Hottest 100 Of All Time, 2009 Volume 5
# Title Artist Time Year Country
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 5:02 1991 USA
2 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 5:14 1992 USA
3 Hallejujah Jeff Buckley 6:53 1994 USA
4 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 3:28 1980 England
5 Paranoid Android Radiohead 6:24 1997 England
6 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 5:54 1975 England
7 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley 4:36 1994 USA
8 Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:24 1991 USA
9 Everlong Foo Fighters 4:13 1997 USA
10 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8:03 1971 England
11 Imagine John Lennon 3:02 1971 England
12 Wonderwall Oasis 4:19 1995 England
13 Creep Radiohead 3:56 1992 England
14 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 5:59 1997 England
15 Karma Police Radiohead 4:22 1997 England
16 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 5:35 1975 England
17 The Nosebleed Section Hilltop Hoods 3:40 2003 Australia
18 Knights Of Cydonia Muse 6:07 2006 England
19 One Metallica 7:28 1988 USA
20 Seven Nation Army The White Stripes 3:52 2003 USA
21 These Days Powderfinger 4:15 1999 Australia
22 Teardrop Massive Attack 5:28 1998 England
23 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 3:53 1986 Australia
24 A Day In The Life The Beatles 5:38 1967 England
25 Alive Pearl Jam 5:41 1991 USA
26 Thriller Michael Jackson 5:57 1982 USA
27 My Happiness Powderfinger 4:37 2000 Australia
28 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead 4:51 1995 England
29 Where Is My Mind? Pixies 3:54 1988 USA
30 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4:01 1968 England
31 Enter Sandman Metallica 5:32 1991 USA
32 Blue Monday New Order 7:28 1983 England
33 Tomorrow Silverchair 4:26 1994 Australia
34 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 3:55 1997 Australia
35 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 4:26 1995 USA
36 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4:15 1997 Australia
37 Stinkfist Tool 5:11 1996 USA
38 Mr. Brightside The Killers 3:43 2004 USA
39 Better Man Pearl Jam 4:29 1994 USA
40 Come As You Are Nirvana 3:39 1991 USA
41 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 4:54 1982 USA
42 Banquet Bloc Party 3:21 2005 England
43 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 2:56 1966 USA
44 Hey Jude The Beatles 7:10 1968 England
45 No One Knows Queens Of The Stone Age 4:39 2002 USA
46 Epic Faith No More 4:54 1989 USA
47 Betterman The John Butler Trio 8:19 2001 Australia
48 Sabotage Beastie Boys 2:58 1994 USA
49 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 5:56 1987 USA
50 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 3:57 1986 Australia
51 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 4:19 1995 USA
52 Berlin Chair You Am I 2:35 1993 Australia
53 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 6:22 1979 England
54 Close To Me The Cure 3:23 1985 England
55 Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 6:10 1965 USA
56 Lover, You Should've Come Over Jeff Buckley 6:43 1994 USA
57 Forty Six & 2 Tool 6:04 1996 USA
58 Around The World Daft Punk 7:10 1997 France
59 One Crowded Hour Augie March 4:16 2006 Australia
60 Hurt Johnny Cash 3:39 2002 USA
61 Song 2 Blur 2:01 1997 England
62 Closer Nine Inch Nails 6:13 1994 USA
63 Thunderstruck AC/DC 4:53 1990 Australia
64 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes 2:24 1983 USA
65 Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short] Underworld 3:45 1995 England
66 Tiny Dancer Elton John 6:18 1971 England
67 Brick Ben Folds Five 4:32 1997 USA
68 Dammit Blink-182 2:46 1997 USA
69 Grace Jeff Buckley 5:22 1994 USA
70 Breathe The Prodigy 5:35 1996 England
71 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 6:49 1985 England
72 New Slang The Shins 3:51 2001 USA
73 London Calling The Clash 3:20 1979 England
74 Lithium Nirvana 4:17 1991 USA
75 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day 2:35 1997 USA
76 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 9:55 1989 England
77 Hearts A Mess Gotye 6:06 2006 Australia
78 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 3:21 1993 USA
79 Life On Mars? David Bowie 3:54 1971 England
80 Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones 3:46 1966 England
81 Common People Pulp 5:52 1995 England
82 Chop Suey! System Of A Down 3:31 2001 USA
83 Every You Every Me Placebo 3:34 1998 England
84 No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley & The Wailers 3:46 1974 Jamaica
85 Bohemian Like You The Dandy Warhols 3:32 2000 USA
86 Come Together The Beatles 4:20 1969 England
87 Yellow Coldplay 4:29 2000 England
88 Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones 4:31 1969 England
89 Bulls On Parade Rage Against The Machine 3:51 1996 USA
90 Sex On Fire Kings Of Leon 3:23 2008 USA
91 Back In Black AC/DC 4:16 1980 Australia
92 Skinny Love Bon Iver 3:59 2007 USA
93 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 5:08 1991 England
94 Float On Modest Mouse 3:29 2004 USA
95 Superstition Stevie Wonder 4:04 1972 USA
96 One More Time Daft Punk 5:21 2000 France
97 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 4:17 1997 Australia
98 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 8:39 1975 England
99 Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio 4:39 2006 USA
100 Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand 3:57 2004 Scotland
101 Heart-Shaped Box Nirvana 4:41 1993 USA

