Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Vote Now in Round 2!
Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year.
Gaga trumped Katy, Avicii woke up and defeated Beyonce, and "Timber" didn't fall: the first round of Hot 100 March Madness 2014 has come to a close, with 16 Top 5 hits from the past year moving on from the original field of 32. With the first round of match-ups over and more than 90,000 votes already cast, it's time for another round of voting, in order to determine which eight songs continue on the path toward 2014 March Madness Glory.
To help choose the winner of Hot 100 March Madness 2014, check out the updated bracket of songs, and vote for your favorite tracks in the head-to-head match-ups!
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From May 4, 2013 to the first week of March, there have been 32 songs that appeared in the Top 5 of the Hot 100. The match-ups within the bracket were decided arbitrarily, with all 32 songs given an equal chance of following past winners "Hold It Against Me" and "Scream and Shout," and securing a Hot 100 March Madness victory.
Looking back at the first round of action (click here to see the original bracket), it was a close call between Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" in the battle of the pop divas, but "Applause" managed to squeak out a win with 53 percent of the votes cast in the poll. Gaga's Top 5 hit will face more stiff competition in Round 2 when it battles Rihanna's "Stay," which struck down last year's Song of the Summer, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, with 61 percent of the vote.
On the other side of the bracket, Bruno Mars suffered a pair of losses, as "Treasure" fell to Pharrell's current No. 1 smash "Happy" and "When I Was Your Man" was defeated by OneRepublic's "Counting Stars." Other male artists fared better: Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" cruised to a win over "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, while Eminem's "The Monster" left A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera trying to "Say Something" to no avail. In a surprise to the BeyHive, "Drunk In Love" couldn't stand up against Avicii's "Wake Me Up!," as the EDM banger secured 56 percent of the vote, and the victory.
The biggest blowout of Round 1 belongs to Pitbull and Ke$ha: "Timber" smoked Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" with a whopping 83 percent of the vote. Lorde's "Royals" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" also earned more than 70 percent of the votes cast in their battles with John Legend's "All of Me" and Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," respectively.
In Round 2, Miley Cyrus will square off against One Direction, Katy Perry's "Roar" will try to get lucky against the French robots, and P!nk will attempt to take down OneRepublic. On Friday (Mar. 14), we'll reveal the eight songs that won their Round 2 match-ups, and another round of voting will begin. On Thursday, Mar. 27, a new Hot 100 March Madness champion -- the Top 5 song that you think was the hottest single of the past year -- will be crowned. Vote now in the match-ups below, and keep the Madness going!