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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game Pt. 10 (Album Openers)

Part 9: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=58505

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 (it's the same as the last thread) 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)
BENEE - 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)
Blondie - Heart Of Glass (Titles with body parts)
P!nk - Who Knew (2000s tracks)
Madonna - Like A Prayer (3 word titles)
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance (#21-#30 hits)
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know (Shared words in titles)
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Grind on your innocence with these 100 body songs

5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Ali Barter - Girlie Bits
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Ariana Grande - in my head
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Bananarama - I Want You Back
Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj - Dance (A$$)
Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face
Birds Of Tokyo - In The Veins Of Death Valley
Birdy - Skinny Love
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Blue King Brown - Come And Check Your Head
Children Collide - Jellylegs
Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
David Guetta feat. Sia & Fetty Wap - Bang My Head
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Delta Goodrem - You Will Only Break My Heart
Depeche Mode - World In My Eyes
Diesel - Tip Of My Tongue
Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side
Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Two Bodies
Florence + The Machine - Between Two Lungs
Foxes - Body Talk
G.R.L. - Ugly Heart
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Gyroscope - Snakeskin
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
Interpol - Slow Hands
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Josh Pyke - Lines On Palms
K.Flay - Blood In The Cut
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
King Missile - Detachable Penis
Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Lady Gaga - Teeth
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
Machinations - My Heart's On Fire
Madonna - Open Your Heart
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Max Graham vs. Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart
MEDUZA feat. Goodboys - Piece of Your Heart
Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
MØ & Diplo - Sun in Our Eyes
Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
Olivia Newton-John - Heart Attack
Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine
Pavement - Cut Your Hair
Pete Townshend - Face The Face
Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes
Queen - Somebody to Love
Radiohead - My Iron Lung
Reef - Place Your Hands
Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera - Nobody Wants To Be Lonely
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
Silverchair - World Upon Your Shoulders
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sugababes - Hole In The Head
Sum 41 - Fat Lip
Take That - Back For Good
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Taylor Swift - Eyes Open
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Dø - Trustful Hands
The Knife - Heartbeats
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood
The Radiators - Gimme Head
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Face Down
The Shins - Phantom Limb
The Smiths - Hand In Glove
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
The Temper Trap - Trembling Hands
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
Tinashe - All Hands On Deck
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart
Whigfield - Sexy Eyes
Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel
You Am I - Adam's Ribs
ZZ Top - Legs


It may be just your body and life, but it's also your vote, if you can provide me a Top 25 to 40 by Wednesday 6pm. Also be on the look out for a qualifying game concerning the 2000s roughly 24 hours from now.
#100. Max Graham vs. Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart

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


#99. ZZ Top - Legs

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


#98. Olivia Newton-John - Heart Attack

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#97. K.Flay - Blood In The Cut

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#96. Florence + The Machine - Between Two Lungs

Points - 31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #24


With what must be said is a pretty high total for last place, Max Graham's re-working of Yes's classic rock staple "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" starts things off. Also known to do quite a bit of legwork for lesser used letters is ZZ Top at #99, at again what must be remarked as quite a high score considering. Olivia Newton-John has now appeared in this game 6 times, with 6 different songs, the latest being "Heart Attack" at #98, just narrowly behind recent Like A Version segue provider K.Flay with "Blood In The Cut" at #97. An album cut turned title track with the re-release, Florence + The Machine's "Between Two Lungs" finishes 96th.
#95. MØ & Diplo - Sun in Our Eyes

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#94. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Face Down

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#93. You Am I - Adam's Ribs

Points - 33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #30


#92. Lady Gaga - Teeth

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#91. Bananarama - I Want You Back

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


A teaming that with a few more names would net a QLVG winner, MØ & Diplo have to settle for #95 with "Sun In Our Eyes". If you were wondering what The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are doing here with their late inclusion, it's because there were two listings of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" in the initial list. This inclusion nets a #94 finish, behind one of You Am I's first hits, "Adam's Ribs" at #93, which manages 4 different votes but nothing over #30. Lady Gaga is as free as her "Teeth" at #92, alongside a throw back to the first official ARIA Chart, Bananarama's "I Want You Back" at #91.
#90. Whigfield - Sexy Eyes

Points - 37
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#89. Blue King Brown - Come And Check Your Head

Points - 37
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


=#87. Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine

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


=#87. Silverchair - World Upon Your Shoulders

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


#86. MEDUZA feat. Goodboys - Piece Of Your Heart

Points - 38
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


One of the more peculiar chart histories is Whigfield. She has 5 top 40 singles in the UK (including a #1 hit), 2 in Australia, with not a single song crossing both markets. So it's a very Australian thing to note "Sexy Eyes" as Whigfield's biggest hit which lands at #90, behind the first song I ever heard in a Hottest 100 countdown, Blue King Brown's "Come And Check Your Head", making a slight upgrade from that at #89. It's been a while since we had a tie in this game, and there were actually two today (though one will go unseen unless you really dig deep into the stats in later rounds), Otis Redding matching up with Silverchair at #87. Along with it is the newest song in tonight's results (and 2nd newest overall I think), MEDUZA's recent top 10 hit "Piece Of Your Heart" at #86.
#85. Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj - Dance (A$$)

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#84. David Guetta feat. Sia & Fetty Wap - Bang My Head

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#83. Diesel - Tip Of My Tongue

Points - 42
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #17


#82. Josh Pyke - Lines On Palms

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#81. Delta Goodrem - You Will Only Break My Heart

Points - 49
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


The first of 3 Billboard top 10 singles for Big Sean, "Dance (A$$)" lands at #85. Next we have the meeting of so many worlds with David Guetta, Sia & Fetty Wap on "Bang My Head" at #84. If I recall correctly, one of the small handful of songs that hit #1 on the AMR Charts running concurrent to the ARIA Charts (where it did not hit #1), Diesel's "Tip Of My Tongue" finishes at #83. Depending on who you ask, you could well be getting some serious 2000s nostalgia via either Josh Pyke at #82 or Delta Goodrem at #81.
Blood makes up about 8% of your body weight, but only about 5% of this top 80

5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Ali Barter - Girlie Bits
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
Ariana Grande - in my head
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face
Birds Of Tokyo - In The Veins Of Death Valley
Birdy - Skinny Love
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Children Collide - Jellylegs
Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Depeche Mode - World In My Eyes
Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side
Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Two Bodies
Foxes - Body Talk
G.R.L. - Ugly Heart
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Gyroscope - Snakeskin
Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
Interpol - Slow Hands
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
King Missile - Detachable Penis
Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
Machinations - My Heart's On Fire
Madonna - Open Your Heart
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
Pavement - Cut Your Hair
Pete Townshend - Face The Face
Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes
Queen - Somebody to Love
Radiohead - My Iron Lung
Reef - Place Your Hands
Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera - Nobody Wants To Be Lonely
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sugababes - Hole In The Head
Sum 41 - Fat Lip
Take That - Back For Good
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Taylor Swift - Eyes Open
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Dø - Trustful Hands
The Knife - Heartbeats
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood
The Radiators - Gimme Head
The Shins - Phantom Limb
The Smiths - Hand In Glove
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
The Temper Trap - Trembling Hands
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
Tinashe - All Hands On Deck
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart
Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel


You know the dril, rev up your motorcycle and create a huge cloud of smoke. When the cloud dissipates, it reveals the Top 20 to 32 vote that you submitted to me by 6pm on Friday. ACI is also open.
#80. Mental As Anything - The Nips Are Getting Bigger

Round by round: 66-80

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#79. Foxes - Body Talk

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#78. Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face

Round by round: 78-78

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#77. Birdy - Skinny Love

Round by round: 76-77

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#76. Sum 41 - Fat Lip

Round by round: 80-76

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


Making use of a somewhat loose re-interpretation of the original meaning, Mental As Anything kick things off with "The Nips Are Getting Bigger" at #80. The last of Foxes' 6 UK top 40 hits, "Body Talk" sits at #79, while Billy Idol also remains very still at #78 with "Eyes Without A Face". Calling to mind etymology mysteries (etymysteries?) is Birdy's "Skinny Love" at #77, while I will waste no time detailing Sum 41's "Fat Lip" at #76 (bortion! bortion!)
#75. Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes

Round by round: 77-75

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


#74. The Smiths - Hand In Glove

Round by round: 70-74

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#73. Pete Townshend - Face The Face

Round by round: 71-73

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#72. Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera - Nobody Wants To Be Lonely

Round by round: 74-72

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#71. The Shins - Phantom Limb

Round by round: 75-71

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


I feel like I've seen it in this game before, but it's actually the first time for Primal Scream's "Swastika Eyes" at #75. The Smiths are quite a bit more regular but it's the first time for "Hand In Glove" at #74, while Pete Townshend takes #73 with "Face The Face". Ricky Martin's first time making it through the first round is with "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" at #72, while The Shins return with "Phantom Limb", making a sizeable improvement from its original #99 finish a few years ago, up to #71.
#70. Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart

Round by round: 72-70

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#69. Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section

Round by round: 68-69

Points - 66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#68. Pavement - Cut Your Hair

Round by round: 59-68

Points - 67
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#67. Ariana Grande - in my head

Round by round: 60-67

Points - 68
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#66. Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price - Heartbreak Hotel

Round by round: 73-66

Points - 68
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #17


For the first time ever, it's a Lady Antebellum song that isn't "Need You Now", partly because that's already won a game, but also more importantly because it wouldn't make sense in this game anyway. "Dancin' Away With My Heart" takes them to #70. Hilltop Hoods can now lay claim to the very important stat of being the 3rd artist to land at #69 more than once in this game, now with "The Nosebleed Section". In a relatively modern set, Pavement are the old school at #68 with "Cut Your Hair", looking quite old compared to Ariana Grande's 5 month old "in my head" at #67. I also belatedly realised I finished typing the whole thing without mentioning Whitney, "Heartbreak Hotel" is at #66.
#65. The Radiators - Gimme Head

Round by round: 64-65

Points - 69
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#64. Birds Of Tokyo - In The Veins Of Death Valley

Round by round: 63-64

Points - 70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#63. Shawn Mendes - In My Blood

Round by round: 61-63

Points - 72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#62. G.R.L. - Ugly Heart

Round by round: 61-62

Points - 72
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#61. Depeche Mode - World In My Eyes

Round by round: 58-61

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


Calling for debate of whether a moderately well known Australian band or an obscure American band is more relevant overall, The Australian Radiators land at #65 with "Gimme Head". Birds Of Tokyo did as many other Australian bands did in the 2000s and discovered strings, with an entire live album of it, but following that put them at the forefront of "In The Veins Of Death Valley" at #64. Sharing a tracklisting with the current #1 single in the country, an observation that can only be said this week, Shawn Mendes' "In My Blood" is at #63. Ill-fated G.R.L. would receive news that "Ugly Heart" landed at #11 in the UK just shortly after news that member Simone Battle passed away, and they're here at #62. Finishing off is the opening track to Depeche Mode's excellent "Violator" album at #61.
The oddity that is cows having four stomachs is due to the fact that they primarily eat grass which is otherwise difficult to digest properly.

5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Ali Barter - Girlie Bits
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Children Collide - Jellylegs
Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side
Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Two Bodies
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Gyroscope - Snakeskin
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
Interpol - Slow Hands
James Bay - Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
King Missile - Detachable Penis
Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
Machinations - My Heart's On Fire
Madonna - Open Your Heart
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
Queen - Somebody to Love
Radiohead - My Iron Lung
Reef - Place Your Hands
Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Sugababes - Hole In The Head
Take That - Back For Good
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Taylor Swift - Eyes Open
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Dø - Trustful Hands
The Knife - Heartbeats
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
The Temper Trap - Trembling Hands
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
Tinashe - All Hands On Deck
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart


This is where I nonchalantly mention Top 15 to 24 votes and the need to do so by 6pm Monday. Next week is busier than usual for me so rather than taking a break in-between games, I'm going to do one mid-game. So it'll be 10 days until the next round is posted. I still reccommend getting a vote in as usual with in the next 3 days, because it would otherwise be very easy to forget. ACI schedule will be unaffected by this.
#60. Taylor Swift - Eyes Open

Round by round: 67-60-60

Points - 70.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#59. Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart

Round by round: 57-59-59

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


#58. Tinashe - All Hands On Deck

Round by round: 52-54-58

Points - 89.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#57. Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts

Round by round: 55-58-57

Points - 94.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#56. Ali Barter - Girlie Bits

Round by round: 51-57-56

Points - 102.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Things kick off with the two lucky songs that managed to just sneak through to this round...not being able to make a move from that and instead falling further behind the competition. But hey, "Eyes Open" and "Mama's Broken Heart" can at least lay claim to making it week...3(?) of this game. To put that in perspective, Tinashe's "All Hands On Deck" drops a few slots this round but her point difference for those two is pretty much unchanged. Kylie Minogue has two songs in this game and they're not the same song actually. It's her most recent #1 hit "2 Hearts" which kicks things off at #57, while fellow Australian Ali Barter is here with "Girlie Bits" at #56.
#55. Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)

Round by round: 69-56-55

Points - 122.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#54. Reef - Place Your Hands

Round by round: 65-49-54

Points - 122.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#53. King Missile - Detachable Penis

Round by round: 39-39-53

Points - 123
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#52. The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?

Round by round: 40-48-52

Points - 124
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#51. The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand

Round by round: 53-55-51

Points - 128
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


After a full set from the 21st century, here's a full set from the 20th century. Samantha Fox's #1 hit "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" kicks it off at #55, while another #1 hit from The Beatles rests on the other side of things at #51. Between this is Reef's inexplicable approach to singing on "Place Your Hands" at #54, while King Missile had a frankly absurd amount of votes in the first round for "Detachable Penis" which ends up at #53. The Angels also slip just outside of the top 50, and if you're let down by that, I know what you want to say.
#50. Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes

Round by round: 56-52-50

Points - 130.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#49. Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

Round by round: 43-53-49

Points - 130.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#48. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box

Round by round: 37-44-48

Points - 131.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#47. At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor

Round by round: 44-50-47

Points - 133
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#46. Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise - Two Bodies

Round by round: 35-46-46

Points - 135.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


Surprisingly never having been in QLVG before, Eric Carmen makes his debut with "Hungry Eyes" at #50. Arctic Monkeys are just slightly more familiar to the routine with "Mardy Bum" from their debut album landing at #49. Nirvana have the opposite approach as we go to their final album and its biggest single "Heart-Shaped Box" at #48, while At The Drive-In keep us in a hyphenated world with "One Armed Scissor" at #47. Former winners Flight Facilities have their 7th entry which is also their 7th unique entry, "Two Bodies" at #46.
#45. John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare

Round by round: 54-36-45

Points - 137.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#44. Sugababes - Hole In The Head

Round by round: 49-30-44

Points - 139.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#43. James Bay - Hold Back The River

Round by round: 45-43-43

Points - 141.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #11


#42. Machinations - My Heart's On Fire

Round by round: 42-47-42

Points - 142
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#41. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye

Round by round: 34-38-41

Points - 143.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


One of his longest chart running hits, John Mayer gets his highest ever ("Pyramids" aside) entry to date with "Heartbreak Warfare" landing at #45. That's fairly easy to do though when he's only been in once before. Sugababes have a slightly higher threshold in keeping with their 17 prior appearances, but one of those was for "Hole In The Head" which now finds a distinct jump from its #73 finish in 2016 to #44 this time. James Bay's return with "Hold Back The River" ends up a little lower though still in a similar ballpark at #43. Australian '80s band Machinations are a first time entrant with "My Heart's On Fire" taking them to #42, while Silversun Pickups take "Lazy Eye" to #41.
The cornea of your eye is the only part of the body that has no internal blood supply

5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Children Collide - Jellylegs
Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
Gyroscope - Snakeskin
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
Interpol - Slow Hands
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
Madonna - Open Your Heart
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
Queen - Somebody to Love
Radiohead - My Iron Lung
Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Take That - Back For Good
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
The Dø - Trustful Hands
The Knife - Heartbeats
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
The Temper Trap - Trembling Hands
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart


It's time to take these 40 songs, by way of Top 10 to 16 votes and turn them into 20. Do so by 6pm on Wednesday. Also look, a shiny new poll https://www.strawpoll.me/18465073
#40. Mariah Carey - Touch My Body

Round by round: 25-31-31-40

Points - 144.73
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#39. Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand

Round by round: 48-29-28-39

Points - 152.15
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#38. Gotye - Eyes Wide Open

Round by round: 47-51-39-38

Points - 153.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#37. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Round by round: 20-18-21-37

Points - 154.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#36. Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain

Round by round: 23-37-30-36

Points - 159.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


Until "All I Want For Christmas Is You" inevitably does so, "Touch My Body" remains Mariah Carey's latest US #1 hit, and starts things off at #40. Though it far pre-dates Jess Glynne's career, which started off very strong with two big hit collaborations, and she also soon after scored a solo #1 hit in the UK with "Hold My Hand" here at #39. Gotye's 2nd highest charting single in both Australia and the US, "Eyes Wide Open" lands at #38, behind a much more well known set of eyes from Kim Carnes at #37. Sharing a producer with House Of Pain's "Jump Around" is Cypress Hill's very similar sounding "Insane In The Brain" at #36.
#35. 5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood

Round by round: 41-27-25-35

Points - 160.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#34. Radiohead - My Iron Lung

Round by round: 38-45-36-34

Points - 163.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#33. Interpol - Slow Hands

Round by round: 33-42-40-33

Points - 164.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#32. The Temper Trap - Trembling Hands

Round by round: 19-24-27-32

Points - 174
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#31. Children Collide - Jellylegs

Round by round: 30-35-35-31

Points - 176.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


The biggest hit of 2018 so I dare say you might have heard of it, 5 Seconds Of Summer take "Youngblood" to #35 this time around, then we go back to around when all of them were born with Radiohead's 2nd album giving #34's "My Iron Lung". Noted spies Interpol have "Slow Hands" at #33, while The Temper Trap's are instead trembling at #32. One of the biggest Hottest 100 surprises for me is just how high Children Collide landed with "Jellylegs" in 2010, and to an extent I'm a little surprised to see them finish at #31 here.
#30. The Streets - Dry Your Eyes

Round by round: 27-33-33-30

Points - 178.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#29. Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye

Round by round: 46-26-23-29

Points - 178.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#28. Mr. Mister - Broken Wings

Round by round: 29-34-34-28

Points - 179.69
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#27. Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side

Round by round: 17-13-14-27

Points - 195.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#26. Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet

Round by round: 24-28-26-26

Points - 199.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Scoring a UK #1 hit, and arguably an Australian one 14 years later, The Streets is at #30 with "Dry Your Eyes". Perhaps the most inauspicious of the Hottest 100 double up entries, Luscious Jackson take "Naked Eye" to #29, and ain't that Mr. Mister at #28? Eurythmics were surprising me with the success here for "Thorn In My Side" though it's cooled down considerably to finish at #27, behind the ever present in this game lately Alanis Morissette with "Head Over Feet" at #26.
#25. Merril Bainbridge - Mouth

Round by round: 50-32-29-25

Points - 200.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#24. Queen - Somebody To Love

Round by round: 15-19-16-24

Points - 201.1
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#23. Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts

Round by round: 12-14-13-23

Points - 202.33
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #10


#22. The Dø - Trustful Hands

Round by round: 36-40-38-22

Points - 204.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#21. Eskimo Joe - Black Fingernails, Red Wine

Round by round: 11-16-19-21

Points - 206.74
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


If you were expecting different results from other forum games, then I can report now that Merril has been bested by Take That again, as "Mouth" ends up at a still respectable #25. Queen's non-top 10 hit "Somebody To Love" that still peaked higher than supposed top 10 hit "Flash" (I am definitely not bitter about any quiz nights) takes them to #24, a slight decline on their prior rounds. Not as much as it is for Christina Perri however, with "Jar Of Hearts" dropping 10 places to finish at #23, making way for The Dø, who are big proliferators of this category of song, as for a long time I knew them for their song "On My Shoulders". They're here with another though, "Trustful Hands" landing at #22 which is a new high for them. Eskimo Joe have been consistently finishing in the 20s, making the final round once at #20, so they split the difference somewhat with "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" finishing at #21.
"Body" by Loud Luxury has spent more weeks on the Australian top 40 airplay chart than any other song in recorded history, and it's still charting right now.

