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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 8 (Alliterative Artists)

Part 7: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=54124

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.

One small change: I'm going to make it so that if my own vote is massacred so far as to me requiring going beyond my initial top 40 to fill it out, I just won't. Previously I've been ordering a handful of additional backups prior to starting the game in case it happens (so I can't be influenced by the state of the game), but I think it's only happened once so this is just to save me from doing that every fortnight.

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)
The Killers - When You Were Young (Who/What/Where/Why/When/How)
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart (1980s tracks)
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon (Australian #2 singles)
Johnny Cash - Hurt (Cover versions)
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On (Songs with at least 3 credited artists)
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (Album tracks/non-singles)
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An exceedingly good omen is that my computer froze while I was editing that OP. Anyway, to start a new thread, we've got those 6 interrogation words, and we've filled them out with all sorts of song titles that would not work in an interrogation at all, or at least might garner some strange looks, enjoy!

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Adele - When We Were Young
Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go
Annie Lennox - Why
Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder - How Come, How Long
Bad English - When I See You Smile
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?
Beck - Where It's At
Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
blink-182 - What's My Age Again?
Bros - When Will I Be Famous
Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
Bryan Adams & Melanie C - When You're Gone
Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play?
Christina Milian - When You Look At Me
City High - What Would You Do
Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set - When The Lights Went Down
Cog - What If
Cosima - When The War Is Over
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop the Rain
Crowded House - When You Come
Danny Brown - When It Rain
Def Leppard - When Love And Hate Collide
Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Xzibit - What's The Difference?
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Eurythmics - Who's That Girl?
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
fun. - Why Am I The One
Green Day - When I Come Around
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
Gyroscope - What Do I Know About Pain?
Heart - What About Love?
Hollywood Beyond - What's The Colour Of Money
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene?
Howard Jones - What Is Love?
Hunters & Collectors - When The River Runs Dry
Interpol - Who Do You Think?
INXS - What You Need
Jake Bugg - What Doesn't Kill You
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around.../...Comes Around (Interlude)
J-Wess feat. Lolly, Kulaia & MC Digga - What Chu Want
Kasabian - Where Did All The Love Go
Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost
Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do
LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live?
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston - When You Believe
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now?
Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers
Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
Monaco - What Do You Want From Me?
Moving Pictures - What About Me?
My Bloody Valentine - When You Sleep
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Nickelback - How You Remind Me
One Direction- What Makes You Beautiful 
P!nk - Who Knew
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy
Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Planet Funk - Who Said (Stuck In the UK)
Prince - When Doves Cry
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Rihanna - Where Have You Been
Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
Riva & Dannii Minogue - Who Do You Love Now?
Robyn - Who's That Girl
Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All
Slowdive - When The Sun Hits
Sparks - When I'm With You
The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
The Corrs - What Can I Do
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel?
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make?
The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
The Veronicas - When It All Falls Apart
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Toni Braxton with Kenny G - How Could An Angel Break My Heart
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong?
Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love?
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go


As you may or may not know, participating here is as simple as determining a Top 25 to 40 and submitting it to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
I'm sorry to do this but I'm very exhausted and to make matters worse, well ask Danny Brown. So rather than forgo my much needed rest, here are the most succinct results I've ever posted.

RankTitleVotersPointsTop Vote
100Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Xzibit - What's The Difference?111#30
99Toni Braxton with Kenny G - How Could An Angel Break My Heart119#22
98blink-182 - What's My Age Again?219#26
97Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go120#21
96The Corrs - What Can I Do121#20
95Jurassic 5 - What's Golden222#21
94Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play?124#17
93Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing At All325#21
92Crowded House - When You Come426#33
91Monaco - What Do You Want From Me?128#13
90fun. - Why Am I The One131#10
89Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man234#18
88Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)334#22
87Danny Brown - When It Rain236#6
86The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make?138#3
85Heart - What About Love?139#2
84Riva & Dannii Minogue - Who Do You Love Now?240#3
83U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name440#25
82Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love?241#12
81Slowdive - When The Sun Hits241#2
That means that your top 80 are as follows

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Adele - When We Were Young
Annie Lennox - Why
Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder - How Come, How Long
Bad English - When I See You Smile
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?
Beck - Where It's At
Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
Bros - When Will I Be Famous
Bryan Adams & Melanie C - When You're Gone
Christina Milian - When You Look At Me
City High - What Would You Do
Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set - When The Lights Went Down
Cog - What If
Cosima - When The War Is Over
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop the Rain
Def Leppard - When Love And Hate Collide
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Eurythmics - Who's That Girl?
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Green Day - When I Come Around
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
Gyroscope - What Do I Know About Pain?
Hollywood Beyond - What's The Colour Of Money
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene?
Howard Jones - What Is Love?
Hunters & Collectors - When The River Runs Dry
Interpol - Who Do You Think?
INXS - What You Need
Jake Bugg - What Doesn't Kill You
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around.../...Comes Around (Interlude)
J-Wess feat. Lolly, Kulaia & MC Digga - What Chu Want
Kasabian - Where Did All The Love Go
Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost
Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do
LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live?
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston - When You Believe
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now?
Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers
Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
Moving Pictures - What About Me?
My Bloody Valentine - When You Sleep
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Nickelback - How You Remind Me
One Direction- What Makes You Beautiful 
P!nk - Who Knew
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy
Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Planet Funk - Who Said (Stuck In the UK)
Prince - When Doves Cry
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Rihanna - Where Have You Been
Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?
Robyn - Who's That Girl
Sparks - When I'm With You
The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel?
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
The Veronicas - When It All Falls Apart
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong?
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go


Determine your next vote by selecting your Top 20 to 32 from here and sending them to me by 6pm Friday, after which I should be able to post the results in a more familiar format. I'll also try for the ACI tonight as long as Billboard is updated.
Hope you are feeling more energetic by the weekend.
#80. Rihanna - Where Have You Been

Round by round: 80-80

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


#79. LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live?

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#78. Rihanna feat. Drake - What's My Name?

Round by round: 77-78

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#77. Christina Milian - When You Look At Me

Round by round: 78-77

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#76. Interpol - Who Do You Think?

Round by round: 76-76

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Thank you for all the well wishes the other day. To carry things on, we nearly have a Rihanna double to kick off the proceedings as she lands at #80 with "Where Have You Been" and #78 with "What's My Name?" a curious case of one of the few times that a follow up single has been replaced at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by the song it followed (see also OutKast, The Weeknd). In the middle of that is LeAnn Rimes' version of one of the longest running chart hits on the ARIA Chart from Trisha Yearwood, which in itself was a massive US chart hit, "How Do I Live?" at #79. Next we've got some slick R&B/Pop from Christina Milian with "When You Look At Me" at #77, followed by a lesser known cut from Interpol's 3rd album, "Who Do You Think?" at #76.
#75. Hollywood Beyond - What's The Colour Of Money

Round by round: 74-75

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


#74. Nickelback - How You Remind Me

Round by round: 72-74

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#73. Beck - Where It's At

Round by round: 73-73

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#72. Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost

Round by round: 68-72

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#71. Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston - When You Believe

Round by round: 71-71

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


A song whose message doesn't work quite as well in Australia I'd imagine is Hollywood Beyond's UK top 10 hit "What's The Colour Of Money" at #75. Following that is the breakout hit for Nickelback, "How You Remind Me" at #74, while Beck was taking his sound to strange new places for "Where It's At" at #73. A song the then US president called his favourite of the year is Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost" at #72 behind the powerhouse collaboration of Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston on "When You Believe". The song's producer will appear later in this list in a starring role.
#70. The Veronicas - When It All Falls Apart

Round by round: 75-70

Points - 54
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #24


#69. Hunters & Collectors - When The River Runs Dry

Round by round: 60-69

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


#68. The Fray - How To Save A Life

Round by round: 64-68

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


#67. My Bloody Valentine - When You Sleep

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#66. Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set - When The Lights Went Down

Round by round: 69-66

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


We've been lacking in Australian artists so far today but this post will adjust that. Going back to The Veronicas hit-laden debut album for "When It All Falls Apart" at #70, and then followed by Hunters & Collectors with "When The River Runs Dry" at #69. To go back to international waters for a bit, The Fray's big hit from the album of the same name "How To Save A Life" is at #68, followed by the hazy stylings of My Bloody Valentine and "When You Sleep" at #67. Clare Bowditch and her oft-changing backing band gives us "When The Lights Went Down" at #66.
#65. Jake Bugg - What Doesn't Kill You

Round by round: 65-65

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#64. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

Round by round: 63-64

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#63. Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love

Round by round: 57-63

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


#62. Gyroscope - What Do I Know About Pain?

Round by round: 62-62

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


#61. Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around.../...Comes Around (Interlude)

Round by round: 59-61

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


Jake Bugg just missed out on his only ever Hottest 100 berth when "What Doesn't Kill You" landed at #101. It could only be higher than that if it qualifies for this game though, so it's #65 here. We stay in the early 2010s a little longer too for the first international hit from One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful", which may well be the highest selling song to miss the top 5 here if a song called "Riptide" didn't exist. There are a lot of notable songs called "How Deep Is Your Love" but the Bee Gees get the distinct honour of being the first in Wikipedia's autocomplete with their #63 finisher. At #62 is one of the last singles Gyroscope put out before their long hiatus, "What Do I Know About Pain?", while Justin Timberlake has that awkwardly titled but very successful hit from his awkwardly titled but very successful second album at #61.
And that leaves your top 60 still in the running

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Adele - When We Were Young
Annie Lennox - Why
Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder - How Come, How Long
Bad English - When I See You Smile
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?
Bros - When Will I Be Famous
Bryan Adams & Melanie C - When You're Gone
City High - What Would You Do
Cog - What If
Cosima - When The War Is Over
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop the Rain
Def Leppard - When Love And Hate Collide
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Eurythmics - Who's That Girl?
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Green Day - When I Come Around
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene?
Howard Jones - What Is Love?
INXS - What You Need
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
J-Wess feat. Lolly, Kulaia & MC Digga - What Chu Want
Kasabian - Where Did All The Love Go
Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now?
Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers
Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
Moving Pictures - What About Me?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
P!nk - Who Knew
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy
Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Planet Funk - Who Said (Stuck In the UK)
Prince - When Doves Cry
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Robyn - Who's That Girl
Sparks - When I'm With You
The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel?
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong?
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go


Continue to contemplate and manipulate the fates of these 52 plus 8. If you're not too busy admiring my wordplay, then select your Top 15 to 24 and send then through to me by 6pm Monday. ACI is open and I hope you have a good weekend.
#60. Bryan Adams & Melanie C - When You're Gone

Round by round: 67-60-60

Points - 63.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#59. Def Leppard - When Love and Hate Collide

Round by round: 61-57-59

Points - 69.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#58. The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?

Round by round: 54-53-58

Points - 78.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#57. Sparks - When I'm With You

Round by round: 58-58-57

Points - 80.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#56. Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now?

Round by round: 48-47-56

Points - 82.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


I can only hope that the news of today's elimination won't make food taste no good for Bryan Adams, as "When You're Gone" lands at #60. And on the note of two different things coming together in song form, Def Leppard have "When Love And Hate Collide" at #59, while The Supremes are busy wondering "Where Did Our Love Go?" at #58. Sparks land at #47 with "When I'm With You" while Men At Work's first US Hot 100 #1 single "Who Can It Be Now?" is #56.
#55. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain

Round by round: 66-59-55

Points - 85.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#54. City High - What Would You Do

Round by round: 51-56-54

Points - 85.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#53. J-Wess feat. Lolly, Kulaia & MC Digga - What Chu Want

Round by round: 52-55-53

Points - 86
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#52. The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel?

Round by round: 53-49-52

Points - 86.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#51. Planet Funk - Who Said (Stuck In The UK)

Round by round: 50-51-51

Points - 91
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Without checking back, I feel CCR have a tendency to land near the middle of the list, and they've done it again with "Who'll Stop The Rain" at #55. Meanwhile with no relation to Dennis Lloyd or DRAM, City High are wondering "What Would You Do" at #54, followed by more early 2000s nostalgia from J-Wess's "What Chu Want" at #53. For another US #1 hit tonight, The Heights' "How Do You Talk To An Angel?" lands at #52, followed by Planet Funk's "Who Said" at #51.
#50. Kasabian - Where Did All The Love Go

Round by round: 56-54-50

Points - 96.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#49. Adele - When We Were Young

Round by round: 47-52-49

Points - 97.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#48. UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong?

Round by round: 55-50-48

Points - 99
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#47. Five - When The Lights Go Out

Round by round: 42-48-47

Points - 99.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#46. Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

Round by round: 45-42-46

Points - 99.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


In the 2009 Hottest 100 Kasabian barely missed the top 50 with "Where Did All The Love Go", partly because they had another song higher up, but now without that in the way, they sail one place higher here to #50. Following on is the 2nd single from Adele's latest album, "When We Were Young" at #49, while UB40 have a rare case of a hit single that isn't a cover with "Where Did I Go Wrong?" at #48. We've then got two very different aspects of late '90s pop, with Five's "When The Lights Go Out" at #47 and Moby's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" at #46.
#45. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Round by round: 46-45-45

Points - 100.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#44. Cog - What If

Round by round: 43-41-44

Points - 101
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#43. Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers

Round by round: 34-37-43

Points - 102.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#42. Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

Round by round: 37-38-42

Points - 103.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#41. Bros - When Will I Be Famous

Round by round: 36-33-41

Points - 105.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Surprisingly not the oldest song out today is Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" (The Supremes' track is a few years older) at #45. Recently reformed Cog can lay claim to having had their first sales only top 40 hit this year, but their highest charting ARIA hit remains "What If" which lands at #44. While the last post finished in the late '90s, this one has more of a late '80s feel to it with Michael Bolton at #43 and Bros perhaps not being sufficiently famous enough to make the top 40 at #41. In the middle of those two is Paula Cole's "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" at #42.
This leaves the top 40 still kicking around

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Annie Lennox - Why
Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder - How Come, How Long
Bad English - When I See You Smile
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?
Cosima - When The War Is Over
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Eurythmics - Who's That Girl?
Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Green Day - When I Come Around
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene?
Howard Jones - What Is Love?
INXS - What You Need
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do
Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Moving Pictures - What About Me?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
P!nk - Who Knew
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Prince - When Doves Cry
Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely
Robyn - Who's That Girl
The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go


But this top 40 has a radioactive half-life of 2 days, meaning that in order to assure a most accurate to your liking result, you'd best submit to me your Top 10 to 16 selections by 6pm on Wednesday. I will also try to post the ACI tonight.
#40. Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene?

Round by round: 26-26-30-40

Points - 89.56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#39. Moving Pictures - What About Me?

Round by round: 41-39-34-39

Points - 92.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#38. Annie Lennox - Why

Round by round: 27-36-28-38

Points - 95.88
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#37. Cosima - When The War Is Over

Round by round: 39-40-37-37

Points - 98.56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


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

Round by round: 28-31-33-36

Points - 98.88
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Starting things off with some big Australian classics, first off is the Hoodoo Gurus at #40 with "What's My Scene?" followed by Moving Pictures' "What About Me?"at #39. Annie Lennox has no shortage of material in the running of this game, and to start off her solo track "Why" lands at #38. At #37 is Australian Idol finalist Cosima DeVito and her Cold Chisel cover, while Bat For Lashes lands in the 4th round for a 2nd game in a row, but this time with "What's A Girl To Do?" at #36.
#35. Robyn - Who's That Girl

Round by round: 38-44-38-35

Points - 100.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#34. Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?

Round by round: 49-43-36-34

Points - 113.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#33. Madonna - Who's That Girl

Round by round: 35-32-39-33

Points - 116
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#32. Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go

Round by round: 31-34-40-32

Points - 118.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#31. Green Day - When I Come Around

Round by round: 29-25-25-31

Points - 121.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


In a curious case, we've got two songs in this post with the same title, as Robyn's "Who's That Girl" lands at #35 while Madonna takes it to #33. There's even another song by the same name coming later. Between them we've got the Pet Shop Boys wondering "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" at #34, while Whitney Houston has "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" at #32. The one song in this set that isn't technically a question is Green Day's "When I Come Around" at #31.
#30. The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?

Round by round: 33-29-24-30

Points - 126.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#29. Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes

Round by round: 32-28-26-29

Points - 127.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#28. Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely

Round by round: 30-30-29-28

Points - 131.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#27. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Round by round: 44-46-32-27

Points - 131.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#26. Bad English - When I See You Smile

Round by round: 14-18-17-26

Points - 133.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


A massive worldwide hit for The Black Eyed Peas, "Where Is The Love" lands at #30, behind the first of two Eurythmics tracks, "When Tomorrow Comes" at #29. From a pair of classic albums, we've got Radiohead's "How To Disappear Completely" at #28 and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" at #27. Then unlucky to fall out of the top 20 this round is Bad English with their US #1 hit "When I See You Smile" at #26.
#25. The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea

Round by round: 13-13-11-25

Points - 134.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


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

Round by round: 24-24-18-24

Points - 134.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#23. Eurythmics - Who's That Girl?

Round by round: 10-09-13-23

Points - 135.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#22. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It

Round by round: 25-27-27-22

Points - 136.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#21. Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl

Round by round: 12-14-23-21

Points - 139
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


What I believe is the highest finish to date for The Getaway Plan see "Where The City Meets The Sea" land at #25. Next up is Florence + The Machine's 2nd album lead single "What The Water Gave Me" at #24, while it's the 3rd innings tonight for both Annie Lennox and songs titled "Who's That Girl?" with Eurythmics finishing at #23. Tina Turner can't quite match her past top 20 successes as "What's Love Got To Do With It" finishes at #22, and finally doing far better than I'd have expected is Madonna's "What It Feels Like For A Girl" at #21.
Here's your final 20

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder - How Come, How Long
Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
Howard Jones - What Is Love?
INXS - What You Need
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
P!nk - Who Knew
Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy
Pixies - Where Is My Mind
Prince - When Doves Cry
The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Smiths - How Soon is Now?
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

Surprisingly, every opening word is still intact, and with the exception of 'Who', all have at least 2 representatives in this final round. There can only be one song to represent the top of the table, and that will be determined by your Top 5 to 8 votes provided that you send them to me by 6pm on Friday. I'll also try to get the ACI ready tonight.
#20. 4 Non Blondes - What's Up

Round by round: 40-35-35-17-20

Points - 72.34
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#19. The Cure - Why Can't I Be You?

Round by round: 06-06-08-10-19

Points - 122.27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


There's been quite a bit of shuffling around with the list in these last few rounds. A lucky climber into this round was 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up", but it couldn't quite maintain that boost. Curiously, the song is called "What's Up" so as not to be mixed up with a previous entry in this list, Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". Sitting next to it is a song that has far less trouble being mixed up, and similarly had an unfortunate last round, as The Cure's "Why Can't I Be You?" falls out of the top 10 to #19.
#18. Kylie Minogue - What Do I Have To Do

Round by round: 18-15-14-20-18

Points - 144.98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#17. Paul Kelly - How To Make Gravy

Round by round: 20-21-15-16-17

Points - 148.20
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Making a surprisingly strong effort, a relative deep cut from Kylie Minogue's early career, "What Do I Have To Do" finishes at #18, followed by a slightly newer track from an older Australian musician, Paul Kelly's December 21st classic "How To Make Gravy".
#16. Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder - How Come, How Long

Round by round: 22-23-21-19-16

Points - 148.52
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately

Round by round: 16-19-20-18-15

Points - 149.09
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


It's been a long time coming but after hinting it last week, Babyface arrives at #16 with his huge hit "How Come, How Long". Then with one of her first hits, Janet Jackson, currently in the iTunes top 10, lands at #15 with "What Have You Done For Me Lately".
#14. Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down

Round by round: 17-20-19-12-14

Points - 149.72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#13. P!nk - Who Knew

Round by round: 05-04-06-15-13

Points - 153.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Arctic Monkeys are the one artist to land multiple entries in the top 20, the first of which is "When The Sun Goes Down" at #14, while P!nk has the other distinction of having the only 'Who' song in the top 20, landing at #13 with "Who Knew".
#12. Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At?

Round by round: 23-16-12-07-12

Points - 154.32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#11. INXS - What You Need

Round by round: 07-07-04-02-11

Points - 165.53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


On the topic of surprisingly successful songs here, we've first got Basement Jaxx climbing up to #12 with their biggest hit "Where's Your Head At?" at #12, while we then go to one of the most fascinating cases of difference in round by round voting. INXS had the most points from new votes in round 4, but in round 5 they were all the way down at #18, which balances out to a #11 finish.
#10. Pixies - Where Is My Mind

Round by round: 21-22-22-13-10

Points - 187.54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#9. Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

Round by round: 15-12-31-09-09

Points - 187.78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


We've had a lot of songs with unlucky finishes here, but on the other hand, the Pixies climbed to a new peak in the last round with "Where Is My Mind" at #10. Also making a big move was Travis, who shot up 20+ places into the top 10 in round 4, holding on in the last round for a #9 finish.
#8. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

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

Points - 191.72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#7. Howard Jones - What Is Love?

Round by round: 19-17-16-06-07

Points - 195.91
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Kings of bouncing around the cusp of the top 10, The Smiths manage to end things on a high note with a #8 finish for "How Soon Is Now?", slightly outdone by the very impressive work of Howard Jones' "What Is Love?", which still remains in my vote despite my lack of familiarity before this game, and lands at #7.
#6. Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

Round by round: 08-11-10-14-06

Points - 221.42
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


#5. Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

Round by round: 09-08-07-08-05

Points - 261.52
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


Another song making a big move is Arctic Monkeys' "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?", giving them their highest entry at #6, which matches its Hottest 100 finish. It's a long way behind the top 5 though, in fact #5 is closer in points to #1 than #6, that #5 being Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know".
#4. Prince - When Doves Cry

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

Points - 270.46
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


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

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

Points - 283.45
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


Coming close to a bid for a second (or third depending on how you interpret) #1 finish, Prince has another strong finish with "When Doves Cry" at #4, but if we want to talk about repeat offenders, I don't think there's a bigger one than Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' "Where The Wild Roses Grow" (which reminds me that Kylie Minogue had 2 entries in the top 20 as well ~), which has now been in this game 5 different times, but finally justifies that with a strong finish at #3.
#2. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?

