Based on and named after a game run here in 2011-12 (link in part 1), this is a rollover game going through every ARIA top 20 hit from 1988 onwards. Each round, there are 10 songs in play, from which you vote your favourite 5. The 3 songs that get the most points survive, and the rest are eliminated - and replaced with the next top 20 hits chronologically. If a song survives 3 rounds, it gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. Rounds are usually open for 2 days each, with new ones posted by me or Hijinx sometime after 7pm AEDT.
Last time I remarked on a song having a clear lead on the competition, that lead faltered significantly to the point that its induction status was very much under contention...more on that in a bit. I didn't have the chance to do so for No Doubt's "Just A Girl" and maybe that's all for the better because they've actually increased their tally while their fellow carry overs from the last round have dropped down, giving them a very enviable position. As for the rest of the field, we had 2 new entries from former Hall Of Fame entrants (and another from a former top 3 finisher), and several new artists making their first/only impression. The result of this is that we have the same top 3 as last round just with a slight reshuffle that sees the Fugees climb to 2nd place and Robert Miles dropping another place to 3rd. Fret not however as he's done all he needs to do in order to make the Hall Of Fame, and he thus has a perfect record locked in, because the highest he ever reached on the ARIA Chart after "Children" was with #21 peaking follow up "Fable". Leading our new wave of entries here is Tracy Bonham, coming remarkably close to the top 3 with her one and only hit "Mother Mother", I'm sure she'll say everything's fine. What can likely be owed to differing tastes and namely Australia having an above average penchant for loud rock music, Tracy is an American musician (thus bearing no relation to any famed British drummers) but performed especially well in Australia with her single going all the way to #5. What might not be obvious from hearing the song is that Tracy is a classically trained pianist & violinist, and played guitar & violin all across her debut album that the song is taken from. "Mother Mother" was also covered by future alumni of this game The Veronicas on their debut album, which I probably don't have much to say about. The song's most peculiar fact is also its most bleak. The song hit #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart in mid 1996, which made a fair amount of sense being very much in line with Alanis Morissette who had scored 3 different #1 hits in the 12 months prior to this. No one could have known that there would not be another #1 hit on that chart by a female solo artist for 17 years. Even that becomes more startling because the artist who broke this streak, Lorde, was not even alive during Tracy Bonham's reign. It is however worth noting that during this drought, several women did reach #1, namely members of Evanescence, Silversun Pickups, The Lumineers, Neon Trees & The White Stripes, as well as guest performances by Kimbra & Janelle Monae. As we approach the first ever appearance for a returning boyband, it's good to remember that things can always look silly on paper. Because of a tropical house remake becoming a top 10 hit roughly 20 years after the original, we are dealing with the "Return Of The Mack" quite a while before actually reaching "The Mack". This isn't much of a case where Australia is late to the party, because "Return Of The Mack" was also the name of Mark Morrison's debut album, though the title track was not the first single released. This facade doesn't really hold water though because 'The Mack' isn't precisely referring to Mark Morrison himself, but rather a state of mind as a now newly single man ready on the prowl to go around naked in the street while the opening credits conveniently cover anything obscene, okay maybe not that last part. While many British artists in this time have struggled to break the US market, Mark Morrison was an exception, with "Return Of The Mack" going all the way to #2 over there (and in Australia). In Australia it was blocked by "Because You Love Me" and a massive hit which we're still yet to meet. We're also a long way away from what blocked it in the US because it didn't even chart there until the start of 1997. That's 8 months after it first climbed to #1 in the UK, erasing any possible good will because it had the audacity to block Manic Street Preachers' "A Design For Life" in its 2nd week at the top. The primary sample in the song is Tom Tom Club's 1981 single "Genius Of Love", which was also prominently sampled in Mariah Carey's "Fantasy", so Australia, the UK & the US all got a turn each at taking that sample to #1 in the mid '90s. Also getting a turn at #1 in the mid '90s was Crowded House. After their first two albums went to #1, they were stuck at #2 with "Woodface" & "Together Alone" being blocked by Noiseworks, Rod Stewart & Michael Crawford. Their two albums which followed in the 21st century did however go to #1, and most notably here, their very popular 1996 compilation "Recurring Dream". It is by a country mile the band's highest selling album in Australia, going 13xPlatinum which is more than every studio album of theirs put together. But it's not just recycling the old stuff, because it brought with it 3 new songs, one of which was the instant top 10 hit "Everything Is Good For You", the band's last entry in this game. This is not