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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 9 [EXPLICIT]

Part 8: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=57724

This whole shindig has been going for over two years, but if you're new to it all, let me briefly explain: Quick List Vote Game (or QLVG for short) is a 5 stage voting game that takes place across a fortnight. The aim is to take a list of 100 songs and eliminate the bottom 20 songs per voting each round until there are just 20 songs left and a winner is crowned from that. Voting is done by selecting some 25-40% of the remaining songs each round and submitting it to my memo inbox before the voting deadline, which comes up at 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Scoring in each round works as simple: regardless of how many songs you vote for, your #1 vote will score 40 points, and each subsequent song will score 1 point less, going down to #40 votes in round 1 scoring just 1 point. With each new round, you are free to adjust how many songs you wish to vote for (as well as the order), either for strategy or personal reasons, so long as it complies with the range that is set for that voting round. If you miss a round of voting, your previous round's votes will be re-used with a 20% penalty (so your top vote will get 32 points, #2 gets 31.2, etc), and your vote will consist of as many of your previously voted songs as possible, provided it doesn't go over the limit. This means that someone who voted 25 songs in round 1, could potentially be made to vote for 25 songs again in round 2. The 20% penalty stacks upon successive rounds. Meanwhile, to grant some purpose to your earlier votes, from round 2 onwards, I take 25% of a song's total points scored and add them to the total for the next round. In the event of a tie in points between two eliminated songs, if possible the tie will be broken by the number of (active) voters, and then the top vote received for the round. If that is not possible, the songs will be considered tied for ranking purposes. If this happens on the cusp of the elimination line (eg two songs tie at #80 for round 1) and the tie cannot be broken, all the tied songs will proceed into the next round, barring an extreme circumstance where there are somehow more than 20 songs scoring 0 points. In the interest of fairness, I will always lock in my own vote before the game begins, and I will be unable to adjust the order or proportion of my vote after that.

The list of songs included in each game is determined through a number of ways. Generally speaking, the songs will have to match a pre-determined theme, or feature on a certain list of songs that has been chosen. Typically, the theme will be chosen by a vote between multiple different themes, and from that, a voting process takes place in the Qualifying thread to determine the 100 songs that will compete in the next round. These Qualifying rounds typically open up on the Tuesday after a new QLVG is posted.

The only thing I'm changing is that for the sake of my own exhaustion, not just because I'm also co-running another forum game at the moment with similar frequency, is that I may be more prone than usual to have week long breaks between games. It gets a little exhausting having to be ready to count votes, type results, type commentary, prepare lists etc every couple of days, and I think breaks in-between games could do me a lot of good.
Retired Champions
Years & Years - King (2015 ARIA End Of Year)
La Roux - Bulletproof (2006-2015 Hottest 100 Top 10s)
Britney Spears - Toxic (2000-2016 ARIA Top 10s)
All Saints - Pure Shores (Girl Groups)
The Prodigy - Breathe (1990-1999 ARIA Top 10s)
Flight Facilities feat. Christine Hoberg - Clair de lune (Artists with 1 ARIA Top 50 hit)
a-ha - Take On Me (Debut singles)
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar - F**kin' Problems (Songs with <3.00 review averages)
Powderfinger - These Days (Movie soundtrack songs)
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (Songs with male & female vocals)
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (#1 hit follow-ups)
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child (non-AU/UK/US/IE/CA artists)
James Blake - Retrograde (non-top 50 artists)
The Presets - My People (Australian artists)
Alexis Jordan - Happiness (One-word titles)
Dua Lipa - Be The One (2016 ARIA End Of Year)
Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (2016 Hottest 100)
A Tribe Called Quest - We The People.... (2016 Favourites)
Michael Jackson - Thriller (Title tracks)
Bastille - Pompeii (Geographical tracks)
Evanescence - My Immortal (Unmentioned titles)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Run Away With Me (ACI Hits)
Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows (10 letter titles)
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (#1 Hits Around The World)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough (First Time QLVG Artists)
Foo Fighters - Everlong (Top 10 Alternative Songs hits)
Lana Del Rey - Video Games (Non-Top 20 singles on #1 albums)
Regurgitator - Black Bugs (Animal songs)
The Chemical Brothers - Go (Artists Over 40)
Portishead - Glory Box (Songs with samples)
David Bowie - "Heroes" (Noun songs)
Pulp - Common People (5+ Minute songs)
Placebo - Pure Morning (LGBTI+ artists)
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (1970s tracks)
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart ('Love' songs)
Concrete Blonde - Joey (Songs with first names)
Divinyls - Boys In Town (3- Minute songs)
Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds (Number songs)
The Killers - Mr. Brightside (Lead singles)
Lorde - Green Light (2017 ARIA End Of Year)
Gang Of Youths - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out? (2017 Hottest 100)
BROCKHAMPTON - BOOGIE (2017 Favourites)
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (Colour songs)
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (Songs from years ending in '0')
M83 - Midnight City (Songs and artists starting with the same letter)
Gotye - Hearts a Mess (Non top 50 hits)
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - The Message (Songs beginning with 'The')
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (Titles with 5 letters or less)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Titles with parentheses)
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Titles with 5 words or more)
George Michael - Careless Whisper (Australian #1 singles)
Soft Cell - Tainted Love (Artists beginning with S)
Madonna - Frozen (Artists/Songs containing a Z)
A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (Animal artists)
The Killers - When You Were Young (Who/What/Where/Why/When/How)
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart (1980s tracks)
Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon (Australian #2 singles)
Johnny Cash - Hurt (Cover versions)
Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On (Songs with at least 3 credited artists)
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (Album tracks/non-singles)
Cold Chisel - Flame Trees (Alliterative artists)
White Town - Your Woman (Artists & song titles with the same amount of letters)
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry (2018 ARIA End Of Year)
Bene - Soaked (2018 Hottest 100)
Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time (2018 Favourites)
Tame Impala - Let It Happen (Songs from years ending in '5')
The Veronicas - Untouched (Songs from second albums)
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (Canadian artists)
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game ('quick', 'list', 'vote', 'game' lyric songs)
MGMT - Time To Pretend (Explicit songs)
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Now, if you're familiar with the way things have been run in the past, you might recall that the new year tends to start with the ARIA EOY + Hottest 100 + other favourites. We'll still be doing those, but I thought it was appropriate to tackle the game that was done in the qualifying thread in December, lest we wait another 2 months to finally put it into play. With that I present to you a list of artists and song titles which share the same amount of letters on both sides!

Adele - Hello
Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj - Girl on Fire
All Saints - Never Ever
Amy Grant - Baby Baby
Animotion - Obsession
Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM)
Ariana Grande - pete davidson
Avicii - Levels
Ball Park Music - All I Want Is You
Belinda Carlisle - Circle In The Sand
Beyonce feat. Sean Paul - Baby Boy
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
blink-182 - I Miss You
Blondie - Rapture
Bluejuice - Broken Leg
Bon Iver - Calgary
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Champaign - How 'Bout Us
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Chuck Berry - Maybellene
Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
Culture Club - It's A Miracle
Cut N Move - Give It Up
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
David Bowie - Modern Love
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Dixie Chicks - You Were Mine
Donna Summer - Heaven Knows
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Elton John - Rocket Man
Elton John - Sacrifice
Father John Misty - The Ideal Husband
Fergie - Clumsy
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me
Foo Fighters - This Is A Call
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Guns N' Roses - Yesterdays
Heart - Alone
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
Jessica Mauboy feat. Ludacris - Saturday Night
Jewel - Hands
John Farnham - Age of Reason
Karyn White - Superwoman
Kate Ceberano - True Romantic
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J - Dark Horse
Khalid - Better
Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow - Picture
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Lady Gaga - Applause
Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
Little Mix feat. Missy Elliott - How Ya Doin'?
Lorde - Sober
Madonna - Cherish
Mariah Carey - I Stay In Love
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Mariah Carey feat. Snoop Dogg - Say Somethin
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come
Melody's Echo Chamber - Some Time Alone, Alone
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
New Order - Fine Time
Nirvana - Lithium
Paolo Nutini - Last Request
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Pat Benatar - Invincible
Paula Abdul - Straight Up
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
PUP - DVP
Queen - Flash
Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
Roxette - The Look
Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like a Love Song
Sheppard - Geronimo
Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
The Cure - Lullaby
The Cure - Primary
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Presets - If I Know You
The Script - Breakeven
The Verve - Lucky Man
Time Bandits - Endless Road
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble
Vance Joy - Like Gold
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
White Town - Your Woman
You Am I - Damage


Here's me hoping with this absence that I haven't forgotten anything, but I'm inclined to say I'll be requiring your Top 25 to 40 votes from this and sent into me by 7pm on Wednesday. This schedule clashes a little with the Logo game so I might change it if it doesn't feel right.
=#97. Culture Club - It's A Miracle

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


=#97. Guns N' Roses - Yesterdays

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


=#97. Khalid - Better

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


=#97. Vance Joy - Like Gold

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


#96. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out

Points - 1
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #40


This is not how we usually start the year but I really didn't want to have this round far too detached from the time it was actually voted on. It would have the worrying potential that no one who's voting in the round by the time it arrives even cares about them, we'd be loaded with 0's. This time around we just have 4, not at all from obscure artists but perhaps less obvious cuts from them to fit the theme...okay well Khalid's top 10 hit "Better" is among that, and Guns N' Roses charted pretty high too with "Yesterdays" too...and so did Culture Club's "It's A Miracle". But "Like Gold" is not one of the noteworthy singles from Vance Joy's 2nd album so that clearly sets the stage for the others which were all hits...just ignore my observation. Just barely squeaking ahead of those 4 is Linkin Park's "Bleed It Out", which was not a major hit by any means, but it did still manage to return to the charts after Chester Bennington passed away.
#95. Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj - Girl On Fire

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


=#93. Donna Summer - Heaven Knows

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


=#93. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

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


#92. Queen - Flash

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


#91. Belinda Carlisle - Circle In The Sand

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


Now to drag through the low votes which are noteworthy for at least being votes. At #95 is the Alicia Keys song that largely due to timing, lays claim to being by far her highest selling single ever in Australia (I'm talking, it's sold roughly twice as much as "No One"). Donna Summer gets to have esteemed company with Vanilla Ice tied at #93, while Queen are still riding on a massive wave of popularity (I mean they always are but especially now), but they can't get "Flash" any higher than #92. Lastly we've got ARIA Logo game tentative qualifier Belinda Carlisle with "Circle In The Sand" at #91.
#90. Chuck Berry - Maybellene

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


#89. Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow - Picture

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


#88. Amy Grant - Baby Baby

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


#87. Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror

Points - 14
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #33


#86. Kate Ceberano - True Romantic

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


Considerably expanding the range of song ages in this game, is Chuck Berry with his 1955 single "Maybellene" at #90. Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow had a massive US adult contemporary hit that Australia didn't touch with a ten foot pole in "Picture" at #89. Amy Grant follows with the biggest of her two rare Christian pop crossover hits, "Baby Baby" at #88, while a noteworthy elimination is Michael Jackson's "Man In The Mirror" at #87, the song that nearly posthumously scored him another UK #1 hit in 2009. Kate Ceberano's Greatest Hits shares its name with the last song "True Romantic", a non chart hit which when I last checked isn't even on this site's database, which makes perfect sense when you note that one of her recent ARIA Logo entries wasn't even on the tracklisting. Not to discredit "True Romantic" though as it's quite good and lands at #86.
#85. Little Mix feat. Missy Elliott - How Ya Doin'?

Points - 17
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#84. Ariana Grande - pete davidson

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


#83. Elton John - Sacrifice

Points - 18
Current Voters - 2
TOp Vote - #24


#82. Beyonce feat. Sean Paul - Baby Boy

Points - 19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #29


#81. Time Bandits - Endless Road

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


A really early single for Little Mix comes next as they teamed up with Missy Elliott and took a De La Soul (or whatever artist you're familiar with it from) interpolation on "How Ya Doin'?" at #85. It sits next to perhaps the most peculiar song in this whole game, Ariana Grande's dedication to her then partner "pete davidson", which actually made the ARIA Chart, despite only being about a minute long and they also broke up soon after. One of Elton John's surprisingly not many UK #1's, "Sacrifice" lands at #83, then we stop off in the 2000s for a bit with one of the two big hits of the time called "Baby Boy"...this one perhaps enduring more so because it's by Beyonce at #82. Then finishing us off is a band I just learnt is Dutch, Time Bandits with their '80s hit "Endless Road".
In a hurry, here's your 80

Adele - Hello
All Saints - Never Ever
Animotion - Obsession
Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM)
Avicii - Levels
Ball Park Music - All I Want Is You
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
blink-182 - I Miss You
Blondie - Rapture
Bluejuice - Broken Leg
Bon Iver - Calgary
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Champaign - How 'Bout Us
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
Cut N Move - Give It Up
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
David Bowie - Modern Love
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Dixie Chicks - You Were Mine
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Elton John - Rocket Man
Father John Misty - The Ideal Husband
Fergie - Clumsy
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me
Foo Fighters - This Is A Call
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Heart - Alone
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
Jessica Mauboy feat. Ludacris - Saturday Night
Jewel - Hands
John Farnham - Age of Reason
Karyn White - Superwoman
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J - Dark Horse
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Lady Gaga - Applause
Lorde - Sober
Madonna - Cherish
Mariah Carey - I Stay In Love
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Mariah Carey feat. Snoop Dogg - Say Somethin
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come
Melody's Echo Chamber - Some Time Alone, Alone
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
New Order - Fine Time
Nirvana - Lithium
Paolo Nutini - Last Request
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Pat Benatar - Invincible
Paula Abdul - Straight Up
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
PUP - DVP
Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
Roxette - The Look
Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like a Love Song
Sheppard - Geronimo
Snow Patrol - Signal Fire
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
The Cure - Lullaby
The Cure - Primary
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Presets - If I Know You
The Script - Breakeven
The Verve - Lucky Man
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
White Town - Your Woman
You Am I - Damage


You will need to supply your Top 20 to 32 votes by 7pm on Friday to contribute to this. The ARIA Logo game is also open at the moment, and the ACI should be tonight at some point after everyone is asleep.
Didn't realise this was back!
'True Romantic' made the ARIA top 100.
Pity I was too late to throw some points at "Endless Road' & 'Circle In The Sand'.
#80. Dean Lewis - Be Alright

Round by round: 79-80

Points - 24
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


#79. Foo Fighters - This Is A Call

Round by round: 73-79

Points - 24
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


#78. Father John Misty - The Ideal Husband

Round by round: 66-78

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


#77. Mariah Carey - I Stay In Love

Round by round: 63-77

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


#76. Elton John - Rocket Man

Round by round: 78-76

Points - 37
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


It's far from over mate. If things go as expected, Dean Lewis's "Be Alright" will be in the next 2 games, against primarily 2018 competition, which could see a better finish than #80. At the moment there's more old school competition, notably the first Foo Fighters single "This Is A Call" at #79. Father John Misty's "The Ideal Husband" is not from that long ago at #78 though he has released two more albums since then. Mariah Carey goes a little further back with a cut from "E=MC^2" at #77, while Elton John has perhaps the most contentious entry with "Rocket Man" which usually has a longer title.
#75. Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl

Round by round: 68-75

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


#74. Dixie Chicks - You Were Mine

Round by round: 71-74

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#73. Ball Park Music - All I Want Is You

Round by round: 61-73

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#72. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble

Round by round: 58-72

Points - 47.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#71. Sheppard - Geronimo

Round by round: 74-71

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


From the small handful of artists with multiple entries in this list, Dixie Chicks go back to back with their entries at #75 & #74. Ball Park Music notched up their 9th Hottest 100 hit this year, but if we go back to 2011, it's simpler times with "All I Want Is You" being their first at #73. Because this is a game of artists & song titles having the same amount of letters, some fun can be had when names allow it, namely the longest title in this game, "So Good At Being In Trouble" by Unknown Mortal Orchestra at #72. For a simpler line up, we drop from 22 characters to 8, for Sheppard's #1 hit "Geronimo" at #71.
#70. Snow Patrol - Signal Fire

Round by round: 76-70

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#69. Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like A Love Song

Round by round: 46-69

Points - 56.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#68. Lady Gaga - Applause

Round by round: 50-68

Points - 56.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#67. Mariah Carey - Touch My Body

Round by round: 37-67

Points - 59
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#66. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J - Dark Horse

Round by round: 41-66

Points - 59.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


Well noted as their BIGGEST CHART HIT EVER IN AUSTRALIA, Snow Patrol land at #70 with "Signal Fire". Chart rules were more nice to Selena Gomez so she had many more hits to come after "Love You Like A Love Song" which lands at #69. Getting some sort of vague synchronicity between round by round positions and points is Lady Gaga's "Applause" at #68, while Mariah Carey returns with her last US #1 hit...so far in "Touch My Body" at #67. It is a strange line up of circumstances that I feel Mariah is more likely to score another US #1 hit in the future than Katy Perry, who incidentally has her last US #1 hit "Dark Horse" at #66.
#65. The Script - Breakeven

Round by round: 71-65

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#64. Mariah Carey feat. Snoop Dogg - Say Somethin

Round by round: 39-64

Points - 60.4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#63. The Cure - Primary

Round by round: 44-63

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#62. Bon Iver - Calgary

Round by round: 62-62

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#61. Paolo Nutini - Last Request

Round by round: 67-61

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


On a different side of career trajectories, The Script have their first big Australian hit "Breakeven" at #65. Mariah Carey has one last entry tonight, this time from a different album with "Say Somethin" at #64. The Cure also lay claim to multiple entries but it's just their first here tonight with "Primary" at #63. Bon Iver have one of a few of their songs which have grown on me significantly over the years, 2011's "Calgary" at #62, while one last elimination is..."Last Request" from Paolo Nutini at #61, finishing a very 2000s heavy set of songs.
Here's those 60 songs that are holding on longer

Adele - Hello
All Saints - Never Ever
Animotion - Obsession
Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM)
Avicii - Levels
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
blink-182 - I Miss You
Blondie - Rapture
Bluejuice - Broken Leg
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Champaign - How 'Bout Us
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
Cut N Move - Give It Up
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
David Bowie - Modern Love
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Fergie - Clumsy
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Heart - Alone
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
Jessica Mauboy feat. Ludacris - Saturday Night
Jewel - Hands
John Farnham - Age of Reason
Karyn White - Superwoman
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Lorde - Sober
Madonna - Cherish
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come
Melody's Echo Chamber - Some Time Alone, Alone
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
New Order - Fine Time
Nirvana - Lithium
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Pat Benatar - Invincible
Paula Abdul - Straight Up
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
PUP - DVP
Robert Plant - Heaven Knows
Roxette - The Look
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
The Cure - Lullaby
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Presets - If I Know You
The Verve - Lucky Man
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
White Town - Your Woman
You Am I - Damage


Unlike other forum games you might see me partially orchestrate, you're allowed 3 days for this one from the start, as this round will close at 7pm on Monday. I will need your Top 15 to 24 votes to contribute to the round. I'd also like ACI votes if that's a thing that you do, or ARIA Logo votes if that's a thing that you do.
Jesus that was tough.
Always thought Chasing Cars was Snow Patrol's biggest hit...well there ya go. Nice work as always Jinxie.
woah Applause, Dark Horse & Say Somethin' really suffered without my vote Surprised SS was able to last as long as it did though and that both Mariah songs made it past the first round!
#60. New Order - Fine Time

Round by round: 54-60-60

Points - 72.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#59. Champaign - How 'Bout Us

Round by round: 69-59-59

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


#58. You Am I - Damage

Round by round: 36-55-58

Points - 78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#57. Karyn White - Superwoman

Round by round: 64-58-57

Points - 78.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#56. Pat Benatar - Invincible

Round by round: 69-57-56

Points - 83.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Despite no shortage of popular tracks released since, it was a weird discovery for me that "Fine Time" was New Order's last top 20 hit. Now it's sitting here at a number you would likely associate with a different New Order song, #60. For a lesser known '80s cut, we've got Champaign, with arguably their biggest hit "How 'Bout Us" at #59. Back on that side of artists with no shortage of popular hits, You Am I find "Damage" at #58. They're an artist with considerably more success in Australia than anywhere else, and the other side of this is Karyn White who had multiple massive hits in the US, including "Superwoman", but is rather absent on the Australian charts. Then finally fitting it none of those categories particularly is Pat Benatar with the first of her two entries, "Invincible" at #56.
#55. Cut N Move - Give It Up

Round by round: 64-49-55

Points - 85
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#54. The Verve - Lucky Man

Round by round: 45-56-54

Points - 85.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#53. Paula Abdul - Straight Up

Round by round: 40-36-53

Points - 90.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#52. Bluejuice - Broken Leg

Round by round: 60-51-52

Points - 90.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#51. Nirvana - Lithium

Round by round: 48-41-51

Points - 94.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


After a series of artists popular in the '90s with non-'90s songs, this set is almost entirely '90s. Easiest way to encapsulate this is a remarkably '90s #1 single in Cut N Move's "Give It Up" at #55. One of the biggest albums of that decade, "Urban Hymns" clocks in at #54 with "Lucky Man". Then I realised I was lying because I didn't double check things before I started typing so we've got Paula Abdul's one '80s hit, "Straight Up" at #53. Then there's the true '90s band Bluejuice and wait why are you escorting me out of this building. Don't worry because Nirvana are up next to make everything feel '90s by association, with "Lithium" at #51.
#50. Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

Round by round: 24-45-50

Points - 96.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#49. Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On

Round by round: 31-53-49

Points - 97.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#48. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise

Round by round: 30-48-48

Points - 98.8
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#47. The Presets - If I Know You

Round by round: 32-43-47

Points - 99.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#46. Animotion - Obsession

Round by round: 51-39-46

Points - 101.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Anyway, the band who are noted for being especially popular for some arbitrary era of time, Pearl Jam, start the top half with their particularly popular #1 hit "Last Kiss". To make things topical, the Grammy awards were on earlier today, and while Corinne Bailey Rae didn't win the lottery of random artist from years ago who won stacks of awards, she was more in tune with them when she was at her most popular, "Put Your Records On" was in fact nominated for both the Song & Record gongs. Disclosure have also been nominated for several Grammy awards despite not being American, though not for their highest charting UK hit "White Noise" which lands at #48. The Presets' "Apocalypso" album technically qualifies for this game except that it's not a song, and it has no shortage of tracks which come close to qualifying, but the only one that does is "If I Know You" which is in at #47. Lastly we have this game's winner of the random '80s new wave band battle (my excuse being that Tears For Fears are too popular to count) in Animotion, with their hit cover of "Obsession" at #46.
#45. Melody's Echo Chamber - Some Time Alone, Alone

Round by round: 27-54-45

Points - 103
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#44. Jessica Mauboy feat. Ludacris - Saturday Night

Round by round: 77-52-44

Points - 104.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#43. Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck

Round by round: 23-44-43

Points - 105.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#42. Jewel - Hands

Round by round: 47-50-42

Points - 106.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#41. Robert Plant - Heaven Knows

Round by round: 75-42-41

Points - 108.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Arguably one of my favourite artists to release an album in the early 2010s and take 6 years to follow it up, Melody's Echo Chamber lands at #45 with "Some Time Alone, Alone". Depending on who is reading this, you are probably expecting me to say something outrageously...ludicrous about Jessica Mauboy's "Saturday Night", but I'm above that and will just note that it's at #44. Quite a lovely discovery for me is Cocteau Twins' "Iceblink Luck" at #43, while we stay in that general era but absolutely not that scene with Jewel's "Hands" at #42. Best known for fronting Grammy award winning band Greta Van Fleet [citation needed], Robert Plant goes from barely making it to round 2 to nearly sneaking into round 4 with "Heaven Knows" at #41 also why the hell would you say you're pushing 90 on the freeway if you don't even elaborate on what the actual speed limit is, making it impossible to understand the true lengths at which you go to make good time, absolute nonsense.
There are however, 40 songs remaining which do not make any unexplained assertions about driving certain speeds on the freeway

Adele - Hello
All Saints - Never Ever
Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM)
Avicii - Levels
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
blink-182 - I Miss You
Blondie - Rapture
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
David Bowie - Modern Love
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Fergie - Clumsy
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Heart - Alone
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
John Farnham - Age of Reason
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Lorde - Sober
Madonna - Cherish
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
PUP - DVP
Roxette - The Look
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
The Cure - Lullaby
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Killers - Read My Mind
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
White Town - Your Woman


The only good time you need to make is the assurance that your vote is submitted by 7pm on Wednesday in the week that we are currently in. That vote will also need to have your Top 10 to 16 selections among it.
#40. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

Round by round: 20-34-31-40

Points - 98
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#39. Blondie - Rapture

Round by round: 42-27-38-39

Points - 99.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#38. Lorde - Sober

Round by round: 29-46-36-38

Points - 102.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#37. Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come

Round by round: 49-35-35-37

Points - 110.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#36. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Round by round: 59-28-40-36

Points - 118.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


It may well be delaying the inevitable when it gets overtaken, but "Uptown Funk" recently extended its lead as the highest certified single of all time in Australia. Here we are a modest land where it lands at #40. It also sits side by side with another Billboard Hot 100 #1, arguably the first ever rap song to get there, Blondie's "Rapture" at #39. Of course to humble them further, a song that hardly charted anywhere, though it does come from a highly regarded album of recent years in Lorde's "Melodrama", that being "Sober" at #38. Matchbox Twenty can't quite live up to their name, but one must commend just them for...how far they've come to land at #37. Lastly we arrive at the first of two Fleetwood Mac entries which of course isn't...oh it actually is "Go Your Own Way" from that obscure album "Rumours".
#35. Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy

Round by round: 22-29-37-35

Points - 122.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#34. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up

Round by round: 56-38-17-34

Points - 123.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#33. Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM)

Round by round: 43-47-39-33

Points - 126.51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#32. Adele - Hello

Round by round: 33-32-28-32

Points - 127.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#31. Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand

Round by round: 55-33-32-31

Points - 127.36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


One of those wonderful enduring jangle pop/alt rock singles of the '90s, Gin Blossoms' "Hey Jealousy" is also in the canon of singles that are far darker beyond the surface, in fact the songwriter committed suicide not long after the single took off. That is an awkward tangent to jump off of but I have to mention that I made a mistake last round. I'm still getting back into the swing of things here and I may have accidentally attributed a vote for "Straight Up" to "All Fired Up", I imagine you can see how I might have done that. "All Fired Up" is out now at #34 which is close to where it should be anyway, but "Straight Up" should probably be a little higher than it (and thus Fleetwood Mac should have been eliminated last round). It would be maybe possible to simulate where the songs all *should* be, but I have not the time to concern myself with that when it'll probably just turn out that Paula is at the #30-#32 ranking I'd estimate for her. In the world of more correct results, Anna Nalick is back in the game for only the 2nd time, previously she was eliminated in the first round with "Breathe (2AM)", but now she's all the way up at #33, sitting alongside Adele no less, with what is nowadays her best selling song on iTunes most weeks, "Hello" at #32. It's not the only UK #1 hit from 2015 either, because right up next is Jess Glynne with her first solo #1 hit "Hold My Hand", back when she didn't need to rely on arbitrary OCC nonsense to increase her tally of #1 hits.
#30. Kim Wilde - Cambodia

Round by round: 35-20-27-30

Points - 129.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#29. Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me

Round by round: 80-30-29-29

Points - 132
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#28. My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

Round by round: 13-37-34-28

Points - 133.31
Current Voters -3
Top Vote - #6


#27. All Saints - Never Ever

Round by round: 08-22-23-27

Points - 133.35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#26. PUP - DVP

Round by round: 19-31-25-26

Points - 135.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


In all honesty I still can't remember how Kim Wilde's "Cambodia" goes but I do know now for future reference that I like it a lot, which helped it reach #30. Perhaps the biggest comeback story of this rendition of the game is Fleetwood Mac's "Say You Love Me", which was nearly eliminated in the first round, but got a huge influx of voters who forgot to vote in that one, making it fly up the list until it finished at #29. This makes for quite a bit of dissonance not dissimilar to Hottest 100 predictions vs. the real list, when the #80 song from round 1's results was ahead of the #13 song in the next round. Things have turned around since to give My Chemical Romance the upper hand with "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" at #28. The same can't really be said for All Saints who have been on a downward spiral with "Never Ever" after starting in the top 10 but finishing at #27, right behind the only song in this list about doing 180 on the Don Valley Parkway, which we can look up and know has a speed limit of 90kmph, thus properly contextualising just how much they're speeding to get away.
#25. Madonna - Cherish

Round by round: 53-40-33-25

Points - 144.54
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#24. Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes

Round by round: 28-23-22-24

Points - 150.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#23. Avicii - Levels

Round by round: 17-17-18-23

Points - 152.33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#22. Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

Round by round: 21-26-26-22

Points - 152.39
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#21. John Farnham - Age Of Reason

Round by round: 57-24-30-21

Points - 153.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


One of my favourite sorts of upward motion is when a song ascends in stairs of 10s which looks rather pleasing on the round by round data. In the case of Madonna's "Cherish", it does however mean that any manner of momentum is cut short as it's eliminated now at #25. In stark contrast we've got the title track to Delta Goodrem's very successful "Innocent Eyes" album which has just been meandering in the 20s for this entire time, and then there's Avicii's "Levels" which fell off from the top 20 at the wrong time. One of the biggest hit singles ever to miss the top 20, it peaked at #24 first in 2012 and then again in 2018 after he sadly passed away. Here it's just a little higher at #23. Milky Chance also miss the milky chance to do it on the floormf of the top 20 as they fall just a tiny bit short at #22, alongside a late bloomer from John Farnham in "Age Of Reason" at #21.
Here's the top 20

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
blink-182 - I Miss You
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
David Bowie - Modern Love
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Fergie - Clumsy
Heart - Alone
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Roxette - The Look
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
The Cure - Lullaby
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Killers - Read My Mind
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
White Town - Your Woman

As you may or may not know, I have to duck off to type something else for this website, but you just need to know to submit your Top 5 to 8 by 7pm on Friday, then we'll find out who wins this.
#20. Pearl Jam - Even Flow

Round by round: 26-25-24-19-20

Points - 112.30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#19. The Cure - Lullaby

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

Points - 119.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


Evidently when Pearl Jam named their first album "Ten" it was made clear that they are fond of numbers ending in 0, after all in this list they ranked at #50 with "Last Kiss", and now "Even Flow" from that very album is at #20. Speaking of iconic albums, The Cure's "Disintegration". Distressingly it will never appear in the ARIA Logo game (although 4 unrelated songs who share their names with tracks on it will), the closest they got was "Lullaby" which lands here at #19. How could this happen to thee? There's some fuel for thought hung upon your wall, rockabye.
#18. Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69

Round by round: 34-12-12-11-18

Points - 124
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#17. David Bowie - Modern Love

Round by round: 25-21-19-20-17

Points - 146.22
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Speaking of artists whose highly regarded material doesn't always line up to their highest chart positions, it goes without saying that "Summer Of '69" got the short straw back in the day but now stands as Bryan Adams' most popular song. After a slow start it rocketed into the top 20 finishing at #18. Next we've got the only artist to appear in this final round twice (unless there's a loophole I haven't found), appropriately "Modern Love" is the more modern entry from David Bowie here and lands at #17.
#16. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

Round by round: 18-13-11-15-16

Points - 155.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#15. Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

Round by round: 03-02-02-05-15

Points - 155.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Billy Idol awaits his fate in two games on this site at once. It's unfortunate for him that his '80s material doesn't get a chance on the other game, as "Rebel Yell"'s finish at #16 shows considerable interest. Speaking of things that I orchestrate on this site, Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" is of course remembered as the first ever #1 on the Unofficial Catalogue chart. In a similar manner to there, its big first impression was met with a mighty cliff dive, as the song went from being in 2nd place at the start of the week to #15 now.
#14. Ed Sheeran - Lego House

Round by round: 52-18-21-18-14

Points - 183.28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#13. Fergie - Clumsy

Round by round: 38-19-16-17-13

Points - 185.40
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


I'm sure you're hyped for the 2019 ARIA game. If you recall the 2018 game, there was no shortage of Ed Sheeran songs in there because of course. 2019's game will feature all of those (minus "Galway Girl") same songs again plus even more because of all those songs he co-wrote & featured on, credited or not. Before the Sheeran singularity though he was content to only have a few songs in the charts at a time, one of the first of which was "Lego House" which climbs to #14 here, sitting behind perhaps unexpected company namely because one of its biggest fans on this site wasn't even voting in this. Fergie's "Clumsy" is something of a curiosity as a top 5 smash here and in the US...but it peaked at #62 in the UK.
#12. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

Round by round: 15-11-10-12-12

Points - 189.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#11. Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

Round by round: 12-15-15-14-11

Points - 192.58
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


I used to joke about how whenever Peter Gabriel underperformed in this game, it's because his music wasn't on Spotify. It actually IS now, and wouldn't you know it, he's had a pretty good showing here with "Sledgehammer", proving that there's some merit to the song's audio rather than just its iconic video. Sitting alongside it, we transform our visible still images into miles, with Vanessa Carlton's #1 hit "A Thousand Miles" which this time around was perpetually stuck outside the top 10 to finish at #11.
#10. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

Round by round: 04-07-13-10-10

Points - 200.03
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#9. Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels

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

Points - 211.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


There's a pretty even spread of eras in these results. Perhaps surprisingly the 1990s gets the short end of the top 10 straw compared to the '80s & '00s, but to its credit there's both a 1989 & a 2000 single in here. The latter is in fact right here, with The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" at #10. They sit next to a former champion in Tears For Fears, who have now hit the top 10 with 3 different songs (I'm going off memory, I REALLY need to make a spreadsheet at some point), as yet another song from that big chair of theirs, "Head Over Heels" lands at #9.
#8. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky

Round by round: 05-04-03-04-08

Round by round: 212.01
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. blink-182 - I Miss You

Round by round: 10-14-14-13-07

Points - 229.24
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


It's Friday night, and if you're far too on Twitter like me, that means it's time (in about 4 more hours to be exact) to inform you about Daft Punk's new single "Get Lucky", the sound of the summer arguably. Enough of you had the chance to check it out and it lands at #8, right behind blink-182, who are somewhat relevant at the moment because of Travis Barker's new song with YUNGBLUD & Halsey, but are also relevant in this thread because one of their biggest hits "I Miss You" has landed at #7. I did check this time, and in their 9th ever appearance in this game, this is their first ever top 10 finish.
#6. Roxette - The Look

Round by round: 11-09-08-09-06

Points - 231.06
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#5. Heart - Alone

Round by round: 14-10-09-08-05

Points - 235.13
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


As there's a lot of crossover between the two games' audience, I'm sure you recall that Roxette have had quite a lot of misfortune and near misses in the ARIA Logo game. We'll find out tonight how "It Must Have Been Love" will or won't contribute to that canon, but perhaps the most noteworthy is "The Look" missing the top 3 due to uncharacteristically strong competition. To put that in perspective, they finished 4th out of 10 songs, but here they've finished 6th out of 100 songs, so perhaps injustice was had. The same could also be theorised for Heart but with a different song. Though I can't prove it, I suspect that their 5th place finish for their #1 hit could have been upgraded to 3rd if just one of the 3 powerhouses of the round wasn't stealing more of their votes. For the 2nd time in a week, they've finished in 5th here, but this time it's with their mega '80s ballad "Alone".
#4. The Killers - Read My Mind

Round by round: 06-08-06-06-04

Points - 244.31
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark

Round by round: 09-03-04-02-03

Points - 252.23
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


There's esteemed company in this final round as two of the final four songs belong to artists who have won this game not once, but twice. The Killers are as of yet unable to upgrade that twice to a thrice however, but must be commended for a more unlikely top 5 finisher from their catalogue, with "Read My Mind" making it to #4. For Bruce Springsteen, it's perhaps a slightly more obvious selection from his catalogue of hits that winds up here. What was once the song with the longest ever top 50 chart run, that has since make look quaint by the chart runs of late. Bruce Springsteen does still hold the title of the lowest peaking (and I think only non-#1) song to earn the title of being the #1 song of the year, with "Dancing In The Dark" which lands here at #3.
#2. David Bowie - Life On Mars?

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

Points - 264.98
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#1. White Town - Your Woman

Round by round: 02-05-05-03-01

Points - 285.62
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Though in real time it's been a decent time frame gap, we very nearly had an unprecedented return to the top of the table. It would come as no shock to suggest that David Bowie has more than a few popular songs, but if he wants to become the first artist to get 3 wins, he'll have to wait out the next 3 games because he's just missed his latest chance with "Life On Mars?". Who could surpass Ziggy Stardust you don't wonder because you've certainly seen the result before reading this paragraph? Why of course it's a 50 year old British dude who was born in India and has a name I cannot pronounce. It is not the first time we've encountered White Town's very successful hit "Your Woman" in this game. Just recently last year it finished 3rd place in the battle of #2 hits. Seemingly intent on avoiding that position, he's jumped up to #1, which provides the visually pleasing sight that the winner of the game in which the artist & song title have the same amount of letters, we have one where the number of letters in each word forms a palindrome. It's what the people wanted.
That's a wrap. Minus that tiny hiccup in an earlier round, I'd like to think I'm back into the swing of things. While I suggested there may be week long gaps between rounds, for the time being I'll hold off on that and have the next game start 3 days from now on Monday. The 2019 season will get its proper introduction as we dive into what ARIA claims were the 100 biggest songs of the year with no relevant omissions. If 2018 music isn't your vibe, I'll just have to ask you to be patient as we get through this. Nonetheless, thanks to all who participate, it's especially nerve ranking to restart again after a break. Have a good weekend, do the ACI if you want and do the ARIA Logo game when the results are up if you want to do that as well.
We enter the realm of chaos that is non-member curated lists. We shall learn all sorts of marvels such that the general public are pretty happy to listen to the same small handful of artists over and over again, or even songs perhaps because a lot of these were in last year's list as well. Nonetheless, not a single one of these songs has won in this game before so I didn't have to make any omissions. So I present the ARIA EOY in its purest form

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Shine)
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Anne-Marie - 2002
Ariana Grande - God is a woman
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Bazzi - Mine
Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello - Beautiful
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be
Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
BlocBoy JB feat. Drake - Look Alive
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
Calum Scott - You Are The Reason
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny - I Like It
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo
Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels - I Miss You
Conrad Sewell - Healing Hands
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
Dennis Lloyd - Nevermind
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & Quavo feat. Chance The Rapper - No Brainer
Drake - God's Plan
Drake - In My Feelings
Drake - Nice For What
Dua Lipa - IDGAF
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Dynoro & Gigi D'Agostino - In My Mind
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Happier
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran - River
G-Eazy feat. Halsey - Him & I
George Ezra - Shotgun
Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt - Let Me Go
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Imagine Dragons - Believer
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
Jess Glynne - I'll Be There
Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack - Rise
Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams
Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton - Say Something
Kanye West & Lil Pump - I Love It
Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble - This Is Me
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid - Better
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
Khalid x Ty Dolla $ign x 6lack - OTW
Kygo & Imagine Dragons - Born To Be Yours
Kygo feat. Miguel - Remind Me To Forget
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Liam Payne & Rita Ora - For You (Fifty Shades Freed)
Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown - Freaky Friday
Loud Luxury feat. brando - Body
Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B - Girls Like You
Maroon 5 feat. SZA - What Lovers Do
Marshmello & Anne-Marie - FRIENDS
Marshmello & Bastille - Happier
Marshmello x Khalid - Silence
Martin Garrix feat. Khalid - Ocean
NF - Let You Down
Noah Kahan & Julia Michaels - Hurt Somebody
NOTD feat. Bea Miller - I Wanna Know
Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes
Peking Duk - Fire
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone - Candy Paint
Post Malone - I Fall Apart
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations
Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Psycho
Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - These Days
Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
Sheppard - Coming Home
The Weeknd - Call Out My Name
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me
Tiesto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone - Jackie Chan
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Troye Sivan - My My My!
Vance Joy - We're Going Home
XXXTENTACION - SAD!
Zac Efron & Zendaya - Rewrite The Stars
Zedd, Grey & Maren Morris - The Middle


So let's see how this goes. Select anywhere from a Top 25 to 40 and submit them to me by 7pm on Wednesday. I don't have to do any ARIA Logo work for the next two days so I'm pretty chuffed to relax until then.
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=#94. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be

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


=#94. Calum Scott - You Are The Reason

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


=#94. DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & Quavo feat. Chance The Rapper - No Brainer

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


=#94. Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran - River

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


=#94. Maroon 5 feat. SZA - What Lovers Do

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


=#94. Post Malone - I Fall Apart

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


=#94. Zac Efron & Zendaya - Rewrite The Stars

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


This is obviously the part of the thread where you expect me to deliver endless shade to the songs who were not nominated by anyone to be in here and evidently no one really wanted them here either. I will instead commend the two songs that scored 0 points in last year's version of this game and have been upgraded to more than 0 points. I can however mock derisively, the two songs that have done the opposite and gone from scoring more than nothing, to scoring nothing. But then again that's not fair either, there's less incentive to vote again for songs that were already hits in 2017, especially when those said artists have more, newer songs to go for. But on the other hand, lol "I Fall Apart" was the most streamed song on Apple last year and it scores nothing. Maroon 5's "What Lovers Do" was the other song I was referring to. The rest of these are fresh blood. For the second year in a row, Florida Georgia Line end up on the floor of the list, this time with Bebe Rexha on "Meant To Be". The Eminem and Ed Sheeran collaboration that the world was demanding is met with the severe ambivalence that it deserves, the same goes for Calum Scott's second extremely adult contemporary ballad hit, though one he actually wrote. I've heard his album is better though. DJ Khaled is also back with another hit with mostly the same cohorts on "No Brainer". Last year's "I'm The One" made it to #65 so clearly Lil Wayne adds a lot to the formula.
#93. Selena Gomez & Marshmello - Wolves

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


=#91. NF - Let You Down

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


=#91. XXXTENTACION - SAD!

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


#90. Noah Kahan & Julia Michaels - Hurt Somebody

Points - 4
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #37


Otherwise we have the world of mostly ambivalence but at least they got off the ground. Marshmello has 4 different entries in this list, which is arguably a battle royale so it's familiar territory for him. "Wolves" just couldn't find a good weapon after getting off the Battle Bus and falls off at #92. In the world of extremely white rappers, NF is certified as more popular than Eminem as "Let You Down" gets to #91, but int he world of extremely no longer alive rappers, XXXTENTACION doesn't have any competition to compare with as "SAD!" lands at #91. Noah Kahan's egregiously flogged by radio and then Spotify hit "Hurt Somebody" lands at #90, which proves at least someone in the country likes it.
#89. G-Eazy feat. Halsey - Him & I

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


#88. Imagine Dragons - Believer

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


#87. Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown - Freaky Friday

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


#86. Liam Payne & Rita Ora - For You (Fifty Shades Freed)

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


Because the world moves fast but the charts don't, we can have in the same list, a song where G-Eazy & Halsey act as the next Beyonce/Jay-Z power couple, and also a song where Halsey disses him post-breakup. The former leaves less of an impression at #89. Next we meet the first of those upgraded songs, as Imagine Dragons managed to half-heartedly appear in another End Of Year list with "Believer" despite spending almost none of that year in the top 50, but then again it helps when there are literally missing songs in that list to free up space ("Believer" was #99 of course). The Lil Dicky song which obviously has no flaws in either concept or execution is at #87, while the second ever soundtrack hit in the movie series based on books primarily read by middle aged women as performed by a member of One Direction lands at #86, the demographic screw will never stop being a source of comedy for me.
#85. Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations

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


#84. Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt - Let Me Go

Points - 16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #31


=#82. Dennis Lloyd - Nevermind

Points - 24
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


=#82. Jess Glynne - I'll Be There

Points - 24
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#81. Bazzi - Mine

Points - 26
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #27


Here we have the other song whose very appearance on the list is questionable at best, that being Post Malone's "Congratulations" which was #100 on the overall list and thus really shouldn't be here. I guess 7 Post Malone songs wouldn't be enough to sum up 2018. Speaking of sharing oddly specific traits with "Believer", Hailee Steinfeld is here with the other song that scored 0 points in last year's game, this time "Let Me Go" has been upgraded enough to land at #84. There's then a reasonably significant jump in points for the last 3 songs, firstly Dennis Lloyd with his difficult to genre define "Nevermind" at #82, a position shared with the first of two Jess Glynne entries in this list which got to #1 in the UK because of their dumb new rules, "I'll Be There". Then depending on who you ask, Bazzi's "Mine" is either a weird entity that makes no sense as a hit...or just another pop hit of not much notability. What is notable to me is that it missed the ARIA top 10 by 1 sale, and it also missed round 2 by 1 point.
That leaves 80 songs which have at least a bit more fanfare behind them

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Shine)
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Anne-Marie - 2002
Ariana Grande - God is a woman
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello - Beautiful
Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
BlocBoy JB feat. Drake - Look Alive
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny - I Like It
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo
Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels - I Miss You
Conrad Sewell - Healing Hands
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
Drake - God's Plan
Drake - In My Feelings
Drake - Nice For What
Dua Lipa - IDGAF
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Dynoro & Gigi D'Agostino - In My Mind
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Happier
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
George Ezra - Shotgun
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Imagine Dragons - Thunder
Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack - Rise
Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams
Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton - Say Something
Kanye West & Lil Pump - I Love It
Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble - This Is Me
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid - Better
Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke
Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
Khalid x Ty Dolla $ign x 6lack - OTW
Kygo & Imagine Dragons - Born To Be Yours
Kygo feat. Miguel - Remind Me To Forget
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Loud Luxury feat. brando - Body
Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B - Girls Like You
Marshmello & Anne-Marie - FRIENDS
Marshmello & Bastille - Happier
Marshmello x Khalid - Silence
Martin Garrix feat. Khalid - Ocean
NOTD feat. Bea Miller - I Wanna Know
Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes
Peking Duk - Fire
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone - Candy Paint
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Psycho
Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen - These Days
Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
Sheppard - Coming Home
The Weeknd - Call Out My Name
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me
Tiesto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone - Jackie Chan
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Troye Sivan - My My My!
Vance Joy - We're Going Home
Zedd, Grey & Maren Morris - The Middle


Usual deal here, you want to get your vote in before 7pm on Friday, your vote should consist of a Top 20 to 32 from this selection of 80. In case you wanted to know, Billboard is doing one of its 120 annual chart delays so the ACI is waiting on that before I can finish making the list. Hopefully I'll do it tonight.
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#80. Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B - Girls Like You

Round by round: 73-80

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


#79. Tiesto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone - Jackie Chan

Round by round: 75-79

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


#78. Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton - Say Something

Round by round: 78-78

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#77. Marshmello & Anne-Marie - FRIENDS

Round by round: 77-77

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#76. Ed Sheeran - Perfect

Round by round: 67-76

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


Well when I suggested that Maroon 5 had more songs to contend in this list, I was not at all under the impression that they would have the very next song out with "Girls Like You" at #80. Let's pretend then that I was talking about SZA who's still going strong somewhere in this list. Though it might not feel like it, Tiesto has his highest ever placing in an ARIA EOY via "Jackie Chan" contributing further to the Post Malone mass at #79. Justin Timberlake's song which contributes confusing conversation due to the fact some people have only ever heard it via the music video & some only via the album version which are reasonably different, "Say Something" ends up at #78. It's being the only sentence cringier than Marshmello Fortnite Concert, namely the title YouTube still has for Marshmello's "FRIENDS". Also for the 2nd year in a row, probably leading to a 3rd in all honesty, we've got "Perfect" here.
#75. Anne-Marie - 2002

Round by round: 76-75

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#74. Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams

Round by round: 74-74

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


#73. Marshmello x Khalid - Silence

Round by round: 79-73

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


#72. Kygo feat. Miguel - Remind Me To Forget

Round by round: 63-72

Points - 40
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#71. Imagine Dragons - Thunder

Round by round: 72-71

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


We just had Anne-Marie & Ed Sheeran next to each other but apart, but now they're both contributing to the song "2002" at #75 which of course has no logistic errors which are worth exploring. Juice WRLD does not know who Sting is or how lucid dreaming actually works but he has wound up at #74 as the only song that survived round 1 with only one vote. The Marshmello songs just keep on coming with "Silence" at #73, there's just one more left! Kygo has the first of his two entries with his big radio favourite "Remind Me To Forget" at #72...and speaking of Kygo, Imagine Dragons are at #71 with "Thunder".
#70. Ed Sheeran - Happier

Round by round: 71-70

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
TOp Vote - #11


#69. Martin Garrix feat. Khalid - Ocean

Round by round: 59-69

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#68. Khalid - Better

Round by round: 66-68

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#67. Dynoro & Gigi D'Agostino - In My Mind

Round by round: 64-67

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


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

Round by round: 68-66

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


That last Marshmello song arrives, as "Happier" is at #70...oh wait wrong one. But to not make it feel like it's all against Ed Sheeran here, a fellow cohort of being all over this list is fairly active in these eliminations, as Khalid goes back to back, first his nice Martin Garrix collaboration "Ocean" at #69, and then his very long running top 20 hit "Better" at #68. The 3rd version of "In My Mind" to make the charts is the first to make the top 10, and in here at #67. If Gigi D'Agostino had impacted the ARIA Charts in his prime he'd be arguably the biggest chart veteran in this list. Finally we have the other arbitrary meaningless UK #1 hit for Jess Glynne in "These Days", a song about arbitrary meaningless recollections, so perhaps it fits.
#65. Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke

Round by round: 70-65

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#64. Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble - This Is Me

Round by round: 62-64

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#63. Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Psycho

Round by round: 80-63

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#62. Conrad Sewell - Healing Hands

Round by round: 60-62

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#61. BlocBoy JB feat. Drake - Look Alive

Round by round: 58-61

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


If the last post wasn't enough, we've got a 4th Khalid song for today, with "Young Dumb & Broke" carrying on from 2017's list to #65. I accidentally didn't even mention "Rewrite The Stars" when commenting on round 1, so to keep on brand next at #63 we've got Post Malone with his 4th entry so far, "Psycho" at #63. Something of a surprise top 10 hit in this chart climate is Conrad Sewell's "Healing Hands" at #62, while we hit the first of Drake's handful of entries in the song which Pitchfork apparently believes the lead artist is not outshined in.
It's time for the 3rd round as the competition gets tighter

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Shine)
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Ariana Grande - God is a woman
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello - Beautiful
Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny - I Like It
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo
Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels - I Miss You
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
Drake - God's Plan
Drake - In My Feelings
Drake - Nice For What
Dua Lipa - IDGAF
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
George Ezra - Shotgun
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack - Rise
Kanye West & Lil Pump - I Love It
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
Khalid x Ty Dolla $ign x 6lack - OTW
Kygo & Imagine Dragons - Born To Be Yours
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Loud Luxury feat. brando - Body
Marshmello & Bastille - Happier
NOTD feat. Bea Miller - I Wanna Know
Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes
Peking Duk - Fire
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone - Candy Paint
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar
Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
Sheppard - Coming Home
The Weeknd - Call Out My Name
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Troye Sivan - My My My!
Vance Joy - We're Going Home
Zedd, Grey & Maren Morris - The Middle


From here I'm hoping to get your Top 15 to 24 votes and in to me by 7pm on Monday, best of luck to your favourites, but votes will help them more than well-wishing.
#60. Selena Gomez - Back To You

Round by round: 65-60-60

Points - 63.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#59. NOTD feat. Bea Miller - I Wanna Know

Round by round: 48-48-59

Points - 66.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#58. Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau

Round by round: 46-59-58

Points - 67.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#57. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle

Round by round: 45-51-57

Points - 74
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#56. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

Round by round: 41-53-56

Points - 74.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


Selena Gomez is of course an executive producer for "13 Reasons Why" which I assume is very much relating to the creative output and not the clout of having the most followed person on instagram backing your project. At the very least it gives her a justifiable reason to push a song of her own from the soundtrack, which gives us "Back To You" at #60. The most difficult name to spell in the world, if ARIA have taught me anything, is Bea Miller, who features alongside NOTD on "I Wanna Know". No doubt thanks to finding a place on every Spotify playlist that ever existed, Angus & Julia Stone's "Chateau" gets a somewhat belated appearance despite being released in the middle of 2017. Zedd on the other hand probably knew exactly what he was doing by releasing a big new hit single at the very start of the year, priming "The Middle" to be one of the most heard songs in all of 2018, and landing at #57. The most obvious example of that ideal though is Ed Sheeran making sure we already knew what the biggest song of 2017 would be within 2 weeks of the year starting. 2 years on and "Shape Of You" is still in the charts and I wouldn't be surprised if it landed in 2019's list. For the time being it's here at #56.
#55. Shawn Mendes - In My Blood

Round by round: 38-42-55

Points - 80
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#54. Vance Joy - We're Going Home

Round by round: 57-55-54

Points - 81.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#53. Amy Shark - I Said Hi

Round by round: 31-38-53

Points - 83.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#52. Lauv - I Like Me Better

Round by round: 55-56-52

Points - 83.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#51. Dean Lewis - Be Alright

Round by round: 50-50-51

Points - 86.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Shawn Mendes went for the bold strategy of making a song very similar to "Use Somebody" when the target market are barely old enough to remember that song. Arguably it worked as it's his only song in this list and it's at a respectable #55. Vance Joy just barely missed the Hottest 100 top 50...twice (though he was #50 in 2014), and to add to that, "We're Going Home" has ended up in nearly the same spot at #54. He's not the only Hottest 100 alumni here though, Amy Shark & Dean Lewis are here at #53 & #51, for the latter it's a decent improvement from #80 in the last game, maybe 3rd time's the charm? Also the Lauv song that Spotify and sometimes actual people like a lot is at #52.
#50. Post Malone feat. 21 Savage - rockstar

Round by round: 69-58-50

Points - 87.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#49. Drake - God's Plan

Round by round: 53-54-49

Points - 87.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#48. Benny Blanco feat. Halsey & Khalid - Eastside

Round by round: 36-40-48

Points - 88.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#47. Dua Lipa - IDGAF

Round by round: 47-36-47

Points - 89
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#46. Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello - Beautiful

Round by round: 56-57-46

Points - 90
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


Another 2017 hit still carrying on and yet to leave the ARIA Chart, Post Malone's "rockstar" lands at #50. The first of Drake's 3 lead artist entries is arguably the biggest hit of them, as the longest running #1 hit of the year "God's Plan" lands at #49. Speaking of long running hits, Benny Blanco somehow nearly broke the record for the longest running top 10 hit of all time with "Eastside" which lands at #48. Dua Lipa lands all three of her entries in the top 50, just "IDGAF" lags a bit behind the rest of the pack at #47. Camila Cabello has managed the same too, perhaps it's Bazzi dragging her down a little since his solo track "Mine" landed at #81. Both of these worlds collide at #46 on "Beautiful".
#45. Sam Smith - Too Good At Goodbyes

Round by round: 52-52-45

Points - 91
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#44. Kanye West & Lil Pump - I Love It

Round by round: 61-44-44

Points - 92.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#43. Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels - I Miss You

Round by round: 39-43-43

Points - 93.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#42. Kygo & Imagine Dragons - Born To Be Yours

Round by round: 51-49-42

Points - 96.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#41. Sheppard - Coming Home

Round by round: 43-41-41

Points - 98.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


Reportedly the first ever openly gay man to finish at #45 in QLVG in 2019, Sam Smith has "Too Good At Goodbyes" still carrying on. Next we have the most popular Adele song of 2018 courtesy of Kanye West & Lil Pump on "I Love It" at #44. One could argue that Clean Bandit wrote "I Miss You" about the QLVG top 40, but if they did it was pretty ill-advised because they have another song to come that did make it. Finishing up their bids however are both Kygo & Imagine Dragons, for the latter it's the only song in here that they actually released in 2018. Lastly we have Sheppard who managed to sneak into the EOY with their #22 peaking single but not their #1 peaking album, "Coming Home" sits just outside the top 40 at #41 where it has been most of this time.
Here's your top 40 of what could vaguely be described as top 40 music

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Shine)
Ariana Grande - God is a woman
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same
Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana
Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny - I Like It
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo
Drake - In My Feelings
Drake - Nice For What
Dua Lipa - New Rules
Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill
George Ezra - Shotgun
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack - Rise
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
Khalid x Ty Dolla $ign x 6lack - OTW
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Loud Luxury feat. brando - Body
Marshmello & Bastille - Happier
Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes
Peking Duk - Fire
Pnau - Go Bang
Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone - Candy Paint
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
The Weeknd - Call Out My Name
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Troye Sivan - My My My!


But it's one of those times where I have to post two lengthy forum game results in one night so Top 10 to 16 votes by 7pm on Wednesday if you could be so kind.
#40. Drake - In My Feelings

Round by round: 42-34-40-40

Points - 79.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#39. Marshmello & Bastille - Happier

Round by round: 44-46-37-39

Points - 81.06
Current Voters - 22
Top Vote - #14


#38. Post Malone - Candy Paint

Round by round: 54-39-34-38

Points - 83.96
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #9


#37. Khalid x Ty Dolla $ign x 6lack - OTW

Round by round: 37-37-35-37

Points - 86.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#36. Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack - Rise

Round by round: 49-47-39-36

Points - 90.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


In case you were wondering what song just scraped through last time around, nothing's changed in 2 days time as Drake started the round from the bottom and now he's still there with "In My Feelings" at #40. Somewhat higher than his other entries is Marshmello's highest alongside Bastille on "Happier". Post Malone still has a handful left though, one of his more popular entries being his soundtrack hit turned popular song off the back of other songs of his, turned album track probably to boost streaming numbers in 2018, and that brings us to "Candy Paint" at #38. One can only speculate where "OTW" would be on the End Of Year list if ARIA counted its streams correctly, but unlike "Location" last year, Khalid didn't lose an entry because of it. Lastly we've got Jonas Blue who surprisingly scored his longest charting top 50 hit with "Rise" despite *only* peaking at #7, and it does well here at #36.
#35. Peking Duk - Fire

Round by round: 34-35-33-35

Points - 97.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#34. A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Shine)

Round by round: 28-30-31-34

Points - 104.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#33. Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

Round by round: 35-45-38-33

Points - 110.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#32. Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug - Havana

Round by round: 32-33-36-32

Points - 122.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#31. Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower

Round by round: 19-27-32-31

Points - 124.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


We'll have to wait until the next game before we can do the battle of the two very different Australian tracks with the same guest vocalist. For the time being, Peking Duk set their gauntlet at #35 with "Fire". A$AP Rocky has one of the lowest peaking tracks in this list with thanks to the fact that it was hanging around the lower half of the top 50 for ages, "Praise The Lord (Da Shine)" finishing at #34. We've then got some holdovers from last year's list, with Kendrick Lamar at #33 & Camila Cabello at #32, both have another, newer entry on the way. On the other hand, we've got a soon to be carried over into 2019 hit from Post Malone & Swae Lee, given that it didn't even reach its chart peak until the start of 2019.
#30. Camila Cabello - Never Be The Same

Round by round: 40-31-30-30

Points - 136.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#29. Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends

Round by round: 17-26-25-29

Points - 142.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#28. Halsey - Without Me

Round by round: 30-32-29-28

Points - 142.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#27. Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

Round by round: 27-29-28-27

Points - 146.19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#26. Post Malone - Better Now

Round by round: 33-28-27-26

Points - 158.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Unfortunately for Camila, the wait was not very long. Her two entries had quite a battle for what would reign supreme, but "Never Be The Same" narrowly wins at #30. The only Australian artist to make this list that has never made an EOY before is Hayden James, with "Just Friends" performing well at #29. If we want to talk about strong performance though, one must credit Halsey considering that last year she got 0 votes for "Now Or Never", but now she's all the way up at #28 with "Without Me". The highest of all of Ed Sheeran's songs carried from last year is "Castle On The Hill" at #27, and Post Malone also has his highest entry at #26 with "Better Now", which was trailing behind "Sunflower" for the first two rounds.
#25. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

Round by round: 15-23-26-25

Points - 170.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#24. The Weeknd - Call Out My Name

Round by round: 13-18-19-24

Points - 177.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#23. Loud Luxury feat. brando - Body

Round by round: 22-17-15-23

Points - 180.33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#22. Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises

Round by round: 11-15-13-22

Points - 180.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#21. Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes

Round by round: 24-20-24-21

Points - 182.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


For the final set of eliminations, we've got the 2nd highest carry over from the 2017 list, with Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" apparently still being relevant enough in 2018 to make the list, and winding up here at #25. The Weeknd has consistently had two tracks in the top 20 for this whole game, but he's unfortunate to slip out just now with "Call Out My Name" finishing at #24. Speaking of Canada, Loud Luxury have also been narrowly ousted from the top 20 with "Body" at #23. What I said about The Weeknd also applies to Calvin Harris, with "Promises" taking a hit this round to #22. The unlucky honour of just missing the final round by less than 4 points is Panic! At The Disco with their first ARIA EOY entry in 12 years, "High Hopes".
YOUR TOP 20 IS HERE

5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood
Ariana Grande - God is a woman
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Cardi B feat. J Balvin & Bad Bunny - I Like It
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo
Drake - Nice For What
Dua Lipa - New Rules
George Ezra - Shotgun
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid & Normani - Love Lies
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Pnau - Go Bang
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Troye Sivan - My My My!


It is the most crucial voting round, where you select your Top 5 to 8 and get them to me by 7pm on Friday. The ACI would also appreciate your patronage if that interests you.
#20. George Ezra - Shotgun

Round by round: 20-25-23-17-20

Points - 120.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#19. Khalid & Normani - Love Lies

Round by round: 29-22-21-14-19

Points - 141.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


George Ezra was somewhat lucky to sneak his way through to this final round as one of the few songs that have just been bouncing around the dreaded elimination line, "Shotgun" starts off the round at #20, but maybe even more lucky is Khalid & Normani. "Love Lies" did not receive a single top 10 vote last round but so many low placed votes was enough to push it through, though of course it meant for the risk of lost votes in the final round which is why it drops back to #19.
#18. Dua Lipa - New Rules

Round by round: 26-19-18-20-18

Points - 146.08
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#17. Pnau - Go Bang

Round by round: 21-14-11-15-17

Points - 154.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


Just luckily sneaking through to the final round is the last carry over from 2017's list (though not quite the last 2017 song), Dua Lipa's "New Rules" which lands at #18. The actual highest 2017 song is just ahead of it, Pnau continuing their strategy from a year before by releasing a new single at the end of the year to start smashing the charts in the new year. "Go Bang" gets them to #17. This is an improvement from last year where "Chameleon" landed at #27.
#16. Ariana Grande - God is a woman

Round by round: 23-12-14-18-16

Points - 184.62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#15. Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo

Round by round: 25-16-16-13-15

Points -184.98
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


As you would notice with the list shrinking, there's been an increasingly high concentration for Ariana Grande whose songs were not being eliminated at all. She finally takes her first hit with her 3 entries with "God is a woman" at #16. With less liberty in that regard is Clean Bandit who have their highest entry at #15.
#14. Travis Scott - SICKO MODE

Round by round: 09-11-12-19-14

Points - 196.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar - Pray For Me

Round by round: 10-13-17-11-13

Points - 202.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


I am obviously expected to have some funny quip relating to "SICKO MODE" but what I will note is that it nearly fell out of the top 20 last round after a strong start. It recovers a little to land at #14, but we'll see it again in the next game. I can't say the same for The Weeknd because Hottest 100 voters seemingly forgot he existed this year. "Pray For Me" is the first of two "Black Panther" tracks on this list and lands at #13, the same position The Weeknd landed in last year's ARIA EOY game with "I Feel It Coming".
#12. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss

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

Points - 208.92
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Round by round: 16-09-09-07-11

Points - 228.60
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Dua Lipa was partially responsible for keeping Calvin Harris out of the top 20 in this game, but she's also quite responsible for keeping him there because they teamed up for "One Kiss" which lands at #12. It was the biggest hit of the year in the UK though a little more modestly big here. Ariana Grande has one of the latest arrivals in the list with "thank u, next", which managed a placing despite how much streaming makes it increasingly difficult to late year releases to do so. She does however narrowly miss the top 10.
#10. Troye Sivan - My My My!

