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This is the archive for past Ar(tist) Wars battles.

Important note: Ar(tist) Wars is now on hiatus. Please do not add any new battles to this page.

Note: If you want to add battles here, please do not remove battles already scheduled and do not go too far in advance. Battles must be fairly equal (so nothing like Russ Chimes vs Rihanna). The points relate to the number of people that voted that contestant before Week 5, where the voting system changed to voting each contestant a score out of 5, in which the average score is then compared to other contestants for the highest average.

After 8 weeks, it is the end of the series and a Final Battle for all winners of the series battle for the best single and artist of the series.

Note: From Series 3 onwards there will be a theme for each battle.


Aqua: Final Battle week

Yellow: Current battle

Red: Future battles

Orange: Special battles


Series 2[]

Week 15 was a Halloween special consisting of 3 singles related to Halloween, but did not feature any artist battles.

Christmas Specials[]


The battle featured only singles Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid, All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey and Merry Xmas Eveybody - Slade. Don't They Know It's Christmas won with an average of 4 and 3 votes, and the others drew with 3 each.

Series 1[]


Artists Singles Winning Artist Winning Single

Week 1

(11/07/2013- 21/07/2013)

Naughty Boy Vs Disclosure Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines Vs Daft Punk's Get Lucky Naughty Boy (9-6) Get Lucky (13-4)

Week 2

(22/07/2013- 28/07/2013)

Knife Party Vs Skrillex Jessie J's Wild Vs Dizzee Rascal's Goin' Crazy Knife Party (2-0) Goin' Crazy (2-0)

Week 3

(29/07/2013- 04/08/2013)

Bastille Vs Imagine Dragons Bruno Mars' Treasure Vs P!nk's True Love Imagine Dragons (3-1) Treasure (4-0)

Week 4


Tom Odell Vs Passenger Calvin Harris' Thinking About You Vs Sebastian Ingrosso's Reload Passenger (3-0) Thinking About You (3-1)

Week 5


John Newman Vs Aloe Blacc The Script's The Man Who Can't Be Moved Vs Coldplay's Viva La Vida John Newman (4.25-2.5) The Man Who Can't Be Moved (4.25-2.5)
Week 6 John Lennon vs Paul McCartney Bastille's Laura Palmer Vs Bastille's Things We Lost In The Fire A tie 2-2 between John Lennon (2 votes) and Paul McCartney (1 vote) Things We Lost In The Fire (3-2)



Week 7 Avicii Vs Calvin Harris

Chris Malinchak's So Good To Me Vs Klangkarussell's Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)

A tie 2-2 between Avicii and Calvin Harris (2 votes) A tie with an average of 3.5 each



Week 8



JLS vs The Saturdays Radioactive by Rita Ora, Imagine Dragons and Marina And The Diamonds The Saturdays 3-2.5 A tie with 4 all

Series 1 Final Battle



Naughty Boy (4.4), Knife Party (3.6), Imagine Dragons (4.75), Passenger (4.2), John Newman (4.2), The Saturdays (3.2) Get Lucky (4.4), Goin' Crazy (4.2), Treasure (4), Thinking About You (4.2), The Man Who Can't Be Moved (4.4), Things We Lost In The Fire (3.6) Imagine Dragons (4.75)

A tie 4-4, Later The Man Who Can't Be Moved (16-14 out of 20)

Series 2[]

Week Artists Singles Winning Artist Winning Single
Week 9 Armin van Buuren Vs Paul van Dyk Goo Goo Dolls' Iris vs The Killers' Mr. Brightside Armin Van Buuren (5-4) Mr Brightside (4-3.5)
Week 10 Pharrell Vs Ne-Yo One Direction's Best Song Ever Vs Tulisa's Young Pharrell (4-3.66) Young (4.2-3.8)
Week 11 Usher Vs Example DJ Fresh and Diplo's Earthquake Vs Tinie Tempah's Trampoline Example (5-3) Earthquake (3-2)
Week 12 Drake Vs Chris Brown Breach's Jack Vs Sak Noel's Loca People Chris Brown (4-3) Loca People (5-3)
Week 13