entirely due to waning interest, as the band announced their splitting up in 1996, culminating in their famed Sydney Opera House performance in November 1996. They would eventually return however, following drummer Paul Hester's suicide in 2005, the band returned and released the aforementioned two additional albums. The band have been largely inactive this decade but just last month were announced as headliners for next year's Bluesfest. Previously mentioned Alanis Morissette is also in this round, and already looking like the grisled veteran next to new blood in her lane as diminishing returns continue. Each entry has scored less than the one before, and though she's only 1 place down to 7th on the 6th place finishes for "Hand In My Pocket" and "Ironic", "You Learn" only barely scored half as many as those two. In fairness, "You Learn" was the lowest charting of these entries so far (and as a #20 hit, it statistically had no chance in the first place), and while I couldn't stop making references for "Ironic", the best I can remark is that my past 5 weeks playing Dark Souls can be described as 'you find a boss, you fight, you die, you learn'. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about "You Learn" is that it's the song which contains the phrase 'jagged little pill' which of course is the name of the album it's from. That album still has one more chance to join "You Oughta Know" in the Hall Of Fame. Not having such a chance will be La Bouche who are now joining us for the last time with their 3rd top 10 hit "I Love To Love". Or at least kind of. It always feels a little random to me as is often the case with albums you're exposed to growing up indiscriminate of the radio, so in my lens, their #39 single that came next, "Fallin' In Love" feels just as noteworthy (I can say similar things with Craig David's debut album). The real reason they're not fully done yet is also not because Lane McCray made a killing by buying eggs for 7 cents each in Malta and selling them in Pianosa for 5 cents a piece, but rather because if you look at the group's debut album, you'll find a familiar title which will soon be covered and match the duo's chart peak of #2. It's worth noting however that "I Love To Love" was taken very kindly in Australia, one of the few places where it managed a top 10 peak. La Bouche's votes consisted almost entirely of +5's & +1's, so you could say that we like "I Love To Love" (we love "I Love To Love)". From departing artists to arriving ones, we next have the debut for LeAnn Rimes with "Blue". I've already mentioned Lorde previously as a notably young upstart, but she can't really hold a candle to how young LeAnn Rimes was when she started her music career. She was just 13 years old when she released her debut album "Blue", and further than that, first recorded a cover of the title track when she was just 11. She would even continue to score very noteworthy hit songs in the future despite Curb stifling her very quickly with an album of covers and somehow frequently having her look 30 years older than she really was on her album covers. Nonetheless, though we currently have Billy Ray Cyrus, Kane Brown & Blanco Brown (no relation) in the ARIA top 10, "Blue" is something of a rare country crossover to make the ARIA top 10 in 1996. Not remotely rare in the '90s is a hit song by Bryan Adams, though following 3 #1 hits in successive years, "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You" is a bit of a drop off as it peaked at #19. Perhaps its most impressive feat is that in a career full of contenders, it remains to this day, Bryan Adams' lengthiest song title. The accolades stop there as it is his first song unable to crack double digit points and for that matter is his first to finish in 10th place here. Perhaps it's a mere stop gap however, as his remaining entries are all far bigger, far less skeevy hits. On behalf of Mr. Robert Miles, my name is sometimes Hijinx and sometimes Dircashede, everything is good for you, cue Sweet Potato.
61 - No Doubt - Just A Girl (survived 2) 39 - Fugees - Killing Me Softly (survived 2) 38 - Robert Miles - Children (survived 3; inducted!) 36 - Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother 32 - Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack 22 - Crowded House - Everything Is Good For You 18 - Alanis Morissette - You Learn 16 - La Bouche - I Love To Love 14 - LeAnn Rimes - Blue 9 - Bryan Adams - The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Tha Crossroads The Corrs - Forgiven, Not Forgotten Fugees - Killing Me Softly Gary Barlow - Forever Love Maxi Priest feat. Shaggy - That Girl Pearl Jam - Who You Are No Doubt - Just A Girl Robbie Williams - Freedom Savage Garden - I Want You Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
I don't know if I need you but ooh I'd die to find out what your top 5 songs are from this set. Take me for a ride before we leave Wednesday night behind.
what a round! i own That Girl, Tha Crossroads, and You're Makin Me High all on CD single i have 2 v v unlucky songs this round
+5 Killing Me Softly +4 Tha Crossroads +3 You're Makin' Me High +2 I Want You +1 Forgiven, Not Forgotten
while i've like JAG more than IWY and F,NF throughout the most of my life, i've been enjoying those two a lot more lately so they get the nod... feels rough to Maxi, as I can't see many people voting for that one and i don't want it in the zero pile! Last edited:
This is probably the worst round yet for me; I don't really like any of these songs, other than thinking a couple are 'OK'.
