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Forum - General: Forum Games - The New ARIA Logo

I think the biggest crime about this logo is that they've stolen the OCC's identity with laying focus on #1 hits (I really think their overlapping pattern is genius), and both charts have now been guilty of incorrect #1's due to different mishaps relating to streaming data. Truly Billboard is the one good chart left.
Hi! If you were on this site in 2011-12, you may remember the game run by BZ, known as the Old ARIA Logo game and 5 further names (full list and links here: https://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=38919 ).

It's been a long time and the voterbase would be pretty different now, so Hijinx and I have decided to try out a second run of the game - and expanded, at that, as we'll be using all ARIA top 20 hits from 1988 onwards.

How it works:

Each round, there'll be 10 songs in play, from which you vote your favourite 5. The 3 songs that get the most points survive, and the rest are eliminated - and replaced with the next songs from the list of top 20 hits. If a song survives 3 rounds, it gets inducted into the Hall of Fame (and may be revisited for bonus rounds later on).

Rounds will be open for 2 days each, with new ones posted by me or Hijinx around 7-9pm AEDT.
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Hall of Fame:

TitleArtistEntryPeakInductedPointsAvgVotes%
Tell It To My HeartTaylor Dayne26/06/881422/12/18109+2.6635/4185%
Fast CarTracy Chapman26/06/88424/12/18156+3.7138/4290%
Better Be Home SoonCrowded House03/07/88224/12/18118+2.8132/4276%
Never Tear Us ApartINXS18/09/881131/12/18148+3.1538/4781%
Push ItSalt-N-Pepa11/09/88331/12/18121+2.5735/4774%
I Want Your LoveTransvision Vamp06/11/88704/01/19112+2.3339/4881%
TeardropsWomack & Womack25/12/88206/01/19131+2.7337/4877%
Orinoco FlowEnya29/01/89610/01/19147+3.0639/4881%
She Drives Me CrazyFine Young Cannibals05/03/89112/01/19128+2.6740/4883%
Like A PrayerMadonna19/03/89114/01/19165+3.4444/4892%
Stop!Sam Brown26/03/89417/01/19132+2.7540/4883%
Eternal FlameBangles23/04/89119/01/19137+2.9141/4787%

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Round 1:

These are the top 10 from the first ARIA chart of 26/06/1988. The next round's new songs will be taken from #11-#20 the same week, and then we'll be continuing forwards with each new song that hits the top 20.

Bananarama - I Want You Back
Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Bros - When Will I Be Famous?
Cheap Trick - The Flame
INXS - New Sensation
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Michael Bolton - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
New Order - Blue Monday 1988
Underworld - Underneath The Radar

Vote your top 5!
My votes:

+5: INXS - New Sensation
+4: New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+3: Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
+2: Bananarama - I Want You Back
+1: Bros - When Will I Be Famous?

This top 10 impressed me! I'd only heard 1 of the above 5 before
+5 INXS - New Sensation
+4 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+3 Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
+2 Cheap Trick - The Flame
+1 Bananarama - I Want You Back
+5 Blue Monday 1988
+4 New Sensation
+3 Underneath The Radar
+2 Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay
+1 What A Wonderful World
Yes!

1. The Flame
2. New Sensation
3. Blue Monday 1988
4. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
5. When Will I Be Famous
+5: Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
+4: INXS - New Sensation
+3: Bananarama - I Want You Back
+2: New Order - Blue Monday '88
+1: Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
+5 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+4 Bros - When Will I Be Famous?
+3 INXS - New Sensation
+2 Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
+1 Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+3 Bananarama - I Want You Back
+2 Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
+1 Bros - When Will I Be Famous?
Miss these games
+5 Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
+4 Cheap Trick - The Flame
+3 Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
+2 INXS - New Sensation
+1 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
1. Bananarama - I Want You Back
2. New Order - Blue Monday 1988
3. Cheap Trick - The Flame
4. Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
5. Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 INXS - New Sensation
+3 Underworld - Underneath the Radar
+2 Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
+1 Bros - When Will I Be Famous?
+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 Underworld - Underneath the Radar
+3 INXS - New Sensation
+2 Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
+1 Bros - When Will I Be Famous?
+5 Cheap Trick - The Flame
+4 INXS - New Sensation
+3 Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
+2 Michael Bolton - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
+1 Underworld - Underneath The Radar



I will participate when possible
5. INXS - New Sensation
4. Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
3. Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
2. Underworld - Underneath The Radar
1. Cheap Trick - The Flame

(ftr "5." means +5)
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+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 INXS - New Sensation
+3 Cheap Trick - The Flame
+2 Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
+1 Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Round 1 results:

A lot can change in 7 years. A lot can also change when based on polling systems out of the blue which require near daily attention but that's getting away from the point. If you recall this same game was run before and this will potentially be the only time that the exact same set of songs are in play at a given time so we can draw direct comparison. Of the 3 songs that survived back in 2011, only one of them proceeds this time, young upstarts INXS getting the lion's share with their first top 10 hit of the ARIA era, perhaps there's some potential for these new sensations. New Order's condensed version of "Blue Monday" does not condense its votes and they get a strong finish too, while Underworld betray their own title as they garner enough attention to narrowly sneak through. Unfortunate for Louis Armstrong, not that he lived long enough to see "What A Wonderful World" become a late '80s hit in Australia, but he also missed out by just 1 point. Cheap Trick's ode to Furi's DLC fight also falls short after winning the original run through. Bananarama will not be seen again in this game though there's still another chance for Natalie Cole and I suspect more to hear from Bros very soon. Billy will have to rely on his distant relative Frank to carry the Ocean name in 29 years time, and Michael Bolton will be sitting out the rest of this decade, wasting time.

47 - INXS - New Sensation (survived 1)
39 - New Order - Blue Monday 1988 (survived 1)
27 - Underworld - Underneath The Radar (survived 1)

26 - Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
23 - Cheap Trick - The Flame
14 - Bananarama - I Want You Back
11 - Natalie Cole - Pink Cadillac
10 - Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
9 - Bros - When Will I Be Famous?
4 - Michael Bolton - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Round 2:

Big Pig - Breakaway
Bros - Drop The Boy
Cher - I Found Someone
INXS - New Sensation
Little River Band - Love Is A Bridge
New Order - Blue Monday 1988
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Tiffany - Could've Been
Tiffany - I Saw Him Standing There
Underworld - Underneath The Radar

Vote your top 5! Results will close on Tuesday night.
+5 INXS - New Sensation
+4 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+3 Big Pig - Breakaway
+2 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+1 Cher - I Found Someone
Thanks to as many as 14 people for voting in the first round!

+5: Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+4: Big Pig - Breakaway (new favourite discovery, hey)
+3: INXS - New Sensation
+2: New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+1: Underworld - Underneath The Radar

Hope Taylor Dayne does well! Those 2 Tiffany songs are nice but I wish we had I Think We're Alone Now instead
1. New Senastion
2. Tell It To My Heart
3. I Found Someone
4. Blue Monday 1988
5. Breakaway
+5 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+4 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+3 INXS - New Sensation
+2 Cher - I Found Someone
+1 Tiffany - Could've Been
a bit of a drop in quality, Underworld rise from #8 to #5 this round

+5: INXS - New Sensation
+4: New Order - Blue Monday '88
+3: Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+2: Big Pig - Breakaway
+1: Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+5 I Found Someone
+4 Could've Been
+3 New Sensation
+2 Blue Monday 1988
+1 Tell It To My Heart
+5 Taylor Dayne - Tell It to My Heart
+4 INXS - New Sensation
+3 Cher - I Found Someone
+2 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+1 Underworld - Underneath the Radar
+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 INXS - New Sensation
+3 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+2 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+1 Big Pig - Breakaway
+5 INXS - New Sensation
+4 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+3 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+2 Big Pig - Breakaway
+1 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart

+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+3 Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+2 Big Pig - Breakaway
+1 INXS - New Sensation
+5 Cher - I Found Someone
+4 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+3 Big Pig - Breakaway
+2 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+1 Tiffany - Could've Been
+5: Underworld - Underneath The Radar
+4: Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+3: New Order - Blue Monday '88
+2: INXS - New Sensation
+1: Cher - I Found Someone
+5 Blue Monday
+4 New Sensation
+3 Underneath the Radar
+2 Tell It To My Heart
+1 Love is a Bridge
5. New Sensation
4. Underneath the Radar
3. Love Is A Bridge
2. I Found Someone
1. Could've Been
Round 2 results:

It appears we're content with the sensations we've already chosen, as INXS lead the results tallyboard for a second time, with even higher points. Following behind is Taylor Dayne, whose "Tell It To My Heart" almost became the first song to be voted by everyone... but thanks to our esteemed final voter, ended up with 13/14 just like INXS. Leaving only 1 slot for our other 2 first-round survivors, Underworld did put up a serious fight against New Order - but ultimately fell 1 point short, so they'll be sitting on the sidelines until 1996. Solid mid-table performances from Cher - with what I just realised was her first top 50 hit in 14(!) years - and Big Pig; while we won't be meeting the latter again, rest assured that they won't be the last "Breakaway" nor the last size of pig we encounter. Tiffany managed a couple votes with her highest charter (and 2nd US #1) "Could've Been", but her Beatles cover and final top 50 hit received none at all. It's also a fairly unceremonious exit for Little River Band with their last of a 13-year span of hits, and none of us pitied Bros' sophomore hit enough to throw it a point. Maybe their next few will be stronger? I haven't heard any of them so I'll be finding out at the same time.

