Hottest 100, 2008 Volume 16
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Sex On Fire Kings Of Leon 3:24 USA
2 Electric Feel MGMT 3:49 USA
3 Use Somebody Kings Of Leon 3:54 USA
4 Walking On A Dream Empire Of The Sun 3:19 Australia
5 Kids MGMT 5:04 USA
6 Talk Like That The Presets 3:44 Australia
7 The Festival Song (feat. 360 & Hailey Cramer) Pez 4:22 Australia
8 This Boy's In Love The Presets 4:12 Australia
9 That's Not My Name The Ting Tings 5:06 England
10 Jimmy Recard Drapht 3:34 Australia
11 My Delirium Ladyhawke 4:15 New Zealand
12 Embrace Pnau 5:30 Australia
13 The King Is Dead The Herd 4:12 Australia
14 No Sex For Ben The Rapture 4:02 USA
15 Lights & Music Cut Copy 4:37 Australia
16 You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor) Ben Folds 3:12 USA
17 Dance Wiv Me (feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome) Dizzee Rascal 3:23 England
18 Time To Pretend MGMT 4:21 USA
19 Business Time Flight Of The Conchords 4:05 New Zealand
20 Broken Bones Birds Of Tokyo 3:46 Australia
21 Skinny Love Bon Iver 3:59 USA
22 Silhouettic Birds Of Tokyo 3:24 Australia
23 White Noise The Living End 3:44 Australia
24 Closer Kings Of Leon 4:00 USA
25 Never Miss A Beat Kaiser Chiefs 3:09 England
26 Paris Is Burning Ladyhawke 3:48 New Zealand
27 The Lighthouse Song Josh Pyke 3:45 Australia
28 That Beep Architecture In Helsinki 3:48 Australia
29 Make You Happy Josh Pyke 2:56 Australia
30 Oxford Comma Vampire Weekend 3:16 USA
31 Bird Of Feather Cog 3:44 Australia
32 A-Punk Vampire Weekend 2:18 USA
33 Always Where I Need To Be The Kooks 2:42 England
34 Burn Bridges The Grates 2:26 Australia
35 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4:12 Australia
36 I Will Possess Your Heart Death Cab For Cutie 8:26 USA
37 I Said I'm Sorry British India 3:35 Australia
38 Something Is Not Right With Me Cold War Kids 2:23 USA
39 I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked Ida Maria 3:10 Norway
40 Eye Of The Storm Bliss N Eso 3:27 Australia
41 I Will Never Love You More Soko 3:11 France
42 Jungle Drum Emilíana Torrini 2:11 Iceland
43 Ghosts Laura Marling 3:01 England
44 Flippers Art vs. Science 3:34 Australia
45 Ice Cream (Triple J Live Acoustic Version) Muscles 3:58 Australia
46 The Fear Lily Allen 3:27 England
47 Coca Cola Little Red 2:22 Australia
48 Stay With Me Bright Eyes Something With Numbers 4:06 Australia
49 Young Love (feat. Laura Marling) Mystery Jets 3:23 England
50 Breakout Ash Grunwald 4:27 Australia
51 Wild Eyed Boy Birds Of Tokyo 2:59 Australia
52 Human  The Killers 4:06 USA
53 Window And The Watcher The Butterfly Effect 3:21 Australia
54 Baby Pnau 2:45 Australia
55 Your Party Ween 4:08 USA
56 Yippiyo-Ay The Presets 4:34 Australia
57 L.E.S. Artistes Santigold 3:25 USA
58 Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa Vampire Weekend 3:35 USA
59 Where The City Meets The Sea The Getaway Plan 3:36 Australia
60 The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) Flight Of The Conchords 4:02 New Zealand
61 The Sea Is Rising Bliss N Eso 4:17 Australia
62 Sleepwalking Faker 5:02 Australia
63 2020 The Herd 3:48 Australia
64 Dawn Of The Dead Does It Offend You, Yeah? 3:27 England
65 White Winter Hymnal Fleet Foxes 2:27 USA
66 Farewell Rocketship Children Collide 3:46 Australia
67 Hiphopoptamus Vs. Rhymenoceros (feat. Hiphopopotamus & Rhymenoceros) Flight Of The Conchords 2:09 New Zealand
68 We Are The People Empire Of The Sun 4:27 Australia
69 Ready For The Floor Hot Chip 3:53 England
70 Crawl Kings Of Leon 4:09 USA
71 One (Blake's Got A New Face) Vampire Weekend 3:13 USA
72 No One's Gonna Love You Band Of Horses 3:39 USA
73 Spaceman The Killers 4:45 USA
74 I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You Black Kids 3:38 USA
75 Half Full Glass Of Wine Tame Impala 4:26 Australia
76 Polka Yves Klein Blue 4:14 Australia
77 Falling Drapht 3:40 Australia
78 Shut Up And Let Me Go The Ting Tings 2:53 England
79 Jealousy Sparkadia 4:36 Australia
80 Aw Yeah The Grates 2:42 Australia
81 Pork And Beans Weezer 3:09 USA
82 Ulysses Franz Ferdinand 3:11 Scotland
83 Carve Your Name The Grates 2:49 Australia
84 Re-Education (Through Labor) Rise Against 3:43 USA
85 1981 Gyroscope 3:38 Australia
86 Beautiful Ugly Muph & Plutonic 4:16 Australia
87 Another Way To Die Jack White & Alicia Keys 4:24 USA
88 The Day That Never Comes Metallica 7:56 USA
89 Love Lockdown Kanye West 4:31 USA
90 Fuck You Lily Allen 3:43 England
91 Neopolitan Dreams Lisa Mitchell 3:14 Australia
92 Propane Nightmares Pendulum 5:13 Australia
93 Gobbledigook Sigur Rós 3:05 Iceland
94 Woodstock 2008 Bliss N Eso 4:27 Australia
95 Wearing My Rolex Wiley 2:51 England
96 Flex (Dave Spoon Reflex) Dizzee Rascal 3:43 England
97 Are You Interested? Cog 3:41 Australia
98 I Like It, I Love It Lyrics Born 3:44 USA
99 Don't Worry About Nothin' Muph & Plutonic 4:00 Australia
100 It's A War Dukes Of Windsor 3:30 Australia

