Everything you need to know about the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time

The wise heads of the music business declared that The Avalanche’s Since I Left You is the greatest album ever recorded by folks with Australian passports, but triple j listeners have decided that Powderfinger’s Odyssey Number 5 is more deserving of the top place on the list.

The Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time – Listener’s choice

The Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time – Industry choice

Now that all the albums on the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time list have been revealed we’ve crunched the numbers to answer all the important questions. What years and decades have been the best for Australian music? Which bands are loved by the industry and ignored by the punters? Who managed to get four albums on the public list but failed to make an impression on their peers and the critics?


A staggering 64% of the albums on the publicly voted list were released in the past 11 years; nearly double the number of records from the same years declared ‘Hot’ by the industry panel. 11 albums released in 2010 or 2011 managed to win a place on the public list compared to just one on the industry list – Tame Impala’s debut Innerspeaker. The triple j’s listeners (or at least the 47 000 of them who voted in the poll) believe that the most very recent album releases from Angus & Julia Stone, Birds of Tokyo, Bliss N Eso, Cloud Control, Dead Letter Circus, Gypsy & The Cat, Pendulum, Sia, Washington and even the five month old Art vs. Science album also deserved a place on the list.

Or to put it simplistic terms: the lists unsurprisingly show that the current triple j audience skews towards Gen-Y, while the music fans who have managed to score a job in the industry are a little older (Shock! Scandal!).

Both lists have been topped by albums released in the year 2000 and triple j’s listeners consider the 2000s to be the Hottest decade of Australian music with more than half of their votes awarded to records released between 2000-2009. The industry voters agreed that the same decade gave us 33 Hot albums, but also decided that the 90s were similarly Hot with 32 records from 90-99 making the cut. Both lists suggest that Australian albums released before 1974 fail to meet the criteria of Hot, although the industry list made two exceptions for albums from the 1960s – The Easybeat’s 1965 album Easys and The Loved Ones’ 1967 record Magic Box.

The public list features 4 albums from the 70s; 11 from the 80s; 21 from the 90s; 53 from the 00s; and 11 from the current decade. The Hottest year for punters was last year (10 albums) followed by 2005 (7 albums).

The industry list features 2 albums from the 60s; 6 from the 70s; 26 from the 80s; 32 from the 90s; 33 from the 00s; and just one from the last nineteen months. The Hottest years for the industry folk were 1988, 2006 and 2008 (each with 6 albums represented on the list).

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