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    Default Great Music - Tournament Finals: Final (Matchup 13 of 13)

    For this finals poll, please choose one track to win our Tournament and be named the best piece of music from 1945 to 2015.

    IMPORTANT! Please do not simply vote on name recognition (or lack thereof) alone. Please do listen to each nomination and then make your choice. Even if you think you know a track well, it's still worth giving it a listen for a refresher.

    The poll will run for seven days. Discussion is greatly encouraged!

    The nominees are (please let me know if any video doesn't play for you):

    Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1964)


    Eagles - Hotel California (1976)

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    HOW WE GOT HERE


    Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1964)


    Nominated by T-Dogz_AK47 on December 8, 2015.
    Seconded by Iwritecode on December 8, 2015.

    In Round 1 it placed 1st in Group 6 (March 18-25, 2016):
    • Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1964) 82.35%
    • The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There (1963) 76.47%
    • The Kingsmen - Louie Louie (1963) 76.47%
    • Barry Mann - Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) (1961) 52.94%
    • Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come (1964) 52.94%
    • Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine (1962) 35.29%
    • B. Bumble & The Stingers - Bumble Boogie (1961) 23.53%

    In Round 2 it placed 1st in Group 15 (May 9-16, 2016):
    • Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1964) 80.00%
    • The Contours - Do You Love Me (1962) 66.67%
    • Dion - Runaround Sue (1961) 60.00%
    • Elvis Presley - (You're the) Devil in Disguise (1963) 40.00%
    • Shelly Fabares - Johnny Angel (1962) 13.33%

    In Round 3 it placed 1st in Group 10 (June 23-30, 2016):
    • Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1964) 81.25%
    • Ray Charles - Georgia on My Mind (1960) 43.75%
    • Etta James - At Last (1960) 31.25%
    • Jimmy Soul - If You Wanna Be Happy (1963) 31.25%

    Entering the playoffs it was ranked 6th.

    In Playoffs Round 2 it beat out The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961) with 68.18% of the vote (September 28 - October 5, 2016).

    In the Quarterfinals it beat out The Zombies - She's Not There (1964) with 73.91% of the vote (November 10-17, 2016).

    In the Semifinals it beat out The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk (1964) with 90.48% of the vote (December 6-13, 2016).

    In the Finals it beat out Ben E. King - Stand By Me (1961) with 54.55% of the vote (December 19-31, 2016).

    Throughout the tournament it earned an average vote percentage of 75.82%, good for 1st out of 14.

    In the Tournament Finals Quarterfinals it beat out Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (1971) with 52.17% of the vote (January 16-23, 2017).

    In the Tournament Finals Semifinals it beat out Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight (1981) with 68.18% of the vote (January 23-30, 2017).

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    HOW WE GOT HERE


    Eagles - Hotel California (1976)


    Nominated by T-Dogz_AK47 on December 19, 2015.
    Seconded by divemaster on December 19, 2015.

    In Round 1 it placed 1st in Group 8 (March 28 - April 4, 2016):
    • Eagles - Hotel California (1976) 89.47%
    • Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (1976) 84.21%
    • Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light (1976) 52.63%
    • Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville (1977) 47.37%
    • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - Summer Nights (1978) 42.11%
    • George Thorogood and The Delaware Destroyers - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (1977) 36.84%
    • David Bowie - Sound and Vision (1977) 21.05%

    In Round 2 it placed 1st in Group 3 (May 16-23, 2016):
    • Eagles - Hotel California (1976) 100.00%
    • Blondie - One Way Or Another (1978) 57.14%
    • David Bowie - Fame (1975) 57.14%
    • Kiss - Detroit Rock City (1976) 35.71%
    • Electric Light Orchestra - Don't Bring Me Down (1979) 28.57%

    In Round 3 it placed 1st in Group 1 (June 30 - July 7, 2016):
    • Eagles - Hotel California (1976) 76.47%
    • Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (1979) 64.71%
    • The Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979) 47.06%
    • Blondie - One Way Or Another (1978) 5.88%

    Entering the playoffs it was ranked 2nd.

    In Playoffs Round 2 it beat out Boston - More Than a Feeling (1976) with 80.95% of the vote (October 6-13, 2016).

    In the Quarterfinals it beat out Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (1979) with 65.00% of the vote (November 14-21, 2016).

