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Forum - General: Forum Games - Quick List Vote Game (First Time QLVG Artists)

Part 3: http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=48313

This whole shindig has been going for close to a year, 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, 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.

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)
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To kick off this new thread is a new game, looking at songs that were #1 hits in at least one country. Here is the list of 100 songs

10cc - I'm Not In Love
2 Unlimited - No Limit
Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody?
Aaliyah - Try Again
Adamski - Killer
Adele - Someone Like You
Alan Walker - Alone
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Alicia Keys - No One
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You"'s
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Ásgeir - Leyndarmál
Axwell Λ Ingrosso - Sun Is Shining
Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Blur - Beetlebum
Brandy - Have You Ever
Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
Capital Cities - Safe & Sound
Cheryl - Call My Name
Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love
Chic - Le Freak
Christine & The Queens - Christine
Craig David - Fill Me In
Cro - Traum
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills
Destiny's Child - Bootylicious
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Editors - Papillon
Elton John - Sacrifice
Emiliana Torrini - Jungle Drum
Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People
Faith No More - Epic
Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gorillaz - 19-2000
Haddaway - What Is Love
Jamelia - Superstar
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Ke$ha feat. Pitbull - Timber
Kelis - Milkshake
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kraftwerk - The Model
Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce - Telephone
Madness - Our House
Mariah Carey - My All
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mark Snow - The X-Files
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Mr. Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Nelly Furtado - All Good Things (Come To An End)
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias - El Perdón
Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
PJ & Duncan - Let's Get Ready To Rhumble
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
Radiohead - Knives Out
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Roy Orbison - Crying
Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sam and the Womp - Bom Bom
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Sigur Rós - Glosoli
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Storm Queen - Look Right Through (MK Remix)
Suede - Trash
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
The Kinks - Lola
The Naked & Famous - Young Blood
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
The Rasmus - In The Shadows
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
The Vapors - Turning Japanese
Tiki Taane - Always On My Mind
Toni Braxton - Un-break My Heart
Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
Ylvis - The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)

To have a say in how this goes down, I simply ask for you to select an ordered list of your Top 40 to 25 picks from this list and send it to me by 6pm on Wednesday. On Tuesday I'll start the new thread for the Qualifying game and you'll have to pick tracks from artists who have never appeared in the game before. To get you a headstart, here's a slightly messy list of artists who are ineligible for that https://pastebin.com/3LX6fEDG
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#100. Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias - El Perdón

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


#99. Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism

Points - 9
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #37


#98. Alan Walker - Alone

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


#97. Adamski - Killer

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


#96. Tiki Taane - Always On My Mind

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


This has proven to be a tough list so be on the lookout for harsh early eliminations. As usual we start relatively lightly. Enrique Iglesias's recent hits are no stranger to the #100 spot, his team up with Nicky Jam "El Perdon" achieved notoriety when it reached the Billboard Year End chart despite never cracking the top 50, giving those who define hits by peaks an existential crisis I imagine. Then at #99 is one of the more bizarre entries on this list, but thanks to Canada's now defunct singles chart from the 2000s, Nine Inch Nails can lay claim to having some #1 hits. 2007's "Survivalism" is funnily enough the first song I ever heard from the band. At #98 is Alan Walker's "Alone", which achieved some respectable success in Europe though didn't cross over to here like "Faded". #97 is Adamski's "Killer" which of course features Seal on vocals. One of the most beloved UK #1's of the '90s, is just unfortunate not to pick up more voters here. Lastly at #96 is Tiki Taane's "Always On My Mind", despite the title, it's not a cover, and it's one of the most successful songs of all time on the New Zealand charts.
#95. Axwell Λ Ingrosso - Sun Is Shining

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #27


#94. Brandy - Have You Ever

Points - 25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#93. The Vapors - Turning Japanese

Points - 25
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #28


#92. Scorpions - Wind Of Change

Points - 26
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #31


#91. Ylvis - The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)

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


While Swedish House Mafia are no more, they continue to live on in spirit, particularly as two thirds of the group continue to work together, releasing several successful singles as Axwell Λ Ingrosso, my personal favourite being "Sun Is Shining" which lands at #95. R&B singer Brandy achieved quite a bit of success in the '90s, scoring two US #1 hits which are both on this list. The first of which is "Have You Ever" at #94, which is the second most likely song to make me want to reference Round The Twist after Haim's "Falling". A peculiar song that I always envision as a worldwide smash, The Vapors' "Turning Japanese" has me a bit biased because it really was Australia where it was huge, it barely cracked the US top 40! Then on the other hand at #92 is one of the highest selling songs of all time, the Scorpions' "Wind Of Change", which was released in the wake of the falling of the Berlin Wall. Lastly because that's all a bit too serious, here's Ylvis making silly songs in a promo for their comedy show which became a bizarre hit single.
#90. Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce - Telephone

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


#89. Destiny's Child - Bootylicious

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


#88. Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody?