Round by round: 14-21-20-16-10

Points - 236.38
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#9. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow

Round by round: 18-24-22-09-09

Points - 238.53
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


Incidentally, the artist who blocks Ariana is the one who actually appears in the music video for "thank u, next". Troye Sivan manages to sneak a place into the top 10 with "My My My!" which makes the top 10 considerably more respectful to Australian music than radio right now. Right ahead we've got what could be the ARIA #1 single again on the weekend because the market for people who only consume music in contexts devoid of the standard top 40 cycle is a powerful force. Not to say people who do, don't also like it, "Shallow" does land here at #9 for instance.
#8. Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely

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

Points - 241.33
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


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

Round by round: 06-04-03-05-07

Points - 241.68
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


For me Billie Eilish's "lovely" has one of the most fascinating chart runs of 2018 because it's been in the top 50 for so many weeks and is a top 5 hit, but only spent a single week in the top 10. That doesn't at all correlate to this game though because it's been in the top 10 for this entire time. It's also the highest of Khalid's 8 entries. Far exceeding my expectations is Cardi B, whose superstar collaboration "I Like It" once got as high as #3 in these proceedings. Curiously it jumped between every position from #3 to #7, though it finishes at the lowest of those.
#6. Childish Gambino - This Is America

Round by round: 04-07-07-12-06

Points - 243
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars

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

Points - 247.27
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Also having something of an erratic run is Childish Gambino. Absolutely one of the most peculiar ARIA #1's of all time, it dropped out of the top 10 last round but a late boost sends it back up to #6. Just ahead of it we have Kendrick Lamar who for the 2nd year in a row has landed in the top 5 with an ARIA #2 hit. Arguably it counter-balances SZA's other entry in this list giving her an average ranking roughly in the middle.
#4. Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)

Round by round: 07-05-04-03-04

Points - 275.23
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#3. 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood

Round by round: 02-03-05-04-03

Points - 290.08
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Clearly though Cardi B is the star of the show because she's the only artist to land two entries in the top 10. Sure you could say that she's only a feature on "Finesse" but honestly if you listen to the original version of the song without her, the absence is very noticable. Making good with just one entry on the other hand is 5 Seconds Of Summer, who perhaps could be expected to do so considering it was quite handily the biggest hit of the year. In saying that, given how the #1 song tends to go in these things, #3 is a tremendously good finish.
#2. Drake - Nice For What

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

Points - 349.22
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry

Round by round: 05-02-02-02-01

Points - 378.43
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


I'd not really been mentioning it but this was a pivotal battle for QLVG in the sense that the next game's voting list had stakes in it. It was another case where the top two contenders were in a yin yang position of one being a Hottest 100 entry and the other not. As you might recall, last year by way of ineligibility, we had to call in the #101 song for the Hottest 100 game. That was not what was on the table this time, because BROCKHAMPTON's "BOOGIE" already is making way for King Princess, but if Drake had won this game, then Kwame would also be sliding in with his #102 entry. That was what looked likely to happen as this game went on because "Nice For What" was leading the entire way. The fact that it has wound up in 2nd place is not really a failing on its part, but rather tremendous luck on the side of its opponent. "no tears left to cry" received 8 votes as you can see above, but what you can't see is that 4 of those 8 votes are 8th place votes, meaning just a slight shift in the list's properties could have seen her voting stock plummet. But, the votes have to cut off at some point and bottom rung votes are not remotely invalid. You could just see this as the universe throwing Ariana Grande a bone for once after pelting her with unfortunate circumstances upon unfortunate circumstances. That she may well have utilised those misfortunes into the writing of "no tears left to cry" and resulted in such success is a sort of cosmic divinity that I cannot do justice to in words.
I have to type up another set of results right after I hit submit so I won't spend long on this but thanks to all the voters (with SZA) making for quite a suspenseful game even for me with all the numbers in front of me. As you probably know, the combined EOY is on this weekend and I'm taking that as an opportunity to indulge in the week long breaks for this game because I've done all this including spending 24 hours trapped in a hospital this week and I need a break :p So the next game will start on Monday, March 11th and will consist of the 2018 triple j Hottest 100, except with "Talia" instead of "BOOGIE". See you on Sunday maybe? The ACI would appreciate votes too.
I found a new thing to be mad about on this site because my last post was rejected and now I need to re-type it. Here's the latest Hottest 100 but with one less BROCKHAMPTON song and one more King Princess song

A$AP Rocky - Sundress
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise the Lord (Da Shine)
Alison Wonderland - Church
Amy Shark - All Loved Up
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Anderson .Paak - Bubblin
Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar - Tints
Angie McMahon - Missing Me
Arctic Monkeys - Four out of Five
Baker Boy - Mr La Di Da Di
Ball Park Music - The Perfect Life Does Not Exist
Bene - Soaked
Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Billie Eilish - when the party's over
Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
Bring Me the Horizon - MANTRA
BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 WILDFIRE
Broods - Peach
Childish Gambino - This Is America
CHVRCHES - Miracle
Cub Sport - Sometimes
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
DMA's - Do I Need You Now?
DMA's - In the Air
DMA's - The End
Drake - God's Plan
Drake - Nice For What
DZ Deathrays - Like People
FISHER - Losing It
Flight Facilities feat. NÏKA - Need You
Florence + The Machine - Hunger
G Flip - About You
G Flip - Killing My Time
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Hayden James feat. Running Touch - Better Together
Hilltop Hoods - Leave Me Lonely
Hilltop Hoods feat. Adrian Eagle - Clark Griswold
Hockey Dad - I Wanna Be Everybody
Hockey Dad - Join the Club
Hockey Dad - Sweet Release
Jack River - Ballroom
Kanye West - Ghost Town
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid - Better
KIAN - Waiting
King Princess - 1950
King Princess - Pussy Is God
King Princess - Talia
Kira Puru - Molotov
Lime Cordiale - Dirt Cheap
Mac Miller - Ladders
Mallrat - Groceries
Mallrat feat. Allday - UFO
Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Meg Mac - Give Me My Name Back
Methyl Ethel - Scream Whole
Middle Kids - Mistake
Nothing But Thieves - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
Ocean Alley - Baby Come Back
Ocean Alley - Confidence
Ocean Alley - Happy Sad
Ocean Alley - Knees
Odette - Take It To the Heart
Peking Duk - Fire
Peking Duk - Wasted
Polish Club - Clarity
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Psycho
Ruby Fields - Dinosaurs
Ruel - Dazed & Confused
Ruel - Younger
RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Treat You Better
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Underwater
San Cisco - When I Dream
Skegss - Smogged Out
Skegss - Up in the Clouds
Tash Sultana - Cigarettes
The Amity Affliction - Ivy (Doomsday)
The Presets - Martini
The Rubens - God Forgot
The Rubens feat. Sarah - Never Ever
The Wombats - Cheetah Tongue
The Wombats - Turn
Thelma Plum - Clumsy Love
Thundamentals - Everybody But You
Thundamentals - I Miss You
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Trophy Eyes - You Can Count On Me
Vance Joy - Saturday Sun
Vance Joy - We're Going Home
Vera Blue - All the Pretty Girls
WAAX - Labrador
Wafia - I'm Good
YUNGBLUD - Polygraph Eyes
Ziggy Alberts - Laps Around the Sun
Ziggy Alberts - Love Me Now


I'm still mad about the post deleting so Top 25 to 40 vote by 7pm Wednesday and the qualifying thread should be here in ~24 hours.
#100. Ruel - Dazed & Confused

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


#99. Thundamentals - I Miss You

Points - 11
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #33


#98. Ziggy Alberts - Laps Around The Sun

Points - 17
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #32


#97. Lime Cordiale - Dirt Cheap

Points - 22
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #29


#96. Ocean Alley - Knees

Points - 23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


I'm not sure if it's just because there were far more artists with multiple entries than usual in this year's Hottest 100, but it feels like a lot of the artists eliminated tonight are able to take refuge in the fact that it's not their only entry in the list. Case in point, four out of five of these artists have such a claim (the outlying one is not Arctic Monkeys). There was quite a big response to this which was nice to me and it helped result in there only being 2 songs that received less than 2 votes. Unfortunately, one of those 2 went as far off as possible and got zero votes. Rather than being an extremely polarising option, it was perhaps instead one that doesn't inspire much of a response at all, with it being the first of Ruel's two entries, "Dazed & Confused". That was his first ever entry so maybe he still needs to build a reputation, whereas Thundamentals are much more established at this point and land at #99 with the higher of their two entries "I Miss You". Of course, Ruel wasn't the only Australian dude to debut in the Hottest 100 with two relatively closely ranked songs, because there's also Ziggy Alberts with "Laps Around The Sun" at #98. As noted before, there's one artist here without the safety net of additional entries and that's Lime Cordiale with "Dirt Cheap" at #97. Then we arrive at the artist with the most entries out of everyone, Ocean Alley. Their first casualty is actually their #10 finisher "Knees" which has to settle with #96.
#95. Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Psycho

Points - 24
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


#94. Peking Duk - Wasted

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#93. Hockey Dad - Sweet Release

Points - 29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #28


#92. The Wombats - Cheetah Tongue

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#91. The Rubens - God Forgot

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


The first carry over from the last list, once again Post Malone has a relatively hefty collection of entries the first of which is "Psycho" at #95. If you subscribe to the idea of people giving less points to songs that were already in the previous list, then Peking Duk are here to contradict it as their lower entry here is the non chart smash "Wasted" at #94. But wait there's more multiple entry artists as Hockey Dad have their first at #93 with *extremely bogan voice* y'know, "Sweet Release". Perhaps in the universe of the upcoming film "Yesterday", Liverpool's finest musical export is The Wombats, in any case they certainly have the most Hottest 100 entries, adding two more this year with the first being the rather nice "Cheetah Tongue" at #92. Now for a local stalwart we've got The Rubens who scored multiple entries in one year for only the 2nd time ever. The first is "God Forgot" at #91.
#90. DMA's - Do I Need You Now?

Points - 35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #27


#89. Ziggy Alberts - Love Me Now

Points - 35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#88. Ruel - Younger

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#87. Hockey Dad - I Wanna Be Everybody

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#86. Ocean Alley - Baby Come Back

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


But the counter to many of these artists having multiple entries is that some are ending their journey fully in this round. Not the case though for DMA's who have the first of their 3 at #90 with "Do I Need You Now?". It is however the case for both Ziggy Alberts and Ruel who are again very close to each other, though this time Ruel is the higher one. Ziggy's John Legend cover is at #89 and Ruel's Seinabo Sey cover is at #88. Okay not really but they may as well be because it would fit in this group with Hockey Dad's definitely not Nirvana cover "I Wanna Be Everybody", and Ocean Alley's legitimate cover of Player's "Baby Come Back", as noted, the only song to receive a solitary vote.
#85. Vance Joy - We're Going Home

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


#84. Thundamentals - Everybody But You

Points - 44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#83. Nothing But Thieves - What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?

Points - 48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#82. Skegss - Up In The Clouds

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#81. KIAN - Waiting

Points - 49
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #6


Vance Joy arrives at #85 with "We're Going Home", which of course was in the last game so we'll have to see how his non-ARIA EOY hit can improve upon this position. Thundamentals are back and thus finishing up their run here at #84 with "Everybody But You", filling the awkward patois-esque void that Drake has left with his new music. Last year when we did this game, Gang Of Youths won with "What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?". Nothing But Thieves clearly covered their song in the hope of replicating it but only land at #83, though with the honour of having the highest Like A Version in this list. It's a wonder to me how it turned out like this but Skegss land the first of their two entries at #82, that being their #11 finisher "Up In The Clouds". And lastly we have KIAN who flips his 20th place finish in the actual countdown to 20th from the bottom, with "Waiting" having honestly pretty impressive voting credentials to go out in the first round.
I'm here to find out if this list will once again trip hitparade's spam detectors and stop me from posting it

A$AP Rocky - Sundress
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise the Lord (Da Shine)
Alison Wonderland - Church
Amy Shark - All Loved Up
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Anderson .Paak - Bubblin
Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar - Tints
Angie McMahon - Missing Me
Arctic Monkeys - Four out of Five
Baker Boy - Mr La Di Da Di
Ball Park Music - The Perfect Life Does Not Exist
Bene - Soaked
Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Billie Eilish - when the party's over
Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
Bring Me the Horizon - MANTRA
BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 WILDFIRE
Broods - Peach
Childish Gambino - This Is America
CHVRCHES - Miracle
Cub Sport - Sometimes
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
DMA's - In the Air
DMA's - The End
Drake - God's Plan
Drake - Nice For What
DZ Deathrays - Like People
FISHER - Losing It
Flight Facilities feat. NÏKA - Need You
Florence + The Machine - Hunger
G Flip - About You
G Flip - Killing My Time
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Hayden James feat. Running Touch - Better Together
Hilltop Hoods - Leave Me Lonely
Hilltop Hoods feat. Adrian Eagle - Clark Griswold
Hockey Dad - Join the Club
Jack River - Ballroom
Kanye West - Ghost Town
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
Khalid - Better
King Princess - 1950
King Princess - Pussy Is God
King Princess - Talia
Kira Puru - Molotov
Mac Miller - Ladders
Mallrat - Groceries
Mallrat feat. Allday - UFO
Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Meg Mac - Give Me My Name Back
Methyl Ethel - Scream Whole
Middle Kids - Mistake
Ocean Alley - Confidence
Ocean Alley - Happy Sad
Odette - Take It To the Heart
Peking Duk - Fire
Polish Club - Clarity
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Ruby Fields - Dinosaurs
RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Treat You Better
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Underwater
San Cisco - When I Dream
Skegss - Smogged Out
Tash Sultana - Cigarettes
The Amity Affliction - Ivy (Doomsday)
The Presets - Martini
The Rubens feat. Sarah - Never Ever
The Wombats - Turn
Thelma Plum - Clumsy Love
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Trophy Eyes - You Can Count On Me
Vance Joy - Saturday Sun
Vera Blue - All the Pretty Girls
WAAX - Labrador
Wafia - I'm Good
YUNGBLUD - Polygraph Eyes


That's 80 songs right there, which is too many for a list that needs to be sorted from top to bottom. You'll need to provide your Top 20 to 32 votes by 7pm on Friday, or maybe you won't because 392 may manage to will the results into existence by way of prediction. Other thread activities that revolve around me counting things are the ACI & ARIA Logo games, which are open for votes as well.
#80. Hayden James feat. Running Touch - Better Together

Round by round: 77-80

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#79. Ocean Alley - Happy Sad

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#78. Arctic Monkeys - Four Out Of Five

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#77. Bring Me The Horizon - MANTRA

Round by round: 75-77

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#76. The Wombats - Turn

Round by round: 78-76

Points - 59
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #21


If you were somehow under the impression that this run of artists with multiple entries coming through would ever end, then you are sorely mistaken as adding to that pile is Hayden James, who counters Vance Joy by actually landing higher with his song that was in the ARIA EOY. Before we get to that, there's the follow up "Better Together" which has actually spent over 4 months in the ARIA Chart despite not reaching the top 60. Up next is the return of Ocean Alley with "Happy Sad" who accomplish the admittedly not too difficult task of surpassing the song's #100 ranking in the countdown, but on the downside they have just one song left now. In a similar sense, we also have Arctic Monkeys who just narrowly snuck into the Hottest 100 with "Four Out Of Five" who also make an improvement up to #78. It's then a very British affair as Bring Me The Horizon are along for the ride with the first single from their 4th consecutive #1 album, "MANTRA" at #77. Then we've got The Wombats returning with their highest entries, as the collective workings of your brain have made "Turn" land at #76. They should be pleased to know that there is some Drake higher up in this list.
#75. The Rubens feat. Sarah - Never Ever

Round by round: 74-75

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#74. Peking Duk - Fire

Round by round: 73-74

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#73. DMA's - In The Air

Round by round: 71-73

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#72. A$AP Rocky - Sundress

Round by round: 76-72

Points - 68
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #23


#71. Hilltop Hoods feat. Adrian Eagle - Clark Griswold

Round by round: 72-71

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


If ARIA's component charts are to be believed, then The Rubens scored the dubious honour of having the biggest selling Australian song this year to miss the ARIA Year End list with "Never Ever". As "Hoops" had its sales split relatively evenly between two years, they've actually never made that list before, but they do now have 7 Hottest 100 entries, of which only two landed higher than this one. By amazing coincidence, they actually land right next to Peking Duk's "Fire", which of course as I've noted too many times now, has the same vocalist. Back for more is DMA's who interrupt their Hottest 100 order as their highest two entries have swapped pecking order here and "In The Air" lands at #73. No such case for A$AP Rocky & Hilltop Hoods however, with "Sundress" landing at #72 and "Clark Griswold" landing at #71.
#70. Khalid - Better

Round by round: 70-70

Points - 72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#69. The Presets - Martini

Round by round: 64-69

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


#68. Vance Joy - Saturday Sun

Round by round: 69-68

Points - 75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#67. FISHER - Losing It

Round by round: 65-67

Points - 75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #18


#66. The Amity Affliction - Ivy (Doomsday)

Round by round: 68-66

Points - 78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Khalid landed at #68 in the previous game with "Better", and so this time he spirals over to the other side of niceness at #70. Taking that honour instead is The Presets, who seemingly have settled into a role of only releasing an album every 5 years or so but still finding their way into voters' hearts. Vance Joy does a similar thing but with considerably less breaks, as he's amassed 9 Hottest 100 entries all released between The Presets' two latest albums. His highest here is "Saturday Sun" at #68. Speaking of artists who have a very high Hottest 100 rank in their backlog, we've got the most recent artist to make their Hottest 100 debut, by virtue of landing all the way up at #2 (though he did nearly sneak a 2nd entry), with FISHER's "Losing It" landing here at #67. I just spent an hour typing up a review of it so I've earned the right to plug it here. Then we've got The Amity Affliction who just like Vance Joy have accumulated 9 Hottest 100 entries since 2013. The latest is "Ivy (Doomsday)" which only narrowly snuck into the list but manages #66 here.
#65. Baker Boy - Mr La Di Da Di

Round by round: 67-65

Points - 78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#64. Tash Sultana - Cigarettes

Round by round: 63-64

Points - 79
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#63. Hockey Dad - Join The Club

Round by round: 62-63

Points - 83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#62. G Flip - Killing My Time

Round by round: 61-62

Points - 85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#61. Kira Puru - Molotov

Round by round: 60-61

Points - 85
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #12


I have just reminded myself that Baker Boy was actually #1 on last year's game at the end of the 4th round, but missed the top 10. We will never know if he had plans to make a similar ascension in this game as his only entry "Mr La Di Da Di" lands at #65. Ahead of it is Tash Sultana who was unable to go back to back on the honour of having the longest song in the countdown 2 years in a row, but not through lack of trying as "Cigarettes" is according to my iTunes playlist, the 3rd longest. Skinny legends Hockey Dad finish off their run at #63 with "Join The Club", while G Flip lands the first of her two, "Killing My Time" at #62. Very narrowly being bumped out of the next round is Kira Puru, whose Hottest 100 debut "Molotov" lands at #61.
Here's the remaining top 60, listed in an order that probably doesn't correlate to the actual order but we can't just say that outright for sure

A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise the Lord (Da Shine)
Alison Wonderland - Church
Amy Shark - All Loved Up
Amy Shark - I Said Hi
Anderson .Paak - Bubblin
Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar - Tints
Angie McMahon - Missing Me
Ball Park Music - The Perfect Life Does Not Exist
Bene - Soaked
Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid - Eastside
Billie Eilish - when the party's over
Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 WILDFIRE
Broods - Peach
Childish Gambino - This Is America
CHVRCHES - Miracle
Cub Sport - Sometimes
Dean Lewis - Be Alright
DMA's - The End
Drake - God's Plan
Drake - Nice For What
DZ Deathrays - Like People
Flight Facilities feat. NÏKA - Need You
Florence + The Machine - Hunger
G Flip - About You
Halsey - Without Me
Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends
Hilltop Hoods - Leave Me Lonely
Jack River - Ballroom
Kanye West - Ghost Town
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
King Princess - 1950
King Princess - Pussy Is God
King Princess - Talia
Mac Miller - Ladders
Mallrat - Groceries
Mallrat feat. Allday - UFO
Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Meg Mac - Give Me My Name Back
Methyl Ethel - Scream Whole
Middle Kids - Mistake
Ocean Alley - Confidence
Odette - Take It To the Heart
Polish Club - Clarity
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Ruby Fields - Dinosaurs
RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Treat You Better
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Underwater
San Cisco - When I Dream
Skegss - Smogged Out
Thelma Plum - Clumsy Love
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Trophy Eyes - You Can Count On Me
Vera Blue - All the Pretty Girls
WAAX - Labrador
Wafia - I'm Good
YUNGBLUD - Polygraph Eyes


I require of you to allow me to acquiesce your Top 15 to 24 selections by 7pm on Monday. I hope you have a good weekend, and also ACI/Logo, y'know.
#60. Dean Lewis - Be Alright

Round by round: 58-59-60

Points - 114.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#59. Anderson .Paak - Bubblin

Round by round: 48-57-59

Points - 115
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#58. Meg Mac - Give Me My Name Back

Round by round: 57-54-58

Points - 115.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#57. Hayden James feat. Boy Matthews - Just Friends

Round by round: 55-56-57

Points - 118
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#56. Kanye West - Ghost Town

Round by round: 47-51-56

Points - 121.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


I suppose hats off to Dean Lewis by finishing his 3rd consecutive appearance with a vague merge of his previous two results. Last game he made it to round 3, before that he was first out in round 2. This time he's first out in round 3 with "Be Alright", which will be surely creating a void for everyone as it's not going to be in the next game. To my pleasant surprise, Anderson .Paak picked up two entries this year, the first of which is "Bubblin" at #59. This whole section of the results could be described as a multiple entrant club sandwich, with single entrant bread. Meg Mac is closely mimicking her actual Hottest 100 finish with "Give Me My Name Back" at #58. To show that we're showing all perspectives here, Hayden James falls quite a bit sooner with his highest entry "Just Friends" at #57, and Kanye West is considerably higher with "Ghost Town" at #56.
#55. Mallrat feat. Allday - UFO

Round by round: 53-53-55

Points - 121.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#54. San Cisco - When I Dream

Round by round: 66-60-54

Points - 122.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#53. Alison Wonderland - Church

Round by round: 50-47-53

Points - 123.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#52. WAAX - Labrador

Round by round: 56-55-52

Points - 124.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#51. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Treat You Better

Round by round: 46-52-51

Points - 125.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


If you're willing to believe me, "UFO" by Mallrat has landed at #55. San Cisco win tonight's honour of barely sneaking through to this round and pretending it didn't happen by creeping up further to #54 with "When I Dream". Alison Wonderland on the other hand squanders top 50 status slightly with "Church" slipping to #53. WAAX have what could in a few ways be described as 2018's "Girlie Bits" with "Labrador" at #52, and RÜFÜS DU SOL fall just short of making the top half with all 3 of their songs. How close? The next song has the same amount of points as "Treat You Better".
#50. DZ Deathrays - Like People

Round by round: 59-58-50

Points - 125.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#49. YUNGBLUD - Polygraph Eyes

Round by round: 49-50-49

Points - 125.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#48. Jack River - Ballroom

Round by round: 52-48-48

Points - 128.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#47. Amy Shark - I Said Hi

Round by round: 44-45-47

Points - 130
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#46. Halsey - Without Me

Round by round: 34-33-46

Points - 132.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


In a similar manner to the actual countdown, DZ Deathrays have just snuck through to the top 50 with "Like People". YUNGBLUD is way off on the other hand, with "Polygraph Eyes" landing 50 places higher here, and winning the 'mate' battle in a dramatic turning of tables. Jack River's 2nd consecutive year in the Hottest 100 does well for her. "Fool's Gold" landed at #75 in last year's game, this time she's at #48 with "Ballroom", and sitting next to big hits from Amy Shark at #47 and Halsey at #46. Both artists have a further entry to see in this list.
#45. Angie McMahon - Missing Me

Round by round: 27-32-45

Points - 133.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#44. G Flip - About You

Round by round: 33-35-44

Points - 134
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#43. Mac Miller - Ladders

Round by round: 42-43-43

Points - 134
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#42. Drake - God's Plan

Round by round: 45-46-42

Points - 136
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#41. Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid - Eastside

Round by round: 39-39-41

Points - 137.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


A certain subset of the people reading this are probably expecting a tremendous jape from me, but all I've got to say is that Angie McMahon has made it more than halfway to the top with "Missing Me' at #45. G Flip can't quite average out in the top half with her two entries, "About You" getting her as high as #44. Clearly the solution would be to only have one entry like Mac Miller (though he had 2 very near misses as well). Unless I'm forgetting something obvious, the first posthumous Hottest 100 entry since Ou Est Le Swimming Pool lands at #43. Drake improves a little on his performance in the last game but not enough to reach the next with "God's Plan" getting to #42. Incidentally, in that last game, the song just ahead of it was "Eastside", and that's happened again, with Benny Blanco's mega collaboration at #41.
Here are the final 40 to go into battle

A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise the Lord (Da Shine)
Amy Shark - All Loved Up
Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar - Tints
Ball Park Music - The Perfect Life Does Not Exist
Bene - Soaked
Billie Eilish - when the party's over
Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 WILDFIRE
Broods - Peach
Childish Gambino - This Is America
CHVRCHES - Miracle
Cub Sport - Sometimes
DMA's - The End
Drake - Nice For What
Flight Facilities feat. NÏKA - Need You
Florence + The Machine - Hunger
Hilltop Hoods - Leave Me Lonely
Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars
King Princess - 1950
King Princess - Pussy Is God
King Princess - Talia
Mallrat - Groceries
Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Methyl Ethel - Scream Whole
Middle Kids - Mistake
Ocean Alley - Confidence
Odette - Take It To the Heart
Polish Club - Clarity
Post Malone - Better Now
Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
Ruby Fields - Dinosaurs
RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Underwater
Skegss - Smogged Out
Thelma Plum - Clumsy Love
Travis Scott - SICKO MODE
Trophy Eyes - You Can Count On Me
Vera Blue - All the Pretty Girls
Wafia - I'm Good


This time I will seek from you a Top 10 to 16. It will be required by 7pm Wednesday, which is incidentally a good time to have your next Logo votes in by as I prepare to type that up after I post this. Also for the first time this year, I have a shiny poll for qualifying game purposes https://www.strawpoll.me/17630185
#40. Post Malone - Better Now

Round by round: 54-49-38-40

Points - 126.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#39. Trophy Eyes - You Can Count On Me

Round by round: 41-40-36-39

Points - 129.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#38. Flight Facilities feat. NÏKA - Need You

Round by round: 32-36-35-38

Points - 132.94
Current Voters - 3
TOp Vote - #2


#37. King Princess - Talia

Round by round: 43-42-39-37

Points - 133.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#36. King Princess - Pussy Is God

Round by round: 36-34-33-36

Points - 136.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Post Malone is showing some level of consistency though only thanks to a little bit of luck he could make it through to round 4 with "Better Now" which starts at #40. Trophy Eyes notoriously had their big Hottest 100 breakthrough in 2016...except they landed at #101. They snuck through this year but not at all in terms of this list as "You Can Count On Me" has potentially one of the biggest boosts from its Hottest 100 rank to this game. a 54 position boost from #93 to #39. I can't say it's the best because in this very same post we have King Princess who only qualified for this game with "Talia" on a technicality. This year's #101 song does plenty to justify its appearance as it lands at #37, in fact it's right next to one of her two proper entries, "Pussy Is God" at #36. In the middle of this is Flight Facilities, who followed up their Broods collaboration immediately with another Nott sibling, NÏKA, on "Need You" at #38.
#35. CHVRCHES - Miracle

Round by round: 35-41-40-35

Points - 149
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#34. Thelma Plum - Clumsy Love

Round by round: 28-22-19-34

Points - 152.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#33. Skegss - Smogged Out

Round by round: 51-44-37-33

Points - 156.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#32. Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower

Round by round: 37-38-34-32

Points - 157.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#31. Odette - Take It To The Heart

Round by round: 26-24-30-31

Points - 165.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


There are 3 songs in this current round which have scored multiple #1 votes, and every rank counts because that helped CHVRCHES just narrowly get into this round with "Miracle" which finishes at #35. Next we have Thelma Plum who finishes 7 places higher than Benny Blanco's somewhat similar sounding song with "Clumsy Love" at #34. Skegss' biggest hit "Up In The Clouds" may have crashed out in round 1, but they've done very well with "Smogged Out" slowly climbing the list to #33. The consistency comment on Post Malone applies again because "Sunflower" also made it to round 4 in the last game, and here it is again at #32. Odette is another artist to improve fortunes or perhaps just find more fans in the space of a year. "Watch Me Read You" took her to #66 last year, but now she's up to #31 with "Take It To The Heart", which by 1 place, takes the new title of biggest position improvement on Hottest 100 rank.
#30. Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

Round by round: 31-25-26-30

Points - 167.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#29. Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar - Tints

Round by round: 21-30-32-29

Points - 169.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#28. Ball Park Music - The Perfect Life Does Not Exist

Round by round: 30-31-23-28

Points - 177.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#27. Polish Club - Clarity

Round by round: 29-29-31-27

Points - 179.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#26. DMA's - The End

Round by round: 24-27-29-26

Points - 181.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Mark Ronson got into the Hottest 100 this year releasing his song on the last day of eligibility. It's kind of weird to imagine a universe where we would spend the next 10 months speculating the fortunes on "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart", which does well here at #30. Anderson .Paak returns with his highest entry in this list, "Tints" at #29, though Kendrick Lamar has another entry down the line. Ball Park Music surprisingly won triple j's album poll in 2018, but to prove that popularity isn't just an isolated pocket, our isolated pocket has sent them to #28 with "The Perfect Life Does Not Exist". Another somewhat niche Australian band finding a fair amount of fanfare here is Polish Club, getting to #27 with "Clarity", while if you can feel the end for DMA's, it has indeed arrived, with their highest entry at #26.
#25. Kendrick Lamar & SZA - All The Stars

Round by round: 20-20-22-25

Points - 183.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#24. Travis Scott - SICKO MODE

Round by round: 15-15-15-24

Points - 183.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#23. RÜFÜS DU SOL - No Place

Round by round: 14-14-14-23

Points - 185.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#22. Hilltop Hoods - Leave Me Lonely

Round by round: 40-37-28-22

Points - 193
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #5


#21. Vera Blue - All The Pretty Girls

Round by round: 19-19-21-21

Points - 194.38
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #7


While last year's game netted two entries for Kendrick Lamar in the top 10, and for that matter, "All The Stars" was #5 in the previous game, the fanfare doesn't quite carry and he checks out at #25. There's major company alongside with Travis Scott's #3 Hottest 100 finisher "SICKO MODE" taking a hit this round and falling to #24, unable to make the top 20 two games in a row. RÜFÜS DU SOL have their 2nd highest entry at #23, but you can already see from this post that they haven't replicated their top 20 near miss from the Hottest 100. Hilltop Hoods on the other hand are striking pretty closely to their actual Hottest 100 position for "Leave Me Lonely", which has been climbing consistently but also never left the round 4 zone of the list, starting at #40 and ending at #22. It's unfortunte though for Vera Blue, who landed at #22 last year with "Mended", and once again she's locked out of the final round as "All The Pretty Girls" finishes at #21.
And it all comes down to the final 20 now

A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise the Lord (Da Shine)
Amy Shark - All Loved Up
Bene - Soaked
Billie Eilish - when the party's over
Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown
Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely
BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 WILDFIRE
Broods - Peach
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Cub Sport - Sometimes
Drake - Nice For What
Florence + The Machine - Hunger
King Princess - 1950
Mallrat - Groceries
Methyl Ethel - Scream Whole
Middle Kids - Mistake
Ocean Alley - Confidence
Ruby Fields - Dinosaurs
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Underwater
Wafia - I'm Good

To contribute, you would be wise to select a Top 5 to 8 and send it to me by 7pm on Friday, afterwards I'll do all the necessary work. Ye olde strawpoll would happily take more votes here https://www.strawpoll.me/17630185 As would the ACI & Logo games, though the latter is probably currently being typed up and a new vote could horribly disrupt that.
#20. Billie Eilish & Khalid - lovely

Round by round: 23-23-25-20-20

Points - 123.09
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#19. Florence + The Machine - Hunger

Round by round: 22-18-17-15-19

Points - 160.17
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


The slight elephant in the room with these results is that while we've been powering through all these entries, to the point that every other remaining artist has only one song left on the list, Billie Eilish has made the top 20 with all 3 of hers. It goes without saying that we'll see all 3 of them tonight, with the first one being "lovely" which snuck into the top 20 so casually I didn't even realise at first. Alongside it is the only entry for Florence + The Machine, "Hunger" landing at #19. Unlike Eskimo Joe, that line which rhymes is not a lie.
#18. Ocean Alley - Confidence

Round by round: 38-21-16-14-18

Points - 163.61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#17. Mallrat - Groceries

Round by round: 09-08-05-06-17

Points - 178.03
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


It is a tall order for Ocean Alley not to underperform here with "Confidence". But maybe if the performance of their other entries is factored in, a #18 finish here is rather impressive for them. They sit alongside Mallrat's "Groceries" which was this game's instance of a song receiving an excessive amount of votes but not much in the way of high ones. In round 3 she had more votes than any other song, but none higher than #11, meaning that once we're down to a maximum of 8 votes, she lost a lot of support at once and fell down to #17.
#16. A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Shine)

Round by round: 17-26-24-17-16

Points - 191.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#15. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Underwater

Round by round: 18-17-18-19-15

Points - 203.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


While the majority of the carryovers from the previous game have been taking diminishing returns, A$AP Rocky has quite safely countered that with "Praise The Lord (Da Shine)", this time successfully making the final round and almost matching its Hottest 100 rank at #16. Improving in that regard is RÜFÜS DU SOL. Incidentally "Underwater" was consistently ranking just behind "No Place" until the last round. Now that it's riding solo, it climbs a little bit to #15, a strong result for the longest song in the game.
#14. Middle Kids - Mistake

Round by round: 16-16-20-18-14

Points - 204.41
Current Voters -4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Billie Eilish - you should see me in a crown

Round by round: 07-06-13-09-13

Points - 209.92
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Jumping up exactly 50 places from their long awaited Hottest 100 debut, Middle Kids take "Mistake" to #14. Following that is the 2nd Billie Eilish entry, which has been jumping in and out of the top 10 all game. "you should see me in a crown" finishes its run at #13.
#12. Broods - Peach

Round by round: 05-09-10-13-12

Points - 211
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Amy Shark - All Loved Up

Round by round: 25-28-27-16-11

Points - 228
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


If you have been waiting for 5 whole rounds to find out what the highest New Zealand entry is, it can finally be revealed as not being Broods' "Peach". By all accounts though they've still done very well to reach #12. Also doing well is Amy Shark. She may have effectively reversed her two entries, but it still balances out with a net position thanks to "All Loved Up" reaching #11.
#10. BROCKHAMPTON - 1999 WILDFIRE

Round by round: 13-13-12-12-10

Points - 246.78
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#9. Methyl Ethel - Scream Whole

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

Points - 248.63
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


As you should know, BROCKHAMPTON had two Hottest 100 entries this year though only one in this list. Perhaps spurred on by that, they have ended up performing very well with their remaining song, "1999 WILDFIRE" just managing to sneak into the top 10 at #10. Following that we've got Methyl Ethel, who have made the top 10 for a 2nd year in a row, with just a slight decline on "Ubu"'s #7 finish. This time they're considerably higher than they were in the Hottest 100 with "Scream Whole" finishing at #9.
#8. King Princess - 1950

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

Points - 256.45
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#7. Childish Gambino - This Is America

Round by round: 11-12-08-07-07

Points - 289.14
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


King Princess finishes up her tenure here with all her songs retaining their order from the official list, with "1950" particularly excelling at #8. Following that, Childish Gambino receives the honour of having the final song in this list to finish lower than it did in the Hottest 100, which is not a spoiler because the whole official top 6 have already appeared. "This Is America" drops just 1 place from its ARIA game position to land at #7.
#6. Cub Sport - Sometimes

Round by round: 08-05-07-08-06

Points - 293.31
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#5. Billie Eilish - when the party's over

Round by round: 06-07-06-05-05

Points - 329.61
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #3


If you have extrapolated the remaining results, you might have pieced together that 5 of the top 6 are from solo artists. To make matters more troubling for those of which who would prefer bands to keep going, that 5 of top 6 is actually 5 of top 5 because the last remaining band, Cub Sport finish at #6 with "Sometimes", a considerable improvement on "Chasin'"'s apostrophe nightmare and also #81 finish last year. So to start this train of solo artists, we've got that final Billie Eilish song, which except in round 2 has consistently been her highest entry here, "when the party's over" landing at #5.
#4. Drake - Nice For What

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

Points - 347.27
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#3. Wafia - I'm Good

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

Points - 375.22
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #2


Drake's quest for a 3rd QLVG win continues to hit close calls. This time "Nice For What" doesn't fall off from #1 so maybe it's not quite the same let down for him, but it does slip in the final round again to #4. Following that we've got Wafia's consistent contender "I'm Good" which was basically in the Steven Bradbury position though it didn't bear fruit in the end.
#2. Ruby Fields - Dinosaurs

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

Points - 379.69
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #2


#1. Bene - Soaked

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

Points - 395.44
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


My last comment was all about the fact that the top 3 all had the same amount of votes, except Wafia was way too far behind to catch up on mere rank adjustments so she really needed the other two to lose a vote. Despite the brutal nature of the last round, they both retained all of their votes in this round. In fact Ruby Fields only has 1 less vote than she started with. Her inability to lose many votes made her seem primed to take the top spot, and in round 4 she made a lot of ground towards it, only scoring 4 less points once you remove the prior round bonus. In the end, inertia wins out. Or if you wish to personify that inertia, Bene wins out. This is a relatively modest turn of events when you consider that the prior winners of this edition were Drake & Gang Of Youths, but one cannot deny the mass affection "Soaked" as drawn. OK well ARIA might try to.
Thank you everyone for voting! I believe this is the biggest response I've had in one of these games where nobody ever forgot to vote. While I took a break last time, I'm here to say that the next game, concerning more niche favourites of 2018 will be running as soon as possible on Monday next week. In terms of the strawpoll, we've had a pretty definitive tie. Starting on Tuesday will be the game for songs which were released in years that end with '5', and after that will be songs from second albums. Have a good weekend, vote in the ACI now and in the ARIA Logo game after I type up and post the results later tonight. Have a good weekend too.
Some slight housekeeping initially. I belatedly noticed that Brett Young's "Like I Loved You" was included on the list, despite being released on an album and as a single very much in 2017. It did peak on airplay at the start of 2018 but I also discovered that it was in last year's version of the game (with the same nominators too ) and decided to exclude it. In its place is "Love It If We Made It" by The 1975, otherwise the list is the same as in the other thread.

