Welcome to the final four songs of the People’s Choice Tournament! The finals hold two great battles. The first is a pair of powerhouse songs out of the early-to-mid 1970s from completely different genres. Second are a pair of songs from two years ago, both falling within the bumbershoot that is modern “indie-rock.”
This tourney really shook out in a rather spectacular fashion, with lots of huge upsets and fantastically close calls (e.g. Dire Straights’ Romeo & Juliet losing by .35 last round to Midnight Train to Georgia). Let’s see how this penultimate round racks up!
The songs are here. And the votes are due by 8 pm EST on Wednesday, August 31.
It’s been a long, and odd road to reach this stage, and what we’ve got left are a few odd ducks as well. Freddy Mercury & Queen take a live version of Someone to Love (the lesser-known but powerful lead single off of 1976’s A Day at the Races) and pits it off against Gladys Knight & the Pips‘ soulful but obviously well-humored 1973 hit single Midnight Train to Georgia.
On the other side of the bracket, Florence & The Machines fights for their indie-rock cred against the well-known Mumford & Sons. Florence et al released their debut album in 2009, with Dog Days as the first track and first single. Also from 2009, Mumford & Sons released Little Lion Man as their hit single in September. They’re both young bands- maybe a show together should be in order? (While Florence Mumford sounds like an antebellum midwife, Machine Sons sound like they could probably rock pretty hard- perhaps a joinder is necessary?)
Anyway- below is the list- it’s been real!
Somebody To Love (Live In Montreal) (Queen) =
Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips) =
Little Lion Man (Mumford & Sons) =
Dog Days Are Over (Florence and the Machine) =