Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year.
Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball, Pharrell is no longer happy and Eminem barely squeaked by JT: the second round of Hot 100 March Madness 2014 has come to an end, with only eight Top 5 hits from the past year moving on to the third round of action. With hundreds of thousands of votes cast over the first two rounds, it's time to determine the Final Four of this year's bracket-style tournament, as a handful of tracks from the original field of 32 inch closer to 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.
In the second round of action (click here to see the original bracket, and click here to check out the second round bracket), Eminem's "The Monster" (featuring Rihanna) barely squeaked by Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," moving into the Elite Eight with just a few hundred more votes. That's good news for Rihanna, whose single "Stay," despite a late surge, couldn't overcome Lady Gaga's "Applause," which earned 52 percent of the final vote in the head-to-head matchup. "Applause" will try to keep rolling against Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," which thumped One Direction's "Best Song Ever" by scoring 69 percent of the votes in its battle.
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Other close-call winners included Pitbull's "Timber" (51 percent of the votes against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop"), Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (52 percent against Katy Perry's "Roar") and P!nk & Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me a Reason" (52 percent against OneRepublic's "Counting Stars"). Lorde's "Royals" trumped Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" with 55 percent of the votes in its matchup, while Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" soundly defeated Pharrell's "Happy" with 61 percent of votes cast. Can the Dragons keep breathing fire against "The Monster" in Round 3? It's up to the fans to decide.
On Wednesday (Mar. 19), we'll reveal the four songs that won their Round 3 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 dig in deeper to the Madness!