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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…

Madonna_-_Crazy_for_You

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

[poll id=”22″]

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

       

[poll id=”26″]

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.

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)

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)

1985 Movie Madness – Kickin’ it Old School

Hi Everybody,
My friend at Kickin’ It Old School has a March Madness tournament going on right now. This tournament consists of movies released in 1985. We are in the Sweet Sixteen right now, so go ahead and vote for your favorites! There are some really tough matchups right now:

Real Genius vs. Fletch
The Breakfast Club vs. St. Elmo’s Fire
The Goonies vs. A View to a Kill
Back to the Future vs. Teen Wolf

National Lampoon’s European Vacation vs. Better Off Dead (Alright, I’m going to assume people are confused, and think this is the original Vacation. That’s the only thing that explains why it has a 57% to 43% lead on Better Off Dead right now!)
Cocoon vs. Mask
Rambo: First Blood Part II vs. Rocky IV
Weird Science vs. Ladyhawke

So go check out the tournament and vote!

It is at http://challonge.com/1985moviemadness