the sing-off/Season 2 Episode 2/Big Hits/Street Corner Symphony/Hey, Soul Sister
March 23rd: "Mad World" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band's third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982. Adam Lambert (as a contestant) did my favorite rendition during American Idol in 2009. A recording of this performance was subsequently released as a digital single and reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009.
July 29th, 2013: "Into the Groove" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on July 23, 1985. Called "Madonna's first great single" it reached the top of the charts in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain & the United Kingdom, where it was Madonna's first #1 single. In the US, the song was only available as the B-side of the 12-inch single of "Angel", so it was ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 according to the rules of the time.
July 4th, 2013: "White Flag" is a song by English singer-songwriter Dido, released as the lead single from her second album Life for Rent on 1 September 2003. "White Flag" is the biggest hit of Dido's career. It is considered one of her signature songs, and helped Life for Rent sell over ten million copies worldwide.
Aug. 10th, 2013: "Come Sail Away" is a song by American progressive rock group Styx, featured on the band's seventh album The Grand Illusion (1977). Upon its release as the lead single from the album, "Come Sail Away" charted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped The Grand Illusion achieve multi-platinum sales in 1978. It is one of the biggest hits of Styx's career.