#Hottest100 – Live Blog

G’day! My last post regarding my favourite music and associated memories referred to Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the last 20 years. The countdown runs today and tomorrow, so why not share our thoughts as it happens?

I’ll be posting each song as it plays, along with comments, and I would LOVE for you to comment with me. Let’s have our own listener party through the inter-webz.

12:05pm: 100. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (1998)

Great way to start! A synthesized voice repeatedly saying “I have an erection, I have an erection, I have an erection….” How can you beat that???? A very fun way to kick things off.

99. Lana del Rey – Video Games (2011)

Remember when she blew up so huge she got to perform on Saturday Night Live, and stuffed the whole thing up? Then she did a magazine photo shoot with a man groping one side of her chest? Well she’s on the new Great Gatsby soundtrack so it seems she’s back to being awesome again.

98. Jebediah – Leaving Home (1997)

YES!!! What a ripper. Jebediah was my first ever mosh pit! 1999 Big Day Out. Yep, we fell over. Stupid kids. If you were a teenager when this was out, you related to this song. I’m certain you blocked your nose to imitate Kevin Mitchell’s vocals too! You know you did! Go the mighty Jebs.

If I had another 20 songs to vote with, this would have had a good chance of slipping in.

97. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (2008)

Another belter! Nobody has swagger like her. Love the pistols and the cash register. Worst M.I.A. memory: Anticipating for months that we were seeing her at a three-day music festival in Germany. Waited at the stage only for MIA. to start performing. Youtube that stuff. MIA. is very different to M.I.A. Sad face.

Also interesting to note two females already in the countdown. For the Hottest 100 of All Time a few years ago, no songs sung by females were in. 50% so far! Will it last? Post your answer below.

96. The Cat Empire – Hello (2003)

This music is absolutely brilliant. What a countdown so far!
The Cat Empire are one of my favourite bands. A big reason my wife and I bonded the first time we hung out together! They’re all about smiling, dancing, fun times with friends, turning that damn frown upside down. Musicly eclectic and totally inspiring. This self-titled album would be a desert island record for me. Hello is tops; I voted for The Chariot. Hopefully that gets a guernsey later on.


The first time I saw them live is an unshakable memory. They fit out the Melbourne Metro (now the Palace) as a whole travelling circus theme. Gypsies, acrobats, hula-hoops, giant lollipops, and the first song they busted out was Hello. Blinding lights went on and a new musical world opened up to me.

95. Ben Lee – Cigarettes Will Kill You (1998)

What is a TV embrace? Good lyric anyway. I feel like they’ve played the song twice with that introductory montage…
Ben Lee is a dude who creates mixed opinions. Remember when he appeared on The Panel, stood on the desk and spilt water? There are several songs written about his arrogance or not liking him. Klinger’s song Ben Lee is so good.
Then Catch My Disease came out and everyone loved him. Where will that song finish???

94. Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (2010)

I love songs about school shootings.

93. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun (1994)

The first song I voted for!

Some 90s Seattle music for the first time. The minor chords. The guitar solos. The unmistakable screeching of Chris Cornell, harmonising with himself. Holy cow.

Seeing him perform this with a full band was also “one of those moments”. Just turn it up!

92. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (2012)

A song from last year is one of the best in 20 years. Fair play, it is a good ditty. Nice to see Iceland making an appearance too, they don’t have many other international exports.
Hearing this song sooo much did irritate me for a while, but after a rest, this song is back to being a real pleasure to sing along with.

91. Jebediah – Harpoon (1997)

Two songs from Slighty Odway! I really feel like playing lawn bowls now, while some UFOs hover overhead. A timeless Aussie album; I am stoked for Jebediah right now.

1pm: 90. Silverchair – Straight Lines (2007)

My favourite band, my creative idol Daniel Johns. So proud of these boys. You all know the story of Silverchair – I don’t need to re-tell it. This song was a great achievement for them to reach #1 10 years after doing so as grungy teenagers. Straight Lines was co-written with Julian Hamilton, vocalist and one half of The Presets.
I gave my Silverchair vote to Across the Night…I hold slim hope of that making it soon.

Eleven songs in… five of them Australian.

89. TV On the Radio – Wolf Like Me (2006)

The first song so far that I’m pretty unfamiliar with. I’ve heard a TV on the Radio album before…they’re featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. But I left my experience with the band at that…Perhaps I should delve in a little further!

