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Whitney Houston March Madness Finals

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The Whitney Houston March Madness is coming to a close! The Final Four matches were not even close. This final should be interesting. We have:
How Will I Know” vs. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Due to techniucal complications, voting will be held on Twitter and/or the Return to the ’80s group page.
I will set this up for 3 days to give time for people to vote.

Whitney Houston March Madness – Final Four

Whitney March Madness Unfortunately, much like Whitney’s life, this year’s Return to the ’80s March Madness has been a bit of a train wreck. First, we had recorded a great podcast episode about this tournament. After we were done, I went to click the ‘Stop Recording’ button, only to find that I never started it!!!
To add insult to injury, I use WordPress for web hosting, and they changed the way the polls are done. All I can see is that 8 people voted, and it will not show me the results. And on the main Facebook page, there is no longer an option to add a poll. So, I posted the Facebook poll on the Return to the ’80s group page.
Twitter is the only consistent platform. Unfortunately, my account had been hacked this year, so I only have a fraction of the followers I once had. Luckily, the Twitter followers are very cool and active! So I was able to get some results. There was no close matchup in the Elite 8 this time. So, even though I was unable to see the results on the web site, it doesn’t matter because the results would be the same.
So, I present to you, this year’s Final Four, which can be voted for on Twitter or the Return to the ’80s group page.

Saving All My Love For You” vs. “How Will I Know

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” vs. “So Emotional

I will announce the championship match on Wednesday.

Whitney Houston March Madness – Elite 8

Whitney March MadnessBetter late than never, but the 4th annual Return to the ’80s March Madness tournament is here! If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. As with last year, voting will be done right here on the site, Twitter – @Returntothe80s,  And the Return to the ’80s group page on Facebook.

Previous winners have been:
2018 – “Out of Touch” in the Hall & Oates March Madness
2019 – “Purple Rain” in the Prince March Madness
2020 – “Crazy For You” in the Madonna March Madness

This year, I was going to go with Phil Collins, but with my busy schedule, I have to jump right into the elite 8. And Collins had way too many top 40 hits to limit it to just 8.

Since Whitney had 7 number one hits in the ’80s, a Wild Card tournament was held to fill in the final slot. The winner was “You Give Good Love.”

Since this tournament will go into April, there is literally no time to waste! So let’s get this party started!
This round will close on Friday April 2.

You can click on the song titles to get the YouTube videos. The poll is at the bottom.

You Give Good Love” vs. “Saving All My Love For You

How Will I Know” vs. “The Greatest Love of All

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” vs. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All

So Emotional” vs. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go

Whitney Houston March Madness

Hi Everybody! It’s that time of year again! This will be the 4th annual Return to the ’80s March Madness. If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. As with last year, voting will be done right here on the site and on Twitter – @Returntothe80s.

Previous winners have been:
2018 – “Out of Touch” in the Hall & Oates March Madness
2019 – “Purple Rain” in the Prince March Madness
2020 – “Crazy For You” in the Madonna March Madness

This year, I was going to go with Phil Collins, but with my busy schedule, I have to jump right into the elite 8. And Collins had way too many top 40 hits to limit it to just 8.
However, Whitney is the perfect fit this year. She had 7 straight number 1 hits. And now we can have 4 songs battle it out in this wild card for the final slot.

Voting will close on Sunday March 14.

Here are the songs that will be doing battle this week. You can vote on the poll at the bottom. You can click on the song title to get the YouTube video.

You Give Good Love

This was Whitney’s first single released from her debut album. And what a start! It didn’t top the mainstream chart, but it did land at #3. The song won Favorite Soul/R&B Single at the 13th American Music Awards, and was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female at the 28th Grammy Awards in 1986.

All at Once

I was shocked to discover that “All At Once” was not released as an official single in the U.S. I think I remember hearing it on the radio a lot. This was always one of my favorites by her.

Love Will Save the Day

This song from Whitney’s sophomore album ended her streak of seven straight #1s. While it did not make the eight in a row, it still managed to hit the top 10, peaking at #9, despite the fact that there was no music video for the song.

One Moment in Time

And last, but certainly not least, here is the song for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea. The song was Houston’s third number one in the UK Singles Chart, and reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. I couldn’t name another Olympic theme song. Any of them would pale in comparison to this.

So there you have it. Let the voting begin!

