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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Benji's New Retro Hottest 100 thread Pt.3 2006 on

Part 2 was getting a bit long and hard to navigate so here is Part 3, covering the years 2006 to the present.

This is an update of a similar thread I did in 2015. I recently decided to update the lists I posted there, but instead of bumping that very messy thread, I decided to split it into three and make new threads containing the new lists.

Part 1 (1975-92) is here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50141

Part 2 (1993-2005) is here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50375

My original thread is here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=45426

In this thread, I will be posting my own personal Hottest 100 lists for each year from 2006 up to 2018 and probably beyond.

These lists are mainly about my personal taste. However, it will be a slight advantage to a song if it did well in the actual countdown.

Also, there will be more than 100 songs in each countdown, as I've been supplied with many invaluable links reminding me what songs were out in each year. I will post 101+ first, then 100-1.

Each list will contain the original Hottest 100 list in it. Note that on a few occasions* a song appeared in two Hottest 100s. I will only allow it in once.
(* the songs affected were listed in my old thread, see link above).

From 1999 onwards, I have been doing 200 songs per list, based mainly on the Hottest 100 voting lists which are available online (thanks thejuicer145!) - but there will be exceptions!

Apologies in advance if anyone disagrees with what year I put a song in. Sometimes I found it difficult to marry a year up if an album was released in one year when a single from it was released in a different year (usually the year after), also if a song didn't otherwise become big until a year after it's parent album was released. For the songs that were in the original Hottest 100s I've stuck with the year they appeared in even if their albums came out earlier. Happy if you make your own list and disagree with my definition.

I may make minor edits to these lists as I go along, especially if I find songs that I missed.

I won't be posting lists as frequently as in Part 1, as it's taking me much longer to re-order so many songs! It will probably be once a month until 2013 or so, then a bit longer after that.


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Anyway, on to 2006 ...

The year of The Grates (with 4 songs in the actual Hottest 100 list), Lily Allen (4 songs) and also the Hilltop Hoods (with 5).

Overall I thought the actual list was much better than 2005's, and 61 of the actual Hottest 100 made my Top 100 as well.

(Late edit 18/6/2016: Added two songs I had forgotten to the list in the Top 100, dropped two of the lowest ranked songs out as a result and shuffled some others around a couple of spots)

Here are #200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
200WOMAN (MSTRKRFT REMIX) Wolfmother10155
199BONES The Killers10031
198LOVE ME OR HATE ME Lady Sovereign9944
197GONE DADDY GONE Gnarls Barkley9881
196EVERYTHING'S JUST WONDERFUL Lily Allen9793
195LOVE TRAIN Wolfmother9680
194INSIDE OUTSIDE The Grates9542
193THE SHOULDERS AND BENDS Holly ThrosbyNANA
192PRIVATE LAWNS Angus & Julia StoneNANA
191MUSICAL CHAIRS Panda BandNANA
190KONICHIWA BITCHES RobynNANA
189COUCH SURFING Darren HanlonNANA
188HAPPINESS IS A CHEMICAL Darren Hanlon9468
187YOU'RE ALL I HAVE Snow PatrolNANA
186GRAVITY'S RAINBOW KlaxonsNANA
185ALFIE Lily Allen9392
184SCIENCE IS GOLDEN The Grates9217
183LONG DISTANCE CALL PhoenixNANA
182KING WITHOUT A CROWN Matisyahu9173
181READYMADE Red Hot Chili PeppersNANA
180IT AIN'T FUNNY HOW WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE You Am INANA
179LET'S CALL IT OFF Peter Bjorn & JohnNANA
178CATCHING AND KILLING Youth GroupNANA
177THIS IS HOW I DISAPPEAR My Chemical RomanceNANA
176LONDON BECKONED SONGS ABOUT MONEY WRITTEN BY MACHINES Panic! At The DiscoNANA
175SUICIDE SALLY AND JOHNNY GUITAR Primal ScreamNANA
174I WANT YOU SO HARD (BOY'S BAD NEWS) Eagles Of Death Metal9054
173GUNSLINGERS You Am I NANA
172COULD WE Cat PowerNANA
171TURN INTO Yeah Yeah YeahsNANA
170FREE RADICALS The Flaming LipsNANA
169SOFA SONG The KooksNANA
168ORIGINAL FIRE Audioslave8999
167BROKEN BOY SOLDIER SaboteursNANA
166MY SUN Temper TrapNANA
165EVERLONG (ACOUSTIC LIVE) Foo Fighters8861
164TOUCH THE SKY Kanye West Featuring Lupe Fiasco8786
163THE ERASER Thom YorkeNANA
162MARDY BUM Arctic Monkeys8689
161NEW YORK Eskimo Joe8595
160THE PRAYER Bloc Party8465
159LIES ARE MUCH MORE FUN The Grates8371
158YOU JUST MAKE IT WORSE Radio BirdmanNANA
157OFF KILTER Birds Of TokyoNANA
156STEAMWORKS The PresetsNANA
155FINGERTIPS & MOUNTAINTOPS Darren HanlonNANA
154CONSOLATION PRIZES PhoenixNANA
153WE SHARE OUR MOTHER'S HEALTH The KnifeNANA
152HOURS TV On The RadioNANA
151HONEYBEAR Yeah Yeah YeahsNANA
150NOTHING LASTS FOREVER Living EndNANA
149I DON'T EVER WANT TO CHANGE DronesNANA
148YELL FIRE! Michael FrantiNANA
147PAINKILLER Freestylers Featuring Pendulum8282
146GET UP OUTTA THE DIRT Butterfingers8183
145TA DOLEUR Camille8026
144BETTER Regina SpektorNANA
143GOOD TIMING GerlingNANA
142THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARTYRDOM AND SUICIDE IS PRESS COVERAGE Panic! At The Disco7991
141FUNKY TONIGHT John Butler Trio7812
140FRIENDS LIKE YOU You Am INANA
139SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS Ben Folds7770
138INCINERATE Sonic YouthNANA
137WORK IT OUT Jurassic 5 Featuring Dave Matthews Band7690
136THE COLD ACRE Augie MarchNANA
135F**K YEH VinesNANA
134YOUR TOUCH Black KeysNANA
133TELL ME BABY Red Hot Chilli PeppersNANA
132RIDE A WHITE HORSE GoldfrappNANA
131HANDS OPEN Snow Patrol7574
130STARLIGHT Muse749
129LOW HAPPENING Howling BellsNANA
128DEVIL WAS IN MY YARD Sleepy JacksonNANA
127PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS Jet7372
126WORLD WIDE SUICIDE Pearl Jam7297
125ALWAYS ON THIS LINE Sarah Blasko7158
124TAKE ME BACK TO YOUR HOUSE Basement Jaxx7040
123NOTHING'S COMIN' VinesNANA
122HEART IN A CAGE The Strokes6950
121COUNTRY GIRL Primal ScreamNANA
120MORNING LIGHT SparkadiaNANA
119APPLE OF THE EYE (LAY ME DOWN) Something With Numbers6864
118BLACK SWEAT PrinceNANA
117WHAT A GREAT NIGHT Hilltop Hoods6741
116LIVED IN BARS Cat PowerNANA
115DOWN THE GARDEN PATH Something For KateNANA
114UNPREDICTABLE The Herd6652
113FAST BITCH Bertie BlackmanNANA
112BLACK DIRT BumblebeezNANA
111SYSTEM OVERLOAD DatsunsNANA
110WHO TAUGHT YOU TO LIVE LIKE THAT? SloanNANA
109BODIES Little BirdyNANA
108APARTMENT Kate Miller-HeidkeNANA
107LOVE LIKE SEMTEX Infadels6585
106TARANTULA Pendulum6488
105OVER AND OVER Hot Chip6360
104THE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG The Flaming LipsNANA
103I'LL WORK WHEN I'M DEAD Fauves NANA
102BORN IN THE UK Badly Drawn BoyNANA
101STOPPING ALL STATIONS Hilltop Hoods6256

