The Objective of the game is to match a song to the song given by the Song Master, and to learn new music in the process. Secondary objective is to promote critical thinking about music.
The game begins with a Song Master naming a song. The Song Master alone chooses the song. Players name a song that reminds them of the given song. There are several different ways to score:
1. Name a cover of the given song or randomly submit a song: 1/2 point (Example: Given song = "Across the Universe" by The Beatles http://www.last.fm/music/The+Beatles/_/Across+the+Universe - Player submission "Across the Universe" by Fiona Apple http://www.last.fm/music/Fiona+Apple/_/Across+the+Universe)
2. Name a song that has the same title, but is not the same song: 1 point (Example: Given song = "Remote Control" by The Beastie Boys http://www.last.fm/music/Beastie+Boys/_/Remote+Control - Player submission = "Remote Control" by The Clash http://www.last.fm/music/The+Clash/_/Remote+Control)
3. Name a song by the same artist with the same lyric: 1 1/2 points
4. Name a song by another artist that references the given song or uses the same or similar lyric: 2 points
5. Name a song with a similar theme to the given song: 3-5 points
The Song Master alone decides whether the players submission meets the criteria that the player claims, and awards points.
The only way to score 0 points is to fail to submit a song in the allotted time, or to submit Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."
The "Theme" option has the most wiggle room, and the most room for creative connections. This is likely to be the most contested category, and so it is worth repeating that the Song Master is entirely responsible for scoring. If the player makes an obscure thematic connection between 2 songs, it is up to the player to fully explain the connection so that the Song Master sees it.
There are 3 rounds. After all players have declared their intent to play, the Song Master names a song. The Song Master is responsible for finding a source online, or otherwise making the song available to any player that is unfamiliar with the song.
Because it is not always easy to immediately come up with a connection, there will be three days between the naming of the song and submission deadline. After submission, the Song Master has 2 days to finish scoring. After scoring, there is a one day appeal period for those that think the Song Master is on crack, after which the Song Master makes last minute scoring changes (if any) and finalizes the score.
After 3 rounds a winner is declared. Prizes are given, kisses are exchanged all around, and nobody has sex with a goat. The winner has the option of starting a new game as Song Master. If they decline, anyone can start a new game as Song Master.
These are the basic rules. Individual Song Masters may add variant rules, or delete rules they don't like.