Here comes Round 2 for the Seasonal and Secular divisions.
Round 1 of the Seasonal division featured our first real upset, as the #5 seed “Frosty the Snowman” feel to a mere #28 in “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” with a final score of 45-23. Once again the top seed was also the top voted, as “Mr. Grinch” gathered 63 votes. This also made for the biggest margin of victory, with its opponent, “Brokeback Dreidel,” only receiving 3. The lowest voted was the last-minute replacement “Fruitcake” (which was entered when another song was disqualified because it was mis-categorized) at only 2 votes. The closest match was between “What Are You Doing New Years Eve” and “Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub,” with the Emmett Otter falling by a score of 22-16. Another Muppet song was the lowest voted to move head, with “Thankful Heart” earning only 20 votes, while “Frosty” 23 was the highest losing score.
The Secular division, by far the most popular, also had a few upsets, but nothing as big as losing “Frosty.” The most upvoted song in this group was “The Christmas Song” (#8) with 59 votes, beating out McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time,” which at 4 was the lowest. Unsurprisingly, this was also our biggest blowout in this group. In the closest match, the “Snow Miser/Heat Miser Song” from The Year Without a Santa Claus knocked out Weird Al’s “The Night Santa Went Crazy” by margin of only 5 votes (24-19). “Snow Miser” is the least upvoted winner, and the most upvoted loser was “We Need a Little Christmas” with 27. The Kinks’ “Father Christmas” (#9) was the highest seeded song to be knocked out, losing to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (#24).
In case you missed it, you can still vote for songs in the Religious and Sad divisions here. However, I do plan to start Round 3 tomorrow, so get those votes in sooner rather than later if you can.