Triple J Hottest 100

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The Triple J Hottest 100 is an annual music poll, based on the votes of national Australian radio station Triple J listeners, in order to determine their favourite song of the year. Voting is conducted by the internet and begins roughly two weeks prior to the new year for the previous year's songs. The 100 most popular songs are then counted down on Australia Day weekend – usually Australia Day itself.[1]

History[edit]

The idea for the poll came from triple j producer Lawrie Zion. Late in 1988, he conceived the idea of the station running a listener poll to determine their 100 favourite songs of all time. The idea was influenced by community radio station 4zzz, which developed its Hot 100 in 1976. In that first poll, before triple j had become a national broadcaster, Sydney listeners were required to write their 10 favourite tracks down on the back of an envelope. Some entries were sent in written on paintings, sculptures and even on the side of 10 individual spliffs from one listener. The results of the first poll were counted down on Sunday March 5, 1989 between 10am and 6pm.

The station repeated the event the following year. Still called the triple j Hot 100, the station had now started broadcasting to other capital cities besides Sydney.

In 1991, triple j was forced to change the poll's name to Hottest 100 to avoid legal action with 4zzz 'Hot 100' in Brisbane.

Realising the poll's results were likely to change little year by year, triple j rested the Hottest 100 in 1992 and relaunched it as an annual poll - with the listeners voting for their favourite songs of that year - in 1993.

The poll attracts over half a million votes every year (increasing constantly from 500,000 in 2004 to 1.26 million in 2011). Triple J and other sources claims that it is the world's largest music poll. It began as a write-in poll;[1] it then progressed to phone in, then they started listing the songs for the year so it could be done automatically via SMS and web voting. In 2003, it was only possible to vote on the Triple J web site; registration was required and limited to 10 votes. In 2004 this was expanded to 10 internet votes, and 10 SMS votes.

A compilation double-CD featuring a selection of the songs in the countdown is released a few months after the count; the first CD is still available for sale as of 2012.[2] Since 2002, a DVD featuring video clips for some of the songs is also released. These releases form a popular and effective source of income for the station.

During the poll's first few years (1989 to 1991), the eligible songs were not restricted to a particular year. The winner in the first two years (1989 and 1990) was "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, and 1991's favourite song was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana (which was actually released that year). After a hiatus in 1992 caused by the organiser's realisations that Nirvana and Joy Division would top the poll yet again, the poll returned in 1993, but was limited to songs released in that year.

In the 20 years since its inception, the band who has featured the most are Powderfinger, with 22 songs between the 1996 and 2009 countdowns. Foo Fighters are right behind Powderfinger with 21 tracks. In 2011, it was incorrectly stated that Foo Fighters were the band with the most appearances, but an analysis available here proved otherwise. Powderfinger's frontman, Bernard Fanning, has taken out the top spot on three occasions, twice with Powderfinger in 1999 and 2000 and once as a solo artist in 2005.

Dave Grohl has appeared 31 times throughout the countdown including the top spot on two occasions (1991, 2002). Although, 13 of these appearances are from the Hottest 100 Of All Time countdowns. He has appeared 4 times with Nirvana, 22 with Foo Fighters, 5 with Queens of The Stone Age and once with Them Crooked Vultures. In fact, Grohl has appeared in most countdowns run by Triple J, only excluding those in 1989, 1990, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2010.

Robert Smith of The Cure has appeared 34 times throughout the countdown's lifetime. However, 28 of these were in the All Time countdowns. 5 more entires came from countdowns between 1993 and 1997, to date, a final appearance was through a collaboration with Crystal Castles in 2010.

As of the 2011 list, only Stardust has managed to have all of their released songs make it into the Hottest 100. They made the list in 1998 with their song Music Sounds Better With You.

Hottest 100 top tens and summaries[edit]

