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|2||Seven Nation Army||The White Stripes||3:52||2003||USA|
|3||Last Goodbye||Jeff Buckley||4:36||1994||USA|
|4||The Nosebleed Section||Hilltop Hoods||3:40||2003||Australia|
|5||Bitter Sweet Symphony||The Verve||5:59||1997||England|
|7||Mr. Brightside||The Killers||3:43||2004||USA|
|9||Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)||Gotye||4:04||2011||Australia|
|11||No One Knows||Queens Of The Stone Age||4:39||2002||USA|
|12||Hearts A Mess||Gotye||6:06||2006||Australia|
|14||Little Lion Man||Mumford & Sons||4:07||2009||England|
|16||Skinny Love||Bon Iver||3:59||2007||USA|
|20||Prisoner Of Society||The Living End||3:55||1997||Australia|
|21||1979||The Smashing Pumpkins||4:26||1995||USA|
|23||Knights Of Cydonia||Muse||6:07||2006||England|
|24||One Crowded Hour||Augie March||4:16||2006||Australia|
|25||Bullet With Butterfly Wings||The Smashing Pumpkins||4:19||1995||USA|
|26||Chop Suey!||System Of A Down||3:31||2001||USA|
|27||Frontier Psychiatrist||The Avalanches||4:50||2000||Australia|
|28||Scar Tissue||Red Hot Chili Peppers||3:36||1999||USA|
|29||Take Me Out||Franz Ferdinand||3:57||2004||Scotland|
|30||Californication||Red Hot Chili Peppers||5:30||1999||USA|
|34||Brick||Ben Folds Five||4:32||1997||USA|
|38||Sweet Disposition||The Temper Trap||3:54||2008||Australia|
|40||Closer||Nine Inch Nails||6:13||1994||USA|
|43||Betterman||The John Butler Trio||8:19||2001||Australia|
|44||One More Time||Daft Punk||5:21||2000||France|
|45||Float On||Modest Mouse||3:29||2004||USA|
|46||Into My Arms||Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds||4:15||1997||Australia|
|47||Self Esteem||The Offspring||4:18||1994||USA|
|48||Last Nite||The Strokes||3:18||2001||USA|
|49||Dog Days Are Over||Florence And The Machine||4:07||2008||England|
|50||Better Man||Pearl Jam||4:29||1994||USA|
|51||Bohemian Like You||The Dandy Warhols||3:32||2000||USA|
|52||Feel Good Inc. (feat. De La Soul)||Gorillaz||3:41||2005||England|
|53||Every You Every Me||Placebo||3:34||1998||England|
|54||Sex On Fire||Kings Of Leon||3:24||2008||USA|
|55||Praise You||Fatboy Slim||5:23||1998||England|
|56||Born Slippy .NUXX||Underworld||9:46||1995||England|
|58||No Aphrodisiac||The Whitlams||4:20||1997||Australia|
|59||Around The World||Daft Punk||7:10||1997||France|
|61||Lonely Boy||The Black Keys||3:13||2011||USA|
|62||Buy Me A Pony||Spiderbait||1:44||1996||Australia|
|65||Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger||Daft Punk||3:44||2001||France|
|66||Berlin Chair||You Am I||2:37||1993||Australia|
|68||Are You Gonna Be My Girl?||Jet||3:34||2003||Australia|
|70||! (The Song Formerly Known As)||Regurgitator||3:28||1997||Australia|
|71||Clint Eastwood (feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien)||Gorillaz||5:44||2001||England|
|72||Joker & The Thief||Wolfmother||4:41||2005||Australia|
|73||Home||Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros||5:02||2009||USA|
|74||Let's Dance To Joy Division||The Wombats||3:11||2007||England|
|75||Somebody Told Me||The Killers||3:17||2004||USA|
|77||My People||The Presets||4:31||2007||Australia|
|79||I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor||Arctic Monkeys||2:54||2005||England|
|80||Bulls On Parade||Rage Against The Machine||3:51||1996||USA|
|81||Big Jet Plane||Angus & Julia Stone||3:59||2010||Australia|
|84||Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)||Kanye West||3:28||2005||USA|
|86||When You Were Young||The Killers||3:41||2006||USA|
|88||Monsters||Something For Kate||3:40||2001||Australia|
|89||Wolf Like Me||TV On The Radio||4:39||2006||USA|
|92||Little Talks||Of Monsters And Men||4:25||2011||Iceland|
|93||Black Hole Sun||Soundgarden||5:19||1994||USA|
|94||Pumped Up Kicks||Foster The People||3:53||2010||USA|
|95||Cigarettes Will Kill You||Ben Lee||3:50||1998||Australia|
|96||Hello||The Cat Empire||3:44||2003||Australia|
|99||Video Games||Lana Del Rey||4:47||2011||USA|
|101||Zebra||The John Butler Trio||3:57||2003||Australia|
The 2013 20 Years of Triple J's Hottest 100, was the seventh Hottest 100 countdown for which votes were not restricted to a single year, but the first Hottest 100 countdown for which votes were restricted to a range of years. It was announced on May 8th as a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the yearly Hottest 100s, and to find out the public's favourite song for the past 20 years. Voting was only open to songs whose release date fell between January 1st, 1993, and December 31st, 2012. These voting restrictions immediately knocked out songs that voters mentioned would be #1 via social media, such as Radiohead's 'Creep' and Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name'; both of which featured in the 1993 countdown, but were released in 1992, and therefore ineligible.