Facts for 2009

The 2009 Hottest 100 of All Time was the fifth Hottest 100 of All Time countdown, and the second one since the countdowns became focused on tracks released the previous year. It was announced as a 20th anniversary celebration to the first Hottest 100 countdown, in March 1989.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in July of 2009 and featured a mixture of 76 different artists.

The countdown drew accusations of being sexist and 'male-dominated' when it was realised that no song featured a permanant female vocalist. The only lead female voices present in the countdown came from were Elizabeth Fraser and Shara Nelson, with 'Teardrop' at #22, and 'Unfinished Sympathy' at #93, respectively. Both of which were collaborations with Massive Attack.

Only The White Stripes, Pixies, New Order, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pulp and The Dandy Warhols featured female permanent female members, while both 'Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones and 'Wolf Like Me' by TV On The Radio featured female backing vocals.
Reportedly, the songs at #101 - 200 were not much more 'female-friendly', however, as they have not yet been released, and may not be, this claim remains unverified.

Michael Jackson's appearance in the countdown at #26 and #41 was at first rumoured to be brought on by his death on June 25th, only 3 days before voting closed. However, Richard Kingsmill reported that while Jackson was already polling well enough to feature once in the 40's, news of his death helped push him further up the list and to gain a second entry.

As they were announced, it was reported that only one vote sperated 'Hey Jude' by the Beatles at #44, and 'No One Knows' by Queens Of The Stone age at #45.

The Cure, who appeared at #54 with 'Close To Me', only achieved one track in the countdown. This is the first time in any All Time countdown that they have done so.

Tool's 'Forty-Six & 2' reached #57, which is the same position it reached in the 1998 All Time countdown.

The most recent track to appear in the countdown was Kings Of Leon's 'Sex On Fire' at #90, which was released on September 5th, 2008, and only 6 months earlier has been voted the #1 song of 2008. In fact, if the countdown had followed the rules of the yearly countdowns, and allowed only songs released in that year, the only song from the countdown to have made the list would have been 'Sex On Fire'.

Artists Featured

For the first time since 1989, The Cure did not dominate the countdown, instead, Dave Grohl managed to appear in 5 tracks, with two entries placing in the top ten, and one of those entries getting to #1. He placed three times with Nirvana, once with Foo Fighters and once with Queens Of The Stone Age. Jeff Buckley, John Lennon and Radiohead managed to appear 4 times each, their highest reaching #3, #11 and #5, respectively.
The Beatles, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins managed 3 tracks each, while 12 other bands scored 2 entries each.