Just cracked my first beer for the afternoon. I have to collect Alicia from work in a few hours, so it’ll probably be the only one for a while! #justsayin

88. Something for Kate – Monsters (2001)

I voted for this. Two songs so far!

Write a better song. Go on, I dare you.

Raw honesty, a KILLER hook in the chorus, and all the reflective melancholy you could ever want. This seriously put them on the map. I clung on like glue and over a few years saw them 8 times. Paul Dempsey has a much maligned voice/attitude; you either buy in or you don’t. Many songs feel like a grey, drizzly Melbourne day, while your train to Parliament is late. But I bloody well love them and this song is their opus.

87. The Kooks – Naïve. (2006)

Saw these guys last month at Groovin’ the Moo. Whilst this song is somewhat of a modern classic, for some reason my brain doesn’t buy in to remembering any lyrics or helping me sing along. I find it hard to connect. I’m more of a “Always Where I Need To Be” kind of man. Dooo, do do dooo, do do dooooo…

86. The Killers – When You Were Young (2006)

A K band, 2006 double! How much was Tom Waterhouse paying out for that?


85. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (1995)

Stevie Wonder gets his first songwriting credit of the countdown! I am elated to hear this song. Never would have considered it, but I’m smiling knowing that other people did. “I’m a educated fool with money on my mind…” Well they didn’t educate you enough to use 983like…”, but good on them.

Here’s what happened when this song inspired the rapper inside of me… :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp7TjUoaEmM

84. Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger (2005)

No explanation necessary. The breakthrough mainstream hit for the biggest superstar on the planet! (In his own head, and many others’ too). I expect him to appear with more songs later on. He’ll hold an immortal status in music history by the time he’s done.
Get down girl, go ahead, get down.

Big shoutout to Leafie, Dave, Captain Kickass (best name), Shaun & Pez for your comments so far. Who agrees with Pez that Silverchair’s best album is Young Modern?? Not me… :-)

83. Pulp – Common People (1995)

William Shatner’s version is way better!!! Hahaha! Great song.

A really creative concept for a song. Brilliant narrative. The man’s a poet. Humorous and totally dance-able too! Roaches on the wall…dancing, drinking and screwing because there’s nothing else to do…familiar anybody?

———GWS Giants currently leading Geelong 24-0 ……… WTF?

82. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag (2000)

Strange. I though over time, that whit would be remembered as a mainstream pop song, and discarded by Triple J listeners. Totally wrong!

Granted, the guy in question does love Iron Maiden. That’s alright. My wife Alicia still swears that the moment 30 seconds from the end where the song is quiet, breaks in to the final “Ooooh yeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhh” is one of the most triumphant moments captured in audio. It makes her feel great, so I’m all for the song getting a go!

81. Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (2010)

I’m not a cannabis user from Byron Bay, so I don’t care. Giants up 30-1.

80. Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade (1996)


Pocket full of shells, baby. It’s hard to write when you’re singing so loud.

The opportunity to see them at the ’07 Big Day Out was too good to pass up. So much so that I chose the date for our Engagement party to be the day before. I didn’t help to pack up the party, just went to the Showgrounds and stuck my middle finger up screaming “Fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”. Proving I was set to be a ripping husband.

79. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (2005)

What an amazing debut single. The hype for this band on their initial launch was of epic proportions. “Best since Oasis” blah blah. They bloody lived up to it. As if you’re not dancing listening to this right now?! Their album title ”Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” is soooo hipster…hahaha as if the J listeners wouldn’t love it. I love it too. Two loud songs in a row, this is a good trend.

78. silverchair – Freak (1997)

Yes. Body and soul, yes.

3 loud ones in a row, and 2 successive digs at hipsters.

77. Presets – My People (2008)

I voted for this. Leave me alone, I’m dancing.

9 Aussie songs so far.

WOW I just danced like a maniac. Didn’t hit my arms on the ceiling fan…massive win. That song gives me shivers; nothing makes me move like that. I lived in Darwin when that was out, and every week when we were out, I cleared the floor! Discovery, Ducks Nuts…

76. MGMT – Electric Feel (2008)

San Cisco just mentioned this was a game-changer and I think they’re right. I’d love some Dominos right now. No seriously, a really unique sound at the time has influenced so much of the sound we hear from new artists today.
This is pretty psychedelic, isn’t it?

“Plug it in and change the world…” Gold lyric. I voted for Muse “Plug In Baby” so I hope that makes it too!

