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.