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
Having been 2nd behind "Eternal Flame" twice, the coast cleared for "Bedroom Eyes" to lead this round fairly uncontested, though without actually increasing in points. It becomes the 3rd ARIA #2 hit inducted, and of the 7 ARIA #1s responsible for blocking them, only "Eternal Flame" (which blocked "Bedroom Eyes" for 1 of its 6 #2 weeks) has made the HOF (or any round's top 3 at all). "Bedroom Eyes" also follows Crowded House and INXS to become the 3rd Australian inductee. Scraping through over Queen last round, Tom Petty has made the most of it with a comfortable 2nd place, continuing the staircase. For the 2nd time in a row, the #3 was changed by the last vote, with Simply Red's sole ARIA #1 pushed to survival. Unfortunately that leaves Transvision Vamp in the dust, despite their (lower-charting) previous entry "I Want Your Love" being carried to the HOF. "Baby I Don't Care" seemed to have more concentrated votes; its 3 +5s are no less than any of "I Want Your Love"'s rounds, but its 9 votes are a cut below the 12-14 "I Want Your Love" got each time. Nestled between more-classic albums and singles of theirs, Guns N' Roses nonetheless have a respectable placing for "Patience" - tied with our first appearance from Prince, who can currently say that he's always performed well (however never to completion). A song I found to be a striking clash between image and sound, Indecent Obsession's "Say Goodbye" snuck its way into 8 votes (all +1 or +2), an impressive turnaround for a song with a 1.6-star English review average on this site. They're tied with Richard Marx, whose first US #1 of 1989 could only make #20 in Australia. Also doing big things on the US charts around this time were Def Leppard, but the huge album sales of "Hysteria" could only translate to 1 top 20 hit here, with I believe the 5th charting single. In 2004, in response to a population of leopards who had killed 12 humans in a month, an Indian local government released pigs into a forest area to act as alternative prey. We say goodbye to Collette in last place, with a song so much shorter than Def Leppard's that she could almost claim more points per minute.
49 - Kate Ceberano - Bedroom Eyes (survived 3; inducted!) 40 - Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down (survived 2) 29 - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now (survived 1) 26 - Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care 22 - Guns N' Roses - Patience 22 - Prince - Batdance 12 - Indecent Obsession - Say Goodbye 12 - Richard Marx - Satisfied 9 - Def Leppard - Rocket 4 - Collette - All I Wanna Do Is Dance
38 Special - Second Chance Bros - Too Much New Kids On The Block - I'll Be Loving You (Forever) Roxette - Dressed For Success Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness? Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From Texas - I Don't Want A Lover Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down Tone-Lōc - Funky Cold Medina
+5: Roxette - Dressed For Success +4: Bros - Too Much +3: Tone-Lōc - Funky Cold Medina (shame about that 3rd verse though) +2: Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now +1: Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness?
Agreed about Baby I Don't Care, I was really hoping it would make it. I'd heard 0 Bros songs before this but surprisingly I've voted 4/6 Granted this is probably the weakest round so far for me, but on the other hand Cat Among The Pigeons is my favourite discovery so far (out of like... 79/149 songs I'd never heard before).
+5 Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness? +4 Bros - Too Much +3 Roxette - Dressed For Success +2 Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down +1 Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From Wanted to vote for Texas as well honestly. First time I've voted Bros since the very first round and that was only a +1. Last edited:
For the 7th round in a row, we have a new Hall of Fame inductee. After some unlucky attempts alongside the Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty has struck success solo with "I Won't Back Down". This makes him the first solo artist to do so posthumously. This Hall Of Fame streak will end thusly on this round because there is no song available to qualify next round. This is due to the fact that Simply Red's "If You Don't Know Me By Now" has perished in survival limbo which has not happened for a couple of weeks. Despite what he says, we will eventually get another chance to know them in this game. So for the first time in a while, we get 2 new entries making it into the top 3! First up is Roxette who narrowly missed out with their first hit "The Look", whether that misfortune caused more rallying behind the next single, whether the playing field was more auspicious, or people just liked "Dressed For Success" that little bit more, they're here to contend. Alongside these high profile names, we've got Sinitta who could be described as the anti-Ella Mai as being a US singer with considerable success in the UK but not in her home country. She did however breach the Hot 100 with her only Australian top 10 hit "Right Back Where We Started From", a cover of the Maxine Nightingale hit from 1975 which expresses elation at the idea of getting right back where you started from. After completing my 5 hour Banjo-Kazooie stream last night where I died in the engine room about 6 times and had to waste time doing just that, I am less than empathetic about the message but I will respect the enjoyable composition. Simply Red are not the only band to have one big hit in this game from the '80s and then another from the '90s, as this week we're also introduced to Texas who take tonight's dubious 4th place honours with "I Don't Want A Lover". You can say what you want about that but we won't be seeing them again for a long time. On the opposing spectrum of artists with 2 hits in this game, we have Sam Brown in 6th place and Tone-Loc in 7th place with the 2nd of their two top 20 hits. "Stop!" of course performed valiantly to get into the Hall Of Fame, while "Can I Get A Witness?" will have to settle for respectable, middling popularity. People often have remarked that Tone-Loc's two hit songs are literally the same song, and wouldn't it be a right laugh if they scored the same? We nearly had that in fact but "Wild Thing" wins the arbitrary battle by one point, appropriate as it has one less regrettable verse than "Funky Cold Medina". The highlight of course of this round is that though we still have 26 years of hits to get through before we are blessed by Sir Wap, voters for 38 Special's biggest hit "Second Chance" have done so in such a way that I can let out a SEVENTEEN THIRTY EIGHT just by looking at the results. The Spice Girls once said that too much of something is bad enough. I think we can all agree that it is not the case for Bros who simply could never be described as having too many top 20 hits in a short period of time. Unless much beloved aus-charts member emgiefan gets his wish, this will be the last time we see Bros in this game, ending their run as inauspiciously as it started, and continued to be. Fret not as there's more to come from the hip new kids who reside on some sort of block, as they have quickly followed up their #1 hit with "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)", though with dramatically less fanfare. Perhaps they'll need to show us how tough they are in the future to win back some cred?
44 - Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down (survived 3; inducted!) 36 - Roxette - Dressed For Success (survived 1) 32 - Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From (survived 1) 27 - Texas - I Don't Want A Lover 26 - Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now 22 - Sam Brown - Can I Get A Witness? 20 - Tone-Loc - Funky Cold Medina 17 - 38 Special - Second Chance 14 - Bros - Too Much 2 - New Kids On The Block - I'll Be Loving You (Forever)
Gipsy Kings - Bamboleo Grayson Hugh - Talk It Over John Farnham & Danni'elle - Communication Kate Ceberano - Love Dimension Kylie Minogue - Wouldn't Change A Thing Max Q - Way Of The World Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting Roxette - Dressed For Success Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From U2 - All I Want Is You
Vote your top 5! The results will probably be getting down on Friday night. Last edited:
Since Simply Red fell last round, we've got the first induction-less round in 2.5 weeks. Roxette won't be regretting their wardrobe choices as "Dressed For Success" leads this round, receiving points from the exact same 13/16 voters but with a slightly higher total, though only barely above the Bangles' record for the least points at #1. I thought Sinitta was lucky with a weak round last time but either I underestimated her or we found this round just as weak, as she's bumped up to 2nd place - ready to face a challenge with many well-known songs emerging next round. In the battle for the 3rd slot between all the new entrants, Max Q had been holding it earlier today but by a tiny lead I knew would shatter - and indeed it did, with the last 2 votes pushing U2 comfortably ahead. "All I Want Is You" - which I first assumed was like a late-single #17-ish hit but is in fact their longest-running ARIA top 50 hit - becomes U2's first qualifier on their 3rd attempt, maybe making up for the narrow miss of "Desire". Max Q, a short-lived collaborative project from Michael Hutchence who lead a bumper round of songs that aren't on Spotify (only 10/157 songs so far are unavailable, but 4 of them are in this round), ended up 4th, meaning so far INXS-related songs have only placed at #1 or #4. Gipsy Kings, a name some may prefer to read backwards, are just behind with their orthography lesson "Bamboleo", no doubt one of few non-English songs we'll ever get and without even needing a remix tacking on, say, Jason Donovan or Belinda Carlisle. 7 Januarys ago, "Right Here Waiting" made the original game's HOF, but our moderately decreased tolerance for adult contemporary soft rock continues with it falling out mid-table, though to his credit, with twice as many points as he got with "Satisfied". Also in the original game, Sinitta scored only 5 points, and on its journey to the HOF, "The Look" scored more than double the points of "Dressed For Success" when they faced each other; we can only wonder if "Dressed For Success" is genuinely more popular now (I do prefer it for one!) or just really benefited from luck of the draw. Though Olivia Newton-John reached the top 20 with new material for the last time in 1985, she released "Talk It Over" first (as the more-conspicuously titled "Can't We Talk It Over In Bed") before Grayson Hugh (the 'arranger' of the song) released his own version, to anomalously big success in AU & NZ. Kate Ceberano's "Bedroom Eyes" follow-up - and, narrowly, highest-charting solo hit until 1997 - also scores decent points (the 2nd-highest for a round's #8 so far) despite not being considered worthy of inclusion on her Best Of. Unfortunately for Kylie it's another low placing as we continue to sift our way through her less-cherished early hits, and at the bottom though with a respectable 4 votes is John Farnham's duet "Communication", released for a drug and AIDS education project with an accompanying magazine of information that you can view here if so inclined: https://www.discogs.com/release/4463551-Communication/images
41 - Roxette - Dressed For Success (survived 2) 36 - Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From (survived 2) 35 - U2 - All I Want Is You (survived 1) 27 - Max Q - Way Of The World 26 - Gipsy Kings - Bamboleo 24 - Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting 19 - Grayson Hugh - Talk It Over 18 - Kate Ceberano - Love Dimension 8 - Kylie Minogue - Wouldn't Change A Thing 6 - John Farnham & Danni'elle - Communication
Alice Cooper - Poison Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time Eurythmics - Revival Madonna - Cherish Martika - Toy Soldiers Roxette - Dressed For Success Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From The Hummingbirds - Blush Tina Turner - The Best U2 - All I Want Is You
Pick the 5 you consider simply the best by Sunday evening!
