Richard Kingsmill's Hottest 100, 2009
# Title Artist Time Year Country
1 Marquee Moon Televison 10:40 1977 USA
2 Hallejujah Jeff Buckley 6:53 1994 USA
3 Exit Music (For A Film) Radiohead 4:25 1997 England
4 River Man Nick Drake 4:23 1969 England
5 Svefn-G-Englar Sigur Rós 10:04 1999 Iceland
6 Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio 4:39 2006 USA
7 Hey Pixies 3:32 1989 USA
8 Too Young Phoenix 3:20 1999 France
9 The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5:06 1988 Australia
10 Forty Six & 2 Tool 6:04 1996 USA
11 Thirteen Big Star 2:35 1972 USA
12 A Day In The Life The Beatles 5:38 1967 England
13 Ramble On Led Zeppelin 4:34 1969 England
14 Heart And Soul Joy Division 5:52 1980 England
15 Clap Hands Tom Waits 3:49 1985 USA
16 Digital Love Daft Punk 4:59 2001 France
17 Lonesome Tears Beck 5:38 2002 USA
18 Sheela-Na-Gig PJ Harvey 3:11 1992 England
19 London Calling The Clash 3:20 1979 England
20 Range Life Pavement 4:55 1994 USA
21 Sour Times Portishead 4:14 1994 England
22 Pale Blue Eyes The Velvet Underground 5:44 1969 USA
23 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) Arcade Fire 5:13 2004 Canada
24 Going Underground The Jam 2:56 1980 England
25 How Soon Is Now? The Smiths 6:49 1985 England
26 Life On Mars? David Bowie 3:54 1971 England
27 Hell Of A Summer The Triffids 4:30 1983 Australia
28 Górecki Lamb 6:31 1996 England
29 Working Class Hero John Lennon 3:49 1970 England
30 Just What I Needed The Cars 3:43 1978 USA
31 One Crowded Hour Augie March 4:14 2006 Australia
32 Play For Today The Cure 3:41 1980 England
33 The Man With The Child In His Eyes Kate Bush 2:41 1978 England
34 Lovely Head Goldfrapp 3:47 2000 England
35 Waltz #2 (XO) Elliott Smith 4:40 1998 USA
36 Draining The Pool For You The Go-Betweens 4:17 1984 Australia
37 Sure Shot Beastie Boys 3:20 1994 USA
38 Testify Rage Against The Machine 3:31 1999 USA
39 Song To The Siren This Mortal Coil 3:31 1983 England
40 Tunic (Song For Karen) Sonic Youth 6:22 1990 USA
41 Castles Made Of Sand The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2:49 1967 England
42 In Every Dream Home A Heartache Roxy Music 5:28 1973 England
43 On A Plain Nirvana 3:16 1991 USA
44 Tuesday You Am I 3:16 1996 Australia
45 Deus The Sugarcubes 4:08 1988 Iceland
46 Swing For The Crime The Saints 3:42 1978 Australia
47 One Big Holiday My Morning Jacket 5:21 2003 USA
48 Protection Massive Attack 7:52 1994 England
49 Mykonos Fleet Foxes 4:35 2008 USA
50 Sex Machine Sly & The Family Stone 13:46 1969 USA
51 Cursed Sleep Bonnie "Prince" Billy 5:36 2006 USA
52 Down On The Street The Stooges 3:44 1970 USA
53 Say It Ain't So Weezer 4:19 1994 USA
54 When Doves Cry Prince & The Revolution 5:54 1984 USA
55 Whatever You Want Something For Kate 3:53 1999 Australia
56 Any Day Now Elbow 6:18 2001 England
57 Fight The Power Public Enemy 5:24 1989 USA
58 Handshake Drugs Wilco 6:07 2004 USA
59 Safari The Breeders 3:30 1992 USA
60 Miss Leader Rollerskate Skinny 4:14 1993 Ireland
61 Windowlicker Aphex Twin 6:08 1999 England
62 Tired Of Being Alone Al Green 2:43 1971 USA
63 What The World Is Waiting For The Stone Roses 3:53 1989 England
64 We Haven't Turned Around Gomez 6:29 1999 England
65 Kansas (Flood Remix) The Wolfgang Press 4:02 2001 England
66 Flashing Lights (feat. Dwele) Kanye West 3:58 2007 USA
67 I Wanna Be Sedated Ramones 2:30 1978 USA
68 The Robots Kraftwerk 6:12 1978 Germany
69 New Slang The Shins 3:51 2001 USA
70 Isobel Björk 5:47 1995 Iceland
71 Laughing Boy Big Heavy Stuff 3:58 2001 Australia
72 Fuck Tha Police N.W.A 5:46 1988 USA
73 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O'Connor 5:11 1990 Ireland
74 Come Together Primal Scream 10:22 1990 Scotland
75 Southern Man Neil Young & Crazy Horse 5:31 1970 Canada
76 On Some Faraway Beach Brian Eno 4:37 1974 England
77 I Had To Tell You 13th Floor Elevators 2:27 1967 USA
78 Singlette Custard 3:42 1993 Australia
79 Sex Beat The Gun Club 2:49 1981 USA
80 That Summer Feeling Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers 6:08 1983 USA
81 Riot Act Elvis Costello & The Attractions 3:36 1980 England
82 The Kids Don't Stand A Chance Vampire Weekend 4:03 2008 USA
83 Kick, Push Lupe Fiasco 4:14 2006 USA
84 These Days R.E.M. 3:25 1986 USA
85 Close Watch John Cale 3:07 1975 Wales
86 Crosseyed And Painless Talking Heads 4:48 1980 USA
87 For Tomorrow Blur 4:21 1993 England
88 Dear God XTC 3:34 1986 England
89 My People The Presets 4:31 2007 Australia
90 Life To Go (Landsakes) Died Pretty 5:34 1986 Australia
91 Star Sign Teenage Fanclub 4:56 1991 Scotland
92 Soon My Bloody Valentine 6:59 1991 Ireland
93 Hit It And Quit It Funkadelic 3:50 1971 USA
94 Regular John Queens Of The Stone Age 4:35 1998 USA
95 Another Girl, Another Planet The Only Ones 3:03 1978 England
96 Levi Stubbs' Tears Billy Bragg 3:32 1986 England
97 Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness - The Coldcut Remix)  Eric B. & Rakim 7:13 1986 USA
98 Don't Fight It The Panics 5:01 2007 Australia
99 Electric Feel MGMT 3:49 2008 USA
100 The Dolphins Fred Neil 4:03 1966 USA