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


#87. Craig David - Fill Me In

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


#86. Cheryl - Call My Name

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


Here we might just have some songs that are unlucky in terms of who did & didn't get their votes in. In fact, Lady Gaga's "Telephone" almost looked like scoring no points at all Still it's an unfortunate early elimination. Beyonce continues to get the bad news too as "Bootylicious" also bites the bullet at #89. At #88 we have Aaliyah proving one of those plentiful cases of songs being eligible for this because New Zealand sometimes picks surprising songs at #1. Craig David's solo debut "Fill Me In" went straight in at #1 in the UK, here it's finishing at #87. Lastly we've got Cheryl sans surname with the 3rd of her 5 UK #1 singles, "Call My Name". She's got another one still to come.
#85. Az Yet feat. Peter Cetera - Hard To Say I'm Sorry

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


#84. The Rasmus - In The Shadows

Points - 36
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #23


#83. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine

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


#82. PJ & Duncan - Let's Get Ready To Rhumble

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


#81. Suede - Trash

Points - 39
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


And we go back to New Zealand again as Az Yet were able to score a #1 hit with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", which is of course a Chicago cover made blatantly obvious by the fact that Peter Cetera is credited on the track. Finland's own version of Linkin Park comes through at #84 with "In The Shadows", a song that was much bigger overseas than its modest Australian run would have you think. Then at #83 we have that other Brandy #1 single, which is of course "The Boy Is Mine", making me feel bad because it was one of the last songs I culled from my vote. At #82 is one of those wacky UK chart moments, where a TV special brought light back to the '90s musical career of presenters Ant & Dec, making such a buzz that the song re-entered the charts a decade later at the #1 spot, blocking P!nk's "Just Give Me A Reason" no less, which elicits different opinions. Then at #81 we have Spotify haters Suede who bizarrely picked up one of their only #1 hits anywhere with their 3rd album's lead single "Trash".
As per the norm, we've got 80 songs proceeding for another 2 days

10cc - I'm Not In Love
2 Unlimited - No Limit
Aaliyah - Try Again
Adele - Someone Like You
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Alicia Keys - No One
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You"'s
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Ásgeir - Leyndarmál
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Blur - Beetlebum
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
Capital Cities - Safe & Sound
Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love
Chic - Le Freak
Christine & The Queens - Christine
Cro - Traum
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Editors - Papillon
Elton John - Sacrifice
Emiliana Torrini - Jungle Drum
Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People
Faith No More - Epic
Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gorillaz - 19-2000
Haddaway - What Is Love
Jamelia - Superstar
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Jessica Mauboy - Burn
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kelis - Milkshake
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kraftwerk - The Model
Madness - Our House
Mariah Carey - My All
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mark Snow - The X-Files
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Mr. Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
Nelly Furtado - All Good Things (Come To An End)
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Pitbull feat. Ke$ha - Timber
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
Radiohead - Knives Out
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Roy Orbison - Crying
Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
Sam and the Womp - Bom Bom
Sigur Rós - Glosoli
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Storm Queen - Look Right Through (MK Remix)
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
The Kinks - Lola
The Naked & Famous - Young Blood
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
Toni Braxton - Un-break My Heart
Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll


But who will prevail like Yasuhiro Hagakure and who will fall like Taeko Yasuhiro? Or alternatively, who is popular like Taeko Yasuhiro and who is unpopular like Yasuhiro Hagakure? Rather than mull over my niche spoilers & wordplay, play this game instead. All I ask of you is to submit a Top 20 to 32 from this to me by 6pm on Friday, after which I'll do what I do. If ACI is a thing you do as well, that's open for business as well.
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Sorry I napped longer than intended

#80. Emiliana Torrini - Jungle Drum

Round by round: 67-80

Points - 30
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #25


=#78. Editors - Papillon

Round by round: 76-78

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


=#78. Mariah Carey - My All

Round by round: 68-78

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


#77. Christine & The Queens - Christine

Round by round: 80-77

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


#76. 2 Unlimited - No Limit

Round by round: 79-76

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #16


Starting things off is one of those random songs that you would think was just a moderately popular triple j hit if you're like me, but actually became a huge smash in Europe. Talking about Emiliana Torrini's oddball single "Jungle Drum". The next song goes without saying, but oddly enough, Editors had not one but two #1 hits in Belgium, the more recognisable one would be their dancier "Papillon". It's tied with a more expected name in this list, with one of Mariah Carey's many US #1 hits "My All". At #77 we have the original version of a song many people may better know as "Tilted", with "Christine" being entirely in French. Then we go back to the '90s with everyone's favourite phone ad, "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited.
#75. Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me

Round by round: 71-75

Points - 43
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #19


#74. The Kinks - Lola

Round by round: 74-74

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#73. Jamelia - Superstar

Round by round: 75-73

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#72. Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People

Round by round: 72-72

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#71. Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love

Round by round: 77-71

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


One of the first singles to be released in the 21st century, Rui da Silva went straight to #1 in the UK with a dance song that still holds up well in "Touch Me". We then go way back to The Kinks' super popular "Lola", one of at least two songs on this list I'm more familiar with through being used on some variety of comedy show (Futurama in this instance). At #73 is one we should all be familiar with since it was a #1 hit here, Jamelia with "Superstar". Empire Of The Sun continue the bizarrely huge in Europe sweepstakes with "We Are The People", while UK celebrity Cheryl Cole had a pretty much guaranteed #1 with her huge out-the-gate sales for "Fight For This Love".
#70. Elton John - Sacrifice

Round by round: 73-70

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#69. Nelly Furtado - All Good Things (Come To An End)

Round by round: 59-69

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#68. Pitbull feat. Ke$ha - Timber

