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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Benji's New Retro Hottest 100 thread Pt.1 1975-92

Hi

I've been a bit quiet lately. Some of that time I have spent revising my retro Hottest 100 lists (i.e. 'alternative' music lists that Double/Triple J might have played) to make them a bit more 'predictive', and to add any songs that I had missed, and remove any songs that may have been ineligible.

The original thread was devised in 2015 around the time of JJJ's 40th birthday. I also remember thinking that I didn't like the 2014 Hottest 100 much at the time and that I will create my own.

Rather than bump the old thread I did before, and revise that one (which is a complete mess already), I have decided to create a new one. I have also decided to create split this thread into two parts.

Here is the old thread:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=45426

This first part of this thread will contain yearly lists from 1975 (when Double J began) to 1992 (the last year before individual year Hottest 100s began). I have tried to make the order resemble a plausible Hottest 100 based on All Time lists and artists, their 40 year special in 2015, Wikipedia research etc. At the same time I put my own slant on it by bumping up my favourites a few/several/50 slots. At the lower end of each list are the more obscure songs that I reckon would be worth checking out.

Then Part 2 is 1993 onwards (where there are already individual year Hottest 100s), so I didn't need to predict them and I could order them more to personal taste.

Anyone is welcome to attempt their own version of these lists and post them here. The second part of the thread isn't ready yet, but I will get it up soon.

Comments or feedback also very welcome, especially from those who were able to listen to Double J/Triple J back in the day.
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I'll start at the beginning, 1975.

I found it a bit hard to define 'alternative' music from this year as punk hadn't happened, so I only managed to scrape together a Hottest 50.

Dragon and Split Enz were only starting out, so they're in, as are the likes of Jethro Tull who were never mainstream.

Reggae and Funk were still going strong.

I'm deeming any Skyhooks songs (banned or otherwise) from Living In The 70s as 1974 songs, so they're not in this list.

My H100 posnSong
50DELILAH Sensational Alex Harvey Band
49BACK IN THE NIGHT Dr Feelgood
48COLD WIND TO VALHALLA Jethro Tull
47SQUEEZE BOX The Who
46STAR KISSED Dragon
45SLOW RIDE Foghat
44KINGS OF SPEED Hawkwind
43AM I GOING INSANE? Black Sabbath
42BOTH ENDS BURNING Roxy Music
41HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS Can
40TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT Led Zeppelin
39I'LL COME RUNNING Brian Eno
38FOOL FOR THE CITY Foghat
37YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
36LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Donna Summer
35LOVE'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH Skyhooks
34LET'S TAKE IT TO THE STAGE Funkadelic
33ROCK'N'ROLL ALL NIGHT KISS
32WHITE PUNKS ON DOPE The Tubes
31IDIOT WIND Bob Dylan
30MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION Parliament
29THE HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS Joni Mitchell
28MOTORHEAD Hawkwind
27SYMPTOM OF THE UNIVERSE Black Sabbath
26LOVE IS THE DRUG Bryan Ferry
25DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH Alice Cooper
24GIVE UP THE FUNK (TEAR THE ROOF OFF THE SUCKER) Parliament
23HOUSES OF THE HOLY Led Zeppelin
22MONSTER PLANET Steve Maxwell Von Braund
21LOVE ROLLERCOASTER Ohio Players
20TANGLED UP IN BLUE Bob Dylan
19MAYBE Split Enz
18I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR Queen
17CHOCOLATE CITY Parliament
16WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE Alice Cooper
15GLORIA Patti Smith
14FAME David Bowie
13EGO IS NOT A DIRTY WORD Skyhooks
12WELCOME TO THE MACHINE Pink Floyd
11ROXETTE Dr Feelgood
10MEGALOMANIA Black Sabbath
9HIGH VOLTAGE AC/DC
8RADIOACTIVITY Kraftwerk
7NO WOMAN NO CRY Bob Marley and The Wailers
6BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen
5HORSES Patti Smith
4IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP AC/DC
3WISH YOU WERE HERE Pink Floyd
2KASHMIR Led Zeppelin
1BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Queen

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I wonder if by the time you reach the later years, like the 2000s, will you be able to extend to 200 songs (the songs that missed the cut)?
I should be able to extend past 100 from 1993 onwards, though I'm not sure if I'll get to 200.
Interesting idea. I'd be a bit higher on Bowie as an alternative artist of the time and push Fame into the top 10 and Golden Years into the 50! John Lennon's cover of "Stand By Me" and "Cortez the Killer" or "Tonight's the Night" by Neil Young also for consideration from my iTunes library .
Thanks for the feedback. Bowie would have been popular no doubt, might have been a bit harsh on Fame (but it's not my favourite songs of his admittedly) and good pick up on Neil Young.
And now for 1976.

