#2 Let It Be (Beatles) def. #15 Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff), 122-116. Jimmy Cliff was probably too good to be a #15 seed, but Beatles fatigue is just as likely a culprit. It’ll be interesting to see if their enormous Round of 256 success comes back to haunt them in the Round of 128, when we’ll be hearing them almost every day.
#3 Tiny Dancer (Elton John) crushed #14 Rock n Roll N**** (Patti Smith), 121-86. And how could it not- as the scene pictured above remains one of the all-time music moments in movie history. Patti Smith is eliminated from the tournament- Artist #184.
#7 Is This Love (Bob Marley) def. #10 What I’d Say (Ray Charles), 122-118. Charles hung real tough in this one, but Marley pulled it out down the stretch. Ray becomes the #185th artist eliminated from the tournament.
#6 Rapper’s Delight (Sugarhill Gang) def. #11 Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones), 108-105 . Rapper’s Delight joins fellow old-schooler The Message as one of only two legitimately hip-hop songs left in the Round of 128. Not like I didn’t try. The Rolling Stones drop to 3-2, with two songs left.
This side of the bracket looks pretty wide open.