Facts for 2008

The 2008 Hottest 100 was the sixteenth 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 2009 and featured a mixture of 70 different artists. Over 800,000 votes were counted in the countdown.

The 2008 countdown featured the first time that 2 bands had 2 songs each in the top 5. Previously, The Offspring, Powderfinger and Gorillaz had done this in 1994, 2000 and 2005, but this was the first time that 2 artists had done it together.

The 2008 countdown also marks the first time since 1995 that no Australian artist had featured in the top 3.

At #41, Soko featured with 'I Will Never Love You More'. The song includes the line "I will never love you more than the drummer of Flaming Lips, I will never love you more than Woody Allen movies. I will never love you more than The White Album of The Beatles, I will never love you more than 'God Only Knows'". Despite their critical success on Triple J, The Flaming Lips have never appeared in the Hottest 100. In 2003, The Chemical Brothers reached #81 with their song 'The Golden Path', which is credited as featuring The Flaming Lips, however, this song only features band members Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd and not the drummer, Kliph Scurlock.
Additionally, despite appearances in All Time countdowns, no tracks from The Beatles' 1968 self-titled album (colloquially referred to as 'The White Album') have made a countdown.
However, 'God Only Knows', a 1966 song by The Beach Boys managed to chart in the 2009 All Time countdown, reaching #43.

'Ice Cream', by Muscles featured in the Hottest 100 for the second time in a row. It featured as an acoustic version this year at #45, while it featured in its original form the year before at #14.
Similarly, 'Eye Of The Storm' by Bliss N Eso at #40, features portions of 'Paper Aeroplane' by Angus & Julia Stone, which featured in the 2006 countdown at #43.

At #90, Lily Allen charted with her song 'Fuck You'. At the time of the countdown, the song was yet to be officially released as a single or on an album. The song was released in mid-2008 on Lily Allen's Myspace account, where it was titled 'Guess Who Batman'. The song title was confirmed to actually be called 'Fuck You' when Allen's album 'It's Not Me, It's You' was released on February 4th. Because of the lack of an official title on the day of the countdown, many announcers on the day referred to it as 'Guess Who Batman', and the 2008 CD release lists the song as 'Guess Who Batman (aka Fuck You)'.

At #91, Lisa Mitchell becomes the first Australian Idol contestant to feature in a chart. The presence of an Australian Idol contestent in a countdown was alluded to back in 2003 when Adam Spencer and Wil Anderson played 'What About Me?', by the first season runner-up, Shannon Noll in place of the #1 song.

The countdown also features the moderately rare distinction of having no artists reach consecutive entries. This has also happened in 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2010.

For the first time, Richard Kingsmill released the tracks that featured in the positions #101 to #200. For more information on those tracks, click here.

Artists Featured

Kings Of Leon, Vampire Weekend and Nick Littlemore (for his work with Pnau and Empire Of The Sun) all managed to get 4 tracks each, with Kings Of Leon's highest track topping the countdown.

Birds Of Tokyo, Bliss N Eso, Flight Of The Conchords, The Grates, Ladyhawke, Lily Allen, MGMT and The Presets all achieved 3 tracks, while 11 other artists managed 2 tracks each.

Artists With Multiple Entries

4 Tracks
  • Kings Of Leon (1, 3, 24, 70)
  • Vampire Weekend (30, 32, 58, 71)

  • Nick Littlemore (4, 12, 54, 68)
    (Twice each with Pnau and Empire Of The Sun)
3 Tracks
  • Birds Of Tokyo (20, 22, 51)
  • Bliss N Eso (40, 61, 94)
  • Flight Of The Conchords (19, 60, 67)
  • The Grates (34, 80, 83)
  • MGMT (2, 5, 18)
  • The Presets (6, 8, 56)

  • Ladyhawke (11, 12, 26)
    (Twice solo and once with Pnau)
  • Lily Allen (25, 46, 90)
    (Twice solo and once with the Kaiser Chiefs)
2 Tracks
  • Cog (31, 97)
  • Dizzie Rascal (17, 96)
  • Drapht (10, 77)
  • Empire Of The Sun (4, 68)
  • The Herd (13, 63)
  • Josh Pyke (27, 29)
  • The Killers (52, 73)
  • Muph And Plutonic (86, 99)
  • Pnau (12, 54)
  • The Ting Tings (9, 78)

  • Laura Marling (43, 49)
    (Once solo and once with Mystery Jets)

Countries Featured


The 2008 Hottest 100 featured artists from 8 countries, including 48 from Australia, 29 from the USA and 13 from England.

The 5 tracks contributed by New Zealand are the highest amount for the country so far.

A Note

‘Dance Wiv Me', at #17, was a collaboration between Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris who are English and Scottish, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.


Countries Represented in the 2008 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 48
England 13
France 1
Iceland 2
New Zealand 5
Norway 1
Scotland 1
USA 29

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