That list is of course an all sort of music in 2018 that possibly didn't quite get a major amount of attention in 2018 (or at least wasn't recognised in the last two lists). So while those lists have the obvious heavy hitters to grab votes, maybe the top contenders here will be more open season?

All Saints - After All
Ariana Grande - breathin
Ariana Grande - everytime
Au/Ra & CamelPhat - Panic Room
Beach House - Pay No Mind
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Carly Rae Jepsen - Party For One
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX - Focus
Charlie Puth - The Way I Am
Christina Aguilera feat. Demi Lovato - Fall In Line
Christine and the Queens feat. Dâm-Funk - Girlfriend
CHVRCHES - Get Out
Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time
CXLOE - Show You
Danny L Harle feat. Clairo - Blue Angel
Delta Goodrem - Think About You
Demi Lovato - Sober
Dizzee Rascal - Don't Gas Me
DMA's - For Now
Ella Mai - Trip
Eves Karydas - Further Than The Planes Fly
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
George Ezra - Hold My Girl
George Ezra - Paradise
Good Doogs - Want That
Gretta Ray - Radio Silence
Grimes feat. HANA - We Appreciate Power
Haiku Hands - Jupiter
Highasakite - Elastic State Of Mind
IDLES - Danny Nedelko
Imagine Dragons - Next To Me
IV League - Superstar
James Bay - Pink Lemonade
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Jessie Ware - Overtime
John Mayer - New Light
Julia Jacklin - Body
K.I.D - Prodigal Daughter
Kacey Musgraves - High Horse
Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
Keith Urban - Parallel Line
Kim Petras - Heart to Break
Kwame - WOW
Kylie Minogue - A Lifetime To Repair
Ladytron - The Island
Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me
Luca Brasi - Clothes I Slept In
Lykke Li - deep end
Mac Miller - What's The Use?
Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater
Mariah Carey - GTFO
Mitski - Geyser
Mitski - Nobody
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
Mojo Juju feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir - Native Tongue
Muse - The Dark Side
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
Nina Nesbitt - Loyal to Me
Owl Eyes - On Me
Paramore - Rose-Colored Boy
Parcels - Tieduprightnow
Phantastic Ferniture - F**kin 'n' Rollin
Pip Blom - Come Home
Press Club - Suburbia
Robyn - Honey
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
Rosalía - Malamente
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind
SAFIA - Starlight
Samantha Jade - Roller Skates
Shawn Mendes - Nervous
Sidney Gish - Sin Triangle
Slayyyter - Alone
St. Lucia - Tokyo
Stand Atlantic - Lavender Bones
Sting & Shaggy - Gotta Get Back My Baby
Stonefield - Delusion
Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Superorganism - Night Time
The 1975 - It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
The 1975 - Love It If We Made It
The Chainsmokers feat. Emily Warren - Side Effects
The Hard Aches - Mess
The Paper Kites - When It Hurts You
The Prodigy - Light Up The Sky
Tkay Maidza feat. Duckwrth - Flexin'
Toni Braxton - Long As I Live
Touch Sensitive feat. Daniel Wilson - G.A.L.
Two People - In The Garden
Washington - Claws
Weezer - Africa
West Thebarton - Stuck On You
Westerman - Confirmation
What So Not feat. BUOY - Stuck In Orbit
Wiley - Been A While

I'd love it if you made...a Top 25 to 40 vote and got it in to me by 7pm on Wednesday. Tomorrow I'll open the qualifying thread relating to songs released in '5' years.
#100. Ladytron - The Island

Points - 20
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #31


#99. Carly Rae Jepsen - Party For One

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#98. Weezer - Africa

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#97. Samantha Jade - Roller Skates

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


#96. Paramore - Rose-Colored Boy

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


Now that we're back to curated lists, it is something of an expectation that points will rise a little bit higher in the bottom end. No longer are we dealing with stuff no one wants anything to do with, multiple potential voters are willing these songs into the lists! It's quite significant here that the bottom song has still amassed a respectable 20 points. That is from Ladytron who you might recall from the mid-2000s (in fact they'll be in the next game at the peak of their popularity) who are still going around and it seems, delivering strong material like "The Island". Depending on your music discourse, some people might be genuinely surprised that Carly Rae Jepsen still has quite a following beyond that one hit which has defined her career...Run Aw- I mean "Call Me Maybe". Her 2018 single "Party For One" adds to pops canon of extremely unsubtle nods to certain acts at #99. Then at #98, because of one dedicated memer on Twitter, Weezer added to their always polarising post-"Pinkerton" canon a cover of Toto's "Africa", which saw them break the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in about a decade, and has since brought them to produce an entire self-titled album of similar covers. Speaking of cover albums, Samantha Jade released a disco covers album last year, though amongst all those familiar cuts is some original material such as "Roller Skates" which lands at #97. Then we've got Paramore with their 2017 album but a 2018 single in "Rose-Colored Boy" at #96.
#95. Toni Braxton - Long As I Live

Points - 30
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#94. Demi Lovato - Sober

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#93. Charlie Puth - The Way I Am

Points - 33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#92. Kim Petras - Heart To Break

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#91. Wiley - Been A While

Points - 37
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


It wouldn't feel like a QLVG without a Braxton somewhere around the corner, and Toni is still putting out likeable music as it so happens. "Long As I Live" lands at #95, next to Demi Lovato's poignant track about her struggles with sobriety, "Sober" at #94. Charlie Puth on the other hand, was trying his hand at some extreme cases of chutzpah in an album with original tracks titled "If You Leave Me Now", "Somebody Told Me" and the #93 entrant "The Way I Am". The true star of the ARIA Logo game, Kim Petras is at #92 with one of her many colourful singles "Heart To Break". Wiley is currently climbing the UK Charts with his biggest hit in many years, and I obviously feel conflicted to enjoy both that and #91's "Been A While" as I simultaneously am currently very much enjoying a Wiley diss track from Skepta.
#90. Imagine Dragons - Next To Me

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


#89. Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me

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


#88. Christina Aguilera feat. Demi Lovato - Fall In Line

Points - 42
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#87. Ella Mai - Trip

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#86. Tkay Maidza feat. Duckwrth - Flexin'

Points - 44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


With how quickly they pushed out their 4th album, you might not realise that Imagine Dragons also had time to tack more onto their 3rd album last year, which is where "Next To Me" at #90 comes in. In the UK, Little Mix had one of their biggest hits with "Woman Like Me" meanwhile in Australia it was pre-maturely dumped from our country's largest Spotify playlist which extremely shows in its chart performance here. 2018 saw Christina Aguilera return to the ARIA top 10 for the first time in 8 years with her latest album "Liberation", here she is assisted by Demi Lovato on "Fall In Line" at #88. Then at #87 is a rare case of a UK artist being considerably more popular stateside, with Ella Mai's 2nd big hit "Trip" which narrowly missed out on giving her a 2nd US top 10 hit. Then for our own local content we've got Tkay Maidza teaming up with Duckwrth on the energetic banger "Flexin'" at #86.
#85. Washington - Claws

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


#84. Sting & Shaggy - Gotta Get Back My Baby

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#83. Muse - The Dark Side

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#82. Kwame - WOW

Points - 50
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #18


#81. West Thebarton - Stuck On You

Points - 52
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


After a quiet few years, Washington returned late last year with the single "Claws" which I often see as the 2nd coming of Nicole Millar's absent-from-this-game "Gimme A Break". Then it's time for you to fail to name a more iconic duo because Sting & Shaggy made an entire album together with some surprising commercial performance to show for it. The track "Gotta Get Back My Baby" represents it here at #84. For more borderline veterans at this point, Muse released their 8th and final album for their long running Warner contract which for many has been seen as their best album in a while. One of the initial singles from that album, "The Dark Side" is here at #83, followed by the unfortunate song to be just narrowly shy of last week's Hottest 100 game. Something of a breakout hit for local talent Kwame, "WOW" is at #82, followed by another local entrant, West Thebarton of former Brothel Club notoriety, with "Stuck On You" at #81.
Here's 1 song that's "Nervous" and 79 songs that are just nervous about their prospects

All Saints - After All
Ariana Grande - breathin
Ariana Grande - everytime
Au/Ra & CamelPhat - Panic Room
Beach House - Pay No Mind
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX - Focus
Christine and the Queens feat. Dâm-Funk - Girlfriend
CHVRCHES - Get Out
Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time
CXLOE - Show You
Danny L Harle feat. Clairo - Blue Angel
Delta Goodrem - Think About You
Dizzee Rascal - Don't Gas Me
DMA's - For Now
Eves Karydas - Further Than The Planes Fly
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
George Ezra - Hold My Girl
George Ezra - Paradise
Good Doogs - Want That
Gretta Ray - Radio Silence
Grimes feat. HANA - We Appreciate Power
Haiku Hands - Jupiter
Highasakite - Elastic State Of Mind
IDLES - Danny Nedelko
IV League - Superstar
James Bay - Pink Lemonade
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Jessie Ware - Overtime
John Mayer - New Light
Julia Jacklin - Body
K.I.D - Prodigal Daughter
Kacey Musgraves - High Horse
Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
Keith Urban - Parallel Line
Kylie Minogue - A Lifetime To Repair
Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Luca Brasi - Clothes I Slept In
Lykke Li - deep end
Mac Miller - What's The Use?
Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater
Mariah Carey - GTFO
Mitski - Geyser
Mitski - Nobody
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
Mojo Juju feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir - Native Tongue
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
Nina Nesbitt - Loyal to Me
Owl Eyes - On Me
Parcels - Tieduprightnow
Phantastic Ferniture - F**kin 'n' Rollin
Pip Blom - Come Home
Press Club - Suburbia
Robyn - Honey
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
Rosalía - Malamente
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind
SAFIA - Starlight
Shawn Mendes - Nervous
Sidney Gish - Sin Triangle
Slayyyter - Alone
St. Lucia - Tokyo
Stand Atlantic - Lavender Bones
Stonefield - Delusion
Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Superorganism - Night Time
The 1975 - It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
The 1975 - Love It If We Made It
The Chainsmokers feat. Emily Warren - Side Effects
The Hard Aches - Mess
The Paper Kites - When It Hurts You
The Prodigy - Light Up The Sky
Touch Sensitive feat. Daniel Wilson - G.A.L.
Two People - In The Garden
Westerman - Confirmation
What So Not feat. BUOY - Stuck In Orbit


Say you have takes on this here list that you wish to project by way of re-organising it more to your liking, you'd be a fool not to submit your Top 20 to 32 votes to me by 7pm on Friday. The ACI is also open, the Logo game is running as it tends to do, and there's a qualifying game for QLVG going on too. Now I get to enjoy not typing anything up for 2 more days.
#80. Rosalía - Malamente

Round by round: 64-80

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#79. The Hard Aches - Mess

Round by round: 80-79

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


#78. Parcels - Tieduprightnow

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#77. Two People - In The Garden

Round by round: 75-77

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#76. Sidney Gish - Sin Triangle

Round by round: 78-76

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Breaking a largely English hegemony is rising star Rosalía with her unfortunately dropping song "Malamente" at #80. The Hard Aches' second ever QLVG appearance is their second to make the 70s, with "Mess" at #78. Speaking of messes, Parcels could be best recognised with their stylisation of their album tracklisting, and perhaps also the popularity of "Tieduprightnow" at #78 in its own right. Two People would be best noted as an offshoot of Snakadaktal with "In The Garden" at #77. It is not at all a lie that Sidney Gish's "Sin Triangle" is #76 and you know it.
#75. Pip Blom - Come Home

Round by round: 77-75

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#74. Gretta Ray - Radio Silence

Round by round: 69-74

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#73. The Prodigy - Light Up The Sky

Round by round: 72-73

Points - 70
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#72. Eves Karydas - Further Than The Planes Fly

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #19


#71. Touch Sensitive feat. Daniel Wilson - G.A.L.

Round by round: 70-71

Points - 72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


If that wasn't at all evidence of any sort of disproportionate Netherlands influence, Pip Blom are actually from that country and land at #75 with "Come Home". To make things local again instead, Gretta Ray is at #74 with "Radio Silence". Sadly earlier this month we lost Keith Flint of The Prodigy, who last year scored a #1 album in the UK from which we get "Light Up The Sky" at #73. Eves Karydas, formerly Eves The Behavior, formerly Eves, recently cracked the Spotify top 200 for the first time with "Further Than The Planes Fly" which is at #72. Touch Sensitive is back with his 3rd entry ever, "G.A.L." at #71.
#70. Danny L Harle feat. Clairo - Blue Angel

Round by round: 68-70

Points - 73
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#69. Haiku Hands - Jupiter

Round by round: 67-69

Points - 75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#68. Good Doogs - Want That

Round by round: 62-68

Points - 79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#67. Mac Miller - What's The Use?

Round by round: 51-67

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#66. Mariah Carey - GTFO

Round by round: 59-66

Points - 83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Staying on the producer plus singer route, Danny L Harle's "Blue Angel" is at #70. Haiku Hands have only ever appeared once before in this game, when "Not About You" made the top 20 of the 2017 equivalent. Now they're fitting nicely at #69 with "Jupiter". West Australian band Good Doogs just narrowly made the Hottest 200 this year, but here they land at #68 with "Want That". Mac Miller follows up his appearance in the last game, this time with "What's The Use?" at #67, and Mariah Carey further solidifies herself as the artist with the most appearances ever in this game with "GTFO" at #66.
#65. The Paper Kites - When It Hurts You

Round by round: 58-65

Points - 84
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#64. IDLES - Danny Nedelko

Round by round: 52-64

Points - 87
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#63. Westerman - Confirmation

Round by round: 55-63

Points - 89
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#62. Highasakite - Elastic State Of Mind

Round by round: 54-62

Points - 90
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#61. Keith Urban - Parallel Line

Round by round: 76-61

Points - 92
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Sounding suspiciously like "Last Christmas" to my ears, The Paper Kites land at #65 with "When It Hurts You". Sounding distinctly not like "Last Christmas" is IDLES with their politically charged post-punk track "Danny Nedelko" at #64. UK musician Westerman made a strong impression on me personally with "Confirmation" which lands at #63. As the counterpart to "Tieduprightnow", this round also features Highasakite, with their potential pop hit that never was, "Elastic State Of Mind" at #62, while Ed Sheeran sneaks back into another list just casually behind a Keith Urban track at #61 with "Parallel Line".
Here are 59 songs that are yet to get out and 1 song that is "Get Out"

All Saints - After All
Ariana Grande - breathin
Ariana Grande - everytime
Au/Ra & CamelPhat - Panic Room
Beach House - Pay No Mind
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX - Focus
Christine and the Queens feat. Dâm-Funk - Girlfriend
CHVRCHES - Get Out
Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time
CXLOE - Show You
Delta Goodrem - Think About You
Dizzee Rascal - Don't Gas Me
DMA's - For Now
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
George Ezra - Hold My Girl
George Ezra - Paradise
Grimes feat. HANA - We Appreciate Power
IV League - Superstar
James Bay - Pink Lemonade
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Jessie Ware - Overtime
John Mayer - New Light
Julia Jacklin - Body
K.I.D - Prodigal Daughter
Kacey Musgraves - High Horse
Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
Kylie Minogue - A Lifetime To Repair
Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Luca Brasi - Clothes I Slept In
Lykke Li - deep end
Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater
Mitski - Geyser
Mitski - Nobody
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
Mojo Juju feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir - Native Tongue
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
Nina Nesbitt - Loyal to Me
Owl Eyes - On Me
Phantastic Ferniture - F**kin 'n' Rollin
Press Club - Suburbia
Robyn - Honey
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind
SAFIA - Starlight
Shawn Mendes - Nervous
Slayyyter - Alone
St. Lucia - Tokyo
Stand Atlantic - Lavender Bones
Stonefield - Delusion
Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Superorganism - Night Time
The 1975 - It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
The 1975 - Love It If We Made It
The Chainsmokers feat. Emily Warren - Side Effects
What So Not feat. BUOY - Stuck In Orbit


Progression here is the same as it ever was, same as it ever was. You need to select your Top 15 to 24 entries by 7pm on Monday and I'll do all the work. All the stuff I said 2 days ago about other site things still retains true.
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#60. The 1975 - Love It If We Made It

Round by round: 57-59-60

Points - 85.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#59. Au/Ra & CamelPhat - Panic Room

Round by round: 60-52-59

Points - 107.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#58. Mojo Juju feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir - Native Tongue

Round by round: 61-56-58

Points - 111.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#57. Luca Brasi - Clothes I Slept In

Round by round: 49-58-57

Points - 114.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#56. John Mayer - New Light

Round by round: 38-53-56

Points - 117.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


By now we start to wonder if these are commendable finishes despite not being in the top half, which may or may not be what The 1975 were hoping to make as they land at #60. On the other hand, Au/Ra's "Panic Room" can be wherever it wants to be, which when assisted with CamelPhat is apparently #59. For fans of more local talent, we've got a pair of ARIA Award nominated artists, Mojo Juju being like heaven at #58 and Luca Brasi with "Clothes I Slept In" at #57. America rules the roost in a world where the list ends at #56, as John Mayer takes his chill banger "New Light" to #56.
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#55. Julia Jacklin - Body

Round by round: 56-55-55

Points - 118.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#54. The Chainsmokers feat. Emily Warren - Side Effects

Round by round: 74-51-54

Points - 120.65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#53. Beach House - Pay No Mind

Round by round: 46-45-53

Points - 121.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#52. Dizzee Rascal - Don't Gas Me

Round by round: 44-54-52

Points - 122
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#51. Kylie Minogue - A Lifetime To Repair

Round by round: 73-49-51

Points - 125.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Donning multiple monikers for the purpose of this list, Julia Jacklin scores her first entry at #55 with "Body". Every month last year seemed to bring a new Chainsmokers song, one of which has turned up here at #54. Euphoria is of course always provided by Beach House who take "Pay No Mind" to #53. "ZEZE" is not in this list but if you re-arrange it and add a couple letters you get Dizzee and he's at #52 with "Don't Gas Me", just behind Kylie Minogue making a bold move to country music possibly with "A Lifetime To Repair", but I can't say for certain until Billboard tell me it is.
#50. IV League - Superstar

Round by round: 43-57-50

Points - 126.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#49. Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved

Round by round: 48-42-49

Points - 128.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#48. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

Round by round: 37-46-48

Points - 128.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#47. George Ezra - Paradise

Round by round: 63-50-47

Points - 129.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#46. The 1975 - It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

Round by round: 42-60-46

Points - 133.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Now we enter the top half of the list and are greeted by a new band from Melbourne who haven't put out an album yet, that being IV League with "Superstar". UK #1 hit "Someone You Loved" has in time space of time of this game become an Australian top 50 hit for Lewis Capaldi, just like it's top 50 here at #49. The iconic collaboration we didn't know we needed but according to certain artists higher up on this list is very worthwhile, Karen O & Danger Mouse with "Lux Prima" at #48. Subverting Lewis, we have two more UK stars who also crossed over to our charts last year to varying effect though with different songs, as non-AU hits "Paradise" and "It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)" take #47 and #46 respectively.
#45. Christine and the Queens feat. Dâm-Funk - Girlfriend

Round by round: 50-43-45

Points - 134.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#44. Stonefield - Delusion

Round by round: 39-48-44

Points - 138.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#43. Nina Nesbitt - Loyal To Me

Round by round: 41-47-43

Points - 141.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#42. Delta Goodrem - Think About You

Round by round: 45-38-42

Points - 143.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#41. Shawn Mendes - Nervous

Round by round: 66-41-41

Points - 143.6
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


"Girlfriend" provides the only entry for Christine and the Queens and lands at #45. Of course, that statement applies to every artist in this final set, with Stonefield next in line with their 2017 single to their 2018 album, "Delusion" at #44. Taking the opposite approach is Nina Nesbitt with her 2018 single to her 2019 album, "Loyal To Me" at #43. Eventually when the ARIA Logo game gets to 2018 there will be an absolute void of Australian music due to a lot of low-peaking, long-charting singles that don't make the cut, while making the cut instead is Delta Goodrem's "Think About You" which didn't even make the top 50 Australian singles of the year, though it's well received here at #42 so maybe there's hope still for her. Meanwhile Shawn Mendes has perhaps proven that my joke at the top of the list might help songs because he made a big jump in round 2 with "Nervous" after I acknowledged its apperance in the list, but stays still at #41 as I did not perpetuate that.
Now we're down to 39 songs that are not alone because they're together in this top 40, and one song that is "Alone"

All Saints - After All
Ariana Grande - breathin
Ariana Grande - everytime
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX - Focus
CHVRCHES - Get Out
Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time
CXLOE - Show You
DMA's - For Now
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
George Ezra - Hold My Girl
Grimes feat. HANA - We Appreciate Power
James Bay - Pink Lemonade
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Jessie Ware - Overtime
K.I.D - Prodigal Daughter
Kacey Musgraves - High Horse
Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me
Lykke Li - deep end
Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater
Mitski - Geyser
Mitski - Nobody
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
Owl Eyes - On Me
Phantastic Ferniture - F**kin 'n' Rollin
Press Club - Suburbia
Robyn - Honey
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind
SAFIA - Starlight
Slayyyter - Alone
St. Lucia - Tokyo
Stand Atlantic - Lavender Bones
Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Superorganism - Night Time
What So Not feat. BUOY - Stuck In Orbit


Two rounds left though, and the only way to further assure that results are in some manner to your favour is to vote your Top 10 to 16 and do so before 7pm on Wednesday. Despite the date I assure the accuracy of these results, but on the other hand you should read the first letter of each sentence in the results commentary.
#40. SAFIA - Starlight

Round by round: 53-30-36-40

Points - 127.95
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#39. Slayyyter - Alone

Round by round: 40-31-30-39

Points - 134.90
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#38. Press Club - Suburbia

Round by round: 32-34-37-38

Points - 135.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#37. Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater

Round by round: 29-35-32-37

Points - 139.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#36. Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat

Round by round: 26-29-34-36

Points - 147.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Adding to the hefty catalogue of songs titled "Starlight", and nearly adding to their own hefty catalogue of Hottest 100 hits, SAFIA kick us off at #40. For somewhat more niche but evidently potent appeal, Slayyyter lands at #39 with "Alone", while Press Club have left their heart at #38 with "Suburbia". Then we're back to more Hottest 200 hits courtesy of Maggie Rogers at #37 and Ceres at #36.
#35. Ariana Grande - everytime

Round by round: 65-33-38-35

Points - 150.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#34. Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li

Round by round: 16-20-23-34

Points - 151.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#33. Jessie Ware - Overtime

Round by round: 36-44-40-33

Points - 159.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#32. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight

Round by round: 34-36-31-32

Points - 160.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#31. Let's Eat Grandma - Falling Into Me

Round by round: 17-21-24-31

Points - 161.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Making a hefty jump after a slow start, Ariana Grande's first of two entries, "everytime" is at #35. Following her is naturally Nicki Minaj, who actually has the highest hip hop track in the list with "Chun-Li" at #34. Jessie Ware moves from Hot AC to house diva with "Overtime" at #33, while contrary to apparent reports they were eliminated in the first round, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have actually got quite well at #32. Let's Eat Grandma live up to the first part of their song title with "Falling Into Me" starting in the top 20 but ending up at #31.
#30. DMA's - For Now

Round by round: 31-32-29-30

Points - 171.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#29. All Saints - After All

Round by round: 25-27-21-29

Points - 173.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#28. Stand Atlantic - Lavender Bones

Round by round: 33-40-39-28

Points - 173.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#27. K.I.D - Prodigal Daughter

Round by round: 28-37-35-27

Points - 174.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#26. St. Lucia - Tokyo

Round by round: 20-23-25-26

Points - 181.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Falling just a few places short of matching their performance in the last game, we've got another cut from the latest DMA's album, "For Now" at #30. Speaking of '90s throwbacks, the most direct form comes from actual All Saints who find quite a bit of favour with their newest material as "After All" lands at #29. They're behind yet another Hottest 200 hit from a band I know little about, Stand Atlantic's "Lavender Bones" at #28. Whether or not it's a product of cross-forum game promo, K.I.D take "Prodigal Daughter" to #27, right behind arguably St. Lucia's biggest ACI hit to date, "Tokyo" at #26.
#25. Charli XCX - Focus

Round by round: 47-28-28-25

Points - 183.62
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#24. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

Round by round: 15-25-26-24

Points - 184.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#23. Superorganism - Night Time

Round by round: 19-24-19-23

Points - 185.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#22. Robyn - Honey

Round by round: 24-11-17-22

Points - 190.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#21. Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous

Round by round: 11-16-18-21

Points - 191.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


As I have learnt from recent combined countdowns, there is a fair amount of love for Charli XCX's less CHR friendly material, and if you need more evidence, here's "Focus" at #25. Courtney Barnett has done the impressive feat of landing two tracks in the top 25, the first being "Nameless, Faceless" at #24. Superorganism have also done this but to a less desirable effect as they lose both of their entries at this final hurdle. "Night Time" takes #23 and "Everybody Wants To Be Famous" is #21. Making a sandwich between this Superorganism bread is Robyn's "Honey" at #22.
Now we have 19 songs that need a little time to determine their placing, and 1 song that is "Need A Little Time"

Ariana Grande - breathin
Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends
CHVRCHES - Get Out
Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time
CXLOE - Show You
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
George Ezra - Hold My Girl
Grimes feat. HANA - We Appreciate Power
James Bay - Pink Lemonade
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Kacey Musgraves - High Horse
Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex
Lykke Li - deep end
Mitski - Geyser
Mitski - Nobody
Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)
Owl Eyes - On Me
Phantastic Ferniture - F**kin 'n' Rollin
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind
What So Not feat. BUOY - Stuck In Orbit

I've got to run over nowhere because using different computers to run different forum games is a ludicrous idea, but the notion that I have to move somewhere makes it sound more thrilling. If you're still tuned into this game though, I require your Top 5 to 8 votes by 7pm Friday. ACI is also available now.
#20. Moaning Lisa - Carrie (I Want A Girl)

Round by round: 14-22-27-17-20

Points - 161.02
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#19. CXLOE - Show You

Round by round: 30-18-20-18-19

Points - 185.53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


I can only promise one of the things asked for by Moaning Lisa in "Carrie (I Want A Girl)". After a bit of an early decline they managed to sneak back into the top 20 to land at #20, right behind yet another one of the maybe not so rare instances of a non-rap song that ARIA seemingly didn't know existed, with CXLOE's "Show You" at #19.
#18. Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends

Round by round: 10-19-15-16-18

Points - 192.27
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#17. Mitski - Nobody

Round by round: 12-14-12-08-17

Points - 202.20
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


To make a mild connection from the previous post, Georgia from Camp Cope was in Moaning Lisa's video, but she's slightly higher on the song that she actually performed on, "How To Socialise & Make Friends" at #18. Mitski is the sole artist to properly land multiple top 20 entries, and the first of those is "Nobody" at #17.
#16. Phantastic Ferniture - F**kin 'n' Rollin

Round by round: 06-07-06-10-16

Points - 204.53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#15. What So Not feat. BUOY - Stuck In Orbit

Round by round: 09-13-09-11-15

Points - 207.27
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Here's that Julia Jacklin connection I promised some time ago, because she also has a band by way of Phantastic Ferniture who are arguably not quite as popular though they have more Hottest 200 entries than her. And that Hottest 200 entry "F**kin 'n' Rollin" lands at #16. A not very fruitful joke prediction I made about a year ago is that since Flume scored the first #1 debut of 2016 on the ACI and hit #1 on the Hottest 100, one would assume the first #1 debut of 2017 on the ACI would do the same. What So Not did not quite follow through on that but he still retains popularity in this pocket with "Stuck In Orbit" at #15.
#14. Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex

Round by round: 07-10-07-09-14

Points - 208.80
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. George Ezra - Hold My Girl

Round by round: 27-26-22-19-13

Points - 214.78
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


One of the very few artists here making a bid for their 2nd win, Lana Del Rey has her most recent ARIA top 100 entry, "Mariners Apartment Complex" at #14. In a curious occasion that doesn't line up at all with other studies conducted on popular opinion here, while George Ezra landed in round 3 with "Paradise" here, he actually far surpassed that with "Hold My Girl" which moved all the way up to #13.
#12. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind

Round by round: 22-15-13-15-12

Points - 221.35
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. CHVRCHES - Get Out

Round by round: 21-09-11-07-11

Points - 222.49
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


RÜFÜS DU SOL have slightly outperformed all their entries from the previous game, inching just a little closer to the top 10 with "Lost In My Mind" at #12. Taking an even bigger jump from then is CHVRCHES, with their Hottest 100 near miss, "Get Out" at #11.
#10. First Aid Kit - Fireworks

Round by round: 35-39-33-20-10

Points - 224.14
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#9. Ariana Grande - breathin

Round by round: 23-12-16-12-09

Points - 224.77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Making a lot of upward progress in this game, First Aid Kit were a lucky inclusion in this last round who have more than justified it as they've shot up to #10 with "Fireworks". Finally the game promises a new winner because Ariana Grande, who was also climbing quite a bit, stops at #9 with "breathin", which is incidentally the only top 50 hit in this top 20.
#8. James Bay - Pink Lemonade

Round by round: 13-17-14-14-08

Points - 226.28
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


#7. Grimes feat. HANA - We Appreciate Power

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

Points - 226.60
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Scoring his highest placing to date, James Bay sneaks into the top 10 with "Pink Lemonade" at #8. If it feels by any margin a slight left turn from what he usually does, that transition is a little quaint compared to Grimes, veering into industrial rock to glorify our future robot overlords on "We Appreciate Power", finishing its very mechanical chart run at #7.
#6. Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel

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

Points - 244.13
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Kacey Musgraves - High Horse

Round by round: 18-08-10-13-05

Points - 247.11
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


If you were perhaps trying to draw a connection between the combined EOY results and this well...gosh it's a total mess at this point. But you could at least somewhat rely on what was the highest song there on this list, and Janelle Monae has made some amount of good from it with "Make Me Feel" landing at #6. Just to show though how out of sync these things are, here's Kacey Musgraves with not the song she appeared in that list with. "High Horse" gets to #5.
#4. Lykke Li - deep end

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

Points - 285.81
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#3. Mitski - Geyser

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

Points - 287.09
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Lykke Li has made a considerable turn around here as she's only appeared once before in this game which was when "I Follow Rivers" landed at #100, but now she's finished right up at #4 with "deep end". Mitski on the other hand has no history because she's never had an appearance prior to tonight. The highest of her two entries today is "Geyser" at #3.
#2. Owl Eyes - On Me

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

Points - 297.14
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#1. Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time

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

Points - 349.64
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


I solemnly swear that I have but one vote in this game. Alternatively you could interpret that I'm bad at rigging the game because otherwise Owl Eyes would be higher than #2. Nonsense aside, it's a new high for her in this game having previously reached #8 over 2 years ago. Incidentally "On Me" is the first song she's released since this game has existed (and the ACI for that matter). It may well turn up on her 2nd album which would be an excellent primer for an upcoming QLVG, especially when you team it up with another 2nd album track, courtesy of Courtney Barnett at the #1 spot with "Need A Little Time". This is a considerable step up for her as she already had a new QLVG record with "Nameless, Faceless" landing at #24 earlier this week. She can't get any higher now as she's made it to #1. She was a pretty clear leader this entire time, never collapsing with votes running out which I thought could have happened early on.
Thanks for voting/reading/not attempting to lynch me for doing this! When we return on Monday, it will be a break from 2019 as we go back to many other generations of years that all end in 5. The next qualifying game as noted before relates to 2nd albums. ACI is doing its thing, and I hope you enjoy your slightly longer than usual weekend if you live in Australia.
I have a new round for you. We are finally stepping away from 2018, and thus I need not worry about accidentally labeling it as 2019 which I spent about a month doing. Instead it's very clear cut that these are all songs that fit by some manner under a year that ends in '5'

10cc - I'm Not In Love
ABBA - S.O.S.
a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV
Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
Alpine - Damn Baby
Animotion - Obsession
Annie Lennox - No More 'I Love You's'
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Björk - Hyperballad
Blessid Union Of Souls - I Believe
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Bruce Springsteen - Born In the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Candy Girls feat. Sweet Pussy Pauline - Fee Fi Fo Fum
Cascada - Everytime We Touch
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Chris Isaak - Somebody's Crying
Coldplay - Speed of Sound
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra - Too Much Information (Laolu Remix)
Delta Goodrem & Brian McFadden - Almost Here
Do-Ré-Mi - Man Overboard
Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive
Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well
Erik Hassle - No Words
Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt - Some Minds
Foals - Mountain At My Gates
Fono - Real Joy
Garbage - Vow
Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse
Grace - Not Over Yet
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Hazell Dean - They Say It's Gonna Rain
Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet
Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love
I'm Talking - Trust Me
Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places
Jessica Mauboy - This Ain't Love
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Kate DeAraugo - Maybe Tonight
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Lifehouse - You And Me
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
Livin' Joy - Dreamer
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Get Together
Madonna - Into the Groove
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn - Protection
Meg Mac - Never Be
Miami Sound Machine - Dr. Beat
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt. II
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine - Doctor Pressure
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
Nero - Two Minds
N-Trance - Set You Free
Panic At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Radiohead - Planet Telex
Ratatat - Abrasive
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom
Salt Ashes - Raided
Sandra - (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Supergrass - Alright
Susanne Sundfør - Accelerate
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
t.A.T.u. - All About Us
Take That - Back For Good
Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
The Sweet – Fox on the Run
The Who - My Generation
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!
TLC - Waterfalls
twenty one pilots - Lane Boy
USA For Africa - We Are The World
Vallis Alps - Young
WALK THE MOON - Shut Up And Dance
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Wolf Alice - Bros
Years & Years - Shine