Since Big Jet Plane, every song has been 10/10 in my book. Good times.

75. The Killers – Somebody Told Me (2004)

Wanna break through worldwide as an artist? Release this as your first single, and create a Hot Fuss. This literally is a Killer song.
They took their name from a fake band in a video clip by New Order…very nice. Crystal was a good song too.
Is this the last we’ll hear from this band? I expect Mr. Brightside to feature later on. This song has the offbeat hi-hat to make me dance, singable rampant lyrics, and a BPM to die for. Good stuff, Mr. Flowers.

74. The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division (2007)

“Let’s dance to Joy Division, and celebrate the irony…”

Oh the irony upon irony of hipsters paying out on hipsters! It’s a win/win, no matter how you look at it.

Good song. How have you enjoyed the first quarter of the countdown? Leave your comments below…

——–Giants 52 v Geelong 53 half way 2nd quarter. We knew they’d come back, but Giants fighting.

73. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (2010)

This is the song we have to blame for The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and every single band that now screams HEY! at you for no reason, and shares vocals with a male & female.

It is the very reason. Hurl your fruit that way.

They’re probably vegetarians and would appreciate it, too.

72. Wolfmother – Joker & the Thief (2005)

Hookin’ up with Johnny Knoxville, after creatively using Bob Dylan lyrics with Hendrix & Led Zep riffs. Wolfmother were bloody amazing at the time, why are they maligned so? Andrew Stockdale’s new album actually isn’t bad at all. RIFF ME UP.

71. Gorillaz ft. De la Soul – Clint Eastwood (2001)

I would love some sunshine in a bag. An animated band…WHA???? Such a great idea. This really was innovative. After the second verse in to the chorus, lyrics “that it’s all in your head…” there is a deep, deep, deep bass tone that’s barely audible on most speakers. Play it loud on an awesome system, and it will shake your organs. True story bro!
The song just chugs along so well. One gets sucked in to the journey, nodding your head throughout. Gorillaz are a bonafide supergroup, and they delivered. Feel Good Inc. anyone?

70. Regurgitator – ! (Song Formerly Known As) (1998)

Thank you, Mr. DJ!

The third CD single I ever purchased, and the fourth song I voted for to make it. That was a high school classic for me. Thing about that song, is that it hasn’t aged! It still sounds modern! Unit was a groundbreaking album, and that song, (4th single I believe?) is the highlight.

69. Eminem – Lose Yourself (2002)

Number one for how many weeks? That’s his opus. You can tell how hard he worked to write the lyrics to this, and how much he feels it. So much, that he became the first artist to block a Weird Al Yankovic parody from being released as a single! Rap along now…..

That was good. I’m inspired now. Can take on the world!

68. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (2003)

So what if it sounds remarkably like Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”? It’s a darn good tune. Tamborine everywhere! Shower me in tamborine!
Living in Melbourne in the months prior to release, Jet is another band that had so much buzz around them. I’ve never heard so much hype “all the A&R guys are following this band…” “there’s a bidding war with the labels…” My muso mates and I were watching it all unfold. They made their deal, released Take It Or Leave It as a slow launch, then BAM out comes this and is a worldwide hit.

Another Aussie band who “sounds like…”, but good on them.

67. Alt-J – Breezeblocks (2012)

I haven’t jumped on board this band yet. Should I?

The “female vocal” argument may bob up again…apart from 2 of the first 4 songs, and Julia Stone…it’s all male. Thoughts?

66. You Am I – Berlin Chair (1994)

Are picturing the old man dancing in the shiny onesy? Are you?! Great video. And it’s an excellent pop song. Best listened too loud.

Rumour has it, this song provided the inspiration for the naming of Silverchair. The lads wanted to request two songs on the radio…this and Nirvana’s “Sliver”. Chris wrote Silver (sic) and Chair on a piece of paper, and there you go.

65. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (2001)

With today’s hype, I’m surprised Daft Punk haven’t featured 35 other times in this countdown already.

64. MGMT – Kids (2008)

In ’08, Kids & Electric Feel were 4 and 2 in the yearly countdown. They’re still adored…64 & 76 over the last twenty years. Nice work.

———GWS Giants back level with Geelong! Egads! 3 min left in 3rd.

63: Grinspoon – Chemical Heart (2002)

When this single was the lead from the upcoming third album, I thought the world had gone mad. Grinspoon. The band who asked, So you wanna be a champion?, told us about a dead fucking cat, and the ready 1, releasing an acoustic ballad as their new hit??? WHHHAAAATTT?!?!?!