+5 The Corrs - Forgiven, Not Forgotten +4 Savage Garden - I Want You +3 No Doubt - Just A Girl
least worst of the remaining: +2 Maxi Priest feat. Shaggy - That Girl +1 Fugees - Killing Me Softly
Although I kind of liked it at the time, the Fugees track brings back bad memories of sitting up all night to finish a maths assignment for year 12 (it was all over the radio that week as a new addition, some weeks before it debuted at #1). In retrospect, it seems like a lazy cover to me.
Sorry for the extended delay, thanks for bearing with me
Round 126 results:
"Just A Girl" has completed its run on even greater heights, with 65 points (only 3 beneath the record) and an easy win once again; it managed a lead of at least 12 points over the next-highest song all 3 times, which is a new record (unless you count "Kiss From A Rose" in that it was always at least 14 points ahead of the next song, but while #2 or #3, not #1). "Just A Girl" scored 182 points in total, the 5th-highest ever (after "Hazard", "Confide In Me", "The Day You Went Away" and "Zombie"; coincidentally all 5 have occurred in even-numbered years). Though it didn't maintain the 100% vote rate it had in its first round, it still got 93% of votes (54/58) overall, which also ranks as the 5th-highest percentage ever (after "Damn I Wish...", "Nothing Compares 2 U", "The Day..." and "Summer Rain"). "Killing Me Softly" also got a fairly easy ride this round with a much larger #3-#4 gap, and thus it enters the HOF, increasing its size to 96 entries, just as we're also approaching the 1,000 mark among songs in the game altogether (we're up to 975 as of this round). However, "Killing Me Softly" did slip back to 3rd place in the wake of another big arrival, the debut single of one of the most successful Australian acts of probably all time. Savage Garden formed in 1993 when Daniel Jones, who'd started a covers band with his brothers, placed an ad in a local Brisbane street press paper looking for a singer, to which Darren Hayes was the only person to respond. They ended up leaving the band to instead write songs together, first naming themselves Crush but, presumably as it hadn't yet been long enough since Bros were cool, eventually changing to Savage Garden, taken from a quote in Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" series saying 'beauty was a savage garden'. They sent demo tapes around and the only positive response came from the former manager of Baby Animals and The Angels, who became their manager and got them a deal with the film distribution company Roadshow's new-ish music offshoot, whose greatest previous success was... seemingly the 1995 #43 hit "Who Farted?", of all things. They were set up with producer Charles Fisher, who'd signed the band 1927 and produced their hit albums, and had also worked heavily with Air Supply, Moving Pictures, Gyan and others. (Post-Savage Garden, his productions included Deep Blue Something's fourth album, and his last hit was Kate Alexa's 2004 debut "Always There".) If anyone ended up feeling betrayed when they went full AC ballad for single 3, the producer's pedigree seems like a fine culprit, but before then, they debuted with the chirpy "I Want You", climbing into the top 10 within weeks and lasting months there. About 6 months later, it began receiving airplay in the US, eventually reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in May 1997, making them already a huge international success even if it had been the only song they ever made. In the UK, it reached #11, and then after the next 2 singles and a re-release of the former since it did little the first time, they re-released "I Want You" too as "I Want You '98", in the form of mixes by Bascombe (I can't confirm whether that's a dance version or just re-mixed in the literal sense) and Sash! (that one's obvious), just missing the top 10 again at #12, but sticking around a bit longer. That common horn sample you hear in the bridge originates in James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing", and it would appear in the bridge of another big hit 6 years later, "Jenny From The Block" - and tons of other songs (whosampled lists 319 songs that sample "Get Up Offa That Thing" in some way), but that's the one it makes me think of. 89% of this round's points went to 6 songs, and the latter 3 of those finished very close together, and far from both the top 3 and bottom 4. Surprisingly, though I do think this round's competition was easier, The Corrs have both outscored and outranked "Runaway" with their 2nd single "Forgiven, Not Forgotten", a heavy contrast going from a sweet love song to a song about suicide, with brooding instrumentation and dark-coloured outfits to