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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 18/6/2018: 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 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
The King Is DeadHerd
Skinny LoveBon Iver
Business TimeFlight Of The Conchords
Great list as always, I do like your #1 alot, it was the only song from the actual Hottest 100 top 20 to make my top 20. Great to see Band Of Horses finally get a jersey as well!!

If I was doing this exercise 3-4 years ago This Boy's In Love and Sweet Disposition would definitely have been top 10 but they don't rate that highly to me anymore but both still will make it

Interesting you mentioning the guitar playing of Kaki King as I definitely picked that up when listening to her previous songs you've had in your lists, look forward to checking this one out (and your #8 and #11 which I'm also not familiar with).

I think you'll find the best track from In Ghost Colours was Hearts on Fire from the 2007 list and, as for songs on the 2008 list, well we'll disagree on that as well.
So 2008. Not a great Hottest 100 (IMHO) and a poor top 10 BUT overall was a great year for music. Some really interesting music came out, especially if you love indie-pop (Vampire Weekend, Sons and Daughters, MGMT and more).

And a farewell to The Butterfly Effect who have (including 2008) made the last 8 of these lists. Sadly they won't go on to beat The Living End's actual Hottest 100 record of 10 in a row.

So what made the pointy end of my list.

Dallas Green halves his position with his old band from 2006 and slots in at #10 with Waiting, a beautiful song from his second solo album and a very different sound to Alexisonfire

And some Springsteenesque rock at #9 with The Gaslight Anthem and The '59 sound, a great song to sing along with (even when you don't know the lyrics like me).

Breaking the second album streak at #8 is L.E.S. Artistes by Santogold, an unusual sound to go with an unusual video, a song that really has grown on me over the years.

Back to second albums at #7 is Sleepwalking by Faker. I always loved their sound (starting with seeing them live in 2001) and Sleepwalking captures that sound better than the rest of Be The Twilight.

Skinny Love is my #6. It is hard to separate the story behind the album from the actual songs but it really is a beautiful and sad song given more weight by its story. I also like that his subsequent albums have moved away from the sound of this album.

#5 is One Day Like This by Elbow. I always (previous to 2008) linked them to Coldplay, they mined a similar sound, came out around the same time and in 2008 released their 4th (and probably best received album). For Coldplay it just ensured their world domination would continue but for Elbow it didn't really move the bar at all . Anyway play this one on a sunny day and try not to be uplifted.

Another band that never seemed to get the attention they deserved is Oregon's The Helio Sequence and they are in at #4 with Back To This, another great slice of indie pop.

At least Elbow and The Helio Sequence just shrugged and got on with things when the response to their albums wasn't what they wanted. When The Middle East released The Recordings of the Middle East in 2008 and it didn't gather any buzz at all, they broke up. Luckily they loaded a couple of tracks onto Triple J Unearthed before they did and once those songs started getting some airplay in 2009 they reformed. At #3 and #2 are not those two songs . If you're familiar with them though, you'll recognise the folk tinged effort of Lonely at #3 but maybe not the Sigur Ros styled post rock of Beleriand at #2. The Middle East does Middle Earth, what could be finer.

And we're left with Death Cab For Cutie at #1. The 5 minute build up of an introduction to I Will Possess Your Heart pushes it over the top for me. The album was disappointing (well half of it was), considering their previous two but this song more than made up for it.

So without further ado, let's walk backwards through 2008

100Walking Backwards - Futureheads
99Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini
98I'm Good, I'm Gone - Lykke Li
97Girls and Boys - The Subways
96My Delirium - Ladyhawke
95Farewell Rocketship - Children Collide
94Viva La Vida - Coldplay
93I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You - Black Kids
92Graveyard Girl - M83
91Daddy's Gone - Glasvegas
90Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
89Fishing Bird (Empty Gutted in the Evening Breeze) - Grouper
88Machine Gun - Portishead
87Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand
86Cheap & Cheerful - The Kills
85Courtship Dating - Crystal Castles
84Another Way To Die - Jack White & Alicia Keys
83That Beep - Architecture In Helsinki
82Help Me - Alkaline Trio
81Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun
80Love Is A Heavy Word - Violent Soho
79Gilt Complex - Sons and Daughters
78Your Party - Ween
77Bird Of Feather - Cog
76The Stone - ASHES dIVIDE
75Gila - Beach House
74The Modern Leper - Frightened Rabbit
73Never Miss A Beat - Kaiser Chiefs
72Out There On The Ice - Cut Copy
71The King Is Dead - The Herd
70Kim & Jessie - M83
69Business Time - Flight Of The Conchords
68Desire Be, Desire Go - Tame Impala
67Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Hot Chip (Ft. Peter Gabriel)
66Cath... - Death Cab For Cutie
65Lighthouse - Dirty Secrets, The
64Ode To LRC - Band Of Horses
63The Bones Of You - Elbow
62Det Snurrar I Min Skalle - Familjen
61Burn Bridges - The Grates
60Bird/Reprise - The Charlatans
59Inni Mer Syngur Vitlesingur - Sigur Ros
58One Last Time - Cut Of Your Hands
57Halo - Bloc Party
56Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
55Polka - Yves Klein Blue
54Geraldine - Glasvegas
53Pork & Beans - Weezer
52The Eagle - theredsunband
51Violet Hill - Coldplay
50Broken Bones - Birds Of Tokyo
49Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend
48Paris Is Burning - Ladyhawke
47Tsietsi - The Middle East
46Half Glass Full Of Wine - Tame Impala
45I'm Jim Morrison I'm Dead - Mogwai
44Always Where I Need To Be - Kooks
43Kids - MGMT
42This Boy's In Love - The Presets
41The Window And The Watcher - Butterfly Effect
40Dig, Lazarus, Dig!! - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
39No One's Gonna Love You - Band Of Horses
38Dawn Of The Dead - Does It Offend You, Yeah?
37Too Much To Do - Sparkadia
36No Sex For Ben - Rapture, The
35Lately - The Helio Sequence
34Ghosts - Laura Marling
33Jealousy - Sparkadia
32Mountains - Biffy Clyro
31Talons - Bloc Party
30Silhouettic - Birds Of Tokyo
29Batcat - Mogwai
28Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand
27Bixby Canyon Bridge - Death Cab For Cutie
26Strange Overtones - David Byrne & Brian Eno
25Grounds For Divorce - Elbow
24Balloons - Foals
23Dance Wiv Me - Dizzee Rascal (Ft. Calvin Harris and Chrome)
22Cassius - Foals
21Embrace - Pnau (Ft. Ladyhawke)
20Time To Pretend - MGMT
19The Rip - Portishead
18Gobbledigook - Sigur Ros
17White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
16I Said I'm Sorry - British India
15Young Love - Mystery Jets (Ft. Laura Marling)
14Shed Your Love - The Helio Sequence
13Where The City Meets The Sea - The Getaway Plan
12Darling - Sons and Daughters
11A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
10Waiting - City And Colour
9The '59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem
8L.E.S. Artistes - Santigold
7Sleepwalking - Faker
6Skinny Love - Bon Iver
5One Day Like This - Elbow
4Back To This - The Helio Sequence
3Lonely - The Middle East
2Beleriand - The Middle East
1I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie

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I have a mystery to solve for any music detectives out there. I can't find any record anywhere of my #58 song One Last Time by Cut Off Your Hands. I think I downloaded it from the Triplej website as a free download (but not 100% sure). It wasn't on the voting list, there is no video on Youtube (until I created one) and no mention of the song in their discography that I can find. Thought I had the song title wrong but Shazam identifies it. So if anyone can shed some light on it for me would be grateful.
Hate it when there is no YouTube video - Prince was always a problem until recently. Well done on making the YouTube vid, I saw it and it sounds good.

Great list OBOne, and an epic #1. Looking forward to hearing the list in full.
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And now to the last year of the noughties i.e. 2009

It was very much the year of the female singer-songwriter; Florence Welch (and her machine), Megan Washington, Bertie Blackman, Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes), Metric, Lisa Mitchell, La Roux, Lily Allen and Sara Blasko all had albums or EPs out that year, as well as female-fronted The Gossip and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Well, that and banjo-tinged folk.

Here are 200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
200STICKS 'N' STONES Jamie T10014
199COUSINS Vampire Weekend9922
198HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal9880
197(IF YOU'RE WONDERING IF I WANT YOU TO) I WANT YOU TO Weezer9736
196WHEELS Foo Fighters96100
195BURN YOUR NAME PowderfingerNANA
194KISS WITH A FIST Florence and the Machine9590
193LENIN Arcade FireNANA
192I'M GOING TO KILL YOU Philadelphia Grand JuryNA172
191RAINDROPS Basement Jaxx9483
190WARSAW Groove Armada (Ft. Nick Littlemore)NANA
189NO YOU GIRLS Franz Ferdinand9355
188GENERATION WHY KisschasyNANA
187CREEPING OUT SARA NOFX9288
186FADER The Temper Trap9121
185NEW MOON RISING Wolfmother9075
184AEON Antony & The JohnsonsNANA
183ONE WAY ROAD John Butler Trio8939
182LITTLE SECRETS Passion Pit8838
181GETTING WISE Yves Klein Blue8779
180ONE MORE CHANCE Bloc Party8662
179CORNERSTONE Arctic MonkeysNA112
178ISLANDS The xx8556
177WTF? - Ok GoNANA
176THE LOOK YOU GIVE THAT GUY EelsNA108
175SHE'S NO GOOD Basement JaxxNANA
174LET'S BE KIDS Howling BellsNANA
173PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS Kid Cudi feat. MGMT & Ratatat8433
172AWESOME The Bloody Beetroots (Ft. The Cool Kids)8343
171PERIODICALLY DOUBLE OR TRIPLE Yo La TengoNANA
170HARMONY TO MY HEARTBEAT Sally SeltmannNANA
169THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY Midnight JuggernautsNANA
168D.O.A. (DEATH OF AUTO-TUNE) Jay-Z8289
167UNITED STATES OF EURASIA Muse8184
166LISZTOMANIA The Phoenix804
165WARP 7.7 Bloody BeetrootsNANA
164LAUGHING WITH Regina Spektor7997
163I'M NOT YOUR TOY La RouxNA168
162SATELLITE SKIN Modest MouseNANA
161COIN LAUNDRY Lisa Mitchell787
160LOVE LONG DISTANCE GossipNANA
159THESE ARE MY TWISTED WORDS RadioheadNANA
158VLAD THE IMPALER KasabianNA174
157AIN'T TELLING THE TRUTH BluejuiceNA101
156CAROL BROWN Flight Of The Conchords7724
155HEARTBREAKER MSTRKRFT (Ft. John Legend) 7673
154DON'T LET ME DOWN Eskimo JoeNANA
153SHE'S A GENIUS Jet7577
152AND THE BOYS Angus and Julia Stone7440
151YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF NERVE Red RidersNANA
150KINGDOM OF RUST DovesNANA
149REMEMBER ME Tame Impala7378
148TURN IT ON Franz FerdinandNANA
147THE START OF WAR Clare Bowditch & The New SlangNA144
146BOUNCE MSTRKRFT (Ft. N.O.R.E.)NA196
145UNDISCLOSED DESIRES Muse7219
144DANCE ANTHEM OF THE 80S Regina SpektorNANA
143YOUR EYES Eskimo JoeNANA
142ALL I KNOW Karnivool7163
141CRYING LIGHTNING Arctic Monkeys7054
140HELL Tegan And Sara6999
139FAST FRIENDS Paul DempseyNA128
138MEXICAN MAVIS Boy & BearNA155
137WINTER HILL DovesNANA
136SHOOTING STARS Bag Raiders6818
135THIS WEIGHT Big ScaryNANA
1348TH WONDER The GossipNANA
133WE WON'T RUN Sara Blasko6728
132LONG WAY TO GO Liam Finn And Eliza JaneNANA
131I CUT LIKE A BUFFALO The Dead WeatherNANA
130ALLIGATOR Tegan And SaraNANA
129I'VE GOT FRIENDS Manchester Orchestra6691
128HOLLYWOOD Art Vs ScienceNA125
127COMEBACK GrinspoonNA103
126THE WAITRESS SONG Seth Sentry6531
125RAMONA WAS A WAITRESS Paul Dempsey6432
124LOVE LOST The Temper Trap6358
123BLUE LIPS Regina Spektor6294
12211TH DIMENSION Julian Casablancas6176
121HELLSONG UrthboyNANA
120NEW FANG Them Crooked Vultures6098
119ALL I WANT Sara Blasko5929
118CELLO SONG Jose Gonzalez And The BooksNANA
117BLACK CATS Bertie BlackmanNANA
116VANILLA British India5842
115RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence and the Machine5744
114DANIEL Bat For LashesNA119
113ALL OF THE DREAMERS Powderfinger5649
112MEET ME ON THE EQUINOX Death Cab For Cutie5569
111HORCHATA Vampire Weekend5452
11022 Lily Allen5360
109BYRDS OF PREY Bertie Blackman5271
108THE CAVE Mumford and Sons5181
107SACRED TRICKSTER Sonic YouthNANA
106LITTLE BRIBES Death Cab For CutieNANA
105SIGH NO MORE Mumford & SonsNA154
104SKELETONS Yeah Yeah YeahsNANA
103I'M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris5059
102SHINING DOWN Lupe FiascoNA130
101BLOOD The Middle East4964

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Going to try something slightly different...

