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.
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. Last edited:
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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. Last edited:
+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: 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
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
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!
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
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 Last edited:
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 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
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. 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
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
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.
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' Last edited:
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: 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!) Last edited:
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
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.
+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 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 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)
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
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 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 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: 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 Last edited:
+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. 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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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!
+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)
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
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!
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+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
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+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
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 Last edited:
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.
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
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.
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 )
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 Last edited:
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
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
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
+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