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And now for the Top 100...

There weren't any songs from outside the actual Hottest 100 that made it in to my top 10 this time, but four made it into the Top 20.

At number 10 is Beth Ditto fronting The Gossip, with the powerful Standing In The Way Of Control - surprised it only made number 98 in the actual countdown.

Speaking of ditto, at #9 for the second year in a row is Sarah Blasko with the lovely {explain} (this is how it is spelt - at least that has qualified it for Jinxie's brackets QLVG game 12 years down the track)

Ooh Brian Molko, you bitch! At #8 is Placebo's acidic Song To Say Goodbye. I still love it.

Number seven is Little Birdy's sublime Come On Come On - my second favourite song of their and such a wonderfully crafted alt song.

At six is Black Fingernails Red Wine by Eskimo Joe. It's still hard to believe this is the same group that released 'Sweater' eight years earlier. This song was everywhere in 2006. Oh, and fingers are good for pointing, typing and putting in gloves for a start...

Number 5 is Crazy by Gnarls Barkly, another song that was everywhere in 2006, and rightfully so. The song and the film clip are works of art.

Jack White's side project, The Saboteurs (aka The Raconteurs) come in at four with Steady, As She Goes. This song still rocks and the lyrics sum up my relationship status at the time.

At #3 is the mighty Wolf Like Me by TV On The Radio. This song only came in at #63 of the actual countdown amazingly, but has since featured in Hottest 100 of all time lists, and deservedly so. It pumps me up everytime I hear it.

Runner up is Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. Commercial, Grey's Anatomy connections aside, it is still an amazing piece of music that gives me shivers everytime I hear it.

And #1 is Gotye's masterpiece, Heart's A Mess. Somehow this song eluded me during the year but when the amazing film clip came out the following January, it got me hook, line and sinker. It too deservedly features in Hottest 100 of All Time lists and sends shivers down my spine whenever I hear it.

My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
100FLY ME AWAY GoldfrappNANA
99THE HARDEST WAY TO MAKE AN EASY LIVING StreetsNANA
98PRIVATE EDUCATION Josh Pyke6157
97HANDS SaboteursNANA
96EMPIRE KasabianNANA
95COME AND CHECK YOUR HEAD Blue King Brown60100
94LOVE LIKE WINTER AFI5967
93ON THE RADIO Regina Spektor5848
92THE GARDEN'S END Sarah BlaskoNANA
91BETTER WAY Ben Harper5787
90OSCAR SEE THROUGH RED EYE Boards Of CanadaNANA
89NAUSEA Beck5669
88CELL PHONE'S DEAD BeckNANA
87SHEENA IS A PARASITE The HorrorsNANA
86THE POT Tool5529
85DANI CALIFORNIA Red Hot Chilli Peppers5434
84AISLES OF WHITE Butterfly EffectNANA
83BOMBS FaithlessNANA
82IN THE CROSSFIRE Starsailor NANA
81LIVE WITH ME Massive AttackNANA
80MISS MURDER AFI5346
79INFRA-RED Placebo5278
78GONE Pearl JamNANA
77BACK STABBER Dresden DollsNANA
76WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers514
75SMILE Lilly Allen5015
74GOLD LION Yeah Yeah Yeahs4924
73BLACK AND WHITE RADIO British IndiaNANA
72ASSASSIN MuseNANA
71I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCIN' Scissor Sisters485
70CALL ME ANYTIME The Cops4733
69YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE The Strokes4627
68UNTIL WE FELT RED Kaki KingNANA
67SPARROW Love Outside AndromedaNANA
66OH HONEY AudreysNANA
65LEAVE BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME ON Arctic Monkeys NANA
64NAÏVE The Kooks45NA
63HOLD ME CLOSE Bertie BlackmanNANA
62SUNDRESS Ben Kweller4475
6119-20-20 The Grates4310
60WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS Justice vs Simian4262
59PAPER AEROPLANE Angus and Julia Stone4143
58SING Dresden DollsNANA
57PHENONEMA Yeah Yeah Yeahs4066
56RECAPTURING THE VIBE Hilltop Hoods3977
55CLOWN PRINCE The Hilltop Hoods3823
54VICARIOUS Tool3722
53MEDS Placebo3625
52THE CURSE STOPS HERE WhitlamsNANA
51WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN Arctic Monkeys3530
50JEALOUS GIRLS The Gossip NANA
49DOUBLE DARE AdalitaNANA
48COMING BACK GotyeNANA
47LDN Lilly Allen3435
46DAISY CHAINS Youth GroupNANA
45LONDON BOMBS Eskimo JoeNANA
44WAITING FOR YOU Ben HarperNANA
43DON'T YOU THINK IT'S TIME Bob Evans3337
42BLACK SWAN Thom Yorke3284
41A PRETTY GIRL FOR A POWER GAME Love Outside AndromedaNANA
40SETTING SUN Howling BellsNANA
39JAMBI ToolNANA
38CIGARETTES AND SUITCASES Something For Kate3151
37SLIDE IN NEXT TO ME Red Riders3096
36THE HARD ROAD The Hilltop Hoods293
35ROQUEFORT Karnivool2845
34WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE My Chemical Romance2713
33RIP IT UP Jet2676
32MEMORIES AND DUST Josh Pyke2538
31FAKE TALES OF SAN FRANCISCO Arctic Monkeys2449
30KICK PUSH Lupe Fiasco2319
29WEEKEND LadytronNANA
28FIDELITY Regina Spektor2220
27HERE IT GOES AGAIN Ok Go2114
26SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE Muse2018
25YOU AND STEVE MCQUEEN The AudreysNANA
24NOWHERE WITHOUT YOU Bob Evans1936
23GONE The Butterfly Effect1832
22BOYS WANT TO BE HER PeachesNANA
21LEARNALILGIVINANLOVIN' Gotye1794
20HOLY CHORD Dappled Cities FlyNANA
19A.S.P.I.R.I.N. Red Riders NANA
18ONE CROWDED HOUR Augie March161
17FOREVER YOUNG Youth Group1521
16YOUNG FOLKS Peter, Bjorn and John1416
15THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS (IS THAT THEY DIE) Pony Up!1347
14WAKE UP The Living End1253
13MARBLE HOUSE The KnifeNANA
12SILENT SHOUT The KnifeNANA
11A SLOW DESCENT The Butterfly Effect1139
10STANDING IN THE WAY OF CONTROL The Gossip1098
9{EXPLAIN} Sarah Blasko979
8SONG TO SAY GOODBYE Placebo859
7COME ON COME ON Little Birdy711
6BLACK FINGERNAILS, RED WINE Eskimo Joe62
5CRAZY Gnarls Barkly56
4STEADY, AS SHE GOES The Saboteurs (aka The Raconteurs)428
3WOLF LIKE ME TV On The Radio363
2CHASING CARS Snow Patrol27
1HEART'S A MESS Gotye18

