Hottest 100, 2005 Volume 13
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Wish You Well Bernard Fanning 2:29 Australia
2 Catch My Disease Ben Lee 4:14 Australia
3 Feel Good Inc. (feat. De La Soul) Gorillaz 3:41 England
4 Best Of You Foo Fighters 4:16 USA
5 DARE (feat. Shaun Ryder) Gorillaz 4:04 England
6 Mind's Eye Wolfmother 4:54 Australia
7 My Doorbell The White Stripes 4:02 USA
8 O Yeah End Of Fashion 3:00 Australia
9 Joker & The Thief Wolfmother 4:41 Australia
10 Do You Want To Franz Ferdinand 3:35 Scotland
11 Figjam Butterfingers 3:35 Australia
12 Computer Camp Love Datarock 3:07 Norway
13 Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx) Kanye West 3:28 USA
14 Songbird Bernard Fanning 2:36 Australia
15 Flame Trees Sarah Blasko 5:21 Australia
16 Apple Tree Wolfmother 3:31 Australia
17 Blue Orchid The White Stripes 2:38 USA
18 I Was Only 19 The Herd 4:29 Australia
19 Middle Of The Hill Josh Pyke 2:27 Australia
20 DOA Foo Fighters 4:12 USA
21 Hurricane Faker 3:20 Australia
22 Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's Kisschasy 3:30 Australia
23 Two More Years Bloc Party 4:27 England
24 Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo Bloodhound Gang 2:52 USA
25 The Car Song The Cat Empire 4:20 Australia
26 Fix You Coldplay 4:55 England
27 B.Y.O.B. System Of A Down 4:16 USA
28 Everyday I Love You Less And Less Kaiser Chiefs 3:38 England
29 Fast Girl Gyroscope 3:18 Australia
30 Concrete Boots After The Fall 3:35 Australia
31 The Special Two Missy Higgins 4:27 Australia
32 My Enemy Cog 3:34 Australia
33 Phoenix The Butterfly Effect 4:06 Australia
34 I Predict A Riot Kaiser Chiefs 3:53 England
35 Girl Beck 3:30 USA
36 Speed Of Sound Coldplay 4:48 England
37 Dimension Wolfmother 4:22 Australia
38 Sly The Cat Empire 3:47 Australia
39 Colossal Wolfmother 5:05 Australia
40 Helicopter Bloc Party 3:40 England
41 Dirty Harry (feat. Bootie Brown & The San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus) Gorillaz 3:44 England
42 Sweet As Sugar Grinspoon 3:13 Australia
43 Autumn Flow Lior 4:13 Australia
44 Sunnyroad Emilíana Torrini 3:03 Iceland
45 Positive Tension Bloc Party 3:55 England
46 Juicebox The Strokes 3:18 USA
47 Stuff And Nonsense Missy Higgins 3:31 Australia
48 An Honest Mistake The Bravery 3:40 USA
49 What's On Your Radio? The Living End 3:02 Australia
50 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys 2:54 England
51 Be Yourself Audioslave 4:40 USA
52 America, Fuck Yeah! DVDA 2:06 USA
53 We're All In This Together Ben Lee 4:39 Australia
54 Two Shoes The Cat Empire 5:13 Australia
55 Landed Ben Folds 4:29 USA
56 It'5! Architecture In Helsinki 2:08 Australia
57 Radio/Video System Of A Down 4:13 USA
58 Little Sister Queens Of The Stone Age 2:54 USA
59 Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole Martha Wainwright 3:13 Canada
60 All The Money Or The Simple Life Honey The Dandy Warhols 4:29 USA
61 Jesus Of Suburbia Green Day 9:08 USA
62 Beware Wolf Gyroscope 3:24 Australia
63 Divorcee By 23 Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set 3:26 Australia
64 Sitting, Waiting, Wishing Jack Johnson 3:04 USA
65 Always Worth It Sarah Blasko 3:47 Australia
66 Gabrielle Ween 3:28 USA
67 The Denial Twist The White Stripes 2:36 USA
68 ...And We'll Dance On The Ashes Of What's Left The Beautiful Girls 3:58 Australia
69 Jesus I Was Evil Butterfingers 1:47 Australia
70 This Year The Mountain Goats 3:51 USA
71 Better Together Jack Johnson 3:28 USA
72 I'm So Postmodern The Bedroom Philosopher 5:06 Australia
73 Run Cog 5:09 Australia
74 The Sound Of White Missy Higgins 4:52 Australia
75 Qué Onda Guero Beck 3:29 USA
76 Hypnotize System Of A Down 3:09 USA
77 First Day Of My Life Bright Eyes 3:09 USA
78 The Fighter After The Fall 3:56 Australia
79 Fuck Forever Babyshambles 4:39 England
80 Believe (feat. Kele Okereke) The Chemical Brothers 7:02 England
81 Let's Take The Long Way Home The Beautiful Girls 3:06 Australia
82 Smoke It The Dandy Warhols 4:06 USA
83 Filthy/Gorgeous Scissor Sisters 3:48 USA
84 White Unicorn Wolfmother 5:05 Australia
85 Tightrope Walker Epicure 4:34 Australia
86 Into The Dark Ben Lee 2:47 Australia
87 We Can't Hear You The Herd 4:18 Australia
88 Like Eating Glass Bloc Party 4:22 England
89 Bastard Ben Folds 5:23 USA
90 Walk Away Franz Ferdinand 3:36 Scotland
91 Heartstopper Emilíana Torrini 3:03 Iceland
92 Messages Xavier Rudd 4:02 Australia
93 The Fallen Franz Ferdinand 3:43 Scotland
94 On This Side Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set 3:45 Australia
95 Face Without A Name Kisschasy 3:07 Australia
96 Six Months In A Leaky Boat Little Birdy 3:53 Australia
97 Themata Karnivool 5:40 Australia
98 Why Do You Love Me Garbage 3:54 USA
99 Evie, Pt. 1 (Let Your Hair Hang Down) The Wrights 3:48 Australia
100 Party Started The Cat Empire 3:47 Australia

