|1||Buy Me A Pony||Spiderbait||1:44||Australia|
|3||Underground||Ben Folds Five||4:11||USA|
|6||Pick You Up||Powderfinger||4:19||Australia|
|8||The Ballad Of The Skeletons||Allen Ginsberg||4:11||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|
|20||Dogs Are The Best People||The Fauves||2:49||Australia|
|21||Down In The Park||Foo Fighters||4:07||USA|
|23||I Sucked A Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am||Regurgitator||2:34||Australia|
|25||Just A Girl||No Doubt||3:29||USA|
|26||Setting Sun (feat. Noel Gallagher)||The Chemical Brothers||5:29||England|
|28||Zero||The Smashing Pumpkins||2:40||USA|
|30||Self Abuser||The Fauves||2:54||Australia|
|31||The Muppet Song (Mah Nà Mah Nà)||Skin||1:39||England|
|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|
|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|
|43||Where It's At||Beck||5:31||USA|
|46||Bulls On Parade||Rage Against The Machine||3:51||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|
|53||If I Could Talk I'd Tell You||The Lemonheads||2:51||USA|
|54||Tonight, Tonight||The Smashing Pumpkins||4:15||USA|
|56||Hail, Hail||Pearl Jam||3:42||USA|
|57||So Rude||Rebecca's Empire||3:39||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|
|70||Don't It Get You Down||Deadstar||3:34||Australia|
|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|
|87||E-Bow The Letter||R.E.M.||5:25||USA|
|88||Grooving||The Hunting Party||5:02||Australia|
|90||Leaving Here||Pearl Jam||2:53||USA|
|91||Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis||Barry Adamson||5:40||England|
|93||All I Want||Skunk Anansie||3:52||England|
|96||Ella's Uncle||Matt Trapnell & Trapazoid||5:56||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|
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 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.
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
- Bush (5, 19, 38)
- Pearl Jam (47, 90, 94)
- Powderfinger (6, 18, 32)
- The Smashing Pumpkins (13, 28, 55)
- 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)
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.
‘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
- 82 Artists
- Bush (3 tracks)
- Pearl Jam (3 tracks)
- Powderfinger (3 tracks)
- The Smashing Pumpkins (3 tracks)
- 8 Countries
- USA (45 tracks)
- Australia (29 tracks)
- England (18 tracks)
- 3:58 (3 minutes, 58 seconds)
- Mah Nà Mah Nà - Skin (1:39)
- Speculator - Insurge (6:00)
Leaderboard as of 1996