A YouTube playlist of the Top 100 is available here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR1_j0yvft5kbvJLcnt6gX_H

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Nice list. Like the high spots for The Knife (Marble House just missed my 100)! Not any top 10 crossover with my list but some top 20 (your #1, 3 and 18 are in my top 20).

For mine, I found this a hard year to figure out a top 100, alot of songs (IMHO) were similar in quality. #1 from this year probably wouldn't have made it there any other year and it moved about with #2 and #3 at various stages but well done to the Arctic Monkeys for eventually coming out on top and having my favourite album of the year as well. Shout out to Laura as well for (again IMHO) having the best Australian Post Rock album ever (and some good song titles for the latest Quick List Game).

Also, back in the day I voted for Over and Over by Hot Chip but actually meant to vote for Boy From School so justice is finally achieved 12 years on and I never thought I'd have Robbie Williams or Toni Collette in one of these lists but what can you do

100Lake Vostok Beachfront - Laura
99Bongo Bong/Je Ne T'aime Pas - Robbie Williams & Lily Allen
98Southern Comfort - Burial
97Painkiller - Freestylers/Pendulum
96White Collar Boy - Belle & Sebastian
95LDN - Lily Allen 
94Double Dare - Adalita 
93Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives - Voxtrot
92We Used To Vacation - Cold War Kids 
91Shadows - Midnight Juggernauts 
90Hearts On Fire - Black Cab
89Forever Young - Youth Group
88The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die) - Pony Up!
87Here It Goes Again - OK GO 
86Infra-Red - Placebo
85Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
84The Prayer - Bloc Party 
83Black Dirt - Bumblebeez
82The Pot - Tool
81Take Me Back To Your House - Basement Jaxx 
80Worry About It Later - Futureheads 
79It's Kind Of Like The Innocent Smiles At The Beginning Of A Relationship Before You Fuck Everything Up - Laura
78Look Up - Toni Collette and the Finish
77Paper Aeroplane - Angus & Julia Stone
76Black Swan - Thom Yorke 
75Semi Mental - Biffy Clyro
74Hand On Your Heart - Jose Gonzalez 
73Apple Orchard - Beach House
72Think I'm In Love - Beck
71Touch The Sky - Kanye West 
70Unpredictable - The Herd 
69Smash Your Head - Girl Talk
68Hands Open - Snow Patrol
67King Without A Crown - Matisyahu
66Read My Mind - The Killers
65Lies Are Much More Fun - The Grates
64Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
63Teardrop - Jose Gonzalez 
62Call Me Anytime - The Cops
61Conventional Wisdom - Built To Spill 
60{Explain} - Sarah Blasko
59Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken - Camera Obscura
58Taking Back Control - Sparta
57Leaders Of The Free World - Elbow 
56Postcards from Italy - Beirut
55Come And Check Your Head - Blue King Brown 
54Vicarious - Tool
53You're All I Have - Snow Patrol
52I Hope - Laura
51I Don't Ever Want To Change - Drones 
50Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
49Silent Shout - The Knife
48The Only Way - Gotye
47Kick Push - Lupe Fiasco
46Starlight - Muse
45Slide In Next To Me - Red Riders
44Area - The Futureheads 
43Play A Part - Expatriate 
42Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol 
41A Lady Of A Certain Age - The Divine Comedy
40The Butterfly Effect - A Slow Descent
39Going Against Your Mind - Built To Spill
38Friend Of The Night - Mogwai
37Such Great Heights - Ben Folds (Like A Version) 
36Song To Say Goodbye - Placebo
35Work It Out - Jurassic 5  (Feat. Dave Matthews Band) 
34The Funeral - Band of Horses
33Cheated Hearts - Yeah Yeah Yeahs 
32Roquefort - Karnivool
31Steady, As She Goes - The Saboteurs
30Eddie's Gun - Kooks 
29Always On This Line - Sarah Blasko 
28New York - Eskimo Joe 
27Young Folks - Peter Bjorn & John 
26Travel Is Dangerous - Mogwai
25Is There No Help For The Widow's Sun? - Laura
24Memories & Dust - Josh Pyke 
23When You Were Young - The Killers 
22Babylon - Angus & Julia Stone
21She's Attracted To - The Young Knives
20This Could Be Anywhere In The World - Alexisonfire
19Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured - Arctic Monkeys
18Hearts A Mess - Gotye
17The Cold Acre - Augie March
16Don't You Think It's Time - Bob Evans
15Meds - Placebo
14Radio Swan Is Down (Part 2) - Laura
13Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
12Bones - The Killers
11Wolf Like Me - TV On The Radio
10We're No Here - Mogwai
9The Only Difference Between Martyrdom & Suicide Is Press Coverage - Panic! At The Disco 
8One Crowded Hour - Augie March
7Naïve - Kooks
6Boy From School - Hot Chip
5You Only Live Once - The Strokes
4When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys
3Gone - The Butterfly Effect
2Mango Tree - Angus & Julia Stone
1Fake Tales of San Francisco - Arctic Monkeys

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2006 is the earliest year I still have my 10 votes for the countdown on record.
FWIW this is what they were (but wouldn't be now):

Black fingernails red wine - Eskimo Joe
Forever young - Youth Group
Steady as she goes - Saboteurs
Clown prince - Hilltop Hoods
{explain} - Sarah Blasko
Here it goes again - Ok go!
Slide in next to me - Red Riders
Song to say goodbye -Placebo
Oh honey - Audreys
The curse ends here - Whitlams
Oh and great list as always OB!

Laura needs some listening to I reckon. And it was a fine album by The Arctic Monkeys indeed.
Was the earliest that I have my actual votes for as well

Young Knives - She's Attracted To
Arctic Monkeys - Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured
Augie March - The Cold Acre
Hot Chip - Over And Over (meant to vote for Boy From School)
Butterfly Effect - Gone
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks
Killers - Bones
Kooks - Eddie's Gun
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Sparta - Taking Back Control
2007: The year of emo.