For this I ask of you, a Top 25 to 40, no more, no less, just something in that range really, and I ask for it by 6pm on Wednesday. I have shifted the time slot by an hour just for my own sake because it's really easy to remember to be ready at 4pm for me. The qualifying game will arrive in about 24 hours too.
#100. Little Richard - Tutti Frutti

Points - 10
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #33


#99. Sandra - (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena

Points - 15
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


#98. Hazell Dean - They Say It's Gonna Rain

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


#97. Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra - Too Much Information (Laolu Remix)

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


#96. USA For Africa - We Are The World

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


Unless I'm forgetting something, we actually start off these proceedings with the oldest song in the entire game, talking 64 years old at this point! Little Richard's extremely influential "Tutti Frutti" landing at #100. To put that into further perspective, the song is roughly as old as the next two artists, Sandra & Hazell Dean both with 1985 entries at #99 & #98 respectively. Dele Sosimi himself isn't much younger than either of those two, but his entry is far later in 2015 with "Too Much Information". Also some very rich celebrities took some time out of their busy lives to remember the little people, and ask them instead to give their money to the needy.
#95. Grace - Not Over Yet

Points - 43
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#94. Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse

Points - 43
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#93. twenty one pilots - Lane Boy

Points - 44
Current Voters - 3
TØP Vote - #7


#92. Jessica Mauboy - This Ain't Love

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#91. Nero - Two Minds

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


If you're of a certain age namely me, "Not Over Yet" is best recognised as the song Klaxons covered, but really it was a bigger hit when recorded by Grace (not to be confused with either Australian singer who have recorded under the same name). Even though it's not Logo, Goldfrapp are begging me to make another Umineko reference with their song "Ride A White Horse" at #94. Though the majority of its success was in 2016, twenty one pilots' 4th album was technically released quite early in 2015, and from it we have "Lane Boy" at #93, the same year as the next two entries, Jessica Mauboy with an increasingly bizarre-feeling #5 peaking hit "This Ain't Love", and Nero with their last UK top 40 hit "Two Minds", which came 4 years after their previous one.
#90. Rod Stewart - Sailing

Points - 48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#89. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

Points - 48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#88. Ratatat - Abrasive

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#87. Kate DeAraugo - Maybe Tonight

Points - 50
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#86. Candy Girls feat. Sweet Pussy Pauline - Fee Fi Fo Fum

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


Rod Stewart could just about be represented in 6 different decades if we had enough fans here, but his one entry is the 1975 single "Sailing" which I hope loves the fact it made #90. There's possibly some hesitation to "Uptown Funk" given that it was a #1 hit in 2014 though featuring on an album in 2015 (and being the biggest hit of the year too), given that it makes only #89 after reaching the 4th round earlier this year. More clearly from 2015 is Ratatat's "Abrasive" at #88. I often wonder if knowledge of how to correctly pronounce Kate DeAraugo's name will become sparse as it is seen written more than heard as the years go on, "Maybe Tonight" is #87 is the reason for that tangential thought. Then we have a song which is not at all dedicated to any former Australian prime ministers, Candy Girls' "Fee Fi Fo Fum" at #86.
#85. Salt Ashes - Raided

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#84. t.A.T.u - All About Us

Points - 52
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#83. Erik Hassle - No Words

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#82. Cascada - Everytime We Touch

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#81. Miami Sound Machine - Dr. Beat

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


As a noted fan of all things that relate to raiding, I of course endorse Salt Ashes who land at #85 with "Raided". We do a bit of zigzagging between our 21st century options as we go back to t.A.T.u at #84 with "All About Us", and then forward to Erik Hassle with "No Words" at #83. Then we're back to 2005 again even though it feels weird to me that t.A.T.u and Cascada both released hit songs in the same year, though "Everytime We Touch" was more of a long running non-top 50 hit here which lands at #82. The final elimination of the day comes from Miami Sound Machine with "Dr. Beat", a song we have not seen the last of in this game as it would turn out.
80 'five' songs left? Don't read that out loud, it's confusing

10cc - I'm Not In Love
ABBA - S.O.S.
a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV
Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
Alpine - Damn Baby
Animotion - Obsession
Annie Lennox - No More 'I Love You's'
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Björk - Hyperballad
Blessid Union Of Souls - I Believe
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Bruce Springsteen - Born In the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Chris Isaak - Somebody's Crying
Coldplay - Speed of Sound
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Delta Goodrem & Brian McFadden - Almost Here
Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
Do-Ré-Mi - Man Overboard
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive
Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well
Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt - Some Minds
Foals - Mountain At My Gates
Fono - Real Joy
Garbage - Vow
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet
Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love
I'm Talking - Trust Me
Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Lifehouse - You And Me
Livin' Joy - Dreamer
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Get Together
Madonna - Into the Groove
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn - Protection
Meg Mac - Never Be
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt. II
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine - Doctor Pressure
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
N-Trance - Set You Free
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Radiohead - Planet Telex
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Supergrass - Alright
Susanne Sundfør - Accelerate
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Take That - Back For Good
Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
The Sweet - Fox on the Run
The Who - My Generation
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!
TLC - Waterfalls
Vallis Alps - Young
WALK THE MOON - Shut Up And Dance
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Wolf Alice - Bros
Years & Years - Shine


It's now time for more cutting to take place. Select your Top 20 to 32 'five' songs (you can read this out loud), and send them to me by 6pm on Friday. ACI is also open as is that Logo thread thingy that I also count up 50% of the time which includes this current time frame
#80. I'm Talking - Trust Me

Round by round: 77-80

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#79. a-ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV

Round by round: 76-79

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#78. Madonna - Get Together

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#77. Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight

Round by round: 73-77

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#76. Delta Goodrem & Brian McFadden - Almost Here

Round by round: 78-76

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


With a young Kate Ceberano in tow, I'm Talking's top 10 hit "Trust Me" lands at #80. Staying in the '80s is a-ha, who sit alongside bands like Simple Minds & Right Said Fred for having a UK #1 hit with not *that* song, but instead "The Sun Always Shines On TV" which is at #79. I'd like to say we're staying in the '80s with Madonna but "Get Together" at #78 is the only one of her 3 entries not from 1985, instead 2005. To be even more modern though you might not know from listening, Alabama Shakes are at #77 with "Don't Wanna Fight". Lastly we have noted self-hating millennial Brian McFadden teaming up with Delta Goodrem on one of his 2 #1 htis and one of her...9 I think.
#75. Foals - Mountain At My Gates

Round by round: 63-75

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#74. Blessid Union Of Souls - I Believe

Round by round: 74-74

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#73. Animotion - Obsessed

Round by round: 69-73

Points - 72
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#72. Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt - Some Minds

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#71. Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek

Round by round: 80-71

Points - 75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


With their highest ever ranking Hottest 100 hit, Foals sit at #75 with "Mountain At My Gates". You like Blessid Union Of Souls for themselves, but namely their song "I Believe" to the tune of #74. Not knowing a second song of theirs I can't make any bad puns for Animotion's "Obsession" at #73 except that the song is not discriminatory towards either ear. Flume's one off single from 2015, "Some Minds" lands at #72, and despite multiple attempts from people to vote the song twice, Imogen Heap lands at #71 with "Hide And Seek".
#70. Livin' Joy - Dreamer

Round by round: 70-70

Points - 79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#69. Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet

Round by round: 58-69

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#68. Alpine - Damn Baby

Round by round: 64-68

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#67. Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well

Round by round: 62-67

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#66. WALK THE MOON - Shut Up And Dance

Round by round: 65-66

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


One of the many UK #1 hits that did very little over here, Livin' Joy's "Dreamer" lands at #70, right behind extreme 69 enthusiasts Hoodoo Gurus. Not contented with just recording "Miss Freelove '69", they've also landed at #69 with "Bittersweet". Alpine are also here and have been waiting for me to post these results for a while now at #68. I know that band so well but I don't know Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson well at all, though they do land higher at #67. Then at #66 is WALK THE MOON with their 2014 single but very much 2015 hit "Shut Up And Dance".
#65. The Sweet - Fox On The Run

Round by round: 53-65

Points - 82
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#64. The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town

Round by round: 72-64

Points - 83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#63. Vallis Alps - Young

Round by round: 75-63

Points - 84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#62. Radiohead - Planet Telex

Round by round: 59-62

Points - 85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#61. Wolf Alice - Bros

Round by round: 67-61

Points - 85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Filling a severe '70s void in tonight's result is The Sweet with "Fox On The Run" at #65. Otherwise we touch on the usual generations. '80s hit "Life In A Northern Town" lands at #64 followed by the very young song..."Young" by Vallis Alps at #63. Radiohead represent the '90s with "Planet Telex" at #62, whereas Wolf Alice merely replicate it with their more recent single "Bros' at #61.
I do believe that there are 60 songs in this list otherwise something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

10cc - I'm Not In Love
ABBA - S.O.S.
Annie Lennox - No More 'I Love You's'
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Björk - Hyperballad
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Bruce Springsteen - Born In the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Chris Isaak - Somebody's Crying
Coldplay - Speed of Sound
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
Do-Ré-Mi - Man Overboard
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive
Fono - Real Joy
Garbage - Vow
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Lifehouse - You And Me
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Into the Groove
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn - Protection
Meg Mac - Never Be
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt. II
Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok
Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine - Doctor Pressure
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
N-Trance - Set You Free
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Supergrass - Alright
Susanne Sundfør - Accelerate
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Take That - Back For Good
Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
The Who - My Generation
'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!
TLC - Waterfalls
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Years & Years - Shine


Stop the results from going horribly, horribly wrong by picking out your Top 15 to 24 tracks and sending them through to me by 6pm on Monday. ACI patronage is also appreciated, and I hope you have a good weekend, unless you play Tetris 99 because that Grand Prix is mine.
#60. The Who - My Generation

Round by round: 43-57-60

Points - 103.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#59. Fono - Real Joy

Round by round: 68-53-59

Points - 105.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#58. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch

Round by round: 60-50-58

Points - 105.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#57. Daniel Powter - Bad Day

Round by round: 55-60-57

Points - 110.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#56. Meg Mac - Never Be

Round by round: 57-47-56

Points - 114.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


IF ONLY WE COULD FLYYYYYYYY, now that I've annoyed everyone, The Who's song which is also called "My Generation" starts off at #60. Then we jump forward 50 years and know that music now sounds like Fono's "Real Joy" at #59 and I am all about that. To moderate this extreme shift at least a little, it would help to bridge you along with Ladytron's slick electropop "Destroy Everything You Touch" at #58. Daniel Powter had a good day on Friday because he just narrowly survived the next round, now "Bad Day" climbs to #57, sitting behind what I suppose is Meg Mac's most popular song, "Never Be".
#55. Garbage - Vow

Round by round: 47-42-55

Points - 115.1
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#54. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.

Round by round: 41-45-54

Points - 115.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#53. Take That - Back For Good

Round by round: 40-46-53

Points - 116.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#52. Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine - Doctor Pressure

Round by round: 48-52-52

Points - 118.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#51. Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok

Round by round: 44-56-51

Points - 118.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Garbage land at #55 with their debut single "Vow", whereas Bruce Springsteen was a long way away from his debut when "Born In The U.S.A." hit, noted by the fact he has a 10 year old track higher up. On the note of impressive career longevity, Take That scored their 6th UK #1 hit with "Back For Good" in 1995, and just barely shy of 20 years later they were still topping the singles chart over there. Then from artist longevity we go to song longevity as we have the 2nd iteration of "Dr. Beat" via its remix with Mylo's "Drop The Pressure" at #52. I said I knew nothing about "I Know Him So Well" but that's not true because I do know it's from the soundtrack to "Chess", and more notably from that same soundtrack is Murray Head's #1 hit "One Night In Bangkok" which lands at #51.
#50. Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt. II

Round by round: 54-54-50

Points - 119.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#49. 'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry

Round by round: 66-59-49

Points - 119.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#48. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Round by round: 42-43-48

Points - 123.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#47. Lifehouse - You And Me

Round by round: 61-55-47

Points - 125
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#46. The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)

Round by round: 51-58-46

Points - 125.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


If you are of course across the gospel according to Prodigy, you would know that in terms of QLVG, there ain't no such thing as halfway songs, because #51 & #50 are both ostensibly in the bottom and top halves respectively. It does make for a moderately amusing coincidence that "Shook Ones Pt. II" is in at #50 though. We go back to the world of new wave at #49 with 'Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry", which certainly carried its way up the list, the same satisfaction could not be brought to The Rolling Stones who started 24 places above them and only finished 1 above at #48. We are probably long overdue Lifehouse randomly resurfacing for another moderate hit, though arguably "You And Me"'s enduring popularity has extended beyond that status at #47. Then we arrive at a song which is actually much newer than I thought being released in 1975, The Four Seasons' "December, 1963" at #46.
#45. Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby

Round by round: 52-51-45

Points - 129.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#44. Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love

Round by round: 50-49-44

Points - 129.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#43. Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)

Round by round: 26-34-43

Points - 133.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#42. Do-Ré-Mi - Man Overboard

Round by round: 46-44-42

Points - 133.3
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#41. TLC - Waterfalls

Round by round: 45-48-41

Points - 134
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


By a wide margin the longest song in this list, Donna Summer's disco classic "Love To Love You Baby" lands at #45. It would also be remiss to not include in this game relating to years ending in '5', a song from the Back To The Future trilogy which of course takes place across 1885, 1955, 1985 & 2015, and incidentally spawned a #1 hit from Huey Lewis and the News, "The Power Of Love" at #44. Rather than hopping in a DeLorean, we stay in 1985 a little longer because Dead Or Alive's monster hit "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" lands at #43, and then we have a more locally contained hit, Do-Ré-Mi's "Man Overboard" at #42.
A little bit of QLVG in my life, a little bit of 40 songs by my side

10cc - I'm Not In Love
ABBA - S.O.S.
Annie Lennox - No More 'I Love You's'
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Björk - Hyperballad
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Chairlift - Ch-Ching
Chris Isaak - Somebody's Crying
Coldplay - Speed of Sound
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places
John Parr - St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Madonna - Crazy For You
Madonna - Into the Groove
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn - Protection
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
N-Trance - Set You Free
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Supergrass - Alright
Susanne Sundfør - Accelerate
System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.
Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Years & Years - Shine

Everybody get up...and select your Top 10 to 16 tracks and send them to me by 6pm Wednesday. Also vote in this fancy new poll here https://www.strawpoll.me/17819204
Ouch! My top 3 all bit the dust this time
#40. 10cc - I'm Not In Love

Round by round: 22-24-36-40

Points - 135.1
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#39. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone

Round by round: 31-35-27-39

Points - 135.59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#38. Mariah Carey - We Belong Together

Round by round: 23-21-40-38

Points - 137.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#37. System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B.

Round by round: 32-37-30-37

Points - 137.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#36. John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)

Round by round: 34-36-38-36

Points - 140.73
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


We start things off with 10cc, and their song that's so ahead of its time I thought briefly it was from 1985 and not 1975. If that's too smooth around the edges, than the alternative is Bob Dylan circa 1965 with "Like A Rolling Stone" at #39, the oldest song in the top 40. Mariah Carey was hit hard last round but hung on here with a #38 finish for "We Belong Together", sitting alongside fellow 2005 company, perhaps the only thing they have in common, "B.Y.O.B." by System Of A Down at #37. Then we shout out all the drivers of cars with "St. Elmo's Fire" at #36, sadly not really warranting a shout to say it was climbing higher and higher.
#35. Madonna - Crazy For You

Round by round: 27-28-20-35

Points - 152.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#34. Supergrass - Alright

Round by round: 38-38-39-34

Points - 154.68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#33. Chairlift - Ch-Ching

Round by round: 49-41-37-33

Points - 154.84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#32. Coldplay - Speed Of Sound

Round by round: 25-30-31-32

Points - 163.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#31. Bob Dylan - Hurricane

Round by round: 24-22-22-31

Points - 163.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


Madonna scores her 2nd entry in this list with "Crazy For You" at #35. Supergrass land at a perhaps more than just alright position of #34 with "Alright", but sadly Chairlift never spent a single round at #27, #9, #9 or #23, which is obviously the ideal trajectory for "Ch-Ching". Coldplay nearly scored their first UK #1 hit with "Speed Of Sound" except they were blocked by Crazy Frog. That frog was not a part of this contest so they win by default at #32. Then at #31 we have a slightly more modern Bob Dylan hit, "Hurricane" at #31.
#30. Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive

Round by round: 33-27-25-30

Points - 164.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#29. Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn - Protection

Round by round: 29-25-29-29

Points - 168.21
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#28. Years & Years - Shine

Round by round: 30-26-28-28

Points - 168.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#27. N-Trance - Set You Free

Round by round: 36-29-26-27

Points - 174
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#26. Björk - Hyperballad

Round by round: 35-33-34-26

Points - 174.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Though it's as new as it can be (and was even quite a late release in 2015), Duke Dumont presents something of a synthy throwback with "Ocean Drive" at #30. Bridging the time frame between their two very famous singles, Massive Attack team up with Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn on "Protection" at #29. On the prior topic of curious chart blocks, Years & Years missed out on a second UK #1 hit with "Shine", on a vaguely infamous week when the OCC changed their tracking period except also Spotify broke and resulted in a very inaccurate chart all things considered. I think their #2 debut was valid but I can't remember anymore. Only paraphrasing N-Trance can set me free of talking about chart irregulaties though, their song "Set You Free" is at #27 next to a very different 1995 peer, the very much umlaut-strengthened Björk with "Hyperballad" at #26.
#25. Gwen Stefani - Cool

Round by round: 56-39-35-25

Points - 177.44
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #5


#24. Chris Isaak - Somebody's Crying

Round by round: 39-31-21-24

Points - 177.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere

Round by round: 37-40-33-23

Points - 177.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


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

Round by round: 20-20-24-22

Points - 178.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#21. Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Round by round: 14-15-17-21

Points - 180.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Making strong moves this whole way is Gwen Stefani's "Cool" which started at #56 and finished at #25. A rare case of a Chris Isaak single actually being a big hit the year it was released, "Somebody's Crying" lands at #24, behind Talking Heads who have always known that they were going to #23 with "Road To Nowhere". We get our first, but perhaps not last dose for tonight (whatever that could mean) of Annie Lennox at #22 with "No More 'I Love You's'" at #22, while Panic! At The Disco's 2005 released, 2006 breakout hit "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" lands at #21.
Here's your top 20

ABBA - S.O.S.
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Madonna - Into the Groove
Natalie Merchant - Carnival
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Susanne Sundfør - Accelerate
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!
Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

When you're deciding your votes, make sure that you've got 5 to 8 on it, and get it in to me by 6pm Friday. Here's another link to that strawpoll https://www.strawpoll.me/17819204
#20. Seal - Kiss From A Rose

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

Points - 161.61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#19. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Round by round: 15-16-16-17-19

Points - 165.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Is it more or less beloved than believed? Is there any point in me vaguely mentioning jokes that only about half the people reading this will get? Anyway, it is clear that with 3 voters, Seal is at #20 thanks to the support from his power, his pleasure, his pain with "Kiss From A Rose". Meanwhile Pink Floyd's classic Wiley diss track, "Wish You Were Here" lands at #19.
#18. TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!

Round by round: 28-32-32-20-18

Points - 189.53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#17. The Drones - Shark Fin Blues

Round by round: 12-13-12-12-17

Points - 207.33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


The peak of Australian culture is making songs based around interpolations of The 5th Dimension, but also making fun of ridiculous TV advertisements/PSAs. From that we have TISM's "Greg! The Stop Sign!!" at #18. Speaking of extremely Australian bands who go over super well with unsuspecting listeners, The Drones land at #17 with "Shark Fin Blues".
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#16. Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire

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

Points - 213.07
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#15. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Round by round: 07-06-07-04-15

Points - 222.49
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


When I think about you, I think about fifteen & sixteen. I think about my old jeep, I think about the stars in the sky. Funny how a melody, sounds like a memory, like the soundtrack to an April Friday night. Springsteen.
#14. ABBA - S.O.S.

Round by round: 06-07-05-05-14

Points - 222.58
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child

Round by round: 21-19-18-19-13

Points - 231.72
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


ABBA have previously made the top 20 four times with 3 different songs. "S.O.S." has previously landed at #70, just last year in fact. With an impressive reversal of fortunes, it now represents them with their 3rd best appearance to date at #14. To my surprise, Rogue Traders have actually never been in this game, but they do so with gusto in their first appearance as "Voodoo Child" lands at #13.
#12. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone

Round by round: 16-14-13-13-12

Points - 239.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#11. Susanne Sundfør - Accelerate

Round by round: 18-18-19-15-11

Points - 241.59
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


One of only two artists to land multiple entries in the top 20, except to make it even more exemplary both of them are higher than both Springsteen songs. The first is actually "Since U Been Gone" at #12, sitting behind the Susanne Sundfør song I would like to call cinematic except that it's not the song of hers that seems to sample the THX music. Nonetheless "Accelerate" finds her high up at #11, a marked improvement on the song's prior #50 placing.
#10. Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

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

Points - 244.03
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#9. Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places

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

Points - 247.91
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


With a somewhat uneven performance, Whitney Houston finishes at #10 with "How Will I Know". Jamie xx lands in the top 10 for the second time with "Loud Places" though a bit down from the song's prior #2 finish a couple years ago.
#8. Natalie Merchant - Carnival

Round by round: 13-10-14-09-08

Points - 248.11
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#7. Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes

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

Points - 249.73
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Here she is, once again. Consistently her highest song in this list, "Behind These Hazel Eyes" gets Kelly Clarkson to #7, the first time it has landed in the top 10 with 3 prior entries. Behind her, Natalie Merchant has never been in this game, solo or otherwise, but "Carnival" takes her #8, quite comfortably ahead of the two other 1995 tracks in the top 20.
#6. Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

Round by round: 02-01-01-01-06

Points - 269.01
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#5. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

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

Points - 281.76
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #4


In the most literal sense, whatever deal with God that Kate Bush made did not work correctly because we can evidently see that she did not correctly swap places with any song here (this round at least). Leading for most of the game, she falls down to #6 with "Running Up That Hill", landing right behind last round's #6 and the only song without a top 3 vote, "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" at #5.
#4. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Innerbloom

Round by round: 08-09-11-08-04

Points - 294.83
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#3. Madonna - Into The Groove

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

Points - 298.83
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Once again, RÜFÜS DU SOL have hoarded all the #1 votes for themselves, as 4/6 of their votes in this round are as such. The commitment pays off though as they finally score their first ever top 10 appearance, "Innerbloom" getting them all the way up to #4. Right ahead is another prior #1 sitter (and a song that did swap places with "Running Up That Hill" at one point, which is John Howard's impact apparently). "Into The Groove" has always made the final round, but here it gives Madonna her 2nd best finish ever, only behind "Frozen"'s win last year.
#2. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

Round by round: 04-04-08-11-02

Points - 317.37
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


#1. Tame Impala - Let It Happen

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

Points - 348.63
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


The previous post was 2015 and 1985, this post is 1985 and 2015. If you've ever wondered what a Bowling For Soup sandwich looks like, then it's probably something like this. Nonetheless it's an odd finish. One of severe lamentation for The Smiths because "How Soon Is Now?" posts its best finish, but it also joins "This Charming Man" as their second song to finish...second. But what defeated them is a song that has been doing the hard yards itself here. In one of the first ever QLVG's back in 2016, "Let It Happen" finished in 3rd. A year later, it finished in 2nd. It did not make for an annual tradition of entries so that's all it's ever had, but in 2019 it finishes its ascent and lands at #1. There is some vague historic significance to this as well, because it is by a margin of 5 seconds the longest running song to ever come in first place, a record that Flight Facilities' "Clair de lune" has held uncontested for years.
I have something else to type up so I'll make this quick. Thanks to y'all for voting, I'll be back with more of this next week as we look at songs from 2nd albums. As for this week's poll, it was a tie which is splendid news because it means I don't have to come up with 5 ideas in the space of a fortnight only for 4 of them to be scrapped. The first round we'll do is songs by Canadian artists, and then it's songs with 'quick', 'list', 'vote' or 'game' in their lyrics. Democracy.
There's something to be commended about being able to even release a second album. Many crash & burn before even getting that far, and often it doesn't quite capture the magic of the first time around. But some people must have gotten it right, at least on an individual song merit, otherwise this list would never have made it to 100 songs, right?

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice In Chains - Would?
alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine
Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
Anastacia - Paid My Dues
Anastacia - Why'd You Lie To Me
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Basement Jaxx - Romeo
Belinda Carlisle - I Get Weak
Birds Of Tokyo - Broken Bones
Calvin Harris - Flashback
Chicane feat. Maire Brennan - Saltwater
Christina Aguilera feat. Lil' Kim - Can't Hold Us Down
Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter
Coldplay - The Scientist
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Depeche Mode - See You
Dido - White Flag
Duran Duran - Rio
Ellie Goulding - Figure 8
En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Faker - This Heart Attack
Fastball - The Way
Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
Flume feat. Tove Lo - Say It
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous
Gorillaz - DARE
Interpol - Evil
James Blake - Retrograde
JoJo - Too Little Too Late
Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned / I Think She Knows
Kanye West feat. Adam Levine - Heard 'Em Say
Katy B - 5 AM
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kendrick Lamar feat. MC Eiht - m.A.A.d city
Keri Hilson - Pretty Girl Rock
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Kim Wilde - View From A Bridge
Lady Gaga - Electric Chapel
Lady Gaga - Judas
Laura Branigan - Solitaire
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Lily Allen - Who'd Have Known
Linkin Park - Numb
Lorde - The Louvre
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Madonna - Dress You Up
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Mariah Carey - Make It Happen
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
Men At Work - Overkill
Metallica - Fade To Black
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Natalia Kills - Saturday Night
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz - Beez In The Trap
Nirvana - In Bloom
Peaches - Fuck The Pain Away
Pistol Annies - Hush Hush
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
Powderfinger - DAF
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
Radiohead - Just
Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
Sash! - La Primavera
Shakespears Sister - Stay
Sia - Little Man
Snap! - Rhythm Is a Dancer
Sugababes - Freak Like Me
System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
Taylor Swift - Fearless
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
The 1975 - The Sound
The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Beloved - Sweet Harmony
The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
The Cure - A Forest
The Jezabels - Look of Love
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
The Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians
The Stone Roses - Love Spreads
The Veronicas - Untouched
Transvision Vamp - Landslide of Love
Travis - Driftwood
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
U2 - Gloria
Wham! - Freedom
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)


Unsurprisingly, this is the part where I say I require your vote to come through, fitting somewhere in the range of a Top 25 to 40. Do it by 6pm on Wednesday and I'll do the necessary counting. I'll also start the Canadian Qualifying game in about 24 hours, so get your poutine and be ready to feel down the stairs and valid nominations on thee.
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Father Figure by George Michael is in my view ineligible for this game as it is from his debut studio album Faith. I have sent a memo to Hijinx notifying him of my concern so I would suggest not finalising a list until we hear from Hijinx whether it is eligible.
Seems like it to me. I would have liked to check but I didn't have the time last night. I'll put Block Rockin' Beats in there instead
It has also been brought to my attention that When You Were Young is also erroneously in this list (see retired champions). I'll replace it with Gorillaz - DARE

Anyone who has already voted and wishes to adjust it (perhaps filling in an extra slot with the now removed song, please memo me to let me know)
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#100. Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz - Beez In The Trap

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


#99. Depeche Mode - See You

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


#98. Samantha Fox - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now

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


#97. Transvision Vamp - Landslide Of Love

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#96. Belinda Carlisle - I Get Weak

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


QLVG is going to drop a brick and it is going to hurt. There is a certain standard to be expected in terms of safety nets in this game but for whatever reason things have been considerably shattered this round. Your #1 vote is not safe. Of course we start off rather quaint because Nicki Minaj managed to get enough support to make it into this list with "Beez In The Trap" but when it came voting time...nada. Depeche Mode fair a little better with "See You", which came after the big success of "Just Can't Get Enough" and scored a higher peak in the UK, which wouldn't be beaten until "People Are People"...from their 4th album. Then we get a bit of a jump in points meeting up with some ARIA Logo alumni. Samantha Fox only barely so but her company are both Hall Of Fame entrants...with other songs. It gives us Transvision Vamp at #97 and Belinda Carlisle at #96. To Belinda's credit, her 2nd album already boasts a former champion in "Heaven Is A Place On Earth".
#95. The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Points - 31
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #10


#94. Pistol Annies - Hush Hush

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#93. Gorillaz - DARE

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#92. Flume feat. Tove Lo - Say It

Points - 53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#91. Lady Gaga - Electric Chapel

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


While we're indulging Canadian artists in the other thread, I learn today that The Band are in fact Canadian themselves, so maybe it's prime time to get revenge on their #95 finish for their cover of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". Pistol Annies need not do the same, not just because they're not Canadian, but also they can boast appearing on this list at all, which had no place for the salad that their tomatos are supposedly there to compliment. "Hush Hush" is at #94 and then there is not a typo in the scores, we genuinely jump a full 20 points to #93 with Gorillaz's very late inclusion of "DARE", maybe afflicted because of it. The only Australian track we'll see today comes from Flume with "Say It" at #92, while we enter the world of deep album cuts for Lady Gaga with "Electric Chapel" at #91, she has more to come later of course.
#90. Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own

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


#89. Keri Hilson - Pretty Girl Rock

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#88. Travis - Driftwood

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#87. Mariah Carey - Make It Happen

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#86. Anastacia - Paid My Dues

Points - 56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #20


Amy Winehouse is primed for this list with her breakout album being her 2nd one, but her only appearance here is with "Tears Dry On Their Own" at #90. It means that it is impossible to dispute that Keri Hilson is more popular than the entirety of "Back To Black", with by far the biggest hit off her 2nd album "Pretty Girl Rock" landing at #89. Also taking big dividends from this system is Travis since their first album was an independent release to not a lot of fanfare. They're here at #88 with "Driftwood" but you can probably expect them a bit higher with their other entry. Mariah Carey continues to extend her lead as the artist who has appeared most in this game...and she has more to come later too, but firstly it's "Make It Happen" at #87. Then because we can't have enough multiple entry artists, there's another with Anastacia's "Paid My Dues" at #86.
#85. The Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians

Points - 56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#84. Katy B - 5 AM

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#83. Bananarama - Cruel Summer

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#82. The Beloved - Sweet Harmony

Points - 65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#81. Anastacia - Why'd You Lie To Me

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Also trying their hand beyond obvious singles, The Smiths land at #85 with "Rusholme Ruffians". What I'm pretty sure was supposed to be the first single from Katy B's 2nd album never made the cut...even on the deluxe edition, so "5 AM" effectively became the lead single to what became her first UK #1 album. I'm personally feeling a little silly for recently thinking that "Cruel Summer" was an Ace Of Base original and so having recently heard that, Bananarama's was very familiar to me, and lands at #83. Speaking of familiarity, I thank those of you who nominated "Sweet Harmony" by The Beloved because now I know what that familiar tune is called. While all those other multi-entry artists have prevailed, it's unfortunate for Anastacia who even with decent tie-breaking credentials loses out to the #80 song on the same points.
So here are those 80 villainous songs which sabotaged the first 20 by scoring more points than them

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice In Chains - Would?
alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Basement Jaxx - Romeo
Birds Of Tokyo - Broken Bones
Calvin Harris - Flashback
Chicane feat. Maire Brennan - Saltwater
Christina Aguilera feat. Lil' Kim - Can't Hold Us Down
Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter
Coldplay - The Scientist
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Dido - White Flag
Duran Duran - Rio
Ellie Goulding - Figure 8
En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Faker - This Heart Attack
Fastball - The Way
Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous
Interpol - Evil
James Blake - Retrograde
JoJo - Too Little Too Late
Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned / I Think She Knows
Kanye West feat. Adam Levine - Heard 'Em Say
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kendrick Lamar feat. MC Eiht - m.A.A.d city
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Kim Wilde - View From A Bridge
Lady Gaga - Judas
Laura Branigan - Solitaire
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Lily Allen - Who'd Have Known
Linkin Park - Numb
Lorde - The Louvre
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Madonna - Dress You Up
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
Men At Work - Overkill
Metallica - Fade To Black
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Natalia Kills - Saturday Night
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Nirvana - In Bloom
Peaches - F**k The Pain Away
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
Powderfinger - DAF
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
Radiohead - Just
Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
Sash! - La Primavera
Shakespears Sister - Stay
Sia - Little Man
Snap! - Rhythm Is a Dancer
Sugababes - Freak Like Me
System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
Taylor Swift - Fearless
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
The 1975 - The Sound
The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
The Cure - A Forest
The Jezabels - Look of Love
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
The Stone Roses - Love Spreads
The Veronicas - Untouched
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
U2 - Gloria
Wham! - Freedom
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

(If you haven't already and didn't see the above messages, please remove "When You Were Young" from your vote)

Otherwise business retains as usual. Select your Top 20 to 32 from here and send it in to me by 6pm on Friday. ACI is also belatedly ready.
#80. U2 - Gloria

Round by round: 75-80

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#79. Powderfinger - DAF

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#78. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem

Round by round: 69-78

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#77. Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger

Round by round: 80-77

Points - 74
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#76. Christine and the Queens - Doesn't Matter

