Hottest 100, 1996 Volume 4
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Buy Me A Pony Spiderbait 1:44 Australia
2 Stinkfist Tool 5:11 USA
3 Underground Ben Folds Five 4:11 USA
4 Pepper Butthole Surfers 4:57 USA
5 Glycerine Bush 4:28 England
6 Pick You Up Powderfinger 4:19 Australia
7 Breathe The Prodigy 5:35 England
8 The Ballad Of The Skeletons Allen Ginsberg 4:11 USA
9 El Scorcho Weezer 4:06 USA
10 You're Gorgeous Babybird 3:47 England
11 Down 311 2:52 USA
12 Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short] Underworld 3:46 England
13 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 4:26 USA
14 Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin' Criminals 3:05 USA
15 Kong Foo Sing Regurgitator 2:57 Australia
16 Spaceman Babylon Zoo 4:07 England
17 Firestarter The Prodigy 4:43 England
18 D.A.F. Powderfinger 3:31 Australia
19 Swallowed Bush 4:51 England
20 Dogs Are The Best People The Fauves 2:49 Australia
21 Down In The Park Foo Fighters 4:07 USA
22 Oh Yeah Ash 4:48 Ireland
23 I Sucked A Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am Regurgitator 2:34 Australia
24 Santa Monica Everclear 3:12 USA
25 Just A Girl No Doubt 3:29 USA
26 Setting Sun (feat. Noel Gallagher) The Chemical Brothers 5:29 England
27 The Distance Cake 3:00 USA
28 Zero The Smashing Pumpkins 2:40 USA
29 Devils Haircut Beck 3:16 USA
30 Self Abuser The Fauves 2:54 Australia
31 The Muppet Song (Mah Nà Mah Nà) Skin 1:39 England
32 Living Type Powderfinger 3:26 Australia
33 California Love (feat. Dr. Dre) (Short Radio Edit) 2Pac 4:05 USA
34 Mother Mother Tracy Bonham 3:00 USA
35 Killing Me Softly The Fugees 4:59 USA
36 Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand Primitive Radio Gods 5:39 USA
37 Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai 5:41 England
38 Comedown Bush 5:27 England
39 Novocaine For The Soul Eels 3:10 USA
40 Milk (The Wicked Mix) (feat. Tricky) Garbage 4:03 USA
41 Whoever You Are Geggy Tah 4:34 USA
42 Coppertone Fini Scad 3:40 Australia
43 Where It's At Beck 5:31 USA
44 Salvation The Cranberries 2:24 Ireland
45 Aneurysm Nirvana 4:32 USA
46 Bulls On Parade Rage Against The Machine 3:51 USA
47 Popular Nada Surf 3:41 USA
48 Pass The Vibes Definition Of Sound 4:09 England
49 Mach 5 The Presidents Of The United States Of America 3:16 USA
50 Only Happy When It Rains Garbage 3:57 USA
51 Until It Sleeps Metallica 4:30 USA
52 Hyperballad Björk 5:21 Iceland
53 If I Could Talk I'd Tell You The Lemonheads 2:51 USA
54 Tonight, Tonight The Smashing Pumpkins 4:15 USA
55 Susan's House Eels 3:44 USA
56 Hail, Hail Pearl Jam 3:42 USA
57 So Rude Rebecca's Empire 3:39 Australia
58 Heartspark Dollarsign Everclear 2:52 USA
59 Silver Lizard Tumbleweed 3:04 Australia
60 Hey Dude Kula Shaker 4:09 England
61 I'll Be Your Majick Def FX 3:14 Australia
62 Hero Of The Day Metallica 4:22 USA
63 Punk Rock Song Bad Religion 2:27 USA
64 Wombo Lombo Angélique Kidjo 4:16 Benin
65 Here In Your Bedroom Goldfinger 3:11 USA
66 What's Come Over Me Frente! 4:53 Australia
67 Everything Is Good For You Crowded House 3:58 Australia
68 Theme From Mission: Impossible Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen 3:29 Ireland
69 Speculator Insurge 3:03 Australia
70 Don't It Get You Down Deadstar 3:34 Australia
71 Disco 2000 Pulp 4:34 England
72 Punch In The Face Frenzal Rhomb 1:45 Australia
73 Gold Dust Woman Hole 5:09 USA
74 Lay, Lady, Lay Ministry 5:44 USA
75 Surf's Up Tonight Midnight Oil 3:05 Australia
76 In The Meantime Spacehog 5:00 England
77 Burden In My Hand Soundgarden 4:50 USA
78 How Bizarre OMC 3:47 New Zealand
79 I Make Hamburgers The Whitlams 3:39 Australia
80 Soldiers You Am I 2:31 Australia
81 Shut My Eyes The Superjesus 3:29 Australia
82 Naked Eye Luscious Jackson 4:43 USA
83 Waking Up Tired Hoodoo Gurus 2:54 Australia
84 Good Mornin' You Am I 4:12 Australia
85 Goldfinger Ash 4:34 Ireland
86 Woman Neneh Cherry 4:31 Sweden
87 E-Bow The Letter R.E.M. 5:25 USA
88 Grooving The Hunting Party 5:02 Australia
89 Cromagnonman Snout 2:29 Australia
90 Leaving Here Pearl Jam 2:53 USA
91 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis Barry Adamson 5:40 England
92 Thunder The Mavis's 3:33 Australia
93 All I Want Skunk Anansie 3:52 England
94 Mankind Pearl Jam 3:29 USA
95 Creep Frank Bennett 2:59 Australia
96 Ella's Uncle Matt Trapnell & Trapazoid 5:56 Australia
97 Hail Caesar AC/DC 5:14 Australia
98 Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix) Tori Amos 3:50 USA
99 Ready To Go Republica 5:01 England
100 Gold To Me Ben Harper 5:01 USA

Facts for 1996

The 1996 Hottest 100 was the fourth annual Hottest 100 countdown since the change of the format which allowed only songs from the previous year to be voted for.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in January of 1997 and featured a mixture of 82 different artists.

