Thursday, 17 July 2014

Top Fives: Hottest 100 #100s

Looking back at the history of Triple J's Hottest 100, a number of songs/artists are missing from the lists, when one would have expected them to make it at some stage (the likely subject of a future Top Five, and an excuse to link to more music of The Drones). It's worth celebrating then, those songs which have just cracked the list, placing at number 100. Some of these songs have been corkers, others not so much ("Neutron Star Collision", I'm looking in your direction).

In any event, here's a top five - songs that have placed at #100 in the annual hottest 100 countdowns.

Effigy - "I give in" (1997)
 I recently came across an article from Massive magazine (August/September 1998) dripping with praise for Effigy, and hope that their 1998 single "Suspicion Bells" would "catapult them in to the main arena". Unfortunately that didn't seem to happen. Their 1997 track "I given in" is likely something I would have eventually forgotten, had it not been for the time capsule that is the Hottest 100, and for that,Triple J (and it's audience of the time) deserve some credit.

Powderfinger - "Passenger" (1999)
This was actually left off the voting list at the time, contributing to my vote for the eventual #1 "These Days".

Cat Empire - "The Chariot" (2003)
 Th Cat Empire also clocked in at #100 in 2005 with "Party Started" (and in the Australian albums poll in 2011). I hated "Hello" when it was first released - it was "The Chariot" (in particular, the was the music builds for the choruses) that convinced me to give them a chance.

Everything Everything - "Cough Cough" (2012)
"Yeah… so… um… wait a second". So damn catchy. 

Karnivool - "We Are" (2013)
In a year where the heavier side of music was actually well represented in the hottest 100 (what with Amity Affliction and a double dose of Bring Me the Horizon), it was somewhat disappointing to tune in and hear the foremost band in the Aussie Alternative movement first up.


  1. If Passenger wasn't allowed why? and if so, how did it get on list at No.100 in the end?

  2. It's not that it wasn't eligible, it's that it wasn't on the voting list (there's always the write-in option). Triple J does that sometimes - the popular single (or follow up single) isn't on the list, while album tracks are. The same happened with Eskimo Joe - "Sarah" was a pretty popular song (#12 peak on the ARIA charts), but not included on the Hottest 100 voting list. It didn't make the 100 though.