Round by round: 78-76

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


Some several albums before their big commercial break, U2 start us off with "Gloria" at #80. Their descent prevents Powderfinger from cascading down with "DAF" which retains a #79 position. Ariana Grande's "Problem" has the historic distinction of being the first UK #1 in the streaming era, which lands at #78. Several format eras prior to that is Eurythmics' "Love Is A Stranger" at #77, while I believe the newest song in this list is Christine and the Queens' "Doesn't Matter" at #76.
#75. Duran Duran - Rio

Round by round: 71-75

Points - 76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#74. Madonna - Dress You Up

Round by round: 72-74

Points - 77
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#73. Wham! - Freedom

Round by round: 54-73

Points - 77
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#72. Lorde - The Louvre

Round by round: 74-72

Points - 79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#71. The Jezabels - Look Of Love

Round by round: 65-71

Points - 81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


Its name is "Rio" and it lands at #75. If three Madonna tracks in the last game wasn't enough for you, she's got another two here, with the first being "Dress You Up" at #74. The '80s flavour is maintained at #73 with what is now the second most famous song called "Freedom" that George Michael sings on. I imagine Lorde's heart might be yearning but at least "The Louvre" is safe at #72, and The Louvre is probably safe too. That's something of a deep cut, whereas The Jezabels rely on the 2nd single from their 2nd album to get to #71.
#70. Laura Branigan - Solitaire

Round by round: 73-70

Points - 82
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#69. Men At Work - Overkill

Round by round: 76-69

Points - 82
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#68. Good Charlotte - Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous

Round by round: 77-68

Points - 84
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#67. The Stone Roses - Love Spreads

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#66. Kim Wilde - View From A Bridge

Round by round: 64-66

Points - 86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Geoffrey Mott-Smith is to my knowledge, the creator of many of the most famous variants of Solitaire though he would not live to see Laura Branigan release "Solitaire" nor for it to land here at #70. #69 is a position only fitting to receive Men At Work, it remains to be seen if it re-appears in the future. A pre-rich & famous Good Charlotte wrote "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous" which lands at #68 and I am not sure if it is still a philosophy they abide by. Proof there are fans of "Second Coming" apart from Simon Pegg's character in "Shaun Of The Dead", "Love Spreads" lands at #67, while Kim Wilde's first of two entries, "View From A Bridge" is #66.
#65. Natalia Kills - Saturday Night

Round by round: 67-65

Points - 87
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#64. The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats

Round by round: 62-64

Points - 88
Current Voters - 5
top Vote - #20


#63. Kanye West feat. Adam Levine - Heard 'Em Say

Round by round: 60-63

Points - 89
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#62. alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine

Round by round: 58-62

Points - 89
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#61. Taylor Swift - Fearless

Round by round: 61-61

Points - 90
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


Jessica Mauboy was not included in this game which I can only assume was done to appease Natalia Kills whose "Saturday Night" (which does mention driving brand new cars but not the speed at which it is done, and the intention of said speed) lands at #65. A fascinating distribution of votes sees The Chemical Brothers' late entrant "Block Rockin' Beats" in at #64. I also was hoping to make light of the fact that after appearing side by side last round, Kanye West & Taylor Swift swapped order for this round, side by side as I'm sure they'd want, but some male & female rebels in alt-J's "Hunger Of The Pine" have prevented that by forcing themselves in the middle.
I was going to use this space to put a moderately interesting fact but I can't think of one

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice In Chains - Would?
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Basement Jaxx - Romeo
Birds Of Tokyo - Broken Bones
Calvin Harris - Flashback
Chicane feat. Maire Brennan - Saltwater
Christina Aguilera feat. Lil' Kim - Can't Hold Us Down
Coldplay - The Scientist
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Dido - White Flag
Ellie Goulding - Figure 8
En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
Faker - This Heart Attack
Fastball - The Way
Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foo Fighters - My Hero
Interpol - Evil
James Blake - Retrograde
JoJo - Too Little Too Late
Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned / I Think She Knows
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kendrick Lamar feat. MC Eiht - m.A.A.d city
Kim Wilde - Cambodia
Lady Gaga - Judas
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Lily Allen - Who'd Have Known
Linkin Park - Numb
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
Metallica - Fade To Black
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Nirvana - In Bloom
Peaches - F**k The Pain Away
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
Radiohead - Just
Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
Sash! - La Primavera
Shakespears Sister - Stay
Sia - Little Man
Snap! - Rhythm Is a Dancer
Sugababes - Freak Like Me
System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
The 1975 - The Sound
The Cure - A Forest
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
The Veronicas - Untouched
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

What I can think of is how to explain the process of this next round because I've done it some 60 times in the past. You just need to select your Top 15 to 24 from this lot and send it to me by 6pm on Monday, the ACI also accepts patronage.
#60. Faker - This Heart Attack

Round by round: 48-59-60

Points - 108.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#59. Calvin Harris - Flashback

Round by round: 57-57-59

Points - 110.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#58. The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)

Round by round: 63-60-58

Points - 112.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#57. Peaches - F**k The Pain Away

Round by round: 66-56-57

Points - 119.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#56. Christina Aguilera feat. Lil' Kim - Can't Hold Us Down

Round by round: 68-55-56

Points - 127
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


This chart starts it doesn't...............stop (except for the 2-3 day time lapses when it does), but when it does start, we get Faker's "This Heart Attack" kicking things off at #60. It's a mostly 2000s heavy set here too, though Calvin Harris gets in on that with a single that peaked on the charts in early 2010, "Flashback" at #59. The one exception to this premise is The Prodigy with their first Australian top 50 hit, "No Good (Start The Dance)" at #58. Then we've got two slightly different approaches to feminism from the early 2000s, with Peaches' "F**k The Pain Away" at #57 and Christina Aguilera's "Can't Hold Us Down" at #56.
#55. Sash! - La Primavera

Round by round: 53-54-55

Points - 128
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#54. Florence + The Machine - No Light, No Light

Round by round: 30-31-54

Points - 128.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#53. Lily Allen - Who'd Have Known

Round by round: 56-51-53

Points - 129
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#52. En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)

Round by round: 59-58-52

Points - 129
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#51. The 1975 - The Sound

Round by round: 55-53-51

Points - 133.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Sash! managed a stupendous honour on the UK Charts when their first 3 singles peaked at #2, this pattern was broken by "La Primavera" which instead peaked at #3 (they would go on to score two more #2 hits after this), and lands here at #55. Florence + The Machine's "Ceremonials" was the first album I ever paid for with my own money, and lands at #54 with "No Light, No Light". From the most fitting album of all time is Lily Allen's "Who'd Have Known" at #53, while En Vogue are another artist to get in with their first top 50 hit, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" at #52. The 1975 in fact have only had top 50 singles via their 2nd album with that unfortunate title, but not one of those surprisingly is "The Sound" which lands at #51.
#50. Sia - Little Man

Round by round: 52-52-50

Points - 138
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#49. Kim Wilde - Cambodia

Round by round: 43-39-49

Points - 138
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#48. Sade - The Sweetest Taboo

Round by round: 47-44-48

Points - 139.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#47. Ellie Goulding - Figure 8

Round by round: 51-48-47

Points - 139.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#46. Birds Of Tokyo - Broken Bones

Round by round: 41-45-46

Points - 141.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


But enough of artists on their commercial breakthrough, let's check in with Sia a good decade or so before that happened with "Little Man" at #50. Making up for a severe lack of '80s entries today, we've got a double shot with Kim Wilde's "Cambodia" at #49, and Sade's "The Sweetest Taboo" at #48. E and toothpaste enthusiast Ellie Goulding lands at #47 with "Figure 8", while Birds of Tokyo (not to be confused with the band of the same name in the ARIA Chart) take "Broken Bones" to #46.
#45. Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People

Round by round: 45-47-45

Points - 141.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#44. Interpol - Evil

Round by round: 42-46-44

Points - 143.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#43. Lady Gaga - Judas

Round by round: 46-49-43

Points - 145.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#42. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

Round by round: 35-29-42

Points - 148.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#41. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Round by round: 49-50-41

Points - 149
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Just like on the ARIA Chart, Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" stays just slightly shy of the top 40 and lands at #45. Interpol's most played song on Spotify, "Evil" lands at #44, alongside a similarly villainous figure..."Judas", which is Lady Gaga's highest entry at #43. Taylor Swift also checks out with her highest via "You Belong With Me", and then Neutral Milk Hotel fall 1 point short of going through to the next round with "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea". If only someone could further appraise their 1998 material in the near future.
Fun fact: The two most popular speedrunning games are "Super Mario 64" and "Super Mario Odyssey". In "64", there are 17 seconds separating the top 2 runners. In "Odyssey", there are 2 seconds separating the top 4 runners.

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice In Chains - Would?
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Basement Jaxx - Romeo
Chicane feat. Maire Brennan - Saltwater
Coldplay - The Scientist
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Dido - White Flag
Fastball - The Way
Foals - Spanish Sahara
Foo Fighters - My Hero
James Blake - Retrograde
JoJo - Too Little Too Late
Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned / I Think She Knows
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kendrick Lamar feat. MC Eiht - m.A.A.d city
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Linkin Park - Numb
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Metallica - Fade To Black
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Nirvana - In Bloom
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
Radiohead - Just
Shakespears Sister - Stay
Snap! - Rhythm Is a Dancer
Sugababes - Freak Like Me
System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
The Cure - A Forest
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Veronicas - Untouched
Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

There are just 40 songs left and half of them are getting the boot on Wednesday. Do your best to ensure it works out most in your favour by selecting your Top 10 to 16 and submitting to me by 6pm on Wednesday.
#40. Foo Fighters - My Hero

Round by round: 29-30-21-40

Points - 106.31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#39. Nirvana - In Bloom

Round by round: 40-40-39-39

Points - 124.65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#38. Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned / I Think She Knows

Round by round: 17-34-34-38

Points - 136.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#37. Public Enemy - Bring The Noise

Round by round: 28-22-29-37

Points - 141.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#36. Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover

Round by round: 50-43-40-36

Points - 153.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


We start things off with a curious pairing. In something of a surprise, we had a Foo Fighters song and a Nirvana song in play and it was the former taking charge...until this last round where support for "My Hero" evaporated to the point of falling 19 places and down to the bottom behind the generally consistent "In Bloom". It's not the only song to take a big hit however, as Justin Timberlake managed to Fetty Wap his way from #17 to #38 with "LoveStoned / I Think She Knows". Public Enemy also take a hit as they "Bring The Noise" to #37, but with all this downward motion, something must be on the way up, and that in this instance is Prince who snuck into this round with "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and now lands at #36.
#35. JoJo - Too Little Too Late

Round by round: 44-37-38-35

Points - 155.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#34. Cyndi Lauper - True Colors

Round by round: 31-33-31-34

Points - 160.56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#33. Foals - Spanish Sahara

Round by round: 26-24-32-33

Points - 170.16
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#32. Metallica - Fade To Black

Round by round: 25-25-33-32

Round by round: 170.7
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#31. Basement Jaxx - Romeo

Round by round: 34-41-35-31

Points - 175
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


While some songs have been known to take a hit from the penalty of being nominated by someone who didn't end up voting, JoJo makes it look like nothing went wrong as "Too Little Too Late" still manages the heights of #35. A relatively diverse set sees Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" at #34 next to Foals' "Spanish Sahara" at #33 (Arcadia Bay deserved to be destroyed). If that's not enough, we also have some early Metallica with "Fade To Black" at #32, while Basement Jaxx have one of their first hits, "Romeo" at #31.
#30. The Cure - A Forest

Round by round: 15-15-22-30

Points - 176.55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#29. PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me

Round by round: 38-35-36-29

Points - 176.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#28. Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You

Round by round: 27-27-24-28

Points - 181.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#27. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Round by round: 21-26-30-27

Points - 182.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#26. Radiohead - Just

Round by round: 22-21-18-26

Points - 193.35
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


Often a top 20 mainstay, The Cure can't quite hold on this time around with "A Forest" taking #30. They sit behind 3 decades of dynamic women, PJ Harvey's "Rid Of Me" at #29, Kelly Clarkson's "Because Of You" at #28 and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" at #27. Radiohead also had a brief flirtation with the top 20 for "Just" but it finishes things up at #26, presumably they did it to themselves.
#25. Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven

Round by round: 23-23-23-25

Points - 195.21
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#24. The Killers - Read My Mind

Round by round: 24-20-16-24

Points - 201.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#23. Snap! - Rhythm Is A Dancer

Round by round: 33-32-25-23

Points - 201.86
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#22. Sugababes - Freak Like Me

Round by round: 32-28-26-22

Points - 203.06
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#21. Travis - Why Does It Always Rain On Me

Round by round: 37-38-28-21

Points - 204.31
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Pixies have actually landed at #3 two times in the past with "Monkey Gone To Heaven" but this time around they can't quite crack the final round and end at #25. The Killers also definitely only ever had one song in this game which is "Read My Mind" landing at #24. Fresh from a weird unprecedented level of overexposure as for 2 days this song was being contested in 3 simultaneous forum games, it hasn't worn out Snap!'s "Rhythm Is A Dancer" which actually climbs to #23. "Freak Like Me" has some strong lineage in this particular category because it has a prominent sample from Tubeway Army's 2nd album. Sadly the original track was from Anita Howard's debut album. They get the highly coveted set of two twos at #22, while Travis's highest entry narrowly misses out on sneaking to the last round, finishing at #21.
As of this week, 4 of the top 10 highest grossing films of all time are Avengers movies. "Furious 7" will soon be bumped from the #7 rank.

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice In Chains - Would?
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Chicane feat. Maire Brennan - Saltwater
Coldplay - The Scientist
Dido - White Flag
Fastball - The Way
James Blake - Retrograde
Kendrick Lamar feat. MC Eiht - m.A.A.d city
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lily Allen - Not Fair
Linkin Park - Numb
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Mariah Carey - Emotions
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Shakespears Sister - Stay
System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
The Veronicas - Untouched


From this top 20, I ask that you select somewhere in the range of a Top 5 to 8 vote and send it in to me by 6pm on Friday. The ACI shenanigans are available too of course.
#20. Lily Allen - Not Fair

Round by round: 36-36-37-18-20

Points - 155.22
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#19. Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent

Round by round: 19-19-27-19-19

Points - 169.11
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Very lucky to even turn up here, Lily Allen had a massive boost in the last round with "Not Fair", but balancing out the previous round bonus points doesn't stop it from being perhaps out of its league as it lands at #20. Arctic Monkeys had a bit more consistency considering that they spent all but one round at #19 with "Fluorescent Adolescent", which is on any given week the most streamed song from 2007 in the UK.
#18. Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side

Round by round: 10-10-09-17-18

Points - 186.33
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#17. Alice In Chains - Would?

Round by round: 16-17-19-12-17

Points - 207.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Backed by his iconic sampling of the riff from "Can I Kick It?", Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" is at #18. Meanwhile surprisingly it's the first time ever for Alice In Chains' "Would?" in this game. It doesn't quite match their best performance from when "Rooster" made it to #11, but it's still noteworthy that with only 3 entries, 2 of them have made the final round.
#16. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends

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

Points - 217.17
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. Dido - White Flag

Round by round: 20-18-17-16-15

Points - 226.28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Taking the biggest drop of the round is LCD Soundsystem. It's not too disparaging though as they've never made it past round 3 before this, but maybe that's because "All My Friends" has never been in play before, taking a #16 slot. Dido has one of the strongest QLVG histories though, in her 8th appearance (4 of them being "Stan"), she has now made the top 20 for the 7th time, as "White Flag" finishes at #15.
#14. Madonna - Like A Virgin

Round by round: 39-42-14-20-14

Points - 231.95
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#13. Fastball - The Way

Round by round: 13-13-15-14-13

Points - 234.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Making a rare jump where she moved from a potential round 3 finish to a round 5 finish in the space of one round, Madonna has had a wild ride with "Like A Virgin" (I wrote 'version' again as I always do) which finishes at #14. In its 5th appearance, "The Way" by Fastball finally cracks the top 20 for the first time and lands at #13, perhaps there's some increased interest in 1998 music for some reason currently.
#12. Adele - Someone Like You

Round by round: 06-09-13-09-12

Points - 236.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Coldplay - The Scientist

Round by round: 09-08-12-13-11

Points - 237.34
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


You might be surprised to know that despite appearing 20 times, Adele has only made the top 20 in QLVG twice, with "Rolling In The Deep" and less obviously..."All I Ask". They both made the top 10 so they're still her highest finishes, but "Someone Like You" is now close behind with a #12 finish. Coldplay are a bit more common in these higher reaches, even with this actual song as "The Scientist" once finished in 7th, though this time it settles with 11th.
#10. Chicane feat. Maire Brennan - Saltwater

Round by round: 18-16-20-15-10

Points - 238.38
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#9. System Of A Down - Chop Suey!

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

Points - 238.8
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


But I can stop making comparisons to previous QLVG results for the simple fact that Chicane has never made an appearance before. He's not messing around either as "Saltwater" finishes at #10. On the other hand, System Of A Down have appeared plenty of times, but you might be surprised to learn that "Chop Suey!" has never been in this game before. If you have ever been pondering what potential it had in it, then this #9 finish might be valuable research material. It's their first ever top 10 finish.
#8. My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow

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

Points - 242.41
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#7. Kendrick Lamar feat. MC Eiht - m.A.A.d city

Round by round: 11-12-10-07-07

Points - 246.05
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Also hitting new heights, we've got My Bloody Valentine. Amazingly the opening track to "Loveless" has never been in this game before, and it makes a good show of it by landing at #8. In a complete contrast to all of these artists making their first ever top 10 appearances, we've got an artist with no shortage. In fact with "m.A.A.d city" landing at #7, I believe Kendrick Lamar ties David Bowie with 12 top 10 finishes, and I can't think of anyone with more. Incidentally, Rihanna has far more top 20 finishes than both of them but so many of her songs land in the #11-#20 section.
#6. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

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

Points - 250.30
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Mariah Carey - Emotions

Round by round: 08-06-05-11-05

Points - 268.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


With a more modest track history, Arcade Fire manage their 4th top 10 finish to date, with "No Cars Go" making its first ever appearance at #6. Mariah Carey however notably matches her highest ever performance (with "Hero"), thanks to "Emotions" and its iconic sample of Drake's...ok I can't do that one.
#4. Shakespears Sister - Stay

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

Points - 282.98
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Linkin Park - Numb

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

Points - 332.78
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


It has been thusly proven recently that Shakespears Sister are quite popular here, but then that's already been made clear in QLVG where "Stay" has appeared in the final round 4/4 times, and 3 of those instances in the top 5. Linkin Park's appreciation has been decidedly less clear...actually surprisingly nothing from "Hybrid Theory" has ever been in the game so maybe that has something to do with it. Anyway they get a big jump on past performance with "Numb" which was actually making a very serious challenge for the top spot, as the next post's points will show.
#2. James Blake - Retrograde

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

Points - 333.28
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


#1. The Veronicas - Untouched

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

Points - 338.51
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


So umm, I'm an idiot. We'd already expelled a song from this list earlier for realising it was ineligible, and it never occured to me until right now that there was another one sitting there. Actually it wasn't just sitting there, it was right up near the top of the list. It was on the brink of making me face a confusing dilemma of what to do with the fact that we could have a song win the game twice. Luckily that didn't happen so this is just a whatever situation that's easily forgotten. Nonetheless I implore you to very much look at the list of ineligible songs in the Qualifying thread in future to avoid this from happening again. "Retrograde" won a game several years back and now it's in 2nd place and only a minor pittance away from the top spot again. Saving me the terror in this case is The Veronicas. Despite not being one of their 3 #1 hits, "Untouched" is obviously their defining hit at this stage, and easily their most popular in this game, it's been a top 20 finisher 4 times already. This time it all falls together and it takes the win, having led the list the entire way.
I'm sorry these results took slightly longer than usual, I kept getting distracted. Some already know this, but I'll properly announce that I'm going to take a week's break on QLVG, by all means you could use that time to acquaint yourself with those Canadian entries for the next one. I might even take a break after that because I'm thinking the novelty 'quick', 'list', 'vote', 'game' one will be the last game before I take my US trip next month.
eh, thank you for allowing me this break to recharge my batteries. Here are your 100 songs by Canadian artists

Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette - Uninvited
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alice Glass - CEASE AND DESIST
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
Alvvays - In Undertow
Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Austra - Utopia
Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
Braids - Miniskirt
Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A.
Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Bryan Adams - Run To You
Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69
Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Caribou - Melody Day
Carly Rae Jepsen - Boy Problems
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
Default - Wasting My Time
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence
Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There
Drake - Hotline Bling
Drake - Passionfruit
Drake - Summer Games
Drake feat. Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home
Feist - I Feel It All
Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Grimes - Oblivion
Jann Arden - Insensitive
Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
Joni Mitchell - A Case Of You
Joni Mitchell - All I Want
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean?
K.I.D - Elevator
K.I.D - I Miss My Friends
K.I.D - Too High To Try
KAYTRANADA feat. Anderson .Paak - GLOWED UP
Kiesza - Hideaway
k-os feat. Nelly Furtado & Saukrates - I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Loverboy - Turn Me Loose
Marie Davidson - Work It
Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach
Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Metric - Help I'm Alive
MorMor - Heaven's Only Wishful
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cortez The Killer
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Nelly Furtado - Try
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous
Nickelback - Far Away
Nickelback - How You Remind Me
Peaches - Operate
Pony Up! - The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die)
Promises - Baby It's You
Purity Ring - Begin Again
Rough Trade - All Touch
Roy Orbison & k.d. lang - Crying
Rush - The Spirit Of Radio
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery
Sarah McLachlan - Fallen
Shania Twain - I'm Gonna Getcha Good!
Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Snow - Informer
Stars - Ageless Beauty
Tal Bachman - She's So High
Tegan and Sara - The Con
The Band - The Weight
The Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
The Guess Who - American Woman
The Tea Party - Fire In The Head
The Unicorns - I Was Born (A Unicorn)
The Weeknd - The Hills
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming
U.S. Girls - Rosebud


Unless you've already voted (note: don't actually do this, please wait until the list is posted here), select your Top 25 to 40 from this and send them to me by 6pm Wednesday. Also get to thinking about songs that use the words 'quick', 'list', 'vote' or 'game' for Tuesday.
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#100. MorMor - Heaven's Only Wishful

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


#99. Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#98. Carly Rae Jepsen - Boy Problems

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#97. Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me

Points - 26
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #27


#96. Stars - Ageless Beauty

Points - 31
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


Perhaps one to watch in the future, MorMor kicks off the list with no points, and in the time between qualifying for this list and appearing today, has since released a new EP. "Heaven's Only Wishful" is one of his biggest songs, with over 3 million plays and YouTube and Spotify. A bit more established is Sarah McLachlan, with one of the several noteworthy singles from "Fallen", "Building A Mystery" landing at #99. Carly Rae Jepsen's obvious trump card is ineligible for this round, but she does have two entries in this list, starting with "Boy Problems" at #98. Alvvays also have two entries with the first here coming before their big critical breakthrough in 2017, "Archie, Marry Me" at #97. I'm having my mind blown that "Take Me To The Riot" is not from a random mid-2000s UK band, but rather Canadian Stars, who incidentally scored what Wikipedia tells me is their highest charting UK single, "Ageless Beauty" at #96.
#95. Alice Glass - CEASE AND DESIST

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#94. Drake - Summer Games

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


#93. The Guess Who - American Woman

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#92. Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

Points - 42
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#91. The Unicorns - I Was Born (A Unicorn)

Points - 44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


Going solo because of...unpleasant reasons, Alice Glass of Crystal Castles fame gets a solo entry at #95 with "CEASE AND DESIST". Drake of course has several entries in this list, the first of which is actually an album cut that didn't even make the top 50 perhaps because it was stuffed really far back in the "Scorpion" tracklisting. That being said, "Summer Games" is definitely one of the highlights on that album with its cruisy vibe and lands here at #94 behind the only version of "American Woman" that has ever been recorded. Also having released new music since qualifying for this list is Shawn Mendes, and he's here at #92 with one of his presently 4 ARIA #4 hits, "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back". Then we've got some quirky indie pop courtesy of The Unicorns at #91.
#90. Caribou - Melody Day

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


#89. Joni Mitchell - A Case Of You

Points - 50
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#88. Marie Davidson - Work It

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


#87. K.I.D - Too High To Try

Points - 52
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#86. k-os feat. Nelly Furtado & Saukrates - I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


Many years removed from his biggest hit, Caribou's first entry here is "Melody Day" at #90. Perhaps a slightly more famous Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell also has two entries in this list, starting with "A Case Of You" at #89. True to her song, Marie Davidson has quite a work ethic to the point of having released 4 albums since 2014, from the latest of which is "Work It" at #88. K.I.D only have one album to their name but they're making it count here with 3 different entries, though "Too High To Try" could almost pass as two different songs as it lands at #87. The most entries in the game however go to Nelly Furtado who appears 6 different times. The first of these is alongside rapper k-os and a sample of Phantom Planet's "California" on "I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman". Since k-os doesn't have any more entries here, it remains to be seen if he can employ a crabs in the bucket strategy to spite Nelly.
#85. Shania Twain - I'm Gonna Getcha Good!

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#84. Feist - I Feel It All

Points - 56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #17


#83. K.I.D - Elevator

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#82. U.S. Girls - Rosebud

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#81. Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Proving any sort of theory about correlations between exclamation marks and success here, Shania Twain's middling contribution to punctuation provides her lowest entry in this game with "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" at #85. Feist boasts a relatively prolific career beyond the one song, and in fact she did score another ARIA top 100 entry with "I Feel It All" which lands here at #84. K.I.D are the only artist to appear twice in the first round eliminations, which is unfortunate because it means "Elevator" can't go up and down the list and instead is stuck at #83. Actually only one girl, and partly Canadian at that, U.S. Girls lands at #82 with "Rosebud", behind the only single from the second Japandroids album, "The House That Heaven Built" at #81.
If you shuffle a deck of 52 playing cards properly, you will almost certainly arrive at an order which has never been created before, because there are over a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion combinations

Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette - Uninvited
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alvvays - In Undertow
Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Austra - Utopia
Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
Braids - Miniskirt
Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A.
Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Bryan Adams - Run To You
Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69
Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
Default - Wasting My Time
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence
Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There
Drake - Hotline Bling
Drake - Passionfruit
Drake feat. Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home
Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Grimes - Oblivion
Jann Arden - Insensitive
Joni Mitchell - All I Want
Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean?
K.I.D - I Miss My Friends
KAYTRANADA feat. Anderson .Paak - GLOWED UP
Kiesza - Hideaway
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Loverboy - Turn Me Loose
Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach
Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Metric - Help I'm Alive
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cortez The Killer
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Nelly Furtado - Try
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous
Nickelback - Far Away
Nickelback - How You Remind Me
Peaches - Operate
Pony Up! - The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die)
Promises - Baby It's You
Purity Ring - Begin Again
Rough Trade - All Touch
Roy Orbison & k.d. lang - Crying
Rush - The Spirit Of Radio
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Sarah McLachlan - Fallen
Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Snow - Informer
Tal Bachman - She's So High
Tegan and Sara - The Con
The Band - The Weight
The Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
The Tea Party - Fire In The Head
The Weeknd - The Hills
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming

Toronto made it through to the east conference finals this week thanks to a last second shot from Kawhi Leonard, but I'll hope that you get your Top 20 to 32 votes in a bit more promptly than that, though the deadline remains at 6pm Friday.
#80. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues

Round by round: 80-80

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


=#78. The Band - The Weight

Round by round: 76-78

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


=#78. Glass Tiger - Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)

Round by round: 73-78

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#77. K.I.D - I Miss My Friends

Round by round: 77-77

Points - 69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#76. Sarah McLachlan - Fallen

Round by round: 72-76

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


Giving me an early preview of 1997, Godspeed You! Black Emperor make an entrance here at #80. A one hit wonder here but with stacks of hits over in Canada, Glass Tiger land at #78 with "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)", and tied up with a band I had no idea were Canadian...The Band, with "The Weight". Keeping all their entries within 10 places of each other, K.I.D's highest is "I Miss My Friends" at #77. For the second time in a row, the results start with a Sarah McLachlan song, fret not she's got more on the way, but for now here's "Fallen" at #76.
#75. Rough Trade - All Touch

Round by round: 70-75

Points - 73
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#74. Joni Mitchell - All I Want

Round by round: 71-74

Points - 75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#73. The Tea Party - Fire In The Head

Round by round: 74-73

Points - 76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#72. Snow - Informer

Round by round: 64-72

Points - 79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#71. Justin Bieber - Love Yourself

Round by round: 69-71

Points - 79
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #16


I know nothing about Rough Trade though apparently their song "High School Confidential" is quite famous in Canada for how sexually explicit it was. It came just before "All Touch" which was a minor hit here and #75 in this game. Joni Mitchell returns with her highest entry, "All I Want" at #74. The Tea Party have possibly the 3rd most top 100 chart entries in Australia without a top 50 hit (behind Weezer & Tame Impala), one of which is "Fire In The Head" at #73. Canada's 2nd most famous dubious patois user Snow is at #72 with "Informer" which I'm sure we'll never be thinking about again in the near future. On a similar topic of songs being involved in two threads at the same time, Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself", a wild concept of a collaboration with Ed Sheeran that would surely never happen again.
#70. Bran Van 3000 - Drinking In L.A.

Round by round: 75-70

Points - 80
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#69. Barenaked Ladies - One Week

Round by round: 67-69

Points - 81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#68. Austra - Utopia

Round by round: 78-68

Points - 82
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #14


#67. Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Round by round: 68-67

Points - 83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#66. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Round by round: 66-66

Points - 83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


What the hell are Bran Van doing "Drinking In L.A.", at #70. The van has been sold. Fitting nicely is Barenaked Ladies' one week Hot 100 #1 hit "One Week" at #69. Austra come with two different entries in this game, the first is "Utopia" at #68. Once, there was this song called "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" and it hit #1 in Australia, well, it finally came here at #67. Then we've got BTO, Canada's answer to ELP, with "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" at #66.
#65. Peaches - Operate

Round by round: 65-65

Points - 84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#64. Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman

Round by round: 79-64

Points - 84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#63. Loverboy - Turn Me Loose

Round by round: 57-63

Points - 86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#62. Tal Bachman - She's So High

Round by round: 60-62

Points - 87
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#61. Rush - The Spirit Of Radio

Round by round: 59-61

Points - 90
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


Coming a few spots shy of getting a 2nd consecutive 3rd round berth, Peaches lands at #65 with "Operate". A song I thought might do a bit better, and in fairness it did pick up the pace this round, Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" lands at #64. Loverboy have not worked hard enough to make it to the weekend, they're in the list instead with what I think is their 2nd most popular song, "Turn Me Loose" at #63. We just had Bachman-Turner Overdrive before and then here's the son of Randy Bachman, Tal Bachman with "She's So High" at #62. Lastly a list of Canadian artists would be incomplete if there was no Rush, and they make #61 with "The Spirit Of Radio".
It is rare for a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle to have exactly 1000 pieces. 1008 is a much more common amount.

Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette - Uninvited
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alvvays - In Undertow
Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi
Braids - Miniskirt
Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit
Bryan Adams - Heaven
Bryan Adams - Run To You
Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69
Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
Default - Wasting My Time
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence
Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There
Drake - Hotline Bling
Drake - Passionfruit
Drake feat. Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Grimes - Oblivion
Jann Arden - Insensitive
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean?
KAYTRANADA feat. Anderson .Paak - GLOWED UP
Kiesza - Hideaway
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach
Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Metric - Help I'm Alive
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cortez The Killer
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Nelly Furtado - Try
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous
Nickelback - Far Away
Nickelback - How You Remind Me
Pony Up! - The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die)
Promises - Baby It's You
Purity Ring - Begin Again
Roy Orbison & k.d. lang - Crying
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
Tegan and Sara - The Con
The Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
The Weeknd - The Hills
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming

From this you'll need to select your Top 15 to 24 and go from there, prior to 6pm on Monday. ACI also takes votes at this time.
#60. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cortez The Killer

Round by round: 56-54-60

Points - 113.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#59. Caribou - Can't Do Without You

Round by round: 52-50-59

Points - 116.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#58. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne

Round by round: 50-49-58

Points - 116.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#57. Alvvays - In Undertow

Round by round: 61-56-57

Points - 118.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#56. Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean?