The old funk, reggae and Krautrock bands remain popular, but punk entered the scene later in the year.

I still only managed a Hottest 50 but this number will rise soon.

Ah, that's where Golden Years got to - I put it in 1976 as it only really hit the scene locally and was released as a single that year. I had a bit of trouble deciding what to do when an album comes out in year x but a single comes out in year x+1 and is really popular. Nowadays the song would be ineligible for year x+1 but I haven't agreed with that policy if the song doesn't make the year x chart. So I've made a judgement call in some instances which could easily go the other way in other people's charts.

However, no song will appear more than once in my yearly countdowns.

The Angels make the list for the first time, Acca Dacca, Led Zep and Sabbath are back and Supernaut is in the list, based solely on the controversial subject matter of the song.

Anyway, here is the 1976 list:
My H100 posnSong
50RING OUT SOLSTICE BELLS Jethro Tull
49MATINEE IDYLL Split Enz
48LONG DISTANCE LOVE Little Feat
47YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND Queen
46HEJIRA Joni Mitchell
45KEYS TO YOUR HEART The 101ers
44I WANT MORE Can
43ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE Bob Marley and The Wailers
42NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE Led Zeppelin
41STRATOSFEAR Tangerine Dream
40DO THAT STUFF Parliament
39LATE LAST NIGHT Split Enz
38THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Thin Lizzy
37DISCO BOY Frank Zappa
36PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry
35KERB CRAWLER Hawkwind
34GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie
33TNT AC/DC
32GODS OF NORSE Cybotron
31PABLO PICASSO The Modern Lovers
30BEAT ON THE BRAT The Ramones
29TVC-15 David Bowie
28COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN Funkadelic
27DRIVIN' WHEEL Foghat
26COYOTE Joni Mitchell
25X-OFFENDER Blondie
24SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen
23STATION TO STATION David Bowie
22RAT RACE Bob Marley and The Wailers
21DETROIT ROCK CITY KISS
20SIR DUKE Stevie Wonder
19SHAKE SOME ACTION Flamin' Groovies
18TEENAGE DEPRESSION Eddie and The Hot Rods
17DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP AC/DC
16DON'T ASK ME QUESTIONS Graham Parker and The Rumour
15SHE'S GONE Black Sabbath
14COCAINE JJ Cale
13NEW ROSE The Damned
12LEGALISE IT Peter Tosh
11I LIKE IT BOTH WAYS Supernaut
10PASTIME PARADISE Stevie Wonder
9BURN MY EYE Radio Birdman
8ACHILLES LAST STAND Led Zeppelin
7CHERRY BOMB The Runaways
6ROADRUNNER The Modern Lovers
5JAILBREAK AC/DC
4BLITZKRIEG BOP The Ramones
3ANARCHY IN THE UK Sex Pistols
2AM I EVER GONNA SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN? The Angels
1I'M STRANDED The Saints

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BTW, assuming you're using the voting lists for beyond 2000 to find songs, I've found the voting list for 1999.

https://web.archive.org/web/20000229043808/http://www.abc.net.au:80/triplej/hottest100/vote.htm
Love it, the Aussies beating out the big hits from OS just like modern day Hottest 100. That is a pretty good top 10 (swap The Damned for Led Zeppelin and it is even better ). The only songs from my iTunes library I'd consider here is "Ïn The Flesh" by Blondie or "Hot Stuff" or "Fool To Cry" by the Stones.

My library is pretty patchy for the years up to 1976 (10-15 songs a year) but from 1977 onwards (ie the rise of punk) it goes to 50+ and 100+ by the time we hit the late 80s.
Thanks thejuicer for the 1999 list, should be able to do 200 songs for it and subsequent years.

I found 1975 and 1976 a bit tricky too, but managed a Hottest 77 for 1977 (thanks to punk) and a Hottest 100 from 1978 (+ post-punk) to 1992.

Nice to see the Aussies win Australian songs have an advantage in my charts, as I reckon they would in Double/Triple J Hottest 100s.
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No problem, also this might be a good source http://doublej.net.au/programs/jfiles/1975-1985-40-years-of-triple-j

And some Net 50 archives
https://web.archive.org/web/19981202123639/http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/net50/latest.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/19981205010727/http://www.abc.net.au:80/triplej/net50/vote.htm
I wish I could find someone who documented this program.
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Thankyou!
And now to 1977 aka Punk's big year.

