Living the Dream Music Tournament: Day 26 (Round of 512)

Another great winter day in Division D.  Aretha and Journey step up to the plate tonight. Listen on Grooveshark, except Eleanor Rigby.  Vote by commenting below or emailing LTDdotorg@gmail.com.   To be clear, you can just pick the song, and it’ll be scored 8-6 in favor of the winning song.  But it’s much more fun to rank 1-10 like everyone else.

Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) vs. Respect (Aretha Franklin).  Smokey’s last stand after a devastating loss for Tracks of My Tears a few weeks ago.

Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) vs. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)

Hotel California (Eagles) vs. Yellow (Coldplay)

American Music (Violent Femmes) vs. Cannonball (Breeders)

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) vs. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

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12 Responses to Living the Dream Music Tournament: Day 26 (Round of 512)

  1. Guillermo says:

    Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) 8
    Respect (Aretha Franklin) 7.5

    You’re killing me, Smalls. You’re killing me.

    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) 7
    For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) 6

    Hotel California (Eagles) 7.5
    Yellow (Coldplay) 3.5

    American Music (Violent Femmes) 8.5
    Cannonball (Breeders) 6

    Fond memories of the American Music trajectory of the April 06 Marton-Olivos-Rafter tourney. Can’t count the Femmes out.

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) 6
    Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) 9.5

  2. Margot says:

    Shop Around – 7.8
    Respect – 8.3

    Eleanor Rigby – 6
    For What It’s Worth – 6.5

    Hotel California – 8
    Yellow – 5

    American Music – 7
    Cannonball – 6

    Don’t Stop – 8
    Don’t Stop Believin’ – 8.5

  3. Nick says:

    Shop Around – 7.5
    Respect – 9
    Both great, forgot about Shop Around, but can’t hold a candle to the Queen. Timeless.

    Eleanor Rigby – 6
    For What It’s Worth – 9.5
    I’ve always really liked FWIW. Its a much better song than abbreviation. Great message too! Eleanor Rigby is classic, but not super listenable… FWIW is just awesome. I relistened to both to be sure, and could barely take ER, while FWIW’s phenomenal guitar work, great hook, kickass refrain, etc all just made me bob my head and tap my feet. You can listen to this in any situation…

    Hotel California – 8.5
    Yellow – 6
    Hotel California is such a good song. Its too bad the Gypsy Kings had to go and make a cover thats even better than the Eagle’s version, otherwise I’d rank it higher…

    American Music – 6
    Cannonball – 6.5
    Both nice songs, not the best vocals or lyrics. Edge to Cannonball for a cooler bass line.

    Don’t Stop – 7
    Don’t Stop Believin’ – 8.5
    No brakes in this competition…

  4. Jordan says:

    Shop Around [6]
    Respect [9]

    Eleanor Rigby [7]
    For What It’s Worth [8]

    Hotel California [5]
    Yellow [6]

    American Music [5]
    Cannonball [6]

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow [6]
    Don’t Stop Believing [7]

  5. lindsay says:

    Shop Around – 7.5
    Respect – 9.5

    Eleanor Rigby -7.5
    For What It’s Worth -9
    I’ve always liked ER, but it is such a lonely song. My inner community organizer likes the work-togetherness of FWIW.

    Hotel California – 9
    Yellow – 4.5
    Yellow hasn’t aged as gracefully as Hotel California has.

    American Music – 4
    Cannonball – 4
    This match-up wasn’t really my cup of tea.

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – 10! Bill Clinton, come back!!!
    Don’t Stop Believing – 9.5
    I give this match-up a 10+!!

  6. Pillanattolvaj says:

    Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) – 6
    Respect (Aretha Franklin) – 8

    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) – 9
    For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) – 4

    Hotel California (Eagles) – 10
    Yellow (Coldplay) – 6

    American Music (Violent Femmes) – 5
    Cannonball (Breeders) – 5

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) – 5
    Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) – 7

  7. Mark says:

    Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) [6.5]
    Respect (Aretha Franklin) [8]

    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) [8]
    For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) [9]

    Hotel California (Eagles) [8.5]
    Yellow (Coldplay) [8]

    American Music (Violent Femmes) [6]
    Cannonball (Breeders) [6]

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) [8]
    Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) [9.5]

  8. Astrid says:

    Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) 9 vs. Respect (Aretha Franklin). 8.5

    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) 8 vs. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) 7.5

    Hotel California (Eagles) 7 vs. Yellow (Coldplay) 6

    American Music (Violent Femmes) 8 vs. Cannonball (Breeders) 5

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) 8 vs. Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) 10

  9. natalie says:

    shop around: 5
    respect: 9

    eleanor rigby: 5
    for what it’s worth: 9

    hotel california: 8
    yellow: 7

    american music: 7
    cannonball: 8

    don’t stop thinking about tomorrow: 7.5
    don’t stop believing: 9

  10. Janos says:

    My scores/ Cristina’s.

    Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) 8 / 4
    Respect (Aretha Franklin) 7/ 8.5

    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) 7 / 6
    For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) 9 / 6

    Hotel California (Eagles) 7 / 9
    Yellow (Coldplay) 7/ 9.5

    American Music (Violent Femmes) 8.5 / 9
    Cannonball (Breeders) 6.5 / 7

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) 9 / 7
    Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) 9.5/ 8

  11. Adrock says:

    Shop Around (Smokey Robinson) 6
    Respect (Aretha Franklin) 8

    Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) 7
    For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield) 9

    Hotel California (Eagles) 7.5
    Yellow (Coldplay) 2

    American Music (Violent Femmes) 6 (another new one by me… liked this a lot more than a 6 until the ending….)
    Cannonball (Breeders) 7.5 Surprised by how much i was feeling the bass line

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Fleetwood Mac) 7
    Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) 9

    • janosmarton says:

      Did you notice the Beach Boys song “I can hear music” as “American Music” fades out. We’ll be seeing that song in its original form later.

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