I will post 100-11, then each song in the Top 10 one at a time will be added to the list along with its blurb. Gotta try and build SOME suspense.

At Number 10 is Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver with the wintry, haunting Blood Bank. I much prefer this song to his more lauded Skinny Love.

Number 9 is the closing track from Lungs, You've Got The Love from Florence and the Machine. A great showcase indeed for Ms Welch's vocals.

At zero is Eight by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. No, wait, at eight is Zero by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Probably my favourite song of theirs, it suits Karen O's vocals so well, and the rest of the band rise to the challenge.

#7 are the winners of the actual poll, and the it boys of the year. I speak of Mumford and Sons with Little Lion Man. They and this song are a bit maligned now, but fair play to them, the banjo-and-soaring-vocal bridge still sounds awesome. And that is a sentence I never thought I'd write before 2009 came around.

Another Bat For Lashes album, another extraordinary, haunting album closer about death (this time featuring 60s legend Scott Walker), another #6 finish as she did in 2007.

At number five was a (still) interesting band from the UK, The xx. They made the actual chart at #56 with Islands, but somehow this infinitely better follow-up, Crystallised, only got to #151, I assume just due to timing. Anyway, it is an amazing song worthy of the best shoegaze acts of the 90s. High praise indeed from cynical old me.

'Nombre quatre' is the crunching but very cool 1901 from France's Phoenix. Love the crunching bassline. It finished in the exact same position their other big track of the year from the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album, Lisztomania, did in the actual Hottest 100.

Florence and The Machine's opening salvo, Dog Days Are Over, comes in at number 3. It still sounds as awesome as it did the first time I heard it and is probably my second favourite song of hers (will see the favourite in an upcoming countdown).

In the runner-up position are another of 2009's 'it' bands, Kasabian, with their many-layered, very cool and now-Leicester City theme song Fire. Didn't do The Foxes any harm in 2016 using it either.

So what could Number 1 be I hear you ask? Another bloody Sigur Ros song no doubt? Nah - it's UK rapper Dizzee Rascal of course. Yes - Benji - who seems to have it in for rap, has Dizzee at Number 1. Aided greatly by Armand Van Helden's very, very bangin' bass-driven backbeat, Bonkers even got cynical me up'n'dancing.

My posnSongH100 orderActual posn
100SOMETIMES Miami Horror4882
99SPLITTING THE ATOM Massive AttackNANA
98OUT OF CONTROL Dash and WillNANA
97MY GIRLS Animal Collective4770
96IT DON'T MOVE ME Peter Bjorn & JohnNANA
95HAWAIIAN DISEASE Abbe May & The Rockin' PneumoniaNANA
94DAYS ARE OVER GosslingNANA
93SO LIGHT IS HER FOOTFALL AirNANA
92HOLD YOUR BACK Dappled CitiesNANA
91GOLIATH KarnivoolNA136
90TWO PLAYER GAME InfusionNANA
89TREAT ME LIKE YOUR MOTHER The Dead WeatherNANA
88POSSIBILITY Lykke LiNANA
87AMAZING GRACE Cat PowerNANA
86CHASE THAT FEELING Hilltop Hoods463
85SLEEPER AWAKE Sarah BlaskoNANA
84GOODBYE ENGLAND Laura MarlingNANA
83TOO MANY DICKS ON THE DANCEFLOOR Flight of the Conchords4586
82RAISE THE ALARM The Living EndNANA
81BATTLE FOR THE SUN PlaceboNANA
80POP CRIMES Rowland S. HowardNANA
79PALE HORSES MobyNANA
78PICTURES Illy4466
77TORE MY HEART OUT Mama KinNANA
76RESISTANCE Muse4335
75CEMENT Washington4267
74TREASURE HUNT Howling BellsNANA
73BULLETPROOF La Roux416
72YOU'VE CHANGED Sia4072
71STILL STANDING The Hilltop Hoods3937
70BROKEN LEG bluejuice385
69HEADS WILL ROLL Yeah Yeah Yeahs3711
68PEARL'S DREAM Bat For LashesNANA
67SKELETON TIGER Tame ImpalaNANA
66AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco3641
65GOLD CANARY Cloud ControlNA170
64SKELETON BOY Friendly Fires3592
63BRUISES ChairliftNA122
62WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO? Kasabian3451
61HURT ME The JezabelsNANA
60THE GOOD NEWS Philadelphia Grand Jury3357
59TALK TO ME PeachesNANA
58IN FOR THE KILL La Roux3227
57QUICKSAND La RouxNA176
56SLEEPYHEAD Passion Pit3120
55THE FIXER Pearl JamNANA
54FRESH BLOOD EelsNA145
53NOT FAIR Lily Allen308
52FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH PlaceboNA142
51YOU KNOW ME BETTER Roisin MurphyNANA
50FRIEND IN THE FIELD Art vs. Science2974
49OMEN The Prodigy2868
48BROTHER Little Birdy2734
47SET FIRE TO THE HIVE Karnivool2647
46OH! HARK! Lisa MitchellNA197
45WINTERSONG Bob EvansNANA
44BEAT THE TWILIGHT Decoder RingNANA
43SUNDOWN SYNDROME Tame ImpalaNA185
42HEARING DAMAGE Thom YorkeNANA
41DONE ALL WRONG Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubNANA
40SCIENCE OF FEAR The Temper Trap2548
39HURT FEELINGS Flight Of The Conchords2430
38WARP 1.9 Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki2323
37HOME Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros2215
36ANIMAL Miike Snow2153
35DRUMMING SONG Florence and The Machine2045
34THE DARKEST SIDE The Middle East1987
33THE SPACE ON THE WALL Dead Letter CircusNA121
32THUMP Bertie Blackman1893
31UPRISING Muse179
30FOREIGN LAND Eskimo Joe1665
29STELLIFY Ian BrownNANA
28TWO WEEKS Grizzly Bear1561
27NIGHT AND DAY Sarah BlaskoNANA
26OUT THE AIRLOCK Paul DempseyNA110
25GHOSTS N STUFF Deadmau5 (Featuring Rob Swire)1496
24THE LIGHT YOU BURNED Hilltop Hoods feat. TrialsNA118
23BLACK HEARTED LOVE PJ Harvey And John ParishNANA
22WHITE BOY Magic DirtNANA
21PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS? Art vs. Science132
20MAGIC LadyhawkeNANA
19HELP I'M ALIVE Metric1226
18MY PROPELLER Arctic MonkeysNANA
17HEART Bertie BlackmanNA120
16UNDERDOG Kasabian1185
15BUTTONS Sia1050
14HOW TO TAME LIONS WashingtonNA171
13WHITE OWL Bertie BlackmanNANA
12PANIC SWITCH Silversun Pickups995
11HEAVY CROSS Gossip816
10BLOOD BANK Bon Iver746
9YOU'VE GOT THE LOVE Florence and The MachineNA191
8ZERO Yeah Yeah Yeahs625
7LITTLE LION MAN Mumford and Sons51
6THE BIG SLEEP Bat For Lashes feat. Scott WalkerNANA
5CRYSTALLISED The xxNA151
41901 Phoenix413
3DOG DAYS ARE OVER Florence and The Machine310
2FIRE Kasabian217
1BONKERS Dizzee Rascal112



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ONE MORE CHANCE Bloc Party appears twice at 195 & 180
Looks like they got two more chances! Thanks, will fix tonight when I have the full list in front of me

I do know what #8 is, will post it now
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Edit: have fixed the 'Two More Chance' issue. Usually I spot these double ups, apologies. I still need to add the actual position in 101-200 to some of those songs that made my 200, will have that fixed by 7pm. Edit: now fixed.

And #7 - #1 are posted...
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Here are the songs I actually voted for in 2009 Well they're not too different I guess. Didn't vote for Sata Blasko's Night and Day as it wasn't on the list.

My picksSong titleArtist
1Dog Days Are OverFlorence and the Machine
2Little Lion ManMumford and Sons
3FireKasabian
4The Light You BurnedHilltop Hoods
5MagicLadyhawke
6Sundown SyndromeTame Impala
7We Won't RunSarah Blasko
8BonkersDizzee Rascal
9DanielBat for Lashes
10Broken Legbluejuice
Nothing else off 'Backspacer' tickled your fancy?
Nice list as always. I thought Kasabian was going to win the race for #1

Alot of the top of you list make the top of mine, your #3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 34 in particular.

I must admit I'm one of the maligners of Mumford and Sons though

Won't post it until tomorrow as I don't have the time atm (and the suspense...).

But as a taster here are the 15 songs (in alphabetical order) that just missed the cut...

Arming Eritrea - Future Of The Left
Byrds Of Prey - Bertie Blackman
Close Chorus - A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Feel It All Around - Washed Out
Higher Than The Sun - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
My Girls - Animal Collective
Nowhere Lullaby - Built To Spill
Satellite Skin - Modest Mouse
Sick Muse - Metric
Something Is Squeezing My Skull - Morrissey
That's All - The Holy Soul
The Captain - Biffy Clyro
Thirteen - The Antlers
Uprising - Muse
VCR - The xx
beansterbarnes sadly not.

OBOne ooh that is intriguing. Looking forward to your list and sorry mine took so long. It was a tricky year and only 49 of the original H100 made my 100.
What about 2009 then? There were some really good songs/albums that made the actual Hottest 100 (Florence and the Machine, The xx, Kasabian, The Middle East for a start) and some that really annoyed me (Mumford, La Roux, Art v Science, Bluejuice and Lily Allen from the top 10 for instance). Like benji2, only 49 songs from the actual 100 made my list (for the record there were 23 the same so between us there were 75 of the actual songs represented so it must have been all right).

Before presenting the 100 (top 10 blurb at the end) a few shout outs to the four artists that are represented for two different acts, Sia (#60 as herself and #32 with Flight of the Conchords), Karen O (#80 with the Kids and #33 and #21 with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dallas Green (#63 with Alexisonfire and #17 with City and Colour and finally Justin Vernon (#88 with Volcano Choir and of course Bon Iver).

Lastly, well done to Florence Welch and her Amazing Lungs . She couldn't crack the top 10 but did have 6 songs in. Album of the year without a doubt.

