First off, let’s extend congratulations to Maegan and her partner on welcoming Guillermo’s nephew on July 24! Good news, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” will be continuing on, which has apparently been successful in soothing other tournament babies to sleep. It won’t be the most ridiculous thing you’ll try to get that little one down.
As we crown our division champions, we have to report averages to the thousandths because that’s just how close some of these match-ups are.
Division A Champion: “Change Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke)
In our closest match up and only upset of this round, “Change Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke) just barely defeats “Africa” (Toto) 144.4 to 141.3 (7.85 to 8.02 average). This means Sam Cooke will go head to head with our…
Division B Champion: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana)
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana) beat out “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder) 142.1 to 137.7 (7.89 to 7.65 average). That harsh split from Sarena was probably the death knell for poor Stevie.
Division C Champion: “Stand By Me” (Ben E. King)
“Stand By Me” (Ben E. King) continues its winning streak and squeaks out the high score of this whole round, beating “When Doves Cry” (Prince) 145.4 to 138 (8.08 to 7.67 average). Will voters continue to stand by Ben E., or will them keep believing when this song goes up again the…
Division D Champion: “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Journey)
“Don’t Stop Believin'” (Journey) ekes out a win against “Caravan” (Van Morrison), 137.6 to 133.95 (7.64 to 7.44 average).
This tournament started with 64 songs in tribute to our dear friend Guillermo, and I think he would be pleased with the field of 16 we have left. Any of these songs could win the tourney if they get hot – though the reality is you’re going to get burnt out on some.
We created eight artificial “Divisions” for organizing the tournament, and each of those Divisions is having its final match-up this week. Once we’re down to eight songs, we’ll re-rack them based on scoring average for the quarter-finals.
Here is your first set of Sweet 16 contenders. Some of them come in with outstanding pedigrees, from Stand By Me’s Living the Dream Tourney win, to Superstition’s Hurricane Camp Tourney win, to Journey’s karaoke prominence.
Vote by commenting below before midnight on Sunday. Here’s your playlist.
Division A Finals
“Africa” (Toto) vs. “Change Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke)
Division B Finals
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana) vs. “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder)
Division C Finals
“Stand By Me” (Ben E. King) vs. “When Doves Cry” (Prince)
Division D Finals
“Don’t Stop Believin'” (Journey) vs. “Caravan” (Van Morrison)