Oasis tops triple j’s Hottest 100 poll

Oasis tops triple j’s Hottest 100 poll.

Pretty surprised by this list. Shocked actually to find Oasis topping it. Amazed that the demographic voting on this would elect Wonderwall as their number 1 song – most of them would have been pre-teen when the song hit the charts.

It was a big hit at the time, and I remember it well. I might have tapped along to it for a couple of weeks until creeping doubt on the lyrics killed it for me. I mean, really, how romantic is it to call someone a ‘wonderwall’? It’s a dumb lyric that I think even Noel has admitted.

I doubt it would make my list of the top 100 of the last 20 years, but if it did, it’d just scrape in.

Otherwise I’m actually surprised just how good a list it is. There’s a lot of cracking songs on this list that would be in mine, though not necessarily rated in the same order. I scratch my head at some selections, and downright disagree with others, but given this is a conglomeration of picks from thousands of people, it’s better than I would have expected.

Bit curious that Smells Like Teen Spirit isn’t on the list – it must just fall outside the qualifying period. I presume U2 with One is the same. And there’s nothing by Green Day. Odd.

Other notable songs missing in my book are Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chilli Peppers; Closer, by NIN; Fell On Black Days, by Soundgarden; Pretender, by the Foo Fighters; and doubtless heaps others I’ll recall in the next 24 hours.

These things are personal, and so some of my favourites I’d put on the list are I Need Love, by Luka Bloom; Miss World, by Hole; Strange Currencies, by REM; Cake’s version of I Will Survive, and Neneh Cherry covering Woman; My Hero, by the Foos; Passenger, by Powderfinger (My Happiness wouldn’t get close to my list, let alone top 10, but These Days is a great song); Better Off Alone, by Grinspoon (an Aussie classic). I’d have Harpoon on my list, another great song, but unusually I prefer the cover by Something For Kate.

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