100Warp 1.9 {Ft. Steve Aoki} - Bloody Beetroots
99Splitting The Atom - Massive Attack
98Set Fire To The Hive - Karnivool
97It's Nice to Know You Work Alone - Silversun Pickups
96Kiss With A Fist - Florence and the Machine
95My Villian - Mess Hall
94New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
93Oh! Hark! - Lisa Mitchell
92One Way Road - John Butler Trio
91All Of The Dreamers - Powderfinger
90Animal - Miike Snow
89Vanilla - British India
88Island, IS - Volcano Choir
87Mind Eraser No Chaser - Them Crooked Vultures
86For What It's Worth - Placebo
85Glass - Bat For Lashes
84Audacity Of Huge - Simian Mobile Disco
83Young Adult Fiction - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
82Fire - Kasabian
81You Are The Blood - Sufjan Stevens
80All Is Love - Karen O and the Kids
79Epilogue - The Antlers
78The Man Who Played God {Ft. Suzanne Vega} - Dark Night Of The Soul
77Thump - Bertie Blackman
76Whip It (Like A Version) - Dananananakroyd
75Heaven Can Wait {Ft. Beck} - Charlotte Gainsbourg
74These Are My Twisted Words - Radiohead
73Science Of Fear - Temper Trap
72Hang You From The Heavens - The Dead Weather
71It Ain't Gonna Save Me - Jay Reatard
70Hurt Feelings - Flight Of The Conchords
69Rescue - Black Cab
68Raindrops - Basement Jaxx
67Sleepyhead - Passion Pit
66Blanchard - Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions
65Lisztomania - Phoenix
64Little Girl {Ft. Julian Casablancas} - Dark Night Of The Soul
63Young Cardinals - Alexisonfire
62Greenwich Mean Time - Charlotte Gainsbourg
61Gold Canary - Cloud Control
60Buttons (CSS Remix) - Sia
59Kosmos Amigos - Interkosmos
58Daylight - Mat and Kim
57Running To Stand Still - Elbow
56Coin Laundry - Lisa Mitchell
55Drumming Song - Florence and the Machine
54Sylvia - The Antlers
53Crying Lightning - Arctic Monkeys
52All I Want - Sarah Blasko
51You've Got The Love - Florence and the Machine
50Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden
49And The Boys - Angus and Julia Stone
48The Very Best Of Neil Diamond - Super Furry Animals
47Mother's Desk - Jen Cloher And The Endless Sea
46Atlantic City - The Hold Steady
45Don't Haunt This Pace - The Rural Alberta Advantage
44We Won't Run - Sarah Blasko
43Mexican Mavis - Boy & Bear
42Sun Was High (So Was I) - Best Coast
41Rambling Through The Avenues Of Time - Flight Of The Conchords
40The Waitress Song - Seth Sentry
39The Girl and the Robot - Royksopp
38Muscle Cars - Wussy
37Love Like Sunset Part I - Phoenix
36Remember Me - Tame Impala
35Cousins - Vampire Weekend
34Quiet Little Voices - We Were Promised Jetpacks
33Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
32Carol Brown - Flight Of The Conchords
311901 - Phoenix
30Underdog - Kasabian
29Happiness Bleeds - Wussy
28Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Florence and the Machine
27Hurt Me - The Jezabels
26Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
25Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine
24I've Got Friends - Manchester Orchestra
23Cornerstone - Arctic Monkeys
22Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups
21Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
20Black Hearted Love - PJ Harvey And John Parish
19Romeo and Juliet (Like A Version)- Lisa Mitchell
18Shooting Stars - Bag Raiders
17The Girl - City and Colour
16Sticks 'n' Stones - Jamie T
15Where Did All The Love Go? - Kasabian
14Intro - The xx
13Meet Me On The Equinox - Death Cab For Cutie
12Cosmic Love - Florence and the Machine
11Help I'm Alive - Metric
10Islands - The xx

I love the outward simplicity of this song. This was my introduction to The xx and I was immediately struck by the musical style, bare guitar and bass lines with a drum machine providing the beats and the interposing vocals. Still a favourite to this day.

9Daniel - Bat For Lashes

It is interesting that we both had 2 Bat For Lashes songs in our top 100 (and one in the Top 10) but they were 4 different songs. Shows what a great album Two Suns is. Like Islands, this song was my first introduction to Bat For Lashes and I immediately fell in love with her voice. It is just a great pop song.

8Ramona Was A Waitress - Paul Dempsey

The second greatest treatise pondering the thoughts of AI (after Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?) is Paul Dempsey's song about a guy arguing with an AI robot waitress about mortality. Only Paul Dempsey could bring this off right. His best song since Monsters in 2001.

7No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

Leads into Franz Ferdinand's best song since their debut. This song has a great driving beat and catchy as hell chorus. Interesting to listen to Katherine Kiss Me to see the songs genesis.

6(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer

See above (great beat catchy as hell).

5Blood Bank - Bon Iver

Agree that this is better than Skinny Love (which is still pretty ace). Recorded at the same time as, but not included on, For Emma. The song has a beautiful, sad flow that builds up slowly over the song.

4Kettering - The Antlers

Never heard it you say, well you probably have. It's been used in The 100, Fear The Walking Dead, Chuck, Sense8, Camp X-Ray and Felony among others. The beautiful piano intro, haunting vocals and rousing drums/guitar outro are just perfect. The album it comes from, Hospice, is an amazing concept album about caring for a young woman who is dying of cancer (that in reality was a metaphor for a really toxic relationship the singer had just gotten out of).

3Crystalised - The xx

Well I said that Islands was my introduction to The xx but it isn't the best song on the album, that would be Crystalised. It takes all those attributes from Islands but ramps it up better, especially in the middle of the song.

2The Darkest Side - The Middle East

Hearing this in the Hottest 100 was my introduction to The Middle East. Didn't pay too much attention but it piqued my interest enough to download it from the triplejunearthed website not long after. I kept coming back to it, hearing more every time I listened. A beautifully crafted song with each of 7 members musically fit together amazingly (no drums as well) and great vocal harmonies. Bonus points for being the only song I know to mention Sim City!

1Blood - The Middle East

But it doesn't even come close to Blood, my favourite song of all time! Like The Darkest Side, it wasn't immediate but I kept coming back and discovering more and more. The lyrics in particular I love about this song and the rousing outro as well (used in many movies). Basically, this song hits all the right notes for me!
Interesting list OB!

I must admit that The Middle East passed me by at the time, but I'm discovering them in a big way now.

Never heard The Antlers song Looking forward to hearing it and recognising it.

Interesting that we have different Bat For Lashes songs in our Top 10. Deservedly so..

Also glad that 6 tracks off Lungs made it in. I didn't manage that myself! Ms Welch was the discovery of the year for me in a strong field.
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http://www.abc.net.au/doublej/programs/the-funhouse/the-funhouse:-saturday,-29-september/10291000

Apologies, as I know this theead is ppst 90s but your 90s thread was closed and thought this was worth bringing up. Almost every one of these one hit wonders made a Hottest 100 countdown. I question Sonia Dada's inclusion as he was far from being a one hit wonder. Was he included because he featured and was payed on JJJ in 1992? I get Chet Faker/Vance joy vibes (with an accentl from him.
I don't remember Sonia Dada ever being played on JJJ, nor he/they ever having another hit. In fact that was around the time I started listening to JJJ in earnest, in order to get away from the likes of Sonia Dada!

Anyone, especially you K8, is welcome to bump the old 70s-80s-90s threads linked at the beginning of this one.
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I'd also query Crash Test Dummies being included as a) they had another at least one other hit (Afternoons and Coffeespoons) and b) JJJ had played them before Mmm Mmm....

Also don't recall Sonia Dada ever being played on JJJ.
Into the new decade we go: 2010, featuring 'featurings'

Yes, the 'feat.' abbreviation, which is featuring heavily in HiJinx's current QLVG game, came into its own this year.

Not because of that, but the actual countdown is regarded is one of the weakest ones, so this list was a challenge.

Laura Marling, Arcade Fire, Children Collide, Marina and The Diamonds and Massive Attack, Washington and even Angus and Julia Stone were the pick of the album releases for me.

Anyway, here are #200-101:

My posnSongH100 OrderActual posn
200WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO Yolanda Be Cool/DCUP10043
199ABC NEWS THEME (REMIX) Pendulum9911
198RADAR DETECTOR Darwin Deez9828
197F**K YOU! Cee Lo Green977
196RUNAWAY Kanye West {Ft. Pusha T}9614
195YOU'VE GOT THE DIRTEE LOVE Florence & The Machine/Dizzee Rascal9527
194OPPOSITE OF ADULTS Chiddy Bang9436
193MONSTER Kanye West {Ft. JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver}9388
192BARBARA STREISAND Duck Sauce9215
191PLANS Birds Of Tokyo914
190O.N.E Yeasayer9030
189DOWN BY THE RIVER Bliss 'N' Eso8941
188BIG BOI Shutterbugg {Ft. Cutty}8877
187QUEENSLAND Evil Eddie8786
186UNDERCOVER MARTYN Two Door Cinema Club8621
185MODERN MAN Arcade Fire8583
184RATED X White StripesNANA
183DO-WAH-DOO Kate NashNANA
182WORK BluejuiceNA135
181PIPER'S SONG Gypsy & The Cat8471
180DOG Andy Bull {Ft. Lisa Mitchell}8368
179HERE IS MY CO-PILOT Holly ThrosbyNANA
178RICH KIDS Washington8259
177BABY, I'M GETTING BETTER Gyroscope8140
176HORSEPOWER Chemical BrothersNANA
175CONGRATULATIONS MGMTNANA
174LOSING PATIENCE Operator PleaseNANA
173ENTER THE NINJA Die AntwoordNANA
172SAVE OUR TOWN Philadelphia Grand JuryNA106
171GIVING UP THE GUN Vampire Weekend8055
170DANCING ON MY OWN RobynNA142
169SAD RUDE FUTURE DUDE Ball Park MusicNANA
168COMING AROUND Hungry Kids Of Hungary7975
167YOU AND YOUR HEART Jack JohnsonNANA
16640 DAY DREAM Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosNANA
165HERE SOMETIMES Blonde RedheadNANA
164CLAP YOUR HANDS Sia7813
163HOLIDAYS Miami Horror {Ft. Alan Palomo}7754
162HOLIDAY Vampire Weekend7667
161TIME TO SMILE Xavier Rudd7594
160JONA VARK Gypsy & The Cat7464
159BLUE BLOOD BLUES The Dead WeatherNANA
158MURDER WEAPON TrickyNANA
157SLEEPWALKER Parkway Drive7397
156ANYONE'S GHOST The National7293
155BELIEVER GoldfrappNANA
154RADIOACTIVE Kings Of Leon7176
153WATERCOLOUR Pendulum7069
152THE HAIR SONG Black MountainNANA
151WRITTEN ON THE FOREHEAD PJ HarveyNANA
150WHAT DO I DO Lanie LaneNANA
149RUN, WILD Dead Letter ChorusNANA
148BURY The FallNANA
147TOO MANY MIRACLES Badly Drawn BoyNANA
146LEFT OF CENTER Serj TankianNANA
145SPRAWL II (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS) Arcade FireNA194
144LEVI JOHNSTON'S BLUES Ben Folds and Nick HornbyNANA
143ELECTRIC {FT. KISS REID} Itch-E & Scratch-ENANA
142IT CAN WAIT Illy {Ft. Owl Eyes}6929
141YOU MUST BE OUTTA YOUR MIND The Magnetic FieldsNANA
140ADDICTED Bliss N Eso6823
1391 + 1 Owl EyesNANA
138ANIMAL ARITHMETIC JonsiNANA
137PARADE OF THE DEAD Hilltop HoodsNA148
136OVERPASS The John Steel Singers6752
135DINOSAUR KisschasyNANA
134U.N.K.L.E - Natural Selection {Ft. The Black Angels}NANA
133SLOW MOTION Little Red6679
132THE KEY Ou Est Le Swimming PoolNANA
131ON THE BORDERLINE Sally SeltmannNANA
130AUDIENCE Cold War Kids6566
129NEUTRON STAR COLLISION (LOVE IS FOREVER) Muse64100
1281000 YEARS The CoralNANA
127I CAN CHANGE LCD Soundsystem6392
126MOWGLI'S ROAD Marina and The DiamondsNA109
125KICKSTARTS Example6257
124COMPLIMENTS Band Of HorsesNANA
123ANNIE ORANGETREE PondNANA
122VENUSIA KlaxonsNANA
121NO SURPRISES Regina SpektorNA178
120LOST MY NERVE JebediahNANA
119FLASHBACK Calvin HarrisNANA
118DRUNK GIRLS LCD SoundsystemNA132
117REFLECTIONS Bliss N Eso6153
116AVALANCHE British IndiaNANA
115WHERE I'M GOING Cut CopyNANA
114WILD AT HEART Birds Of Tokyo6047
113ON MELANCHOLY HILL Gorillaz5942
112BIGGER THAN THE MONEY Clare Bowditch & The New SlangNANA
111IN THE SUN She & HimNANA
110I FEEL BETTER Hot Chip5885
109BACK AND FORTH Operator PleaseNANA
108CRAVE YOU Flight Facilities {Ft. Giselle}5719
107NOT IN LOVE Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith5626
106THE BIKE SONG Mark Ronson & the Business Intl. Feat Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock5535
105TRY IT ON InterpolNANA
104SELF V SELF Pendulum ft. In FlamesNANA
103HOWLIN' FOR YOU The Black Keys5480
102CROSSFIRE Brandon FlowersNA188
101SOME OF THE PLACES I KNOW GyroscopeNA146

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Although I didn't think much of the actual Hottest 100 this year, 53 songs from it still made my Top 100.

