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20 years of Triple J’s Hottest 100

June 8, 2013

Triple J’s Hottest 100 has entertained and frustrated Australians for over 20 years now. I used to delight in listening to the countdown every Australia Day but in recent years have found much of the new music has passed me by.

Triple J is about to countdown the Hottest 100 of the last 20 years and in a nostalgic mood I thought I’d share my selections from the Hottest 100s of the last 20 years – in no particular order.

Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Dinosaur Jr. – Feel the Pain

Pulp – Common People

Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye

Radiohead – Karma Police

Beck – Where It’s At

TISM – Whatareya?

Sonic Animation – Theophilus Thistler

The Mutton Birds – Pulled Along By Love

Daft Punk – Da Funk

Dandy Warhols – Godless

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

Hilltop Hoods – The Nosebleed Section

James – Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)

The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button

Cypress Hill – Rock Superstar

The Polyphonic Spree – Hold Me Now

The Grates – Inside Outside

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Pearl Jam – Spin the Black Circle

My shortlist

1993
Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name
Blind Melon – No Rain
The Breeders – Cannonball
King Missile – Detachable Penis
King Missile – Jesus Was Way Cool
Buffalo Tom – Taillights Fade

1994
Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Pearl Jam – Spin the Black Circle
Ed Kuepper – La Di Doh
Dinosaur Jr. – Feel the Pain

1995
Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings
TISM – (He’ll Never Be An) Ol’ Man River
Pulp – Common People
Sonic Youth – The Diamond Sea
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
Skunk Anansie – I Can Dream

1996
Ben Folds Five – Underground
Allen Ginsberg – Ballad of the Skeletons
Beck – Devil’s Haircut
Beck – Where It’s At
Cake – The Distance
Pearl Jam – Leaving Here

1997
Blur – Song 2
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Radiohead – Karma Police
Silverchair – Freak
Dana Lyons – Cows With Guns
Something for Kate – Captain (Million Miles)
Daft Punk – Da Funk

1998
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Regurgitator – Black Bugs
TISM – Whatareya?
Pearl Jam – Do the Evolution
Drugstore – El President
Jebediah – Harpoon

1999
Powderfinger – These Days
Pearl Jam – Last Kiss
Sonic Animation – Theophilus Thistler
The Mutton Birds – Pulled Along By Love

2000
Coldplay – Shiver
Rage Against the Machine – Renegades of Funk
Cypress Hill – Rock Superstar
Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
Dandy Warhols – Godless
The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

2001
PJ Harvey/Thom Yorke – This Mess We’re In
James – Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow
New Order – Crystal

2002
Pearl Jam – I Am Mine
Machine Translations – She Wears a Mask

2003
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Hilltop Hoods – The Nosebleed Section
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage

2004
The Killers – Somebody Told Me
Missy Higgins – Ten Days
Sarah Blasko – Don’t U Eva
Beastie Boys – Ch-Check It Out
The Polyphonic Spree – Hold Me Now

2005
Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less And Less
Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot

2006
Augie March – One Crowded Hour
The Grates – 19-20-20
The Grates – Inside Outside
Lupe Fiasco – Kick, Push
The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

2007
Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

2008
Laura Marling – Ghosts
Lily Allen – Fuck You

2009
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

2010
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
The Black Keys – Tighten Up

2011
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

2012
None

There are likely a few songs I omitted from the shortlist and the final list – but different songs resonate at different times.  I’ll probably look at this list in a few months and want to swap a few in and out, but each of these songs have endured in my musical memory.

There are many great songs from this timeframe that didn’t make it onto a Triple J Hottest 100, although some made it the Hottest 100s of All Time. Songs that likely would have been in my shortlist would have been:
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
Foo Fighters -Everlong
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds -Into My Arms
Johnny Cash – Hurt

Enjoy.

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One Comment
  1. It is indeed a very short list from a choice of 20 years of 100 songs. (That’s 2000 songs). I think triple J have become tediously predictable and gave up on them more than 10 years ago. The particular jjj formula, which makes it irrelevant if a song is great or not, as long as it suits their targeted audience annoys and irritates me. They use to like songs because they were good songs. Not because it hit a clichéd group of ppl. They have stereotyped themselves when they use to be flexible, unpredictable and brave enough to not care if they were mainstream enough or not. Seems these days they are trading off uniqueness for numbers.

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