49 - INXS - New Sensation (survived 2)
41 - Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart (survived 1)
35 - New Order - Blue Monday 1988 (survived 2)

34 - Underworld - Underneath The Radar
22 - Cher - I Found Someone
18 - Big Pig - Breakaway
7 - Tiffany - Could've Been
4 - Little River Band - Love Is A Bridge
0 - Bros - Drop The Boy
0 - Tiffany - I Saw Him Standing There
Round 3:

Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
INXS - New Sensation
Kylie Minogue - Got To Be Certain
New Order - Blue Monday 1988
Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights
Rick Astley - Together Forever
Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love)
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Vote your top 5! Results will be on Thursday evening.
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 INXS - New Sensation
+3 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+2 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+1 Rick Astley - Together Forever
+5 INXS - New Sensation
+4 Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+1 Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love) (o)(o)

+5: Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+4: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+3: Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love)
+2: INXS - New Sensation
+1: New Order - Blue Monday 1988

Very strong round, wish I could give all the first 3 top points and/or slot in some of the others too!
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+5 Better Be Home Soon
+4 Fast Car
+3 Got To Be Certain
+2 New Sensation
+1 Tell It To My Heart
+5 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+4 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+3 INXS - New Sensation
+2 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+1 The Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up
+5: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
INXS - New Sensation +4
3. New Order - Blue Monday '88
#4 Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love)
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart 5
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5. Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
4. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
3. Rick Astley - Together Forever
2. Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights
1. INXS - New Sensation
+5 Together Forever
+4 Better Be Home Soon
+3 Blue Monday 1988
+2 Fast Car
+1 New Sensation

a really strong round. top 3 are real gems imo.
+5 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+4 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+3 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+2 Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up
+1 INXS - New Sensation
+5 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+4 Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+1 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+5 Blue Monday
+4 Better Be Home Soon
+3 New Sensation
+2 Tell It To My Heart
+1 Fast Car
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+3 Taylor Dayne - Tell It to My Heart
+2 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+1 Kylie Minogue - Got to Be Certain
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 Taylor Dayne - Tell It to My Heart
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 New Order - Blue Monday 1988
+1 INXS - New Sensation
1. Fast Car
2. Better Be Home Soon
3. New Sensation
4. Tell It To My Heart
5. Endless Summer Nights
Round 3 results:

Things that once seemed mighty can potentially be shrunk down into irrelevance. I've been playing Katamari Damacy lately where you roll things up in a ball, sometimes growing to be over a thousand times larger than you started off. That's my obligatory video game reference for tonight and relevant because we've seen a bit of changing of the guard here. Or perhaps changing of the gear, because Tracy Chapman's new entry "Fast Car" has not only taken top honours, but a new record high score of 50 points. She's not the only newbie to make a strong impression either, as Crowded House's highest peaking chart hit actually matches its historical peak of #2 on the list. If that's a bit too much entropy for your liking, we do retain Taylor Dayne from last round, sliding down a little in points and rank but still enough to send "Tell It To My Heart" to its final round of contention. This leads into what I hinted at before, because INXS stormed the competition in the first two rounds, but now faced with mightier foes, stumbles at the last hurdle with "New Sensation". INXS fans fret not as they've got more opportunities on the horizon. Also just missing hall of fame status is New Order, with the shortened version of "Blue Monday" getting trampled by the newcomers. That's where the meat of the interest in this round was because we yet again have a severely unbalanced set of entrants, and roughly 85% of the round's points went to those 5 songs. Perhaps it's hard to sell very of its time pop here when many participants weren't even born yet. However this is still a game that Rick Astley wants to play, and if we were doing SAWs only, he would reign victorious with "Together Forever" which beats out a surprising last place finish for Kylie Minogue's #1 hit "Got To Be Certain". Chantoozies' "Wanna Be Up" sits alongside Richard Marx in the next spots. We won't see any more Chantoozies but we might have an elusive Chantoozie in 25 years, while Richard Marx is just getting started. Finally Sabrina is out but I'm sure she will continue to be busy being thought of by "Boys".

50 - Tracy Chapman - Fast Car (survived 1)
39 - Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon (survived 1)
34 - Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart (survived 2)

30 - INXS - New Sensation
24 - New Order - Blue Monday 1988
9 - Rick Astley - Together Forever
7 - Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up
7 - Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights
6 - Sabrina - Boys (Summertime Love)
4 - Kylie Minogue - Got To Be Certain
Round 4:

Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
Fairground Attraction - Perfect
James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
Jerry Harrison - Man With A Gun
John Farnham - Age Of Reason
Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Fat

Vote your top 5, results arrive presumably on Saturday night.
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+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
+3 John Farnham - Age Of Reason
+2 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+1 Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible

really like this round!
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+5 James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
+4 John Farnham - Age Of Reason
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible
+1 "Weird Al" Yankovic - Fat

+5: Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+4: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+3: Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible
+2: Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+1: Jerry Harrison - Man With A Gun

Was really surprised that Taylor managed to pull ahead of INXS, with exactly the same voters as the previous round too! Unlucky for them being faced with Tracy and Crowded House at once. Meanwhile Crowded House have moved from 8th or 9th for me last round to 4th in this set
+5 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+4 John Farnham - Age of Reason
+3 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+2 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+1 Fairground Attraction - Perfect
+5: Fairground Attraction - Perfect
4 out of 5: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
three points: John Farnham - Age Of Reason
two out of five ain't bad but it's not as good as two out of three: Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
(can you be my) plus one: James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
1. Motor's Too Fast
2. Fast Car
3. Better Be Home Soon
4. Age Of Reason
5. Tell It To My Heart
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+3 Taylor Dayne - Tell It to My Heart
+2 John Farnham - Age of Reason
+1 James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
+5 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+4 James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+1 Jerry Harrison - Man With A Gun
+5 Fairground Attraction - Perfect
+4 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+3 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+2 Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible
+1 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+5 Better Be Home Soon
+4 Tell It To My Heart
+3 Fast Car
+2 Simply Irresistible
+1 Fat
+5 Fairground Attraction - Perfect
+4 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+3 Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
+2 John Farnham - Age Of Reason
+1 Jerry Harrison - Man With A Gun
+5 Fast Car
+4 Better Be Home Soon
+3 Tell It To My Heart
+2 Age Of Reason
+1 Perfect
5. Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
4. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
3. John Farnham - Age of Reason
2. James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
1. Fairground Attraction - Perfect

Apologies to Rob and Larry this was a hard round
Round 4 results:

Just like round 2, our incumbent leader has won a second round, with Tracy Chapman receiving points from all but 1 voter for a second time. Is she on track to fulfil her hopes of getting promoted, or will she have to find work (to pass the time until her next entry)? you'll_have_to_wait_and_see.gif. #2-#5 were pretty close for a while, but the later votes created a comfortable gap between #3 and #4, which is handy as we lost Tennis this round and this way, he couldn't have changed the survivors anyway. You may feel a sense of deja vu reading this as, like last round, Crowded House are 2nd and Taylor Dayne is 3rd. That means "Tell It To My Heart" has become our first Hall of Fame inductee! It scored 109 points in total, receiving 85% of possible votes (13/14, 11/14 and 11/13 each round). Admittedly, that's not as impressive as "New Sensation" (126 points and 88% of votes), but INXS can at least rest easy knowing they probably have better chances of future inductions. The 2 others who competed with the top 3 were John Farnham and James Reyne, both with their highest-charting non-collaboration ARIA-era hits (ok that's a lot of qualifiers). Fairground Attraction got a pretty interesting distribution of 3 +5s, 3 +1s and nothing in between, while the 3rd ARIA #1 in this round, "Simply Irresistible", struggled for high votes. "Man With A Gun" and "Fat" only received +1s, proving that Weird Al would've been better off singing about large-sized pigs instead. Unfortunately though, we disobeyed Cheap Trick's wishes and were quite cruel to them, with "Don't Be Cruel" becoming the 3rd song so far to receive no votes.

46 - Tracy Chapman - Fast Car (survived 2)
35 - Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon (survived 2)
34 - Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart (survived 3; inducted!)

25 - John Farnham - Age Of Reason
22 - James Reyne - Motor's Too Fast
18 - Fairground Attraction - Perfect
10 - Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible
3 - Jerry Harrison - Man With A Gun
2 - "Weird Al" Yankovic - Fat
0 - Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel
Round 5:

Bros - I Owe You Nothing
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
Cyndi Lauper - Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)
Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
George Michael - Monkey
Maxi Priest - Wild World
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time
The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Surprise! We have 8 new songs thanks to Taylor's induction. I didn't even think of this until 15 minutes ago Vote your top 5 by Monday evening!
+5 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+4 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 Maxi Priest - Wild World
+1 Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day

easily my least favourite round But really happy that Tell It To My Heart was inducted!
1. Fast Car
2. Better Be Home Soon
3. All Fired Up
4. Nothin But A Good Time
5. The Perfect Day
+5: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4: Cyndi Lauper - Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)
+3: Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+2: Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
+1: Maxi Priest - Wild World
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
+3 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+2 Bros - I Owe You Nothing
+1 George Michael - Monkey
+5: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4: George Michael - Monkey (7" edit!! )
+3: The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
+2: Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time
+1: Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Oh I love the new songs in this round!
I was tempted to vote strategically (ie. for 5 new songs *), but decided to meet halfway & not vote for one that doesn't need my vote to qualify for hall of fame ('Fast Car'). Hopefully this will give one of the less obvious great songs a better shot at top three.
* The one I had to leave out was 'Monkey'.

+5 Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
+4 Cyndi Lauper - Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+1 Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time
+5 Better Be Home Soon
+4 Fast Car
+3 Doctorin' The Tardis
+2 All Fired Up
+1 The Perfect Day
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 George Michael - Monkey
+3 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+2 Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
+1 Cyndi Lauper - Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)
+5 Better Be Home Soon
+4 Fast Car
+3 Wild World
+2 Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)
+1 All Fired Up
+5 Better Be Home Soon
+4 Fast Car
+3 Monkey
+2 Hole In My Heart
+1 All Fired Up
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+3 The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
+2 Maxi Priest - Wild World
+1 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+5 Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+4 Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time
+3 Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
+2 Maxi Priest - Wild World
+1 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up

+5: Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4: Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+3: Maxi Priest - Wild World
+2: Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
+1: The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
+5 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
+4 Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
+3 The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
+2 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+1 Cyndi Lauper - Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)
5. Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
4. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
3. George Michael - Monkey
2. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
1. Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time
Round 5 results:

Hit artists of late 1988 can breath a sigh of relief (or maybe they shouldn't considering what's up the pipeline) as they might now have more of a chance to reach the upper echelons of the rankings. After all, the same two songs have been quite nestled in the top two slots for the past 3 rounds now, probably to the shock of few. We now have our 2nd & 3rd Hall of Fame inductees as Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" breaks its own record for most points in one round, thanks to a concentration of 5's & 4's which will be very difficult to match going forward. Meanwhile I'm not above needless cross-promotion as I feel obliged to point out consistency on this forum. Crowded House just a couple months ago finished atop a QLVG round for ARIA #2 hits, and so not only can everyone still feel the love, but #2 is exactly where it's been this whole time too. But much like how many people like to forget there's a 3rd Zero Escape game, it is also easy to forget that there's a third place song here that is just starting its run, and credit is due to Pat Benatar who actually had the most voters out of any song in this round with "All Fired Up". Commiserations of course go out to the songs who couldn't go so far, but nonetheless had a pretty respectable spread of votes this time around. Safely leading the pack of unenviables is UK band Fischer-Z, who could be argued as very enthusiastically losing it 30 years before it was cool. George Michael kicks off a decade and a half of flirtation with this game with "Monkey" landing alongside Maxi Priest, who I'm sure is glad not to have to contend with the dangerous place that is Round 6. It is also not yet the time to shine for The KLF but we've been treated to a teaser with "Doctorin' The Tardis" getting a respectable score. Cyndi Lauper is not quite finished here but she has her last top 10 hit with "Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)". She is unlucky as an '80s artist for this game to start at the tail end of her hit making career, but Poison haven't got that problem because "Nothin' But A Good Time" is their first top 20 hit and manages a double digit score despite only beating one song. That song belongs to Bros who owe you nothing, just like how you owe them nothing, or at least didn't feel obliged to give them any votes. Only I'm allowed to phrase it like that because I'm the reason it didn't get a 0.

