Triple J Hottest 100, 2004

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The 2004 Triple J Hottest 100 was announced on 26 January 2005. It was the twelfth such countdown of the most popular songs of the year, according to listeners of the Australian radio station Triple J.

Voters were limited to 20 votes each: 10 via SMS (charged at 30c each) and 10 via the Internet (no charge).

Triple J presenter Craig Reucassel encouraged voters to vote for the Media Watch theme music on the condition that his counterpart Chris Taylor would do a nude run through the Big Day Out if it made the hottest 100. While announcing the count, Reucassel called number 7 for the Media Watch theme, initiating Taylor on a streak through the music festival. Upon Taylor's return, Richard Kingsmill explained that Media Watch was ineligible due to not being recording in 2004 and announced the real number 7. Missy Higgins was also in the studio and Reucassel goaded her into accepting a similar challenge should she win the Hottest 100. Higgins grew increasingly nervous as the count continued.

From early in the voting process, it became very obvious that Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" would be the clear winner of this Hottest 100. Throughout the countdown, numerous references were made to this well-established fact, including announcers sarcastically claiming "Ha-ha! You thought they'd be #1" when "The Dark of the Matinée" was played at #50 as well a mock promotional piece heard in between in which votes for other bands such as Placebo were ignored in favour of Franz Ferdinand. When "Take Me Out" was officially announced as #1, it was reported that it had received more than double the votes of any other song. As with receiving more than double the votes, the presenters felt it sensible to also play a live version of "Take Me Out" directly after the studio version played at #1.

There were a record 475,000 voters that participated in the poll.[1]

Full list[edit]

Note: Australian artists

# Song[2] Artist Country of Origin
1 Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand  United Kingdom
2 Scar Missy Higgins  Australia
3 From the Sea Eskimo Joe  Australia
4 Somebody Told Me The Killers  United States
5 Black Betty Spiderbait  Australia
6 Ten Days Missy Higgins  Australia
7 Something's Gotta Give John Butler Trio  Australia
8 Beautiful to Me Little Birdy  Australia
9 Bless My Soul Powderfinger  Australia
10 Jolene (Live) The White Stripes  United States
11 Float On Modest Mouse  United States
12 Coin-Operated Boy The Dresden Dolls  United States
13 Mr. Brightside The Killers  United States
14 It's Too Late Evermore  New Zealand
15 Gamble Everything for Love Ben Lee  Australia
16 Hard Act to Follow Grinspoon  Australia
17 Yo Mama Butterfingers  Australia
18 Fit But You Know It The Streets  United Kingdom
19 Dry Your Eyes The Streets  United Kingdom
20 Fuckin' Awesome Spiderbait  Australia
21 Common People William Shatner  Canada
22 American Idiot Green Day  United States
23 Take Your Mama Scissor Sisters  United States
24 Look What You've Done Jet  Australia
25 Treat Yo Mama John Butler Trio  Australia
26 Better Off Alone Grinspoon  Australia
27 Don't U Eva Sarah Blasko  Australia
28 Ch-Check It Out Beastie Boys  United States
29 This Fire Franz Ferdinand  United Kingdom
30 Girl Anachronism The Dresden Dolls  United States
31 The Bucket Kings of Leon  United States
32 Older Than You Eskimo Joe  Australia
33 Chicken Payback The Bees  United Kingdom
34 What the Fuck? Machine Gun Fellatio  Australia
35 Not Many – The Remix! Scribe  New Zealand
36 Forget Her Jeff Buckley  United States
37 Adelaide Ben Folds  United States
38 Vertigo U2  Ireland
39 Smile Like You Mean It The Killers  United States
40 This Is a Love Song Little Birdy  Australia
41 Mass Destruction Faithless  United Kingdom
42 This Old Love Lior  Australia
43 Godhopping Dogs Die in Hot Cars  United Kingdom
44 Take Me Out Scissor Sisters  United States
45 Woman Wolfmother  Australia
46 Amerika Rammstein  Germany
47 I Can't Give You What I Haven't Got The Living End  Australia
48 Memory Lane Elliott Smith  United States
49 Casualty Missy Higgins  Australia
50 The Dark of the Matinée Franz Ferdinand  United Kingdom
51 What You Want John Butler Trio  Australia
52 My Friend Robot Regurgitator  Australia
53 English Summer Rain Placebo  United Kingdom
54 Bridal Train The Waifs  Australia
55 Walk Idiot Walk The Hives  Sweden
56 Shelter Xavier Rudd  Australia
57 For One Day Evermore  New Zealand
58 Laura Scissor Sisters  United States
59 Solace Xavier Rudd  Australia
60 Lachlan Your Wedding Night  Australia
61 Flashdance Deep Dish  United States
62 Smoke Eskimo Joe  Australia
63 She Wants to Move N.E.R.D  United States
64 Self Destruct in 5 Epicure  Australia
65 Galvanize The Chemical Brothers  United Kingdom
66 Little Yellow Spider Devendra Banhart  United States
67 10 A.M. Automatic The Black Keys  United States
68 Process This Powderfinger  Australia
69 Push Up Freestylers  United Kingdom
70 Four to the Floor (Thin White Duke Remix) Starsailor  United Kingdom
71 C'mon C'mon The Von Bondies  United States
72 Hold Me Now The Polyphonic Spree  United States
73 Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town The Panda Band  Australia
74 Slow Hands Interpol  United States
75 Paco Doesn't Love Me Spazzys  Australia
76 Evil Interpol  United States
77 Run Snow Patrol  United Kingdom
78 Tonight's the Night Little Birdy  Australia
79 Dirty Hearts Dallas Crane  Australia
80 Young Man, Old Man The Dissociatives  Australia
81 Rough Diamonds End of Fashion  Australia
82 Drop the Pressure Mylo  United Kingdom
83 Numb All Over Dallas Crane  Australia
84 I Love You 'Cause I Have To Dogs Die in Hot Cars  United Kingdom
85 The Drop Regurgitator  Australia
86 I Was Born (A Unicorn) The Unicorns  Canada
87 Breathe Me Sia  Australia
88 Imagine A Perfect Circle  United States
89 Get What You Need Jet  Australia
90 Lotion Greenskeepers  United States
91 Somersault Decoder Ring  Australia
92 Comfortably Numb Scissor Sisters  United States
93 Hello John Butler Trio  Australia
94 Ride The Vines  Australia
95 Twenty Years Placebo  United Kingdom
96 Mirror Mirror After the Fall  Australia
97 Safe Forever Gyroscope  Australia
98 Catch Me Up Gomez  United Kingdom
99 Always The Butterfly Effect  Australia
100 I'm Gonna Haunt You Fabienne Delsol  France

