Triple J Hottest 100

The Triple J Hottest 100 is an annual music poll, based on the votes of national Australian youth radio station Triple J listeners, in order to determine their favourite song of the year. Voting is conducted by SMS and the internet and begins on the new year for the previous year's songs. The 100 most popular songs are then counted down on Australia Day weekend - usually Australia Day itself, January 26.

The poll had been conducted by 2JJ in Sydney starting in the 1980s, before Triple J became a national broadcaster. It was originally called the Hot 100 and ran on New Year's Day. The Brisbane independent radio Station 4ZZZ had run a survey under the same name and on the same day since 1977 and owned the rights to the name Hot 100. Triple J was legally required to change the name of its annual survey.

The poll attracts over half a million votes every year (500,000 in 2004, 600,000 in 2005, 671,024 in 2006 and 700,000 in 2007). It is the world's largest music poll. It began as a write-in poll; it then progressed to phone in, then they started listing the songs for the year so it could be done automatically via SMS and web voting. In 2003, it was only possible to vote on the Triple J web site; registration was required and limited to 10 votes. In 2004 this was expanded to 10 internet votes, and 10 SMS votes.

A compilation CD featuring about 35 of the songs in the countdown is released a few months after the count – it is a popular and effective source of income for the station. The first CD is still available over years after its release in 1994.

During the poll's first few years (1989 to 1991), the eligible songs were not restricted to a particular year. The winner in the first two years (1989 and 1990) was "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, and 1991's favourite song was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. After a hiatus, the poll returned in 1993, but was limited to songs released in that year.

Hottest 100 top fives and summaries

Year Top five Highlights
  1. Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  2. Hunters And Collectors - "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
  3. The The - "Uncertain Smile"
  4. The Jam - "That's Entertainment"
  5. New Order - "Blue Monday"
  • The first of the original series of Hottest 100s, in which songs could be selected from any year.
  • The list included two versions of the song "Kiss" the original by Prince at #34 and Tom Jones cover at #24.
  • 1990
    1. Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
    2. Hunters And Collectors - "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
    3. The Smiths - "How Soon Is Now?"
    4. The The - "Uncertain Smile"
    5. New Order - "Blue Monday"
  • The second of the original series of Hottest 100s which allowed choices from any year.
  • The Cure had seven songs in the list, ranging from positions #11 ("A Forest") to #72 ("Inbetween Days").
  • 1991
    1. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    2. Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
    3. Nirvana - "Lithium"
    4. Hunters And Collectors - "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
    5. Andy Prieboy - "Tomorrow Wendy"
  • The third of the original series of Hottest 100s which allowed choices from any year.
  • The Cure had nine songs in the 1991 list, ranging from "A Forest" at #8 to "Love Cats" at #74 beating their own record for most songs in a hottest 100 list; this record remains unbroken.
  • By today's rules, songs that appear on the list must be from that year. In 1991, they didn't have to be, so Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" appeared. Had the list gone by today's rules, Nirvana would have been the only artist to score the top two spots.
  • 1992 No Hottest 100 Held
    1. Denis Leary - "Asshole"
    2. Radiohead - "Creep"
    3. The Cranberries - "Linger"
    4. Blind Melon - "No Rain"
    5. The Breeders - "Cannonball"
  • Return after list hiatus in 1992.
  • Format altered only allowing songs released as singles within the list's calendar year.
  • The Cruel Sea scored three tracks in the list.
  • 1994
    1. The Cranberries - "Zombie"
    2. Nine Inch Nails - "Closer"
    3. The Offspring - "Self Esteem"
    4. The Offspring - "Come Out & Play"
    5. Silverchair - "Tomorrow"
  • Soundgarden scored four tracks, Counting Crows scored three.
  • The Offspring scored back to back tracks at positions #3 and #4.
  • Tom Jones reached position #9 with "If I Only Knew".
  • 1995
    1. Oasis - "Wonderwall"
    2. The Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"
    3. Coolio - "Gangsta's Paradise"
    4. Presidents of the United States of America - "Kitty"
    5. Björk - "It's Oh So Quiet"
  • TISM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Live, You Am I, Alanis Morissette and Green Day scored three tracks each.
  • TISM had two songs reach the consecutive positions #9 and #10.
  • 1996
    1. Spiderbait - "Buy Me a Pony"
    2. Tool - "Stinkfist"
    3. Ben Folds Five - "Underground"
    4. Butthole Surfers - "Pepper"
    5. Bush - "Glycerine"
  • The first time an Australian track has been voted #1.
  • Bush, Powderfinger, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam all achieved three entries.
  • 1997
    1. The Whitlams - "No Aphrodisiac"
    2. Blur - "Song 2"
    3. Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping"
    4. The Verve - "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
    5. Pauline Pantsdown - "Back Door Man"
  • The most variety in a Hottest 100 to date, with no single artist getting more than two tracks in the list.
  • Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam announced the winning song, sung by "his eponym" The Whitlams.
  • Radiohead scored the highest double, at positions #7 and #9.
  • Pauline Pantsdown's track "Back Door Man", banned by a court injunction from Pauline Hanson, is voted #5.
  • 1998
    1. The Offspring - "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)"
    2. Ben Lee - "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
    3. Custard - "Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us)"
    4. Hole - "Celebrity Skin"
    5. KoЯn - "Got the Life"
  • Regurgitator scored four tracks in the list.
  • Jebediah, The Living End, Grinspoon, The Whitlams, Pearl Jam and Garbage scored three each.
  • Two versions of the song "Harpoon" appeared in this year's list, the original by Jebediah at #7 and Something for Kate's cover at #85.
  • All Time
    1. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    2. Hunters & Collectors - "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
    3. Pearl Jam - "Alive"
    4. Jeff Buckley - "Last Goodbye"
    5. Radiohead - "Creep"
  • Compiled and played in August 1998.
  • Hosted by Robbie Buck, who played the wrong song by Led Zeppelin for #7, which was supposed to be "Stairway to Heaven".
  • The Cure achieved five entries on the list.
  • 1999