Year Top ten Highlights
All time (1989)
  1. Joy Division – "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (1980)
  2. Hunters & Collectors – "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (1985)
  3. The The – "Uncertain Smile" (1983)
  4. The Jam – "That's Entertainment" (1980)
  5. New Order – "Blue Monday" (1983)
  6. Dead Kennedys – "Holiday in Cambodia" (1980)
  7. The Smiths – "How Soon Is Now?" (1984)
  8. Hunters & Collectors – "Talking to a Stranger" (1982)
  9. The Sugarcubes – "Birthday" (1987)
  10. The Cure – "A Forest" (1980)
All time (1990)
  1. Joy Division – "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (1980)
  2. Hunters & Collectors – "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (1985)
  3. The Smiths – "How Soon Is Now?" (1984)
  4. The The – "Uncertain Smile" (1983)
  5. New Order – "Blue Monday" (1983)
  6. The Stone Roses – "Fools Gold" (1989)
  7. The Smiths – "This Charming Man" (1983)
  8. The B-52's – "Rock Lobster" (1978)
  9. R.E.M. – "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" (1987)
  10. The Jam – "That's Entertainment" (1980)
  • The second of the original series of Hottest 100s which allowed choices from any year.
  • The Cure achieved seven songs in the list.
All time (1991)
  1. Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991)
  2. Joy Division – "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (1980)
  3. Nirvana – "Lithium" (1991)
  4. Hunters & Collectors – "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (1985)
  5. Andy Prieboy – "Tomorrow Wendy" (1990)
  6. The Smiths – "How Soon Is Now?" (1984)
  7. The Stone Roses – "Fools Gold" (1989)
  8. The Cure – "A Forest" (1980)
  9. Violent Femmes – "Blister in the Sun" (1982)
  10. New Order – "Blue Monday" (1983)
  • The third of the original series of Hottest 100s which allowed choices from any year.
  • The Cure had nine songs in the 1991 list. Although not a part of the official countdowns, this record remains unbroken as of 2011.
1992 No Hottest 100 Held
1993
  1. Denis Leary – "Asshole"
  2. Radiohead – "Creep"
  3. The Cranberries – "Linger"
  4. Blind Melon – "No Rain"
  5. The Breeders – "Cannonball"
  6. Rage Against The Machine – "Killing in the Name"
  7. U2 – "Lemon"
  8. Pearl Jam – "Go"
  9. The Cruel Sea – "The Honeymoon Is Over"
  10. Atomic Swing – "Stone Me Into the Groove"
  • Return after list hiatus in 1992.
  • The new format only allowed songs released as singles within the list's calendar year.
  • The Cruel Sea achieved three tracks in the list.
1994
  1. The Cranberries – "Zombie"
  2. Nine Inch Nails – "Closer"
  3. The Offspring – "Self Esteem"
  4. The Offspring – "Come Out and Play"
  5. Silverchair – "Tomorrow"
  6. Veruca Salt – "Seether"
  7. Nirvana – "About a Girl"
  8. Max Sharam – "Coma"
  9. Tom Jones – "If I Only Knew"
  10. Severed Heads – "Dead Eyes Opened"
  • Zombie becomes the first No. 1 song with a female vocalist.
  • Soundgarden achieved four tracks in the list.
  • The Offspring scored back to back tracks at positions No. 3 and 4; the first time in an official countdown that a band scored two songs in the top 5.
1995
  1. Oasis – "Wonderwall"
  2. The Smashing Pumpkins – "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
  3. Coolio – "Gangsta's Paradise"
  4. The Presidents of the United States of America – "Kitty"
  5. Björk – "It's Oh So Quiet"
  6. Everclear – "Heroin Girl"
  7. Custard – "Apartment"
  8. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue – "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
  9. TISM – "(He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River"
  10. TISM – "Greg! The Stop Sign!!"
1996
  1. Spiderbait – "Buy Me a Pony"
  2. Tool – "Stinkfist"
  3. Ben Folds Five – "Underground"
  4. Butthole Surfers – "Pepper"
  5. Bush – "Glycerine"
  6. Powderfinger – "Pick You Up"
  7. The Prodigy – "Breathe"
  8. Allen Ginsberg – "Ballad of the Skeletons"
  9. Weezer – "El Scorcho"
  10. Babybird – "You're Gorgeous"
1997
  1. The Whitlams – "No Aphrodisiac"
  2. Blur – "Song 2"
  3. Chumbawamba – "Tubthumping"
  4. The Verve – "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
  5. Radiohead – "Paranoid Android"
  6. Blink 182 – "Dammit"
  7. Pauline Pantsdown – "Back Door Man"
  8. Marilyn Manson" – "The Beautiful People"
  9. Radiohead – "Karma Police"
  10. Jebediah – "Leaving Home"
1998
  1. The Offspring – "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"