Round by round: 78-68

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


#67. Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma

Round by round: 70-67

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #14


#66. The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

Round by round: 60-66

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


We go to the late '80s for one of Elton John's last big hits in "Sacrifice" at #70. In the fitting position, we have Nelly Furtado who is no stranger to #1 hits (well apart from in Australia), especially from her "Loose" album, the one being nominated here being "All Good Things (Come To An End)". She's not the only Nelly though as we have pure Nelly (with a bit of Kelly) on "Dilemma" at #67. Sandwiched between these hits is Pitbull's huge US #1 hit "Timber" which seems to be his one enduring song if iTunes catalogue sales are anything to go by. At #66 we have The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever", which packaged with "Penny Lane" is actually famous for not hitting #1 in the UK, but this is The Beatles, so if they released a single, it probably went #1 somewhere.
#65. Ásgeir - Leyndarmál

Round by round: 45-65

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#64. Storm Queen - Look Right Through (MK Remix)

Round by round: 69-64

Points - 55
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #16


#63. Jessica Mauboy - Burn

Round by round: 64-63

Points - 56
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#62. Twista feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz

Round by round: 56-62

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


#61. Cro - Traum

Round by round: 66-61

Points - 57
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


We're not done with original foreign language versions of familiar songs. At #65 we have the original version of a song you might know as "King and Cross", from Ásgeir's debut album which was so successful in Iceland, it's reported that 1 in 10 people in the country own the album, imagine if "Innocent Eyes" sold twice as much as it did here, and that's what you'd get. At #64 we have the somewhat delayed chart success for Storm Queen's club classic "Look Right Through" which saw success thanks to a slick remix by MK. QLVG favourite Jessica Mauboy is in at #63 with "Burn", which of course it had to be because it's her only eligible song this time around. #62 gives us the original teaming up of Kanye West & Jamie Foxx which netted a US #1 single, not the last time they did that as you might figure. Then for something different, we end things with German rapper Cro and "Traum". He likes wearing panda masks if you didn't know.
Things continue to run smoothly as we have 60 songs left in the running

10cc - I'm Not In Love
Aaliyah - Try Again
Adele - Someone Like You
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Alicia Keys - No One
Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You"'s
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Blur - Beetlebum
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
Capital Cities - Safe & Sound
Chic - Le Freak
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Faith No More - Epic
Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gorillaz - 19-2000
Haddaway - What Is Love
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kelis - Milkshake
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Kraftwerk - The Model
Madness - Our House
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Mark Snow - The X-Files
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Mr. Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
Radiohead - Knives Out
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Roy Orbison - Crying
Sam and the Womp - Bom Bom
Sigur Rós - Glosoli
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
The Naked & Famous - Young Blood
The Prodigy - Firestarter
The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes
Toni Braxton - Un-break My Heart
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll


But rather than running at least 7 different Nonary Games, it would probably be more efficient to judge them with the basis we already have been doing so. So by all means, submit your Top 15 to 24 selections from this list to me by 6pm on Monday. You can also submit for the ACI, and if you've not remembered that Mother's Day is on Sunday, consider this a public service. Enjoy your weekend.
It's a bit of a special day for QLVG (or tomorrow depending on your time zone preference) as it was this day last year that I came up with the original concept for this game!

#60. Kelis - Milkshake

Round by round: 48-57-60

Points - 56.25
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #20


#59. Capital Cities - Safe & Sound

Round by round: 57-59-59

Points - 68.35
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #17


#58. Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Round by round: 62-60-58

Points - 70.1
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #15


#57. Annie Lennox - No More "I Love You"'

Round by round: 52-45-57

Points - 73.95
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #16


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

Round by round: 30-41-56

Points - 81
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #6


Quite a variety to start us off. Kelis had one of the biggest hits of 2004 in Australia with "Milkshake" though it was cruelly denied the top spot, Ireland comes to save the day though, and it has a #60 finish. Following that is "Safe and Sound" huge overseas but never getting a proper push here outside of X Factor promo (and some ad it was on years prior which my review can attest to). At #58 is one of Beyonce's biggest hits of her career in "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", followed by an Annie Lennox song which I first heard through a Nicki Minaj sample but have grown to like quite a bit. Speaking of songs that were sampled in pop hits nearly a decade ago, we've got the Stock Aitken & Waterman breakthrough smash with Dead Or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)".
#55. Alicia Keys - No One

Round by round: 53-52-55

Points - 81.15
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #3


#54. Aaliyah - Try Again

Round by round: 36-40-54

Points - 82.45
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #9


#53. The Streets - Dry Your Eyes

Round by round: 55-56-53

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


#52. Sigur Rós - Glosoli

Round by round: 54-55-52

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


#51. Mark Snow - The X-Files

Round by round: 41-39-51

Points - 86.75
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #6


Giving Alicia Keys a huge hit on her 3rd album is "No One" at #55. At #54 we have Aaliyah's "Try Again" which has an interesting honour in the US as the first song to get to #1 purely on radio airplay, as I don't believe a CD single was available at the time. The Streets brings us the ultimate sad Brit at the pub tune with "Dry Your Eyes", while Iceland exposes its curious tastes once more as we have a track from Sigur Rós at #52. If that's not enough, the '90s expose their curious tastes once more as we have the theme to The X-Files as a hit around the world, landing at #51.
#50. Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills

Round by round: 38-44-50

Points - 89.05
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #15


#49. Mr. Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)

Round by round: 50-36-49

Points - 93.45
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#48. Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Round by round: 61-50-48

Points - 93.55
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #11


#47. David Guetta feat. Rihanna - Who's That Chick?