Facts for Kingsmill's Countdown

In July of 2009, Triple J counted down their fifth Hottest 100 of All Time poll. During the voting process, Richard Kingsmill, the station's music director, released via his blog his Hottest 100 of All Time.

The Countdown

This countdown was never counted down, however, it was released over the internet on June 14th, 2009.

The most recent song to feature in the list was 'Mykonos' by Fleet Foxes at #49, which was released April 8th, 2008.

Artists Featured

Richard Kingsmill's list features no artists with more than one entry. It is the only Hottest 100 ever released to have such a feature.

Countries Featured


Kingsmill's Hottest 100 of All Time featured artists from 10 countries, including 43 from the USA, 31 from England and 12 from Australia.

A Note

It should be noted that The Jimi Hendrix Experience, who appear at #41 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.


Countries Represented in the 2009 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 12
Canada 2
England 31
France 2
Germany 1
Iceland 3
Ireland 3
Scotland 2
Wales 1
USA 43

Years Of Song Release

Kingsmill's Hottest 100 featured tracks from 1966 until 2008, with 1978, 1994 and 1999 each reaching 6 tracks each.

Entries By Year

1960s - 8 Tracks
  • 1966: (1 track)
  • 1967: (3 tracks)
  • 1968: -
  • 1969: (4 tracks)
1970s - 18 Tracks
  • 1970: (3 tracks)
  • 1971: (3 tracks)
  • 1972: (1 track)
  • 1973: (1 track)
  • 1974: (1 track)
  • 1975: (1 track)
  • 1976: -
  • 1977: (1 track)
  • 1978: (6 tracks)
  • 1979: (1 track)
1980s - 24 Tracks
  • 1980: (5 tracks)
  • 1981: (1 track)
  • 1982: -
  • 1983: (3 tracks)
  • 1984: (2 tracks)
  • 1985: (2 tracks)
  • 1986: (5 tracka)
  • 1987: -
  • 1988: (3 tracks)
  • 1989: (3 tracks)
1990s - 30 Tracks
  • 1990: (3 tracks)
  • 1991: (3 tracks)
  • 1992: (2 tracks)
  • 1993: (3 tracks)
  • 1994: (6 tracks)
  • 1995: (1 track)
  • 1996: (3 tracks)
  • 1997: (1 track)
  • 1998: (2 tracks)
  • 1999: (6 tracks)
2000s - 20 Tracks
  • 2000: (1 track)
  • 2001: (5 tracks)
  • 2002: (1 track)
  • 2003: (1 track)
  • 2004: (2 tracks)
  • 2005: -
  • 2006: (4 tracks)
  • 2007: (3 tracks)
  • 2008: (3 tracks)
  • 2009: -

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