    1. Powderfinger - "These Days"
    2. Killing Heidi - "Weir"
    3. The Tenants - "You Shit Me to Tears"
    4. Fatboy Slim - "Praise You"
    5. Placebo - "Every You Every Me"
  • Powderfinger and Silverchair scored four tracks each.
  • #2 and #3 tracks were both previously winners of the Triple J Unearthed competition.
  • 2000
    1. Powderfinger - "My Happiness"
    2. U2 - "Beautiful Day"
    3. Powderfinger - "My Kind of Scene"
    4. Wheatus - "Teenage Dirtbag"
    5. Coldplay - "Yellow"
  • Powderfinger became the first artist to have two Hottest 100 #1 tracks, in 1999 and 2000.
  • Rage Against the Machine scored three tracks.
  • Machine Gun Fellatio's "MotheFucker on a Motor Cycle" is entered a second time and reaches #67 where in 1999 it placed #59.
  • 2001
    1. Alex Lloyd - "Amazing"
    2. Something for Kate - "Monsters"
    3. System of a Down - "Chop Suey!"
    4. Basement Jaxx - "Where's Your Head At?"
    5. John Butler Trio - "Betterman"
  • Something for Kate, The Strokes, Eskimo Joe and Muse scored three tracks each.
  • Ben Harper's cover of The Verve's "The Drugs Don't Work" reached #22, the exact same position as the original several years earlier.
  • 2002
    1. Queens of the Stone Age - "No One Knows"
    2. Grinspoon - "Chemical Heart"
    3. The Waifs - "London Still"
    4. 1200 Techniques - "Karma"
    5. The Vines - "Get Free"
  • Queens of the Stone Age and Silverchair scored five tracks each.
  • Machine Gun Fellatio scored 2 tracks in the top 10.
  • Salmon Hater came in at #26.
  • Dave Grohl was involved with ten tracks (including three in sucession): five with Queens of the Stone Age, four with the Foo Fighters, and one with Nirvana.
  • When Triple J announced the #1, they said Nelly's song, "Hot in Herre" had hit #1, and actually played it. They broke the CD on air and said it was really Queens of the Stone Age's song No One Knows had hit #1.
  • 2003
    1. Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?"
    2. OutKast - "Hey Ya!"
    3. The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"
    4. Powderfinger - "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind"
    5. Coldplay - Clocks (Royksopp Remix)
  • The White Stripes and Powderfinger scored five tracks each - Powderfinger's include three in the top 10.
  • The Cat Empire, Jack Johnson, Placebo and Muse scored three tracks each.
  • 2004

    1. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
    2. Missy Higgins - "Scar"
    3. Eskimo Joe - "From the Sea"
    4. The Killers - "Somebody Told Me"
    5. Spiderbait - "Black Betty"
  • John Butler Trio and the Scissor Sisters scored four tracks each; Missy Higgins had two of her three tracks reach the top ten.
  • Two versions of "Take Me Out" were in this year's list - the Franz Ferdinand original, and the Scissor Sisters cover.
  • 2005

    1. Bernard Fanning - "Wish You Well"
    2. Ben Lee - "Catch My Disease"
    3. Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc."
    4. Foo Fighters - "Best of You"
    5. Gorillaz - "DARE"
  • Wolfmother had six tracks selected, the most ever by an artist, breaking a record set in 2003.
  • Green Day now have the longest song ever in a Hottest 100 with "Jesus of Suburbia".
  • Bernard Fanning has now topped the Hottest 100 three times - twice with Powderfinger and once solo.
  • Gorillaz placed twice Top 5 (with a third song, Dirty Harry, reaching #41),the first time this has been done since Powderfinger in 2000.
  • Ben Lee achieves #2 for the second time.
  • 2006

    1. Augie March - "One Crowded Hour"
    2. Eskimo Joe - "Black Fingernails, Red Wine"
    3. Hilltop Hoods - "The Hard Road"
    4. The Killers - "When You Were Young"
    5. Scissor Sisters - "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"
  • Hilltop Hoods had five songs in the list, while Lily Allen and The Grates had four each.
  • The Living End were in the Hottest 100 for the tenth consecutive year.
  • 2007

    1. Muse - "Knights of Cydonia"
    2. Silverchair - "Straight Lines"
    3. Kings of Leon - "On Call"
    4. John Butler Trio - "Better Than"
    5. Faker - "This Heart Attack"
  • Closest Hottest 100 ever, with Muse winning by only 13 votes.
  • Bloc Party, John Butler Trio, Josh Pyke, Kings of Leon and Silverchair achieved three selections each.
  • The Living End did not appear in the list, breaking a ten-year record
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