(update: I had to correct the table to give 2 points to Cyndi and take 2 from Maxi, I'm too lazy to adjust the commentary to accommodate for this)

60 - Tracy Chapman - Fast Car (survived 3; inducted!)
44 - Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon (survived 3; inducted!)
31 - Pat Benatar - All Fired Up (survived 1)

23 - Fischer-Z - The Perfect Day
15 - George Michael - Monkey
14 - Cyndi Lauper - Hole In My Heart (All The Way To China)
13 - Maxi Priest - Wild World
13 - The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
10 - Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time
2 - Bros - I Owe You Nothing
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Round 6:

1927 - That's When I Think Of You
Daryl Braithwaite - As The Days Go By
The Dukes Of Earlwood feat. Armondo Hurley - Duke Of Earl
Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
S'Express - Theme From S'Express
Yello - Oh Yeah

Anticipate results some time around [Brick voice] 7pm, day after Christmas
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+3 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+2 Yello - Oh Yeah
+1 1927 - That's When I Think Of You

Would have also liked to give points to Daryl and the Dukes, the latter being new to me but is quite curiously distinct in this timeline.
1. Never Tear Us Apart
2. That's When I Think Of You
3. All Fired Up
4. As The Days Go By
5. Push It
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 Yello - Oh Yeah
+1 Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
+5: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+4: INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3: Yello - Oh Yeah
+2: S-Express - Theme From S-Express
+1: Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
+5 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+4 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 1927 - That's When I Think Of You
+1 S'Express - Theme From S'Express
+5 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+4 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3 Yello - O Yeah
+2 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+1 S'Express - Theme from S'Express
+5: Yello - Oh Yeah
+4: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+3: Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control
+2: INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+1: 1927 - That's When I Think Of You
+5 Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Push It
+3 Anything For You
+2 All Fired Up
+1 Make Me Lose Control
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 1927 - That's When I Think Of You
+3 Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
+2 Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control
+1 Daryl Braithwaite - As The Days Go By

+5 Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Push It
+3 All Fired Up
+2 That’s When I Think Of You
+1 Theme from S’Express
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 1927 - That's When I Think Of You
+3 Daryl Braithwaite - As The Days Go By
+2 Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
+1 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+5 S-Express - Theme From S-Express
+4 Yello - Oh Yeah
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control
+1 1927 - That's When I Think of You
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Welcome to our new voters! I'd wondered if both of you would be interested

As we've got several regulars who haven't voted though with Christmas in the way, we've decided to keep the round open for an extra day; results probably tomorrow evening! Some big artists coming up in the next round, including, as far as modern-day Spotify popularity goes, the 3rd most popular song of the entire 1980s.
+5 S'Express - Theme From S'Express
+4 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+3 Yello - Oh Yeah
+2 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+1 Daryl Braithwaite - As The Days Go By
+5 Oh Yeah
+4 Push It
+3 All Fired Up
+2 Never Tear Us Apart
+1 As The Days Go By

Didn't expect much from this round, then was "oh, it's this!" for like half the songs!
5. 1927 - That's When I Think Of You
4. Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control
3. Daryl Braithwaite - As The Days Go By
2. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
1. Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
Round 6 results:

If you noticed a clear top 2 forming in the votes, you wouldn't be wrong. Only a real-time week after INXS unluckily fell short on their 3rd round with "New Sensation", they're right back on top with "Never Tear Us Apart" receiving +5s or +4s from 10/15 voters. Alongside them, Salt-N-Pepa were also sprinkled into votes abundantly, making the game's first rap song an instant success. 3rd place was a closer battle, but Pat Benatar has clenched on, and will now face the challenge of (barring ties or a major shift) having to beat all the next round's new songs to reach induction. Surpassing Louis Armstrong for the highest points for a song that never made the top 3, Yello managed 4th place, with (credit to Hijinx for noticing) a massive improvement from the original game, where it scored only 1 single point - 26 less than the 4th run of "The Flame", which scored less points in its single round here than "Oh Yeah" just has. Also having comfortably beaten "Oh Yeah" back then was "That's When I Think Of You", which settles for 5th place here. For the second round in a row, 9/10 songs received at least 10 points (and from at least 5 voters). Buoyed significantly by 2 +5s, it's 6th place for S-Express with one of the first house UK #1s, and beyond them are Eric Carmen's last-ever charter, Daryl Braithwaite, and Gloria Estefan's first US #1 and 2nd AU #11 (after "Dr. Beat" as just Miami Sound Machine in 1985); the next time we meet her, the band will have lost all their original members and been fully relegated to backing status. Receiving zero votes at the bottom is "Duke Of Earl" which, to regurgitate the Wikipedia trivia for anyone else it's new to, was a cover of a '60s hit, inspired by an ad for Decoré shampoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b3p8cJeNgc It is unknown whether the shampoo was tested on piglets.

53 - INXS - Never Tear Us Apart (survived 1)
42 - Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (survived 1)
30 - Pat Benatar - All Fired Up (survived 2)

27 - Yello - Oh Yeah
24 - 1927 - That's When I Think Of You
15 - S-Express - Theme From S-Express
12 - Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control
11 - Daryl Braithwaite - As The Days Go By
11 - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You
0 - The Dukes Of Earlwood feat. Armondo Hurley - Duke Of Earl
Round 7:

Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'
U2 - Desire
Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up

Vote your top 5, and check back for results on New Year's Eve Eve Eve... evening.
+5: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+4: INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3: Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
+2: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+1: Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'

ftr the one I said is the 3rd biggest song of the '80s on Spotify is Sweet Child O' Mine, with 466 million plays The top 2 are Don't Stop Believin' and Africa, and Billie Jean is close in 4th place.
1. Never Tear Us Apart
2. A Groovy Kind Of Love
3. Bad Medicine
4. Two Strong Hearts
5. All Fired Up
Some huge new big hitters. Well done to Pat Benatar for making it this far, but I don't think she will get that coveted third spot this time against such tough competition.

+5: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+4: Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
+3: Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+2: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+1: Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'
Oh Yeah would have to be my second favourite song so far, so it was sad to see it fall so close. Still, glad it did much better than it did last time!

+5: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+4: U2 - Desire
+3: Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
+2: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+1: INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 U2 - Desire
+1 Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
+5 Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
+4 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+3 Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind of Love
+2 Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'
+1 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
possibly my favourite round so far! All Fired Up going from +5 two rounds ago to +3 this round is one example of that

+5 Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
+4 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+2 U2 - Desire
+1 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+5 Never tear Us Apart
+4 The Only Way Is Up
+3 Push It
+2 Two Strong Hearts
+1 Desire
+5 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+4 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+3 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+2 John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts
+1 Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'
+5 Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love
+4 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+2 U2 - Desire
+1 Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
+5 John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts
+4 Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
+3 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+2 U2 - Desire
+1 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+5 Desire
+4 Never Tear Us Apart
+3 Push It
+2 All Fired Up
+1 Two Strong Hearts
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
+3 U2 - Desire
+2 Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love
+1 John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts

+5 Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
+4 Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts
+1 U2 - Desire
+5 Sweet Child O Mine
+4 Push It
+3 The Only Way Is Up
+2 Desire
+1 All Fired Up

Great round. In other rounds, I could see Two Strong Hearts and Never Tear Us Apart getting 4 or 5 from me!
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5. John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts
4. U2 - Desire
3. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
2. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
1. Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'

Probably the second strongest round to date! (The strongest being Together Forever ) Guns, Toni, INXS, Pat and Bon Jovi were all extremely close.
Round 7 results:

Though Crowded Chapman season isn't in session anymore, they retain a certain imprint in the sense that we have two simultaneous arrivals that are again dominant. INXS & Salt-N-Pepa take slight declines on last round's points despite this round receiving the most votes ever, which is perhaps a testament to how many heavy hitters there are in this round. They prevailed relatively safely but it was quite contentious where the 3rd place would go. It wound up with a gap of just 2 points between #3 & #5, with the lucky victors being Guns N' Roses with their aforementioned modern streaming tyrant "Sweet Child O' Mine". But, zero sum game means that there are less fortunate songs to acknowledge, first of which is U2 with their first ARIA #1, a band we'll no doubt be VERY acquainted with over future rounds so it's not too much an issue for them. The arrival of U2 does of course mean that we have entered the significant realm of Bowling For Soup's sadly doomed to be absent "1985", all of the chorus artists will feature and nearly all of the verse artists as well except that Van Halen & Mötley Crüe fall very short and Ozzy Osbourne didn't even try. Less fortunate however is Yazz, who despite following a similar mantra to Madeline from a certain award winning 2018 video game in terms of preferred trajectory, falls short by 2 points. What makes matters worse is that her follow up single peaked at #22 so we won't see her again. While not quite in the same echelon, John Farnham has returned with another strong but unsuccessful showing from his "Age Of Reason" album. Oddly enough despite the title track finishing in 4th place, both songs were exactly 9 points away from qualifying. In less precedented territory, we've got Pat Benatar who was poised for Hall Of Fame status with "All Fired Up", but has been completely swallowed up by the competition and falls down to #8. It will be quite curious if any song is able to fall again from survival quite so sharply unless saturation from The Voice is enough to force a qualifier in 2012 :p Sitting next to Pat Benatar is a fellow #2 hit via Phil Collins' "A Groovy Kind Of Love", we'll get to sample both his solo & Genesis wares in the future. In the final two slots we have the first of many entries for Bon Jovi, with the 3rd of their 4 US Hot 100 #1's, "Bad Medicine", while Toni Childs has the first 10th place finisher to make it to double digits, rather impressive given the competition against "Stop Your Fussin'".