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

Points - 284.55
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#1. The Killers - When You Were Young

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

Points - 298.64
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


The theme of this round has been inquisitve words, but not about whether or not the songs in question were actually phrased...as questions. But we very nearly did have that happen because the runner up here is Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For?", a song that has only previously appeared once in this game (back in 2016 I believe) and was eliminated in the third round. With considerably more rallying behind it, it improves all the way to #2, falling short behind another dominant leader. Though in this case it's only dominant in the sense of being a persistent leader in every round. It's actually never been more than 20 points ahead of the pack, and as you can see, it has no more votes than most of the top 5. That's not important though, because whether it's a 1 point margin or a 100 point margin, a winner is a winner, and The Killers have their 2nd victorious song with "When You Were Young".
Thanks again for voting, things will be back next week with an '80s special as said decade saves face after not making the top 3 this time around. The ACI is also up and running (and should hopefully be broadcast this time around), while I hope you have a good weekend.
Thanks Hijinx. Seriously impressed with that top 7.
Revenge of the 21st century
I didn't expect those inquisition songs...in that order. Well done
Next up is the round of the 1980s. It's quite a selection too. I only scarcely participated in the qualifying thread this time around but I had quite a bit of trouble trimming down my vote! Here's your 100 songs:

AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
Animotion - Obsession
Bananarama - I Want You Back
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Big Pig - Breakaway
Billy Bragg - Greetings To The New Brunette
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love
Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
Crowded House - Mean To Me
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Culture Club - The War Song
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Dave Dobbyn & Herbs - Slice of Heaven
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
De La Soul - Say No Go
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Genesis - Mama
Go West - We Close Our Eyes
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better
Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
INXS - Need You Tonight
James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
Janet Jackson - Miss You Much
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
Joan Armatrading - Drop The Pilot
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N' Roll
Katrina and The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna – Like a Prayer
Masquerade - Guardian Angel
Matt Finish - Short Note
Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride
Men At Work - Overkill
Metallica - Battery
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Ministry - (Every Day Is) Halloween
Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
New Order - Blue Monday
New Order - True Faith
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Paula Abdul - Straight Up
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Phil Collins - Against All Odds
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
Pixies - Debaser
Pop Will Eat Itself - Wise Up! Sucker
Pretenders - Hymn To Her
Prince - Raspberry Beret
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Scandal feat. Patty Smyth - The Warrior
Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle
Split Enz – I Got You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Talking Heads - Once In a Lifetime
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
The Cure - A Forest
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
The Go-Betweens - Bye Bye Pride
The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane
The Hooters - And We Danced
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The Sundays - Can't Be Sure
The The - Uncertain Smile
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
TISM - Martin Scorsese Is Really Quite A Jovial Fellow
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Toto - Africa
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
U2 - With or Without You
Ultravox - Vienna
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Visage - Fade To Grey
Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
World Party - Ship Of Fools
XTC - Dear God


Whether you're new or old to this thread, the method of play remains the same. Pick your Top 25 to 40 from this lot and submit them to me by 6pm on Wednesday, qualifying game for #2 hits should start roughly 24 hours from now.
=#99. AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long

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


=#99. Masquerade - Guardian Angel

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


#98. Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick

Points - 13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #32


#97. Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up

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


#96. Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You

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


An interesting round this was. A lot of heavy hitters and difficult to fill out votes, I wonder if perhaps we saw some strategic voting. After all, since there are no carry over points, it doesn't matter where songs end up in round 1 as long as they're safe. Suffice to say, we start off with a big hitter, as a big AC/DC favourite "You Shook Me All Night Long" ends up voteless, alongside the slightly less well known Masquerade and "Guardian Angel", not to be confused with Radio Masquerade which is a much newer song that I definitely didn't accidentally put on my Spotify playlist. At #98 is one of the newest bands in here as Mudhoney only barely formed in the '80s, with "Touch Me I'm Sick". We stick in the late '80s for the rest too, the Chantoozies have the moderately interesting distinction that "Wanna Be Up" is the song from the very first ARIA Chart on this website that lasted the longest before dropping out (21 weeks), and it dropped out just a couple months too early to share chart space with Kylie & Jason on "Especially For You" at #96.
#95. The Clash - Rock The Casbah

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


#94. TISM - Martin Scorsese Is Really Quite A Jovial Fellow

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


#93. The Police - Every Breath You Take

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


#92. Go West - We Close Our Eyes

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#91. Crowded House - Mean To Me

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

With their only US top 10 hit, The Clash land at #95 with "Rock The Casbah". Following them is a band for whom Billboard success still eludes, but I was surprised to even realise they were around in the '80s, TISM with "Martin Scorsese Is Really Quite A Jovial Fellow" at #94. Another perhaps surprising elimination comes from The Police's "Every Breath you Take" at #93. Go West are at #92 while Crowded House's "Mean To Me" returns after a brief break, to not quite the same level of success at #91.
#90. The Sundays - Can't Be Sure

Points - 29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#89. Katrina and The Waves - Walking On Sunshine

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


#88. Joan Armatrading - Drop The Pilot

Points - 31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #29


#87. The Hooters - And We Danced

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


#86. Pop Will Eat Itself - Wise Up! Sucker

Points - 33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


On the topic of barely '80s bands, The Sundays cut it even closer than Mudhoney, "Can't Be Sure" is their first single and the only one released before 1990, landing at #90. Kicking off the 80s of the '80s is Katrina and The Waves' "Walking On Sunshine" at #89, followed by another very recognisable tune from Joan Armatrading at #88. The Hooters return after appearing 3 games ago, this time with "And We Danced" at #87, lastly the ever-fascinatingly named Pop Will Eat Itself have "Wise Up! Sucker" at #86.
#85. Ministry - (Every Day Is) Halloween

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


#84. Duran Duran - The Wild Boys

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#83. 'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#82. Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle

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


#81. Scandal feat. Patty Smyth - The Warrior

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Speaking of bands I essentially know because of one '90s Hottest 100 entry, there's also Ministry at #85 with "(Every Day Is) Halloween". Big '80s hitmakers Duran Duran have just the one entry here with "The Wild Boys" at #84. Today I learned that Aimee Mann was the lead singer of 'Til Tuesday and their top 20 hit "Voices Carry" lands at #83, followed by Simple Minds who almost won this game recently with a different song, but now thanks to this time around I can remember confidently what song "Promised You A Miracle" is as it comes in at #82. Lastly, we've got one of the earliest cases of a marketing feature credit considering that to my knowledge Patty Smyth is in fact a member of the band Scandal. I guess she puts up with this shit. Anyway, "The Warrior" lands just outside the next round at #81.
Now I'm going to hurry along and post the top 80

Animotion - Obsession
Bananarama - I Want You Back
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Big Pig - Breakaway
Billy Bragg - Greetings To The New Brunette
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Culture Club - The War Song
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Dave Dobbyn & Herbs - Slice of Heaven
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
De La Soul - Say No Go
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Genesis - Mama
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better
Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
INXS - Need You Tonight
James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
Janet Jackson - Miss You Much
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N' Roll
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Matt Finish - Short Note
Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride
Men At Work - Overkill
Metallica - Battery
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
New Order - Blue Monday
New Order - True Faith
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Paula Abdul - Straight Up
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Phil Collins - Against All Odds
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
Pixies - Debaser
Pretenders - Hymn To Her
Prince - Raspberry Beret
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Split Enz – I Got You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Talking Heads - Once In a Lifetime
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Cure - A Forest
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
The Go-Betweens - Bye Bye Pride
The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The The - Uncertain Smile
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Toto - Africa
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
U2 - With or Without You
Ultravox - Vienna
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Visage - Fade To Grey
Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
World Party - Ship Of Fools
XTC - Dear God


Your duty should you wish to impact on these results would be to select your Top 20 to 32 from here and submit them to me by 6pm on Friday, after that I will post the next 20 results, and before that I should post the ACI stuff.
A lot of my faves took a hit this time, particularly the last four.
Makes the next round of voting easier though.
#80. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N' Roll

Round by round: 74-80

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


#79. Bananarama - I Want You Back

Round by round: 78-79

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#78. Janet Jackson - Miss You Much

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#77. Genesis - Mama

Round by round: 72-77

Points - 40.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #31


#76. Phil Collins - Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

Round by round: 77-76

Points - 42
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


Spoiler alert, (I think) there is just one ARIA #1 hit in tonight's eliminations and it's first up at #80 with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' cover of "I Love Rock 'N' Roll". Next up is the last top 10 hit for Bananarama, "I Want You Back" at #79, while Janet Jackson has one of her first hits with "Miss You Much" at #78. For a fun team up, we've got Genesis and Phil Collins back to back, with "Mama" and "Against All Odds".
#75. Culture Club - The War Song

Round by round: 76-75

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


#74. Billy Bragg - Greetings To The New Brunette

Round by round: 80-74

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#73. Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride

Round by round: 68-73

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


#72. Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers

Round by round: 75-72

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#71. Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait

Round by round: 69-71

Points - 44.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


I await announcement from Culture Club that QLVG is stupid with "The War Song" going out at #75. With a curious title, Billy Bragg has #74 with "Greetings To The New Brunette". Matthew Wilder's original version of "Break My Stride" sits at #73, while there's more Genesis as Peter Gabriel wins out at #72 with "Games Without Frontiers". I know little about Nu Shooz but I like the song, "I Can't Wait" at #71.
#70. The Go-Betweens - Bye Bye Pride

Round by round: 71-70

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#69. Big Pig - Breakaway

Round by round: 73-69

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#68. De La Soul - Say No Go

Round by round: 63-68

Points - 50.8
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #15


#67. Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#66. Cyndi Lauper - True Colors

Round by round: 62-66

Points - 54
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


The Go-Betweens have two entries here, the first of which is "Bye Bye Pride" at #70, followed by another Australian artist, Big Pig with a nice finish for "Breakaway". I very much wish that De La Soul could have their complete catalogue on Spotify one day, they have "Say No Go" at #68 behind Bryan Ferry's "Slave To Love" at #67.
#65. James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast

Round by round: 61-65

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#64. Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

Round by round: 67-64

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top VOte - #7


#63. Kim Wilde - Cambodia

Round by round: 59-63

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


#62. Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams

Round by round: 56-62

Points - 56.6
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#61. Paula Abdul - Straight Up

Round by round: 64-61

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


Thanks to this game I've finally put the name to James Reyne's great song "Motor's Too Fast" which finishes at #65, same thing going for Kim Wilde at #63. In-between we've got the recently passed Tom Petty with the first of his two entries, "Free Fallin'" at #64. Today I learnt that Philip Oakey is the lead singer of The Human League, so I can say he has more to come later following "Together In Electric Dreams" at #62, while Paula Abdul just misses the next round with "Straight Up" somewhat living up to its name at #61.
The list of remaining songs gets smaller, now 60 songs are competing for the top spot

Animotion - Obsession
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Dave Dobbyn & Herbs - Slice of Heaven
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better
Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
INXS - Need You Tonight
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Matt Finish - Short Note
Men At Work - Overkill
Metallica - Battery
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
New Order - Blue Monday
New Order - True Faith
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Nik Kershaw - The Riddle
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Pixies - Debaser
Pretenders - Hymn To Her
Prince - Raspberry Beret
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Split Enz – I Got You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Talking Heads - Once In a Lifetime
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Cure - A Forest
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
The The - Uncertain Smile
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Toto - Africa
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
U2 - With or Without You
Ultravox - Vienna
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Visage - Fade To Grey
Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
Womack and Womack - Teardrops
World Party - Ship Of Fools
XTC - Dear God


This leaves you with the choice to play on, which would require a submission of your Top 15 to 24 from this lot by 6pm on Monday. I also was telling the truth on Wednesday about the ACI which is in fact ready to go.
#60. Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better

Round by round: 57-60-60

Points - 62.54
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


#59. Matt Finish - Short Note

Round by round: 65-57-59

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


#58. Men At Work - Overkill

Round by round: 52-56-58

Points - 71.51
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#57. R.E.M. - Orange Crush

Round by round: 50-45-57

Points - 76.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#56. The Jam - Town Called Malice

Round by round: 66-59-56

Points - 76.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


After his big success in the last game, Howard Jones is back with a slightly more modest finish, with yet another song title that may make you think of a different song first as "Things Can Only Get Better" lands at #60. We've then got two Australian bands in a row. Matt Finish...finish at #59 with "Short Note", while you may struggle to get to sleep with the implications of finding out that Men At Work's "Overkill" is #58. R.E.M. have two tracks in the running here, the first of which is "Orange Crush" landing at #57. Paul Weller recently released a new solo album assumably to line up with QLVG hype as The Jam's "Town Called Malice" lands at #56.
#55. Nik Kershaw - The Riddle

Round by round: 43-40-55

Points - 77.7
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


#54. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

Round by round: 53-52-54

Points - 77.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#53. Prince - Raspberry Beret

Round by round: 58-58-53

Points - 79.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#52. Womack and Womack - Teardrops

Round by round: 54-54-52

Points - 81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#51. Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter

Round by round: 48-47-51

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


The oft covered "The Riddle" by Nik Kershaw lands at #55. Culture Club's very big hit "Karma Chameleon" takes #54 followed by a slightly more modest finish this time around for Prince with "Raspberry Beret" at #53. While we currently are running a qualifying game for #2 hits, we've got two in a row here with Womack and Womack's "Teardrops" at #52 and Ian Moss's "Tucker's Daughter" at #51.
#50. World Party - Ship Of Fools

Round by round: 55-53-50

Points - 82.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#49. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

Round by round: 49-48-49

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


#48. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

Round by round: 47-51-48

Points - 84.28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#47. Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night

Round by round: 60-55-47

Points - 89.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#46. Underworld - Underneath The Radar

Round by round: 45-49-46

Points - 93.47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


World Party come at #50 with "Ship Of Fools" but it's not totally the last of them as I learnt just recently they have a connection to another artist in this list. A big catalogue chart favourite from Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" lands at #49. Next is a UK and US #1 hit for the Pet Shop Boys which strangely only reached #5 here, "West End Girls" at #48. Corey Hart is wearing his "Sunglasses At Night" at #47 while last week we had The Chantoozies and now we have the 2nd longest running song from the first ever ARIA Chart (which is impressive as it started in the top 5), Underworld's "Underneath The Radar" at #46.
#45. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Round by round: 37-37-45

Points - 94.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#44. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Round by round: 36-39-44

Points - 95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#43. Metallica - Battery

Round by round: 40-46-43

Points - 95.82
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#42. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Round by round: 28-34-42

Points - 96.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#41. Toto - Africa

Round by round: 51-50-41

Points - 97.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


One of the most highly regarded tracks from The Smiths, "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" goes out at #45. Tina Turner's 7 minute long "Private Dancer" I have just learnt is probably that long because it was originally going to be a Dire Straits song, it's also #44 here, behind the huge opening track to Metallica's "Master Of Puppets", "Battery". Kim Carnes rasps her way to #42 with "Bette Davis Eyes", while Toto's long-forgotten #1 hit "Africa" is the last song to be cut this round at #41.
And if you thought there were big cuts tonight, that might just be because of the caliber of entries that are still in the running, namely these 40

Animotion - Obsession
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
Dave Dobbyn & Herbs - Slice of Heaven
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
INXS - Need You Tonight
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Like a Prayer
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
New Order - Blue Monday
New Order - True Faith
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pixies - Debaser
Pretenders - Hymn To Her
R.E.M. - The One I Love
Split Enz – I Got You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Talking Heads - Once In a Lifetime
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Cure - A Forest
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
The The - Uncertain Smile
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
U2 - With or Without You
Ultravox - Vienna
Visage - Fade To Grey
Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
XTC - Dear God


Do your best to assure your favourites are so reborn that they keep moving forward into the next round, by determining your Top 10 to 16 and sending them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. I also have a new voting poll, and this time you can select multiple choices so feel free to do that https://www.strawpoll.me/16517035
#40. Ultravox - Vienna

Round by round: 30-31-31-40

Points - 85.88
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#39. Dave Dobbyn & Herbs - Slice Of Heaven

Round by round: 39-44-38-39

Points - 95.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#38. Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon

Round by round: 44-42-37-38

Points - 99.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#37. Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man

Round by round: 32-33-32-37

Points - 100.56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#36. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Round by round: 23-24-33-36

Points - 101.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Famously missing out on a UK #1 single thanks to an Australian novelty song, if not for the fact they were clearly safe last round you could ignore that and say that Joe Dolce's absence is how Ultravox's "Vienna" has made it to #40. Also hitting relatively close to home, we've got New Zealand icon Dave Dobbyn with his monster soundtrack hit "Slice Of Heaven" at #39. The promised link from Monday arrives as World Party was formed by a former member of the Waterboys, who land here at #38 with "The Whole Of The Moon", right behind Jimmy Barnes' perennial anthem "Working Class Man" at #37. At #36 is [s]the acoustic version of[/s] Tracy Chapman's classic right on the ending cusp of the '80s, "Fast Car".
#35. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Round by round: 42-41-40-35

Points - 105
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#34. Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again

Round by round: 31-35-34-34

Points - 105.38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#33. New Order - True Faith

Round by round: 24-26-22-33

Points - 108.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#32. Pixies - Debaser

Round by round: 26-28-29-32

Points - 109.96
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#31. Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer

Round by round: 19-15-11-31

Points - 111.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Surprisingly, one of the biggest singles from Michael Jackson's "Thriller", "Billie Jean" has been riding on just two votes from the very beginning, they just so happen to be #1 votes so it's been enough to see it up at #35. It's in company with some big names though, as Eurythmics continue to pop up here with respectable results, latest being "Here Comes The Rain Again" at #34. New Order are one of the few artists who have two tracks in this top 40, the first being "True Faith" at #33. Pixies take #32 with "Debaser" (I hardly know her!) while Bon Jovi have a very bumpy ride with "Livin' On A Prayer" which unluckily for them results in a #31 finish.
#30. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

Round by round: 29-32-28-30

Points - 112.91
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#29. Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On

Round by round: 41-36-39-29

Points - 116.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#28. Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

Round by round: 11-11-19-28

Points - 116.90
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#27. R.E.M. - The One I Love

Round by round: 35-30-27-27

Points - 120.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#26. Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

Round by round: 46-43-36-26

Points - 122.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


For another of those artists with two entries, The Cure have gone a little higher with "Boys Don't Cry" going to #30. Belinda Carlisle proves that you can have a top 50 hit called "Leave A Light On" and have it also be good, as she lands at #29. For two whole rounds, Talking Heads were sitting same as it ever was at #11, but as the days go by, they end up a bit further down at #28 with "Once In A Lifetime", behind R.E.M.'s highest track "The One I Love" at #27. Also checking out for the final time is the Pet Shop Boys, with their cover of "Always On My Mind" at #26.
#25. The The - Uncertain Smile

Round by round: 38-38-35-25

Points - 124.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#24. Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark

Round by round: 14-13-26-24

Points - 128.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#23. Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok

Round by round: 15-19-16-23

Points - 131.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#22. Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down

Round by round: 33-29-30-22

Points - 131.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#21. Visage - Fade To Grey

Round by round: 22-20-25-21

Points - 133
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


The ever-so-delightfully named The The kick off the top quarter of the list with "Uncertain Smile" at #25. Bruce Springsteen has his very long running top 50 hit (although its run feels quaint now) "Dancing In The Dark" at #24. That song didn't get close to #1 but it was the #1 single of the year. Murray Head did the opposite with his weekly #1 single "One Night In Bangkok", it's up to you which honour is better but the latter is 1 place higher here. Tom Petty has the highest of his two entries, "I Won't Back Down" at #22, while tonight's results are curiously book-ended by two songs I always associate strongly. Visage's very ahead of its time "Fade To Grey" takes #21.
That leaves these final 20 songs in contention for the top spot

Animotion - Obsession
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
INXS - Need You Tonight
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Like a Prayer
New Order - Blue Monday
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Pretenders - Hymn To Her
Split Enz – I Got You
Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Tears For Fears - Shout
The Cure - A Forest
The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
U2 - With or Without You
XTC - Dear God


But who will take it? That will largely come down to the next two days worth of votes. Deduce your Top 5 to 8 from this lot and send them through to me by 6pm on Friday to have your say. I also have this week's poll open for the next qualifying game here https://www.strawpoll.me/16517035 while the current qualifying game has very few slots left! ACI should be ready either tonight or tomorrow afternoon.
#20. The Human League - Don't You Want Me

Round by round: 10-10-10-11-20

Points - 109.89
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#19. Madonna - Crazy For You

Round by round: 21-17-14-13-19

Points - 115.11
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


The last round always brings surprises, even for me. I didn't think we'd be kicking off with The Human League, who were until now sitting pretty nicely around the top 10. Some dignity (whatever that looks like) can be spared as this isn't one of those cases of a song's votes being devoured in the last round, it still managed triple digits and only a small margin behind Madonna's "Crazy For You". That's the first of her two tracks as she's the only artist with two in the top 20, until I find out that another artist was in another band yet again this week.
#18. The Go-Betweens - Cattle and Cane

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

Points - 118.14
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#17. U2 - With Or Without You

Round by round: 07-07-06-04-17

Points - 124.83
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


With their jangle pop classic, The Go-Betweens' highest track is "Cattle and Cane" at #18. There's been another hefty loss this round as well. Just after hitting a new peak last round, U2's "With Or Without You" voters take the latter option and it tumbles down to #17.
#16. Pretenders - Hymn To Her

Round by round: 34-27-21-17-16

Points - 134.32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#15. The Cure - A Forest

Round by round: 17-18-17-20-15

Points - 145.84
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


With their clever play on words, Pretenders get their highest ever appearance with their 3rd QLVG entry (one day I really should make a table of all this data), "Hymn To Her" at #16. However much more regular entrants in this game to the point that I refuse to check the whole spreadsheet are The Cure, whose highest entry this time around is "A Forest" at #15.
#14. XTC - Dear God

Round by round: 18-21-20-19-14

Points - 147.57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#13. This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren

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

Points - 149.92
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Next we've got two songs that wound up so unexpectedly high in the list for me that they ended up not making my final round of votes. That was not so much a problem for XTC as "Dear God" still managed to climb up to #14 anyway which continues their upward climb with successive entries and is their highest finish to date. This Mortal Coil would look less unlucky if not for the round 4 blip that had them in the top 10, but they still have a respectable finish at #13 for the beautiful "Song To The Siren".
#12. Animotion - Obsession

Round by round: 20-23-24-18-12

Points - 154.65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat

Round by round: 25-22-18-14-11

Points - 170.83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


I would say surpassing all expectations in this game would be Animotion, a rare case of a new wave band with better chart success in the US than the UK, and here we have their biggest hit "Obsession" at #12. But we can't have brightly coloured synth pop because joining it just outside the top 10, missing the chance of back to back top 10 finishes is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, contemplating capital punishment on "The Mercy Seat".
#10. Split Enz - I Got You

