I would wary about what's being considered maybe too popular. From the intention of timi's post I think he just wants to avoid already great and lauded songs, like anything you'll see on the top 50 of any publication's lists of greatest songs. Opeth still seems like a very niche band to me so even if it's their most popular clean song or whatever, there are still people, like me, who haven't heard it or don't remember what it sounded like. So if it's like a really popular artist duck down just a little, if it's semi popular, you have more range.
And I also think you shouldn't be too obscure either because those never work out in the long run because it is hard work to stop and listen to a band afresh multiple times.
Whoever nominated Station to Station got the right idea of what I would think would be the happy medium here. Songs from artists we've probably heard, but won't show up on any greatest of all time lists any time soon.
Here are other similar songs that are in that ideal:
David Bowie- A New Career in Town
Bruce Springsteen- Tenth Avenue Freeze Out
Talking Heads- Cities
Radiohead- You and Whose Army?
Jay-Z- Can't Knock the Hustle
see? That is what is up
Exactly. If somebody nominates The Beatles' "One After 909", I don't care if it is one of "100 Greatest Songs of 1970", 'the 80th greatest The Beatles-song' or so on. As long as the nominated song isn't a classic radio staple we all know, it's a fine addition to the list. Album tracks usually work very well.
Although I hate to admit it, Echoes' nominations work as a good example. The other nomination was a song by Lennon: It wasn't "Imagine" but rather a less popular album pick. That works fine.
Also, half day matchups, that is ridiculous, they should at least be one full day if not two.
I actually meant 1 or 2 days with "1/2", my mistake.