino - Sober
CHVRCHES - Gun
Cog - Run
Cold War Kids - First
Dami Im - Alive
Daughter - Youth
Dua Lipa - IDGAF
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Eves The Behavior - TV
Feist - 1234
Flume feat. T.Shirt - On Top
Frank Ocean - Lost
Gary Numan - Cars
George - Spawn
Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder - DARE
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Iggy Pop - Candy
Interpol - Evil
James - Laid
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Jewel - Hands
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Kasabian - Fire
Katy Perry - Roar
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kendrick Lamar - i
Killing Heidi - I Am
King Princess - 1950
Le Youth - C O O L
Lighthouse Family - High
Little Mix - Move
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Ribs
Macy Gray - I Try
Macy Gray - Still
Mandy Moore - Crush
Mariah Carey - Hero
Matchbox Twenty - 3AM
Matchbox Twenty - Push
Max Sharam - Coma
Methyl Ethyl - Ubu
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Bad
Missy Higgins - Scar
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
OutKast - Hey Ya!
PAWWS - Sugar
Pearl Jam - Black
Radiohead - 2+2=5
Radiohead - Just
Rihanna - SOS
Rustie feat. Danny Brown - Attak
Sam Brown - Stop
Sex Pistols - EMI
Shawn Mendes - Youth
Sigur Rós - Varúð
Snakadaktal - Air
Snow Patrol - Run
Spandau Ballet - True
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
Sugababes - Ugly
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Taylor Swift - Style
Tears For Fears - Shout
The 1975 - UGH!
The Cars - Drive
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Fire
The Drums - Money
The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
The Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
The Killers - Bones
The Kooks - Naïve
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
The Mavis's - Cry
The Rolling Stones - Angie
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
The Smiths - Panic
The xx - Intro
Tinashe - Flame
Travis - Sing
Troye Sivan - Bloom
twenty one pilots - Ride
U2 - Bad
U2 - One
Village People - YMCA


If you can't be bothered reading through the above wall of text, here's a shorter one to tell you to select a Top 25 to 40 from here and submitting to me by 6pm Wednesday.
#100. Cog - Run

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


#99. U2 - Bad

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


#98. Shawn Mendes feat. Khalid - Youth

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


#97. King Princess - 1950

Points - 27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#96. The Drums - Money

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


In this tale of short titled songs, we have two of the shortest things on the list kicking it off. They're also the only songs to get less than 20 points on what is a high scoring first round. Going back to their 1st album, Cog have "Run" at #100, followed by the first of two U2 tracks here, "Bad" at #99. Things then get considerably more recent as we've got 2 tracks that are in the ARIA top 50 right now. First Shawn Mendes with his Khalid collaboration, "Youth" from his just released self-titled album. Then with no small help from Mark Ronson & Harry Styles, King Princess with her first single "1950" at #97. Finishing things off is The Drums with their only Hottest 100 entry, "Money" at #96.
#95. Daughter - Youth

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#94. Le Youth - C O O L

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


#93. Rustie feat. Danny Brown - Attak

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#92. The Lumineers - Ho Hey

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#91. The 1975 - UGH!

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


Daughter belatedly made the ARIA singles chart just once with "Youth" which lands at #95. Going instead to the UK Chart, the breakthrough hit for Le Youth, noted for heavily sampling Cassie's "Me & U", "C O O L" takes #94. Rustie teams up with Danny Brown for monster banger "Attak" at #93, while we continue this streak of 2010s tracks just a little longer with The Lumineers' biggest hit, "Ho Hey" at #92 and The 1975's excellently titled "UGH!" from their not-so-excellently titled 2nd album at #91.
#90. Snakadaktal - Air

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#89. A$AP Rocky - L$D

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#88. The Smiths - Panic

Points - 40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#87. Mandy Moore - Crush

Points - 42
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#86. The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Fire

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


The 2010s run makes it to 10 in a row, with Snakadaktal's "Air" at #90 and another artist who has released an album this week, A$AP Rocky with "L$D" at #89. Ending that streak is The Smiths with one of the last songs entered into this round, "Panic" at #88. There are two pure pop songs from roughly the same era called "Crush" that I'm sure people have mixed up in the past. Both of those songs are in this game, and the first to go out is Mandy Moore's at #87. Lastly, the god of hell fire himself, Arthur Brown has "Fire" at #86.
#85. Macy Gray - Still

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#84. Troye Sivan - Bloom

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


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

Points - 49
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #24


#82. Dami Im - Alive

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#81. Sex Pistols - EMI

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Speaking of having two tracks in the list, here's the first of Macy Gray's two, which you won't be surprised to know is "Still" at #85. Troye Sivan gives us another recent single with "Bloom" at #84, while AC/DC go way back to the Bon Scott days for "T.N.T." at #83. Dami Im's #1 chart hit and X Factor coronation song "Alive" takes #82, while finishing off is not one of the big 3 Sex Pistols songs, but instead a deeper cut in "EMI" at #81.
80 songs

ABBA - SOS
Adele - Hello
Alicia Keys - No One
Architecture In Helsinki - It'5!
Ariana Grande - Baby I
Beach House - Myth
Beyonce - Halo
Bic Runga - Sway
Birds Of Tokyo - Plans
Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna
Camp Cope - Done
Childish Gambino - Sober
CHVRCHES - Gun
Cold War Kids - First
Dua Lipa - IDGAF
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Eves The Behavior - TV
Feist - 1234
Flume feat. T.Shirt - On Top
Frank Ocean - Lost
Gary Numan - Cars
George - Spawn
Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder - DARE
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Iggy Pop - Candy
Interpol - Evil
James - Laid
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Jewel - Hands
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Kasabian - Fire
Katy Perry - Roar
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kendrick Lamar - i
Killing Heidi - I Am
Lighthouse Family - High
Little Mix - Move
Little Mix - Touch
Lorde - Ribs
Macy Gray - I Try
Mariah Carey - Hero
Matchbox Twenty - 3AM
Matchbox Twenty - Push
Max Sharam - Coma
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Bad
Missy Higgins - Scar
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
OutKast - Hey Ya!
PAWWS - Sugar
Pearl Jam - Black
Radiohead - 2+2=5
Radiohead - Just
Rihanna - SOS
Sam Brown - Stop
Sigur Rós - Varúð
Snow Patrol - Run
Spandau Ballet - True
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
Sugababes - Ugly
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Taylor Swift - Style
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Cars - Drive
The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
The Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
The Killers - Bones
The Kooks - Naïve
The Mavis's - Cry
The Rolling Stones - Angie
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
The xx - Intro
Tinashe - Flame
Travis - Sing
twenty one pilots - Ride
U2 - One
Village People - YMCA


Vote Top 20 to 32 by 6pm Friday.
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#80. Lorde - Ribs

Round by round: 73-80

Points - 50.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


#79. The xx - Intro

Round by round: 77-79

Points - 55.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


#78. Village People - YMCA

Round by round: 69-78

Points - 55.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #28


#77. Sigur Rós - Varúð

Round by round: 80-77

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


#76. Flume feat. T.Shirt - On Top

Round by round: 79-76

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


I have just realised tonight that I wasted a perfect opportunity to save myself some time and get truly meta with incredibly short commentary. But as if to make there not much to say, we start things off rather sparse with Lorde's first album cut "Ribs" at #80. It's followed by what might surprise you as being by far The xx's most streamed song on Spotify, and surely a front runner if we had an extremely cursed intro songs round, as "Intro" lands at #79. Rest assured though that things get larger than life next with the Village People's enduring "YMCA" at #78. At #77 is Iceland's finest post rock exports Sigur Rós with a track from their 2012 album. Then also from 2012 and going for a completely different vibe is Flume, with one of the big hits on his debut album, "On Top" at #76, reversing the digits on its Hottest 100 finish.
#75. Gwen Stefani - Cool

Round by round: 61-75

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


#74. twenty one pilots - Ride

Round by round: 74-74

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#73. Ariana Grande - Baby I

Round by round: 76-73

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#72. The Rolling Stones - Angie

Round by round: 75-72

Points - 65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #21


#71. Katy Perry - Roar

Round by round: 72-71

Points - 66.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Loaded with hits was Gwen Stefani's first solo album, one of which is "Cool" which lands at #75. Speaking of loaded with hits, there aren't many better examples than twenty one pilots' latest album because every single track on the album has been certified at least gold in the US. Going several times platinum however is "Ride" at #74. Back to debut albums we've got Ariana Grande following up her top 20 finisher from the last game with the next single "Baby I" at #73. The Rolling Stones are considerably less modern in this set with "Angie" at #72, while Katy Perry has what was despite a late year release, the biggest seller of 2013, with "Roar" at #71.
#70. ABBA - SOS

Round by round: 66-70

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#69. Dua Lipa - IDGAF

Round by round: 54-69

Points - 66.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#68. Kasabian - Fire

Round by round: 71-68

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


#67. Eves The Behavior - TV

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 69.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


#66. The Goo Goo Dolls - Slide

Round by round: 67-66

Points - 70.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


One of my greatest fears in this game has been the counting of the two different "SOS" tracks in this list and not accidentally misattributing them. My job has gotten considerably easier now that ABBA's "SOS" goes out at #70. It leads off a reasonably acronym heavy set, given that it's followed directly by Dua Lipa's "IDGAF" at #69, and a little lower we have the artist formerly known as Eves The Behavior with "TV" at #67. In-between is Kasabian's biggest hit, "Fire" at #68, and not The Goo Goo Dolls' biggest hit "Slide" at #66, I imagine if you keep following this thread you'll get to find out what their biggest hit is, which must be exciting.
#65. Radiohead - Just

Round by round: 78-65

Points - 71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#64. Tinashe - Flame

Round by round: 63-64

Points - 71.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#63. Cold War Kids - First

Round by round: 65-63

Points - 72.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#62. Jewel - Hands

Round by round: 68-62

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#61. The Killers - Bones

Round by round: 60-61

Points - 78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


If you were ever wondering what the man said to the other man in Radiohead's "Just" video, I can now tell you that he said that the song would come in at #65 in a QLVG round 2 decades later, do what you will with that information. Tinashe is back for the 2nd time in 3 games, this time taking "Flame" to a still respectable #64. Cold War Kids have their very belated first top 50 hit "First" at #63, while my old school's church's favourite secular song, "Hands" by Jewel comes in at #62. I've never looked personally, but it's only natural to assume that inside those hands would be bones, and The Killers' song by that name is the last to be cut tonight, landing at #61.
60 songs

Adele - Hello
Alicia Keys - No One
Architecture In Helsinki - It'5!
Beach House - Myth
Beyonce - Halo
Bic Runga - Sway
Birds Of Tokyo - Plans
Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna
Camp Cope - Done
Childish Gambino - Sober
CHVRCHES - Gun
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
Feist - 1234
Frank Ocean - Lost
Gary Numan - Cars
George - Spawn
Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder - DARE
Iggy Pop - Candy
Interpol - Evil
James - Laid
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kendrick Lamar - i
Killing Heidi - I Am
Lighthouse Family - High
Little Mix - Move
Little Mix - Touch
Macy Gray - I Try
Mariah Carey - Hero
Matchbox Twenty - 3AM
Matchbox Twenty - Push
Max Sharam - Coma
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Bad
Missy Higgins - Scar
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
OutKast - Hey Ya!
PAWWS - Sugar
Pearl Jam - Black
Radiohead - 2+2=5
Rihanna - SOS
Sam Brown - Stop
Snow Patrol - Run
Spandau Ballet - True
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
Sugababes - Ugly
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Taylor Swift - Style
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Cars - Drive
The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
The Kooks - Naïve
The Mavis's - Cry
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
Travis - Sing
U2 - One

vote Top 15 to 24. 6pm Monday. ACI.
#60. System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.

Round by round: 56-48-60

Points - 93.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#59. The Cars - Drive

Round by round: 53-57-59

Points - 107
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#58. Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna

Round by round: 59-59-58

Points - 108.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#57. Camp Cope - Done

Round by round: 57-56-57

Points - 109.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#56. Killing Heidi - I Am

Round by round: 64-51-56

Points - 109.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


In a rare round 3 instance, every song has at least 3 voters on it so don't be surprised if you take some heavy casualties today. Starting things off is one of the longest titles in here, made shorter by way of acronym as System Of A Down's "B.Y.O.B." lands at #60. And in the world of insanely good branding, The Cars' "Drive" is at #59, being defeated by their mortal bicycle enemies as "Luna" is ahead at #58. Going back to their debut album, Camp Cope have "Done" at #57, while Killing Heidi have their Spider-Man soundtrack hit "I Am" at #56.
#55. Kendrick Lamar - i

Round by round: 47-45-55

Points - 112
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#54. Frank Ocean - Lost

Round by round: 49-58-54

Points - 112.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#53. Feist - 1234

Round by round: 62-55-53

Points - 115.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#52. Sam Brown - Stop

Round by round: 50-52-52

Points - 115.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#51. Travis - Sing

Round by round: 51-60-51

Points - 117.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


The song most committed to this premise, Kendrick Lamar's 1 character long "i" lands at #55. It is the black sheep in a set of otherwise only 4 character songs. Frank Ocean has his biggest solo hit "Lost" at #54, a similar thing that can be said of Feist whose Sally Seltmann penned "1234" takes #53. One of the last songs to be added to this list, Sam Brown's "Stop" finishes near the middle at #52, while Travis just miss the top 50 with their just narrowly top 50 hit "Sing".
#50. Lighthouse Family - High

Round by round: 41-50-50

Points - 120.35
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#49. Macy Gray - I Try

Round by round: 28-36-49

Points - 122
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#48. Jessica Mauboy - Burn

Round by round: 48-49-48

Points - 123.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#47. Architecture In Helsinki - It'5!

Round by round: 58-54-47

Points - 123.55
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#46. Gary Numan - Cars

Round by round: 40-42-46

Points - 126.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Incidentally the top 50 starts off in a big way with 3 different #1 hits spanning roughly a decade. Firstly Lighthouse Family with their monster adult contemporary hit "High" at #50, and Macy Gray tapping a similar demographic for her biggest hit "I Try" at #49. Going a bit more modern is Jessica Mauboy's "Burn" (though scarily it's nearly a decade old at this point), which leaves I believe 8 #1 hits in the running. Architecture In Helsinki cheat the system by shortening their title even though they don't need to, as "It'5!" lands at #47, while Gary Numan carries the torch for his vehicular friends as "Cars" takes #46.
#45. PAWWS - Sugar

Round by round: 42-46-45

Points - 128.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#44. Matchbox Twenty - Push

Round by round: 46-44-44

Points - 134.7
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#43. Childish Gambino - Sober

Round by round: 39-41-43

Points - 135.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#42. Beach House - Myth

Round by round: 52-47-42

Points - 135.8
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#41. U2 - One

Round by round: 16-25-41

Points - 136.45
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


One of the most obscure songs in this whole list but still showing strong, PAWWS lands at #45 with "Sugar". Of considerably higher notoriety is Matchbox Twenty, with the biggest single on their biggest album, "Push" landing at #44. Ever the musical chameleon, Childish Gambino takes a more chill vibe on his track "Sober" which lands at #43, but then sits alongside the king & queen of chill that is Beach House, whose slowly climbing "Myth" just falls short of the next round at #42. Lastly we have a bit of a crash for U2 whose "One" started in the top 20 but misses the top 40 at #41.
40 songs

Adele - Hello
Alicia Keys - No One
Beyonce - Halo
Bic Runga - Sway
Birds Of Tokyo - Plans
CHVRCHES - Gun
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
George - Spawn
Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder - DARE
Iggy Pop - Candy
Interpol - Evil
James - Laid
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Little Mix - Move
Little Mix - Touch
Mariah Carey - Hero
Matchbox Twenty - 3AM
Max Sharam - Coma
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Bad
Missy Higgins - Scar
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
OutKast - Hey Ya!
Pearl Jam - Black
Radiohead - 2+2=5
Rihanna - SOS
Snow Patrol - Run
Spandau Ballet - True
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
Sugababes - Ugly
Taylor Swift - Style
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
The Kooks - Naïve
The Mavis's - Cry
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979


Vote Top 10 to 16. 6pm Wednesday. Strawpoll for next qualifying https://www.strawpoll.me/15828911
#40. Spandau Ballet - True

Round by round: 43-40-40-40

Points - 95.41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#39. Michael Jackson - Bad

Round by round: 34-43-37-39

Points - 107.03
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#38. James - Laid

Round by round: 32-31-30-38

Points - 138.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#37. Little Mix - Touch

Round by round: 33-33-38-37

Points - 144.58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#36. Alicia Keys - No One

Round by round: 35-30-31-36

Points - 145.15
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Appearing for the second time this year, Spandau Ballet improve on the #51 finish for "Gold" and take "True" to #40. We also stay in the '80s just a little longer as Michael Jackson's "Bad" is #39. The rest of these tracks have consistently landed in the 30s, James taking "Laid" to #38, while Little Mix have the first of their two tracks here with "Touch" at #37. Alicia Keys also appears here with one of her biggest chart hits, "No One" at #36.
#35. Stacie Orrico - Stuck

Round by round: 37-28-39-35

Points - 145.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#34. CHVRCHES - Gun

Round by round: 45-35-32-34

Points - 146.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#33. OutKast - Hey Ya!

Round by round: 11-12-29-33

Points - 158.45
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#32. Missy Higgins - Scar

Round by round: 25-23-25-32

Points - 161.05
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#31. Interpol - Evil

Round by round: 44-39-34-31

Points - 163.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Next up is an entirely 21st century section. Stacie Orrico's only top 10 hit "Stuck" takes her to #35, sitting next to recent album releasers CHVRCHES, who go back to their debut for "Gun" at #34, it remains to be known if my "Stay The Night" review was successful. 2003's Hottest 100 runner up "Hey Ya!" lands at #33 followed by 2004's runner up "Scar" at #32, while Interpol have the slow crawl up of "Evil" ending at #31.
#30. Johnny Cash - Hurt

Round by round: 31-34-36-30

Points - 164.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#29. Adele - Hello

Round by round: 14-13-20-29

Points - 165.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#28. Birds Of Tokyo - Plans

Round by round: 30-38-33-28

Points - 167.01
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#27. Snow Patrol - Run

Round by round: 27-24-15-27

Points - 174.65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#26. Matchbox Twenty - 3AM

Round by round: 20-21-17-26

Points - 176.33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Two regulars on that whole catalogue chart thingy I do up next, with Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" at #30 and Adele's "Hello" at #29. One of Birds of Tokyo's best selling tracks, "Plans" lands at #28 behind yet another artist who released an album last week, Snow Patrol, whose 2004 album netted them a breakout hit "Run" at #27. Lastly a song I obviously can relate to as someone who often spends my late nights alone inputting data into spreadsheets, Matchbox Twenty have "3AM" at #26.
#25. Kelly Rowland - Stole

Round by round: 17-15-24-25

Points - 176.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#24. Jamie xx - Gosh

Round by round: 26-29-27-24

Points - 179.66
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#23. Tears For Fears - Shout

Round by round: 18-11-16-23

Points - 181.21
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#22. Beyonce - Halo

Round by round: 15-17-18-22

Points - 187.98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#21. Radiohead - 2+2=5

Round by round: 55-53-35-21

Points - 191.41
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


Kelly Rowland started this game off in the top 20 but her final round berth was "Stole" and now we'll never know how much higher than #25 it could have gotten. Making for strange company is Jamie xx whose "Gosh" landed much higher than I expected at #24. Tears For Fears' only Australian #1 single "Shout" is another to fall out of the top 20, finishing at #23. And there's more in that, as Beyonce's "Halo" also takes a hit down to #22. Jury is out on whether or not Radiohead could be considered more lucky as "2+2=5" has a big boost up to #21, but misses the final round by half a point.
Final 20

Bic Runga - Sway
Eminem feat. Dido - Stan
George - Spawn
Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder - DARE
Iggy Pop - Candy
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Little Mix - Move
Mariah Carey - Hero
Max Sharam - Coma
Methyl Ethel - Ubu
MGMT - Kids
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
Pearl Jam - Black
Rihanna - SOS
Sugababes - Ugly
Taylor Swift - Style
The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
The Kooks - Naïve
The Mavis's - Cry
The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

Vote Top 5 to 8 by 6pm Friday. ACI's open, so is poll https://www.strawpoll.me/15828911
#20. The Kooks - Naïve

Round by round: 36-37-28-18-20

Points - 158.37
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#19. Taylor Swift - Style

Round by round: 12-18-10-13-19

Points - 160.16
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


For another curious statistic, the most streamed song from 2006 in the UK last year was actually "Naïve" by The Kooks, a song whose popularity persists and manifests a top 20 finish here. Speaking of persisting popularity, Taylor Swift's "1989" album is in the ARIA top 10 right now, and from it we've got "Style" at #19.
#18. Sugababes - Ugly

Round by round: 19-19-13-12-18

Points - 190.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#17. Iggy Pop - Candy

Round by round: 29-22-22-15-17

Points - 191.20
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


At #18 we incidentally have Sugababes last ever ARIA top 20 hit, "Ugly", the same that could be said of Iggy Pop (unless you count "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" ~), whose biggest pop hit "Candy" lands at #17.
#16. Little Mix - Move

Round by round: 22-27-21-20-16

Points - 192.98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#15. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

Round by round: 09-09-07-17-15

Points 199.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Little Mix lost a song last round and they were very lucky not to do it a second time with "Move" just sliding into the top 20 when needed. It keeps climbing just a little more to finish at #16, sitting alongside The Smashing Pumpkins who initially had a top 10 berth in sight, but slip down to #15.
#14. The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

Round by round: 13-16-14-11-14

Points - 201.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Pearl Jam - Black

Round by round: 21-20-19-19-13

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


Back for the second time we finally discover what that most popular Goo Goo Dolls song is, and wouldn't you know, it's "Iris" at #14. And if you know anything about eye anatomy, you'll find that it is especially fitting for the iris to be next to "Black", which sees Pearl Jam reaching #13 this time around.
#12. Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder - DARE

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

Points - 207.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#11. Rihanna - SOS

Round by round: 08-08-09-07-11

Points - 213.66
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


In order to unite any potential UK citizens reading this and the more likely AU citizens, I present to you a set of two songs of which one you will recognise as being a #1 hit. It's also a continuation of last round's set of songs that were all just falling out of the top 20 at a bad time, as Gorillaz & Rihanna both fall out of the top 10 for the first time with their respective songs.
#10. George - Spawn