Round by round: 04-04-04-16-10

Points - 174.20
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


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

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

Points - 179.02
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


If you were eyeing off a potential AU/NZ battle and it looks like NZ has been victorious, I regret to inform you that there's another Australian track on the way. Nonetheless it's another respectable finish for Split Enz with "I Got You" kicking off the top 10, though it was briefly frightened last round. On the other hand, the only way has been up for Starship with "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", a song that unfortunately failed to consider the existence of a certain other 8 songs, though considering at least one of them hadn't been released yet, it's understandable.
#8. INXS - Need You Tonight

Round by round: 05-05-07-09-08

Points - 192.64
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. New Order - Blue Monday

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

Points - 195.73
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


That highest Australian entry is here! Recently we had INXS's only Australian #1 single "Original Sin", and now we turn to their only US #1 single, "Need You Tonight". Sitting next to it is a song that didn't go to #1 but certainly broke many records along the way, New Order's timeless "Blue Monday" at #7.
#6. Madonna - Like A Prayer

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

Points - 196.20
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#5. The Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia

Round by round: 27-25-23-15-05

Points - 202.40
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


As a curiosity, the top 6 here features 4 Australian #1 hits. The first of those 4 is the most recent, Madonna's "Like A Prayer", which I'm a little surprised still hasn't won one of these yet, but nonetheless it's a strong finish at #6. Sticking out like a sore thumb among all these massive chart hits is The Dead Kennedys, as their sarcastic tirade "Holiday In Cambodia" comes to quite a strong finish at #5.
#4. Diana Ross - Chain Reaction

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

Points - 216.98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#3. Tears For Fears - Shout

Round by round: 09-09-08-07-03

Points - 228.80
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Back to the big hits and we've got two songs that have been adjacent in these proceedings for every single round. They started off far lower than they've finished however with a last round boost. Diana Ross's teaming up with the Bee Gees netted her a monster hit in "Chain Reaction", while Tears For Fears made a big impression and scored their only #1 single with "Shout" which comes pretty close to giving them their 2nd winning song in this game.
#2. David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes

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

Points - 239.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#1. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

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

Points - 250.06
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Tears For Fears aren't the only artist in close contention for a second victory, as David Bowie came even closer. Just about as close as can be as he'd been safely leading the pack every single round until now. Nonetheless, it's another strong finish for one of the most consistent performers in this game, with "Ashes To Ashes" taking the runner up slot. Beating it out we have a good contender for the definitive mega-ballad of the '80s. It's a song that only appeared for the first time earlier this year, making quite an impression with a #2 finish that showed it was more than ready to face the challenge again, and sure enough it has. I don't know why I spend so long on this paragraph before mentioning the song by name as I doubt anyone sees this without already seeing the result, but nonetheless the title this time goes to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"!
And I'm spent! Thanks to all those who voted as always. Next week we'll have #2 hits in a cruel sort of battle that only allows one song to improve its ARIA Chart fate. Also in accordance with the vote, the next qualifying game will be relating to cover versions which amazingly we haven't done before. The ACI is up and ready, I hope your weekend serves you well, and I'll see you then.
Another easy category to digest, we're looking at all those ever so unlucky songs to be brandished as #2 peaking hits in Australia. Which one will repeat said feat here? Which one will go one further and be an honorary #1 hit in a place that holds very little sway over general discourse. You decide among these 100!

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes
Bananarama - Shy Boy
Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire
Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
Black Box - Ride on Time
Britney Spears - Sometimes
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Cheap Trick - If You Want My Love
Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - Rather Be
Coldplay - Viva la vida
Colleen Hewett - Dreaming My Dreams With You
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down on the Corner
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Deborah Harry - I Want That Man
Delta Goodrem - Together We Are One
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Dragon - Rain
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing
Elton John - Crocodile Rock
Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)
Europe - The Final Countdown
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Extreme - More Than Words
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Freestylers - Push Up
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
INXS - What You Need
Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
Kanye West - Stronger
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
Kelis - Milkshake
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
Lorde - Royals
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B - Girls Like You
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Melanie C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes - Never Be The Same Again
Mental As Anything - Live It Up
Metro Station - Shake It
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Models - Barbados
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Olivia Newton John & Electric Light Orchestra - Xanadu
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
OutKast - Roses
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Paul McCartney - Coming Up
Pearl Jam - I Got Id
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Pras Michel feat. ODB & introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters
REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
Shakira - Objection (Tango)
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Veronicas - 4ever
The Veronicas - Untouched
The Who - My Generation
Toni Braxton - Breathe Again
U2 - All I Want Is You
Unique II - Break My Stride
Van Halen - Jump
Wa Wa Nee - Stimulation
Wendy Matthews - The Day You Went Away
White Town - Your Woman
Wilson Phillips - Hold On
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up


In order to do just that you'll need to select your Top 25 to 40 tracks from this lot and send them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. I'll also open a qualifying game roughly 24 hours from now for cover versions.
#100. Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters

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


#99. Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B - Girls Like You

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


#98. Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling

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


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

Points - 12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #31


#96. S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'

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


To start things off here, a bit of a curiosity in the Australian charts. Because Ray Parker Jr. is in fact an artist with a #1 single here, but much like Sisqo in the US, it is not with the song you'd think it is, "Ghostbusters" is instead a #2 hit and scores nul pwa here. Then there's more familiar territory with the latest in the never ending saga of Maroon 5 #2 hits, "Girls Like You" at #99. Meanwhile Lionel Richie is busy "Dancing On The Ceiling" so from his perspective, #98 is a fantastic finish. Coldplay continue to be one of most successful artists to never have a #1 single, even teaming up with The Chainsmokers on "Something Just Like This" couldn't quite do it and they make #97. Also bereft of a #1 single is S Club 7, who got mighty close with "Don't Stop Movin'" landing at #96.
#95. Van Halen - Jump

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


#94. Elton John - Crocodile Rock

Points - 23
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #30


#93. Britney Spears - Sometimes

Points - 24
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


#92. Queen - Radio Ga Ga

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


#91. Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


A big #1 hit for Van Halen in many countries was "Jump", but their success in Australia was considerably limited so it only reached #2. Elton John has just the 2 #1 hits here, "Crocodile Rock" a close contender and #94 here. Britney Spears had a pretty good start to her career nearly 2 #1 hits in a row with "Sometimes" not quite getting there, and #93 here. Queen have just the one track here with "Radio Ga Ga" at #92 while Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson have their early '90s smash "The Best Things In Life Are Free" at #91.
#90. The Veronicas - 4ever

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


#89. Dragon - Rain

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#88. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up

Points - 32
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#87. Billy Ocean - Carribean Queen (No More Love On The Run)

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


#86. Toni Braxton - Breathe Again

Points - 35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


The first of two entries for The Veronicas here is "4ever" at #90. Another long runner at #2 is Dragon's "Rain" at #89 which has been quite a strong catalogue seller lately. Another such song is Pat Benatar's "All Fired Up" though she has solace in getting a #1 hit with "Love Is A Battlefield". Billy Ocean is next at #87 with his wild pronunciation of "Carribean Queen" while Toni Braxton has "Breathe Again" at #86.
#85. The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash

Points - 35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#84. The Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started

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


#83. The Beach Boys - Barbara Ann

Points - 36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#82. REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling

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


#81. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


Regular #1 hitmakers The Rolling Stones have the #85 slot with "Jumpin' Jack Flash". At #84 are recent tourists The Black Eyed Peas with one of the songs they played at the AFL Grand Final, "Let's Get It Started". Holders of fewer recognisable #1 hits than you might think, The Beach Boys land at #83 with "Barbara Ann", behind REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" at #82. Finishing off the set is what would be the most notorious artist for this if we were doing the US Charts, as Creedence Clearwater Revival hold the record for most #2 hits without reaching #1. "Down On The Corner" joins that feat over here (though "Up Around The Bend" was an AU #1) and lands at #81.
It's the moment you've all been waiting for, round 2 of the #2 hits, these 80 remain

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes
Bananarama - Shy Boy
Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire
Black Box - Ride on Time
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Cheap Trick - If You Want My Love
Christina Aguilera - Candyman
Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - Rather Be
Coldplay - Viva la vida
Colleen Hewett - Dreaming My Dreams With You
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Deborah Harry - I Want That Man
Delta Goodrem - Together We Are One
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing
Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)
Europe - The Final Countdown
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Extreme - More Than Words
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Freestylers - Push Up
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love)
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
INXS - What You Need
Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
Kanye West - Stronger
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
Kelis - Milkshake
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Lorde - Royals
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Melanie C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes - Never Be The Same Again
Mental As Anything - Live It Up
Metro Station - Shake It
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Models - Barbados
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Olivia Newton John & Electric Light Orchestra - Xanadu
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
OutKast - Roses
Paul McCartney - Coming Up
Pearl Jam - I Got Id
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Pras Michel feat. ODB & introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Shakira - Objection (Tango)
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
The Veronicas - Untouched
The Who - My Generation
U2 - All I Want Is You
Unique II - Break My Stride
Wa Wa Nee - Stimulation
Wendy Matthews - The Day You Went Away
White Town - Your Woman
Wilson Phillips - Hold On
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up


In order to make order from this, I'll need you to examine this list and deduce your Top 20 to 32 and send them to me by 6pm Friday. I also may have the ACI posted tonight because it's almost ready.
#80. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem

Round by round: 77-80

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


#79. Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be In Love)

Round by round: 80-79

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


#78. Black Box - Ride On Time

Round by round: 78-78

Points - 41
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


#77. Kanye West - Stronger

Round by round: 76-77

Points - 42
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#76. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - Rather Be

Round by round: 71-76

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


Starting off relatively modern with this set. One of the many unlucky songs to be blocked from #1 by Justice Crew in 2014, Ariana Grande has what until this year was her highest charting single, "Problem" at #80. And there's a good tie in to mentioning Justice Crew there because it was the Madden Brothers who knocked them off the top spot, prior to that getting as high as #2 with Good Charlotte's "Dance Floor Anthem". The one song here prior to the 21st century is Black Box's "Ride On Time" at #78. Kanye West painstakingly sampled portions of Daft Punk's song for "Stronger", not realising there was an instrumental version on the single. Then there's the long running #2 hit for Clean Bandit "Rather Be" at #76, yet another 2014 hit making artist to redeem their chart success with a #1 hit later down the line.
#75. Christina Aguilera - Candyman

Round by round: 72-75

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#74. Colleen Hewett - Dreaming My Dreams With You

Round by round: 73-74

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#73. Extreme - More Than Words

Round by round: 79-73

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#72. Cheap Trick - If You Want My Love

Round by round: 74-72

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#71. Bananarama - Shy Boy

Round by round: 75-71

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


2007 is as busy as 2014 here, we're back with Christina Aguilera's "Candyman" at #75. We've just one Australian artist out tonight, and it's Colleen Hewett with "Dreaming My Dreams With You" at #74. Finding surprisingly strong success with an '80s hair metal ballad...in the '90s is Extreme's "More Than Words" at #73. Cheap Trick are more chronologically correct with their hit "If You Want My Love" at #72, a near miss that they made up for by having the first #1 hit of the ARIA era. Also yet another artist to later redeem themselves with a #1 hit is Bananarama, with their first huge hit "Shy Boy" at #71.
#70. Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes

Round by round: 64-70

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


#69. Diana Ross & The Supremes - Love Child

Round by round: 67-69

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


#68. Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone

Round by round: 61-68

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


#67. Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)

Round by round: 63-67

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


#66. Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra - Xanadu

Round by round: 63-67

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Now we're briefly going back quite a way. Just like his bandmate, Art Garfunkel has his own very recognisable #2 hit with "Bright Eyes" at #70. I almost disqualified "Love Child" because Wikipedia erroneously lists it as a #3 hit but I made sure to check with my own archives that it's fine. Nearly netting Barbra Streisand a second #1 hit quite some time after her first, obviously has to be Bryan Adams responsible since it was the '90s, "I Finally Found Someone" at #68. A gospel pop hit is a rare enough case as it is, but Mary Mary charted mighty high with "Shackles (Praise You)" which finishes here at #67, next to the first of two ELO tracks, the teaming up with Olivia Newton-John on "Xanadu" at #66.
#65. Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up

Round by round: 60-65

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#64. Wilson Phillips - Hold On

Round by round: 69-64

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


#63. Pearl Jam - I Got Id

Round by round: 66-63

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#62. Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire

Round by round: 68-62

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#61. OutKast - Roses

Round by round: 58-61

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


Back again in this game is Yazz's "The Only Way Is Up", though tragically defying that title because it's a bit further down now at #65. Then we've got Wilson Phillips who had two bouts of misfortune, first peaking at #2 with "Hold On" and then re-entering the charts at #51 earlier this decade. Pearl Jam probably don't need to feel as peeved as most of the other artists here because they're more lucky to have gotten as high as #2 in the first place with their "Merkinball" EP. As a curiosity, yesterday's Pointless Australia episode had a question about trying to name people mentioned in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire", if you choose to challenge yourself the answers are here https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/pointless/round-3-questions-and-answers/thursday-04-october Lastly we've got the first of two OutKast tracks in here, though the later one chronologically, "Roses" at #61.
That leaves these 60 songs still kicking the dirt in frustration

4 Non Blondes - What's Up
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts
Coldplay - Viva la vida
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Deborah Harry - I Want That Man
Delta Goodrem - Together We Are One
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing
Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)
Europe - The Final Countdown
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Freestylers - Push Up
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
INXS - What You Need
Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
Kelis - Milkshake
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Lorde - Royals
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Melanie C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes - Never Be The Same Again
Mental As Anything - Live It Up
Metro Station - Shake It
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Models - Barbados
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Paul McCartney - Coming Up
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Pras Michel feat. ODB & introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Shakira - Objection (Tango)
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
The Veronicas - Untouched
The Who - My Generation
U2 - All I Want Is You
Unique II - Break My Stride
Wa Wa Nee - Stimulation
Wendy Matthews - The Day You Went Away
White Town - Your Woman


But who knows which song will take it out from here? I can't even say I do considering how often the guard shuffles up. It'll go down to how you decide to use your Top 15 to 24 votes over this weekend. I am also going to slightly change the rules for this because Daylight Savings is coming in and I want to affect my day to day life as little as possible. So the time limit will instead now be 7pm on Monday. ACI is also ready.
#60. Paul McCartney - Coming Up

Round by round: 62-57-60

Points - 61.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#59. Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing

Round by round: 59-52-59

Points - 78.85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#58. Pretenders - Brass In Pocket

Round by round: 65-59-58

Points - 80.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#57. Shakira - Objection (Tango)

Round by round: 44-40-57

Points - 81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#56. Models - Barbados

Round by round: 41-39-56

Points - 81.9
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


Starting things off with one of Paul McCartney's biggest solo hits, "Coming Up" at #60. Electric Light Orchestra return for a 2nd time with a great time difference but actually only 7 positions apart, "Livin' Thing" being the higher at #59. Pretenders had a UK #1 hit with "Brass In Pocket" though it only got to #2 here and finishes at #58 in this game. Just missing out on 3 #1 hits in quick succession was Shakira, "Objection (Tango)" is here at #57. Models nearly got a second #1 hit courtesy of "Barbados" which is #56.
#55. The Who - My Generation

Round by round: 52-54-55

Points - 84.05
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#54. Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

Round by round: 53-55-54

Points - 84.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#53. The Monkees - Daydream Believer

Round by round: 34-32-53

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


#52. Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby

Round by round: 46-47-52

Points - 92.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#51. Wa Wa Nee - Stimulation

Round by round: 51-41-51

Points - 93.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


A chart curiosity is that The Who have never had a #1 hit in either the UK or here, the closest they got was with "My Generation" which is #55 here. Pink Floyd did accomplish said deed in the US & UK but Australia couldn't continue the favour with #2 hit "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)". Staying old school for a bit longer, The Monkees have "Daydream Believer" at #53. Madison Avenue are an artist whose #1 hit is not the song you'd immediately think of, because "Don't Call Me Baby" was stuck at #2 for a long time. Finishing off the first half is Wa Wa Nee's "Stimulation" at #51.
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#50. 4 Non Blondes - What's Up

Round by round: 38-42-50

Points - 99
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#49. Melanie C feat. Lisa 'Left Eye Lopes - Never Be The Same Again

Round by round: 40-44-49

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#48. Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry

Round by round: 57-46-48

Points - 101.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#47. Delta Goodrem - Together We Are One

Round by round: 56-49-47

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


#46. Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)

Round by round: 48-48-46

Points - 102.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


Another long running #2 hit was 4 Non Blondes' only hit "What's Up", though Linda Perry would go on to work on #1 hits with P!nk, Christina Aguilera & Gwen Stefani. While nearly every member of the Spice Girls had a solo #1 hit in the UK, none of them managed it over here, the closest being Mel C's "Never Be The Same Again" which is #49 here, behind Jona Lewie's "Stop The Cavalry". Then there's two tracks I'm pretty sure I like but can never remember the tunes to, Delta Goodrem's "Together We Are One" at #47 and Jam & Spoon with "Right In The Night" at #46.
#45. U2 - All I Want Is You

Round by round: 39-33-45

Points - 109.3
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#44. Europe - The Final Countdown

Round by round: 37-35-44

Points - 111.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#43. James Blunt - You're Beautiful

Round by round: 41-53-43

Points - 114.85
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#42. Kelly Rowland - Stole

Round by round: 35-37-42

Points - 115.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#41. Berlin - Take My Breath Away

Round by round: 43-43-41

Points - 116.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Almost all of U2's #1 hits debuted there and often quickly fell down, but they nearly had a more organic #1 with their longest running top 50 hit "All I Want Is You" which finishes at #45. Europe have all the pomp at #44 with "The Final Countdown". James Blunt has a little less with his highest charting hit, "You're Beautiful" at #43. Very nearly scoring a solo #1 hit before Beyonce could, Kelly Rowland has "Stole" at #42. Meanwhile I'm surprised to remember that Berlin's massive hit "Take My Breath Away" actually never hit #1, and it's the last song out tonight at #41.
That leaves these 40 songs in the running

Celine Dion - Think Twice
Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts
Coldplay - Viva la vida
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Deborah Harry - I Want That Man
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Five - When The Lights Go Out
Freestylers - Push Up
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
INXS - What You Need
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
Kelis - Milkshake
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Lorde - Royals
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Mental As Anything - Live It Up
Metro Station - Shake It
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Missy Higgins - The Special Two
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
OutKast - Ms. Jackson
Pras Michel feat. ODB & introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
The Veronicas - Untouched
Unique II - Break My Stride
Wendy Matthews - The Day You Went Away
White Town - Your Woman


Half of this list will be chopped off this round. Do best to assure it's more to your liking by voting for your Top 10 to 16 and sending them to me by 7pm on Wednesday. There'a also a new poll here to decide the next qualifying game https://www.strawpoll.me/16604365
#40. Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody

Round by round: 50-50-35-40

Points - 104.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#39. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

Round by round: 32-38-39-39

Points - 109.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#38. The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed

Round by round: 45-45-38-38

Points - 119.34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#37. Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts

Round by round: 33-34-33-37

Points - 126.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Commentary a little rushed as I have several projects to catch up on. Kings Of Leon kick things off with what nearly became a second #1 hit in a row for them, "Use Somebody". Feeling even more foreign at those heights of the chart was The Black Keys with "Lonely Boy" at #39. The Go-Gos "Our Lips Are Sealed" lands at #38 behind Christina Perri's highest charting but no longer most popular song "Jar Of Hearts" at #37.
#36. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

Round by round: 49-60-40-36

Points - 130.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#35. Michael Jackson - Beat It

Round by round: 11-09-17-35

Points - 136.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#34. Five - When The Lights Go Out

Round by round: 47-51-37-34

Points - 137.04
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#33. Ed Sheeran - The A Team

Round by round: 22-23-26-33

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


Next up is one of the 4 Ed Sheeran hits that were blocked from #1 by that monster, Ed Sheeran, "Castle On The Hill" at #36. It's not his only one here though, as his non-self blocked #2 hit "The A Team" is at #33. Missing the chance to give "Thriller" a second #1 hit, "Beat It" lands at #35, behind Five's closest bid for a #1 hit, "When The Lights Go Out".
#32. OutKast - Ms. Jackson

Round by round: 17-20-32-32

Points - 141.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#31. The Beatles - Yesterday

Round by round: 12-12-25-29

Points - 141.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#30. The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

Round by round: 15-13-24-30

Points - 147.49
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#29. INXS - What You Need

Points - 30-27-36-29

Points - 150.6
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#28. Missy Higgins - The Special Two

Round by round: 25-29-28-28

Points - 153.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#27. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

Round by round: 31-36-31-27

Points - 153.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#26. Celine Dion - Think Twice

Round by round: 28-25-34-26

Points - 154.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


That other OutKast #2 hit, "Ms. Jackson" is at #32, behind a rare non-#1 Beatles song that is very well known, "Yesterday" at #31. Sticking in the '60s is "The House Of The Rising Sun" at #30, while Gnarls Barkley inhabit an old school vibe on "Crazy" at #27. Between those we have the source of my messy posting here with some late votes for INXS at #29 and Missy Higgins at #28, I'll note Missy for having a 'Two' in her song title, and just a little higher Celine Dion has a 'Twice' at #26.
#25. Metro Station - Shake It

Round by round: 54-56-21-25

Points - 154.8
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#24. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Round by round: 55-58-27-24

Points - 159.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#23. Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes

Round by round: 36-31-29-23

Points - 159.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#22. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Round by round: 23-26-30-22

Points - 160.86
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#21. Deborah Harry - I Want That Man

Round by round: 26-30-23-21

Points - 164.61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Maintaining a status quo that Billy Ray is the only Cyrus with a #1 hit, Metro Station's "Shake It" is at #25. Evidently climbing as Christmas approaches is Mariah Carey at #24 while Kate Ceberano has less seasonal explanation to the slow climb of "Bedroom Eyes" at #23. A UK #1 hit under many guises is Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at #22, while Deborah Harry has a solo hit at #21 with "I Want That Man".
That leaves the top 20!