I think 'Dressed For Success' has been very lucky in not facing tough competition, and that 'The Look' should have qualified but faced the toughest opposition yet. This new round is very strong and has pushed it down for me but not quite out, unlike Sinitta.
05 Martika - Toy Soldiers 04 Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time 03 Tina Turner - The Best 02 Alice Cooper - Poison 01 Roxette - Dressed For Success
+5 Martika - Toy Soldiers +4 The Hummingbirds - Blush +3 Madonna - Cherish +2 Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From +1 Tina Turner - The Best I usually don't like children's choirs at all so this +5 should be seen as a big endorsement.
It's time for a clean slate. We can almost pretend that the first year of songs in this game never happened because all of this round's survivors only just entered the list this round. Perhaps most impressive about this is that there were actually 3 songs holding on from last round (as opposed to less due to an induction), and none of those 3 songs even landed in the top 4. So who wins this dynamic duel? Well school may be out for summer, but Alice Cooper most certainly is not out, as "Poison" safely sails ahead on the King of Red Lions with the most points. He will not have many chances ahead in this game so he's making the most of it. Our other winners are a bit different, both of them have an ARIA #1 hit waiting in the wings, so it'll be interesting to see how things stack up for Martika's future hits as her first entry "Toy Soldiers" narrowly lands ahead of Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time". There was a reasonable gap between 3rd & 4th so no one person can lay claim to changing the result by contributing their vote (although they could have altered it via some dramatic adjustment to their vote, whatever the endgame of that is). Anyway, if you're imagining this scenario, it's not too bad for some of our entrants, namely Madonna and U2, the former of which has already made the Hall Of Fame, but most importantly, both of which have no shortage of entries for decades to come. Tina Turner is perhaps less auspicious as "The Best" is her last top 10 hit but who knows what this game could serve up for her in the future. Already mentioning U2, the other Round 20 survivors this week have fallen even harder. Sinitta is down to #7 for "Right Back Where We Started From", making for a fair consideration that she may well have been lucky to survive two rounds. You can further perpetuate that claim to Roxette, whose "Dressed For Success" has had one of the wildest runs we'll ever see, going from #1 last round to #9! This means that both it and "The Look" have had the same average ranking across their respective runs here. Like many artists here, Roxette have plenty more to come, including some more #1 hits. The same cannot be said of The Hummingbirds, and Australian indie pop band who I keep telling myself is from New Zealand because I'm getting them mixed up with obscure Hottest 100 alumni The Mutton Birds. A combination of a strong field and also the biggest voting turn out ever means that #9 has an impressive 18 points, but the 3rd factor to that is that in this powerhouse line up, we've also got Eurythmics' with their only entry in this game. Despite no shortage of classic hits in the earlier part of the decade, they can only find 2 votes for their tribute to one of Eminem's worst albums (one can only wait to see if that album's 2 entries can lift above 10th place). While it's the end for the band, David and Annie will both make their mark in the future on their own, with perhaps more esteemed entries.
45 - Alice Cooper - Poison (survived 1) 36 - Martika - Toy Soldiers (survived 1) 34 - Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time (survived 1) 28 - Madonna - Cherish 26 - U2 - All I Want Is You 25 - Tina Turner - The Best 22 - Sinitta - Right Back Where We Started From 19 - The Hummingbirds - Blush 18 - Roxette - Dressed For Success 2 - Eurythmics - Revival
Alice Cooper - Poison Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time Elton John - Healing Hands Gyan - Wait Indecent Obsession - Tell Me Something Jenny Morris - She Has To Be Loved Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers - Swing The Mood Martika - Toy Soldiers Mental As Anything - The World Seems Difficult Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love
Pick the 5 which you think has to be loved by Wednesday evening!
With an all-new top 3 last round, this round was a battle to see if they could hold up against every new song. As it turns out? We've chosen the exact same 3 songs, with a pretty big lead ahead of #4. Furthermore, when I counted up the points earlier today, all of the top 3 were tied on 42 points. It's only the last vote that pushed one ahead - the lucky victor being Cher, curiously climbing from 3rd place despite the spread of voters being almost the same. That leaves Alice Cooper and Martika tied in 2nd place, and I can see the next round being a borderline bloodbath as those 3 songs will have to try to fend off a likely tougher set of new ones, and they seemingly could end up in any order again; nobody is safe. For this round though, the best-performing new song was the debut single of the 1990 ARIAs' Best New Talent winner Gyan, "Wait" - the only song beyond the top 3 to receive multiple +5s. She never hit the top 48 again, but we'll eventually revisit the niche of 'songs that sound like "Baba O'Riley"' via One Direction, and her (I believe) rhymesake KIAN is currently in the ARIA top 20. We complete the tail end of Mental As Anything's top 20-reaching career with #19-scraper "The World Seems Difficult" placing 3 spots higher than their bigger hit "Rock And Roll Music", whereas not even getting the dignity of a 2nd shot are Tears For Fears, with "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" being surprisingly the only time they reached the top 20 after their #1 and #2 hits in 1985. Sadly my favourite of theirs that I know, 1993's "Break It Down Again", only reached #82. Tied with them is Jenny Morris' moderately-successful bid to be loved, followed by a bit of an advance preview of 2018 within the consecutive titles "Healing Hands" and "Tell Me Something". For Indecent Obsession, while "Say Goodbye" didn't chart outside Australia, "Tell Me Something" actually ended up reaching #31 in the US a year later. Across their 2 (and only) entries, they received 13 votes but not a single one above +2. At the bottom is, not too surprisingly, Jive Bunny's introductory #1 hit in Australia and across Europe - particularly in the UK, where it was the 2nd-best-selling single of 1989 and their first of 3 #1s. It feels like a web of context that I absolutely cannot judge without being there at the time, no matter how many times I've read its page on Tom Ewing's Popular, but I like it?
46 - Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time (survived 2) 42 - Alice Cooper - Poison (survived 2) 42 - Martika - Toy Soldiers (survived 2) 27 - Gyan - Wait 22 - Mental As Anything - The World Seems Difficult 20 - Jenny Morris - She Has To Be Loved 20 - Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love 10 - Elton John - Healing Hands 6 - Indecent Obsession - Tell Me Something 5 - Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers - Swing The Mood
Alice Cooper - Poison Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time Icehouse - Touch The Fire Janet Jackson - Miss You Much Martika - I Feel The Earth Move Martika - Toy Soldiers Milli Vanilli - Baby Don't Forget My Number New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
Pick the 5 you'd namedrop in your own list of historical events by Friday evening!
+5: Martika - Toy Soldiers +4: New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough +3: Janet Jackson - Miss You Much +2: Roxette - Listen To Your Heart +1: Alice Cooper - Poison
Very strong round! Like I said in the commentary I really don't know what to expect in the results. In fact I assumed I Feel The Earth Move would get lost in the shuffle but it seems to have a lot of votes already
This round marks the end of a very notable album era, and also the start of a very notable album era, though the Venn diagram crossover for the two is probably about as large as it is for marking the time they spent together on the charts. They also share the common thread of being arguably a little underrepresented here for different reasons. To cut to the chase, the latter album I'm referring to is "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814", which is remembered as iconic to me because it was namedropped by Micky Avalon on one of those mid 2000's triple j hits that only I remember. The first of 8 singles, 3 of which appear here is "Miss You Much", which rises above the rather tough competition to go all the way to the top, or rather more specifically she's tied with Martika's "Toy Soldiers" which has managed to finish ahead of the two songs that it was spending the past 3 rounds with. If you pretend last round's tie didn't happen, all 3 of those songs have been in all 3 possible ranks between the 3 of them, a sentence I hope makes as much sense in words as it does in my head. If it did and you have excellent memory, then you can correctly infer what has happened this round as the other surviving song from this round is Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time". Actually you couldn't necessarily infer that because she might have been eliminated (as has happened to Alice Cooper, proving that the real "Poison" is my endorsement, or maybe someone swapped the poison & protein shelves before I voted). They're actually down to #5, just narrowly behind Billy Joel who famously wrote the first ever BuzzFeed article and titled it "We Didn't Start The Fire" chronicling all manner of things that happened in the 40 years of his life thus far. I can only imagine that Billy Joel is very good at Timeline. The elephant in the room is that this competitive round can be best described as a 7 horse race. There were 3 other songs, but the top 7 got over 90% of all the points. It also means we get to ponder yet again if Roxette have been spoiled by the draw, as their 2nd #1 hit "Listen To Your Heart" follows "The Look" and is unable to survive a single round. There's also a complete decline in Martika next round as she goes from 2 in this round to 0 in the next, with her Carole King cover ending up at the bottom of the list of songs that were actually competing. Now to actually address those 3, I kind of did at the start. The former album I was referring to at the start of this was Icehouse's "Man Of Colours", which surprisingly was still going in 1989 with its last top 20 hit "Touch The Fire", 4 spots behind the fire that Billy Joel didn't start. Australian music icons Icehouse do get similarly esteemed company tied for them in 8th place, with the first of Milli Vanilli's 3 huge US #1 hits, and also what I believe is the only song to ever peak at #17 and spend 38 weeks in the Australian top 50. I will never forget Fetty Wap's number. Finally we have New Kids On The Block returning after a not very short break to score their 2nd consecutive #10 finisher, though with a relatively better score. Perhaps it was not overly convincing to believe that the group that had just charted with "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" are actually tough bad boys.
