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The definitive ranking of each Hottest 100 top 10

Since it kicked off properly in the form we know and love today, way back in ’93, triple j’s Hottest 100 has provided an valuable snapshot of our changing musical tastes, bestowed enviable bragging rights, and immortalised bands.

From Denis Leary’s ‘Asshole’ infamously taking out the first number one spot, to Powderfinger’s consistent domination, to upset wins like ‘Thrift Shop’, to global conquerers like ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, the countdown has never failed to spark conversation.

That said, some years have definitely been better than others in hindsight.

So over a few harried days in the office, FL argued and debated and argued some more until we ended up with our definitive ranking of Hottest 100 top 10s.

For our ranking, we took into account the strength of the #1 song, the order that the tracks land in the top 10, and whether or not the songs have stood the test of time (or for the more recent years – whether we think they will). We didn’t take into account any songs outside of the top 10s.

23. 2014

1. Chet Faker – ‘Talk Is Cheap’
2. Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar – ‘High’
3. Hilltop Hoods – ‘Cosby Sweater’
4. Milky Chance – ‘Stolen Dance’
5. Peking Duk featuring SAFIA – ‘Take Me Over’
6. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
7. Chet Faker – ‘Gold’
8. Chet Faker – “1998′
9. Sia – ‘Chandelier’
10. Ásgeir – ‘King and Cross’

The good:  ‘Uptown Funk’
The bad:
‘Stolen Dance’
The surprise: Sia managed to get in the top 10 despite ‘Chandelier’ never being played by triple j. Fair effort.

22. 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’
6. Foo Fighters – ‘The Pretender’
7. Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)’
8. Cold War Kids – ‘Hang Me Up to Dry’
9. Soko – ‘I’ll Kill Her’
10. The Panics – ‘Don’t Fight It’

The good: ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)’
The bad:
‘Straight Lines’
The surprise: ‘Knights Of Cydonia’ topping the list, despite being originally released in June 2006.

21. 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’
6. Regurgitator – ‘! (Song Formerly Known As)’
7. Jebediah – ‘Harpoon’
8. Powderfinger – ‘The Day You Come’
9. You Am I – ‘Heavy Heart’
10. The Living End – ‘Save the Day’

The good: ‘Celebrity Skin’
The bad: 
‘Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)’
The surprise: There are some brilliant tracks in here: ‘The Day You Come’, ‘Heavy Heart’, ‘Celebrity Skin’ to name a few. But yeah, it’s all thrown in the bin by The Offspring at number one.

20. 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”
6. Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’
7. Snow Patrol – ‘Chasing Cars’
8. Gotye – ‘Hearts a Mess’
9. Muse – ‘Starlight’
10. The Grates – ’19-20-20′

The good: ‘Hearts A Mess’
The bad: 
‘Black Fingernails, Red Wine’
The surprise: ‘Chasing Cars’. Every sad TV scene since 2006 has been soundtracked by ‘Chasing Cars’. This is a fact.


19. 1993

1. Denis Leary – ‘Asshole’
2. Radiohead – ‘Creep’
3. The Cranberries – ‘Linger’
4. Blind Melon – ‘No Rain’
5. The Breeders – ‘Cannonball’
6. Rage Against The Machine – ‘Killing in the Name’
7. U2 – ‘Lemon’
8. Pearl Jam – ‘Go’
9. The Cruel Sea – ‘The Honeymoon Is Over’
10. Atomic Swing – ‘Stone Me Into the Groove’

The good: ‘Killing in the Name’
The bad: 
‘Asshole’
The surprise: ‘Asshole’

The original, but not the best. Nevertheless there are some gems: ‘Cannonball’, ‘Linger’, ‘Killing In The Name’ as big-hitters – but the order is definitely out of whack.

18. 2009

1. Mumford & Sons – ‘Little Lion Man’
2. Art Vs. Science – ‘Parlez Vous Francais’
3. Hilltop Hoods – ‘Chase That Feeling’
4. Phoenix – ‘Lisztomania’
5. Bluejuice – ‘Broken Leg’
6. La Roux – ‘Bulletproof’
7. Lisa Mitchell – ‘Coin Laundry’
8. Lily Allen – ‘Not Fair’
9. Muse – ‘Uprising’
10. Florence and the Machine – ‘Dog Days Are Over’

The good: ‘Lisztomania’, ‘Bulletproof’
The bad:
 ‘Parlez Vous Francais’
The surprise: Not many surprises this year, with the winner being leaked by j mag leading up to the count.