Round by round: 38-32-26-16-10

Points - 224.96
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


#9. Methyl Ethel - Ubu

Round by round: 24-26-23-14-09

Points - 228.15
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


But hey, it means more space for those who replace them, and it means in this case that half of the top 10 is by Australian artists, a fair effort. Starting off is one of the best climbers of the contest, with George's "Spawn" ascending 28 positions from where it started to end up at #10, while some might think I'm ready to riff on "Ubu"'s lyrics again, but why? It comes back a second time this year to finish in the top 10 again, this time 2 places lower than in the Hottest 100 game at #9.
#8. The Mavis's - Cry

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

Points - 233.37
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#7. Jennifer Paige - Crush

Round by round: 03-02-02-04-07

Points - 245.67
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


More Australian now, as the masters of making songs that I vaguely remember from growing up, The Mavis's, have their biggest hit "Cry" landing at #8. It comes along with the much awaited other "Crush" song of the game, which wouldn't you believe it, is Jennifer Paige's #1 hit version of the song title, a strong performer that falls slightly to #7 in the end.
#6. Bic Runga - Sway

Round by round: 07-07-08-05-06

Points - 246.92
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Mariah Carey - Hero

Round by round: 04-04-04-03-05

Points - 257.19
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


The run of '90s music persists, which makes me realise that the entire top 20 are from the past 3 decades. Contributing to that in this post is Bic Runga's respected-for-restraint "Sway" at #6, and Mariah Carey's respected-for-lack-of-restraint "Hero" at #5.
#4. MGMT - Kids

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

Points - 263.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Max Sharam - Coma

Round by round: 23-14-12-06-03

Points - 264.66
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #5


Finally now coming across a #1 sitter, which for the first three rounds of this game was in fact MGMT's "Kids", which does quite well to come very close to #3 when it has a whole voter less than its competition. But then some might say it's even more impressive that Max Sharam has made it as high as #3 with "Coma", not just for being her moderately deep cut moderate hit, not just for the fact that it's not in fact a collaboration with Perth based Pendulum covering the Melbourne based Pendulum song "Coma", but the fact that no one even put her in their top 4 this round.
#2. Eminem feat. Dido - Stan

Round by round: 05-05-05-08-02

Points - 268.63
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#1. Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

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

Points - 328.89
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


The competition is begging for me to be exceedingly pluggy, because as it so happens, the runner up this time around is a song that was in fact first released in the year 2000, which just so happens to be the theme for a broadcast that I will be conducting on Sunday. And who can say whether or not a certain Eminem song noted for giving a name to an entire community of music fandom that we all love and hate, could perchance make an appearance in such a thing? Well it has made an appearance in this list, landing in the runner up slot, ironically behind a song that is noted as peaking at #2 on the charts both here and in the UK, while "Stan" hit #1 in both places. Evidently the adversity caused by the lack of signal boosting that #1 status provides is not enough to stop Natalie Imbruglia from scoring a #1 finish with "Torn". This is only the 2nd time she's ever appeared in this game, and the last one was about 2 years ago with the same song, which finished at #14 in the game of '90s top 10 hits. With a 60 point lead this time around, there's no question that she sails away with the latest game, nothing to be cold and/or ashamed about.
Thanks for voting and all that. In fact this was especially good for me because we nearly went the entire game with no missed votes, which allows me to type these things up slightly sooner. I am also thrilled to say that for the first time this year, there's finally been a draw on the strawpoll so I can go 4 weeks without having to come up with new options. Next week we'll be doing the antithesis of this game as we have 5 word titles in the qualifying game, followed by the much more simple ARIA #1 hits game. Before that though on Monday, we'll have the game concerning parenthetic song titles, see you then, and do the ACI if that's a thing you do.
After much waiting (3 days to be exact) we have a (new) QLVG game that is (in fact) ready to be seen (and voted upon). This is the (very) exciting game that involves songs (which involve brackets in their titles), and there are 100 of them (below this message).

3LW - No More (Baby I'ma Do It Right)
A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Australian Crawl - Reckless (Don't Be So)
Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Beth Hart - L.A. Song (Out Of This Town)
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
blink-182 - Dammit (Growing Up)
Blu Cantrell - Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)
Brandy - Right Here (Departed)
Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)
Cashmere Cat feat. MØ & SOPHIE - 9 (After Coachella)
Christina Aguilera - Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Custard - Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)
Cutting Crew - (I Just Died) In Your Arms
Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
EL VY - Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Fall Out Boy - I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)
Felix da Housecat - Silver Screen (Shower Scene)
Fifth Harmony feat. Fetty Wap - All In My Head (Flex)
Five For Fighting - Superman (Its Not Easy)
Flight Of The Conchords - Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor)
Florence + The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
Frankie J feat. Baby Bash - Obsession (No Es Amor)
Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)
Frida - Everything (Is You)
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Galantis - Runaway (U & I)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)
George Michael - Flawless (Go To The City)
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)
Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song For Mutya (Out of Control)
James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Jessica Mauboy - Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up)
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
JoJo - Leave (Get Out)
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
Kylie Minogue - I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)
Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Nine Days - Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)
Rihanna - Cockiness (Love It)
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
Run The Jewels feat. Zack De La Rocha - Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)
Sarah Blasko - [explain]
Sevyn Streeter - How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)
Shakira feat. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (Time For Africa)
Shania Twain - (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Silversun Pickups - Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)
Something For Kate - Captain (Million Miles An Hour)
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life
Stevie Wright - Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Teddy Geiger - For You I Will (Confidence)
The Bedroom Philosopher - Northcote (So Hungover)
The Clash - Train In Vain (Stand By Me)
The Doors - Break On Through (To The Other Side)
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
The Killers - Bling (Confessions Of A King)
The McClymonts - Going Under (Didn't Have To)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Script - Breakeven (Falling To Pieces)
The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
The Temptation - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
The Whitlams - Blow Up The Pokies (I Wish I...)
The Whitlams - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)
The Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)
TISM - (He'll Never Be An) Old Man River
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)
U2 - Pride (In The Name of Love)
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)


Feel free to vote (provided that it's a Top 25 to 40) and send them (before 6pm Wednesday) to my inbox.
#100. The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

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


#99. The Bedroom Philosopher - Northcote (So Hungover)

Points - 19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#98. The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)

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


#97. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow)

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


#96. Frankie J feat. Baby Bash - Obsession (No Es Amor)

Points - 28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


You can't say we don't offer a variety of options here. Starting things off here in a big way is a US #1 hit from The Temptations, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)". It of course shares company with Australian comedy musician The Bedroom Philosopher, with the lead single from his album all about passengers on Melbourne trams, "Northcote (So Hungover)" at #99. The Strangler's debut single "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" is at #98, and following that is a posthumous release for Gurrumul which gave him his first ever #1 album. For a hit that more people may be familiar with, we've got Frankie J & Baby Bash's top 10 hit "Obsession (No Es Amor)" at #96.
#95. Felix da Hosuecat - Silver Screen (Shower Scene)

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#94. Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#93. The Clash - Train In Vain (Stand By Me)

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


#92. Kylie Minogue - I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)

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


#91. George Michael - Flawless (Go To The City)

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


Staying in the 2000s a bit longer but with a different tone, Felix da Housecat's electro banger "Silver Screen (Shower Scene)" lands at #95. Then we've got another massive early '70s hit as Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" takes #94. We've then got a bygone era where immensely successful UK rock bands decide against mimicking the title of a Ben E. King song (hi Oasis) as The Clash have "Train In Vain (Stand By Me)" at #93. The cuts get even deeper as we go to a non-single from Kylie Minogue's 2nd album, "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)" at #92, while George Michael heavily samples "Flawless" by The Ones, and to my surprise getting a higher chart peak in the process, with "Flawless (Go To The City)" at #91.
#90. Flight Of The Conchords - Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor)

Points - 37
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


#89. Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#88. Rihanna - Cockiness (Love It)

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


#87. Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#86. Frida - Everything (Is You)

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


Why, you're looking for more comedy music from around the turn of the decade between the 2000s & 2010s that landed in the Hottest 100? Well you're in luck because we've got even more of that courtesy of Flight Of The Conchords with "Too Many Dicks (On The Dancefloor)" at #90, followed by a band which they have directly parodied before, Pet Shop Boys at #89 with "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" at #89. Back when Rihanna was specifically trolling me with her sample choices, the world was given "Cockiness (Love It)" which lands at #88, followed by the very interesting "Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)" from Malcolm McLaren at #87. To keep your pop at its artiest (I say this unintentionally while listening to "Arty Boy") we've got a recent track from Frida titled "Everything (Is You)" at #86.
#85. Silversun Pickups - Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Votes - #13


#84. The Killers - Bling (Confessions Of A King)

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#83. TISM - (He'll Never Be An) Old Man River

Points - 48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#82. Cashmere Cat feat. MØ & SOPHIE - 9 (After Coachella)

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#81. Fall Out Boy - I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


Though it feels like it's been quite a while to me, "Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)" in fact comes from Silversun Pickups' most recent album and lands at #85. On the other hand, you have to go quite a way back in The Killers' discography to reach "Bling (Confessions Of A King)" at #84. Also assuring that we have 3 decades of comedic alternative hits represented in this set of eliminations, we've got TISM's "(He'll Never Be An) Old Man River)" at #83. Comedic (to me) for unintentional reasons is Cashmere Cat's eclectic "9 (After Coachella)" at #82, while Fall Out Boy finish things off with their song that Video Hits always cut the full title off, for some reason, "I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)" at #81.
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3LW - No More (Baby I'ma Do It Right)
A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Australian Crawl - Reckless (Don't Be So)
Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Beth Hart - L.A. Song (Out Of This Town)
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
blink-182 - Dammit (Growing Up)
Blu Cantrell - Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)
Brandy - Right Here (Departed)
Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)
Christina Aguilera - Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Custard - Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)
Cutting Crew - (I Just Died) In Your Arms
Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
EL VY - Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Fifth Harmony feat. Fetty Wap - All In My Head (Flex)
Five For Fighting - Superman (Its Not Easy)
Florence + The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Galantis - Runaway (U & I)
Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song For Mutya (Out of Control)
James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Jessica Mauboy - Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up)
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
JoJo - Leave (Get Out)
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Nine Days - Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
Run The Jewels feat. Zack De La Rocha - Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)
Sarah Blasko - [explain]
Sevyn Streeter - How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)
Shakira feat. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (Time For Africa)
Shania Twain - (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Something For Kate - Captain (Million Miles An Hour)
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life
Stevie Wright - Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Teddy Geiger - For You I Will (Confidence)
The Doors - Break On Through (To The Other Side)
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
The McClymonts - Going Under (Didn't Have To)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Script - Breakeven (Falling To Pieces)
The Whitlams - Blow Up The Pokies (I Wish I...)
The Whitlams - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)
The Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)
U2 - Pride (In The Name of Love)
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)


It is time for another round of voting just as the last one ends. You would do well to submit your vote (Top 20 to 32) to me by 6pm on Friday. I've also got a nice ACI to be attended to if you so wish.
#80. The Script - Breakeven (Falling To Pieces)

Round by round: 78-80

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#79. Beth Hart - L.A. Song (Out Of This Town)

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#78. Sevyn Streeter - How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)

Round by round: 74-78

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


#77. The McClymonts - Going Under (Didn't Have To)

Round by round: 76-77

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#76. blink-182 - Dammit (Growing Up)

Round by round: 71-76

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


This is being posted *slightly* before it should be, but rest assured that everybody who voted in round 1 has put a vote in, and I'm definitely not doing this to ensure a favourable result as will be clear towards the end of this elimination round, I'm just very low on sleep right now and would rather post this now than in several hours from now. Anyhow with that out of the way, the first two songs to go out of here are tracks that are more often seen without their parentheses, some might call them half-bloods. Some might also call them "Breakeven (Falling To Pieces)" by The Script and "L.A. Song (Out Of This Town)" by Beth Hart. From the very lucrative in terms of hits soundtrack to Furious 7, at #78 we've got Sevyn Streeter's "How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)" at #78, followed by another 2010s track, with one of The McClymonts' few ARIA charting singles, "Going Under (Didn't Have To)" at #77. Checking out relatively early is blink-182's "Dammit (Growing Up)" at #76.
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#75. Brandy - Right Here (Departed)

Round by round: 69-75

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#74. Custard - Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)

Round by round: 73-74

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#73. Florence + The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Round by round: 65-73

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#72. Fifth Harmony feat. Fetty Wap - All In My Head (Flex)

Round by round: 67-72

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#71. Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life

Round by round: 68-71

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


I was going to make a remark about how things aren't going super well for the '90s currently after coming out on top in the last game, but that's because I forgot that Brandy's "Right Here (Departed)" is actually far later than that, landing at #75. Custard however are pure '90s instilled, and their track "Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)" sits at #74, behind the first of two Florence + The Machine tracks, "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)". If that's not enough of the letter F for you, we've got two F artists collaborating on a song with a parenthetical F word (not that one), with Fifth Harmony teaming up with Fetty Wap on one of their best songs, "All In My Head (Flex)" at #72. Stacie Orrico returns for a second game in a row, this time with "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life" at #71, just missing out on doubling the position of "Stuck".
#70. Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)

Round by round: 62-70

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#69. Shania Twain - (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!

Round by round: 77-69

Points - 73
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #22


#68. Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

Round by round: 70-68

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#67. Run The Jewels feat. Zack De La Rocha - Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)

Round by round: 66-67

Points - 76
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#66. Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar

Round by round: 64-66

Points - 77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


Get your yea-yeahs out for Rihanna as "Cheers (Drink To That)" is her second song to land in this list, at #70. Following that we've got the particularly wordy, even for Shania's standards, "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!" at #69. A big '90s hit, but some might argue not quite as big as Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" which sits snugly at #68. That '90s run can't keep up but it is there in essence, as Run The Jewels team up with Rage Against The Machine's Zack De La Rocha for "Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)", and if that's not enough rap rock hybrid for you...wait, don't go, anyway, Cypress Hill are also here with "(Rock) Superstar" at #66, which some might argue is not the first time this month it has appeared on a list that I have posted on this site.
#65. Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)

Round by round: 79-65

Points - 80
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#64. Galantis - Runaway (U & I)

Round by round: 58-64

Points - 81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#63. Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)

Round by round: 60-63

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


#62. The Whitlams - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)

Round by round: 75-62

Points - 82
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#61. EL VY - Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)

Round by round: 57-61

Points - 83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


Lindsay Lohan comes in at #65, I believe the first time she's ever appeared in this game, and with her highest charting single, "Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)". Then at #64 is another top 10 hit, the first of a series for the surprisingly successful grouping of Bloodshy & Avant aka two guys from Miike Snow, with Galantis's "Runaway (U & I)". Not remotely close to a top 10 hit, we've got a 2018 entrant from Moaning Lisa with "Carrie (I Want A Girl)", rest assured we do in fact have a Florence still to come in this list. Speaking of multiple entry artists, there's The Whitlams at #62 for the first of two times with "Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)", while we finish things up with another sort of supergroup, pairing up The National with Menomena and singing about members of the Minutemen, EL VY just miss the cut by 1 point with "Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)".
(though there are no avalanches above) business continues below

3LW - No More (Baby I'ma Do It Right)
A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Australian Crawl - Reckless (Don't Be So)
Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Blu Cantrell - Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)
Christina Aguilera - Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Cutting Crew - (I Just Died) In Your Arms
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Five For Fighting - Superman (Its Not Easy)
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song For Mutya (Out of Control)
James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Jessica Mauboy - Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up)
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
JoJo - Leave (Get Out)
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Nine Days - Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
Sarah Blasko - [explain]
Shakira feat. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (Time For Africa)
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Something For Kate - Captain (Million Miles An Hour)
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Stevie Wright - Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
Teddy Geiger - For You I Will (Confidence)
The Doors - Break On Through (To The Other Side)
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Whitlams - Blow Up The Pokies (I Wish I...)
The Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)
U2 - Pride (In The Name of Love)
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)


There are 60 songs left in the running, so if you've done the maths, or are acquainted enough with this game to know the proceedings, you'll know that I require a Top 15 to 24 vote by 6pm on Monday. This time I will probably be a tad late on the results as I have an exam that afternoon, we'll see I guess. Also the ACI is open as per usual.
#60. Stevie Wright - Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Round by round: 52-51-60

Points - 74.35
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #12


#59. Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love)

Round by round: 55-59-59

Points - 103
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#58. Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

Round by round: 44-47-58

Points - 103.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#57. Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Round by round: 47-49-57

Points - 107.1
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#56. 3LW - No More (Baby I'ma Do It Right)

Round by round: 72-60-56

Points - 109
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Forgive me if I choose to be laconic today. Starting things off is perhaps the most contentious sitter here, with all 3 parts of Stevie Wright's "Evie" at #60. At #59 is Good Charlotte with a song that I thought was only big in Australia, but in actual fact was one of their biggest hits in the US as well, though they never reached the Hot 100 after it, "Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love)" at #59. Using brackets to great effect is the Beastie Boys with "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" at #58, while Talking Heads take "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" to #57. Finishing off is 3LW not committing to one hook in the title, giving us "No More (Baby I'ma Do It Right)"at #56.
#55. Teddy Geiger - For You I Will (Confidence)

Round by round: 53-55-55

Points - 109.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#54. The Doors - Break On Through (To The Other Side)

Round by round: 56-58-54

Points - 110.9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#53. Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)

Round by round: 48-53-53

Points - 113.35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#52. Something For Kate - Captain (Million Miles An Hour)

Round by round: 50-52-52

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


#51. U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Round by round: 61-38-51

Points - 113.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Currently finding success behind the scenes for Shawn Mendes, Teddy Geiger's own "For You I Will (Confidence)" lands at #55. The Doors are no longer able to "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and land at #54, while Freemasons have an end of decade hit in "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)" at #53. On the other hand, we go right near the beginning of the career of Something For Kate for "Captain (Million Miles An Hour)" at #52, as well as relatively early times for U2 with "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" at #51.
#50. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Round by round: 51-54-50

Points - 115.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#49. The Whitlams - Blow Up The Pokies (I Wish I...)

Round by round: 59-56-49

Points - 115.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#48. AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)

Round by round: 46-50-48

Points - 117
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#47. Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)

Round by round: 63-57-47

Points - 121.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#46. My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

Round by round: 42-48-46

Points - 125.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Hopefully providing some satisfaction for The Rolling Stones as they land just in the top half at #50, while The Whitlams land their highest at #49 with "Blow Up The Pokies (I Wish I...)". AC/DC have the height of pessimism in this game, though incidentally have their highest ever finish with "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)" making #48. Nelly Furtado has "Powerless (Say What You Want)" with no relation to the discographies of Texas or Rudimental at #47, while My Chemical Romance take I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" to #46.
#45. The Wombats - Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)

Round by round: 41-44-45

Points - 131.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#44. Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Round by round: 39-40-44

Points - 133.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#43. Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)

Round by round: 36-45-43

Points - 136.4
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


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

Round by round: 54-42-42

Points - 137.1
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#41. R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Round by round: 40-35-41

Points - 137.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


The Wombats have their ode to 'boring tokyo' with "Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" at #45, while Otis Redding is content to be "Sittin' On The Dock (Of The Bay)" wasting time at #44. Things get immensely timely as we have entered World Cup season during this game, and that's long enough to reach the exit of Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" at #43. Five For Fighting have "Superman (It's Not Easy)" at #42 while R.E.M. close out the round with "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".
We're now down to this list of 40 songs, check a look

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Australian Crawl - Reckless (Don't Be So)
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Blu Cantrell - Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)
Christina Aguilera - Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Cutting Crew - (I Just Died) In Your Arms
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song For Mutya (Out of Control)
James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Jessica Mauboy - Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up)
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
JoJo - Leave (Get Out)
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
Nine Days - Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)
Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
Sarah Blasko - [explain]
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)


There are 2 rounds remaining each of which will involve the revealing of 20 of these songs and their final standings. Influence those standings by voting your Top 10 to 16 from here and sending it to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#40. Nine Days - Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)

Round by round: 49-46-39-40

Points - 99.61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#39. Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)

Round by round: 26-34-31-39

Points - 131.74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#38. Lady Gaga - Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)

Round by round: 29-33-35-38

Points - 134.09
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#37. Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

Round by round: 34-43-38-37

Points - 145.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#36. James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)

Round by round: 35-25-36-36

Points - 166.11
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


THIS ISSSSSS the story of the round 4 results of QLVG, which I can only imagine were deliberately organised so I could start the post like that since Nine Days' "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" lands at #40. If your appetite for extremely wordy hooks is not yet satiated, there's also Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" at #39. In a round largely of songs from the start and (so far) end of this century, Lady Gaga sits in the middle in more than one way with "Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)". You no longer need to wait to find out that Future Islands are #37, while James slightly outperform themselves in last fortnight's game, as "Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)" lands 2 places higher at #36.
#35. Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)

Round by round: 37-36-32-35

Points - 166.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#34. Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)

Round by round: 16-13-24-34

Points - 167.45
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#33. A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls feat. Nicole Scherzinger - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

Round by round: 25-31-27-33

Points - 169.16
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#32. Jessica Mauboy - Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)

Round by round: 32-39-33-32

Points - 170.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#31. The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)

Round by round: 30-30-25-31

Points - 175.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Silverchair take "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" to #35, while next up is Rihanna with a song I initially thought would make the top 20, "Only Girl (In The World)" at #34. A strong contender for the most bloated metadata is "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" at #33, while Jessica Mauboy keeps up her standard top 40 performance with "Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)". The Fray finish off this set with a song that subverts the typical functions of titles, with the more obvious hook being the non-parenthetic portion.
#30. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

Round by round: 19-14-13-30

Points - 178.18
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#29. Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)

Round by round: 27-32-34-29

Points - 180.71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#28. Sarah Blasko - [explain]

Round by round: 20-23-30-28

Points - 180.85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#27. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Round by round: 22-26-26-27

Points - 184.3
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#26. Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song For Mutya (Out Of Control)

Round by round: 28-36-19-26

Points - 189.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Taking a bit of a hit this round is the still surprisingly high (for me), "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" at #30. Radiohead have been pretty consistent in this game with their two songs, which have never switched order once, though finish very close to each other, with "Exit Music (For A Film)" at #29 & "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" at #27. In the middle of this is a very formative song from my early teens, Sarah Blasko's "[explain]" at #28, while speaking of people who are known to be caught up in the middle, Groove Armada team up with Mutya Buena for "Song For Mutya (Out Of Control)" at #26.
#25. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

Round by round: 13-15-18-25

Points - 190.79
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#24. Australian Crawl - Reckless (Don't Be So)

Round by round: 38-24-29-24

Points - 194.89
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #8


#23. Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Round by round: 33-41-40-23

Points - 199.39
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#22. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)

Round by round: 12-22-15-22

Points - 202.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #8


#21. Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)

Round by round: 21-20-23-21

Points - 202.69
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #7


It is a bad time to be an artist that starts with the letter A! At the very least Arcade Fire can take consolation in having an additional song still to come, but it's the end of the road for "Rebellion (Lies)" at #25. Australian Crawl's "Reckless (Don't Be So)" manages #24, while Adele's "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" is having its 3rd run in QLVG, but highest ever finish at #23. It's actually the first time "Swimming Pools (Drank)" has ever appeared, and it does well to land at #22, just behind Jamie xx who is exceedingly unlucky yet again, just missing the last round with "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" taking #21.
I present the top 20

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Blu Cantrell - Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have)
Christina Aguilera - Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Cutting Crew - (I Just Died) In Your Arms
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
JoJo - Leave (Get Out)
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)


But who shall win (with further specifications)? We shall find out (provided you look at this thread) in 2 days after 6pm Friday. Submit your Top 5 to 8 selections here to make an impact on that, and also possibly the ACI if you do that.
Are we supposed to/encouraged to comment in this thread or is it just for results?

