Some potted thoughts on JJJ’s Hottest 100

Ah, the hottest 100, self-acclaimed as the world’s largest music poll. It’s a bit of an Australian institution really. Given that I have been abroad for the past six months and haven’t really had the time to stream anything, I am a bit out of the loop with respect to what the Js have had on their playlist. To compound my isolation from the Australian airwaves, I can’t say that I’ve listened to a single minute of UK radio since I have been in London. You can chalk that one down to not having a radio and not even having a television until a couple of months ago. Considering all this, I guess I should not be too surprised if I haven’t heard 50% or more of the list for this year. Let’s just take a quick look at the top ten for starters:

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 (live)
8 Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up To Dry
9 Soko – I’ll Kill Her
10The Panics – Don’t Fight It

I’m kind of chuffed that Muse have taken the top slot, although I am somewhat bemused that this particular track was the one that did it. Knights of Cydonia is a mini-odyssey of operatic rock goodness, but I would never have thought that it would have attracted the mainstream appeal necessary to figure in the top ten, let alone number one. Of the remainder of the top ten, Silverchair’s appearance is a good call and I am not at all surprised to see Daft Punk in there. As for the rest – I think it’s a pretty strange, soft shortlist of songs. None of the other tracks above were (at least to my knowledge) the barnstorming genre-crossing hits that tracks like Outkast’s Hey Ya and Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy were in years past.

More over the fold.

13 Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby

This perhaps exemplifies the fact that this was a pretty average year for music. This is a fun little middle track from the chiefs, but doesn’t compare to the rocking goodness of a number of the cuts from their previous album.

15 Powderfinger – Lost And Running

Must be their worst result in the hottest 100 for quite some time? Usually a shoo-in for the top ten!

23 White Stripes – Icky Thump

Not a bad cut from the White Stripes, but this first track from the album of the same name doesn’t quite have the wham that previous first singles Seven Nation Army and Blue Orchid had.

49 Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent

The monkeys are still running hot over here and are tipped to scoop the pool in the NME awards, but their second album left me a bit cold (no pun intended).

53 Missy Higgins – Steer

I miss Missy Higgins. Never thought I’d say that.

81 Arcade Fire – No Cars Go

Deserves to be considerably higher on the list. One of the best tracks from quite a fine album, the band’s second, Neon Bible.

94 Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place

It is both rubbish and nonsense that Radiohead are not better represented in this list and significantly higher in the list to boot.

7 thoughts on “Some potted thoughts on JJJ’s Hottest 100

  1. I’m not sure that I have a great deal of time for the Triple J Hottest 100. While the station makes a reasonably good effort at covering a variety of new music, they have zero quality control. And I find a worrying correlation between Rosie’s Super Request audience (morons), and the other poll-driven stuff like the Hottest 100.

    Which is to say, lowest common denominator shite.

    My take is a little more jauncided.

    1 Muse – Knights of Cydonia – nowhere near deserving of number 1, let alone the top 20
    2 Silverchair – Straight Lines – ok song, ho-hum album (and band, imo)
    3 Kings Of Leon – On Call – pretty good song
    4 John Butler Trio – Better Than – really, really awful, just plain bad music
    5 Faker – This Heart Attack – middle of the road pap
    6 Foo Fighters – The Pretender – Dave Grohl seems like a nice guy.
    7 Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (live) – yeah, its alright
    8 Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up To Dry – this band do actually have something interesting going on; good song
    9 Soko – I’ll Kill Her – Poor old Soko, someone nicked her demo off the net and now it’s a hit. She didn’t even get to show if she’s got any substance.
    10The Panics – Don’t Fight It – pretty good song, probably well placed here.

  2. Kieran, I’m not sure it’s matter so much a matter of zero quality control as the fact that JJJ try to cater to everyone’s tastes. As a result, just about everyone probably doesn’t like at least some of the stuff that the station plays. But I think that’s part and parcel of a station that tries to bridge the mainstream and alternative music scenes. Not many stations try and do that – generally speaking its either 99% mainstream or 99% weird arse stuff.

    I’ve never really got into The Panics, but I should.

  3. Yeah, that’s a fair point. Maybe I should more accurately just conclude what you did, ie. it’s been a fairly ordinary year for music.

    I do think they’re a little too beholden to the UK hype machine though.

  4. Howdy Gus,

    Andrew WK, I will never hear a bad word said aginst the man. PARTY HARD!

    Well why we are on the topic I will give my thoughts

    1 Muse – Knights of Cydonia – Odd choice but given the Jay’s audience can understand.
    2 Silverchair – Straight Lines – Worst Silverchair Album ever, by far the bext song off it
    3 Kings Of Leon – On Call – Exceptional Album, great song, but personally I preferred ‘Fans’
    4 John Butler Trio – Better Than – Can’t say too much about this
    5 Faker – This Heart Attack – Saw them perform this live at Daft Punk and were quite good
    6 Foo Fighters – The Pretender – BORING!!
    7 Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (live) – Awsome Live, not suprised its there
    8 Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up To Dry – My personal favourite song of the year. Should be No1
    9 Soko – I’ll Kill Her – Freaking Annoying
    10The Panics – Don’t Fight It – Should have been higher, but good to see in top 10

    And the rest

    14 Muscles – Ice Cream – A fun little song saw this live at Daft Punk too and this probly accounted for his high showing

    33 Kings of Leon – Fans – Dissapointed that this was so low, I think a better song than On Call should have been in top 20 at least

    35 Justice – D.A.N.C.E – In my opinion was the best electronic song for 2007, it got played to death on JJJ and suprised was not higher

    37 Cold War Kids – Hospital Bed – Another great song of theirs, should have been higher

    44 My Chemical Romance – Teenagers – I completely expected this song to end up in the top 10 (Not that I particularly like it). Got a shitload of commercial airplay as well, and all of the JJJ emo’s seem to love it.

    89 Queens of the Stone Age – Sick Sick Sick – Had this song come out towards the end of the year instead of in Janurary would have polled a lot higher. JJJ pretty much had stopped plying it regularly by May

    My Biggest Omission – Was suprised that “You Don’t Know What Love is” by The White Stripes, did not get a run. Also no songs by ‘The 1990’s’ made it which was suprising as they had 3 that were quite exceptional from their album and got a lot of airplay on JJJ

  5. Simmo, your comment for some reason was tagged as spam. Heh heh heh.

    Good call on the White Stripes – that is a good track off Icky Thump and should have rated a mention.

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