Artists With Multiple Entries

5 Tracks
  • Dave Grohl (1, 9, 40, 45, 74)
    (Three times with Nirvana, once with Foo Fighters and once with Queens Of The Stone Age)
4 Tracks
  • Jeff Buckley (3, 7, 56, 69)
  • Radiohead (5, 13, 15, 28)

  • John Lennon (11, 24, 44, 86)
    (Three times with The Beatles and once solo)
3 Tracks
  • The Beatles (24, 44, 86)
  • Nirvana (1, 40, 74)
  • The Smashing Pumpkins (35, 51, 78)
2 Tracks
  • AC/DC (63, 91)
  • Daft Punk (58, 96)
  • Led Zeppelin (10, 98)
  • Massive Attack (22, 93)
  • Metallica (19, 31)
  • Michael Jackson (26, 41)
  • Pearl Jam (25, 39)
  • Pink Floyd (16, 53)
  • Powderfinger (21, 27)
  • Rage Against The Machine (2, 89)
  • The Rolling Stones (80, 88)
  • Tool (37, 57)

  • Peter Hook (3, 32)
    (Once with Joy Division and once with New Order)
  • Stephen Morris (3, 32)
    (Once with Joy Division and once with New Order)
  • Bernard Sumner (3, 32)
    (Once with Joy Division and once with New Order)

Countries Featured


The 2009 Hottest 100 of All Time featured artists from 6 countries, including 45 from the USA, 36 from England and 15 from Australia.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Teardrop’ at #22, was a collaboration between Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser, who are English and Scottish, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.

It should be noted that The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who appear at #30 are listed as an English band. While many people would cite them as American band due to Hendrix's nationality, they are listed as English due to forming in London, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the band were English citizens.

It should also be noted that Crowded House, who appear at #50 are listed as an Australian band. While many people cite them as New Zealand band due to Neil Finn's nationality, they are listed as Australian due to forming in Melbourne, and the fact that the other two-thirds of the original band were Australian citizens.


Countries Represented in the 2009 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 15
England 36
France 2
Jamaica 1
Scotland 1
USA 45

Years Of Song Release

The 2009 Hottest 100 of All Time featured tracks from 1965 until 2008, with 1997 being the best represented year, at 12 tracks.

Entries By Year

1960s - 8 Tracks
  • 1965: (1 track)
  • 1966: (2 tracks)
  • 1967: (1 track)
  • 1968: (2 tracks)
  • 1969: (2 tracks)
1970s - 11 Tracks
  • 1970: -
  • 1971: (4 tracks)
  • 1972: (1 track)
  • 1973: -
  • 1974: (1 track)
  • 1975: (3 tracks)
  • 1976: -
  • 1977: -
  • 1978: -
  • 1979: (2 tracks)
1980s - 14 Tracks
  • 1980: (2 tracks)
  • 1981: -
  • 1982: (2 tracks)
  • 1983: (2 tracks)
  • 1984: -
  • 1985: (2 tracks)
  • 1986: (2 tracka)
  • 1987: (1 track)
  • 1988: (2 track)
  • 1989: (2 tracks)
1990s - 46 Tracks
  • 1990: (1 tracks)
  • 1991: (7 tracks)
  • 1992: (2 tracks)
  • 1993: (2 tracks)
  • 1994: (8 tracks)
  • 1995: (6 tracks)
  • 1996: (4 tracks)
  • 1997: (12 tracks)
  • 1998: (2 tracks)
  • 1999: (1 track)
2000s - 21 Tracks
  • 2000: (4 tracks)
  • 2001: (3 tracks)
  • 2002: (2 tracks)
  • 2003: (2 tracks)
  • 2004: (3 tracks)
  • 2005: (1 track)
  • 2006: (4 tracks)
  • 2007: (1 track)
  • 2008: (1 track)
  • 2009: -


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