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Oasis take out #1 in 20 Years of triple j's Hottest 100

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After 20 huge years of Hottest 100 annual countdowns, triple j and our listeners have celebrated with the 20 Years of triple j’s Hottest 100 poll.

More than 940,000 votes were cast, over 20 days, in what continues to be the world’s biggest music democracy. Considering the song eligibility period covers the lifetime of the average triple j listener, with 25 year olds submitting the most votes of any age, we knew it would be interesting to see what resonated with them, and provide us a reflection of what they love and grew up with.  

Taking out the top spot is Oasis’ 1995 hit ‘Wonderwall’. The song, which also topped triple j’s Hottest 100 poll in 1996, is arguably Oasis’ best song, a timeless classic that sent Oasis’s career to stratospheric heights. Noel Gallagher’s worship of the Beatles is no secret - he lifted the song’s title from George Harrison’s 1968 LP Wonderwall Music. Later covered by everyone from Jay-Z to Ryan Adams (the latter being the only version which earned Noel’s approval), ‘Wonderwall’ proved a massive worldwide hit.

triple j’s Music Director Richard Kingsmill said of the song “You pick up a guitar, one of the first songs you learn is ‘Wonderwall’. It comes on the radio and you can’t help but sing-a-long. Those are some great opening lines too. And if you can’t hit the notes, it’s OK, it’s a wonderfully forgiving song to be off key in. But the real magic of the song is Noel’s lyrics. You picture someone in your life every time you hear it. It’s one of those love/friendship songs that everyone can relate to. Like the best songs, if it comes from a real place, then it can’t help but resonate with people for years to come. It was an exciting time in triple j’s history when Oasis released their Morning Glory record. There was so much excitement for ‘Wonderwall’ and the rest of the album. It’s nice to see it’s still considered such a special moment from the last 20 years.”

The retrospective data of a poll spanning 20 years also reveals which songs are considered true classics, songs that may have initially been overlooked and then become cult favourites, and more recent songs which are already considered masters. The earliest track to make the cut was Nirvana’s classic ‘Heart Shaped Box’, while the most recent song is Of Monsters & Men’s 2012 instant hit ‘Little Talks’.

Several artists had multiple entries, including Daft Punk, Silverchair and The Killers with three songs each, followed by Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Gotye, Jebediah, Jeff Buckley, MGMT, Powderfinger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead with two songs each.

14 previous #1 Hottest 100 songs appear in the list by artists Oasis, Angus & Julia Stone, Augie March, Franz Ferdinand, Gotye, Jet, Kings Of Leon, The Whitlams, The Cranberries, Spiderbait, Queens Of The Stone Age, Powderfinger, Muse and Mumford & Sons, proving their longevity. Voters also showed appreciation for artists’ early work by voting for 30 songs from debut albums, including Jeff Buckley, Silverchair, The Strokes, The Killers, Mumford & Sons, The Living End and Florence & the Machine.

1997 stood out as the year with the most popular songs with 11 songs from the countdown released that year. There are 49 songs from the 1990s (1993 – 1999) and 51 songs from the 2000s (2000 – 2012). 41 songs were penned by American artists, 29 by Aussies and 25 by UK artists, with three songs from France and one each for Ireland and Iceland. Five bands have siblings in them, six songs have an animal in the title, four songs feature other worldly creatures and eight songs are reportedly about politics.

For more stats than you can poke a stick at head to the triple j Hottest 100 website www.triplej.net.au/hottest100

triple j’s Hottest 100 is an institution. It’s part of the Australian culture and Aussies love it. We were so rapt to share our 20th Anniversary with the nation and look forward to celebrating more music gems next Australia Day!

Did I win the Hottest 100 prize? Tune into Breakfast with Tom & Alex from 6-9am on Tuesday 11 June to find out if you won tickets to your dream gig, anywhere in the world.

      20 Years of triple j’s Hottest 100

No.