Here are #100-1:
My posnSongH100 OrderActual posn
100AMBLING ALP Yeasayer5351
99RAPUNZEL Drapht5212
98PEEK-A-BOO Bertie BlackmanNA171
97TIGHTEN UP The Black Keys5182
96DAY INTO NIGHT Katalyst {Ft. Stephanie McKay}NANA
95EASY TO LOVE The Jezabels5049
94WHITE KNUCKLE RIDE JamiroquaiNANA
93HARD BELIEVER First Aid KitNANA
92I CAN TALK Two Door Cinema Club4972
91NORTHCOTE (SO HUNGOVER) The Bedroom Philosopher4891
90GHOST STORY Cloud ControlNANA
89THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US The Dead WeatherNANA
88ANDALUCIA DovesNANA
87TRIGGER FINGER You Am INANA
86LITTLE BIRD EelsNANA
85BARRICADE Interpol4789
84TIME TO WANDER Gypsy & The Cat4673
83WORM TAMER GrindermanNANA
82INVISIBLE LIGHT Scissor SistersNANA
81ACE OF HZ LadytronNANA
80BAPTISM Crystal Castles4544
79WHEN I'M WITH YOU Best CoastNANA
78BETWEEN THE LINES Stone Temple PilotsNANA
77VITAL SIGNS Midnight JuggernautsNANA
76MY EAGLE Children Collide4460
75FACTORY Band Of HorsesNANA
74YOUR LOVE The Aston Shuffle NANA
73BRING NIGHT Sia4356
72GET SOME Lykke LiNA163
71THIS IS THE TIDE Dandy WarholsNANA
70WITCHCRAFT Pendulum4248
69AUTUMN Big ScaryNANA
68THE HARDEST PART Washington4184
67ONE LIFE STAND Hot Chip4050
66WE HAVE LOVE Hot ChipNANA
65ALWAYS LOVED A FILM UnderworldNANA
64ANY WHICH WAY Scissor SistersNANA
63EYES WIDE OPEN Gotye3925
62MAMMALIAN LOCOMOTION Abbe MayNANA
61BIG Dead Letter Circus3899
60LEAD OR FOLLOW ShihadNANA
59XXXO M.I.A.NA101
58THE SUBURBS Arcade Fire3758
57TOKYO (VAMPIRES AND WOLVES) The Wombats368
56FOR YOU Angus And Julia StoneNANA
55THE SADDEST THING I KNOW Birds Of Tokyo3587
54THIS TOO SHALL PASS OK GoNA183
53YOUNG BLOOD The Naked and Famous3438
52YOU USED TO HOLD ME Calvin HarrisNANA
51DONCAMATIC Gorillaz feat. Daley3337
50MAGIC FOUNTAIN Art vs. Science329
49HANDS The Ting TingsNANA
48TENDERONI KeleNA116
47TREATS Sleigh BellsNANA
46BOYFRIEND Best CoastNA128
45NOT GOING HOME FaithlessNANA
44SUNDAY BEST Washington3120
43COLOURS GrouploveNA110
42HOLD ON Angus And Julia Stone3062
41BRIGHT LIGHTS BIGGER CITY Cee Lo GreenNANA
40GO DO Jonsi2996
39BANG BANG BANG Mark Ronson & the Business Intl. feat Q-Tip and MNDR2817
38BLOODBUZZ OHIO The National2731
37LUCIDITY Tame Impala2674
36MADE OF STONE Matt CorbyNANA
35WAY BACK HOME Bag Raiders2546
34PUNCHING IN A DREAM The Naked and Famous2434
33THE COLLABORATOR Gareth LiddiardNANA
32WHAT HE WROTE Laura MarlingNANA
31PAPER ROMANCE Groove Armada2370
30FINALLY SEE OUR WAY Art vs. Science2290
29LOGIC Operator PleaseNANA
28I BELIEVE YOU LIAR WashingtonNA117
27CLOSE TO YOU John Butler TrioNA124
26MACE SPRAY The Jezabels2116
25TEENAGE CRIME Adrian Lux206
24STYLO Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def1978
23BIG JET PLANE Angus and Julia Stone181
22PARADISE CIRCUS Massive AttackNANA
21REVOLUTION John Butler Trio1739
20THE HIGH ROAD Broken Bells1695
19RABBIT SONG Boy and Bear1545
18READY TO START Arcade Fire1463
17JELLYLEGS Children Collide1322
16SHAMPAIN Marina and The DiamondsNA156
15ECHOES Klaxons1281
14SOLITUDE IS BLISS Tame Impala1133
13DEVIL'S SPOKE Laura MarlingNA192
12FALL AT YOUR FEET Boy and Bear105
11JACKSON'S LAST STAND Ou Est Le Swimming Pool961

At #10 is Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. This song was EVERYWHERE in in the first half 2011, but it was first released at the end of 2010 and probably would have finished a lot higher than #32 in the actual countdown if it was released a month earlier or later. The lyrics make me a bit uneasy (though they're supposed to be a pisstake). It's still very catchy.
10PUMPED UP KICKS Foster the People832

Speaking of catchy songs, at #9 is the runner up in the actual countdown, Little Red's Rock It. Still the 'feelgood' song of that summer, still sounds good.

9ROCK IT Little Red72

At eight is Cloud Control's jangling-then-stomping ode to Mary Jane, There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight. Another catchy gem and still their best song.

8THERE'S NOTHING IN THE WATER WE CAN'T FIGHT Cloud Control618

As alluded to in OBs post below, number 7 is amongst the tracks just missing out on his list. It is the sweet rock styling of Dead Letter Circus with One Step. A song that summed up my relationship at the time with an awesome vocal by Kim Benzie. Thought it '#shouldabeenhigher' than number 65 in the actual countdown

7ONE STEP Dead Letter Circus565

In one of my lists for only the second time is Boy George (the other was in 1995 with Funtime) - supplying a beautiful, poignant and very believable
to his real life vocal to Mark Ronson and The Business International's Somebody To Love Me. It's at Number 6, four places higher than it's well deserved Top 10 place in the actual countdown.

6SOMEBODY TO LOVE ME Mark Ronson and The Business International feat. Boy George410

Number 5 was a song from a 2010 album that was released as single in 2011 and was contoversially excluded from the 2011 Hottest 100 voting list, being deemed a 2010. Ok JJJ I'll call it a 2010 song too. The song is - Loveless by Children Collide, their rockin' My-Bloody-Valentine- inspired masterpiece. Even their one take filmclip is great.

5LOVELESS Children CollideNANA

Sparkadia (by this stage just Alexander Burnett) are at #4 with their/his divine Talking Like I'm Falling Down Stairs. Alexander sings like he was gliding on a river gracefully, and the instrumentation is great too.

4TALKING LIKE I'M FALLING DOWN STAIRS Sparkadia324

Third from the top of my list is the song that came third from the bottom of the actual Hottest 100 - the beautiful Spanish Sahara by The Foals. It's like a divine mix of Bon Iver and Sigur Ros, and anyone who has been following my threads will know that I rate both very highly indeed.

3SPANISH SAHARA The Foals298

Number 2 is Dance The Way I Feel by Ou Est Le Swimmimg Pool.
Lifeline's number is 13 11 14

2DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool13

My Hottest 100 closer is the closer of Heligoland and of their live set. It is the epic Atlas Air from Massive Attack. For best effect, have a light show going in the background. Even without that, it puts me in a nice trance each time. Nineteen years after they were runner-up in my list and 12 years after they topped it, they're at #1.

1ATLAS AIR Massive AttackNANA

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Well while we wait in suspense for the rest of the Top 10, I'll put the 20 songs that just missed out on my 100 for 2010 (in alphabetical order), maybe one of these will make your top 10

Afraid Of Everyone - National, The
Anxiety - Eddy Current Suppression Ring
Baby, I'm Getting Better - Gyroscope
Big - Dead Letter Circus
Blue Blood - Foals
Colours - Grouplove
Dancing On My Own - Robyn
Eyes Wide Open - Goyte
Falling Away - Big Scary
Flash A Hungry Smile - Mystery Jets
Go Do - Jonsi
Hold On - Angus and Julia Stone
Hot Air - Adalita
I Can Talk - Two Door Cinema Club
Laredo - Band Of Horses
One Step - Dead Letter Circus
Seasun - Delorean
Time To Smile - Xavier Rudd & Izintaba
Triple Double - Girl Talk
Youngbloods - Amity Affliction
One of these is next up at #7 as a matter of fact, and it's up now
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These were the 10 songs I voted for in 2010

Devil's Spoke - Laura Marling
Atlas Air - Massive Attack
Solitude Is Bliss - Tame Impala
Shampain - Marina and the Diamonds
Big Jet Plane - Angus and Julia Stone
One Step - Dead Letter Circus
Sunday Best - Washington
This Too Shall Pass - OK Go!
Rock It - Little Red
When I'm With You - Best Coast

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Nice one!

Great top 10 in particular. Heard a rumour that Alex Burnett is working on a new Sparkadia album, Never quite got Rock It though

Did find my voting list as well, we voted for two songs the same and three bands!

Angus And Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
Interpol - Lights
Jezabels, The - Mace Spray
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
National, The - Bloodbuzz Ohio
Tame Impala - Solitude Is Bliss
Crystal Castles - Not In Love {Ft. Robert Smith}
Deerhunter - Desire Lines
Best Coast - Boyfriend
Delorean - Seasun
"My highs are high
My lows are low"

Thus sang Best Coast about the 2010 Hottest 100. I don't feel it was a particularly strong one (but still have 49 songs from it in my list) and a bit top-heavy but overall 2010 was a pretty good year for music although I didn't listen to Triple J much. Some cracker albums were released by Best Coast, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Foals, Tame Impala, Gorillaz, Deerhunter and Angus and Julia Stone.

Biffy Clyro match The Butterfly Effects record of appearing in 8 of my lists (and they just missed out for 2009).

Shout out to Girl Talk for the idea of mashing Drake with A Flock Of Seagulls. Brilliant! Also to Bring Me The Horizon for having the lowest selling #1 album in Aria history (since been "beaten").

100Falling - Cat Empire
99Take Me Over - Cut Copy
98Buy Nothing Day - Go! Team, The
97Fool's Day - Blur
96Tenderoni - Kele
95Forced To Love - Broken Social Scene
94American Slang - Gaslight Anthem, The
93Sad Rude Future Dude - Ball Park Music
92Teenage Crime - Adrian Lux
91Kentucky Pill - Johnny Flynn
90Dog {Ft. Lisa Mitchell} - Andy Bull
89Too Much - Sufjan Stevens
88It Never Ends - Bring Me The Horizon
87Radar Detector - Darwin Deez
86Devil's Spoke - Laura Marling
85Fall At Your Feet - Boy & Bear
84God & Satan - Biffy Clyro
83Angela Surf City - Walkmen, The
82One Life Stand - Hot Chip
81Somebody To Love {Ft. Boy George & Andrew Wyatt} - Mark Ronson
80Beneath The Satellites - British India
79Stylo - Gorillaz
78All Summer - Kid Cudi, Best Coast & Rostam Batmanglij
77Tokyo (Vampire & Wolves) - Wombats, The
76Avalanche - British India
75Black Crow - Angus and Julia Stone
74Modern Man - Arcade Fire
73Dance The Way I Feel - Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
72The Bike Song {Ft. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock} - Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.
71Rano Pano - Mogwai
70Crave You {Ft. Giselle} - Flight Facilities
69Alter Ego - Tame Impala
68Norway - Beach House
67Jail La La - Dum Dum Girls
66You Got The Dirtee Love - Dizzee Rascal and Florence Welch
65Jesus Stole My Girlfriend - Violent Soho
64This Orient - Foals
63Steady Shock - Girl Talk
62Dance Yrself Clean - LCD Soundsystem
61Holiday - Vampire Weekend
60Floating Vibes - Surfer Blood
59Howlin' For You - Black Keys, The
58Get Some - Lykki Li
57O.N.E. - Yeasayer
56Drunk Girls - LCD Soundsystem
55Spawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire
54Home - LCD Soundsystem
53Baptism - Crystal Castles
52Limit To Your Love - James Blake
51Big Jet Plane - Angus and Julia Stone
50Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
49Boyfriend - Best Coast
48I Can Change - LCD Soundsystem
47Bang Bang Bang {ft. Q-Tip & Mndr} - Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.
46Lucidity - Tame Impala
45Miami - Foals
44The Piper's Song - Gypsy and the Cat
43Conversation 16 - National, The
42Young Blood - Naked and Famous, The
41Punching In A Dream - Naked and Famous, The
40All I Want - LCD Soundsystem
39Barricade - Interpol
38Tighten Up - Black Keys, The
37Time To Wonder - Gypsy and the Cat
36Easy To Love - Jezabels, The
35Echoes - Klaxons
34Rabbit Song - Boy & Bear
33XXXO - MIA
32Doncamatic - Gorillaz
31Shutterbug - Big Boi
30iFly - Ball Park Music
29Mace Spray - Jezabels, The
28Jellylegs - Children Collide
27Jona Vark - Gypsy and the Cat
26Atlas Air - Massive Attack
25There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight - Cloud Control
24Goodbye - Best Coast
23Odessa - Caribou
22Under Cover Martyn - Two Door Cinema Club
21Endless Summer - Still Corners
20The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
19Talking Like I'm Falling Down Stairs - Sparkadia
18Helicopter - Deerhunter
17Tightrope {Ft. Big Boi} - Janelle Monae
16Yellow Brick Road - Angus and Julia Stone
15Written On The Forehead - PJ Harvey
14Giving Up The Gun - Vampire Weekend
13Jesus Came To My Birthday Party - Middle East, The
12Anyone's Ghost - National, The
11Desire Lines - Deerhunter
10Glitter - No Age

The best shoegaze song of the 2010s. It's not the pretty 90s shoegaze of Ride, Slowdive or Chapterhouse but the buzzing chainsaw 80s shoegaze of the Jesus and Mary Chain and early My Bloody Valentine.