46 - INXS - Never Tear Us Apart (survived 2)
37 - Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (survived 2)
29 - Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (survived 1)

28 - U2 - Desire
27 - Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
20 - John Farnham - Two Strong Hearts
16 - Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
14 - Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind Of Love
13 - Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
10 - Toni Childs - Stop Your Fussin'
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Round 8:

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
Bros - I Quit
The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us
Kylie Mole - So Excellent
Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love

Vote your top 5 and feverishly anticipate results on New Years Eve. If you open the thread at around 11:57 you might be able to finish reading the commentary at the strike of midnight, start your year right.
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 Tranvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+1 The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
1. Never Tear Us Apart
2. Wild Wild West
3. I Want Your Love
4. Sweet Child O Mine
5. Push It
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+3 Bros - I Quit
+2 Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
+1 Kylie Mole - So Excellent
+5: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+4: INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+3: Transvision Lamp - I Want Your Light
+2: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+1: Bros - I Quit (didn't expect to like this a lot more than their last 2!)
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Last round was fantastic so it was good to see everything doing well. This round could never has been as good but still some great songs here!

+5: Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+4: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+3: Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
+2: INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+1: Kylie Mole - So Excellent
+5 Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Push It
+3 Wild, Wild West
+2 She Wants To Dance With Me
+1 I Want Your Love
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+1 Bros - I Quit
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
+3 Kylie Mole - So Excellent
+2 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+1 Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
+5 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+4 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+3 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+2 The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
+1 Bros - I Quit
+5 The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
+4 Salt-N-Pepa - Push It
+3 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+2 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+1 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
Need to get my eyes checked, totally didn't see Stop Your Fussin (not that it would have made much difference!)

+5 Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Push It
+3 She Wants To Dance With Me
+2 I Want Your Love
+1 Sweet Child O Mine
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us
+3 The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
+2 Kylie Mole - So Excellent
+1 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart


+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+3 Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us
+2 The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
+1 Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
+5 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
+4 The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
+3 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
+1 Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy

+5 Sweet Child O Mine
+4 Push It
+3 Wild Wild West
+2 Never Tear Us Apart
+1 Don't Worry Be Happy
5. Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
4. Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
3. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
2. Kylie Mole - So Excellent
1. Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
Round 8 results:

Two worlds collided - in the form of our dynamic duo of INXS and Salt-N-Pepa - and we could never tear them apart. Indeed, they've ended up as the top 2 for a 3rd time, thus ascending to the Hall of Fame together. With a total of 148 points, "Never Tear Us Apart" received the 2nd most points of any song so far (behind Tracy), though the eliminated "New Sensation" still has one win on its side: the 81% (38/47) of votes "Never Tear Us Apart" received doesn't quite match "New Sensation"'s 88% (37/42). "Push It" on the other hand received the lowest % of votes among our 5 inductees, but that's still a strong 74%. 3rd place though? It's bad luck for Guns N' Roses, who couldn't keep up with Transvision Vamp. To my great surprise, Transvision Vamp (and Salt-N-Pepa) were even ahead of INXS when I first counted the points around the halfway mark. And it's furthermore a blow to Guns N' Roses with their doubly-aforementioned Spotify popularity, as their 467-million-played song has been beaten by one with only 2 million plays. "Welcome To The Jungle" and "Paradise City" have hundreds of millions of plays too but we won't be seeing either of them, though they followed up the album fast enough that we won't be waiting long. Speaking of jungles, the Daily Mail claimed in 2007 that a new species of 'giant wild pig' was discovered in the Amazon. In 5th place is The Escape Club who are, for some reheated Wikipedia trivia, the only British artist to have had a US #1 (with this very song) without ever having had a song chart in the UK. This round was heavily in the favour of the top 5 songs - not only did 3 people vote those exact 5, but another 7 people voted 4 of them. So in safely-non-contending 6th place is Rick Astley with his 2nd album lead single, managing to outdo a #1 hit from Bobby McFerrin. Showing that some comedy songs' appeal can seemingly last for the ages, Kylie Mole managed 8th place with 9 points (from as many as 5 voters). We've met that other Kylie M once so far with "Got To Be Certain", which placed 10th with 4 points, meaning: Kylie Mole is more popular than Kylie Minogue. You might think this will change with future Minogue songs, but is it really a fair fight when we don't have future Mole songs to complement them? I declare Mole the moral winner. Also for some more Wikitrivia for children's author fans, the actress behind Kylie Mole is currently married to Paul Jennings and was formerly married to Morris Gleitzman. Remaining are Jason Donovan's debut single, and Bros' 4th, which did score more points and considerably more voters than "Drop The Boy" and "I Owe You Nothing".

49 - INXS - Never Tear Us Apart (survived 3; inducted!)
42 - Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (survived 3; inducted!)
39 - Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love (survived 1)

34 - Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
27 - The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West
17 - Rick Astley - She Wants To Dance With Me
10 - Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
9 - Kylie Mole - So Excellent
7 - Jason Donovan - Nothing Can Divide Us
6 - Bros - I Quit
Round 9:

1927 - If I Could
Jimmy Barnes - When A Man Loves A Woman
Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Don't Need Love
Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
Noiseworks - Touch
The Beach Boys - Kokomo
Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Vote your top 5! Unfortunately we won't be doing results until next year, but if you're still around, expect them on January 2.
1. If I Could
2. Kokomo
3. Bring Me Some Water
4. Touch
5. I Want Your Love
Surprised (but not unpleasantly, they were my top two) that Transvision Vamp beat Guns N' Roses.

+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
+3 1927 - If I Could
+2 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+1 Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)

+5 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+3 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
+2 Tranvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+1 Noiseworks - Touch
+5 Teardrops
+4 I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi)
+3 Handle With Care
+2 Bring Me Some Water
+1 I Want Your Love
+5: Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4: Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+3: The Beach Boys - Kokomo
+2: Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
+1: Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+3 Kylie Minogue - Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi
+2 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+1 Noiseworks - Touch
+5 Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
+4 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+3 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Don't Need Love
+1 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
As it turns out, I do like Australian music!
+5 Teardrops - Womack & Womack
+4 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+3 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Don't Need Love
+2 The Beach Boys - Kokomo
+1 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
+5 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4 The Beach Boys - Kokomo
+3 1927 - If I Could
+2 Noiseworks - Touch
+1 Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
Congrats to Push It! I didn't expect it to survive the first round tbh!

+5: Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4: The Beach Boys - Kokomo
+3: 1927 - If I Could
+2: Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+1: Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
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+5 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4 Traveling Wilburys - Handle with Care
+3 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
+1 Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
+5 The Beach Boys - Kokomo
+4 1927 - If I Could
+3 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2 Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
+1 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water

+5 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4 Noiseworks - Touch
+3 The Beach Boys - Kokomo
+2 1927 - If I Could
+1 Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water

+5 Touch
+4 Handle With Care
+3 Teardrops
+2 Kokomo
+1 Bring Me Some Water
+5 Teardrops
+4 Bring Me Some Water
+3 If I Could
+2 Touch
+1 Handle With Care
5. If I Could
4. Touch
3. Teardrops
2. Handle With Care
1. I Want Your Love
Round 9 results

With 2 recent inductees it's a nearly entirely fresh field here complete with the fresh mystery of what sort of voting distribution we'll get this time around. It was mainly 8 songs getting healthy votes and one song stole the show. That is courtesy of Womack & Womack with their first and to date only top 20 hit "Teardrops", neither Lovestation nor Kate Alexa will be able to compare results with their renditions but it's a strong showing for what we'll have to assume is the superior one. Our one returning entry from Transvision Vamp scores lower but improves its fortunes from 3rd last round to tied 2nd this time around. For the remaining slot, we enter another realm of boomer power, as for numerous reasons, '60s icons could not be stopped well into the '80s and many would re-invent themselves with the new times. One such example is the Traveling Wilburys, the super group comprised of 3 very different '60s icons in George Harrison, Roy Orbison & Bob Dylan, alongside the relatively hip youngers of Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne. Though it was 1988 here the big focus of this round was surprisingly a battle of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, as much like Roy Orbison, they had a big career resurgence thanks to soundtrack hit "Kokomo" which sat at #1 for quite a long time, and nearly had a late jump into the top 3. In the end they landed at #5, just behind 1927 who manage a slight improvement on both positions and points from their prior entry with biggest hit "If I Could". If you were wondering if we'll see them again, then you'll never know. For much of the rest of these entries, we've got some good old fashioned rock that may or may not keep tigers away. Melissa Etheridge is probably traveling through Mafia Town trying to disable faucets, hence asking you to "Bring Me Some Water", while fresh from Jon Stevens scoring an iTunes top 10 hit about a month ago, Noiseworks touch down at #7. Kylie Minogue lands at #8 with "I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)" which I regret to inform you will not be followed up with her next top 20 single "Je ne sais pas pourquai", so it could be a long time before we ever see Kylie again in this game. Johnny Diesel's lengthy run of entries starts rather inauspiciously, or maybe that's how he wants it consider that he "Don't Need Love", and rounding us out with 0 points is just a little more boomer nostalgia, by way of relatively modern star Jimmy Barnes covering Percy Sledge's '60s hit "When A Man Loves A Woman" at a live show. The modern equivalent would probably be John Gibbons turning "Wonderwall" into a marimba fest.