Round by round: 53-58-56

Poitns - 119
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


Impressively Neil Young managed all 3 of his entries into the 3rd round. He does now take a casualty with "Cortez The Killer" at #60. This is a very disparate section of oldies and newer artists. Caribou's portrayal of emotional yearning in the space of 5 words lands at #59, while Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" lands at #58. There's no turning back for Alvvays who finish at #57 with "In Undertow", while current ARIA #1 artist Justin Bieber lands here with his first #1, "What Do You Mean?" at #56.
#55. Roy Orbison & k.d. lang - Crying

Round by round: 48-55-55

Points - 119.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#54. Austra - I Love You More Than You Love Yourself

Round by round: 58-60-54

Points - 120.35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#53. Tegan and Sara - The Con

Round by round: 63-52-53

Points - 122
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#52. Default - Wasting My Time

Round by round: 62-59-52

Points - 122.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#51. Pony Up! - The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die)

Round by round: 55-57-51

Points - 123.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


I did not realise a Roy Orbison/k.d. lang duet was even possible considering that the ARIA Logo game is currently passing by k.d.'s breakout hit in 1993, but truthfully about a year before he passed away, he recorded a new version of "Crying" alongside her and it reached #55 here. Austra score their highest entry with "I Love You More Than You Love Yourself", while Tegan and Sara's only entry is "The Con" at #53. After sneaking through the last round, Default almost make the top half with "Wasting My Time", while Pony Up! utilise an eye-catching title that bears no connection to the song itself at #51.
#50. Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)

Round by round: 54-53-50

Points - 129.55
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #20


#49. Nickelback - How You Remind Me

Round by round: 42-41-49

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


#48. Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night

Round by round: 44-44-48

Points - 130.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#47. Bryan Adams - Run To You

Round by round: 45-46-47

Points - 132.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#46. Bryan Adams - Heaven

Round by round: 43-47-46

Points - 134
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Rudimental & Texas team up to form the supergroup Nelly Furtado and land at #50 with "Powerless (Say What You Want)". Nickelback's first and in some respects biggest hit "How You Remind Me" takes them to #49, behind surprising Canadian Music Hall Of Fame alumni Corey Hart and "Sunglasses At Night" (meanwhile Celine Dion is not inducted yet for some reason). In that Hall Of Fame of course is also Bryan Adams, and he's got a double listing of songs of his that have been remade in the 2000s to some effect, "Run To You" at #47 and "Heaven" at #46.
#45. Nickelback - Far Away

Round by round: 46-48-45

Points - 135.35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#44. The Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane

Round by round: 51-51-44

Points - 135.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#43. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming

Round by round: 33-31-43

Points - 138
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#42. Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit

Round by round: 47-45-42

Points - 138.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#41. Martin Solveig & Dragonette - Hello

Round by round: 35-33-41

Points - 138.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


We meet again with Nickelback...for the last time because they only had two songs in this list the highest of which is "Far Away" at #45. Folk band The Cowboy Junkies find surprising success here with their cover of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" at #44. The first of two songs by The Weeknd here is arguably the sound of the summer to some extent, "I Feel It Coming" in at #43. Broken Social Scene are such a big Canadian conglomerate act that they house multiple other entrants from this list, though together they have "Lover's Spit" which lands at #42, behind Canadian trio (or just their lead singer) Dragonette and their hit collaboration with Martin Solveig, "Hello" at #41.
In 2009, Stephen Hawking hosted a party for time travellers but did not publicise the fact until afterwards. Nobody showed up.

Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette - Uninvited
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi
Braids - Miniskirt
Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Celine Dion - Think Twice
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence
Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There
Drake - Hotline Bling
Drake - Passionfruit
Drake feat. Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Grimes - Oblivion
Jann Arden - Insensitive
KAYTRANADA feat. Anderson .Paak - GLOWED UP
Kiesza - Hideaway
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Metric - Help I'm Alive
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Nelly Furtado - Try
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous
Promises - Baby It's You
Purity Ring - Begin Again
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
The Weeknd - The Hills


Now that there are 40 songs left, you'll need to select your Top 10 to 16 and send them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. Also here's a shiny new poll https://www.strawpoll.me/18022036
#40. Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There

Round by round: 36-35-36-40

Points - 130.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#39. Nelly Furtado - Try

Round by round: 37-40-40-39

Points - 144.09
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#38. Celine Dion - Think Twice

Round by round: 41-42-39-38

Points - 147.65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#37. KAYTRANADA feat. Anderson .Paak - GLOWED UP

Round by round: 38-37-33-37

Points - 150.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#36. Len - Steal My Sunshine

Round by round: 34-34-34-36

Points - 154.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


In a sense it's the least Canadian song left in the list because co-lead artist on "Be Right There", Diplo is distinctly not Canadian, and for that matter the song is built around a sample of US R&B group Jade's hit "Don't Walk Away". There are more slightly non-Canadian entries to come, even in this post. Before that, Nelly Furtado returns with her 3rd entry, "Try" at #39. Celine Dion's first entry is "Think Twice" which narrowly snuck into this round, and then we've got Canadian producer KAYTRANADA teaming up with not-Canadian Anderson .Paak for "GLOWED UP" at #37. I have nothing else to say other than a recommendation that you do not get intimate with your siblings.
#35. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

Round by round: 40-39-35-35

Points - 165.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#34. Kiesza - Hideaway

Round by round: 23-23-30-34

Points - 166
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#33. Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance

Round by round: 49-43-37-33

Points - 167
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #9


#32. Purity Ring - Begin Again

Round by round: 28-25-31-32

Points - 170.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#31. Drake - Hotline Bling

Round by round: 20-19-19-31

Points - 172.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Not to be confused with "My My, Hey Hey", Neil Young & Crazy Horse land at #35 with "Hey Hey, My My", the 2nd highest entry for Neil Young. Before "Hideaway" took her to the top of the UK Charts, Kiesza once joined the Royal Canadian Navy, and now she's at #34. The only song that can simultaneously make me think of Futurama & Higurashi, "The Safety Dance" lands at #33. From their second album, Purity Ring take "Begin Again" at #32, while after going untouched for two rounds, Drake is finally back with his 2nd entry, "Hotline Blnig" at #31.
#30. Promises - Baby It's You

Round by round: 32-36-32-30

Points - 176.2
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#29. Jann Arden - Insensitive

Round by round: 18-14-13-29

Points - 176.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#28. Braids - Miniskirt

Round by round: 39-38-38-28

Points - 185.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #8


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

Round by round: 11-11-16-27

Points - 187.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#26. Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet

Round by round: 27-24-18-26

Points - 188.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Giving me some major 'oh it's that song' vibes, Promises' "Baby It's You" kicks off the top 30. What could also possibly do so for some is the relatively lesser known artist Jann Arden on the basis that "Insensitive" was an ARIA #1 hit, which takes a bit of a tumble and finishes at #29. Indietronica group Braids are yet to follow up their 3rd album, from which the last song written was "Miniskirt" at #28. Taking a bit of a fall is Celine Dion who I think might have actually been leading at one point with some strong early votes, but they've not maintained strong enough to keep "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" from falling to #27. She's done well with two in the top 40, but doing even better is Alanis Morissette who only now loses her first entry of 3 at #26, with "Head Over Feet".
#25. Martha And The Muffins - Echo Beach

Round by round: 24-20-22-25

Points - 198.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#24. Metric - Help I'm Alive

Round by round: 26-28-26-24

Points - 202
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #5


#23. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

Round by round: 14-13-20-23

Points - 203.14
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#22. Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi

Round by round: 25-21-17-22

Points - 204.51
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #7


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

Round by round: 12-12-15-21

Points - 204.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


'80s new wave banger "Echo Beach" is a consistent performer that finishes at #25. Perhaps the peak of their popularity in a general sense, but not here because Metric have another song to come after "Help I'm Alive" finishes at #24. If that's too disorienting, then rest assured that Carly Rae Jepsen's highest entry is in fact "Call Me Maybe" which finishes at #23. With the results literally right above this paragraph, I can't make it any more obvious, but Avril Lavigne is here with surprisingly her only entry, "Sk8er Boi" at #22. To finish off this round we have a double dosage of Canadian artists. Not because of Robert Smith obviously, but because Crystal Castles' source material is the band Platinum Blonde who are also Canadian.
On September 10th, 2001, Fred Durst received a letter of thanks from the World Trade Center for featuring the Twin Towers in the music video for "Rollin'"

Alanis Morissette - Uninvited
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Arcade Fire - Ready To Start
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69
deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence
Drake - Passionfruit
Drake feat. Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Grimes - Oblivion
Metric - Gimme Sympathy
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
The Weeknd - The Hills


It's the final curtain, which means you only have 5 to 8 votes to distribute for this round, and it must be done by 6pm Friday. The ACI is open for business, and I recommend voting in this poll for the next game, remember you can select multiple entries https://www.strawpoll.me/18022036
#20. The Weeknd - The Hills

Round by round: 31-32-27-17-20

Points - 193.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#19. Drake feat. Majid Jordan - Hold On, We're Going Home

Round by round: 17-18-29-19-19

Points - 196.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Ah, remember the old days of OVOXO. This isn't too far removed from that because we've got The Weeknd & Drake with just their 2nd respective top 10 hits, "The Hills" at #20 and "Hold On, We're Going Home" at #19.
#18. deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember

Round by round: 21-27-24-20-18

Points - 197.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#17. Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Round by round: 19-17-09-13-17

Round by round: 207.61
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Now here's a jarring couplet. We've got Canadian native deadmau5 (alongside non-Canadian Kaskade) with a lengthy trance banger in "I Remember" at #18, then we've got Sarah McLachlan with the montage soundbed and occasional song "Angel" at #17. I see no possible way the two elements could gel together, and yet...
#16. Arcade Fire - Ready To Start

Round by round: 06-08-08-09-16

Points - 220.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. Neil Young - Heart Of Gold

Round by round: 22-22-21-18-15

Points - 228.95
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


Something of an elephant in the room is Arcade Fire casually landing all 3 of their entries in the top 20. The first of these is "Ready To Start", the song they performed at the 2011 Grammy Awards alongside their win for Album Of The Year. One might argue that their win there was a bit belated when they probably deserved more credentials for their first album, but to make that look quaint, Wikipedia tells me that Neil Young didn't even get nominated for a Grammy until the 1990s, and didn't win any until the 2010s. From his well known catalogue though, his highest entry is "Heart Of Gold" at #15.
#14. Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much

Round by round: 29-30-25-16-14

Points - 230.07
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#13. Metric - Gimme Sympathy

Round by round: 30-29-23-15-13

Points - 232.19
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Forever destined to be disappointed, Shania Twain may have snuck into the final round after a slow start, but only #14? Well I don't need to finish the retort. Oddly enough she's spent pretty much the entire time neck & neck with Metric's "Gimme Sympathy", so who'd you rather be? Probably the one that's higher unless you have triskaidekaphobia.
#12. Arcade Fire - Wake Up

Round by round: 13-16-14-10-12

Points - 238.94
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#11. Drake - Passionfruit

Round by round: 05-06-06-04-11

Points - 243.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


Back at it again but with less tangential anecdotes, Arcade Fire land at #12 with "Wake Up". They have one more track to come, but Drake does not, scoring his highest entry with "Passionfruit" at #11.
#10. Bryan Adams - Summer Of '69

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

Points - 245.39
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#9. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

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

Points - 255.06
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


In some regards it's one of the nicest hit songs of all time, Bryan Adams smashes past his prior entries to land in the top 10 with "Summer Of '69", his first ever top 10 finish. On the note of the top 10, it can now be seen that Arcade Fire had all 3 of their entries in the top 10 standings last round, though perhaps having 15% of the voting list made for a tough ask to maintain these standings. "Rebellion (Lies)" did manage to not fall out like the rest at #9 though.
#8. Alanis Morissette - Uninvited

Round by round: 16-26-28-14-08

Points - 273.22
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#7. Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light

Round by round: 15-15-11-11-07

Points - 275.58
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


While she did fall a little short of making 3 top 20 entries, perhaps Alanis has taken advantage of this to bolster her other two songs, landing both in the top 10. The first of which is "Uninvited", which previously performed with a #27 finish, but now is much higher at #8. Also making a notable jump in performance is Nelly Furtado, whose "Turn Off The Light" previously landed at #40, but now takes her to the top 10 for only the 2nd time ever...and she's still got two more songs to come.
#6. Grimes - Oblivion

Round by round: 09-09-10-05-06

Points - 284.88
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#5. Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous

Round by round: 08-04-03-06-05

Points - 289.87
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


Really though this game has been all about certain artist dominance, because another to add to that pile is Grimes. She only had two songs in this list, but I've not had to touch on them at all until now with the first being "Oblivion", following the OK Go template of getting a lot out of a very low budget music video. Nelly Furtado's back again, this time from "Loose" which of course houses her highest entries, "Promiscuous" being the first at #5.
#4. Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence

Round by round: 03-03-04-07-04

Points - 294
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#3. Grimes - Flesh Without Blood

Round by round: 04-05-05-03-03

Points - 340.69
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


Maybe the not-so-subtle cue would have worked better if it weren't 7 posts apart, but nonetheless, we finally arrive at Sarah McLachlan's highest entry, trance banger "Silence" with fellow Canadian Delerium, the first ever dance collaboration titled "Silence" by an artist with a misspelled name to reach the Australian top 10. Grimes then scores her highest ever entry, in fact the 3 times she's made the top 10 have all been this year, but "Flesh Without Blood" sees her finish at #3.
#2. Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know

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

Points - 349.36
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. Nelly Furtado - Say It Right

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

Points - 389.18
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


Was it obvious? With a general lack of all-encompassing competition, it felt relatively clear to me which two songs would walk away with this pretty early. I guess though you can't say the relative order was obvious because they spent the entire time rather indecisive about the whole thing, like being surrounded by ten thousand spoons and contemplating whether or not you would prefer a knife. You oughta know that's a transition into the fact that Alanis Morissette has finished in the runner up slot with "You Oughta Know", one of the most relentlessly angry songs to manage to pass as a pop hit. She's only fallen short because Nelly Furtado has managed to thread the needle of having 3 songs in the final list very well and managed to have not one of them drop down the list in this last round. That's pretty handy too because "Say It Right" was already sitting at the top of the list, and it was only more solidified at the end of this round.
Hey thanks for voting and all that. The QLVG schedule is about to get pretty messy as I have to leave overseas next month and there's not really enough time to do two games before there (well there is, but I'd probably regret it). This will mean a reasonably lengthy break between rounds. I'm going to slightly mitigate this by putting down a week's break before the next game, that silly 'quick', 'list', 'vote', 'game' one, and then it'll be probably 3 or 4 weeks until the next one. Hey I didn't expect to get accepted into SGDQ either. After that we've got two more games voted in, with explicit language songs & songs with body parts in them, which hopefully is a bit easier to find songs for.
It took some time but we've got a new game with many songs with the famous words, 'quick', 'list', 'vote' and 'game' in them, well mostly 'game' but they're all in here.

ABBA - The Name of the Game
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
AC/DC - Who Made Who
Alice Cooper - Elected
Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You
Alison Wonderland - Games
alt-J - Intro
Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
Ariana Grande - bad idea
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Avril Lavigne - Tell Me It's Over
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Backstreet Boys - I'll Never Break Your Heart
Barbra Streisand - Send In The Clowns
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears 
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Boy George - The Crying Game
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Bucks Fizz - Makin' Your Mind Up
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
City Girls - Act Up
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Kiss On My List
Dead Or Alive - Turn Around & Count 2 Ten
Destiny's Child feat T.I. & Lil Wayne - Soldier
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
Elton John - Sartorial Eloquence
Elvis Presley - Don't
End Of Fashion - The Game
Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
Foreigner - Urgent
Glades - Do Right
Halsey - Ghost
Hi-Five - I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)
Hüsker Dü - Games
Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Inner Circle - Games People Play
Interpol - Evil
J. Cole - MIDDLE CHILD
Jamiroquai - Cloud 9
Jefferson Starship - Jane
Jennifer Lopez - Ain't Your Mama
Jewel - Foolish Games
John Paul Young - Love Game
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Kanye West feat. John Legend & Chris Rock - Blame Game
Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties In LA
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 4
Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
KRS-One - Sound Of Da Police
La Roux - Quicksand
Lady Gaga - Gypsy
Lady Gaga - LoveGame
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
Lionel Richie - You Are
Luke Bryan - Play It Again
Madonna - Gambler
Mariah Carey - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Mariah Carey - Shake It Off
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Meridian Dan feat. Big H & JME - German Whip
Midnight Oil - Mountains Of Burma
Midnight Oil - No Time for Games
Mi-Sex - Computer Games
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Nada Surf - Popular
Nathan Sykes - Kiss Me Quick
Nelly Furtado - Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
Nicki Minaj feat. Jessie Ware - The Crying Game
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Panic! At The Disco - (F**k A) Silver Lining
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Queen - Play the Game
Radiohead - Electioneering
Rihanna - Needed Me
Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Comin'
Santana feat. Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love
Spice Girls - Holler
Starship - We Built This City
Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran & Future - End Game
The Cardigans - My Favourite Game
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
The Cure - Lullaby
The Killers - My List
The Kills - List of Demands (Reparations)
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
Tinashe feat. Chris Brown - Player
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
Wendy and The Rocketts - Play The Game
Wolf Alice - The Wonderwhy
Yello - Vicious Games
Young M.A - OOOUUU


Your role in this will be to select your Top 25 to 40 from here and send them to me by 6pm on Wednesday. Because I know there won't be another QLVG for like a month, I'm going to hold off the qualifying game for a week, so it won't start on Tuesday this week, but rather Tuesday next week.
#100. Nathan Sykes - Kiss Me Quick

Points - 5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #38


#99. Yello - Vicious Games

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


#98. Panic! At The Disco - (F**k A) Silver Lining

Points - 9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #36


#97. Barbra Streisand - Send In The Clowns

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


#96. Alice Cooper - Elected

Points - 16
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #28


Maybe it's logical fate that means breaking away from The Wanted makes Nathan Sykes the least wanted here, as "Kiss Me Quick" starts off the list at #100. No potential hitparade vote brigade can save Switzerland's finest, Yello with "Vicious Games" at #99. A weird chart stat to quantify is noting that Panic! At The Disco's most recent album went to #1. Saying it's 'their' 2nd #1 album feels like a misnomer, and it's literally a misnomer to say that it's the 2nd one under the Panic! At The Disco name. Anyway here's "(F**k A) Silver Lining" at #98. Just narrowly the most played version of "Send In The Clowns" on Spotify is Barbra Streisand's, which finishes at #97, behind one of those rare handful of 'vote' songs, and even rarer handful of ones where it forms a large basis of the lyrical theme, Alice Cooper's "Elected" at #96.
#95. Elton John - Sartorial Eloquence

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


#94. Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues

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


#93. Inner Circle - Games People Play

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


#92. Spice Girls - Holler

Points - 23
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #30


#91. Hi-Five - I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #26


Elton John is somewhat topical right now, though maybe it doesn't really splash over here with a deeper cut in "Sartorial Eloquence", a fun title to say, at #95. One of the oldest songs in this list is Eddie Cochan's "Summertime Blues" from 1958 at #94. Inner Circle continue to pop up in my peripheral, with "Games People Play" at #93. The last of 9 UK #1 hits for Spice Girls, "Holler" lands at #92, behind Hi-Five who are not to be confused with Hi-5, and "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" at #91.
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#90. Hüsker Dü - Games

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


#89. Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran & Future - End Game

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


#88. Backstreet Boys - I'll Never Break Your Heart

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


#87. Avril Lavigne - Tell Me It's Over

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


#86. John Paul Young - The Love Game

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


The first of two "Games"'s in here is Husker Du at #90, while Taylor Swift's pre-emptive ode to the 2nd highest grossing film of all time, "End Game" lands at #89, the first of three entries for her. If you're tired of me playing games with your heart, we shift to the Backstreet Boys with "I'll Never Break Your Heart" at #88. Taken from her most recent album, Avril Lavigne has "Tell Me It's Over" at #87, while John Paul Young's "The Love Game" lands at #86.
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#85. Jennifer Lopez - Ain't Your Mama

Points - 35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#84. Mariah Carey - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

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


#83. Dead Or Alive - Turn Around & Count 2 Ten

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#82. Luke Bryan - Play it Again

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#81. alt-J - Intro

Points - 39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


Most noted to me for its single cover, which is a several years old photo shoot that isn't even cropped correctly, Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't Your Mama" lands at #85. Almost as far out of season as it could possibly be, Mariah Carey's rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" lands at #84. I never realised Dead Or Alive had so many charting singles in Australia, but the last new one to make the top 40 was "Turn Around & Count 2 Ten" which lands here at #83. Luke Bryan's count of US hits just keeps growing every year, but the highest he ever got on the Hot 100 was with "Play It Again" which lands here at #82, just behind alt-J who follow in the footsteps of The xx to make a riveting "Intro" track at #81.
In the middle of posting these results I managed a 2nd, 1st, 3rd & 1st place finish in Tetris 99

ABBA - The Name of the Game
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
AC/DC - Who Made Who
Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You
Alison Wonderland - Games
Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
Ariana Grande - bad idea
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears 
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Boy George - The Crying Game
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
City Girls - Act Up
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Kiss On My List
Destiny's Child feat T.I. & Lil Wayne - Soldier
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Elvis Presley - Don't
End Of Fashion - The Game
Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
Foreigner - Urgent
Glades - Do Right
Halsey - Ghost
Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Interpol - Evil
J. Cole - MIDDLE CHILD
Jamiroquai - Cloud 9
Jefferson Starship - Jane
Jewel - Foolish Games
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Kanye West feat. John Legend & Chris Rock - Blame Game
Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties In LA
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 4
Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
KRS-One - Sound Of Da Police
La Roux - Quicksand
Lady Gaga - Gypsy
Lady Gaga - LoveGame
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
Lionel Richie - You Are
Madonna - Gambler
Mariah Carey - Shake It Off
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Meridian Dan feat. Big H & JME - German Whip
Midnight Oil - Mountains Of Burma
Midnight Oil - No Time for Games
Mi-Sex - Computer Games
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Nada Surf - Popular
Nelly Furtado - Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
Nicki Minaj feat. Jessie Ware - The Crying Game
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Queen - Play the Game
Radiohead - Electioneering
Rihanna - Needed Me
Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Comin'
Santana feat. Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love
Starship - We Built This City
Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Cardigans - My Favourite Game
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
The Cure - Lullaby
The Killers - My List
The Kills - List of Demands (Reparations)
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
Tinashe feat. Chris Brown - Player
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
Wendy and The Rocketts - Play The Game
Wolf Alice - The Wonderwhy
Young M.A - OOOUUU


I will not require any manner of T-spins from you, but rather your Top 20 to 32 from here to me by 6pm on Friday. The ACI will also accept patronage.
#80. Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Comin'

Round by round: 80-80

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


#79. Nelly Furtado - Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

Round by round: 78-79

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#78. AC/DC - Who Made Who

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#77. Jamiroquai - Cloud 9

Round by round: 76-77

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#76. Glades - Do Right

Round by round: 77-76

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


To begin this particularly funky Friday results reveal, we've got Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Comin'" at #80. Nelly Furtado is unable to go with back to back wins as she finishes at #79 with "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)". AC/DC are still waiting to ever make it into the 4th round, landing at #78 with first time entry "Who Made Who". This post closes with relatively new entries, as Jamiroquai's latest album gives us "Cloud 9" at #77, while Glades' almost playlist enforced top 50 hit "Do Right" lands at #76.
#75. Meridian Dan feat. Big H & JME - German Whip

Round by round: 74-75

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#74. J. Cole - MIDDLE CHILD

Round by round: 68-74

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#73. Jefferson Starship - Jane

Round by round: 72-73

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#72. Wendy and The Rocketts - Play The Game

Round by round: 73-72

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#71. Avicii - Wake Me Up

Round by round: 71-71

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


While most songs that mention playing here are in via the word 'game', Meridian Dan's "German Whip" notes itself for driving quickly as it lands at #75. J. Cole has a weird ARIA Chart history arc where he landed loads of album release debuts over the years and only after that scored a standalone hit that stuck around for a while, that being his latest single "MIDDLE CHILD" at #74. We've got two different variations of Jefferson Airplane in this game, the first being Jefferson Starship's "Jane" at #73. One of the least played songs available on Spotify in this game, seemingly because it was only put on their last year, but nonetheless Wendy and The Rocketts have not yet cracked 1K plays for "Play The Game" which lands at #72. Oddly enough it stands next to what was one the most played song ever on Spotify. A new posthumous Avicii album just came out today, and here's "Wake Me Up" at #71.
#70. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Round by round: 70-70

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#69. The Killers - My List

Round by round: 65-69

Points - 54
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #25


#68. Queen - Play The Game

Round by round: 75-68

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


#67. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Kiss On My List

Round by round: 66-67

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#66. City Girls - Act Up

Round by round: 62-66

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


Beloved opinion-haver and sometimes musician Morrissey lands at #70. The Killers' list fits right in at #69, while Queen narrowly win the battle of "Play The Game" at #68. We've got more lists courtesy of Hall & Oates at #67, while City Girls, perhaps most famous for featuring on Drake's "In My Feelings" are in at #66 with their recent US hit "Act Up".
#65. KRS-One - Sound Of Da Police

Round by round: 64-65

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


#64. Mariah Carey - Shake It Off

Round by round: 58-64

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


#63. Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Round by round: 61-63

Points - 59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#62. Lionel Richie - You Are

Round by round: 69-62

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#61. Nicki Minaj feat. Jessie Ware - The Crying Game

Round by round: 67-61

Points - 60
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #21


Kicking off this final post is another fast driving song, KRS-One's "Sound Of Da Police" at #65. Mariah Carey continues to add to her record with 3 songs in this game, the first of which being "Shake It Off" at #64. Things get a bit more old school with Ian Dury's "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" at #63 and Lionel Richie's "You Are" at #62, but then it's finished with the unusual pairing of Nicki Minaj & Jessie Ware that works surprisingly well on "The Crying Game" at #61.
The unofficial name for a four under par hole in golf is a Condor, which has only been recorded as happening 4 times ever, and never in a professional tournament.

ABBA - The Name of the Game
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You
Alison Wonderland - Games
Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
Ariana Grande - bad idea
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot
Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears 
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Boy George - The Crying Game
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Destiny's Child feat T.I. & Lil Wayne - Soldier
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Elvis Presley - Don't
End Of Fashion - The Game
Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
Foreigner - Urgent
Halsey - Ghost
Interpol - Evil
Jewel - Foolish Games
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Kanye West feat. John Legend & Chris Rock - Blame Game
Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties In LA
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 4
Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
La Roux - Quicksand
Lady Gaga - Gypsy
Lady Gaga - LoveGame
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
Madonna - Gambler
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Midnight Oil - Mountains Of Burma
Midnight Oil - No Time for Games
Mi-Sex - Computer Games
Nada Surf - Popular
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing
Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Radiohead - Electioneering
Rihanna - Needed Me
Santana feat. Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love
Starship - We Built This City
Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Cardigans - My Favourite Game
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
The Cure - Lullaby
The Kills - List of Demands (Reparations)
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
Tinashe feat. Chris Brown - Player
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
Wolf Alice - The Wonderwhy
Young M.A - OOOUUU

60 songs, your vote falls in the range of top 15 to 24 and is in to me by 6pm on Monday. ACI is also open.
#60. Foreigner - Urgent

Round by round: 63-60-60

Points - 64.45
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #15


#59. La Roux - Quicksand

Round by round: 56-57-59

Points - 64.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#58. Kanye West feat. John Legend & Chris Rock - Blame Game

Round by round: 60-59-58

Points - 69.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#57. The Kills - List Of Demands (Reparations)

Round by round: 55-54-57

Points - 73.15
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #4


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

Round by round: 52-45-56

Points - 73.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5
#55. Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears

Round by round: 48-51-55

Points - 80.85
Current Voters - 0
Top Vote - N/A


#54. Ariana Grande - bad idea

Round by round: 50-53-54

Points - 81.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#53. Pet Shop Boys - Domino Dancing

Round by round: 51-50-53

Points - 81.3
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#52. Big Shaq - Man's Not Hot

Round by round: 49-58-52

Points - 81.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#51. Young M.A - OOOUUU

Round by round: 57-56-51

Points - 86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8
#50. Elvis Presley - Don't

Round by round: 59-55-50

Points - 86.9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#49. Halsey - Ghost

Round by round: 43-40-49

Points - 91.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#48. Midnight Oil - No Time For Games

Round by round: 45-43-48

Points - 93.2
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#47. Alison Wonderland - Games

Round by round: 45-43-48

Points - 94.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#46. Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up

Round by round: 47-46-46

Points - 100.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7
#45. End Of Fashion - The Game

Round by round: 29-29-45

Points - 101.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#44. Midnight Oil - Mountains Of Burma

Round by round: 41-42-44

Points - 102.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#43. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

Round by round: 46-48-43

Points - 104
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#42. Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You

Round by round: 44-44-42

Points - 106.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#41. Santana feat. Michelle Branch - The Game Of Love

Round by round: 53-49-41

Points - 107.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10
I do not have a wacky fact

ABBA - The Name of the Game
ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Boy George - The Crying Game
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Dragon - Are You Old Enough?
Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
Interpol - Evil
Jewel - Foolish Games
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties In LA
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 4
Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
Lady Gaga - Gypsy
Lady Gaga - LoveGame
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
Madonna - Gambler
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Mi-Sex - Computer Games
Nada Surf - Popular
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Radiohead - Electioneering
Rihanna - Needed Me
Starship - We Built This City
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Cardigans - My Favourite Game
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
The Cure - Lullaby
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
Tinashe feat. Chris Brown - Player
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
Wolf Alice - The Wonderwhy

But I do still have the usual spiel here. Select your Top 10 to 16 entries and get them into me by 6pm on Wednesday. As noted last week, I'll be opening the qualifying thread on Tuesday morning regarding extremely explicit songs.
#40. Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game

Round by round: 54-47-39-40

Points - 79.3
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#39. Starship - We Built This City

Round by round: 36-30-32-39

Points - 93.03
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#38. Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers

Round by round: 31-31-31-38

Points - 104.08
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#37. Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties In LA

Round by round: 28-36-35-37

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


#36. Wolf Alice - The Wonderwhy

Round by round: 34-34-38-36

Round by round: 113.93
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


Amy Winehouse snuck through to the 4th round, but promptly falls with a lack of high votes, "Love Is A Losing Game" kicking things off at #40. Starship didn't have the same problem but also take a hit with "We Built This City" to #39. Feel free to postulate the theory that Peter Gabriel's music now being more readily available on Spotify has aided him here, as he makes the top 40 with a song that isn't called "Sledgehammer" for the first time, "Games Without Frontiers" improving 34 placings on its entry last year to #38. The first of I think a trio of entries of 'A-list' songs is Kanye West's "No More Parties In LA" at #37, and speaking of lists, Wolf Alice are here purely because of a spoken word bridge at the end of "The Wonderwhy" which takes them to #36.
#35. Dragon - Are You Old Enough?

