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

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)
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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.

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