Ooh, first time I've played in every round in ages so it's nice to see a lot of my faves still in the running. So there must be at least 4, possibly 5 other people supporting the same songs I am.
Yep, anyone is free to comment in this thread haha.
#20. Christina Aguilera - Come On Over (All I Want Is You)

Round by round: 09-19-17-17-20

Points - 161.66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#19. JoJo - Leave (Get Out)

Round by round: 23-18-21-19-19

Points - 164.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Starting things off we've got pure '00s teen pop by some of the youngest artists of their times, with Christina Aguilera as yet another 'they just released an album' artist to appear here, going back to 2001 for "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" at #20. And then we've got JoJo's "Leave (Get Out)" a song that is now roughly as old as JoJo was when she released it, at #19.
#18. Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Round by round: 15-17-09-12-18

Points - 169.68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


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

Round by round: 24-28-22-18-17

Points - 203.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


The run of 'just released an album' continues, and this next one was with much less expectations, but that is of course the way of Beyonce of late. You could say though she was still having unexpected hits a decade ago too though, as "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" was initially just a b-side to "If I Were A Boy", and lands at #18 here. Sitting alongside her is a completely different taste of things from the Buzzcocks, with "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" at #17.
#16. Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)

Round by round: 06-10-12-13-16

Points - 204.00
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#15. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

Round by round: 11-07-07-07-15

Points - 213.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Though Calvin Harris was more prone to scoring #2 hits at the time, for Florence + The Machine, getting a reworking from him in "Spectrum (Say My Name)" was their key to a #1 single in the UK, and a #16 finish here. Something similar could just be said of the fact that "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" became a defining hit for Green Day while being a relative departure from what the band were known for at the time.
#14. Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)

Round by round: 07-08-08-09-14

Points - 216.23
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Blu Cantrell - Hit Em Up Style (Oops!)

Round by round: 04-05-03-05-13

Points - 219.92
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Sparing me the trouble of having to acknowledge a parenthetic portion that I never go out of my way to include, as a winning song, Train finish off at #14 with "Drops Of Jupiter". Sitting next to them is a song that once shared a space with them in the ARIA top 10 (for a grand total of 1 week), Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" at #13.
#12. John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)

Round by round: 45-27-37-20-12

Points - 227.01
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#11. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Round by round: 18-21-20-16-11

Points - 240.81
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Those who choose the radio station when they drive have no doubt been waiting for the surprise success in the mid game of John Parr's "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" which finishes at #12. Making a similar charge for success is Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" which finishes off at its highest position of #11.
#10. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

Round by round: 43-29-28-15-10

Points - 243.53
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#9. Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)

Round by round: 10-12-14-14-09

Points - 244.91
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


A breakout success for Stock Aitken Waterman was the boisterous "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead Or Alive which is another big improver to finish in the top 10. Meanwhile while some songs here use the parentheses to append to their main hook, or otherwise clarify, Regurgitator do neither with what is arguably their most popular song "! (The Song Formerly Known As)" at #9.
#8. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You)

Round by round: 17-09-10-11-08

Points - 247.98
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#7. Cutting Crew - (I Just Died) In Your Arms

Round by round: 31-16-16-10-07

Points - 289.61
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Until 2013, the only independently released single ever to go to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was in fact Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)", which for the sake of people who enjoy numbers lining up, was at one point #9, but for the sake of people who want the song to finish higher, ends up at #8. Continuing a strong run of '80s hits in the list, Cutting Crew's "(I Just Died) In Your Arms" finishes at #7.
#6. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Round by round: 14-11-11-06-06

Points - 294.98
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


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

Round by round: 01-02-01-04-05

Points - 304.95
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Surprisingly ousting "I Will Always Love You" in recent years as Whitney Houston's strongest catalogue seller/streamer, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" which finishes at #6. Following that we've got Spiller's "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" at #5, a song that in round 2 actually managed to have 10 different voters, which I don't believe has happened in a long time. Incidentally that was also a round when it was ousted from the top spot.
#4. Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)

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

Points - 319.11
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


#3. En Vogue - Don't Let Go (Love)

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

Points - 338.34
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


For the highest 2000s track this time around, we actually go to the gospel pop stylings of Mary Mary with "Shackles (Praise You)", which has previously finished at #8 & #25 but now gets quite a bit closer to the top as it takes #4. On the topic of songs which have appeared in this game twice before, it's not quite new heights for En Vogue, whose "Don't Let Go (Love)" has previously finished as a runner up. Nonetheless it's still a fine finish at #3.
#2. A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)

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

Points - 342.72
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

Round by round: 02-03-05-01-01

Points - 387.58
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #2


In the end though, it's the battle of the early '80s new wave. For the runner up, we've got the one that actually did reach #1 on the Australian charts, with A Flock Of Seagulls' immensely catchy "I Ran (So Far Away)". It put up a strong fight but lost out the undeniable synth goodness of the Eurthymics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", arguably their most popular song now even though it was "Would I Lie To You" that took them to the top here. It's what you voted to the top this time around and who am I to disagree?
As usual, I thank you all for voting, especially this time around which was the biggest turn out I've had in some time, and I came close to running out of space on my spreadsheet as it's set up currently Nonetheless, a lot of these titles were quite lengthy and there'll be even more of that, with a lot of songs that could have appeared here too, as we'll go into the world of songs with 5+ word titles. I also have no new poll but can tell you the next qualifying game will involve Australian #1 hits. Have a nice weekend and I'll see you then.
Thanks Hijinx, I enjoyed that round and am very pleased with the results. Even the songs that I didn't vote for and are not my cup of tea, I can appreciate and there was nothing horrible in the finals.
I am very sleepy but determined to post this now, the name of the game is songs with 5 or more words in their titles, and the participants of the game are as follows:

a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
Alicia Keys feat. Beyonce - Put It In A Love Song
Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You
Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down Because I've Moved Your Chair
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Fransisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry
B*Witched - Blame It On The Weatherman
Bananarama - Love In The First Degree
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place On Earth
Ben Folds Five - One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces
Beyonce - Best Thing I Never Had
Blue King Brown - Come And Check Your Head
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Bowling For Soup - Girl All The Bad Guys Want
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Cloud Control - There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight
De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Eternal feat. Bebe Winans - I Wanna Be The Only One
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Eve feat. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me
Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love
Jessica Mauboy - To The End Of The Earth
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
Johnny Boy - You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve
Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
Kesha - Your Love Is My Drug
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Liberty X - Got To Have Your Love
Madonna - Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Melody's Echo Chamber - You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Panic! At The Disco - The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
Ricki-Lee - Can't Sing A Different Song
Rihanna feat. J-Status - There's a Thug In My Life
Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like A Love Song
Silversun Pickups - It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
Skream feat. Example - Shot Yourself In The Foot Again
Sophie Ellis Bextor - Music Gets The Best Of Me
Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
The Drones - I Don't Ever Want To Change
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
The Killers - All These Things I’ve Done
The Knife - We Share Our Mothers' Health
The Knife - You Take My Breath Away
The Kooks - Always Where I Need To Be
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Toni Braxton - You Mean The World To Me
Tonic - If You Could Only See
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
U2 - Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
Wa Wa Nee - I Could Make You Love Me
Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


And of course you as well, should you decide to. You merely need to select your Top 25 to 40 from this lot and send it in to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
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Sorry if I'm being a pain or thick, but does Fugees - Killing Me Softly have 5 or wore words? I know some people add "with his song" but I didn't think the Fugees version was officially listed as that.
Oh wow, you can tell I did this late at night because I went out of my way to adjust the title without even noticing it broke the #1 rule of this round.

I will adjust the title back under the fact that the official YouTube upload has the full title.

However I also see Go West's King Of Wishful Thinking got in and I don't think I can make an exception for that, so I'll replace it with Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, as per keith's post in the other thread.
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No problem. I just noticed it is listed with the full title on youtube too, even if not on the CD. So if that is official fair enough.
#100. De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays

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


#99. The Drones - I Don't Ever Want To Change

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


#98. Bowling For Soup - Girl All The Bad Guys Want

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


#97. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#96. Blue King Brown - Come And Check Your Head

Points - 27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


Starting things off today is De La Soul, who possibly were playing with the disadvantage of "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" not being on Spotify, which may or may not have impacted on their #100 finish. The rest here don't have that issue (iirc), The Drones take us back to the mid 2000s with "I Don't Ever Want To Change" at #99, and Bowling For Soup & Blue King Brown keep us in that general area. On the other hand, to represent the '90s is the song as peculiar as its title, Primitive Radio Gods' "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" at #97.
#95. The Knife - We Share Our Mothers' Health

Points - 28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #29


#94. Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#93. Alicia Keys feat. Beyonce - Put It In A Love Song

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


#92. Liberty X - Got To Have Your Love

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


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

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


The Knife have two songs in this game, and the first of them to go out is "We Share Our Mothers' Health" at #95. Then for possibly more recognised hit singles, Ian Dury's "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" takes #94, and Alicia Keys' "Put It In A Love Song" lands at #93. What you can say for Liberty X depends on your country of origin, as "Got To Have Your Love" was quite a big hit in the UK, but a non-starter here. Lastly we've got John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads", a song currently riding its biggest wave of popularity in a long time, thanks partially to being used in advertisement of the upcoming Fallout game.
#90. Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#89. Rihanna feat. J-Status - There's A Thug In My Life

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


#88. Silversun Pickups - It's Nice To Know You Work Alone

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


#87. Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken

Points - 40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#86. Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


It's hard to say Jennifer Lopez didn't start things off strong, with her first charting single here, "If You Had My Love" quickly becoming a big #1 hit. She would however have to wait 12 whole years for her next time at the top. For artists with more gradual ascents to the spotlight, next up is Rihanna at #89, incidentally with a track on her first album, "There's A Thug In My Life". Silversun Pickups are at their most brooding, and pro-cologne with "It's Nice To Know You Work Alone" at #88, while Camera Obscura make sunny pop with "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" at #87. Finishing up is the first Bat For Lashes song I can recall hearing "What's A Girl To Do?" at #86.
#85. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like A Love Song

Points - 41
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#84. Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#83. Johnny Boy - You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#82. Ben Folds Five - One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces

Points - 44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#81. The Knife - You Take My Breath Away

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


Throwback to 2011 because we've got two very different tracks from that same era. Firstly Selena Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song", which is unlucky to have so many voters yet be eliminated in the first round, and then Arctic Monkeys' "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair", from arguably their least successful period depending on how you weigh up their current album. At #83 is the song that sounds considerably less punk than its title of "You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve", while lowering the stakes a bit at #82 is Ben Folds' ode to making fun of the people who made fun of him as a kid, "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces". Lastly, The Knife are unlucky as they lose their last entry as well at the last hurdle, "You Take My Breath Away".
Would you like a top 80? Because I can provide a top 80

a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Fransisco
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry
B*Witched - Blame It On The Weatherman
Bananarama - Love In The First Degree
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place On Earth
Beyonce - Best Thing I Never Had
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Cloud Control - There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Eternal feat. Bebe Winans - I Wanna Be The Only One
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Eve feat. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me
Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
Jessica Mauboy - To The End Of The Earth
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
Kesha - Your Love Is My Drug
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Melody's Echo Chamber - You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Panic! At The Disco - The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Ricki-Lee - Can't Sing A Different Song
Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Skream feat. Example - Shot Yourself In The Foot Again
Sophie Ellis Bextor - Music Gets The Best Of Me
Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Sting - If You Love Somebody Set The Free
Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
The Killers - All These Things I've Done
The Kooks - Always Where I Need To Be
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Toni Braxton - You Mean The World To Me
Tonic - If You Could Only See
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
U2 - Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
Wa Wa Nee - I Could Make You Love Me
Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


The drill remains as is often the case. You may participate here by selecting your Top 20 to 32 from here and submitting it to me by 6pm on Friday. I will also have the ACI ready tonight.
#80. Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me

Round by round: 78-80

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#79. Kesha - Your Love Is My Drug

Round by round: 71-79

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


#78. Ricki-Lee - Can't Sing A Different Song

Round by round: 76-78

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


#77. Toni Braxton - You Mean The World To Me

Round by round: 77-77

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


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

Round by round: 79-76

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


It's not often we go back to the 1950s for this game, and "My Baby Just Cares For Me" is even older than that as it was written for a film in 1930. Nina Simone's version became famous in the 1980s, and now in 2018 it finishes at #80 here. Then it's straight to the most modern song on this list with Kesha's "Your Love Is My Drug". I had completely forgotten that "Can't Sing A Different Song" was a top 10 hit for Ricki-Lee but she was on a good run at the time. One of my favourite discoveries for this was Toni Braxton's "You Mean The World To Me" which lands at #77, while Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over" I'm far more acquainted with lands at #76. I like your beard.


#75. Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry

Round by round: 73-75

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#74. Weezer - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To

Round by round: 74-74

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


#73. Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco

Round by round: 70-73

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


#72. The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

Round by round: 58-72

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#71. Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)

Round by round: 68-71

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


There are 3 2018 songs in this game and the first of those is Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left To Cry", which could perhaps build more fanfare over time as it's only been out for 2 months, and lands at #75. At #74 is Weezer's last ARIA top 100 hit, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To", while the latest of this large list of Arctic Monkeys entries is "Fake Tales Of San Francisco" at #73. The Beatles have a much more modest set of 2 entries and the first is "All You Need Is Love" at #72. Paul Young finishes this set, appearing I believe for the first time ever, with "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" at #71.
#70. The Kooks - Always Where I Need To Be

Round by round: 72-70

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


#69. Ida Maria - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

Round by round: 75-69

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#68. Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again

Round by round: 62-68

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#67. Melody's Echo Chamber - You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me

Round by round: 80-67

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#66. Cloud Control - There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight

Round by round: 66-66

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


I was really hoping that The Kooks would remain steady for their run, but perhaps where they needed to be changed, and ended up at #70. FITTINGLY Ida Maria is #69, while Maroon 5 (not to be confused with the 2010s band of the same name and mostly the same members) have their Rihanna collaboration "If I Never See Your Face Again" at #68. Melody's Echo Chamber finally released her 2nd album last fortnight, but from the first one is "You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me" at #67. Lastly, Cloud Control have arguably their biggest hit, "There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight" at #66.


#65. Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous

Round by round: 64-65

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#64. Jessica Mauboy - To The End Of The Earth

Round by round: 59-64

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#63. Wa Wa Nee - I Could Make You Love Me

Round by round: 69-63

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#62. Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me

Round by round: 63-62

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#61. B*Witched - Blame It On The Weatherman

Round by round: 47-61

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Another 2018 track, this time it's fresh upstarts Superorganism at #65 with "Everybody Wants To Be Famous". This game's obligatory Jessica Mauboy song is "To The End Of The Earth", notably her first ever ARIA Award winner that wasn't just a best seller, and it lands at #64. I have just learnt that Wa Wa Nee have a very visually pleasing chart history on Wikipedia with all of their chart peaks being in descending order. So their 2nd hit, and 2nd biggest hit, is "I Could Make You Love Me" at #63. We then source some turn of the century hits from the Brits, with Travis's "Why Does It Always Rain On Me" taking #62, and one of B*Witched's several UK #1 hits and possibly my favourite, "Blame It On The Weatherman" taking #61.
In a hurry, here's your top 60

a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Bananarama - Love In The First Degree
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place On Earth
Beyonce - Best Thing I Never Had
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Eternal feat. Bebe Winans - I Wanna Be The Only One
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Eve feat. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me
Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Panic! At The Disco - The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Skream feat. Example - Shot Yourself In The Foot Again
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Music Gets The Best Of Me
Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Sting - If You Love Somebody Set The Free
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
The Killers - All These Things I've Done
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Tonic - If You Could Only See
U2 - Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


Vote Top 15 to 24 by 6pm Monday, ACI is ready too, good weekend to you.
Excellent! Thanks Hijinx.
Thankyou Jinxie! I try and look after my beard
And for the list too
=#59. The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth

Round by round: 44-43-59

Points - 82.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


=#59. Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Round by round: 53-53-59

Points - 82.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


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

Round by round: 60-58-58

Points - 84.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#57. The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So

Round by round: 45-59-57

Points - 85.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#56. Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

Round by round: 67-60-56

Points - 88.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


You all did not wish for a song to be soured with landing at the bottom of the list, so the first tie we've gotten in this game is for two songs at #59. Evidently The Dandy Warhols should change it to "Not If You Were The Tied For Second Last Junkie On Earth", that sort of quirky song naming is a tradition which Rupert Holmes is something of a forefather, with his Pina Colada related hit single actually being called "Escape". Death Cab For Cutie instead take their quirks to the song structure, where "I Will Possess Your Heart" is an instrumental for the first 4 or so minutes. The Hives couldn't not be called quirky in all their antics as they finish at #57, while Sting has the quirk of being a late inclusion on this list, as well as a song title I have frequently gotten incorrect on my spreadsheet with "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", which still manages a respectable #56 finish.
#55. Bananarama - Love In The First Degree

Round by round: 56-56-55

Points - 88.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#54. Beyonce - Best Thing I Never Had

Round by round: 55-55-54

Points - 91
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#53. Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Round by round: 65-57-53

Points - 94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#52. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Music Gets The Best Of Me

Round by round: 51-52-52

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


#51. Skream feat. Example - Shot Yourself In The Foot Again

Round by round: 61-54-51

Points - 99.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


Bananarama have a quirky understanding of the legal system with "Love In The First Degree" at #55, while Beyonce is the queen of quirks as she flips a common adage upside down with "Best Thing I Never Had" at #54. Tame Impala are similarly quirky in an obvious way, subverting the standard of going forwards with "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" at #53. Queen of quirky hyphenated surnames Sophie Ellis-Bextor takes #52 with "Music Gets The Best Of Me", while Skream & Example inhabit the mind of everyone's favourite quirky self-murder victim Booth, with "Shot Yourself In The Foot Again" at #51, it's not the last we'll see of Example here.
#50. Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends

Round by round: 57-49-50

Points - 100
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#49. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You

Round by round: 42-36-49

Points - 102
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#48. Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me

Round by round: 52-47-48

Points - 102
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#47. LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

Round by round: 50-45-47

Points - 103.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#46. a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

Round by round: 54-51-46

Points - 105.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


In fact the last we'll see of Example is here with "Changed The Way You Kiss Me" at #48. To return to posting things in order, the first half is opened up with Camp Cope keeping it 100, like their point total with "How To Socialise & Make Friends" at #50. Stardust are fans of numbers that are multiples of 6 & 7, with "Music Sounds Better With You" at #49. Then we finish off this post with vaguely rock, vaguely sentimental sounds from LCD Soundsystem at #47 & a-ha at #46.
#45. Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You

Round by round: 35-50-45

Points - 108.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#44. Samantha Jade - What You've Done To Me

Round by round: 48-48-44

Points - 109.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#43. Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You

Round by round: 49-42-43

Points - 113
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#42. The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Round by round: 43-46-42

Points - 113.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#41. U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Round by round: 41-40-41

Points - 116
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Holding the record for the biggest jump to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" lands at #45 with a much more modest 5 place jump. Because ARIA (seemingly) tracks all their data consistently, Samantha Jade's run at #1 was much more instant for "What You've Done To Me", which here is #44. A song I'm surprised is a top 10 hit here, Angie Stone's "Wish I Didn't Miss You" goes some way to justify it with lingering support to land at #43, while Sting is back at it again with his fellow law enforcers for "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" at #42. Finishing things off with another moderately well known cut by a very well known band, U2's teetering on the edge of the top 40 finishes with "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" at #41.
Here's your top 40

Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place On Earth
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Eternal feat. Bebe Winans - I Wanna Be The Only One
Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Eve feat. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Panic! At The Disco - The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Killers - All These Things I've Done
The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Tonic - If You Could Only See
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


But while 40 may suffice for this stage of the game, the clock is ticking, tick, tick, tick, and by the next round there'll be just 20 songs left. Pick out your Top 10 to 16 from here and submit by 6pm on Wednesday. I've also got a new strawpoll ready here, yeaugh https://www.strawpoll.me/16004512
(A lot of tonight's posts were hastily re-written to accommodate a just-on-time vote, so I can't promise all the numbers are 100% correct, though the elimination order should be)

#40. The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea

Round by round: 46-44-38-40

Points - 93.38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#39. Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Round by round: 27-27-26-39

Points - 111.81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#38. Eve feat. Gwen Stefani - Let Me Blow Ya Mind

Round by round: 34-34-37-38

Points - 123.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#37. Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down

Round by round: 37-41-36-37

Points - 133.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#36. The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Round by round: 39-35-35-36

Points - 134.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Sitting where the round 3 results meet the round 4 results are The Getaway Plan at #40. If that link didn't blow ya mind, then let me blow ya mind this time by noting Eve's finish at #38. Going back many decades we reach a powerhouse vocal performance on The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" at #36, and then forward for Madonna doing some balladry of her own for "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" at #39. Kicking things up a notch or two is Arctic Monkeys with their 2nd UK #1 single "When The Sun Goes Down" at #37.
#35. Panic! At The Disco - The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage

Round by round: 32-31-27-35

Points - 135.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#34. Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

Round by round: 28-28-29-34

Points - 138.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#33. Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now

Round by round: 20-16-15-33

Points - 138.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#32. British India - I Can Make You Love Me

Round by round: 33-33-30-32

Points - 142.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#31. Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

Round by round: 29-30-31-31

Points - 146.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Currently sitting at #1 on the ARIA Chart for the first time in roughly a decade, Panic! At The Disco go way back to when they were actually a band with multiple members for "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage" at #35, the first of two times we'll see them...this week. Currently riding a different wave of popularity via McDonalds commercials, Starship have their other big hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" at #31, while British India's highest selling song (as their only gold certified hit) "I Can Make You Love Me" takes #32. A big flashback to me as a song that has once been on commercials is Jona Lewie's "You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties" at #34, while Celine Dion rode a strong wave for a few rounds but comes crashing a bit to #33 with "It's All Coming Back To Me Now".
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#30. Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next

Round by round: 38-39-34-30

Points - 154.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#29. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow

Round by round: 13-18-19-29

Points - 157.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#28. Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song

Round by round: 40-38-33-28

Points - 162.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#27. Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

Round by round: 36-37-40-27

Points - 165.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#26. Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

Round by round: 15-23-21-26

Points - 168.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


On the prior topic of artists with 2 UK #1 hits, Manic Street Preachers had their long awaited first with "If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next" which lands at #30, while appearing for the 438943th time, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue's Victoria & Queensland based #1 single "Where The Wild Roses Grow" makes #29. Kings & queen of contentious entry "Killing Me Softly With His Song", the Fugees land at #28, followed by the penultimate Arctic Monkeys track in this game, "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" at #27. Finally here is Eurythmics bid for a back-to-back win, their song that is just slightly difficult to recognise as the title doesn't quite match up with the hook, "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" at #26.
#25. The Fray - How To Save A Life

Round by round: 31-32-39-25

Points - 170.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


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

Round by round: 21-20-24-24

Points - 172.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. The Beatles - A Day In The Life

Round by round: 25-21-18-23

Points - 173.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


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

Round by round: 30-29-28-22

Points - 174.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#21. Eternal feat. Bebe Winans - I Wanna Be The Only One

Round by round: 24-26-25-21

Points - 175.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


The Fray make it to round 4 for the 2nd time in a row, this time getting just a little bit higher to #25 with "How To Save A Life". We missed a chance to have Meat Loaf share a post with Celine Dion, who got to record her entry before he did as Jim Steinman wouldn't let him do it (until quite some time after). He is instead here with the song that is much more associated with him, "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" at #24. The Beatles finish up with their highest entry for this game being "A Day In The Life" at #23, surrounded by the work of yet another monster balladeer, that being Diane Warren and her most recent foray into topping the Australian charts, writing Paloma Faith's "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" at #22. Finishing up this elimination round is another #1 hit, just on the other side of several ponds, Eternal's "I Wanna Be The Only One" at #21.
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And now here's those 20 songs that have been avoiding eliminations for the past 7 days

Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place On Earth
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
The Killers - All These Things I've Done
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Tonic - If You Could Only See
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


The time has now come for them though, as they will be sorted from #20 to #1 in due fashion. Just to ensure things work out smoothly, you'll do well to submit your Top 5 to 8 by 6pm on Friday, then I'll do the rest. I'll also post the ACI later tonight if that's a thing you do.
Thanks Hijinx!
Most of my faves survived, though Eurythmics and Starship fell a bit short of what I expected. Can't complain though.
#20. Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

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

Points - 156.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#19. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice

Round by round: 10-07-10-18-19

Points - 157.33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - 31


Time to get extremely 2006 to start off these results. Two massive hits in their own rights, especially noteworthy for the Scissor Sisters as "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" was a #1 hit. It was also rather lucky to survive the last round. Less than 1 point ahead is the Dixie Chicks' long running hit "Not Ready To Make Nice" at #19.
#18. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

Round by round: 07-06-11-17-18

Points - 192.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#17. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Round by round: 26-25-23-19-17

Points - 194.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


There's a big jump in points but not much change in chronology, as Arctic Monkeys send us way back to 2005 for the highest of their 5 entries, "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" at #18. A non sarcastic time leap does happen after that though, with The Smiths' very slow upcrawl for "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" at #17.
#16. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It

Round by round: 11-11-12-15-16

Points - 196.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#15. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done

Round by round: 06-10-07-13-15

Points - 200.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


A bit of a surprise package in this game has been Tina Turner, the only artist able to land 2 songs in the top 20, and the first of those is "What's Love Got To Do With It" at #16. Perhaps less of a surprise is The Killers going to the always fruitful "Hot Fuss" days with "All These Things That I've Done". I've recently played Hollow Knight and can confirm that Hive Soldiers do in fact have soul, as do many things in the game that are not soldiers.
#14. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hanging On

Round by round: 23-22-32-16-14

Points - 201.18
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Round by round: 08-09-06-07-13

Points - 217.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Now to encapsulate the two prevailing themes of these results so far, big '80s songs and also the mid 2000s. Firstly it's a #1 hit for Kim Wilde with her version of "You Keep Me Hanging On" at #14, and then Panic! At The Disco are back at it again, this time with "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", a top 10 mainstay until this last round.
#12. Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back

Round by round: 03-03-03-03-12

Points - 219.95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

Round by round: 12-12-09-14-11

Points - 223.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Now for something completely different, the '90s! In here we've got two of the most successful musical properties of their respective nations in this time, and both with #1 hits in their lands. Savage Garden were the perennial bronze sitter until this round with "To The Moon and Back" taking #12, while Oasis were a bit more erratic, and find an appropriate position to reflect "Don't Look Back In Anger" at #11.
#10. Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time

Round by round: 17-14-16-10-10

Points - 229.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#9. Tonic - If You Could Only See

Round by round: 22-24-22-12-09

Points - 231.70
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Really stretching the fine line of the '80s is Cher with one of the last songs to hit #1 for the decade, "If I Could Turn Back Time" at #10. There's less issue of fitting the '90s rock theme as Tonic fit it to a T, with "If You Could Only See" at #9.
#8. My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade

Round by round: 05-05-04-09-08

Points - 246.44
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#7. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Round by round: 16-15-14-06-07

Points - 248.55
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


You can't keep a good very specific period of music down, as yet again we go to 2006 for My Chemical Romance's biggest hit "Welcome To The Black Parade" at #8. We do however betray the '80s sentiment, as the big '80s voice of Whitney Houston is instead represented by her early '90s material, "I Will Always Love You" at #7.
#6. Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know

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

Points - 250.39
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. Jewel - You Were Meant For Me

Round by round: 09-08-08-11-05

Points - 264.89
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Just one song released in the last 10 years made it to the final round, and that is of course Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know", which made a decent punt for his 2nd winning song, but settles for #6 this time around. Then stepping into the top 5 with plenty of casualty, Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me" takes #5.
#4. Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Round by round: 19-13-13-05-04

Points - 269.2
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#3. Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Round by round: 18-19-17-08-03

Points - 276.70
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


Also making a bit of a leap upward is Marvin Gaye whose "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" started at the bottom end of the top 20, but soars all the way up to #4 in this final round. Then, not settled with landing two songs in the finals, Tina Turner goes one further to land immensely high with her #1 hit "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" finishing at #3.
#2. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

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

Points - 350.55
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth

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

Points - 388.01
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


But for a second game in a row, we finish things off with some big '80s songs, and yet again it's one that is a #1 hit, and one that many would think might be one, but in fact wasn't. Yet again it's the #1 hit that comes up short, but with no small effort. Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" was warming the 2nd place spot for the entire game, with quite a margin ahead of the rest of the competition, but also a decent amount behind the competition leader. That of course is Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", which might not come as a surprise, since if you're reading this, there's a very good chance that you voted for it, nearly everyone did for the first few rounds. Through winning this game of songs with 5 or more words, it finally justifies the no doubt controversial decision to name the song "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" instead of "Video Games".
And I give the usual thanks for all who participate and make this game possible. I forgot to post the poll voting link on Wednesday but fortunately that didn't cause it to lack votes either, and we've got a healthy win for artists beginning with the letter S, another one which will no doubt look very pleasing to the eye when we get our list for that. In the nearer future though, we'll be looking at a round purely consisting of ARIA #1 singles, so no doubt there'll be some stiff competition. The ACI is currently in business too, and I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Thanks Hijinx! Great game.
Excellent results from my eighties-loving point of view, but I like most of the others to some degree too.
Great to see all of the love for these classic jams this was a good list
This time around it's finally time to tackle the obvious topic choice of Australian #1 singles. This round's selection spans all the way from the early '60s to even the incumbent #1 single from 2018. Lots of potential winners here:

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood
ABBA - Fernando
Adele - Someone Like You
Bananarama - Venus
Barbra Streisand - Woman In Love
Beyonce - Irreplaceable
Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Charlene - I've Never Been To Me
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise
Cream - White Room
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
Delta Goodrem - Not Me Not I
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
Divinyls - I Touch Myself
Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
East 17 - It's Alright
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Fairground Attraction - Perfect
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael - Careless Whisper
George Michael - Fastlove
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
INXS - Original Sin
Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
Jamelia - Superstar
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Jim Diamond - I Should Have Known Better
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll
Julee Cruise - Falling
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Islands In The Stream
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
M - Pop Muzik
Madonna - Into The Groove
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Madonna - Vogue
Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Martika - Love... Thy Will Be Done
M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy - Another Night
Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
Mel & Kim - Respectable
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Mi-Sex - Computer Games
Models - Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
Moving Pictures - What About Me
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Nena - 99 Luftballons
No Doubt - Don't Speak
Olivia Newton-John - Physical
Paulini - Angel Eyes
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Prince - When Doves Cry
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under The Bridge
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
Roxette - The Look
Roy Orbison - Crying
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Sheppard - Geronimo
Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
Skyhooks - Horror Movie
Snow - Informer
Split Enz - I Got You
Starship - We Built This City
Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
Tears For Fears - Shout
The B-52s - Love Shack
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles - Penny Lane
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
TLC - No Scrubs
Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah!
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag


But the rules remain the same. Participate in this game by selecting your Top 25 to 40 in order from this list, and after 6pm on Wednesday I'll announce the first round of eliminations. And tomorrow we get all sorts of aesthetic as every artist in the qualifying game has to begin with the letter S.
#100. M - Pop Muzik

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


#99. Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Points - 18
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#98. Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

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


#97. 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood

Points - 24
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#96. Skyhooks - Horror Movie

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


Kicking off these proceedings is what will forever hold the record for the shortest named artist to ever have a #1 single, as M's "Pop Muzik" lands at #100. In this highly competitive line up though, you may see some surprises in today's eliminations. Following on we've got Simply Red's hard fought #1 single "If You Don't Know Me By Now", and then Meat Loaf returning for a second game in a row, this time with long running #1 "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", which curiously has been eligible for the last 3 games. Then we get especially Australian, with two bands that have two #1 singles to their name. Firstly, the most recent that is possible, 5 Seconds Of Summer's "Youngblood", looking likely to become the 3rd longest running Australian song at #1 of all time on the weekend, and then Skyhooks with the first of their #1 hits, "Horror Movie" at #96.
#95. Jim Diamond - I Should Have Known Better

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


#94. Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#93. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah!

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#92. The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#91. East 17 - It's Alright

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


Jim Diamond might be better known for his material with Ph.D., but I'll always remember the very unfamiliar name on the list of Australian #1 singles in the '80s with "I Should Have Known Better" which lands at #96. A little later and the '80s represent a completely different sort of pop at the top, with Samantha Fox's "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" at #94. At #93 is the most played song on US pop radio this century, Usher & company's "Yeah!", while The Proclaimers have the first of two songs in this list dedicated to travelling 1609km at #92. I also have many thanks to voters for voting in such a way that reminds me that I heard East 17 on my shuffle playlist today but my iPod didn't detect it, so I know what I'm fixing up in a moment! Anyway, their much preferable song "It's Alright" lands at #91 here.
#90. Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#89. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#88. Donna Summer - Hot Stuff

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#87. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll

Points - 39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#86. Cream - White Room

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


A song I can only posit that you had to be there for, Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag" lands at #90. Also on the topic of artists with limited singles chart success, everyone would love me to group up Wheatus with Led Zeppelin, as their sole #1 hit "Whole Lotta Love" lands at #89. In fact this set is heavy on the rock classics as Joan Jett and The Blackhearts' cover of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" lands at #87, and Cream's "White Room" is at #86. In the midst of this we go disco with Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" at #88.
=#84. Madonna - Like A Virgin

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


=#84. Rod Stewart - Maggie May

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#83. Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#82. TLC - No Scrubs

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#81. Jessica Mauboy - Burn

Points - 51
Current Votes - 3
Top Vote - #5


You won't be shocked to know that there's a fair bit of Madonna in here, but the question is how high she can get. She takes just the one casualty in round 1 with "Like A Version" coming in at #84, all tied up with perhaps Rod Stewart's most acclaimed song, "Maggie May". Robert Palmer has two #1 singles to his name and I'd argue the more recognisable one is "Addicted To Love" which lands at #83. TLC technically have two as well, just both from the same source as they receive songwriting credit on an Ed Sheeran song for having melodic similarities to their sole #1 hit "No Scrubs" which lands at #82, finishing next to Jessica Mauboy, who makes her way onto the list for the 4th time in a row, sadly she will not be able to compete in the next game as "Galaxy" wasn't credited the other way around.
It only gets tougher from here, your top 80

ABBA - Fernando
Adele - Someone Like You
Bananarama - Venus
Barbra Streisand - Woman In Love
Beyonce - Irreplaceable
Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Charlene - I've Never Been To Me
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up
Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock
Delta Goodrem - Not Me Not I
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
Divinyls - I Touch Myself
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Fairground Attraction - Perfect
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael - Careless Whisper
George Michael - Fastlove
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
INXS - Original Sin
Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
Jamelia - Superstar
Julee Cruise - Falling
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Islands In The Stream
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me
M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy - Another Night
Madonna - Into The Groove
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Vogue
Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Martika - Love... Thy Will Be Done
Mel & Kim - Respectable
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Mi-Sex - Computer Games
Models - Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
Moving Pictures - What About Me
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Nena - 99 Luftballons
No Doubt - Don't Speak
Olivia Newton-John - Physical
Paulini - Angel Eyes
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Prince - When Doves Cry
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under The Bridge
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
Roxette - The Look
Roy Orbison - Crying
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Sheppard - Geronimo
Snow - Informer
Split Enz - I Got You
Starship - We Built This City
Suzi Quatro - Can The Can
Tears For Fears - Shout
The B-52s - Love Shack
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles - Penny Lane
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles


From here, parse out your Top 20 to 32 and send them to me by 6pm on Friday, after which I will do the same thing I usually do when that comes around. I am also hoping to have the ACI finished and ready tonight.
#80. Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?

Round by round: 79-80

Points - 49
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#79. Olivia Newton-John - Physical

Round by round: 75-79

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#78. Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

Round by round: 76-78

Points - 54.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#77. George Michael - Fastlove

Round by round: 74-77

Points - 55.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


#76. Suzi Quatro - Can The Can

Round by round: 77-76

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Nursing a slight cold so I apologise for my brevity. Eurythmics are back for a 3rd game in a row, with their sole chart topper "Would I Lie To You?" landing at #80. Olivia Newton-John has a few more choices but she lands here with just "Physical" which takes #79. Two of Roxette's three chart toppers are in the running here, and the first to fall out is "It Must Have Been Love" at #78. Suzi Quatro also has 3 #1 singles, but only "Can The Can" shows up here at #76, and in the middle is George Michael with the first of his 2 entries in this game, "Fastlove" at #77.
#75. Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up

Round by round: 61-75

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#74. Barbra Streisand - Woman In Love

Round by round: 71-74

Points - 58.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#73. Snow - Informer

Round by round: 69-73

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


#72. The Beatles - Penny Lane

Round by round: 80-72

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#71. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Round by round: 68-71

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Cut 'N' Move scored their sole chart topper with a KC & The Sunshine Band cover in "Give It Up" which takes #75. It's followed by a big '80s ballad from Barbra Streisand, "Woman In Love" at #74, while Canadian rapper Snow recorded the highest selling reggae song of all time, on his quadruple entendre album "12 Inches Of Snow" with "Informer" at #73. The Beatles have no shortage of eligible songs here but just 2 show up in this game, the first of which is "Penny Lane" at #72, followed by rivals The Rolling Stones whose only entry here is "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at #71.
#70. Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

Round by round: 72-70

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


#69. Daddy Cool - Eagle Rock

Round by round: 62-69

Points - 72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#68. Mi-Sex - Computer Games

Round by round: 66-68

Points - 73
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#67. Charlene - I've Never Been To Me

Round by round: 64-67

Points - 74
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#66. Childish Gambino - This Is America

Round by round: 65-66

Points - 76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Easy to forget that he's Australian, but Rick Springfield had a big hit with "Jessie's Girl" which lands at #70. Less easy to forget for being Australian is Daddy Cool, whose "Eagle Rock" still stands as the longest running Australian song at #1, eventually being dethroned on a charts by a song called "Daddy Cool", and they're at #69. On the other hand, Mi-Sex are actually from New Zealand, with their big hit "Computer Games", released the year after the band formed, taking #68 behind Charlene's "I've Never Been To Me". The 2nd most recent #1 single also has a place here, as one of the most peculiar #1 singles I've ever come across, Childish Gambino's "This Is America" at #66.
#65. Julee Cruise - Falling

Round by round: 67-65

Points - 78
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#64. Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart

Round by round: 78-64

Points - 79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#63. Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

Round by round: 60-63

Points - 79.8
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#62. Moving Pictures - What About Me

Round by round: 44-62

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#61. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Islands In The Stream

Round by round: 57-61

Points - 85
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Then again if we're going to talk about peculiar #1 singles, it's hard to go past the ambient theme song to a David Lynch show with Julee Cruise's "Falling" landing at #65. At #64 is the last #1 single here before I was born, Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart", while on the other side of the decade is Pearl Jam's "Last Kiss" at #63. We've had a quadruple entendre earlier but there's also a triple entendre with the artwork to Rush's "Moving Pictures", which I just mention because the band Moving Pictures land at #62 with "What About Me", and to finish things off, we've got more country artists as Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton duet on "Islands In The Stream" at #61.
Here is your top 60

ABBA - Fernando
Adele - Someone Like You
Bananarama - Venus
Beyonce - Irreplaceable
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Delta Goodrem - Not Me Not I
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
Divinyls - I Touch Myself
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Fairground Attraction - Perfect
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
INXS - Original Sin
Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
Jamelia - Superstar
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me
M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy - Another Night
Madonna - Into The Groove
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Vogue
Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Martika - Love... Thy Will Be Done
Mel & Kim - Respectable
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Models - Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Nena - 99 Luftballons
No Doubt - Don't Speak
Paulini - Angel Eyes
Prince - When Doves Cry
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under The Bridge
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Roxette - The Look
Roy Orbison - Crying
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Sheppard - Geronimo
Split Enz - I Got You
Starship - We Built This City
Tears For Fears - Shout
The B-52s - Love Shack
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles


Select your Top 15 to 24 and send to me by 6pm Monday. ACI is open for business, enjoy your weekend.
#60. Martika - Love... Thy Will Be Done

Round by round: 63-60-60

Points - 97.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#59. Ratcat - Don't Go Now

Round by round: 49-53-59

Points - 98
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#58. Midnight Oil - Hercules

Round by round: 53-59-58

Points - 101.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#57. Sheppard - Geronimo

Round by round: 54-56-57

Points - 110.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#56. Beyonce - Irreplaceable

Round by round: 70-57-56

Points - 111.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


I always find it a bit surprising that Martika hit #1 with "Love...Thy Will Be Done" as I'm more familiar with her other top 10 hits. But then if we're talking about peculiar #1 peaks, there aren't more obvious examples than Midnight Oil, who actually have the distinction of the first ever #1 debut in Australia with their "Species Deceases" EP, from that we have "Hercules" at #58. Inbetween is Ratcat with the 2nd of their two #1s, both of which are in this game, "Don't Go Now" at #59. Sheppard just recently scored their first #1 album, and 4 years ago they were #1 on the singles chart with "Geronimo" which lands at #57. Meanwhile Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" at #56 is technically her only #1 single, though she is unquestionably responsible for two more #1 singles, both of which are still to come on this list.
#55. Starship - We Built This City

Round by round: 48-46-55

Points - 117
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#54. The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star

Round by round: 73-55-54

Points - 120.65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#53. Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen

Round by round: 33-50-53

Points - 125.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#52. Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok

Round by round: 52-58-52

Points - 128.1
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#51. ABBA - Fernando

Round by round: 51-54-51

Points - 128.4
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


Starship's "We Built This City" has recently become the anti-establishment theme to McDonalds commercials, and lands at #55. We stay very rooted in the early '80s for a while, although I suppose technically "Video Killed The Radio Star" was released in the '70s, it's most noted as hitting #1 right at the start of the 1980s. We've then got Dexys Midnight Runners and their ode to radio stars of the past, "Come On Eileen", while Murray Head's "One Night In Bangkok" stands as one of the weirdest #1 hits around at #52. Finally, there's what was until recently, the outright longest running #1 single of all time, ABBA's "Fernando" at #51.
#50. Delta Goodrem - Not Me Not I

Round by round: 41-26-50

Points - 131.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#49. Richard Marx - Hazard

Round by round: 35-47-49

Points - 135.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#48. M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy - Another Night

Round by round: 31-48-48

Points - 136.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#47. Chicago - If You Leave Me Now

Round by round: 38-51-47

Points - 136.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#46. Paulini - Angel Eyes

Round by round: 59-49-46

Points - 137.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Delta Goodrem has a very large catalogue of #1 hits spanning well over a decade, but just one appears in this list, "Not Me Not I" at #50. Richard Marx has a slightly more humble set of 3, and also just one here, "Hazard" at #49. If you can stomach 2017 memes, he eventually did address Mary's killer last year https://twitter.com/richardmarx/status/869806441598566401 One of those rare dance hits that even the US get on board with, The Real McCoy's "Another Night" takes #47, while Chicago's mega-balladry of "If You Leave Me Now" takes #47. Performing a little better than I'd have expected is Aus Idol also-ran Paulini with her cover of The Jeff Healey Band's "Angel Eyes" at #46.
#45. Roy Orbison - Crying