Peeps bleed love all over the place for this song. The strategy worked, Lost Control was the follow up and I lost control with it. Nice work Grinners, I hope to hear more of you this weekend.

———I now have to leave the laptop, and collect my wife from work. It’ll be 15-20 minutes without any live comment from me! But I’ll be listening, and I’ll be back….go GWS.
Back. OK that took longer than I thought…mobile phone wasn’t co-operating.

Back. OK. Let’s play catch-up.

62: Spiderbait – Buy Me A Pony (1995)

YES! I was driving when this was played. Windows down, volume up, and blurting it all out loud! Less than 2 minutes of raw grunt. Question: How did they convince a major record label to release a song with the sole intention of slandering record labels? Brilliant!

61: Black Keys – Lonely Boy (2011)

Radio has slaughtered this song in the last two years, but really, there’s a great reason. Because the guy in the video clip is an amazing dancer.

No really, the 50s style drum beat, the undeniable groove – a top formula. And the oohhhh-woa-ohhhohhhhhh is cool to sing along with.

60: Bush – Glycerine (2005)

Honestly, this is a good song, but I’m not sure why it’s rated as highly as it is. Does anyone know why the scientific compound, glycerine, is even relevant to this guy’s feelings? And it’s kind of dreary. Come Down and Swallowed are nicer songs for mine.

59: Daft Punk – Around the World (1997)

Everyone loves a choreographed dance based video clip with astronauts, animals and flashing lights. Sing it with me. And also, everyone loves Daft Punk.

58: The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac (1998)

I believe I know the lyrics, but when it comes time to get to the really quick bit reading the newspaper classifieds, I can never nail it! You’re a better man than I, Tim Freedman. And props to Pink Beecroft from Machine Gun Fellatio who wrote it with him.

57: Bloc Party – Banquet

I was late to the “party” appreciating this band, but after seeing them live in ’09, I fully get it. A good fun song, and Silent Alarm is a really solid album. How good is this list?

56: Underworld – Born Slippy (1995)

They played the full version of the remix! Let’s rave!!!

55: Fatboy Slim – Praise You (1999)

Another song that probably wouldn’t be as popular without the video clip associated. It does make you feel good.

54: Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire (2008)

Popular opinion is that since they shaved their beards, Kings of Leon are shit. Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQwLlFF1As

I resent that opinion. This song, and the album, are perfectly crafted. Every riff is where it’s supposed to be, after each stanza, the songs rise to the next level. Only By The Night is a classic album, and this song is freaking excellent.

53: Placebo – Every You, Every Me (1999)

High school angst! Cruel Intentions! Ahhhhh how good is that.

52: Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (2006)

I warned you! What a riff. If I was voting for my favourite RIFFS of the last 20 years, this is definitely there.

51: Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You (2000)

Whenever I hear the riff to this now, I always expect to hear “Horny, horny, horny, horny…” from the Mousse T mashup – Horny As A Dandy. That was wicked.

But this song’s wicked too. The film clip features man bits and lady bits. #funfact

ALRIGHTY! What did you make of the first half? For me, I’m 100% happy with this list. The year span is great, there’s a mix of genres, plenty of both local and international, and I love most of the songs. It’s totally fine to not love all of them! I’m happy, Australia, and I’m happy, Triple J. Thank you and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

I’ll break down more stats later on. Let me know your thoughts! Cheers.


DAY TWO! I’m excited. 100-51 yesterday was an extremely solid list, with something to please absolutely everybody. Even Vanessa Amorosi.

There weren’t too many females in the list…just 2 songs sung solely – Lana Del Rey & M.I.A. Of course Of Monsters & Men, Angus & Julia Stone and also the Magnetic Zeroes feature dual vocalists, so there’s a much better representation in this countdown than the all time list produced a few years back.

Breaking things down some more, by my reckoning, there are no songs at all released in 2009 yet. Is that right? I haven’t noted any from 1993 so far either. We’ll see if they are represented today. Most successful years so far: Each 2005 and 2008 have had five songs. Four for 2006, 1995, 1997 & 1998.

Sixteen Aussie artists. Not as many as I’d have thought? Who knows.

My mate Serra noted yesterday that there has been ZERO DAVE GROHL so far. This will change, won’t it? How many times do you think he’ll make it? I guessed three…you can guess your own number and identify which songs 🙂

What are the kind of stats you’re interested in seeing?

