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Triple J’s Hottest 100 From The Past 20 Years

Triple J Hottest 100

To celebrate twenty years of counting down Australia’s top 100 annual tracks, Triple J chose this past weekend to release it’s top 100 songs from the last two decades. Ever since airtime there have been people jumping all over the list and proclaiming everything that it was missing, but it’s important to remember that these songs were all voted for by listeners, and there are a few things we can learn from that.

Numerous reviews seem surprised that Oasis topped the list with Wonderwall but let’s be realistic; no matter how much hot water the Gallagher brothers have landed themselves in the past few years, Wonderwall sticks with you. Our tolerance of Gallagher antics can be neatly summed up by this quote:

[when] those opening chords to Wonderwall ring out, all is forgiven as we slap our arms around the nearest stranger and start howling along: “Because maaaaaybeeeee…” – Music Feeds

Wonderwall is an everlasting classic and earned the top spot, but that doesn’t mean we’re huge Oasis fans. Only thirteen artists manage to squeeze  more than one track onto the list, so it looks like Australia is really big fans of: Gotye, Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Jebediah, Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, MGMT, Radiohead, Powderfinger, The Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, Daft Punk and The Killers.

There has also been a lot of proclaiming the end of good music, with statistics revealing that Australia’s favourite year for music in the past two decades was 1997. But, as the pie chart below neatly sums up: we preferred the 00’s over the 90’s and the 10’s are not trailing too far behind considering we’re barely three years in.

Triple J Hottest 100 Decades

Another keen observation was the distinctly minimal number of female artists that made the cut. Only two female solo artists made the list and out of 100, only eight of the song that made the list were sung by female leads. The highest spot earned by a female-fronted band was Massive Attack’s Teardrop at #31. The biggest question I have about this is, “WHERE WERE THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS?!”

Hope comes though in the form of the country-by-country breakdown. One things that the Triple J’s Hottest 100 From The Past 20 Years has proved is that Aussies have a soft spot for Aussie music that we are willing to defend.

Triple J Hottest 100 Countries

Sure the USA beat us out by quite a fair margin, but statistically there are a lot more Americans out there, and therefore more that make it big. For Australia to come in at #2 is a big deal and it shows that we have a lot of faith in and love for our musicians. We’re a country that produces some truly amazing tunes and we’re not about to let each other of the world forget how important we really are.

For those of you who missed some or all of this musical extravaganza, the full countdown was as follows:

1. Oasis – Wonderwall
2. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
3. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
4. Hilltop Hoods – The Nosebleed Section
5. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
6. Foo Fighters – Everlong
7. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
8. Powderfinger – These Days
9. Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know {Ft. Kimbra}
10. Powderfinger – My Happiness
11. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
12. Gotye – Hearts a Mess
13. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
14. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
15. The Prodigy – Breathe
16. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
17. Silverchair – Tomorrow
18. OutKast – Hey Ya!
19. blink-182 – Dammit
20. The Living End – Prisoner of Society
21. The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
22. Blur – Song 2
23. Muse – Knights of Cydonia
24. Augie March – One Crowded Hour
25. The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
26. System Of A Down – Chop Suey!
27. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
28. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue
29. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
30. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
31. Massive Attack – Teardrop
32. Tool – Stinkfist
33. The Cranberries – Zombie
34. Ben Folds Five – Brick
35. Radiohead – Karma Police
36. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
37. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
38. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
39. Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
40. Nine Inch Nails – Closer
41. Coldplay – Yellow
42. Matt Corby – Brother
43. John Butler Trio – Betterman
44. Daft Punk – One More Time
45. Modest Mouse – Float On
46. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
47. The Offspring – Self Esteem
48. The Strokes – Last Nite
49. Florence + the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
50. Pearl Jam – Better Man
51. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
52. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
53. Placebo – Every You Every Me
54. Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
55. Fatboy Slim – Praise You
56. Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx)
57. Bloc Party – Banquet
58. The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac
59. Daft Punk – Around The World
60. Bush – Glycerine
61. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
62. Spiderbait – Buy Me A Pony
63. Grinspoon – Chemical Heart
64. MGMT – Kids
65. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
66. You Am I – Berlin Chair
67. alt-J – Breezeblocks
68. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
69. Eminem – Lose Yourself
70. Regurgitator – ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
71. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
72. Wolfmother – Joker And The Thief
73. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
74. The Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
75. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
76. MGMT – Electric Feel
77. The Presets – My People
78. Silverchair – Freak
79. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
80. Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade
81. Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane
82. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
83. Pulp – Common People
84. Kanye West – Gold Digger
85. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
86. The Killers – When You Were Young
87. The Kooks – Naive
88. Something For Kate – Monsters
89. TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me
90. Silverchair – Straight Lines
91. Jebediah – Harpoon
92. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
93. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
94. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
95. Ben Lee – Cigarettes Will Kill You
96. The Cat Empire – Hello
97. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
98. Jebediah – Leaving Home
99. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
100. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic

List courtesy of Triple J



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June 12, 2013

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