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Prince March Madness Tournament Winner – Purple Rain

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What an incredible finish to this year’s March Madness Tournament!!! Most of the matchups had been pretty much landslides up to this point. But man, these finals were close! But, when the dust has settled, “Purple Rain” was the winner. As I have been saying, there were four different places to vote. Here is the breakdown:

Twitter
Purple Rain – 31
When Doves Cry – 31

Main Return to the ’80s Facebook Page
Purple Rain – 8
When Doves Cry – 8

rtt80s.com (web site)
Purple Rain – 3
When Doves Cry – 5

And the deciding factor was the Return to the ’80s Facebook Group:

Purple Rain – 16
When Doves Cry – 12

So the grand total was:

Purple Rain – 58
When Doves Cry – 56

Thank you so much for your participating!!! We’ll see you next year!!!

Prince March Madness Tournament: Finals

Photo of PRINCEWell, there are no upsets here. Unsurprisingly, the finalists in this year’s tournament come from Purple Rain. “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain” are not only 2 of the most iconic Prince songs, but they are both iconic songs of the ’80s. Voting will be open until Tuesday, April 2. You can vote on Twitter, the Facebook page, and Facebook group. So far, most of the voting has been done on Twitter. But, you can vote in all four places if you’d like.

(1) When Doves Cry
(2) Purple Rain

Prince March Madness Finals

  • When Doves Cry (63%, 5 Votes)
  • Purple Rain (38%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Prince March Madness Tournament: Elite 8

Photo of PRINCEWe have reached the Elite 8 of the Prince March Madness Tournament!!! All of these songs pretty handily in the first round. Things should start to get interesting now. You can vote on Twitter, the Facebook page, and Facebook group. Voting ends on Wednesday, March 27 around noon eastern time. Let the voting begin to see who will be in the Final Four!!!

Bracket 1

(1) When Doves Cry
(8) I Would Die 4 U

Prince March Madness Elite 8 - Bracket 1

  • When Doves Cry (1) (64%, 7 Votes)
  • I Would Die 4 U (8) (36%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Bracket 2

(4) Little Red Corvette
(9) Raspberry Beret

Prince March Madness Elite 8 - Bracket 2

  • Little Red Corvette (4) (64%, 7 Votes)
  • Raspberry Beret (9) (36%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Bracket 3

(2) Purple Rain
(7) U Got the Look

Prince March Madness Elite 8 - Bracket 3

  • Purple Rain (2) (73%, 8 Votes)
  • U Got the Look (7) (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Bracket 4

(3) Let’s Go Crazy
(6) 1999

Prince March Madness Elite 8 - Bracket 4

  • Let's Go Crazy (3) (82%, 9 Votes)
  • 1999 (6) (18%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Prince March Madness Tournament: Sweet 16

Photo of PRINCE It’s that time of year again! Since last year’s March Madness with Hall & Oates was so much fun, we’re gonna give it another go. This time it will be the song from ’80s icon, Prince, that will be doing battle. Feel free to check out the podcast episode as Del and Paul break down the songs. Then you can vote in each bracket. You can click on then song title to get the YouTube video. In addition to voting on this page you can also vote on Twitter, the Facebook page, and Facebook group. Voting ends just before midnight on Sunday March 24.

Bracket 1

(1) When Doves Cry
(16) Batdance
(8) I Would Die 4 U
(12) Delirious

Bracket 1 (A)

  • When Doves Cry (1) (71%, 5 Votes)
  • Batdance (16) (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Bracket 1 (B)

  • I Would Die 4 U (8) (57%, 4 Votes)
  • Delirious (12) (43%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Bracket 2

(4) Little Red Corvette
(13) Alphabet St.
(5) Sign ‘O’ the Times
(9) Raspberry Beret

Bracket 2 (A)

  • Little Red Corvette (4) (71%, 5 Votes)
  • Alphabet St. (13) (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Bracket 2 (B)

  • Raspberry Beret (9) (86%, 6 Votes)
  • Sign 'O' the Times (5) (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Bracket 3

(2) Purple Rain
(15) Pop Life
(7) U Got the Look
(11) Take Me With U

Bracket 3 (A)

  • Purple Rain (2) (71%, 5 Votes)
  • Pop Life (15) (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Bracket 3 (B)

  • U Got the Look (7) (67%, 4 Votes)
  • Take Me With U (11) (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Bracket 4

(3) Let’s Go Crazy
(14) I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

(6) 1999
(10) Kiss

Bracket 4 (A)

  • Let's Go Crazy (3) (86%, 6 Votes)
  • I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (14) (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Bracket 4 (B)

  • 1999 (6) (88%, 7 Votes)
  • Kiss (10) (13%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Coming Soon: Return to the ’80s March Madness Tournament

It’s coming up on that time of year again! Since last year’s inaugural Return to the ’80s March Madness Tournament was a success, we will make this an annual thing. Last year was all about Hall & Oates (with “Out of Touch” being their most popular song among Return to the ’80s readers.

For those of you who discovered this site within this past year, here’s how this works. We take an artist, and place their 16 biggest hits in brackets, and have the same format as the NCAA basketball tournament. Two songs will be pitted against each other for several days, and the winner moves on in the tournament. We keep narrowing it down, until we have a winner. You can vote on this site, as well as on Twitter, and the main Facebook page and the Facebook group page. I will add the votes together.

This year I’m going to need your help to get this started. I am having a difficult time choosing which artist to cover. This is where you come in. I have listed some of the top musical icons of the ’80s. So, please vote for the artist who you would like to see in this year’s tournament. I will leave the voting open for a week. You can vote here, and in the Facebook Group. The Facebook page and Twitter don’t allow enough options, so those pages won’t be used until the actual tournament begins. I have listed Phil Collins (his solo and duet stuff – not Genesis), Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and Bon Jovi. I should also note that only the singles that charted in the ’80s will be in the actual tournament. I have also allowed the option to write in somebody that is not on the list.