Coldplay - Viva la vida
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Freestylers - Push Up
Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Kate Bush - Babooshka
Kelis - Milkshake
Lorde - Royals
Mental As Anything - Live It Up
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Pras Michel feat. ODB & introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris - We Found Love
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
The Veronicas - Untouched
Unique II - Break My Stride
Wendy Matthews - The Day You Went Away
White Town - Your Woman


Make sure you vote on this one with your Top 5 to 8 by 7pm on Friday, and make sure you vote on the poll to decide the next qualifying game here https://www.strawpoll.me/16604365 and if you do the ACI I'll have that ready soon too.
#20. Freestylers - Push Up

Round by round: 29-28-22-20-20

Points - 140.62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#19. Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever

Round by round: 27-22-16-18-19

Points - 148.83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Something of a surprise inclusion in the top 20, Freestylers just managed to sneak in there. All things considered they held up (their body, their body next to mine) relatively well despite still being #20. After that is Donna Lewis's long running #2 hit "I Love You Always Forever" at #19.
#18. Kelis - Milkshake

Round by round: 10-11-08-09-18

Points - 149.81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#17. Mental As Anything - Live It Up

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

Points - 154.00
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Unlucky not to get to the top of the charts, Kelis can consolidate with eligibility in this game and a good performance for "Milkshake", which might have been a top 10 contender if not slipping in this last round. Ahead is another long #2 runner from many years back, Mental As Anything's "Live It Up" at #17.
#16. Unique II - Break My Stride

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

Points - 175.16
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#15. Eurogliders - Heaven (Must Be There)

Round by round: 24-24-19-16-15

Points - 177.07
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Another unlucky #2 hit is Unique II's "Break My Stride", kept off by a #1 debut in the midst of its potential takeover. For the third time in a row, the two songs are very far apart chronologically and it's the much older one higher up, this time Eurogliders' "Heaven (Must Be There)" at #15.
#14. Pras Michel feat. ODB & introducing Mya - Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)

Round by round: 20-17-14-12-14

Points - 180.76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


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

Round by round: 19-19-20-17-13

Points - 187.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


This time however, the songs are much closer together, I couldn't confidently tell you which one was a hit first without looking it up. If you ignore a very successful guest spot, Pras has the weird distinction of being the Fugees member with the biggest solo hit in "Ghetto Supastar" which is #14 here. Ahead of it is Green Day's most well known hit (but not highest charting), "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" at #13.
#12. Lorde - Royals

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

Points - 188.14
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#11. Nelly Furtado - Say It Right

Round by round: 18-18-06-05-11

Points - 189.54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Another entry that's technically an EP (and in fact I don't think the single on its own would have reached #2), I am not surprised that the song from The Love Club EP that's been sought for here is "Royals" at #12. Ahead of her we have perhaps the most unlucky artist on the ARIA Charts in regards to success across both albums & singles, but without ever reaching #1 on either. One of Nelly Furtado's closest bids for it, "Say It Right", is at a similarly unlucky position of #11.
#10. Coldplay - Viva la vida

Round by round: 21-21-15-13-10

Points - 195.14
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


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

Round by round: 14-14-11-10-09

Points - 198.02
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Coldplay return with their first #2 hit "Viva la vida" at #10. Ahead of them is a future collaborator Rihanna with one of her biggest hits that was very unlucky not to hit the top spot here while it spent an age at #1 elsewhere, "We Found Love" at #9.
#8. The Veronicas - Untouched

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

Points - 200.27
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. David Bowie - Let's Dance

Round by round: 04-05-05-08-07

Points - 236.63
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Unlike Coldplay, for The Veronicas it's their more recent #2 hit that comes out on top, or perhaps there's something to be said of proximity to 2008 :thinking: nonetheless, "Untouched" has a consistent performance here that ends at #8. Ahead we've got David Bowie making the top 10 for a second game in a row, this time with "Let's Dance". It is something of a chart injustice that for all that he's done in the music world, Bowie's only #1 hits are both covers.
#6. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')

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

Points - 241.30
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Kate Bush - Babooshka

Round by round: 07-07-12-11-05

Points - 274.02
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


A similar injustice is Stevie Wonder only hitting #1 with a song I'd rather not dignify. Otherwise one of his biggest hits is one of the two very well known reggae songs that relate to jamming, "Master Blaster" at #6 here. Kate Bush's sole #1 hit is a former winner in this game, and she nearly had another one to go with it on two accounts, with "Babooshka" finishing at #5.
#4. Wendy Matthews - The Day You Went Away

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

Points - 282.16
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#3. White Town - Your Woman

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

Points - 285.18
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Earlier this year, Wendy Matthews nearly won a QLVG with "The Day You Went Away" only to have votes slip away in the last round. This time around it's a more consistent performer but with the same #4 finish. We stay in the '90s a bit longer too as at #3 we've got White Town who did have a slight slip in the last round for "Your Woman".
#2. Everything But The Girl - Missing

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

Points - 317.34
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#1. Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon

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

Points - 419.82
Current Voters - 9
Top Vote - #1


There was potential for an upset in this game. There was a clear leader from the start, but that's often a shaky foundation. It turned out however that the votes just kept coming in for the leader, resulting in an insurmountable 100+ point victory. This means that Everything But The Girl missed the top spot in a similar manner to how the deserts miss the rain. Or maybe they could be happy to be here considering they were at #3 the entire way until this round, except that this is the battle of #2's so finishing at #2 is quite the predicament. Incidentally, the entire top 4 is made up of artists that have never had a #1 single. That is perhaps not too surprising for most of them, but most so for Crowded House who despite all their very well recognised hits, were bigger sellers on the album side of things. They made a mighty run for the top spot though with "Better Be Home Soon", perhaps winning here is what matters most of all.
Cheers for taking part everyone! I'm spent but I have enough energy to say that the winner of the voting poll by a decent margin was Songs With At Least 3 Credited Artists, so prepare for a mouthful when we get to that game on Tuesday. As for next week's game, we've just now finished off the qualifying game for 100 covers, so we'll be seeing that on Monday. The ACI is up and ready, enjoy your weekend, and see you then.
Good results, thanks Hijinx.
Nothing gets people more heated than the topic of cover versions. This fortnight we've got 100 versions of 99 songs to contemplate. See what you make of it:

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Allure & 112 - All Cried Out
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bananarama - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Bananarama - Venus
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Blondie - The Tide Is High
Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon
Boy & Bear - Fall At Your Feet
Boy George - Everything I Own
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Chantoozies - Witch Queen
Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)
Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil Kim & Mya - Lady Marmalade
Club Nouveau - Lean on Me
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Cyndi Lauper - What's Going On
Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
David Lee Roth - California Girls
Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven
Doug Parkinson In Focus - Dear Prudence
Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It
Faith No More - Easy
Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
Foo Fighters - Baker Street
Foo Fighters - Down In The Park
Fugees - Killing Me Softly
Gang Of Youths - Blood
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - Mad World
Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn
I'm Talking - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
INXS - The Loved One
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Over the Rainbow
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
John Farnham - Help!
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Jose Gonzales - Hand On Your Heart
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Kym Mazelle - Young Hearts Run Free
La Belle Epoque - Black Is Black
Laura Branigan - Self Control
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Madness - One Step Beyond
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Martika - I Feel The Earth Move
Michael Bolton - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Missy Higgins - Stuff and Nonsense
Mr Little Jeans - The Suburbs
Naked Eyes - Always Something There To Remind Me
Nilsson - Without You
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away
Paul Young - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Paul Young - Love Of The Common People
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Placebo - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Placebo - Running Up That Hill
Pseudo Echo - Funky Town
Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Regina Spektor - Real Love
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy
Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees
Sonic Youth - Superstar
Spiderbait - Black Betty
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
Steps - Tragedy
Sturgill Simpson - In Bloom
Tame Impala - Remember Me
The Allniters - Montego Bay
The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
The Carpenters - Superstar
The Gaslight Anthem - Tumbling Dice
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
The Tourists - I Only Wanna Be With You
The Wrights - Evie Pts 1, 2 & 3
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Tina Turner - Let's Stay Together
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny and Mary
Tom Jones - If I Only Knew
Tom Jones feat. The Cardigans - Burning Down The House
Tori Amos - Strange Little Girl
UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe
Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle
Urge Overkill - Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You


With this, what you have to do is pick out your picks. Specifically somewhere in the range of a Top 25 to 40 and send them through to me by 7pm on Wednesday. I'll do all the work needed then. 24 hours from now the qualifying game will begin.
Took me ages to spot the song that was covered twice!
#100. Foo Fighters - Down In The Park

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


#99. Everything But The Girl - I Don't Want To Talk About It

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


#98. Tom Jones - If I Only Knew

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


=#96. Cyndi Lauper - What's Going On

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


=#96. The Allniters - Montego Bay

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


As has often been tradition lately, we've got one track scoring 0. This time it's one of the two Foo Fighters deep cuts that also happen to be Hottest 100 entries, the much less well known of the two, "Down In The Park". In a weird sort of symmetry, after coming 2nd in the last game, Everything But The Girl now come 2nd last. "I Don't Want To Talk About It" was actually a big UK hit for them long before their international smash. Next we've got the first of those two wacky '90s moments where Tom Jones was being hip with the kids, "If I Only Knew" at #98. The only one of the two ties in the results that you'll see (unless you heavily scrutinise future results rounds and I don't make an error), we've got Cyndi Lauper covering Marvin Gaye's recent entrant "What's Going On", tied with Australian '80s ska band The Allniters and their cover of "Montego Bay" at #96.
#95. Missy Higgins - Stuff and Nonsense

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


#94. Placebo - Bigmouth Strikes Again

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


#93. Club Nouveau - Lean On Me

Points - 16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #29


#92. Tina Turner - Let's Stay Together

Points - 17
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #32


#91. Tori Amos - Strange Little Girl

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


Last decade there was the "She Will Have Her Way" compilation of women doing covers of Tim & Neil Finn songs. From it we have Missy Higgins covering "Stuff And Nonsense" at #95, and we'll have a track from "He Will Have His Way" later on. Next we have regular entrants The Smiths...except it's actually Placebo's version of their song "Bigmouth Strikes Again" at #94. Club Nouveau have their very of its time huge hit version of "Lean On Me" at #93, while Tina Turner takes on Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at #92. I hope I'm not the only person learning about songs that are actually covers, one of the first notable ones for me is Tori Amos's "Strange Little Girl", originally by The Stranglers, at #91.
#90. Urge Overkill - Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon

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


#89. Sturgill Simpson - In Bloom

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


#88. Bananarama - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

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


#87. Tom Jones feat. The Cardigans - Burning Down The House

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


#86. Boy George - Everything I Own

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


One of the most well remembered inclusions on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack is Urge Overkill's cover of "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" at #90. We'll have Nirvana doing a cover later on, but first up we've got Sturgill Simpson covering "In Bloom" on his Grammy Album of the Year nominated album at #89. The first of two Bananarama covers of already quite well known songs is "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" at #88, followed by the second of those Tom Jones entries, taking on Talking Heads' "Burning Down The House" at #87. Boy George's only solo UK #1 hit, "Everything I Own", takes #86.
#85. The Tourists - I Only Wanna Be With You

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#84. Tame Impala - Remember Me

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


#83. Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#82. La Belle Epoque - Black Is Black

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#81. Helen Reddy - Delta Dawn

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


If The Tourists aren't a familiar name, know that both members of the Eurythmics were part of them before moving onto bigger things. In fact one of those two will be higher on the list than this cover of "I Only Wanna Be With You" at #85. Going back to before they'd put out an album, Tame Impala cover the '90s hit "Remember Me" at #84. Cher went back about 3 decades to cover "The Shoop Shoop Song", originally performed by an artist only about 7 years older than her. Finishing things off, we've got two Australian #1 singles, firstly the French vocal group La Belle Epoque with "Black Is Black", and then our very own (I've always wanted to say that) Helen Reddy with "Delta Dawn" at #81.
Now that we've thinned the ranks a little, here's what's still standing

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Allure & 112 - All Cried Out
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bananarama - Venus
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Blondie - The Tide Is High
Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon
Boy & Bear - Fall At Your Feet
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Chantoozies - Witch Queen
Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil Kim & Mya - Lady Marmalade
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
David Lee Roth - California Girls
Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven
Doug Parkinson In Focus - Dear Prudence
Faith No More - Easy
Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
Foo Fighters - Baker Street
Fugees - Killing Me Softly
Gang Of Youths - Blood
I'm Talking - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
INXS - The Loved One
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Over the Rainbow
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
John Farnham - Help!
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Jose Gonzales - Hand On Your Heart
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Kym Mazelle - Young Hearts Run Free
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Laura Branigan - Self Control
Madness - One Step Beyond
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Martika - I Feel The Earth Move
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - Mad World
Michael Bolton - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Mr Little Jeans - The Suburbs
Naked Eyes - Always Something There To Remind Me
Nilsson - Without You
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away
Paul Young - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Paul Young - Love Of The Common People
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Placebo - Running Up That Hill
Pseudo Echo - Funky Town
Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Regina Spektor - Real Love
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy
Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees
Sonic Youth - Superstar
Spiderbait - Black Betty
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
Steps - Tragedy
The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
The Carpenters - Superstar
The Gaslight Anthem - Tumbling Dice
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
The Wrights - Evie Pts 1, 2 & 3
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny and Mary
UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe
Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle
Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You


Your next task will be to select your Top 20 to 32 from here and sending them to me by 7pm on Friday. I'm surprised to see that aus-charts is updated relatively on time so I'm looking at having the ACI up soon.
Some music trivia. The Eurythmics were formed in Wagga when the Tourists were touring Australia.

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/eurythmics-began-in-wagga-says-dave-stewart-20131105-2wy1k.html
#80. The Gaslight Anthem - Tumbling Dice

Round by round: 79-80

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


#79. David Lee Roth - California Girls

Round by round: 77-79

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


#78. Sonic Youth - Superstar

Round by round: 80-78

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


=#76. Doug Parkinson In Focus - Dear Prudence

Round by round: 75-76

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


=#76. Paul Young - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down

Round by round: 75-76

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


Even though it's a cover, I have to double take when I see "Tumbling Dice" by The Gaslight Anthem just because I associate them more with "tumblin'". Their Rolling Stones cover starts off at #80. At #79 we've got one of a few songs here that skirt the rules just a little, as Carl Wilson is very present on David Lee Roth's cover of "California Girls" but not officially credited. The cover actually went on to match the #3 peak of the original and is #79 here. Next is another curiosity in this list because by all accounts, Sonic Youth's "Superstar" is actually a cover of an entry still to come in the list, though that is of course itself a cover. The curiously named Doug Parkinson In Focus have one of quite a few Beatles covers in this list with "Dear Prudence" at #76 alongside the first of surprisingly many Paul Young tracks here, "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down".
#75. Foo Fighters - Baker Street

Round by round: 71-75

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#74. The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23

Round by round: 78-74

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#73. Kym Mazelle - Young Hearts Run Free

Round by round: 74-73

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


#72. Rod Stewart - Sailing

Round by round: 66-72

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


#71. Chantoozies - Witch Queen

Round by round: 70-71

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


Foo Fighters are back again, this time with their cover of Gerry Rafferty's timeless "Baker Street" at #75. There's another song I didn't know was a cover with The Brothers Johnson's famous rendition of "Strawberry Letter 23" at #74. Next up is a pairing that's quite amusing to me because when I see the title "Young Hearts Run Free" and try to remember how it goes, the song I think it is, is "Young Turks" by Rod Stewart, and he's sitting next to Kym Mazelle with "Sailing" at #72. Next at #71 is one of those many covers here that change the title, with the Chantoozies truncating "Witch Queen Of New Orleans" at #71.
#70. Jeff Buckley - Lilac Wine

Round by round: 73-70

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#69. UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe

Round by round: 72-69

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#68. Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away

Round by round: 69-68

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


#67. Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil Kim & Mya - Lady Marmalade

Round by round: 67-67

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


#66. Steps - Tragedy

Round by round: 65-66

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


There are a few covers on Jeff Buckley's album "Grace", the first of the two we meet on this list being "Lilac Wine" at #70. It's another freezing cold day in Punxsutawney and "I Got You Babe" is at #69. Paul Young justifies his slight change of title from the Hall & Oates original because 'everytime' is not a word and he rightly separates them for "Every Time You Go Away" at #68. Next is a huge #1 hit, one of several for some of the artists on "Lady Marmalade" at #67, while Steps had one of their just 2 #1 hits with "Tragedy" at #66.
#65. The Wrights - Evie Pts 1, 2 & 3

Round by round: 68-65

Points - 43
Current Voters -2
Top Vote - #19


#64. Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel

Round by round: 64-64

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


=#62. INXS - The Loved One

Round by round: 63-62

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


=#62. Michael Bolton - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Round by round: 61-62

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


#61. Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around

Round by round: 62-61

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


Another song that skirts the rules, a little, because The Wrights' modern hit cover of all 3 parts of "Evie" also includes Harry Vanda as a producer, who of course produced the original Stevie Wright rendition. Next is one I imagine many don't even realise is a cover version because of how much of a stellar seller Darius Rucker's version of "Wagon Wheel" is compared to the obscure Old Crow Medicine Show version. The jury is out on what is the most well known version of "The Loved One", as The Loved Ones originally took it to #2 on the charts but INXS included it on their slightly successful album "Kick". They're at #62 tied with Michael Bolton's rendition of the first ever posthumous #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay". Lastly for tonight it's the tremendously successful version of "Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet at #61.
Things are heating up and I'm not just talking about the weather, there are 60 songs left in the running now:

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Allure & 112 - All Cried Out
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bananarama - Venus
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Blondie - The Tide Is High
Boney M. - Rivers of Babylon
Boy & Bear - Fall At Your Feet
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven
Faith No More - Easy
Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
Fugees - Killing Me Softly
Gang Of Youths - Blood
I'm Talking - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Over the Rainbow
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
John Farnham - Help!
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Jose Gonzales - Hand On Your Heart
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Laura Branigan - Self Control
Madness - One Step Beyond
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Martika - I Feel The Earth Move
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - Mad World
Mr Little Jeans - The Suburbs
Naked Eyes - Always Something There To Remind Me
Nilsson - Without You
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
Paul Young - Love Of The Common People
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Placebo - Running Up That Hill
Pseudo Echo - Funky Town
Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Regina Spektor - Real Love
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy
Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees
Spiderbait - Black Betty
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
The Carpenters - Superstar
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny and Mary
Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle
Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You


Make your mark on these proceedings by submitting your Top 15 to 24 to me by 7pm on Monday after which I'll do the things. I also in a rare moment actually did post the ACI on time and that's ready to take your votes too if you want. Enjoy your regular length weekend.
#60. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Over The Rainbow

Round by round: 56-59-60

Points - 48.75
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#59. Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

Round by round: 54-52-59

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


#58. Jose Gonzalez - Hand On My Heart

Round by round: 58-57-58

Points - 58.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#57. The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

Round by round: 59-54-57

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#56. John Farnham - Help!

Round by round: 60-60-56

Points - 65.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


A contender for one of the highest ranked covers when I get to the high end of my loggy countdown, we start off with Israel Kamakawiwo-ole's version of "Over The Rainbow" at #60. Next is I think the oldest track in the running, Ray Charles' US #1 hit "Georgia On My Mind". For a less conventional cover choice, Jose Gonzalez picks a moderately deep cut from Kylie Minogue's early career with "Hand On Your Heart" at #58. The latest in the series of 'I didn't know that was a cover is The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" at #57, I could say a similar thing about John Farnham's "Help!" at #56 if only for the fact that I couldn't even recognise it was The Beatles' song when I last heard it because it's so different.
#55. Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven

Round by round: 57-58-55

Points - 67.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#54. Naked Eyes - Always Something There To Remind Me

Round by round: 44-48-54

Points - 69.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#53. Spiderbait - Black Betty

Round by round: 51-53-53

Points - 71.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#52. The Carpenters - Superstar

Round by round: 49-46-52

Points - 72.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#51. Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way

Round by round: 52-51-51

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


The Cure are never far away from this game, so they've got Dinosaur Jr. to fill in with their cover of "Just Like Heaven" at #55. I also want to qualify Naked Eyes as not realising it was a cover but it's also borderline a case of not realising it was a song because "Always Something There To Remind Me" just sounds like a jingle to me now. Perhaps the oldest song in this whole thing is "Black Betty", which predates recorded music, though Spiderbait were probably just a bit influenced by Ram Jam's version with their ARIA #1 hit at #53. Our doubled up song finishes at #52 as The Carpenters land their version of "Superstar", while we have a different sort of technicality at #51 as I always was under the impression that Aerosmith were credited on "Walk This Way" but it appears that was not always the case.
#50. Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle

Round by round: 55-56-50

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


#49. Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You

Round by round: 53-55-49

Points - 75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#48. Gang Of Youths - Blood

Round by round: 50-50-48

Points - 77.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#47. Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Round by round: 47-49-47

Points - 78.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#46. Boney M. - Rivers Of Babylon

Round by round: 45-37-46

Points - 79
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Another #1 hit in this set, with Ugly Kid Joe's Harry Chapin cover "Cats In The Cradle" at #50. Whitney Houston has the most songs in the top 60 as all 3 of her entries made it to this round, but she has her first casualty with "Saving All My Love For You" at #49. One of an arguable two triple j Like A Versions in this list, we've got Gang Of Youths doing a cover of The Middle East's "Blood" at #48 which is rather apt if you're familiar with the main topic of their debut album. Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse are both familiar with having hits getting bigger than could ever be planned, and here's them with The Zutons' "Valerie" at #47. Lastly at #46 is Boney M. who are absolutely no strangers to covers, with one of their most famous, "Rivers Of Babylon" at #46.
#45. Martika - I Feel The Earth Move

Round by round: 33-41-45

Points - 81.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#44. Placebo - Running Up That Hill

Round by round: 46-47-44

Points - 82
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#43. Blondie - The Tide Is High

Round by round: 41-40-43

Points - 84.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#42. Laura Branigan - Self Control

Round by round: 43-45-42

Points - 85.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#41. Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal

Round by round: 40-43-41

Points - 87.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Something of a stark difference to when it was recorded by Carole King, Martika has her hit cover version of "I Feel The Earth Move" at #45. With their second entry here is Placebo's far more well known cover of the two, "Running Up That Hill" at #44. At #43 is Blondie with their 5th UK #1 hit "The Tide Is High", they would not get a 6th until almost 2 decades later. Laura Branigan is another with 2 in this list, the first is another I didn't know was a cover, "Self Control" at #42. I am fairly certain I have always known Alien Ant Farm's track for being a cover despite my youth at the time, "Smooth Criminal" being the last to be eliminated tonight at #41.
No delay, here's the top 40

