December 7, 2015


Top 40 Wildcards: Why Beyoncé, Gaga & Fifth Harmony Returned

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If you're one of the many fans feverishly voting in our Top 40 six-round poll bracket to name the No. 1 video of 2015, you've probably noticed something a bit peculiar. Three videos voted out in previous rounds have returned in Round 4 – Beyoncé's "7/11," Firth Harmony's "Worth It," and Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You."

These are what we here at Fuse call, the Top 40 wildcards. Every year when we do Top 40, many videos voted out in early rounds end up garnering vote totals higher than many of the matchups' winners in subsequent rounds. To give the dedicated fans (and their favorite artists) a second chance, we figured why not bring some of those high-performing videos back.

This year, three wildcards were brought back in Round 4 – one video from each round thus far that was voted out, and thats vote totals were higher than any other axed video that round.

The Round 1 wildcard is Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You," which originally lost to Bey's "7/11" but still managed to get millions of votes. Round 2's wildcard is Beyoncé's "7/11," which lost to Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" but managed to nab some of the most votes that round. Round 3's wildcard is Fifth Harmony's "Worth It" featuring Kid Ink, a video that put up a hell of a fight against Adele's "Hello" but just barely lost that matchup.

Round 4 is on now, so go vote for these lucky ladies who were given a second chance because of your tireless voting – Or vote for one of the other videos that have managed to last this far in the competition!