9Runaway {Ft. Pusha T} - Kanye West

Kanye gets himself a bad rep (deservedly as he is an idiot) but when he's on top form it's incredible. There is so much going on in this song, which coincidentally is the (equal) longest to appear in a Hottest 100. He also picks guest vocalists really well and the Pusha-T feature works really well here.

8Lights - Interpol

This was released as a free download in advance of the release of Interpol's 4th album. Of anything they have done since the 1st album (which is one of my faves of all time) this song captures that sound the best (dark and driving). I got very excited about the new album, which you'll notice I didn't include in the great albums of 2010 above . Anyway, seriously great song and seriously weird film clip.

7Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People

Seriously great pop song. Catchy as all-hell. My 15 year old daughter can't believe it isn't my #1 (and the general lack of K-Pop as well).

Trivia for you. When the 2011 Hottest 100 was being played (Australia Day 2012) Pumped Up Kicks was the Aria #1 single. A benji2 said if it was released a month later it would have been an interesting battle for the 2011 #1 against the juggernaut of Goyte.

6On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz

There is a real sense of Melancholy in this one, no guest vocals just Damon Albarn. It tugs at something inside. Really low tempo for Gorillaz and it works well.

5Solitude Is Bliss - Tame Impala

A stompingly good track this one. Another great pop song. Really drives along. When this didn't make the top 10 I realised the Hottest 100 no longer made any sense .

4Ready To Start - Arcade Fire

Another great album from Arcade Fire and this is (for me) the highlight. The changes of tempo really work for me and push the song along.

3Not In Love {Ft. Robert Smith} - Crystal Castles

I do like Crystal Castles (they appear without Bob in 2007 and 2009 as well) but the addition of that very distinctive voice really elevates this song above anything else they have done.

2Bloodbuzz Ohio - National, The

This song was my introduction to The National and I immediately fell in love with them and that voice! High Violet is probably my favourite album from 2010, no weak songs on it and some really great ones.

1Spanish Sahara – Foals

I fist heard this song when it appeared in the Hottest 100 and remember staring at the radio about half way through and saying, who is this, it's brilliant. Subsequently, I have all their albums and am quite the fan.

Having said that, this song is not typical of Foals. Most of their work has a pop/funk sound, which I really like but this is different. It is more subdued, it gradually picks up steam until it's glorious release.
Great list OB! A worthy number 1.

Love me some shoegaze so will check out Glitter.

Yes, was disappointed that Solitude Is Bliss only made Number 33 given how big Innerspeaker was as an album. It's slid back slightly since 2010 but not much.


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Hello everyone

It's 2011 time - the year of Dubstep, Planking and the Occupy movement.

The actual Hottest 100 list was the best of the 21st Century and one of the best of all time IMO. Sixty songs from this list made my Top 100.

Florence and The Machine released a cracking album, as did M83, Bon Iver and Gotye and a young lady from the US named Lana Del Rey appeared on the scene.

Without any further ado as I have to go out in 2 mins, here are #200-101:
My posnSongH100 rankActual posn
200NIGGAS IN PARIS Jay-Z & Kanye West10098
199BALI PARTY Drapht Feat. N'fa9974
198SIXTEEN Funeral For A FriendNANA
197BUMBLEBEE Art vs ScienceNANA
196ALL MINE Little RedNANA
195ARNOLD Luke Million9871
194TECHNO FAN The Wombats9726
1931996 The Wombats9624
192LOVE IS A DRUG Eskimo JoeNA151
191OTIS Jay-Z & Kanye West9533
190IS IT ME The KooksNANA
189THE HELLCAT SPANGLED SHALALALA Arctic MonkeysNA198
188ONE DAY RegurgitatorNANA
187HOW COME YOU NEVER GO THERE FeistNA133
186UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS The Strokes9441
185GOLDEN REVOLVER San CiscoNA149
184WELCOME TO THE MIDDLE The GratesNANA
183FIRST OF THE YEAR (EQUINOX) Skrillex9373
182LIGHT ALL MY LIGHTS Seeker Lover Keeper9286
181ROPE Foo Fighters9163
180THE FIX The Panda BandNANA
179SANTA FE Beirut9089
178MARKET FORCES The HerdNANA
177SCARY MONSTERS AND NICE SPRITES Skrillex8921
176ORIGINAL DON Major Lazer (feat. The Partysquad)NANA
175SHUFFLE Bombay Bicycle Club8888
174SWEET DREAMS The GratesNA134
173DANGEROUS FakerNANA
172SAY IT Beastie BoysNANA
171THE WORLD IS A PICTURE Josh PykeNANA
170CONTACT HIGH Archtitecture In Helsinki8712
169LOTUS FLOWER Radiohead8661
168BABY SAYS The KillsNANA
167SHE'S LIKE A COMET Jebediah8570
166THE LOST ONES SparkadiaNANA
165CODES AND KEYS Death Cab For CutieNANA
164WHAT DID I DO? Kele feat. Lucy TaylorNA137
163JUNK OF THE HEART (HAPPY) The Kooks8445
162PUMPED UP KICKS (LIKE A VERSION) Owl Eyes8328
161TAURUS CHORUS Abbe MayNANA
160EVEN THOUGH I'M A WOMAN Seeker Lover Keeper8217
159I FOLLOW RIVERS Lykke Li8158
158THE LION'S ROAR First Aid KitNANA
157RICH PEOPLE ARE STUPID Ball Park MusicNA196
156CIGARETTES Illy8035
155THE TRUTH P'nau7980
154JEANS AND WALLET Chet FakerNANA
153FINGERPRINTS SparkadiaNANA
152SIDEWALK SAFARI ChairliftNANA
151ALL BLACK EVERYTHING Lupe FiascoNANA
150ITCHIN' ON A PHOTOGRAPH Grouplove7843
149MILK AND STICKS Boy and Bear7749
148WILL DO TV On The RadioNA121
147WILDFIRE SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon7679
146THE ADVENTURES OF RAINDANCE MAGGIE Red Hot Chilli PeppersNA169
145MONEY AND RUN U.N.K.L.E. feat. Nick CaveNANA
144MONEY The Drums7551
143LOW ON YOUR SUPPLY The PanicsNANA
142LAND OF THE BLOODY UNKNOWN The Middle EastNA101
141DESIGN DESIRE Abbe MayNANA
140SATELLITE The KillsNANA
139READY TO DROP Katalyst (feat. KweenG)NANA
138THE WORDS THAT MAKETH MURDER PJ HarveyNA146
137WINDOWS Broken BellsNANA
136BULLDOZER Cold War KidsNANA
135LAY IT DOWN The Rubens7457
134L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N Noah and the Whale7332
133CALGARY Bon Iver7269
132LAY MYSELF DOWN Mazzy StarNANA
131STEVE MCQUEEN M83NANA
130CHINA Sparkadia7156
129SALINAS (A CREATURE I DON'T KNOW) Laura MarlingNANA
128THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING REPEATING The Living EndNA127
127THE SUM OF IT ALL The HerdNA126
126SWITCHBLADE SMILES KasabianNANA
125I KNOW DEEP DOWN Architecture In HelsinkiNA195
124HOUDINI Foster The People7040
123NAKED KIDS Grouplove6995
122IN YOUR LIGHT Gotye6887
121PARADISE ColdplayNANA
120VILLAGES AlpineNANA
119SOPHIA Laura MarlingNA172
118TWO WAY STREET Kimbra6793
117I WROTE THE BOOK Beth DittoNANA
116MOVE ON The PanicsNANA
115END TO THE LIES Jane's AddictionNANA
114CINEMA Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go6639
113EPIC FAIL P'NauNANA
112WHITE ELEPHANT LadytronNANA
111SHIVERS Alex BurnettNANA
110BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS A REVOLUTION Cut CopyNANA
109LINDISFARNE James BlakeNANA
108GO Santigold (feat. Karen O)NANA
107RITUAL UNION Little Dragon6582
106ETHIOPIA Red Hot Chilli PeppersNANA
105FOREIGN LANGUAGE Flight Facilities feat. Jess6472
104PLASTIC BAG WashingtonNANA
103I LOVE IT Hilltop Hoods feat. Sia6310
102THROW IT AWAY 360 Feat. Josh Pyke6284
101ALL I WANT IS YOU Ball Park Music6138



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And now #100-1.

At #100 is the Beastie Boys making their farewell appearance, 24 years after they topped my list. Sadly Adam Yauch passed away that year.

My posnSongH100 rankActual posn
100MAKE SOME NOISE Beastie Boys6090
99REPETITION TV On The RadioNANA
98NO ONE WANTS A LOVER Josh PykeNA112
97ON MY OWN Seeker Lover KeeperNANA
96MACHINE GUN The Living EndNANA
95BOYS LIKE YOU 360 feat. Gossling598
94YOU SHOULD CONSIDER HAVING SEX WITH A BEARDED MAN The Beards5899
93I FEEL BETTER Gotye5734
92O CHILDREN UrthboyNANA
91IRRESISTIBLE FORCE Jane's AddictionNANA
90ACT YR AGE bluejuice5620
89HOT AIR AdalitaNANA
88THE BAD IN EACH OTHER FeistNANA
87KILLER 3605537
86CRYSTALLINE BjorkNANA
85I'D DO ANYTHING (SOLDIER'S LAMENT) John Butler TrioNANA
84SECOND CHANCE Peter, Bjorn and JohnNANA
83THE SUBURBS Mr Little Jeans54100
82HELENA BEAT Foster The People5315
81ARLANDRIA Foo Fighters5297
80GAY PIRATES Cosmo Jarvis5185
79FRAGILE BIRD City And Colour5091
78IN YOUR SLEEP Best CoastNANA
77AWKWARD San Cisco497
76HANDS AlpineNANA
75BIDING MY TIME Busby Marou4881
74THE WORLD IS YOURS GlasvegasNANA
73MACHU PICCHU The Strokes4796
72AIR Snakadaktal4622
71JUMP INTO THE FOG The Wombats4518
70HEARTS TO BREAK FakerNANA
69OH WELL THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR FALLING IN LOVE WITH A COWBOY Lanie LaneNA122
68TRYCOLOUR The JezabelsNA106
67ZIMBABWE New Navy4367
66PROMISES Nero4319
65I'M ON YOUR SIDE PowderfingerNANA
64SUNLIGHT Bag RaidersNANA
63BLUE JEANS Lana Del ReyNANA
62BLACK WATER RISING Stonefield4262
61FUTURE STARTS SLOW The Kills4183
60TURN ME ON Grates4054
59ALL OF THIS The Naked And FamousNANA
58BOUNCE Calvin Harris feat. Kelis3930
57THE LOOK Metronomy3877
56GUILT NeroNA176
55ESCAPEE Architecture In Helsinki3755
54SHAKE IT OUT Florence and The Machine3613
53CAMEO LOVER Kimbra3525
52GOOD INTENT Kimbra3452
51RAIDERS Owl Eyes3364
50OUR PERFECT DISEASE The Wombats3294
49HOUSE Ben Folds FiveNANA
48RICH KIDS BLUES Lykke LiNANA
47CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT Foster the People3114
46DREAMSHAKER Redcoats3076
45A.I.M FIRE! Art vs Science2948
44BLOOM RadioheadNANA
43SING IT (LIFE OF RILEY) Drapht2829
42HOLOCENE Bon Iver2753
41SPEAK OF THE DEVIL Hermitude2644
40RE-WIRED Kasabian2565
39IT'S NICE TO BE ALIVE Ball Park Music2431
38INTO THE SKY Howling BellsNANA
37CHASE THE TEAR PortisheadNANA
36CHIMERA SnakadaktalNA144
35GABRIEL Joe Goddard feat. Valentina2360
34HOLY MOSES Washington2259
33COMMON BURN Mazzy StarNANA
32PART TIME BELIEVER Boy and Bear2150
31REUNION M83NANA
30CHANGED THE WAY YOU KISS ME Example2027
29DON'T SIT DOWN 'CAUSE I'VE MOVED YOUR CHAIR Arctic Monkeys1968
28WITH THOUGHTS Art vs ScienceNANA
27FEEL SO CLOSE Calvin Harris1811
26FEEDING LINE Boy and Bear174
25SOUTHERN WIND Full Tote OddsNANA
24MARY Sparkadia1647
23AMANAEMONESIA ChairliftNANA
22THE BEAST Laura MarlingNANA
21THE WILHELM SCREAM James Blake1592
20BROTHER Matt Corby143
19SHOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT AGAIN Skream and Example1375
18LONELY BOY Black Keys122
17ENDLESS SUMMER The Jezabels119
16TONGUE TIED Grouplove1016
15LEVELS AviciiNANA
14GLADIATOR Big ScaryNA104
13NO LIGHT NO LIGHT Florence and The Machine936
12JUNGLE Emma Louise823
11CODEX RadioheadNA194

