2009 Hottest 100 Of All Time Release Dates

This list compiles the dates for when each track that appeared in the Hottest 100 was released, and the name of the accompanying album or other applicable media format it was released on. It should be noted that the release dates listed are the earliest date at which the track in question was first released. This may mean it differs from the official release date of its accompanying album. In many cases, a track can be released months, or even years prior to its accompanying album. This may be due to a song being released as a single first, or being picked up and popularised by a radio station prior to an official release. Regardless, every date listed here has been thoroughly researched and checked to ensure its accuracy.


Release Dates In Countdown Order

This list simply shows the original order of the Hottest 100 with its release date and album information added alongside.

Release Dates In Countdown Order
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 Nevermind
2 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 10/11/1992 Rage Against The Machine
3 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
4 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
5 Paranoid Android Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
6 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 31/10/1975 A Night At The Opera
7 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
8 Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
9 Everlong Foo Fighters 20/05/1997 The Colour And The Shape
10 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
11 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
12 Wonderwall Oasis 2/10/1995 (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
13 Creep Radiohead 21/09/1992 Pablo Honey
14 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 16/06/1997 Urban Hymns
15 Karma Police Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
16 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
17 The Nosebleed Section Hilltop Hoods 22/09/2003 The Calling
18 Knights Of Cydonia Muse 3/07/2006 Black Holes And Revelations
19 One Metallica 25/08/1988 ...And Justice For All
20 Seven Nation Army The White Stripes 7/03/2003 Elephant
21 These Days Powderfinger 28/06/1999 Two Hands (Soundtrack)
22 Teardrop Massive Attack 20/04/1998 Mezzanine
23 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
24 A Day In The Life The Beatles 1/06/1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
25 Alive Pearl Jam 27/08/1991 Ten
26 Thriller Michael Jackson 30/11/1982 Thriller
27 My Happiness Powderfinger 14/09/2000 Odyssey Number Five
28 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead 13/03/1995 The Bends
29 Where Is My Mind? Pixies 21/03/1988 Surfer Rosa
30 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
31 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 Metallica
32 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
33 Tomorrow Silverchair 16/09/1994 Frogstomp
34 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 8/09/1997 Second Solution/Prisoner Of Society EP
35 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 24/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
36 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 27/01/1997 The Boatman's Call
37 Stinkfist Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
38 Mr. Brightside The Killers 24/05/2004 Hot Fuss
39 Better Man Pearl Jam 22/11/1994 Vitalogy
40 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
41 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 30/11/1982 Thriller
42 Banquet Bloc Party 2/02/2005 Silent Alarm
43 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 16/05/1966 Pet Sounds
44 Hey Jude The Beatles 26/08/1968 Single Only
45 No One Knows Queens Of The Stone Age 27/08/2002 Songs For The Deaf
46 Epic Faith No More 20/06/1989 The Real Thing
47 Betterman The John Butler Trio 18/04/2001 Three
48 Sabotage Beastie Boys 18/05/1994 Ill Communication
49 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 21/07/1987 Appetite For Destruction
50 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 1/06/1986 Crowded House
51 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 23/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
52 Berlin Chair You Am I 25/10/1993 Sound As Ever
53 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
54 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
55 Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 20/07/1965 Highway 61 Revisited
56 Lover, You Should've Come Over Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
57 Forty Six & 2 Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
58 Around The World Daft Punk 20/01/1997 Homework
59 One Crowded Hour Augie March 11/03/2006 Moo, You Bloody Choir
60 Hurt Johnny Cash 5/11/2002 American IV: The Man Comes Around
61 Song 2 Blur 10/02/1997 Blur
62 Closer Nine Inch Nails 8/03/1994 The Downward Spiral
63 Thunderstruck AC/DC 10/09/1990 The Razors Edge
64 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
65 Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short] Underworld 5/01/1995 Single Only
66 Tiny Dancer Elton John 5/11/1971 Madman Across The Water
67 Brick Ben Folds Five 18/03/1997 Whatever And Ever Amen
68 Dammit Blink-182 17/06/1997 Dude Ranch
69 Grace Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
70 Breathe The Prodigy 18/03/1996 The Fat Of The Land
71 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
72 New Slang The Shins 19/06/2001 Oh, Inverted World
73 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
74 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
75 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day 14/10/1997 Nimrod
76 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
77 Hearts A Mess Gotye 21/05/2006 Like Drawing Blood
78 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 27/07/1993 Siamese Dream
79 Life On Mars? David Bowie 17/12/1971 Hunky Dory
80 Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones 7/05/1966 Aftermath
81 Common People Pulp 22/05/1995 Different Class
82 Chop Suey! System Of A Down 13/08/2001 Toxicity
83 Every You Every Me Placebo 12/10/1998 Without You I'm Nothing
84 No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley & The Wailers 25/10/1974 Natty Dread
85 Bohemian Like You The Dandy Warhols 1/08/2000 Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
86 Come Together The Beatles 26/09/1969 Abbey Road
87 Yellow Coldplay 26/06/2000 Parachutes
88 Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones 5/12/1969 Let It Bleed
89 Bulls On Parade Rage Against The Machine 9/02/1996 Evil Empire
90 Sex On Fire Kings Of Leon 10/08/2008 Only By The Night
91 Back In Black AC/DC 25/07/1980 Back In Black
92 Skinny Love Bon Iver 6/07/2007 For Emma, Forever Ago
93 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 Blue Lines
94 Float On Modest Mouse 14/02/2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News
95 Superstition Stevie Wonder 28/10/1972 Talking Book
96 One More Time Daft Punk 13/11/2000 Discovery
97 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 22/06/1987 Diesel And Dust
98 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 24/02/1975 Physical Graffiti
99 Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio 6/07/2006 Return To Cookie Mountain
100 Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand 12/01/2004 Franz Ferdinand
101 Heart-Shaped Box Nirvana 23/08/1993 In Utero

