Talossan Music Top 20

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The Talossan Music Top 20 (or TMT20 for short) is a yearly all-time list of the best songs, determined by Talossans voting in multiple rounds on Wittenberg.

Along the years, TMT20 has become the foremost cultural/social event in Talossa, along with the Talossan Football League.


Early attempts

The Talossan Music Top was first created in 2009/2010. In that year, there were no rounds, but every voter had just 5 votes. The winner that year was Spieluhr by Rammstein. A second attempt was done in 2013 with different rules. This resulted in three winning "songs", all of which received 5 votes: Bohemian Rhapsody, What a Wonderful World and Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

Current format

The Talossan Music Top 20 was revived in 2015, only this time with a new format that included multiple rounds of voting. The competition was usually paired with a General Election, with the results being revealed just before polls closed. For 2018 and 2019, the final reveal was hosted by Pengopäts Times alongside a brief political chat.

In 2019, when two General Elections were scheduled to take place, it was decided that there wouldn't be two editions of the TMT20 for 2019, and the second election would be paired with a special edition TMT20 composed of six independent categories. The categories themselves were also voted on by the public. Another special edition was held in 2022-2023.

Gimme Shelter is the most successful song in TMT20 history, winning the current format three times.

XResults since the introduction of the multiple rounds formatX

Artist Song 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter X X X 14 03 01 03 01 01
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 01 04 01 02 04 02 04 X 09
Bob Segar Old Time Rock and Roll X X X X X X 08 X X
Dropkick Murphys I'm Shipping Up To Boston X X X X X X 11 X X
B-52's Roam X X X X X X 13 X X
Rammstein Haifisch X X X X X X 15 X X
Johnny Cash Ring of Fire X 05 16 X X 03 17 20 X
Dire Straits Telegraph Road 06 X 02 07 05 04 05 05 11
The Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down to Georgia X X 06 16 06 05 06 X 06
Queen & David Bowie Under Pressure X X X 03 02 06 X X 08
Simon and Garfunkel The Sound of Silence X X X X X 07 X 11 X
Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing X X X X 08 08 01 12 15
David Bowie Starman X X X 04 01 09 X 16 17
Dave Brubeck Quartet Take Five X X X 12 18 10 X X X
Bon Jovi You Give Love a Bad Name X X 04 05 10 11 12 X X
Toto Africa X X X 11 X 12 X 06 18
Panic! at the Disco High Hopes X X X X X 13 X X X
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) X X X X X 14 X 08 20
Queen Innuendo X X X X 14 15 X X X
Led Zeppelin Kashmir 18 X 14 X X 16 X 17 X
Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World X 01 X X 07 17 16 X X
Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton While My Guitar Gently Weeps X X X X 20 18 X 13 X
Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train X X 13 10 X 19 19 02 03
The Rolling Stones You Can't Always Get What You Want X X X X X 20 X 07 X
Jefferson Starship Jane X X X X 09 X 20 X X
Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. X 07 07 08 11 X X X X
Carbon Leaf The Donnybrook Affair X X X 17 12 X X X X
Buena Vista Social Club Chan Chan X X X X 13 X X X X
Grimethorpe Colliery Band Adagio (Concierto De Aranjuez) X X X X 15 X X X X
Whiskey Myers On The River X X X X 16 X 09 04 X
Frank Sinatra Blue Moon X X X X 17 X X X X
The Beatles Eleanor Rigby 02 X X X 19 X X X X
Muse Knights of Cydonia 13 06 X 01 X X 18 X X
Johnny Cash Hurt X 03 X 06 X X X X 07
John Lennon Imagine 04 X X 09 X X X X X
Talking Heads Once in a Lifetime X X 09 13 X X 07 X 16
Gaelic Storm One More Day Above the Roses X 12 X 15 X X 10 X X
Coldplay Fix You X 18 19 18 X X X X X
Reckless Kelly Seven Nights in Eire X X 10 19 X X 14 X X
Fleetwood Mac The Chain X X X 20 X X 02 03 X
Pink Floyd Run Like Hell/Waiting for the Worms X X 03 X X X X X X
Alan Parsons Project Sirius/Eye in the Sky X X 05 X X X X 19 X
Gaelic Storm The Night I Punched Russell Crowe X X 08 X X X X X X
Queen Killer Queen 16 X 11 X X X X X X
Blue Öyster Cult Burnin' For You X X 12 X X X X 09 X
Guns N' Roses November Rain 17 X 15 X X X X X X
Radiohead Paranoid Android 15 X 17 X X X X X 10
Marillion Kayleigh X X 18 X X X X X X
The Kinks Village Green Preservation Society X 17 20 X X X X X X
Iron Maiden The Trooper X 02 X X X X X X X
Ma la Mha In Nazareþ 19 08 X X X X X X X
Ricky Skaggs Uncle Pen X 09 X X X X X X X
Coldplay Viva la Vida 03 10 X X X X X X X
Green Day Jesus of Suburbia X 11 X X X X X X X
Barry Manilow Copacabana 05 13 X X X X X X X
The Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia X 14 X X X X X X X
Bon Jovi Wanted Dead or Alive 20 15 X X X X X X X
Aerosmith Dream On X 16 X X X X X X X
Booker T. & the M.G.'s Green Onions 08 19 X X X X X X X
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage X 20 X X X X X X X
The Beatles Let it Be 07 X X X X X X X X
Editors Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors 09 X X X X X X X X
Meatloaf Bat out of Hell 10 X X X X X X X X
Billy Talent This is How it Goes 11 X X X X X X X X
Barry Manilow I Write the Songs 12 X X X X X X X X
Rush Territories 14 X X X X X X X X
The Eagles Lyin' Eyes X X X X X X X 18 X
The Who Baba O'Riley X X X X X X X 15 12
Men at Work Down Under X X X X X X X 14 X
Earth, Wind, and Fire September X X X X X X X 10 04
Radiohead Street Spirit (Fade Out) X X X X X X X X 19
New Order Blue Monday X X X X X X X X 14
Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence X X X X X X X X 13
The Smiths How Soon is Now? X X X X X X X X 05
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here X X X X X X X X 02