Round by round: 115.83
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#34. Boy George - The Crying Game

Round by round: 25-27-29-34

Points - 128.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#33. Lady Gaga - Gypsy

Round by round: 33-37-36-33

Points - 130
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#32. Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly

Round by round: 32-32-40-32

Points - 130.23
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#31. Rihanna - Needed Me

Round by round: 35-33-24-31

Points - 134.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Possibly the only #1 hit to date about underaged sex, historically approved at the hands of rock stars, Dragon land at #35 with "Are You Old Enough?". Released several years after the initial tenure of Culture Club, Boy George scored a solo hit with a cover of another song called "The Crying Game", here at #34, behind the first of two entries for Lady Gaga, the "ARTPOP" cut taking her to #33. Pet Shop Boys return with their highest entry in this game "Love Comes Quickly" at #32. They've now finished in the 4th round 5 times, only once making the top 20 with "Go West". For Rihanna it's just another day on the town with her extremely prolific appearances, "Needed Me" returning her to #31.
#30. Madonna - Gambler

Round by round: 42-52-30-30

Points - 136.69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#29. ABBA - The Name Of The Game

Round by round: 30-26-33-29

Points - 138.73
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#28. Interpol - Evil

Round by round: 19-24-23-28

Points - 152.88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#27. Kendrick Lamar - The Heart Part 4

Round by round: 23-23-26-27

Points - 153.53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#26. Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

Round by round: 21-20-18-26

Points - 161.68
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


From her hefty catalogue of soundtrack hits, Madonna has a fresh entry to her catalogue in this game with "Gambler" at #30. It will probably not shock you to learn that of the two ABBA songs in this game, "The Name Of The Game" falls first at #29. Interpol's "Evil" makes its 5th ever appearance, and in due process its 2nd best of those, as it lands at #28. Kendrick Lamar has had many entries in this game, but never so for "The Heart Part 4", the song that awkwardly teases an April 7th release date that ended up being neither "HUMBLE." (March 30th) nor "DAMN." (April 14th). Lastly, we're three quarters of the way through, woah oh, here's a different single from Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" at #26.
#25. Kenny Rogers - The Gambler

Round by round: 22-21-22-25

Points - 162.38
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#24. Tinashe feat. Chris Brown - Player

Round by round: 39-39-34-24

Points - 165.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. Lady Gaga - LoveGame

Round by round: 26-22-27-23

Points - 169
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#22. Mi-Sex - Computer Games

Round by round: 17-17-15-22

Points - 170.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#21. The Cardigans - My Favourite Game

Roung by round: 16-16-19-21

Points - 171.66
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Making an arguably bad decision in terms of when to fold from the competition, Kenny Rogers lands at #25 with "The Gambler". Tinashe also falls slightly short of replicating the top 20 success of "Player" from back in 2016, this time reaching the lower, though still impressive #24. Surprisingly it's the first time ever in the game for Lady Gaga's "LoveGame" which rides all over the 20s to finish at #23. One of the last #1 hits of the 1970s, Mi-Sex's "Computer Games" finishes at #22, while The Cardigans get the honour of losing...maybe someone's favourite game, landing at #21 with "My Favourite Game".
As of 2 weeks ago, 100 people have beaten Super Mario Bros. in under 5 minutes, the world record is 4:55.796

ABBA - The Winner Takes It All
Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Britney Spears - Till The World Ends
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game
Jewel - Foolish Games
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Nada Surf - Popular
No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend
Radiohead - Electioneering
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
The Cure - Let's Go To Bed
The Cure - Lullaby
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough

It's finally time to crown the 69th QLVG champion, select your Top 5 to 8 and send them to me by 6pm on Friday. ACI is also open for business.
#20. Britney Spears - Till The World Ends

Round by round: 37-35-28-19-20

Points - 107.18
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #8


#19. Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker

Round by round: 24-25-21-15-19

Points - 159.02
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Britney made quite a trek to make it to the final round but now almost completely ran out of votes, nonetheless "Till The World Ends" is her 4th song to make the final round, joining illustrious company in "...Baby One More Time", "Toxic", and "E-Mail My Heart". Slightly more regular is Mariah Carey, even this specific song as "Heartbreaker"'s 5th appearance brings it to its 2nd highest finish at #19.
#18. Berlin - Take My Breath Away

Round by round: 14-15-13-17-18

Points - 165.60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#17. No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend

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

Points - 176.41
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Also falling just a little short of a new PB is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" which finishes up at #18. They have less of a 'what could have been' angle with it though, as No Doubt have faced a sharp final round decline for "Ex-Girlfriend", which is now their 3rd song to make the last round.
#16. Kelly Clarkson - I Do Not Hook Up

Round by round: 27-28-25-18-16

Points - 187.9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#15. Radiohead - Electioneering

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

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


Given the creative differences with her label at the time I was poised to say that "I Do Not Hook Up" comes from Kelly Clarkson's ironically named album, although from what I can see, she was pretty content with it. It was her last top 10 single besides her sole #1 hit, and I'm not sure which part of that sentence is weirder, or maybe it managing an impressive 16th place is up there as well. Something similar can be said for Radiohead who find space for an album track from "OK Computer" all the way up at #15.
#14. Babylon Zoo - Spaceman

Round by round: 12-12-16-16-14

Points - 203.29
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough

Round by round: 18-18-17-12-13

Points - 231.26
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


The only hit song to rhyme 'spaceman' with 'space, man', Babylon Zoo's "Spaceman" finds the heights of #14. Finding its duty to appear in this game once every year is Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man Enough", which falls just a couple places shy of its best, and for that matter Toni's best performance of #11.
#12. Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game

Round by round: 09-09-08-14-12

Points - 267.15
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#11. Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body

Round by round: 15-13-14-09-11

Points - 269.84
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


From their collaborative EP "Lockjaw" (which does not contain "Left Alone", which you should remember just in case that information comes in handy), Flume & Chet Faker land at #12 with "Drop The Game". Meanwhile Justin Timberlake falls just shy of increasing his top 10 finishers list, which currently just has "4 Minutes" and "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!". In its first ever appearance, "Rock Your Body" is at #11.
#10. The Cure - Let's Go To Bed

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

Points - 270.93
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#9. Jewel - Foolish Games

Round by round: 13-14-11-13-09

Points - 273.75
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


Of the small list of artists with multiple entries in this list, it's The Cure who have the most impressive showing as both of their entries land in the top 10. First up is "Let's Go To Bed" at #10, which is followed by one half of one of the longest running Billboard top 10 hits of all time, and a song Owl Eyes once covered on Australian Idol, Jewel's "Foolish Games" at #9.
#8. Anastacia - Left Outside Alone

Round by round: 10-11-10-07-08

Points - 277.48
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#7. The Cure - Lullaby

Round by round: 06-07-07-11-07

Points - 288.15
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Anastacia was very close to becoming the first artist to ever top the ARIA End Of Year twice (it has since been done by Fergie, Eminem and...maybe Billy Ray Cyrus) with "Left Outside Alone", but she does get her highest ever finish in QLVG now as it finishes at #8. Right ahead of it is The Cure's other entry. In the past "Lullaby" has been the band's best performer, getting them to their all time high of #2, this time around the "Disintegration" cut has a more modest #7 finish.
#6. The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black

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

Points - 288.33
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#5. Nada Surf - Popular

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

Points - 299.37
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


We're back to more improvement stories as The Rolling Stones score their first ever top 10 finish. "Paint It, Black" previously saw them to their highest finish of #14 last year, but now it slides up 8 more slots to #6. The same general thing can be said for Nada Surf though they have slightly less past appearances. Earlier this year the singer from Nada Surf liked my bad joke tweet about the song, which is the modern equivalent of telling someone you liked their article in the newspaper. "Popular" isn't quite head of the class yet but it does finish at #5.
#4. Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans

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

Points - 341.04
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


#3. Taylor Swift - Blank Space

Round by round: 04-05-04-04-03

Points - 369.3
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


But we get even higher up on the list and not everyone can celebrate the same way. Having already finished at #1 before, there's little else to expect of Lana Del Rey, though she does show some diversity by getting another song into the top 4 with "Blue Jeans"'s first appearance. Aside from "Video Games", she also landed at #3 with "Love" last year. On the other hand, You might be surprised to know that with 30+ entries under her belt, Taylor Swift is just now hitting a new peak of #3. She only once ever made the top 10 before at #7, which was also with "Blank Space". Perhaps it was aided by being the only song to my knowledge in this game that featured TWO of the 4 qualifying words in its lyrics.
#2. ABBA - The Winner Takes It All

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

Points - 387.59
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


#1. Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

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

Points - 417.88
Current Voters - 9
Top Vote - #1


Once again we have one of those contests where only two songs were really in it, though "Blank Space" did come close in the final round. In this game, the winner takes it all, but it's unfortunate for ABBA that the winner is defined by who's leading the pack in round 5 and not round 4, as "The Winner Takes It All"'s shot at glory was unluckily brief. It is a new high for the group, having previously made #5 with "Fernando" and indeed "The Winner Takes It All", which has been slowly creeping higher with successive appearances, so maybe 2020 will be its year. In the mean time they've been taken out by an artist who has never even made the final round before. Not being discouraged by an unfortunate ARIA Logo pile up that saw him narrowly miss the top 3, Chris Isaak has gotten his own consolation prize. Maybe it's somewhat ironic that he does so with a song that certainly does include its title, but not in the most obvious and most remembered part of the song.
Thanks for voting! As I have said far too many times to not feel self-conscious about it, I'm going overseas next week, so there is no further QLVG activity until I get back. Most likely the next game will start on July 8th but it depends how things are when I get there. In the meantime, there's still more QLVG action to be done as the Qualifying game is currently on, and the ACI would like patronage too.
I maybe should have explained at some point but I was still kind of exhausted on making it back which is why this is a week later than was previously announced. The game hasn't changed though as we're looking into explicit songs. I of course prepared for this on the flight home as I ended up watching The Big Lebowski which according to Wikipedia is the film with the 29th most utterances of 'f**k', narrowly a new record for my viewing pleasure. These songs don't quite have 260 of them, but some of them sure make an effort at it.

50 Cent feat. Olivia - Candy Shop
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Ali Barter - Ur A Piece Of Shit
Alison Wonderland - Happy Place
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco
Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored
Ariana Grande - make up
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Bec Sandridge - You're A F**king Joke
Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
Ben Folds Five - Army
Beyonce feat. Jack White - Don't Hurt Yourself
Big Sean feat. E-40 - I Don't F**k With You
Bobby Shmurda - Hot Ni**a
Britney Spears - Work Bitch
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
Car Seat Headrest - Cosmic Hero
Cardi B - Money
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom
Charli XCX feat. CupcakKe - Lipgloss
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
CupcakKe - CPR
David Banner - Play
Denis Leary - Asshole
DMX - X Gon' Give It To Ya
Eamon - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)
Ella Eyre - Comeback
Elton John - The Bitch is Back
Eminem - Cleanin' Out My Closet
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Eve feat. Alicia Keys - Gangsta Lovin'
Faker - Sleepwalking
Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful
Fever Ray - To the Moon and Back
Flume - Wall F**k
Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Shitsville
Grace Mitchell - Now
Green Day - Longview
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
HOLYCHILD - Bathroom Bitch
Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
Illy - Swear Jar
Jay Z & Kanye West - Ni**as in Paris
John Lennon - Working Class Hero
JoJo feat. Wiz Khalifa - F**k Apologies
Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams
Juice WRLD - Robbery
Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins - Get Low
Lil Kim feat. 50 Cent - Magic Stick
Lil Wayne feat. Static Major - Lollipop
Lily Allen - F**k You
Linkin Park - Given Up
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
Lizzo - Truth Hurts
Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott - Tempo
Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell - Too Original
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Beautiful
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
MGMT - Time To Pretend
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
Nine Inch Nails - Starf**kers Inc
N.W.A. - F**k Tha Police
Pacifier - Comfort Me
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls - To Her Door
Pink Floyd - Money
Princess Superstar - Bad Babysitter
Radiohead - Creep
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Slayyyter - Candy
Slayyyter feat. Ayesha Erotica - All I Want For Xxxmas
Slowly Slowly - Jellyfish
Snap! - Ooops Up
Sofi Tukker feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
Spiderbait - F**ken Awesome
Stevie Nicks - Sometimes It's A Bitch
The 1975 - Sex
The Bennies - Party Machine
The Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance
The Doors - The End
The Lonely Island feat. T-Pain - I'm On A Boat
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q - 2 On
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Trapt - Headstrong
T-Wayne - Nasty Freestyle
Vince Staples - Norf Norf
WAAX - FU
Wu-Tang Clan - Bring Da Ruckus
Zhu, Skrillex & THEY. - Working For It

As always, I'll be after Top 25 to 40 votes, and in by 6pm on Wednesday. Tomorrow we'll be doing the body parts qualifying game too.
#100. T-Wayne - Nasty Freestyle

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


#99. Ariana Grande - make up

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


#98. Stevie Nicks - Sometimes It's A Bitch

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


#97. Denis Leary - Asshole

Points - 17
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #24


#96. Big Sean feat. E-40 - I Don't F**k With You

Points - 19
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #32


A fascinating artifact of its time is the fact that T-Wayne's "Nasty Freestyle" may have felt like an incomplete song at only 2:22, not that it mattered as people were only really there for the first 10 seconds of it. In an age of Lil Tecca & Lil Nas X though, that run length is looking surprisingly plump, and one could argue that "Nasty Freestyle" is one of the most significant, influential singles of the decade. However it didn't score any votes in this game and is crowned king of this shit at the bottom of the list. Everything else at least passed into double digits. Ariana Grande wasted little time getting an f-bomb through in "make up" (a song which amusingly, is also shorter than "Nasty Freestyle") at #99, while Stevie Nicks' provocative title "Sometimes It's A Bitch" was acquiesced reluctantly at #98. A considerably more profane song in Denis Leary's "Asshole" lands at #97, notably behind Radiohead's "Creep" which is somewhere in this list. Sounding like it was half produced by Kanye West and DJ Mustard with no interaction between the two is Big Sean's "I Don't F**k With You" at #96.
#95. Elton John - The Bitch Is Back

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


#94. The Chemical Brothers - The Salmon Dance

Points - 20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #30


#93. Nine Inch Nails - Starf**kers Inc.

Points - 20
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #29


#92. The Bennies - Party Machine

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


#91. Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day

Points - 19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


Currently riding rather high on the album chart as part of Elton John's "Diamonds" album, "The Bitch Is Back" lands at #95. The only song in the world to simultaneously teach a dance and also fun facts about salmon, "The Salmon Dance" lands at #94. Nine Inch Nails have without a doubt, the most appropriately placed Hottest 100 #69 of all time with "Starf**kers Inc.", though it's only #93 here. One part party and one part machine, The Bennies land at #92, just behind Ice Cube being done very wrong at #91 with "It Was A Good Day".
#90. CupcakKe - CPR

Points - 24
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #28


#89. HOLYCHILD - Bathroom Bitch

Points - 27
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#88. JoJo feat. Wiz Khalifa - F**k Apologies

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


#87. Juice WRLD - Robbery

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


#86. David Banner - Play

Points - 32
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


In her own words, CupcakKe is the most explicit, though only at #90 with "CPR". What I choose to believe is "It Wasn't Me" from the perspective of the girl, HOLYCHILD's "Bathroom Bitch" is at #89, while for the first time ever, JoJo has appeared in this game twice in a single year, though not with the best performance this time around for "F**k Apologies" at #88. Juice WRLD on the other hand is here twice in just this single game, the first of which os "Robbery" at #87, behind the smooth, sensual love-making styles of David Banner's "Play" at #86.
#85. Princess Superstar - Bad Babysitter

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#84. Lil Kim feat. 50 Cent - Magic Stick

Points - 34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #25


#83. Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom

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


#82. Cardi B - Money

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


#81. The Lonely Island feat. T-Pain - I'm On A Boat

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


A breakout hit for Princess Superstar , "Bad Babysitter" lands at #85, behind arguably Lil Kim's most popular song that isn't "Lady Marmalade", "Magic Stick" at #84. Charli XCX has some of the most splendid use of onomatopoeia with "Vroom Vroom" at #83, while Cardi B has possibly the biggest hit of the year in the US not to make the top 10, with "Money" at #82. We finish off with The Lonely Island who I imagine would rather climb buoys than this list anyway...motherf**ker.
Salmon find their home waters by sense of smell, which is even more keen, than that of a dog or a bear

50 Cent feat. Olivia - Candy Shop
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Ali Barter - Ur A Piece Of Shit
Alison Wonderland - Happy Place
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco
Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Bec Sandridge - You're A F**king Joke
Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
Ben Folds Five - Army
Beyonce feat. Jack White - Don't Hurt Yourself
Bobby Shmurda - Hot Ni**a
Britney Spears - Work Bitch
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
Car Seat Headrest - Cosmic Hero
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX feat. CupcakKe - Lipgloss
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
DMX - X Gon' Give It To Ya
Eamon - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)
Ella Eyre - Comeback
Eminem - Cleanin' Out My Closet
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Eve feat. Alicia Keys - Gangsta Lovin'
Faker - Sleepwalking
Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful
Fever Ray - To the Moon and Back
Flume - Wall F**k
Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Shitsville
Grace Mitchell - Now
Green Day - Longview
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Illy - Swear Jar
Jay Z & Kanye West - Ni**as in Paris
John Lennon - Working Class Hero
Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams
Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins - Get Low
Lil Wayne feat. Static Major - Lollipop
Lily Allen - F**k You
Linkin Park - Given Up
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
Lizzo - Truth Hurts
Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott - Tempo
Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell - Too Original
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Beautiful
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
MGMT - Time To Pretend
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
N.W.A. - F**k Tha Police
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
Pacifier - Comfort Me
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls - To Her Door
Pink Floyd - Money
Radiohead - Creep
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Slayyyter - Candy
Slayyyter feat. Ayesha Erotica - All I Want For Xxxmas
Slowly Slowly - Jellyfish
Snap! - Ooops Up
Sofi Tukker feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
Spiderbait - F**ken Awesome
The 1975 - Sex
The Doors - The End
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q - 2 On
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Trapt - Headstrong
Vince Staples - Norf Norf
WAAX - FU
Wu-Tang Clan - Bring Da Ruckus
Zhu, Skrillex & THEY. - Working For It


It's round 2 which means you can vote for a Top 20 to 32, and it is most effective to do so before 6pm on Friday. The ACI is also open for similar diligence.
#80. Trapt - Headstrong

Round by round: 70-80

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


#79. Linkin Park - Given Up

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#78. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams

Round by round: 73-78

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#77. Spiderbait - F**ken Awesome

Round by round: 77-77

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


#76. Car Seat Headrest - Cosmic Hero

Round by round: 75-76

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


No longer able to take on anything, Trapt kick us off at #80 with "Headstrong". It probably causes some strife that Linkin Park surpass them despite having "Given Up" at #79. MC5 do as they are known to do and "Kick Out The Jams" at #78, while Spiderbait follow up their surprise #1 with a not surprising non-#1 in "F**ken Awesome" at #77. I regret to inform you that I won't see you in heaven unless unless you voted for "Cosmic Hero" which lands at #76.
#75. Bobby Shmurda - Hot Ni**a

Round by round: 78-75

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


#74. Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams

Round by round: 76-74

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


#73. Eminem - Cleanin' Out My Closet

Round by round: 74-73

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


#72. Slayyyter feat. Ayesha Erotica - All I Want For Xxxmas

Round by round: 79-72

Points - 50
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#71. The Doors - The End

Round by round: 61-71

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


Bringing a Chappelle sketch to life is Bobby Shmurda, famously incarcerated for mis-doings akin to those mentioned in his very hit song "Hot Ni**a" at #75. Juice WRLD's biggest crime on the other hand is not knowing how lucid dreams work at #74. Eminem's snare must be anywhere other than #73 which is where "Cleanin' Out My Closet" is. The first of two entries for Slayyyter is also a Scrabble-unfriendly set of triple letters in "All I Want For Xxxmas" at #72. The Doors make for one of the longest waits for one of the biggest pay offs in 'how is this explicit' with "The End" at #71.
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#70. Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is

Round by round: 69-70

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#69. WAAX - FU

Round by round: 71-69

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#68. Slayyyter - Candy

Round by round: 59-68

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#67. DMX - X Gon Give It To Ya

Round by round: 63-67

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#66. Flume - Wall F**k

Round by round: 64-66

Points - 62
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


Falling just shy of greatness is Frank Zappa at #70, who surrenders it to WAAX, arguably re-interpreting the meaning of the title "FU" at #69. On the topic of overly nice numbers, Slayyyter's two entries have ended up 4 places apart after being 20 places apart previously. DMX was not here to deliver the news that "X Gon Give It To Ya" lands at #67, right behind the only song here that doesn't actually have any profane lyrics, Flume's instrumental "Wall F**k" at #66.
#65. Zhu, Skrillex & THEY. - Working For It

Round by round: 60-65

Points - 63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#64. Lit - My Own Worst Enemy

Round by round: 57-64

Points - 65
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#63. Ben Folds Five - Army

Round by round: 55-63

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#62. Grace Mitchell - Now

Round by round: 72-62

Points - 65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#61. Pacifier - Comfort Me

Round by round: 52-61

Points - 66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


To the delight of Sofi Tukker, "Working For It" lands at #65. That late '90s pop punk song I never connect the tune & name for, "My Own Worst Enemy" lands at #64, which is not quite as f**king high as Ben Folds Five's "Army" at #63. Grace Mitchell makes a pretty decent jump to almost get through to round 3 with "Now" at #62, while Shihad do the opposite with "Comfort Me" unlucky to fall out at #61.
I also think that the "Cats" trailer looks bad

50 Cent feat. Olivia - Candy Shop
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Ali Barter - Ur A Piece Of Shit
Alison Wonderland - Happy Place
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco
Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Bec Sandridge - You're A F**king Joke
Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
Beyonce feat. Jack White - Don't Hurt Yourself
Britney Spears - Work Bitch
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat
Charli XCX feat. CupcakKe - Lipgloss
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Eamon - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)
Ella Eyre - Comeback
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Eve feat. Alicia Keys - Gangsta Lovin'
Faker - Sleepwalking
Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful
Fever Ray - To the Moon and Back
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Shitsville
Green Day - Longview
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Illy - Swear Jar
Jay Z & Kanye West - Ni**as in Paris
John Lennon - Working Class Hero
Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins - Get Low
Lil Wayne feat. Static Major - Lollipop
Lily Allen - F**k You
Lizzo - Truth Hurts
Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott - Tempo
Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell - Too Original
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Beautiful
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
MGMT - Time To Pretend
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
N.W.A. - F**k Tha Police
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls - To Her Door
Pink Floyd - Money
Radiohead - Creep
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Slowly Slowly - Jellyfish
Snap! - Ooops Up
Sofi Tukker feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno - Best Friend
The 1975 - Sex
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q - 2 On
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Vince Staples - Norf Norf
Wu-Tang Clan - Bring Da Ruckus


Round 3 means that I now ask from you for a Top 15 to 24, with the diligence to be done by 6pm on Monday. ACI votes also appreciated, enjoy your weekend.
#60. Pink Floyd - Money

Round by round: 43-51-60

Points - 74.75
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #9


#59. Illy - Swear Jar

Round by round: 46-56-59

Points - 86.85
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #5


#58. Ceres - Viv In The Front Seat

Round by round: 51-58-58

Points - 87
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#57. Slowly Slowly - Jellyfish

Round by round: 47-57-57

Points - 87
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#56. Ali Barter - Ur A Piece Of Shit

Round by round: 54-55-56

Points - 88.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


"Money", it's a gas. It's also an extreme outlier in this first set. Pink Floyd start us off at #60 but the rest of these artists weren't even born when "The Dark Side Of The Moon" came out, possibly some of their parents weren't either. By far Illy's most profane song, "Swear Jar" lands at #59. Ceres return for a second time this year with "Viv In The Front Seat" at #58, while Slowly Slowly make their QLVG debut with recent ACI top 10 hit "Jellyfish" at #57. Making far higher stakes in terms of financial requirement for putting your hands up than Fatman Scoop, Ali Barter's recent single "Ur A Piece Of Shit" lands at #56.
#55. John Lennon - Working Class Hero

Round by round: 42-50-55

Points - 89.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#54. Charli XCX feat. CupcakKe - Lipgloss

Round by round: 56-59-54

Points - 89.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#53. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Shitsville

Round by round: 44-52-53

Points - 94.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#52. Ella Eyre - Comeback

Round by round: 58-53-52

Points - 95.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#51. Bec Sandridge - You're A F**king Joke

Round by round: 50-54-51

Points - 99.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


Covered this year on Jimmy Barnes' latest #1 album, John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" lands at #55. Slightly toning down her profanity for a Charli XCX feature, CupcakKe returns for a 2nd appearance in this list with "Lipgloss". Freddie Gibbs & Madlib amazingly both scored their first ever ARIA Chart entry this year with their 2nd collaborative album. From the first is "Shitsville" at #53. Ella Eyre has 4 UK top 10 hits, all of which are attached to popular producers, so as far as solo entries go, she's never surpassed the #12 peak of the f-bomb laden "Comeback", which is here at #52, behind the even more blatantly f-bomb laden "You're A F**king Joke" at #51.
#50. Lil Wayne feat. Static Major - Lollipop

Round by round: 49-33-50

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#49. Sofi Tukker feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno - Best Friend

Round by round: 38-46-49

Points - 101.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#48. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins - Get Low

Round by round: 39-47-48

Points - 104
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#47. Beyonce feat. Jack White - Don't Hurt Yourself

Round by round: 65-43-47

Points - 107.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#46. Snap! - Ooops Up

Round by round: 53-60-46

Points - 107.9
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


"Lollipop" was a US #1 hit, and with Static Major in tow, the last posthumous one until XXXTENTACION hit #1 last year with "SAD!"...however not very long after, the song was effectively back at #1 due to being sampled prominently in Drake's "In My Feelings". Here it sits at #50, behind a very bloated feature list of which "Best Friend" surely can't apply to all at #49. Lil Jon is at #48 with "Get Low", which must cause a shock to the system when you realise that shortly after this track, he produced and featured on what I think is the most played song on US radio this century, "Yeah!". Getting decidedly less airplay is Beyonce making a rock turn with "Don't Hurt Yourself" at #47, while Snap! just barely remember to put something profane at the end of "Ooops Up" at #46.
#45. Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

Round by round: 31-39-45

Points - 110.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#44. Eamon - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)

Round by round: 66-45-44

Points - 112.05
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#43. Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q - 2 On

Round by round: 67-38-43

Points - 112.15
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#42. Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco

Round by round: 35-37-42

Points - 113.95
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#41. Wu-Tang Clan - Bring Da Ruckus

Round by round: 25-29-41

Points - 116
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


A fitting entry for this game. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" topped QLVG about a year ago, but that version censors the original Nine Inch Nails version, and so we've got that version here at #45. Nonetheless its profanity looks a little tame sitting next to Eamon's "F**k It" at #44. Tinashe's kind of "2 On" finishes at #43 suffering a 5 place drop this round, the same treatment that befalls Arctic Monkeys' "Fake Tales Of San Francisco" at #42. I bought "36 Chambers" on iTunes years ago and it's one of those curious albums where someone has taken the time to selectively apply explicit tags, as opposed to just putting it on all or none of them. Somehow "Bring Da Ruckus" does not have an explicit tag. If you've heard the song, you'll know full well how eligible it is here, and it lands at #41.
The term Tsubame Gaeshi refers to both a type of throw in Judo, and also a difficult physical feat in Mahjong of swapping out the tiles in your hand for most of the tiles on the bottom row of your wall.

50 Cent feat. Olivia - Candy Shop
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alison Wonderland - Happy Place
Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
Britney Spears - Work Bitch
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Eve feat. Alicia Keys - Gangsta Lovin'
Faker - Sleepwalking
Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful
Fever Ray - To the Moon and Back
Green Day - Longview
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Jay Z & Kanye West - Ni**as in Paris
Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
Lily Allen - F**k You
Lizzo - Truth Hurts
Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott - Tempo
Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell - Too Original
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Beautiful
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
MGMT - Time To Pretend
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
N.W.A. - F**k Tha Police
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls - To Her Door
Radiohead - Creep
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
The 1975 - Sex
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Tove Lo - Disco Tits
Vince Staples - Norf Norf


Two rounds to go, the slight variations on my wording for this never end. From you I request a Top 10 to 16 vote and with that in mind, having it by 6pm on Wednesday. I also have a new poll regarding the next qualifying game that voting upon would be quite handy https://www.strawpoll.me/18357118
#40. Ariana Grande - break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored

Round by round: 68-34-31-40

Points - 105.03
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#39. Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott - Tempo

Round by round: 62-31-36-39

Points - 123.39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#38. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee

Round by round: 36-40-35-38

Points - 129.45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#37. Vince Staples - Norf Norf

Roudn by round: 28-36-40-37

Points - 132.06
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#36. Faker - Sleepwalking

Round by round: 24-25-30-36

Points - 134.29
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


After nearly losing both her entries in quick succession, Ariana Grande ended up fairing a little better with "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored" which wound up at #40. Lizzo on the other hand is just now getting her first entry, actually in QLVG ever with "Tempo" at #39 and another song to come. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at #38 with "Stagger Lee", not to be confused with the similarly named PJ Harvey collaboration from the same album. I think the only song on this list to truly go viral purely in response to a response to its profanity, Vince Staples' "Norf Norf" lands at #37, behind Faker's "Sleepwalking" at #36, whatever that may be.
#35. Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs

Round by round: 30-49-39-35

Points - 134.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#34. Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell - Too Original

Round by round: 29-30-37-34

Points - 136.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#33. Alison Wonderland - Happy Place

Round by round: 23-24-33-33

Points - 137.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#32. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - I Like It

Round by round: 48-22-27-32

Points - 138.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#31. Fever Ray - To The Moon And Back

Round by round: 37-42-28-31

Points - 139.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Making the most out of its single profanity is Ben Folds' solo cut "Rockin' The Suburbs" at #35. For only the second time ever, Major Lazer reach the 4th round with a song that isn't "Get Free" or "Lean On", with "Too Original" landing at #34. Alison Wonderland has actually only been in here twice before, but scores a 2nd highest appearance at #33 with "Happy Place". Cardi B reached #14 on the ARIA Chart with "I Like It" last year and she's at #14 on this week's chart, but at #32 in this game. Fever Ray deserves credit also for one of the bluntest profanity drops towards the end of "To The Moon And Back" which lands at #31.
#30. Meredith Brooks - Bitch

Round by round: 41-44-32-30

Points - 141.61
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#29. Tove Lo - Disco Tits

Round by round: 18-21-25-29

Points - 147.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#28. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up

Round by round: 32-35-38-28

Points - 147.91
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#27. 50 Cent feat. Olivia - Candy Shop

Round by round: 45-28-34-27

Points - 152.18
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#26. Eve feat. Alicia Keys - Gangsta Lovin'

Round by round: 33-18-26-26

Points - 165.67
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Your regular reminder that late '90s hitmaker Meredith Brooks is 61 years old now. Her track "Bitch" lands at #30 behind Tove Lo's gradually descending "Disco Tits" at #29, there is no innuendo. There is however more 'bitch' related action courtesy of The Prodigy at #28, while proving surprisingly more popular than I thought is 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" at #27. Eve has previously made the top 40 with both of her Gwen Stefani collaborations, but she gets even higher into the top 30 with "Gangsta Lovin'" at #26.
#25. BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY

Round by round: 34-41-24-25

Points - 166.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#24. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade

Round by round: 27-27-29-24

Points - 171.09
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #12


#23. Lily Allen - F**k You

Round by round: 19-17-17-23

Points - 175.78
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#22. Green Day - Longview

Round by round: 11-15-14-22

Points - 177.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#21. Lizzo - Truth Hurts

Round by round: 17-19-18-21

Points - 178.66
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


What I suspect must be high up on this list in terms of profanities per minute is BROCKHAMPTON's "GUMMY" at #25. Very low however on this is Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls On Parade", though they'll more than make up for that later on. On the other hand, Lily Allen gets quite profane on "F**k You" at #23. The single that directly proceeded "Welcome To Paradise" has Green Day wishing to be taken away to paradise, and "Longview" lands at #22, just behind Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" with surely its favourite number, #21.
Polluted water can kill both baby salmon that are developing and the adult salmon that are on their way to spawn

Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212
Britney Spears - Work Bitch
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Jay Z & Kanye West - Ni**as in Paris
Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Beautiful
MGMT - Time To Pretend
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
N.W.A. - F**k Tha Police
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls - To Her Door
Radiohead - Creep
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
The 1975 - Sex


On a brighter note, it's time to determine the arrangement of these final 20, by the clunky individual method of a Top 5 to 8 vote which will combine to a conveniently distributed list, unless everyone just randomly decided to vote for the same songs by sheer coincidence. The ACI is also open, as is the poll I prepared earlier https://www.strawpoll.me/18357118
#20. CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share

Round by round: 22-23-15-13-20

Points - 124.71
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#19. My Chemical Romance - Teenagers

Round by round: 20-16-19-14-19

Points - 151.13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


CHVRCHES sneak an f-bomb casually in the bridge of their otherwise breezy synth pop, making them feel like an oddity in this top 20 but nonetheless. My Chemical Romance are a little more blatant, to the point that no censor can really hide what's going on in the chorus of "Teenagers" which lands at #19.
#18. Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee

Round by round: 09-07-08-12-18

Points - 168.47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#17. Kisschasy - Spray On Pants

Round by round: 26-32-23-19-17

Points - 185.68
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


Amazingly, Migos were riding in the top 10 for most of this game. The momentum couldn't really last though so now "Bad And Boujee"'s rank is bigger than before at #18. Kisschasy haven't f**ked up though, because "Spray On Pants" snuck into this last round, and has now gone even higher at #17.
#16. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Ni**as In Paris

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

Points - 188.91
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#15. N.W.A - F**k Tha Police

Round by round: 15-20-22-18-15

Points - 190.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Kind of just hanging around in the same place forever much like it used to on Spotify before TIDAL happened, "Ni**as In Paris" lands at #16. It's behind "F**k Tha Police" which notably became an ARIA top 50 hit courtesy of the film "Straight Outta Compton", though I would argue that "Us" this year provided the greatest cinematic moment for the N.W.A classic.
#14. The 1975 - Sex

Round by round: 21-26-20-20-14

Points - 196.72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#13. Britney Spears - Work Bitch

Round by round: 40-48-21-16-13

Points - 216.82
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


The 1975 would like to let you know that unless you do something about the environment soon, you won't be able to have any more "Sex", which is at #14 here. Making quite a steep climb up the list, whether or not by her own volition is Britney Spears with "Work Bitch" at #13.
#12. Mariah Carey feat. Miguel - #Beautiful

Round by round: 16-09-13-17-12

Points - 226.37
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#11. Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls - To Her Door

Round by round: 07-11-10-11-11

Points - 231.01
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Mariah Carey's last ARIA top 10 single, and the 3rd last (and counting) time that she's been in the ARIA top 10, "#Beautiful" jumps all over the place to #12. Surprisingly enough, "To Her Door" has never turned up in this game before now. It becomes Paul Kelly's 2nd song to make the top 20 however, landing at #11.
#10. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl

Round by round: 10-08-07-05-10

Points - 236.57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#9. Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful

Round by round: 08-14-11-10-09

Points - 257.32
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Absolutely seeping with relevance due to the convenient timing that K.Flay just covered it for Like A Version this morning, Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" makes its QLVG debut in style with a #10 finish. For "Be Faithful" it's 3rd time lucky as it finally ascends beyond the 30s to an all new high of #9.
#8. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass

Round by round: 14-13-06-08-08

Points - 272.65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#7. Radiohead - Creep

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

Points - 277.28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


If this game could be seen as a partner to the low review average game we did 3 years ago, then the best mark of that is that Nicki Minaj is in the top 10. This is legitimately only the 2nd time that's ever happened, and the first was in that very game with her guest spot on "Check It Out", which landed at #8, exactly like "Super Bass" has done here. Radiohead's history in this game gets increasingly f**king special as they now have had 4 different tracks land in the top 10, the latest being "Creep" at #7, which oddly enough previously landed at #54 a few years back.
#6. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - 212

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

Points - 287.01
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. Eminem - Lose Yourself

Round by round: 13-10-12-09-05

Points - 307.59
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


Making a decent case for the most profane song in the top 20, a 4th outing now for Azealia Banks' "212" finally nets it a big finish at #6, previously landing as high as #26 last year. For Eminem it's a slight comedown however as the only previous appearance of "Lose Yourself" in this game saw it at #2. Not to say #5 is bad though. The explicit language comes so late in the song that I wonder how many people don't even realise it's there.
#4. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

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

Points - 326.73
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#3. Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know

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

Points - 340.78
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


If Vince Staples made one person very mad, then Rage Against The Machine have him beat because 138 people actually got so mad that they called up BBC Radio 1 because they accidentally played the uncensored version of "Killing In The Name" on the chart show. 17 years later it was back on the chart show at #1. Alanis on the other hand could almost get away with having an uncensored version of "You Oughta Know" playing I imagine. She's been very busy in this game in 2019 and now has the song landing in the top 3 for a 3rd time to date.
#2. Nine Inch Nails - Closer

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

Points - 385.41
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. MGMT - Time To Pretend

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

Points - 425.8
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


It really was a 3 horse race this entire time, although only one of them has an obvious direct link to "Old Town Road" so maybe there was only one horse. Like most QLVGs, a horse has not come out victorious, but Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" far surpasses its prior performance in 2016 where it landed at #24. Thus we sadly miss out on the chance to have an inhumanely profane song at the top of the list, instead we have MGMT slotting a couple in the first verse of "Time To Pretend". It's a victory that's been long sought after, as they've already finished in the top 10 4 times before, twice with this very song.
This is me being too out of it to type more words, but knowing full well that I have another forum game to attend to later tonight amidst another writing task I'm working on at the moment. I can report that we will be continuing with our decades series of games in the next qualifying round, this time looking at 2000-2009. The qualifying game that finished and will be run in an actual game next week is the body parts game. HOWEVER, it belatedly came to my attention the use of the word 'mind', which I hadn't mentioned in thread but deemed to at least one party that it's too abstract to really count, as it's more of a vague umbrella term to encapsulate nerve processes in the brain, rather than a physical component of the body. What I'm saying is that I'm not going to have "Where Is My Mind?" go through into the next game, and instead I deem this to you, whoever is the first person to read and act upon this message, to go back to that thread and choose a pending song (that you didn't nominate of course) and make it the last inclusion in the list. Also have a good weekend and ACI.


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