At Number 10 is Adalita's ode to her late bandmate Dean Turner, The Repairer. She is more heartfelt than even before, and she still manages to rock out a few times in what is otherwise a funereal song. as only she can.
10THE REPAIRER AdalitaNANA

Ah-ah oh-oh wo-oh. Coming in at nine is the song that started it all for Melbourne's Husky with their sublime, heartfelt folky breakup song History's Door. I happen to be wearing a checked shirt as I type this too, just like they were in the filmclip Says something about my tastes I'm sure.
9HISTORY'S DOOR Husky778

#8 is a duet. No, not that one you might normally associate with 2011, but Sydney's Elizabeth Rose debuting and teaming up with RUFUS to bring us the insanely catchy Stars Ago. It still sounds great without RUFUS' input too (though better with).
8STARS AGO Elizabeth Rose feat. RUFUSNANA

At #7 is another tribute song to a departed colleague and friend, Bon Iver's ode to Heath Ledger and his hometown, Perth. It somehow evokes the remoteness, sparseness and the beauty of the place and is one of his best songs.
7PERTH Bon Iver666

Coming in at #6 is the third of M83's singles off the Hurry Up, We're Dreaming album. I speak of the wonderfully sparse, glacial and dare I say Sigur-Ros-like Wait. It really needed the intergalactic filmclip that goes with it to do justice to the song.
6WAIT M83NANA

At #5 is my first introduction to the sweet Nancy-Sinatra-like voice of Lana Del Rey, the great Video Games, and what an excellent showcase for her voice it was, with the stripped-back piano and orchestral background. Unlucky to finish at #6 in the actual countdown but it was a very strong field.
5VIDEO GAMES Lana Del Rey56

Sorry Hottest 100 party people, number 4 is a bit of a 'slowie' too. It's Hanging On, Active Child's ode to trout fishing if the film clip is anything to go by. Or a crumbling relationship. I'll let you decide. Anyway, it is another beautiful, heartfelt song
4HANGING ON Active Child446

It came in at Number 1 in the Hottest 100, Hot 50 videoclips, ARIA charts, Billboard charts and various other charts. It has 'only' come in at Number 3 in mine. Yes it's that duet I mentioned earlier, Gotye and Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know (aka STIUTK). Now that seven years have passed and it's no longer being overplayed everywhere, it stands up really well as a work of art, a great piece of music and even a great pop single.
3SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye31

Runner-up is in my opinion Florence and The Machine's best song, her ode to another departed soul, Sylvia Plath - What The Water Gave Me, the opening track from Ceremonials. The faster paced songs always bring the best out of her super-strong voice.
2WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME Florence and The Machine242

Which means, at #1, is M83 with the mighty Midnight City, another 'goosebump' song, especially when the sax kicks in during the outro. I have always loved everything about it, even when it was getting a lot of airplay seven years ago. It makes an old 80s fan like me very happy.
1MIDNIGHT CITY M8315

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While we wait somewhat patiently for the last few songs to be revealed, I'll post the songs that just missed the cut for my 100. The first 6 are 101-106 (was really hard to cut down from 106 ) and the others unordered,

Oh Well, That's What You Get Falling In Love With A Cowboy - Lanie Lane
Neat Little Rows - Elbow
Wildfire {Ft. Little Dragon} - SBTRKT
Stay Away - Charli XCX
House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls - Weeknd, The
Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It) - Lovely Eggs, The
Amor Fati - Washed Out
April Fool - Manchester Orchestra
Call It What You Want - Foster The People
Circles - Digitalism
Contact High - Architecture In Helsinki
Dangerous - Faker
Even Though I'm A Woman - Seeker Lover Keeper
Far Nearer - Jamie xx
Feel So Close - Calvin Harris
Golden Jubilee - Boy & Bear
Grown Ocean - Fleet Foxes
I Got A Letter - Kill City Creeps
Ice Cream {Ft. Matias} - Battles
In Your Sleep {Ft. Johnny Marr} - Best Coast
Jam For Jerry - Holy Ghost!
Jump Into The Fog - Wombats, The
Lover To Lover - Florence and the Machine
Mr Polite - Jungle Giants
Rolled Together - Antlers, The
She's Like A Comet - Jebediah
Small Town / Leaving Home (On The Run) - Radio Over Moscow
Sophia - Laura Marling
Swerve…The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Withstanding) - Shabazz Palaces
The Actress That Ate Rousseau - Le Butcherettes
Here are the songs I voted for in 2011 Time has not been kind to Even Though I'm A Woman nor Awkward, and I can't believe I missed Hanging On. I think I rated No Light No Light a better chance in the countdown than What The Water Gave Me, so I voted for it. It only ended up 6 places higher.

AwkwardSan Cisco
Even Though I'm A WomanSeeker Lover Keeper
Tongue TiedGrouplove
Midnight CityM83
No Light No LightFlorence and the Machine
PerthBon Iver
Somebody That I Used To KnowGotye featuring Kimbra
The RepairerAdalita
Video GamesLana Del Rey
With ThoughtsArt v Science

Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to see HiJinx's 1999 list....
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Great stuff!

Top 3 is great (and #5 for that matter). I was shocked that What the Water Gave Me wasn't the highest of the Florence songs in the actual Hottest 100 (but had already established the Hottest 100 didn't make sense after the Solitude is Bliss controversy in 2010 ).

Never knew Perth was about Heath Ledger! Will have to re-listen with that in mind.

Interesting to see Hearts To Break at #70. Nathan (the lead singer and basically Faker) was so disappointed with the album he released it for free. I didn't think it was that bad but certainly not up to the standards of the previous 2. Dangerous was close to the 100 and Graffiti On The Skyline also was on my longer shortlist.
The short: 2011 rulez

The long: 2011 was one of the best years for music in recent times. It was a perfect storm of lots of OBOne favourites releasing really good albums (The Middle East, Sparkadia, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Mogwai (an EP as well), Lykke Li, Boy & Bear, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys, Laura, City and Colour) AND lots of new artists (or artists I discovered for the first time) that will feature in future years (The Smith Street Band, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kurt Vile, Grimes, RÜFÜS (I actually voted for all of these 5 in future hottest 100s), Lana Del Rey, Grouplove, Emma Louise, San Cisco, The Vaccines, St Vincent).

As for the actual 100, only 43 songs made it in but all of the top 10 did, which is the first time this has happened.

Had a very long shortlist for this and the last few cuts were hard but here is my fave 100 songs of 2011. Well done to Art Vs Science for sneaking in after being #101 in 2008 (another great year).

100A.I.M. Fire - Art Vs. Science
9950 Words For Snow {Ft. Steven Fry} - Kate Bush
98Ninth Avenue Reverie - Middle East, The
97Ritual Union - Little Dragon
96Boys Like You {Ft. Gossling} - 360
95Morning Mr Magpie - Radiohead
94You Are A Tourist - Death Cab For Cutie
93Novacane - Frank Ocean
92The Lion's Roar - First Aid Kit
91Cruel - St Vincent
90Act Yr Age - Bluejuice
89Camera - Radio Over Moscow
88Paris Collides - RÜFÜS
87Go Outside - Cults
86Shake It Out - Florence and the Machine
85March Into The Ocean - British India
84Blessed With A Curse - Bring Me The Horizon
83The Repairer - Adalita
82Norgaard - Vaccines, The
81Go {Ft. Karen O} - Santigold
80Perth - Bon Iver
79Dan's Silverleaf - Middle East, The
78The Slow - Laura
77Hasenheide - Mogwai
76Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair - Arctic Monkeys
75Codex - Radiohead
74Santa Fe - Beirut
73Common Burn - Mazzy Star
72Wilhelms Scream - James Blake
71Vomit - Girls
70Endless Summer - Jezabels, The
69The Wolf - Fever Ray
68Money - Drums, The
67Rosebud - Jezabels, The
66Gladiator - Big Scary
65Chimera - Snakadaktal
64Snooze 4 Love - Todd Terje
63Milk & Sticks - Boy & Bear
62I Love It {Ft. Sia} - Hilltop Hoods
61Changed The Way You Kissed Me - Example
60How To Be A Werewolf - Mogwai
59Calgary - Bon Iver
58All I Want Is You - Ball Park Music
57Belly of Your Bedroom - Smith Street Band, The
56Lippy Kids - Elbow
55Future Starts Slow - Kills, The
54Months - Middle East, The
53The Grand Optimist - City and Colour
52It's Nice To Be Alive - Ball Park Music
51How Deep Is Your Love? - Rapture, The
50Blue Jeans - Lana Del Rey
49Safari Disco Club - Yelle
48The Look - Metronomy
47If You Wanna - Vaccines, The
46Never Let Me Go - Florence and the Machine
45Very Many - Middle East, The
44Vanessa - Grimes
43The Glorious Land - PJ Harvey
42Helena Beat - Foster The People
41China - Sparkadia
40The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala - Arctic Monkeys
39Jungle - Emma Louise
38Jesus Fever - Kurt Vile
37I Ain't Safe - Smith Street Band, The
36Turn Me On - Grates, The
35Bounce {Ft. Kelis} - Calvin Harris
34Baby's Arms - Kurt Vile
33Awkward - San Cisco
32He Gets Me High - Dum Dum Girls
31Tongue Tied - Grouplove
30Let England Shake - PJ Harvey
29No Light, No Light - Florence and the Machine
28Open Arms - Elbow
27My Grandma Was Pearl Hall - Middle East, The
26Feeding Line - Boy & Bear
25Part Time Believer - Boy & Bear
24Blood Pressure - Mutemath
23Somebody That I Used To Know {Ft. Kimbra} - Goyte
22Bizness - tUnE-yArDs
21Lotus Flower - Radiohead
20Drunk and Crazy - Mogwai
19Speak Of The Devil - Hermitude
18Midnight City - M83
17Ffunny Ffrends - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
16Air - Snakadaktal
15What The Water Gave Me - Florence and the Machine
14I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li
13Fragile Bird - City and Colour
12Holocene - Bon Iver
11Deep Water - Middle East, The
10The Colour Of The Earth - PJ Harvey

Kicking of the top 10 is a track from PJ Harvey's best album since Rid Of Me (18 years before). It is a concept album about war and conflict. For alot of the album you can forget about this as the music is great but this song (co-incidentally the last song?) is the most obvious and personal story about war and loss. Mick Harvey shares the vocal duties and tells the story of Louis, an ANZAC soldier killed and whose body is never found

9Brother - Matt Corby

Another sad song. My introduction to the amazing voice of Matt Corby. His unusual vocal style really suits this song (and in fact the acoustic version he played before doing Like A Version is just as good).

8Hunger Song - Middle East, The

And we come to my favourite album of the 2010s (so far), "I Want That You Are Always Happy" by The Middle East. It can be a difficult album to get into at first as it is a bit all over the place and incoherent but that is because there is so much going on stylistically, dirges, ballads, elegies and much more but it really rewards closer examination. Towards the back end there are 3 thigh slapping, good ole boy, hoedowns in a row, of which this is the third and best. In true Country music fashion, even though it is really up tempo musically, the lyrics are depressing.

7The Words That Maketh Murder - PJ Harvey

Just an absolute tune. Really like the autoharp sound and the 60s surf sound. The mix of the uptempo music and shocking lyrics about a war zone are quite incongruous and you find yourself singing along lines like "arms and legs were in the trees".

6Video Games - Lana Del Rey

Another introduction to a unique voice and style in the torchlight styling of Lana Del Rey. Was very different to anything else out there in 2011, mining the 50s and 60s sound (and yes Nancy Sinatra).

5Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club

After 5 fairly dark or down songs comes the light! Shuffle is amazingly breezy and bright both musically and lyrically. I particularly like the repetitive driving piano, which was taken from an old jazz record apparently.

4Mary - Sparkadia

A large part of the appeal of this song comes from my kids (I have three daughters). 2012 was probably the first year that they started to have some interest in the songs I like and request them when we were driving. The sing alongs to Mary were quite epic and always come to mind when I hear this song (runner up spot to I Follow Rivers). Having said that, it stands on its own as a great song with Alex Burnett's unique voice really driving this one. I hope the rumours that he is working on a new album are correct.