match. Already, "Runaway" had only been particularly big in Australia and Ireland (add the UK years later), and "Forgiven, Not Forgotten" was even more localised to Australia; its only other verifiable chart peaks are #31 in Canada and #155 in the UK (where, in both places, it was the 3rd single, after "The Right Time", which eventually became the 4th single here and reached #44). Unlike "Runaway", its popularity doesn't really transcend its chart stats either, in that it's only their 9th-most viewed video on their official channel, and their 15th-most played song on Spotify. We last met Toni Braxton with her #2 hit "Breathe Again" and, with nothing above #49 in between, she's back with another #2 hit, and quite a distinctly different one. Apparently the title "You're Makin' Me High" was quite literal, in that a week before recording the song she tried marijuana for the first time, and she snuck that into the bridge ('you roll, I lick, and we can go flying into ecstasy'). Toni brought her sex, drugs and R&B to the US #1 spot as a double A-side with "Let It Flow", a track from the "Waiting To Exhale" soundtrack that had itself been an R&B radio hit earlier in 1996, though "You're Makin' Me High" was without doubt the much bigger 'side'. It was produced by Babyface along with one half of Groove Theory (and Toni's then-boyfriend) Bryce Wilson, it being his only notable hit apart from Groove Theory's "Tell Me". "You're Makin' Me High" has proven a popular sample choice; in 2014, producer Secondcity sampled what I consider originally the song's least memorable section (the bridge) into the piano house track "I Wanna Feel", reaching #1 in the UK amidst a long run of 1-week #1s at the height of the deep house wave, though it was definitely one of the least big #1s of its time, and the song that debuted at #3 the same week, Klingande's "Jubel", didn't win the battle but ultimately won the war. And this year, UK rappers MIST and Fredo sampled a more obvious section of "You're Makin' Me High" into their track "So High", which just left the UK top 10 after 2 months there. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony formed in 1991, first calling themselves Band Aid Boys (after Krayzie Bone crashed his moped and the others came to school with bandages in solidarity), then becoming B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e, and giving themselves all '____ Bone' names. What B.O.N.E. stands for is not definite, with multiple believed answers, but the thank yous section of their 'debut album' (more like a set of early recordings before they got any good, if reviews are anything to go by) notes 'To tha Cops: STOP! Beating On N****z Everyday!!! - B.O.N.E Enterpri$e'. They called up executives and got an 'unfulfilled promise' from rapper Eazy-E (of N.W.A.) to call them back, and in determination to reach him, they moved across the country to LA, had no luck finding him in months there, then upon hearing he was doing a show in their city, moved back, and finally got to him there. He was impressed by their audition for him and signed them, and renamed them Thugs-N-Harmony, but as they wanted to keep the 'Bone' part, they stacked them together. Eazy-E mentored them, but barely over a year later, in early 1995, he died of complications from AIDS. They released an album a few months later, including the song "Crossroad", written about the death of one of their close friends. They decided to remake it in honour of Eazy-E (with added mentions of a couple other dead friends and relatives too), and this version was re-titled "Tha Crossroads", with a total makeover by their frequent producer DJ U-Neek, officially called the 'D.J. U-Neek's Mo Thug Remix' (not that there's a non-remix version of the changed title). They'd had numerous US hits before, but "Tha Crossroads" was the first to really cross over (except on pop radio, who were just as hesitant as with "Gangsta's Paradise"), and it spent 8 weeks at #1 there and made them international, to an especially strong extent in NZ where it was the #1 song of 1996. They stuck around decently in the US and even had a top 10 hit as late as 2007, but they won't be seen again here, not even through Krayzie Bone's featured on Chamillionaire's US #1 "Ridin'", which peaked at #24 here. Like fellow '90s R&B/hip hop hits "Freak Me" and "Too Close", "Tha Crossroads" was later covered by a UK boyband who took it to #1 there; in this case, it was the hip hop-oriented group Blazin' Squad, whose debut single it became in 2002, under the name "Crossroads". Impressively, the week of 11 August 1996 had 3 top 10 debuts at once, which I think was the first time ever, unless you pretend "Confide In Me" debuted at #1 (Cold Chisel and