Round by round: 63-58-47

Points - 94.2
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #13


#46. Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity

Round by round: 23-38-46

Points - 96.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


We can never have enough Beyonce in these games, and so back with Destiny's Child it's their first ever US #1 hit with the total jam that is "Bills, Bills, Bills". Then at #49 we've got a Dutch rapper in Mr. Probz who had a worldwide hit in two forms, a slow ballad & an uptempo deep house track, the latter being displayed here. One of the oldest tracks in the game comes from the much beloved '60s smash from Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", while David Guetta & Rihanna add to their collection of hits with "Who's That Chick?" at #47. Lastly we've got a big breakout hit for Jamiroquai with a wonderfully memorable video that was #1 in Italy.
#45. Roy Orbison - Crying

Round by round: 44-28-45

Points - 97.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#44. Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race

Round by round: 35-51-44

Points - 97.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#43. Rihanna - Take A Bow

Round by round: 39-35-43

Points - 97.95
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #13


#42. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up

Round by round: 29-46-42

Points - 98.1
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #17


#41. Kraftwerk - The Model

Round by round: 27-32-41

Points - 102.45
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


Roy Orbison has no shortage of #1 hits from his first imperial phase, one of the more famous to this day being "Crying" at #45. Then at #44 is a huge breakout hit (in some markets) for Fall Out Boy which adds to the collection of artists getting surprising #1's in New Zealand. Rihanna was loaded with #1 hits in her "Good Girl Gone Bad" era, and here we have the US #1 "Take A Bow" at #43. Meanwhile The Prodigy's "The Fat Of The Land" album was particularly popular in Finland were all the major singles, even "Smack My Bitch Up" hit the #1 spot. Just missing the cut off today is Kraftwerk's "The Model" which is surprisingly not about different types of calculators.
As we bid those 20 adieu, these 40 proceed with gusto

10cc - I'm Not In Love
Adele - Someone Like You
Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
Blur - Beetlebum
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
Chic - Le Freak
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Faith No More - Epic
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Gorillaz - 19-2000
Haddaway - What Is Love
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Madness - Our House
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
MGMT - Kids
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Radiohead - Knives Out
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Sam and the Womp - Bom Bom
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
The Naked & Famous - Young Blood
The Prodigy - Firestarter
Toni Braxton - Un-break My Heart
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

But it's crunch time now as half of the remaining songs will be leaving us on Wednesday. Make sure it's not your favourites by getting your votes in by 6pm on that day, and have those votes consist of your Top 10 to 16 selections.

Also we have a new poll here for selecting the next game http://www.strawpoll.me/12968726 as always you are free to pass me suggestions.
#40. Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light

Round by round: 47-43-39-40

Points - 98.44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#39. Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

Round by round: 51-49-34-39

Points - 98.75
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#38. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem

Round by round: 37-30-33-38

Points - 98.79
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #2


#37. Sam and the Womp - Bom Bom

Round by round: 65-20-37-37

Points - 101.83
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#36. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')

Round by round: 49-42-36-36

Points - 109.64
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


Kicking us off is a Nelly Furtado song I wouldn't have picked as a #1 hit anywhere, but once again New Zealand pulls through. At #39 is Alannah Myles' US #1 hit dedicated to the king of US #1 hits, Elvis Presley. Queen of my twitter feed, Ariana Grande had a historic #1 hit in the UK with "Problem", the first #1 hit in the era of streaming included in the chart, not that she needed them really. Sam and the Womp present one of those oddities that the UK really got behind and belatedly so did Australia. Meanwhile upon seeing "Master Blaster (Jammin')", if you are not thinking about Chief Wiggum right now, we had different upbringings.
#35. Gorillaz - 19-2000

Round by round: 19-13-21-35

Points - 114.63
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


#34. Blur - Beetlebum

Round by round: 22-54-35-34

Points - 116.78
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #9


#33. Fatboy Slim - Praise You

Round by round: 09-17-25-33

Points - 116.81
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


#32. Chic - Le Freak

Round by round: 42-37-29-32

Points - 121.4
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#31. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

Round by round: 20-29-38-31

Points - 126.35
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #3


And we're never finished with New Zealand as they gave Gorillaz their only #1 hit with of all songs, "19-2000", though to attest to its popularity at the time, I got the So Fresh CD it was on for my birthday solely off the back of how much I liked that one song at the time. Unlike rivals Oasis, Blur don't have a huge handful of UK #1's, but also unlike Oasis, they're generally top tier selections for that. "Beetlebum" being a strikingly odd #1 but a very good one. Fatboy Slim also has his only credited UK #1 with "Praise You" though he had a hand in plenty more. We then go way back to Chic's disco smash that remains popular, "Le Freak", while the Pet Shop Boys have one of their big hits in "Inner City..." I mean "West End Girls".
#30. Joy Division - Atmosphere

Round by round: 14-23-18-30

Points - 127.19
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#29. Madness - Our House

Round by round: 31-16-16-29

Points - 128.06
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#28. Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

Round by round: 46-34-28-28

Points - 130
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#27. Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough

Round by round: 43-27-22-27

Points - 131.21
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#26. Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Round by round: 12-25-31-26