They seemed to be everywhere that year, and several 'emo bands' (My Chemical Romance et al) made the countdown that year. Kisschasy made an amusing song about them which will be in my list of 200.

It wasn't the strongest Hottest 100 ever (only 52 of the Hottest 100 made my Top 100), but at least we had the photo finish at the top separating Knights Of Cydonia and Straight Lines (only 13 votes in it). After this, JJJ changed the eligibility rules, so if a song off an album that was released in year x became a hit in year x+1, it was no longer eligible. I still think that's a pity, so I'm not going to adopt that rule going forward.

Here are 200-101 (will post 100-1 this evening):
My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
200THE SALMON DANCE The Chemical Brothers10021
199CHARMER Kings Of Leon9960
198LOST AND RUNNING Powderfinger9815
197BETTER THAN The John Butler Trio974
196SWEATY Muscles9676
195HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER (ALIVE 2007) Daft Punk957
194LONG ROAD TO RUIN Foo Fighters9482
193JUST A SONG ABOUT PING PONG Operator Please9327
192SICK, SICK, SICK Queens Of The Stone Age9289
191BETTER PEOPLE Xavier Rudd9156
190ICE CREAM Muscles9014
189MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS The NationalNANA
188I'LL KILL HER Soko899
187MANSARD ROOF Vampire WeekendNANA
186RISING SUN Living EndNANA
185FLATHEAD The FratellisNANA
184THE GIRLS SAY Groove ArmadaNANA
183FANS Kings Of Leon8833
182RUN THE RED LIGHT British India8774
181I DON'T REMEMBER Powderfinger8666
180AUSTRALIA The Shins8564
179LOST IN BOSTON The WalkmenNANA
178WORK IT OUT Dappled Cities FlyNANA
177GRANITE PendulumNANA
176OPINIONS WON'T KEEP YOU WARM AT NIGHT Kisschasy8432
175I STILL REMEMBER Bloc Party8340
174D.A.N.C.E. Justice8235
173RUSSIAN ROULETTE British IndiaNANA
172INNOCENCE BjorkNANA
171BLACK MIRROR Arcade FireNANA
170BOYZ M.I.A.NANA
169REFLECTIONS OF A SOUND Silverchair8180
168FOREVER SONG Josh Pyke8097
167BODYSNATCHERS RadioheadNANA
166EARTH INTRUDERS BjorkNANA
165LOVE ME LIKE THE WORLD IS ENDING Ben Lee7996
164THE ANGRY MOB The Kaiser ChiefsNANA
163TIMEBOMB BeckNANA
162SO MANY NIGHTS The Cat Empire7850
161PLEASED TO MEET YOU Wolfmother7783
160THE ONLY WAY (GOTYE COVER) Karnivool7663
159NO PUSSY BLUES GrindermanNANA
158FLUORESCENT ADOLESCENT Arctic Monkeys7549
157NO I IN THREESOME InterpolNANA
156DR STRANGELOVE Blonde RedheadNANA
155ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80S Calvin HarrisNANA
154GOOD EXCUSE The John Butler Trio7455
153U.R.A. FEVER The KillsNANA
152BIG WHEEL Tori AmosNANA
151ONE OF YOU FOR ME Holly ThrosbyNANA
150CAPITAL G Nine Inch NailsNANA
149CREAKS The PanicsNANA
148DIRTY ONE Magic DirtNANA
147LIKE A PEN The KnifeNANA
146MISSED THE BOAT Modest MouseNANA
145CONQUEST The White StripesNANA
144THE STATE OF MASSACHUSSETTS Dropkick MurphysNANA
143THE FUTURIST Something For KateNANA
142I'M DESIGNER Queens Of The Stone AgeNANA
1413'S and 7'S Queens Of The Stone AgeNANA
140TEDDY PICKER Arctic MonkeysNANA
139ELIZA Jackson Jackson7387
138SMOKERS OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL DOORS Editors7265
137SHOOT THE RUNNER Kasabian7175
136HEART'S ON FIRE Cut Copy7039
135SEW MY NAME Josh Pyke6991
134THE WELL AND THE LIGHTHOUSE Arcade FireNANA
133ANIMALS SparkadiaNANA
132TIE UP MY HANDS British India6846
131THE MESSAGE The Cops6788
130RUBY Kaiser Chiefs6613
129IN MY SLEEP Red RidersNANA
128HOUSE OF CARDS RadioheadNANA
127YOU LOOKED SO GOOD Claire BowditchNANA
126I DON'T CARE ABOUT NOTHING ANYMORE Beasts Of BourbonNANA
125TICK TICK BOOM The Hives6599
124TEENAGERS My Chemical Romance6444
123THE HEINRICH MANUEVER Interpol6398
122GET US HOME The PanicsNANA
121GET DOWN Groove ArmadaNANA
120STEER Missy Higgins6253
119BYE BYE PRIDE Sarah BlaskoNANA
118I'M SLOWLY TURNING INTO YOU White StripesNANA
117I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU The Beautiful Girls6138
116SECOND CHANCE Liam FinnNANA
115HOSPITAL BEDS Cold War Kids6037
114NO LONGER THERE The Cat Empire5962
113INVINCIBLE Muse5858
112HOLD MY HAND U.N.K.L.ENANA
111FLUX Bloc Party5748
110HEAL ME LiorNANA
109I STARTED A FIRE AshNANA
108ONCE UPON A TIME Air NANA
107ON CALL Kings Of Leon563
106KILLING FOR LOVE Jose GonzalezNANA
105PENNY ON THE TRAIN TRACK Ben Kweller5568
104BRIANSTORM Arctic Monkeys5478
103LINES ON PALMS Josh Pyke5379
102ELECTRIFIED FreestylersNANA
101SURVIVALISM Nine Inch NailsNANA
And here is 100-1:

The top 4 were very hard to split indeed.

At #10 is Sigur Ros - yet again - with the lovely Hjomalind, off their compilation album, Hvarf/Heim. This will the be last time they make the Top 10 though.

Number nine is the oh-so-catchy Heart It Races by Architecture In Helsinki, with its really cool film clip.

At 8 is the wonderful slow burn of Lazy Eye by The Silversun Pickups. It meanders along then ends up in a Grungy growl, which is a compliment!

#7 is the smoooth Don't Fight It by the Panics. I enjoyed hearing it again.

Even though it was released in the UK in September 2006, Bat For Lashes/the gorgeous Natasha Khan's Fur and Gold album didn't hit Australia until well into 2007. The beautiful, haunting closing track from that album, I Saw A Light, is in at #6, while the best known track from the album, What's A Girl To Do (with it's Donnie Darko-inspired film clip) just missed the Top 10.

WA was producing some great music around this time (possibly related to its no pokies policy), and another of its bands, Gyroscope, matches their 2005 position at #5 with the great Snakeskin.

At #4 is a cover of a Kev Carmody song, based on the police killing of the Aboriginal David Gundy in Marrickville in 1989 made into a tour de force by The Drones. Powerful stuff.