The countdown took place over the weekend of June 8th and 9th, 2013, and featured a mixture of 84 different artists. 940,000 votes were counted in the countdown, significantly less than previous years, All Time or otherwise, especially considering votes were limited to 20 per voter for this countdown, rather than the 10 votes each voter recieves for a normal countdown. Despite this, on June 2nd, the date that voting closed, Triple J reported they had seen the largest instance of voting in one day for any countdown they've ever held.
Out of the 100 songs to feature in the countdown, 5 songs had not featured in a yearly countdown, whereas one song had never featured in any countdown before. Bloc Party's 'Banquet', Daft Punk's 'Around The World,, and Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' had not featured in a yearly countdown, but had all featured in the 2009 All Time countdown. Daft Punk's 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' had featured in 2007 as part of a live version, mixed with 'Around The World'. The Kook's 'Naïve' had never featured in any countdown ever held by Triple J before. The Temper Trap's 'Sweet Disposition' had only been featured in the 101-200 list before, reaching #102 in the 2008 Hottest 100 countdown.
In 1997, Blur's 'Song 2', which runs for 2 minutes and 2 seconds, was voted in at #2. This year, in the 20th anniversary edition of the Hottest 100, it was voted in at #22.
Only 5 songs which had previously reached #1 did not chart in the countdown. Denis Leary's 'Asshole' (1993), The Offspring's 'Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)' (1998), Alex Lloyd's 'Amazing' (2001), Bernard Fanning's 'Wish You Well' (2005) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' (2012).
However, prior to Hilltop Hoods' 'Nosebleed Section' being played at #4, presenter Alex Dyson made reference to a lack of hip-hop being present in the countdown before 'accidentally' playing the intro to 'Thrift Shop', presumably as a way to tease listeners who had vented on social media that 'Thrift Shop' was 'too recent' to make the list, 'a novelty', or just didn't deserve to make the list in general.
On June 11th, during Tom & Alex's breakfast program, it was revealed the #101 song was 'Zebra', by The John Butler Trio, reportedly being behind the #100 song by only 50 votes.
In the lead-up to the countdown, the Triple J website hosted a special section for the Hottest 100, including access to previous countdowns, as well as a Hottest 100 quiz in which player's could answer questions and compete for prizes. Below are the questions asked throughout the quiz period. (The answer accepted by the Triple J website is given in bold, while other information given about the question is in normal text.)
Mark Oliver Everett, better known as 'E', is the frontman for US band Eels. His father, Hugh Everett III, was a famous physicist who was known for his work with quantam theory. Eels first appeared in a Hottest 100 in 1996, reaching #39 with 'Novocaine For The Soul'.
Strangely, this question was removed soon after being asked, with no reason for its removal, and is not listed on the official list of questions on the Triple J website.
- The Postal Service - 'Give Up' (2003)
While the album contained no songs to feature in the Hottest 100 for that year, in 2006, Ben Folds' cover of the album's lead single 'Such Great Heights' reached #70.
The group recieved the ARIA for 'Best Independent Release' for their 1995 album 'Machiavelli And The Four Seasons'. Les Murray was chosen as the recipient of the award due to one of the songs on the album being named 'What Nationality Is Les Murray?'. The Hungarian-born Murray read a vaguely insulting acceptance speech, also in Hungarian, at the awards which translated to "When the revolution happens, the music industry will be the first to go. Thank you."