50 - Womack & Womack - Teardrops (survived 1)
33 - Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love (survived 2)
33 - Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care (survived 1)

28 - 1927 - If I Could
27 - The Beach Boys - Kokomo
24 - Melissa Etheridge - Bring Me Some Water
21 - Noiseworks - Touch
19 - Kylie Minogue - I Still Love You (Je ne sais pas pourquoi)
5 - Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Don't Need Love
0 - Jimmy Barnes - When A Man Loves A Woman
Round 10:

Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Bros - Cat Among The Pigeons
Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You
Mental As Anything - Rock & Roll Music
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day
Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Enter 1989! Vote your top 5, you've gotta get down by Friday night because that's when the results are expected
+5 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+3 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+2 Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You
+1 Tranvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
1. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
2. I Want Your Love
3. Especially For You
4. Teardrops
5. Handle With Care
+5 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+3 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+2 Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day
+1 Bros - Cat Among The Pigeons
+5: Bros - Cat Among The Pigeons
+4: Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+3: Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2: Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+1: Mental As Anything - Rock And Roll Music
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+3 The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
+2 Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day
+1 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+3 Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
+2 Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day
+1 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+5 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4 Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
+3 Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You
+2 Mental As Anything - Rock & Roll Music
+1 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+5 Teardrops
+4 Especially For You
+3 Put A Little Love In Your Heart
+2 Handle With Care
+1 Don't Walk Away
+5 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4 Traveling Wilburys - Handle with Care
+3 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+1 Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put a Little Love in Your Heart
+5 Handle With Care
+4 Rock & Roll Music
+3 Teardrops
+2 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
+1 I Want Your Love
+5 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+4 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
+3 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+2 The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
+1 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+5: Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4: The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
+3: Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+2: Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+1: Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
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+5 Mental As Anything - Rock & Roll Music
+4 The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
+3 Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You
+2 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+1 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+5 Teardrops
+4 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
+3 Put A Little Love In Your Heart
+2 Handle With Care
+1 Rock & Roll Music
5. Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put a Little Love in Your Heart
4. Womack & Womack - Teardrops
3. Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
2. The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
1. Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+5 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4 Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day
+3 Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
+2 Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
+1 Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away


Round 10 results:

If you're looking for dramatic shifts you'd be better off following the weather instead, as all our new songs have been (comparatively) rejected in favour of a static top 3. That makes a Win & Win so far for Womack & Womack, while in 2nd place Transvision Vamp have qualified with their first charting single "I Want Your Love", performing consistently though with the lowest average vote of our HOF inductees so far (+2.33, that being 112 points from a total of 48 possible votes). They'll be back before long to see if we have the same love for their highest charter. Traveling Wilburys are left 3rd, with potentially tough competition ahead to survive another round. The best-scoring of the new songs is "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", which did struggle for votes at first but picked up a lot with 6 of the last 7 voters selecting it. I'm not sure if it's a disappointing performance for surely one of the most recognisable songs so far (for more Spotify stats, it's the 3rd most played song we've had, behind Guns N' Tracy), or if half of us are just sick of it. Toni Childs managed twice as many points as her fellow #17 hit "Stop Your Fussin'", and of our 2 star-studded duets, it's Annie & Al who've come out on top - but 7th place for Kylie & Jason is higher than either of them have managed on their own so far. Mental As Anything's Chuck Berry cover did much better than not only Cheap Trick's fellow '50s cover, but most of the '60s covers we've had too (I just realised 4/5 of our 0-pointers are covers). Surprisingly receiving the same number of points as "Simply Irresistible" is Robert Palmer's follow-up, and at the bottom on 6 points are Bros - notable as, with "Cat Among The Pigeons" receiving a +5 from me, it's the least points that a song with a +5 has gotten (previously it was "Together Forever" with a +5, +3 and +1). The challenge now will be to find a song that somebody gives a +5 and nobody else votes at all. And the challenge for Bros will be to see if they can crack 10 points and/or the top 8 on their one remaining chance.

49 - Womack & Womack - Teardrops (survived 2)
40 - Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love (survived 3; inducted!)
37 - Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care (survived 2)

26 - The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
23 - Toni Childs - Don't Walk Away
21 - Annie Lennox & Al Green - Put A Little Love In Your Heart
15 - Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You
13 - Mental As Anything - Rock And Roll Music
10 - Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day
6 - Bros - Cat Among The Pigeons
Round 11:

Enya - Orinoco Flow
Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
Phil Collins - Two Hearts
Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Roy Orbison - You Got It
The Art Of Noise feat. Tom Jones - Kiss
Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
U2 - Angel Of Harlem
Womack & Womack - Teardrops

Vote your top 5! Results on Sunday evening.
+5 Roy Orbison - You Got It
+4 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+3 Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+2 Traveling Wilburys - Handle with Care
+1 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+5 Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
+4 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+3 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+2 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+1 Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+5 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+4 Roy Orbison - You Got It
+3 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+2 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+1 Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter

I would like at least a top 8 vote tyvm, this round is too good.
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+4: Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+3: Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
+2: Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+1: R.E.M. - Orange Crush

Such a strong round! Would've really liked to vote The Art Of Noise too.
+5 Teardrops
+4 Orinoco Flow
+3 Angel of Harlem
+2 Handle With Care
+1 You Got It
+5 Orange Crush
+4 Angel of Harlem
+3 Handle With Care
+2 Teardrops
+1 Orinoco Flow
1. Tucker's Daughter
2. Two Hearts
3. Orange Crush
4. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
5. Angel Of Harlem
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+3 Phil Collins - Two Hearts
+2 Roy Orbison - You Got It
+1 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+3 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+2 Phil Collins - Two Hearts
+1 The Art of Noise feat. Tom Jones - Kiss
+5: Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4: Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+3: Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+2: Roy Orbison - You Got It
+1: Phil Collins - Two Hearts
+5 Womack & Womack -
+4 Phil Collins - Two Hearts
+3 Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+2 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+1 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+5 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
+4 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+3 Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+2 Roy Orbison - You Got It
+1 Phil Collins - Two Hearts
+5 Orange Crush
+4 Orinoco Flow
+3 Teardrops
+2 Angel In Harlem
+1 Tucker's Daughter
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Roy Orbison - You Got It
+3 The Art Of Noise feat. Tom Jones - Kiss
+2 Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
+1 Womack & Womack - Teardrops
Strongest round of the game so far!

5. Enya - Orinoco Flow
4. Phil Collins - Two Hearts
3. Roy Orbison - You Got It
2. U2 - Angel Of Harlem
1. Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter

Sorry, edited my vote.
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+5 Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
+4 Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
+3 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+2 Roy Orbison - You Got It
+1 U2 - Angel Of Harlem

Round 11 results:

Suffice to say that excepting the omega 3rd place tie, this round was always going to result in a bit of heartbreak. I don't know when again we'll ever get such a high concentration of beloved hits in the same round together, and yet as has happened every round so far, only 3 can carry on. Leading the pack by quite a long way is amazingly Enya! "Orinoco Flow" was quick to become a UK #1 hit for her, but unlike there, while this was also a hit, it will be her only non-sample based entry in the game. The strong showing is made more impressive as when this came up in the first game, it only got about 30% as many points as it did now. Suffice to say she's in a strong position for rounds to come. The next highest song is quite a step down in points and where we get in the realm of closeness, as only 9 points separated #2 & #6. Winning the lottery of close results is R.E.M. with the first of their handful of entries (unluckily for them, they have an above average stockpile of top 30 hits that didn't make the cut), "Orange Crush". Getting through, they put a little pressure on Womack & Womack, who cleaned up the competition in their first two rounds, but nearly missed the cut for "Teardrops", the latest inductee. The same luck can't be extended to our other song in limbo, Traveling Wilburys are instead the latest with the dubious honour of what Chief Wiggum calls retirony as they fall 1 round short. Perhaps their bid was not helped by the high concentration of Wilbury content in the charts at the time, Roy Orbison having just passed away from a heart attack at the end of 1988, managed his own big solo hit with "You Got It" which actually managed to outscore "Handle With Care" just narrowly. Evidently this round of logo is a bit like Super Smash Bros. Brawl as there's just no room for Roy. The actual top runner up however goes to Ian Moss, who did the impressive deed of charting higher solo than he ever did with Cold Chisel, and in fact according to AMR who still made charts while ARIA had taken over as the official chart in Australia, "Tucker's Daughter" has a memory of being a #1 hit. Next in line we have Phil Collins, who if nothing else proves the value of having a 'strong' heart as "Two Hearts" lands 1 position and 1 point lower than the similarly titled John Farnham track. U2's second appearance is a bit more inauspicious than their first but in their defence I'd have voted for "Angel Of Harlem" in many other rounds but couldn't this time. Also perhaps another victim of tough competition is Poison (not to be confused with the poison for Kuzco, the poison chosen especially to kill Kuzco, Kuzco's poison) with "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", originally just a moderate hit for them but now safely their most popular song. Lastly, if you're waiting for Prince to make his first appearance, it's actually not too far away, in the meantime we've got "Kiss" as covered by The Art Of Noise and Tom Jones, the sort of novel comeback for the '60s crooner which will surely not net any additional entries in this game.

49 - Enya - Orinoco Flow (survived 1)
33 - R.E.M. - Orange Crush (survived 1)
32 - Womack & Womack - Teardrops (survived 3; inducted!)

29 - Ian Moss - Tucker's Daughter
25 - Roy Orbison - You Got It
24 - Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
19 - Phil Collins - Two Hearts
13 - U2 - Angel Of Harlem
12 - Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
4 - The Art Of Noise feat. Tom Jones - Kiss
Round 12:

1927 - You'll Never Know
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
Enya - Orinoco Flow
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival
Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do
New Order - Fine Time
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line
UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong

Vote your top 5! Just like the club, results will be coming up on Tuesday evening
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+5 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+4 UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong
+3 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+2 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+1 1927 - You'll Never Know

Commiserations again! Less well known songs but a strong batch nonetheless!
We've got to a point where all the songs are good enough to deserve a score.

+5 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+4 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+3 New Order - Fine Time
+2 UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong
+1 1927 - You'll Never Know
1. She Drives Me Crazy
2. Orange Crush
3. Like The Way I Do
4. You'll Never Know
5. Real Gone Kid
+5 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+4 Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do
+3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+1 1927 - You'll Never Know

+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival
+2 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+1 Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line

First roundI've struggled for 5
wow, last round was sure a classic, the best yet. Sad that Tucker's Daughter and Handle With Care missed out

+5: Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line
+4: Enya - Orivinz Flow
+3: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2: Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+1: UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong
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+5: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (I learnt today that it's not saying 'that long white hair' )
+4: Enya - Orinoco Flow
+3: UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong
+2: R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+1: Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do
+5 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+4 Melissa Etheridge - Like the Way I Do
+3 New Order - Fine Time
+2 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+1 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy


That was a tough round!
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+5 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+4 Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line
+3 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+2 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+1 Melissa Etheridge - Like the Way I Do
+5 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+4 1927 - You'll Never Know
+3 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+2 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival
+1 UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong
+5 Orinoco Flow
+4 Where Did I Go Wrong
+3 End Of The Line
+2 Like The Way I Do
+1 Soul Revival
+5 Orange Crush
+4 Orinoco Flow
+3 End Of The Line
+2 She Drives Me Crazy
+1 Fine Time
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3 Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do
+2 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+1 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+5 Orange Crush
+4 Like The Way I Do
+3 Orinoco Flow
+2 She Drives Me Crazy
+1 Where Did I Go Weong
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
+3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2 Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do
+1 New Order - Fine Time
5. Enya - Orinoco Flow
4. Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line
3. 1927 - You'll Never Know
2. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
1. Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
Round 12 results:

It probably won't be a surprise when I say that Enya's won a 2nd round, as no song thus far has won only once. Nonetheless, she's done it, and with a slight increase pushing her to 51 points - heights that only "Fast Car" and "Never Tear Us Apart" have surpassed. Her greatest competition was Fine Young Cannibals who, with the 11th ARIA #1 to enter the game, in fact have the first one that's survived a round, though "What A Wonderful World" and "Desire" were both only 1 point off. I have a feeling FYC won't be the only ARIA #1 for long. R.E.M. hold their spot in the top 3; although they received less votes than the next 2 songs, 5/8 of their votes were +5s. While humans spend about 20-25% of sleep in R.E.M., pigs spend about 10%. Managing 4th place with an impressive 11 votes are Deacon Blue, who had a slew of minor UK hits over the next 5 years but never charted in Australia again. Melissa Etheridge scored precisely 24 points just like "Bring Me Some Water" (though with 9/16 votes as opposed to 12/16) and, over to a different country, had many US hits to come but never reached the ARIA top 20 again, though I'm adamant that her biggest US hit "I'm The Only One" sounds a lot like a particular 1990 hit that we will be seeing. In a bottom half of mostly follow-ups to bigger hits, we have a respectable performance for Traveling Wilburys and though it's the end of the line for them as a group, 2 of the members each have a solo 1989 hit ahead. If UB40 had high hopes and are wondering where they went wrong, they'll of course have further chances with some much better-known songs, and 1927 will be back twice more too. New Order on the other hand unceremoniously depart with a #20 peaker, and in other news I now hate all of the 25 songs that peaked above "Regret" in 1993. Finally, though in 10th place, "Soul Revival" did score 1 point and 1 vote more than "Don't Need Love" did.

51 - Enya - Orinoco Flow (survived 2)
44 - Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (survived 1)
33 - R.E.M. - Orange Crush (survived 2)

26 - Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
24 - Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I Do
20 - Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line
16 - UB40 - Where Did I Go Wrong
12 - 1927 - You'll Never Know
8 - New Order - Fine Time
6 - Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Soul Revival
Round 13:

Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
Enya - Orinoco Flow
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
R.E.M. - Orange Crush
Simple Minds - Belfast Child
The Proclaimers - I'm On My Way
Will To Power - Baby, I Love Your Way / Free Bird

There are about 15 different ways I could possibly list the title of Will To Power's medley Vote your top 5 by Thursday evening!
My strongest vote so far!

+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3 Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+2 Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am
+1 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+5 Like A Prayer
+4 Orinoco Flow
+3 Belfast Child
+2 Baby I Love Your Way
+1 What I Am
1. The Living Years
2. She Drives Me Crazy
3. Like A Prayer
4. Orange Crush
5. One Summer
+5: Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3: Enya - Orinoco Flow
+2: R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+1: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
+5 Like A Prayer
+4 What I Am
+3 Baby I Love Your Way
+2 She Drives Me Crazy
+1 Orinoco Flow
+5 Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
+4 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2 Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+1 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am

+5 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+4 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+3 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2 Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+1 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+5 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
+4 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives me Crazy
+2 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+1 The Proclaimers - I'm On My Way
This round is VERY hard, really really wanted to fit 6 songs in but I just couldn't.

+5: Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+4: Enya - Orinoco Flow
+3: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2: The Proclaimers - I'm On My Way
+1: Madonna - Like A Prayer
+5 Madonna - Like a Prayer
+4 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+3 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+2 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
+1 Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - What I Am
+1 Simple Minds - Belfast Child
Shout out to One Summer & Will To Power which I wanted to fit into my vote as well (the rest is good too)
+5 Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
+4 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3 Simple Minds - Belfast Child
+2 Will To Power - Baby, I Love Your Way / Free Bird
+1 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+5 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
+2 Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+1 The Proclaimers - I'm On My Way
+5 R.E.M. - Orange Crush
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
+2 Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
+1 Enya - Orinoco Flow
+5 Orange Crush
+4 Orinoco Flow
+3 The Living Years
+2 Like A Prayer
+1 She Drives Me Crazy
5. Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
4. Enya - Orinoco Flow
3. Madonna - Like A Prayer
2. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
1. Simple Minds - Belfast Child
Round 13 results:

The head to head battles at the very top of the table aren't much of concern, but it was a curiosity to see whether or not the surprise package of the last 2 rounds would manage to maintain its undefeated run to the end. The answer to that gripping question will come right now. Enya did it. Though just by 1 point, she can lay claim to having not been toppled by any other song with all of her original material that ever made the top 20. That's no mean feat either considering that her opponent this time around was none other than Madonna and "Like A Prayer", which you'll not be shocked to learn has gone through the first round. Interestingly though, Enya can lay claim to superiority over Madonna in another sense, as her song "Only Time" has more Spotify plays than any Madonna song; it's just about to hit 100 million plays. Madonna's qualification does however mean that Fine Young Cannibals have company. Though Roland Gift and company were unsurprisingly not passengers on the ill-fated voyage, cannibalism is one of the many causes of death you can select determining fates in Return Of The Obra Dinn. You could say that they were pioneers in terms of having #1 hits qualify in this game. They carry on for another round though on shakier ground this time around with a sharp drop in points. Incidentally, Enya prevented this round's results from being an ARIA #1 hit jamboree, because falling short in 4th place we have I believe the only member of Genesis to score a #1 hit, Mike Rutherford and his fellow Mechanics with "The Living Years". They sit tied with R.E.M. whose mighty late comeback couldn't quite get them across for the required 3rd round, so they've gone from the spotlight to the corner. The world around you may lead you to believe that Daryl Braithwaite has only ever sung one song in his life, but there's a decent amount of love for "One Summer" here which improves a bit on his previous single "As The Days Go By", a song I believe he intentionally reminisces on in "One Summer" even though they're from the same album. He's one half of the 2nd tie in tonight's results, next to Paul Simon's wife Edie Brickell who with him has had 3 children and I believe no unfortunate Boxing Day circumstances. A good piece of trivia for you to stump people would be to get them to name Simple Minds' UK #1 hit single, because if you're reading this then you are considerably likely to be the only person in your vicinity who has thought about "Belfast Child" recently, which is in fact the correct answer to that. Sitting just behind it is a US Hot 100 #1 hit with the noted feature of being a mash up of Lynyrd Skynyrd and another popular rock song from the 1970s. One could only imagine the horror if something like that was ever attempted again. Lastly we have The Proclaimers returning with not quite the same level of success as their previous entry, which might be surprising considering that "I'm On My Way" is the highest peaking song on the "Shrek" soundtrack and surely the most enduring hit from that pop culture behemoth.

47 - Enya - Orinoco Flow (survived 3; inducted!)
46 - Madonna - Like A Prayer (survived 1)
34 - Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (survived 2)

29 - Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years
29 - R.E.M. - Orange Crush
18 - Daryl Braithwaite - One Summer
18 - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am
8 - Simple Minds - Belfast Child
7 - Will To Power - Baby, I Love Your Way / Free Bird
4 - The Proclaimers - I'm On My Way
Round 14:

The Black Sorrows - Chained To The Wheel
Collette - Ring My Bell
Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts
Julian Lennon - Now You're In Heaven
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Paul Norton - Stuck On You
Roy Orbison - She's A Mystery To Me
Sam Brown - Stop!

Vote your top 5. Saturday night's alright for fighting but make sure you've gotten your vote in before that.
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1. Stop
2. She Drives Me Crazy
3. Like A Prayer
4. Chained To The Wheel
5. Now You're In Heaven
+5 Sam Brown - Stop!
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+2 Roy Orbison - She's A Mystery To Me
+1 Paul Norton - Stuck On You
+5 Like A Prayer
+4 Shop!
+3 Lost In Your Eyes
+2 She's A Mystery To Me
+1 Chained To The Wheel
+5: Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3: Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
+2: Sam Brown - Slop! (Not The Sunscreen Song)
+1: The Black Sorrows - Chained To The Wheel

Also shoutout to Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance which peaked at #21 at this time
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+5 Sam Brown - Stop!
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 Collette - Ring My Bell
+2 Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
+1 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy

+5 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 The Black Sorrows - Chained To The Wheel
+2 Sam Brown - Stop!
+1 Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
+5: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+4: The Black Sorrows - [s]Harley + Rules[/s] Chained To The Wheel
+3: Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2: Julian Lennon - Now You're In Heaven
+1: Roy Orbison - She's A Mystery To Me
+5 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2 Roy Orbison - She's A Mystery To Me
+1 Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
+5 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts
+2 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+1 Collette - Ring My Bell
+5 Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
+4 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2 Collette - Ring My Bell
+1 Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts
+5 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+4 Collette - Ring My Bell
+3 Sam Brown - Stop!
+2 Julian Lennon - Now You're In Heaven
+1 Roy Orbison - She's a Mystery To Me

Poor Neneh missing out. That would have received my 5, otherwise.
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+5 Madonna - Like a Prayer
+4 The Black Sorrows - Chained to the Wheel
+3 Sam Brown - Stop!
+2 Roy Orbison - She's a Mystery to Me
+1 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+5 Stop
+4 Chained to the Wheel
+3 She Drives Me Crazy
+2 Stuck On You
+1 She’s a Mystery to Me
5. Madonna - Like a Prayer
4. Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
3. Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
2. Paul Norton - Stuck On You
1. Sam Brown - Stop!
+5 Like A Prayer
+4 Stop
+3 Chained To The Wheel
+2 Ring My Bell
+1 She Drives Me Crazy
+5 Roy Orbison - She's A Mystery To Me
+4 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
+3 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2 Paul Norton - Stuck On You
+1 Sam Brown - Stop!