I managed to put a Hottest 75 together (but not quite a Hottest 100), then decided that the Hottest 77 of '77 had a better ring to it.

David Bowie and Iggy were havin' a ball and releasing good music in Berlin.

Molly Meldrum played the wrong side of Blondie's X-Offender single, hey presto it's a hit and In The Flesh makes the 1977 list at #8 instead of 1976.

Also, a couple of Aussie pub bands named Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil made their way onto Double J's airwaves.

My H100 posnSong
77AGGRO Johnny Derro and The Scabs
76NEAT NEAT NEAT The Damned
75FLY BY NIGHT Can
74WHAT GIVES? Radio Birdman
73PARADISE Dr Feelgood
72BACK ON THE STREETS Hawkwind
71BETRAYAL Tangerine Dream
70I'M FLIPPED OUT OVER YOU The Victims
69STICK TO ME Graham Parker and The Rumour
68SMALL HOURS John Martyn
67SWEET GENE VINCENT Ian Dury and The Blockheads
66BOLD AS BRASS Split Enz
65MOTORHEAD Motorhead
64PINHEAD The Ramones
63THE WHISTLER Jethro Tull
62I'M SO BORED WITH THE USA The Clash
61WARSZAWA David Bowie
60SNEAKIN' SUSPICION Dr Feelgood
59BAD BOY FOR LOVE Rose Tattoo
58QUEENS OF NOISE The Runaways
57HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN Sex Pistols
56ONE WORLD John Martyn
55FUNTIME Iggy Pop
54DIAMONDS AND RUST Judas Priest
53PEACHES The Stranglers
52ORGASM ADDICT The Buzzcocks
51SUPERNATURE Cerrone
50USED AND ABUSED Midnight Oil
49YOUR GENERATION Generation X
48SOUND AND VISION David Bowie
47HALL OF MIRRORS Kraftwerk
46GET UP STAND UP Peter Tosh
45HI ROLLER Little Feat
44IN THE CITY The Jam
43HOME AND BROKEN HEARTED Cold Chisel
42HANGING AROUND The Stranglers
41JAMMIN' Bob Marley and The Wailers
40FLASH LIGHT Parliament
39NEON ANGELS ON THE ROAD TO RUIN Runaways
38THE PASSENGER Iggy Pop
37CHEREE Suicide
36OXYGENE IV Jean Michael Jarre
35THE MODERN WORLD The Jam
34EROTIC NEUROTIC The Saints
33FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Giorgio Miroder
32ALISON Elvis Costello
31WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
30ANIMAL WORLD Last Words
29NEW PLEASURE Richard Hell and The Voidoids
28OH BONDAGE UP YOURS! X-Ray Spex
27SEE NO EVIL Television
26ONE LOVE Bob Marley and The Wailers
25TELEVISION ADDICT The Victims
242468 MOTORWAY Tom Robinson Band
23(GET A) GRIP (ON YOURSELF) The Stranglers
22SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK'N'ROLL Ian Dury and The Blockheads
21MY MISTAKE Split Enz
20WHITE RIOT The Clash
19WE WILL ROCK YOU/WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS Queen
18SOLSBURY HILL Peter Gabriel
17LET THERE BE ROCK AC/DC
16TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS Kraftwerk
15WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Elvis Costello
14PRETTY VACANT Sex Pistols
13WHOLE WIDE WORLD Wreckless Eric
12ALOHA STEVE AND DANNO Radio Birdman
11NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers
10SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER The Ramones
9I FEEL LOVE Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder
8IN THE FLESH Blondie
7MARQUEE MOON Television
6NEW RACE Radio Birdman
5LUST FOR LIFE Iggy Pop
4GOD SAVE THE QUEEN Sex Pistols
3PSYCHO KILLER Talking Heads
2THIS PERFECT DAY The Saints
1HEROES David Bowie




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Another great top 10. I would put "Complete Control" by The Clash up quite high (top 20) and possibly something like "Janie Jones" or "Career Opportunities" in the mix as well as "Like A Hurricane" by Neil Young.

Was Aloha Steve and Danno 1977 or 78?
Not 100% sure (on the Radio Birdman single) but I've decided it was 1977, as there's evidence of them playing it live that year.

I may have been a bit hard on Neil Young - must say I'm not super familiar with his mid 70s work.

Thanks for The Clash feedback, Complete Control is a song that totally slipped under my radar.
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I'll post 1978 before I go away for much of the weekend...
I managed a Hottest 100 for the first time.

Enter post-punk...and a certain Kate Bush. Exit the Sex Pistols, Radio Birdman, and it was pretty much the last gasp for reggae and funk.

