The Top “32” Bracket: The TNOCS-Voted “Official Song of the 2000’s Decade:”

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Greetings TNOCS Community!

Welcome back for Round 2 of The Song of the 2000’s Tournament!

Below you will find 16 legendary matchups from the 32 songs that won last week’s round. As tough as the choices were last week… they are only getting tougher!

Tell me about it.
After last week, Ashanti is not happy.”

As a reminder, the instructions are different from when nominations were submitted:

  • When you are voting below, just pick your favorite of the choices
  • Not the one that was more popular or the one that was widely appreciated — just YOUR favorite of the two songs.

Winners will make it to the Sweet 16, and the losers will live on in our hearts and in our hashtags…

#JusticeForUGK

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Remember: voting is open now until Saturday, 3:30 AM GMT.

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JJ Live At Leeds
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July 5, 2023 6:36 am

Some more tough decisions to make; Crazy or Seven Nation Army? Rehab or Lose Yourself?? Hey Ya or Try Again???

So far I’m 6 from 6 voting for Gaga. I reckon Umbrella will be her biggest test this round.

Interesting draw for Beyonce facing off against herself in Destiny’s Child. Assured of a place in the next round though.

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July 5, 2023 12:11 pm
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“Poker Face” vs. “Viva la Vida” and the aforementioned Gnarls Barkley/The White Stripes smackdown, both, made me pause.

All these years, I’ve been loving Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”, thinking I was listening to Fall Out Boy. Also, I think it should be called “Everything Will Be Alright”. It’s a great radio song.

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July 5, 2023 12:20 pm
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“Poker Face” vs. “Viva la Vida” 

It’s only Wednesday, and I’m already in mourning.

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July 5, 2023 10:47 pm
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The rock versus pop matchups genuinely intrigue me. I don’t think Vox Lux cracked a million at the box office. I can’t think of a more critically underrated movie. Also,

we’re living in the middle of a Coldplay backlash.

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July 5, 2023 8:10 am

Since U Been Gone is credited to Carrie Underwood instead of Kelly Clarkson

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July 5, 2023 8:59 am
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On the other hand, kudos for pairing said song with a similarly Princeified second person pronoun.

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July 5, 2023 11:54 am

“U will now listen to my voice. My voice will help U and guide U deeper into Uropa.”

-Max von Sydow

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July 5, 2023 12:20 pm
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July 5, 2023 12:09 pm
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Welcome, mmendes68! Very glad that you’re here!

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July 5, 2023 1:10 pm

Rehab vs. Lose Yourself was the toughest.

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July 5, 2023 1:35 pm
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That felt like it should be a Final Four matchup, or at the very least Elite 8.
To me, it’s like pinnacle form Duke and Kentucky meeting in the 2nd round.

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July 5, 2023 1:38 pm

So much fun. Thanks for doing this, Pauly!

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July 5, 2023 8:03 pm

I like “Paper Planes” but…all my single ladies! Don’t let Beyonce get so thoroughly trounced! At least Lil Jon is getting pummeled by another song that he brought to life.

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July 5, 2023 10:07 pm

It wasn’t that hard for me overall except the Lady Gaga ones. Some tough matchups there. Maybe I’m spoiled because I’ve done the 1980s post for my Fantasy Number Ones series, and the 1984 picks really drove me nuts, as you’ll soon see.

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July 5, 2023 10:54 pm
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I remember what’s the most #2 song ever.

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July 6, 2023 12:27 am

Missed the first round by a dozen hours but the same sixteen I would have voted are still alive this round and I put them up for nomination.
I usually stay in touch with today’s music from what’s played at our high school dances but many of these songs are not in the rotation.
On a side note, one song that has been a staple of our dances is “The Electric Slide” for about fifteen years.
Research shows it’s from the ’80’s and many a law suit has been filed about what version can be played on the radio and in concert.
Any responses?

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July 6, 2023 7:33 am

By the way, for those wondering, my church finally unveiled its final four favorite hymns matchups that will be covered each week in August, and the winners are:
Be Thou My Vision
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
For the Beauty of the Earth
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Yep, no Amazing Grace, no A Mighty Fortress is Our God, no Morning Has Broken. Go figure.

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July 6, 2023 12:15 pm
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I love all of these, but I would have to go with Be Thou My Vision if I could only choose one.

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July 6, 2023 4:00 pm
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Those are some boring choices. I need “Ready For A Miracle” or “Jesus On The Mainline” to get my blood pumping.

I’d vote for “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” out of the nominees.

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July 6, 2023 4:49 pm
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#Justice4ShineJesusShine

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July 7, 2023 9:17 pm
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Clearly not my denomination. I thought Love Divine… and Joyful, Joyful were the same melody with different lyrics.

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July 6, 2023 10:58 am

Oh come ON!! Bad Romance vs Mr Brightside? That’s just evil to have to pick between those 2!

Interesting to see the razor thin margins on some of these, and the landslide some others have.

[Munches popcorn and waits impatiently]

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July 6, 2023 3:52 pm

“Bye Bye Bye” is beating “Family Affair”? What is wrong with you people?

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July 6, 2023 4:50 pm
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With Single Ladies likely to lose, nothing means anything…

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July 7, 2023 12:30 pm

You weren’t kidding about tough choices.

Yeah vs. Get Low?

Just Dance vs. Umbrella?

Toxic vs. In da Club?

I Gotta Feeling vs. Work It?!?

Honestly, the fact that “Since U Been Gone” over “Get Ur Freak On” was my easiest pick says a lot about the strength of this bracket.

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