3Lonely Boy - Black Keys, The

I thought I has The Black Keys figured out! Had been a fan for a few years before this but was blown away when this dropped. It was late in the year and I had actually voted before I heard it and immediately wanted to change my votes. Just a great song (another good sing along). The video is great as well.

2As I Go To See Janey - Middle East, The

And a waltz! It is really rare (to me anyway) to hear a 3/4 time signature in modern music. Golden Brown was the last that comes to mind. Apart from that, this is a really beautiful song musically and lyrically. There's a real sense of longing and loss in the song.

1Land Of The Bloody Unknown - Middle East, The

Well I did say it was my favourite album of the 2010s so basically my fave song from it will be my #1! A 100 position improvement from the actual countdown. It is probably the most straight-forward song on the album, mining their folk/country sound. I particularly love the slide guitar and the point where the tempos ramps up after 1 minute. I can really get lost in the music, especially with my headphones on.

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Thanks OB

I think What The Water Gave Me came out relatively early in the year (around May) and she had more recent singles, so that put it at a disadvantage.

I didn't think the Faker album was THAT bad either I found Hearts To Break quite catchy.

Looking forward to your list.
And my votes for 2011. When I Saw Written On The Forehead on the voting list for 2010 I moved it there (#15) as I knew fitting in another great song into 2011 would be hard.

Florence & The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
Faker - Dangerous
PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
PJ Harvey - Written On The Forehead
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know {Ft. Kimbra}
Foster The People - Helena Beat
Jezabels, The - Endless Summer
Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High
Bon Iver - Holocene
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Ffunny Ffriends
Its 2012 time - better get this list up before the 21st and the world ends. Oh...
It was also the year of Gangnam Style

I remember being a bit disappointed by the actual 2012 Hottest 100 countdown at the time after the amazing 2011 countdown, but having looked back at it, it wasn't all that bad. In fact 52 songs from it made my Top 100, and I'd put this year ahead of the 2009 and 2010 lists.

Macklemore, Alt-J, Flume and Frank Ocean all burst onto the Hottest 100 scene this year.

Here are 200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
200THRIFT SHOP Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz1001
199SO GOOD Allday9991
198BROTHER (LIKE A VERSION) Thundamentals9850
197HOUSEHOLD GOODS Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs9778
196SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean featuring Earl Sweatshirt9680
19545 The Gaslight Anthem9594
194JUST WHAT I AM Kid Cudi featuring King Chip9463
193LATCH Disclosure featuring Sam Smith9321
192HYPERPARADISE Hermitude (Flume Remix)9218
191THIS FIRE Birds of Tokyo9153
190DOWN THE ROAD C2C9088
189HEARD IT ALL Illy8976
188HO HEY The Lumineers8846
187THAT'S WHAT'S UP Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic ZerosNA132
186BANGARANG Skrillex featuring Sirah8725
185THINKIN' 'BOUT YOU Frank Ocean8657
184ON TOP Flume featuring T.Shirt8569
183LOVE IS ALL I GOT Feed Me and Crystal Fighters8477
182A SIMPLE ANSWER Grizzly BearNANA
181BREEZEBLOCKS alt-J833
180MAYBE TOMORROW Chance Waters featuring Lilian Blue8289
179SLEEP ALONE Two Door Cinema Club8190
178SHE'S A RIOT The Jungle Giants8083
177SLEEPLESS Flume featuring Jezzabell Doran7912
176BIG MOUTH SantigoldNANA
175EVERY SINGLE NIGHT Fiona AppleNANA
174THE ONLY PLACE Best CoastNA177
173INTERNET FRIENDS Knife Party7856
172ANDY Last Dinosaurs7795
171MADNESS Muse7675
170COMING DOWN Ball Park Music7523
169FRED ASTAIRE San Cisco7449
168BEACH San CiscoNANA
167DO IT ANYWAY Ben Folds FiveNA155
166DO YA THING Gorillaz (feat. Andre 3000)NANA
165I'M SHAKIN' Jack White7397
164I BELONG IN YOUR ARMS ChairliftNANA
163SEEING RED AlpineNA194
162APOCALYPSE DREAMS Tame ImpalaNA122
161LONELY BOY (LIKE A VERSION) Matt Corby7270
160GO RIGHT AHEAD The HivesNANA
159DISPARATE YOUTH Santigold7182
158YOUNG AND DUMB Chance Waters feat. Bertie Blackman7045
157FINESHRINE Purity Ring6985
156LIQUID STATE MuseNANA
155A CHANGE IS GONNA COME The HerdNANA
154SPIRITUS Lisa Mitchell6892
153ELIZA The Bamboos (feat. Megan Washington)NANA
152SKIN GRAPH Silversun PickupsNANA
151GLIMPSES UrthboyNANA
150RATTLING THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM Hilltop Hoods6784
149PROMISES The Presets6637
148UNDER THE WESTWAY BlurNANA
147BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME Dappled CitiesNA154
146WILD LOVE GosslingNA142
145CLIQUE Kanye West featuring Big Sean and Jay-Z6596
144TAKE A WALK Passion Pit6448
143FOLLOW THE SUN Xavier Rudd6344
142MONSTERS Angus StoneNANA
141DEAR SCIENCE Seth Sentry6226
140HOLDIN' ON Flume614
139MIRACLE CURE Something For KateNA197
138ANXIETY LadyhawkeNANA
137ALL FOR ONE AlpineNANA
136BARKHAMMER Mark Of CainNANA
135FOREVER HaimNA106
134LANCE JR Courtney BarnettNANA
133DRINKING FROM THE SUN Hilltop HoodsNA115
132KING OF THE WORLD First Aid KitNANA
131DO IT WITH A ROCKSTAR Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft OrchestraNA149
130PANOPTICON Smashing PumpkinsNANA
129SOMETHING GOOD Alt-J6081
128NIGHT AND DAY Hot ChipNANA
127SWORD TO A GUNFIGHT Children CollideNANA
126EVERYONE'S WAITING Missy HigginsNANA
125WE NO WHO U R Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsNANA
124GENESIS Grimes5966
123CHILD 360NANA
122WINTER FIELDS Bat For LashesNANA
121READY Elizabeth RoseNANA
120WITH MY HANDS KimbraNANA
119BOY Emma LouiseNA114
118I'M INTO YOU Chet Faker5824
117DON'T WANNA GROW UP ANYMORE Bob EvansNA175
116SURVIVAL MuseNANA
115OFF TO THE RACES Lana Del ReyNA158
114COUNT TO TEN Parachute YouthNANA
113GOLD ON THE CEILING The Black Keys5713
112STORM Django DjangoNANA
111SWEET NOTHING Calvin Harris Feat. Florence Welch5611
110I LOVE IT Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX5514
109B3 PlaceboNANA
108BABEL Mumford & Sons5459
107LISTEN TO YOUR HEAD Kaiser ChiefsNANA
106BAD REALITY StonefieldNANA
105FLOAT AWAY Seth Sentry5358
104AROUND MY WAY (FREEDOM AIN'T FREE) Lupe FiascoNANA
103DON'T SAVE ME HaimNA101
102THIN SKIN Clare BowditchNANA
101DEMONS Sleigh BellsNANA
And now for 100-1:

I've noticed that, unconsciously, this list is very female-oriented, and thus redresses the accusations of gender bias aimed at the Hottest 100 and less fairly, JJJ.

My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
100WHO David Byrne and St VincentNANA
99I FINK U FREEKY Die AntwoordNA133
98WILD THINGS San Cisco5255
97PEACH BLOSSOM EelsNANA
96MISTAKES Bertie BlackmanNANA
95DRAW A CROWD Ben Folds Five5173
94COMEBACK KID Sleigh BellsNANA
93TAKE A CARD The PreaturesNANA
92SWIMMING POOLS (DRANK) Kendrick Lamar5071
91IT'S ALL OKAY Julia StoneNANA
90ALL THE ROWBOATS Regina Spektor4972
89MY HEART IS ON FIRE Asta4851
88CLOSE ENEMIES ExampleNANA
87WARRIOR Kimbra featuring Mark Foster and A-Trak4798
86BLUE EYES LadyhawkeNANA
85LOVE RUN DRY Owl EyesNANA
84AGAIN Elizabeth Rose ft. SindenNANA
83HISTORY ERASER Courtney BarnettNANA
82MUSIC TO WALK HOME BY Tame ImpalaNANA
81A.O. The PresetsNANA
80LOVE THIS Cosmo Jarvis4660
79ALL OF ME Sara BlaskoNANA
78SILHOUETTES Avicii4568
77PRIMADONNA Marina And The DiamondsNANA
76GHOSTS The Presets4452
75MOUNTAIN SOUND Of Monsters And Men4347
74ELEGANT DESIGN PondNANA
73TESSELATE alt-J4265
72DEEP SEA DIVERS Something For KateNANA
71BIRD ON THE BUFFALO Angus StoneNA156
70DEAD AND GONE The Black KeysNANA
693,6,9 Cat PowerNANA
68LOVE INTERRUPTION Jack White4162
67CARESS YOUR SOUL Sticky Fingers4061
66SUN Two Door Cinema Club3938
65GASOLINE Alpine3831
64LITTLE BLACK SUBMARINES The Black Keys3779
63GROWL HOWL Bertie BlackmanNANA
62PERFECT WORLD GossipNANA
61LIFE'S A BEACH Django DjangoNANA
60YOU MAKE ME HAPPY Clare BowditchNANA
59CHERRY LIPS Loon Lake3629
58SURRENDER Ball Park Music3527
57MET BEFORE ChairliftNANA
56BAIT AND SWITCH The ShinsNANA
55I WILL WAIT Mumford And Sons345
54I GOT BURNED The Bamboos Feat. Tim Rogers3354
53I AWAKE Sara BlaskoNANA
52THE BEST WE GOT The Rubens3267
51SUMMERTIME SADNESS Lana Del Rey3186
50FANTASTIC EXPLOSION OF TIME PondNANA
49TIDES The xxNANA
48RUN ALONE 3603035
47NOT GIVING IN Rudimental Feat. John Newman & Alex Clare2916
46BAD GIRLS M.I.A.2899
45PADDLING OUT Miike Snow2736
44CAN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS Parachute Youth2633
43DANCE BEAR Snakadaktal2593
42LOST Frank Ocean248
41NEW FRANCE Orbital (Feat. Zola Jesus)NANA
40R U MINE? Arctic Monkeys2340
39BROKEN BRIGHTS Angus StoneNA165
38PASSERBY GrinspoonNA120
37SIMPLE SONG The Shins2274
36MELODY EMERGENCY GossipNANA
35WOLF First Aid Kit2164
34FEEL THE LOVE Rudimental Feat. John Newman2020
33SUNSET The xxNANA
32OBLIVION Grimes1939
31DEVIL'S WORK Miike SnowNANA
30BLACK WHITE AND BLUE LadyhawkeNANA
29BLACK LEMON Children CollideNANA
28INHALER FoalsNA121
27COUGH COUGH Everything Everything18100
26HOLD ON Alabama Shakes1742
25THIS SUMMER RUFUSNANA
24LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters and Men162
23RIDE Lana Del ReyNA185
22ALL YOUR GOLD Bat For LashesNA168
21HURRICANE MS MR1543
20CRYSTALLISED Owl EyesNANA
19MY GUN The Rubens1410
18FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala139
17DEFAULT Django Django1228
16CHEROKEE Cat PowerNANA
15KARMAGEDDON Abbe MayNA109
14ELEPHANT Tame Impala117
13UNASHAMED DESIRE Missy HigginsNA117
12SPECTRUM (SAY MY NAME) Florence and The Machine1032
11BORN TO DIE Lana Del Rey934

Turning up at Ten in the Two Thousand and Twelve Top Tracks are The Temper Trap with their tumultuous, tremendous, toned-down Trembling Hands, up from Twenty-Two in the actual countdown. With this they equal Sweet Disposition's 2008 position, and no falsetto required.

10TREMBLING HANDS The Temper Trap822

In the same position she finished at in 2005 and 2006 is Sara Blasko's frankly stunning 'Here' off her 'I Awake' album. The orchestration is amazing, another of those 'goosebump' songs of mine.

9HERE Sara BlaskoNANA

Number eight is the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song I would have been happier to see come in at #1 in the actual countdown, Same Love. Since 2012, same sex marriage has of course become legal in many places, but the song still hits me in the 'ol feels, and doesn't seem to have aged one bit.