Nick Cave and The Cure make their first, but definitely not their last, appearances

Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil released their first albums. The choice of #1 might seem unlikely today given how overplayed the song is on commercial radio nowadays...but commercial radio didn't touch the song then.

My H100 posnSong
100MY WAY Sid Vicious
99LOUIE LOUIE Motorhead
98THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING Boys Next Door
97RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
96SOMETIMES I FEEL SO LOW Japan
95TAKE ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
94THE EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne
935 MINUTES The Stranglers
92SWING FOR THE CRIME The Saints
91NO LULLABY Jethro Tull
90SERVIN USA Redgum
89RAGA Cybotron
88TOUCH AND GO Magazine
87AFTER THE RAIN The Angels
86LEMME TAKE YOU TO THE BEACH Frank Zappa
85ADULT BOOKS X (US)
84'A' BOMB IN WARDOUR STREET The Jam
832/1 Brian Eno
82ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? XTC
81AQUA BOOGIE Parliament
80ANNA John Martyn
79KILLING AN ARAB The Cure
78UP TO MY NECK IN YOU AC/DC
77PLANET ON THE PROWL The Negatives
76BEFORE THE DAWN Judas Priest
75RUN BY NIGHT Midnight Oil
74ROCK'N'ROLL OUTLAW Rose Tattoo
73DIRT Lou Reed
72ONE MORE BORING NIGHT IN ADELAIDE Redgum
71WHY DONTCHA ALL GET F*****D Skyhooks
70WARNING SIGN Talking Heads
69ADOLESCENT SEX Japan
68FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS Queen
67I WANNA BE YOUR BABY Teenage Radio Stars
66LET'S GO JAB
65SHOT BY BOTH SIDES Magazine
64THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAY-GLO X-Ray Spex
63NICE 'N' SLEAZY The Stranglers
62THE PRISONER The Saints
61THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush
60SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley and The Wailers
59OVERGROUND Siouxsie and The Banshees
58GIMME SOME GOOD TIMES Lou Reed
57JOCKO HOMO Devo
56DOWN PAYMENT BLUES AC/DC
5577 SUNSET STRIP The Riptides
54I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
53BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH Judas Priest
52MAN-MACHINE Kraftwerk
51PICTURE THIS Blondie
50WHO LISTENS TO THE RADIO? The Sports
49BEING BOILED The Human League
48THE ROBOTS Kraftwerk
47HORIZONTAL ACTION Psycho Surgeons
46METAL POSTCARD Siouxsie and The Banshees
45HAMMER HORROR Kate Bush
44HILTON BOMBER The Thought Criminals
43LEE REMICK The Go-Betweens
42LEARNED ONE Teenage Radio Stars
41BOY HERO Boys Next Door
40SUBURBAN BOY Dave Warner and The Suburbs
39VALIUM X-Ray-Z
38GERMFREE ADOLESCENTS X-Ray Spex
37(WHAT'S SO FUNNY 'BOUT) PEACE, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Elvis Costello
36SATISFACTION Devo
35ONE LONG DAY Cold Chisel
34BRISBANE (SECURITY CITY) The Saints
33POWDERWORKS Midnight Oil
32TAKE ME TO THE RIVER Talking Heads
31ROCK'N'ROLL DAMNATION AC/DC
30GLAD TO BE GAY Tom Robinson Band
29THE MODEL Kraftwerk
28ROXANNE The Police
27ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
26SHE'S GOT THE MONEY Young Modern
25HUMAN FLY The Cramps
24HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
23CHASE Giorgio Moroder
22IDENTITY X-Ray Spex
21CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand
20KAREN The Go-Betweens
19PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
18EVER FALLEN IN LOVE The Buzzcocks
1710.15 SATURDAY NIGHT The Cure
16IS THIS LOVE? Bob Marley and The Wailers
15TAKE A LONG LINE The Angels
14HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury and The Blockheads
13COLOSSUS Cybotron
12PUMP IT UP Elvis Costello
11DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
10TOMMY GUN The Clash
9KNOW YOUR PRODUCT The Saints
8I WANNA BE SEDATED The Ramones
7MONGOLOID Devo
6HEART OF GLASS Blondie
5BECAUSE THE NIGHT Patti Smith
4HONG KONG GARDEN Siouxsie and The Banshees
3ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET The Only Ones
2WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush
1KHE SANH Cold Chisel

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Look forward to the 80s and early 90s. I enjoy reading your posts.
Ah hello K8, nice to have you back!
Ok, we'll move towards the 80s now and cover 1979.