The 1996 countdown marked the first time that an Australian artist had topped the chart, which was done by Spiderbait with their song 'Buy Me A Pony', which is currently the shortest song to top the countdown, at only 1:43.

Spiderbait also become the third artist to achieve the #1 position with no other songs in the countdown. Other artists to achieve this feat are Denis Leary in 1993, The Cranberries in 1994, Augie March in 2006, and The Rubens in 2015.

Allen Ginsberg's appearance at #8 makes him the third-oldest person to appear in a countdown, only being beaten by John Lee Hooker in 1993 and William Shatner in 2004. At the time of the countdown, he was 69 years old.

At #40, Garbage charted with their song ‘Milk (The Wicked Mix) (feat. Tricky)’, which is a remix of the song ‘Milk’ found on their 1995 self-titled debut album. As mentioned in the entry for the 1996 CD and cassette release, the song is listed on the liner notes, and in the countdown insert of those releases, as 'Milk (Single Edit - Shirley)'. Two main versions of ‘Milk’ were released on the Australian single; ‘The Wicked Mix’ (which features vocals by Tricky and singer Shirley Manson), and ‘The Siren Mix’ (which is the same as The Wicked Mix without Tricky’s vocals). A promotional version of the single was sent out in 1996 with two versions of the song on it, one called ‘Milk (Single Edit) - Shirley’, and one called ‘Milk (Single Edit) - Shirley & Tricky’. The version included on the CD and cassette releases is actually ‘The Wicked Mix’ and, if the same titles as the ones on the promotional CD were to be used, should be titled as ‘Milk (Single Edit) - Shirley & Tricky’. It is not known why the tracks are listed as such, but it is assumed to be a simple error when it came to using the correct title.

Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 reached #68 with their theme music for the film 'Mission: Impossible'. This is one of the few instrumental tracks to be voted into the countdown, and also only one of a few movie themes to be voted in. The others being from the movies 'Mission: Impossible II' in 2000, 'Somersault' in 2004, 'Team America: World Police' in 2005 and the James Bond film 'Quantam Of Solace' in 2008.

At #79, The Whitlams charted with 'I Make Hamburgers'. Stevie Plunder, the band's then-current guitarist, was found dead exactly one year earlier, on 26th January 1996.

At #95, Frank Bennet charted with his cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'. The original version charted at #2 in 1993.

At #98, Tori Amos charted with 'Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)'. The song is allegedly inspired by Courtney Love, who is the titular 'professional widow'. This song reportedly caused a falling out between Amos and Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. The song also featuresthe word 'starfucker', which inspired the Nine Inch Nails song 'Starfuckers, Inc.', which charted at #69 in the 1999 countdown.

The countdown also features the moderately rare distinction of having no artists reach consecutive entries. This has also happened in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

On January 28th, 2017, in honour of the 20th anniversary of the countdown, it was replayed in its entirety on Triple J's sister station, Double J.

Artists Featured


Bush, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, and The Smashing Pumpkins were the best performing artists of the countdown, all managing to gain 3 tracks each.
Bush managed the highest entry, reaching #5.
14 other artists managed to achieve 2 entries.

Artists With Multiple Entries

3 Tracks
  • Bush (5, 19, 38)
  • Pearl Jam (47, 90, 94)
  • Powderfinger (6, 18, 32)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins (13, 28, 55)
2 Tracks
  • Ash (22, 85)
  • Beck (29, 43)
  • The Eels (39, 56)
  • Everclear (24, 58)
  • The Fauves (20, 30)
  • Garbage (40, 51)
  • Metallica (52, 62)
  • The Prodigy (7, 17)
  • Regurgitator (15, 23)
  • You Am I (80, 84)

  • Bones Hillman (75, 88)
    (Once with Midnight Oil and once with The Hunting Party)
  • Dave Grohl (21, 45)
    (Once with Foo Fighters and once with Nirvana)
  • Jarvis Cocker (71, 91)
    (Once with Pulp and once with Barry Adamson)
  • Nick Seymour (67, 70)
    (Once with Crowded House and once with Deadstar)

Countries Featured


The 1996 Hottest 100 featured artists from 8 countries, including 45 from the USA, 29 from Australia and 18 from England.

Benin managed to achieve one track, equalling the record set in 1994, and have not placed in a countdown since.
Ireland managed to gain 4 entries, equalling the record set in 1993.

A Note

‘Milk (The Wicked Mix)', at #40, was a collaboration between Garbage and Tricky, who are American and English, respectively. However, the track is counted as an American entry for simplicity.


Countries Represented in the 1996 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 29
Benin 1
England 18
Iceland 1
Ireland 4
New Zealand 1
Sweden 1
USA 45



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