After so many months, we are finally ready to begin announcing the championship matches of our divisions. Remember, back when we began this in 2010, each Division had 32 songs, so its a commendable path for all finalists. None of the semi-finals was a runaway by any means, by the way; in fact, every single one of these songs had a lead at some point in the last few days. Now to the championship announcements…
Division A Championship: #1 You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones) vs. #7 The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
Jagger & Richards will be facing off against Simon & Garfunkel next week in a battle to win the first coveted spot of the Absolute Sweetest Sixteen. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” held strong against a good showing from “Such Great Heights,” but in the end the Stones sent The Postal Service air express to elimination, 154.9-145.5. Similarly, Blondie’s Cinderella story had its share of supporters trying to keep the magic alive. However, “The Sound of Silence” deafened any sort of Calling of Me that Debbie intended, 151.9-143.05, and shows Blondie the exit door. I personally give “Call Me” a standing ovation…who knew this song would get as far as it did? Bravo.
Division B Championship: #3 Creep (Radiohead) vs. #5 Hey Jude (The Beatles)
Ah, it hurts my heart a little to say good-bye to my dark horse, but all good things must come to an end. “All Day And All Of The Night” put up a heck of a fight through this tournament, but in this instance the voters gave the nod to the intensely creative Radiohead and the song that started it all on the radio for Thom Yorke (at least in the States.) “Creep” wins a battle of Brit and eliminates the Kinks, 147.8-142. On the other side of Division B, a devastating loss for Stevie Wonder- many of us saw “Superstition” gaining momentum and looking to be a competitor for a few more rounds. A majorly stunning +8.9 for “Hey Jude” put the ball back in the Beatles court late in the voting, and it ultimately pulls the win, 155.45-152.
Hey Jude also becomes our first Round of 64 song to make the Wall of 10’s with nods from Benji and Jacob. We now have what I see as a very exciting clash between the ultimate British band of the 60s and the ultimate British band of the modern day (I think Mark B would back me up on these generalizations, although I can already feel the glare from the Stones fans.) Que sera, sera.
A fond farewell to four admirable competitors: Debbie, Stevie, Ben, and Ray & Dave, our hats off to all of you.