Hottest 100 Of All Time, 1991 Volume 3
# Title Artist Time Year Country
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 5:02 1991 USA
2 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 3:28 1980 England
3 Lithium Nirvana 4:17 1991 USA
4 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 3:53 1986 Australia
5 Tomorrow, Wendy Andy Prieboy 4:42 1990 USA
6 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 6:49 1985 England
7 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 9:55 1989 England
8 A Forest The Cure 5:55 1980 England
9 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes 2:24 1983 USA
10 Blue Monday New Order 7:28 1983 England
11 Just Like Heaven The Cure 3:33 1987 England
12 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M. 4:07 1987 USA
13 Uncertain Smile The The 6:52 1982 England
14 The Ship Song Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5:14 1990 Australia
15 Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction 3:34 1990 USA
16 She Sells Sanctuary The Cult 4:23 1985 England
17 Jane Says Jane's Addiction 4:53 1988 USA
18 Add It Up Violent Femmes 4:44 1983 USA
19 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 4:30 1978 England
20 Lock It Falling Joys 4:41 1990 Australia
21 Kiss Off Violent Femmes 2:57 1983 USA
22 Sexuality Billy Bragg 3:49 1991 England
23 That's Entertainment The Jam 3:37 1980 England
24 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 3:45 1986 England
25 Anarchy In The U.K. Sex Pistols 3:31 1976 England
26 Holiday In Cambodia Dead Kennedys 3:44 1980 USA
27 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 5:56 1987 USA
28 Debaser Pixies 2:53 1989 USA
29 This Charming Man The Smiths 2:45 1983 England
30 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8:03 1971 England
31 Under The Milky Way The Church 4:59 1988 Australia
32 Losing My Religion R.E.M. 4:29 1991 USA
33 Hieronymus Clouds 3:47 1991 Australia
34 D.C. Died Pretty 4:33 1991 Australia
35 Primary The Cure 3:40 1981 England
36 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out The Smiths 4:05 1986 England
37 Close To Me The Cure 3:41 1985 England
38 Shivers The Boys Next Door 4:34 1979 Australia
39 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:43 1991 USA
40 The One I Love R.E.M. 3:18 1987 USA
41 That Ain't Bad Ratcat 4:07 1990 Australia
42 Troy Sinéad O'Connor 6:35 1987 Ireland
43 Boys Don't Cry The Cure 2:35 1979 England
44 Lullaby The Cure 4:13 1989 England
45 Talking To A Stranger Hunters & Collectors 7:31 1982 Australia
46 Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants 3:21 1990 USA
47 Aloha Steve And Danno Radio Birdman 3:58 1978 Australia
48 In Between Days The Cure 2:57 1985 England
49 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 5:54 1975 England
50 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 3:31 1983 England
51 Trust Tall Tales And True 3:32 1989 Australia
52 Wide Open Road The Triffids 4:09 1986 Australia
53 Betty's Worry Or The Slab Hunters & Collectors 3:59 1984 Australia
54 Tainted Love Soft Cell 2:42 1981 England
55 True Faith New Order 4:13 1987 England
56 Kool Thing Sonic Youth 4:06 1990 USA
57 Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards Billy Bragg 4:37 1988 England
58 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 5:35 1975 England
59 The End The Doors 11:39 1967 USA
60 Enter Sandman Metallica 5:32 1991 USA
61 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4:01 1968 England
62 Orange Crush R.E.M. 3:54 1988 USA
63 The Unforgiven Metallica 6:28 1991 USA
64 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 5:08 1991 England
65 Fall On Me R.E.M. 2:50 1986 USA
66 Down In Splendour Straitjacket Fits 3:39 1990 New Zealand
67 4PM Clouds 2:31 1991 Australia
68 Pictures Of You The Cure 7:29 1989 England
69 Labour Of Love Frente! 3:09 1991 Australia
70 The Unguarded Moment The Church 4:14 1981 Australia
71 Grey Cell Green Ned's Atomic Dustbin 3:46 1991 England
72 Bigmouth Strikes Again The Smiths 3:13 1986 England
73 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 6:22 1979 England
74 The Lovecats The Cure 3:40 1983 England
75 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg 3:32 1986 England
76 Come As You Are Nirvana 3:39 1991 USA
77 Rock Lobster The B-52's 4:54 1978 USA
78 L.A. Woman The Doors 8:00 1971 USA
79 Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. 3:37 1988 USA
80 Surfers Of The Mind Def FX 3:40 1991 Australia
81 She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses 3:52 1989 England
82 Vapour Trail Ride 4:19 1990 England
83 Treaty Yothu Yindi 3:38 1991 Australia
84 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones 3:03 1978 England
85 Anything, Anything (I'll Give You) Dramarama 3:21 1985 USA
86 The Size Of A Cow The Wonder Stuff 3:13 1991 England
87 Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones 6:18 1968 England
88 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7:18 1988 Australia
89 One Metallica 7:28 1988 USA
90 Soon My Bloody Valentine 7:01 1991 Ireland
91 Monkey Gone To Heaven Pixies 2:58 1989 USA
92 Bring The Noise Public Enemy 3:46 1987 USA
93 Dear God XTC 3:34 1986 England
94 Wave Of Mutilation Pixies 2:05 1989 USA
95 Info Freako Jesus Jones 2:50 1989 England
96 Cattle And Cane The Go-Betweens 4:23 1983 Australia
97 London Calling The Clash 3:20 1979 England
98 Bad U2 6:09 1984 Ireland
99 Deanna Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 3:46 1988 Australia
100 Cream Prince & The New Power Generation 4:15 1991 USA

Facts for 1991

The 1991 Hottest 100 of All Time was the third annual Hottest 100 of All Time countdown.

