Hottest 100, 1997 Volume 5
# Title Artist Time Country
1 No Aphrodisiac The Whitlams 4:20 Australia
2 Song 2 Blur 2:01 England
3 Tubthumping Chumbawamba 3:34 England
4 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 5:59 England
5 Back Door Man Pauline Pantsdown 4:18 Australia
6 Dammit Blink-182 2:47 USA
7 Paranoid Android Radiohead 6:24 England
8 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson 3:39 USA
9 Karma Police Radiohead 4:22 England
10 Leaving Home Jebediah 3:00 Australia
11 Walkin' On The Sun Smash Mouth 3:28 USA
12 One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces Ben Folds Five 3:52 USA
13 Freak Silverchair 3:49 Australia
14 Down Again The Superjesus 5:13 Australia
15 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 3:55 Australia
16 Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) Quindon Tarver 7:10 USA
17 Crazy Cordrazine 4:03 Australia
18 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4:15 Australia
19 Everyday Formula Regurgitator 2:12 Australia
20 I Will Survive Cake 5:11 USA
21 Monkey Wrench Foo Fighters 3:54 USA
22 The Drugs Don't Work The Verve 5:05 England
23 Calypso Spiderbait 1:51 Australia
24 A.D.I.D.A.S. Korn 2:33 USA
25 Hitchin' A Ride Green Day 2:52 USA
26 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails 5:16 USA
27 The Door Silverchair 3:38 Australia
28 Cows With Guns Dana Lyons 5:14 USA
29 Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind 4:27 USA
30 Forty Six & 2 Tool 6:04 USA
31 Ashes To Ashes Faith No More 3:36 USA
32 Coma Pendulum 6:46 Australia
33 Military Strongmen Jebediah 3:28 Australia
34 DCx3 Grinspoon 2:55 Australia
35 Summertime The Sundays 3:31 England
36 Mutilated Lips Ween 3:49 USA
37 Naughty Boy The Mavis's 3:13 Australia
38 The Memory Remains Metallica 4:39 USA
39 Captain (Million Miles An Hour) Something For Kate 4:43 Australia
40 Why's Everybody Always Pickin' On Me? Bloodhound Gang 3:22 USA
41 Deadweight Beck 6:12 USA
42 Brimful Of Asha Cornershop 4:08 England
43 You're Not The Only One Who Feels This Way Ammonia 3:54 Australia
44 Temptation The Tea Party 3:25 Canada
45 Wrong Number The Cure 6:03 England
46 Fire Water Burn Bloodhound Gang 4:52 USA
47 (Can't You) Trip Like I Do Filter & The Crystal Method 4:29 USA
48 Anatomically Correct Custard 2:43 Australia
49 From Here On In The Living End 2:42 Australia
50 Eat Me Arkarna 4:06 England
51 So Much For The Afterglow Everclear 3:54 USA
52 #1 Crush (Nellee Hooper Mix) Garbage 4:47 USA
53 You Sound Like Louis Burdett The Whitlams 4:02 Australia
54 Everything To Everyone Everclear 3:20 USA
55 Love Rollercoaster Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:37 USA
56 Funky Shit The Prodigy 5:16 England
57 Girl At The Bus Stop My Drug Hell 3:28 England
58 I Go Off Diana Ah Naid 3:15 Australia
59 Your Woman White Town 4:20 England
60 New York City They Might Be Giants 3:03 USA
61 Block Rockin' Beats The Chemical Brothers 5:15 England
62 The End Is The Beginning Is The End The Smashing Pumpkins 5:08 USA
63 Repeat Grinspoon 3:18 Australia
64 Stripsearch Faith No More 4:31 USA
65 The Outdoor Type The Lemonheads 2:35 USA
66 JC Powderfinger 2:50 Australia
67 I Choose The Offspring 3:55 USA
68 Cosmic Girl Jamiroquai 4:04 England
69 Waving My Dick In The Wind Ween 2:13 USA
70 Place Your Hands Reef 3:38 England
71 Sick With Love Robyn Loau 3:48 Australia
72 Pulse Front End Loader 3:08 Australia
73 Lakini's Juice Live 4:59 USA
74 The Ghost Of Tom Joad Rage Against The Machine 5:39 USA
75 Female Of The Species Space 3:17 England
76 Legend Of A Cowgirl Imani Coppola 3:47 USA
77 Lovefool The Cardigans 3:19 Sweden
78 Degenerate Boy The Mark Of Cain 4:03 Australia
79 All Mine Portishead 4:02 England
80 Faded Ben Harper 4:50 USA
81 Did It Again Kylie Minogue 4:14 Australia
82 Shake Hands With Beef Primus 4:03 USA
83 I Wanna Be A Drug-Sniffing Dog Lard 3:18 USA
84 Feelin' Kinda Sporty Dave Graney 'N' The Coral Snakes 3:11 Australia
85 Nightmare (Sinister Strings Radio Edit) Brainbug 3:29 Italy
86 Smokin' Johnny Cash The Blackeyed Susans 3:48 Australia
87 6 Underground Sneaker Pimps 3:49 England
88 Nothing Beaverloop 2:39 Australia
89 Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth The Dandy Warhols 3:12 USA
90 Society Pennywise 3:25 USA
91 Remember Me Blue Boy 3:58 Scotland
92 Titanic Days Sidewinder 3:40 Australia
93 Weightlessness Skunkhour 3:59 Australia
94 Way Of All Things Rebecca's Empire 5:26 Australia
95 Don't Leave Faithless 4:04 England
96 Bound For The Floor Local H 3:42 USA
97 The Future's Overrated Arkarna 6:52 England
98 Da Funk Daft Punk 5:30 France
99 Naked Eye Luscious Jackson 4:43 USA
100 I Give In Effigy 4:40 Australia