Let’s go! 50. Pearl Jam – Better Man (1994)

If this were a Triple M countdown, I’d put this top ten. But it’s not, so it’s not.
A beautiful, tender song from a band we’d previously known for kick-arse rip-roarers such as Even Flow & Alive. It’s sweet enough for girls to like, and even the most macho football playing mechanic can be moved to tears by this…it’s a winner in everyone’s eyes!

49. Florence & the Machine – Dog Days Are Over (2008)

My wife Alicia voted for this. In fact she’s distorted the iTunes stats on my laptop…this song appears to be one of my most listened to, but strangely, not by me!
Doesn’t mean I don’t love it. This is so uplifting. The dark clouds will part, my friends, and there will always be a time to move and to rejoice. Dog Days… makes me feel good, I hope it makes you feel good too. What a voice.

48. The Strokes – Last Nite (2001)

Laaaaast Niiiiiiiiite…….Sheeeee saaaaiiiiiiiiiiid………………..
The saviours of rock and roll! Is This It? A landmark album for rock at the turn of the new millennium. Part of “The The Band” revolution. We’re getting in to the big hitting songs already aren’t we?? Julian Casablancas is perhaps the first hipster superstar. The effect they use on his voice to make it sound like his blurting through a loud speaker is so cool. And now definitively Strokes. DANCE, BABY!

47. Offspring – Self Esteem (1994)

Alicia’s had two of the four songs so far today, and she’s loving life.
How many teens identified with this? Smash was everywhere at parties back then. I think I was the only one in my group of friends who didn’t own it, but I didn’t need to, because they all did!
I may be dumb, but I’m not a dweeb!!! There is a distinct difference there, people, and it would pay for you to smarten up. Scream along with this, if you will.

46. Nick Cave – Into My Arms (1997)

This song comes with distinct black & white images and people crying. A deep and touching song, which the video depicts perfectly. I’m glad Nick has been represented this weekend – he is a legend and one the general Australian public doesn’t aptly appreciate. He’s been doing this for 30 years PLUS, with The Birthday Party, Grinderman, Bad Seeds and a few more projects too! Can’t forget the Kylie duet either…Murder Ballads is my favourite album of his. Death is not the end… Thanks Nick Cave.

45. Modest Mouse – Float On (2004)

It’s cool. But this is one I never bought in to… do you like it? Let me know!
I can hear the “2004ness” of the song. Think Franz Ferdinand and the other kind of thing coming out of the UK at that time. Speaking of which, where will “Take Me Out” come in today?

44. Daft Punk – One More Time (2000)

Daft Punk again. For the last time? Snore.
I mean, I like the song…but right now I’m Daft Punked out.

Thanks for the comments John, and Mum! Haha the fun continues.

43. John Butler Trio – Better Man (2001)

Wins the battle of the Better men!!! Unless Robbie Williams makes a surprise appearance! Odds of that? I’ll buy you a car.
This was our introduction to JBT, and it was brilliant. Unique guitar playing for the audience at the time, and rocking out with solos pushing the song over 8 minutes. We need more of this. I still remember two years after this song was released, commercial radio flogging this as ‘new stuff’. A ‘sleeper’, if you will.

42. Matt Corby – Brother (2011)

I’m just gonna crow and coo-ee everything the rest of the day now. Awesome.

He’s done well for himself this lad, hasn’t he? The first former Idol contestant in the countdown. Will there be more? Do you remember the yearly Hottest 100 where the hosts played 10 seconds of Shannon Noll before stopping, admitting the joke, and smashing the CD?
Matt’s follow up single is finally out now, and it’s charting very well.

41. Coldplay – Yellow  (2000)

Boo! We couldn’t have three dreadlocked songs in a row!
A simply brilliant pop song. Nothing needs to be added. This is perfection.

40. Nine Inch Nails – Closer (1994)

Violation, complication, and fucking like animals. This is a dirty, filthy, sexy-as-all-hell tune. Trent Reznor nailed this song. “The Downward Spiral” is undeniably epic…best known now for “Hurt” which was covered by Johnny Cash. NIN’s version was industrial hell.

When the language warning was aired, Alicia guessed that it would be Limp Bizkit’s “Hot Dog”. Whilst being incredibly wrong, she really could not have been closer with her guess!!!!!!