Round by round: 42-52-45

Points - 138.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#44. The B-52s - Love Shack

Round by round: 46-43-44

Points - 146
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#43. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Round by round: 34-42-43

Points - 147.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#42. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Round by round: 32-41-42

Points - 151.8
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#41. Ed Sheeran - Perfect

Round by round: 39-44-41

Points - 152
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #5


If I'm not mistaken, the oldest song in this game is Roy Orbison's "Crying" which lands at #45. It does have fellow 1960s company in this set because Procol Harum's biggest hit "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" lands at #43. In-between we've got the last #1 hit of the 1980s, "Love Shack" at #44. To finish off this round of eliminations, we've got the 3rd & 2nd highest 2010s songs in the competition, and as chance would have it, they're by the same artist. Although, given that they're both tapping a similar market, maybe it would make sense that "Thinking Out Loud" and "Perfect" remain separated by only 0.2 points. The latter is currently spending its 21st consecutive week at #1 on the US Adult Contemporary radio chart.
And with that, here's your top 40

Adele - Someone Like You
Bananarama - Venus
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Diana Ross - Chain Reaction
Divinyls - I Touch Myself
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Fairground Attraction - Perfect
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
INXS - Original Sin
Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
Jamelia - Superstar
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me
Madonna - Into The Groove
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Vogue
Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Mel & Kim - Respectable
Models - Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Nena - 99 Luftballons
No Doubt - Don't Speak
Prince - When Doves Cry
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under The Bridge
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Roxette - The Look
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Split Enz - I Got You
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Beatles - Hey Jude
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles


There are just two rounds left to decide this, with only the top contenders sitting safe right now. Do what you can to push your favourites through to the next round by selecting your Top 10 to 16 and submitting by 6pm on Wednesday. There are also only a few spots left in the current qualifying game, and also I have a new one to vote on here https://www.strawpoll.me/16088119
#40. Jamelia - Superstar

Round by round: 58-28-33-40

Points - 136.67
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#39. Tears For Fears - Shout

Round by round: 24-39-40-39

Points - 140.98
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#38. Bananarama - Venus

Round by round: 13-27-35-38

Points - 144.9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#37. Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is

Round by round: 36-33-39-37

Points - 145.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#36. Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me

Round by round: 28-37-26-36

Points - 153.34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


Relatively recent songs are few and far between at this stage of the contest, and we start off with another one in Jamelia's biggest hit "Superstar" at #40. Saying that "Shout" is Tears For Fears' biggest hit is debatable at best but it is their sole #1 hit and lands at #39. If you recall, "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" was the winner of the #1 hit follow ups game. Bananarama have a bit of a slide with their cover of "Venus" landing at #38. Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is", a song that I've recently started liking more than ever before takes #37, while the sole representative of Kylie Minogue's healthy catalogue of #1 hits is "Confide In Me" which takes #36.
#35. Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise

Round by round: 55-34-34-35

Points - 153.49
Current Voetrs - 3
Top Vote - #5


#34. Destiny's Child - Say My Name

Round by round: 47-21-32-34

Points - 157.9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#33. Mariah Carey - Fantasy

Round by round: 50-29-37-33

Points - 161.64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#32. Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma

Round by round: 56-32-38-32

Points - 163.92
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#31. Adele - Someone Like You

Round by round: 43-13-21-31

Points - 166.79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


One of the longest running #1 hits of all time, Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" is the #35 finisher. Beyonce's back at it again for one last time with Destiny's Child on "Say My Name" at #34, a rare case of a song that hit #1 after re-entering the top 50, which is actually something that her Ed Sheeran collaboration did as well. Mariah Carey surprisingly only has 2 #1 hits to her name, and the one in this game is "Fantasy" at #33, while we also have a rare case of Kelly Rowland coming out ahead of Beyonce because "Dilemma" with Nelly goes a little higher to #32. Finally the 2010s dry up completely with Adele's "Someone Like You" landing at #31.
#30. Divinyls - I Touch Myself

Round by round: 25-30-20-30

Points - 167
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#29. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Round by round: 30-35-27-29

Points - 167.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#28. Prince - When Doves Cry

Round by round: 16-10-28-28

Points - 170.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#27. The Beatles - Hey Jude

Round by round: 26-38-19-27

Points - 170.41
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#26. Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

Round by round: 37-20-24-26

Points - 175.58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


We've got a couple more former winning artists in this set, firstly Divinyls with their sole #1 hit "I Touch Myself" at #30 but also Prince, who also has only one #1 hit...to that name at least with "When Doves Cry" at #28. There's a bit more '80s in the middle of that with Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" at #29, but then we go way back for The Beatles' highest entry, "Hey Jude" at #27. Finally it's the 3rd highest song from this century coming from Vanessa Carlton with "A Thousand Miles".
#25. Models - Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight

Round by round: 45-40-36-25

Points - 178.95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#24. Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays

Round by round: 14-16-18-24

Points - 181.65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#23. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

Round by round: 27-36-31-23

Points - 181.96
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#22. Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Round by round: 22-22-23-22

Points - 185.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#21. Diana Ross - Chain Reaction

Round by round: 20-45-29-21

Points - 190.2
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #6


If you were wondering how Australian artists were doing here, there are also now just 2 left with the 3rd highest being Models and "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight". Boomtown Rats can perhaps be happy(?) they've instead been eliminated on a Wednesday with "I Hate Mondays", while Culture Club bounce around this list with the one entered of their 2 #1 hits, "Karma Chameleon" at #23. Much more consistent is Gerry Rafferty's sax classic "Baker Street", while Diana Ross teams up with the Bee Gees for a late career smash "Chain Reaction", the last song to be eliminated tonight.
This intensive process leaves just these 20 massive songs in contention

Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Fairground Attraction - Perfect
George Michael - Careless Whisper
INXS - Original Sin
Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
Madonna - Into The Groove
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Vogue
Mel & Kim - Respectable
Nena - 99 Luftballons
No Doubt - Don't Speak
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Ratcat - That Ain't Bad
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under The Bridge
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Roxette - The Look
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Split Enz - I Got You
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations


But it all must come to an end on Friday. Make your careful decisions on what you wish to back and submit your Top 5 to 8 by 6pm on that Friday and I'll do due diligence to make some sort of results from it. The strawpoll also awaits your vote if you haven't done that here https://www.strawpoll.me/16088119 and I will post the ACI tonight.
#20. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

Round by round: 29-31-25-20-20

Points - 155.05
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#19. Madonna - Vogue

Round by round: 40-24-11-12-19

Points - 182.74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


A fascinating dark horse in this contest from my perspective has been The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", which took quite some time to pick up even its first vote, but then they came thick & fast, resulting in a relatively strong performance, finishing at #20. Meanwhile it's been quite a while since we last checked in with Madonna, she had her first casualty in round 1, but the rest of her entries have all made the top 20. First to drop off is "Vogue" at #19.
#18. Madonna - Into The Groove

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

Points - 193.11
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#17. Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music

Round by round: 11-06-07-09-17

Points - 193.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


And just a short moment later, another casualty for Madonna with "Into The Groove", whose run has been rather consistent in this area of the list, finishing at #18. At #17 is the newest song in the top 20, and the only representative of Rihanna's very large list of #1 hits, "Don't Stop The Music" at #17.
#16. Nena - 99 Luftballons

Round by round: 17-15-30-19-16

Points - 194.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. Mel & Kim - Respectable

Round by round: 19-17-14-11-15

Points - 200.87
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


For something different, the only non-English song here, Nena's "99 Luftballons" finds a place at #16, its run being tumultuous to say the least. Next up is another '80s track, and I believe the only Stock Aitken Waterman track in this list, Mel & Kim's "Respectable" at #15.
#14. Fairground Attraction - Perfect

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

Points - 201.22
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#13. Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling

Round by round: 05-09-10-08-13

Points - 209.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Going a fair bit further than I'd have expected, Fairground Attraction thusly win the battle of "Perfect" as they land at #14. Sitting next to them is Irene Cara who had spent her entire time in the top 10 until this round, finishing at #13.
#12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge

Round by round: 21-25-17-14-12

Points - 229.53
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


#11. Evanescence - Bring Me To Life

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

Points - 231.61
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Now for some more expected material at this end of the list. Red Hot Chili Peppers have their sole #1 hit "Under The Bridge" making solid progress since the opening round up to #12. Also with just the one #1 hit, Evanescence have finally woken up with "Bring Me To Life", which is another song that spent the entire time in the top 10 until now, missing the top 10 by just a few points.
#10. Roxette - The Look

Round by round: 15-14-13-17-10

Points - 234.76
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#9. Ratcat - That Ain't Bad

Round by round: 23-23-22-18-09

Points - 235.85
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


More than balancing out their prior appearance on this list, Roxette also counter Evanescence & Irene Cara, only just now moving into the top 10 with "The Look" at #10. We also have another song to do that countering, from another artist who have 2 entries on this list, as Ratcat's dedicated votership pull through in the last round, after just barely making it into this round, they've bolted "That Ain't Bad" to #9.
#8. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

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

Points - 237.76
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Split Enz - I Got You

Round by round: 06-11-12-06-07

Points - 250.08
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


An obvious popular entry for many decades now, it's no surprise to see Queen landing in the top 10 with "Bohemian Rhapsody", in fact #8 might be seen as an underperformance. New Zealand's Split Enz have just the one #1 hit but they get very good value out of it, "I Got You" landing all the way up at #7.
#6. INXS - Original Sin

Round by round: 09-12-09-04-06

Points - 250.98
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#5. Madonna - Like A Prayer

Round by round: 07-03-05-13-05

Points - 259.58
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Speaking of artists making value out of just the one #1 hit, INXS are here with "Original Sin" at #6, the highest Australian entry as a matter of fact. If the early eliminations made it seem like Madonna may have overcrowded herself here, "Like A Prayer" is here to counter that belief as it bolts up from last round's ranking to land at #5.
#4. Blondie - Heart Of Glass

Round by round: 03-05-03-03-04

Points - 264.69
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Seal - Kiss From A Rose

Round by round: 08-08-06-07-03

Points - 268.01
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


It's strong company from here as the rest of the list have been firmly nestled in the top 10 every round. Sitting alongside a relatively younger crowd is Blondie whose "Heart Of Glass" finished at #4. Up next is the power, pleasure & pain (baby) of Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" at #3.
#2. No Doubt - Don't Speak

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

Points - 293.50
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#1. George Michael - Careless Whisper

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

Points - 379.30
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


Though if we want to talk about elite competition, then look no further than the top 2, which have been the same two songs from the very beginning. And for a while it seemed like No Doubt had this wrapped up. However in this final round their votership took a bit of a dip, resulting in a fairly wide margin between the top songs. Perhaps you could make the almost logical argument that the elimination of Gerry Rafferty in the last round made for a distinct gap in the saxomaphone market, something which George Michael can kindly fill with "Careless Whisper". By my count it is the 9th QLVG victory which is some degree of posthumous.
As always I thank all participants in this game. It was particularly exciting for me this time around with all these heavy hitters, and turned out not quite how I'd have predicted. Next week's game will revolve around only artists beginning with the letter S, which if nothing else will look lovely when I post the whole list on Monday. Following that, we've had another tie in the strawpoll, which means that the next qualifying game will be anything that has a letter 'Z' in it, and then after that, it'll be artists who have animals in their name, as a contrast to an earlier game we did which revolved around the song titles. Until then, have a lovely weekend, do the ACI if you want, and all that.
Terrific!
We have good taste (mostly).
The latest in our adventures of having fascinating visual experiences with the voting list, which may well become a struggle for me to count up, every artist here begins with the letter S!

S Club 7 - Reach
Sade - Smooth Operator
Saints, The - Know Your Product
Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness
Sam Brown - Stop!
Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
San Cisco - Awkward
Sandrine - Trigger
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery
Savage Garden - I Want You
SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig - New Dorp. New York
Scissor Sisters - Filthy/Gorgeous
Screaming Jets, The - Better
Scribe - Not Many! (The Remix)
Script, The - Nothing
Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown - It Won't Stop
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Shakira - Try Everything
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Shapeshifters, The - Lola's Theme
Shardinay - Oh Boy
Sharon O'Neill - Maxine
Shawn Mendes - Nervous
Sheena Easton - Morning Train (9 to 5)
Sherbet - Summer Love
Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough
Shins, The - New Slang
Sia - Bring Night
Sia - Chandelier
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Sigur Ros - Untitled #1 (Vaka)
Silverchair - Miss You Love
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Dazzle
Sister Hazel - All For You
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Skegss - Got On My Skateboard
Skid Row - 18 & Life
Slade - Coz I Luv U
Sleater-Kinney - Jumpers
Slipknot - Wait And Bleed
Smash Mouth - Walkin On The Sun
Smashing Pumpkins, The - Cherub Rock
Smiths, The - How Soon Is Now
Smiths, The - Panic
Smiths, The - This Charming Man
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Something For Kate - Hallways
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sonia - You'll Never Stop Me Loving You
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
Sophie B Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Southern Sons - Heart In Danger
Specials, The - A Message To You Rudy
Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
Spiderbait - Shazam!
Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Stealers' Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
Steve Winwood - Higher Love
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sticky Fingers - Just For You
Stone Roses, The - She Bangs The Drums
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Stranglers, The - Golden Brown
Stranglers, The - Skin Deep
Streets, The - Dry Your Eyes
Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sugababes - Overload
Sugababes - Push The Button
Sugababes - Red Dress
Sugarcubes, The - Birthday
Sum 41 - Fat Lip
Superjesus, The - Down Again
Supernaut - I Like It Both Ways
Supertramp - The Logical Song
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
Suzanne Vega - Luka
Suzi Quatro - Daytona Demon
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore


As per usual, it's a 5 round affair across this fortnight. Depart from the battle bus and submit your Top 25 to 40 selections to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#100. Shakira - Try Everything

Points - 13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #33


#99. Suzi Quatro - Daytona Demon

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


#98. Supernaut - I Like It Both Ways

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


#97. Sherbet - Summer Love

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


#96. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

Points - 27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


I can confirm early that your entire top 10 votes are safe this round, however many #11 votes are in danger. To start things off we've got Shakira's song from the Zootopia soundtrack, "Try Everything" at #100. It sticks out a bit as the only song in this post not from the 1970s. From Suzi Quatro's first album. There are two Australian entries from Supernaut & Sherbet, the latter being part of the elite club of songs that also begin with S. Then finishing things off is the Sex Pistols with "God Save The Queen" at #96.
#95. Southern Sons - Heart In Danger

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#94. Skegss - Got On My Skateboard

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#93. Sugarcubes, The - Birthday

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#92. Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#91. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Dazzle

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


Another two pack of Australian artists, this time a bit more separated by time, firstly Southern Sons' "Heart In Danger" at #95, then the very difficult to spell Skegss and "Got On My Skateboard" at #94. There's some very early Bjork at #93 as part of The Sugarcubes on "Birthday" at #93, and some more '80s alternative with Siouxsie & The Banshees' "Dazzle" at #91, separated by Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough" at #92.
#90. Specials, The - A Message To You, Rudy

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#89. Slipknot - Wait And Bleed

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#88. Sonia - You'll Never Stop Me Loving You

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#87. Sandrine - Trigger

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


#86. Sum 41 - Fat Lip

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


For another stop off in the '70s, it's one of The Specials' most recognisable tunes, one you can get stuck in your head just from reading the title, "A Message To You, Rudy" at #90. Slipknot provide a slight bit of whiplash with "Wait and Bleed" at #89. Sonia did pretty well to hit #1 with her debut single "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" in the UK, which finishes here at #88, behind a 2000s top 50 hit which I don't think I've ever heard until now, Sandrine's "Trigger" at #87. This set stays in the early 2000s with Sum 41's "Fat Lip" at #86.
#85. Sleater-Kinney - Jumpers

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#84. Something For Kate - Hallways

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#83. Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot

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


#82. Sister Sledge - Frankie

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


Next up is some varieties of angular rock. Sleater-Kinney get especially loud with "Jumpers" at #85. Something For Kate are a bit more introspective with "Hallways" at #84, while Sonic Youth do all manner of creative guitar work on "Teen Age Riot" at #83. The round finishes slightly early because there's a tie at #80 (between two #11 votes no less), Sister Sledge's "Frankie" gets #82.
It's been a while, but now there are 81 songs going into round 2

S Club 7 - Reach
Sade - Smooth Operator
Saints, The - Know Your Product
Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness
Sam Brown - Stop!
Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
San Cisco - Awkward
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery
Savage Garden - I Want You
SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig - New Dorp. New York
Scissor Sisters - Filthy/Gorgeous
Screaming Jets, The - Better
Scribe - Not Many! (The Remix)
Script, The - Nothing
Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown - It Won't Stop
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Shapeshifters, The - Lola's Theme
Shardinay - Oh Boy
Sharon O'Neill - Maxine
Shawn Mendes - Nervous
Sheena Easton - Morning Train (9 to 5)
Shins, The - New Slang
Sia - Bring Night
Sia - Chandelier
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Sigur Ros - Untitled #1 (Vaka)
Silverchair - Miss You Love
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From
Sister Hazel - All For You
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Skid Row - 18 & Life
Slade - Coz I Luv U
Smash Mouth - Walkin On The Sun
Smashing Pumpkins, The - Cherub Rock
Smiths, The - How Soon Is Now
Smiths, The - Panic
Smiths, The - This Charming Man
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sophie B Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
Spiderbait - Shazam!
Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Stealers' Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
Steve Winwood - Higher Love
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sticky Fingers - Just For You
Stone Roses, The - She Bangs The Drums
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Stranglers, The - Golden Brown
Stranglers, The - Skin Deep
Streets, The - Dry Your Eyes
Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sugababes - Overload
Sugababes - Push The Button
Sugababes - Red Dress
Superjesus, The - Down Again
Supertramp - The Logical Song
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
Suzanne Vega - Luka
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore


Now it's time to try and trim it back to an even number. Select your Top 20 to 32 from here and submit to me by 6pm on Friday. I'll also try to do the ACI tonight.
#81. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

Round by round: 71-81

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#80. Shawn Mendes - Nervous

Round by round: 67-80

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


=#78. Skid Row - 18 & Life

Round by round: 80-78

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


=#78. Supertramp - The Logical Song

Round by round: 80-78

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#77. Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From

Round by round: 76-77

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#76. Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You

Round by round: 72-76

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


Wouldn't it be quite something if a song tied to avoid an elimination, and then somehow managed to get through the next round. That did not happen this time around but Supertramp & Skid Row did both skate into the top 80. In the process, kicked out of the top 80 is surprisingly Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger". In the middle at #80 is Shawn Mendes with the 11th most played song on Australian radio at the moment, though not yet in the ARIA top 50, "Nervous". I have an immense moment of recognition with Sinitta's "Right Back Where We Started From", though I'm not sure which version of the song I'm most familiar with. Also standing very of its time is Secondhand Serenade's "Fall For You" at #76.
#75. Smashing Pumpkins, The - Cherub Rock

Round by round: 79-75

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#74. Stone Roses, The - She Bangs The Drums

Round by round: 70-74

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#73. Scissor Sisters - Filthy/Gorgeous

Round by round: 69-73

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#72. Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery

Round by round: 66-72

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#71. Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts

Round by round: 75-71

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


One of The Smashing Pumpkins' first big singles, "Cherub Rock" takes #75. The Stone Roses vaguely give us a triple S as "She Bangs The Drum" comes from their self-titled album at #74. Speaking of self-titled albums, there's also the Scissor Sisters' "Filthy/Gorgeous" at #73. With the first of her two entries, Sarah McLachlan takes #72 with "Building A Mystery", while Stacey Q's remarkably mid '80s sounding "Two Of Hearts" is in at #71.
#70. Steve Winwood - Higher Love

Round by round: 64-70

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


#69. Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown - It Won't Stop

Round by round: 68-69

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#68. Sia - Bring Night

Round by round: 74-68

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#67. Slade - Coz I Luv U

Round by round: 65-67

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#66. Stealers' Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You

Round by round: 55-66

Points - 68
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


For a bit more '80s, Steve Winwood's big hit "Higher Love" is at #70. Sevyn Streeter sends us to alliteration town with "It Won't Stop" at #69, while Sia has the first of her 3 entries with "Bring Night" at #68. Slade's non-album single "Coz I Luv U" is at #67, while Stealers' Wheel have their big soundtrack hit "Stuck In The Middle With You" at #66.
#65. Sharon O'Neill - Maxine

Round by round: 57-65

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


#64. Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle

Round by round: 63-64

Points - 70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#63. Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)

Round by round: 62-63

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


#62. Superjesus, The - Down Again

Round by round: 78-62

Points - 71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #18


#61. Stranglers, The - Skin Deep

Round by round: 73-61

Points - 71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


New Zealand's Sharon O'Neill has no shortage of hits but the only one to go top 20 in both Australia and New Zealand is "Maxine" which is #65. You may not be shocked to find out that Simple Minds' 2nd highest entry in this list is "Promised You A Miracle" at #64. Britrockers Doves were furious not to be able to be included in this game, so they retroactively made another band called Sub Sub with a pretty big hit in "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)" which is at #63, behind only the 2nd Australian entry tonight, "Down Again" by The Superjesus at #62. Finally, The Stranglers just miss out on two entries in the top 60, with "Skin Deep" sitting at #61.
An actual even number now, here's a top 60

S Club 7 - Reach
Sade - Smooth Operator
Saints, The - Know Your Product
Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness
Sam Brown - Stop!
Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
San Cisco - Awkward
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Savage Garden - I Want You
SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig - New Dorp. New York
Screaming Jets, The - Better
Scribe - Not Many! (The Remix)
Script, The - Nothing
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Shapeshifters, The - Lola's Theme
Shardinay - Oh Boy
Sheena Easton - Morning Train (9 to 5)
Shins, The - New Slang
Sia - Chandelier
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Sigur Ros - Untitled #1 (Vaka)
Silverchair - Miss You Love
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
Sister Hazel - All For You
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Smash Mouth - Walkin On The Sun
Smiths, The - How Soon Is Now
Smiths, The - Panic
Smiths, The - This Charming Man
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sophie B Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
Spiderbait - Shazam!
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sticky Fingers - Just For You
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Stranglers, The - Golden Brown
Streets, The - Dry Your Eyes
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sugababes - Overload
Sugababes - Push The Button
Sugababes - Red Dress
Suzanne Vega - Luka
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore


Now is the time where I exposition the instruction in which you are to submit a Top 15 to 24 to me by 6pm on Monday, and then we'll see what the top 40 will be from here. I've also got the ACI ready to go, and you can enjoy your weekend.
#60. Sticky Fingers - Just For You

Round by round: 56-60-60

Points - 80
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#59. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Round by round: 60-56-59

Points - 81.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#58. Silverchair - Miss You Love

Round by round: 40-54-58

Points - 82.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#57. Shapeshifters, The - Lola's Theme

Round by round: 52-59-57

Points - 91.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#56. Smiths, The - Panic

Round by round: 44-44-56

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


Forming a figurative "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is Simon & Garfunkel at #59. Mid-career Silverchair fits the bill for this list as they sit around the middle of the list and land at #58. The Shapeshifters' UK #1 hit "Lola's Theme" finishes at #57 behind The Smiths who are very productive in this game with "Panic" being the first of their 3 tracks on display.
#55. Sister Hazel - All For You

Round by round: 58-58-55

Points - 99.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#54. Spiderbait - Shazam!