Points - 135.59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


I hope you don't think we were done with New Zealand, because they have one of the more peculiar entries as Joy Division scored not one but two #1 hits there a full year after Ian Curtis passed away. The first is as you expect "Love Will Tear Us Apart", but they also did it again with the less pop friendly "Atmosphere". Madness had two popular 'House' related songs eligible for this, in this instance it is the less descriptive "Our House" which resides, having hit #1 in not the UK but in Canada. Dire Straits have one of the most iconic hits of the MTV era with their song about tradies, making for one of the more unexpected US #1 hits of its time. Just before his imperial phase really set into action, Michael Jackson scored a turn of the decade #1 hit with "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough", while one of the most bizarre methods of eligibility come from Rage Against The Machine, whose "Killing In The Name" of course hit #1 in the UK thanks to a grassroots campaign to block the latest X Factor single.
#25. Adele - Someone Like You

Round by round: 23-19-20-25

Points - 135.65
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#24. Haddaway - What Is Love

Round by round: 25-11-12-24

Points - 143.18
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #4


#23. Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke

Round by round: 18-10-23-23

Points - 145.4
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


#22. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing

Round by round: 16-22-19-22

Points - 145.66
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


#21. Mariah Carey - We Belong Together

Round by round: 34-18-32-21

Points - 146.2
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


One of the first signs of Adele's global takeover waiting in the wings was in early 2011 when she performed "Someone Like You" at the BRIT Awards and sent it straight to #1, keeping Jessie J at #2 on both UK Charts and even having Lady Gaga's lead off single "Born This Way" end up with only a #3 peak there. Meanwhile, though not quite a top 10 hit in either Australia or the US, Haddaway's "What Is Love" was a global smash that hit #1 in too many countries to name. Stevie Wonder has yet another US #1 hit with his glorious tribute to Duke Ellington "Sir Duke", while Calvin Harris managed to end his streak of UK #2 hits with "Sweet Nothing" finally picking a good week to take the top spot. Lastly we have a huge hit that spent so long at #1 it became Billboard's biggest hit of the 2000s, I'm of course talking about Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together".
And still standing are these 20

10cc - I'm Not In Love
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Destiny's Child - Say My Name
Faith No More - Epic
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
MGMT - Kids
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Radiohead - Knives Out
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Split Enz - I Got You
The Naked & Famous - Young Blood
The Prodigy - Firestarter
Toni Braxton - Un-break My Heart
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

They say all's well that ends well, but I'm relying on you to make sure it ends well. In order to do that, you must submit your Top 5 to 8 selections from here and submit it to me by 6pm on Friday, upon which we will see the #1 among #1's.

The voting poll continues to be open here http://www.strawpoll.me/12968726 and the ACI is as well.
#20. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy

Round by round: 10-14-26-17-20

Points - 109.35
Current Voters - 1
Top Vote - #2


#19. Radiohead - Knives Out

Round by round: 15-26-15-18-19

Points - 112.50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Starting off with one of the biggest hits of 2006, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" which spent so long at #1 in the UK, they decided to delete the single so everyone wouldn't get sick of it. It sits alongside unusual company with Radiohead also amongst the oddities of the old defunct Canadian charts with their "Amnesiac" single "Knives Out", doing what Radiohead tend to fail to do and staying in the top 20 at the end.
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#18. 10cc - I'm Not In Love

Round by round: 33-47-27-20-18

Points - 113.74
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#17. Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

Round by round: 11-07-08-12-17

Points - 121.28
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


I've seen it noted that with 10cc's two big UK #1 hits, there's arguably some of the biggest gap of quality between the two, with "I'm Not In Love" often very highly regarded. We continue in a very UK-centric section with Spiller's "Groovejet", though it was an Australian #1 single, it's a very famous #1 in the UK for winning the highly touted chart battle against Dane Bowers' "Out Of Your Mind".
#16. Robyn - Dancing On My Own

Round by round: 13-15-14-15-16

Points - 143.08
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #5


#15. Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is

Round by round: 58-53-24-16-15

Points - 147.46
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


I'm still waiting for that garbage cover to leave the ARIA Charts, but we have priorities in place with Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" landing up at #16. It's sitting alongside a very different ballad, and one that is very lucky to be here with how it started off here, Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" which crept up from barely in the top 60 to all the way up at #15.
#14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

Round by round: 08-09-07-10-14

Points - 149.34
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #3


#13. Delta Goodrem - Lost Without You

Round by round: 40-33-17-14-13

Points - 155.22
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #2


Another unusual entrant here, with thanks to the A-Trak remix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs were able to score a #1 hit in Belgium with one of their more beloved singles in "Heads Will Roll". On the other hand we have no stranger to the #1 spot in Australia, Delta Goodrem with one of the many choices that were available, "Lost Without You" at #13.
#12. The Prodigy - Firestarter

Round by round: 17-12-13-11-12

Points - 175.31
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#11. Destiny's Child - Say My Name

Round by round: 32-31-40-19-11

Points - 179.78
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #1


We're going back to the Prodigy, this time not just #1 in Finland but also the UK, with the huge hit "Firestarter" at #12. Destiny's Child take us back to Australia with one of the more peculiar #1 hits in that it actually dropped out of the top 50 initially before re-entering and hitting the top spot. They're also super lucky to be this high because they started the last round in the lowest spot, but survived the round and landed all the way up at #11.
#10. Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart

Round by round: 28-24-11-09-10

Points - 196.32
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#9. Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.