2019 Special TMT results

In each category, voters could choose to sort all 10 songs, or only their preferred 3 or 5. The weight of their vote would be greater the most songs they voted on; this was to encourage voters to vote on all categories, but avoid partial votes from altering too much the outcome for people who cared about a certain category enough to vote on all 10 songs.

The bottom half results of all categories were revealed between November 30 and December 1, with the top 4/5/6 (depending on the category) scheduled to be revealed in an election night broadcast. This did not happen, and the final results were revealed from February 28, following the switch to New Wittenberg, to April 3, when the final category winner (Ecstasy of Gold) was revealed as part of a live quiz during the second episode of La Curantoina.

Categories are sorted according to the highest scoring winner (ie., the category where the winner has the most points compared to the other winners is shown first.) In the following lists, points are shown only for the songs who would have featured in the election night show.

Movie Theme Songs

  1. Ennio Morricone - Ecstasy Of Gold (59 pts)
  2. Ennio Morricone - Man With A Harmonica (43 pts)
  3. Hans Zimmer - Davy Jones Theme (41 pts)
  4. John Williams - The Imperial March (40 pts)
  5. Nino Rota - Love Theme From The Godfather (37 pts)
  6. Monty Python - Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (36 pts)
  7. John Williams - The Hologram/Binary Sunset
  8. John Barry & Orchestra - James Bond Theme
  9. Henry Mancini - The Pink Panther Theme
  10. Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

Country Songs (excluding Johnny Cash)

  1. Marty Robbins - Big Iron (50 pts)
  2. Willie Nelson - On The Road Again (47 pts)
  3. First Aid Kit - Emmylou (36 pts)
  4. Steve Earle - Copperhead Road (36 pts)
  5. The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm (35 pts)
  6. Hank Williams Jr. - A Country Boy Can Survive
  7. Balsam Range - Stacking Up The Rocks
  8. Toby Keith - Beer For My Horses
  9. David Allen Coe - You Never Even Called Me By My Name
  10. Marty Robbins - El Paso

Songs with female lead vocals

  1. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (48 pts)
  2. The Cranberries - Zombie (47 pts)
  3. Sia - Chandelier (42 pts)
  4. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (40 pts)
  5. Chvrches - The Mother We Share (38 pts)
  6. Elastic - Waking Up (37 pts)
  7. Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon
  8. Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
  9. Mama Cass Elliott - Make Your Own Kind Of Music
  10. Yoko Ono - I Felt Like Smashing My Face In A Clear Glass Window

Songs to play while overthrowing the government

  1. Muse - Uprising (47 pts)
  2. Toto - Africa (45.5 pts)
  3. Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down (42 pts)
  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son (39 pts)
  5. Gustav Holst - Mars, The Bringer Of War (38 pts)
  6. Green Day - Know Your Enemy (38 pts)
  7. The Clash - Rock The Casbah
  8. Edvard Grieg - In The Hall Of The Mountain King
  9. Pussy Riot - Putin Lights Up The Fires
  10. Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax

German language songs

  1. Falco - Rock Me Amadeus (36 pts)
  2. Rammstein - Haifisch (36 pts)
  3. Falco - Vienna Calling (34 pts)
  4. Nena - 99 Luftballons (26 pts)
  5. Kraftwerk - Das Model (22.5 pts)
  6. Kraftwerk - Radioaktivität (The Mix)
  7. Peter Schilling - Major Tom
  8. Peter Fox - Alles Neu
  9. Mo-Do - Eins, Zwei, Polizei
  10. Laing - Nieselregen

Songs released in 2018/2019

  1. Panic! At The Disco - High Hopes (35 pts)
  2. Whiskey Myers - Bury My Bones (32 pts)
  3. Rammstein - Radio (32 pts)
  4. Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) - Old Town Road (27 pts)
  5. Editors - Hallelujah (So Low)
  6. David Guetta & Sia - Flames
  7. Cosmo Sheldrake - Come Along
  8. Gorillaz - Tranz
  9. Miranda Lambert - Track Record
  10. Gabby Barrett - I Hope