Number three is the somewhat controversial actual number one in the Hottest 100, Knights Of Cydonia by Muse. Controversial because it came off a 2006 album and only won by 13 votes, after which they changed the eligibility rules. It beat out silverchair's Straight Lines, which was massively overplayed at the time but in the cold light of day, a very good song that made number 13 on my list. Anyway, the second half of 'Knights' is just awesome everytime I hear it, and the song has deservedly featured on the all time lists that have followed.

In the runners-up position is Arcade Fire's masterpiece, No Cars Go. Another song that gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it, especially towards it's big, brassy climax.

At #1 is The Presets with their anthemic My People. It was unlike anything else I had heard when I first heard it (too late for voting for it ) and still packs a punch and is just as relevant today. IIRC it came out in December, and if it had come out a month or two earlier, or later given how big The Presets would become in 2008, I've no doubt it would have finished much higher than #18 in the actual countdown, and possibly given #1 a shake.

My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
100CHELSEA DAGGER The Fratellis5259
99MY LOVE IS STRONGER THAN YOUR LOVE Red RidersNANA
98DISONNECT AND APPLY Dead Letter CircusNANA
97VALERIE Mark Ronson (Feat. Amy Winehouse)NANA
96SEALEGS The ShinsNANA
95SUN DIRT WATER The Waifs5192
94BURN MY SHADOW U.N.K.L.ENANA
93PICTURES SiaNANA
92SO HAUNTED Cut CopyNANA
91COBRASTYLE RobynNANA
90PEOPLE WILL TURN ON YOU Mia DysonNANA
89BUSINESS = PLEASURE GrinspoonNANA
88THE REDUCTIONIST BluejuiceNANA
87BLOOD AND SPUNK RegurgitatorNANA
86IF YOU KEEP LOSING SLEEP Silverchair5030
85WILD STRAWBERRIES P'Nau49100
84WASTED Angus and Julia Stone4831
83DR. LOVE The Bumblebeez4793
82TOMBSTONE Midnight Juggernauts4686
81NOBODY SEES PowderfingerNANA
80PAPER PLANES M.I.A.4517
79THE CON Tegan and Sara4470
78WE'RE GONNA RISE BreedersNANA
77THRESHOLD APPRECIATION Black Francis (Frank Black)NANA
76TIME WON'T LET ME GO The Bravery NANA
75CRUEL GUARDS The PanicsNANA
74SAY IT AGAIN ScribeNANA
73OFF THE GRID Beastie BoysNANA
72BLACK SHEETS Birds Of TokyoNANA
71VITRIOL Bluejuice4311
70LET'S DANCE TO JOY DIVISION The Wombats4212
69PRESCILLA Bat For LashesNANA
68DOWN THE LINE Jose Gonzalez4172
67WHEN YER SAD Tim RogersNANA
66BLACK TATTOO Grinspoon4073
65ARE YOU MAGNETIC? FakerNANA
64WHAT IF Cog3947
63PEACHY Missy Higgins3851
62REHAB Amy Winehouse3767
61I WANT YOUR SOUL Armand Van HeldenNANA
60SPRAY ON PANTS Kisschasy3652
59THIS HEART ATTACK Faker355
58WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT DOWN Clare Bowditch3490
57SONG TO BOBBY Cat PowerNANA
56COBRA KISSES EpicureNANA
55POGO Digitalism3369
54BRING ME THE HEAD OF Magic DirtNANA
53ALL I NEED RadioheadNANA
52START TODAY TOMORROW Youth GroupNANA
51CITIES BURNING DOWN Howling BellsNANA
50SAMSON Regina Spektor3295
49HUNTING FOR WITCHES Bloc Party3124
48IT'S NOT OVER YET The KlaxonsNANA
47WEAPON OF CHOICE Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubNANA
46JIGSAW FALLING INTO PLACE Radiohead3094
45WAYSIDE Birds Of Tokyo2961
44MY IDEA OF FUN The StoogesNANA
43FOUNDATIONS Kate NashNA101
42RECAPTURING THE VIBE (RESTRUNG) Hilltop Hoods2826
41WE GET AROUND Urthboy2725
40WHEN UNDER ETHER PJ HarveyNANA
39INTO THE GALAXY Midnight Juggernauts2657
38HANG ME UP TO DRY Cold War Kids258
37DASHBOARD Modest Mouse2441
36ICKY THUMP The White Stripes2323
35USED TO GET HIGH John Butler Trio2222
341234 Feist2134
33DO IT AGAIN The Chemical Brothers2084
32DOWN BOY Yeah Yeah Yeahs1985
31HOLD MUSIC Architecture In Helsinki1836
30CROCODILE UnderworldNANA
29REAL LOVE Regina Spektor1729
28GET WHAT YOU WANT Operator Please1677
27THE BEAST Angus and Julia Stone1545
26A BOOK LIKE THIS Angus and Julia StoneNANA
25BACK IN YOUR HEAD Tegan and Sara1442
24REACH The Butterfly Effect1371
2323 Blonde RedheadNANA
22STRONGER Kanye West1220
21SUPERSTAR Lupe Fiasco1143
20WHERE I STOOD Missy HigginsNANA
19THE PRETENDER Foo Fighters106
18MY MOON MY MAN FeistNANA
17WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT RobynNANA
16THIS BASTARD DISEASE Clare Bowditch & The Feeding SetNANA
15GOLDEN SKANS The Klaxons954
14EMPTY WALLS Serj TankianNANA
13STRAIGHT LINES Silverchair82
12FEELS LIKE HOME Meck feat. DinoNANA
11WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO? Bat For LashesNANA
10HJOMALIND Sigur RosNANA
9HEART IT RACES Architecture In Helsinki719
8LAZY EYE Silversun Pickups628
7DON'T FIGHT IT The Panics510
6I SAW A LIGHT Bat For LashesNANA
5SNAKESKIN Gyroscope416
4RIVER OF TEARS DronesNANA
3KNIGHTS OF CYDONIA Muse31
2NO CARS GO Arcade Fire281
1MY PEOPLE The Presets118

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And here is my voting list from that year. Only one of them actually made the Top 10 now, going to show how fickle my tastes are , how well some of these songs have aged against others and how much new music I have discovered since then.

Spray on pants - Kisschasy
Crocodile - Underworld
Back in your head - Tegan and Sara
When the lights went down - Clare Bowditch
Get what you want - Operator please
Empty Walls - Serj Tankian
Rising Sun - Living End (admittedly it's not their best song by any stretch. I only voted for it so they could make the 100 for an 11th straight year. They didn't )
No Pussy Blues - Grinderman
Icky Thump - White Stripes
Hjomalind - Sigur Ros

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benji2, I apologise if this has been mentioned or brought to your attention in an earlier post but you came to mind when I came across a book called "The J Files Compendium" earlier today.

Thought it might help with your lists. I have only had a quick flick through the book but it has a heap of lists and the songs are all by JJJ artists pre 2002.