  2. Ben Lee – "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
  3. Custard – "Girls Like That (Don't Go for Guys Like Us)"
  4. Hole – "Celebrity Skin"
  5. KoЯn – "Got the Life"
  6. Regurgitator – "! (Song Formerly Known As)"
  7. Jebediah – "Harpoon"
  8. Powderfinger – "The Day You Come"
  9. You Am I – "Heavy Heart"
  10. The Living End – "Save the Day"
  • Regurgitator scored four tracks in the list. Frontman Quan Yeomans was involved with six tracks (including three in succession from No. 26 to No. 28): four with Regurgitator and twice with Happyland.
  • The list included two versions of the song "Harpoon": the original by Jebediah at No. 7 and Something for Kate's cover at No. 85.
All Time (1998)
  1. Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991)
  2. Hunters & Collectors – "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (1985)
  3. Pearl Jam – "Alive" (1991)
  4. Jeff Buckley – "Last Goodbye" (1994)
  5. Radiohead – "Creep" (1992)
  6. Led Zeppelin – "Stairway to Heaven" (1971)
  7. Metallica – "One" (1988)
  8. Queen – "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975)
  9. Metallica – "Enter Sandman" (1991)
  10. Pearl Jam – "Black" (1991)
  • Compiled and played in August 1998.
  • Hosted by Robbie Buck, who played the wrong song by Led Zeppelin for No. 6, which was supposed to be "Stairway to Heaven".[citation needed]
  • Grinspoon's track "Just Ace", and the Ben Folds Five track "Brick" are the only songs to chart in an All Time countdown before an official yearly countdown.
  • The Cure achieved five entries on the list.
1999
  1. Powderfinger – "These Days"
  2. Killing Heidi – "Weir"
  3. The Tenants – "You Shit Me to Tears"
  4. Fatboy Slim – "Praise You"
  5. Placebo – "Every You Every Me"
  6. The Bloodhound Gang – "The Bad Touch"
  7. Rage Against The Machine – "Guerrilla Radio
  8. Limp Bizkit – "Nookie"
  9. Pearl Jam – "Last Kiss"
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Scar Tissue"
  • Powderfinger and Silverchair scored four tracks each.
  • The 1999 countdown held the record for the most Australian artists in a countdown, with 52. This record was equalled in the 2007 countdown.
  • Killing Heidi sets the record for the highest ranking song by an Unearthed artist. Their record was later equaled by Grinspoon in 2002, Missy Higgins in 2004, Art vs. Science in 2009 and Little Red in 2010.
2000
  1. Powderfinger – "My Happiness"
  2. U2 – "Beautiful Day"
  3. Powderfinger – "My Kind of Scene"
  4. Wheatus – "Teenage Dirtbag"
  5. Coldplay – "Yellow"
  6. The Avalanches" – "Frontier Psychiatrist"
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers" – "Californication"
  8. Foo Fighters – "Generator"
  9. Paul Kelly – "Every Fucking City"
  10. The Dandy Warhols – "Bohemian Like You"
  • Rage Against the Machine achieved three tracks.
  • Powderfinger became the first and, to date, only artist to have two Hottest 100 No. 1 tracks, in 1999 and 2000. (Frontman Bernard Fanning would later have a third No. 1 as a solo artist in 2005, and Powderfinger would also later win in the Hottest 100 Australian Albums countdown in 2011.)
  • Powderfinger became the second band to achieve two songs in the top five, the first (and only to date) Australian band to do so.
2001
  1. Alex Lloyd – "Amazing"
  2. Something for Kate – "Monsters"
  3. System of a Down – "Chop Suey!"
  4. Basement Jaxx – "Where's Your Head At?"
  5. John Butler Trio – "Betterman"
  6. Alien Ant Farm – "Smooth Criminal"
  7. Weezer – "Island in the Sun"
  8. The Avalanches – "Since I Left You"
  9. Gorillaz featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapien – "Clint Eastwood"
  10. Cake – "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"
2002
  1. Queens of the Stone Age – "No One Knows"
  2. Grinspoon – "Chemical Heart"
  3. The Waifs – "London Still"
  4. 1200 Techniques – "Karma"
  5. The Vines – "Get Free"
  6. Machine Gun Fellatio – "Pussytown"
  7. Eminem – "Lose Yourself"
  8. Machine Gun Fellatio – "Rollercoaster"
  9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "By the Way"
  10. Silverchair – "The Greatest View"
2003
  1. Jet – "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
  2. OutKast – "Hey Ya!"
  3. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
  4. Powderfinger – "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind"
  5. ColdplayClocks (Röyksopp Remix)
  6. The Cat Empire – "Hello"