Notes

  • #21: 'These Days' - Powderfinger: Originally released on the 'Two Hands' soundtrack before being released as a B-side to the song 'Passenger' 2 months later. A re-recorded version featured on the album 'Odyssey Number Five' the following year.
  • #23: 'Throw Your Arms Around Me' - Hunters & Collectors: Originally released as a live single in 1984, but re-recorded for their 1986 album 'Human Frailty'.
  • #34: 'Prisoner Of Society' - The Living End: Originally released as a 'double A-side' single along with 'Second Solution' in 1997, it was ater re-recorded for their self titled debut album in 1999.
  • #42: 'Banquet' - Bloc Party: Originally released as a 'double A-side' single along with 'Staying Far' in 2004, it was ater re-recorded for their debut album 'Silent Alarm' in 2005.
  • #65: 'Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short]' - Underworld: Originally released as an instrumental single in 1995, with this version as a B-side. The B-side was released as a single in its own right in July 1996.


Release Dates By Date

This list sorts all the tracks that reached the Hottest 100 in order of their release dates.

1965

1965 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
55 Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 20/07/1965 Highway 61 Revisited
1966

1966 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
80 Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones 7/05/1966 Aftermath
43 God Only Knows The Beach Boys 16/05/1966 Pet Sounds
1967

1967 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
24 A Day In The Life The Beatles 1/06/1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1968

1968 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
44 Hey Jude The Beatles 26/08/1968 Single Only
1968 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
30 All Along The Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 21/09/1968 Electric Ladyland
1969

1969 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
86 Come Together The Beatles 26/09/1969 Abbey Road
1969 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
88 Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones 5/12/1969 Let It Bleed
1971

1971 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
11 Imagine John Lennon 9/09/1971 Imagine
1971 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
66 Tiny Dancer Elton John 5/11/1971 Madman Across The Water
10 Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 8/11/1971 Led Zeppelin IV
1971 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
79 Life On Mars? David Bowie 17/12/1971 Hunky Dory
1972