It’s still going. How sexy is this riff? Music for goths never felt so good. NIN’s new song is out now too, “Come Back Haunted”. A similar kind of groove.

39. Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box (1993)

FINALLY a song about Courtney Love’s vagina! I’d been waiting all weekend.

I assumed all but “You Know You’re Right” was ineligible Nirvana. But I’m stoked to hear this! The neighbours aren’t, because I doubled the decibels. Muhahahahahahaha.

38. Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (2008)

Any song from now on in has a hard time justifying that it’s better than Heart-Shaped Box.

37. Beastie Boys – Sabotage (1994)

I’m tellin’ y’all, it’s SABOTAAAAAAGE
That’s two now for the Beastie Boys. This is unbelievably good fun. Good choice, peeps.

36. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujiah (1994)


This was the bookies’ favourite for number one. Wow.

A beautiful song, and a beautiful version. Arguably the greatest cover version of all time. I would have been underwhelmed if this was number one. But hearing this right now, I am loving it. I guess my anticipation of this song being number one made me think “oh no, that’s soft and lame…” for some reason, or “yeah but it’s not his song…” I dunno. But you can’t argue the beauty of his voice, guitar playing…the whole thing. “Grace” is a timeless album. The man oozes emotion, and you can’t help but feel it. And he’s still a chance to grab the top spot with “Last Goodbye” or “Grace”.

35. Radiohead – Karma Police (1997)

This is what get when you mess with us! The first of how many appearances from this band now? Is Paranoid Android still to come? No Surprises? High & Dry? Any others?

Another deeply moving song to Jeff Buckley. I love the key change and subsequent second half of this song. Rises to another level. And that’s when the fat dying guy in the video lights the oil streak on fire which in turn engulfs the car that singer Thom Yorke is sitting in. Huge.

34. Ben Folds Five  – Brick (1997)

We’ve officially entered ballad town! Population you!

A ’97 double. Fun game to play: sing the first word of each chorus line with perfect falsetto. SHE’s a brick..OFF the coast…it’s good fun! I bet you can’t do it without sounding crap at least once. That’s why Ben Folds is a talent.

My Folds memory? Seeing him perform at the Palais in St. Kilda, tickets that were a present for Mum, and watched her miss the final half hour with her face in a bag battling food poisoning. Sorry to sell you out Mum, and I know you’re reading, but that was unforgettable!

33. Cranberries – Zombie (1994)


The first Irish entrant. Another fun singalong for you. Not that it’s generally fun to talk about the IRA and Catholic-Protestant civil wars…

32. Tool – Stinkfist (1996)

It’s getting nice and loud again! Heck yes.

Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap was the 20th Australian song so far. Will we get any more?

Thanks Leafie for pointing out that Nirvana gave us the first Dave Grohl appearance!

31. Massive Attack – Teardop (1998)


I am conscious that I often refer to video clips. But this one is worth noting…it’s being sung by a fetus in the womb. Amazingly beautiful. I’m choreographing my own contemporary dance routine for So You Think You Can Dance right now. And it’s awesome.

30. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (1999)

This really is the soundtrack to my life. Have you thought that yourself? Let me know below…

I was in year 11 when this was album was released, and we all jumped on board. I’d have chosen Otherside, but hey! They headlined the Big Day Out 2000…we all went…and it’s a major credit to them that they could come back to headline more than ten years later. Ladies and gentlemen: the legendary RHCP.

Thanks for the comment Lorraine. If I’m not mistaken, I believe you took a cigarette lighter to my leg and burnt some hairs of mine that day! Would I be right?

29. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (2004)

HI-HAT! Bring us that swing. From the intro stanza to the next bit…..sheer genius! What a track.

In your ears, isolate each instrument in this song. The hi-hat on the off beat is amazing; creates the dance in your body. Then hear what the guitar does, and what the bass does. Each their own distinct role, and combining to make an irresistible backing track to the singlaong lyrics. C’mooooooooooon….

28. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue (1999)

With the birds I share this lonely view…
Same album just a song ago, so it all rings true again. Much like Chemical Heart, this song was a surprising first single for a louder rock band returning from hiatus. Correct choice though, lads! And followed up with Around the World, RHCP really were back with the Californication album.

2:30pm 27. Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist (2000)

You’re crazy as a coconut!

Welcome to the world: sampling. It’s now officially a “thing” (thingcommittee.com)
A revolutionary song. Somehow…it all makes sense.