Blondie - Heart Of Glass
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Gyroscope - Snakeskin
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Madonna - Open Your Heart
Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker
Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
Take That - Back For Good
Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
The Knife - Heartbeats
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart


Final round time. I'll be needing your Top 5 to 8 votes by 6pm Friday. ACI votes and strawpoll votes are also appreciated https://www.strawpoll.me/18465073
#20. Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart

Round by round: 18-21-17-15-20

Points - 163.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#19. Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

Round by round: 14-17-18-20-19

Points - 165.12
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Leveling the playing field with "He Wasn't Man Enough", Toni Braxton has now made the top 20 twice each with that & "Un-Break My Heart" which lands at #20. From Software's latest critical smash is also back in the top 20 for a second time with "Hips Don't Lie" at #19.
#18. Delta Goodrem - Innocent Eyes

Round by round: 10-12-12-14-18

Points - 194.89
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#17. Gyroscope - Snakeskin

Round by round: 32-41-37-19-17

Points - 199.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Falling a little shy of her best performance to date with "Lost Without You" (making #13 in 2017), Delta Goodrem does at least take "Innocent Eyes" to the final round for the first time ever at #18. For Gyroscope it's their first time across their whole catalogue, with "Snakeskin" just short of its Hottest 100 rank at #17.
#16. Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart

Round by round: 31-22-32-18-16

Points - 200.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. Take That - Back For Good

Round by round: 26-23-20-16-15

Points - 200.95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


No version of the timing we work with in this thread could make it so but we very nearly have a pairing of the first and most recent songs to make the ARIA Logo game Hall Of Fame, which also makes for a good omen for any future eligible songs that find themselves in the top 14. For the time being, the pecking order of 1988 & 1995 finds Taylor Dayne at #16 behind Take That at #15.
#14. Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker

Round by round: 28-20-22-17-14

Points - 202.16
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. The Knife - Heartbeats

Round by round: 21-25-24-13-13

Points - 210.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


"Heartbreaker" has been in this game 7 times now and I am drained of the ability to talk about it anymore, but it does match its previous best performance from back in 2017. The Knife do hit new heights however. "Heartbeats" previously landed at #37, now they switch to a much more remarkable prime number at #13.
#12. Hole - Celebrity Skin

Round by round: 09-09-08-07-12

Points - 212.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#11. Goldfrapp - Lovely Head

Round by round: 16-15-15-09-11

Points - 254.16
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


Though you might associate the two bands with completely different eras, only two years separate these two tracks (in fact Courtney Love is only 2 years older than Alison Goldfrapp). Hole looked poised for their first ever top 10 finish but fell short at the final hurdle, still at a slight new high of #12. To my surprise it's "Lovely Head" that takes Goldfrapp to the final round for the first time, falling just a little short of a top 10 berth.
#10. Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes

Round by round: 03-06-06-11-10

Points - 259.13
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#9. Madonna - Open Your Heart

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

Points - 264.05
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Here "Behind These Hazel Eyes" is, in the top 10 once again, just like it was earlier this year, complete with a very strong opening performance at #3. Madonna manages her 7th top 10 finish to date with "Open Your Heart" having a steadier performance at #9.
#8. Lady Gaga - Poker Face

Round by round: 04-07-07-12-08

Points - 284.72
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #4


#7. Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

Round by round: 02-02-02-02-07

Points - 314.00
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


Surprisingly, "Poker Face" has never appeared in this game before. It proves worth the wait as it gives Lady Gaga her 3rd ever top 10 finish, just 2 places shy of her highest ever finish at #6. "Groove Is In The Heart" has appeared before, but it feels totally inconsequential as a #44 finish as it climbs all the way to #7. The constant run of #2 rankings is slightly misleading too, as it was a decent way away for the most part, but actually outscored the #1 song on raw points last round.
#6. Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me

Round by round: 13-10-10-08-06

Points - 318.39
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #3


#5. The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face

Round by round: 22-11-11-06-05

Points - 330.59
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


Another surprisingly untapped source, Hunters & Collectors have only previously appeared with "When The River Runs Dry", and show up much higher with "Throw Your Arms Around Me" at #6, poorly chosen ad placements be damned. Speaking of songs being used for purposes that feel inappropriate for the material, we have The Weeknd going full pop star...with his song about doing excessive amounts of cocaine. The top spot still eludes The Weeknd, as he's now finished in the top 5 five times, each at #2 & #5.
#4. Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels

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

Points - 354.86
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#3. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

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

Points - 367.78
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


Something happened and "Head Over Heels" has become remarkably potent for Tears For Fears, admittedly I must thank this game for helping me grow enamoured with it. It finds its best performance ever at #4, just slightly behind "Shout" for the honour of being their 2nd most popular song in this game. Taking that #3 slot instead is Kylie Minogue, and it's a position she's familiar with, having landed there twice before as her highest ever finish, now twice with this one song.
#2. The Naked and Famous - Young Blood

Round by round: 07-04-03-04-02

Points - 376.17
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #2


#1. Blondie - Heart Of Glass

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

Points - 397.56
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


It is debatable whether or not you can say that this was a close round. On one hand, the #1 was locked in place for the entire running, with even a 77 point lead in the first round. On the other hand, the final margin comes down to 21 points, 11 of those just built on from last round's scores. It does save having a weird winning song for this category, as the older of the young bloods takes The Naked and Famous to a new high of #2. Its loss comes at the hands of a song that it seems reasonable to be surprised hasn't already won one of these. Alas, Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" has come just a little short in its first two appearances at #2 & #4. When songs creep their way to a win you can speculate whether draining the pool of options via the winning entrants allows for it. In this instance the only eligible songs (I think) that have won before are "Hearts A Mess" and "Total Eclipse Of The Heart", so you can make of that what you will.
I'm spent! I will however try to run the entire next game on schedule, so I'll be back here with a new game on Monday unless my power goes out the night I intend to post it. That new game will be concerning the 2000s, a decade that's already boasted 3 winners just this year, so there's surely a lot of love out there for the era. The next day will be the qualifying game, which has seen overwhelming support for three word song titles, so that should be easy to define I hope.
I spent all of the 2000s in school and very musically out of touch so I can't pretend that this was really the soundtrack of the time. I'm much more familiar now and can recognise a big, diverse set of cracking tunes.

A1 - Caught In The Middle
Aaliyah - Try Again
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Alicia Keys - No One
Anastacia - Welcome To My Truth
Anastasia – I'm Outta Love
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Atomic Kitten - The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)
Augie March - One Crowded Hour
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Battles - Atlas
Beyonce - Halo
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Britney Spears - Lucky
Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
Chase & Status feat. Plan B - End Credits
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
Christina Milian - AM To PM
Darren Hayes - Darkness
Darude - Sandstorm
Daughtry - No Surprise
Dean Geyer - If You Don't Mean It
Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me
Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
Destiny's Child - Emotion
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Eminem – Without Me
Fragma - Toca's Miracle
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
George - Breathe In Now
Girls Aloud - Sexy! No No No...
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008
Guy Sebastian - Like It Like That
Hoobastank - The Reason
Howie Day - Collide
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Jennifer Lopez - Get Right
Jessica Mauboy - Been Waiting
John Mayer - Who Says
JoJo - Too Little Too Late
Kanye West - Jesus Walks
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kenneth Bager feat. Julee Cruise - Fragment Seven (Les Fleurs)
Kings of Leon - Revelry
Kosheen - Catch
Kylie Minogue - Chocolate
Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Madonna - Don't Tell Me
Madonna - Hollywood
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mary J. Blige - Be Without You
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Mika - Grace Kelly
Miley Cyrus - See You Again
Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes
Muse - Knights of Cydonia
OutKast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
OutKast - Hey Ya!
P!nk - Who Knew
Plummet - Damaged
Powderfinger - My Happiness
Radiohead - Pyramid Song
Rank 1 - Airwave
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Seether feat. Amy Lee - Broken
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Sia - Breathe Me
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Mixed Up World
Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life
Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl
Tamia - Stranger In My House
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
The Killers - Human
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
The Knife - Silent Shout
The Roots feat. Cody ChesnuTT - The Seed (2.0)
The Strokes - Reptilia
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The xx - Crystalised
Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy - Morning After Dark
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
TV Rock feat. Rudy - In The Air (Axwell Remix)
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
William Orbit - Barber's Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero


It's one of those Top 25 to 40 vote kind of rounds. Also make sure to have done so by 6pm Wednesday. About a day from now I'll open the qualifying game.
#100. Atomic Kitten - The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)

Points - 21
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #20


#99. Daughtry - No Surprise

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#98. John Mayer - Who Says

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#97. Dean Geyer - If You Don't Mean It

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#96. A1 - Caught In The Middle

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


Voting was fairly spread out this time. So nothing came close to "Heart Of Glass"'s opening tally but the bottom end points climb up very quickly. Speaking of Blondie, Atomic Kitten start things off with their partial cover of Blondie's cover of "The Tide Is High", the first partial Blondie cover by a UK group to go to #1 there. There wasn't an extreme focus on the back end of the decade, but there are two in a row from late in 2009, with Daughtry's "No Surprise" at #99 followed by John Mayer's "Who Says" at #98. Australian Idol also-ran from an also-ran season Dean Geyer managed an ARIA top 10 hit and it lands here at #97. A1 could have predicted their #96 finish as just like Montell Jordan, they're time travelers. If you don't believe this claim, I can supply many photos of Robert Christgau.
#95. Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#94. Howie Day - Collide

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#93. Guy Sebastian - Like It Like That

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#92. Anastacia - Welcome To My Truth

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


#91. Kings Of Leon - Revelry

Points - 53
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


Cage The Elephant had a US Alt #1 in 2008 but it wasn't "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" which is #96 here. Radio programmers were so despondant about this that they gave the band a further 7 #1 hits afterwards to compensate I imagine. Despite naming an album "Australia", Howie Day is not Australian and Australia didn't even give him the time of day. He did score a US top 20 hit with "Collide" which lands at #94, behind an actual Australian hit from Guy Sebastian, whose "Like It Like That" sent him back to the top of the charts which he would spend further time at in the decade that followed. The first of Anastacia's two entries is "Welcome To My Truth" at #92, while Kings Of Leon's productive decade is summed up here with "Revelry" at #91.
#90. Kenneth Bager feat. Julee Cruise - Fragment Seven (Les Fleurs)

Points - 56
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#89. William Orbit - Barber's Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)

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


#88. Rank 1 - Airwave

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#87. Adele - Chasing Pavements

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#86. JoJo - Too Little Too Late

Points - 60
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


The funniest moment for me in the otherwise quite terrifying "Us" was not when "F**k Tha Police" started playing, but when "Les Fleurs" did, purely because I've been aware of the song being sampled by Kenneth Bager for nearly half of my life and have found great amusement in the fascinating spoken word delivered by that Julee Cruise. That sampled track, "Fragment Seven" is here at #90. Going further back for a sample (but not that much further actually) is "Barber's Adagio For Strings", this being William Orbit's version at #89. It makes for a trancey back to back with Rank 1's "Airwave" at #88. Pushed in the wake of Amy Winehouse's popularity is an extremely late 2000s artist, Adele, with her big hit "Chasing Pavements" at #87. If you were born in the late '80s to early '90s, then JoJo may have been the first artist younger than you to score a hit. If you're a bit younger it would have been Miley Cyrus, if you were a bit older it would have been Jordy. At the ripe age of 15 JoJo released her second album, with the hit "Too Little Too Late" which lands at #86.
#85. TV Rock feat. Rudy - In The Air (Axwell Remix)

Points - 62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#84. Destiny's Child - Emotion

Points - 63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#83. The Killers - Human

Points - 64
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#82. Plummet - Damaged

Points - 67
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#81. Jessica Mauboy - Been Waiting

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


I think the second Swedish House Mafia related song to make the ARIA top 50 (following Supermode's "Tell Me Why"), TV Rock's Axwell aided "In The Air" lands at #85, before Ivan Gough would go on to make a bigger hit with Axwell, and then years later it would be an even bigger hit than that. Destiny's Child's "Emotion" once finished in the top 20 but the extent of competition here means it lands at #84. With 4 songs on the list this time around, The Killers take their first casualty with "Human" at #83. The trance exodus continues with Plummet's cover of (unrelated I think) Plumb's "Damaged" at #82, and with I think the highest points I've ever seen for a #81 finisher, Jessica Mauboy's 3rd single "Been Waiting" lands at #81.
KidzSearch has a strange interpretation on the phrase '2000s Facts for Kids' https://wiki.kidzsearch.com/wiki/2000s

Aaliyah - Try Again
Alicia Keys - No One
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Augie March - One Crowded Hour
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Battles - Atlas
Beyonce - Halo
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Britney Spears - Lucky
Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
Chase & Status feat. Plan B - End Credits
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
Christina Milian - AM To PM
Darren Hayes - Darkness
Darude - Sandstorm
Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me
Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Eminem - Without Me
Fragma - Toca's Miracle
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
George - Breathe In Now
Girls Aloud - Sexy! No No No...
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008
Hoobastank - The Reason
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Jennifer Lopez - Get Right
Kanye West - Jesus Walks
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kosheen - Catch
Kylie Minogue - Chocolate
Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Madonna - Don't Tell Me
Madonna - Hollywood
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mary J. Blige - Be Without You
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Mika - Grace Kelly
Miley Cyrus - See You Again
Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes
Muse - Knights of Cydonia
OutKast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
OutKast - Hey Ya!
P!nk - Who Knew
Powderfinger - My Happiness
Radiohead - Pyramid Song
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Seether feat. Amy Lee - Broken
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Sia - Breathe Me
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Something For Kate - Monsters
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Mixed Up World
Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life
Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl
Tamia - Stranger In My House
The Drones - Shark Fin Blues
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
The Knife - Silent Shout
The Roots feat. Cody ChesnuTT - The Seed (2.0)
The Strokes - Reptilia
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The xx - Crystalised
Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy - Morning After Dark
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero


The eliminations are not going to get any nicer. The best you can do is select your Top 20 to 32 and send them to me by 6pm on Friday.
#80. Madonna - Hollywood

Round by round: 79-80

Points - 68
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#79. Girls Aloud - Sexy! No No No...

Round by round: 78-79

Points - 69
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#78. Chase & Status feat. Plan B - End Credits

Round by round: 76-78

Points - 70
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#77. Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes

Round by round: 68-77

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


#76. Kylie Minogue - Chocolate

Round by round: 71-76

Points - 81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Madonna has two tracks in this list, odds are neither are what comes to mind first when thinking of 2000s Madonna but they've both made the top 80 so hey. "Hollywood" kicks that off at #80, followed by a series of UK hits that didn't quite make it to these shores. Girls Aloud's "Sexy! No No No" finishes itself off at #79 aha, alongside "End Credits", which was more of opening credits as the first top 10 hit for both Chase & Status and Plan B. Motorcycle's rush comes in at #77, while the first of two for Kylie Minogue is "Chocolate" at #76.
#75. Christina Milian - AM To PM

Round by round: 77-75

Points - 81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#74. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Mixed Up World

Round by round: 65-74

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#73. Stacie Orrico - (There's Gotta Be) More To Life

Round by round: 64-73

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


#72. Battles - Atlas

Round by round: 67-72

Points - 85
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#71. Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl

Round by round: 74-71

Points - 85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


Somebody hit the lights because it's getting relatively late by the time I finish posting this. Christina Milian's first hit "AM To PM" takes her to #75, alongside some more early '00s pop company, with Sophie Ellis-Bextor at #74 and Stacie Orrico at #73. Battles make a chaotic cacophany at #72 with "Atlas", while Stone Temple Pilots are a much more chilled affair with "Sour Girl" at #71.
#70. Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats

Round by round: 69-70

Points - 86
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#69. Tamia - Stranger In My House

Round by round: 72-69

Points - 87
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#68. The Roots feat. Cody ChesnuTT - The Seed (2.0)

Round by round: 80-68

Points - 87
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#67. Eminem - Without Me

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #18


#66. The Drones - Shark Fin Blues

Round by round: 61-66

Points - 89
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


This round, Carrie Underwood was probably overtaken by at least one song to fall from a nice position into #70, a position that probably has no qualms with aggressive revenge fantasies. For another US top 10 hit that didn't crack the charts here, we've got Tamia's "Stranger In This House" at #69, which for my money delves into hilarious "It Wasn't Me" territory if you choose to take the lyrics literally. That could also turn The Roots' "The Seed (2.0)" into a cultivation anthem, but PnB Rock probably wouldn't approve. Eminem released the biggest hit of 2002 and also scored the highest selling song of 2002 though you might not agree with both of those titles belonging to "Without Me" at #67. The Drones' much acclaimed "Shark Fin Blues" finishes at #66.
#65. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia

Round by round: 62-65

Points - 89
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#64. Darren Hayes - Darkness

Round by round: 57-64

Points - 92
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#63. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

Round by round: 58-63

Points - 93
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#62. The Knife - Silent Shout

Round by round: 47-62

Points - 95
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#61. George - Breathe In Now

Round by round: 60-61

Points - 95
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #10


Another former final round entrant falls considerably short, with Muse's "Knights Of Cydonia" finishing at #65. Darren Hayes has so many more successful solo singles so colour me a little surprised to see so much love for "Darkness" which finishes at #64. The Gaslight Anthem fall just a little short of their target with "The '59 Sound" dropping to #63, though not as big a drop as The Knife's "Silent Shout" which drops out of the top 50 to #62. While Joe & Dave are chart topping artists in the US & UK, in Australia that claim can go to George, whose longest chart running single "Breathe In Now" finishes at #61.
Pulp removed their synchronisation licence for "Disco 2000", meaning the song could not be used in trailers during the turn of the millennium

Aaliyah - Try Again
Alicia Keys - No One
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Augie March - One Crowded Hour
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Beyonce - Halo
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Britney Spears - Lucky
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
Darude - Sandstorm
Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me
Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Fragma - Toca's Miracle
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008
Hoobastank - The Reason
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Jennifer Lopez - Get Right
Kanye West - Jesus Walks
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kelly Rowland - Stole
Kosheen - Catch
Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Madonna - Don't Tell Me
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mary J. Blige - Be Without You
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Mika - Grace Kelly
Miley Cyrus - See You Again
OutKast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
OutKast - Hey Ya!
P!nk - Who Knew
Powderfinger - My Happiness
Radiohead - Pyramid Song
Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva
Seether feat. Amy Lee - Broken
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Sia - Breathe Me
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Something For Kate - Monsters
The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
The Killers - Read My Mind
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
The Strokes - Reptilia
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The xx - Crystalised
Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy - Morning After Dark
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero


But you still have the licence to vote on this next round. Select your Top 15 to 24 from this lot and send it to me by 6pm on Monday. The ACI is also open to take votes at this time.
#60. Britney Spears - Lucky

Round by round: 73-56-60

Points - 110.75
Current voters - 3
Top vote - #4


#59. Jennifer Lopez - Get Right

Round by round: 66-58-59

Points - 112.5
Current voters - 3
Top vote - #7


#58. Hoobastank - The Reason

Round by round: 56-42-58

Points - 120.25
Current voters - 3
Top vote - #8


#57. Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy - Morning After Dark

Round by round: 54-53-57

Points - 120.75
Current voters - 3
Top vote - #3


#56. Mary J. Blige - Be Without You

Round by round: 55-60-56

Points - 128
Current voters - 3
Top vote - #2


It would be a great chance to make obvious observations about "Lucky", which shot into the 3rd round after a bit of a slow start. It falters again however and finishes at #60. Actually the same can be said of Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" which snuck into the top 60 as well and finishes at #59. Hoobastank's big round 2 jump didn't change their round 3 trajectory at all, and it cools back down to #58, and the reason is you, the voters. Timbaland sneaks into this list with "Morning After Dark" which was released right at the end of 2009 and I'm now surprised to realise was still in the ARIA top 50 in April of 2010. Mary J. Blige was not offered any such courtesy though "Be Without You" did very well Stateside, and finishes here at #56.
#55. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