    In the Semifinals it beat out Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (1979) with 57.89% of the vote (December 8-15, 2016).

    In the Finals it beat out Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) with 52.00% of the vote (December 19-31, 2016).

    Throughout the tournament it earned an average vote percentage of 74.54%, good for 3rd out of 14.

    In the Tournament Finals Quarterfinals it beat out Seal - Kiss From a Rose (1995) with 100.00% of the vote (January 16-23, 2017).

    In the Tournament Finals Semifinals it beat out Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire (1957) with 86.36% of the vote (January 23-30, 2017).

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    The Sound Of Silence
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    Hotel California

    untied!!!

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    I did not expect this to be the Final at the outset and even as our last portion of the tournament began. But it seems fitting. The '60s and the '70s were great periods in music, both in rock and pop, as well as other genres. For instance, electronic music was coming into its early phase. Only 12 years separate our two finalists.

    Personally, "The Sound of Silence" is one of my favorite songs of all time, so I am very happy to see it here. "Hotel California" is obviously a worthy finalist here, and a great song. Whichever wins, I'll be happy. I think the tournament turned out fine and we've all heard some great tunes, both well known classics, like these two, as well as maybe some lesser known tracks and artists who are otherwise just as great as their better known colleagues.

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    with not a single LZ (or DP, or The Doors, or Dylan...) around, I'll be happy with either of winners

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    Simon and Garfunkel

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    Pablo thanks dude for introducing me to the song"I'm my own grandpa" I loved it... but still com on people I tie at 6 a piece...

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    Come on Eagles!!!
    "Only the gentle are ever really strong."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sai Sheb View Post
    Pablo thanks dude for introducing me to the song"I'm my own grandpa" I loved it... but still com on people I tie at 6 a piece...
    That was divemaster's doing, I believe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather19 View Post
    Come on Eagles!!!
    I think that's illegal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sai Sheb View Post
    Pablo thanks dude for introducing me to the song"I'm my own grandpa" I loved it... but still com on people I tie at 6 a piece...
    That was divemaster's doing, I believe!
    Yeah, that was me. I figured it would advance at least one round, but alas...

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    A very difficult vote. I'm a huge fan of both acts. Hotel California was a huge hit when I was a kid living in the boondocks of Southern California (Santa Ynez / Solvang area), and I've loved it ever since. In the top 5 songs of all time for me. And I'm such a big fan of Simon and Garfunkel that I bought the 3-disc box set years ago, and it gets regular play.

    Both songs have depth to the lyrics. The lyrics for Hotel California are enigmatic and tell a story of (fate? hell? damnation?). A song that you have to mull over and contemplate is generally an effective song. Mindless pop this is not. Likewise, the lyrics to The Sound of Silence comment on the human condition and society and how one individual can just get...lost. "The people bowed and prayed; to the neon god they made..." Powerful, powerful stuff.

    After mulling it over for a couple of days, I gave my vote for:

    Simon and Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (1964).

    Surprised me, really. If you would have asked me earlier in the tournament, I probably would have automatically replied "Hotel California, of course" without really thinking about it. No, The Sound of Silence is not as complex or epic a tune as Hotel California. It's rather simplistic, musically. But somehow, the simplicity enhances the harmonies and the message of the song.

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    Couldn't agree more.

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    ...and they are tied again!..

    which means, of course, that our choice of finalists was correct; they are worthy of each other

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    Yes, but also only 14 votes so far. In the recent polls we had around 20-22 votes cast, so we still have a ways to go until in closes on Monday.

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    I finally went with Sounds of Silence. Figured if I got stuck on a desert island with one of the two finalists it would be the one I could listen to over and over.

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    if I got stuck on a desert island without LZ, Dylan, Deep Purple, The Doors, The Rolling Stones or The Beatles...
    ... oh no

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    But if you could only have one track to play over and over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    But if you could only have one track to play over and over?
    Well, that would be Camille Saint-SaŽns' Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Organ symphony"), 4th movement. But that was completed in 1886 (and premiered in 1887), so didn't make the contest.

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    If we were to have a Classical music tournament, this would definitely be the winner:

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    Beethoven - Symphony No.7 in A major op.92 - II, Allegretto

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    Beethoven every day any time forever all the way! Oh yeah baby!


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