For example one of the lists features a top 30 duets list with songs anywhere from 1973 until the year 2000. It also features lists that aren't counting down and lists songs with the word Jesus eg. Depeche Mode - 'Personal Jesus'


Are you familiar with this book at all? Looks pretty interesting.


Not too much has stood out for me in my quick glance as being unusual other than I was surprised to see The Bangles feature in a few lists so wonder if they would feature on lists if they existed in the 80s and in one of the Trivia sections where it is about Prince it mentions that his song "The Most Beautiful Girl" was released on his own label which makes me wonder if it was also a contender for 1994.
Thanks K8

I remember listening to the J Files (and even Retroperspective before that) back in the day when Richard Kingsmill himself was hosting it, really enjoyed it. I will have to get my hands on that book!

I reckon Prince would have been a contender for most of the 1980s an even the early 1990s, though by 1994 he had lost it a bit.

Hmm, maybe pre-Manic Monday (1986) when they became 'mainstream' The Bangles might have been played and might need to be considered.

That is a great top 10!! Not familiar with The Drones and Bat For Lashes songs (but love both of the artists) so will check them out.

My top 2 were very easy this year and they are streets ahead of the rest! Vitriol still puts a smile on my face everytime I hear it and I remember being quite struck by how different LCD Soundsystem and MIA were and also being pleasantly surprised by how good In Rainbows by Radiohead was.

100Tie Up My Hands - British India
99Foundations - Kate Nash
98Indestructible Life - Old Time Relijun
97The Penalty - Beirut
96Melody Day - Caribou
95With Every Heartbeat - Robyn
941234 - Feist
93Used To Get High - John Butler Trio
92Into The Galaxy - Midnight Juggernauts
91Mansard Roof - Vampire Weekend
90Acceptable In The 80s - Calvin Harris
89Grip Like A Vice - Go! Team
88Matadjem Yinmixan - Tinariwen
87The Con - Tegan And Sara
86U.R.A Fever - Kills, The
85Well Thought Out Twinkles - Silversun Pickups
84Saturday Superhouse - Biffy Clyro
83When Under Ether - PJ Harvey
82Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
81My People - Presets, The
80Archangel - Burial
79Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Groove Armada
78Lines On Palms - Josh Pyke
77Knights Of Cydonia - Muse
76Fans - Kings Of Leon
75Bodysnatchers - Radiohead
74Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys
73The Message - Cops 
72Icky Thump - White Stripes
71Wasted - Angus & Julia Stone
70What's A Girl To Do? - Bat For Lashes
69Shoot The Runner - Kasabian
68Who Do You Think? - Interpol
67Hold Music - Architecture In Helsinki
66Down The Line - Jose Gonzalez
65Is There A Ghost - Band Of Horses
64New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down - LCD Soundsystem
63Rehab - Amy Winehouse
62Mistaken For Strangers - National, The
61Keep The Car Running - Arcade Fire
60Five Feet Of Snow - Dirty Secrets, The
59The Only Way - Karnivool
58Wayside - Birds Of Tokyo
57Animals - Sparkadia
56Nature Of The Experiment - Tokyo Police Club
55Someone Great - LCD Soundsystem
54When The Lights Went Down - Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set
53Gotta Get Home - Expatriate
52Jesus Christ - Brand New
51Eliza - Jackson Jackson
50Stuck Between Stations - Hold Steady
49Australia - Shins, The
48All I Need - Radiohead
47No Pussy Blues - Grinderman
46Almost Ready - Dinosaur Jr.
45Snakeskin - Gyroscope
44Superstar - Lupe Fiasco (Feat. Matthew Santos)
43Fake Empire - National, The
42This Mess - Wolf and Cub
41Atlas - Battles
40Sealings - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
39Hummer - Foals
38No Longer There - Cat Empire
37Valerie - Mark Ronson (Feat. Amy Winehouse)
36Shadowplay - The Killers
35We Get Around - Urthboy
34Reckoner - Radiohead
33Recapturing The Vibe (Restrung) - Hilltop Hoods
32Sew My Name - Josh Pyke
31Crazy - Expatriate
30This Heart Attack - Faker
29Dashboard - Modest Mouse
28Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors - Editors
27Reach - Butterfly Effect
26Hljomalind - Sigur Ros
25Oh Girl - Cut Off Your Hands
24Golden Skans - Klaxons
23The Heinrich Maneuver - Interpol
22The Beast - Angus & Julia Stone
21Dr Love - Bumblebeez
20Hunting For Witches - Bloc Party
19Let's Dance To Joy Division - Wombats, The
18Like An Arrow - theredsunband
17Are You Magnetic? - Faker
16Heart It Races - Architecture In Helsinki
15Samson - Regina Spektor
14Hearts On Fire - Cut Copy
13No Cars Go - Arcade Fire
12Pogo - Digitalism
11Mammoth - Interpol
10Hospital Beds - Cold War Kids
9Jigsaw Falling Into Place - Radiohead
8Paper Planes - M.I.A
7Vitriol - Bluejuice
6I Still Remember - Bloc Party
5All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem
4Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys 
3Down Boy - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2Don't Fight It - Panics, The
1Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups
And my actual 2007 votes, still have 3 of them in my top 10

Faker - This Heart Attack
Cut Off Your Hands - Oh Girl
Interpol - Mammoth
Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races
Hilltop Hoods - Recapturing The Vibe (Restrung)
Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
Red Sun Band - Like An Arrow
Bluejuice - Vitriol
Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
Panics, The - Don't Fight It
Also, I remember seeing at some stage a 101-200 list for 2007 (strangely remember Bodysnatchers in the 150s or so) but can't seem to find any record of it online, except that Kate Nash was 101
Yeah, knew Kate Nash was 101 (it's officially listed as such) but can't find 102-200 either. 2008 is the first year 101-200 seems to be listed, however going forward I will stick to my normal practice of only including 1-100 in my list of 200.

And - great list OBOne. Like that your runaway Top 2 made my Top 10 as well! And - there's redsunband again.
I remember reading somewhere that there was a #101-200 countdown in 2007. I would love to see it. It would be awesome if that data was released for every year especially 1993 as some of the inclusions in the top 100 seem a bit iffy, so what other "what the" inclusions could there be. I do feel Accidently Kelly Street missing the top 100 is a surprise. I am sure they would have done well in 1992 but they were still big in 1993.
Here's a link to that book https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780733310669/ It is over 300 pages.

Of the two Bangles songs. "Walk Like an Egyptian" is in the whistle countdown and the other was not a countdown list but listed songs about cities and included their song "Going down to Liverpool" which I am not familar with.

Some of the artists interviewed in the book include AC/DC, INXS, Green Day, Prodigy, Nirvana, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tori Amos, Smiths, REM, Spiderbait, Nick Cave, Pearl Jam, Garbage, Kiss, David Bowie, Neil Finn, PJ Harvey, Tool, Led Zeppelin, Ben Folds, Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Reed, Powderfinger and a heap of others.


It's an interesting read and I have found out a few new things such as KLF's publicity stunt.

