Song of the Day #3,395: ‘In My Life’ – Dana Williams and Kylie Bunbury

Today our 6-week journey comes to a close as we reach the final installment of the 30 Day Music Challenge. And Day 30 is a doozy, asking us to come up with ‘A Song That Reminds You of Yourself.’

What does that mean, exactly? A song that depicts a character who resembles me in some way? Or a song that espouses an idea or emotion I’ve thought or felt? I’m leaning toward the latter interpretation.

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Song of the Day #3,339: ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ – The Beatles

The final Montauk Madness post honors The Beatles, who won the bronze medal over Bob Dylan with 63% of the vote.

In an alternate universe, the Fab Four would be our overall winners. They lost to Elvis Costello in the semi-finals after an influx of Costello votes from a fan site, and otherwise would likely have won. Had they advanced to the finals, I’d give them pretty good odds against Billy Joel.

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Song of the Day #3,337: ‘Come Together’ – Bob Dylan vs. The Beatles

Now that we know the first and second place winners of Montauk Madness, today’s runner-up matchup will decide who gets the bronze medal: Bob Dylan or The Beatles?

This pairing was the one considered inevitable by many readers, and indeed it’s the championship battle I arrived at when running through the brackets myself. It pits the most celebrated solo artist in history against the most celebrated band.

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Song of the Day #3,329: ‘Girl (Live)’ – Elvis Costello vs. The Beatles

Our second Final Four matchup is a battle of London lads: Elvis Costello vs. The Beatles.

A nice connection here, as Costello has been a die-hard Beatles fan since he was nine years old and 27 years later teamed up with Paul McCartney to write an excellent batch of songs that both men released on future albums.

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Song of the Day #3,324: ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Love version)’ – The Beatles vs. Randy Newman

Our final Montauk Madness Round Four matchup is another good one. Randy Newman vs. The Beatles.

Newman took out Adele and The Rolling Stones before besting Fiona Apple in Round Three with 80% of the vote. The Beatles blanked Shakira in Round One but have had a progressively harder path, knocking out Ben Folds before winning a relatively close battle against Lyle Lovett, 64/36.

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Song of the Day #3,316: ‘Step Inside This House’ – Lyle Lovett vs. The Beatles

Here we are, at the last matchup in Round Three of Montauk Madness. Things are moving fast now; we’ll be down to the final eight artists next week.

This battle might seem like a laugher in the broader world, but around these parts I expect it will be a nail-biter. Lyle Lovett vs. The Beatles. Lovett got here by dispatching Elliott Smith with 89% of the vote in Round One before winning a tighter match against Bruce Springsteen (63/38). The Beatles unanimously defeated Shakira then toppled Ben Folds with 80%. This matchup will be the first real test of the Fab Four. Continue reading

Song of the Day #2,386: ‘Time’ – Ben Folds vs. The Beatles

Round Two of Montauk Madness comes to a close with a painful matchup for me, personally: The Beatles vs. Ben Folds.

The Beatles got here by unanimously toppling poor Shakira, while Folds bested The Smiths with a sizable 86% of the vote. Both of these acts have strong support among my readership. Continue reading