A pivotal year in alternative music. The rock, punk and post-punk acts were releasing a lot of good material, and now ska enters the mix as well with The Specials and Madness releasing their first albums.

Joy Division and Gary Numan also make their first appearances.

My H100 posnSong
100CITY LIGHTS Lou Reed
99DANCING FOOL Frank Zappa
98DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited
97DUCHESS The Stranglers
96MY GIRL Madness
95FIVE FOOT ONE Iggy Pop
94I SECOND THAT EMOTION Japan
93GOVERNMENT BOY The Numbers
92EVERBODY'S HAPPY NOWADAYS The Buzzcocks
91RHYTHM OF CRUELTY Magazine
90BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
89NUCLEAR DEVICE (THE WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
88TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Specials
87RIDE TO INFINITY Cybotron
86I DON'T WANNA GET DRAFTED Frank Zappa
85LOOK BACK IN ANGER David Bowie
84THE PICTURES ON MY WALL Echo and The Bunnymen
83VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
82ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
81UNDERPASS John Foxx
80MY CITY OF SYDNEY XL Capris
79ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
78BOBBY BROWN Frank Zappa
77SECTION 5 (BUS TO BONDI) Midnight Oil
76LIFE IN TOKYO Japan
75MYSTIC MAN Peter Tosh
74BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
73MEMORIES Public Image Limited
72FRIDAY'S ANGELS Generation X
71AFTER A FASHION Boys Next Door
70EARLY MORNING BRAIN Models
69MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr Feelgood
68CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL The Leftovers
67THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT The Little Murders
66NAG NAG NAG Cabaret Voltaire
65AT HOME HE'S A TOURIST Gang Of Four
64UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
63NO CLASS Motorhead
62BELA LUGOSI'S DEAD Bauhaus
61NUMBER 1 SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
60HINDU GODS (OF LOVE) Lipstick Killers
59DOWN IN THE PARK Gary Numan
58MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
57ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie
56OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
55ALTERNATIVE ULSTER Stiff Little Fingers
54GANGSTERS The Specials
53COMIN' HOME The Radiators
52I'M BORED Iggy Pop
51THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE The Human League
50LOVE WILL FIND A WAY The Reels
49COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
48PEOPLE SAY The Go-Betweens
47BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithfull
46REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL, PT 3 Ian Dury and The Blockheads
45DJ David Bowie
44GIVE IT A WHIRL Split Enz
43TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
42MY MY, HEY HEY (OUT OF THE BLUE) Neil Young
41I'M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE Jimmy and the Boys
40FACTORY SPK
39COLD, COLD CHANGE Midnight Oil
38LIFE DURING WARTIME Talking Heads
37MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
36NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
35ROCK'N'ROLL HIGH SCHOOL The Ramones
34ETON RIFLES The Jam
33WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
32CHOIR GIRL Cold Chisel
31TYPICAL GIRLS The Slits
30ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (Part II) Pink Floyd
29ATOMIC Blondie
28SHE'S LOST CONTROL Joy Division
27ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC? Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army
26I SEE RED Split Enz
25OLIVER'S ARMY Elvis Costello
24SHADOWPLAY Joy Division
23BREAKFAST AT SWEETHEART'S Cold Chisel
22FRANTIC ROMANTIC The Scientists
21BROKEN ENGLISH Marianne Faithfull
20QUIET LIFE Japan
19LUCKY NUMBER Lene Lovich
18I DON'T WANNA GO OUT X (Aus)
17NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER Mental As Anything
16RAPPER'S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
15ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14LOVE IN A VOID Siouxsie and The Banshees
13A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY The Specials
12TRANSMISSION Joy Division
11BACK ON THE BORDERLINE Midnight Oil
10COMFORTABLY NUMB Pink Floyd
9BOYS DON'T CRY The Cure
8CHELSEA KIDS La Femme
7SMASH IT UP The Damned
6DAMAGED GOODS Gang Of Four
5LONDON CALLING The Clash
4HIGHWAY TO HELL AC/DC
3ROCK LOBSTER The B-52s
2CARS Gary Numan
1SHIVERS Boys Next Door

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Nice list as usual. Had a comment on the weekend about 1978 that appears to be missing. Oh well, can't have been anything interesting

Songs I'd have considered for 1979

UNION CITY BLUES Blondie
JUMPING SOMEONE ELSE'S TRAIN The Cure
I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince

Not bad - only three omissions May have been harsh on Blondie in particular. Prince will appear on the radar soon i.e. 1981.