Facts for 2005

The 2005 Hottest 100 was the thirteenth 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 2006 and featured a mixture of 59 different artists which is currently the lowest amount of artists in a single countdown. The countdown was broadcast live from the Sydney Big Day Out festival, which was held on the same day.

2005 also features the distinction of having Wolfmother reach 6 tracks in the countdown. Although Dave Grohl was involved with 10 tracks in 2002 and Jack White reached 6 tracks in 2003, this is the the first time that a band had done so.

The 2005 countdown was won by Bernard Fanning, making him the first person to win the countdown 3 times. He has previously been a winner in 1999 and 2000 with his involvement with Powderfinger. Additionally, Fanning is one of the few #1 placegetters to be a solo performer. In addition to Fanning, Denis Leary (1993), Alex Lloyd (2001), Vance Joy (2013), and Chet Faker (2013) also topped the chart as a solo performer.

With 'Catch My Disease' at #2, the 2005 Hottest 100 marks the second time that Ben Lee has reached the #2 position.

Gorillaz became the third band to achieve 2 tracks in the top 5. This was done previously by The Offspring in 1994 and Powderfinger in 2000 and was also done by Kings of Leon and MGMT in 2008.

At #11, 'Figjam', by Butterfingers, features a small snippet of the song '77%', by The Herd. In the 2003 countdown, '77%' was voted into #46.

DVDA reached #51 with their song 'America, Fuck Yeah!' from the film 'Team America: World Police'. This is only one of a few movie themes to be voted in. The others being from the movies 'Mission: Impossible' in 1996, 'Mission: Impossible II' in 2000, 'Somersault' in 2004 and the James Bond film 'Quantam Of Solace' in 2008.

At #61, Green Day's track 'Jesus Of Suburbia' becomes the equal longest song in a countdown. At 9:08, it is equal only to Kanye West's 'Runaway' in 2010.

At #72, The Bedroom Philosopher made his first appearance with his song 'I'm So Postmodern'. Similarly, The Herd's appearance with 'I Was Only 19' at #18 was the first time that a track from Triple J's Like A Version sessions made it in. On Wednesday, February 22nd (one day short of 5 weeks after the countdown), The Bedroom Philosopher made an appearance on Like A Version to perform his 'Hottest 100 Acoustic Megamix'. Due to reasons of copyright, it is not available on either the artist's, or Triple J's, websites. However, it was made available on The Bedroom Philosopher's website briefly after the performance. The 'Acoustic Megamix' was a cover of 30 of the songs that had featured in the countdown.