38 - Janet Jackson - Miss You Much (survived 1) 38 - Martika - Toy Soldiers (survived 3; inducted!) 35 - Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time (survived 3; inducted!) 28 - Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire 27 - Alice Cooper - Poison 27 - Roxette - Listen To Your Heart 24 - Martika - I Feel The Earth Move 8 - Icehouse - Touch The Fire 8 - Milli Vanilli - Baby Don't Forget My Number 7 - New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough Last edited:
The B-52's - Love Shack Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On Black Box - Ride On Time Bobby Brown - Every Little Step Deborah Harry - I Want That Man The D-Generation - Five In A Row Janet Jackson - Miss You Much Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers - That's What I Like Kate Ceberano - Brave Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise
You won't win a sunhat or orthanadonic sandals, but I'd like you to roll out your top 5 in a row by Sunday night.
+5 Janet Jackson - Miss You Much +4 The B-52's - Love Shack +3 Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On +2 Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise +1 Kate Ceberano - Brave This was an extremely close round for me.
+5 Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise (fun fact: A song I learnt in Year 7 on xylophone ) +4 The D-Generation - Five In A Row +3 Bobby Brown - Every Little Step +2 Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On +1 Janet Jackson - Miss You Much
Thanks to last round providing the first double induction in a while, this round had 9 new songs ready to shake things up. Furthermore, we hit 17 voters for the 2nd time! There are now 20 people who've voted at some point - 15 of whom have been with us since early on, without ever missing a round since joining. This allowed a huge spread of 16/17 votes - only the 2nd time a song has reached 16, after "Like A Prayer" did 16/16 once - for the leading song, which comes from a fresh face to the game: Belinda Carlisle. She may have been unlucky with her most definitive hit "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" departing the top 20 2 months too soon for the 1988 cutoff, but it looks like she didn't need it anyway. Belinda's success means our one carried-over song "Miss You Much" has been deposed from the top but never fear; it actually increased in points, and is safely 2nd. A little less safe was 3rd place with 3 or 4 viable contenders, but one song remained narrowly #3 for most of the votes: "Ride On Time", no doubt one of the biggest and best-known dance songs of its time, even being the UK's biggest seller of 1989 (and making Australia pay attention!). Though the song's Loleatta Holloway sample was famously uncleared and had to be re-recorded (apparently before they got around to releasing the song in Australia in the first place), Black Box actually finally got the sample cleared in 2018 thanks to label catalogue transfers making it fall into more willing hands, allowing them to include 2 new remixes featuring Loleatta's voice on their "Superbest" compilation. Black Box also have further 2010s relevance to me and nobody else for a couple lowkey deep house tracks they did that I believe to be the same Black Box only by way of being on the same YouTube channel, in particular their remix of Xavier Rudd's "Follow The Sun" that was in my top 20 songs of 2014. Queen hold the record for the most points without ever making the top 3, but inserting themselves just behind are The B-52's - receiving their 2nd top 10 hit after a mere 9.5 years of waiting since "Rock Lobster", and turning it into the first ARIA #1 of the 1990s. A few centuries ago in New England, lobsters - known as 'cockroaches of the sea' - were so plentiful and lowly-regarded that people even fed them to pigs, before the spread of railway travel allowed train operators to serve lobsters as a 'luxury' to inland residents unaware of its status. Following his 2 soundtrack appearances, Phil Collins' CloseButNoPotato submission is his first top 5 placer, just ahead of the somewhat-less-successful soloist Deborah fka Debbie Harry, with some anomalous international success as her #2 ARIA hit didn't chart in the US at all. She won't be back in the game and nor will we see her band Blondie, their 1999 comeback UK #1 "Maria" only reaching #59 here. Kate Ceberano's 3rd single "Brave" (accompanied by "Young Boys Are My Weakness") does about the same as her previous one; combined, their points can't match a single round of "Bedroom Eyes". Bobby Brown had a slew of US hits from this album but "Every Little Step" is the only one we'll have; I've been really surprised "My Prerogative" only reached #40. Though "Every Little Step" is seemingly actually his most popular song nowadays, judging by YouTube and Spotify numbers. For our loyal 23FM listeners, "Five In A Row" in fact scores exactly as well as Kylie's last elevator soundpiece and better than the last appearances from Farnham, Barnes, senior citizen favourites Little River Band and James Reyne, an achievement I'm sure Dangerous Dan will be printing on his new T-shirts. It's bad luck with 0 points doled out for potentially the true comedy record of the round, Jive Bunny's "That's What I Like", though I know a couple of us did prefer it to "Swing The Mood" (myself included I think). Out of the 8 songs so far that have received 0 points, only 1 (Bros' "Drop The Boy") has been original material. In the UK Jive Bunny had another #1 and a series of diminishing top 50 hits to come, but the best they managed here was #66.
49 - Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On (survived 1) 44 - Janet Jackson - Miss You Much (survived 2) 37 - Black Box - Ride On Time (survived 1) 33 - The B-52's - Love Shack 28 - Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise 26 - Deborah Harry - I Want That Man 16 - Kate Ceberano - Brave 14 - Bobby Brown - Every Little Step 8 - The D-Generation - Five In A Row 0 - Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers - That's What I Like
Alice Cooper - Bed Of Nails Bad English - When I See You Smile Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On Black Box - Ride On Time Cher - Just Like Jesse James Janet Jackson - Miss You Much Kylie Minogue - Never Too Late Milli Vanilli - Girl I'm Gonna Miss You Peter Blakeley - Crying In The Chapel Technotronic feat. Felly - Pump Up The Jam
Pick the 5 songs you'd lay on a bed of nails for by Tuesday evening!
Also "Bed Of Nails" is the last top 20 hit of 1989! All the other new ones entered the top 20 in January 1990. 1988 (starting from June) had 72 top 20 hits and 1989 had 116.
If you're in the mood for rapid change, perhaps brought on by a new record of 18 voters, you're not going to find it this time around. Just like a week ago, we've hit another round with none of the new entrants making enough of an impact to crack the top 3, and thus the surviving songs are the same as last round. Even the points between them haven't changed drastically, although "Leave A Light On" is now quite safely in the lead. Arguably more so now because her nearest competition from Janet Jackson is now out of contention as "Miss You Much" becomes the 4th non-top 10 hit (on ARIA at least) to be inducted. Black Box are also going through for a second time with "Ride On Time", which yet again is just narrowly squeaking through ahead of its nearest competition. It was actually quite an evergreen moment in this game as the annals of pop rock were shaken by two different dance songs contesting at once, the sort of paradigm shift we can expect to see more of as we truly dive into the '90s. That other dance song is the unlucky one to fall slightly behind, with the first of Technotronic's surprisingly more than one hits "Pump Up The Jam" finishing in 4th. It will carry on in spirit in the next round. The same cannot be said of Cher for the time being, who is blasting off again as "Just Like Jesse James" finishes in a distant 5th. Her only Hall Of Fame entrant so far is a #1 hit, so perhaps it'll be a long time before she can truly unite all voters within our forum. Though if we really want to talk about an artist uniting everyone, who could forget Milli Vanilli as they enter with the 2nd of their 3 consecutive US #1 singles, suffice to say, we'll be hearing from them and their unique voices for a long time. Moving from 8 points to 22 points this time is a notable improvement however. Also returning to the game is Kylie Minogue, who continues to barely assert herself as any more than the lesser Kylie as with 7 entries now she's still yet to crack the top 5. She's even tied with what on first glance appears to be the most cursed form of release in this game, except Peter Blakeley's "Crying In The Chapel" is not in fact a cover of the song of the same name made famous by Elvis Presley. This Song Of The Year ARIA Award winner received one each of all the possible voting denominations to finish on 15, most voters didn't touch it and thus gave it a theoretical 0 points, which did not change its score at all. Alice Cooper has done the unthinkable in that his song "Bed Of Nails" was eliminated without me providing a vote to curse his chances, or perhaps the "Poison" curse is still lingering on, like a frustrating black flash every 4 steps you walk around in Viridian Forest. This round is also one of those rare cases where all songs finish on double digits, so it's a less shame-filled result for Bad English who were perhaps lost in the shuffle with their US #1 hit "When I See You Smile". This round also makes for a relative decline in fortunes for Diane Warren, who I believe first made her impression in this game with "If I Could Turn Back Time" which was a Hall of Fame inductee. She actually had 3 entries in this one round between Cher, Alice Cooper & Bad English which have all missed out. Fret not Warren Fans, she will be making her mark on this game for well over 2 decades to come.