Thank you so much for your help! This should be fun! And unlike any political election, no matter who wins, we all win.

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: And the winner is…

Out of Touch

Yes, the voters have spoken, and “Out of Touch” is the winner of the Return to the ’80s inaugural tournament – Hall & Oates March Madness. “Out of Touch” defeated “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”, pretty handily 22-10. On the road to this victory, “Out of Touch” defeated “How Does It Feel to Be Back” (51-7), “Method of Modern Love” (15-3), and it’s closest matchup, “Maneater” (11-10).

This tournament was a lot of fun. Thank you so much for voting, and making this worthwhile. We will definitely have another one.

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Finals

Out of Touch vs. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Well, here we are. The Hall & Oates Finals! This has been an incredible tournament. For many of us, this has been more exciting than the actual NCAA tournament.
“Out of Touch” reached this round by defeating “Maneater” by a score of 11-10. “Out of Touch” was released as the lead single from Big Bam Boom on October 4, 1984, and it was their last Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, topping the chart for two weeks in December 1984. It also became the duo’s fourteenth consecutive top 40 hit since 1980.

“I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” reached the final round by edging out “You Make My Dreams” by a score of 11-9. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” was released as the second single from their tenth studio album, Private Eyes (1981). The song became the fourth number-one hit single of their career on the Billboard Hot 100 and the second hit single from Private Eyes.

So, which of these #1 songs will get the distinction of being the champion of the Return to the ’80s 2018 March Madness Tournament? Voting is open now, and will close at 12:00pm Eastern on Monday, March 26.

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Final Four

Wow! What a finish to the Elite 8! There were two blowouts, and two tight matches. And one of those matches had to go into overtime! And the overtime was very exciting. I posted the overtime poll on Twitter, the 80s Fans Unite!!! Facebook group, and the Return to the ’80s Facebook group. “Kiss On My List” defeated “You Make My Dreams” by the narrow margin of 23-22. On the the 80s Fans Unite!!! page, “Dreams” squeaked by 5-4. The tie breaker was on the Return to the ’80s Facebook group page where “Dreams” won handily 6-0, moving it on to the next round. We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now! You can place a vote in each bracket

Out of Touch Maneater

Out of Touch (1) def Method of Modern Love (2) (14-3)

Maneater (1) def One on One (2) (14-2)

You Can’t Make My Dreams Go for That (No Can Do)

I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (2) def Private Eyes (1) (10-7)

You Make My Dreams (3) def Kiss on My List (1) (9-9 regulation, 33-27 in overtime)

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Elite Eight

Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates in New Haven, CT, in March 1985. (Glenn Osmundson/Inquirer File Photo)

Welcome back to the Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament! It took me all weekend to try to come up with these brackets. There are so many incredible songs to choose from, so it was difficult. While all Hall & Oates songs are great, we are now getting into the elite. So, things are about to get very interesting.

Speaking of interesting, while listening to podcasts yesterday, I got to Martha Quinn’s totally awesome podcast Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. On this particular latest episode, Martha had none other than John Oates as a guest! It was a phenomenal interview. Hall & Oates is going to be touring with the group Train. So they spoke on that. And John Oates also has a brand new solo album out called Arkansas. It is a great album all the way through! It doesn’t have that classic Hall & Oates sound. This particular album has a kind of old school country/western feel, but blended with a modern sound. It reminded me of the first part of Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man”. It is very cool, and I suggest you check it out. And if you are reading this, I would highly suggest that you listen and subscribe to Martha Quinn’s podcast, Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. You can also listen to Martha every single morning from 6am – 10am Pacific time on iHeart80s @ 103.7.

OK, let’s move on to the Elite 8. Just like yesterday, you can vote for a song in each bracket. You can also click on the song title to get the YouTube video. This poll will be open for 24 hours. Please share this with all your friends. The more votes there are, the more exciting this will get.

Bracket 1

Out of Touch (1) def. How Does It Feel to Be Back (51-7)
Method of Modern Love (2) def. Did It in a Minute (30-24)

Bracket 2

Maneater (1) def You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (39-15)
One on One (2) def Adult Education (35-19)

Bracket 3

Private Eyes (1) def. Everything Your Heart Desires (48-7)
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (2) def. Family Man (46-6)

Bracket 4

Kiss on My List (1) def. Your Imagination (47-4)
You Make My Dreams (3) def. Say It Isn’t So (30-17)

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Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Sweet 16

Hi Everybody! This year, I decided to hop on the March Madness bandwagon. Hall & Oates was the biggest duo of the ’80s, and one of the biggest acts, period. Between 1981 and 1984, they had five #1 hits, and 21 Top 40 hits, with most of them reaching the Top 10. So, let’s see what your favorite is. There is only 24 hours until the next round, so vote early, and please share with as many people as you can, so we can get a great voter turnout. I appreciate your vote. Just pick one song from each of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Brackets below. You can click on the song title to listen to the song on YouTube if you’d like.

Bracket 1

(1) Out of Touch
(4) How Does It Feel to Be Back
(2) Method of Modern Love
(3) Did It in a Minute

 

Bracket 2

(1) Maneater
(4) You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
(2) One on One
(3) Adult Education

 

Bracket 3

(1) Private Eyes
(4) Everything Your Heart Desires
(2) I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
(3) Family Man

 

Bracket 4

(1) Kiss on My List
(4) Your Imagination
(2) Say It Isn’t So
(3) You Make My Dreams

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