- The Living End
Starting in 1997, the group featured for 10 consecutive years with the following 15 songs:
- 1997: Prisoner Of Society (#15)
- 1997: From Here On In (#49)
- 1998: Save The Day (#10)
- 1998: Second Solution (#15)
- 1998: Tainted Love (Live) (#17)
- 1999: All Torn Down (#41)
- 1999: West End Riot (#48)
- 2000: Pictures In The Mirror (#19)
- 2001: Roll On (#72)
- 2002: One Said To The Other (#52)
- 2003: Who's Gonna Save Us? (#23)
- 2003: Tabloid Magazine (#66)
- 2004: I Can't Give You What I Haven't Got (#47)
- 2005: What's On Your Radio? (#49)
- 2006: Wake Up (#53)
French singer Soko reached #9 with her song 'I'll Kill Her'.
- Pauline Pantsdown
Pantsdown featured at #5 in 1997 with his highly controversial song 'Back Door Man' (which also featured in the 1998 All Time countdown at #92), and again in 1998 at #58 with 'I Don't Like It'. Oddly, the question only mentions Pantsdown featuring in the 1998 countdown, which is probably due to the fact that 'Back Door Man' was actually banned from airplay in 1997 due to its percieved defamation of Pantsdown's political eponym, Pauline Hanson.
- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
In 1998, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones featured at #38 with their song 'The Impression That I Get'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested./I'd like to think that if I was I would pass."
- You Got The Dirtee Love
Florence And The Machine's cover version of The Source & Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love' was performed live at the 2010 Brit Awards with Dizzee Rascal, who incorporated parts of his own song, 'Dirtee Cash', to make a version that was dubbed 'You Got The Dirtee Love'. This recording reached #27 in the 2010 Hottest 100.
Ben Harper's live album 'Live From Mars' featured a cover of The Verve's 'The Drugs Don't Work'. This track reached #22 in the 2001 Hottest 100, while the original version also reached #22 in the 1997 Hottest 100.
In 1994, Weezer featured at #40 with their song 'Undone - The Sweater Song'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "It's good to see you lying there in your Superman skivvies./Lying on the floor, I've come undone."
- Melissa Auf der Maur
Despite being a touring member of Hole in 1994, Auf der Maur would not feature on a Hole track until 1996. Ultimately, she was featured on only the following 3 of 5 Hole songs in the Hottest 100, and no Smashing Pumpkins songs:
- 1996: Gold Dust Woman (#73)
- 1998: Celebrity Skin (#4)
- 1998: Malibu (#49)
- The Strokes
The Strokes' 'You Only Live Once' reached #27 in the 2006 Hottest 100 countdown.
- Regina Spektor
Custard's 'Ringo (I Feel Like..)' reached #42 in the 1999 Hottest 100 countdown and was named after The Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr.
In 1999, Foo Fighters featured at #11 with 'Learn To Fly', which was accompanied by a humourous music video, which featured members of the band playing different characters. Singer and guitarist Dave Grohl is featured as a flight attendant, a pilot, a fat lady, himself, a teenage fan and an FBI agent in the video, in addition to being featured performing the song with the band via a video screen within the video.
Soon after this question was posted, it was taken down, with Triple J citing an error being the reason. However, it may have also been due to confusion over the answer, mainly as to whether Dave Grohl's appearance in the video as a performer should be counted as a seventh character.
- Moustache and a mullet
In 1999, Ben Folds Five featured at #51 with their song 'Army'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "Grew a moustache and a mullet, got a job at Chick-fil-A./Citing artistic differences the band broke up in May, and in June reformed without me, and they got a different name."
- Ian Kenny
Between 2005 and 2010, Ian Kenny featured 12 times with his two bands Karnivool and Birds Of Tokyo.
- 2005: Karnivool: Themata (97)
- 2006: Karnivool: Roquefort (With Empire Horns) (45)
- 2007: Birds Of Tokyo: Wayside (61)
- 2007: Karnivool: The Only Way (63)
- 2008: Birds Of Tokyo: Broken Bones (20)
- 2008: Birds Of Tokyo: Silhouettic (22)
- 2008: Birds Of Tokyo: Wild Eyed Boy (51)
- 2009: Karnivool: Set Fire To The Hive (47)
- 2009: Karnivool: All I Know (63)
- 2010: Birds Of Tokyo: Plans (4)
- 2010: Birds Of Tokyo: Wild At Heart (47)
- 2010: Birds Of Tokyo: The Saddest Thing I Know (87)
- Seeker Lover Keeper
In 2011, Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, and Sally Seltmann joined together to create an 'indie rock supergroup' named Seeker Lover Keeper. Their songs 'Even Though I'm A Woman' and 'Light All My Lights' featured at #17 and #86 respectively, in the 2011 Hottest 100.