54 - Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On (survived 2) 42 - Janet Jackson - Miss You Much (survived 3; inducted!) 39 - Black Box - Ride On Time (survived 2) 35 - Technotronic feat. Felly - Pump Up The Jam 23 - Cher - Just Like Jesse James 22 - Milli Vanilli - Girl I'm Gonna Miss You 15 - Kylie Minogue - Never Too Late 15 - Peter Blakeley - Crying In The Chapel 14 - Alice Cooper - Bed Of Nails 11 - Bad English - When I See You Smile
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun Alannah Myles - Black Velvet Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On Black Box - Ride On Time Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Please Send Me Someone To Love Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville - Don't Know Much Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine Rococo - Italo House Mix Shakespears Sister - You're History
By all means, provide me your top 5 ARIA Logo Mix within the next 48 hours. Also contribute to QLVG if that interests you.
+5: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine +4: Black Box - Ride On Time +3: Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On +2: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (LALO and this were very close, I switched them around a few times before settling) +1: Linda Ronstadt ft. Aaron Neville - Don't Know Much
(apologies to Beanster if you were planning to vote)
Round 26 results:
Belinda won the last 2 rounds with near-unanimous support so it'd be fair to expect a continuation, but as it turned out, the song really eating up points this round wasn't her - but rather "Black Velvet", which received +5s or +4s from a huge 10/16 voters. This is not in fact the first time I've mentioned "Black Velvet" in my commentary; when I said Melissa Etheridge's "I'm The Only One" sounds a lot like a particular 1990 hit, it was the one I was referring to. Wikipedia describes it as 'a paean to Elvis Presley', so Ed Sheeran has a high bar set for him in 27 years' time. Belinda isn't 2nd either, as Midnight Oil got strong support for "Blue Sky Mine", surprisingly a #1 hit on Billboard's Alternative and Album Rock Tracks charts (mere weeks after "Black Velvet" on the latter). As Young Money's "BedRock" didn't chart in Australia, it may be the only asbestos-related song we encounter. In 2015, traces of asbestos were found in packets of children's crayons with cartoon characters including Dora The Explorer and Peppa Pig. That leaves 3rd place as Belinda's residence, nevertheless enough for her to enter the Hall of Fame and with the 5th-highest total points so far. It's another unlucky high-points #4 for Aerosmith, and left in the dust (as we didn't stick by them) behind all that is Black Box, who'd managed 3rd place twice but couldn't hold up this time. That makes altogether bad luck for house music's first serious foray into the game with Black Box and Technotronic both falling short... and Rococo, who despite bundling 5 more songs alongside those 2, ended up in 9th place (though that is higher than both Jive Bunny entries); maybe it would've helped if all their inclusions were actually Italo house tracks. I did expect it to do better but Lisa Stansfield's "All Around The World", one of the dance-ish UK #1's from these years that actually did well in Australia (and the US), still got a solid amount of votes; her next-highest AU charter peaked at #21 so she won't be back, but she does have an impressively large amount of #101-#200 peaks (credit to Nugs for obtaining those and putting them on Wikipedia I think) which is something? We brushed by Bananarama with their final top 20 hit "I Want You Back" in the first round, and now we have the first chart hit from member Siobhan Fahey's solo-turned-duo project Shakespears Sister (though using an apostrophe at this time) "You're History", which scored slightly more points. At the bottom end, the cover curse strikes again with Linda Ronstadt, Rococo and Diesel (though, granted, the original Barry Mann "Don't Know Much" is a non-single from an album with no chart performance, sales or streams that I can find). Diesel has numerous hits to come but "Please Send Me Someone To Love" - a single from the soundtrack of the Kylie-starring movie "The Delinquents", also home to a Kylie song appearing momentarily - is the last one that had his Injectors on board.
52 - Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (survived 1) 41 - Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine (survived 1) 39 - Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On (survived 3; inducted!) 33 - Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun 29 - Black Box - Ride On Time 18 - Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World 17 - Shakespears Sister - You're History 7 - Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville - Don't Know Much 3 - Rococo - Italo House Mix 1 - Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - Please Send Me Someone To Love
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet Elton John - Sacrifice Kaoma - Lambada Kylie Minogue - Tears On My Pillow Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed To Live Without You Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair - Opposites Attract Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U The Angels - Let The Night Roll On The B-52's - Roam
Get in your entries for the official Paula Abdul Award™ of having the opposite 5 favourites to someone else by Saturday evening!
+5: Kaoma - Lambada (one of my strongest +5s so far!) +4: Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U +3: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet +2: Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair - Opposites Attract (shame Straight Up only made #27) +1: The B-52's - Roam
+5 Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U +4 Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract +3 Alannah Myles - Black Velvet +2 Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine +1 Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
Have to admit, this round I actually struggled to find 5 I wanted to award points to. They're all kind of mediocre to me. Well, I think the Sinéad track is good, but not worthy of being #1 for 8 weeks. Last edited:
I hope you have all been enjoying the Chinese New Year over the weekend. I can't remember what animal's year it is now but that's not really important or something that needs to be acknowledged I think. What is important is to note the remarkably lopsided results we've had this round. It's been about 28 years since Sinead O'Connor stormed to the top of the ARIA Charts with her rendition of "Nothing Compares 2 U", originally by Prince & The Family. That version was only recently released to iTunes so perhaps having the more widely available version is how Sinead has escaped the curse of covers, instead storming to the top of the list with points from everyone, including 7 +5 votes. Despite only getting 1 of those precious top votes, and appearing in one less vote overall, Alannah Myles trails relatively close behind with "Black Velvet" only taking a slight decline in votes for its 2nd appearance. We shall have to see if she will be her own undoing next round. Also contending for one more round will be Midnight Oil. They've also faced a slight decline coming narrowly close to slipping out, but they're safe for now. You can also take from these results that Sinead O'Connor has in fact beaten "Black" and "Blue". Yet again I must eulogise another song which has fallen short of survival behind an incumbent entry by exactly 4 points. To make matters more unfortunate, it's The B-52's who suffer this fate for the 2nd time in a row, only scoring 2 less points than "Love Shack" did. This track was produced by Nile Rodgers who might not have an active involvement in another entry for quite a long time to my knowledge. A lot of songs these days are written very quickly and rushed out, but I can assure you that "Roam" wasn't built in a day. On the topics of entities that make unexpected comebacks in the 2010s, we've got another rare non-English track from Kaoma with "Lambada". The song might be more recognised nowadays as the basis for Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull's "On The Floor". Pitbull also interpolated "Rapper's Delight" (which itself interpolated "Good Times" [as co-written by Nile Rodgers]), so we have to thank Pitbull for shouting out ARIA Logo Round 27 alumni. I suspect his albums "Global Warming" and "Climate Change" aren't conceived based on a misconception on the meaning of "Beds Are Burning" but who can know for sure? Anyway, 'lambada' is of course a famous dance of Brazilian origin, and it just so happens to be tied with Paula Abdul who rose to fame in the areas of dance & choreography. Steins;Gate readers might notice that Rintaro & Kurisu often clash on their scientific and social approach which is what makes their relationship so fascinating. Paula goes one step further in "Opposites Attract" by having two people who clearly differ on many issues which may cause conflict along the way, not least of which that one of them is an animated depiction of a rapping cat. MC Skat Kat was inspired by Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry the mouse in "Anchors Aweigh". Anyone familiar with the cartoon knows that Jerry typically bests Tom in their many encounters, but let it be known that so far in this game we've had Tom Petty reach the Hall Of Fame and Jerry Harrison score just 3 points. If you're trying to equate any level of success for songs between QLVG & Logo, we have recent appearances for Elton John's "Sacrifice" in both. In QLVG, "Sacrifice" finished 83rd out of 100 songs, here it lands in tied 7th among 10. While it would net him his 2nd UK #1 single, he will be waiting some time before getting to that landmark on the Australian charts. He's still doing better than Michael Bolton who as of yet has notched 0. That's not without trying though, and he had a mighty run on the charts with "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You", a song once believed to be written about his hair, though he seems to be doing just fine with it much shorter lately, apart from his inability to stay awake through interviews. Kylie Minogue continues to be the lesser Kylie as yet another of her entries falls short, is there any hope for her career after all these set backs? We will soon find out if she also is the lesser Minogue. What wasn't mentioned on last round's commentary is that we had our first ever 1 point scoring song (I believe every other nearby score had been covered long ago). It would be random to bring it up now except for the fact that it's happened again, and yet again with Australian rock royalty by way of The Angels. Though there's not quite as much fanfare for their later material here, "Let The Night Roll On" comes from their album "Beyond Salvation" which is their only ever #1 album (though their 2nd album "Face To Face" did go four times platinum despite only a #18 peak).
