This weekend, the Hottest 100 tracks of the last 20 years were aired on Triple J to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular annual countdown! Voted into the top spot was Oasis with their 1995 super hit ‘Wonderwall’, followed closely by The White Stripes and Jeff Buckley. Morgan and David reflect on the outcome below. Who do you think deserved their place on this special Hottest 100?
A weekend of nostalgia has come and gone thanks to Triple J’s Hottest 100’s 20th birthday. Now I myself may only be 20, but hearing some of these tracks took me back to my childhood, unlike for some who were taken back to life as a 90s teenager. If you are one of these people, I’ll let you know now that I envy you. This is my ‘Hottest 100 of the past 20 years’ verdict.
I feel as if most of the tracks that made the cut were rather predictable. Their placing on the other hand was a different story. Many of the songs I voted for placed within the lower half of the list and to be completely honest I’m just happy they made the list.
Some songs within the Hottest 100 brought back some super nostalgic moments within my life. Grinspoon’s “Chemical Heart” was one of the tracks on the first ever CD I bought at the age of 9 with my own money… turns out it soon became one of my favourite tracks as a child. Even though it only pulled up at number 63, I was totally stoked to revisit “Chemical Heart” for the first time in years.
Upbeat indie pop/rock tracks such as The Wombats‘ “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” (74), Franz Ferdinand‘s “Take Me Out” (29) and Arctic Monkeys‘ “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” (79) sat comfortably on the list and are just a few of the tracks that I could get up and dance to any day.
I’m not overly fussed on the placings of any of the tracks within the Hottest 100. If it were up to me most of the top 20 wouldn’t have received those placings – that’s probably the same for quite a few. They all deserved a place on the list that’s for sure. In no way am I angry at the list, but if the Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” (71), The Strokes‘ “Last Nite”, Massive Attack‘s “Tear Drop” (31), The Cranberries‘ “Zombie” (33) and Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” didn’t make the list, I probably would have lost my shit.
Thanks for the trip down memory Triple J!
Hottest 100 verdict: can’t complain…too much.
Oasis are my favorite band, and it was good to see them recognised, even if ‘Wonderwall’ has been played to death. You knew ‘Wonderwall’ had to be number one just before it played, due to the complete absence of any Oasis songs in the rest of the 100.
One of my favorite all time bands, The Killers, certainly clawed their way into being one of the public’s favorites, with 3 songs in the Hottest 100. Also great to see two of my favorite British bands, Muse and Blur sneak into the top 35. Even Pulp, the epitome of Britpop, made the cut with ‘Common People’ at 83, which pleases me no end!
Radiohead‘s ‘Paranoid Android’ was deservedly there in the top 15, although I can’t fathom why The Prodigy‘s ‘Breathe’ made it there too. I appreciate why they are in the list, but I don’t think they deserve to be higher than many of the other great tracks on there.
I’m surprised Jet and the Arctic Monkeys came in so low, given the overwhelming success of those singles. Even Coldplay‘s ‘Yellow’ only made it to 41. And though I’m not a big hip-hop fan, Kayne only making it to 84 was a bit disappointing.
As expected, Jeff Buckley, Goyte and Powderfinger all did well for themselves. It was a bit touch and and go after ‘Hallelujah’ only pulled up at 36, but ‘Last Goodbye’ snagged third place, ensuring Buckley‘s deserved place in the top 10. And well done to Powderfinger and Gotye for each having two songs so high up!
Other Australian songs that definitely received their fair recognition are: Silverchair‘s ‘Tomorrow’ at 17, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with ‘Into My Arms’ at 46, and at number 38 The Temper Trap‘s ‘Sweet Disposition’ , which seemed to be the anthem of 2008!
Finally, noticable (and perhaps welcome) absences:
‘Are You Gonna Go My Way?’ – Lenny Kravitz
‘Everybody Hurts’ – R.E.M
‘Beautiful Day’ – U2
‘American Idiot’ – Green Day
‘Chasing Cars’ – Snow Patrol
‘Thrift Shop’ – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis