Track Times Shortest, Longest, And What's In Between

This is a small article that outlines the average length of the Hottest 100 countdowns, and informs as to which were the longest and shortest tracks that charted in each countdown. This list only concerns itself with tracks that are part of the first 100. For information relating to the track times of the songs that made the positions of #101-200 (starting from 2008), check the page relating to that particular list.


Countdown Times

To date, the average length of a Hottest 100 track is 3:55 (3 minutes, 55 seconds). The 1998 and 2004 Hottest 100s have the shortest average, with an average track time of 3:40 (3 minutes, 40 seconds), while the longest Hottest 100 was the 1993 edition, with an average track time of 4:15 (4 minutes, 15 seconds). The average position for the shortest tracks is 46.3, while the average position for the longest tracks is 4.3 positions lower, with 42.

Countdown Times
Yearly List
 
Ranked List
# Year Average Track Time   # Year Average Track Time
1 1993 4:15   1 1998 3:40
2 1994 4:03   2 2004 3:40
3 1995 3:56   3 1999 3:46
4 1996 3:57   4 2008 3:46
5 1997 4:06   5 2002 3:50
6 1998 3:40   6 2006 3:51
7 1999 3:46   7 2007 3:51
8 2000 3:57   8 2009 3:51
9 2001 4:03   9 2012 3:51
10 2002 3:50   10 2003 3:52
11 2003 3:52   11 2005 3:53
12 2004 3:40   12 2016 3:15
13 2005 3:53   13 1995 3:56
14 2006 3:51   14 2015 3:56
15 2007 3:51   15 1996 3:57
16 2008 3:46   16 2000 3:57
17 2009 3:51   17 2014 3:57
18 2010 3:59   18 2010 3:59
19 2011 4:00   19 2011 4:00
20 2012 3:51   20 1994 4:03
21 2013 4:05   21 2001 4:03
22 2014 3:57   22 2013 4:05
23 2015 3:56   23 1997 4:06
24 2016 3:55   24 1993 4:15


Shortest Tracks

This is a list of the tracks which, out of the 100 tracks from each countdown, have been the shortest. The average shortest time for a song is approximately 2:06 (2 minute, 06 seconds). To date, 11 of the shortest songs are shorter tham that time.
Frenzal Rhomb are the most featured artist, with 3 of their songs making the list of shortest songs.
It may or may not be worth noting that the three shortest songs to feature in the countdowns are all Australian.
Additionally, 2 positions are shared, with 2 tracks each charting at positions #67, and #71, while 4 positions are shared in the longest tracks list.

Shortest Tracks By Year
Year # Artist Name Time
1993 17 Cypress Hill Hits From The Bong 2:41
1994 56 Frente! Bizarre Love Triangle 2:01
1995 12 Mindless Drug Hoover The Reefer Song 1:51
1996 31 Skin The Muppet Song (Mah Nà Mah Nà) 1:39
1997 23 Spiderbait Calypso 1:51
1998 18 Frenzal Rhomb Mum Changed The Locks 1:43
1999 99 Eskimo Joe Ruby Wednesday 1:33
2000 71 Frenzal Rhomb Nothing's Wrong 2:15
2001 63 The White Stripes Hotel Yorba 2:10
2002 19 The Vines Highly Evolved 1:34
2003 26 Frenzal Rhomb Russell Crowe's Band 1:12
2004 71 The Von Bondies C'mon C'mon 2:14
2005 69 Butterfingers Jesus I Was Evil 1:47
2006 10 The Grates 19-20-20 2:05
2007 27 Operator Please Just A Song About Ping Pong 2:18
2008 67 Flight Of The Conchords Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros 2:09
2009 90 Florence + The Machine Kiss With A Fist 2:04
2010 67 Vampire Weekend Holiday 2:18
2011 7 San Cisco Awkward 2:34
2012 4 Flume Holdin On 2:32
2013 75 Mikhael Paskalev I Spy 2:32
2014 51 Courtney Barnett Pickles From The Jar 2:49
2015 94 Halsey Ghost 2:34
2016 34 Dune Rats Scott Green 2:11
Shortest Tracks By Time
Year # Artist Name Time
2003 26 Frenzal Rhomb Russell Crowe's Band 1:12
1999 99 Eskimo Joe Ruby Wednesday 1:33
2002 19 The Vines Highly Evolved 1:34
1996 31 Skin The Muppet Song (Mah Nà Mah Nà) 1:39
1998 18 Frenzal Rhomb Mum Changed The Locks 1:43
2005 69 Butterfingers Jesus I Was Evil 1:47
1995 12 Mindless Drug Hoover The Reefer Song 1:51
1997 23 Spiderbait Calypso 1:51
1994 56 Frente! Bizarre Love Triangle 2:01
2009 90 Florence + The Machine Kiss With A Fist 2:04
2006 10 The Grates 19-20-20 2:05
2008 67 Flight Of The Conchords Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros 2:09
2001 63 The White Stripes Hotel Yorba 2:10
2016 34 Dune Rats Scott Green 2:11
2004 71 The Von Bondies C'mon C'mon 2:14
2000 71 Frenzal Rhomb Nothing's Wrong 2:15
2007 27 Operator Please Just A Song About Ping Pong 2:18
2010 67 Vampire Weekend Holiday 2:18
2012 4 Flume Holdin On 2:32
2013 75 Mikhael Paskalev I Spy 2:32
2011 7 San Cisco Awkward 2:34
2015 94 Halsey Ghost 2:34
1993 17 Cypress Hill Hits From The Bong 2:41
2014 51 Courtney Barnett Pickles From The Jar 2:49


Longest Tracks

This is a list of the tracks which, out of the 100 tracks from each countdown, have been the longest. The average longest time for a song is approximately 7:11 (7 minutes, 11 seconds). To date, only 10 of the longest songs exceed that time.
While only one artist appears twice in the list of shortest songs, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Muse and Flight Facilities all appear twice in the longest list, with each appearing for the second time 2 years after their first appearance in this list.

While in most Triple J countdowns, the station plays the album version of most tracks, in lieu of the single version, they occasionally choose to play the single version due to time constraints.
However, if the album versions of songs were always chosen, the longest track would be Sonic Youth's 'The Diamond Sea' from 1995, which has a total running time of 19:35 (19 minutes, 35 seconds), as opposed to the single version of 5:27 (5 minutes, 27 seconds).

Interestingly, in the Hottest 100 section of the Triple J website since 2011, it has been mentioned that the longest song of 2006 was The John Butler Trio, with 'Funky Tonight'. The website gives the length of the song as 11:53 (11 minutes, 53 seconds), which would make it the longest song to appear in any countdown. However, there are no recorded versions of that song which are that long. The charting version of the song was only 3:40 (3 minutes, 40 seconds) in length.

In a fashion similar to the list of shortest tracks, it may or may not be worth noting that the three longest songs to feature in the countdowns are all American.
Additionally, 4 positions are shared, with 2 tracks each charting at positions #16, #57, #61, and #84, while only 2 positions are shared in the shortest tracks list.

Longest Tracks By Year
Year # Artist Name Time
1993 7 U2 Lemon 6:58
1994 57 The Cure Burn 6:40
1995 95 Massive Attack Protection 7:52
1996 96 Matt Trapnell & Trapazoid Ella's Uncle 5:56
1997 16 Quindon Tarver/Lee Perry Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) 7:10
1998 63 Fatboy Slim The Rockafeller Skank 6:53
1999 57 Blur Tender 7:41
2000 43 Fatboy Slim Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 6:50
2001 5 The John Butler Trio Betterman 8:17
2002 85 The Chemical Brothers Star Guitar 6:27
2003 61 Metallica St. Anger 7:21
2004 65 The Chemical Brothers Galvanize 6:34
2005 61 Green Day Jesus Of Suburbia 9:08
2006 22 Tool Vicarious 7:07
2007 1 Muse Knights Of Cydonia 6:02
2008 36 Death Cab For Cutie I Will Possess Your Heart 8:26
2009 84 Muse United States Of Eurasia/Collateral Damage 5:48
2010 14 Kanye West Runaway (feat. Pusha T) 9:08
2011 85 Cosmo Jarvis Gay Pirates 5:53
2012 17 Flight Facilities Clair De Lune 7:42
2013 16 Arcade Fire Reflektor 7:34
2014 39 Flight Facilities Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise) 6:08
2015 5 Tame Impala Let It Happen 7:47
2016 88 Childish Gambino Me And Your Mama 6:19
Longest Tracks By Time
Year # Artist Name Time
2005 61 Green Day Jesus Of Suburbia 9:08
2010 14 Kanye West Runaway (feat. Pusha T) 9:08
2008 36 Death Cab For Cutie I Will Possess Your Heart 8:26
2015 5 Tame Impala Let It Happen 7:47
2001 5 The John Butler Trio Betterman 8:17
1995 95 Massive Attack Protection 7:52
2012 17 Flight Facilities Clair De Lune 7:42
1999 57 Blur Tender 7:41
2013 16 Arcade Fire Reflektor 7:34
2003 61 Metallica St. Anger 7:21
1997 16 Quindon Tarver/Lee Perry Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) 7:10
2006 22 Tool Vicarious 7:07
1993 7 U2 Lemon 6:58
1998 63 Fatboy Slim The Rockafeller Skank 6:53
2000 43 Fatboy Slim Sunset (Bird Of Prey) 6:50
1994 57 The Cure Burn 6:40
2004 65 The Chemical Brothers Galvanize 6:34
2002 85 The Chemical Brothers Star Guitar 6:27
2016 88 Childish Gambino Me And Your Mama 6:19
2014 39 Flight Facilities Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise) 6:08
2007 1 Muse Knights Of Cydonia 6:02
1996 96 Matt Trapnell & Trapazoid Ella's Uncle 5:56
2011 85 Cosmo Jarvis Gay Pirates 5:53
2009 84 Muse United States Of Eurasia/Collateral Damage 5:48

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