57 - Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (survived 1) 48 - Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (survived 2) 35 - Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine (survived 2) 31 - The B-52's - Roam 18 - Kaoma - Lambada 18 - Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair - Opposites Attract 15 - Elton John - Sacrifice 15 - Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed To Live Without You 2 - Kylie Minogue - Tears On My Pillow 1 - The Angels - Let The Night Roll On
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet Alannah Myles - Love Is Black Box - I Don't Know Anybody Else Dannii Minogue - Love And Kisses Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine Milli Vanilli - Blame It On The Rain Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down Roxette - Dangerous Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U Technotronic - Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)
Select the 5 songs you wish would rain down on you, and do so before the round is over on Monday night.
+5 Black Box - I Don't Know Anybody Else +4 Milli Vanilli - Blame It On the Rain +3 Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U +2 Alannah Myles - Love Is +1 Technotronic - Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)
It's been 7 hours and 15 days since the 2018 Hottest 100. More relevantly, at that time we were amidst a round that led to the 3 surviving songs all falling short in favour of a brand new trio. This round... took the opposite approach. The top 3 is exactly the same as last round, and this time, with a huge 20-point lead over #4 (only rounds 14-15, when "Stop!" was 3rd over "Chained To The Wheel" and "Wind Beneath My Wings", have had bigger #3/#4 gaps). So it's an unsurprising 2nd win for Sinéad, though she did lose 1 voter and fall closer in points to #2: "Black Velvet", which is welcomed into the HOF with the =3rd-highest total points so far, owing to an impressive 52-48-48 points across its rounds. Alannah Myles is the first Canadian artist to make the HOF, for whatever that's worth. Also joining the HOF after its strongest round performance is "Blue Sky Mine", the 4th Australian song out of 20 inductions. Only 3 of the 20 ("Better Be Home Soon", "Fast Car" and "Eternal Flame") are shared with the original game's HOF, out of 8 songs that had been inducted there by this point (the smaller number owing to its 5-rounds requirement and not having #11-#20 hits). Sinéad and 2 songs about to enter made the original HOF, so we've likely got a big round ahead. Back to this round, #4 (with the =2nd-lowest #4 points so far) went to Alannah Myles' "Love Is" - which actually was released and made the top 100 before "Black Velvet", and then gradually followed it up the charts about 20-30 spots behind, the 2 of them spending 9 weeks together in the top 20. Then she never made the top 46 again. Roxette's back-and-forth competition levels continue with "Dangerous" matching the rank of "Listen To Your Heart", but they've done very well so far regardless with all 4 of their entries getting at least 20 points and a majority of votes (well, outside of the infamous "Dressed For Success" 3rd round). Also a 4th entry is Phil Collins' "I Wish It Would Rain Down", which completes a set of solid-but-not-spectacular results for him (all 4 placed #5-#8 with 14-28 points - though he's had dedicated support; "I Wish..." and "A Groovy Kind Of Love" are the most points a song has gotten from only 4 votes). It was his final solo top 35 hit, though I imagine his "Tarzan" song "You'll Be In My Heart" is much more popular than its #43 peak suggests (on Spotify it's his 3rd-biggest). Now, while Technotronic lost to Black Box a few rounds ago, they've reversed it with "Get Up!" crowned the more popular Rococo-alumni follow-up. In between them are Milli Vanilli's final hit single (and my favourite of them) "Blame It On The Rain", a Dianne Warren-penned song added to the US version of their European debut album - though I believe Australia got neither but instead their 'US Remix Album' with extended versions of the singles, which spent 5 weeks at #1 on the album chart anyway. After their implosion the actual vocalists released a single (and album) as The Real Milli Vanilli but only reached #62. The producer actually responsible for making the 'frontmen' lipsync, on the other hand, went on to have success with further groups, because priorities. Finally, Dannii unfortunately cannot claim to be the more popular Minogue as her US R&B-influenced debut "Love And Kisses" only received 4 points. She has another 8 top 20 hits spread over the next 16 years, but never made the top 10 again.
52 - Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (survived 2) 48 - Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (survived 3; inducted!) 43 - Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine (survived 3; inducted!) 23 - Alannah Myles - Love Is 20 - Roxette - Dangerous 16 - Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down 14 - Technotronic - Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) 11 - Milli Vanilli - Blame It On The Rain 9 - Black Box - I Don't Know Anybody Else 4 - Dannii Minogue - Love And Kisses
Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 - Mona Grandmaster Chicken & D.J. Duck - Check Out The Chicken Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You Madonna - Vogue Margaret Urlich - Escaping Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U The Church - Metropolis Wet Wet Wet - Sweet Surrender
I don't know if I like this accordion. What about you? Submit your opinions in the form of a top 5 vote by Wednesday evening.
+5 Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers +4 Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +3 Madonna - Vogue +2 Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U +1 Margaret Urlich - Escaping
392414 - before the US Remix version of Milli Vanilli's 'All Or Nothing' album, we got the regular 'All Or Nothing' album, earlier in 1989, around the same time that 'Girl You Know It's True' was in the lower region of the top 100. It's odd that their debut album was released under several different titles and variations in different territories.
+5: Madonna - Vogue +4: Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +3: Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love 2 U +2: Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U +1: Grandmaster Chicken & D.J. Duck - Check Out The Chicken (I liked the accordion) wish I had room for Escaping (and Metropolis) too!
Ah, thanks for the correction! I actually saw your comment on GavinScott's blog that the European "All Or Nothing" was released here, but I misinterpreted it as being the single. When I first noticed the US remix album on this site's charts a few weeks ago I assumed it was a mistake until Gavin and your comments confirmed otherwise; I'm surprised they chose to release that over the regular US album. Last edited:
It is understandable to believe that with 2 songs being inducted last round, there was a new vacancy to be filled with two new songs. That obviously happened, but what was less obvious is the extent that they've asserted themselves. Sinead was of course pretty safely #1 for her first two appearances, but you won't see her name listed first at least this time. In an unprecedented work of weirdness, there's actually been a 3 way tie for the top spot. We can talk about Sinead first because that's the obvious one (okay maybe they're all obvious, but she's the one I've already mentioned), as "Nothing Compares 2 U" does in fact manage to be inducted with a percentage of votes across its run which 392 will probably know the exact amount of, I just know that it's the best ever. It's also not the last time we'll be seeing her in this game, but we'll tear that photo when we get to it. As for the others, well they should be familiar names because I expect people reading this to have a basic interest in popular music but also for the more pertinent reason that they're both artists who have had Hall Of Fame inductees this year. Actually for Belinda Carlisle it was just a week ago with "Leave A Light On". We shall have to see how "Summer Rain" can compare to it, as it has the better start of the two, but "Leave A Light On" went on to score higher in round 2. With a big vote grabber out of the way next round, maybe "Summer Rain" will do the same? It will however have to contend with the other 51 point scorer of this round, Madonna's "Vogue". She'll have a tougher time matching her prior Hall Of Fame entrant "Like A Prayer" but we shall see. Then we get to the rest of these songs, which only got 36% of the entire vote but will probably get a higher portion of this write up dedicated to them. By all means we can congratulate Michael Bolton for scoring a new personal best in 4th place, though he does so a slight 29 points behind the top 3. In his latest entry he ponders how we can be lovers if we can't be friends, but it's not clear whether or not he lied. Just a little behind him is the song that might have suffered the most from tough competition, or maybe the real problem is that Heart are in this game just once with their ARIA #1 hit "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You", rather than their universally approved opus "Hijinx" (or "Alone" & "Barracuda" if you're into that sort of thing). They're one of several artists in tonight's results making their sole appearance. For Margaret Urlich this is probably more a case of coincidence than the others, because she has no shortage of hits here but "Escaping" just happens to be the only one that cracked the top 20. She started off as a vocalist in the New Zealand band Peking Man who scored a #1 hit in their native country, but her finishing in 6th doesn't bode well for any potential Peking artists in the future, especially when you consider the general disinterest in non-human artists that this round's results seem to suggest. Then we've got an artist with only one entry that you might think relates to the fact that their career heyday was prior to this game, but that's when you realise that The Church's classic hits "The Unguarded Moment" and "Under The Milky Way" both peaked at #22, even though the latter was a decent sized international hit. So for one of the most beloved bands in this country, we just have their narrowly higher charting "Metropolis" lumped into an already strong round to finish at 7th. One band that will be back (though they'll have grown up quite a bit by then), Wet Wet Wet have what will for quite a while stand as their biggest hit in "Sweet Surrender" with a score that matches its ARIA peak. Because timing works in mysterious ways, we encounter Craig McLachstein's only entry in this game in the same month that he's been facing court proceedings from multiple accounts of misconduct. At the very least, his rendition of Bo Diddley's "Mona" will always have the bizarre fact that it was sampled on Rizzle Kicks' biggest UK hit, as produced by that Fatboy Slim, two names we should never see in this game. He's also scored more points than several songs by his sister from Neighbours and her clearly very forgettable music career. Lastly I address the final song. In the 1950s, Swiss accordion player Werner Thomas composed an oompah song that we now typically know as the "Chicken Dance". It was originally translated as "The Duck Dance", but in the 1970s the names "The Bird Dance" and "Birdie Dance" also caught on. Afterwards in 1980, a Dutch band called De Electronicas released their own version of it as a B-side, which following the tradition set by "Kung Fu Fighting" in the previous decade, ended up getting far more airplay and stayed in the Dutch charts for months. It is possible that they are responsible for birthing the idea of Grandmaster Chicken & D.J. Duck which was also made by a Dutch production group, whose biggest hit "Check Out The Chicken" is prominently based around the same song. Much of the success in Australia may well owe to the music video, which features all manner of uncomfortably meshed styles of animations, but also some delightful puns like 'Eggsit' and 'Eggypt'. The song implores you to merely check out the chicken, and never at all suggests that you repeatedly strike one with a sword. Though two games in The Legend Of Zelda had been released prior to "Check Out The Chicken", it wasn't until in 1991's "A Link To The Past" that the cuccos debuted their iconic revenge swarm if you attack them too many times. I choose to believe that Grandmaster Chicken's influence is responsible for this now famous staple of the series.
51 - Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain (survived 1) 51 - Madonna - Vogue (survived 1) 51 - Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (survived 3; inducted!) 22 - Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers 21 - Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You 15 - Margaret Urlich - Escaping 13 - The Church - Metropolis 7 - Wet Wet Wet - Sweet Surrender 6 - Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 - Mona 3 - Grandmaster Chicken & D.J. Duck - Check Out The Chicken
The Angels - Dogs Are Talking Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain Billy Idol - Cradle Of Love Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) Madonna - Vogue Ram Jam - Black Betty (Rough 'N Ready Remix) Roxette - It Must Have Been Love Skid Row - I Remember You The Stone Roses - Fools Gold Tina Arena - I Need Your Body
I would like you to rock the cradle of top 5 votes by adding one more to the pile by Friday night.
+5: Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) (I love the 2008 remake a lot more [despite first hearing both around the same time in 2014], but this is a big standout too) +4: Madonna - Vogue +3: The Stone Roses - Fools Gold (I knew of this song but had never listened to it before today and I'm super impressed!) +2: Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +1: Ram Jam - Black Betty (Rough 'N Ready Remix)
Yeah we've been discussing some cases like that behind the scenes a bit. For instance there's Lauryn Hill's top 20 hit where what I've heard is that Can't Take My Eyes... was getting airplay in Australia but who's to say that was why people were buying it when the other A side is (nowadays far more) popular in its own right. It's like how radio were predominantly playing a remix of London Grammar's Strong but that absolutely was not the popular version.
This round was all about 5 songs - collectively they ate up 83% of points distributed, producing almost record-high points for #5 and at the same time, the 2nd-lowest points for #6 so far. And you'd be right to guess that after sailing high in the 3-way tie last round Belinda and Madonna were pretty safe, leaving 3rd place as a tense battle until the very end. The top 2 didn't maintain their tie however; Belinda managed to up her ante to a full 16/16 votes (only the 4th song to manage that, and none have in multiple rounds) and a 7-point lead. That means both "Leave A Light On" and "Summer Rain" have won both their first 2 rounds (3/4 times without ties), and it's also the 2nd time a #1 hit of Madonna's has come 2nd to a #6 ARIA hit ("Orinoco Flow" having narrowly won over "Like A Prayer" once). Onto 3rd place, however. At the halfway mark it was Roxette; the 9th vote lifted Guru Josh to #3; the 11th vote pushed Stone Roses there; the 12th vote returned Roxette and pushed Guru down to #5; and it's only with the 14th vote that the final state was reached..... in Guru Josh's favour, to my delight, and by a mere 1 point (I wondered if this might become the first round with a #3 tie - I'd never have expected 30 rounds to go by without one). "Infinity"'s task will be to try and do what "Ride On Time" couldn't and hold long enough to become the first dance song in the HOF, and I believe if it does, Guru Josh will also be the first deceased artist to do so (not counting INXS for only Michael Hutchence). Of course, if "Infinity" fails, Guru Josh will have many more chances, as it is his decade after all. So missing out by just 1 point is Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love", which was first composed in 1987 as a Christmas song - subtitled "(Christmas For The Broken Hearted)" - in response to EMI telling them it would be easier to get airplay if they came up with an 'intelligent Christmas single'. It reached #4 in Sweden but wasn't released elsewhere, until they were approached to write a song for 1990's "Pretty Woman" soundtrack and, being too busy with promo, offered "It Must Have Been Love"; the sole Christmas reference was changed ('hard Christmas day' to 'hard winter's day') and the production beefed up a little, and it became a huge hit (and their best-enduring hit via Spotify and particularly YouTube). I will link here the liner notes to their 1995 GH which I enjoyed reading 2 Roxette entries ago: https://web.archive.org/web/20100323063747/http://www.pergessle.net/pearls/roxette/bdbugttc.html "It Must Have Been Love" is their 4th of 5 entries to place at #4 or #5, and matches "Pump Up The Jam" for the unluckiness crown of most points without ever making the top 3. And finally, the 5th of the major songs: "Fools Gold", which I believe to be a defining song of the Madchester scene, ended up a bit behind #3 and #4 but all 3 of them did get the same amount of votes (10/16). "Fools Gold" is the 3rd song from triple j's 2009 all-time Hottest 100 to appear, following "Blue Monday" (pretending the 1988 version is the same) and "Sweet Child O' Mine", which both made the top 3 but not the HOF. There is a video on YouTube titled "Peppa Pig listens to The Stone Roses". Now on the other side of a 16-point gap, Tina Arena did best, with her first hit (but not debut single, owing to a 1985 #92 hit) following her time as a child TV star, "I Need Your Body" - which she shunned (or just cringed over the video maybe) for decades afterwards until bringing it back on tour in 2014. Skid Row's previous single "18 And Life" may have been a bigger US & UK hit and likewise on Spotify now, but "I Remember You" charted a whole 114 spots higher in Australia, before they seemingly promptly fell into oblivion within a few years. Billy Idol and The Angels depart with their last top 20 hits (unless you count The Biff), the latter being towards the end of an 18-year span of consistently moderate charters, as do Ram Jam with the remix of 1978 #3 hit "Black Betty" produced by then-prominent remixer Ben Liebrand, who I believe will be back in remix role on another revived classic in a couple years. "Black Betty" received 4 points from 4 voters, the most points a song has gotten from only +1s (previously "Man With A Gun" and "Young Years" had gotten 3).
53 - Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain (survived 2) 46 - Madonna - Vogue (survived 2) 36 - Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) (survived 1) 35 - Roxette - It Must Have Been Love 28 - The Stone Roses - Fools Gold 12 - Tina Arena - I Need Your Body 10 - Skid Row - I Remember You 9 - Billy Idol - Cradle Of Love 7 - The Angels - Dogs Are Talking 4 - Ram Jam - Black Betty (Rough 'N Ready Remix)
49ers - Touch Me Absent Friends feat. Wendy Matthews - I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You Andrew Ridgeley - Shake Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) Hi Tek 3 feat. Ya Kid K - Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real!) Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know Madonna - Vogue New Kids On The Block - Step By Step Wilson Phillips - Hold On
Assign your steps 1 to 5 by Sunday evening! Last edited:
+5 Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +4 Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know +3 Madonna - Vogue +2 Wilson Phillips - Hold On +1 Absent Friends feat. Wendy Matthews - I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You
+5 Madonna - Vogue +4 Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's...Time For The Guru) +3 Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +2 Kylie Minogue - Not Better Than The Mole You Know +1 Absent Friends - I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You
+5: Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) +4: Madonna - Vogue +3: Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +2: Hi Tek 3 feat. Ya Kid K - Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real!) +1: New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
Edit: I've been informed I was wrong about Guru Josh's chance to become the first deceased artist in the HOF, as we already have Tom Petty Last edited:
+5 Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) +4 Wilson Phillips - Hold On +3 Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +2 Absent Friends feat. Wendy Matthews - I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You +1 Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know
+5 Wilson Phillips - Hold On +4 Absent Friends feat. Wendy Matthews - I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You +3 Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know +2 Madonna - Vogue +1 New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
+5: Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain +4: Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) +3: Wilson Phillips - Hold On +2: Hi Tek 3 ft. Ya Kid K - Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real) +1: New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
It's easy to forget that 2 rounds ago we faced a mighty tussle that resulted in a 3 way tie for the most votes. It's especially jarring because two of those songs are still in this game and now they're separated by 15 points! For whatever reason, the voting progression was most kind to Belinda Carlisle who has done what Sinead did when the two songs were competing against each other, and has scored a clean sweep of votes bar one, almost all of them being top 3 votes too. This is a historic result because it takes "Summer Rain" into the Hall Of Fame meaning that Belinda Carlisle is the first artist to ever get inducted twice...or at least she should be except as it just so happens Madonna has done the same thing as her on the same week so in a way they're tied again. "Vogue"'s support slipped a little over the rounds but it's still safely in the 2nd slot, meaning we've got two big vacancies going into the next round. The one song that will carry on from this round to appear in the next is "Infinity", with Guru Josh getting one week closer to putting his stamp on the entire decade henceforce. Last round was a crowded pile up on just 5 songs, this time it's 6 songs which get 92% of all the votes. It's yet another unlucky result to pile onto Wilson Phillips, whose "Hold On" originally peaked at #2 on the ARIA Chart, and then climbed back up to #51 when it was used prominently in "Bridesmaids" in 2011. Now it's in 4th place here and misses out completely. Unlike in the US where the group had 3 #1 singles, this is actually their only appearance whatsoever. This will be pleasing to the drummer of an as of yet not very well grunge band who I recall getting very mad about Wilson Phillips. Just behind them, we come back to Kylie of the Minogue variety, who I have been constantly casting shade on due to her incessent inability to reach the top half of the table despite countless appearances. "Better The Devil You Know" is her 9th appearance and indeed gives her a new best position of #5, but I feel as though I should carry on my tradition because I was expecting better of this song, not that I should have because Kylie Minogue is clearly not a very popular or noteworthy singer. Speaking of Australian singers, there's maybe a bit more promise looming with the first appearance of Wendy Matthews. She's here with many of her noteworthy friends in Absent Friends, one of a handful of supergroups we'll encounter along the way with members of Models, INXS & GANGgajang in their ranks. "I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You" is their only entry, landing relatively high at #6 on the basis that it's yet another one of those oft-dreaded cover versions, though a rare one where the Wikipedia article lists it first as the cover version because it was originally just an album track from Eddie Floyd. There will be more Wendy Matthews entries to come but these friends will be absent for them. So that's all the songs that cracked double digits. Next we have New Kids On The Block who had a bunch of hits, but they're still yet to even match the 21 points they scored with "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" with the 3 songs that followed it. At least this time with "Step By Step" they've avoided the bottom spot. Next we have the evidently not very nice 49ers whose only hit "Touch Me" seemingly missed the cut off to be included in Rococo's "Italo House Mix". You might think that they're not the only random one off dance act in this result as we've also got Hi Tek 3, but in actual fact it's just Technotronic under a different name making a song for the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" soundtrack though you might not be able to tell if not for the subtitle. I believe it's also the only song we'll encounter in this game that features the moderately popular sample of Lyn Collins' "Think (About It)" which also appeared in Rob Base's "It Takes Two" and Kanye West's "So Appalled". There's a song coming up somewhat soon that I always thought used the same sample but it's just very similar. Lastly we have the first solo single for Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! which you will be shocked to know is less popular than George Michael's as of yet only entry, but to the extent that it didn't receive a single vote. Evidently Andrew's mistake was releasing a song called "Shake" some 7 years before the release of Mischief Makers which would go on to make the word considerably more popular.
