Battle for Best Rock Song In History: Day 12

The results for Day 11 are below, and notes on the next set of matches are due Friday, October 11th at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST. Enjoy!

Sleater-Kinney makes an LTD debut in the Girl Power category. The competition is gonna be steep for these Pacific Northwest rockers.

After some feedback on being buried in some more obscure categories the last few weeks, I tried to make this next set a pretty heavy hitting one to cater to all. We’ll do some more Motown, 70s rock easy listening, popular slow songs from the 80s, and girl power in the mid 90s. Some great songs in here, don’t miss out on voting 🙂


As a reminder, 253 at-large bids will fill out our Round of 512 along with 259 group champions. Right now the average score for a losing song is about a 5.48, so don’t sweat it too much when you see some of these groupings versus, you know, some of the more obscure categories/genres. I’ve still got a bit of time before I can start definitively filling out the at-large section based on mathematical elimination, but at our current scoring levels I’d feel comfortable saying that 2nd/3rd/4th place songs averaging above a 7 shouldn’t have anything to worry about (i.e. “Happy Together,” “There Goes My Baby,” “When I Come Around,” “Little Lion Man” for starters.) We are just set up this way so that at least one representative from our chronological/genre deals makes it forward and we don’t systemically wipe out important slices of rock and roll history.

  • Motown Records, 1965-1966 (Group 4)
  • Easy Listening Rock, 1972-1973 (Group 8)
  • Popular 80s Slow Songs, 1983-1984 (Group 12)
  • Girl Power, 1995-1996  (Group 15)

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

Day 11 Results (With commentary up a notch)

Gettin’ Soulful With It, 1956-1957
“In The Still Of The Nite” by The Five Satins- 69
“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke- 66
“Chances Are” by Johnny Mathis- 54
“Please, Please, Please” by James Brown- 53

Add Sam Cooke to that list of 2nd place songs we should be seeing again. This was a strong round that it seems everyone enjoyed. As a side note, somehow in my two years of living in New Haven I never knew the Five Satins called it their hometown. Makes me wonder what other tidbits of trivia awesomeness are lying across the town-gown divide of Whalley Avenue (shout out to Mayoral Candidate Elicker, who plays a mean game of Carcassonne.)

Jazz Rock, 1970-1971
“John McLaughlin” by Miles Davis- 48
“Rock and Roll Stew” by Traffic- 46
“Meeting of the Spirits” by Mahavishnu Orchestra- 40
“Seventh Arrow” by Weather Report- 39

No one seemed too thrilled with this one, but nice to see Miles make a late surge to pull this one out- he’s kind of an important guy from what I hear.

UK Street Punk, 1978-1979
“I Don’t Mind” by The Buzzcocks- 47
“Spellbound” by Siouxsie and the Banshees- 42
“Down In The Tube Station At Midnight” by The Jam- 38
“Instant Hit” by The Slits- 33

My Scottish buddy Woody would be happy with this score, he introduced me to the Buzzcocks while we were in Mississippi in 2007. He doesn’t vote as there is unfortunately no Spotify in Stockholm. Didn’t get to pick the competing song here, but if you’re into it, check out “Ever Fallen In Love.” Or check out this Pete Yorn cover of the Buzzcocks as Shrek, Donkey, and Puss N Boots escape from the magic potion factory. OK, that’s enough.

Late 00’s Pop Radio, 2006-2010

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga- 57
“SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake and Timbaland- 50
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce- 38
“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry- 35

Annnnd I’m sure James (who is a friend from the same era of my life, does vote, and is much better at being a Fantasy Football Commissioner than I ever was) is just as happy to see “Bad Romance” advance. Somewhere in D.C. SweeterEms is going to be really upset she forgot to support “Single Ladies” because she was too busy rocking Austin City Limits.

About g-mo

The day I was born, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was at the top of the Billboard 200. I've been trying my best to live up to that expectation ever since.
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2 Responses to Battle for Best Rock Song In History: Day 12

  1. cjRoomba says:

    I love me some New Haven.
    Bulldog Burrito, Educated Burgher…good times.

  2. jameswheeler says:

    I weep for SexyBack. JT is my unashamed contemporary love. Also, this week is AMAZING. I’d like to hunt down those who think Careless Whisper is not PERFECT.

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