Round by round: 07-08-10-07-09

Points - 199.11
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #3


One of the biggest hits of the '90s in the US, Toni Braxton spent 3 whole months at the top spot with her ballad "Un-Break My Heart", which lodges itself nicely within the top 10. It's next to a more recent US #1 hit from Kendrick Lamar, who did the glorious act of knocking off an incredibly not-humble artist from the top.
#8. MGMT - Kids

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

Points - 204.64
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


#7. Faith No More - Epic

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

Points - 206.51
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #1


One of the more bizarre #1 hits around the world, MGMT scraped a #1 hit in Denmark with "Kids", which spent a total of 1 week on the chart there. In a different sense I'm always a little surprised that Faith No More scored a #1 hit in Australia with "Epic".
#6. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot

Round by round: 26-21-30-13-06

Points - 218.47
Current Voters - 4
Top Vote - #2


#5. The Naked and Famous - Young Blood

Round by round: 21-48-09-08-05

Points - 230.57
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Snooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop Dogg & Pharrell had a huge US #1 hit with "Drop It Like It's Hot" which shows extreme popularity here as it climbs all the way up to #6. More of a surprise is the instant popularity of The Naked and Famous in New Zealand, to the point that I only first heard of them by the fact that this song debuted at #1 there, taking some 6-12 months to catch on here.
#4. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

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

Points - 244.74
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


#3. Split Enz - I Got You

Round by round: 06-06-02-02-03

Points - 252.88
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #1


Depeche Mode released a very good album in 1990 by the name of "Violator", if you know any song from it, it's probably "Enjoy The Silence", another song here which hit the top spot in Denmark, which is all I ever wanted to make it eligible. Then we've got a strong contender from Split Enz, incidentally "I Got You" is the only Finn-related track to ever hit the top spot in Australia, but don't you worry because there's actually still more where that came from.
#2. Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks

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

Points - 276.77
Current Voters - 5
Top Vote - #4


#1. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

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

Points - 379.85
Current Voters - 8
Top Vote - #1


It'd be nice to set this up with a pretense of suspense, but this is probably the least suspenseful game of this we've ever had, at least from my perspective. In the runner up slot are no strangers to the runner up slot considering ye olde Hottest 100, Of Monsters and Men have their huge breakout hit "Little Talks" as the general #2 sitter. As for the #1 spot, there is no typo here, Crowded House have taken this title by over 100 points, with such domination that there was at least one round where every single submitted vote included it. For its inclusion, you have to thank Canada who took it to the top spot.
That's a wrap! I'll catch you on the other side of the weekend as we take a look into what may be particularly interesting as it'll be a game including only artists who have never appeared in this game before. As for the qualifying, the votes are in, and we'll be voting on top 10 hits on the US Alternative charts. You may be surprised at just how many oddities there are amongst those.
That was a great round for my nominations. Haven't nominated a number 1 for ages. 5 of the top 10 were mine, 4 of the top 6, 3 of the top 4 and both #2 and #1 were mine.
Yay cool #1 - of course Don't Dream It's Over was #1 for a solitary week over here (in NZ) too a really strong top 40 I would say!
Ah you're right. I'd only briefly glanced at the Wikipedia listing and somehow glossed over that one. Went well for me too, nearly all of the songs I voted for landed in the top 10.
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I'm in a hurry and here's your list of 100 QLVG freshmen!

AFI - Miss Murder
Agnes - Release Me
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
Annie - Heartbeat
Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Atlas Genius - Trojans
Austra - Lose It
Basement Jaxx feat. Lisa Kekaula - Good Luck
Bat For Lashes - Daniel
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Ben Kweller - Sundress
Bhangra Knights vs. Husan - Husan
Big Audio Dynamite II - Rush
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Blondie - Call Me
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Evans - Don't You Think It's Time
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - Tha Crossroads
BOY - Little Numbers
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Britt Nicole - Gold
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Car Seat Headrest - Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Cher - Believe
Children Collide - Farewell Rocketship
City and Colour - Fragile Bird
Cover Drive - Sparks
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage
End Of Fashion - O Yeah
Enya - Orinoco Flow
Eric Pyrdz - Call On Me
Etta James - At Last
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Five - Keep On Movin'
FKA twigs - Two Weeks
Frida - I Know There's Something Going On
Go West - The King of Wishful Thinking
Goldfrapp - Utopia
Grace Mitchell - Now
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
Hillsong Young & Free - Alive
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene
K.Flay - Blood In The Cut
Keke Palmer feat. Quavo - Wind Up
Korn - Got The Life
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Madvillain - All Caps
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Rock The Nation
Modern Baseball - Your Graduation
Moloko - The Time Is Now
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
N.E.R.D. - Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
Nothing But Thieves - Wake Up Call
Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)
O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tei
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
Primal Scream - Loaded
Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One
Sløtface - Empire Records
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
Sneaky Sound System - UFO
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Spoon - The Underdog
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
The Beautiful Girls - I Thought About You
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Jungle Giants - Feel The Way I Do
The Kills - Future Starts Slow
The Kite String Tangle - Given The Chance
The Knocks feat. Powers - Classic
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Specials - Ghost Town
The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drum
The The - Uncertain Smile
Timo Maas - To Get Down
TobyMac - Speak Life
Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight
Unwritten Law - Up All Night
Veruca Salt - Seether
William Singe - Rush
Wings - Band On The Run
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit

Vote by selecting your Top 25 to 40 from this list and submitting it to me by 6pm on Wednesday. Good luck to your favourites.
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#100. Keke Palmer feat. Quavo - Wind Up

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


#99. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Rock The Nation

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


#98. William Singe - Rush

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


#97. Children Collide - Farewell Rocketship

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


#96. Cover Drive - Sparks

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


It's been a little while but we have nul pwa as a nominator has gone missing in action. At the #100 spot we have actress turned singer Keke Palmer with "Wind Up", which in accordance with the laws of pop at present, has the obligatory Quavo feature. Then at #99 we have the political stylings of Michael Franti & Spearhead's "Rock The Nation". Former Collective member William Singe is currently breaking out into the charts via a Jonas Blue track, earlier in the year he released "Rush" which heavily interpolates a certain '90s #1 hit...not the one that the title would have you think. With how tough this list was, I personally couldn't even fit in a vote for a former #1 on my own chart in "Farewell Rocketship", while at #96 we have Cover Drive with "Sparks", the follow up to their UK #1 "Twilight". A random tidbit I learnt is that they have accumulated 5 top 40 hits, and all of them came and went within the space of 1 year.
#95. N*E*R*D - Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)

Points - 23
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #22


#94. Nothing But Thieves - Wake Up Call

Points - 29
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


#93. Unwritten Law - Up All Night

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


#92. K.Flay - Blood In The Cut

Points - 33
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #23


There's a vintage subtle cocaine reference in song titling with N*E*R*D's effort at #95. We then go back to a funkier cut from Nothing But Thieves' debut album in "Wake Up Call" while at #93 is a vintage Hottest 100 highlight in Unwritten Law's "Up All Night". Then at #92 we have the breakout hit for the up and coming K. Flay who just recently released her pretty solid debut album.
=#90. Austra - Lose It

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


=#90. Timo Maas - To Get Down

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


#89. Big Audio Dynamite II - Rush

Points - 34
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #17


#88. Ben Kweller - Sundress

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


#87. Bhangra Knights vs. Husan - Husan

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


#86. The Beautiful Girls - I Thought About You

Points - 39
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #14


We have a tie for the #90 position. There's the distinct vocal stylings of Canada's Austra and "Lose It", while there's a nostalgia bomb with Timo Maas's nearly top 50 hit from 2002 "To Get Down". I'm inclined to link it to another song from a similar era, even if you haven't thought about it in over a decade, "Husan" may well give you a huge 'oh that song' moment. As it would turn out, we do have actual "Rush" from Clash side project Big Audio Dynamite II at #89. I also have some of my earliest triple j memories brought back via some top tracks from Ben Kweller & The Beautiful Girls.
#85. BOY - Little Numbers

Points - 40
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #11


#84. Agnes - Release Me

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #15


#83. Modern Baseball - Your Graduation

Points - 44
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#82. The Kite String Tangle - Given The Chance

Points - 47
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #13


#81. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Points - 48
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


A common named artist who you won't have much success appending 'band' to in a Google search is the German-Swiss duo BOY, who have released many delightful tracks including "Little Numbers" at #85. We then go back to the turn of the decade with 2009's "Release Me" from Agnes who has been noted for looking and sounding a lot like Leona Lewis. #83 gives us a song that is infamous for me for being a huge outlier in my first ever hellish Hottest 100 vote count, Modern Baseball's "Your Graduation", but proof there is still a market for modern emo. At #82 is a big breakout hit for The Kite String Tangle, who went from being unheard of to having a top 20 finish in the Hottest 100 thanks to "Given The Chance". Then we go way back for a classic from Bill Withers, "Ain't No Sunshine".
80 songs continue to stand

AFI - Miss Murder
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
Annie - Heartbeat
Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Atlas Genius - Trojans
Basement Jaxx feat. Lisa Kekaula - Good Luck
Bat For Lashes - Daniel
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Blondie - Call Me
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Evans - Don't You Think It's Time
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - Tha Crossroads
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Britt Nicole - Gold
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Car Seat Headrest - Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Cher - Believe
City and Colour - Fragile Bird
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage
End Of Fashion - O Yeah
Enya - Orinoco Flow
Eric Pyrdz - Call On Me
Etta James - At Last
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Five - Keep On Movin'
FKA twigs - Two Weeks
Frida - I Know There's Something Going On
Go West - The King of Wishful Thinking
Goldfrapp - Utopia
Grace Mitchell - Now
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
Hillsong Young & Free - Alive
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene
Korn - Got The Life
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Madvillain - All Caps
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Moloko - The Time Is Now
My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)
O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tei
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
Primal Scream - Loaded
Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One
Sløtface - Empire Records
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
Sneaky Sound System - UFO
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Spoon - The Underdog
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Jungle Giants - Feel The Way I Do
The Kills - Future Starts Slow
The Knocks feat. Powers - Classic
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Specials - Ghost Town
The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drum
The The - Uncertain Smile
TobyMac - Speak Life
Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight
Veruca Salt - Seether
Wings - Band On The Run
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit

It will take all the hope in the world to persevere in this game, so you must not give in to despair. In order to do this, select a Top 20 to 32 from this list and submit it to me by 6pm on Friday, upon wish I will deliver the punishment to probably 20 more songs.
Always makes me happy when everyone from round 1 gets their votes in again