60 - Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain (survived 3; inducted!) 45 - Madonna - Vogue (survived 3; inducted!) 38 - Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) (survived 2) 34 - Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know 32 - Wilson Phillips - Hold On 26 - Absent Friends feat. Wendy Matthews - I Don't Want To Be With Nobody But You 8 - New Kids On The Block - Step By Step 7 - 49ers - Touch Me 5 - Hi Tek 3 feat. Ya Kid K - Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real!) 0 - Andrew Ridgeley - Shake Last edited:
1927 - Tell Me A Story Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me Elton John - Club At The End Of The Street Gloria Estefan - Here We Are Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) Mark Williams - Show No Mercy MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This Poison - Unskinny Bop Snap! - The Power Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back
Determine your top 5 favourite club bops from this lot and post your vote by Tuesday night.
update: been informed I counted a vote incorrectly, so "Better The Devil You Know" and "Hold On" have been swapped. I'm not re-writing the blurb so that will explain inconsistency. I'm still going to shade the lesser Kylie.
+5 Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me +4 Guru Josh - Infinity (1990s... Time For The Guru) +3 Snap! - The Power +2 Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back +1 MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
+5: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me +4: Guru Josh - Infinity (Round 32... Time For The Guru Induction? *thinking emoji*) +3: Snap! - The Power +2: MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This +1: Poison - Unskinny Bop
Dub Be Good To Me is my favourite song to enter the game so far! I'd been awaiting it for a while, expecting an unremarkable finish, but it just happened to land in what looks to me like one of the easiest rounds we've had Also was closely watching last round all the way and I'm pretty amazed Guru Josh actually managed to beat Kylie and Wilson Phillips! Pretty unlucky for them (Wilson Phillips are the first time #5 has cracked 30 points too). And congrats to Summer Rain for landing only 1 point behind Like A Prayer's all-rounds total points record. Last edited:
+5 Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) +4 Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me +3 1927 - Tell Me A Story +2 MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This +1 Gloria Estefan - Here We Are I'm quite surprised The Power missed my vote but it hasn't aged too well for me.
+5 Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) +4 Beats International featuring Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me +3 Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back +2 Snap! - The Power +1 Elton John - Club At The End Of The Street
We've had a constant cycle of really popular songs in recent rounds, but this one felt a bit different. The most votes any song got was 11/16 (69%), which is the first time nothing has surpassed 70%, and comes after 8 rounds in a row with at least 1 song above 87%. The previous low was the ultra-strong round 21 with a maximum 71% headed to Alice Cooper and Martika, but unlike that round where the carried-over Roxette and Sinitta crashed down, this round lifted Guru Josh up from twice narrowly #3, to #1. "Infinity" only got 10/16 votes (equal with Janet as the lowest for a round winner) but with an impressive concentration at the high positions: 9 of them were +5 or +4. As such, and though with the lowest all-rounds votes % so far (63%; previous lowest was Janet's 65%), "Infinity" joins the Hall of Fame, and is the first dance song to do so (though I guess you could count "Vogue"). There's actually a 2nd song that came close to the top though, and amazingly it's "Dub Be Good To Me"! 6 people had the power duo of it and "Infinity" as their top 2 (3 in each direction), enough for both to crack 40 points. It remains to be seen how popular "Dub Be Good To Me" will truly be among stronger competition, but I thought I was the only one who particularly cared about it so thank you for proving me wrong *.* Snap! were in 3rd place most of the way, trying to create a truly club bop-filled top 3, but they lost it at the last moment - to Taylor Dayne with, though only 18% as Spotify-popular as "Tell It To My Heart", her one-and-only US #1 "Love Will Lead You Back" (on the other hand, in the UK those 2 peaked at #3 and #69 respectively). It has almost record-low points for #3, and coming from only 8 voters which is an equal-low for a top 3 placer alongside "Orange Crush". Snap! fall 1 point short at #4 with their debut single "The Power", a UK #1 and even US #2, but in Australia it took their next single (that charted lower almost everywhere else, which is very on-brand for '90s dance artists in the Australian charts) to break the top 10. I believe "U Can't Touch This" was the first rap song to hit #1 in Australia, outdoing the previous high of Morris Minor & The Majors' novelty/parody #2 hit "Stutter Rap", and its popularity hasn't gone anywhere as in Spotify terms, it's the most played song we've had since "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". It lands 5th which among rap songs is on par with Tone-Lōc's "Wild Thing". It was sampled back into the US top 10 in 2011 via Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)" which feels like an essential extension to the original, but unfortunately that didn't chart here. Though only a #19 hit, Elton John's 3rd "Sleeping With The Past" top 20 hit scores the best of the 3. NZ artist Mark Williams launched himself with a #1 NZ hit in 1975 but despite relocating to Australia, had no chart success here until he 'attempted to relaunch' his career with "Show No Mercy", which reached top 10 in both countries. Later on in 2006 he joined a reformed version of the band Dragon. 1927's time in the game ends here with their 5th and final top 20 hit "Tell Me A Story", and Gloria Estefan's 2nd entry - surprisingly ascending to #20 over the lead single and US #1 "Don't Wanna Lose You" - is her 2nd #9 placer. That leaves Poison at the bottom with "Unskinny Bop", their highest AU charter and final top 40 hit (unluckily they had 2 #21s); their previous 2 entries were stuck in 9th place too, but all 3 did so with very high points considering. "Unskinny Bop" is preceded on the album by the instrumental "Swampjuice (Soul-O)", and the 7" actually included both together on the A-side. In 2014, an ancient extinct species described as a 'swamp pig' was named after Mick Jagger for its large lips. We will soon find out what we think of skinny bops. Lastly, while the maximum amount of votes may have been low, this is the first round where every song got at least 5 votes.
45 - Guru Josh - Infinity (1990's... Time For The Guru) (survived 3; inducted!) 40 - Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me (survived 1) 29 - Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back (survived 1) 28 - Snap! - The Power 25 - MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This 19 - Elton John - Club At The End Of The Street 17 - Mark Williams - Show No Mercy 15 - 1927 - Tell Me A Story 13 - Gloria Estefan - Here We Are 9 - Poison - Unskinny Bop
Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me Concrete Blonde - Joey Faith No More - Epic Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (For You) Glenn Medeiros feat. Bobby Brown - She Ain't Worth It Jimmy Barnes - Lay Down Your Guns Madonna - Hanky Panky Partners In Kryme - Turtle Power! Seiko & Donnie Wahlberg - The Right Combination Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back
Can you feel it, see it, vote it today? If you can't, then it doesn't matter because you're free to do so anytime before Thursday evening.
Very surprised that Taylor finished top 3, as the next two were beating her until the last 2 votes. Just goes to show how close it can be. This is a weak round for me apart from the magnificent 5 pointer.