I’m predicting this will not be the only song today to feature the lyric “psychosomatic”. Agree? I voted for Breathe by The Prodigy…

26. System of a Down – Chop Suey! (2001)

Don’t interrupt. I’m dancing.

I immediately regret not voting for that song.

It was number 21 on my list.

25. Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995)

YESSS! Hands up if you’re full of rage!

24. Augie March – One Crowded Hour (2006)

The definition of a sleeper song. A grower. It took me months upon months to respect this song. Sony reps were begging me to play this song on Power FM in Bega…and I just didn’t get it. The penny eventually dropped at how beautiful this song is, and pretty much immediately after, it was voted #1 in the yearly JJJ countdown. Feel the love, hold your partner close. It’s Augie March.

23. Muse – Knights of Cydonia (2006)

Muse are my favourite non-Aussie band. I still don’t understand why THIS is the song that the world has clung on to. Why this song in particular? Is it the closest thing you hear to Bohemian Rhapsody-style nonsense? I mean, what better song to be compared to than the best of all time…BUT.

Muse have several songs over 15 years that I believe kick the crap out of this song.

Anyway, I’m happy to turn it up and sing along. Even sing the guitar riffs. Because that’s what you’re always supposed to do.

22. Blur – Song 2 (1997)

I wanna play FIFA ’98 now.

21. Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (1996)

Pretty much! What a great, understated bass riff. Then the vocal at the end of it. Repeat.

This defines nostalgia.

20. The Living End – Prisoner of Society (1998)


I mentioned this song a fair bit in my last blog post. What an incredible song to capture the minds and hearts of the nation’s youth. A revolutionary rockabilly-meets-modern punk-rock sound that thrust them on to the mainstream after 2 great EPs. The double A-side single with Second Solution broke ARIA Chart records.

This song is in my blood until I die.

19. Blink 182 – Dammit (Growing Up) (1997)

We’re firing this baby up now…

Just another teenage anthem that we like nice and loud. It’s true nostalgia territory now!

18. OutKast – Hey Ya! (2003)

In my opinion, the best pop song in my lifetime. Carefree, danceable, singalong, feelgood…acoustic guitar with hand claps…not to mention the unique time signature, the incorrect Polaroid instructions, calling himself the coolest thing in the world…

Bravado is necessary sometimes and Hey Ya! brings it all. A sure dancefloor smash. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was the first hip hop album I ever purchased, and opened up a whole new world for me. They didn’t quite follow up the success, but left an awesome legacy.

17. silverchair – Tomorrow (1994)

They’re playing the original EP version, too. Nice touch.

I can’t add comment to this song. You know the story. And it’s a glorious one.

Happy that Daft Punk is now not the outright leader…both them and Silverchair have 3 songs each. Regardless of the capital S.

16. Bon Iver – Skinny Love (2008)

This song, regardless of who’s singing it, has burned on me. It’s nice, it’s sweet, and it’s honest. But I’m over it. WIth me or against?

15. The Prodigy – Breathe (1996)

Here’s my psychosomatic song!

Classic. Undeniable. Another I voted for. And now I’m dancing.

I remember the moment I first saw this song performed live at a Big Day Out, and the thousands of people who all swarmed from all corners of the showgrounds to race to the stage once it started! Then, I recall the honour of hearing it performed for a second time whilst in Germany. It’s the stuff of legends.

———-Side note: This afternoon I became an official uncle for the first time. Welcome to the world Jasper James Kosnar-Davies!

14. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (2009)

Good on you lads. Love a song with a good curse word in the chorus. And I love the banjo!

13. Radiohead – Paranoid Android (1997)

We’re in a UK fest at the moment, aren’t we?

This is EPIC. What a song. Twists and turns all over the place, key changes, angsty lyrics, and a cartoon film clip which featured topless mermaids. Everything a young music lover wants.

It’s genius, really. A fair call to also compare this to Bohemian Rhapsody. Not for the first time today!

12. Gotye – Hearts A Mess (2007)

And still being released today, six years later! It’s on the Great Gatsby soundtrack, as Gotye builds a global name for himself. What a gun. Australia should be very proud of this honest man who just works hard to get the best out of himself, regardless of convention or popular opinion…Wally creates the art he wants to create. That’s why it must be such a buzz for him that it’s now being received worldwide. Go you good thing. And we may have more to hear from him…

11. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows (2003)

They used a polka riff in a rock song! The devils! Polka!

This is beyond excellent.