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Madonna March Madness – The Winner is…

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Return to the ’80s Nation has spoken, and it is official. They are crazy about “Crazy for You”!!!

It was an extremely close matchup. There were 91 Twitter votes,a d “Crazy for You” beat “Like a Prayer” 53.8% – 46.2%. And on this web site “Crazy for You” won by a count of 4-3.

This tournament was so much fun! Thank you so much to everybody who participated! I truly appreciate it. It is much more fun when a lot of people partcipate.

I’m looking forward to next year’s tournament!

Madonna March Madness Finals

Madonna March Madness FinalsWell, the big moment has arrived! We have reached the finals of the Madonna March Madness Tournament. The Final Four was amazing as both match-ups were very close. And I’m sure this one will be a nail-biter as well. Here are results from the Final Four

Bracket 1

Twitter
88 Votes
Like a Prayer 59.1%
Material Girl 40.9%

Web Site
Like a Prayer 4 votes
Material Girl 3 votes

Winner: Like a Prayer

Bracket 2

Twitter
83 Votes
Crazy for You 54.2%
Into the Groove 45.8%

Web Site
Crazy for You 4 votes
Into the Groove 3 votes

Winner: Crazy for You


Finals

Voting open until 12 noon Eastern time on Thursday, April 2

Like a Prayer vs. Crazy For You

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Madonna March Madness – Final Four

Madonna March MadnessWe have arrived at the Final Four of the Madonna March Madness tournament. This has been a great tournament so far. These Final Four songs are going to be involved in a great battle. The voting for the Elite Eight was a little light on the web site with only between 3-4 votes. The voting on Twitter ranged between 53-78 votes.

Here are the Elite Eight results:

Bracket 1

Twitter
66 votes
Like a Prayer 57.6%
Live to Tell 42.4%

Web site
Like a Prayer 3 votes
Live to Tell 0 votes

Winner: Like a Prayer

Bracket 2

Twitter
78 votes
Material Girl 59%
Papa Don’t Preach 41%

Web Site
Material Girl 3 votes
Papa Don’t Preach 1 vote

Winner: Material Girl

Bracket 3

Twitter
54 votes
Crazy For You 74.1%
Open Your Heart 25.9%

Web Site
Crazy For You 3 votes
Open Your Heart 1 vote

Winner: Crazy For You

Bracket 4

Twitter
53 votes
Into the Groove 62.3%
Like a Virgin 37.7%

Web Site
Like a Virgin 3 votes
Into the Groove 1 vote

Winner: Into the Groove


Final Four

Voting is open until noon Eastern time on Friday, March 27

Bracket 1

Like a Prayer vs. Material Girl

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Bracket 2

Crazy For You vs. Into the Groove

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Madonna March Madness – Elite 8

Madonna-March-Madness-2 Time for the next round of the Madonna March Madness! The Sweet Sixteen was very interesting, and the Elite Eight is going to be very tough to predict. In the last round, there were only 5 votes in each battle. I thank you five very much for taking the time to come to this page and vote. I truly appreciate it.

Most of the voting took place on Twitter. There weren’t any battles with close enough results for the web page results to make a difference. That could change this round. The numbers on the Twitter voting ranged from 67 to 88 votes per battle.

You can vote on the Elite Eight matchups down below. You can click on the song title to see the YouTube video. Voting will be open until midnight on Monday March 23.

If you’re curious, here are the Sweet Sixteen results:

Bracket 1A

Twitter
79 votes
Like a Prayer 57%
Borderline 43%

RTT80s
Borderline 3 votes
Like a Prayer 2 votes

Winner: Like a Prayer

Bracket 1B

Twitter
71 votes
Live to Tell 60.6%
Cherish 39.4%

RTT80s
Live to Tell 3 votes
Cherish 2 votes

Winner: Live to Tell

Bracket 2A

Twitter
84 votes
Papa Don’t Preach 57.1%
Lucky Star 42.9%

RTT80s
Pap Don’t Preach 3 votes
Lucky Star 2 votes

Winner: Papa Don’t Preach

Bracket 2B

Twitter
86 votes

Material Girl 65.1%
True Blue 34.9%

RTT80s
Material Girl 4 votes
True Blue 1 vote

Winner: Material Girl

Bracket 3A

Twitter
88 votes

Crazy For You 71.6%
La Isla Bonita 28.4%

RTT80s
Crazy For You 4 votes
La Isla Bonita 1 vote

Winner: Crazy For You

Bracket 3B

Twitter
80 votes

Open Your Heart 65%
Who’s That Girl 35%

RTT80s
Open Your Heart 4 votes
Who’s That Girl 1 vote

Winner: Open Your Heart

Bracket 4A

Twitter
75 Votes
Like a Virgin 58.7%
Holiday 41.3%

RTT80s
Like a Virgin 3 votes
Holiday 2 votes

Winner: Like a Virgin

Bracket 4B

Twitter
67 votes
Into the Groove 76.1%
Express Yourself 23.9%

RTT80s
Into the Groove 3 votes
Express Yourself 2 votes

Winner: Into the Groove


Elite Eight

Voting open until 23:59 on Monday, March 23, 2020

Bracket 1

Like a Prayer vs. Live to Tell

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Bracket 2

Papa Don’t Preach vs. Material Girl

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Bracket 3

Crazy For You vs. Open Your Heart

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Bracket 4

Like a Virgin Vs. Into the Groove

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Madonna March Madness – Sweet 16

It’s that time of year again! While all sporting events, and pretty much everything else in life is on hold right now, Return to the 80s March Madness lives on! This year’s March Madness will feature the 80s Queen of Pop, Madonna.
Voting in the Sweet 16 begins right now, and will close at midnight on March 19. Also, if you are on Twitter, you can look for the polls on @ReturnToThe80s.
Also, please check out the special podcast where Paul and Lizzie (from the podcast Liz Laugh Cry), where we cover each song. Lizzie, an “elder Millennial” (and huge Madonna fan) has a very fun and unique perspective on these songs.
So, check out the podcast episode and vote below. You can click on the song title of each song to see its video.


Bracket 1

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Like a Prayer     vs      Borderline

   

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Live to Tell         vs      Cherish

    

Bracket 2

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Papa Don’t Preach      vs   Lucky Star

             

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Material Girl         vs    True Blue

      

Bracket 3

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Crazy For You     vs    La Isla Bonita

     

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Open Your Heart   vs    Who’s That Girl

         

Bracket 4

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Like a Virgin      vs          Holiday

       

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Into the Groove    vs    Express Yourself

         


You can find Lizzie on Instagram at @LizzieDNewton
And check out her podcast Liz, Laugh, Cry on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

And you can subscribe to Return to the ’80s on:

Apple Podcasts
Spotify
iHeartRadio
Stitcher
or anywhere else you get your podcasts.

Madonna March Madness – Wild Card Round

Madonna March Madness

Hi Everybody! It’s that time of year again! This will be the 3rd annual Return to the ’80s March Madness. If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. There will be a slight change this year. In previous years, voting was done on the web site right here, as well as Twitter, and Facebook. This year, we are going to keep things simple, and keep all the voting done right here.

The first year featured Hall & Oates, and last year featured Prince.
This year, we feature one of the biggest icons of the ’80s – Madonna! The only problem is that she had too many big hits in the ’80s! I like to start each tournament with the Sweet Sixteen. So, a Wild Card round will take place in order to fill the final slot.

This poll will be left open for a full week. It will close at noon next Monday, March 9.

Here are the songs that will be doing battle this week. You can vote on the poll at the bottom. You can click on the song title to get the YouTube video

Angel

This was the third single released off of the Like a Virgin album. This was Madonna’s fifth Top-5 single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #5, and reached the top of its dance charts.

Dress You Up

This was the final single released off of the Like a Virgin album. It would peak at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 34 on Adult Contemporary, number three on Hot Dance Club Songs and number 64 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Holiday

This was the third single released from Madonna’s self-titled debut album. It became Madonna’s first mainstream hit single in the United States, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became her first top-ten single in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Causing a Commotion

This is the most successful song, commercially, of the bunch here. It was the second single released off of the Who’s That Girl soundtrack, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Dance Club Songs chart.


This is just the Wild Card round, folks! If you think this is tough, wait til the full tournament begins! Which song would you like to see in the main tournament? Vote below, and please spread the word to your friends! There are a lot of Madonna fans from a younger generation who may not be all that familiar with most 80s music, but do know Madonna’s 80s music.

Thanks so much!

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