47 of the 100 songs are by Australian artists

Artists with multiple entries[edit]

The following individuals or groups had more than one entry in the Hottest 100: Four entries

Three entries

Two entries

Top 10 Albums of 2004[edit]

Bold indicates winner of the Hottest 100.

# Artist Album Country of Origin Tracks in the Hottest 100
1 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand  United Kingdom 1, 29, 50
2 John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea  Australia 25, 51, 93 (8 in 2003)
3 Missy Higgins The Sound of White  Australia 2, 6, 49 (31, 47, 74 in 2005)
4 Eskimo Joe A Song Is a City  Australia 3, 32, 62
5 Little Birdy BigBigLove  Australia 8, 40, 78 (16, 25 in 2003)
6 The Killers Hot Fuss  United States 4, 13, 39
7 Grinspoon Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills  Australia 16, 26
8 Xavier Rudd Solace  Australia 56, 59 (54 in 2003)
9 Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News  United States 11
10 The Streets A Grand Don't Come for Free  United Kingdom 18, 19

CD release[edit]

The 2-CD set titled triple j – Hottest 100: Vol 12 Various Artists was released 2005-03-06. It is a compilation of 40 of the top 100 songs.[3]

Volume 12 CD Cover
CD 1
  1. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  2. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
  3. Spiderbait – Black Betty
  4. Kings Of Leon – The Bucket
  5. Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama Out
  6. Little Birdy – Beautiful To Me
  7. Ben Folds – Adelaide
  8. Devendra Banhart – Little Yellow Spider
  9. Eskimo Joe – From The Sea
  10. The Streets – Fit But You Know It
  11. Modest Mouse – Float On
  12. Decoder Ring – Somersault
  13. John Butler Trio – Somethings Gotta Give
  14. The Bees – Chicken Payback
  15. The Dresden Dolls – Coin-Operated Boy
  16. Dallas Crane – Dirty Hearts
  17. Ben Lee – Gamble Everything For Love
  18. Greenskeepers – Lotion
  19. N.E.R.D – She Wants To Move
  20. Grinspoon – Hard Act To Follow
CD 2
  1. Missy Higgins – Scar
  2. Mylo – Drop The Pressure
  3. The Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
  4. The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk
  5. Sarah Blasko – Don’t U Eva
  6. Faithless – Mass Destruction
  7. William Shatner – Common People
  8. Wolfmother – Woman
  9. The Black Keys – 10 A.M. Automatic
  10. Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Godhopping
  11. Scribe – Not Many – The Remix!
  12. Butterfingers – Yo Mama
  13. Spazzys – Paco Doesn’t Love Me
  14. Interpol – Slow Hands
  15. Lior – This Old Love
  16. Evermore – It’s Too Late
  17. The Panda Band – Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town
  18. Freestylers – Push Up
  19. Regurgitator – My Friend Robot
  20. Elliott Smith – Memory Lane

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Triple j – Hottest 100:Vol 12". ABC Music. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hottest 100 2004". Triple J. Retrieved 11 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "triple j – Hottest 100: Vol 12 Various Artists". ABC Music. 2005. , Catalogue Number 5318135