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.

Who doesn’t like a list?

Hottest 100 is just lukewarm


Triple J unveiled their top 100 songs of 2011 yesterday, which is an Australia Day tradition. How long’s it been happening now? Twenty years? I’ve probably got about 3 of the Hottest 100 CD’s, though all from the nineties I reckon.

Anyway, I’m generally more inclined to the musical choices of Triple J listeners than I am of the pap served up to the rank and file on Australian commercial radio. I didn’t listen live yesterday, but I was keen to check out the final list, if only to find the odd gem that might have slipped past me.

No surprise at all that Gotye got the number one spot with Somebody That I Used To Know. It’s a rare year I think when there’s not a clear-cut favourite. This is a good one. I was a little more surprised to find one of my nominations yesterday, Lonely Boy by the Black Keys, came in second. Of the others I mentioned Florence + The Machine get a good go, the Grates, Boy & Bear, Gotye, the Foo Fighters, and the Jezebels also (ok, I didn’t mention the Jezebels, but Endless Summer is a classy tune). No surprise that neither Adele or Feist got a guernsey – it’s a different demographic.

So what’s on there which is notable otherwise? Bon Iver gets a number of songs on the list. I like him plenty, but I much prefer his first album. The Wombats get have a stellar go, but to my ear they are inoffensively meh. Kimbra gets a number of songs on the list. Love her voice, even her style, but her music doesn’t do a lot for me yet. There’s a  band or two I need to check out, but my overall impression is that it’s not one of the better years. Maybe it is me, but there seems a lot bland on the list.

Anyway, you be the judge – you can check it out here.

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