1972 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
95 Superstition Stevie Wonder 28/10/1972 Talking Book
1974

1974 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
84 No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley & The Wailers 25/10/1974 Natty Dread
1975

1975 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
98 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 24/02/1975 Physical Graffiti
1975 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
16 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 12/09/1975 Wish You Were Here
1975 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
6 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 31/10/1975 A Night At The Opera
1979

1979 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
53 Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd 30/11/1979 The Wall
1979 - December
# Title Artist Date Album
73 London Calling The Clash 7/12/1979 London Calling
1980

1980 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
4 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 18/04/1980 Single Only
1980 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
91 Back In Black AC/DC 25/07/1980 Back In Black
1982

1982 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
26 Thriller Michael Jackson 30/11/1982 Thriller
41 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 30/11/1982 Thriller
1983

1983 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
32 Blue Monday New Order 7/03/1983 Single Only
1983 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
64 Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes April 1983 Violent Femmes
1985

1985 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
71 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 28/01/1985 Single Only
1985 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
54 Close To Me The Cure 26/08/1985 The Head On The Door
1986

1986 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
23 Throw Your Arms Around Me Hunters & Collectors 7/04/1986 Human Frailty
1986 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
50 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House 1/06/1986 Crowded House
1987

1987 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
97 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 22/06/1987 Diesel And Dust
1987 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
49 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses 21/07/1987 Appetite For Destruction
1988

1988 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
29 Where Is My Mind? Pixies 21/03/1988 Surfer Rosa
1988 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
19 One Metallica 25/08/1988 ...And Justice For All
1989

1989 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
76 Fools Gold The Stone Roses 13/03/1989 Single Only
1989 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
46 Epic Faith No More 20/06/1989 The Real Thing
1990

1990 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
63 Thunderstruck AC/DC 10/09/1990 The Razors Edge
1991

1991 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
93 Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack 11/02/1991 Blue Lines
1991 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
31 Enter Sandman Metallica 29/07/1991 Metallica
1991 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
25 Alive Pearl Jam 27/08/1991 Ten
1991 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 10/09/1991 Nevermind
8 Under The Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 24/09/1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik
40 Come As You Are Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
74 Lithium Nirvana 24/09/1991 Nevermind
1992

1992 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
13 Creep Radiohead 21/09/1992 Pablo Honey
1992 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
2 Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine 10/11/1992 Rage Against The Machine
1993

1993 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
78 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 27/07/1993 Siamese Dream
1993 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
101 Heart-Shaped Box Nirvana 23/08/1993 In Utero
1993 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
52 Berlin Chair You Am I 25/10/1993 Sound As Ever
1994

1994 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
62 Closer Nine Inch Nails 8/03/1994 The Downward Spiral
1994 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
48 Sabotage Beastie Boys 18/05/1994 Ill Communication
1994 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
3 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
7 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
56 Lover, You Should've Come Over Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
69 Grace Jeff Buckley 23/08/1994 Grace
1994 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
33 Tomorrow Silverchair 16/09/1994 Frogstomp
1994 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
39 Better Man Pearl Jam 22/11/1994 Vitalogy
1995

1995 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
65 Born Slippy .NUXX (short ii) [... short] Underworld 5/01/1995 Single Only
1995 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
28 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead 13/03/1995 The Bends
1995 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
81 Common People Pulp 22/05/1995 Different Class
1995 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
12 Wonderwall Oasis 2/10/1995 (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
51 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 23/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
35 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 24/10/1995 Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
1996

1996 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
89 Bulls On Parade Rage Against The Machine 9/02/1996 Evil Empire
1996 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
70 Breathe The Prodigy 18/03/1996 The Fat Of The Land
1996 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
37 Stinkfist Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
57 Forty Six & 2 Tool 17/09/1996 Ænima
1997

