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Ultimate Misery Mix 2011 Track 4 Winner: Yes, Virginia, There is Music, It's Wins We Don't Have

Apparently, DN's slightly crumpled Burger King crown has a compelling mystique because the competition for Track 4 of the Ultimate Misery Mix 2011 was fierce. Some folks are so determined that they are going to be crowned that they submitted multiple songs for the contest. Is there such as thing as too much of a good thing? It felt a little like it last night as I was wading through all the submissions for Track 4.

The challenge topic for Track 4 was to select a song that reflected the Minnesota Vikings' potential good fortune at finding out that they could be eligible for as much as $200 million in loans from the NFL for a new stadium. It's a development that seems to bode well for the Vikings, but I'm the kind of person who believes that until the Vikings have the cash in their grubby fists it isn't a certainty that they will get the money. However, it does seem like a positive sign that the Vikings are eligible for something other than disappointment.

Join me after the jump for some musical selections that will make you want to check on your 401k and the crowning of our Track 4 Ultimate Misery Mix 2011 winner. It's nice to know the Burger King crown is in as much demand as ever.

Money is a very inspiring topic, almost better than heartbreak. That makes choosing a winner a great challenge, but, as always, the rest of the DN staff came through to help me narrow down the choices. About the only money song that didn't make the list was "Money" from Cabaret--no fans of Liza out there?

As always, there were a few ties in the rankings. Oh, and there was a great spoof by awesom.o to the tune of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins. Very cool, very creative.

  • In sixth place we have CanadianViking with the submission "Money Song" by Dr. Teeth of the Muppets. Close to it, is abba7's selection of the J.G. Wentworth commercial. Yes, the Vikings need that money now.
  • Fifth place is held down by a song covered by several different artists, "Money" by Barrett Strong, submitted by WIPurplePride. "Money don't get everything it's true, but what it don't get I can't use." Yep, that's what I want.
  • Fourth place is a little bit of a mess. We'll just kind of call it the classic rock slot. Queen's "I Want It All" submitted by dumdristig, the Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want" submitted by WIPurplePride, and yet another submission from WIPurplePride, "Money Talks" by AC/DC.
  • Third place also has some classic rock with WIPurplePride's submission of "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, but it had some serious competition from HawkeyeVikingTwinsUnited's submission of Monty Python's classic "The Money Song". But I think vikings68's submission "Here Comes the Money" needs to be here too--I like Naughty by Nature.
  • Second place is a tie between different versions of the same song. CCNorseman submitted "Money" by Pink Floyd and CanadianViking submitted a reggae cover of "Money" by Easy Star All-Stars, I like the Dub Side of the Moon--my dad had us listening to a lot of reggae when I was a kid.

That brings us to first place. And I couldn't be more thrilled to announce that our Track 4 challenge Ultimate Misery Mix 2011 winner is vikings68 with the original theme song to The Jeffersons. Let's all cross our fingers in the hopes that the Minnesota Vikings are indeed movin' on up to better digs in Minnesota.

Congratulations vikings68, may you wear your Burger King crown with distinction for as long as you have it. Just ignore the teethmarks on the crown, some folks just really don't like to give it up. To all of you who submitted songs for the Track 4 challenge, thank you so much. You folks never fail to find a way to make me laugh at your creativity and humor. If the Vikings had a fraction of your creativity, they'd be doing much better this season. Also, many thanks to the staff here at DN who help me choose the winners--you guys take a daunting task and make it fun.

One last piece of business, I think that the Track 5 challenge for the Ultimate Misery Mix 2011 should be chosen by the DN readers. So, what do you clever folks think the Track 5 challenge should be? Let us know in the comments section.