Nirvana vs


Owl City's cover of Enchanted by Taylor Swift Vs He Is We's All About Us Tie (2-2) Enchanted (5-4)
Week 14 Rihanna Vs Katy Perry Daft Punk 's Lose Yourself To Dance Vs Justin Timberlake 's Take Back The Night 4 each 3 each
Week 15 (No artists took part)

Michael Jackson's Thriller Vs Skrillex's First Of The Year (Equinox) vS Knife Party's Power Glow

(No artists took part) Power Glove (10) against First Of The Year (9) and Thriller (8)
Week 16 Marcus Collins vs Olly Murs Clean Bandit's Mozart's House Vs Knife Party's Zoology Olly Murs (4.5-4) Mozart's House (4.5-2.5)
Series 2 Final Battle Armin van Buuren (4.3), Pharrell Williams (4), Example (5), Olly Murs (4.6) Mr Brightside (4.25), Young (3.75), Earthquake (1.5). Loca People (2), Enchanted (2.5), Power Glove (2.25), Mozart's House (2.75) Example (5) (3 voted 5) Mr Brightside (4.25) (3 voted it 5 and 1 voted it 2)

Christmas Special[]

Week Artists Singles Winnng artist Winning single
Christmas Special 2013 (No artists took part) Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid, All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey, Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (No artists took part) Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid (4, 3 votes) against 3 and 3

Series 3[]

Week Artists Singles Winning Artist Winning Single
Week 17 Dizzee Rascal

Vs Wiley

Jason Derulo 's Talk Dirty Vs Sam & The Womp' s Bom Bom
Theme Roll Deep members Pop songs using brass instruments
Week 17 The Wanted Vs One Direction B.o.B 's Out Of My Mind Vs Nicki Minaj 's Stupid Hoe
Theme Successful boy bands Unsucessful hip-hop
Week 18 Jason Derulo Vs Flo Rida The Lumineers ' Ho Hey Vs Of Monsters And Men's Little Talks
Theme Pop-rap successful artists Successful Indie Folk songs
Week 19 Nicki Minaj Vs Azealia Banks AlunaGeorge 's Attracting Flies Vs The 1975 's Chocolate
Theme Successful female rappers Top 40 debut singles by new artists in 2013
Week 20 Ed Sheeran Vs Passenger Justin Bieber's Baby Vs Rebecca Black's Friday
Theme Sucessful Acoustic artists Unpopular songs
Week 21 James Blunt 

Vs James ArthurVs James Morrison


l's Solo Vs Imagine Dragons ' Nothing Left To Say / Rocks

Theme Popular artists who have 'James' as a first name Album Songs longer than 8 minutes
Week 22 Ella Henderson vs. Union J

Jessie J's It's My Party vs. Taylor Swift's Shake It Off

Theme X Factor series 9 contestants Songs against haters
Week 23 The Cinematic Orchestra vs John Barry James Blunt's So Long Jimmy Vs Tears For Fears' The Cinematic Orchestra' To Build A Home
Theme Artists who compose music for movies Songs without the normal number of 3 choruses
Week 24

Carly Rae Jepsen Vs Rihanna

Florence + The Machine's Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix) Vs Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais' Summertime Sandess (Remix)

Theme Female popular pop singers Popular remixes of songs

Final Battle Winners[]

Series 1[]

Artist: Imagine Dragons (4.75)

Single: The Man Who Can't Be Moved (4.4 tie with Get Lucky, later won with 16)

Series 2[]

Artist: Example (5)

Single: Mr. Brightside (4.25)

Series 3[]

Artist: TBA

Single: TBA


Best average for an artist: 4.25 (John Newman)

Best average for a single: 4.25 (The Man Who Can't Be Moved)

Best average for an artist Final Battle winner: 4.75 (Imagine Dragons, Series 1)

Best average for a single Final Battle winner: TBA Most votes for an artist: Naughty Boy (Week 1, 9 votes)

Most votes for a single: Get Lucky (Week 1, 13 votes)

Biggest difference in votes for an artist battle: 3 - Naughty Boy Vs Disclosure (Week 1, 9-6)

Biggest difference in votes for a singles battle: 9 - Blurred Lines Vs Get Lucky (Week 1, 13-4)

Biggest whitewash for an artist: Tom Odell Vs Passenger: 3-0 (Week 4)

Biggest whitewash for a single: Treasure Vs True Love: 4-0 (Week 3)