Adele - Make You Feel My Love
Allure & 112 - All Cried Out
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bananarama - Venus
Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Boy & Bear - Fall At Your Feet
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
Faith No More - Easy
Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
Fugees - Killing Me Softly
I'm Talking - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Madness - One Step Beyond
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - Mad World
Mr Little Jeans - The Suburbs
Nilsson - Without You
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
Paul Young - Love Of The Common People
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pseudo Echo - Funky Town
Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
Regina Spektor - Real Love
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy
Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny and Mary
Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


And thanks to a reschedule for me, the next results should be on time as well. This makes it all the more important you submit your Top 10 to 16 by 7pm on Wednesday. Also of importance is a new poll for the qualifying game, as we get closer to the end of the year, it could be the last one for the year https://www.strawpoll.me/16692764
#40. Madness - One Step Beyond

Round by round: 38-34-31-40

Points - 58.75
Current Votes - 1
Top Vote - #8


#39. Allure & 112 - All Cried Out

Round by round: 31-27-27-39

Points - 63.69
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#38. Mr Little Jeans - The Suburbs

Round by round: 48-42-39-38

Points - 86.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


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

Round by round: 36-36-33-37

Points - 88.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#36. Adele - Make You Feel My Love

Round by round: 37-39-38-36

Points - 89
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Ska time! The largely instrumental "One Step Beyond" as covered by Madness starts off at #40. Allure & 112 took on "All Cried Out" which was already a US top 10 hit for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, going a bit better and making it a top 5 hit which lands here at #39. The newest song to feature in this list, the only one from this decade is Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs", covered one year later by Mr Little Jeans at #38. Paul Young is back for a 3rd time with "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" at #37, while Adele had her belated hit from her debut album, covering Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" at #36.
#35. Nilsson - Without You

Round by round: 39-38-36-35

Points - 89.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#34. Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning

Round by round: 34-31-23-34

Points - 91.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#33. Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry - Johnny and Mary

Round by round: 35-35-34-33

Points - 92.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#32. Pseudo Echo - Funky Town

Round by round: 29-28-30-32

Points - 95.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#31. The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

Round by round: 32-32-29-31

Points - 95.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Next up we've got two songs I find hard to think of as covers because I always think first of more recent covers/interpolations. There's Nilsson's "Without You" at #35 and Juice Newton's "Angel Of The Morning" at #34. One of the more peculiar covers on the list is Todd Terje enlisting Bryan Ferry (who will be back later in this list) for a sombre cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary" at #33. Also a bit different is Pseudo Echo's take on "Funky Town" scoring them an Australian #1 hit. One of the most covered songs of all time, but one might argue that there's little need to go beyond The Righteous Brothers' take on "Unchained Melody" at #31.
#30. Paul Young - Love Of The Common People

Round by round: 22-22-25-30

Points - 102.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#29. I'm Talking - Love Don't Live Here Anymore

Round by round: 42-44-40-29

Points - 108.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#28. Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds

Round by round: 30-30-37-28

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


#27. Regina Spektor - Real Love

Round by round: 25-26-32-27

Points - 113.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#26. Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends

Round by round: 27-33-35-26

Points - 115.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


The Paul Young run comes to an end with his highest placer being "Love Of The Common People" at #30. Next is the second Australian entry today and an early hit for one Kate Ceberano, with I'm Talking's cover of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" at #29. I completely forgot that Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" was a cover and thus neglected to nominate it, but we do have Fine Young Cannibals' version at #28. This post finishes with two different Beatles covers. Firstly Regina Spektor with a John Lennon song that would later become the last top 10 hit for The Beatles, "Real Love", while Joe Cocker covered the only one year old "With A Little Help From My Friends", making it his own and landing at #26.
#25. They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Round by round: 25-25-28-25

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


#24. Fugees - Killing Me Softly

Round by round: 28-29-26-24

Points - 121.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#23. Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter

Round by round: 16-18-22-23

Points - 134.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#22. Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

Round by round: 20-20-20-22

Points - 134.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#21. Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World

Round by round: 19-19-18-21

Points - 135.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is so widely used in media that it's easy to forget that it was originally recorded half a century earlier, back when the name change was still relatively new to some parts of the world. It's sitting at #25 behind the Fugees with their hugely successful "Killing Me Softly" at #24. Next we've got a rock band taking on a Simon & Garfunkel classic...no it's not that one, but it's The Bangles with "Hazy Shade Of Winter" at #23. For yet another song also well known for an Elvis Presley cover, we've got the Pet Shop Boys version of "Always On My Mind", a top 10 hit here and in the US. Finally we've got Nirvana's famous rendition of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" from their MTV Unplugged session at #21.
All that remains now is the final 20

Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Bananarama - Venus
Boy & Bear - Fall At Your Feet
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses
Faith No More - Easy
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - Mad World
Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy
Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees
Steps - Last Thing On My Mind
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower
Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You


But who shall take the title, to be quite honest I haven't a clue even looking at the current standings. You can impact it by selecting your Top 5 to 8 choices and sending them through to me by 7pm on Friday however. I'll also try to have the ACI ready soon, and there is the still active poll for qualifying here https://www.strawpoll.me/16692764 and of course the still active qualifying thread.
#20. Faith No More - Easy

Round by round: 23-23-21-20-20

Points - 108.09
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#19. Bananarama - Venus

Round by round: 06-05-03-19-19

Points - 109.98
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #1


Don't quote me on this or I may look bad with my pre-ARIA knowledge but I think there are 8 #1 hits in this final round. Two of them are right at the start with honestly pretty respectable scores as you'll see when we reach the end. Firstly it's Faith No More with their 2nd #1 hit, covering The Commodores' "Easy" at #20, while Bananarama have their version of Shocking Blue's "Venus" at #19.
#18. Laura Branigan - Gloria

Round by round: 11-12-08-05-18

Points - 112.51
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


#17. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Round by round: 21-21-19-16-17

Points - 113.28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Oh you wanted #1 hits, I've got another 2 actually. Making a bit of a final round dip is Laura Branigan's highest entry in this game, "Gloria" at #18, and following is surprisingly not Whitney Houston's highest, although the discussion of her most popular track gets a bit muddied with catalogue sales. Nonetheless, it's her very successful cover of "I Will Always Love You" which was #1 in the US & UK on the day I was born at #17.
#16. Aretha Franklin - Respect

Round by round: 13-13-17-15-16

Points - 137.79
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#15. Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You's"

Round by round: 18-16-14-18-15

Points - 139.14
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


We end the run of #1 hits but it's followed by a song whose reputation far exceeds its chart performance, and could arguably be seen as a prime example of the art of transformative interpretation, as Aretha Franklin certainly has the definitive rendition of "Respect" at #16, followed by a track that on the other hand, I had no idea was even a cover, Annie Lennox's "No More "I Love You's"" at #15.
#14. Daryl Braithwaite - The Horses

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

Points - 139.62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


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

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

Points - 143.20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


I suspect you're well acquainted with Daryl Braithwaite's cover of Rickie Lee Jones' "The Horses" at #14, no doubt it will land at a higher position when my Catalogue Stats thread reaches its conclusion. For slightly more humble company, it's Crystal Castles' surprise hit version of "Not In Love", a song they originally recorded for their album in borderline instrumental form with how hazed out the vocals were, recruiting Robert Smith for the very well received single.
#12. Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All

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

Points - 143.27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#11. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

Round by round: 02-02-06-17-11

Points - 146.68
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


As it would turn out, Whitney Houston's best performing song here was another of her #1 hits, "Greatest Love Of All", which only took the lead last round for reasons that I'm sure one other person can ascertain. Missing the top 10 alongside it is Kim Wilde with her only #1 hit "You Keep Me Hangin' On". It's had quite a tumultuous run considering its strong start.
#10. Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk

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

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


#9. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

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

Points - 158.17
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


To start the top 10 we have Rage Against The Machine, with them making Afrika Bambaataa's "Renegades Of Funk" into their own to the extent that you might not even realise it's a cover. A similar sentiment can be said of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", made so famous by Jeff Buckley that his rendition has become the standard from which all modern cover versions take inspiration from, whether or not they succeed.
#8. Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - Mad World

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

Points - 159.03
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#7. Steps - Last Thing On My Mind

Round by round: 09-08-12-10-07

Points - 176.86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


One of the most famous examples of an upbeat pop song being turned into a slow ballad is Michael Andrews & Gary Jules' version of Tears For Fears' "Mad World", which I can only imagine would have done better here if it were a leap year, but does well to land at #8. Ahead is Steps who refused to land at the same position more than once. It's advantageous for them that the last place that "Last Thing On My Mind" landed was also its highest, at #7.
#6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower

Round by round: 15-15-15-11-06

Points - 184.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#5. Boy & Bear - Fall At Your Feet

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

Points - 189.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


For another big, famous transformation, look no further than The Jimi Hendrix Experience and their version of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" at #6. On Spotify it has two times as many plays as their next highest song, and about 20 times as many as the original. It is harder to note such accolades for Boy & Bear's version of Crowded House's "Fall At Your Feet" though it did do very well for them at the time, and also now as it finishes at #5.
#4. Roxy Music - Jealous Guy

Round by round: 05-06-04-02-04

Points - 193.03
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


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

Round by round: 10-09-07-06-03

Points - 194.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


But the answer for what is the highest #1 single in this list goes to yet another Lennon cover, with Roxy Music getting their sole #1 hit via "Jealous Guy", which is #4 here. It lands barely over 1 point behind the #3 song, with Celine Dion and her slow escalation of ranking for "It's All Coming Back To Me Now".
#2. Sarah Blasko - Flame Trees

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

Points - 196.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#1. Johnny Cash - Hurt

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

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


When I said I was uncertain of the final result, I very much meant it. Though we had a clear leader for most of the way, things changed in the 4th round, and nothing felt particularly safe in its standing. Nonetheless we did end up returning to the original state but it certainly was rather close in the end, with the top 6 all receiving the same amount of votes. Anyhow, with all this we nearly had a rather unexpected result, with the runner up position going to Sarah Blasko's rendition of Cold Chisel's "Flame Trees" which has sadly seen no kickback on iTunes in this massive influx for the song lately. The final song is perhaps more expected however, with Johnny Cash effectively performing his own eulogy in the final months of his life, covering Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and accompanying it with one of the saddest music videos of all time.
That's another fortnight of these wrapped up, and thus I thank those who participated. Things aren't totally over at the moment on the QLVG side of things, as we still need a few more songs to finish off the Qualifying round in action at the moment. As for next week, it will be that ever cluttered mess I'll have to sort through to give a bunch of songs with 3+ credited artists, and after that, it'll be songs that were not released as singles. Aside from all this, the ACI is open and I hope you have a good weekend.
This was an absolute mess to tidy up, and naturally still looks like a complete mess, but I am here to present the QLVG relating to songs with at least 3 artists credited on them. Try your best to make sense of this.

1 Giant Leap & Maxi Jazz feat. Robbie Williams - My Culture
2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman - California Love
A$AP Rocky feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson - Everyday
Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniel - This Is For the Lover In You
Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Blackstreet feat. Dr Dre and Queen Pen - No Diggity
Blackstreet feat. Mya, Mase & Blinky Bill - Take Me There
Brandy feat. MC Lyte, Queen Latifah & Yoyo - I Wanna Be Down
Brandy, Tamia & Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan - Missing You
Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart - All for Love
C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - No Problem
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - Look At Me Now
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse feat. Julian Casablancas - Little Girl
Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt - Really Doe
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon - Play Hard
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida - Where Them Girls At
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack - Hey Mama
Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne & T.I. - Soldier
Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye & Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder - Pops, We Love You (A Tribute To Father)
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder - That's What Friends Are For
Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle - You & Me (Flume Remix)
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & Quavo feat. Chance the Rapper - No Brainer
DJ Sammy feat. Yanou & Do - Heaven
Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott - Without Me
Flume feat. Vince Staples & Kučka - Smoke and Retribution
Fort Minor feat. Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga - Where'd You Go
Frank Ocean feat. Jay-Z & Tyler, The Creator - Biking
Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo
Gorillaz feat. Danny Brown & Kelela - Submission
Gorillaz feat. Shaun Ryder & Rosie Wilson - Dare
Herb Alpert feat. Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith - Diamonds
Hermitude feat. Mataya & Young Tapz - The Buzz
Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum - 1955
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Janet Jackson feat. Carly Simon & Missy Elliott - Son Of A Gun
Jason Derulo & David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Willy William - Goodbye
Jason Derulo feat. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma - Try Me
Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo feat. Rick Ross - Think Like a Man
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
John Farnham, Kate Ceberano & Jon Stevens - Everything's Alright
Johnny O'Keefe with The Dee Jays and The Delltones - Shout
Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj - Monster
Kelly Price feat. R. Kelly & Ron Isley - Friend of Mine
Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat - These Walls
Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down
Lady Gaga feat. Akon & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Usher & Ludacris - Lovers and Friends
Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz feat. The Ying Yang Twins, Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes & A-Men - Get Low
Lil Kim feat. Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Missy Elliott & Da Brat - Not Tonight (Remix)
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder If I Take You Home
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem
Lorde feat. Post Malone, SZA & Khalid - Homemade Dynamite (Remix)
LSD feat. Sia, Diplo & Labrinth - Genius
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On
Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ - Cold Water
Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes feat. The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want
Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliott - Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix)
Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop - It’s Like That
Mariah Carey feat. Joe & 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock - The Bike Song
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Q-Tip & MNDR - Bang Bang Bang
Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop - Lose Control
OutKast feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz & Mello - Last Call
P. Diddy feat. Usher & Loon - I Need a Girl (Part One)
Perry Como with Mitchell Ayres & The Ray Charles Singers - Catch a Falling Star
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans with 112 - I'll Be Missing You
Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride & Linda Davis - On My Own
Richard Vission & Static Revenger feat. Luciana - I Like That
Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown & Fetty Wap - Body On Me
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines
Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard - Rumour Mill
Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - These Days
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In
Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo - Elastic Heart
Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends
Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched & Billie - Thank ABBA For The Music
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban - Highway Don't Care
True Steppers & Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham - Out Of Your Mind
Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah!
Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel
Will Smith feat. Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee - Wild Wild West


Now that it's here, it's your turn to do the work for the next 2 days or so because I will be requiring your Top 25 to 40 from this in to me by 7pm on Wednesday. Of course roughly 24 hours from now, the qualifying game of non-singles will be up and running, see you then.
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=#97. Jason Derulo feat. Jennifer Lopez & Matoma - Try Me

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

=#97. Lil Kim feat. Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Missy Elliott & Da Brat - Not Tonight (Remix)

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

=#97. Perry Como with Mitchell Ayres & The Ray Charles Singers - Catch a Falling Star

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

=#97. Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - These Days

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

#96. Jason Derulo & David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Willy William - Goodbye

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


I usually type out all of this data manually but I decided not to tonight. Anyway welcome to the spookiest QLVG reveal of the year, and one that is filled with many numerous haunted goose eggs. Jason Derulo loses the both of his lead artist entries at once, "Try Me" not managing to get a vote and "Goodbye" only fairing slightly better. Lil Kim on the other hand has just the one entry at all with "Not Tonight" remixed with many additional artists. To take things back more than a few years is Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star", while Rudimental only just left the ARIA Chart this week with "These Days" and it's the lowest of their 3 entries tied at #97.
#95. DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & Quavo feat. Chance the Rapper - No Brainer

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

#94. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Usher & Ludacris - Lovers and Friends

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

#93. Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott - Without Me

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

#92. Brandy feat. MC Lyte, Queen Latifah & Yoyo - I Wanna Be Down

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

#91. Kelly Price feat. R. Kelly & Ron Isley - Friend of Mine

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


Points picking up a bit more now, DJ Khaled loses the first of his 2 entries with "No Brainer" at #95. Same going for Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz at #94 with "Lovers and Friends". American Idol winner Fantasia gives us the 2nd appearance tonight for Missy Elliott on her song "Without Me" at #93, whlie Brandy recruits some different female rappers on "I Wanna Be Down" at #92. Kelly Price has a featured entry later down but here she is at the front of "Friend Of Mine" at #91.
#90. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah!

Points - 21
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #30

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

Points - 21
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25

#88. P. Diddy feat. Usher & Loon - I Need a Girl (Part One)

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20

#87. Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It

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

#86. Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo feat. Rick Ross - Think Like a Man

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


Two big #1 hits back to back now, firstly what I believe is the most played song on US Pop radio this century, Usher's "Yeah!" at #90, while Clean Bandit lament the DAILY STRUGGLE on "Rockabye" at #89. The Usher songs just keep coming as he teams up with Diddy & Loon on "I Need A Girl (Part One)" at #88. Another big 2018 hit to go is Cardi B's "I Like It" at #87 while Jennifer Hudson's "Think Like A Man" hits #86.
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#85. Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz - No Problem

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

#84. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. The Ying Yang Twins, Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes & A-Men - Get Low

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

#83. Frank Ocean feat. Jay-Z & Tyler, The Creator - Biking

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22

#82. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo & Labrinth - Genius

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17

#81. Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down

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


A single I suspect could have been huge if Chance The Rapper wasn't so heavily locked in with Apple, "No Problem" takes the #85 position behind the higher song by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, with the extended cast version of "Get Low" at #84. Also extending their cast is Frank Ocean who also has a solo version of "Biking" but here teams up with Jay-Z & Tyler, The Creator at #83. One of the more peculiar crediting systems not from Rae Sremmurd in 2018 is LSD, the supergroup that feels it is necessary to break lettering order to present its list of artists in most commercially viable order. The first single they released, "Genius" is at #82, behind Keri Hilson's 2009 hit "Knock You Down" at #81.
As the list slowly turns into a square, it contains 80 songs now

1 Giant Leap & Maxi Jazz feat. Robbie Williams - My Culture
2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman - California Love
A$AP Rocky feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson - Everyday
Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniel - This Is For the Lover In You
Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Blackstreet feat. Dr Dre and Queen Pen - No Diggity
Blackstreet feat. Mya, Mase & Blinky Bill - Take Me There
Brandy, Tamia & Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan - Missing You
Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart - All for Love
C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - Look At Me Now
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse feat. Julian Casablancas - Little Girl
Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt - Really Doe
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon - Play Hard
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida - Where Them Girls At
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack - Hey Mama
Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne & T.I. - Soldier
Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye & Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder - Pops, We Love You (A Tribute To Father)
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder - That's What Friends Are For
Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle - You & Me (Flume Remix)
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Sammy feat. Yanou & Do - Heaven
Flume feat. Vince Staples & Kučka - Smoke and Retribution
Fort Minor feat. Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga - Where'd You Go
Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo
Gorillaz feat. Danny Brown & Kelela - Submission
Gorillaz feat. Shaun Ryder & Rosie Wilson - Dare
Herb Alpert feat. Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith - Diamonds
Hermitude feat. Mataya & Young Tapz - The Buzz
Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum - 1955
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Janet Jackson feat. Carly Simon & Missy Elliott - Son Of A Gun
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
John Farnham, Kate Ceberano & Jon Stevens - Everything's Alright
Johnny O'Keefe with The Dee Jays and The Delltones - Shout
Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj - Monster
Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat - These Walls
Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost
Lady Gaga feat. Akon & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder If I Take You Home
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem
Lorde feat. Post Malone, SZA & Khalid - Homemade Dynamite (Remix)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber - Despacito
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On
Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ - Cold Water
Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes feat. The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want
Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliott - Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix)
Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop - It’s Like That
Mariah Carey feat. Joe & 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock - The Bike Song
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Q-Tip & MNDR - Bang Bang Bang
Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop - Lose Control
OutKast feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz & Mello - Last Call
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans with 112 - I'll Be Missing You
Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride & Linda Davis - On My Own
Richard Vission & Static Revenger feat. Luciana - I Like That
Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown & Fetty Wap - Body On Me
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines
Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard - Rumour Mill
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In
Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo - Elastic Heart
Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends
Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched & Billie - Thank ABBA For The Music
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban - Highway Don't Care
True Steppers & Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham - Out Of Your Mind
Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel
Will Smith feat. Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee - Wild Wild West


More list culling will be required so more votes will be required. You just need to select your Top 20 to 32 and then send them through to me by 7pm on Friday. I also have almost finished the ACI so I might actually post that tonight.
#80. David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo & Akon - Play Hard

Round by round: 80-80

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


#79. Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown & Fetty Wap - Body On Me

Round by round: 79-79

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


#78. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything

Round by round: 77-78

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


=#76. OutKast feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz & Mello - Last Call

Round by round: 74-76

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


=#76. Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched & Billie - Thank ABBA For The Music

Round by round: 74-76

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


For the second time, David Guetta appears, this time with his reworking of Alice Deejay in "Play Hard" at #80. It's the start of a brief 2010s run followed by the Fetty Wap version of Rita Ora & Chris Brown's "Body On Me" at #79, while Pitbull went all the way to 3 featured artists with the primary version of his US #1 hit "Give Me Everything" at #78. From one of only two hip hop albums to win Album Of The Year at the Grammy Awards is OutKast's "Last Call", which is tied with one of those big medley hits from Steps & co., "Thank ABBA For The Music" at #76.
#75. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force - I Wonder If I Take You Home

Round by round: 72-75

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


#74. Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt - Really Doe

Round by round: 78-74

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#73. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - Look At Me Now

Round by round: 76-73

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#72. Fort Minor feat. Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga - Where'd You Go

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#71. LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem

Round by round: 69-71

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


I was skepical of it being a fair entry until I saw that Lisa Lisa had recorded several solo albums without The Cult Jam, but here they are together with "Full Force" messing with my head to learn that The Black Eyed Peas interpolated "Wonder If I Take You Home" which is at #75. The rest of these entries are from the 21st century, first Danny Brown's big collaboration "Really Doe" at #74, meanwhile Chris Brown is back to play foil to far stronger contributions from Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes on "Look At Me Now" at #73. Fort Minor team up with Holly Brook, now better known as Skylar Grey, and Jonah Matranga, still not very known as Jonah Matranga on "Where'd You Go" at #72, while the all time highest selling digital download in Australia, LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" is #71.
#70. Lorde feat. Post Malone, SZA & Khalid - Homemade Dynamite (Remix)

Round by round: 73-70

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


#69. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds

Round by round: 70-69

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


#68. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us

Round by round: 61-68

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#67. Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz

