Opening Tracks and Radio Songs: Day 10

regina-spektorTonight I post for the last time before hitting the road for the Great American Road Trip, Vol. 5. Who knows what I’ll be posting from the road, but hopefully it will be fun photos, videos, and assorted adventures, all while we continue our group quest to find the best opening track and best song about radio. Votes for these matches are due by Friday, March 15th at 11:00 PM EST. Playlist is here, full rules and philosophy here, and the tournament bracket is here. See you in the comments!

Best Track One, Side One

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Beach Boys, Pet Sounds) vs. “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana, Nevermind) vs. “Burning Down the House” (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues)

Best Song About The Radio

“On the Radio” (Regina Spektor) vs. “Caravan” (Van Morrison)

“Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” (Ramones) vs. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry)

Result from Day 9

“Where the Streets Have No Name” (U2, Joshua Tree) def. “My Name is Jonas” (Weezer, Blue Album), 84-81.

“Modern Love” (David Bowie, Let’s Dance) def. “Debaser” (Pixies, Doolittle), 85-78.

“Radio Free Europe” (R.E.M) def. “Radio” (Eazy E), 76-62.

“Radio Gaga” (Queen) def. “Radio Radio” (Elvis Costello), 74-68.

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7 Responses to Opening Tracks and Radio Songs: Day 10

  1. Adam S says:

    “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Beach Boys, Pet Sounds) vs. “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed) 5.5 – 8.5

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana, Nevermind) vs. “Burning Down the House” (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues) 9 – 6

    Best Song About The Radio

    “On the Radio” (Regina Spektor) vs. “Caravan” (Van Morrison) 4.5 – 7.5

    “Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” (Ramones) vs. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry) 6 – 6.5

  2. emglasser says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice – 6.5
    Gimme Shelter – 8.7

    The Beach Boys are one of those groups that I will always love, but definitely have to be in the right mood for, and today is not that day, Boys. Gimme a sultrier Mick…

    Smells Like Teen Spirit – 9
    Burning down the house – 5.4

    Kurt and the gang are killing it this morning…

    On the Radio – 4
    Caravan – 6.3

    Do you Remember Rock n Roll Radio – 4.5
    Roll over Beethovan – 7

  3. Astrid says:

    “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Beach Boys, Pet Sounds) 7
    “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed) 9

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana, Nevermind) 9
    “Burning Down the House” (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues) 5

    “On the Radio” (Regina Spektor) 5.2
    “Caravan” (Van Morrison) 7

    “Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” (Ramones) 9.8
    “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry) 6

  4. Eileen says:

    “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” vs. “Gimme Shelter” 7.0 vs 7.5

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” vs. “Burning Down the House” 6.0 vs 6.5

    “On the Radio” vs. “Caravan” 5.0 vs 7.5

    “Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” vs. “Roll Over Beethoven” 6.0 vs 8.0

  5. Daddy-O says:

    “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” vs. “Gimme Shelter” 6.5 vs 7.5

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” vs. “Burning Down the House” 6.5 vs 7.0

    “On the Radio” vs. “Caravan” 5.0 vs 8.0

    “Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” vs. “Roll Over Beethoven” 6.0 vs 8.2

  6. jameswheeler says:

    Best Track One, Side One

    8- “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Beach Boys, Pet Sounds) vs.
    8.5- “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed)
    Tough matchup. Slight edge goes to the Stones.

    9- “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana, Nevermind) vs.
    7.5- “Burning Down the House” (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues)
    A bit of the shine of Teen Spirit today but still beats the Heads.

    Best Song About The Radio

    8.4- “On the Radio” (Regina Spektor) vs.
    5- “Caravan” (Van Morrison)
    I just can’t get into this Van Morrison track.

    6- “Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” (Ramones) vs.
    9- “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry)
    Chuck. You hit it today, brother. Just what I needed.

  7. janos marton says:

    “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (Beach Boys, Pet Sounds) vs. “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed)
    Killer match-up.
    9.5 : 9

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana, Nevermind) vs. “Burning Down the House” (Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues)
    Wasn’t feeling Nirvana this afternoon, feeling more mellow, I guess.
    7.5 : 8.8

    “On the Radio” (Regina Spektor) vs. “Caravan” (Van Morrison)
    8.9 : 7.7

    “Do You Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio” (Ramones) vs. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry)
    8.5 : 8

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