To see which songs featured in the 'Hottest 100 Acoustic Megamix', click here.
  • Ben Folds - 'Bastard' (#89)
  • The Dandy Warhols - 'Smoke It' (#82)
  • End Of Fashion - 'O Yeah' (#8)
  • The Cat Empire - 'The Car Song' (#25)
  • Babyshambles - 'Fuck Forever' (#79)
  • Coldplay - 'Speed Of Sound' (#36)
  • Missy Higgins - 'The Special Two' (#31)
  • Kaiser Chiefs - 'Everyday I Love You Less And Less' (#28)
  • DVDA - 'America, Fuck Yeah!' (#52)
  • The Herd - 'I Was Only 19' (#18)
  • Butterfingers - 'Jesus I Was Evil' (#69)
  • Martha Wainwright - 'Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole' (#59)
  • Josh Pyke - 'Middle Of The Hill' (#19)
  • Emilíana Torrini - 'Heartstopper' (#91)
  • Kanye West - 'Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)' (#13)
  • Foo Fighters - 'Best Of You' (#4)
  • Sarah Blasko - 'Always Worth It' (#65)
  • Franz Ferdinand - 'Do You Want To' (#10)
  • Gorillaz - 'DARE (feat. Shaun Ryder)' (#5)
  • Architecture In Helsinki - 'It'5!' (#56) (Mentioned by name as part of 'DARE'.)
  • Gorillaz - 'Feel Good Inc. (feat. De La Soul)' (#3)
  • Wolfmother - 'Apple Tree' (#16)
  • Wolfmother - 'Mind's Eye' (#6)
  • Wolfmother - 'Joker & The Thief' (#9)
  • Wolfmother - 'White Unicorn' (#84) (Not sung, but the opening music was briefly played.)
  • Bernard Fanning - 'Wish You Well' (#1)
  • The White Stripes - 'My Doorbell' (#7)
  • Beck - 'Girl' (#35)
  • Ben Lee - 'Catch My Disease' (#2)
  • Scissor Sisters - 'Filthy/Gorgeous' (#83)

At #100, The Cat Empire's 'Party Started' marks the 2nd time that the band has made it to number 100 in a countdown. They previously reached this minor milestone in 2003 and again reached it in the 2011 Australian Albums countdown.
Additionally, 'Party Started' holds the distinction as being the song that put Australia into theleading position for the most entries for a country in a countdown. At the end of the 2004 countdown, Australia and the United States had featured an equal 459 songs each throughout the countdowns. The Cat Empire's appearance tipped Australia into a leading position they have not reliinquished to date.

The countdown also features the moderately rare distinction of having no artists reach consecutive entries. This has also happened in 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Artists Featured

Wolfmother managed to perform the best in the countdown, with a record 6 tracks, their best reaching #6. Bloc Party and The Cat Empire each had 4 tracks, their best reaching #23 and #25 respectively.
Ben Lee, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Missy Higgins, System Of A Down and The White Stripes each had 3 tickets, while 14 other artists achieved 2 tracks each.

Artists With Multiple Entries

6 Tracks
  • Wolfmother (6, 9, 16, 37, 39, 84)
4 Tracks
  • Bloc Party (23, 40, 45, 88)
  • The Cat Empire (25, 38, 54, 100)
3 Tracks
  • Ben Lee (2, 53, 86)
  • Franz Ferdinand (10, 90, 93)
  • Gorillaz (3, 5, 41)
  • Missy Higgins (31, 47, 74)
  • System Of A Down (27, 57, 76)
  • The White Stripes (7, 17, 67)
2 Tracks
  • After The Fall (30, 78)
  • Beck (35, 75)
  • Ben Folds (55, 89)
  • Bernard Fanning (1, 14)
  • Butterfingers (11, 69)
  • Cog (32, 71)
  • Coldplay (26, 36)
  • Emiliana Torrini (44, 91)
  • Foo Fighters (4, 20)
  • Gyroscope (29, 62)
  • The Herd (18, 87)
  • Kaiser Chiefs (28, 34)
  • Kisschasy (22, 95)
  • Sarah Blasko (15, 65)

  • Chris Cheney (49, 99)
    (Once with The Living End and once with The Wrights)

Countries Featured


The 2005 Hottest 100 featured artists from 6 countries, which is currently the least amount in a countdown, including 50 from Australia, 30 from the USA and 14 from England.
Notable is the fact that this is the first time that Australia overtook the United States in their respective totals of tracks in all of the countdowns, as indicated by the leaderboard on the right side of the page.

Norway appeared for the first time, with 1 track, which is the same as their effort for their second appearance in 2008.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Feel Good Inc.', at #3, was a collaboration between Gorillaz and De La Soul, who are English and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.

‘Dirty Harry', at #41, was a collaboration between Gorillaz, Bootie Brown, and The San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus, who are English, American, and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.


Countries Represented in the 2005 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 50
Canada 1
England 14
Iceland 2
Norway 1
Scotland 3
USA 29



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