Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new contender. With an average score of a whopping 8.38, the sixth highest average score of any song in the Round of 512 so far, Stand By Me defeats Run Around 109-78.
On the other side of the averages, the Grateful Dead were looking to skate into the Round of 256 before the giant-killing duo of Astrid and adam came in with late +8 and +7 respective Temptations votes, allowing Just My Imagination to grab the 73-69 win. I think the big lesson here is while some of us like the Grateful Dead ok, apparently some of us absolutely, positively hate the Grateful Dead. And a band this divisive is simply not going to go far.
Nothing else was too close. Freedom takes Peace Train out of the running, 91.5-75.5. Billie Jean made good work of Smoke On The Water, 94-69. And Man In Black took California Love, 81.5-66.
All five losers have no songs left in the Round of 512. Grateful Dead, 0-5. Tupac, 0-2. Deep Purple, 0-1. Blues Traveler, 0-2. And Cat Stevens, 1-2. We’ll see Wild World in the Round of 256 in Division C next month.
One last observation: in terms of Biggie vs. Tupac, Biggie went 1-1 and we will be seeing Juicy in the Round of 256 as well. So…East coast wins?