Battle for Best Rock Song In History: Day 10

The results for Day 9 are below- no very notable high scores, but 4 songs advance as always. Votes on the next set of matches are due Friday, October 4th at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST. Enjoy! We’re rocking along with some deep blues cuts, bringing up the tempo with some mid 60s classics heavily influenced by Phil Spector, moving into the disco era for a few, and finishing up with some alternative rock standards from the mid-90s.

  • Where The Blues Began, 1912-1936 (Group 1)
  • The Phil Spector Legacy, 1965 (Group 5)
  • Disco Fever, 1977-1978 (Group 12)
  • Alternative Rock, 1994  (Group 14)

Click here to open up the voting window to rank the match-ups!

Day 9 Results

Garage Band Sounds, 1965
“Hang On Sloopy” by The McCoys- 62
“Dirty Water” by The Standells- 52
“Pushin’ Too Hard” by The Seeds- 41
“Jolly Green Giant” by The Kingsmen- 32

“Hang On Sloopy” is literally the state song of Ohio. It also advances. HOS got the high score of the round.

The Philadelphia Sound, 1972
“Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul- 56
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes- 50
“Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by The Spinners- 45
“Backstabbers” by The O’Jays- 35

I’d call this a surprising win, but I admittedly am not as versed in Philadelphia Sound as I’d like to be (and hopefully will be as the tourney progresses.) It’s a pretty sexy song though, yes?

Early MTV Beneficiaries, 1982
“I Flew (So Far Away)” by A Flock Of Seagulls- 45
“I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow- 44
“She Blinded Me With Science
” by Thomas Dolby- 36
“Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant- 34

With a blistering 5 average, Flock moves on. Wait, that’s not blistering at all.

Socially Conscious Hip Hop, 1987-1989
“Fuck Tha Police” by N.W.A.- 55
“I’m Your Pusher (Pusherman)” by Ice-T- 49
“Don’t Believe The Hype” by Public Enemy- 41
“South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions- 33

With two 1’s and two 10’s, I’m going to venture a guess that FTP owns our highest standard deviation for advancing songs.

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8 Responses to Battle for Best Rock Song In History: Day 10

  1. janos marton says:

    Day 9 was the weakest one we’ve had by far. I guess songs like “Love Train” and “Video Killed the Radio Star” will come in different installments of their respective divisions. As for “Fuck the Police”, that song was ground-breaking for its style and content. Anyone giving it a “1” must just hate hip-hop. I encourage open-mindedness from all listeners/voters – in this tournament more than ever.

    Day 10 is much stronger. Anyone who digs “Then he kissed me” should check out the Beach Boys cover, “Then I kissed her.” Classic Al Jardine.
    Three SNF songs in one division? Stacks be decked.
    The 90s division was superb, hard to choose here.

  2. Daddy-O says:

    G
    Memphis Blues is coming up “unavailable” on Spotify. I am holding up putting in our votes until I hear back.

    Daddy-O

  3. Daddy-O says:

    Thanks, G. Found a copy on You Tube as well.

  4. Daddy-O says:

    Where the Blues Began – This is about as “rootsy” as it gets. Tough selection, though, but gave the nod to St. Louis Blues. It may be an instrumental, but this is the real thing.

    Phil Spector – What a grouping. Strong top to bottom but Ebb Tide gets the nod. May be the ultimate “slow dance” tune; certainly one of the very best. You folks do know what “slow dancing” is? S & C were icons in their day and this is probably the signature piece, but the Righteous Brothers are the best ones here.

    Disco Fever – Never a big fan and I would have looked silly in the outfits they wore but I really like the Village People even though I can’t do YMCA no how much I have had to drink.

    Alternative Rock – Not my decade for music I guess. Not impressed with any of these choices. Now, Buddy Holly, would be a great choice in this contest, but Weezer…….sounds like he has asthma.

  5. Adrock says:

    St. Louis Blues – W.C. Handy 4- Handy wrote some good rhythms, but its not close to enough to get me out of this funk.
    Memphis Blues – Victor Military Band – 4 Better but only slightly than its predecessor. Not knocks on the tracks… just going to take a lot to be above average today. Why oh why couldn’t it be a metal set today?!?
    Down Hearted Blues – Bessie Smith 5 … opening has a feel like the theme song to Cabaret, which shockingly would be a good thing right now. Damnit i need a freaking guitar lick now!
    Crossroads Blues – Robert Johnson 7…ahhhhhhh so much better. I’m glad Robert sold his soul. So much great music resulted. For anyone questioning my sanity, well… its sometimes more about mood than quality… i’d sell my soul for a few things right now… I feel the man.

    Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals – 9 All about context – this plays in the background of the cinematically brilliant Copa Cabana shot in Goodfellas….music that makes me think about Ray Liotta pistol whipping someone? Right up my alley right now. Fantastic timing.
    Ebb Tide – The Righteous Brothers – 7 Man, this one works for Frank Drebin plowing Jane in Naked Gun 2 1/2…. not nearly as well timed, but still great soundtrack.
    I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher – oof… that stopped the momentum … just like running smack into a tree…. yup, i’m going to hell for that.
    California Girls – Beach Boys – 8 Starting to mellow out a bit….

    Stayin Alive – Bee Gees – 8…man such great movie music… this one from Airplane… definitely understand Ted Stryker’s drinking problem right now.
    If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman – 5 i have no connection to this one… but its not bad.
    Night Fever – Bee Gees – 6 similar feeling… but just a better song.
    Macho Man – Village People – 4 uhoh… Joan Cusack as a blonde “bombshell” in Addams Family Values… god that was so inferior to the first one… i think i’m going to ding it an extra point.

    Spoonman – Soundgarden – 6… never loved this track, but it was a sound effect we used all the time on the good old iMacs in middle school…. man playing around with those things was fun… loads of simpsons icons and bizarre sound effects… i miss those days..but not enough to score this as “great”
    Buddy Holly – 8 Weezer – I don’t love Weezer but i’ve grown to love this song through Rock Band. What can i say…now i’m thinking about trying to play rock band on expert drunk as could be (among other things). Definitely a mood enhancer.
    When I Come Around – Green Day – 7 Just plain old solid. No funny comment.
    Self Esteem – The Offspring – 5 For the most intense of the 4….just not my cup of tea right now… kinda whiny…think i’m going to go listen to Skrillex to shake things up..

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