Sunday, August 25, 2013

Discussing Grantland's "Song of the Millennium" tournament (Part 1) recently posted an ongoing article/poll/NCAA tournament style bracket called "Battle for the Best Song of the Millennium."  I've just gone through it and made my picks.  I want to be clear that they aren't predictions for which songs actually will win, but rather my own personal choices.  A couple notes before I break down the bracket: One, I'm not going to get into all the songs deserving of bids that got snubbed, because there are hundreds of them and that would take forever.  Similarly I won't mention any gripes about the seeding.  I also didn't bother to make selections in matchups I had no interest in, under the premise that those winners would immediately be knocked out anyway.  Tomorrow I will reveal my champion with a special edition of "Awesome (not very old) Song of the Week," but for now I have some analysis (click here to see the full size bracket):

The top half of the 2008-2010 regional is absolutely loaded, featuring four monster squads in Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Lady Gaga, and Katie Perry (and that's with me leaving out top seeded Adele, who's bandwagon I've never jumped on).  I couldn't handle eliminating "Kids" or "Party in the USA" in round one, so I moved Miley up a spot in the bracket.  Along those lines I also was unable to accept Gaga's "Bad Romance" qualifying for the field of 64 over "Poker Face," so I combined the two.  Because of this "Teenage Dream" suffered a very hard to swallow second round defeat, despite being a top 10 talent overall.  The same can be said for the Killers "Mr. Brightside," deserving of a much better fate than a round two loss at the hands of the buzz saw that is Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone."

Check back tomorrow for Part Two.

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