Lionel/Mariah also debuted in the top 10 that week, which is coincidentally 25 years ago to this week right now). Even more 'impressively', all 3 of those songs turned out to be hype/fanbase-led singles with minimal longevity; they all spent only 9-10 weeks in the top 100. And we agree with that level of status, as they're all dredged in the bottom 4, miles behind the other 6 songs. First, "Who You Are" was the lead single to Pearl Jam's fourth album "No Code", and thus became their obligatory 1 top 20 hit per album. Pearl Jam have one of the most stark contrasts between pre-album and post-album singles I can think of; from mid-1994 to 2003, all their pre-album singles (1 each for 5 albums, plus 2 non-album entities) made the top 15, all but one debuting at their peaks, while nothing else charted higher than #29. The only exception to this is just before in 1993-94, when lead single "Go" peaked at #22 while its follow-up "Daughter" scraped the top 20; I'll excuse the former on the basis that it came out only a week before the album, compared to 3-5 weeks for most of the rest. "Who You Are" is easily their least successful entry so far, which seems fitting enough as the band deliberately chose it as the lead single to 'keep the size of their audience manageable'. The one outsider in this bottom 4, the song with actual legs on the chart, is the return of Maxi Priest: after basically 6 years in the wilderness since his #2 hit "Close To You", he returned with Shaggy on board for one last isolated top 10 hit, then promptly disappeared right back to wherever he was, leaving his penchant for spread-out hits with Shaggy. The instrumental of "That Girl" comes from the 1962 instrumental "Green Onions" by Booker T. & The M.G.'s which, going by Spotify, remains 11 times as popular as "That Girl". Maxi Priest's 3 hits all performed pretty evenly here with 9-13 points and #7-#9 ranks, but surprisingly, the one that did best by both marks is "Wild World", and the one that did worst is the biggest one, "Close To You". Lastly, it's the simultaneous solo debuts of Take That's 2 most prominent members, and they've... scored points, at least, which is more than "How Deep Is Your Love" can say. They weren't actually simultaneous in the UK, where Robbie's came out 3 weeks later, allegedly to try and knock Gary Barlow for #1... but they didn't account for the Spice Girls, who made sure that wasn't happening (though Gary, while he did get his #1, had fallen to #15 by week 4 anyway). I don't know which one had the higher debut sales there (Gary ended up a bit higher on the EOY, at #40 to Robbie's #46), but the same-week release here means we can tell Robbie's was slightly more popular in that week. Their solo debuts certainly chose different paths. Pre-Piggate David Cameron supporter Gary Barlow, who'd written most of Take That's songs, tried to prove his skills with an original (supposedly written with '80s hitmaker Nik Kershaw but credited without him to pass it off as entirely Gary's own work), but probably overestimated how far the safest route possible could go. Indeed, his solo career was over pretty fast... until he returned to it earlier this decade, scoring several top 2 UK hits and his best-selling solo album to date. Robbie, on the other hand, didn't even bother with an original song, but rather took on George Michael's "Freedom! '90" as a hand-me-down since the theme of George forming himself a new identity suited Robbie's targeted image too... as much as you can form an identity when adding nothing new to an already-existing song, and in fact, covering it so closely that, according to an uncited claim on Wikipedia, Robbie's version hadn't even been recorded yet by the scheduled date for filming the video, so he just mimed to the original instead. In another world, Liam Payne would've covered it too 21 years later and turned the song into a standard template for solo debuts, but in ours, he just placed the condensed version 'I used to be in 1D, now I'm free' in his 'original' song. When Robbie reached his debut album the next year, he didn't even include "Freedom" on it (or any album until his 2010 greatest hits), despite it being his biggest hit at that point. His next single, though a UK #2 too, didn't even reach the top 50 here; the song that turned around, saved and solidifed his solo career there (and set off a near-perfect top 10 streak for over a decade) was "Angels" in late 1997, but it took until his 3rd album's lead single, "Rock DJ", for him to return to the Australian top 20, from which point on we'll be meeting him plenty of times. Of the other Take That members, Mark Owen went solo in 1996 too; his single "Child" reached #3 in the UK, and #24 in Australia.