Two Dave Grohls now…and there will be more………

Everlong? Wonderwall? Last Goodbye? Somebody That I Used To Know? TIPS!

10. Powderfinger – My Happiness (2000)

We all love it. And we all smile (or cry) along. Three cheers for the ‘finger!
Will they be back with These Days? Gimme a yes or no!

Odyssey #5 is a flawless album. Classy from beginning to end. One of the first new albums I really remember purchasing, and cherishing…reading the lyrics booklet and repeating the listening, repeating and repeating. Other than The Living End, there is no band I’ve seen live more times. They’re champions.

The boys just mentioned they performed the song on Letterman. I remember staying up late to record that, and know that I have that performance on a VHS cassette at Mum & Dad’s!

9. Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (2011)

Say no more. What a song. Congratulations.

Having a great time doing this, #justsayin

8. Powderfinger – These Days (1999)

It’s coming ’round again…slowly creeping in…time and its command…

We all feel this song. We all identify with moments like this. That’s what a song should be like.

The ‘Two Hands’ movie soundtrack. Watch that movie – it’s a brilliant moment where this song is played, nearly in full. Nowadays whilst it constantly features on radio playlists, it’s a great choice to play immediately after the last post or minute silence on ANZAC or Remembrance Day. Go Aussie. 3 in a row.

And also, for yearly countdown number 1s in a row! Somehow, I don’t predict Alex Lloyd’s “Amazing” or Offspring’s “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” making the top 7.

7. The Killers – Mr. Brightside (2004)

I’m proud of you, Australia. You’re doing fucking awesome.

 No, it’s not Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking”. It’s that multiplied by 10. Musical and lyrical counterpoint. There’s hi-hat for the dancing. There are double hand-claps. And the moment where the chords go lower and “he takes off her dress……” really makes you feel ill. I completely ride the emotion of this song. I feel the gut-wrenching agony the guy is feeling within the story. And yet I also dance and sing with him feeling joy. This is a TUNE!

6. Foo Fighters – Everlong (1997)

This could have been higher, really. So rocking, yet so lovingly sweet. A masterpiece, Mr. Grohl. Three songs for you, thus far.
“Breathe out, so I can breathe you in…hold you in…”
That’s a lyric to make a man weep with love.

5. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony (1997)

Yet another reason why 1997 was so awesome! And I completely forgot about this song… It’s seminal… And such a shame that The Verve received absolutely no royalty money for this song and handed it all to the Rolling Stones for stealing the orchestral riff from a rare B-side. Gotye was wise to declare his theft up front!

I feel like walking down the street and just bumping in to every unsuspecting jerk I see. Ever tried that yourself?

Just remembered Nosebleed Section. So that, Wonderwall, Last Goodbye…there’s ONE MORE SONG!!!

4. Hilltop Hoods – The Nosebleed Section (2004)

“This life turned out nothing like I had planned…” appears in the top 10 for the second time. Way to go!

A true turning point in the musical landscape of this country. One would mention “Aussie hip hop” and be laughed at. Seriously. It was 2003-4 that this began to change. I was there on the cusp and it was an electric feeling. The Hoods nail it and they have for the following 10 years.


3. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye (1994)

Jeff fails. This really is an upset.

Beautiful song. I love it. More potential for hugs/tears here, people.

I just remembered Seven Nation Army. Could this be number 2? Or even 1?

2. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (2003)

And there it is, with a riff written at a soundcheck in Richmond’s Corner Hotel!

Which means….

1. Oasis – Wonderwall (1995)

Any arguments? Not from me.



How did you fare with your votes? I’d really like to know.

I had 8 songs in. And another 4 of my votes were for artists who had other songs in the list. So I’m pretty happy with that.


  1. If nothing else, the countdown serves as a pleasing reminder that the last 20 years spent devoted to the station have been served my ears and soul well …

    I don’t begrudge any songs place in this list. Whether you’re 16 or 66, it’s a celebration that spans generations of the tunes that have woven themselves into the fabric of our DNA.

  2. MattO

    I remember the Hottest 100 Knights of Cydonia won, and was amazed Straight Lines was #2. Genuinely lost my shit at Muse being number 1 though.

    Love reading man! Blur Song 2 and Fifa 98 is sooo right

  3. Haha just referring back to the californication question (sorry, have been so bought up in the tunes!) – I believe that would be correct, but I do believe it was consensual and I believe your leg was better off for it 😉

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