Round 14 results:

This round was extremely dominated by 3 songs. The #3 has more than twice the points of #4, and the top 3 collectively received 65% of points; the previous rounds ranged from 47% to 60% (rounds 7 and 5 being the 2 extremes respectively). Every voter selected at least 2 of those 3 songs, and 11/16 selected all 3. Leading the pack is Madonna who, without Enya in the way, scores the 2nd-highest points in a round to date (behind Tracy's 60), and jumping to 2nd place with the last vote, Fine Young Cannibals become the first ARIA #1 inducted into our Hall of Fame (probably to be followed by Madonna next round), and the first song to receive 15 votes in a round. Sam Brown will not be stopping here (though she may be shopping) with higher points than any previous 3rd- or 2nd-placer, and my new favourite Wikitrivia is that the first letters of her album titles spell out S-A-M-B-R-O - a pattern she hadn't noticed until the 6th one, for which she asked fans to submit ideas: http://www.onecandle.co.uk/sixth/ My favourite is between "Oh God, not you again" and "Ololygmancy (meaning 'fortune-telling by the howling of dogs!!')". The consolation cup goes to The Black Sorrows' highest charter, which is followed by Debbie Gibson with what was her only AU top 20 hit, but 2nd US #1 (and 5th [and final] top 5 hit), and over in the UK, outpeaked by 7 other songs of hers. Roy Orbison's final top 50 hit scored 8/16 votes but most were fairly low, while Collette overcomes a copious amount of 1* reviews on this site for a solid 7th place with her sprightly cover of Anita Ward's 1979 disco hit. As of 2006 she was doing volunteer work at Taronga Zoo, whose captive animals include a Brazilian tapir who has been mistakenly labeled a 'strange looking camel' and 'large pig' by visitors. Despite having a #3 hit, Paul Norton does not have a Wikipedia page, but Wikipedia does inform me that he is/was married to another artist (Wendy Stapleton) who played the mother of Delta Goodrem's character on Neighbours, and that, in some very on-brand-for-Logo content, they were both in a band together along with the then-drummer from Little River Band and one of the male musicians from Chantoozies. At the bottom are what I'm told was an AMR #1 hit from Julian Lennon, and seemingly Jason Donovan's biggest solo seller in both Australia and the UK.

57 - Madonna - Like A Prayer (survived 2)
50 - Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (survived 3; inducted!)
48 - Sam Brown - Stop! (survived 1)

22 - The Black Sorrows - Chained To The Wheel
19 - Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes
16 - Roy Orbison - She's A Mystery To Me
12 - Collette - Ring My Bell
7 - Paul Norton - Stuck On You
5 - Julian Lennon - Now You're In Heaven
4 - Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts
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Round 15:

1927 - Compulsory Hero
Bangles - Eternal Flame
Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
Dragon - Young Years
Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Cry In Shame
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Sam Brown - Stop!
Sam Kinison - Wild Thing
Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
Tone-Lōc - Wild Thing

Vote your top 5 by Monday evening, though Sunday may be advised if your Mondays are anything like those of the Bangles.
1. Stop
2. Compulsory Hero
3. Like A Prayer
4. Wind Beneath My Wings
5. Eternal Flame
+5 Sam Brown - Stop!
+4 Tone-Loc - Wild Thing
+3 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+1 Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
+5: Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4: Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3: Sam Brown - Stop!
+2: Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
+1: Tone-Lōc - Wild Thing (would've liked to fit Samantha Fox too)
+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
+2 Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
+1 Madonna - Like a Prayer
I would love for Samantha Fox to go through in 3rd place this round but the competition is strong, I think she will be just pipped by Bangles.

+5 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
+2 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+1 1927 - Compulsory Hero
+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+2 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Cry In Shame
+1 Dragon - Young Years
+5 Wind Beneath My Wings
+4 Like a Prayer
+3 Cry In Shame
+2 Stop
+1 Young Years
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+5 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Sam Brown - Stop!
+2 1927 - Compulsory Hero
+1 Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You

0 Wild Things
+5 Madonna - Like a Prayer
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Tone-Loc - Wild Thing
+2 Sam Brown - Stop!
+1 Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
+5 Stop
+4 Wild Thing (Tone-Lōc)
+3 Eternal Flame
+2 Wind Beneath My Wings
+1 Like A Prayer
+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+3 1927 - Compulsory Hero
+2 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Cry In Shame
+1 Sam Brown - Stop!

+5 Wild Thing (Tony! Toni! Tone!)
+4 Like a Prayer
+3 Cry In Shame
+2 Stop!
+1 Wind Beneath Your Wings
+5 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Sam Brown - Stop!
+2 Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
+1 1927 - Compulsory Hero
+5 Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4 Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
+3 Sam Brown - Stop!
+2 1927 - Compulsory Hero
+1 Bangles - Eternal Flame

5. 1927 - Compulsory Hero
4. Madonna - Like A Prayer
3. Bangles - Eternal Flame
2. Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
1. Dragon - Young Years

I swear I only didn't just listen to the first 5 songs
+5: Madonna - Like A Prayer
+4: Tone-Lōc - Wild Thing
+3: Bangles - Eternal Flame
+2: Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
+1: Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
Round 15 results:

I apologise for the delay. Just like the slot machine voting sequence at the end of a Danganronpa trial, it is 100% necessary for me to reveal that the exact 3 songs you expected to go through this round have done so. To begin with that we have the tremendously obvious news excluding the fact that it failed to do the same thing in the prior version of this game, but yes, Fine Young Cannibals having paved the way for such a thing to be possible, we have a 2nd ARIA #1 hit hitting the Hall Of Fame courtesy of Madonna. One can only wonder what fortunes might befall those artists should they ever return to this game. I am not remotely the stats man here but I surely cannot go without mentioning that Madonna has broken two records, in having the first song to receive 16 unique votes (note: every single voter in this round), and also a new record of 62 points. The #1 way to increase tension in this game is to introduce a new contender, and we may have just complicated things for Sam Brown, whose "Stop!" survives a 2nd round but is now tied alongside the Bangles with their #1 hit "Eternal Flame". Strong competition next round could prove dangerous for the two of them. But not all ARIA #1 hits are created equal, or at the very least, they're not voted equally. Just like Enya 2 rounds ago, Sam Brown has stopped an ARIA #1 jamboree by forcing Bette Midler to reside in 4th place with "Wind Beneath My Wings", though not by a close margin, as she was nearly outclassed 2:1 in votes. But if you personify this voting table as some sort of meeting arrangement as dictated by the closeness of songs in votes, then fret not because Bette has company just below her. By sheer coincidence, this round comprises up the entirety of "Wild Thing"s in this game for any foreseeable future, because Tone-Loc's debut single was beaten to the ARIA top 50 by one week by another from Sam Kinison. Sam Kinison's is a novelty live cover version of the Troggs classic, whereas for Tone-Loc, the 'wild thing' he refers to is sex. Faced the difficult choice, all "Wild Thing" votes went to Tone-Loc earning him a middle-table result and Sam getting to join the ever growing list of cover versions with goose eggs. Divinyls would go on to score another top 40 hit cover of "Wild Thing" in 1993, 12 months after Sam Kinison was killed by a drunk driver. 1927's 4th single from "...ish" nets them a 4th unique finish as they've now landed in 4th, 5th, 6th & 8th. We won't see them again until we've reached "The Other Side". On the other hand, scoring a new best performance to date is Johnny Diesel & The Injectors, possibly helped by "Cry In Shame" being by far their most popular song on Spotify nowadays (though Diesel has a solo track which beats it slightly and I suspect has better fortunes in store. One could only wish that Sam Brown had covered The Supremes (or...Spice Girls?) so we could say that this round has 3 different Sam's doing covers, Samantha Fox taking Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You" to 8th place with a trendy update of the title. Last to mention is Dragon with their last ever hit, ironically called "Young Years". Whether or not they were wasted I'll leave to London Grammar to be indecisive about.

62 - Madonna - Like A Prayer (survived 3; inducted!)
46 - Bangles - Eternal Flame (survived 1)
46 - Sam Brown - Stop! (survived 2)

24 - Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
21 - Tone-Loc - Wild Thing
18 - 1927 - Compulsory Hero
10 - Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Cry In Shame
10 - Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
3 - Dragon - Young Years
0 - Sam Kinison - Wild Thing
Round 16:

Bangles - Eternal Flame
The Belle Stars - Iko Iko
Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing
John Cougar Mellencamp - Pop Singer
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart
Madonna - Express Yourself
Roxette - The Look
Sam Brown - Stop!

Vote your top 5! Doing so before Wednesday night when the results are expected, is highly recommended.
+5 Roxette - The Look
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+2 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+1 Madonna - Express Yourself
+5 Bangles 'Eternal Flame'
+4 Cyndi Lauper 'I Drove All Night'
+3 Sam Brown 'Stop!'
+2 The Belle Stars 'Iko Iko'
+1 Kylie Minogue 'Hand On Your Heart'
+5: Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4: The Belle Stars - Iko Iko
+3: Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
+2: Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing
+1: Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart

One of the hardest rounds to cull; would very happily vote 9/10 of these!
Hard round!
I think the two likely contenders will go through, but the third place will be a four, possibly five horse race.

+5 Cyndi Lauper 'I Drove All Night'
+4 Sam Brown 'Stop!'
+3 Roxette - The Look
+2 Bangles 'Eternal Flame'
+1 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Madonna - Express Yourself
+3 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+2 Kylie Minogue - Hand on Your Heart
+1 Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
+2 Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart
+1 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+5 Iko Iko
+4 Stop
+3 Express Yourself
+2 Hand On Your Heart
+1 I Drove All Night
1. Stop
2. The Look
3. Eternal Flame
4. Bedroom Eyes
5. Iko Iko
great round, a big improvement!