Facts for 1997

The 1997 Hottest 100 was the fifth 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 1998 and featured a mixture of 88 different artists, which is currently the highest amount of artists to appear in a countdown.
This high number of artists is due to no artist appearing more than twice in the countdown. Incidentally, this is also the only countdown to have no songs with a featured artist performing alongside the main artist.

The 1997 countdown was the second time that an Australian act had topped the charts, with Spiderbait doing it the year previously. The number one song was announced by Gough Whitlam, the namesake of winning band The Whitlams. Fellow Triple J listeners, I'm Gough Whitlam, and as an avid supporter of Australian music I'm very proud to announce the number 1 song for 1997's Hottest 100. With their smash hit, 'No Aphrodisiac', please put your hands together for my favourite band, my eponyms, The Whitlams.

— Gough Whitlam, former Australian Prime Minister (1972 - 1975)

The countdown was also subject to a small amount of controversy. On August 21, 1997, Triple J started to play the satirical track 'Back Door Man' by Pauline Pantsdown. The song was a collection of audio clips of politician Pauline Hanson, put to music with intent to ridicule her in the lead up to the election. However, after only 11 days of airplay, the track was banned by a Queensland court, and Triple J were legally forbidden from playing the song.
Nevertheless, the song reached the #5 position and is, to date, the only song voted into, but omitted from the airplay of a countdown.

At #22, The Verve charted with their song 'The Drugs Don't Work'. In the 2001 countdown, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals charted at the same position with their cover of the track.
Additionally, in 1998, Ben Lee reached #2 with his song 'Cigarettes Will Kill You'. Reportedly, the title of his song was based upon the blunt, factual nature of The Verve's song.

It is worth noting that Pendulum, who feature at #32 with their track 'Coma', are a different band to the drum and bass band of the same name who feature in later years.

At #46, the Bloodhound Gang featured with their song 'Fire Water Burn', which features numerousreferences to various pop culture figures such as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, who are both deceased musicians who have featured in either yearly or All Time countdowns previously. The song also includes the line "I'm not black like Barry White, no I am white like Frank Black is. So if man is five and the devil is six then that must make me seven; this honky's gone to heaven."
This line references Frank Black, best known as the frontman for the Pixies who performed under the name Black Francis. The following sentence parodies the line "If man is five, then the Devil is six and God is seven", from the Pixes' song 'Monkey Gone To Heaven" which featured in the 1990 and 1991 All Time countdowns, reaching positions #34 and #91 respectively.

At #78, The Mark Of Cain featured with their cover of X's 'Degenerate Boy', which was featured on the soundtrack for the film 'Idiot Box'. The film also starred, in a supporting role, Robyn Loau, who featured at #71 with 'Sick With Love'.

Grinspoon's appearance in the countdown marks the first time that songs from album have been featured in non-consecutive countdowns. In 1995, Grinspoon released their track 'Sickfest' which was later re-released on their debut album 'Guide To Better Living' in 1998. The album also managed to feature in both the 1997 and 1998 countdowns. To date, it is the only album that features in 3 different countdowns. Non-consecutive appearances also occurred in the 2011 countdown with Architecture In Helsinki, and the 2015 countdown, when The Wombats charted.

The countdown also features the moderately rare distinction of having no artists reach consecutive entries. This has also happened in 1993, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Artists Featured

The 1997 countdown was unique in that it was the only year in which no artist achieved more than 2 entries. This incidentally led to the 1997 countdown having the most number of artists, 88, and therefore, the most diversity of any of the countdowns to date.

Artists With Multiple Entries

2 Tracks
  • Arkarna (50, 97)
  • The Bloodhound Gang (40, 46)
  • Everclear (51, 54)
  • Faith No More (31, 64)
  • Grinspoon (34, 63)
  • Jebediah (10, 33)
  • The Living End (15, 49)
  • Radiohead (7, 9)
  • Silverchair (13, 27)
  • The Verve (4, 22)
  • Ween (36, 69)
  • The Whitlams (1, 53)

Countries Featured

The 1997 Hottest 100 featured artists from 8 countries, including 40 from the USA, 34 from Australia and 21 from England.

Countries Represented in the 1997 Countdown

Flag Country Entries
Australia 34
Canada 1
England 21
France 1
Italy 1
Scotland 1
Sweden 1
USA 40

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