Hottest 100 confirms that 1997 really did rule

The votes for the 20th anniversary edition of the Hottest 100 have been counted. And while we’ll have to wait until the weekend to hear the results, triple j listeners have confirmed what your older brother’s been saying for a long long time: the late-1990s really did rule.

According to the 940,000 votes cast in the poll, the greatest year for music in the past two decades was 1997. That was the year The Whitlams’ ‘No Aphrodisiac’ topped the Hottest 100 poll, pipping Blur’s ‘Song 2’, Chumbawamba’s immortal classic ‘Tubthumping’ and Pauline Pantsdown’s ‘Backdoor Man’ for top place. Other notable Hottest 100 entries in 1997 included Jamiroquai’s ‘Cosmic Girl’, Dana Lyons’ ‘Cows With Guns’ and Ween’s ‘Waving My Dick In The Wind’. We hope to hear them all in the 20th anniversary countdown.

Big albums releases in 1997 included Radiohead’s OK Computer, Daft Punk’s debut Homework (yes, they made albums before Random Access Memories), Silverchair’s Freak Show, Bjork’s Homogenic, Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, U2’s Pop, SupergrassIn It for the Money and Hanson’s breakthrough album Middle of The Road Nowhere.


While 1997 has been crowned as the standout year of the past 20 years, there are slightly fewer songs from the ‘90s on the list than songs released since we escaped that close brush with the Y2K bug. The countdown will feature 49 songs from the ‘90s (1993-1999) and 51 songs released since 2000.

triple j also confirmed that 25-year-olds cast more votes than voters from any other age group. Those voters were six when The Wiggles’ seminal fourth album Yummy Yummy was released in 1994, so perhaps a few childhood faves will sneak onto the list. ‘Hot Potato’, anyone? There are also 30 songs on the poll lifted from debut albums. Make of that what you will.

As FL reported earlier, the late Jeff Buckley is the bookies’ tip to win the Hottest 100, with either ‘Hallelujah’ or ‘Last Goodbye’. Gotye is the most fancied Aussie at $6 for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. See below for broadcast times.

The Hottest 100 broadcast times:

Saturday, June 8: #100 – 51

12.00pm – NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC + TAS

11.30am – SA + NT

10.00am – WA

Sunday, June 9: #50 – 1

12pm – NSW, QLD, ACT, VIC + TAS

11.30am – SA + NT

11.00am – WA