Round by round: 75-59-55

Points - 129.5
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #6


#54. Miley Cyrus - See You Again

Round by round: 63-57-54

Points - 130.75
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #7


#53. Kanye West - Jesus Walks

Round by round: 45-54-53

Points - 137
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #11


#52. Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva

Round by round: 52-48-52

Points - 145
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #8


#51. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done

Round by round: 32-44-51

Points - 146.75
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #6


Somewhere only Keane, but also Lily Allen, but also Jai Waetford know, is at #55 for Keane. The second biggest hit by a Cyrus in 2008, "See You Again" lands at #54, while the 2nd biggest hit to paraphrase Psalm 23, "Jesus Walks" is at #53. The world of debut albums continues with Sarah Blasko at #52 and The Killers at #51, the latter with another 2 songs still to come.
#50. Madonna - Don't Tell Me

Round by round: 44-45-50

Points - 147.5
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #3


#49. LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge

Round by round: 39-52-49

Points - 148.75
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #2


#48. TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me

Round by round: 33-49-48

Points - 149.5
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #2


#47. Seether feat. Amy Lee - Broken

Round by round: 51-38-47

Points - 155
Current voters - 5
Top vote - #11


#46. Kelly Rowland - Stole

Round by round: 42-46-46

Points - 155.25
Current voters - 5
Top vote - #10


Madonna lands at #50 with "Don't Tell Me" just behind LCD Soundsystem's satirical take on being aged out of the industry at #49. TV On The Radio take post-punk to #48, Seether take post-grunge to #47, and Kelly Rowland takes post-grammar to #46.
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#45. Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me

Round by round: 34-41-45

Points - 167.25
Current voters - 5
Top vote - #3


#44. The Killers - Read My Mind

Round by round: 40-50-44

Points - 169
Current voters - 5
Top vote - #1


#43. Guru Josh Project - Infinity 2008

Round by round: 48-55-43

Points - 170.25
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #2


#42. Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough

Round by round: 25-27-42

Points - 173.25
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #3


#41. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Round by round: 50-30-41

Points - 174.75
Current voters - 4
Top vote - #1


I've sat here for a good 5 minutes because I don't have a bit, but Debelah Morgan is at #45 with "Dance With Me". The Killers leave themselves with just one out now as "Read My Mind" gets to #44. Guru Josh Project takes their key philosophy to #43 with "Infinity 2008", while Toni Braxton is back yet again with "He Wasn't Man Enough" at #42. Snow Patrol had a big boon last round but they've been pushed back down to #41 with "Chasing Cars".
The 2000s have helped make much of this game possible, with the launch of Wikipedia, iTunes, Firefox, Google Chrome, YouTube & Spotify all being this decade.

Aaliyah - Try Again
Alicia Keys - No One
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
Augie March - One Crowded Hour
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Beyonce - Halo
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
Darude - Sandstorm
Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Fragma - Toca's Miracle
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kosheen - Catch
Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)
Mika - Grace Kelly
OutKast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
OutKast - Hey Ya!
P!nk - Who Knew
Powderfinger - My Happiness
Radiohead - Pyramid Song
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
Sia - Breathe Me
Something For Kate - Monsters
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
The Strokes - Reptilia
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The xx - Crystalised
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero


I'm slightly tired but it's Top 10 to 16 and by 6pm on Wednesday. Here's a new poll too. I'm always open to suggestions because it's hard to think of things and I feel bad for always reusing failed options from previous polls https://www.strawpoll.me/18540738
#40. Mariah Carey - We Belong Together

Round by round: 43-43-39-40

Points - 156.48
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#39. The xx - Crystalised

Round by round: 28-25-36-39

Points - 179.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#38. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

Round by round: 24-31-37-38

Points - 180.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#37. Beyonce - Halo

Round by round: 41-26-33-37

Points - 182.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#36. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

Round by round: 26-18-22-36

Points - 185.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Adding to the tradition of songs sneaking into the next round only to find that accomplishment enough, "We Belong Together" finishes at #40. A precursor to the streaming era I feel is The xx's "Crystalised" which seemed to hang around on the last.fm charts for years. It lands at #39 behind The White Stripes' even more certified enduring anthem "Seven Nation Army" at #38. Beyonce's most popular song nowadays despite what her Spotify chart says, "Halo" lands at #37 behind one of Arcade Fire's two car songs from their second album.
#35. Alicia Keys - No One

Round by round: 46-36-27-35

Points - 185.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#34. Mary Mary - Shackles (Praise You)

Round by round: 22-20-40-34

Points - 186.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#33. The Strokes - Reptilia

Round by round: 31-47-38-33

Points - 191.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#32. Interpol - Obstacle 1

Round by round: 14-22-24-32

Points - 197.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#31. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

Round by round: 49-37-30-31

Points - 201
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #8


Making for a peculiarly similar set of letters back to back, Alicia Keys has "No One" at #35. Christian pop & vocoder proliferators Mary Mary have been all over the shop with "Shackles (Praise You)" which finishes at #34, a somewhat similar story for The Strokes' "Reptilia" which nearly got itself eliminated last round and ends up at #33. There's some more post-punk revival at #32 with Interpol and stuff at #32, next to Danger Mouse & CeeLo's very successful collaboration on Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at #31.
#30. Christina Aguilera - Beautiful

Round by round: 17-17-28-30

Points - 205.63
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#29. Avril Lavigne - Complicated

Round by round: 59-35-26-29

Points - 207.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#28. Something For Kate - Monsters

Round by round: 20-29-34-28

Points - 210.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#27. Delta Goodrem - Not Me, Not I

Round by round: 36-24-31-27

Points - 214.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#26. Sia - Breathe Me

Round by round: 21-28-25-26

Points - 215.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


Strong early '00s vibe from this section as it starts off with two #1 hits only 6 months apart, Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" at #30 and Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" at #29. Right in the midst of all the inner turmoil represented in this set is the grand daddy of anxiety in Something For Kate's "Monsters" at #28. Delta Goodrem gets some form of revenge on a pop star who was still far off becoming an adult in this time frame as "Not Me, Not I" lands at #27, and Sia has one of her early brushes with fame in the form of "Breathe Me" at #26.
#25. The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name

Round by round: 27-33-29-25

Points - 220.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#24. Kosheen - Catch

Round by round: 38-51-35-24

Points - 223.19
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #9


#23. Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

Round by round: 37-23-19-23

Points - 225.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#22. Darude - Sandstorm

Round by round: 30-34-23-22

Points - 227.69
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#21. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

Round by round: 35-40-32-21

Points - 228.94
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #5


The Ting Tings take their UK #1 hit "That's Not My Name" to #25, which surprisingly means they got there before Kosheen, whose vocalist guested on a #1 hit a few years after that. Back as a group at the start of the decade, they land at #24 with "Catch". Narrowly winning the popularity battle on Spotify for songs about walking a thousand miles is Vanessa Carlton who lands at #23, behind some song I've never heard of at #22. Finally Yeah Yeah Yeahs make a mighty haul to get through to the last round...only to fall short at #21 with "Zero".
The year 2000 was a leap year, which in terms of years divisible by 100 only happens once every 400 years. Thus the year 2100 will not be a leap year.

Aaliyah - Try Again
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Augie March - One Crowded Hour
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice
Fragma - Toca's Miracle
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Mika - Grace Kelly
OutKast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
OutKast - Hey Ya!
P!nk - Who Knew
Powderfinger - My Happiness
Radiohead - Pyramid Song
Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
The Killers - Somebody Told Me


Top 5 to 8, 6pm Friday, ACI, poll https://www.strawpoll.me/18540738
#20. Shakira - Whenever, Wherever

Round by round: 16-32-20-18-20

Points - 207.16
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#19. Destiny's Child - Say My Name

Round by round: 09-15-16-10-19

Points - 211.02
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


The "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" of its day, if you can boast correctly remembering how Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" is titled then you are a much more powerful mountain than I. Nonetheless on its run of even numbers with lots of factors, it finishes off at #20, right behind Destiny's Child circa their first album, which was actually their highest selling album yet it's the one without the classic trio lineup. Beyonce is not done here either as she has more to come later on.
#18. Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Round by round: 23-19-14-15-18

Points - 212.97
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#17. Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight

Round by round: 18-14-08-19-17

Points - 213.09
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Considering things from another point of view, Green Day have the first ever appearance of "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" in style as it lands at #18, it's their 8th time making the final round which is only slightly outstripped by Kylie Minogue now getting her 9th. I would be remiss to not mention that "Love At First Sight" finishes at #17 while its prior appearance in 2016 was at #38.
#16. OutKast - B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)

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

Points - 214.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. Powderfinger - My Happiness

Round by round: 53-39-21-20-15

Points - 242.48
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


If you rule Beyonce as a technicality, then OutKast are the only artist to have two entries in the top 20. If you don't, then OutKast are the only artist to have two entries in the top 18. The 2nd ever appearance for "B.O.B." nets it its 2nd top 20 appearance, this time a bit lower at #16. Former winners Powderfinger take "My Happiness" to new heights perhaps in the hope of joining its Hottest 100 partner in dominance as a winner. It lands at #15 making it their 4th best performance behind that, "Burn Your Name" and "The Metre".
#14. Mika - Grace Kelly

Round by round: 29-21-15-13-14

Points - 247.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#13. Radiohead - Pyramid Song

Round by round: 11-10-18-17-13

Points - 248.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


More explicitly, persistence pays off for Mika, whose "Grace Kelly" just keeps landing higher and higher. First it was #82, then #74, then #30, and 2 years after that it finishes at a new high of #14. Alongside it is the first ever appearance of Radiohead's "Pyramid Song", from their album effectively of unused tracks during the recording of "Kid A", more than justifying the price of admission by itself.
#12. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love

Round by round: 10-06-11-08-12

Points - 252.45
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#11. M.I.A. - Paper Planes

Round by round: 06-11-12-14-11

Points - 283.44
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


As previously noted, there is a Beyonce song in the midst and it's "Crazy In Love". Previously it appeared at #15 and now it's slightly higher at #12, a little shy of becoming her 6th top 10 entrant. Quite a bit closer is M.I.A., who can perhaps only blame tougher competition this time around preventing "Paper Planes" from returning to the top 10 and finishing at #5.
#10. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice

Round by round: 07-09-13-11-10

Points - 288.55
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#9. Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You

Round by round: 08-03-07-05-09

Points - 291.31
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


Persistence continues to pay off. Dixie Chicks always make the final round with "Not Ready To Make Nice", but it finishes now in the top 10 for the first time ever. Kelly Clarkson can also now boast 3 different top 10 finishers with "Because Of You" taking a big step up from its #28 finish earlier this year to #9. She otherwise has made the top 10 with "Behind These Hazel Eyes" at #7 and "Breakaway" at #6.
#8. Anastacia - I'm Outta Love

Round by round: 15-08-10-07-08

Points - 324.88
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#7. Fragma - Toca's Miracle

Round by round: 04-07-05-09-07

Points - 325.08
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


The biggest seller of 2000 and thus for a time, the biggest song of the decade thus far, Anastacia lands at #8 with "I'm Outta Love", and we are not outta love for the start of the decade either, as at #7 it's the first ever appearance for Fragma's "Toca's Miracle", a song that in my head feels a tiny bit forgotten just because drama surrounding the song keeps it from being distributed officially anymore, but this #7 finish would do well to dispel that myth.
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#6. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Round by round: 12-12-06-06-06

Points - 326.66
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#5. The Killers - Somebody Told Me

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

Points - 335.94
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #3


True to the song's form, Franz Ferdinand set the stage for an endless run at #12, before abruptly shifting to #6 and not looking back. The Killers score their highest entry with a song that surprisingly has never appeared in the game before, but made a decent run to make them the first artist to win the game 3 times, as "Somebody Told Me" finishes at #5.
#4. Aaliyah - Try Again

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

Points - 337.5
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#3. Augie March - One Crowded Hour

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

Points - 341.69
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


If nothing else, Aaliyah is true to the song's mantra as this is now the 5th time that "Try Again" has appeared in the game. It manages an equal high of #4, so instead the role of form growth really goes to Augie March's "One Crowded Hour". The song has gone from a #32 finish, to #11, to now finishing all the way up at #3.
#2. OutKast - Hey Ya!

Round by round: 19-16-09-12-02

Points - 354.23
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


#1. P!nk - Who Knew

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

Points - 439.39
Current Voters - 9
Top Vote - #1


I don't typically allude to performances of linked songs until both have been reached, otherwise it may well spoil that the other is not far off. So I could have remarked that actually OutKast's two entries were locked in an unpredictable duel the whole way back when we reached "B.O.B.". However they've made this way of thinking somewhat redundant because "Hey Ya!" as picked up massive momentum in the final round to climb all the way up to #2. This is just enough to narrowly beat their previous high of #3 with "Ms. Jackson", which is interesting in itself because "Hey Ya!" had otherwise only previously finished at #33. There is not much use in lamenting how close they were to taking the top though, because in reality they weren't, and nobody ever was. P!nk has been absolutely destroying the competition with "Who Knew" this entire way and there looked to be no way that was going to stop. Everyone who voted for it could have vanished in the last two rounds and it probably still would have won.
I'm beat so I'll just say a quick thanks for voting. The next game is the 3 word song titles, and the next qualifying game is #21-#30 peakers. I'm a bit exhausted so I'll take a week off and return this on Sep 9th.
I found my

Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver
Adele - Someone Like You
Ariana Grande - goodnight n go
Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off
Beyonce – Love On Top
Björk - Big Time Sensuality
blink-182 - Dammit (Growing Up)
Blur - Coffee & TV
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
Chairlift - Show U Off
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Ciara feat. Missy Elliott - 1, 2 Step
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Daft Punk feat. Todd Edwards – Fragments Of Time
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
Dierks Bentley - Say You Do
Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain
DMA's - In The Air
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Drax Project feat. Hailee Steinfeld - Woke Up Late
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Eurythmics - Who's That Girl
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly
George Michael - Praying For Time
Gerling - Dust Me Selecta
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Haim - Days Are Gone
Jai Wolf feat. MNDR - Like It's Over
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Lil Nas X - Old Town Road
Lior - This Old Love
Lisa-Gail Allred - 3 Second Rule
Lisa-Gail Allred - Coffee Or Tea
Lorde - White Teeth Teens
Lupa J - Pull Me Under
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
Madonna - Dress You Up
Madonna - Justify My Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Live To Tell
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Madonna – Who's That Girl
Major Lazer feat. Ariana Grande - All My Love
Mandy Moore - In My Pocket
Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time
Mariah Carey - Shake It Off
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Massive Attack - Safe from Harm
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy - Faster Kill Pussycat
Paramore - Still Into You
Placebo - Taste In Men
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince - When Doves Cry
Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy
Public Enemy - Fight The Power
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Robyn - Show Me Love
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive
Sigma - Nobody to Love
Silverchair - The Greatest View
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
Sophie Ellis Bextor - Get Over You
Spectrum - I'll Be Gone
Split Enz - I Got You
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Sugababes – Push The Button
Taylor Swift - State of Grace
The Bats - North By North
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
The KLF feat. Tammy Wynette – Justified and Ancient
The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
Toni Pearen – I Want You
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
XTC - Senses Working Overtime

treasure in you. The common link on all of these songs is their 3 word titles. The rules are as simple as always, take from this, your Top 25 to 40 and send them through to me by 6pm Wednesday and I'll do the rest of the work. More work I'll do will be opening the qualifying game tomorrow night, so start thinking of #21-#30 peakers.
#100. Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver

Points - 12
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #34


#99. Spectrum - I'll Be Gone

Points - 20
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


#98. Lorde - White Teeth Teens

Points - 27
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#97. Dierks Bentley - Say You Do

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


#96. Jai Wolf feat. MNDR - Like It's Over

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


It's yet another round that ramps up the scores rather fast. So every song has gone into double digits. We start off with the early '80s for Adam and the Ants, and then go even further back to the early '70s with Spectrum, a song older than most of the other artists here. Especially Lorde who is less than half as old as it with a track from her debut album, "White Teeth Teens" at #98. With the 13th of his 16 country #1 hits, Dierks Bentley lands at #97, and we stay in the mid-2010s again with Skrillex protege Jai Wolf and his track "Like It's Over" at #96.
#95. Mariah Carey - Shake It Off

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


#94. Taylor Swift - State Of Grace

Points - 46
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#93. Chairlift - Show U Off

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#92. DMA's - In The Air

Points - 49
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #25


#91. Ariana Grande - goodnight n go

Points - 50
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


Now it's not just the relative eras that are the same, but even the titles too. The first of two for Mariah Carey is "Shake It Off" at #95, which amusingly lands right next to an unrelated Taylor Swift song. One of her lower charting pre-album singles "State Of Grace", though now one that has a pretty big reputation. To complete this trio, we have the similarly named "Show U Off" from Chairlift's last album at #93. The rest of these tracks are from not just 2010s songs, but entirely 2010s artists as well, with DMA's at #92 and Ariana Grande at #91.
#90. Toni Pearen - I Want You

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


#89. Haim - Days Are Gone

Points - 51
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #21


#88. Lupa J - Pull Me Under

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #21


#87. blink-182 - Dammit (Growing Up)

Points - 53
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#86. Lil Nas X - Old Town Road

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


In the time since she appeared on the ARIA Logo game, I have the exciting news that Toni Pearen's album has been put on Spotify! From there we have "I Want You" at #90. It's closely passed by the always available Haim with the title track to their first album at #89. In fact all of these are close as they're only separated by a total of 4 points. Lupa J's recent ACI #1 hit "Pull Me Under" lands at #88, and then if nothing but proving how tough this round is, blink-182's enduring "Dammit (Growing Up)" is at #87, followed closely by Lil Nas X's monster hit "Old Town Road" at #86.
#85. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#84. Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers

Points - 54
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#83. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott - 1, 2 Step

Points - 59
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #17


=#81. Lisa-Gail Allred - Coffee Or Tea

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


=#81. The Bats - North By North

Points - 60
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


From "Revolver" is the classic Beatles track "Tomorrow Never Knows" at #85, known for inventing The Chemical Brothers. Made famous in Europe via a remix and a cover, the original "I Follow Rivers" by Lykke Li lands at #84. 15 years ago today, Ciara was at #1 in the US with her first single "Goodies", and she followed it with "1, 2 Step", which spent a lengthy time at #2 assumably because Missy Elliott is not allowed to be credited on a US #1 hit. We nearly had a tie for 80th for the first time in ages, but instead it landed with two songs at #81.
Brushing prevents decay

Adele - Someone Like You
Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off
Beyonce - Love On Top
Björk - Big Time Sensuality
Blur - Coffee & TV
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Daft Punk feat. Todd Edwards - Fragments Of Time
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Drax Project feat. Hailee Steinfeld - Woke Up Late
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Eurythmics - Who's That Girl
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
George Michael - Praying For Time
Gerling - Dust Me Selecta
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Lior - This Old Love
Lisa-Gail Allred - 3 Second Rule
Madonna - Dress You Up
Madonna - Justify My Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Live To Tell
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Major Lazer feat. Ariana Grande - All My Love
Mandy Moore - In My Pocket
Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Massive Attack - Safe from Harm
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy - Faster Kill Pussycat
Paramore - Still Into You
Placebo - Taste In Men
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince - When Doves Cry
Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy
Public Enemy - Fight The Power
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Ratcat - Don't Go Now
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Robyn - Show Me Love
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive
Sigma - Nobody to Love
Silverchair - The Greatest View
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Get Over You
Split Enz - I Got You
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Sugababes - Push The Button
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
The KLF feat. Tammy Wynette - Justified and Ancient
The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
XTC - Senses Working Overtime


