Music Madness: Final Four
Time to pit the four conferences against each other in two votes to determine the final winner of Music March Madness! The first match-up is the winner of the Since 2000 Bracket against that of the 50’s/60’s Bracket.
The Since 2000 winner is the #3 seed, Arcade Fire’s FUNERAL. Their debut album is regularly a favourite from the decade, and hailed in a popular return of epic rock anthems with tracks like “Tunnels”, “Wake Up”, and “Rebellion (Lies)”. It’s also the only Canadian-made record to make it this far, beating classic albums from Erykah Badu, The White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, and finally Radiohead to make it to the final 4.
The winner of the 50’s/60’s bracket is The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and this should probably not surprise me as much as it did. People love The Beatles. You do, clearly. And Abbey Road is classic in every way an album can be, from one of the most iconic band’s of the 60’s, with classic songs (“Come Together”, “Octopus’s Garden”, and “Here Comes the Sun”, to name 3 of them), and even classic cover art. This 10th seeded record of the conference is to date The Beatles’ best-selling album of all-time.
The second match-up is between the winners of the 90’s conference and the 70’s/80’s conference.
Thriller is the highest seeded album to make the final 4, with the automatic #2 spot of the 70’s/80’s for it’s high-selling status. Thriller continues to sell more copies than any other record ever made, and features Michael Jackson in a state that we all wish we could remember him best. Forget what songs came from this album? “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Wanna Be Starting Something”, “P.Y.T.” to name a few. Oh yeah, and the title track.
Representing the 90’s is The Fugees’ soulful female rapper, Ms. Lauryn Hill, on her brilliant solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Not only is this one of the most commercially successful rap albums of the 1990’s, but it also signifies the return of soulful r&b from a woman who can freaking sing. Refreshingly, she also has something to say beyond the predictable sexy r&b we were so used to in 1998. To get to the final four, she has faced off against some of the best rock from the decade, including U2’s Achtung Baby, Weezer, Alanis Morisette, and most recently (and perhaps surprisingly), Nirvana’s Nevermind.