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Thanks K8 - I have gotten hold of that book. I did read it many years ago, but I'm enjoying rediscovering it and reading it from a different POV.
And so we move onto 2008: The GFC and the big MGMT/Kings Of Leon/Presets battle.

Yep, those three all had a very big year and a big album out each. They had 6 of the Top 10 songs in the actual Hottest 100 that year and 10 songs in the Top 100 overall.

Vampire Weekend also put out a good debut album and had four tracks from it in the countdown.

Ladyhawke and Laura Marling also released their awesome debut albums, and 'Brit und Jemaine' hit our screens with Flight Of The Conchords. Bon Iver also released the sublime For Emma.

It was a bumper year for music IMO and some good songs didn't make my Top 100, hell, even Sigur Ros didn't make it, ironically with the only song of theirs that did make a Hottest 100.

This is the first year for which #101-200 is readily available, however as mentioned before I will be sticking to my usual practice of only including 1-100 only. If any of 101-200 made my list, I have included its position.

Here are 200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
200ICE CREAM (TRIPLE J ACOUSTIC VERSION) Muscles10145
199WEARING MY ROLEX Wiley10095
198HUMAN The Killers9952
197THE FESTIVAL SONG Pez feat. 360 and Hailey Cramer987
196SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon971
195WOODSTOCK 2008 Bliss N Eso9694
194POLKA Yves Klein Blue9576
193LOVE LOCKDOWN Kanye West9489
192DON'T WORRY ABOUT NOTHIN' Muph & Plutonic9399
191ONE (BLAKE'S GOT A NEW FACE) Vampire Weekend9271
190CAPE COD KWASSA KWASSA Vampire Weekend9158
189PSYCHIC MAN Rocket ScienceNANA
188BANG ON The BreedersNANA
187MIDNIGHT MADNESS The Chemical BrothersNANA
186BABY P'nau9054
185BEAUTIFUL UGLY Muph & Plutonic8986
184I WILL NEVER LOVE YOU MORE Soko8841
183SHOVE IT SantogoldNANA
182VISIONS PendulumNANA
181TWO SIDES Youth GroupNANA
180WHY DO YOU LET ME STAY HERE She & HimNANA
179FLEX (DAVE SPOON REMIX) Dizzee Rascal8796
178BLUE BALLOON WeenNANA
177BAD BLOOD SupergrassNANA
176VINTAGE BOOKS Cloud ControlNANA
175SAME SUBURB DIFFERENT PARK FirekitesNANA
174TALK LIKE THAT The Presets866
173THE WORLD THE PEOPLE TOGETHER COME ON The Dandy WarholsNANA
172FAR AWAY Cut CopyNANA
171LIGHTS OUT SantogoldNANA
170I GOT MINE The Black KeysNANA
169MAKE YOU HAPPY Josh Pyke8529
168COCA COLA Little Red8447
167INVADERS MUST DIE The ProdigyNANA
166GRAVEYARD GIRL M83NANA
165ROMY Magic DirtNANA
164HALFWAY HOME TV On The RadioNANA
163NATTURA Bjork (Feat. Thom Yorke)NANA
162A&E GoldfrappNANA
161BEAU GESTE You Am INANA
160DADDY'S GONE GlasvegasNA134
159DUSK TIL DAWN LadyhawkeNANA
158GREAT DJ The Ting TingsNA117
157I'M NOT GONNA TEACH YOUR BOYFRIEND HOW TO DANCE Black Kids8374
156BREAKOUT Ash Grunwald8250
155OH MY GOD Ida MariaNANA
154BIG JUMPS Emiliana TorriniNA142
153MOUTHWASH Kate NashNA173
152EYE OF THE STORM Bliss N Eso8140
151DOGTOWN InfusionNANA
150MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE ROOM Flight Of The Conchords8060
149CARVE YOUR NAME The Grates7983
148A PERFECT TWIST Mike PattonNANA
147SPACEMAN The Killers7873
146FEEL THE LOVE Cut CopyNANA
145AW YEAH The Grates7780
144FIGHTING OVER NOTHING Dash and WillNANA
143YOUR PARTY Ween7655
142THE OTHER SIDE PendulumNANA
141ALWAYS WHERE I NEED TO BE The Kooks7533
140IN THESE HANDS Butterfly EffectNA198
139COUNCIL ESTATE TrickyNANA
138SNAKES AND FOXES EpicureNANA
137BLACK GOLD Stereo MCsNANA
136NIGHT OF JOY The BreedersNANA
135NIGHT RECONNAISSANCE Dresden DollsNANA
134CLEMENTINE WashingtonNANA
133STRENGTH IN NUMBERS The MusicNA197
132A HEART DIVIDED Holly ThrosbyNANA
131SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET HERE Lisa MitchellNANA
130HEY WORLD Michael Franti and SpearheadNANA
129DAWN OF THE DEAD Does It Offend You, Yeah?7464
128SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT WITH ME Cold War Kids7338
127THE MINOTAUR The DronesNANA
126WILD EYED BOY Birds Of Tokyo7251
125THE SPIKE The MusicNANA
124YIPPIYO-AY The Presets7156
123I SAID I'M SORRY British India7037
122ANOTHER WAY TO DIE Jack White And Alicia Keys6987
121WHERE THE CITY MEETS THE SEA The Getaway Plan6859
120I'M GOOD, I'M GONE Lykke LiNA188
119I LIKE IT, I LOVE IT Lyrics Born6798
118BETTER TO BE Liam FinnNANA
117I BELIEVE IN YOU Cat PowerNANA
116NAUGHTY GIRL Mr GNANA
115LAST SHIPS FirekitesNANA
114GOBBLEDIGOOK Sigur Ros6693
113BUSINESS TIME Flight Of The Conchords6519
112CRAWL Kings Of Leon6470
111RICH KID BLUES The SaboteursNANA
110THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES Metallica6388
109SLIPPERY SLIDEY Elana StoneNANA
108THE SEA IS RISING Bliss N Eso6261
107CAREFUL AS YOU GO The DronesNANA
106FLOWERS AND FOOTBALL TOPS GlasvegasNANA
105MISSION CONTROL Dandy WarholsNANA
104PORK AND BEANS Weezer6181
103ALL THIS WILL PASS Youth GroupNANA
102WINDOW AND THE WATCHER The Butterfly Effect6053
101RE-EDUCATION (THROUGH LABOR) Rise Against5984

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And here is my Hottest 100 for 2008:

At #100 is the semi-autobiographical No Sex For Ben by The Rapture

Number 10 is a song that was seriously unlucky not to make the actual Hottest 100, coming out right at the end of December and only making it to #102. I would like to right that! It is of course the beautiful falsetto harmonies of Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap.

Kaki King is an artist better known for her guitar playing than anything else (Dave Grohl raves about her amongst others), but she shows here that she can craft and sing a sweet tune too, Pull Me Out Alive is at #9. A great film clip too.