Round by round: 68-67

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


A collaboration that was very well timed in regards to Post Malone becoming a hit machine, the remix of Lorde's "Homemade Dynamite" hits #70. It's followed by two #1 hits, firstly Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney on "FourFiveSeconds" and then Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 3rd highest entry here, "Can't Hold Us". Kanye West is back again right after this with his first US #1 single, guesting on Twista's "Slow Jamz" at #67.
=#65. David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack - Hey Mama

Round by round: 67-65

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


=#65. Will Smith feat. Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee - Wild Wild West

Round by round: 62-65

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


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

Round by round: 65-64

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


#63. Janet Jackson feat. Carly Simon & Missy Elliott - Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)

Round by round: 66-63

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#62. Richard Vission & Static Revenger feat. Luciana - I Like That

Round by round: 60-62

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#61. Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride & Linda Davis - On My Own

Round by round: 63-61

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


Bebe Rexha was only belatedly added to the credits of David Guetta's "Hey Mama" after word got out about the nasty feature credit politics behind the scenes (hitparade refuses to update but it still shows up if you search Bebe's name), which wasn't necessary for this because the song already had 3 artists mentioned and is at #65 here, tied with Will Smith's "Wild Wild West". Used to tide over English speaking markets was the Justin Bieber remix of "Despacito" at #64 while Janet Jackson was kind enough to credit Carly Simon on her interpolation of "You're So Vain", "Son Of A Gun" at #63. A big hit at the start of the decade I've not heard in years, "I Like That" is at #62, alongside a mega country collaboration with Reba McEntire and friends on "On My Own" at #61.
Down to 60

1 Giant Leap & Maxi Jazz feat. Robbie Williams - My Culture
2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman - California Love
A$AP Rocky feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson - Everyday
Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniel - This Is For the Lover In You
Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Blackstreet feat. Dr Dre and Queen Pen - No Diggity
Blackstreet feat. Mya, Mase & Blinky Bill - Take Me There
Brandy, Tamia & Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan - Missing You
Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart - All for Love
C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse feat. Julian Casablancas - Little Girl
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida - Where Them Girls At
Destiny's Child feat. Lil Wayne & T.I. - Soldier
Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye & Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder - Pops, We Love You (A Tribute To Father)
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder - That's What Friends Are For
Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle - You & Me (Flume Remix)
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Sammy feat. Yanou & Do - Heaven
Flume feat. Vince Staples & Kučka - Smoke and Retribution
Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo
Gorillaz feat. Danny Brown & Kelela - Submission
Gorillaz feat. Shaun Ryder & Rosie Wilson - Dare
Herb Alpert feat. Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith - Diamonds
Hermitude feat. Mataya & Young Tapz - The Buzz
Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum - 1955
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
John Farnham, Kate Ceberano & Jon Stevens - Everything's Alright
Johnny O'Keefe with The Dee Jays and The Delltones - Shout
Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj - Monster
Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat - These Walls
Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost
Lady Gaga feat. Akon & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On
Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ - Cold Water
Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes feat. The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want
Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliott - Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix)
Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop - It’s Like That
Mariah Carey feat. Joe & 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock - The Bike Song
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Q-Tip & MNDR - Bang Bang Bang
Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop - Lose Control
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans with 112 - I'll Be Missing You
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines
Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard - Rumour Mill
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In
Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo - Elastic Heart
Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban - Highway Don't Care
True Steppers & Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham - Out Of Your Mind
Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel


And the results from now on are sure to feature surprises, so do your best that they aren't closely coupled with your top picks, by submitting your Top 15 to 24 from here and sending to me by 7pm Monday. The ACI is also ready to go, and I hope you have a good weekend.
#60. Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj - Monster

Round by round: 57-51-60

Points - 55.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#59. Brandy, Tamia & Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan - Missing You

Round by round: 58-59-59

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#58. Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop - Lose Control

Round by round: 46-34-58

Points - 65.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#57. Kendrick Lamar feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley - How Much A Dollar Cost

Round by round: 59-60-57

Points - 66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#56. 1 Giant Leap & Maxi Jazz feat. Robbie Williams - My Culture

Round by round: 64-55-56

Points - 66.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


Get the thinkpieces out for the fact that Kanye West's vaguely Halloween themed "Monster" peaked as the voting got closer to Halloween, so it dropped to #60 now. Saving me some voting confusion is Brandy finishing at #59 with "Missing You", behind Missy Elliott's last top 10 hit "Lose Control" at #58. The first of two entries from Kendrick Lamar's 3rd album is "How Much A Dollar Cost" at #57, followed by the much awaited meeting point of Faithless & Take That on "My Culture" at #56.
#55. David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida - Where Them Girls At

Round by round: 51-52-55

Points - 67.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#54. Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines

Round by round: 47-58-54

Points - 70.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


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

Round by round: 53-57-53

Points - 71.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#52. Mariah Carey feat. Joe & 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You

Round by round: 56-45-52

Points - 72.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#51. A$AP Rocky feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson - Everyday

Round by round: 32-37-51

Points - 73
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


David Guetta returns again teaming up with I believe the most frequently appearing artist in this list, Nicki Minaj on "Where Them Girls At" at #55. Robin Thicke's monster 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" follows at #54, giving us two in a row for T.I. as he also features on Destiny's Child's "Soldier" at #53. The first of 4 entries for Mariah Carey is "Thank God I Found You" at #52, while A$AP Rocky samples an Australian song featuring Rod Stewart, with more active contributions from Miguel & Mark Ronson on "Everyday" at #51.
#50. John Farnham, Kate Ceberano & Jon Stevens - Everything's Alright

Round by round: 52-54-50

Points - 73
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#49. Herb Alpert feat. Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith - Diamonds

Round by round: 54-56-49

Points - 74.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


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

Round by round: 48-49-48

Points - 75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#47. Mariah Carey feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliott - Heartbreaker (Desert Storm Remix)

Round by round: 45-53-47

Points - 76.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#46. Johnny O'Keefe with The Dee Jays and The Delltones - Shout

Round by round: 77.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


For a proper Australian entry, we've got Jon, John & Kate on "Everything's Alright" at #50. For one of the last hits in his long career, Herb Alpert has "Diamonds" at #49. By far the newest song in this set is Jamie xx's "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" at #48, while Mariah Carey is back replacing one featured artist for two on the "Heartbreaker" remix at #47. We then return to Australia again with Johnny O'Keefe's cover of "Shout" released in very close proximity with the original version, as was the style at the time.
But did Johnny O'Keefe tie an onion to his belt?
#45. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ - Cold Water

Round by round: 43-46-45

Points - 77.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#44. Gorillaz feat. Danny Brown & Kelela - Submission

Round by round: 79.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#43. Flume feat. Vince Staples & Kučka - Smoke and Retribution

Round by round: 49-47-43

Round by round: 80.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#42. Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat - These Walls

Round by round: 37-40-42

Points - 82.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#41. Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside

Round by round: 38-41-41

Points - 84.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


The 2nd collaboration between Major Lazer & MØ to reach #1, "Cold Water" lands here at #45. The first of 3 Gorillaz entries here is also the most recent one, from their 4th album released last year, "Submission" at #44. Collecting a similar set of collaborators for a different purpose is Flume with "Smoke and Retribution" at #43. Kendrick Lamar makes a 2nd appearance tonight, this time with "These Walls" at #42 while Benny Blanco's decision to forego hidden production credits for a lead artist appearance is finally revealed, allowing "Eastside" to finish here at #41.
That leaves 40!

2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman - California Love
Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniel - This Is For the Lover In You
Blackstreet feat. Dr Dre and Queen Pen - No Diggity
Blackstreet feat. Mya, Mase & Blinky Bill - Take Me There
Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart - All for Love
C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean & Migos - Slide
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse feat. Julian Casablancas - Little Girl
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye & Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder - Pops, We Love You (A Tribute To Father)
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder - That's What Friends Are For
Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle - You & Me (Flume Remix)
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Sammy feat. Yanou & Do - Heaven
Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo
Gorillaz feat. Shaun Ryder & Rosie Wilson - Dare
Hermitude feat. Mataya & Young Tapz - The Buzz
Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum - 1955
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
Lady Gaga feat. Akon & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes feat. The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want
Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop - It’s Like That
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock - The Bike Song
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Q-Tip & MNDR - Bang Bang Bang
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans with 112 - I'll Be Missing You
Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard - Rumour Mill
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In
Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo - Elastic Heart
Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban - Highway Don't Care
True Steppers & Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham - Out Of Your Mind
Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel


I'm struggling to string sentences together anymore but you know what to do which is to vote your Top 10 to 16 selections and do so before 7pm on Wednesday. New strawpoll too! https://www.strawpoll.me/16782636
#40. Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper - All My Friends

Round by round: 40-42-33-40

Points - 78.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#39. Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen - No Diggity

Round by round: 26-26-35-39

Points - 81.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#38. Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle - You & Me (Flume Remix)

Round by round: 39-39-40-38

Points - 82.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#37. Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel

Round by round: 55-50-36-37

Points - 87.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#36. Rudimental feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard - Rumour Mill

Round by round: 35-36-34-36

Points - 87.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


One of the more surprising songs to reach #1 on Australian Spotify, Snakehips kick off this round with "All My Friends" at #40. Speaking of surprises, Blackstreet have two songs in this list and the first to be revealed is "No Diggity" at #39. This set is heavy on eclectic electronic production groups, with Disclosure at #38 and Rudimental at #36, in-between is a late career hit for Whitney Houston, "Heartbreak Hotel" at #37.
#35. True Steppers & Dane Bowers feat. Victoria Beckham - Out Of Your Mind

Round by round: 36-38-39-35

Points - 93.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


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

Round by round: 20-19-24-34

Points - 96
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#33. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse feat. Julian Casablancas - Little Girl

Round by round: 33-33-37-33

Points - 96.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#32. Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with BBD - The Best Things In Life Are Free

Round by round: 27-31-27-32

Points - 97.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#31. Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniel - This Is For The Lover In You

Round by round: 31-30-26-31

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


The loser of one of the most hotly contested UK #1 battles, preventing each member of the Spice Girls from having a solo #1, is True Steppers' "Out Of My Mind" at #35. Calvin Harris has two entries here, both from his collaboration heavy album from last year, firstly "Feels" at #34. One of the more eclectic collaborations in here is Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse's teaming up for the "Dark Night Of The Soul" album in 2009, with Julian Casablancas on "Little Girl" at #33. Luther Vandross scored a big hit in the early '90s with "The Best Things In Life Are Free" at #32. Much less of a hit but still beating it out is Babyface's mega-collaborative hit cover version of "This Is For The Lover In You" at #31.
#30. Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift & Keith Urban - Highway Don't Care

Round by round: 24-23-23-30

Points - 102.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#29. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock - The Bike Song

Round by round: 19-24-22-29

Points - 103.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#28. Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & Stevie Wonder - Pops, We Love You (A Tribute To Father)

Round by round: 50-43-38-28

Points - 103.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#27. DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

Round by round: 42-35-31-27

Points - 108.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#26. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang

Round by round: 28-28-30-26

Points - 112.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


In one of the more curious cases of eligibility, Keith Urban gets Tim McGraw up to 3 artists primarily from just session work on "Highway Don't Care" at #30. Mark Ronson returns to the list at the front of a title with "The Bike Song" at #29, while Diana Ross & company team up to pay tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy on "Pops, We Love You" at #28. For some more recent hits, we've got DJ Khaled's highest entry here with "Wild Thoughts" at #27, while Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj successfully tide everyone through a Jessie J song, as "Bang Bang" lands at #26.
#25. David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions

Round by round: 28-27-29-25

Points - 115.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#24. Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart - All For Love

Round by round: 30-29-28-24

Points - 118.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#23. Blackstreet feat. Mya, Mase & Blinky Bill - Take Me There

Round by round: 34-32-32-23

Points - 118.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


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

Round by round: 25-25-25-22

Points - 121.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#21. Hermitude feat. Mataya & Young Tapz - The Buzz

Round by round: 17-18-19-21

Points - 123.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Originally just to celebrate England hosting the Euro '96 cup, "Three Lions" has gone on to be a prevailing anthem of hope that leads to prevailing disappointment as England go 52+ years without a win. It did however go to #1 in the UK again this year, and is #25 here. A #1 on our side of the world is Bryan Adams' "All For Love" at #24, while Blackstreet manage their higher entry up to #23, that being "Take Me There". Calvin Harris also runs out both of his entries in this round, with "Slide" sitting at #22, while Hermitude nearly made it into the last round with no top 8 voters, "The Buzz" slipping down to #21.
This leaves the top 20

2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman - California Love
C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder - That's What Friends Are For
Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
DJ Sammy feat. Yanou & Do - Heaven
Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo
Gorillaz feat. Shaun Ryder & Rosie Wilson - Dare
Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum - 1955
Lady Gaga feat. Akon & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On
Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes feat. The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want
Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop - It’s Like That
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Q-Tip & MNDR - Bang Bang Bang
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans with 112 - I'll Be Missing You
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In
Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo - Elastic Heart
The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra


And a final deciding moment for what will be the winner of this verbose round. Select your Top 5 to 8 from here and send them to me by 7pm on Friday and I'll do the stuff. ACI should be ready soon and here's the poll still open until Friday's results https://www.strawpoll.me/16782636
#20. Hilltop Hoods feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum - 1955

Round by round: 18-15-20-16-20

Points - 102.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#19. Lady Gaga feat. Akon & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance

Round by round: 23-21-21-20-19

Points - 104.23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


We start the final round with the first of the 3 Australian entries remaining, and naturally it's big 3rd place fans Hilltop Hoods with "1955" at #20, which I announce on the same day Montaigne released a new single. I don't have the same sort of timely remark about Lady Gaga except that she's currently #1 on both ARIA Charts. The first time she ever was, over 10 years ago was with "Just Dance" which finishes at #19.
#18. Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder - That's What Friends Are For

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

Points - 107.89
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#17. Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo - Elastic Heart

Round by round: 10-11-15-17-17

Points - 108.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


Speaking of #1 hits, we've then got Dionne Warwick's big collaborative cover of "That's What Friends Are For" at #18, followed by the original version of "Elastic Heart" included on one of the Hunger Games soundtracks way before it became a hit.
#16. C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams & Martha Wash - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

Round by round: 07-08-05-09-16

Points - 116.70
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#15. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans with 112 - I'll Be Missing You

Round by round: 09-07-06-08-15

Points - 121.77
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


There's not a lot of '90s to be seen in this top 20. There are only 3 and 2 of them are right here in this post, firstly C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat", and then Puff Daddy's monster hit "I'll Be Missing You" at #15.
#14. Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def - Stylo

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

Points - 138.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#13. Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri & Fatman Scoop - It's Like That

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

Points - 151.22
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


While I'm finding convenient ways to link up the two posted songs, it's ever so convenient here that there are four artists with multiple entries in this top 20, and two of them are right here. Firstly Gorillaz with their most recent top 50 hit "Stylo" at #14, while Mariah Carey goes back to her mid-2000s career boom with "It's Like That" at #13.
#12. DJ Sammy feat. Yanou & Do - Heaven

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

Points - 151.59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#11. Mariah Carey & Busta Rhymes feat. The Flipmode Squad - I Know What You Want

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

Points - 155.77
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Sticking out majorly in this list for just how short the combined crediting is, DJ Sammy's cover of "Heaven" lands at #12, just behind Mariah Carey's highest entry, collaborating with Busta Rhymes on "I Know What You Want" at #11.
#10. The Avalanches feat. Danny Brown & MF DOOM - Frankie Sinatra

Round by round: 04-06-07-06-10

Points - 162.34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#9. Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Dance Wiv Me

Round by round: 01-01-01-04-09

Points - 163.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


The lead single to The Avalanches' 2nd album, just 16 years after the first one, "Frankie Sinatra" lands at #10, behind Dizzee Rascal who scored his first UK #1 hit with "Dance Wiv Me". It also was leading this contest for most of the way, and has only landed on perfect square positions.
#8. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. Q-Tip & MNDR - Bang Bang Bang

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

Points - 167.39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop

Round by round: 05-04-09-13-07

Points - 177.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Back to the early 2010s for a bit, after just landing the former leader, we've got what has been the runner up for the vast majority of the time, Mark Ronson and company with "Bang Bang Bang" at #8. We've then got the other 2 artists with multiple entries, unsurprisingly coupled since they tend to be, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with "Thrift Shop" at #7.
#6. Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare - Not Giving In

Round by round: 22-20-18-14-06

Points - 181.55
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#5. 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman - California Love

Round by round: 21-22-13-10-05

Points - 184.14
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Adding on another artist to their first hit allows Rudimental to be eligible here and "Not Giving In" finishes at #6. 2Pac also gets away with fitting the criteria thanks to Roger Troutman who is occasionally credited on "California Love" at #5.
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#4. Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - 4 Minutes

Round by round: 11-12-10-07-04

Points - 185.92
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


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

Round by round: 08-09-08-05-03

Points - 193.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Giving us a vaguely apt finish, we've got the slow climbing progress of Madonna's "4 Minutes", which results in it finishing at #4. Ahead of it we've got Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's highest entry (though it only became as such last round), "Same Love" at #3.
#2. Gorillaz feat. Shawn Ryder & Rosie Wilson - DARE

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

Points - 197.23
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#1. Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On

Round by round: 06-05-04-01-01

Points - 243.22
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Also on the topic of only occasionally credited artists, Gorillaz have the runner up slot with thanks to the very prominent but often uncredited Rosie Wilson on "DARE", to date their only UK #1 single. They've been leapfrogged however, and this time it's one of the newest songs in the contest. Major Lazer have had quite a few appearances here, largely due to its success in end of year lists, but they've never gotten higher than the lower end of the top 20. However, luck can turn around, and now "Lean On" can claim a #1 finish.
Here I am torturing myself more by making the excessive typing go on just a little longer but that's a wrap for another game! There's also been a tie in the voting poll so these will probably be the final rounds for 2018. They're both qualifiers based on the names of the artists & songs so first we'll be doing alliterative artists, where every word of their name starts with the same letter, and then it will be artists and titles with the same amount of letters. Before that however will be the game in the qualifying thread, with non-singles/album tracks. The ACI is open, hope you have a good weekend, and I'll see you then.
I always say that a song's worth should not be measured by whether or not it was played extensively on the radio for a 3-6 month period of time at some point in the past. What better way to express that than with a round entirely composed of album tracks, non-singles, what have you. Like these 100 here:

Adele - All I Ask
Angus & Julia Stone - Yellow Brick Road
Arctic Monkeys - 505
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Bat For Lashes - The Big Sleep
Beyoncé - End of Time
Birds Of Tokyo - In The Veins Of Death Valley
Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Carly Rae Jepsen - Making The Most Of The Night
Carole King - You've Got A Friend
Celine Dion - I Love You Goodbye
Coldplay - Politik
Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine
Daft Punk - Voyager
David Bowie - Dollar Days
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dire Straits - Why Worry
Disclosure - When A Fire Starts To Burn
Ed Sheeran - Dive
Ed Sheeran - One
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Eminem - Crazy In Love
Faker - Seizures
Faker - Voodoo Economics
Fall Out Boy - Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends
Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Foals - A Knife In The Ocean
Franz Ferdinand - Jacqueline
Gang Of Youths - Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Interpol - My Desire
Interpol - Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
INXS - Johnson's Aeroplane
Janet Jackson - He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
Joy Division - Twenty-Four Hours
Kelly Clarkson - Beautiful Disaster
Kendrick Lamar - LUST.
Kylie Minogue - Disco Down
Laura Marling - Night Terror
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Madonna - Stay
Madonna - Till Death Do Us Part
Madonna - Time Stood Still
Mariah Carey - Vanishing
Massive Attack - Atlas Air
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Muse - Citizen Erased
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Loverman
Nick Drake - Way To Blue
Pat Benatar - Hell Is For Children
Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
Pearl Jam - Black
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Pink Floyd - Time
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation
PJ Harvey - The River
Powderfinger - Hindley Street
Prince - Sometimes It Snows In April
Queen - Keep Yourself Alive
R.E.M. - Saturn Return
R.E.M. - Swan Swan H
Radiohead - Climbing Up The Walls
Radiohead - Idioteque
Radiohead - Subterranean Homesick Alien
Rihanna - Breakin' Dishes
Rihanna - Fire Bomb
Rihanna - There's a Thug In My Life
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Silversun Pickups - It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
Split Enz - Haul Away
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Cure - 10:15 Saturday Night
The Cure - The Same Deep Water As You
The Go-Betweens - Clouds
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The Killers - Romeo And Juliet
The Killers - Sam's Town
The Killers - Show You How
The Middle East - The Darkest Side
The National - Afraid Of Everyone
The National - Lemonworld
The National - Pink Rabbits
The Smiths - Cemetery Gates
The Smiths - Well I Wonder
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The Whitlams - Charlie No. 1
U2 - Running To Stand Still
Whitney Houston - All At Once
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


But the process remains the same as always. You'll need to select your Top 25 to 40 from here and send them to me by 7pm on Wednesday after which I'll do the necessary business (though I may be slightly late on results as I tend to get home later on Wednesdays). 24ish hours from now, there'll be alliterative artists in the qualifying thread!
I must inform that I am at a pretty much unprecedented level of sleep deprivation (for me) and the only thing on my mind is the new Owl Eyes song about to debut, so I can't write any commentary tonight, though I do find the relatively high scores to be impressive.