17. 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’
6. Missy Higgins – ‘Ten Days’
7. John Butler Trio – ‘Something’s Gotta Give’
8. Little Birdy – ‘Beautiful to Me’
9. Powderfinger – ‘Bless My Soul’
10. The White Stripes – ‘Jolene’ (live)

The good: As far as winners go, ‘Take Me Out’ has stood the test of time.
The bad:
‘Beautiful To Me’ isn’t terrible, but not really top 10 worthy in hindsight.
The surprise: ‘Somebody Told Me’ sneaking into the top five while ‘Me Brightside’ couldn’t crack the top 10.

16. 2011

1. Gotye featuring Kimbra – ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
2. The Black Keys – ‘Lonely Boy’
3. Matt Corby – ‘Brother’
4. Boy & Bear – ‘Feeding Line’
5. M83 – ‘Midnight City’
6. Lana Del Rey – ‘Video Games’
7. San Cisco – ‘Awkward’
8. 360 featuring Gossling – ‘Boys Like You’
9. The Jezabels – ‘Endless Summer’
10. Hilltop Hoods Featuring Sia – ‘I Love It’

The good: ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
The bad:
‘I Love It’ doesn’t live up to its Adelaide all-star cast.
The surprise: ‘Brother’

15. 2010

1. Angus & Julia Stone – ‘Big Jet Plane’
2. Little Red – ‘Rock It’
3. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – ‘Dance the Way I Feel’
4. Birds of Tokyo – ‘Plans’
5. Boy & Bear – ‘Fall at Your Feet’
6. Adrian Lux – ‘Teenage Crime’
7. Cee-Lo Green – ‘Fuck You’
8. The Wombats – ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’
9. Art vs. Science – ‘Magic Fountain’
10. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. featuring Boy George and Andrew Wyatt – ‘Somebody to Love Me’

The good: ‘Dance the Way I Feel’
The bad:  
‘Big Jet Plane’
The surprise:
‘Teenage Crime’

There’s a lot to love about 2010. The Wombats come in with one of their best, Ou Est Le Swimming come in with an emotional dance banger, Little Red were at the top of their game. Just an absolute snoozer at number one.

14. 1996

1. Spiderbait – ‘Buy Me a Pony’
2. Tool – ‘Stinkfist’
3. Ben Folds Five – ‘Underground’
4. Butthole Surfers – ‘Pepper’
5. Bush – ‘Glycerine’
6. Powderfinger – ‘Pick You Up’
7. The Prodigy – ‘Breathe’
8. Allen Ginsberg – ‘Ballad of the Skeletons’
9. Weezer – ‘El Scorcho’
10. Babybird – ‘You’re Gorgeous’

The good: Definitely one of the most top-heavy top 10s with ‘Buy Me A Pony’ and ‘Stinkfist’.
The bad:
‘You’re Gorgeous’ well and truly stinking up the top 10.
The surprise:
Yes, it’s that Allen Ginsberg at number eight.

13. 1994

1. The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’
2. Nine Inch Nails – ‘Closer’
3. The Offspring – ‘Self Esteem’
4. The Offspring – ‘Come Out and Play’
5. Silverchair – ‘Tomorrow’
6. Veruca Salt – ‘Seether’
7. Nirvana – ‘About a Girl’
8. Max Sharam – ‘Coma’
9. Tom Jones – ‘If I Only Knew’
10. Severed Heads – ‘Dead Eyes Opened’

The good: ‘Closer’, ‘Tomorrow’.
The bad:
Max Sharam’s ‘Coma’ isn’t awful, but it’s a curiosity amongst the infinitely more enduring tracks surrounding it.
The surprise: Australian electronic pioneers Severed Heads cracking the top 10 with a remixed track from 1984.

12. 2005

1. Bernard Fanning – ‘Wish You Well’
2. Ben Lee – ‘Catch My Disease’
3. Gorillaz featuring De La Soul – ‘Feel Good Inc.’
4. Foo Fighters – ‘Best of You’
5. Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder – ‘DARE’
6. Wolfmother – ‘Mind’s Eye’
7. The White Stripes – ‘My Doorbell’
8. End of Fashion – ‘O Yeah’
9. Wolfmother – ‘Joker & the Thief’
10. Franz Ferdinand – ‘Do You Want To’

The good: ‘Feel Good Inc’
The bad: 
‘Catch My Disease’
The surprise: The White Stripes’ infectious piano ditty making the grade.

Back when Wolfmother were mates with triple j.

11. 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’
6. Alien Ant Farm – ‘Smooth Criminal’
7. Weezer – ‘Island in the Sun’
8. The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’
9. Gorillaz featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapien – ‘Clint Eastwood’
10. Cake – ‘Short Skirt/Long Jacket’

The good: ‘Since I Left You’, ‘Where’s Your Head At?’
The bad: 
‘Smooth Criminal’
The surprise: ‘Smooth Criminal’

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