  7. Powderfinger – "Sunsets"
  8. John Butler Trio – "Zebra"
  9. Hilltop Hoods – "The Nosebleed Section"
  10. Powderfinger – "Love Your Way"
2004
  1. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
  2. Missy Higgins – "Scar"
  3. Eskimo Joe – "From the Sea"
  4. The Killers – "Somebody Told Me"
  5. Spiderbait – "Black Betty"
  6. Missy Higgins – "Ten Days"
  7. John Butler Trio – "Something's Gotta Give"
  8. Little Birdy – "Beautiful to Me"
  9. Powderfinger – "Bless My Soul"
  10. The White Stripes – "Jolene" (live)
2005
  1. Bernard Fanning – "Wish You Well"
  2. Ben Lee – "Catch My Disease"
  3. Gorillaz featuring De La Soul – "Feel Good Inc."
  4. Foo Fighters – "Best of You"
  5. Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder – "DARE"
  6. Wolfmother – "Mind's Eye"
  7. The White Stripes – "My Doorbell"
  8. End of Fashion – "O Yeah"
  9. Wolfmother – "Joker & the Thief"
  10. Franz Ferdinand – "Do You Want To"
  • Wolfmother had six tracks selected, the most ever by an artist in a single countdown.
  • Gorillaz became the third band to placed twice in the Top 5.
  • Bernard Fanning achieves a Hottest 100 No. 1 for the third time (the only artist to do so to date), including twice with Powderfinger in 1999 and 2000.
  • Ben Lee achieves No. 2 for the second time.
2006
  1. Augie March – "One Crowded Hour"
  2. Eskimo Joe – "Black Fingernails, Red Wine"
  3. Hilltop Hoods – "The Hard Road"
  4. The Killers – "When You Were Young"
  5. Scissor Sisters – "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"
  6. Gnarls Barkley – "Crazy"
  7. Snow Patrol – "Chasing Cars"
  8. Gotye – "Hearts a Mess"
  9. Muse – "Starlight"
  10. The Grates – "19-20-20"
2007
  1. Muse – "Knights of Cydonia"
  2. Silverchair – "Straight Lines"
  3. Kings of Leon – "On Call"
  4. John Butler Trio – "Better Than"
  5. Faker – "This Heart Attack"
  6. Foo Fighters – "The Pretender"
  7. Daft Punk – "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)"
  8. Cold War Kids – "Hang Me Up to Dry"
  9. Soko – "I'll Kill Her"
  10. The Panics – "Don't Fight It"
2008
  1. Kings of Leon – "Sex on Fire"
  2. MGMT – "Electric Feel"
  3. Kings of Leon – "Use Somebody"
  4. Empire of the Sun – "Walking on a Dream"
  5. MGMT – "Kids"
  6. The Presets – "Talk Like That"
  7. Pez Featuring 360 and Hailey Cramer – "The Festival Song"
  8. The Presets – "This Boy's in Love"
  9. The Ting Tings – "That's Not My Name"
  10. Drapht – "Jimmy Recard"
  • Both Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend scored four tracks each.
  • Both Kings of Leon and MGMT placed twice in the Top 5, the fourth and fifth artists to do so.
  • The 2008 countdown marked the first time since 1995 that no Australian artist has featured in the Top 3 songs.
All Time (2009)
  1. Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991)
  2. Rage Against the Machine – "Killing in the Name" (1992)
  3. Jeff Buckley – "Hallelujah" (1994)
  4. Joy Division – "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (1980)
  5. Radiohead – "Paranoid Android" (1997)
  6. Queen – "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975)
  7. Jeff Buckley – "Last Goodbye" (1994)
  8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Under the Bridge" (1991)
  9. Foo Fighters – "Everlong" (1997)
  10. Led Zeppelin – "Stairway to Heaven" (1971)
2009
  1. Mumford & Sons – "Little Lion Man"
  2. Art vs. Science – "Parlez Vous Francais?"
  3. Hilltop Hoods – "Chase That Feeling"
  4. Phoenix – "Lisztomania"
  5. Bluejuice – "Broken Leg"
  6. La Roux – "Bulletproof"
  7. Lisa Mitchell – "Coin Laundry"
  8. Lily Allen – "Not Fair"
  9. Muse – "Uprising"
  10. Florence and the Machine – "Dog Days Are Over"
2010
  1. Angus & Julia Stone – "Big Jet Plane"
  2. Little Red – "Rock It"
  3. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – "Dance the Way I Feel"
  4. Birds of Tokyo – "Plans"
  5. Boy & Bear – "Fall at Your Feet"
  6. Adrian Lux – "Teenage Crime"
  7. Cee-Lo Green – "Fuck You"
  8. The Wombats – "Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)"
  9. Art vs. Science – "Magic Fountain"
  10. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. featuring Boy George and Andrew Wyatt – "Somebody to Love Me"
Australian Albums (2011)
  1. PowderfingerOdyssey Number Five (2000)
  2. SilverchairFrogstomp (1995)
  3. AC/DCBack in Black (1980)
  4. The Living EndThe Living End (1999)
  5. INXSKick (1987)