#100. R.E.M. - Swan Swan H

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


#99. U2 - Running To Stand Still

Points - 12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #33


#98. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Loverman

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


#97. Arctic Monkeys - 505

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


#96. David Bowie - Dollar Days

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


#95. Queen - Keep Yourself Alive

Points - 21
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#94. The Go-Betweens - Clouds

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


#93. Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely

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


#92. Madonna - Time Stood Still

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


#91. INXS - Johnson's Aeroplane

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


#90. Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine

Points - 30
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #21


#89. Angus & Julia Stone - Yellow Brick Road

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


#88. Radiohead - Suberranean Homesick Alien

Points - 32
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#87. Split Enz - Haul Away

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


#86. The Cure - The Same Deep Water As You

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#85. David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#84. Beyonce - End Of Time

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


#83. Prince - Sometimes It Snows In April

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top VOte - #19


#82. Gang Of Youths - Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#81. The Smiths - Cemetery Gates

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4
And here's the 80 remaining

Adele - All I Ask
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Bat For Lashes - The Big Sleep
Birds Of Tokyo - In The Veins Of Death Valley
Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Carly Rae Jepsen - Making The Most Of The Night
Carole King - You've Got A Friend
Celine Dion - I Love You Goodbye
Coldplay - Politik
Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine
Daft Punk - Voyager
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dire Straits - Why Worry
Disclosure - When A Fire Starts To Burn
Ed Sheeran - Dive
Ed Sheeran - One
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Eminem - Crazy In Love
Faker - Seizures
Faker - Voodoo Economics
Fall Out Boy - Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends
Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Foals - A Knife In The Ocean
Franz Ferdinand - Jacqueline
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Interpol - My Desire
Interpol - Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
Janet Jackson - He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
Joy Division - Twenty-Four Hours
Kelly Clarkson - Beautiful Disaster
Kendrick Lamar - LUST.
Kylie Minogue - Disco Down
Laura Marling - Night Terror
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Madonna - Stay
Madonna - Till Death Do Us Part
Mariah Carey - Vanishing
Massive Attack - Atlas Air
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Muse - Citizen Erased
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
Nick Drake - Way To Blue
Pat Benatar - Hell Is For Children
Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
Pearl Jam - Black
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Pink Floyd - Time
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation
PJ Harvey - The River
Powderfinger - Hindley Street
R.E.M. - Saturn Return
Radiohead - Climbing Up The Walls
Radiohead - Idioteque
Rihanna - Breakin' Dishes
Rihanna - Fire Bomb
Rihanna - There's a Thug In My Life
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Silversun Pickups - It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Cure - 10:15 Saturday Night
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The Killers - Romeo And Juliet
The Killers - Sam's Town
The Killers - Show You How
The Middle East - The Darkest Side
The National - Afraid Of Everyone
The National - Lemonworld
The National - Pink Rabbits
The Smiths - Well I Wonder
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The Whitlams - Charlie No. 1
Whitney Houston - All At Once
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


To participate you need to Top 20 to 32 your votes and send them to me by 7pm on Friday, I should be more ready to type things then.
=#79. Disclosure - When A Fire Starts To Burn

Round by round: 80-79

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


=#79. Pat Benatar - Hell Is For Children

Round by round: 50-79

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


#78. Madonna - Till Death Do Us Part

Round by round: 79-78

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


#77. Carole King - You've Got A Friend

Round by round: 76-77

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


#76. Rihanna - Fire Bomb

Round by round: 78-76

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


One of Disclosure's most popular songs despite not being a single "When A Fire Starts To Burn" starts things off at #79, tied alongside Pat Benatar's "Hell Is For Children" despite being 30 places apart last round. Madonna has the first of her two entries with "Till Death Do Us Part" at #78, followed by one of the most well known songs on one of the most well known albums, Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" at #77. For the first of 3 entries for Rihanna, one of her more rock-leaning tracks, "Fire Bomb" lands at #76.
#75. Eminem - Crazy In Love

Round by round: 72-75

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#74. Coldplay - Politik

Round by round: 75-74

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


#73. Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#72. Faker - Voodoo Economics

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#71. R.E.M. - Saturn Return

Round by round: 74-71

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


Though "Encore" is not one of his more popular albums, Eminem's "Crazy In Love" sees some love landing at #75. Following that is another two extremely popular albums, firstly the opening track to Coldplay's "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" at #74 and then a track from Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" at #73. The first of Faker's two entries is "Voodoo Economics" at #72, while R.E.M. has their highest with "Saturn Return" at #71.
#70. Rihanna - There's A Thug In My Life

Round by round: 64-70

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


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

Round by round: 77-69

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#68. Foals - A Knife In The Ocean

Round by round: 67-68

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#67. PJ Harvey - The River

Round by round: 65-67

Points - 53
Curren tVoters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#66. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Round by round: 66-66

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


Rihanna's back again with one of the small handful of tracks here that have been in this game before, "There's A Thug In My Life" at #70. Another popular radio hit here despite not being a single is Silversun Pickups' "It's Nice To Know You Work Alone" at #69. At #68 is the closing track to Foals' most recent album, "A Knife In The Ocean". It's followed by two entries from 1998, PJ Harvey's "The River" at #67 and Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" at #66, though there'll be more Mangum later on.
#65. Powderfinger - Hindley Street

Round by round: 68-65

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#64. The Killers - Show You How

Round by round: 73-64

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


#63. Birds Of Tokyo - In The Veins Of Death Valley

Round by round: 63-63

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


#62. The National - Pink Rabbits

Round by round: 55-62

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


#61. The National - Lemonworld

Round by round: 59-61

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


The 1998 run continues a little longer with Powderfinger's "Hindley Street" at #65. The Killers have more entries than anyone else here, the first of which comes from their "Sawdust" compilation with "Show You How" at #64. Then we finish off in the 2010s, primarily the year 2010 itself as firstly Birds of Tokyo have "In The Veins Of Death Valley" from their self-titled album at #63, and The National have back to back entries with "Pink Rabbits" and "Lemonworld" at #62 & #61 respectively.
There are now 60 contenders in the running

Adele - All I Ask
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Bat For Lashes - The Big Sleep
Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Carly Rae Jepsen - Making The Most Of The Night
Celine Dion - I Love You Goodbye
Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine
Daft Punk - Voyager
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dire Straits - Why Worry
Ed Sheeran - Dive
Ed Sheeran - One
Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers
Faker - Seizures
Fall Out Boy - Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Franz Ferdinand - Jacqueline
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
Interpol - My Desire
Interpol - Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
Janet Jackson - He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
Joy Division - Twenty-Four Hours
Kelly Clarkson - Beautiful Disaster
Kendrick Lamar - LUST.
Kylie Minogue - Disco Down
Laura Marling - Night Terror
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Madonna - Stay
Mariah Carey - Vanishing
Massive Attack - Atlas Air
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Muse - Citizen Erased
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
Nick Drake - Way To Blue
Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
Pearl Jam - Black
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Pink Floyd - Time
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation
Radiohead - Climbing Up The Walls
Radiohead - Idioteque
Rihanna - Breakin' Dishes
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Cure - 10:15 Saturday Night
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The Killers - Romeo And Juliet
The Killers - Sam's Town
The Middle East - The Darkest Side
The National - Afraid Of Everyone
The Smiths - Well I Wonder
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The Whitlams - Charlie No. 1
Whitney Houston - All At Once
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


To do the thing here you need to pick your Top 15 to 24 entries and send them to me by 7pm on Monday. The ACI is also ready to go and I hope you enjoy your weekend.
#60. Faker - Seizures

Round by round: 69-58-60

Points - 69.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#59. Ed Sheeran - Dive

Round by round: 58-59-59

Points - 71.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#58. Kylie Minogue - Disco Down

Round by round: 57-54-58

Points - 72.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#57. Interpol - My Desire

Round by round: 51-47-57

Points - 74.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#56. The National - Afraid Of Everyone

Round by round: 38-36-56

Points - 75.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Faker can count themselves lucky they didn't lose both of their entries last round but "Seizures" can only go a little further as it starts off the round at #60. It's alongside successful company however as at #59 is the highest charting album track from Ed Sheeran's most recent album, "Dive". It's all part of a decidedly modern set, the least of which is Kylie Minogue's "Disco Down" at #58. Interpol's anagram-shifted self-titled album gives us "My Desire" at #57, while their fellow vaguely post-punk brethren The National finish with all 3 of their entries relatively close. The highest is "Afraid Of Everyone" at #56.
#55. Rihanna - Breakin' Dishes

Round by round: 41-45-55

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


#54. The Middle East - The Darkest Side

Round by rond: 62-60-54

Points - 77
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#53. Interpol - Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down

Round by round: 53-51-53

Points - 78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


=#51. Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling

Round by round: 56-40-51

Points - 79
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


=#51. Pink Floyd - Time

Round by round: 56-40-51

Points - 79
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


I seem to recall Rihanna's "Breakin' Dishes" for its notoriety long before I ever heard it, and having done so I could easily see it being another hit from her very successful 3rd album, as it sits here at #55. It almost feels like a cop out although technically The Middle East's very popular "The Darkest Side" is not really a single and it sits at #54. Interpol are back again, this time from their highly acclaimed debut album with *lisp voice* "Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down" at #53. The opening track to Gang Of Youths' very popular second album sits side by side with Pink Floyd and their extremely popular album "The Dark Side Of The Moon", with one of its finest cuts, "Time", both at #51.
#50. Ed Sheeran - Supermarket Flowers

Round by round: 46-57-50

Points - 81.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#49. Franz Ferdinand - Jacqueline

Round by round: 52-56-49

Points - 81.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#48. The Cure - 10:15 Saturday Night

Round by round: 48-36-48

Points - 82.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#47. Nick Drake - Way To Blue

Round by round: 43-50-47

Points - 82.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#46. The Smiths - Well I Wonder

Round by round: 46-53-46

Points - 83
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


Ed Sheeran is back at it again, this time with a song that technically was a single, though only in the UK, with the lovely "Supermarket Flowers" at #50. Franz Ferdinand didn't need the money and thus didn't work for votes but still got "Jacqueline" to #49, and ahead of them is the highest entry for The Cure, "10:15 Saturday Night" at #48. Nick Drake's delightfully sombre "Way To Blue" lands at #47 while The Smiths get their highest entry with "Well I Wonder" at #46.
#45. Radiohead - Climbing Up The Walls

Round by round: 45-52-45

Points - 83
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#44. The Killers - Romeo and Juliet

Round by round: 29-32-44

Points - 85.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#43. Fall Out Boy - Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends

Round by round: 40-49-43

Points - 86.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#42. Massive Attack - Atlas Air

Round by round: 37-33-42

Points - 87.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#41. Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed

Round by round: 60-55-41

Points - 87.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Two of Radiohead's three entries came from "OK Computer" and they're the first two to go as "Climbing Up The Walls" lands at #45. If I'm not mistaken, The Killers have the highest cover version in this list with their rendition of Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" at #44. Fall Out Boy continue to entertain through song titles and perhaps also music with "Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends" at #43, while Massive Attack actually have a relatively more recent cut than you might think, "Atlas Air" coming from their 2010 album at #42. Finally, Paul McCartney lands at #41 with "Maybe I'm Amazed, which as you all know can be played backwards for a recipe for a really ripping lentil soup.
That leaves just 40 entries left in the running

Adele - All I Ask
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Bat For Lashes - The Big Sleep
Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Carly Rae Jepsen - Making The Most Of The Night
Celine Dion - I Love You Goodbye
Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine
Daft Punk - Voyager
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Dire Straits - Why Worry
Ed Sheeran - One
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Janet Jackson - He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
Joy Division - Twenty-Four Hours
Kelly Clarkson - Beautiful Disaster
Kendrick Lamar - LUST.
Laura Marling - Night Terror
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Madonna - Stay
Mariah Carey - Vanishing
Midnight Oil - Hercules
Muse - Citizen Erased
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
Pearl Jam - Black
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation
Radiohead - Idioteque
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The Killers - Sam's Town
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The Whitlams - Charlie No. 1
Whitney Houston - All At Once
Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter


Responsibility rests on you to push your favourites to their best possible finish. Select your Top 10 to 16 entries and send them to me by 7pm on Wednesday, after which I'll do the thing.
#40. Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter

Round by round: 39-44-38-40

Points - 82
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#39. Joy Division - Twenty-Four Hours

Round by round: 61-46-39-39

Points - 88.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#38. Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine

Round by round: 44-42-37-38

Points - 89.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#37. Kendrick Lamar - LUST.

Round by round: 35-36-33-37

Points - 90.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#36. Dire Straits - Why Worry

Round by round: 33-31-30-36

Points - 93.81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


Pearl Jam have two entries in the top 40 which are among their most popular songs overall. The first of these is "Yellow Ledbetter" at #40. Following that we've got a trip to the '80s with Joy Division at #39 and Cyndi Lauper at #38. Kendrick Lamar takes a sample from Ratboy as the basis of "LUST." at #37 while Dire Straits' very successful "Brothers In Arms" record has its longest track, "Why Worry" at #36.
#35. Whitney Houston - All At Once

Round by round: 32-34-31-35

Points - 94.94
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#34. Madonna - Stay

Round by round: 31-41-40-34

Points - 95.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#33. Daft Punk - Voyager

Round by round: 36-39-36-33

Points - 98.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#32. Midnight Oil - Hercules

Round by round: 20-22-18-32

Points - 98.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#31. Wolf Alice - Planet Hunter

Round by round: 26-26-27-31

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


Going to the early days of relatively lengthy careers, Whitney Houston's debut nets "All At Once" at #35 while Madonna has "Stay" at #34. Daft Punk have the only electronic song in the whole top 40 with "Voyager" at #33. Midnight Oil cheat just a little with the most recognisable song from their #1 peaking EP "Species Deceases", "Hercules" at #32, while Wolf Alice have one of the very few songs not released as a single on their Mercury Prize winning second album, "Planet Hunter" at #31.
#30. My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes

Round by round: 27-18-25-30

Points - 101.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#29. Mariah Carey - Vanishing

Round by round: 24-28-24-29

Points - 101.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#28. The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection

Round by round: 28-30-29-28

Points - 104.13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#27. Janet Jackson - He Doesn't Know I'm Alive

Round by round: 42-48-35-27

Points - 106.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#26. Pixies - Wave Of Mutilation

Round by round: 49-19-34-26

Points - 115.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


It's easy to remember which songs were released as singles on My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" because it was "Only Shallow". So instead they're here with more of a ballad, "Sometimes" at #30. We stay in that general time frame for a bit here too, as Mariah Carey has "Vanishing" from her debut album at #29. A pattern forms as we go one year further back for The Stone Roses' "I Am The Resurrection" at #28, but it's promptly ruined as Janet Jackson has a reasonably older "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive" at #27. The set does stay consistently in the late '80s & early '90s though, finishing with the Pixies' "Wave Of Mutilation" at #26.
#25. Carly Rae Jepsen - Making The Most Of The Night

Round by round: 23-26-26-25

Points - 119.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#24. Bat For Lashes - The Big Sleep

Round by round: 34-34-32-24

Points - 120.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#23. Kelly Clarkson - Beautiful Disaster

Round by round: 25-25-20-23

Points - 124.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#22. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road

Round by round: 30-29-28-22

Points - 128.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#21. Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Round by round: 11-06-04-21

Points - 129.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Carly Rae Jepsen's latest album remains wonderful and from it we've got "Making The Most Of The Night" at #25. It signals a brief moment for the 21st century to shine as it's followed by Bat For Lashes at #24 and Kelly Clarkson at #23. Finishing things off is two songs whose reputation defies the need to even be singles, Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" landing at #22, while Led Zeppelin are more than a little unlucky for "Stairway To Heaven" to crash out at #21, though there'll be more from them in the final round.
The final 20 remains:

Adele - All I Ask
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart
Celine Dion - I Love You Goodbye
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Ed Sheeran - One
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Laura Marling - Night Terror
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Muse - Citizen Erased
Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
Pearl Jam - Black
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Radiohead - Idioteque
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The Killers - Sam's Town
The Whitlams - Charlie No. 1


If you can't tell, I'm a little busy right now so I'll rush this and say I'll need your Top 5 to 8 votes by 7pm on Friday. I'll also have the ACI ready soon-ish.
#20. Radiohead - Idioteque

Round by round: 04-08-07-12-20

Points - 107.80
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#19. Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely

Round by round: 21-24-23-19-19

Points - 109.02
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Radiohead's "Kid A" album is a prime candidate for this game because it is a much beloved album that has no singles. From it is one of the band's most popular tracks, "Idioteque" which has a bit of a slip and finishes at #20. Another much loved album that almost qualifies in the same sense is Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea". Even if it did have a more traditional run down of singles, I imagine the quite lengthy "Oh Comely" wouldn't be part of it, which finishes at #19.
#18. Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

Round by round: 19-20-16-07-18

Points - 111.27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#17. Muse - Citizen Erased

Round by round: 12-14-12-05-17

Points - 111.84
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


Keeping up with the popular alt rock albums, next up is Arctic Monkeys debut album with the long title I will spend more words avoiding typing out than actually writing it would take. From it, "Mardy Bum" finishes at #18 after a brief stint in the top 10. That is remarkably similar to Muse's "Citizen Erased" which was #5 last round and finishes at #17.
#16. The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

Round by round: 15-10-13-20-16

Points - 140.33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#15. The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

Round by round: 10-05-10-17-15

Points - 142.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


There are two artists that managed multiple entries in the top 20 and you're looking at both of them. For The Beatles, despite their many, many #1 hits, it could be argued that their most popular song is now "Here Comes The Sun", though it's not their highest here. I suspect things won't change in that manner for The Killers and don't @ me in 50 years time if they do, though there are no shortage of other popular songs on "Hot Fuss", including "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine" which lands here at #15.
#14. Celine Dion - I Love You Goodbye

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

Points - 144.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#13. Ed Sheeran - One

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

Points - 144.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Possibly here with the advantage that their albums sell like hot cakes and thus reach the necessary audiences are the next two artists. Although for Celine Dion her album selling prowess would have to wait until the next album, "I Love You Goodbye" from her self-titled album lands at #14. After we've got the highest of Ed Sheeran's 3 entries in the list, my personal favourite track from his 2nd album, "One" at #13.
#12. Laura Marling - Night Terror

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

Points - 145.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#11. The Beatles - A Day In The Life

Round by round: 02-03-03-08-11

Points - 146.02
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Thanks to nominators for reminding me of a song I'd long forgotten about. We go to some more Britons who have been prolific in their time, and for Laura Marling it's way back to her first album, with "Night Terror" managing an impressive #12 finish, sitting alongside The Beatles no less with the closing track to Sgt. Peppers, "A Day In The Life" at #11.
#10. Adele - All I Ask

Round by round: 17-17-19-11-10

Points - 148.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#9. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

Round by round: 07-12-14-09-09

Points - 149.02
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Oh but the monster sellers aren't finished yet. Adele tremendously successful album "25" starts off the top 10 with "All I Ask" at #10, while the ever-present on the albums chart Fleetwood Mac have finally redeemed themselves with "The Chain", which narrowly missed the top 10 its first time in, and has been getting worse and worse results since. It now has a new best finish of #9.
#8. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

Round by round: 06-07-05-04-08

Points - 153.70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#7. The Killers - Sam's Town

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

Points - 157.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


This is now when I inform you that this list is taking place during the Vietnam War, otherwise why would "Gimme Shelter" be here. The movie soundtrackers' favourite Rolling Stones track has a consistent top 10 run that ends at #8. Next up is the highest entry for The Killers, with the title track to their 2nd album, "Sam's Town" at #7.
#6. Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart

Round by round: 22-23-22-10-06

Points - 168.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#5. The Whitlams - Charlie No. 1

Round by round: 16-13-11-14-05

Points - 177.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Perhaps one of the luckiest songs we've had here, she's a star you might say, we've got Britney Spears who had a sudden boost of position right when it was needed, and now lands "E-Mail My Heart" from her debut album all the way up at #6, despite the fact that most of its votes were #8 votes and it could have easily slipped quite hard. Also getting a pretty big boost is The Whitlams with the first of the Charlie trilogy on "Eternal Nightcap", "Charlie No. 1" at #5.
#4. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

Round by round: 05-04-08-06-04

Points - 181.28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#3. Pearl Jam - Black

Round by round: 13-15-17-13-03

Points - 185.70
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Led Zeppelin border on cheating for the fact that so many of their most popular songs aren't even singles, and while they just missed the finals with "Stairway To Heaven", they more than make up for that with "Kashmir" finishing right up near the top at #4. It sits alongside Pearl Jam's "Black", which Eddie Vedder intentionally veto'd as being a single due to the song's personal nature, though it has gone on to be one of their most popular tracks and lands at #3.
#2. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Round by round: 08-09-06-03-02

Points - 193.36
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#1. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

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

Points - 274.44
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


By all manner of external observation, this was a non-contest from the beginning. Pink Floyd's #2 finish feels more like a case of just holding up better than their close competition, but "Wish You Were Here" has never looked a chance for the win. That's because there's one song that for the first 3 rounds of this game, got a vote from every single voter, something I don't think has ever happened before. It always looked a little shaky to me because most of its votes were not particularly high but nonetheless there has been no problem for David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust". Given the nature of voting, I'd like to think there shouldn't be much issue taken with this result. Bowie now joins the very exclusive company of artists who have two wins.
That's me done for another fortnight but the game's not over yet. Well in the usual fashion that there'll be another one starting on Monday, with alliterative artists. If that's not enough of a fix of wordplay based QLVG, then the qualifying game starting on Tuesday will consist of artists & song titles that have the same amount of letters. ACI is open, have a nice weekend, see you then.
I recently re-learned that alliteration can refer to either a sequence of repeated first letters, or repeated syllabic sounds which don't necessarily use the same letter. The thing is that this is a written list rather than a spoken one though so it would look anywhere near as good, see for yourself, with the 100 alliterative artists (with repeats) here:

Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
Alisha's Attic - I Am, I Feel
Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me
Beach Boys, The - God Only Knows
Beach Boys, The - Good Vibrations
Beastie Boys, The - Sabotage
Bertie Blackman - You Kill Me
Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute
Blue Boy - Remember Me
Broken Bells - After The Disco
Camp Cope - Lost: Season One
Children Collide - Loveless
China Crisis - Black Man Ray
Cloud Control - Gold Canary
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees
Cold Chisel - Forever Now
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Culture Club - Miss Me Blind
Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire
Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Django Django - Default
Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin but a "G" Thang
Dresden Dolls, The - Girl Anachronism
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
Ella Eyre - Comeback
Five For Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy)
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Foo Fighters - I'll Stick Around
Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - The Dark Of The Matinee
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothing Going On But The Rent
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Jack Johnson - The Horizon Has Been Defeated
Jackson Jackson - Eliza
Janet Jackson - Again
Janet Jackson - Black Cat
Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes
Janet Jackson - Together Again
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
Jarryd James - Do You Remember
Joe Jackson - Real Men
Lanie Lane - Oh Well That's What You Get For Falling In Love With A Cowboy
Lene Lovich - New Toy
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis - Happy
Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)
Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Maren Morris - 80s Mercedes
Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven
Marilyn Manson - The Dope Show
Martina McBride - A Broken Wing
Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How She Talks About You
Modest Mouse - Float On
MS MR - Hurricane
Only Ones, The - Another Girl Another Planet
Pauline Pantsdown - I Don't Like It
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Shakin' Stevens - Green Door
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sneaky Sound System - Pictures
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Take That - Back For Good
Take That - The Flood
Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
The Temper Trap - Need Your Love
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
The The - Infected
Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Wet Wet Wet - Angel Eyes (Home and Away)
Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Yothu Yindi - Treaty