20 to 32. 6pm on Friday.
#80. Ratcat - Don't Go Now

Round by round: 74-80

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#79. Lior - This Old Love

Round by round: 76-79

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#78. Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved

Round by round: 69-78

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#77. Sigma - Nobody to Love

Round by round: 79-77

Points - 62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#76. Major Lazer feat. Ariana Grande - All My Love

Round by round: 80-76

Points - 63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Well Ratcat have been looking around for some kind of sensation and I've been looking around for some kind of way to start this...oh that'll work out because "Don't Go Now" is #80. We're then in ballad city with Lior at #79 and Lewis Capaldi at #78. Sigma flip a sample from a Kanye West track from a year ago with not the budget to get the original vocal take, but the prowess to go to #1 in the UK regardless with "Nobody To Love" at #77. Staying in 2014 is the 2nd most streamed song from the Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack, with Major Lazer & Ariana Grande teaming up on "All My Love".
#75. Mandy Moore - In My Pocket

Round by round: 77-75

Points - 65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#74. Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off

Round by round: 78-74

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#73. Len - Steal My Sunshine

Round by round: 66-73

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#72. Lisa-Gail Allred - 3 Second Rule

Round by round: 75-72

Points - 71
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#71. The KLF feat. Tammy Wynette - Justified and Ancient

Round by round: 57-71

Points - 71
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


Noted panty hoarder Mandy Moore lands at #75 with "In My Pocket", whereas I imagine Basement Jaxx are just on their way considering they want to undress you at #74 with "Get Me Off". I don't have a bit today regarding the Len song at #73 that people tend to like more than me. Same with the Lisa-Gail Allred joke I'm not in on at #72. Effectively but not technically the last single released by The KLF, "Justified and Ancient" at #71.
#70. Eurythmics - Who's That Girl

Round by round: 55-70

Points - 72
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #10


#69. Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill

Round by round: 71-69

Points - 74
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#68. Robyn - Show Me Love

Round by round: 65-68

Points - 74
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#67. Daft Punk feat. Todd Edwards - Fragments Of Time

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#66. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms

Round by round: 62-66

Points - 76
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


The first of two Eurythmics songs, and the first of two "Who's That Girl" songs is at #70. Gorillaz have the melancholy of being eliminated but landing at #69 with "On Melancholy Hill". Not to be confused with the similar sounding late '90s artist, but absolutely to be confused with the totally different sounding artist of the 2010s who is the same artist...Robyn lands at #68 with "Show Me Love". On the other hand we do have a late '90s artist with a much more modern release as Daft Punk's latest new album that you should check out if you get the chance has "Fragments Of Time" which lands at #67. Just ahead is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with "Into My Arms" from that album I need to listen to soon because it was released in 1997.
#65. Massive Attack - Safe from Harm

Round by round: 72-65

Points - 77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


#64. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

Round by round: 59-64

Points - 77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#63. Public Enemy - Fight The Power

Round by round: 73-63

Points - 78
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#62. George Michael - Praying For Time

Round by round: 67-62

Points - 80
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#61. Samsaruh - Golden To Thrive

Round by round: 63-61

Points - 82
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Massive Attack released their highly influential debut album in 1991, and from that we've got "Safe From Harm" at #65. U2 sadly named their song after one of the 4 days that they can never be eliminated on so they finish on bloody Friday at #64. We stay in the late '80s/early '90s for a bit longer with Public Enemy's 3rd album giving "Fight The Power" at #63, and then George Michael's 2nd album from the same year giving his last solo Billboard #1 hit "Praying For Time" at #62. Then I get the tease as we finish off with what I would say is near perfection in tension build/release (and several other things) with Samsaruh's first single "Golden To Thrive" at #61.
It was those

Adele - Someone Like You
Beyonce - Love On Top
Björk - Big Time Sensuality
Blur - Coffee & TV
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Drax Project feat. Hailee Steinfeld - Woke Up Late
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
Gerling - Dust Me Selecta
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change
Madonna - Dress You Up
Madonna - Justify My Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Live To Tell
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Madonna - Who's That Girl
Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy - Faster Kill Pussycat
Paramore - Still Into You
Placebo - Taste In Men
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince - When Doves Cry
Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Rihanna - Take a Bow
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'
Silverchair - The Greatest View
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Get Over You
Split Enz - I Got You
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Sugababes - Push The Button
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You
The Panics - Don't Fight It
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
XTC - Senses Working Overtime

3 rounds, left to sort these 60 songs. It isn't complicated, just need Top 15 to 24 votes by 6pm on Monday to me in memo form, let's go ahead and say you can also vote in the ACI.
Queen Lisa
#60. Rihanna - Take a Bow

Round by round: 60-60-60

Points - 102.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#59. Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time

Round by round: 58-56-59

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


#58. The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You

Round by round: 52-57-58

Points - 115.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#57. Silverchair - The Greatest View

Round by round: 64-59-57

Points - 116.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#56. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Get Over You

Round by round: 40-44-56

Points - 119
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Showing vague consistency, the second ever appearance for Rihanna's "Take A Bow" gives it a 3rd round finish again, though this time on the other end of the list (it was #43 last time) because of a different sort of consistency that sees it sitting at #60 3 rounds in a row. If you can believe it, there are actually Mariah Carey songs that haven't been in this game yet, and one of those is her 2nd ever single "Love Takes Time" which lands at #59. The second time we've had a song called "Pictures Of You" and this one by The Last Goodnight lands a bit higher at #58, while Silverchair emulate what I just wrote about Rihanna with "The Greatest View" landing at #57. Actually hitting a new high is Sophie Ellis-Bextor's "Get Over You" now sitting at #56.
#55. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song

Round by round: 56-55-55

Points - 119.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#54. The Panics - Don't Fight It

Round by round: 43-45-54

Points - 122
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#53. Björk - Big Time Sensuality

Round by round: 68-58-53

Points - 122
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#52. Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy - Faster Kill Pussycat

Round by round: 42-42-52

Points - 122.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#51. Gerling - Dust Me Selecta

Round by round: 48-51-51

Points - 123
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Aside from being the punchline to a bad tweet I made, Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" has a fascinating negative trend where it was #35 in 2017, #45 in 2018, and now #55 in 2019. Speaking of bad jokes, I can't hear The Panics' "Don't Fight It" without thinking of the triple j radio competition about identifying whether or not you should bite things that may or may not be poisonous. If you're still with me, it's at #54 behind Björk literally just vibing at #53 with "Big Time Sensuality". The only artist to have charting collaborations with Elvis Presley AND Crazy Town, Oakenfold's other hit "Faster Kill Pussycat" lands at #52, behind the wild and wonderful world of Gerling's "Dust Me Selecta" at #51.
#50. Eurythmics - When Tomorrow Comes

Round by round: 45-39-50

Points - 123.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#49. The Smiths - This Charming Man

Round by round: 46-49-49

Points - 125.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#48. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Round by round: 54-54-48

Points - 125.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#47. Placebo - Taste In Men

Round by round: 61-53-47

Points - 125.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#46. Drax Project feat. Hailee Steinfeld - Woke Up Late

Round by round: 50-50-46

Points - 126.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #11


Both Eurythmics songs in this game have appeared once before in 2018 and back then "Who's That Girl?" performed better, though in this same game, "When Tomorrow Comes" blazes way ahead at #50. In a manner that surely can't be contributed to Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke or Mike Joyce, The Smiths' "This Charming Man" falls far short of its usual top spot contention down at #49. I initially thought the same for Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" but actually #48 is a pretty regular finish for it. Placebo's 9th unique song to feature now is "Taste In Men" which finishes at #47 behind that Drax Project song which has refused to leave my life for close to 2 years now...nearly charting this week in New Zealand in a different language. Also despite being by a Kiwi artist in 2019, ARIA actually let it onto their charts where it just snuck into the top 20, ensuring I'll probably have to write about it again.
#45. LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change

Round by round: 53-52-45

Points - 126.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#44. The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

Round by round: 51-48-44

Points - 128.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#43. Madonna - Who's That Girl

Round by round: 49-41-43

Points - 129.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#42. R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe

Round by round: 41-46-42

Points - 131
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#41. S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin'

Round by round: 38-47-41

Points - 131.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Gaining some edge in the proceeding rounds, LCD Soundsystem climb to #45 with "I Can Change" from their final pre-hiatus album "This Is Happening". The Beatles' sub-Humperdinck record "Strawberry Fields Forever" lands at #44 behind the first of yes, 6, Madonna songs and she nearly got them all into the 4th round. The first one is "Who's That Girl" which is a song I can never remember the tune to because Eurythmics took up real estate first. Scarcely do finer debut singles exist than the opening single & track from R.E.M.'s debut album, with "Radio Free Europe" landing at #42, while this round's proceedings are finished with S Club 7's "Don't Stop Movin'" which did exactly that but finished at #41.
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I've got nothing

Adele - Someone Like You
Beyonce - Love On Top
Blur - Coffee & TV
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Madonna - Dress You Up
Madonna - Justify My Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Live To Tell
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Paramore - Still Into You
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Prince - When Doves Cry
Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot
Split Enz - I Got You
Sugababes - Push The Button
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
XTC - Senses Working Overtime

Which is why I want you to give me something to fill that void, namely a vote which consists of a Top 10 to 16 from this lot, and done so within the timely fashion of being by 6pm on Wednesday. I also have a new strawpoll here and am very open to suggestions because this is what it looks like when I have to come up with them on my own https://www.strawpoll.me/18647970
#40. Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly

Round by round: 39-34-38-40

Points - 109.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#39. The Veronicas - Everything I'm Not

Round by round: 47-38-40-39

Points - 113.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


#38. Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia

Round by round: 44-43-36-38

Points - 129.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#37. Madonna - Dress You Up

Round by round: 36-37-37-37

Points - 141.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#36. Goldfrapp - Ooh La La

Round by round: 25-22-21-36

Points - 149.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Round 4 can best be described as "Peanut Butter Jelly" time because Galantis are kicking us off at #40. They join The Veronicas in the abstract honour of just hanging on in this round and not having anywhere to go with it, as "Everything I'm Not" finishes at #39. Green Day's 9 minute monster "Jesus Of Suburbia" takes them to #38 behind the 2nd of 6 Madonna entries, "Dress You Up" at #37. Goldfrapp were on the verge of making the final round with "Ooh La La" but crash down in the end to #36.
#35. Calvin Harris - Feel So Close

Round by round: 23-24-22-35

Points - 153.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#34. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Round by round: 37-32-39-34

Points - 153.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#33. Madonna - Justify My Love

Round by round: 22-23-26-33

Points - 156.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#32. Beyonce - Love On Top

Round by round: 31-35-35-32

Points - 159
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#31. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode

Round by round: 28-25-31-31

Points - 166.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


In a similar effect, Calvin Harris could "Feel So Close" to the top 20, but like a forcefield it pushed him back out to finish at #35. Lana Del Rey was instead more resigned to fate which is appropriate for "Born To Die" which finishes at #34. Madonna entries keep on coming, now it's "Justify My Love" at #33. Beyonce had 3 singles just barely sneak into the 2011 ARIA EOY no higher than #90, incidentally the lowest of those 3, "Love On Top" is now arguably the most popular song from that album and finishes here at #32. Unless I missed something when I looked it up, Chuck Berry has made marginal history as "Johnny B. Goode" lands at #31, making it the highest finishing song ever in this game released in the 1950s. Previously Johnny Cash made #32 with "Folsom Prison Blues".
#30. Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot

Round by round: 34-30-30-30

Points - 172.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#29. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Round by round: 33-33-34-29

Points - 173.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#28. Blur - Coffee & TV

Round by round: 30-26-25-28

Points - 175.94
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#27. Adele - Someone Like You

Round by round: 27-29-23-27

Points - 181.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#26. Prince - Little Red Corvette

Round by round: 21-17-24-26

Points - 185.63
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #10


If you have ever been pondering for the last 30ish years why Sonic Youth named their song "Teen Age Riot", it's so it would become eligible for this game, which pays them dividends by landing at #30. Ed Sheeran narrowly improves on the performance peak of "Thinking Out Loud" which was set in the very first QLVG 3 years ago, landing at #33, this time up to #29. Blur's "Coffee & TV" surprisingly has never been featured before and becomes Blur's 4th highest finisher at #28. They've actually made the top 30 4 times but only the top 20 once. They're dwarfed in this regard by Adele due to sheer number of entries, but she's had an egregious 8 top 30 but not top 20 finishs, and 2 of them are for "Someone Like You". Making a good challenge to Madonna for dominating this game is Prince because "Little Red Corvette" is just now the first of 3 entries for him, the other two bidding to give him his 10th top 10 finish possibly.
#25. Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid

Round by round: 35-36-33-25

Points - 193.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#24. Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone

Round by round: 26-28-29-24

Points - 200.69
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#23. XTC - Senses Working Overtime

Round by round: 32-40-32-23

Points - 211.69
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #8


#22. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

Round by round: 29-27-28-22

Points - 225.06
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #6


#21. The Ronettes - Be My Baby

Round by round: 24-31-27-21

Points - 226.25
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #6


I had an acquaintance online who took their username from Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues", which always makes the band Deacon Blue stick out to me because they did the same. Their late '80s hit "Real Gone Kid" debuts them to this game at #25. Matchbox Twenty's best performing song to date in this game is "If You're Gone" which took them to #8, though this time it has to settle for #24. XTC can't quite make it through 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 rounds with "Senses Working Overtime" and settle for #23, it's a testament to the strength of this round that I couldn't even fit them in my vote. Radiohead have also narrowly missed replicating past performance with "Fake Plastic Trees" which made the top 20 in its first appearance and lands at #22, behind The Ronettes who do see a new peak though still stuck in round 4 with "Be My Baby" at #21.
Three words, three letters, three lines

Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Madonna - Live To Tell
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Paramore - Still Into You
Prince - When Doves Cry
Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
Split Enz - I Got You
Sugababes - Push The Button
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile


And I'd feel a whole lot better if you were able to select your Top 5 to 8 from this and sending them through to me by 6pm on Friday. As usual I will plug the ACI and also plug this poll where I recommend voting multiple options so I get more of an ego boost by making it seem like more people are actually voting than they are https://www.strawpoll.me/18647970
#20. Paramore - Still Into You

Round by round: 15-15-15-10-20

Points - 175.64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#19. Prince & The Revolution - Let's Go Crazy

Round by round: 14-11-14-20-19

Points - 209.80
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


There is a mix of absolute chaos and stability in this final round. Both are on display in this first set, where Paramore fall victim to the final round voting cut off and drop down 10 places to #20 with "Still Into You". In turn they rescue Prince from the bottom rung with "Let's Go Crazy", the 2nd of his 3 entries.
#18. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

Round by round: 05-06-05-08-18

Points - 225.78
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#17. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

Round by round: 10-9-10-15-17

Points - 243.92
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Surprisingly, "Losing My Religion" has never been in this game before, and was looking a decent contender, but it too is another victim of this final round and drops 10 places to #18. Bruce Springsteen is frequently a contender with "Born To Run" but perhaps it's been burned out as a more modest performance sees it finish at #17.
#16. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Round by round: 19-21-19-17-16

Points - 246.38
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#15. Madonna - Live To Tell

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

Points - 247.36
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


New Order overtake Frente! in terms of having the most appearances with "Bizarre Love Triangle" as it's now in its 4th rinse. New Order also generally perform better with it though they're a bit short of their former #3 finish this time. "Live To Tell" is fresh real estate for Madonna however, and it shines even in a Madonna rich environment to land at #15.
#14. Sugababes - Push The Button

Round by round: 13-13-13-12-14

Points - 247.61
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#13. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

Round by round: 16-16-16-13-13

Points - 250.55
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Curiously the only song in the final 20 from the 2000s (read: decade), Sugababes land "Push The Button" in this final round for the 3rd time out of 4. Mazzy Star on the other hand have a perfect record in that sense although this is only the 2nd ever appearance for "Fade Into You" and it's 10 places shy of its original #3 finish.
#12. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks

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

Points - 255.52
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#11. The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure

Round by round: 17-18-17-16-11

Points - 255.59
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Much like Sam Smith's current single on the charts, Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" is perpetually being teased by the top 10 that it can't quite reach. #10 is in fact the highest that Foster The People have ever reached, with both this song and also "Helena Beat". The War On Drugs have made the top 10 3 times, all with "Red Eyes" and they very nearly give themselves a second song in that rung, though "Under The Pressure" settles with a still not at all shabby 11th place in its first appearance.
#10. Prince - When Doves Cry

Round by round: 07-04-04-05-10

Points - 260.77
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#9. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

Round by round: 09-10-09-09-09

Points - 260.86
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


If we're talking songs with multiple top 10 appearances, "When Doves Cry" is now up to its 4th, but yet to give Prince his 2nd win as it finishes this time in 10th. Cyndi Lauper still hunts her first but she's closer than ever before, as "Time After Time"'s 2nd appearance beats her all time high she scored with the same song by 1 place, progress!
#8. Madonna - Papa Don't Preach

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

Points - 263.73
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#7. Divinyls - Pleasure and Pain

Round by round: 18-19-20-19-07

Points - 270.86
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


While we're on the topic of Madonna songs that haven't been in this game before, "Papa Don't Preach" is surprisingly another, and its debut performance shows strongly in 8th, as the 5th of her 6 songs in this list. "Pleasure and Pain" has appeared before for Divinyls but now it smashes its previous performance to land at #7, the band's best performance outside of their win with "Boys In Town".
#6. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile

Round by round: 20-20-18-18-06

Points - 273.67
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


#5. Donna Summer - I Feel Love

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

Points - 302.70
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


A band who is seeing new highs however is Wolf Alice, whose consistent voting bloc really pays off in the final round as they soar to #6 with "Moaning Lisa Smile", beating their previous high of #13, with a song that itself has never been higher than #33 before this. Donna Summer also improves just marginally, "I Feel Love" going from a #6 finish in 2017 to an all new high of #5.
#4. David Bowie - Life on Mars?