Round by round: 59-55-54

Points - 99.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#53. Sheena Easton - Morning Train (9 To 5)

Round by round: 45-45-53

Points - 100
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#52. Shins, The - New Slang

Round by round: 61-57-52

Points - 101.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#51. Sophie B Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down

Round by round: 54-52-51

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


A '90s rock hit that you might not recognise by name, but there's a fair chance you do recognise it, Sister Hazel's "All For You" lands at #55. But of course if you don't recognise a song, what better place to go to than "Shazam!" not to be confused by the Spiderbait song of the same name that just so happens to be at #54. Speaking of things that get confused with other songs, Sheena Easton's "Morning Train (9 To 5)" had to have its name extended due to a certain Dolly Parton song. The Shins have some minor progressive improvement to take "New Slang" to #52, changing your life by at the very least a small portion if you took the time to look at this. Then at #51 is ARIA #7 peak afficianado Sophie B Hawkins with "As I Lay Me Down".
#50. Suzanne Vega - Luka

Round by round: 36-31-50

Points - 107
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#49. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye

Round by round: 50-49-49

Points - 108.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#48. Sade - Smooth Operator

Round by round: 43-37-48

Points - 110.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#47. Streets, The - Dry Your Eyes

Round by round: 53-50-47

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


#46. Sugababes - Red Dress

Round by round: 48-51-46

Points - 112
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


I learnt the other day that Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" was heavily involved in the encoding process of MP3 files and people call her the mother of the MP3. However it's her other hit "Luka" which lands here at #50. It's a good place for distinct voices too as Silversun Pickups have "Lazy Eye" at #49 and Sade's "Smooth Operator" is #48. With his only UK #1 single, Mike Skinner aka The Streets takes #47 with "Dry Your Eyes", while fellow Britons the Sugababes are another artist to have 3 songs in this list, the first of which is "Red Dress" at #46.
#45. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song

Round by round: 47-48-45

Points - 113
Current Voters - 3
Top VOte - #4


#44. Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness

Round by round: 77-53-44

Points - 113.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#43. Spice Girls - 2 Become 1

Round by round: 32-35-43

Points - 114.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#42. Smash Mouth - Walkin On The Sun

Round by round: 41-43-42

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


#41. Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

Round by round: 25-22-41

Points - 116.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Voters - #6


Though far from their biggest hit at the time, it could be argued that "Interstate Love Song" is now Stone Temple Pilots' most popular song, and it resides here at #45. You also might recall that Sam Brown was in this game a few rounds back where she just missed the top 50. Fanfare is considerably more in her favour now as she has made the top 50 with not one but two songs, "Can I Get A Witness" at #44 starting things off. Spice Girls have one of their most cherished ballads, "2 Become 1" at #43 making curious company with Smash Mouth's odd melting pot "Walking On The Sun" at #42. Finally, in what has been a very unlucky week so far for Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" in threads on this website largely composed of me posting lists, they've just missed the penultimate round with a bit of a tumble down to #41.
Many thanks last round voters because that was a particularly prudent effort to the point that I did all the vote counting about 24 hours ago. Here's the top 40

S Club 7 - Reach
Saints, The - Know Your Product
Sam Brown - Stop!
Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You
San Cisco - Awkward
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Savage Garden - I Want You
SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig - New Dorp. New York
Screaming Jets, The - Better
Scribe - Not Many! (The Remix)
Script, The - Nothing
Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Shardinay - Oh Boy
Sia - Chandelier
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Sigur Ros - Untitled #1 (Vaka)
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Smiths, The - How Soon Is Now
Smiths, The - This Charming Man
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stranglers, The - Golden Brown
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sugababes - Overload
Sugababes - Push The Button
SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore


It is vaguely crunch time or at least it's a dangerous time to be a reasonably popular tune because half of these are getting the cut in 2 days time. Select your Top 10 to 16 from this list and submit to me by 6pm on Wednesday to go some ways to help ensure their safety.
#40. Script, The - Nothing

Round by round: 37-38-38-40

Points - 92
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#39. San Cisco - Awkward

Round by round: 51-47-40-39

Points - 118.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#38. SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig - New Dorp. New York

Round by round: 33-34-36-38

Points - 127.18
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#37. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Take Me Home

Round by round: 22-25-24-37

Points - 127.91
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#36. Sigur Ros - Untitled #1 (Vaka)

Round by round: 41-42-39-36

Points - 130
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


To start off things, it's a full hog of the 21st century. The Script's last appearance in this game had them at #80 but now they halve it to a respectable #40 with "Nothing". San Cisco are lucky to claw into this round with "Awkward" which finishes up at #79. If you caught Vampire Weekend's set at Splendour last month, I do believe you would have gotten "New Dorp. New York" despite it technically being SBTRKT's song, which lands at #38. Sophie Ellis-Bextor starts things off strong with two entries on the list and the first one "Take Me Home" dropping off at #37, next to Sigur Ros at their most ethereal with "Untitled #1 (Vaka)" at #36.
#35. Screaming Jets, The - Better

Round by round: 46-45-35-35

Points - 131
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#34. Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva

Round by round: 39-40-37-34

Points - 134.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#33. SZA feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore

Round by round: 26-23-26-33

Points - 134.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#32. Saints, The - Know Your Product

Round by round: 34-33-27-32

Points - 135.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#31. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

Round by round: 28-29-32-31

Points - 142.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


If you had said that The Screaming Jets wouldn't get anywhere this round, you are technically correct because "Better" was also #35. They head up a heavy Australian set as they stand next to Sarah Blasko's "Don't U Eva" at #34, and we've also got The Saints' "Know Your Product" at #32, a very good song that I more recognise as the first round of Spicks & Specks. In-between we've got the biggest hit from SZA's "Ctrl" album, "Love Galore" at #33, while Sufjan Stevens probably doesn't mind that "Chicago" is finishing at #31.
#30. Selena Gomez - Bad Liar

Round by round: 19-19-19-30

Points - 142.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#29. Steps - Last Thing On My Mind

Round by round: 17-17-18-29

Points - 142.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#28. Shardinay - Oh Boy

Round by round: 30-32-34-28

Points - 144.5
CUrrent Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#27. Scribe - Not Many! (The Remix)

Round by round: 31-27-29-27

Points - 146.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#26. Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You

Round by round: 16-15-17-26

Points - 150.64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


It had looked like Selena Gomez might make up for crashing out at #21 the previous time "Bad Liar" was here but once again round 4 hits her hard down to #30. She's not alone in this though, as she has been sitting pretty close by Steps and their delightful "Last Thing On My Mind" which has a similar crash to #29. They have peculiar company with Shardinay's undeniable masterpiece "Oh Boy" exceeding all expectations at #28, while Scribe and company provide us THE REMIX to "Not Many!" at #27. If that's not enough 2000s nostalgia for you, Samantha Mumba has another big hit here in "Gotta Tell You" at #26.
#25. S Club 7 - Reach

Round by round: 35-36-30-25

Points - 153.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#24. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Round by round: 29-20-22-24

Points - 153.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#23. Soul Asylum - Runaway Train

Round by round: 49-41-23-23

Points - 155.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#22. Stranglers, The - Golden Brown

Round by round: 38-39-33-22

Points - 155.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#21. Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much

Round by round: 23-24-25-21

Points - 156.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


I want to say this is a very heavy '90s set, but it's ruined slightly by S Club 7's "Reach" which just narrowly reaches into the 2000s. Nonetheless I have to thank everyone who voted for it because it was always the easiest song to find alphabetically in the list. For some actual '90s, Soundgarden made a bid for the top 20 but fall a little short with "Black Hole Sun", while Soul Asylum come in at #23 on the same day that "Runaway Train" reached 100 million views on YouTube. The Stranglers take us out of the '90s briefly with their highest entry "Golden Brown", which gained a bit of momentum when their first track fell out to climb all the way to #22, and then Shania Twain stops us off at the final hurdle of #21, it is to your own discretion whether or not it's an impressive finish or not.
If you were wondering which 20 songs have been escaping every elimination thus far, I can gladly divulge

Sam Brown - Stop!
Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Savage Garden - I Want You
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Sia - Chandelier
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Sinead O'Connor - Troy
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Smiths, The - How Soon Is Now
Smiths, The - This Charming Man
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Sugababes - Overload
Sugababes - Push The Button


But there can only be one winner and it will be one of those 20 songs. It's all in accordance with your votes which you can send in to me by 6pm on Friday with them being your Top 5 to 8 of said list. I'll do the adding up and I'll also try to post the ACI tonight.
Damn was hoping Queen Shardz could make T20
Me too
She needs justice over Tasha Suzie!
#20. Sia - Cheap Thrills

Round by round: 27-28-21-17-20

Points - 83.20
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#19. Sam Brown - Stop!

Round by round: 20-30-28-20-19

Points - 151.20
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


There are surprisingly a few artists in this final round with 2 entries. Sia is one of those although it would seem that she was quite lucky to make it this far with "Cheap Thrills" which has had the strict vote limit bottom out its votes quite a bit as it finishes way behind at #20. She finishes behind Sam Brown who reaches the final round for the first time ever with "Stop!" at #19.
#18. Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me

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

Points - 156.59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#17. Sia - Chandelier

Round by round: 06-06-10-11-17

Points - 158.98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


The 3rd highest Australian #1 single in this set comes from Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me" which finds its place at #18. More misfortune for Sia also, not just because she forgot to run the full gambit to assure a #1 hit out of "Chandelier" but because it also slips a bit here to land at #17.
#16. Shakespear's Sister - Stay

Round by round: 15-16-14-13-16

Points - 160.98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#15. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder On The Dancefloor

Round by round: 03-05-05-05-15

Points - 174.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


For a more consistent sitter, I present the erroneous spelling of Shakespear's Sister, though I will let them off the hook because of "Stay" providing a delightful alliteration in this final round at #16. Next up is a bit of a subversion of what we've seen recently, as Sophie Ellis-Bextor's 2nd entry fell out last round, and while that usually helps the higher up track, it instead slips down quite a bit from its steady #5 beginnings, to #15.
#14. Sinead O'Connor - Troy

Round by round: 21-21-20-19-14

Points - 185.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#13. Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth

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

Points - 193.51
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


In what has to be considered one of the greatest redemption arcs in this game, Sinead O'Connor's "Troy" has appeared twice before and never made it past the first round, now the support rallies behind to take her all the way to #14, I must say I grow to love it more every time I hear it. Meanwhile we flash forward to a more modern artist...Santana, with the colossal hit "Smooth" at #13.
#12. Sugababes - Overload

Round by round: 13-13-16-10-12

Points - 197.60
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#11. The Smiths - This Charming Man

Round by round: 14-14-15-15-11

Points - 200.02
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


If you were still puzzled somehow about which other artists have multiple entries in the list, then I beseech you to look at this here post because both of those artists are right here. First off it's the Sugababes with their first single "Overload" at #12, and then The Smiths with "This Charming Man" at #11.
#10. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now

Round by round: 24-26-31-18-10

Points - 201.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#9. Sugababes - Push The Button

Round by round: 07-07-02-09-09

Points - 209.89
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


This is one of my favourite things I've ever seen happen in QLVG because the answer to the question of who stopped The Smiths & Sugababes from reaching the top 10 is in fact...The Smiths & Sugababes. It creates some sort of mega-sandwich with The Smiths going back to back as "How Soon Is Now" is #10 (quite peculiar in its own right as it was struggling a little in the early rounds) and "Push The Button" lands at #9.
#8. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

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

Points - 210.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Round by round: 05-04-11-14-07

Points - 225.68
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Another steady sitter is Snow Patrol who courteously decided to just lay here in such a position that revolves around #8 with "Chasing Cars", but on the other hand, Stevie Wonder was going all over the place with "Superstition" though also landing in an appropriately middling position of this set at #7.
#6. Savage Garden - I Want You

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

Points - 241.76
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Something For Kate - Monsters

Round by round: 11-10-08-06-05

Points - 251.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


"I Want You" is Savage Garden's most regularly appearing song and until now the highest it had ever reached was #7, but now it finds colossal new heights as it takes the #6 slot. But reaching new heights as an artist overall is Something For Kate, who had "Monsters" fall out in round 4 two times prior. They make good use of this first time in the final round as they reach the top 5 (arguably the overpass of the competition) with that very song "Monsters".
#4. Shakira - Whenever, Wherever

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

Points - 258.73
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#3. Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Round by round: 08-11-12-08-03

Points - 266.69
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


Shakira put up quite a fight to do the impressive deed of finishing at #1 & #100 in the same game. In fact for the first 4 rounds we were poised to see that, though rather than hog that spot, she remains humble like mountains and has "Whenever, Wherever" finish at #4. She finishes behind another massive redemption story as Sarah McLachlan's only prior appearance in this game (also with "Angel") was a non-starter out in the first round, but now she's all the way up at #3.
#2. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

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

Points - 271.87
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#1. Soft Cell - Tainted Love

Round by round: 04-03-03-02-01

Points - 278.52
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #4


But to finish things off, we turn to '80s new wave or thereabouts, and the two songs that have been battling intently for the entire game, though not with any preconceptions of actually taking the win. Alas, the curtain calls and they're the last two standing so it has to be one of them. In position to clear the reception is the Breakfast Club soundtrack, with Simple Minds making good on the promise of a high position with their 2nd entry, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" boasts a #2 finish. But in a close contest, the victory goes out to the Soft Cell and their cover of "Tainted Love", which if nothing else has an aesthetically pleasing round by round run here. Honestly I'm surprised it hadn't already won a game given its universal appeal.
Thanks as always to those who vote. We nearly even had a perfect set of voting response every round. This is the 52nd QLVG which means that it's roughly 2 years of doing this when you take out any breaks, which is kind of crazy to me.

Next week's round is a different sort of alphabetical twist, as all of the entries have a 'Z' somewhere on them, and then on Tuesday we'll do the qualifying game concerning artists with animals in their names. Enjoy your weekend, do your ACI if you want, and all that.
Thanks Hijinx!
Great top 4.
Lower down, I'm particularly delighted that 'Troy' by Sinead O'Connor fared so well. I agree with your comment that it gets better with every listen, and it gets better the further into the song you get. Proof that a song doesn't have to have been a chart hit to be a classic.
We had S last time, now we move onto Z. Slight difference this time however, as the 'Z' can appear anywhere in the artist or song title. I regret to inform you that there is no 'A' game to complete any sort of SZA trilogy. She also does not appear in this list however these 100 songs do:


Alcazar - Crying At The Discoteque
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd - Break Free
Art vs. Science - Parlez-vous francais?
At The Drive-In - Non Zero Possibility
Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
Belle Perez - Hello World
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe
Bush - Everything Zen
Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro - Stumblin' In
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
Faith Evans - Mesmerized
Fischer-Z - So Long
Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
George Ezra - Budapest
George Ezra - Shotgun
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Icehouse - Crazy
Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper
Jamie T - Zombie
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jason Mraz - The Remedy (I Won't Worry)
Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight
Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J - All I Have
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
Last Dinosaurs - Zoom
Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
Lenny Kravitz - Believe
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Lonestar - Amazed
Lorde - Buzzcut Season
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Frozen
Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman - Get Free
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Mark Lizotte - Dig
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
Patsy Cline - Crazy
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Pop Will Eat Itself - X, Y and Zee
Razorlight - America
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The Zephyr Song
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Rozalla - Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)
Scott Cain - Crazy People Rock
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Split Enz - I Got You
Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Hooters - All You Zombies
The Jezabels - Mace Spray
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Jackie Blue
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
Timbaland & OneRepublic - Apologize
Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous
Vengaboys - We're Going To Ibiza
Wall Of Voodoo - Far Side Of Crazy
Weezer - Buddy Holly
Wyclef Jean feat. Claudette Ortiz - Two Wrongs
Yazoo - Only You
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Zara Larsson - Lush Life
ZAYN - LIKE I WOULD
Zed - Renegade Fighter
Zedd feat. Foxes - Clarity
Zedd feat. Matthew Koma - Spectrum
Zodiac Mindwarp - Prime Mover
Zoe Badwi - Freefallin
ZZ Top - Legs
ZZ Top - Sleeping Bag


Participation is as simple or complicated as selecting your Top 25 to 40 from this list and submitting them to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#100. Razorlight - America

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


#99. Zodiac Mindwarp - Prime Mover

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


#98. Scott Cain - Crazy People Rock

Points - 16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #33


#97. Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

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


#96. Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper

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


Razorlight scored a UK #1 hit in 2006 with "America", and next to My Chemical Romance made for a very rare case of two rock #1's in a row. Here it is at #100, sitting next to the far more mathematical than I anticipated "Prime Mover" by Zodiac Mindwarp at #99. Scott Cain is at #98 but surely would be a winning contender if the song was available on all platforms, instead falling behind Baz Luhrmann's interpretation on a chain email "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" at #97. Lastly, the lyrical gangsta Ini Kamoze is here to sell you some KFC at #96.
#95. Lenny Kravitz - Believe

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


#94. Jamie T - Zombie

Points - 22
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#93. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train

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


#92. Pop Will Eat Itself - X, Y and Zee

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


#91. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Jackie Blue

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


Lenny Kravitz's sole representation here is with "Believe" at #95, and is followed by Jamie T's comeback hit "Zombie" at #94. A rare case of an artist & title both featuring the letter Z, all aboard the "Crazy Train" at #93, while Pop Will Eat Itself's "X, Y and Zee" takes #92. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils' "Jackie Blue" seemingly erroneously claims to be the theme to Nurse Jackie on Spotify, but regardless of that, finds a place at #91.
#90. Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro - Stumblin' In

Points - 28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#89. Jason Mraz - The Remedy (I Won't Worry)

Points - 32
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#88. Patsy Cline - Crazy

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


#87. Zed - Renegade Fighter

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


#86. Lorde - Buzzcut Season

Points - 37
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #24


Staying in oldies territory a little longer, Smokie's lead singer teams up with Suzi Quatro for the sole purpose of being allowed on this list [citation needed] with "Stumblin' In" at #90. Jason Mraz has the first of his 2 entries here, "The Remedy" at #89, followed by one of the many hit songs called "Crazy", this one from Patsy Cline at #88. This list revolving around the letter Z has more than one artist who go so far as to share their pronunciation with that letter, the first of which is Zed whose "Renegade Fighter" lands at #87. It makes for a rare back to back New Zealand set because it's right next to Lorde with one of the more subtle cuts on "Pure Heroine", "Buzzcut Season" at #86.
#85. The Jezabels - Mace Spray

Points - 39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#84. Lonestar - Amazed

Points - 40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#83. Icehouse - Crazy

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


#82. Rozalla - Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)

Points - 43
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#81. Belle Perez - Hello World

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Helping The Jezabels score their first top 50 hit was "Mace Spray" which lands at #85 here. It's in big company as it sits alongside Lonestar's US #1 hit "Amazed" at #84. Yet another one of those "Crazy" songs, this time from Icehouse is in at #83, and yet another "Everybody's Free" is at #82. Finally we have Belle Perez's rendition of what we can all agree is an iconic song about learning new programming languages, "Hello World" at #81.
Here are your top 80 trackzzzzzzz

Alcazar - Crying At The Discoteque
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd - Break Free
Art vs. Science - Parlez-vous francais?
At The Drive-In - Non Zero Possibility
Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe
Bush - Everything Zen
Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
Faith Evans - Mesmerized
Fischer-Z - So Long
Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
George Ezra - Budapest
George Ezra - Shotgun
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy
Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight
Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J - All I Have
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
Last Dinosaurs - Zoom
Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Frozen
Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman - Get Free
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Mark Lizotte - Dig
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The Zephyr Song
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Split Enz - I Got You
Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Hooters - All You Zombies
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
Timbaland & OneRepublic - Apologize
Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous
Vengaboys - We're Going To Ibiza
Wall Of Voodoo - Far Side Of Crazy
Weezer - Buddy Holly
Wyclef Jean feat. Claudette Ortiz - Two Wrongs
Yazoo - Only You
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Zara Larsson - Lush Life
ZAYN - LIKE I WOULD
Zedd feat. Foxes - Clarity
Zedd feat. Matthew Koma - Spectrum
Zoe Badwi - Freefallin
ZZ Top - Legs
ZZ Top - Sleeping Bag


Things are just heating up, and there are 20 more songs to eliminate this week. Sway things in your favour by selecting your Top 20 to 32 from here and submitting to me by 6pm on Friday. There's a qualifying game running too and I'll try to have the ACI ready tonight.
#80. Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe

Round by round: 78-80

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#79. George Ezra - Shotgun

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 47.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


#78. ZZ Top - Legs

Round by round: 80-78

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#77. Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3

Round by round: 73-77

Points - 53.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#76. At The Drive-In - Non Zero Possibility

Round by round: 76-76

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Bucks Fizz actually have 3 UK #1 singles, each spending 1 less week at the top than the predecessor. So the middle child "The Land Of Make Believe" is what ends up here at #80, though they of course have another one later in this list. In fact that is pretty much the theme of this start of the elimination, only I'm a little surprised that ZZ Top's first casualty is "Legs" at #78. Inbetween is George Ezra with his first ever UK #1 single "Shotgun" which is soaring up the chart here despite the weather. With another one of the newest songs on the list, Lil Uzi Vert's forever misunderstood "XO TOUR Llif3" takes #77, while At The Drive-In have the closing song to "Relationship Of Command", "Non Zero Possibility" at #76.
#75. Faith Evans - Mesmerized

Round by round: 74-75

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#74. Last Dinosaurs - Zoom

Round by round: 77-74

Poitns - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#73. ZAYN - LIKE I WOULD

Round by round: 75-73

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


#72. Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson - Symphony

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 60.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#71. Phoenix - Lisztomania

Round by round: 64-71

Points - 64.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


With her most recent top 50 hit in Australia, Faith Evans takes #75 with "Mesmerized". While you'd say 'recent' in that sense, it also predates the entire careers of the next 3 artists. Last Dinosaurs have recently been putting out new singles, but we go back to their poorly timed single release in late 2011 for "Zoom" at #74. But then it's perhaps the king of flippant single releases, with one of ZAYN's many singles post-"PILLOWTALK" that haven't quite stuck the landing the same way, "LIKE I WOULD" at #73. Clean Bandit on the other hand are very successful in their native UK where pretty much every single they release hits the top 5, notably "Symphony" went all the way to the top last year, and lands at #72, behind one of Phoenix's biggest hits, "Lisztomania" at #71.
#70. Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill

Round by round: 46-70

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#69. Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong

Round by round: 61-69

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


#68. Groove Armada - Purple Haze

Round by round: 58-68

Points - 69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#67. Zara Larsson - Lush Life

Round by round: 69-67

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#66. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait

Round by round: 66-66

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Taking a bit of a hit this round is Gorillaz, whose "On Melancholy Hill" falls back to #70. One of the many hit songs that sounded indebted to Madasun in the winter of 2014, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" takes the coveted #69 position, behind Groove Armada who can't quite recapture the magic that "Purple Haze" managed last time, instead at #68. Zara Larsson is also back for a 2nd time tonight, this time in the driver's seat with "Lush Life" at #67, behind Nu Shooz's remixed '80s hit "I Can't Wait" at #66.
#65. Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song

Round by round: 65-65

Points - 73
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #17


#64. Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny

Round by round: 67-64

Points - 73
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#63. Selena Gomez - Back To You

Round by round: 70-63

Points - 73
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#62. Vengaboys - We're Going To Ibiza!