65 - No Doubt - Just A Girl (survived 3; inducted!) 53 - Savage Garden - I Want You (survived 1) 48 - Fugees - Killing Me Softly (survived 3; inducted!) 35 - The Corrs - Forgiven, Not Forgotten 34 - Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High 32 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Tha Crossroads 12 - Pearl Jam - Who You Are 11 - Maxi Priest feat. Shaggy - That Girl 5 - Gary Barlow - Forever Love 5 - Robbie Williams - Freedom
BoDeans - Closer To Free Chynna Phillips - I Live For You George Michael - Spinning The Wheel Los Del Mar feat. Pedro Castaño - Macarena Los Del Río - Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) Neneh Cherry - Woman Pet Shop Boys - Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is) Savage Garden - I Want You The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Dune Buggy The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You
This is the kind of round that's built to last until Friday night. Note: if you vote Macarena, make sure you specify which version(s)
I don't usually care about songs being overplayed, but I just can't separate Bodeans and Rembrandts from the tv shows they were themes for. They are not bad songs, but I wouldn't willingly listen to them again.
+5 Woman +4 I Want You +3 Spinning the Wheel +2 Macarena [Bayside Boys Remix] (I also enjoyed hearing the Bass Bumpers remix, I hope that people were encouraged to perform the Macarena at faster speeds by other remixes ) +1 I Live for You
This top 5 was fairly easy to pick out, but I had difficulty prioritising my top 2!
+5: Neneh Cherry - Woman +4: The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Dune Buggy +3: Los Del Río - Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) +2: Savage Garden - I Want You +1: Chynna Phillips - I Live For You
I wouldn't mind voting PSB or George either, but the top 2 would virtually never otherwise be +5 contenders.
+5 George Michael - Spinning The Wheel +4 Savage Garden - I Want You +3 Pet Shop Boys - Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is) +2 Chynna Phillips - I Live For You +1 The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Dune Buggy
We perhaps saw it with Richard Marx several years back that the combination of a strong isolated reputation and a lack of opposition to attract much in the way of competitive edge is a combination that can take you further than usual. "I Want You" did not receive an egregious amount of top votes, but a full house of mostly +4's & +5's takes the only carry over from last round to a whole new record of 71 points in a single round. Suffice to say, Savage Garden are well primed for their 3rd round. They will however, unlike this round, have to carry with them additional top 3 entrants. Of the 8 new songs and 9 new tracks in this round, the one that did best is perhaps appropriate, because if you were performing "I Want You" at karaoke with the aim of impressing your date, you could change the lyrics in the rapid fire verses to 'Neneh Cherry cola' and she probably can't tell the difference. Neneh returns to the game 2 years after a badly timed appearance for "7 Seconds" made it miss the Hall Of Fame, and of course "Buffalo Stance" never even got the opportunity to show up because of an unfortunate peak (watch the space of another forum game soon though). She does get the chance to enter with a solo top 20 hit which just snuck in with a #17 peak, 3 places higher than the future entry for her half-brother, and 1 place lower than the future entry for her daughter (perhaps she could chart higher in the future though), for her song "Woman". Of her two prior hits, "Woman" is far closer to "7 Seconds" with its trip hop skeleton, in fact by sheer coincidence I listened to it for this in the middle of a Portishead session and it fit in pretty seamlessly. Much like the UK football anthem "Vindaloo" having a music video as a parody of a music video that was already inspired by a Massive Attack video (as a bonus, Neneh is now married to one of the men who produced that very Massive Attack album), "Woman" takes its inspiration from James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" which itself was a play on "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". "Woman" would prove Neneh's last major hit, partly because she wasn't really comfortable with her level of fame but also because she didn't release another studio album until the 2010s. She did score another moderate hit in the 2000s with a guest spot on Gorillaz's "Kids With Guns" which peaked at #31 here. The final slot in the top 3 proved to be a close battle. Despite their commanding final lead, Savage Garden weren't actually leading for a decent way, thanks to a big early showing for Chynna Phillips. For the last 14 votes she only averaged about 1.3 points per voter but the early lead was enough to keep her safe. If you ignore her Wilson Phillips tenure, we have with us one of the most quickly assessed careers in this game as Chynna's 2nd hit comes just 3 rounds after her 1st. "I Live For You" was quite a bit bigger than "Naked And Sacred" mind you, and dons a 267% increase in points. For a fun coincidence, Chynna Phillips' first entry sat alongside the Mission: Impossible theme, and she went on to appear in the US series Dancing With The Stars, being eliminated in the 4th week dancing to the Mission: Impossible theme. Just last night I was reading a list of albums which performed considerably worse