+5: Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
+4: Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3: Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing
+2: Roxette - The Look
+1: Madonna - Express Yourself
+5 Roxette - The Look
+4 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+2 Madonna - Express Yourself
+1 Sam Brown - Stop!
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Roxette - The Look
+3 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+2 Sam Brown - Stop!
+1 The Belle Stars - Iko Iko
5. Madonna - Express Yourself
4. Bangles - Eternal Flame
3. Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
2. Roxette - The Look
1. Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+5 Express Yourself
+4 Good Thing
+3 The Look
+2 Bedroom Eyes (lol)
+1 Stop
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+5 Stop!
+4 Eternal Flame
+3 Pop Singer
+2 Good Thing
+1 Express Yourself
We've decided to extend this round an extra day since 2 regulars haven't voted yet (after having the same 16 voters for the last 9 rounds!), and the site being down yesterday morning/afternoon might have impeded the opportunity

(For future reference in case anyone here doesn't know, if aus-charts goes down, hitparade often [though admittedly not yesterday morning] still works! You just have to change 'australian-charts.com' in the URL to 'hitparade.ch': https://hitparade.ch/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=58296 )
Good idea. There is currently only 3 points separating three songs competing to qualify in 2nd, 3rd (and 4th) positions.
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Roxette - The Look
+2 Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
+1 Sam Brown - Stop!

+5 Madonna - Express Yourself
+4 Sam Brown - Stop!
+3 Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart
+2 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+1 Roxette - The Look
Round 16 results:

May as well post it now since everyone's voted Last round I expected "Like A Prayer" and "Stop!" to be the top 2 and "Eternal Flame" the probable-but-not-definite 3rd song, but it went on to tie with "Stop!" miles ahead of the rest, and this round it's actually come out in the lead. However it does have the lowest points for a round winner so far, as this round was pretty spread out between, particularly, 6 strong entries. "Bedroom Eyes" was leading until the last few votes and comes 2nd, tied with "Stop!" which enters the Hall of Fame with the 5th-highest total points so far (behind Madonna, Tracy, INXS and Enya). In the original game, "Stop!" scored a grand total of 4 points, placing =7th in its round alongside Debbie Gibson and Collette. Roxette's first international single "The Look" was tied at #3 for a moment yesterday (note: not the point where the round was extended; the last 2 votes didn't change the qualifiers) but couldn't maintain itself, giving "Bedroom Eyes" some 30-years-belated revenge as it's beaten the song that kept it #2 on ARIA for 4 of its 6 weeks there. "The Look" however is the first song to crack 30 points without ever making the top 3. Though not charting quite as high in Australia, Cyndi Lauper scores almost twice as many points as her previous entry "Hole In My Heart" with her final top...46 hit "I Drove All Night" - which I just learnt was originally written for Roy Orbison who recorded it in 1987, but his version wasn't released until a 1991 Nintendo compilation, followed by 'his' 1992 posthumous album. Céline Dion's 2003 cover just misses the game with a #22 peak. On the other end of post-'80s endurance, Cyndi is tied with Madonna's "Express Yourself", which we will never hear anything similar to again. We also won't be seeing the song of the same title from noted purveyors of anti-pig content N.W.A. Though I'd totally forgotten about it, I'd encountered "Iko Iko" once before in a 2016 QLVG game where it placed #95 with only 1 vote; here it managed 5. Written in 1953 and covered by many artists over the decades, The Belle Stars' version was originally released in 1982 when it was a #35 UK hit; its 1989 release followed its use in the film "Rain Man". I believe its 1982 origin makes it one of 3 tracks so far that date to before 1987, the others being 1967's "What A Wonderful World" and 1985's "Oh Yeah". Tied are Fine Young Cannibals' successful follow-up (and even 2nd US #1) that they never came close to again, and the lead to Kylie's 2nd album - her 4th entry, of which none have placed higher than 7th. I don't expect her next 3 to be more popular either but maybe she'll get some easier competition for once. John Mellencamp could only receive 1 vote with his highest AU charter post-1982 and though unlucky with 2 #21 hits ahead, he did reach the top 20 once more.

40 - Bangles - Eternal Flame (survived 2)
38 - Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes (survived 1)
38 - Sam Brown - Stop! (survived 3; inducted!)

32 - Roxette - The Look
27 - Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night
27 - Madonna - Express Yourself
13 - The Belle Stars - Iko Iko
11 - Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing
11 - Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart
3 - John Cougar Mellencamp - Pop Singer
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Round 17:

Bangles - Eternal Flame
Boom Crash Opera - Onion Skin
Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
James Freud - Hurricane
James Reyne - House Of Cards
Jason Donovan - Sealed With A Kiss
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Queen - I Want It All
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down

Vote your top 5 by Saturday evening!
1. I Won't Back Down
2. Eternal Flame
3. I Want It All
4. Bedroom Eyes
5. House Of Cards
From the hardest round to one of the easiest...

+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3 Queen - I Want It All
+2 James Freud - Hurricane
+1 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+5: Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4: New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+3: Boom Crash Opera - Onion Skin
+2: Bangles - Eternal Flame
+1: James Freud - Hurricane
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
+2 New Kids on the Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+1 Tom Petty - Won't Back Down
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Boom Crash Opera - Onion Skin
+3 Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
+2 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+1 New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+5: Queen - I Want It All
+4: Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3: Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
+2: Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+1: Bangles - Eternal Flame
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
+2 New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+1 Queen - I Want It All
+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Queen - I Want It All
+3 New Kids On the Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+2 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+1 Boom Crash Opera - Onion Skin

Not my favourite round, really.
+5 I Won’t Back Down
+4 I Want It All
+3 Eternal Flame
+2 Bedroom Eyes
+1 You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+5 I Want It All
+4 I Won't Back Down
+3 Eternal Flame
+2 House Of Cards
+1 Telephone Booth
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+3 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+2 New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+1 Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
+5 I Want It All
+4 You Got It
+3 I Won't Back Down
+2 Bedroom Eyes
+1 Eternal Flame
+5 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+4 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+3 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+2 Queen - I Want It All
+1 New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Bangles - Eternal Flame
+3 Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
+2 Queen - I Want It All
+1 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down

5. Bangles - Eternal Flame
4. Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
3. Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
2. Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
1. New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Round 17 results:

For the 5th round in a row, we've been greeted to a descending staircase of qualifiers, where every round, one new song breaks through to the top 3 and the other 7 languish behind. This time it's totally a staircase because the songs are in order of how long they've been in. It immediately means for more intrigue as where the displaced points will go because our top scorer this round is "Eternal Flame" which is yet another ARIA #1 to be qualified. This could potentially allow Kate Ceberano not to do a repeat of Crowded House and have her #2 hit "Bedroom Eyes" ascend beyond 2nd place, which it nearly did this round actually. Maths enthusiasts know that 1 & 4 are perfect squares, but in the instance of this round, it's instead 2nd & 3rd place that score perfect squares in their point totals. That 3rd place was quite a contentious one however, and taking it out we've got yet another Traveling Wilburys remnant via Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down". This is his last top 20 hit but he did curiously score a writing credit on a top 10 hit 25 years later. This is a little unfortunate for Queen who despite currently holding 3 of the top 5 albums on the ARIA Chart this week, just miss the cut with "I Want It All". Perhaps later they'll have a more popular song from their catalogue to get a chance but who can say for sure? After a good run with ARIA #1's of late, New Kids On The Block fall a little short with their only contribution to said canon, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", though they match the rank of Roy Orbison's similarly titled hit with slightly fewer points. Otherwise, this round is effectively all about that guy from that band. If you're not from the era you can perhaps be forgiven for not knowing which James is out of mind & sight and which James would rather you weren't so reckless. Nonetheless despite their two song titles belonging to two things that don't get along especially well, they're tied on points so there's no way of deciding if James truly Reynes or just looks like he's still not Freud. Speaking of references to 2010s top 20 hits, Ian Moss teams up with fellow Cold Chisel member Don Walker who penned "Telephone Booth", which is not the last time we'll encounter this archaic relic in telecommunication. Next we pose the answer to the question of what does Shrek have in common with the shopkeeper in "The Messenger"? If you immediately thought that they unexpectedly have layers, you'd be right, and you might further want to say that it's as if they have "Onion Skin", largely because Boom Crash Opera wrote a song about it. Finally we have the last appearance for Jason Donovan, who has not exactly had the best of luck, but hits a new low here with his 2nd song to land in last place, but first to accumulate a goose egg. I thought it seemed to have potential but I also cannot remember a single thing about it right now so I dunno.

51 - Bangles - Eternal Flame (survived 3; inducted!)
49 - Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes (survived 2)
36 - Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down (survived 1)

34 - Queen - I Want It All
21 - New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)
20 - Ian Moss - Telephone Booth
8 - Boom Crash Opera - Onion Skin
3 - James Freud - Hurricane
3 - James Reyne - House Of Cards
0 - Jason Donovan - Sealed With A Kiss
Round 18:

Collette - All I Wanna Do Is Dance
Def Leppard - Rocket
Guns N' Roses - Patience
Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
Prince - Batdance
Richard Marx - Satisfied
Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care

Vote your top 5! Preferably by Monday night if you want your vote to count
1. If You Don't Know Me By Now
2. I Won't Back Down
3. Patience
4. Satisfied
5. Bedroom Eyes
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+5 Prince - Batdance
+4 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3 Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
+2 Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
+1 Richard Marx - Satisfied
+5 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+4 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3 Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
+2 Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
+1 Richard Marx - Satisfied
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Prince - Batdance
+3 Guns N' Roses - Patience
+2 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+1 Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
Unlucky for Queen, who I think were ahead of Tom Petty for 3rd place until that last vote.

+5 Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
+4 Guns N' Roses - Patience
+3 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+2 Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
+1 Def Leppard - Rocket

+5 Patience
+4 I Won't Back Down
+3 If You Don't Know Me By Now
+2 Bedroom Eyes
+1 Baby I Don't Care
+5 Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
+4 Richard Marx - Satisfied
+3 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+2 Prince - Batdance
+1 Def Leppard - Rocket
+5: Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4: Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+3: Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
+2: Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
+1: Def Leppard - Rocket

So sad for Queen to fall just short And followed up by the weakest round yet by quite a margin!
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+3 Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
+2 Def Leppard - Rocket
+1 Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
+5: Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
+4: Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+3: Prince - Batdance
+2: Def Leppard - Rocket (wish Pour Some Sugar On Me had made the top 20 )
+1: Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
+5 Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
+4 Collette - All I Wanna Do Is Dance
+3 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+2 Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
+1 Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye
+5 Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes
+4 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
+3 Prince - Batdance
+2 Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
+1 Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye

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