Round by round: 68-62

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#61. Wyclef Jean feat. Claudette Ortiz - Two Wrongs

Round by round: 63-61

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Reaping all the royalties from trailers of late, Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" takes #65. It sits behind one of the weirdest hit songs I can think of, Haysi Fantayzee's "Shiny Shiny" at #64, and on the other hand, a pretty standard but very successful hit for Selena Gomez from the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack, "Back To You" at #63. Let out a 'woah!' for the Vengaboys as the 2nd stop on their trip to Ibiza is at #62, while Wyclef Jean has a big solo hit in "Two Wrongs" to finish things off at #61.
And from that I have the top 60 tracks which remain yet to be eliminated, for now

Alcazar - Crying At The Discoteque
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd - Break Free
Art vs. Science - Parlez-vous francais?
Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
Bush - Everything Zen
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
Fischer-Z - So Long
Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle
George Ezra - Budapest
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight
Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J - All I Have
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Frozen
Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman - Get Free
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Mark Lizotte - Dig
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The Zephyr Song
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Split Enz - I Got You
Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Hooters - All You Zombies
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
Timbaland & OneRepublic - Apologize
Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous
Wall Of Voodoo - Far Side Of Crazy
Weezer - Buddy Holly
Yazoo - Only You
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Zedd feat. Foxes - Clarity
Zedd feat. Matthew Koma - Spectrum
Zoe Badwi - Freefallin
ZZ Top - Sleeping Bag

Send your best wishes to those you wish to prevail. Or for more effect, send a vote, specifically a Top 15 to 24 to me by 6pm on Monday. Also possibly an ACI vote if you want. Have a good weekend.
#60. ZZ Top - Sleeping Bag

Round by round: 72-57-60

Points - 77.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#59. Weezer - Buddy Holly

Round by round: 57-52-59

Points - 90
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#58. Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker

Round by round: 40-47-58

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


#57. Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous

Round by round: 53-54-57

Points - 95.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#56. Mark Lizotte - Dig

Round by round: 60-59-56

Points - 98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


Back at it with their second entry, ZZ Top start us off with "Sleeping Bag" at #60. They're followed by an artist that is nearly contemporary to them, by which I mean "Buddy Holly", though truly Weezer are contemporary to them because both bands are still going. Mariah Carey has two tracks in here with the common link that her featured artist is pulling the weight to allow eligibility, firstly Jay-Z featuring on "Heartbreaker" at #58. There is one song here with the Z in the title though, Vanessa Amorosi with the title track to her most recent album "Hazardous", followed by Diesel who in lieu of changing his name to Diezel, instead released some music under his real name Mark Lizotte, namely "Dig" at #56.
#55. The Smashing Pumpkins - Zero

Round by round: 59-60-55

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#54. Zedd feat. Foxes - Clarity

Round by round: 47-44-54

Points - 104.16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#53. Zedd feat. Matthew Koma - Spectrum

Round by round: 34-40-53

Points - 105.9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#52. Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone

Round by round: 62-58-52

Points - 107.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#51. Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J - All I Have

Round by round: 51-45-51

Points - 108.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


The first of our two "Zero" songs to land in this game is from The Smashing Pumpkins at #55, which was clearly done to be edgy because the song actually says 'one' more times in the lyrics. We then have a double Z, something that only makes sense if read out loud, because really it's back to back tracks from Zedd, both before he became a regular top 10 hit maker, "Clarity" at #54, and "Spectrum" at #53. We then better make an Archer reference because we're in the "Danger Zone" at #52, while Jennifer Lopez has the first of her two entries at #51, meaning that even if she has the next song eliminated, she's broke even.
#50. Bush - Everything Zen

Round by round: 50-42-50

Points - 109.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#49. Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy

Round by round: 54-56-49

Poitns - 109.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#48. Art vs. Science - Parlez-vous francais?

Round by round: 47-48-48

Points - 109.62
Current Voters - 3
Top VOte - #5


#47. Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen

Round by round: 55-53-47

Points - 111
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#46. Wall Of Voodoo - Far Side Of Crazy

Round by round: 52-50-46

Points - 112.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


But she's not the next out, because that instead goes to Bush's "Everything Zen". I had quite a nice discovery with just how much I more I enjoyed Grant Lee Buffalo's "Fuzzy" than his one other song I know. Then for things I was far more familiar with, Art vs. Science's biggest hit "Parlez-vous francais?" is at #48, while Franz Ferdinand's biggest hit...we'll talk about that later, but "The Fallen" is at #47. Lastly there's a man on the "Far Side Of Crazy" at #46.
#45. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

Round by round: 49-51-45

Points - 113.24
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#44. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

Round by round: 56-49-44

Points - 115.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#43. Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up

Round by round: 42-27-43

Points - 117
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#42. Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle

Round by round: 33-46-42

Points - 122
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#41. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Zephyr Song

Round by round: 45-55-41

Points - 122.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


Readers of my unofficial catalogue singles chart might have some recognition in this part of the posting. Just because at the top of this post we've got the longest running Bubbing Under song that still to this week has never made the main chart, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" at #45, and it's ever so slightly bested by Australia's own Red Hot Chili Peppers with what is one of the most unlikely #1 hits on that chart, "The Zephyr Song", which just misses out at #41. In-between all this we've got Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros who hopefully aren't preparing to bump their head after a big fall as they've been climbing slowly with "Home" up to #44. Bucks Fizz have their ESC winning song "Making Your Mind Up" at #43, while Frente! ballad their way to #42. If there are any people who bizarrely love triangles, then rest assured it's not the last you'll see of that song in this game.
40 songs must carry on and these are those

Alcazar - Crying At The Discoteque
Alex Lloyd - Amazing
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd - Break Free
Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Fischer-Z - So Long
Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
George Ezra - Budapest
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight
Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Frozen
Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman - Get Free
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Split Enz - I Got You
Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Hooters - All You Zombies
The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
Timbaland & OneRepublic - Apologize
Yazoo - Only You
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Zoe Badwi - Freefallin


Make your mark by submitting your Top 10 to 16 from this lot to me by 6pm on Wednesday. Also here's a strawpoll I prepared earlier so we can decide the next qualifying game https://www.strawpoll.me/16261819
#40. Alcazar - Crying At The Discotheque

Round by round: 43-30-37-40

Points - 96.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#39. Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath

Round by round: 36-37-32-39

Points - 97.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#38. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop

Round by round: 35-33-22-38

Points - 110.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#37. Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight

Round by round: 37-36-31-37

Points - 118.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#36. Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars

Round by round: 29-35-38-36

Points - 118.9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


The first round of eliminations tonight are highly focused in the 21st century (or nearly) with quite a bit of variety at that. Alcazar's big hit "Crying At The Discotheque" starts off at #40, while Nicole Scherzinger's breakout solo hit "Don't Hold Your Breath" takes #39. The only Hottest 100 winning song that has 'JJJ' in its YouTube URL, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop" hits #38, alongside another ARIA #1 hit (edit: redacted, I'm an idiot), "Waiting For Tonight" at #37. Kendrick Lamar's most recent #2 hit "All The Stars" is #36.
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#35. Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory

Round by round: 23-21-16-35

Points - 124.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#34. Babylon Zoo - Spaceman

Round by round: 32-39-39-34

Points - 130.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#33. Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me

Round by round: 31-31-29-33

Points - 131.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#32. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Round by round: 26-26-35-32

Points - 132.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#31. Fischer-Z - So Long

Round by round: 30-25-34-31

Points - 135.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


The high charting ARIA hits continue with another #1 hit, this time from Jon Bon Jovi, "Blaze Of Glory" at #35. Babylon Zoo have notoriety for bamboozling the UK public with "Spaceman", there's enough goodwill to this day to take "Spaceman" to #34. Another huge UK #1 follows, the first of many for Dizzee Rascal, "Dance Wiv Me" at #33. The original version of "Bizarre Love Triangle" arrives at #32, right in the middle of two triangular numbers. Fischer-Z have done very well with their two entries, the first of which, "So Long", only just now arrives at #31.
#30. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd - Break Free

Round by round: 28-29-30-30

Points - 135.8
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#29. Alex Lloyd - Amazing

Round by round: 38-43-40-29

Points - 139.7
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#28. Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry

Round by round: 44-41-33-28

Points - 145.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#27. The Hooters - All You Zombies

Round by round: 39-32-36-27

Points - 147.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#26. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212

Round by round: 27-34-28-26

Points - 150
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Zedd had two songs out last round but I forgot he had another song coming because he's credited alongside Ariana Grande on "Break Free" at #30. Alex Lloyd has "Amazing" at #29, making for a pair of A's as Az Yet's cover of Chicago surprisingly lands all the way up at #28. Keeping up this run of songs that have hit their highest point this round, The Hooters' "All You Zombies" at #27, and Azealia Banks' "212" at #26.
#25. Hozier - Take Me To Church

Round by round: 17-23-21-25

Points - 150.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#24. Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat

Round by round: 41-38-27-24

Points - 158.4
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#23. Madonna - Crazy For You

Round by round: 16-18-18-23

Points - 158.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#22. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Round by round: 21-19-23-22

Points - 160.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#21. The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

Round by round: 25-24-24-21

Points - 160.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


A rare impressive chart feat comes from Hozier's "Take Me To Church", which is the only song I can think of which peaked at #2 in Australia, New Zealand, the US & the UK. Sadly we couldn't keep it up with a #2 vote to take him to #25. Split Enz also hit #2 in Australia with the first of their two tracks in this list, "Six Months In A Leaky Boat" at #24. This week's obligatory song to lose top 20 traction in the last round is Madonna's "Crazy For You" at #23. The second "Zero" in the list comes courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs at #22, and just missing the final round is The National's "Bloodbuzz Ohio".
Here's your final top 20!

Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
George Ezra - Budapest
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Madonna - Frozen
Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman - Get Free
Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
Richard Marx - Hazard
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella
Split Enz - I Got You
The Cranberries - Zombie
Timbaland & OneRepublic - Apologize
Yazoo - Only You
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
Zoe Badwi - Freefallin


To decide the ordering of this list, I'll need you to send your Top 5 to 8 from this to me by 6pm on Friday and then I'll reveal the final results. Don't forget to vote in the poll for next week's qualifying game here https://www.strawpoll.me/16261819 and in the ACI which I'll try to post tonight.
#20. Timbaland & OneRepublic - Apologize

Round by round: 18-16-25-17-20

Points - 152.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#19. Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter

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

Points - 154.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


You may ask yourself, all these huge songs in the final round, but what's going out first. It's quite fortunate if you were in fact wondering that because I can supply the answer as being "Apologize" by OneRepublic, as amped up by Timbaland at #20. Then at #19 we have The Bangles who first appeared in one of the very first QLVGs with their cover of "Hazy Shade Of Winter", which while previously landing in the high 70s, now does all the more impressive with a #19 finish.
#18. Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ - Lean On

Round by round: 15-17-17-16-18

Points - 156.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#17. Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman - Get Free

Round by round: 08-10-07-03-17

Points - 166.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


The one artist to land multiple songs in the final round was surprisingly Major Lazer. They single-handedly represent half of the 2010s material in this last round with their pair of huge Hottest 100 hits. As it would turn out they're right to be paired because they've cropped up here back to back. That's not to say they limped through to this round, as while "Lean On" has mostly stayed in these late teens, "Get Free" was dominating the top 10, reaching as high as #3 last round until it took a big hit now to fall back to #17. It would be the lowest scoring song of this round if not for carried over points.
#16. Richard Marx - Hazard

Round by round: 02-03-05-07-16

Points - 166.91
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Zoe Badwi - Freefallin

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

Points - 184.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


A thrilling murder mystery or a PSA against the safety of the river, you decide, or rather just enjoy Richard Marx's almost exercise in prime numbers with "Hazard" that finishes at #16, sitting behind the bawdiest Australian top 10 hit, possibly ever, "Freefallin" at #15.
#14. Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day

Round by round: 20-20-20-19-14

Points - 185.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#13. The Cranberries - Zombie

Round by round: 05-06-06-12-13

Points - 186.74
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Fischer-Z spent most of their time just skirting on the line of the top 20, but now in this last round they had just one song to represent them, which may have helped "The Perfect Day" sail up a bit to #14, finding company with The Cranberries' cover of the Bad Wolves classic "Zombie". That doesn't sound right but I have no time to proofread these.
#12. Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes

Round by round: 10-11-13-18-12

Points - 187.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#11. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

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

Points - 188.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


It would have been really good if Kelly Clarkson had more than one song in this game so I could say here she is, once again, with "Behind These Hazel Eyes" at #12. Then we turn to everyone's 2nd favourite K West in music courtesy of the hemi-demi-semi title track for David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album, landing just outside the top 10 at #11.
#10. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

Round by round: 24-28-26-09-10

Points - 188.95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#9. Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day

Round by round: 14-12-11-14-09

Points - 190
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


With a margin of only 0.2 no less! But it allows us to finally end the saga of "Crazy" songs, with of course Gnarls Barkley at #10. It is notorious for being such a long running #1 single in the UK that the duo themselves deleted it from sale. And what other song is notorious for long runnings stands at #1 other than "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, which is tied on 16 weeks as the longest running #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Incidentally both of these songs only reached #2 here.
#8. Yazoo - Only You

Round by round: 19-15-14-11-08

Points - 190.95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#7. Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up

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

Points - 197.3
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


One of my favourite eventual pairings in this list that I somehow didn't notice until writing this commentary just now. If you're like me, you might just occasionally wonder if there is any relation between Yazoo & Yazz, and the answer is in fact no, something that might be apparent just from hearing the two songs, but weirder things have happened. Nonetheless, the two acts take very different approaches to take the #8 & #7 positions respectively.
#6. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z - Umbrella

Round by round: 11-08-09-08-06

Points - 202.16
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. George Ezra - Budapest

Round by round: 07-07-08-06-05

Points - 233.24
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


Mariah Carey is not the only artist who can rope in Jay-Z for eligibility for this game, and Gnarls Barkley are not the only artist that can have a ridiculously long run at #1 in the UK in the mid-2000s. In fact both of those feats can be attributed to Rihanna's song "Umbrella" which has previously been a strong performer in this game, and this time around lands at #6, behind a relatively modern entry, the first of what soon looks to be 3 top 10 hits for George Ezra in Australia, "Budapest" at #5.
#4. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

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

Points - 244.04
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

Round by round: 06-05-04-05-03

Points - 245.81
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


But even though we're livin' in the 21st century, we're doin' something mean to it because in one fell swoop we've knocked out 3 of them in a row, leaving the 20th century to pick up all the top 3 spoils. Said 21st century schizoid song is Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out", which I must say has a lovely symmetrical run. Of course therein reveals some partial misfortune for them because they were ahead of Mazzy Star every round until this one, with "Fade Into You" a song I'm shocked to find has never been played in a previous round, and does very well in its first outing at #3.
#2. Split Enz - I Got You

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

Points - 246.45
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#1. Madonna - Frozen

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

Points - 331
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


It was not long ago that we last met up with Split Enz. I mean after all, they did have a 2nd song in this very round, but I can also extend the comment to "I Got You", which appeared 2 games ago, literally as close as it's allowed to have 2 appearances in a row. That time around it finished at #7, but it's fairing quite a bit better now, and who knows, maybe we'll see it again in a month's time and it will really challenge for #1, but for now it's sitting pretty at #2. However, that is not a #2 that was particularly in contention as we've got another #1 sweep courtesy of Madonna. Not only was "Frozen" the clear leader for the entire duration of the game, but it does so and ends with an 80+ margin, meaning any opposition would need another 3 voters at least to come to their side and change things. This of course times up nicely as yesterday Madonna celebrated her 60th birthday, but more importantly today, her first ever QLVG win.
That's another wrap! Salutations as always to those who make the compilation of these lists possible. I hope you enjoy your weekend, and of course the upcoming QLVG game for animal artists. The winning qualifying vote goes to Songs with question words at the start of their titles. I was nearly certain that we'd already done a 'question titles' QLVG but apparently not. So it will be interesting to see whether or not the difference between those two ideologies is relevant. The ACI's also open, and see you then!
I am very tired but I will outside of that statement give the illusion of preparedness as I post this new QLVG round for you all to see and potentially participate in. We have done a round of song titles that have animals in them, as won by Regurgitator, but now we turn to the artists that carry such a feat, whether or not it was intended by them or their parents.

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran
Adam and The Ants - Ant Music
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Big Pig - Hungry Town
Birds of Tokyo - Plans
Birds of Tokyo - Silhouettic
Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
Boy & Bear - Part Time Believer
Buddy Holly and the Crickets - That'll Be The Day
Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
Caribou - Second Chance
Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
Cat Stevens - Wild World
Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)
Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester - Good Girls Go Bad
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Counting Crows - Round Here
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Dixie Chicks - Landslide
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Dragon - Dreams Of Ordinary Men
Dragon - Rain
Drake - Nice For What
Eagles - Desperado
Echo and the Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses
Eels - Mr E's Beautiful Blues
Elkie Brooks - Pearl's A Singer
Ella Henderson - Ghost
Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart
Feargal Sharkey - You Little Thief
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Glass Animals - Life Itself
Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Headless Chickens - Cruise Control
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Di-Vida
Jake Bugg - A Song About Love
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids
John Cougar Mellencamp - Hurts So Good
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Gamma Knife
Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning
Lime Spiders - Weirdo Libido
Lionel Richie - Truly
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me
Miranda Lambert - Vice
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Modest Mouse - Float On
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Like A Hurricane
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
Owl City - Fireflies
Owl Eyes - Raiders
Pussycat - Mississippi
Queen - A Kind Of Magic
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen - We Will Rock You
Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve And Danno
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Rudimental feat. Foxes - Right Here
Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
Sheryl Crow - Soak Up The Sun
Skunk Anansie - Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)
Snakehips feat. Zayn - Cruel
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Sophie B Hawkins - California Here I Come
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed
The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
The Bats - North By North
The Blow Monkeys - It Doesn't Have To Be This Way
The Butterfly Effect - Phoenix
The Hummingbirds - Blush
The Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
The Stray Cats - Runaway Boys
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division
Voice Of The Beehive - Don't Call Me Baby
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses


Participating is exactly as simple or complicated as selecting your Top 25 to 40 from this lot and sending them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. I'll also open the qualifying game roughly 24 hours from now.
#100. Sheryl Crow - Soak Up The Sun

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


#99. Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild

Points - 13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#98. Snakehips feat. Zayn - Cruel

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


#97. Queen - We Will Rock You

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


#96. Eels - Mr. E's Beautiful Blues

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


Just this first post of results covers a fair spectrum of movement, whether it be flight, running, swimming or slithering. Things specifically start with the 3rd, with the first of three entries for Sheryl Crow, perhaps this one still a bit too on-the-nose and out of place in winter, "Soak Up The Sun" at #100. Classic rock is not immune to the early eliminations, as Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" lands at #99, and Queen's "We Will Rock You" at #97. I suspect this wasn't the intention of the band when they named it, but it's valid and there'll be 3 more of their songs. Snakehips' 2nd top 50 hit was a team up with Zayn from One Direction and lands at #98, and finally we've got Eels at #96 with "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues".
#95. Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester - Good Girls Go Bad

Points - 25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


#94. Echo and the Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses

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


#93. Cat Stevens - Wild World

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#92. Buddy Holly and the Crickets - That'll Be The Day

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


#91. Amy Shark - I Said Hi

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


A close companion to Snakehips in name only, we've got Cobra Starship at #95 with "Good Girls Go Bad". I can only imagine that if Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" were also nominated, it'd be up next, but instead that goes to Echo and the Bunnymen with "Bring On The Dancing Horses", working twice as hard though I suspect we won't ever do a game that requires animal songs from animal artists. The first of two Cat Stevens entries is "Wild World" at #93, while Buddy Holly benefits crediting his backing band The Crickets to allow "That'll Be The Day" to be eligible at #92, though I must admit hearing him talk about the day he'll die in the song is quite ominous. Finally, Amy Shark represents with "I Said Hi", which will surely get more chances to prove its mettle at the start of next year.
#90. Rudimental feat. Foxes - Right Here

