"I wanna know if love is wild, babe, I wanna know if love is real..."
The Boss gets the Classic Rock game treatment here, and I'll be using a variation on the game format from the most recent Dylan and Steely Dan games. We'll be voting on each of his albums of the classic era (Greetings from Asbury Park NJ through Tunnel of Love) in chronological order.
Each voter gets two positive votes per day (no neggies) per album; this means that if we finish voting on an album mid-day, all participants have two votes for the next album that day. Votes must be used on two different songs. We will vote until we reach 12 votes for the following number of songs:
Greetings From Asbury Park NJ - 4 (It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City, Lost in the Flood, For You, Growin' Up)
The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle - 3 (Incident on 57th Street, Sandy, New York City Serenade)
Born to Run - 4 (Jungleland, Thunder Road, Born to Run, She's the One)
Darkness on the Edge of Town - 4 (Badlands, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Promised Land, Adam Raised a Cain)
The River - 6 (Hungry Heart, The River, Cadillac Ranch, Independence Day, Ramrod, The Ties That Bind)
Nebraska - 4 (Atlantic City, Reason to Believe, State Trooper, Highway Patrolman; increased from 3 due to a tie for the last slot)
Born in the USA - 4 (No Surrender, Glory Days, Bobby Jean, My Hometown)
Tunnel of Love - 3 (Brilliant Disguise, Tougher Than The Rest, Tunnel of Love)
I am giving Greetings, Born to Run, Darkness, and Born in the USA an extra pick because it's simply too nasty to ask voters to pick just three from each of these. The River gets six because it's a double.
There will also be two bonus rounds, one comprised of album tracks that did not make the initial cut and one with songs that were never released on a studio album. Four songs will move on from the album tracks round and five from the non-album round. Along with the regular album rounds, this will give us our top 40 songs. (EDIT: Due to a tie in one of the album rounds, the non-album tracks have been reduced to four.)
Semi-finals will be split into two groups and seeded (all the first songs to 12 will be split up, etc.), and we will vote as before. The top half of each group moves to the finals. This may seem confusing to those who haven't played this format before, but I'm sure it will become perfectly clear as we go.
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