  6. Powderfinger – Internationalist (1998)
  7. The PresetsApocalypso (2008)
  8. WolfmotherWolfmother (2005)
  9. The AvalanchesSince I Left You (2000)
  10. RegurgitatorUnit (1997)
  • Compiled in June 2011, and counted down between 28 June and 10 July.
  • The first Hottest 100 countdown that is not based on single tracks.
  • This is now the third Hottest 100 won by Powderfinger.
  • Silverchair and Bernard Fanning both appeared five times in the countdown. Fanning appeared once solo and four times with Powderfinger.
  • Every one of Silverchair's studio albums reached the countdown.
2011
  1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – "Somebody That I Used to Know"
  2. The Black Keys – "Lonely Boy"
  3. Matt Corby – "Brother"
  4. Boy & Bear – "Feeding Line"
  5. M83 – "Midnight City"
  6. Lana Del Rey – "Video Games"
  7. San Cisco – "Awkward"
  8. 360 featuring Gossling – "Boys Like You"
  9. The Jezabels – "Endless Summer"
  10. Hilltop Hoods Featuring Sia – "I Love It"
  • The Wombats and Kimbra chart four times throughout the countdown.
  • This is the first collaboration between artists to win the Hottest 100.
2012
  1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz – "Thrift Shop"
  2. Of Monsters and Men – "Little Talks"
  3. Alt-J – "Breezeblocks"
  4. Flume – "Holdin On"
  5. Mumford & Sons – "I Will Wait"
  6. Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman – "Get Free"
  7. Tame Impala – "Elephant"
  8. Frank Ocean – "Lost"
  9. Tame Impala – "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
  10. The Rubens – "My Gun"
  • Flume had four tracks on the countdown.
  • "Thrift Shop" is the first hip-hop song to top the chart in Hottest 100 history. It also breaks the record of highest ranking hip-hop song, which was previously set by Coolio, Gorillaz & Hilltop Hoods. All of whom managed to place third in 1995, 2005, 2006 & 2009.
  • For the first time since 2008 no Australian artist featured in the Top 3.
  • The four highest charting artists in this year's countdown were all debutants. This is the first time this has happened since the first countdown in 1993.
20 Years of the Hottest 100 (2013)
  1. Oasis – "Wonderwall" (1995)
  2. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army" (2003)
  3. Jeff Buckley – "Last Goodbye" (1994)
  4. Hilltop Hoods – "The Nosebleed Section" (2003)
  5. The Verve – "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (1997)
  6. Foo Fighters - "Everlong" (1997)
  7. The Killers - "Mr. Brightside" (2004)
  8. Powderfinger - "These Days" (2000)
  9. Gotye featuring Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know" (2011)
  10. Powderfinger - "My Happiness" (2000)
  • Voting was held in May 2013, results were broadcast on the 8th and 9 June 2013.
  • Daft Punk, Damon Albarn, Dave Grohl, The Killers and Silverchair all got three tracks.
  • Four tracks in the countdown had not been charted in an annual Hottest 100, with one, The Kooks' "Naïve", appearing for the first time.
2013
  1. Vance Joy - "Riptide"
  2. Lorde - "Royals"
  3. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell - "Get Lucky"
  4. Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know?"
  5. Flume & Chet Faker - "Drop The Game"
  6. Arctic Monkeys - "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"
  7. Lana Del Rey - "Young And Beautiful"
  8. Matt Corby - "Resolution"
  9. The Preatures - "Is This How You Feel?"
  10. London Grammar - "Strong"
  • Daft Punk got four tracks.
  • Two versions of "Get Lucky" appeared in the countdown, the original by Daft Punk at number 3 and San Cisco's cover at number 39; this is the first time it has happened since 2004.
  • Vance Joy is the first Triple J Unearthed artist to place first in the Hottest 100.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hottest 100 History". Triple J. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "ABC Shop: Hottest 100 Vol. 1". ABC Shop. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation v Hanson - Queensland Judgments - Supreme Court Library
  4. ^ "Countdown: Twenty Years of triple j's Hottest 100". ABC Online. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Oz day spoiler: ABC leaks Hottest 100 victor". Crikey. 22 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Spoiler alert: Hottest 100 winner leaked". ABC Online. 22 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 

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