than their predecessor, ranked as a percentage drop (meaning that AC/DC's hugely successful "For Those About To Rock We Salute You" appears, just because it was the follow up to "Back In Black"). If you were to count Chynna's solo outings as a continuation of her career with Wilson Phillips then she'd make a big splash on that list. Both Wilson Phillips albums were certified at least platinum with over 1,000,000 sales in the US, whereas the album both of her hits come from, "Naked And Sacred" supposedly only sold a bit over 20,000 copies there, though I can verify that at least within the first few months of release, it never even cracked the Billboard 200, not helped by the fact that she never charted at all (even on the Bubbling Under chart) with her solo singles. Either way, she can take solace that she's been recognised here. George Michael has slightly less to take in this context. If he hasn't been had enough already with his close calls, he has a 4th place finisher to add to his tally. Poetically, his latest entry was sitting at #20 on the chart the week that Robert Miles reached #21 with his follow up single "Fable", "Children" having been one of the top 3 in the round "Fastlove" was eliminated. His latest is "Spinning The Wheel", which comes following the 2 back to back #1 hits on the album "Older", though this time the album was already out and the song managed a more modest #14 finish. In the UK it faired better by reaching #2 behind the debut of some noteworthy upstarts we'll be seeing soon, ending a streak of 3 #1 hits for him there. He would hit #2 over there a further 3 times in the next few years, and I suppose a 4th if you want to count "Last Christmas"'s annual ascents, not returning to the top spot at all since "Fastlove". The rest of the singles from "Older" fared even worse here so we won't see him again until a Greatest Hits cut later in the decade. When you think of jangle pop & alternative rock together, you might think of R.E.M. first, but this time around we're adding several more letters to make The Rembrandts, clap, clap, clap, clap. It's probably not uncommon to think of them as a band known for one song, but in reality they scored their highest charting single in the US about 5 years prior with the very Crowded House-sounding "Just The Way It Is, Baby", which peaked here at #26. The band would not stay stuck in second gear however, because in 1990 it just hadn't been their day, their week, their month, or even their year. Instead their infamy really came about when producers of the soon to premiere TV series "Friends" reached out to them to record a theme song. I didn't just mention R.E.M. for the hell of it, because the producers' initial idea for the theme song was something with a tempo like "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", and coincidentally ended up with a tune whose guitar could be compared to "I Feel Fine" by The Beatles. This was all put together so quickly that it was recorded the same month that the series started airing. If that seems speedy, it's worth noting that originally the song was just as you hear it on Friends, a whole 45 seconds. This all changed when a radio station in Nashville started looping this segment to put it to air as an actual song. Somehow this was well received and it forced The Rembrandts to record a full song many months later, complete with a music video featuring the by then quite recognisable cast of the show. Being recorded in two different segments might also explain why your mother apparently warned you there'd be days like these despite no one telling you life was gonna be this way, clap, clap, clap, clap. The song went to #1 on US radio and when they eventually put out a CD single for it, it became a 2nd top 20 hit for the band ("Just The Way It Is, Baby" also featured on the single), about a year after the show first aired. Unlike with The X-Files, Australia's timing is a bit different. There was a war between networks over the rights to airing the new prime time hit series. It ended up on Channel Seven and started airing in August 1996, almost 2 years after its US debut. You couldn't ask for much more of an advertisement for the series because that's the same month "I'll Be There For You" entered the charts here, reaching the significantly higher peak of #3. One of the songs sitting ahead of it this week is just behind it here. You might have heard of it, being the highest selling single of 1996. As the Billboard Hot 100 is currently being ruled by a 2 year old song, it's time to turn to "Macarena", the massive hit song from...1993. Los Del Río had already been together for about 30 years by this point, and the song would slowly become very famous. Apart from re-arranging the instrumental a bit, the most noticeable difference in the remix is the substituting in of English verses, removing the original's (Spanish) lyrics about a woman cheating on her boyfriend while he's overseas in the army, to one who is just out of town. The popularity of "Macarena" spawned a dance craze of the same name, seemingly started by the same woman who inspired the song, Diana Patricia Cubillán Herrera. You probably know every step of the dance even though it's not actually enacted properly in the music video, which is a bit more loose than the stiff allocation of arms in the actual dance. "Macarena" was a worldwide smash however, and boasts some remarkable Billboard achievements, including one of the longest