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

Points - 314.97
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


#3. David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes

Round by round: 06-05-08-06-03

Points - 331.70
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #3


The elephant in the room is the two David Bowie songs, both have formerly finished in 2nd place and would make for a prime contender as his 3rd #1 finisher. Unfortunately both fall just a little short of their competition and land together in the top 4. "Life On Mars?" had been the higher of the two all the way until this final round, where "Ashes To Ashes" overtakes it for 3rd place glory.
#2. Split Enz - I Got You

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

Points - 362.86
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #2


#1. Madonna - Like A Prayer

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

Points - 435.34
Current Voters - 9
Top Vote - #1


We were close to having a round relating to New Zealand artists but we almost didn't need to have it because there were a handful of them hanging around in this game anyway, and nearly taking the title for that matter. It's bad luck for another perennial entrant with Split Enz's "I Got You" having now appeared 6 times and always making the final round. It's already appeared the runner up before too, and this time it was leading the whole way, until the final round changed everything. Really the big mystery of this whole thing is how has "Like A Prayer" not won this game before? It's appeared 3 times before and only gotten as high as #5. As the top contender to take the least battering in the final round, it easily glides to the top spot and gives Madonna her 2nd 1st place finish.
I'm spent as usual. I've taken a liking to the week gap between games which I hope doesn't seem selfish or lazy, just that it's nice to not feel like I'm counting votes or posting results nearly every day of the year :p The next game concerns #21-#30 hits and as for the qualifying game, that is that weird meta thing about nominating songs that share a word. I may open that qualifying game before the main game because I'm considering a couple extra rules to reinforce the theme. Watch that space and carefully read the rules when they're done. Also ACI and weekend enjoyment.
You may have noticed that the two other forum games running here concurrently have a decent amount of crossover in song selection, and in fact with just one exception (which is actually in this list), consist entirely of top 20 hits. You may well have lamented the fact that a song did not chart quite high enough to receive the honour of being associated with porcine matters. That's what this round is here to solve, so we have 100 songs that peaked in the top 30, but not the top 20 in Australia

ABC - When Smokey Sings
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Avicii - Levels
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Brian McFadden - Twisted
Britney Spears - Break The Ice
Broods - Free
Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Bryan Adams - Run to You
Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey & Toya - Hey Ma
Coldplay - Fix You
Da Hool - Meet Her At The Love Parade
Dario G - Sunchyme
Daughtry - It's Not Over
Def Leppard - Love Bites
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
DJ Snake feat. Ozuna, Selena Gomez & Cardi B - Taki Taki
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Flume feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA - Smoke & Retribution
Garbage - Androgyny
Genesis - Land Of Confusion
George - Breathe In Now
Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay - In My Mind
Jessica Mauboy - Let Me Be Me
John Mayer - No Such Thing
Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish
Kelis - Caught Out There
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down
Kings Of Leon - Revelry
Kisschasy - Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's
Kylie Minogue - Breathe
Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Lifehouse - You And Me
Little Mix - Move
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Machinations - My Heart's On Fire
Madonna - Jump
Mariah Carey - Butterfly
Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna
Matt Moffitt - Miss This Tonight
Michelle Branch - All You Wanted
Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years
Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris - Gossip Folks
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
New Order - Regret
No Doubt feat. Lady Saw - Underneath It All
Oasis - Morning Glory
Oingo Boingo - Stay
Panic! At The Disco - The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
Peter Gabriel - Steam
Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations
Prince & The New Power Generation - 7
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Red Box - Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rihanna - Rehab
Robyn Loau - Sick With Love
Rogue Traders - What You're On
Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Sash! feat. La Trec - Stay
Scarlett Belle feat. Israel & Miracle - Freak Tonight
Scribe - Not Many - The Remix!
Sean Paul feat. Alexis Jordan - Got 2 Luv U
Simply Red - Stars
Staind - It's Been Awhile
Stereophonics - Dakota
Sugababes - Overload
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
Taylor Swift - 22
Taylor Swift - Back To December
The 411 - Dumb
The Ataris - The Boys Of Summer
The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl
The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
The Church - Under The Milky Way
The Cranberries - Dreams
The Cure - Lullaby
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Murmurs - You Suck
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
The Stranglers - Always The Sun
The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Tove Lo - Cool Girl
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds

(If you're following from the Qualifying thread, I have to note that I needed to remove Mental As Anything - Spirit Got Lost, as I discovered it to be a #20 peaker. It has been replaced by Simply Red - Stars)

The method is the same as it ever was, you must select your beautiful Top 25 to 40 and send it through to my beautiful inbox by 6pm Wednesday. Also peep a confusing qualifying game tomorrow where things are getting meta via songs sharing words with other songs.
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#100. The Murmurs - You Suck

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


#99. Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

Points - 26
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #15


#98. The 411 - Dumb

Points - 28
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #26


#97. Red Box - Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)

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


#96. Post Malone feat. Quavo - Congratulations

Points - 35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Once again it's a robust bottom end with everything over 20 points. We've got 4 different decades represented just in this post too, in many cases you can hardly imagine them belonging elsewhere. I initially thought The Murmurs were an Australian band but they're from the US, and "You Suck" was a #1 hit in Norway. It follows a return for Jona Lewie coming quite a bit short of prior performance with "You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties". The 411 make their debut to the game with "Dumb" at #98, as do Red Box, who I'm not sure I'd ever heard of before. I welcome learning about this 'new' stuff though. Finally we have Post Malone's "Congratulations" which despite being a #30 peaker, I believe it's the 2nd highest non top 20 peaker on the aus-charts BOAT points system, the highest is later to be seen in this list.
#95. The Ataris - The Boys Of Summer

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #18


#94. Scarlett Belle feat. Israel & Miracle - Freak Tonight

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


#93. The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl

Points - 38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #19


#92. Tove Lo - Cool Girl

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#91. Katy Perry feat. Nicki Minaj - Swish Swish

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


"The Boys Of Summer" was a top 10 hit for Don Henley and then again by DJ Sammy. Not long after the song returned again via The Ataris though with a more modest #24 peak, and here it's #95. For Scarlett Belle, top 30 success was an uptick, with their previous single only scraping the top 40, though "Freak Tonight" at #94 here turned out to be their biggest hit. Surprisingly also The Chemical Brothers may have scored a #1 album but never a top 20 single, one of their many close attempts is "Hey Boy Hey Girl" here at #93. Given how hard it was pushed on Spotify I am not sure if top 30 success was above or below expectations for Tove Lo though she hasn't been seen in the chart since "Cool Girl". Given that it didn't last long, it's surprising doing this to remember just how close "Swish Swish" got to the top 20, peaking at #22 on ARIA, it would quickly be overshadowed by a guest spot with Calvin Harris sending her back into the top 5 for thus far, the last time.
#90. Madonna - Jump

Points - 44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#89. Matt Moffitt - Miss This Tonight

Points - 45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#88. Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey & Toya - Hey Ma

Points - 45
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#87. Oingo Boingo - Stay

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#86. Da Hool - Meet Her At The Love Parade

Points - 47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #22


"Jump" came so late in the album cycle that Madonna's "Confessions On A Dancefloor" had already left the top 50 quite a while ago so it's surprising that it was still being promoted, and in another sense, kind of impressive that "Jump" made the top 30. An only slightly confusing music fact is that Matt Finish is a band formed by Matt Moffitt, who had intermittent success in the '80s under both monikers, here with his solo track "Miss This Tonight" at #89. Cam'ron had back to back top 5 hits in the US with two Juelz Santana collaborations, but only "Hey Ma" made it over to here, and in this game lands at #88. My discovery of the day is that '80s new wave act Oingo Boingo were formed by Danny Elfman and his brother of all people, scoring their biggest hit in Australia with "Stay" which lands at #87, behind one of the biggest instrumental hits of all time, Da Hool's "Meet Her At The Love Parade".
#85. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me

Points - 49
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#84. Sean Paul feat. Alexis Jordan - Got 2 Luv U

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


#83. Peter Gabriel - Steam

Points - 55
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #15


#82. Genesis - Land Of Confusion

Points - 57
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#81. Kisschasy - Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's

Points - 57
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #17


Surprisingly, Def Leppard's most popular song nowadays is not one of their top 20 hits, so "Pour Some Sugar On Me" can land at #85, behind one of many intermittent hits in the last decade and a half from Sean Paul, "Got 2 Luv U" at #84. Peter Gabriel's "Steam" slightly improves on a #85 finish 2 years ago, presumably due to standing ground and not becoming an Epic exclusive, and funnily enough he's right behind Genesis, though from the post-Gabriel years with "Land Of Confusion" at #82. Last is a breakout hit that got attention for Kisschasy, "Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's", though things would soon get even bigger for them.
The future looks bright for these 80 songs

ABC - When Smokey Sings
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau
Avicii - Levels
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Brian McFadden - Twisted
Britney Spears - Break The Ice
Broods - Free
Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Bryan Adams - Run to You
Coldplay - Fix You
Dario G - Sunchyme
Daughtry - It's Not Over
Def Leppard - Love Bites
DJ Snake feat. Ozuna, Selena Gomez & Cardi B - Taki Taki
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Flume feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA - Smoke & Retribution
Garbage - Androgyny
George - Breathe In Now
Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay - In My Mind
Jessica Mauboy - Let Me Be Me
John Mayer - No Such Thing
Kelis - Caught Out There
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down
Kings Of Leon - Revelry
Kylie Minogue - Breathe
Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Lifehouse - You And Me
Little Mix - Move
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Machinations - My Heart's On Fire
Mariah Carey - Butterfly
Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna
Michelle Branch - All You Wanted
Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years
Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris - Gossip Folks
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
New Order - Regret
No Doubt feat. Lady Saw - Underneath It All
Oasis - Morning Glory
Panic! At The Disco - The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
Prince & The New Power Generation - 7
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rihanna - Rehab
Robyn Loau - Sick With Love
Rogue Traders - What You're On
Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Sash! feat. La Trec - Stay
Scribe - Not Many - The Remix!
Simply Red - Stars
Staind - It's Been Awhile
Stereophonics - Dakota
Sugababes - Overload
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
Taylor Swift - 22
Taylor Swift - Back To December
The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
The Church - Under The Milky Way
The Cranberries - Dreams
The Cure - Lullaby
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
The Stranglers - Always The Sun
The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds


But our job here is to select one winner and thus subject the rest to the bitter reality akin to a Lily Allen song. Select your Top 20 to 32 from here and submit them to me by 6pm on Friday, especially now that I remembered to put the day in there.
#80. Rogue Traders - What You're On

Round by round: 79-80

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#79. Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait

Round by round: 72-79

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#78. Bryan Adams - Run to You

Round by round: 78-78

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#77. ABC - When Smokey Sings

Round by round: 80-77

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


#76. Def Leppard - Love Bites

Round by round: 75-76

Points - 66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


The first 7 hits for Rogue Traders all made the top 15, and so they ended their chart successes on a more modest note with #30 hit "What You're On", which finds appreciation here at #80. I was about to say that the same could be said of Mumford & Sons but I totally forgot they had another top 30 hit after "I Will Wait" logged 31 weeks in the chart between #23 & #50. On the opposite end of that spectrum, Bryan Adams was eventually no stranger to the top end of the chart, which in hindsight makes his '80s success with tracks like "Run To You" feel relatively modest. We're staying in the '80s except that for ABC it is their last top 30 hit with "When Smokey Sings" at #77, followed by another unlucky inclusion where the #21 peak undersells its general performance, Def Leppard's 2nd entry here, "Love Bites".
#75. Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds

Round by round: 74-75

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#74. The Stranglers - Always The Sun

Round by round: 76-74

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#73. Angus & Julia Stone - Chateau

Round by round: 71-73

Points - 73
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#72. Machinations - My Heart's On Fire

Round by round: 69-72

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#71. DJ Snake feat. Ozuna, Selena Gomez & Cardi B - Taki Taki

Round by round: 73-71

Points - 75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


Converting the gradual popularity of their previous album, Yellowcard debuted straight in the top 30 with their next lead single "Lights and Sounds", which lands here at #75. The Stranglers contribute yet another #21 peaker here with "Always The Sun" at #74. For their second time in their career, a belated surge gave Angus & Julia Stone a top 30 hit in "Chateau", this time post Hottest 100 top 3 finish. Machinations return for the 2nd time this year with "My Heart's On Fire", this time a bit lower at #72, while it's a first appearance for "Taki Taki" which was probably released too late to make the year end list (if it had a chance at all).
#70. Daughtry - It's Not Over

Round by round: 66-70

Points - 79
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #12


#69. Staind - It's Been Awhile

Round by round: 65-69

Points - 80
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#68. Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay - In My Mind

Round by round: 70-68

Points - 81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#67. The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way

Round by round: 68-67

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


#66. The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight

Round by round: 62-66

Points - 84
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


A song I have no memory of from its time despite being a relatively big hit in a time I was aware of the big hits, Daughtry scored a first hit with an instant #22 debut for "It's Not Over", which lands at #70 here. The second most notable song for when it's been a length of time, Staind land at #69, behind the first of 3 hit interpretations of an unassuming Georgi Kay song at #68. The Psychedelic Furs' 2nd entry ever falls a little short of their first at #67, while The Smashing Pumpkins have one of the more shortlived #21 peaking hits with "Tonight, Tonight" at #66.
#65. Laurie Anderson - O Superman

Round by round: 58-65

Points - 85
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#64. Rihanna - Rehab

Round by round: 64-64

Points - 88
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#63. Brian McFadden - Twisted

Round by round: 63-63

Points - 88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#62. Panic! At The Disco - The Ballad Of Mona Lisa

Round by round: 56-62

Points - 90
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#61. Jessica Mauboy - Let Me Be Me

Round by round: 53-61

Points - 93
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Laurie Anderson ha's her way to #65 with one of the weirdest top 30 hits ever in "O Superman". A more low key single in a big hitmaking era for Rihanna, "Rehab" lands at #64, behind noted self-hating millennial Brian McFadden with his surprisingly steady "Twisted" at #63. Until recently, the last top 50 hit for Panic! At The Disco, "The Ballad Of Mona Lisa" is at #62, and finishing us off is the only one of Jessica Mauboy's first 11 singles to miss the top 20, "Let Me Be Me".
27!

Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Avicii - Levels
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Britney Spears - Break The Ice
Broods - Free
Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Coldplay - Fix You
Dario G - Sunchyme
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Flume feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA - Smoke & Retribution
Garbage - Androgyny
George - Breathe In Now
Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
Hole - Celebrity Skin
John Mayer - No Such Thing
Kelis - Caught Out There
Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down
Kings Of Leon - Revelry
Kylie Minogue - Breathe
Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark
Lifehouse - You And Me
Little Mix - Move
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Mariah Carey - Butterfly
Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna
Michelle Branch - All You Wanted
Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years
Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris - Gossip Folks
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
New Order - Regret
No Doubt feat. Lady Saw - Underneath It All
Oasis - Morning Glory
Prince & The New Power Generation - 7
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Robyn Loau - Sick With Love
Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Sash! feat. La Trec - Stay
Scribe - Not Many - The Remix!
Simply Red - Stars
Stereophonics - Dakota
Sugababes - Overload
Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety
Taylor Swift - 22
Taylor Swift - Back To December
The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
The Church - Under The Milky Way
The Cranberries - Dreams
The Cure - Lullaby
The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again


Though there are only 60 songs here, the possibilities of your vote are near infinite, especially since you can vote an amount that is equal to or greater than 15 but only as many as 24. Do so by 6pm Monday, and also ACI votes are appreciated
#60. The Church - Under The Milky Way

Round by round: 50-50-60

Points - 100.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#59. Sade - No Ordinary Love

Round by round: 61-42-59

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#58. Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark

Round by round: 37-48-58

Points - 111.7
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #10


#57. Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo - Knock You Down

Round by round: 47-54-57

Points - 113.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#56. The Cranberries - Dreams

Round by round: 46-29-56

Points - 120.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


There's a series of slips to the bottom of the list this week, but they call come together so there's less than 1 point in it for the bottom 2. The Church get off relatively well with "Under The Milky Way" dropping 10 places, but Sade are down 17 with "No Ordinary Love". It's worse for Lady Gaga whose very late cycle single "Dance In The Dark" started 21 places higher than where it finished at #58. With that in mind, Keri Hilson's "Knock You Down" had a more modest decline to #57. Worst of all is The Cranberries who dropped 27 places to #56 with "Dreams".
#55. The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)

Round by round: 41-58-55

Points - 120.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#54. Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris - Gossip Folks

Round by round: 77-57-54

Points - 123.7
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #14


#53. No Doubt feat. Lady Saw - Underneath It All

Round by round: 32-45-53

Points - 125
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#52. Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now

Round by round: 57-60-52

Points - 125.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #12


#51. Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years

Round by round: 52-59-51

Points - 125.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


As noted earlier, we have the highest non-top 20 hit in the linear points system on this site, and it's The Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)", a rare example of the more obtuse title being parenthetical. Missy Elliott helped give Ludacris his first top 50 hit here with "Gossip Folks" which lands at #54, exactly one year later he was at #1. No Doubt's relatively consistent hitstreak in the early 2000s is somewhat broken up by "Underneath It All" which peaked at #28, though incidentally is the band's highest charter in the US. As has been noted elsewhere, aside from Beats International, Norman Cook has been remarkably consistent at not quite hitting the top 20. He has two #28 hits in this game, the first is "Right Here, Right Now" at #52, followed by Midnight Oil's "Forgotten Years" which was forgone by buyers in lieu of the album.
#50. Flume feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA - Smoke & Retribution

Round by round: 43-51-50

Points - 125.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


#49. Fetty Wap - Trap Queen

Round by round: 49-52-49

Points - 127.1
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#48. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

Round by round: 45-56-48

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


#47. Garbage - Androgyny

Round by round: 59-35-47

Points - 128.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#46. Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety

Round by round: 60-53-46

Points - 131.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Just this weekend, Flume scored his first top 20 hit in 3 years, just before that previous one was a quite spirt on the chart with "Smoke & Retribution" which lands at #50. Landing either 32 or 11 places too low, Fetty Wap's breakout hit which was surprisingly outpeaked by the follow up lands at #49. Whitesnake peaked at #1 in the US with "Here I Go Again", but doubled their peak for the follow up, they did the opposite in Australia with "Here I Go Again" at #24 and "Is This Love" at #12. Doubling that #24 again and you get a #48 finish in this game. Just missing out on their first ever top 20 hit at the time is Garbage's #21 hit "Androgyny", though they'd eventually make up for it with 2 #19 singles. Tanita Tikaram may not have peaked at #21 on the charts, but she did reach #21 in this very game with "Twist In My Sobriety" last year, this time settling for #46.
#45. Michelle Branch - All You Wanted

Round by round: 39-44-45

Points - 136
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#44. Mariah Carey - Butterfly

Round by round: 36-38-44

Points - 137.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#43. The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun

Round by round: 34-47-43

Points - 137.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#42. Oasis - Morning Glory

Round by round: 55-55-42

Points - 137.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#41. The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea

Round by round: 33-41-41

Points - 138.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


Michelle Branch's longest running chart hit though it was outpeaked twice, "All You Wanted" lands at #45. Released in the auspicious year of 1997, Mariah Carey makes her obligatory appearance at #44 with "Butterfly". Former winners The Chemical Brothers land at #43 with "Setting Sun", sitting next to future collaborator Noel Gallagher and his band at #42. Finally, the sporadic chart run of The Getaway Plan's "Where The City Meets The Sea" allows it an entry in this game, where it just misses out on the 4th round at #41.
Most humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes in their cells. Tool's song relating to chromosomes landed at #30 in the 1997 Hottest 100

Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Avicii - Levels
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Britney Spears - Break The Ice
Broods - Free
Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Coldplay - Fix You
Dario G - Sunchyme
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
George - Breathe In Now
Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
Hole - Celebrity Skin
John Mayer - No Such Thing
Kelis - Caught Out There
Kings Of Leon - Revelry
Kylie Minogue - Breathe
Lifehouse - You And Me
Little Mix - Move
Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
New Order - Regret
Prince & The New Power Generation - 7
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Robyn Loau - Sick With Love
Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sash! feat. La Trec - Stay
Scribe - Not Many - The Remix!
Simply Red - Stars
Stereophonics - Dakota
Sugababes - Overload
Taylor Swift - 22
Taylor Swift - Back To December
The Cure - Lullaby
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Neither forty-six nor 2 is a valid amount of songs to vote for, instead you should opt for 10 to 16. And you'd best do so before 7pm on Wednesday, because I didn't realise on Friday that it would be daylight savings in most of your states, and I refuse to change my day to day schedule for this 6 month period.

Oh and poll here https://www.strawpoll.me/18752193
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#40. Fatboy Slim - Praise You

Round by round: 54-34-34-40

Points - 130.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#39. Prince & The New Power Generation - 7

Round by round: 44-40-40-39

Points - 137.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#38. Simply Red - Stars

Round by round: 40-21-33-38

Points - 138.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#37. Avicii - Levels

Round by round: 29-27-32-37

Points - 140.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#36. Britney Spears - Break The Ice

Round by round: 42-36-31-36

Points - 142.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


Starting things off with a Chairlift-esque chart run is the higher Fatboy Slim song, his only UK #1 single "Praise You". Possibly aided by the fact that Euphoria had no eligible songs, Prince is able to manage #39 with "7". A late addition to the list is not wasted for Simply Red as they land at #38 with "Stars", behind the 200th best song of the decade so far, Avicii's "Levels" at #37. Britney Spears fails as an ice breaker by constantly sitting in positions towards the end of posts, but in terms of performing well, she's done just that with "Break The Ice" at #36.
#35. Scribe - Not Many - The Remix!