Never saw your 1978 comments - thought it was odd that there wasn't a post from you. Could you repost them please?
Finally we're into the 80s. This would have been the first countdown to be played on the brand spanking new Triple J if the Australia Day countdown was in place. In the countdown at #24 is the first song they ever played on Triple J on 19 Jan 1981.

This was a tricky list (in a good way), so many good songs.

Note that there are two bands named 'X' in the countdown, one Australian and the other American, as denoted.

INXS, The Flowers and The Models were all brand new and hadn't 'sold out' at this stage, so they're in.

Acca Dacca lost Bon early in the year, but were Back in Black a few months later.

I Got You falls a few spots to #6 for being a bit 'commercial' and topping the charts for 8 weeks. It's still a great song.

Number 1 is a pretty obvious choice for any 1980 Hottest 100, as is Number 2.

The list for 1980:
My H100 posnSong
100ARMY DREAMERS Kate Bush
99TALKING TO CLEOPATRA Anne Cessna & Essendon Airport
98FOOD FOR THOUGHT UB40
97LONG RUN Redgum
96STRAW DOGS Stiff Little Fingers
95PREFAB HEART The Reels
94DARK ENTRIES Bauhaus
93SLOGUN SPK
92WORLD WAR III XL Capris
91HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie and The Banshees
90SUCK SUCK X (Aus)
89FACE WITH NO NAME The Passengers
88HUMAN JUKEBOX The Scientists
87TERROR COUPLE KILL COLONEL Bauhaus
86START! The Jam
85EMBARRASSMENT Madness
84TV SET The Cramps
83I NEED TWO HEADS The Go-Betweens
82MODERN SONG The Numbers
81ACCORDING TO MY HEART The Reels
80RESCUE Echo and The Bunnymen
79PLAY FOR TODAY The Cure
78GUNS OF BRIXTON The Clash
77METHODS OF DANCE Japan
76I BELONG TO NOBODY Flaming Hands
75KILL THE POOR The Dead Kennedys
74REQUIEM Killing Joke
73WARDANCE Killing Joke
72HOUSES IN MOTION Talking Heads
71WHEN THE BIRDMEN FLY Fun Things
70ROCK 'N' ROLL AIN'T NOISE POLLUTION AC/DC
69PRODUCTS OF YOUR MIND Jimmy and The Boys
68WE CAN GET TOGETHER Flowers
67AFTER THE NEWS The Reels
66WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
65REDEMPTION SONG Bob Marley and The Wailers
64FREEDOM Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
63LOVE TO RULE Sunnyboys
62WALLS Flowers
61POOR BOY Split Enz
60RED LIGHTS Matt Finish
59LOS ANGELES X (USA)
58I WILL FOLLOW U2
57BREAKIN' THE LAW Judas Priest
56SISTER EUROPE Psychedelic Furs
55RUNAWAY BOYS The Stray Cats
54GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
53BACK IN BLACK AC/DC
52BREATHING Kate Bush
51NIGHTPORTER Japan
50I WISH I WAS 17 AGAIN The Radiators
49INDICATOR Matt Finish
48JUST KEEP WALKING INXS
47TRAIN IN VAIN The Clash
46THE STAR HOTEL Cold Chisel
45I DIE YOU DIE Gary Numan
44CALIFORNIA UBER ALLES Dead Kennedys
43ANT MUSIC Adam and The Ants
42MODERN GIRL James Freud
41HEART AND SOUL Joy Division
40CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS Talking Heads
39GENERALS AND MAJORS XTC
38I WANNA BE STRAIGHT Ian Dury and The Blockheads
37MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
36PRIVATE IDAHO The B-52s
35FASHION David Bowie
34ECHO BEACH Martha and The Muffins
33FLIGHT A Certain Ratio
32ICEHOUSE Flowers
31LAST NIGHT The Scientists
30ONE STEP AHEAD Split Enz
29FREEDOM OF CHOICE Devo
28THIS WRECKAGE Gary Numan
27GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS Japan
26WEDDING CAKE ISLAND Midnight Oil
25WHEN I'M WITH YOU Sparks
24GAY GUYS Dugites
23THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT The Jam
22YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG AC/DC
21MANCINI SHUFFLE Matt Finish
20CHEAP WINE Cold Chisel
19CALL ME Blondie
18GIMME HEAD The Radiators
17ATMOSPHERE Joy Division
16WHIP IT Devo
15NAUSEA X (USA)
14ONCE IN A LIFETIME Talking Heads
13HELLS BELLS AC/DC
12RAPTURE Blondie
11BAGGY TROUSERS Madness
10BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
9ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie
8CHRISTINE Siouxsie and The Banshees
7YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES Jona Lewie
6I GOT YOU Split Enz
5HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA The Dead Kennedys
4GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
3ACE OF SPADES Motorhead
2A FOREST The Cure
1LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division

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Just lost my 1980 comments as well. I think maybe the site logs you out if you spend too long writing a message (as I have done twice now). Will try and remember what I wrote and repost (while saving off-line first).
OK 1980 first.