1997 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
58 Around The World Daft Punk 20/01/1997 Homework
36 Into My Arms Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 27/01/1997 The Boatman's Call
1997 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
61 Song 2 Blur 10/02/1997 Blur
1997 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
67 Brick Ben Folds Five 18/03/1997 Whatever And Ever Amen
1997 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
9 Everlong Foo Fighters 20/05/1997 The Colour And The Shape
5 Paranoid Android Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
15 Karma Police Radiohead 21/05/1997 OK Computer
1997 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
14 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 16/06/1997 Urban Hymns
68 Dammit Blink-182 17/06/1997 Dude Ranch
1997 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
34 Prisoner Of Society The Living End 8/09/1997 Second Solution/Prisoner Of Society EP
1997 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
75 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day 14/10/1997 Nimrod
1998

1998 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
22 Teardrop Massive Attack 20/04/1998 Mezzanine
1998 - October
# Title Artist Date Album
83 Every You Every Me Placebo 12/10/1998 Without You I'm Nothing
1999

1999 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
21 These Days Powderfinger 28/06/1999 Two Hands (Soundtrack)
2000

2000 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
87 Yellow Coldplay 26/06/2000 Parachutes
2000 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
85 Bohemian Like You The Dandy Warhols 1/08/2000 Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
2000 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
27 My Happiness Powderfinger 14/09/2000 Odyssey Number Five
2000 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
96 One More Time Daft Punk 13/11/2000 Discovery
2001

2001 - April
# Title Artist Date Album
47 Betterman The John Butler Trio 18/04/2001 Three
2001 - June
# Title Artist Date Album
72 New Slang The Shins 19/06/2001 Oh, Inverted World
2001 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
82 Chop Suey! System Of A Down 13/08/2001 Toxicity
2002

2002 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
45 No One Knows Queens Of The Stone Age 27/08/2002 Songs For The Deaf
2002 - November
# Title Artist Date Album
60 Hurt Johnny Cash 5/11/2002 American IV: The Man Comes Around
2003

2003 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
20 Seven Nation Army The White Stripes 7/03/2003 Elephant
2003 - September
# Title Artist Date Album
17 The Nosebleed Section Hilltop Hoods 22/09/2003 The Calling
2004

2004 - January
# Title Artist Date Album
100 Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand 12/01/2004 Franz Ferdinand
2004 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
94 Float On Modest Mouse 14/02/2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News
2004 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
38 Mr. Brightside The Killers 24/05/2004 Hot Fuss
2005

2005 - February
# Title Artist Date Album
42 Banquet Bloc Party 2/02/2005 Silent Alarm
2006

2006 - March
# Title Artist Date Album
59 One Crowded Hour Augie March 11/03/2006 Moo, You Bloody Choir
2006 - May
# Title Artist Date Album
77 Hearts A Mess Gotye 21/05/2006 Like Drawing Blood
2006 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
18 Knights Of Cydonia Muse 3/07/2006 Black Holes And Revelations
99 Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio 6/07/2006 Return To Cookie Mountain
2007

2007 - July
# Title Artist Date Album
92 Skinny Love Bon Iver 6/07/2007 For Emma, Forever Ago
2008

2008 - August
# Title Artist Date Album
90 Sex On Fire Kings Of Leon 10/08/2008 Only By The Night


Facts

  • 0 of the songs that charted in the Hottest 100 of All Time for 2009 were released within the year of the countdown. However, since it is an All Time countdown, this is not particularly unusual.
  • The most common months for a song to be released were September 1991 and August 1994, which each had 4 songs enter the countdown. Interestingly, the 4 songs released in August of 1994 were all released on the same day, by Jeff Buckley.
  • The earlist track released was Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone', which was released on July 20th, 1965.
  • The most recent track to have made the countdown was Kings Of Leon's 'Sex On Fire', which was released on August 10th, 2008.



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