But now it's up to you to rank it. I'll require your Top 25 to 40 list in by 7pm Wednesday after which I'll do the first (probably) 20 eliminations. Depending on how I feel at the end of next week this might be the last QLVG for 2018 but there'll still be tomorrow's qualifying game, with artists & song titles that have the same number of letters.
#100. Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song

Points - 15
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#99. Marilyn Manson - The Dope Show

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


#98. Lanie Lane - Oh Well That's What You Get Falling In Love With A Cowboy

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


#97. Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy

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


#96. Leona Lewis - Happy

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


It's a pretty evenly rounded result tonight. Starting off with respectable double digits is Seth Sentry with his breakout hit "The Waitress Song" which to my knowledge is the most downloaded song on triple j unearthed of all time. Pretty much every song here is from the same time period just short of 10 years ago, the one exception being Marilyn Manson's "The Dope Show" at #99. We then go back to Australia for Lanie Lane's quite lengthily titled "Oh Well That's What You Get Falling In Love With A Cowboy" at #98. Then it's more to make sure this post is primarily 2009, with Friendly Fires going back to their first album for "Skeleton Boy" at #97, while Leona Lewis had her last Australian top 50 hit (not including the Calum Scott collaboration) with "Happy" at #96.
#95. Franz Ferdinand - The Dark Of The Matinee

Points - 23
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #31


#94. Shakin' Stevens - Green Door

Points - 24
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #31


#93. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee

Points - 25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#92. Lene Lovich - New Toy

Points - 28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #27


#91. Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes

Points - 28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #27


Fairly older set this time around, with the exception of Franz Ferdinand's "The Dark Of The Matinee" at #95. There are some regular #1 hit makers from the early '80s with Shakin' Stevens' "Green Door" at #94 (which I just learnt is a cover), and Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes" at #91. For a one off #1 hit maker, we have Janis Joplin, with that #1 hit no less, "Me and Bobby McGee" at #93, while Lene Lovich returns to the game at #92 with "New Toy".
#90. Foo Fighters - I'll Stick Around

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


#89. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin But A "G" Thang

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


#88. Blue Boy - Remember Me

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


#87. Joe Jackson - Real Men

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#86. Wet Wet Wet - Angel Eyes (Home and Away)

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


When I started the qualifying round I had a suspicion that we could just see an overcrowding of a certain few artists that came to mind quickly. One of them was Foo Fighters but as it turns out they have just 1 entry with "I'll Stick Around" at #90. Following that we have the distressingly recently removed from Spotify "Nuthin But A "G" Thang" at #89, and stay in the '90s with Blue Boy's "Remember Me" at #88. Joe Jackson's only top 10 hit here, "Real Men" is at #87, while Wet Wet Wet have the first of their two entries from when they were decidedly a different band, "Angel Eyes (Home and Away)" at #86.
#85. Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11

Points - 33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #29


#84. Jackson Jackson - Eliza

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #24


#83. Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes

Points - 36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


#82. China Crisis - Black Man Ray

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#81. Secondhand Serenade - Fall For You

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


One of the more peculiar titles I've seen, Sigue Sigue Sputnik's "Love Missile F1-11" lands at #85. The Jackson affair continues with completely unrelated artists in more than one sense of the word. Australian duo/supergroup Jackson Jackson land at #84 with "Eliza", while Janet Jackson takes her only #1 single, "That's The Way Love Goes" to #83, the first of her 5 entries. The wave of niche new wave acts never ends, with China Crisis's top 30 hit "Black Man Ray" at #82, while Secondhand Serenade were riding in the charts 10 years ago right now with "Fall For You" at #81.
That leaves 80 in the running

Alisha's Attic - I Am, I Feel
Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me
Beach Boys, The - God Only Knows
Beach Boys, The - Good Vibrations
Beastie Boys, The - Sabotage
Bertie Blackman - You Kill Me
Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute
Broken Bells - After The Disco
Camp Cope - Lost: Season One
Children Collide - Loveless
Cloud Control - Gold Canary
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees
Cold Chisel - Forever Now
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Culture Club - Miss Me Blind
Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire
Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Django Django - Default
Dresden Dolls, The - Girl Anachronism
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
Ella Eyre - Comeback
Five For Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy)
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothing Going On But The Rent
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Jack Johnson - The Horizon Has Been Defeated
Janet Jackson - Again
Janet Jackson - Black Cat
Janet Jackson - Together Again
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Jarryd James - Do You Remember
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)
Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Maren Morris - 80s Mercedes
Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven
Martina McBride - A Broken Wing
Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How She Talks About You
Modest Mouse - Float On
MS MR - Hurricane
Only Ones, The - Another Girl Another Planet
Pauline Pantsdown - I Don't Like It
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Scissor Sisters - Laura
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sneaky Sound System - Pictures
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Take That - Back For Good
Take That - The Flood
Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
The Temper Trap - Need Your Love
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
The The - Infected
Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Yothu Yindi - Treaty


Your job from this point forward is to select your Top 20 to 32 entries and sending them to me by 7pm on Wednesday. In a shocking twist the ACI is already ready.
#80. Culture Club - Miss Me Blind

Round by round: 80-80

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


#79. Sister Sledge - Frankie

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#78. Jack Johnson - The Horizon Has Been Defeated

Round by round: 74-78

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#77. Martina McBride - A Broken Wing

Round by round: 76-77

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#76. Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How She Talks About You

Round by round: 75-76

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


Culture Club have 3 entries in this game and I imagine it will not shock you in the slightest to learn that "Miss Me Blind" is the lowest at #80. The rest of these artists lack that sort of luxury however. Sister Sledge's "Frankie" returns to the game at #79 while I believe it's a first time for Jack Johnson's "The Horizon Has Been Defeated" at #78. Moving on up, we've got different M people with Martina McBride at #77 and Melissa Manchester at #76.
#75. Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

Round by round: 70-75

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#74. Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around

Round by round: 78-74

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


#73. Janet Jackson - Again

Round by round: 71-73

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#72. Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothing Going On But The Rent

Round by round: 67-72

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#71. Dresden Dolls, The - Girl Anachronism

Round by round: 72-71

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


Next we have some artists that can't quite live up to past performance, with Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" at #75 and Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" at #74, though Counting Crows have another song somewhere higher up. I unfortunately belong to the age group who first know it from being sampled by Iyaz but Janet Jackson's 2nd entry "Again" is at #73, followed by Gwen Guthrie at #72. If you were to remark that a lot of these female artists are being listed in non-chronological order then do I have the song for you! The Dresden Dolls land at #71 with "Girl Anachronism".
#70. Scissor Sisters - Laura

Round by round: 66-70

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#69. Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It

Round by round: 73-69

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


#68. Children Collide - Loveless

Round by round: 77-68

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#67. Take That - The Flood

Round by round: 64-67

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#66. MS MR - Hurricane

Round by round: 62-66

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


The first of two for the Scissor Sisters is "Laura" which unfortunately just misses out on #69 which instead goes to Talk Talk who also have 2 entries, the lower being "Life's What You Make It". Children Collide gained some viral attention for the video for "Loveless" which is #68, behind a more recent track from Take That, "The Flood" at #67. Finally, MS MR have what I would say is slightly ahead of its time, "Hurricane" at #66.
#65. The The - Infected

Round by round: 60-65

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#64. Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire

Round by round: 55-64

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#63. The Temper Trap - Need Your Love

Round by round: 59-63

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#62. Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen

Round by round: 51-62

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


#61. Ella Eyre - Comeback

Round by round: 65-61

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


While nobody took up on the offer to qualify an artist whose name starts with 'The T____', in the traditional sense, we do have The The to satisfy silliness at #65 with "Infected". Then there's a brief trip to Australia with lead off singles to #1 albums, Cut Copy's "Hearts On Fire" and The Temper Trap's "Need Your Love". Franz Ferdinand take their 2nd casualty with "The Fallen" at #62 while Ella Eyre can only stage a slight "Comeback" up to #61.
That's a top 60

Alisha's Attic - I Am, I Feel
Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me
Beach Boys, The - God Only Knows
Beach Boys, The - Good Vibrations
Beastie Boys, The - Sabotage
Bertie Blackman - You Kill Me
Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute
Broken Bells - After The Disco
Camp Cope - Lost: Season One
Cloud Control - Gold Canary
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees
Cold Chisel - Forever Now
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Django Django - Default
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
Five For Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy)
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Janet Jackson - Black Cat
Janet Jackson - Together Again
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately
Jarryd James - Do You Remember
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)
Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Maren Morris - 80s Mercedes
Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven
Modest Mouse - Float On
Only Ones, The - Another Girl Another Planet
Pauline Pantsdown - I Don't Like It
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sneaky Sound System - Pictures
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Take That - Back For Good
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Yothu Yindi - Treaty


Top 15 to 24, 7pm Monday, ACI open, you know the drill. Have a good weekend.
#60. Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me

Round by round: 68-50-60

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#59. Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven

Round by round: 57-56-59

Points - 67.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#58. Duran Duran - The Wild Boys

Round by round: 63-46-58

Points - 72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#57. Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)

Round by round: 50-49-57

Points - 73.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#56. Janet Jackson - Black Cat

Round by round: 47-45-56

Points - 73.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


I have a slight cold but I'll try. Backstreet Boys start this off with one of their biggest hits, "As Long As You Love Me" at #60. In fact this whole set is a clean sweep of ARIA top 10 hits, covering quite a time frame. Maria McKee takes us to the early '90s with "Show Me Heaven", while Duran Duran go even further back with "The Wild Boys" at #58. Lindsay Lohan's lengthy song title lands at #57 while one of Janet Jackson's most rock-oriented singles, "Black Cat" is #56.
#55. Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately

Round by round: 54-54-55

Points - 74.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#54. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal

Round by round: 46-60-54

Points - 75.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#53. Franz Ferdinand - No You Girls

Round by round: 58-59-53

Points - 75.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#52. Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love

Round by round: 56-57-52

Points - 76.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#51. Cloud Control - Gold Canary

Round by round: 49-53-51

Points - 77
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Unfortunately for Janet Jackson she's back again for the 4th time not even at the halfway mark. This time it's the much older "What Have You Done For Me Lately" at #55. The rest of the entries here are from the 2000s, mostly the latter years, Fleet Foxes' self-titled album giving us an almost triple set of alliterations with "White Winter Hymnal" at #54, while Franz Ferdinand have their 2nd entry with "No You Girls" at #53. Counting Crows are also back for a 2nd time but for them it's their last with "Accidentally In Love" at #52, while one of Cloud Control's first ever radio hits, "Gold Canary" lands at #51.
#50. Five For Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy)

Round by round: 53-52-50

Points - 78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#49. Take That - Back For Good

Round by round: 45-51-49

Points - 78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#48. Modest Mouse - Float On

Round by round: 40-28-48

Points - 78.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#47. Alisha's Attic - I Am, I Feel

Round by round: 61-58-47

Points - 82.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


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

Round by round: 39-44-46

Points - 83.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


One of the sadly hard to come by and few triple word alliterations in this list, Five For Fighting start the top half at #50. Meanwhile Take That are back for the duration of this sentence with their 2nd and highest entry in this list, "Back For Good" at #49. Modest Mouse take several of their hundred nautical references to #48 with "Float On", while Alisha's Attic & Cutting Crew evoke '90s & '80s nostalgia respectively with "I Am, I Feel" and "(I Just) Died In Your Arms".
#45. Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute

Round by round: 43-43-45

Points - 83.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#44. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

Round by round: 42-42-44

Points - 84.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#43. Janet Jackson - Together Again

Round by round: 36-34-43

Points - 85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#42. Only Ones, The - Another Girl Another Planet

Round by round: 38-40-42

Points - 88.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#41. Maren Morris - 80s Mercedes

Round by round: 48-47-41

Points - 90
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Quite a sombre affair from what I recall from Billy Bragg's "Tank Park Salute" at #45. Considerably less sombre compared to his other entry in this list is Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago" at #44. Janet Jackson has her highest entry with "Together Again" unluckily falling out at #43, behind an '80s song at #42 and a '90s baby at #41.
That leaves 40 in the running, though probably not very fast, tick, tick, tick

Beach Boys, The - God Only Knows
Beach Boys, The - Good Vibrations
Beastie Boys, The - Sabotage
Bertie Blackman - You Kill Me
Broken Bells - After The Disco
Camp Cope - Lost: Season One
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees
Cold Chisel - Forever Now
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Django Django - Default
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Jarryd James - Do You Remember
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Pauline Pantsdown - I Don't Like It
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sneaky Sound System - Pictures
Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
Yothu Yindi - Treaty


You can take your sweet time determining your Top 10 to 16 from this lot but you will need it in by 7pm Wednesday.
#40. Jarryd James - Do You Remember

Round by round: 69-55-40-40

Points - 74.88
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#39. Broken Bells - After The Disco

Round by round: 32-37-35-39

Points - 88.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#38. Camp Cope - Lost: Season One

Round by round: 31-35-33-38

Points - 93.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#37. Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It

Round by round: 28-31-28-37

Points - 94.88
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


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

Round by round: 25-21-27-36

Points - 95.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Jarryd James' plot of skirting by the bottom of the list from round to round ends with not much effort made to get out of the bottom slot with "Do You Remember". It does help him fit in with similarly modern company however, with the title track to the 2nd Broken Bells album at #39. I'm inclined at this point for some reason to say that Camp Cope's 2018 output has been excellent but then that's also true of 2016, which is where "Lost: Season One" comes in with a #38 finish. One of 4 (very different) artists to land 3 songs in the top 40, Tina Turner has "What's Love Got To Do With It" at #37 while Scissor Sisters finish off at #36 with "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'".
#35. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love

Round by round: 22-20-20-35

Points - 95.81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#34. Beach Boys, The - Good Vibrations

Round by round: 30-26-30-34

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


#33. Yothu Yindi - Treaty

Round by round: 35-32-29-33

Points - 96.81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#32. Sneaky Sound System - Pictures

Round by round: 27-30-26-32

Points - 98.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


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

Round by round: 17-18-16-31

Points - 99.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Leona Lewis is currently processing her big annual Christmas paycheck, but from back when she was in the charts for contemporary hits, "Bleeding Love" lands at #35. Next is the first of two Beach Boys tracks, the first of their 3 Australian #1 singles, "Good Vibrations" at #34. What I understand is the most played song ever on triple j, Yothu Yindi's "Treaty" lands at #33, behind what felt like (for me) the most overplayed single from Sneaky Sound System's first album, "Pictures" at #32. Tina Turner is back again (for the last time tonight) at #31 with "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)".
#30. Sufjan Stevens - Should Have Known Better

Round by round: 29-33-34-30

Points - 103.69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#29. Cold Chisel - Forever Now

Round by round: 37-22-32-29

Points - 104.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#28. Thompson Twins - Doctor Doctor

Round by round: 44-41-38-28

Points - 109.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#27. Duran Duran - Come Undone

Round by round: 52-48-39-27

Points - 112
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#26. Django Django - Default

Round by round: 34-39-37-26

Points - 114.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Thanks to a consistent set of two very high votes, Sufjan Stevens sneaks through to the top 30 with the sublime "Should Have Known Better". Cold Chisel had one of the most fascinating voting distributions I've seen with "Forever Now" which was voted on by all but 1 person in round 1, but nobody put it higher than #24 in their vote, making it very possible it could have crashed hard but it's actually even higher than it started at #29. Thompson Twins have the rare double alliteration with "Doctor Doctor" at #28, while Duran Duran land at #27 with "Come Undone" still with 2 songs to come higher up, though it made a mighty effort to crawl up to their heights through the rounds. Also having a bit of a climb is Django Django's "Default" at #26.
#25. Bertie Blackman - You Kill Me

Round by round: 41-38-36-25

Points - 114.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#24. Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section

Round by round: 33-36-31-24

Points - 121
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#23. Colbie Caillat - Bubbly

Round by round: 20-19-23-23

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


#22. Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Round by round: 18-15-17-22

Points - 125.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#21. Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety

Round by round: 24-27-24-21

Points - 126.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Outperforming my expectations and then some, Bertie Blackman lands at #25 with a track from her 2nd album, "You Kill Me". So she makes company with a slightly more well known Australian song with Hilltop Hoods' "The Nosebleed Section" at #24. Then we've got two Australian #1 hits separated by quite a bit of time, Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" was #1 when I first discovered this site and Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" was #1 before I was born. Lastly we've got a slightly less big '80s hit with the curious status of being much more successful 20 years later when it was covered by a Czech band, Tanita Tikaram's "Twist In My Sobriety".
To drop a bombshell at an inauspicious time, I've decided that this will be the last QLVG round for the year, so the game in the current qualifying thread will be the first one of 2019, which means for the last time this year, here's the final 20

Beach Boys, The - God Only Knows
Beastie Boys, The - Sabotage
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees
Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Pauline Pantsdown - I Don't Like It
Sam Sparro - Black and Gold
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero


To vote you need to select your Top 5 to 8 from here and send them to me by 7pm on Friday. I'll also probably have the ACI ready soon since it's almost finished and I've given up hope on aus-charts updating.
Yikes, it's going to be a long wait 'til next year.
Thanks for all your hard work this year though.
#20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Round by round: 12-12-10-11-20

Points - 108.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#19. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Round by round: 10-10-11-13-19

Points - 115.83
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


The elephant in the room of this game until now, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have casually notched up all 3 of their entries into the top 20. The first of which lands at the start of the final round, "Zero" fortunate to get more than 0 votes as they land at #20. Tina Turner gets the highest of her entries with "Private Dancer" which also has a bit of a decline this round at #19.
#18. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

Round by round: 11-11-08-07-18

Points - 118.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#17. The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

Round by round: 07-06-04-04-17

Points - 124.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


We're getting higher up the list but the sharp final round drops are getting bigger. This time it's two tracks that were in the top 10 last round. Gloria Gaynor lands at #18 with "I Will Survive" and The Temper Trap have "Sweet Disposition" at #17.
#16. Talk Talk - Talk Talk

Round by round: 26-29-25-18-16

Points - 131.28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#15. 'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry

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

Points - 134.78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


The (somewhat delayed) next round will be song titles and artists that have the same number of letters. There's a possibly cheating method that you can use there that can also be used in this round. That has been done here with the visual spectacle of Talk Talk's "Talk Talk" at #16. 'Til Tuesday needed their votes to carry 'til Tuesday to get to this round, but they don't fall over here either, as "Voices Carry" climbs a little more to #15.
#14. Malcolm McLaren - Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)

Points - 137.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#13. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

Round by round: 15-24-22-20-13

Points - 138.97
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Malcolm McLaren has turned up in this game 3 times now with Madam Butterfly, previously only landing in the bottom half of the list, but now he's all the way up at #14. Culture Club also nearly had the two of their highest entries right near each other, but resting on its own, "Karma Chameleon" has made a bolt up to #13.
#12. Pauline Pantsdown - I Don't Like It

Round by round: 21-25-21-19-12

Points - 140.09
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#11. Sam Sparro - Black and Gold

Round by round: 19-16-18-15-11

Points - 142.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


I don't want to dignify the mess of the Australian political scene but Pauline Pantsdown's "I Don't Like It" is #12. Makes for a doubling up of Australian artists, the highest of which that aren't a certain band, Sam Sparro's "Black and Gold" which reaches #11.
#10. Cold Chisel - Khe Sanh

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

Points - 142.27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#9. Duran Duran - Ordinary World

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

Points - 148.46
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


And that band's name is...Albert, no Cold Chisel. But perhaps it might not have been immediately obvious that their 2nd highest entry is "Khe Sanh", which only just now sneaks into the top 10 after a long run at #10. They're not the only artist to have two in the top 10 either, another one of those is Duran Duran. One of my highlight's of this fortnight's game is re-learning how great "Ordinary World" is, which lands at #9.
#8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

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

Points - 148.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#7. Beastie Boys, The - Sabotage

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

Points - 151.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


And here's that other artist with two in the top 10, and in fact the newest song in the top 10. "Heads Will Roll" being just narrowly from the last 10 years, which is fine of course as this is a forum game that is fully expected to highlight the highlights of yesteryear. "Heads Will Roll" lands at #8, followed by Beastie Boys and their consistently roughly #7 song "Sabotage".
#6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Round by round: 09-08-12-12-06

Points - 153.14
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#5. Beach Boys, The - God Only Knows

Round by round: 04-04-03-06-05

Points - 164.34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


And to finish off that run, while the first Yeah Yeah Yeahs song finished at its lowest position yet, the other two finished at their highest, notably "Maps" which made it all the way to #6. It has esteemed company with The Beach Boys and their ageless classic "God Only Knows" at #5.
#4. Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf

Round by round: 05-05-06-03-04

Points - 185.32
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#3. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

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

Points - 202.02
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Just yesterday I heard someone recall an anecdote of a live Duran Duran show where Simon Le Bon forgot the words to "Hungry Like The Wolf", ever so convenient as tonight I mention the song showing up here at #4, giving the band their highest entry here. Just ahead is a song I could have sworn had already won one of these games but nonetheless they'll have to keep plugging away if they want to accomplish it some day, Franz Ferdinand's highest entry in this list being "Take Me Out" of course at #3.
#2. Shakespear's Sister - Stay

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

Points - 203.66
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#1. Cold Chisel - Flame Trees

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

Points - 270.44
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


My early birthday present to myself is to not tire myself out with another excessive final spiel because I'm not really inspired for one at this present. This is not any failing on the songs themselves. Certainly it's a pretty consistent way for things to go, the top 2 remaining unchanged the entire way, though Shakespear's Sister were nearly ousted in this final round. "Stay" finishes at #2 with quite a wide gap ahead of them. For the second game in a row we've had the extremely pre-ordained finish as noted by the sequel to what I said about "Forever Now", this time everyone voted for "Flame Trees", a song that almost won the game a a couple months back when Sarah Blasko covered it, but the OG version from Cold Chisel is a comfortable winner to close out the 3rd season of this elaborate nonsense.
My words can't properly express my exhaustion both in the present sense of a ceaseless cold and also the fact that I've spent the last 10-11 months filling numbers into a spreadsheet 3 times a week, until I say it right now. Thanks for voting and all that. I'm not 100% certain when I'll return this thread, it will depend on how things are for me in January, but it should be at least a month away. But nonetheless other things go on so I'm obliged to say the ACI is open for voting, new Australian music is fantastic at the moment, and I hope you have good weekends & holidays to come.
Cheers for all your work on this Hijinx! Always a good set of songs and I've discovered tonnes of good tracks that I otherwise never would have heard. Hope you have a good break too

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