First year I remember getting into music off the radio. Alot of these songs I can remember listening too (though not yet on JJJ). I Got You, Whip It, Babooshka, We Are Glass, Icehouse, Ant Music were all big favourites.

As for my additions, there are a few

BIKO Peter Gabriel
COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley
NOBODYS HEROES Stiff Little Fingers
DIRTY MIND Prince
TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
GENO Dexys Midnight Runners
I WILL FOLLOW U2
BANKROBBER The Clash
THE CALL UP The Clash
POLICE ON MY BACK The Clash
WOMAN John Lennon
(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER John Lennon

The last two Clash songs actually charted in Australia in 1980 and John Lennon died in December 1980, which always helps a Hottest 100 cause
1978 comments (what I remember anyway).

Think the Top 3 looks spot on!

Additions are

NO LOVE LOST Joy Division
(WHITE MAN) IN HAMMERSMITH PALAIS The Clash
EXODUS Bob Marley
BEAST OF BURDEN The Rolling Stones
Thanks OBOne, especially the 1978 comments

Yeah might be time to do the old 'type post in Word and paste it in' trick. I too have been caught by the 'time out' before.

I have I Will Follow in at #58. It's still a great song, but I don't think anyone could have anticipated how big they would be so that kept them down a bit.

Perhaps not enough of The Clash, though I don't rate the Sandanista album as high as its predecessors.

May have included John Lennon given what happened to him late that year

I did have Geno in a previous draft, but needed to bump a song and decided this would be it thinking it might be not quite to Double J taste. May have not been the best call.
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Oops I missed U2 somehow (think you are right on where it is on the list). I had Roxanne in my original 1978 post as well but then saw it after

Before Come on Eileen, Dexys were considered quite 'alternative' so think Double J would have played Geno.
Onto 1981...

The first full Triple J Hottest 100.

The Sunnyboys, The Church and Matt Finish all had huge years.

The Divinyls appear on the scene with the classic 'Boys In Town'.

Prince makes his first appearance, but definitely not his last.

Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Rowland S. Howard and Tracy Pew were back as The Birthday Party.

Us Mob and No Fixed Address appeared in The Wrong Side Of The Road and flew the Aboriginal Flag with some classic tunes.

Soft Cell is another of those bands I wasn't sure whether to include ... but I have. Tainted Love was pretty inescapable in late 1981.

You may have guessed by now I'm a Japan fan, and Ghosts is my favourite of theirs - an absolute classic. Hence it gets boosted into my Top 10.

I'm going away for a couple of days so probably won't be posting 1982 until Friday night, if not Saturday.