Round by round: 24-26-30-35

Points - 147.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#34. Radiohead - Paranoid Android

Round by round: 28-37-38-34

Points - 151.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#33. Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo

Round by round: 16-25-29-33

Points - 157.41
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#32. Coldplay - Fix You

Round by round: 35-46-37-32

Points - 159.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#31. Stereophonics - Dakota

Round by round: 23-33-36-31

Points - 161.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


If I recall correctly, the longest running top 50 single of 2004 is not actually a top 20 hit, that being Scribe's posse cut "Not Many - The Remix!" at #35. Radiohead land at #34 with "Paranoid Android" which is certainly not a prelude to me writing many more things about the band in the near future, possibly that very album. They're joined by a similarly aged song, though one that only became eligible for this contest a few years ago, Ghost Town DJ's 20 years late top 30 hit "My Boo". A possible contender for songs that have charted on the most different calendar years (though some Christmas songs are probably due to take that title), Coldplay's perennial chart re-entry "Fix You" lands at #32, behind scooter-rider favourites Stereophonics, with their only UK #1 hit "Dakota".
#30. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Round by round: 31-43-35-30

Points - 162.85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#29. George - Breathe In Now

Round by round: 38-49-39-29

Points - 164.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#28. Taylor Swift - 22

Round by round: 51-28-28-28

Points - 164.84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#27. Robyn Loau - Sick With Love

Round by round: 30-39-25-27

Points - 165.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#26. Kings Of Leon - Revelry

Round by round: 26-31-27-26

Points - 168.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Something of an inconsistent performer in that the song has both made the final round and also barely made the 2nd, this time around "Private Dancer" has an above average finish at #30. "Breathe In Now" improves considerably from its appearance just 2 games ago as it finishes at #29, behind the bane of chart-watchers nationwide, Taylor Swift's #21 peaking "22". #21 is a consistent theme here, as the highest charting Robyn gets to #27 with her #21 peaking "Sick With Love", while Kings Of Leon have their #21 hit "Revelry" at #26.
#25. Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Round by round: 20-13-16-25

Points - 171.27
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#24. Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water

Round by round: 15-19-24-24

Points - 171.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)

Round by round: 67-32-23-23

Points - 172.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#22. Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat

Round by round: 19-18-26-22

Points - 178.22
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #9


#21. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

Round by round: 21-17-21-21

Points - 183.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


It's time for the painful section of songs that have just missed the top 20 with their not quite top 20 hits. Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" is actually a first time entrant to this game at #25. There's a double dose of NZ songstresses with Brooke Fraser at #24 and Lorde at #22, between it we have Groove Armada just slightly improving on the #26 finish for "Song 4 Mutya" from last year at #23. The truly unlucky song here is aptly a #21 ARIA peaker as well, from a group who never had a top 20 single in Australia, with Beastie Boys landing at #21 with "Intergalactic".
You are still not legally allowed to call any of these songs top 20 hits, but the top 20 in this game comprises of these hits

Broods - Free
Dario G - Sunchyme
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Hole - Celebrity Skin
John Mayer - No Such Thing
Kelis - Caught Out There
Kylie Minogue - Breathe
Lifehouse - You And Me
Little Mix - Move
Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna
Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
New Order - Regret
Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sash! feat. La Trec - Stay
Sugababes - Overload
Taylor Swift - Back To December
The Cure - Lullaby
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen


Your duty here is to select your Top 5 to 8 of this set and send them to me by 6pm on Friday. I've also opened the ACI on time if that's something you're interested in. Also, here's this week's poll which I definitely didn't forget to put in my original post on Monday https://www.strawpoll.me/18752193
#20. The Verve Pipe - The Freshmen

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

Points - 160.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#19. Lifehouse - You And Me

Round by round: 25-23-19-20-19

Points - 165.23
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


The bottom two has not changed in this final round but the order has. The Verve Pipe have been very consistent just hanging on in the top 20, while Lifehouse needed a late push to get there, and it nets the band their first ever final round appearance, doing so with "You And Me".
#18. Little Mix - Move

Round by round: 05-06-08-11-18

Points - 183.12
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#17. Kylie Minogue - Breathe

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

Points - 193.89
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Little Mix are no strangers to the final round as they appear for a 7th time in the top 20. "Move" is proving a consistent performer for them as in 4 appearances, the lowest it's ever finished is #26, though at #18 it's a far cry from its #5 opening. Kylie Minogue has only appeared once in this game from her "Impossible Princess" album which was when "Did It Again" finished at #38. She's improved on that Fetty Wap style by landing at #17 with "Breathe", which suffered a less gradual, more abrupt drop than Little Mix.
#16. Sash! feat. La Trec - Stay

Round by round: 22-30-22-18-16

Points - 195.34
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. John Mayer - No Such Thing

Round by round: 48-24-20-15-15

Points - 195.92
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


Sash!'s first appearance in this game was a #55 appearance for "La Primavera" earlier this year, but that's been massively shown up with "Stay" landing at #16. Actually John Mayer hasn't been seen in this game until this year either and he's also shown a massive improvement to land at a new high of #15 with "No Such Thing". Oddly enough, John Mayer only has 2 top 20 hits and both of them are just credited guitar contributions.
#14. New Order - Regret

Round by round: 12-15-13-08-14

Points - 206.64
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#13. The Prodigy - Firestarter

Round by round: 18-22-18-16-13

Points - 223.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #5


New Order's chameleon approach to dance music gave them quite a bit more staying power than I think might be expected, perhaps evidenced by the difference between "Blue Monday" and "Regret", the latter landing here at #14. Proving consistency, The Prodigy have now landed in the 10s 3/3 times with "Firestarter", now just one place shy of its best entry at #13.
#12. Taylor Swift - Back To December

Round by round: 10-16-15-10-12

Points - 226.16
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


#11. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

Round by round: 08-12-09-13-11

Points - 227.04
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


I will always vouch for non-radio singles on the chart simply because there is always an audience for them. Case in point, Taylor Swift lands here at #12 with what was at the time just one of 3 instant-grat singles from "Speak Now" that hit the top 50 for a single week. I have also just now realised that I lapsed on my analysis because I see Fleetwood Mac are erroneously in this game with "Go Your Own Way" which actually peaked at #20, but oh well. It falls just shy of the band's best performance in this game, when "The Chain" reached #9.
#10. Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me

Round by round: 13-11-14-14-10

Points - 233.80
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#9. Broods - Free

Round by round: 07-08-07-09-09

Points - 235.48
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


Two previous appearances for Rui Da Silva has seen "Touch Me" go no further than the 2nd round. Fortunes have changed drastically this time around as the UK #1 hit lands at #10. Just ahead is a band more familiar with this level of success, as Broods land in the top 10 for a 2nd time with "Free" at #9, though it previously made #3 in its Hottest 100 associated game.
#8. Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)

Round by round: 14-9-12-17-08

Points - 236.66
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#7. Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna

Round by round: 27-14-11-12-07

Points - 238.25
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


From the ever so auspicious year of 1997 comes Regurgitator's "! (The Song Formerly Known As)", a song which just narrowly scores a new high at #8, though the band of course also won once with "Black Bugs" from the same album. MARINA however, has seen no higher ever, landing her first top 10 with "Primadonna".
#6. Dario G - Sunchyme

Round by round: 04-10-10-07-06

Points - 252.38
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Kelis - Caught Out There

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

Points - 271.32
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #3


Dario G's only prior appearances have been with "Sunchyme", and it's had some strong form at that as far back as 2016 where it reached #8. It's now improved on that just a little with a #6 finish. Kelis's history has been a little more varied, but we've never seen "Caught Out There" before here, and its potential is revealed with a #5 finish.
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#4. Hole - Celebrity Skin

Round by round: 11-07-06-05-04

Points - 283
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #4


#3. Sugababes - Overload

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

Points - 309.14
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


A peculiar chart run of its time saw Hole spend 5 weeks in a row at #29 with "Celebrity Skin", improving the peak 3 months later when they headlined the Big Day Out, though not quite enough to make the top 20 which is why it's here. The band have made the top 20 4 times before this but surprisingly never the top 10, solved succinctly with a #4 finish. Sugababes' best two performances came together in the 4th ever QLVG, when "Push The Button" finished at #6 with "Overload" just behind it at #7. 3 years later they've finally bested that, and it's "Overload" which was actually leading for the first week of the game, ending at #3.
#2. The Cure - Lullaby

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

Points - 339.52
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance

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

Points - 368.97
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


It was basically a 3 horse race the entire way, though it's a little less clear now with more steady point gaps established. The end result is The Cure still chasing their first win. "Lullaby" has landed in 2nd place twice now, entering here as a #28 hit and basically the only hit song from their much loved "Disintegration" album. To rub salt in the wound, they're beaten by an artist who's already won this game before. The top two songs also briefly shared space in the ARIA top 100 in mid-1989. That is of course "Buffalo Stance" which does the most due diligence of being a #21 peaker, although if you want to be cynical that means stretching the bounds of eligibility as much as possible in terms of being a popular song. Either way, it's Neneh pulling off a surprise double, as she won a couple years back with "7 Seconds", thus joining Crowded House, David Bowie, Drake, Madonna, The Killers (and technically Dave Grohl & Q-Tip) in this extra exclusive club of two time winners.
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That's a wrap for another round. Normally I'd just cite exhaustion as a reason to take a week off between games but now I have a very good reason in that I need to find all the time I can to write about 100 songs from 1997 to hopefully broadcast next weekend, which should be fun but time consuming. When we get there, the next game will be that weird meta game involving shared words, while a tie means that the next two games following that are opening tracks on albums, and titles with an '-ing' word. Enjoy your weekend, ACI responsibly.
Wow, that was the top two I hoped for.
Thanks for your efforts Hijinx.
We recently had a seriously meta moment with a game being formed out of the very acronym that dons this game, but now it's a new level of meta where the terms of qualifications are the songs that are qualified themselves! Every song in this latest batch shares a 3-letter word in common with at least one other word here, which results in this list of songs

Adele - Chasing Pavements
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Alvvays - Dreams Tonite
Anastasia - I'm Outta Love
Asia - Heat Of The Moment
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Bananarama - I Want You Back
Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone
BBMak - Back Here
Blood Orange - Charcoal Baby
Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Camp Cope - How To Socialise and Make Friends
Cheryl - Fight For This Love
Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies R' Good Enough
David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Dire Straits - Walk Of Life
DMA's - Too Soon
East 17 - Stay Another Day
Empire Of The Sun - Walking on A Dream
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Gloria Estefan - Coming Out Of The Dark
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Groove Armada feat. Gram'ma Funk - I See You Baby
Hootie & The Blowfish - Let Her Cry
Inaya Day - Nasty Girl
John Mayer - Your Body Is A Wonderland
Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
Katy Perry - Walking On Air
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kurtis Mantronik presents Chamonix - How Did You Know (77 Strings)
Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
Level 42 - Running In The Family
Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
Luke Million & Asta - Heard It On The Radio
Madonna - Bad Girl
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis
Mariah Carey - Hero
Metric - The Shade
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Muse - Time Is Running Out
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Live Forever
One Direction - Story Of My Life
P!nk - Family Portrait
Portishead - Machine Gun
Quality Control, Lil Baby & DaBaby - Baby
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Rebecca Black - Friday
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Robyn - Ever Again
Sarah McLachlan – Fallen
Savage Garden - I Want You
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
sleepmakeswaves - Something Like Avalanches
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
The Collective - Another Life
The Cranberries - Ode To My Family
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
The Fray - How To Save A Life
The Jezabels - Endless Summer
The Middle East - Blood
The Naked And Famous - Girls Like You
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The Presets - If I Know You
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
The xx - Say Something Loving
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tiny Little Houses - Soon We Won't Exist
Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
Tori Amos - Winter
Transvision Vamp - Tell That Girl To Shut Up
Tyler, The Creator feat. Kali Uchis - See You Again
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
U2 - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
Violent Soho - No Shade
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance (With Somebody Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight


That was the hard work, or was it? Depends on how long it takes you to put together your Top 25 to 40 from this set, and make sure you do so by 7pm Wednesday (though I think I may be a little late delivering results on that day). Tomorrow we'll deal with album openers in the qualifying thread.
#100. Quality Control, Lil Baby & DaBaby - Baby

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


#99. Metric - The Shade

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


#98. Gloria Estefan - Coming Out Of The Dark

Points - 12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #30


#97. Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

Points - 13
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #32


#96. One Direction - Story Of My Life

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


When your internal rhyme stretches so far that it starts to extend to the artists themselves, you get "Baby", which is unable to get any votes and ends at #100. Just avoiding joining it is Metric's 2015 lead single "The Shade" at #99. Gloria Estefan has her first ever entry in this game, though at a not very enviable finish of #98 for "Coming Out Of The Dark". Empire Of The Sun perhaps have a worse standing just a little higher, but with "Walking On A Dream" end up quite a way away from past form at #97. One Direction's song which I apparently have trouble recognising in music quizzes, "Story Of My Life" lands at #96.
#95. Alvvays - Dreams Tonite

Points - 16
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #29


#94. Rebecca Black - Friday

Points - 20
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #21


#93. The Collective - Another Life

Points - 21
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #20


#92. Tiny Little Houses - Soon We Won't Exist

Points - 22
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#91. Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine

Points - 22
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #28


From a dream to dreams, Alvvays land at #95 with the honour of being the highest placed song that falls behind "Friday" by Rebecca Black, which can be greatly used as a sign of trends changing because she was trending on Twitter for a solid month in a row back then, whereas now I feel like this sort of thing would be over and done in a week at most. Australian boyband The Collective land at #93 with "Another Life", unknowing that one member would eventually score a massive worldwide hit, the same is not yet true for another Australian group in Tiny Little Houses, whose existential "Soon We Won't Exist" ends up at #92, behind Katrina and the Waves' "Walking On Sunshine" at #91.
#90. Asia - Heat Of The Moment

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


#89. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

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


#88. Katy Perry - Walking On Air

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


#87. Violent Soho - No Shade

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


#86. U2 - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

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


The one famous band named after a continent that they're not from, Asia take "Heat Of The Moment" to #90, behind a relatively late career smash for Kelly Clarkson in "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" which gave her, her final #1 hit in the US. Katy Perry never quite had the chance since "Walking On Air" wasn't properly released as a single, but it is weird to think that it was released right around when she was having her last ever run at the top. Violent Soho's lack of shade fairs slightly better than the alternative at #87, while the first of U2's lengthily titled entries here gives us bookended moments at #86 and #90.
#85. Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#84. Dire Straits - Walk Of Life

Points - 35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


#83. The Fray - How To Save A Life

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


#82. John Mayer - Your Body Is A Wonderland

Points - 36
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#81. The Cranberries - Ode To My Family

Points - 36
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #27


Taking advantage of his specific typesetting to be here is Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" at #85. Despite the massive success, "Walk Of Life" is a rare instance of a single-friendly length song on Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" which lands at #84. The Fray continue to ponder where they went wrong as they only very narrowly miss out on the 2nd round with "How To Save A Life", sharing the same score as #82 & #81 (though not #80). John Mayer's longest running top 50 hit gets to #82, while The Cranberries' arguably popular "Ode To My Family" finishes things off at #81.
There's 80 more where those came from

Adele - Chasing Pavements
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Anastasia - I'm Outta Love
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Bananarama - I Want You Back
Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone
BBMak - Back Here
Blood Orange - Charcoal Baby
Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Camp Cope - How To Socialise and Make Friends
Cheryl - Fight For This Love
Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies R' Good Enough
David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing
David Bowie - Let's Dance
DMA's - Too Soon
East 17 - Stay Another Day
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Groove Armada feat. Gram'ma Funk - I See You Baby
Hootie & The Blowfish - Let Her Cry
Inaya Day - Nasty Girl
Kurtis Mantronik presents Chamonix - How Did You Know (77 Strings)
Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
Level 42 - Running In The Family
Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
Luke Million & Asta - Heard It On The Radio
Madonna - Bad Girl
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis
Mariah Carey - Hero
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Muse - Time Is Running Out
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Live Forever
P!nk - Family Portrait
Portishead - Machine Gun
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Robyn - Ever Again
Sarah McLachlan – Fallen
Savage Garden - I Want You
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
sleepmakeswaves - Something Like Avalanches
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
The Jezabels - Endless Summer
The Middle East - Blood
The Naked And Famous - Girls Like You
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
The Presets - If I Know You
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
The xx - Say Something Loving
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tori Amos - Winter
Transvision Vamp - Tell That Girl To Shut Up
Tyler, The Creator feat. Kali Uchis - See You Again
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight


All you have to do is persist with sorting through them. Send me your Top 20 to 32 picks by 7pm on Friday and I'll do the other things after that.
#80. Blood Orange - Charcoal Baby

Round by round: 76-80

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#79. Tyler, The Creator feat. Kali Uchis - See You Again

Round by round: 79-79

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#78. BBMak - Back Here

Round by round: 80-78

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


#77. P!nk - Family Portrait

Round by round: 77-77

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#76. Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams

Round by round: 62-76

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


From Blood Orange's most recent album is its lead single "Charcoal Baby" landing at #80. In a similar lane is one of the 3 gold certified singles from Tyler, The Creator's acclaimed "Flower Boy" album, "See You Again" at #79. Then it's back to the early 2000s with pleasant also-rans BBMak at #78 with "Back Here" at #78, and relatively early P!nk by way of "Family Portrait" at #77. On the same day Tame Impala properly announce their new album, the first song released from their 2nd, "Apocalypse Dreams" is in at #76.
#75. LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

Round by round: 59-75

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#74. The Naked And Famous - Girls Like You

Round by round: 66-74

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#73. Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#72. sleepmakeswaves - Something Like Avalanches

Round by round: 71-72

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#71. The Middle East - Blood

Round by round: 69-71

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Despite never being released as a single, arguably the most popular LCD Soundsystem song nowadays is "Dance Yrself Clean" which lands at #75. The Naked and Famous never quite had the opportunity for "Girls Like You" to go big, assumably because they didn't get the Cardi B remix ready. If you added all of Adele's albums together, you'd get 65, which is the exact middle number between "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"'s #73 finish and 57 point total. It sits behind two rather different approaches to brooding slow burn in Australian music, firstly sleepmakeswaves at #72 and The Middle East at #71.
#70. Groove Armada feat. Gram'ma Funk - I See You Baby

Round by round: 74-70

Points - 60
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#69. The Presets - If I Know You

Round by round: 60-69

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#68. The Jezabels - Endless Summer

Round by round: 53-68

Points - 64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#67. Oasis - Live Forever

Round by round: 68-67

Points - 65
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #17


#66. Bananarama - I Want You Back

Round by round: 54-66

Points - 66
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


What has been a long streak of 2000s tracks in sequence is now ended in the most subtle way, with Groove Armada's 1999 single "I See You Baby" at #70. There's more creep towards that idea at #69 as The Presets interpolate Split Enz on "If I Know You" at #69. The Jezabels follow with a bit of a stumble down to #68 for "Endless Summer". We properly get out of this 2000s funk though as Oasis's first album nets "Live Forever" at #67, and then we go back to the first official Australian ARIA Chart with Bananarama's "I Want You Back" at #66.
#65. Inaya Day - Nasty Girl

Round by round: 73-65

Points - 68
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#64. David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing

Round by round: 51-64

Points - 70
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#63. Level 42 - Running In The Family

Round by round: 44-63

Points - 70
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#62. East 17 - Stay Another Day

Round by round: 58-62

Points - 71
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#61. The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Round by round: 48-61

Points - 74
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


But then we briefly go back to the mid 2000s for a big club hit in Inaya Day's "Nasty Girl" at #65. A non-album single from David Bowie in "John, I'm Only Dancing" is the first of his 2 entries at #64. Level 42 have recently been announced to appear on the next edition of NOW! in the UK because of their strange tracklisting gimmick of late. Not with "Running In The Family" which is here at #63. East 17 are unable to stay 3 more days as they just slip out at #62 with "Stay Another Day", followed by The National utilising different meanings of the same letter, with "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness" being a rare verb-variation on the word 'dreams' at #61.
There are not six, but 60 songs remaining

