Friday, March 31

Music Madness: The Final Result

by Madness Comissioner

It started right here about a month ago. And now 64 teams have fought their way through the most grueling battle to determine the greatest, most powerful, all-time best one-hit wonder. Today the final vote is tallied. Today we announce the winner and close the brackets forever. Are you ready? ARE YOU READY???

Click here to discover the winner of Music Madness

That's it, everybody! Thanks for playing! Bye!

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Wednesday, March 29

Music Madness: The Championship

by Madness Comissioner

It started right here. It ends right now. You're looking at the final round of Music Madness. On Friday, we'll tell you the answer. Now, however, it's time to vote. One of these two one-hit wonders will take it all. And the other won't. WHICH WILL IT BE?

CHAMPIONSHIP: Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen vs The Proclaimers - 500 Miles

 

 

Go to our Facebook page and start voting.! Remember: the power is in your hands and your hands alone. DON'T SCREW UP AGAIN LIKE WHEN YOU KICKED OUT BIZ MARKIE AND KING HARVEST! SCOTT AND KATHLEEN WERE REALLY MAD WHEN YOU DID THAT!

Let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you here on Friday for the big announcement!

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Monday, March 27

Music Monday: The Last Four

by Scott Lydon

UPDATE: We fixed the poll. Go vote again if you haven't already!!


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year Scott's been forced honored with the keys to the event. We call it... MUSIC MADNESS!!

At the top of March, we posted 64 one-hit wonders. Now it's all down to these four. You might even call them... The Last Four! You could call them something else too but our lawyers advised us not to use another name. When you're done reading the list, head to our Facebook poll and fight between the decades. We'll have the results (and the Championship) on Wednesday and the big wrap-up announcement on Friday! But for now... Let's get hype!

Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

 

 

After the fall of Gary Glitter, only one band was able to take his place in the world of sporting hype. Zombie Nation is the proof that sometimes, all you've gotta do is be in the right place at the right time. Now everyone knows their song, even if almost no one knows their name. The perfect song to get us excited for the list of LAST FOUR one-hit wonders!

What, you expected us to just post without a crowd warmup? Do you even KNOW how Championships work? Sheesh. You'd think you never watched sports before! Anyway, Last Four coming up after the jump, and then you'll need to go and cast your vote on our Facebook poll.

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Friday, March 24

Music Madness: Announcing The Final Eight

by Madness Comissioner


Eight! Eight teams are left in this four-on-four battle! By next Monday we'll know which one-hit wonder is the champion of each decade! And YOU can play a part! Go vote via our Facebook page to close out the decades and we can turn this thing into a GREATEST OF ALL TIME MATCH!

Of course the brackets sealed a while ago, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing! And in case you're curious, a perfect bracket at this point would look something like this. Maybe with a better font.

So take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall and see the full list of the remaining eight contestants!

Already know the songs by heart? Go vote across all four decades! But if you wanna see what's left, don't worry. We've got the head-to-head breakdown happening below.

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Wednesday, March 22

Music Madness: Announcing The Solvent Sixteen

by Madness Comissioner


You voted. Your friends voted. Your foes voted. And now we've narrowed our month-long Music Madness event down to just sixteen one-hit wonders. Today you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to knock the Solvent 16 all the way down to the Final 8. Today the votes come from the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. It's all in play, and any of them could go away.

Of course the brackets sealed a while ago, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing! And in case you're curious, a perfect bracket would look vaguely like this. Maybe a little prettier. Look, let's not dwell on the past any more, okay?

And now, are you ready to rock Round Three? Take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall with the remaining contestants! And also the songs they want to win!

Already know the songs by heart? Go vote across all four decades! But if you wanna see what's left, don't worry. We've got the head-to-head breakdown happening below.

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Friday, March 17

Music Madness: Round Two:'80s vs '00s

by Madness Comissioner


It's time for Round Two in our month-long Music Madness event! Just to recap, we've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page. You've all been nailing that part so far, and you've narrowed the field down to 32 candidates. Today we're voting on the '80s and the '00s!

Of course the brackets closed last week, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing. You can find out what they all stand for on the master list right here.

Today's face-offs include the hits of the '80s AND the '00s. Take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall and see the full list of contestants.

Know the songs by heart? Go vote across two decades! Need a refresher? No worries, we've got the head-to-head happening below.

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Friday, March 03

Music Madness: Round One: The '80s

by Madness Comissioner


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year's rules are simple. We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page.

