The comments boxes are closed. Your votes have been counted and verified. And I can now reveal that, for the first time in five years, we have a dead heat for first position. Which can only mean one thing…
We go to tie-break. Repeat: we go to tie-break!
It has occasionally been suggested that, were we to pick charts from the summer months rather than miserable old February every year, we might end up with a stronger selection. In that spirit, let us travel forwards in time…
…until we land precisely six months later, in mid-August. Mmm, feel the warmth! You might want to lose those bulky sweaters.
In our bonus tie-break round, we’ll be examining the Top Three for August 17th 1968, and for August 17th 1978. The usual rules apply, except that we’ll be voting for six songs rather than five. The decade with the largest number of points in this round will duly be crowned this year’s winner.
Here goes, then. The best of Troubled Diva luck to both our decades…
#3, 1968: This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert. (video)
#3, 1978: Substitute – Clout. (video)
#2, 1968: Fire – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. (video)
#2, 1978: You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John. (video)
#1, 1968: Mony Mony – Tommy James and the Shondells. (video)
#1, 1978: Three Times A Lady – The Commodores. (video)
Listen to a short medley of all six songs.
Given that this is such a uniquely sensitive and critical moment in the contest, I shall refrain from passing comment on these selections, for fear of leading the jury with my piercing aperçus.
(The suggestion that this is merely because I’m short on time and can’t be arsed is, of course, quite groundless, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.)
For the very last time this year, then: over to you. Your votes have never been more vital.
Voting on the tie-break round will remain open for 48 hours.
The deadline is therefore midnight on Wednesday night.
Final tie-break results:
1968: Mony Mony – Tommy James and the Shondells. (141)
1968: Fire – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. (132)
1968: This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert. (125)
1978: You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John. (106)
1978: Substitute – Clout. (105)
1978: Three Times A Lady – The Commodores. (84)