Adele - Chasing Pavements
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Anastasia - I'm Outta Love
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone
Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Camp Cope - How To Socialise and Make Friends
Cheryl - Fight For This Love
Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies R' Good Enough
David Bowie - Let's Dance
DMA's - Too Soon
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Hootie & The Blowfish - Let Her Cry
Kurtis Mantronik presents Chamonix - How Did You Know (77 Strings)
Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time
Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
Luke Million & Asta - Heard It On The Radio
Madonna - Bad Girl
Madonna - Like A Virgin
Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis
Mariah Carey - Hero
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Muse - Time Is Running Out
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Portishead - Machine Gun
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Robyn - Ever Again
Sarah McLachlan – Fallen
Savage Garden - I Want You
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
The xx - Say Something Loving
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Tori Amos - Winter
Transvision Vamp - Tell That Girl To Shut Up
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight


Sifting through this will require a new round of voting. Determine your Top 15 to 24 from here and send them through to me by 7pm on Monday. I would also be keen to receive ACI votes, and for you to have a good weekend.
#60. Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies R' Good Enough

Round by round: 50-59-60

Points - 94.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#59. Kurtis Mantronik presents Chamonix - How Did You Know (77 Strings)

Round by round: 78-53-59

Points - 97
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #11


#58. Cheryl - Fight For This Love

Round by round: 65-54-58

Points - 100.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#57. Hootie & The Blowfish - Let Her Cry

Round by round: 42-56-57

Points - 102.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#56. DMA's - Too Soon

Round by round: 45-58-56

Points - 104
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


Begging the question of whether making it to the 3rd round is good enough or it's languished kicking things off, Cyndi Lauper manages a #60 finish. Tapping the most specific brand of nostalgia when it's something I'm really not sure I've heard beyond its time, and now just seeing the title gets it stuck in my head, Kurtis Mantronik lands "How Did You Know' at #59. One of the fastest selling singles of the decade in the UK turned into not quite a top 50 hit in Australia, Cheryl's "Fight For This Love" lands at #58, behind Hootie & The Blowfish's biggest Australian hit "Let Her Cry" at #57, although I wouldn't be surprised if Darius Rucker has accumulated more solo sales by now. Despite a clunky inclusion into this game, DMA's land at #56 with "Too Soon", one of only 3 of their songs to make the Spotify top 200 over here. They recently made the UK top 200 with their latest single.
#55. Sarah McLachlan – Fallen

Round by round: 64-50-55

Points - 104
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#54. The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind

Round by round: 40-60-54

Points - 104.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#53. Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams - I Finally Found Someone

Round by round: 38-49-53

Points - 112.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#52. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Round by round: 63-47-52

Points - 113.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#51. Tori Amos - Winter

Round by round: 33-48-51

Points - 114
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Scoring her best ever performance to date with a song not released in 1997, Sarah McLachlan's "Fallen" lands at #55. The Easybeats nearly had an untimely finish last round, but sticking around has pushed "Friday On My Mind" up a little to #54, behind the lucrative pairing of Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams at #53. Whitney Houston has two entries in this list, but surprisingly it's the far more popular "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" that falls first at #52, just behind what is surprisingly only the 2nd ever Tori Amos song to appear in this game, which despite heavy declines is still easily a new best for her with "Winter" at #51.
#50. Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time

Round by round: 72-42-50

Points - 114.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#49. Madonna - Bad Girl

Round by round: 41-35-49

Points - 115.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#48. Transvision Vamp - Tell That Girl To Shut Up

Round by round: 28-44-48

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


#47. Mariah Carey - Hero

Round by round: 57-36-47

Points - 118.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#46. Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment

Round by round: 61-39-46

Points - 123.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


After not comfortably surviving the first round, Kylie Minogue nearly made it to the 4th round with "Step Back In Time", but her momentum was halted thusly with a different kind of step back to #50. Madonna also has two entries here and the first is "Bad Girl" at #49, duh. In a similar manner to Tori Amos, Transvision Vamp are also in this game for the 2nd time ever, and also facing sharp declines after a surprisingly strong opening, but again, far higher than their first entrance as "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" finishes at #48. This round's obligatory Mariah Carey is "Hero" at #47, something of a let down for a song that's twice made the top 10. Lifehouse's new highs of "You and Me" in the previous game don't quite carry over to "Hanging By A Moment" this time around, but it still performs decently at #46.
#45. Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis

Round by round: 55-28-45

Points - 124.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#44. Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight

Round by round: 24-37-44

Points - 124.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #7


#43. Madonna - Like A Virgin

Round by round: 39-31-43

Points - 125
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#42. Muse - Time Is Running Out

Round by round: 47-55-42

Points - 129.5
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #15


#41. Adele - Chasing Pavements

Round by round: 67-57-41

Points - 131.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


Marc Cohn has previously landed at #36 with "Walking In Memphis", a mark that he came close to matching this time around but has instead cooled down to #45. The aforementioned 2nd Whitney Houston track arrives as "I'm Your Baby Tonight", though it's worth noting that it's only 8 places ahead when it started 39 places ahead. Madonna had a slow start for "Like A Virgin" which I expected to improve but instead she's been bumped down to #43, behind Muse who have been bouncing around the 3rd round placings a bit with "Time Is Running Out". After nearly losing both of her entries together, Adele made significant improvements with "Chasing Pavements", to the point of nearly making it all the way to the 4th round, but instead has to reside at #41.
Now you will need to learn how to cook for forty songs

Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Anastasia - I'm Outta Love
Bananarama - Cruel Summer
Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Camp Cope - How To Socialise and Make Friends
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
Luke Million & Asta - Heard It On The Radio
Moloko - The Time Is Now
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Portishead - Machine Gun
Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Robyn - Ever Again
Savage Garden - I Want You
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Just Like Heaven
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
The xx - Say Something Loving
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For


And so the list chopping is to continue. Select your Top 10 to 16 from this selection and send them to me by 7pm on Wednesday (results might be a little late).
#40. Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero

Round by round: 36-30-36-40

Points - 98.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#39. Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good

Round by round: 35-51-40-39

Points - 123.7
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#38. Camp Cope - How To Socialise and Make Friends

Round by round: 43-43-39-38

Points - 125.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#37. Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

Round by round: 29-45-38-37

Points - 126.59
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#36. The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face

Round by round: 21-34-27-36

Points - 133.8
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Can't type much as I'm nursing my hand because of speedrunning nonsense. In the battle of the two '80s 'hero' tracks I used to get mixed up, Bonnie Tyler lands first at #40, followed by the best performance to date for Nik Kershaw with "Wouldn't It Be Good" at #39. Two time final round entrants Camp Cope land at #38, followed by Rage Against The Machine at #37. For the first time ever, The Weeknd misses the final round with "Can't Feel Me Face", and it lands at #36.
#35. Robyn - Ever Again

Round by round: 46-41-37-35

Points - 137.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#34. Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life

Round by round: 27-24-31-34

Points - 141.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#33. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Round by round: 37-29-35-33

Points - 143.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#32. Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Round by round: 14-27-30-32

Points - 146.44
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#31. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

Round by round: 25-19-14-31

Points - 153.38
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


The newer of Robyn's two entries in this game, "Ever Again" is #35. Third Eye Blind are partially in the top third of the list with "Semi-Charmed Life", while 6 time entrant "Chasing Cars" takes #33. That other 'hero' song from Tina Turner only manages a modest victory in the end after a strong start, while Fleetwood Mac's mid-vote fever collapses with "Dreams" falling 17 places to #31.
#30. Portishead - Machine Gun

Round by round: 31-46-32-30

Points - 157.08
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#29. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Round by round: 20-15-21-29

Points - 158.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#28. Bananarama - Cruel Summer

Round by round: 18-23-22-28

Points - 162.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#27. Alicia Keys - Fallin'

Round by round: 49-18-33-27

Points - 163.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#26. Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

Round by round: 32-40-29-26

Points - 164.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Portishead have now been in this game 7 times and never missed the 4th round, "Machine Gun" from the 3rd album is a new contributor at #30. U2 are still looking for a top 10 finisher, but get a respectable finish at #29, behind Bananarama who have never made the top half of the list with a song that isn't "Venus" until now, with "Cruel Summer" at #28. A topsy-turvy run for Alicia Keys sees a new high for "Fallin'" at #27, while Father John Misty eclipses all 5 of his previous QLVG appearances with a #26 finish.
#25. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)

Round by round: 34-52-34-25

Points - 165.88
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#24. Luke Million & Asta - Heard It On The Radio

Round by round: 75-32-26-24

Points - 171.13
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. Evanescence - Bring Me To Life

Round by round: 16-12-23-23

Points - 183.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#22. The xx - Say Something Loving

Round by round: 26-26-25-22

Points - 192.54
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


#21. Anastacia - I'm Outta Love

Round by round: 56-25-28-21

Points - 193
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


What initially looked like an all time low performance for Buzzcocks has been salvaged in the later round to get them to their 2nd best of 5 appearances at #25. Right ahead is two artists who are totally new to QLVG, with Luke Million & Asta's ACI #1 smash "Heard It On The Radio" getting to #24. Former QLVG winners Evanescence are at #23 , while The xx take #22. There have been a couple of late upstarts in this game, and Anastacia took a rocky start to finish just outside the final round with "I'm Outta Love"
Time to have a big bash with these twenty (or 20) songs *crickets*

Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way
Moloko - The Time Is Now
My Bloody Valentine - Soon
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Savage Garden - I Want You
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sia - Soon We'll Be Found
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
The Cure - Just Like Heaven

I suspect you know the drill at this point, but even if you do, I will insist on slamming down that bold button to say you need a Top 5 to 8 sent in to me by 7pm on Friday, and I will also encourage the use of ACI votes because that's nearly done.
#20. Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know

Round by round: 23-10-20-20-20

Points - 162.13
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#19. Robyn - Dancing On My Own

Round by round: 22-14-11-10-19

Points - 198.78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


Possibly suffering a little overexposure here now as "You Oughta Know" lands at #20 following two top 3 performances earlier this year. Alanis did get as high as #10 which is a height she shares with her company in Robyn, with the only version of "Dancing On My Own" ever recorded, at #19.
#18. My Bloody Valentine - Soon

Round by round: 08-17-12-14-18

Points - 199.17
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#17. British India - I Can Make You Love Me

Round by round: 05-11-16-18-17

Points - 202.77
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


My Bloody Valentine prove the prowess of their 2nd album which continues to net most of their entries. Now they have a second song to have made the final round with "Soon" at #18. Then among so many internationally famous songs & artists, we've got the surprise success of British India whose "I Can Make You Love Me" gives them their highest ever appearance at #17.
#16. The Cure - Just Like Heaven

Round by round: 15-33-24-11-16

Points - 204.08
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#15. David Bowie - Let's Dance

Round by round: 09-13-19-13-15

Points - 204.26
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


The elephant in the room is that among all the shared title fragments, there's a very distinctly shared artist with The Cure scoring 3 entries in the top 20. They were a bit touch & go with "Just Like Heaven" though, which recovered majorly last round and then receded to #16. Just ahead is David Bowie's reliably decent performer "Let's Dance" at #15.
#14. Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark

Round by round: 11-04-06-07-14

Points - 207.83
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Round by round: 13-09-05-06-13

Points - 209.17
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


On the topic of consistent performers, Bruce Springsteen must be noted as he's now had 20 appearances in the game, and 17 of them have been in the top 40. Nirvana chased for their highest ever finish, only to dwindle towards the end to land at #13 with "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
#12. The Cure - Friday I'm In Love

Round by round: 12-20-09-04-12

Points - 210.84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#11. Kylie Minogue - Get Outta My Way

Round by round: 52-38-15-19-11

Points - 221.73
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


The 2nd Cure cab off the rack has had its own share of chaotic progress, but "Friday I'm In Love" lands exactly where it started at #12. If we're talking about big improvements though, look no further than Kylie Minogue, whose "Get Outta My Way" went from modest beginnings to landing all the way up at #11.
#10. Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)

Round by round: 03-03-03-02-10

Points - 223.85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#9. The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

Round by round: 04-08-04-09-09

Points - 228.81
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


Simple Minds were primed for good things as "Don't You (Forget About Me)" landed at #2 in its last appearance, and for that matter, were on track for it, but dropped back down to #10. The Cure were possibly disadvantaged by having too many songs to vote for, but they still managed a 3rd top 10 finish for "Boys Don't Cry" at #9.
#8. The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter

Round by round: 10-21-17-17-08

Points - 229.24
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#7. Goldfrapp - Strict Machine

Round by round: 07-06-13-16-07

Points - 229.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


Though still chasing an improvement on their early #4 finish for "Eternal Flame", The Bangles can still take solace in a new high for "Hazy Shade Of Winter" in particular at #8. Such bragging rights can go to Goldfrapp however, who only just recently had their first top 20 finish with "Lovely Head", but now they're in the top 10 for the first time ever, with "Strict Machine" at #7.
#6. Moloko - The Time Is Now

Round by round: 30-22-18-15-06

Points - 232.85
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#5. Sia - Soon We'll Be Found

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

Points - 237.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


Much more fresh in this game is Moloko who have only appeared once before. They've rendered past performance for "The Time Is Now" irrelevant as it now finds itself having climbed up the list every single round to end up at #6. Sia is also hitting new highs. Surprisingly despite copious entries, she's only made the top 10 twice, both times with tracks from her 4th album, one of those being "Soon We'll Be Found" which goes just a bit further now at #5.
#4. Grimes - Flesh Without Blood

Round by round: 19-16-10-12-04

Points - 245.86
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Shakespear's Sister - Stay

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

Points - 281.31
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Grimes' top success in this game is spread out across several eras (I hesitate to say albums yet), but the biggest of those successes has been "Flesh Without Blood" which made it to #3 earlier this year. She can't quite replicate that but has another strong showing at #4 following a big final round boost. Shakespear's Sister have consistency in their own way too, because this is the 5th appearance for "Stay", and its 5th time in the top 20. Now it's landed in every part of the top 5 except for #1.
#2. Savage Garden - I Want You

Round by round: 17-05-07-05-02

Points - 288.16
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#1. Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know

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

Points - 374.12
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


Because this game constantly serves as a way to make me question my own memory, I genuinely thought that "I Want You" was showing strongly as a song that's never been in this game before. Not only is that not true, it's literally the Savagae Garden song that's appeared the most times overall. But now it can join "Truly Madly Deeply" at the pinnacle of their performance as a #2 finisher. Perhaps one day it will find its way into some sort of Hall Of Fame on this website. Until then we have to adjudicate that which has. For the 2nd game in a row, we now have a new member of the two time winners club, and this time around it's Gotye, who has consistently landed in the top 20 with "Somebody That I Used To Know", but the stars have lined up considerable better this time around as it becomes one of the least disputed victories to date in this game. Not only has it been leading the entire way, but usually by a fairly hefty margin. 5 Seconds Of Summer may be closing ground every single day, but for the time being, it's the highest selling Australian single of all time, and the 15th to win this game.
I'm spent but I'm glad to know that you've spent some time reading this. 10 days from now QLVG will relate to all things album openers to determine what will be the 76th winning song. Until then, weekend good, ACI good, vibes good.
This time we're looking at album openers and we've got these 100 entrants. Show 'em Kelly

AC/DC - Hell's Bells
Annie Lennox - Why
Ball Park Music - Fence Sitter
Beach House - Myth
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Björk - Human Behaviour
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Blur - For Tomorrow
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
Coldplay - Politik
Crowded House - Chocolate Cake
Crowded House - Mean To Me
Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Dire Straits - So Far Away
Duran Duran - Notorious
Duran Duran - Rio
Duran Duran - The Reflex
Elton John - Daniel
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You
Faith No More - From Out Of Nowhere
Faker - Bodies
Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven
Fleetwood Mac - Big Love
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
George Ezra - Pretty Shining People
George Michael - Praying For Time
Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle
Haim - Falling
INXS - Original Sin
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Jonas Brothers - Sucker
Joss Stone - Right To Be Wrong
Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition
Julia Holter - Feel You
Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson - The Trouble With Love Is
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Robot Stop
Lana Del Rey - Love
Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke
London Grammar - Rooting For You
Lorde - Tennis Court
Madonna - Drowned World/Substitute for Love
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Massive Attack - Safe From Harm
Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
Neutral Milk Hotel - The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
New Order - Crystal
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Paula Abdul - The Way That You Love Me
Phoenix - Lisztomania
PJ Harvey - Big Exit
Powderfinger - Waiting For The Sun
Pulp - The Fear
Ride - Seagull
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Sundream
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Simple Minds - Someone Somewhere In Summertime
Sleigh Bells - It's Just Us Now
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Sugababes - Push The Button
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - Taxman
The Clash - London Calling
The Dandy Warhols - Godless
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The National - Terrible Love
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Stems - At First Sight
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
The Strokes - You Only Live Once
The Triffids - The Seabirds
The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac
The xx - Dangerous
Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
Tori Amos - Crucify
Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Troye Sivan – WILD
Urthboy feat. Bertie Blackman - Long Loud Hours
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Wolf Alice - Heavenward


The ruling in this game is the same as it ever was. You need to determine your Top 25 to 40 and send it through to me by 7pm on Wednesday. Tomrrow I'll be opening the ing-heavy qualifying game.
#100. Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition

Points - 7
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #35


#99. Ride - Seagull

Points - 10
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #31


#98. The Beatles - Taxman

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


#97. Neutral Milk Hotel - The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1

Points - 12
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #31


#96. Elton John - Daniel

Points - 14
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #32


Hope everyone's safe. We've got a couple bands here without much in the way of choices here due to lack of albums, not to say Joy Division's "Atrocity Exhibition" is a bad choice but it starts things off at #100. Ride's debut album sees "Seagull" at #99, while The Beatles' classic "Revolver" has "Taxman" at #98. Neutral Milk Hotel's beloved 2nd album has "The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1" at #97, while Elton John has "Daniel" at #96.
#95. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Sundream

Points - 19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


#94. Powderfinger - Waiting For The Sun

Points - 26
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


=#92. Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything

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


=#92. George Ezra - Pretty Shining People

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


#91. Simple Minds - Someone Somewhere In Summertime

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


RÜFÜS DU SOL had a slightly forced push to score their first top 50 hit with "Sundream" off their debut album at #95. One of the most successful albums here is Powderfinger's "Odyssey #5" whose opener "Waiting For The Sun" gets to #94 here. One of the 6 singles taken from Cyndi Lauper's debut album, "Money Changes Everything" lands at #92, tied alongside the George Ezra song I frequently can't pick until the chorus starts, "Pretty Shining People". Simple Minds are unlucky to follow up their top 10 finish in the last game with a bottom 10 finish now with "Someone Somewhere In Summertime" at #91.
#90. The Beatles - Come Together

Points - 28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#89. London Grammar - Rooting For You

Points - 28
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #29


#88. Faker - Bodies

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


#87. The Triffids - The Seabirds

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#86. Dire Straits - So Far Away

Points - 31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #28


Another big song from a big Beatles album, "Abbey Road"'s "Come Together" is in at #90, followed by London Grammar's returning song in 2017 after a 4 year break with "Rooting For You". A fun Faker song I wasn't familiar with before, "Bodies" is at #88 behind "The Seabirds" from The Triffids' beloved "Born Sandy Devotional". In quick succession, Dire Straits have another song from "Brothers In Arms" at #86 with "So Far Away".
#85. Duran Duran - Notorious

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


#84. Coldplay - Politik

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


#83. Crowded House - Chocolate Cake

Points - 37
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#82. The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored

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


#81. Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Points - 39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


