Votes due by Wednesday, July 20th at 8 PM EST: Division I has it all: modern, folk, disco, hip hop, soul, and a number of major musical pioneers of last century. Listen to the songs here, vote by commenting on this post, and get a friend to vote with you! Best of luck to all songs!
Ray LaMontagne’s Trouble was released in 2004 but took some time to catch on with the public…same story with 2006’s definitively darker Til The Sun Turns Black. Not the case with 2008’s Gossip In The Grain, which hit #1 in iTunes album purchases the day of its release. Track One of that album kicks things off for Division I. He’s up against Randy Travis, who ain’t afraid of representing country in our competition.
Last round Neko Case squeaked by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg by the slimmest of margins in a high scoring affair (doesn’t that seem like it happened years ago at this point?) This time she draws a more contemporary competitor- we’ll see how well OK Go stands on its own two feet without the help of its trick dogs, treadmills, and Goldberg machines.
Some ado was made of Brian May’s vocal in the recently eliminated ’39. With Ooh La La, another song whose vocalist is likely mistakenly identified by many listeners- not Rod Stewart, but Ronnie Wood. We’ll see if the Brits can get by orchestral hip hop group Ozomatli.
To close things up, Frankie Valli vs. Aretha Franklin. ‘Nuff said.
# 1 You Are The Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne) vs. # 8 Look Heart No Hands (Randy Travis)
# 4 Hold On, Hold On (Neko Case) vs. # 5 White Knuckles (OK Go)
# 2 Ooh La La (The Faces) vs. # 7 Cut Chemist Suite (Ozomatli)
# 3 Oh What A Night (December 1963) (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) vs. # 6 Until You Come Back To Me (Aretha Franklin)