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


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

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#88. Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#87. The Blow Monkeys - It Doesn't Have To Be This Way

Points - 41
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#86. Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl

Points - 41
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


For one of the small handful of songs relying on a featured artist to place here, Rudimental team up with Foxes for "Right Here" at #90. Then there are some artists that clearly knew what they were signing up for, Skunk Anansie with "Hedonism" at #89, Glass Tiger's "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)", and the first of two Blow Monkeys tracks, "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way" at #87. Then there's another multiple entry artist, and another that may not have been entirely intentional for being a part of this, nonetheless, Dixie Chicks get very out of character for their spirit animal on "Goodbye Earl" at #86.
#85. Lime Spiders - Weirdo Libido

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#84. The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#83. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Like A Hurricane

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#82. Cat Power - Cross Bones Style

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#81. Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


Australian artists have fared fairly well for getting through the first round, only the 2nd one going out tonight which is Lime Spiders' "Weirdo Libido" at #85. The Blow Monkeys are unlucky losing both their entries in close proximity, winning that war is "Digging Your Scene" at #84. I then get a bit of voter's remorse for not quite fitting songs into my vote, though Cat Power did successfully win me over with "Cross Bones Style" this time which lands at #82, but it's unfortunate for Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "Like A Hurricane", while Jake Bugg at least has another song to fall back on. "Messed Up Kids" is of course important to the canon of songs that mention palisades, and it's last out at #81.
There's more where that came from, and in some instances, places that these didn't even come from, with 80 songs left in the running

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran
Adam and The Ants - Ant Music
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Big Pig - Hungry Town
Birds of Tokyo - Plans
Birds of Tokyo - Silhouettic
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
Boy & Bear - Part Time Believer
Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
Caribou - Second Chance
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Counting Crows - Round Here
Dixie Chicks - Landslide
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Dragon - Dreams Of Ordinary Men
Dragon - Rain
Drake - Nice For What
Eagles - Desperado
Elkie Brooks - Pearl's A Singer
Ella Henderson - Ghost
Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart
Feargal Sharkey - You Little Thief
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Glass Animals - Life Itself
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Headless Chickens - Cruise Control
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Di-Vida
Jake Bugg - A Song About Love
John Cougar Mellencamp - Hurts So Good
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Gamma Knife
Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning
Lionel Richie - Truly
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me
Miranda Lambert - Vice
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Modest Mouse - Float On
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
Owl City - Fireflies
Owl Eyes - Raiders
Pussycat - Mississippi
Queen - A Kind Of Magic
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve And Danno
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Sophie B Hawkins - California Here I Come
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed
The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
The Bats - North By North
The Butterfly Effect - Phoenix
The Hummingbirds - Blush
The Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush
The Stray Cats - Runaway Boys
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division
Voice Of The Beehive - Don't Call Me Baby
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses


Determine what goes through to the next, and potentially subsequent rounds by selecting your Top 20 to 32 and sending them through to me by 6pm on Friday. I'll also try to do the ACI tonight, it's mostly finished at the very least.
#80. Counting Crows - Round Here

Round by round: 77-80

Points - 48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#79. Queen - A Kind Of Magic

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#78. John Cougar Mellencamp - Hurts So Good

Round by round: 55-78

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


#77. The Pussycat Dolls - Hush Hush; Hush Hush

Round by round: 73-77

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#76. Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It

Round by round: 79-76

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


The unofficial Counting Crows Twitter account that counts crows might be on hand to tell you that there are in fact 3 Counting Crows tracks in this list, the first of which is "Round Here" which finishes at #80. It puts them square with Queen who now lose their 2nd track "A Kind Of Magic" at #79. Ever the confusing chameleon of name-changing, John Mellencamp at the very least had Cougar in his name for the release of "Hurts So Good" which lands at #78. The last hit single for The Pussycat Dolls, "Hush Hush; Hush Hush" sits at #77, while Cardi B's enlisting of huge Latin star Bad Bunny nets an entry for her recent US #1 smash "I Like It", at #76.
#75. Voice Of The Beehive - Don't Call Me Baby

Round by round: 75-75

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


#74. Pussycat - Mississippi

Round by round: 76-74

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


#73. Dragon - Dreams Of Ordinary Men

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#72. Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now

Round by round: 72-72

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#71. The Butterfly Effect - Phoenix

Round by round: 71-71

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


No relation to Madison Avenue is Voice Of The Beehive's song "Don't Call Me Baby" at #75. Dutch band Pussycat struck massive worldwide success with their first single "Mississippi" hitting #1 in most countries (though not here) and that's at #74, behind the first of two songs from Dragon, "Dreams Of Ordinary Men" at #73. Only to be quite outdone by Samantha Fox who amazingly has 3 songs in contention, the first of which "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" is at #72. Finally we've got another band/song double up as The Butterfly Effect's "Phoenix" comes in at #71.
#70. Radio Birdman - Aloha Steve and Danno

Round by round: 60-70

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#69. The Stray Cats - Runaway Boys

Round by round: 78-69

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#68. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Round by round: 74-68

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#67. Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade

Round by round: 68-67

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


#66. Jake Bugg - A Song About Love

Round by round: 67-66

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Australian punk royalty Radio Birdman have one of their most recognisable tracks "Aloha Steve and Danno" at #70. From a similar time frame is The Stray Cats' first single "Runaway Boys" at #69. Then we go so far forward that the next artist wasn't even born for about 10 years after those two tracks, Taylor Swift's first of three entries is "Shake It Off" at #68. I was going to say it's a second game in a row for Buffalo Tom but I have thusly gotten my single Hottest 100 entry Buffalo artists from the early '90s mixed up, as you do. "Taillights Fade" does come in at #67, alongside Jake Bugg's highest entry "A Song About Love".
#65. Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You

Round by round: 61-65

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


#64. Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

Round by round: 58-64

Points - 66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#63. Caribou - Second Chance

Round by round: 66-63

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#62. Lionel Richie - Truly

Round by round: 63-62

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


#61. Dragon - Rain

Round by round: 54-61

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


Not next to each other again but Samantha Fox & Dragon are at it again. This time it's "I Only Wanna Be With You" at #65, and "Rain" unlucky to fall out at #61. In the middle of this, it's Feargal Sharkey just getting started with the first of his 2 entries, surprisingly being "A Good Heart" which falls at #64. From Caribou's latest album is the track "Second Chance" which I've always thought sounds like FKA twigs on vocals but isn't, and finishing things off at #62 we've got Lionel Richie's first solo single and US #1 hit, "Truly".
It's a nice time to reveal the top 60 songs in this contest

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran
Adam and The Ants - Ant Music
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Big Pig - Hungry Town
Birds of Tokyo - Plans
Birds of Tokyo - Silhouettic
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
Boy & Bear - Part Time Believer
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Dixie Chicks - Landslide
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Drake - Nice For What
Eagles - Desperado
Elkie Brooks - Pearl's A Singer
Ella Henderson - Ghost
Feargal Sharkey - You Little Thief
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Glass Animals - Life Itself
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Headless Chickens - Cruise Control
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Di-Vida
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Gamma Knife
Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me
Miranda Lambert - Vice
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Modest Mouse - Float On
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
Owl City - Fireflies
Owl Eyes - Raiders
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Sophie B Hawkins - California Here I Come
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed
The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
The Bats - North By North
The Hummingbirds - Blush
The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses


You'll need to follow through on with the votes if you want to ensure a result that in some way resembles what you'd like it to be. Ensure such a thing by selecting your Top 15 to 24 from this and sending them to me by 6pm on Monday, perhaps hoping to be the only person who does it. The ACI is also open and I hope you have a good weekend.
It feels like 90% of my choices are out this round! Oh well, it will make my voting easier.
#60. Modest Mouse - Dashboard

Round by round: 65-59-60

Points - 66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#59. Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran - Everything Has Changed

Round by round: 59-60-59

Points - 75.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#58. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Gamma Knife

Round by round: 57-58-58

Points - 91.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#57. Miranda Lambert - Vice

Round by round: 51-51-57

Points - 91.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#56. Elkie Brooks - Pearl's A Singer

Round by round: 50-54-56

Points - 92
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


There shouldn't be too much dismay for some of these artists as more than half of them have another entry higher up. Modest Mouse make their first appearance with the first song of theirs I ever heard, "Dashboard" at #60. Taylor Swift is back at it again with "Everything Has Changed" at #59 while we stay in the 2010s a bit longer with the next two songs. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's 6th most recent album, released way back in 2016 gives us "Gamma Knife" at #58 while Miranda Lambert has her similarly recent "Vice" at #57 for the first of her two entries. With only one entry however is Elkie Brooks with "Pearl's A Singer" at #56.
#55. Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Round by round: 48-47-55

Points - 93.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#54. The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Division

Round by round: 29-49-54

Points - 94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#53. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks

Round by round: 46-42-53

Points - 98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#52. The Hummingbirds - Blush

Round by round: 53-53-52

Points - 99.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#51. Ladyhawke - Paris Is Burning

Round by round: 56-52-51

Points - 100.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Everyone's favourite hymn, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly is in at #55, running longer than the rest of the songs in this post combined if I'm not mistaken. This post mostly resides in the late 2000s however, firstly The Wombats with their breakout hit "Let's Dance To Joy Division" at #54, and then Grizzly Bear sneaking in right at the end of the decade with "Two Weeks" at #53, while Ladyhawke fits in the middle of the two chronologically with "Paris Is Burning" at #51. The one other exception is Australian '80s band The Hummingbirds with "Blush" at #52.
#50. Owl Eyes - Raiders

Round by round: 39-50-50

Points - 101.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#49. Big Pig - Hungry Town

Round by round: 42-34-49

Points - 103.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#48. Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me

Round by round: 49-44-48

Points - 103.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#47. Imagine Dragons - Demons

Round by round: 47-48-47

Points - 104.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#46. Headless Chickens - Cruise Control

Round by round: 35-30-46

Points - 110.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


But there is more Australian music where that came from, as we start off the top half with the lovely Owl Eyes and her breakout solo hit "Raiders" at #50. Next we go back to slightly before she was born for the first single from Australia's own Big Pig, "Hungry Town" at #49. Miranda Lambert is back for a second time tonight with her highest entry, "The House That Built Me" at #48. The only new band according to iTunes users, Imagine Dragons are at #47 with "Demons", while we end a second post in a row at New Zealand, with Headless Chickens' "Cruise Control" at #46. This is clearly showing more respect for the nation's music than whoever it is that left a Fat Freddy's Drop CD discarded by the pavement that I walked past today.
#45. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us

Round by round: 37-41-45

Points - 112.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#44. Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning

Round by round: 64-55-44

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


#43. Climie Fisher - Love Changes (Everything)

Round by round: 45-45-43

Points - 113.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#42. Feargal Sharkey - You Little Thief

Round by round: 38-38-42

Points - 115.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#41. The Bats - North By North

Round by round: 31-33-41

Points - 120.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


In what you could almost consider a word search to find the animal name, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis team up with Ray Dalton for the smash "Can't Hold Us" at #45. Fans of Shaggy & Deadpool can unite for Juice Newton's "Angel Of The Morning" at #44. Things get a little aquatic next with the double up of Climie Fisher at #43 and Feargal Sharkey at #42, while amazingly we end another post with a New Zealand artist, as the last cab off the rank tonight is The Bats' "North By North".
And that leaves 40!

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran
Adam and The Ants - Ant Music
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Birds of Tokyo - Plans
Birds of Tokyo - Silhouettic
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
Boy & Bear - Part Time Believer
Cat Stevens - Father and Son
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Dixie Chicks - Landslide
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Drake - Nice For What
Eagles - Desperado
Ella Henderson - Ghost
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Glass Animals - Life Itself
Modest Mouse - Float On
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
Owl City - Fireflies
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Sophie B Hawkins - California Here I Come
Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses


Determine how we shall proceed with this by selecting your Top 10 to 16 tracks and submitting them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. As per usual, I supply a new voting poll to determine the next qualifying game https://www.strawpoll.me/16345276
I wasn't hit too badly that round. Pearl's a singer is amazing though! She stands up when she plays the piano.
#40. Glass Animals - Life Itself

Round by round: 33-32-36-40

Points - 95.13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#39. Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy

Round by round: 43-40-39-39

Points - 124.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#38. Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love

Round by round: 28-29-32-38

Points - 124.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#37. Ratcat - Don't Go Now

Round by round: 30-28-34-37

Points - 129.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#36. Cat Stevens - Father and Son

Round by round: 62-57-35-36

Points - 130.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


As part of the small but vital contingent of specifically 'Animal' artists, we start off with Glass Animals and the lead single to their second album, "Life Itself" at #40. We then get an oddly convenient pairing as Sheryl Crow & Counting Crows are back to back with their 2nd highest tracks at #39 & #38, we shall have to wait and see if they'll do it again. We've then got a pairing of cats, although Ratcat pull off the rare double animal treat with "Don't Go Now" at #37, while Cat Stevens is more standard with his highest track "Father and Son" at #36.
#35. Dixie Chicks - Landslide

Round by round: 36-36-40-35

Points - 136.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#34. Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent

Round by round: 23-23-25-34

Points - 137
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


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

Round by round: 26-27-33-33

Points - 138.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#32. Sophie B Hawkins - California Here I Come

Round by round: 34-35-27-32

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


#31. Foals - Spanish Sahara

Round by round: 22-25-31-31

Points - 141.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Evidently there's a strong trend of artists with their 2nd highest entry in this round, as we persist it even longer. Firstly Dixie Chicks with "Landslide" at #35 and then Arctic Monkeys with "Fluorescent Adolescent" at #34. On the other hand, the rest of the artists in this post are being represented just once. The 2nd newest song still in the running is Wolf Alice's "Don't Delete The Kisses" at #33, followed by Sophie B Hawkins' "California Here I Come" which drops back to #32, nearly ending up right back where she started from. Lastly it's the band soon to be doing a DJ set in this country that Yannis didn't even know about, Foals' "Spanish Sahara" at #31, let Arcadia Bay burn to the ashes.
#30. Queen - I Want To Break Free

Round by round: 40-43-26-30

Points - 141.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#29. Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony

Round by round: 19-20-20-29

Points - 143.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#28. The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

Round by round: 32-31-22-28

Points - 144.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#27. Adam and the Ants - Ant Music

Round by round: 25-19-17-27

Points - 150.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#26. Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss

Round by round: 24-24-30-26

Points - 154.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Queen track number three is "I Want To Break Free" at #30. Then next we've got a rare Grates-ing in the round by round for Spiderbait, though then finish up at #29 with "Buy Me A Pony". The other Animal artist is the much more blunt Animals and their '60s classic "The House Of The Rising Sun" at #28. As I go further and further back in my EOY research, just last night I came across a song with a surely very topical reference to Adam and the Ants, although they do wind up here with their #1 hit "Ant Music" at #27. Finishing up is Tame Impala at #26, meaning that the highest 4 Australian tracks are shared between just 2 artists.
#25. Boy & Bear - Part Time Believer

Round by round: 27-26-37-25

Points - 159.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#24. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal

Round by round: 21-22-24-24

Points - 162.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#23. Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun

Round by round: 44-37-29-23

Points - 162.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#22. Band Of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

Round by round: 20-21-21-22

Points - 162.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#21. Bat For Lashes - Laura

Round by round: 05-04-06-21

Points - 164.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


And incidentally, one of those Australian entries is right up next, with Boy & Bear's "Part Time Believer" at #25. It leads up a heavy contemplative indie section, or if you want to call Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal" at #24 that with its curious lyrics. Making things considerably less modern for a brief moment is the astoundingly strong finish for Nick Drake's beautiful "Things Behind The Sun" at #23. Band Of Horses enter "No One's Gonna Love You" for a 3rd time and once again it's out in the 4th round but this time at a new high ("The Funeral" did make the final round however). Lastly we have a bit of misfortune as voting mismatches for Bat For Lashes, and "Laura" drops quite a bit to just miss the last round at #21.
This chaotic zoo is nearly complete, here's your top 20

A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Atomic Kitten - Whole Again
Birds of Tokyo - Plans
Birds of Tokyo - Silhouettic
Boy & Bear - Feeding Line
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Drake - Nice For What
Eagles - Desperado
Ella Henderson - Ghost
Modest Mouse - Float On
Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
Owl City - Fireflies
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Taylor Swift - Blank Space


Determine the final proceedings for this by ensuring you get your vote in by 6pm on Friday. It is pertinent that said vote contains your Top 5 to 8 selections. I will also try to do the ACI tonight if I don't get distracted.
#20. Modest Mouse - Float On

Round by round: 52-39-38-16-20

Points - 143.40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#19. Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

Round by round: 17-16-11-12-19

Points - 151.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


After Modest Mouse barely got into the 4th round I was prepared to say that we would have them kick off two rounds in a row ("Dashboard" was #60), but somehow they did enough to shoot all the way into the last round, and now they've started off round 5 instead with "Float On" at #20. Counting Crows also make an even halving of their last entry as the highest is "Mr. Jones" at #19.
#18. Drake - Nice For What

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

Points - 152.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#17. Scorpions - Wind Of Change

Round by round: 10-13-06-15-17

Points - 153.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


The newest song in this final round is Drake's recent #1 smash "Nice For What" which is pretty impressive considering it didn't make it past the nomination stage last time it came up. Sitting next to it we've got Scorpions with their mega-ballad "Wind Of Change" at #17.
#16. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot

Round by round: 15-18-15-13-16

Points - 154.28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice

Round by round: 07-07-09-08-15

Points - 173.33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Though it was looking like it might slip, Snoop Dogg & Pharrell have done well to hold a top 20 spot every round, ending up at #16 with "Drop It Like It's Hot". Dixie Chicks are a little higher though with less relative fortune in the last round, as "Not Ready To Make Nice" spends its first time out of the top 10 at #15.
#14. Birds of Tokyo - Silhouettic

Round by round: 13-10-16-18-14

Points - 181.27
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#13. Eagles - Desperado

Round by round: 69-56-28-20-13

Points - 189.97
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Birds of Tokyo are the only artist with multiple entries in this last round, at one point both of them were in the top 10 together. She's gotta know that "Silhouettic" has finished at #14 behind one of the big mid-game success stories with Eagles and "Desperado" at #13, coming in the wake of relatively recent news that their old Greatest Hits album overtook "Thriller" as the highest RIAA certified album of all time in the US.
#12. Atomic Kitten - Whole Again

Round by round: 16-15-18-14-12

Points - 191.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)

Round by round: 41-46-23-17-11

Points - 192.11
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Though I don't think it made it over to these shores, Atomic Kitten have had something of a resurgence recently in the UK with "Whole Again" being adapted as a football anthem by their then-optimistic fans, and is also #12 here. Another big late-game success story is for Samantha Fox, who looked like not making too much impact with her many entries, but of course her biggest hit "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" wasn't having any of that, and climbed all the way up to #11.
#10. Taylor Swift - Blank Space

Round by round: 18-17-08-11-10

Points - 195.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#9. Owl City - Fireflies

Round by round: 09-09-12-09-09

Points - 200.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


If you're not keeping count, 7 of the top 10 here were released in the last 10 years. I'd say this decade, but Owl City at #9 just misses that with a 2009 release on "Fireflies" (although it did hit #1 in 2010). For a more comfortable slotting into a decade, we've got Taylor Swift's 3rd #1 single "Blank Space" sitting at #10.
#8. Boy & Bear - Feeding Line

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

Points - 202.62
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#7. Ella Henderson - Ghost

Round by round: 14-14-13-06-07

Points - 204.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Boy & Bear nearly managed two entries in the top 20 but had to settle for one. It does finish strongly though, giving the band their highest ever finish in this game (I really must make a collective table at some point) as "Feeding Line" finishes at #8. Sitting next to it we have another word search of animal names as Ella Henderson takes her massive debut hit "Ghost" to #7.
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#6. Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks

Round by round: 08-08-10-10-06

Points - 229.13
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#5. Birds of Tokyo - Plans

Round by round: 02-03-05-05-05

Points - 246.92
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Finishing up just a little bit higher than they could get on the singles chart, Of Monsters and Men take "Little Talks" to #6, sitting alongside another Hottest 100 top 5 finisher, and the highest Australian entry this time around, Birds of Tokyo's "Plans".
#4. Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

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

Points - 247.41
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

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

Points - 273.31
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


And for as many relatively recent songs there were in this top 10, it is here that I announce that they're also all out at this point, with the highest 2010s song being Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?" an early #1 contender that couldn't maintain its momentum. We also reach the highest Queen song which is shockingly "Bohemian Rhapsody", that along with "Do I Wanna Know?" held all the end of round top spots, meaning that something has clawed its way to the top at the last moment.
#2. Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do

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

Points - 287.44
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #4


#1. A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran

Round by round: 04-05-03-03-01

Points - 292.59
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


I can only hope you didn't take my idiom completely seriously as a declaration that the winning song went to an artist whose name shares with an animal that is noted for clawing behaviour (or maybe it doesn't matter since they're both kind of similar), but no, Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" which far surpassed my expectations has to settle with the runner up position by one of the smallest margins we've ever had. Given its general low to middling vote positions though, perhaps it is lucky not to have crashed out which it may well if we had a hypothetical 6th round. Having less trouble there might be the actual winning song. It's a song you should be familiar with here because it was the runner up just 2 months ago, so you could take it as a case of a song utilising the winners' ineligibility to eventually reach the top, though none of the 5 most recent winners would have been eligible for this contest so that's probably not relevant. Nonetheless, rather than sticking around in the 70s & 80s with a gas shortage, A Flock Of Seagulls have taken "I Ran" to #1 tonight.
As always I say thank you to everyone but most importantly I am obliged to say I am an absolute idiot because when I made the Qualifying poll, I not only forgot to re-post it on Wednesday, I also forgot to allow multiple choice selection. But a small democratic process is still a democratic process, so next week's qualifying game will consist of the 1980s, and the fortnight after that, we'll do #2 hits. This is all in addition to next week's main game which will consist of all those who/what/when/where/why/how songs, and I may well start new threads then too. The ACI is also open to take all that stuff, and I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Working on researching #2 hits from the 1980s.

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