Duran Duran are fairly busy in this edition of the game, and lose just one entry in the first round with "Notorious" at #85. From one of Coldplay's most successful albums, their 2nd, "Politik" is at #84. Crowded House's "Woodface" gives us "Chocolate Cake" at #83, and we stay in this time perioud with The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" at #82, and Guns N' Roses finish things up at #81 with "Welcome To The Jungle".
It's another round with a slightly smaller venue of 80 songs

AC/DC - Hell's Bells
Annie Lennox - Why
Ball Park Music - Fence Sitter
Beach House - Myth
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Björk - Human Behaviour
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Blur - For Tomorrow
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
Crowded House - Mean To Me
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Duran Duran - Rio
Duran Duran - The Reflex
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You
Faith No More - From Out Of Nowhere
Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven
Fleetwood Mac - Big Love
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
George Michael - Praying For Time
Haim - Falling
INXS - Original Sin
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Jonas Brothers - Sucker
Joss Stone - Right To Be Wrong
Julia Holter - Feel You
Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson - The Trouble With Love Is
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Robot Stop
Lana Del Rey - Love
Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke
Lorde - Tennis Court
Madonna - Drowned World/Substitute for Love
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Massive Attack - Safe From Harm
Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
New Order - Crystal
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Paula Abdul - The Way That You Love Me
Phoenix - Lisztomania
PJ Harvey - Big Exit
Pulp - The Fear
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Sleigh Bells - It's Just Us Now
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Sugababes - Push The Button
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice
The Clash - London Calling
The Dandy Warhols - Godless
The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
The National - Terrible Love
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Stems - At First Sight
The Strokes - You Only Live Once
The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac
The xx - Dangerous
Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
Tori Amos - Crucify
Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Troye Sivan – WILD
Urthboy feat. Bertie Blackman - Long Loud Hours
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Wolf Alice - Heavenward


The ratio remains the same as always. Deduce your Top 20 to 32 selections by whichever process you do so, and send the results through to me by 7pm on Friday. ACI is up and running, and all that jazz.
#80. The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

Round by round: 78-80

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


#79. Julia Holter - Feel You

Round by round: 77-79

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


#78. AC/DC - Hell's Bells

Round by round: 80-78

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


#77. Faith No More - From Out Of Nowhere

Round by round: 79-77

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #21


#76. Duran Duran - Rio

Round by round: 76-76

Points - 41
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


It's an easier number to remember so hopefully Jenny won't forget that The Killers have taken her to #80. Amidst all these gargantuan sounding songs is Julia Holter's baroque pop stylings of "Feel You" at #79, and then we reach the biggest seller by proxy on this list, with AC/DC's "Back In Black" opener "Hell's Bells" at #78. Sitting just in front of "Epic" is Faith No More's "From Out Of Nowhere" at #77, while Duran Duran have their 2nd entry with "Rio" at #76.
#75. Blondie - Dreaming

Round by round: 66-75

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


#74. The National - Terrible Love

Round by round: 68-74

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#73. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Round by round: 70-73

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#72. PJ Harvey - Big Exit

Round by round: 74-72

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#71. Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke

Round by round: 67-71

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Blondie have two entries here and it perhaps won't surprise you to know "Dreaming" is the first of those at #75. I think "High Violet" is The National's highest selling album here and from it we've got "Terrible Love" at #74. The Smiths bring us another title track at #73 with "The Queen Is Dead", while PJ Harvey's most successful album has "Big Exit" at #72. Already showing a lot of artistic growth on just her 2nd album, Laura Marling lands at #71 with "Devil's Spoke".
#70. Talking Heads - Burning Down The House

Round by round: 48-70

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #22


#69. Paula Abdul - The Way That You Love Me

Round by round: 72-69

Points - 51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #20


#68. Fleetwood Mac - Big Love

Round by round: 64-68

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#67. The Stems - At First Sight

Round by round: 62-67

Points - 55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#66. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Robot Stop

Round by round: 61-66

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


Following up from "Remain In Light", Talking Heads scored their highest peak in the US of #15 with "Speaking In Tongues", notably the album "Burning Down The House" is taken from at #70. Though if we're talking huge US success, many will be dwarfed by Paula Adbul's 7 times platinum debut album, in a way propelled by the big #3 success of "The Way That You Love Me" which was then followed by 4 consecutive #1's. Fleetwood Mac's "Tango In The Night" brings "Big Love" to #68, and then we finish with some local acts. One of I think two Perth bands in this game, though this one actually the one I live in, The Stems' "At First Sight" lands at #67, followed by King Gizzard's opening track in formality only, as "Nonagon Infinity" can be looped seamlessly.
#65. Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari

Round by round: 58-65

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#64. Duran Duran - The Reflex

Round by round: 75-64

Points - 56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #15


#63. Tori Amos - Crucify

Round by round: 43-63

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #18


#62. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat

Round by round: 54-62

Points - 61
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#61. The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice

Round by round: 42-61

Points - 61
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


Chairlift's 2nd album is delightful, from it and the "Pumped Up Kicks" school of songwriting is "Sidewalk Safari" at #65. Duran Duran nearly inched their way to the 3rd round but bow out with "The Reflex" at #64. Tori Amos's debut album nets "Crucify" at #63, and it seems another round in a row that concludes with a heavy late '80s/early '90s focus because it's followed by "The Mercy Seat" at #62. On the other hand, we go much further back to The Beach Boys' undeniable classic "Pet Sounds", and the slightly deniable (if only because of invasive branding) classic "Wouldn't It Be Nice" at #61.
Those songs worked so hard but just weren't lucky to make the 3rd round with these:

Annie Lennox - Why
Ball Park Music - Fence Sitter
Beach House - Myth
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Björk - Human Behaviour
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Blur - For Tomorrow
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
Crowded House - Mean To Me
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You
Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
George Michael - Praying For Time
Haim - Falling
INXS - Original Sin
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Jonas Brothers - Sucker
Joss Stone - Right To Be Wrong
Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn
Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
Kelly Clarkson - The Trouble With Love Is
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Lana Del Rey - Love
Lorde - Tennis Court
Madonna - Drowned World/Substitute for Love
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Massive Attack - Safe From Harm
Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
New Order - Crystal
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Pulp - The Fear
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Sleigh Bells - It's Just Us Now
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Sugababes - Push The Button
The Clash - London Calling
The Dandy Warhols - Godless
The Strokes - You Only Live Once
The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac
The xx - Dangerous
Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Troye Sivan – WILD
Urthboy feat. Bertie Blackman - Long Loud Hours
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Wolf Alice - Heavenward


It is now time for me to type out the explanation that you need to submit your Top 15 to 24 from here and send them in to me by 7pm on Monday, and considering that I've basically done just that, I would say it's mission accomplished for me with a side helping of plugging the ACI as well.
#60. Joss Stone - Right To Be Wrong

Round by round: 65-57-60

Points - 69.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


#59. Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight

Round by round: 69-56-59

Points - 76
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


#58. Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger

Round by round: 73-50-58

Points - 81.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #7


#57. Jonas Brothers - Sucker

Round by round: 63-54-57

Points - 88.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#56. The xx - Dangerous

Round by round: 60-48-56

Points - 94.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


Joss Stone's 2nd album was her only top 10 in Australia, and though not the biggest hit from it, "Right To Be Wrong" has a good showing at #60. Jennifer Hudson dials it back to all 1's though, with "Spotlight", the first single from her first album at #59. Eurythmics have outstripped the competition as the only act with 3 songs in this stage of the game, their first casualty being "Love Is A Stranger" at #58. For some of the most recent tracks in this contest, we have the Jonas Brothers' #1 smash from this year "Sucker" at #57, while roughly 2 years before that, The xx were scoring their first #1 album, from it is "Dangerous" at #56.
#55. Troye Sivan – WILD

Round by round: 71-44-55

Points - 100.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#54. Pulp - The Fear

Round by round: 41-47-54

Points - 102.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#53. Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn

Round by round: 57-40-53

Points - 104.5
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#52. The Dandy Warhols - Godless

Round by round: 51-60-52

Points - 107.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#51. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

Round by round: 36-45-51

Points - 110
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Speaking of #1 albums, Troye Sivan made history with what I think is the first EP to ever hit #1 on the album chart, with "WILD". The title track would also shortly afterwards find its way onto his first album and ends up at #55. The opening impression of Pulp's follow up to "Different Class" is the behemoth of "The Fear" at #54, followed by the most recent recipient of the Grammy Album Of The Year, and from it, "Slow Burn" at #53. The Dandy Warhols would inarguably have bigger hits on "Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia", but still get a good showing with "Godless" at #52 here, followed by the beautiful title track to the 5th Cocteau Twins album at #51.
#50. The Strokes - You Only Live Once

Round by round: 56-53-50

Points - 112.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #8


#49. Fiction Factory - (Feels Like) Heaven

Round by round: 55-46-49

Points - 113.35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#48. New Order - Crystal

Round by round: 59-59-48

Points - 113.5
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#47. The Clash - London Calling

Round by round: 46-52-47

Points - 120.75
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #5


#46. Massive Attack - Safe From Harm

Round by round: 46-58-46

Points - 120.75
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #6


The Strokes yolo their way into the top 50, followed by the aforementioned promise of a 2nd Perth band, as Fiction Factory are in fact from Perth, Scotland, with their biggest hit "(Feels Like) Heaven" landing at #49. Technically contemporaries except for the fact that this is a very late career hit, New Order's "Crystal" is at #48, followed by The Clash's classic "London Calling". A song I couldn't recall by name before this round opened where I ended up one of the highest voters, Massive Attack's "Safe From Harm" takes them to #46.
#45. Urthboy feat. Bertie Blackman - Long Loud Hours

Round by round: 23-36-45

Points - 128
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#44. Sleigh Bells - It's Just Us Now

Round by round: 30-42-44

Points - 128.25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #9


#43. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

Round by round: 50-25-43

Points - 132.55
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#42. Ball Park Music - Fence Sitter

Round by round: 39-51-42

Points - 133.75
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #11


#41. Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

Round by round: 45-35-41

Points - 138
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #13


Some victims of late voting additions and not getting a slice of that additional cake, we've got some steady declines with Urthboy's re-telling of a famous Australian crime story at #45, and Sleigh Bells being more chaotic than usual at #44. Less clear is the trajectory of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" which finishes at #43. Ball Park Music briefly sat at the very middle of the list and then nearly made the 4th round with "Fence Sitter", and finally Beyonce slips out of the list with "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" landing at #41.
All of these songs' successes has got everything to do with you

Annie Lennox - Why
Beach House - Myth
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You
Björk - Human Behaviour
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Blur - For Tomorrow
BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY
CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
Crowded House - Mean To Me
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try
Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
George Michael - Praying For Time
Haim - Falling
INXS - Original Sin
Jamie xx - Gosh
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare
Kelly Clarkson - The Trouble With Love Is
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Lana Del Rey - Love
Lorde - Tennis Court
Madonna - Drowned World/Substitute for Love
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
Pat Benatar - All Fired Up
Phoenix - Lisztomania
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Sugababes - Push The Button
The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac
Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Wolf Alice - Heavenward


Yeah, man, just keep voting these. For this next round, select your Top 10 to 16 and send it through to me by 7pm Wednesday, though admittedly results will probably be at least a little late. I also have made a new poll however I think the next game will be the last for the year, so it'll be a while before it's enacted upon. NONETHELESS https://www.strawpoll.me/18959069
(I'm already late and tired so)

#40. Kelly Clarkson - The Trouble With Love Is

Round by round: 34-32-37-40

Points - 130.25
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#39. Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You

Round by round: 26-37-31-39

Points - 142.63
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#38. Spice Girls - Wannabe

Round by round: 20-19-12-38

Points - 144.51
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#37. John Mayer - Heartbreak Warfare

Round by round: 33-30-33-37

Points - 152.94
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#36. BROCKHAMPTON - GUMMY

Round by round: 35-34-40-36

Points - 159.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3
#35. Phoenix - Lisztomania

Round by round: 32-38-34-35

Points - 161.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #8


#34. Jamie xx - Gosh

Round by round: 53-49-38-34

Points - 165.56
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#33. Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul

Round by round: 38-31-32-33

Points - 165.91
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#32. Lana Del Rey - Love

Round by round: 52-43-35-32

Points - 170.46
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#31. Blur - For Tomorrow

Round by round: 44-55-39-31

Points - 170.5
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2
#30. Destiny's Child - Independent Women Pt. 1

Round by round: 37-18-24-30

Points - 175.58
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #5


#29. Madonna - Drowned World/Substitute for Love

Round by round: 21-27-30-29

Points - 178.06
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#28. Lorde - Tennis Court

Round by round: 24-15-27-28

Points - 178.41
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#27. Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High

Round by round: 40-41-36-27

Points - 182.18
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #6


#26. CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share

Round by round: 05-10-21-26

Points - 187.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1
#25. The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac

Round by round: 08-17-22-25

Points - 189.31
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#24. Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You

Round by round: 11-20-17-24

Points - 198.63
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


#23. Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Round by round: 25-21-26-23

Points - 200.19
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #6


#22. Annie Lennox - Why

Round by round: 28-14-25-22

Points - 200.28
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #8


#21. Pat Benatar - All Fired Up

Round by round: 19-28-23-21

Points - 200.81
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #9
You've told me you wanna see these songs again and they keep showing up in this list

Beach House - Myth
Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
Björk - Human Behaviour
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Crowded House - Mean To Me
Delta Goodrem - Born To Try
Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling
George Michael - Praying For Time
Haim - Falling
INXS - Original Sin
Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On
Mariah Carey - Emotions
Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
Sugababes - Push The Button
Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
Wolf Alice - Heavenward


The order of events as it often is, is that you need to select your Top 5 to 8 from here and send them through to me by 7pm on Friday after which I will find out who's done the thing and won the thing. The ACI is also available, as is this fancy poll relating to future QLVG enterprises. https://www.strawpoll.me/18959069
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#20. Crowded House - Mean To Me

Round by round: 27-26-13-11-20

Points - 165.98
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#19. Beach House - Myth

Round by round: 22-39-29-19-19

Points - 193.47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


Something of a surprise package in this game (for me at least) is the opening track to Crowded House's self-titled debut album, though it did eventually have trouble maintaining its votes. "Mean To Be" drops down to manage a still impressive #20. Hitting new highs though they might not know with what song it is, Beach House get their first ever top 20 finisher at #19 with "Myth".
#18. Foster The People - Helena Beat

Round by round: 31-24-20-17-18

Points - 193.67
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#17. Haim - Falling

Round by round: 09-09-11-14-17

Points - 194.35
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


With the ARIA Charts denying Doja Cat the opportunity this week I was wondering how many artists debuted to the chart with more than 1 song at once, and now I realise Foster The People did just that, with the higher of the two initially being "Helena Beat" which landed at #18 here. Haim have lived up to their title with "Falling", though it's mostly a modest cresting to #17.
#16. George Michael - Praying For Time

Round by round: 29-33-28-20-16

Points - 195.07
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #4


#15. Delta Goodrem - Born To Try

Round by round: 49-22-18-18-15

Points - 196.32
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


"Praying For Time" has been in this game for the first time recently, though a relatively modest finish at #62. Making up for that, it now becomes George Michael's 4th song to crack the final 20 at #16. Surprisingly, "Born To Try" is a song that's never appeared in the game, and it's now her 2nd highest finisher behind "Lost Without You" which made #13.
#14. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

Round by round: 13-12-08-12-14

Points - 207.84
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#13. Gang Of Youths - Fear And Trembling

Round by round: 17-16-14-10-13

Points - 208.33
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


A consistent performer, Kim Wilde sees her best positions with "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which has now made the top 15 3 times without making the top 10. Gang Of Youths on the other hand show their flexibility in this game as they've now made the top 20 with 6 different songs, 5 of which coming from their latest album, with "Fear And Trembling" scoring its best ever finish at #13.
#12. Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother

Round by round: 03-11-19-16-12

Points - 226.15
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#11. Wolf Alice - Heavenward

Round by round: 14-23-16-13-11

Points - 239.19
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


We've had several songs decline just by virtue of late voters pushing everything ahead of them, and Tracy Bonham was a big victim of it to the point that it looked like she might not even make the final round after a #3 start, with her first ever entry "Mother Mother" which ended up at #12. Meanwhile Wolf Alice have been fairly common in this game and score their 2nd highest entry ever, behind only their recent success for "Moaning Lisa Smile", with the sprawling "Heavenward" finishing at #11.
#10. Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone

Round by round: 18-29-15-15-10

Points - 240.52
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #2


#9. Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again

Round by round: 16-13-10-09-09

Points - 246.64
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Blondie are no strangers to the pointy end of this list, but we've never had "Hanging On The Telephone" in this game, which after a wonky start, comes roaring back to land at #10. Eurythmics have only made the final round previously with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" which is no longer eligible for the game due to its victory, but they prove it's still possible to succeed as "Here Comes The Rain Again" jumps up quite a bit from a #34 finish last year to end at #9.
#8. Sugababes - Push The Button

Round by round: 07-02-07-08-08

Points - 249.44
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Mariah Carey - Emotions

Round by round: 15-05-06-06-07

Points - 256.42
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


The quest for Sugababes to reach the top still falls a little short but "Push The Button" is at least a bit higher than its last appearance, giving them their 5th top 10 finish overall. A viable option for Mariah Carey is obviously going to be "Emotions" as it's her equal highest ever finisher with "Hero" at #5, though this time around while proving its consistency, it has to settle for #7.
#6. Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning

Round by round: 12-08-05-05-06

Points - 268.56
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#5. Björk - Human Behaviour

Round by round: 10-07-09-07-05

Points - 282.66
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #3


Breaking new ground for themselves, Midnight Oil score their first ever top 10 finish, perhaps owing to the fact that "Beds Are Burning" had never been in this game before, and proves its prowess at #6. In case you mistakenly believed there is any logic to human behaviour, or "Human Behaviour" for that matter, Björk is here to prove otherwise, as that very track gives her easily her best ever performance, having previously gotten to #34, but now is soaring up at #5.
#4. INXS - Original Sin

Round by round: 02-06-04-02-04

Points - 305.86
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #2


#3. Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back

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

Points - 333.17
Current Voters - 6
Top Vote - #1


We're not done with the all time highs however! INXS have had 4 top 10 finishs before this but their highest was way back in 2016 when "Never Tear Us Apart" made #5. No longer the case as they now have "Original Sin" buffing them up a little further to #4. In the most recent game we saw Savage Garden start relatively slow but climb all the way to #2 with "I Want You". This nearly happened on a smaller scale with "To The Moon And Back" which would mean that all 3 of the especially big singles from their self-titled album would have finished at #2 now, but instead it remains stuck at #3.
#2. Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On

Round by round: 01-01-01-04-02

Points - 342.03
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


#1. Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over

Round by round: 04-03-02-01-01

Points - 374.71
Current Voters - 7
Top Vote - #1


You would think that having access to all the running totals throughout the fortnight would give me a good idea of what's going to win. In reality while it does show the forerunners which usually are the likely candidates, I still most of the time won't even know what's gonna win until less than 24 hours before I'm typing this. As it were, we had the battle of the frontrunner and the dark horse. Belinda Carlisle, having already won before with "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", was looking poised to do so again with "Leave A Light On", with an initially very marginal lead in round 1 that expanded out a bit by round 2. Voting cut offs started to dampen it for her and she had a heavy hit in round 4, recovering in this last round but not enough to stop her unassuming competition from Florence + The Machine. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised as the song has finished 3rd before, but nonetheless, "Dog Days Are Over" casually snuck into the lead and had no problems with voter retention to maintain it.
If you're still reading this, cheers! I have nothing to report except for the usual business that there has been a poll result and it is to the favour of 9 letter titles & songs that haven't been in the game before. It'll be quite a while before these are enacted because the next game will have you putting on your thinking caps for deciding how you will be sorting all these many -ing songs, but also then I'll take my mandated summer break before returning with 3 consecutive games based on 2019 music. On a similar note the ACI is open. Enjoy your weekend, see you here in 10 days.


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