My H100 posnSong
100IGLOOS XL Capris
99ONLY TIME Riptides
98100 YEARS ON Redgum
97A PROMISE Echo and The Bunnymen
96MALCOLM'S GOT A PROBLEM The Dugites
95A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES Elvis Costello and The Attractions
94EARTHBEAT The Slits
93THE PASSION OF LOVERS Bauhaus
92NIGHT OF REBELLION INXS
91HARD ACT TO FOLLOW Split Enz
90ABOUT THE WEATHER Magazine
89JUST FADE AWAY Stiff Little Fingers
88SUNSHINE Us Mob
87THE KKK TOOK MY BABY AWAY The Ramones
86PASSIONATE FRIEND The Teardrop Explodes
85RELEASE THE BATS Birthday Party
84THE LOWDOWN Paul Kelly and The Dots
83ICE MACHINE Depeche Mode
82TV PARTY Black Flag
81COMPUTER LOVE Kraftwerk
80SAT IN YOUR LAP Kate Bush
79I DON'T MIND The Hitmen
78TWO CABS TO THE TOUCAN The Models
77ANIMAL SPACE The Slits
76FACE A NEW GOD The New Christs
75STORMTROOPER IN DRAG Gary Numan
74TEDDY BOYS PICNIC Jimmy and The Boys
73MAD EYED SCREAMER The Creatures
72FUNERAL PYRE The Jam
71WE DON'T NEED THIS FASCIST GROOVE THING Heaven 17
70UNDERNEATH THE COLOURS INXS
69JUNKET HEAD Hunters and Collectors
68FOLLOW THE LEADERS Killing Joke
67PRETTY IN PINK Psychedelic Furs
66THEY WON'T LET MY GIRLFRIEND TALK TO ME Jimmy and The Boys
65SWEET DREAMS Elvis Costello and The Attractions
64YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS Frank Zappa
63VISIONS OF CHINA Japan
62WORDY RAPPINGHOOD Tom Tom Club
61SEX JUNKIE The Plasmatics
60KICK IN THE EYE Bauhaus
59(SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH) JAMES BOND The 88s
58SHOUT AND DELIVER The Reels
57POCKET CALCULATOR Kraftwerk
56GLORIA U2
55BEDSITTER Soft Cell
54THE LOVED ONE INXS
53CONTROVERSY Prince
52CEREMONY New Order
51WAITING Dugites
50PAY UP OR SHUT UP The Hitmen
49ROOM FULL OF DIAMONDS The Radiators
48HISTORY NEVER REPEATS Split Enz
47YOUR TURN MY TURN The Go-Betweens
46IF YOU LEAVE ME, CAN I COME TOO? Mental As Anything
45FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK AC/DC
44SEE SAW SPK
43KILLERS Iron Maiden
42NO WORD FROM CHINA Pel Mel
41THE LUNATICS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE ASYLUM Fun Boy Three
40WHITE GIRL X
39GENIUS OF LOVE Tom Tom Club
38UP FOR GRABS The Radiators
37LOCAL AND/OR GENERAL The Models
36STAY YOUNG INXS
35YOU'VE GOT NOTHING I WANT Cold Chisel
34TOO DRUNK TO F**K The Dead Kennedys
33GHOST ON THE HIGHWAY The Gun Club
32GENOCIDE Us Mob
31GIRL U WANT Devo
30REWARD The Teardrop Explodes
29DON'T WANNA BE THE ONE Midnight Oil
28WHAT WE ALL WANT Gang Of Four
27NICK THE STRIPPER The Birthday Party
26ONLY FOR SHEEP The Bureau
25THE CICADA THAT ATE FIVE DOCK Outline
24ATLANTIC ROMANTIC Models
23RISE ABOVE Black Flag
22SEE VENICE AND DIE Ward 13
21FADE AWAY Matt Finish
20JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH Depeche Mode
19IT MUST BE LOVE Madness
18LOVE IN MOTION Icehouse
17UNDER PRESSURE Queen and David Bowie
16WE HAVE SURVIVED No Fixed Address
15SPELLBOUND Siouxsie and The Banshees
14ARMISTICE DAY Midnight Oil
13BEAUTIFUL WORLD Devo
12QUASIMODO'S DREAM The Reels
11GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
10GHOST TOWN The Specials
9HAPPY MAN The Sunnyboys
8ALONE WITH YOU The Sunnyboys
7TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
6GHOSTS Japan
5O SUPERMAN Laurie Anderson
4BOYS IN TOWN Divinyls
3PRIMARY The Cure
2UNGUARDED MOMENT The Church
1SHORT NOTE Matt Finish


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That Matt Finish album is a classic. Agree with you on Soft Cell. Glad to see The Cicada That Ate Five Dock!!

My additions:

COUNTING THE BEAT The Swingers
THIS IS RADIO CLASH The Clash
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN The Clash
BERSERK WARRIORS Mental As Anything
LOVE SONG Simple Minds
AVERAGE INADEQUACY The Machinations

Your inclusion of (the fantastic) Pretty in Pink, reminded me that Sister Europe might have been a shot in 1980 as well.
Eeee Eeee Eeee Eeee Eeee

Sister Europe was #56 in 1980 - it's actually my fave Furs song.

Average Inadequacy will be in 1982, as will This Is Radio Clash. Won't say where

If I were to include any Simple Minds song, Love Song (or Chelsea Girl) would have been it, but it fell the wrong side of the 'pop' line.
Geez, I'm going well for picking these up...
They're very easy to lose track of, especially in the middle of the chart
http://radiohitlist.com/KROQ/KROQ-main.htm

There's a couple of 80s lists over here.

Now these are American, so some of them might not have been played in Australia, but it does show some history for one of the biggest alternative stations.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/festive50s/

There is also the John Peel Festive 50. From 1982 it was for the year in questions (rather than all time) so might help as well.

The KROQ list for 1981 has a couple I think would have done well here, Romeo Void and The GoGos.
Thanks for the lists, both of you. These are very useful for cross-checking what I've got, and adding the odd song that I missed.

The Romeo Void track in question will also be in the 1982 list, I don't think it became big here until then.
There's also lists for 91X too, which goes back to 1983. There might be something interesting there too, though again, some songs might've not impacted as much in Australia.
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