+5 Concrete Blonde - Joey +4 Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back +3 Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me +2 Gary Moore - Still Got the Blues (For You) +1 Madonna - Hanky Panky
+5: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me +4: Faith No More - Epic +3: Concrete Blonde - Joey (excellent top 3; Epic would've been +5 in most rounds) +2: Partners In Kryme - Turtle Power! +1: Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (For You)
It is still some time before we get the most explicit impact of "Friends" in this game. Less explicit and more just a series of coincidences is the vague appearance of the entire main cast of the series. We will along the way encounter artists with first names Monica, Rachel & Phoebe, while there is also a song with writing credits from two different men named Ross, and of course, a song which adds a couple letters to Chandler. Before all of that though, we get the only one that warranted a not very successful spinoff, but a very successful Logo entry as Concrete Blonde have topped the table with their big hit "Joey". That was a #2 hit so it's primed to be quite successful here, there was only one song here that peaked higher, the song that blocked it from #1. Their fortunes are reversed as Faith No More may have wanted it all, but they couldn't have it as "Epic" finishes in 2nd. They appear to be the two songs to beat for the time being as they have quite safely defeated the rest of the competition. Still hanging on from last round though is Beats International's "Dub Be Good To Me", regrettably the only top 20 hit Norman Cook has actively contributed to. The same also goes for Lindy Layton, whose name of course reminds me of a video game, or more specifically, a puzzle. As much as I'd like to continue this commentary, I first ask that you place 8 queens on a chess board such that none of them can see each other. Done? Probably not but I'll continue. With two big new entries and still no proof that it's possible for two songs to tie for 3rd place, something has to give, and that something is Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back". She still has two chances to give "Tell It To My Heart" some company in the Hall Of Fame, we still haven't actually seen one of her top 10 hits. On the other hand, Jimmy Barnes follows closely behind in 5th with what is his biggest hit of the ARIA era, "Lay Down Your Guns". Guru Josh recently made it to the Hall Of Fame, so to keep up a quota of having a deceased artist in the game, we've got legendary Irish guitarist Gary Moore with his biggest hit "Still Got The Blues (For You)". Gary Moore also was once in a band named Skid Row with no relation to the Skid Row who were recently in this game. Any race to be the first artist to get 3 Hall Of Fame inductions is put on hold for at least a little longer as Madonna's "Vogue" follow up "Hanky Panky" lands in 7th. If you recall the start of the week and you're not a heathen who thinks Monday is the first day of the week, you'll remember that I wrote about Hi Tek 3's "Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real!)", a song released for the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film despite having very little clear association outside of the half-hearted parenthetical title. If you were worried that Shredder's influence had led to that level of turtle erasure, then rest assured that we have the suitable follow up from Partners In Kryme. Arguably the first ever hip hop song to hit #1 on the UK Charts, "Turtle Power!" is impossible to detach from its subject matter. I can only imagine that it only didn't get more votes because the song erroneously suggests that Raphael is the leader of the group. Then again, maybe they were just ahead of the trend, as in 2018, Nickelodeon aired an animated series titled "Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in which the red masked turtle is in fact the leader. Next we have a song by Glenn Medeiros who tells you to break up with a girl who puts you through all manner of grief, teaming up with the lovely Bobby Brown to assert this point. This is Glenn's only appearance as his most popular song nowadays "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" (released when he was just 16!) slightly pre-dates this game. Lastly, we have a rare instance of a Japanese artist in this game, and it's not just some random person or group, but rather one of the highest selling Japanese pop idols of all time. Seiko Matsuda also shares her name with one of the few good characters in the Danganronpa anime so she's got that going for her, but on the other hand she may have not chosen the right Wahlberg for the job here. Yes, as you might expect, here I am writing about New Kids On The Block again, of which Donnie Wahlberg is still a member of to this day.
60 - Concrete Blonde - Joey (survived 1) 54 - Faith No More - Epic (survived 1) 42 - Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me (survived 2) 25 - Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back 24 - Jimmy Barnes - Lay Down Your Guns 18 - Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (For You) 16 - Madonna - Hanky Panky 9 - Partners In Kryme - Turtle Power! 5 - Glenn Medeiros feat. Bobby Brown - She Ain't Worth It 2 - Seiko & Donnie Wahlberg - The Right Combination Last edited:
Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me Concrete Blonde - Joey Faith No More - Epic INXS - Suicide Blonde John Farnham - Chain Reaction Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory Mariah Carey - Vision Of Love Maxi Priest - Close To You Prince - Thieves In The Temple Young MC - Bust A Move
So on the beach you're strollin', real high rollin'. Everything you have is yours and not stolen. A girl runs up with somethin' to prove, so don't just stand there, vote your top 5 songs by Saturday night
+5: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me +4: Faith No More - Epic +3: Concrete Blonde - Joey +2: INXS - Suicide Blonde +1: Prince - Thieves In The Temple (very close with Jon Bon Jovi/Young MC/Mariah)
This round matched the previous record of 18 votes (in round 25)! That couldn't stop the four-letter title duo succumbing to the round's strength and dropping in points however - particularly "Joey", which actually slipped just below "Epic". Nevertheless they're still comfortably ahead of the pack, and having both surpassed 100 points in 2 rounds, may be bound for the upper reaches of the HOF next round (only 4 songs have managed over 150). The big battle this round was for #3, and it was one of the closest we've had, with only 4 points between #3 and #6. In its 3rd round, "Dub Be Good To Me" actually still put up a worthwhile fight and was even #3 from the 10th to 13th votes, but ultimately fell to #6 - though as condolences, that's with the highest #6 points to date, and it holds the 3rd-most total points for a song that's missed the HOF so far (after "New Sensation" and "Poison"). The lucky song that does walk away with the #3 is INXS's "Suicide Blonde", perhaps unsurprisingly given that they won 5/6 prior rounds they've appeared in. Despite the huge success of 1987's "Kick" album and its 4 singles, "Suicide Blonde" was the only top 20 hit from "X" (though there were 2 #23s), and their only further entries will be 2 relatively-minor '90s hits, a remix, and one with their new vocalist in 2005. So it's maybe for the best that they make the most of "Suicide Blonde" while it's here. Amidst a 9-year streak of annual albums from Prince, 1990's "Graffiti Bridge" was one of the lowest sellers and only spawned 2 singles - the lead being the #16-peaking "Thieves In The Temple", which comes 4th with an impressive 13/18 votes, more than 3 times the amount of (English) reviews it has on this site. The other single was the #91 hit "New Power Generation", named after his backing band who were then upgraded to full artist credit on his next 2 albums, before he made himself an unpronounceable symbol. Also potentially difficult to pronounce is the biological clade Cetancodontamorpha, which contains whales, dolphins and hippos - and also entelodonts, an extinct family 'sometimes facetiously termed "hell pigs" or "terminator pigs"', of which a specimen had an estimated body mass of 421kg. On the contrary, in 5th place is the debut single of one of the most abundant artists in the game: Mariah Carey's "Vision Of Love". While in the US it was her first of 5 consecutive (and 18 altogether) #1s, it only reached #9 here, which she didn't surpass for another 3 years. A bit further from #3 but still with good points, "Blaze Of Glory" 'allegedly' came about when Jon was asked for permission for Bon Jovi's 1987 single "Wanted Dead Or Alive" to be included on the "Young Guns II" soundtrack, but feeling the lyrics didn't fit, he wrote "Blaze Of Glory" instead. It became the only Bon Jovi song, solo or band, to reach #1 in Australia, though they are yet to make the Hottest 100 top 33. Also a #1 hit is Young MC's "Bust A Move", which actually reached its #7 US peak way back in October 1989 but failed to chart in Australia at the time. Re-released after his #50 follow-up "Principal's Office", it eventually reached #1 in October 1990. For a modern comparison (ignoring how completely different distribution and access are now), that's like if "Look Alive" or "Stir Fry" hit #1 right now. Maxi Priest's biggest hit, even reaching #1 in the US (...so many AU or US #1s in this round), came with "Close To You" before he promptly disappeared from the charts until another isolated top 10 hit 6 years later. The chorus was lifted by Jay Sean into a moderate European hit in 2016, "Make My Love Go". Lastly is the first of 3 top 10 hits from John Farnham's "Chain Reaction" album, none of which have Wikipedia pages; thus, we can deduce that Collette's #56 hit single from around the same time has remained more relevant.
48 - Faith No More - Epic (survived 2) 47 - Concrete Blonde - Joey (survived 2) 33 - INXS - Suicide Blonde (survived 1) 31 - Prince - Thieves In The Temple 30 - Mariah Carey - Vision Of Love 29 - Beats International feat. Lindy Layton - Dub Be Good To Me 21 - Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory 16 - Young MC - Bust A Move 9 - Maxi Priest - Close To You 6 - John Farnham - Chain Reaction
AC/DC - Thunderstruck Concrete Blonde - Joey Faith No More - Epic George Michael - Praying For Time Go West - The King Of Wishful Thinking INXS - Suicide Blonde John Farnham - That's Freedom New Kids On The Block - Tonight Sinéad O'Connor - The Emperor's New Clothes Snap! - Ooops Up
Vote your top 5 by Monday evening to ensure your preferences aren't just wishful thinking.