climbs to #1 ever, reaching there in its 35th week on the chart, and lasting a whole 12 weeks. Until Lil Nas X came along, it was the longest reigning #1 for an artist's chart debut single, and it's one of the top 10 biggest singles of all time on the Hot 100. Not to say there wasn't a backlash, which is most prominently manifested in MC Rage's parody titled "F**k Macarena", a pre-SilvaGunner artefact which starts note for note identical, before inserting extremely disdain-filled lyrics, and most importantly, turning into a happy hardcore tune later on. Inexplicably it hit the top 10 in the Netherlands. "I'll Be There For You" is not the only TV theme we have in this round. When I was growing up, I had extreme difficulty perceiving the 'th' sound. I could say words like 'the' or 'they' properly, but I always said 'free' instead of 'three' unknowingly. Apparently when tasked to sing words on the spot I'll still slip into this. But I did this without getting the opportunity to score a hit single for my efforts, which is what happened with BoDeans. The band were fairly well established long before this point, mainly on US rock radio. They got a one off big break when they wrote the song "Closer To Free" which was used as the theme song to Party Of Five, becoming a top 20 hit here and in the US. If there's one thing you can thank Logo delays for, it's that with this round arriving when it did, it's prime time for me to make some sort of reference to impeachment since we're also seeing the last entry for The Presidents Of The United States Of America this round. Don't worry because they will survive on their mach 5, but before that, they just had a "Dune Buggy". The success of the single may have been partly helped by the inclusion of a version of their "Video Killed The Radio Star" cover, which nowadays stands as a clear 3rd in their Spotify play rankings, behind "Lump" and "Peaches". Nonetheless, they leave scoring a little higher than they did with "Kitty". Having a much more underwhelming finish to their appearances in this game is the Pet Shop Boys. Seemingly lost in the shuffle is the duo's Latin pop influenced single "Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is)", their final top 20 hit. Evidently Australia is not their prime market as following this they still have another 14 top 20 hits in the UK. Lastly we have a phenomenon that doesn't really get to be covered much in this game because circumstances rarely line up like this. A peculiar yet viable way to make money can be to record soundalike versions of songs and trick people into buying them, due to the fact that correct song/artist titles are not alwa...ever widely known. In the iTunes age, search algorithms were exploited. People would unwittingly download singles like, "Lighters" by Sky Full Of, or "Whistle" by Can You Blow My. In the UK, Maroon 5 quickly leached off of Precision Tunes' top 10 success with a quickly cobbled together cover of their debut hit "Payphone". ARIA's bizarre scrutiny with the chart means that none of these cover versions ever charted in the download era. The only exception is that in 2016, also helped by the original being unable to be purchased briefly, Ben Schuller made the ARIA top 100 with his cover of Lukas Graham's "7 Years", titled "Once I Was 7 Years Old", the sort of re-titling that can't not be seen with a cynical eye. But anyhow, perhaps the most noteworthy version of this phenomenon comes back to "Macarena". The propagation was certainly different, it's very possible that people willingly acquired Los Del Mar's rendition of "Macarena", but it's safe to say that the intent was to get a slice of Los Del Río's success. It was done professionally enough to have a music video, which features a slightly more accurate depiction of the dance. Just like Los Del Río, Los Del Mar is a duo, though rather than being two vocalists, it's one vocalist and one producer. At the height of the craze the two versions held the top 2 spots on the ARIA Chart together, recently amusingly encapsulated on ARIA's social media in their regular chart flashbacks https://twitter.com/ARIA_Official/status/1169505442340462592 Los Del Mar's version actually spent longer in the top 50, as it entered first, and when Los Del Río's version was deleted, Los Del Mar returned to the top 50 for another 4 weeks. Nonetheless, voters here are more discerning, as the remixed original version scores a respectable 22 points, but Los Del Mar are unable to get off the ground. Hey Macarena! [repeat]
71 - Savage Garden - I Want You (survived 2) 52 - Neneh Cherry - Woman (survived 1) 40 - Chynna Phillips - I Live For You (survived 1) 38 - George Michael - Spinning The Wheel 24 - The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You 22 - Los Del Río - Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) 19 - BoDeans - Closer To Free 15 - The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Dune Buggy 4 - Pet Shop Boys - Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is) 0 - Los Del Mar feat. Pedro Castaño - Macarena
Bryan Adams - Let's Make A Night To Remember Chynna Phillips - I Live For You Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever Eric Clapton - Change The World Jimmy Barnes - Lover Lover Metallica - Hero Of The Day Neneh Cherry - Woman New Edition - Hit Me Off Newton - Sometimes When We Touch Savage Garden - I Want You
Baby if you could vote your top 5, you better do your voting, by the night of Monday