The Countdown

The countdown took place on January 25th, 1992 and featured a mixture of 63 different artists.

The winning track was semi-announced by Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, who were in the country at the time to perform at the inaugural Big Day Out festival. The announcer of the countdown handed an envelope to Novoselic, from which he read the winning track as 'Black Or White' by Michael Jackson. The announcer mentioned that Jackson's song came in at #113 (it was actually #112), and then correctly read out the winning song.
Audio of this incident can be heard here.

The most recent track to appear in the countdown was My Bloody Valentine's 'Soon' at #90, which was released on November 11th, 1991

If the countdown had followed the rules of later, yearly countdowns, and allowed only songs released in that year, the top 10 songs from the countdown would have been as follows.

# Name Artist Original Position
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
#1
2 Lithium Nirvana
#3
3 Sexuality Billy Bragg
#22
4 Losing My Religion R.E.M.
#32
5 Hieronymus Clouds
#33
6 D.C. Died Pretty
#34
7 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers
#39
8 Enter Sandman Metallica
#60
9 The Unforgiven Metallica
#63
10 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack
#64

As alluded to before, the tracks that made up positions #101 to #200 were also released. For a long time (up until at 2005 at least), this list was accessible through the Triple J website under the title of '1992 Hottest 100'. Various sources have confirmed the countdown was indeed counted down in 1992, althought it was only considered a countdown of the tracks that almost made it instead of an actual countdown. For more information on those tracks, click here.

Artists Featured

Again, The Cure were undoubtedly the best performing band, with a record 9 tracks, their highest reaching #8. 9 Tracks is currently the highest record in any countdown, All Time or yearly, for a band, although Dave Grohl appeared in 10 tracks in 2002.
R.E.M., and Johnny Marr appeared 5 times, and The Smiths appeared 4 times. Billy Bragg, Hunters & Collectors, Metallica, New Order, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nirvana, the Pixies and the Violent Femmes achieved 3 tracks, while only 6 other artists scored 2 tracks each.

Artists With Multiple Entries

9 Tracks
  • The Cure (8, 11, 35, 37, 43, 44, 48, 68, 74)
5 Tracks
  • R.E.M. (12, 32, 40, 62, 65)
  • Johnny Marr (6, 22, 29, 36, 72)
    (Four times with The Smiths and once with Billy Bragg)
4 Tracks
  • The Smiths (6, 29, 36, 72)

  • Peter Hook (2, 10, 24, 55)
    (Once with Joy Division and three times with New Order)
  • Stephen Morris (2, 10, 24, 55)
    (Once with Joy Division and three times with New Order)
  • Bernard Sumner (2, 10, 24, 55)
    (Once with Joy Division and three times with New Order)
3 Tracks
  • Billy Bragg (22, 57, 75)
  • Hunters & Collectors (4, 45, 53)
  • Metallica (60, 63, 89)
  • New Order (10, 24, 55)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (14, 88, 99)
  • Nirvana (1, 3, 76)
  • Pixies (28, 91, 94)
  • Violent Femmes (9, 18, 21)
2 Tracks
  • The Church (31, 70)
  • Clouds (33, 67)
  • The Doors (59, 78)
  • Jane's Addiction (15, 17)
  • Pink Floyd (58, 73)
  • The Stone Roses (7, 81)

Countries Featured


The 1991 Hottest 100 of All Time featured artists from 5 countries, including 43 from England, 32 from the USA and 21 from Australia.

A Note

It should be noted that The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who appear at #61 are listed as an English band. While many people would cite them as American band due to Hendrix's nationality, they are listed as English due to forming in London, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the band were English citizens.


Countries Represented in the 1991 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia
21
England
43
Ireland
3
New Zealand
1
USA
32

Years Of Song Release

The 1991 Hottest 100 of All Time featured tracks from 1967 until 1991, with 1991 being the best represented year, at 19 tracks.

Entries By Year

1960s - 3 Tracks
  • 1967: (1 track)
  • 1968: (2 tracks)
  • 1969: -
1970s - 13 Tracks
  • 1970: -
  • 1971: (2 tracks)
  • 1972: -
  • 1973: -
  • 1974: -
  • 1975: (2 tracks)
  • 1976: (1 track)
  • 1977: -
  • 1978: (4 tracks)
  • 1979: (4 tracks)
1980s - 54 Tracks
  • 1980: (4 tracks)
  • 1981: (3 tracks)
  • 1982: (2 tracks)
  • 1983: (8 tracks)
  • 1984: (2 tracks)
  • 1985: (5 tracks)
  • 1986: (8 tracks)
  • 1987: (7 tracks)
  • 1988: (7 tracks)
  • 1989: (9 tracks)
1990s - 30 Tracks
  • 1990: (10 tracks)
  • 1991: (19 tracks)




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