- The Wilcannia Mob
In 2002, The Wilcannia Mob featured at #51 with their song 'Down River'. In 2007, British artist MIA sampled the song for her track 'Mango Pickle Down River' on her 2007 album 'Kala'. The album also featured the song 'Paper Planes', which featured at #17 in the 2007 Hottest 100.
- Highly Evolved
'Highly Evolved', by The Vines charted at #19 in 2002's Hottest 100.
- Tinted Windows
In 2009, Mumford & Sons featured at #1 with their song 'Little Lion Man'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "But it was not your fault but mine, and it was your heart on the line./I really fucked it up this time, didn't I, my dear?"
- Computer Camp
Datarock's 'Computer Camp Love' reached #12 in the 2005 Hottest 100 countdown.
In 2005, Kisschasy featured at #22 with their song 'Do-Do's & Whoa-Oh's'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "I want a song that gets attention, this is the way it goes./So hip you'll play it on your station; do-do's and whoa-oh's."
- Nada Surf
Nada Surf's 'Popular' reached #47 in the 1996 Hottest 100 countdown.
- Butthole Surfers
In 1996, Butthole Surfers featured at #4 with their song 'Pepper'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "Marky got with Sharon, Sharon got Sheree, she was sharin' Sharon's outlook on the topic of disease./Mikey had a facial scar and Bobby was a racist, they were all in love dying, they were doin' it in Texas."
Soon after this question was posted, it was taken down, with Triple J citing confusion being the main reason. The confusion stemmed from the fact that many people were unsure as to whether the answer was asking for the artist of the song, or the characters mentioned in the song.
- Quentin Tarantino
Fun Lovin' Criminals' 'Scooby Snacks' reached #14 in the 1996 Hottest 100 countdown. The song contained samples from Quentin Tarantino's films 'Reservoir Dogs' (1992) and 'Pulp Fiction' (1994).
- New Zealand
In 2008, New Zealand featured with a record number of 5 entries in the countdown. The songs featured were:
- Ladyhawke: My Delirium (11)
- Flight Of The Conchords: Business Time (45)
- Ladyhawke: Paris Is Burning (26)
- Flight Of The Conchords: The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room (60)
- Flight Of The Conchords: Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros (67)
The Rapture's 'No Sex For Ben' reached #14 in the 2008 Hottest 100 countdown. The song was written about Ben Rymer, an English DJ who is best known for his work with the group Fat Truckers.
Klinger's 'Ben Lee' reached #97 in the 2000 Hottest 100 countdown. The song was written about Ben Lee, an Australian musician who has featured in many Hottest 100 countdowns since 1998.
Oddly, this is the only question that was asked about an artist who had, to date, not featured in a normal Hottest 100 countdown. Tyler Touché's 'Baguette' did however reached #188 in the 2012 Hottest 100 countdown. Considering that the 2012 #101-200 was the first time that the runner-up countdown had been aired, it may have been viewed as acceptable to ask this particular question.
Reportedly, this tattoo relates to a friend of Flume's who had the nickname 'Milzor'. This friend was also apparently responsible for introducing Flume to Chet Faker, who collaborated with Flume on his song 'Left Alone', which reached #160 in 2012. An image of the tattoo can be viewed here.
- Louis Burdett
The Whitlams' 'You Sound Like Louis Burdett' reached #53 in the 1997 Hottest 100 countdown. The song was written about a former housemate of singer Tim Freedman, and also a former drummer for The Whitlams, Louis Burdett.
- Take Me Out
Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out' reached #1 in the 2004 Hottest 100 countdown. Scissor Sisters' version of the same song reached #44 the same year. This is the second, and currently last, time this had been achieved. It first occurred in 1998 when Jebediah featured at #7 with their song 'Harpoon', and Something For Kate's cover reached #85.
Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' reached #1 in the 2011 Hottest 100 countdown. The song was built around a sample of the song 'Seville', released by Brazillian guitarist Luiz Bonfà in 1967.
- Rick James
Kanye West's 'Runaway' reached #14 in the 2010 Hottest 100 countdown. The song featured a sample of Rick James saying "Look atcha", from a live performance of his song 'Mary Jane' in 1981.
- Charlotte Aitchison
Icona Pop's 'I Love It' reached #14 in the 2012 Hottest 100 countdown. The song featured British singer Charlotte Aitchison, better known as Charli XCX.
