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Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" moves onto the championship after edging out The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" by a margin of 53% to 47%.
The song soon became a hit after its release in 1982, and spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Today this song is recognized by just about anyone, regardless of which generation they grew up in. As a child in the eighties, I can testify this song was played by every young boy who aspired to be a professional athlete.
"Eye of the Tiger" was also featured in a movie with the same name starring Gary Busey. The movie wasn't anywhere close to being the hit Rocky was, but it wasn't bad.
"Daydream Believer" was released in 1967 off The Monkees' album, The Birds, the Bees & The Monkees. The song spent four weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and even peaked at number five on the U.K. Singles Chart. Please note, this is also during the time when that other band known as The Beatles were making rounds.
The song was written by John Stewart, and was originally passed up by other bands, but The Monkees took it and ran with it. It's often considered one of their staple songs that helped the band become the success they were, and still are.
I do want to concentrate on the song, because it is more than deserving of being in the Final Four. As my contributor Anna Fuentez has stated, the eighties bands usually get a bad rap and are much more deserving of praise than they have been getting. "More Than Words" is a great song with some really deep meaning behind it.
The two guys behind the song are Gary Cherone on vocals, and Nuno Bettencourt on accoustic guitar and vocals. This song came out my sophomore year of high school, and was a staple on everyone's playlist, which usually consisted of a mixed tape you either dubbed yourself or recorded off the radio. Life was so much better then.
"This Year's Love" is without a doubt, one of the best songs ever recorded. I first became aware of this song during the movie Crazy/Beautiful, featuring Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez in 2001. The movie wasn't a mega hit, but it did rake in an estimated sixteen plus million at the box office. It's debatable whether or not this played into any of the success Gray had in the United States. The song also appeared in the very underrated movie "Girl Next Door" starring Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert.
"This Year's Love" was originally released off the album White Ladder in 1998. Gray, an indie artist at the time, self-funded the album on his own nickle and dime. Gray did have the fortunate opportunity to have the support from Dave Mathews, who released the album, White Ladder, under his own label in the United States sometime around the year 2000. The album did very well and sold over 100,000 copies, and the rest is history.
"This Year's Love" is the first song to make it into the final four and will be pitted against Extreme's "More Than Words". This match-up will take place on 3/27/15, 4:00 PM US CST. Good luck!
The last four remaining songs are set and ready to go head to head for a chance to be the first ever champion in the "Tournament of Music." The field started with sixty-four teams, and after two weeks we are down to four. The first match-up will take place on 3/28/15, with voting starting at 4:00 PM, and last for twenty-four hours. The second match-up will start on 3/29/15, also at 4:00 PM, and last for twenty-four hours. The championship match will take place on 3/31/15 at 4:00 PM, and last for forty-eight hours, with the winner being crowned on April 2nd, 2015.
The match-ups are as follows -
David Gray's "This Year's Love" vs Extreme's "More Than Words."
The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" vs Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."