#80. Wings - Band On The Run

Round by round: 71-80

Points - 46
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #10


#79. End Of Fashion - O Yeah

Round by round: 80-79

Points - 47
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #8


#78. Al Green - Let's Stay Together

Round by round: 79-78

Points - 50
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#77. Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One

Round by round: 78-77

Points - 51
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#76. Frida - I Know There's Something Going On

Round by round: 75-76

Points - 52
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


Starting off with a bit of a psychedelic trip as Wings go all over the place in the delightful "Band On The Run" at #80. Appearing for the first of two times is "Where Is My Mind?" at #79, while we stay old school with the soulful stylings of "Let's Stay Together" at #78. Decidedly modern is Sky Ferreira's oft-overlooked alt pop and one of her bigger singles "You're Not The One" at #77. Not to be confused with the Frida who put out a song I liked near the end of last year, is the considerably more famous member of ABBA who lands at #76 with "I Know There's Something Going On".
#75. Cypress Hill - (Rock) Superstar

Round by round: 73-75

Points - 53
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #13


=#73. O-Zone - Dragostea din tei

Round by round: 72-73

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


=#73. Sløtface - Empire Records

Round by round: 76-73

Points - 54
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #12


#72. The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Round by round: 57-72

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


#71. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Round by round: 69-71

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


Though it sounds like an oxymoron, Cypress Hill have a wonderful rap-rock hybrid in "(Rock) Superstar" at #75. We then have a curious European tie for #73, between O-Zone's memetastic "Dragostei din tei", and Sløtface's highly referential "Empire Records". Everyone's favourite pair of Scottish twins, The Proclaimers are in at #72, while CCR have one of their most famous songs that didn't peak at #2 in the US in "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" at #71.
#70. The Knocks feat. Powers - Classic

Round by round: 47-70

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #7


#69. Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)

Round by round: 55-69

Points - 58
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #1


#68. The Jungle Giants - Feel The Way I Do

Round by round: 74-68

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


#67. My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes

Round by round: 68-67

Points - 58
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #6


#66. FKA twigs - Two Weeks

Round by round: 62-66

Points - 59
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #7


A throwback to an era when New Zealand's chart could have songs (apart from "Options") that weren't charting everywhere else, is The Knocks' "Classic" at #40. This set also exemplifies the slight oddity we had in this game of songs with the same name, with the lesser set bowing out here, FKA twigs' "Two Weeks" at #66, and a song by Starley which I believe according to ARIA does not exist anymore. The Jungle Giants have their recent ACI hit "Feel The Way I Do" at #68, while a personal favourite is My Bloody Valentine's "Sometimes" at #67, a rare moment of peace in a very visceral album.
#65. Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy

Round by round: 67-65

Points - 62
Current Voters - 2
Top Vote - #4


#64. Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro

Round by round: 58-64

Points - 62
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #15


#63. Korn - Got The Life

Round by round: 48-63

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


#62. Britt Nicole - Gold

Round by round: 60-62

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


#61. Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F' Wit

Round by round: 52-61

Points - 64
Current Voters - 3
Top Vote - #9


Good old Richard is up to his usual wacky antics with "Come To Daddy" landing at #65. While at #64 we have the Happy Mondays' only ever #1 hit on the Alternative Charts (hey we have this qualifying game going on) in "Kinky Afro". People of around my age will recognise the vocalist from Gorillaz's "DARE". One of the big hits from Korn's "Follow The Leader" album is "Got The Life" which lands at #63, while we have a rare modern case of a song charting on both the US Pop charts and US Christian charts with Britt Nicole's "Gold" at #62. Lastly, we have the tiger style of the Wu-Tang Clan as they bring the ruckus. I assure you, you should not f**k wit them.
This leaves us with 60 songs to remain in contention

AFI - Miss Murder
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
Annie - Heartbeat
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Atlas Genius - Trojans
Basement Jaxx feat. Lisa Kekaula - Good Luck
Bat For Lashes - Daniel
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Blondie - Call Me
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Evans - Don't You Think It's Time
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - Tha Crossroads
British India - I Can Make You Love Me
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
Car Seat Headrest - Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
Cher - Believe
City and Colour - Fragile Bird
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage
Enya - Orinoco Flow
Eric Pyrdz - Call On Me
Etta James - At Last
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Five - Keep On Movin'
Go West - The King of Wishful Thinking
Goldfrapp - Utopia
Grace Mitchell - Now
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Hillsong Young & Free - Alive
Hoodoo Gurus - What's My Scene
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Madvillain - All Caps
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Niall Horan - Slow Hands
Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
Primal Scream - Loaded
Primus - Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
Sneaky Sound System - UFO
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Spoon - The Underdog
Stacie Orrico - Stuck
The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
The Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes
The Getaway Plan - Where The City Meets The Sea
The Kills - Future Starts Slow
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
The Specials - Ghost Town
The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drum
The The - Uncertain Smile
TobyMac - Speak Life
Toploader - Dancing In The Moonlight
Veruca Salt - Seether

But we have a problem as my cooking robot requires 20 human songs to bake a cake, and the substitute is too high to reach without a jetpack. Please be diligent as you select a Top 15 to 24 from this list by 6pm Monday to decide who gets to proceed. Also the ACI is open. Have a good weekend.

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