You can also play along at home with your very own bracket full of initials! We used initials because the song/artist combo didn't fit onto one page. You can find out what they all stand for on the master list right here. Use all that information to make your own brackets in advance, and post 'em to the comments of this thread. You might just win a trophy! Seriously! We're gonna give away real trophies at the end of this thing.

We'll be selecting trophy winners in three categories: Most Right Answers, Least Right Answers, and Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket. See? You can be right, or you can be wrong, or you can be talented. You've got until Monday to post your brackets in the comments of this thread for trophy consideration. Or you can just be lazy and play along by voting via our Facebook page every Wednesday and Friday. Follow your heart.

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Tuesday, December 27

The Debunker: Did America Hate "New Coke"?

by Ken Jennings

You're not just imagining it: the 1980s are back! It's not just Netflix drowning us in nostalgia with Stranger Things and Fuller House. Women are wearing scrunchies, Ghostbusters and Blade Runner are returning to the multiplex, Hulk Hogan is back showing off his moves on videotape, and Teddy Ruxpin is returning to toy stores. Just for fun, we even elected a 1980s curio as President of the United States! But is everything we remember about the eighties the totally tubular truth? "Just say no," says Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, so we've asked him to take us on a DeLorean ride back in time, separating the "Straight Up" facts from the "sweet little lies" of our foggily remembered Bartles & Jaymes youth. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

The Debunker: Did America Hate "New Coke"?

It's the go-to marketing textbook test case for "how to @#$% everything up at once." In April 1985, the Coca-Cola Company tweaked the flavor of its flagship soda for the first time since it got rid of cocaine in the 1920s. Everyone remembers this as a disastrously tone-deaf misstep by executives who apparently knew nothing about their own product or customers. By summer, Coke announced that its original formula would be coming back as "Classic Coke," and the much-touted "New Coke" was consigned to the dustbin of history. But maybe you can imagine a parallel universe where almost everyone preferred the taste of New Coke and sales actually rose in 1985? Well, my friends, that universe…is ours.

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Tuesday, December 20

The Debunker: Was Michael Jordan Cut from His High School Basketball Team?

by Ken Jennings

You're not just imagining it: the 1980s are back! It's not just Netflix drowning us in nostalgia with Stranger Things and Fuller House. Women are wearing scrunchies, Ghostbusters and Blade Runner are returning to the multiplex, Hulk Hogan is back showing off his moves on videotape, and Teddy Ruxpin is returning to toy stores. Just for fun, we even elected a 1980s curio as President of the United States! But is everything we remember about the eighties the totally tubular truth? "Just say no," says Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, so we've asked him to take us on a DeLorean ride back in time, separating the "Straight Up" facts from the "sweet little lies" of our foggily remembered Bartles & Jaymes youth. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

The Debunker: Was Michael Jordan Cut from His High School Basketball Team?

It was the most shocking high school failure since Einstein flunked math. Looming large in Michael Jordan's legend is the 1978-79 basketball season at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, where 15-year-old Mike Jordan famously did not make his varsity team. No one mentions this more than Jordan himself, who says the sting of the rejection motivated him for his entire career. The Bulls MVP even used to check into hotels using the name of "Leroy Smith," his sophomore friend who did make varsity that same year. At this point, it's pretty much his superhero origin story.

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Tuesday, December 13

The Debunker: Did "Patient Zero" Spread AIDS to North America?

by Ken Jennings

You're not just imagining it: the 1980s are back! It's not just Netflix drowning us in nostalgia with Stranger Things and Fuller House. Women are wearing scrunchies, Ghostbusters and Blade Runner are returning to the multiplex, Hulk Hogan is back showing off his moves on videotape, and Teddy Ruxpin is returning to toy stores. Just for fun, we even elected a 1980s curio as President of the United States! But is everything we remember about the eighties the totally tubular truth? "Just say no," says Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, so we've asked him to take us on a DeLorean ride back in time, separating the "Straight Up" facts from the "sweet little lies" of our foggily remembered Bartles & Jaymes youth. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

The Debunker: Did "Patient Zero" Spread AIDS to North America?

One of the most memorable elements of And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts's best-seller about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, is the case of Gaëtan Dugas, a flight attendant from Quebec whose coast-to-coast travels—and recklessly prolific sexual habits—spread AIDS across the continent. Shilts called him "Patient Zero," and the media ran with the story, calling Dugas "the Columbus of AIDS" and taking it as fact that he was the index case, the disease's vector from Europe to America.

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