- John Wayne
In 1993, Denis Leary featured at #1 with his song 'Asshole'. The question relates to the line in the song that goes as such: "John Wayne's not dead, he's frozen, and as soon as we find the cure for cancer we're gonna thaw out The Duke and he's gonna be pretty pissed off."
- A brimful
Cornershop's 'Brimful Of Asha' reached #42 in the 1997 Hottest 100 countdown. The song was written about famous Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle.
Adam Sandler's 'Somebody Kill Me' reached #39 in the 1998 Hottest 100 countdown. It was originally featured in his film 'The Wedding Singer', released the same year.
- Th' Little Daisies
Ween's 'Push Th' Little Daisies' reached #40 in the 1993 Hottest 100 countdown.
Frente!'s cover of New Order's 'Bizarre Love Triangle' reached #56 in the 1994 Hottest 100 countdown. New Order's original had charted in the 1989, 1990 and 1991 All Time countdowns, reaching #67, #21 and #24, respectively. It also featured in the 1998 All Time countdown, reaching #60.
- Killing Heidi
Killing Heidi were actually Unearthed by Triple J in 1996 with their song 'Kettle', and featured at #2 in the 1999 Hottest 100 countdown with their song 'Weir'. The group featured 4 times in total between 1999 and 2000, and were also the first Unearthed artist to reach #2 in a countdown, a surprisingly common occurrence.
The Chemical Brothers' 'It Began In Afrika' reached #99 in the 2001 Hottest 100 countdown.
The most successful artists of the countdown were Daft Punk, Damon Albarn, Dave Grohl, The Killers and Silverchair, who each managed to get 3 tracks. Damon Albarn managed to feature twice with Gorillaz and once with Blur, while Dave Grohl appeared once with Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age and Foo Fighters, with Foo Fighters' 'Everlong' being his highest track, at #6.
Artists With Multiple Entries
- Daft Punk (44, 59, 65)
- The Killers (7, 75, 86)
- Silverchair (17, 78, 90)
- Damon Albarn (22, 52, 71)
(Once with Blur and twice with Gorillaz)
- Dave Grohl (6, 11, 39)
(Once with Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Nirvana)
- Beastie Boys (37, 100)
- Gorillaz (52, 71)
- Gotye (9, 12)
- Jebediah (91,98)
- Jeff Buckley (3, 36)
- MGMT (64, 76)
- Powderfinger (8, 10)
- Radiohead (13, 35)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers (28, 30)
- The Smashing Pumpkins (21, 25)
The 2013 20 Years Of Triple J's Hottest 100 featured artists from 7 countries, including 41 from the USA, 29 from Australia and 24 from England.
A Couple Of Notes
‘Somebody I Used To Know', at #9, was a collaboration between Gotye and Kimbra who are from Australia and New Zealand, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.
‘Teardrop’ at #31, 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.
‘Feel Good Inc.', at #52, 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.
‘Clint Eastwood', at #71, was a collaboration between Gorillaz and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, who are English and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.
Countries Represented in the 2013 Countdown
The 2013 20 Years Of Triple J's Hottest 100 featured tracks from 1993 until 2012, with 1997 being the most represented year, at 15 tracks.
Entries By Year
- 1990: -
- 1991: -
- 1992: -
- 1993: (2 tracks)
- 1994: (10 tracks)
- 1995: (6 tracks)
- 1996: (4 tracks)
- 1997: (15 tracks)
- 1998: (5 tracks)
- 1999: (3 tracks)
- 2000: (6 tracks)
- 2001: (6 tracks)
- 2002: (3 tracks)
- 2003: (5 tracks)
- 2004: (4 tracks)
- 2005: (5 tracks)
- 2006: (6 tracks)
- 2007: (7 tracks)
- 2008: (3 tracks)
- 2009: (2 tracks)
- 2010: (2 tracks)
- 2011: (5 tracks)
- 2012: (1 track)
- 84 Artists
- Daft Punk (3 tracks)
- Damon Albarn (3 tracks)
- Dave Grohl (3 tracks)
- The Killers (3 tracks)
- Silverchair (3 tracks)
- 7 Countries
- USA (41 tracks)
- Australia (29 tracks)
- England (24 tracks)
- 1997 (15 tracks)
- 2000s: (47 tracks)
- 1990s: (45 tracks)
- 2010s: (8 tracks)
- Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana (1993)
- Breezeblocks - Alt-J (2012)
- 4:21 (4 minutes, 21 seconds)
- Buy Me A Pony - Spiderbait (1:44)
- Born Slippy .NUXX - Underworld (9:46)