Artist

Song

1

Oasis

Wonderwall

2

The White Stripes

Seven Nation Army

3

Jeff Buckley

Last Goodbye

4

Hilltop Hoods

The Nosebleed Section

5

The Verve

Bitter Sweet Symphony

6

Foo Fighters

Everlong

7

The Killers

Mr. Brightside

8

Powderfinger

These Days

9

Gotye

Somebody That I Used to Know {Ft. Kimbra}

10

Powderfinger

My Happiness

11

Queens of the Stone Age

No One Knows

12

Gotye

Hearts a Mess

13

Radiohead

Paranoid Android

14

Mumford & Sons

Little Lion Man

15

The Prodigy

Breathe

16

Bon Iver

Skinny Love

17

Silverchair

Tomorrow

18

OutKast

Hey Ya!

19

blink-182

Dammit 

20

The Living End

Prisoner of Society

21

The Smashing Pumpkins

1979

22

Blur

Song 2

23

Muse

Knights of Cydonia

24

Augie March

One Crowded Hour

25

The Smashing Pumpkins

Bullet With Butterfly Wings

26

System Of A Down

Chop Suey!

27

The Avalanches

Frontier Psychiatrist

28

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Scar Tissue

29

Franz Ferdinand

Take Me Out

30

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication

31

Massive Attack

Teardrop

32

Tool

Stinkfist

33

The Cranberries

Zombie

34

Ben Folds Five

Brick

35

Radiohead

Karma Police

36

Jeff Buckley

Hallelujah

37

Beastie Boys

Sabotage

38

The Temper Trap

Sweet Disposition

39

Nirvana

Heart Shaped Box

40

Nine Inch Nails

Closer

41

Coldplay

Yellow

42

Matt Corby

Brother

43

John Butler Trio

Betterman

44

Daft Punk

One More Time

45

Modest Mouse

Float On

46

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Into My Arms

47

The Offspring

Self Esteem

48

The Strokes

Last Nite

49

Florence + the Machine

Dog Days Are Over

50

Pearl Jam

Better Man

51

The Dandy Warhols

Bohemian Like You

52

Gorillaz

Feel Good Inc

53

Placebo

Every You Every Me

54

Kings Of Leon

Sex On Fire

55

Fatboy Slim

Praise You

56

Underworld

Born Slippy (Nuxx)

57

Bloc Party

Banquet

58

The Whitlams

No Aphrodisiac

59

Daft Punk

Around The World

60

Bush

Glycerine

61

The Black Keys

Lonely Boy

62

Spiderbait

Buy Me A Pony

63

Grinspoon

Chemical Heart

64

MGMT

Kids

65

Daft Punk

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

66

You Am I

Berlin Chair

67

alt-J

Breezeblocks

68

Jet

Are You Gonna Be My Girl

69

Eminem

Lose Yourself

70

Regurgitator

! (The Song Formerly Known As)

71

Gorillaz

Clint Eastwood

72

Wolfmother

Joker And The Thief

73

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Home

74

The Wombats

Let's Dance To Joy Division

75

The Killers

Somebody Told Me

76

MGMT

Electric Feel

77

The Presets

My People

78

Silverchair

Freak

79

Arctic Monkeys

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

80

Rage Against The Machine

Bulls On Parade

81

Angus & Julia Stone

Big Jet Plane

82

Wheatus

Teenage Dirtbag

83

Pulp

Common People

84

Kanye West

Gold Digger (Ft. Jamie Foxx)

85

Coolio

Gangsta's Paradise

86

The Killers

When You Were Young

87

The Kooks

Naive

88

Something For Kate

Monsters

89

TV On The Radio

Wolf Like Me

90

Silverchair

Straight Lines

91

Jebediah

Harpoon

92

Of Monsters And Men

Little Talks

93

Soundgarden

Black Hole Sun

94

Foster The People

Pumped Up Kicks

95

Ben Lee

Cigarettes Will Kill You

96

The Cat Empire

Hello

97

M.I.A.

Paper Planes

98

Jebediah

Leaving Home

99

Lana Del Rey

Video Games

100

Beastie Boys

Intergalactic

       

 

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