Pip Brown aka Ladyhawke released a great, 80s-themed debut album in 2008, and perhaps the most 80s-sounding song of them, Love Don't Live Here, comes at #8. This is the first song I heard from the album
on Triple J and I was immediately hooked. She also has 3 other tracks in the Top 200.

Speaking of great albums from 2008, The Presets released Apocalypso, which was pretty inescapable. At Number 7 in my list is a perhaps lesser known track from the album, If I Know You, which only came in at #145 in the actual countdown but I much, much prefer to some of the other tracks that did make it in to the list.

Rocking hipster beards, well before they became popular were Seattle's Band Of Horses, at number six with the sublimely beautiful No One's Gonna Love You.

Back to the electronica, at #5 are Cut Copy with their killer (and the best) track from In Ghost Colours, Lights And Music. It came in high in the actual countdown and deservedly so.

Keeping with the great Australian dance act theme are P'Nau at #4 with Embrace, featuring Ladyhawke again with her fourth appearance in the Top 100. Proper bangin' track.

At #3 is That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings, another of 2008 big acts. It's not very blokey of me to put it here I s'pose, but the song is just so catchy and I love the multilayered outro.

Nearly going back-to-back at #1, but coming in at #2, (but back to back to The Ting Tings again) are The Presets with This Boy's In Love, another of Apocalypso's best tracks. A great rhythm with a great falsetto vocal, and another iconic film clip.

Topping the list are MGMT with Time To Pretend, their first track from Oracular Spectacular and my first introduction to them. It still sounds great today - the soaring vocals and the drums still give me goosebumps.

My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
100NO SEX FOR BEN The Rapture5814
99READY FOR THE FLOOR Hot Chip5769
98DANCE WIV ME Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris and Chrome5617
97IT'S A WAR Dukes Of Windsor55100
96JIMMY RECARD Drapht5410
95HIPHOPOTAMUS VS RHYMENOCEROUS Flight Of The Conchords5367
94ALL ALONE Jackson JacksonNA101
93DEATH CLOUD Cloud ControlNANA
92HELLO GOODBYE Lupe FiascoNANA
91WHITE WINTER HYMNAL Fleet Foxes5265
90FOR EMMA Bon IverNANA
89I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU'RE NAKED Ida Maria5139
88RAMBLIN' (WOM)MAN Cat PowerNANA
87DISCIPLINE Nine Inch NailsNANA
86THE LIGHTHOUSE SONG Josh Pyke5027
85CHEAP AND CHEERFUL The KillsNANA
84REBEL IN YOU SupergrassNA191
83PROPANE NIGHTMARES Pendulum4992
82OLD ENOUGH The SaboteursNANA
81F**K YOU Lily Allen4890
80THESE DAYS GyroscopeNANA
79GHOSTS LadytronNANA
78FAREWELL ROCKETSHIP Children Collide4766
77PHANTOM BOOGIE BluejuiceNANA
76FLIPPERS Art vs. Science4644
752020 The Herd4563
74ULYSSES Franz Ferdinand4482
73DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds4335
72WHITE NOISE The Living End4223
71NEVER MISS A BEAT Kaiser Chiefs4125
70REACTION Dead Letter CircusNA140
69BURN BRIDGES The Grates4034
68ARE YOU INTERESTED? Cog3997
67YOUNG LOVE Mystery Jets Feat. Laura Marling3849
66INNER CITY PRESSURE Flight Of The ConchordsNA105
65NEOPOLITAN DREAMS Lisa Mitchell3791
64GERALDINE GlasvegasNA191
63THE FEAR Lily Allen3646
62YOU DON'T KNOW ME Ben Folds Feat. Regina Spektor3516
61OXFORD COMMA Vampire Weekend3430
60WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun334
59I'LL FORGET YOU Lior feat. SiaNANA
58LEAVE IT ALONE Operator PleaseNANA
57OH MY The DronesNANA
561981 Gyroscope3285
55SHUT UP AND LET ME GO The Ting Tings3178
54USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon303
53RUNAWAY LadytronNANA
52THE KING IS DEAD The Herd2913
51GHOSTS Laura Marling2843
50I AM THE LIGHT EvenNANA
49VIOLET HILL ColdplayNA165
48FALLING Drapht2777
47WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun2668
46L.E.S. ARTISTES Santogold2557
45MY DELIRIUM Ladyhawke2311
44THAT BEEP Architecture In Helsinki2428
43STAY WITH ME BRIGHT EYES Something With Numbers2248
42I FEEL IT ALL FeistNANA
41NEXT IN LINE Dead Letter CircusNANA
40TAP AT MY WINDOW Laura MarlingNANA
39LIES The Black KeysNANA
38HAPPINESS GoldfrappNA123
37WE CARRY ON PortisheadNANA
36SLEEPWALKING Faker2162
35PUMPKIN SOUP Kate NashNA132
34KIDS MGMT205
33HOWL AND MOAN Abbe MayNANA
32FINAL CONVERSATION Butterfly EffectNANA
31SOON WE'LL BE FOUND SiaNANA
30CLOSER Kings Of Leon1924
29ANOTHER WORLD Antony and The JohnsonsNANA
28BROKEN BONES Birds Of Tokyo1820
27SILHOUETTIC Birds Of Tokyo1722
26NIGHT TERROR Laura MarlingNANA
25BIRD OF FEATHER Cog1631
24KIM AND JESSIE M83NANA
23A'PUNK Vampire Weekend1532
22ALL IN ON ONE GyroscopeNANA
21PARIS IS BURNING Ladyhawke1426
20THE GIRL YOU LOST TO COCAINE SiaNANA
19JEALOUSY Sparkadia1379
18HALF FULL GLASS OF WINE Tame Impala1275
17SKINNY LOVE Bon Iver1121
16MACHINE GUN PortisheadNANA
15I WILL POSSESS YOUR HEART Death Cab For Cutie1036
14JUNGLE DRUM Emilina Torrini942
13AUTUMN STORY FirekitesNANA
12ELECTRIC FEEL MGMT82
11INTO THE CHAOS Howling BellsNANA
10SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap7102
9PULL ME OUT ALIVE Kaki KingNANA
8LOVE DON'T LIVE HERE LadyhawkeNANA
7IF I KNOW YOU The PresetsNA145
6NO ONE'S GONNA LOVE YOU Band Of Horses672
5LIGHTS & MUSIC Cut Copy515
4EMBRACE P'nau Feat. Ladyhawke412
3THAT'S NOT MY NAME The Ting Tings39
2THIS BOY'S IN LOVE The Presets28
1TIME TO PRETEND MGMT118



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Here are songs I actually voted for in 2008. They actually bear some resemblance to my current list for once.

Song titleArtist
This Boy's In LovePresets
That's Not My NameTing Tings
Into The ChaosHowling Bells
Paris Is BurningLadyhawke (Lone Don't Live Here wasn't on the voting list IIRC)
HappinessGoldfrapp
Time To PretendMGMT
Burn BridgesGrates
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