8SAME LOVE Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert715

At #7 is British India's finest moment, I Can Make You Love Me. Despite the emo/stalker vibe of the song, the slow rumble/avalanche guitar is amazing throughout, as are Declan Melia's vocals.

7I CAN MAKE YOU LOVE ME British India641

In the same position as it finished in the actual Hottest 100 is Major Lazer's shimmering classic, Get Free, featuring the sublime vocals of Amber Coffmann.

6GET FREE Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffmann56

At the same position they finished in 2009 with Crystallised are The xx with Angels. Surely the hipster wedding song of choice. Seriously though it is beautiful.

5ANGELS The xx419

Some of you will have worked out that one of my Top 4 has come from outside the Top 100. Others will recall me saying (after 2007 I think) that Sigur Ros wouldn't be appearing as high as my Top 10 again. Welll... I had totally forgotten about Varuo. It was a return to form for them and then some. It comes in at #4.

4VARUO Sigur RosNANA

It's #3. It was unlucky not to go higher as there was very little between my Top 3. It's been used for Telstra commercials. It's a 7m 44s work of art, which means that #4 and #3 on my list go for over quarter of an hour. It's Clair De Lune by Flight Facilities, featuring the sweet vocals of Christine Hoberg.

3CLAIR DE LUNE Flight Facilities feat. Christine Hoberg317

Runner-up is Natasha Khan's (aka Bat For Lashes) beautiful, sparse Laura. So glad she won the argument she had with her record company not to 'pollute' it with instrumentation. Still my favourite song of hers.

2LAURA Bat For Lashes230

And now...from the unlikely country pairing for a Hottest 100 #1, Italy and The Faroe Islands...are The Bloody Beetroots and Greta Svabo Bech with Chronicles Of A Fallen Love. Even just with Greta's input it would be a sweet lament that would probably make the 20s or 30s in one of my lists. But when the Beetroots kick in, it becomes a bangin' dance track, and it switches back and forth between the two so effortlessly. A classic.

1CHRONICLES OF A FALLEN LOVE The Bloody Beetroots and Greta Svebo Bech187

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Benji, what were your thought on the hottest 200 songs to never make a JJJ Hottest 100?
Interesting idea K8! There are so many and I'll put them together once I finish my lists, maybe sooner...
I think K8 is talking about this article....

https://tonedeaf.thebrag.com/hottest-100-omissions-1/
Ah...

Well, just looking at the first 20 I would agree strongly with #1,2,4,7,10,13,14,17,18,19 and 20 for a start! Four of those have come in at #1 or #2 of my lists.

Will check and compare the rest of the list out tonight.

And I think I could do a Top 100 of songs that missed the Top 100 too.

Edit: Looked a bit deeper. Verrry interesting article, a good read. I have already ranted lyrical about The Bends not having any tracks in the 1995/6 countdowns. Will reserve judgement on anything post-2012 but will have to consider them. Draw the line at Tay-Tay I'm afraid.
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Yes, I was referring to the article. Thanks OB.

Almost all of them look like solid inclusions. Not sure about These Kids though.

As I was reading I was expecting Happy (PW) and Ghetto Superstar to maybe make it too or maybe Ride Wit Me (Nelly) or What Would you Do? (CH). Let Me Blow Ya Mind, Can't Get You Out Of My Head and It Wasn't Me were on the maybe list. Interesting read.
Hi K8, have now seen the whole article.

Agree that Happy and Can't Get You Out Of My Head could have been in there. As could Frozen by Madonna.

Not so sure about the others. Interestingly, Informer by Snow was #197 on the list! I have sworn before that I never heard it on JJJ back in the day.

The two most glaring omissions for me are both from Faithless:
Insomnia (though that suffered from weird timing, as it was released originally in 1995 but didn't chart until 1997), and more surprisingly, God Is A DJ.

Oh and everybody, #10-6 are up for 2012. Will post the Top 5 over the course of tomorrow.
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Yeah you would think Faithless would get a mention. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World deserves a mention too imo. That song always came on at the club back in 2002/2003 and the crowd went nuts over it like it was the best song ever made (mind you a lot of yanks went to my uni and made a large percentage of the crowd). If only Shazam existed back then because it took me ages to figure what the song was called or who the artist was because none of the yanks knew but they knew the tune.
The one that shocked me (and I actually went back and checked the list because I thought the article got it wrong) was Disarm. The voting lists for the 90s countdowns (as far as I know) don't exist, so many of the songs might never have been on a voting list.

And good to see someone other than me banging on about how Elbow should have made the Hottest 100 in the past.
And while we wait for the last few songs to be uncovered, here are the unlucky 13 from my 2012 (in alpha order).

Andy - Last Dinosaurs
Apocolypse Dreams - Tame Impala
Bloody Ripper - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Brother {Like A Version} - Thundamentals
Dance Bear - Snakadaktal
Endless Ladder - Antlers, The
Little Black Submarines - Black Keys, The
Plague - Crystal Castles
Rattling The Keys To The Kingdon - Hilltop Hoods
Sunset - xx, The
Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris
Sweet Sour - Band Of Skulls
Young and Dumb - Chance Waters
And there you have it ... my #1 is up in my original 2012 100-1 post.

Here is a YouTube list of my Top 100 of my Hottest 200 of 2012 in descending order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2B8C-Sn9akJVGtNQitcWod

Now we eagerly await OBOne's list
Oh my, the pressure! Look at this space tomorrow morning.

Awesome list as always, Bloody Beetroots was a surprise for #1. Poor Tame Impala, just missing your top 10 twice!!

And I'm glad the top 10 run for Sigur Ros continues. I actually voted for Varuo back in 2012, but will it make my top 10 6 years on, we'll see
Yes, Tame Impala were stiff (and in 2010 as well). Their next album came out in 2015...

Here are the songs I voted for in 2012.

Song titleArtist
CherokeeCat Power
Unashamed DesireMissy Higgins
SpectrumFlorence and the Machine
Black, White and BlueLadyhawke
ElephantTame Impala
Born To DieLana Del Ray
LauraBat For Lashes
Feels Like We Only Go BackwardsTame Impala
You Make Me HappyClaire Bowditch
I AwakeSara Blasko
And we roll onto 2012, the year of the warmest 100!

Remember enjoying this year's Hottest 100 and revisiting it has been fun.

It was a year defined by the amount of great songs crowding for the top of the list. rather than the great albums released (different than 2011 in this respect). Some pretty flawed albums with great standout tracks (looking at you xx in particular) but a couple of blokes did manage the two standout albums of 2012 (and both lead the list with 4 songs in each), Jack White's first solo effort and Frank Oceans' debut.

Shoutouts to two of the weirdest acts to appear so far, South Africa's Die Antwood and Sweden's Goat.

100Rebel Beats - Oh Mercy
99Medusa - Kingswood
98Obedear - Purity Ring
97Simple Song - Shins, The
96Hips and Lips - Maximo Park
95Love Interruption - Jack White
94HyperParadise (Flume Remix) - Hermitude
93Who - David Byrne/St Vincent
92It Gets Dark - Holy Ghost!
91Wizard Motor - Mogwai
90Super Rich Kids {Ft. Earl Sweatshirt} - Frank Ocean
89Disparate Youth - Santigold
88Dark Paradise - Lana Del Rey
87The Only Place - Best Coast
86Under The Westway - Blur
85California Daze - Peace
84Lose My Way - TOY
83Sleepless {Ft. Jezzabell Doran} - Flume
82My Heart Is On Fire - Asta
81Wild Things - San Cisco
80Trouble Town - Jake Bugg
79Wishes - Beach House
78Comeback Kids - Sleigh Bells
77Cough Cough - Everything Everything
76Broken Brights - Angus Stone
75Above The Water - Art Of Sleeping
74I'm Shakin' - Jack White
73Teenage Icon - Vaccines, The
72Surrender - Ball Park Music
71Dead & Gone - TOY
70Lord Knows - Dum Dum Girls
69Household Goods - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
68Sun - Two Door Cinema Club
67Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men
66Wolf - First Aid Kit
65Karmageddon - Abbe May
64Wicked Games - Weeknd, The
63Elephant - Tame Impala
62Fred Astaire - San Cisco
61Caress Your Soul - Sticky Fingers
60Note To Self - Jake Bugg
59"45" - Gaslight Anthem, The
58Can't Get Better Than This - Parachute Youth
57Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar
56Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix) - Florence and the Machine
55How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep - Bombay Bicycle Club
54King Of The World - First Aid Kit
53I'm Into You - Chet Faker
52Myth - Beach House
51Skin Graph - Silversun Pickups
50Thinking About You - Frank Ocean
49Hollywood Forever Cemetry Sings - Father John Misty
48Fineshrine - Purity Ring
47Coming Down - Ball Park Music
46Ill Manors - Plan B
45Default - Django Django
44I Got Burned - Bamboos, The
43I Fink U Freaky - Die Antwood
42Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
41The House That Heavan Built - Japandroids
40Tinderbox - Violent Soho
39Bloom - Gypsy and the Cat
38Lance Jr - Courtney Barnett
37Goatman - Goat
36Cherry Lips - Loon Lake
35Gold On The Ceiling - Black Keys, The
34Lost - Frank Ocean
33Empty Hands - Art Of Sleeping
32Lights Out, Words Gone - Bombay Bicycle Club
31Sixteen Saltines - Jack White
30Paddling Out - Miike Snow
29My Heart Skips A Beat - TOY
28Shiver - Lucy Rose
27Love This - Cosmo Jarvis
26Take Me With You When You Go - Jack White
25Get Free - Major Lazer
24We Know Who U R - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
23Sunshine & Technology - Smith Street Band, The
22History Eraser - Courtney Barnett
21Oblivion - Grimes
20Varuo - Sigur Ros
19The Keepers - Santigold
18R U Mine - Arctic Monkeys
17Neighbour Neighbour - Violent Soho
16Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey
15Serpents - Sharon Van Etten
14Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Tame Impala
13All Your Gold - Bat For Lashes
12She's A Riot - Jungle Giants, The
11Breezeblocks - Alt-J
10Young Drunk - Smith Street Band, The

Beginning the top 10 is the song that is usually ending The Smith Street Band's live sets, Young Drunk. They are a particular favourite of mine. I love the energy in their sound (they are great live) but in particular I love Will Wagner's lyrics. He creates amazing stories that are rooted in everyday life and the imperfections that holds.

9Inhaler - Foals

A song more in the style of their usual funk sounds than Spanish Sahara (#1 in 2010) but it foreshadowed their move to a more rockier sound in the future. The way it switches between the silky funk sound and the wall of sound rock is great and my favourite part of the song.

8Mladic - Godspeed You! Black Emporer

Quite short for a Godspeed song, at only 19:54 . An absolute behemoth of a rock song, it slowly builds the tension up for the first 11 minutes, rocks out for a few minutes more and then dies away. Late at night with the headphones on, this is the best!

7I Can Make You Love Me - British India

Making their 6th consecutive appearance but first time in the top 10 is British India. This is such a great rock song, really powerful both musically and lyrically. Good for a don't know the words sing a long in the middle of the song as well.

6Pyramids - Frank Ocean

The R&B Bohemian Rhapsody? Frank Ocean's 9:54 (exactly 10 minutes less than Mladic!) ode to a poor girl, well actually a stipper (Cleopatra) and her stripclub (The Pyramid). It moves through multiple movements and changes of tempo/style. I particularly love the musical bridge between two of these at about 4 minutes in.

5Claire de Lune {Ft. Christine Hoberg} - Flight Facilities

Another long song, must be a theme. Very different sound to the others though, almost ambient in style. Just achingly beautiful music and a vocal performance from Christine Hoberg to match.

4Genesis - Grimes

To be honest I have not the slightest idea what Grimes is on about in this song but who cares, just get lost in the music!!!

3How Long Have You Known? - DIIV

There's something about this song that really grabs me, a little bit Interpol, little bit Cure. Just a great indy pop song, swirling guitars, muffled vocals. Top shelf.

2Laura - Bat For Lashes

A beautiful, simple and elegant song. The film clip matches as well. Didn't think the album was as strong as Two Suns but this (and All Your Gold) more than made up for it

1Angels - xx, The

Speaking of great songs from disappointing albums.... I was really disappointed with Coexist. It was nowhere near as good as the debut BUT they absolutely nailed this one. Beautifully atmospheric and sparse music, haunting vocal and great lyrics. Best song of theirs and best song of 2012.
A fine #1 OBOne (agree the album wasn't great). And we got #2 and #7 the same. #3 looks interesting.

Yours will be a long Top 10 to play (even longer than mine!) but well worth it.

I am now going to go into 2018 mode like everyone else. Will put mjy Top 100 songs of 2018 together, vote for my Top 10, then merge them with the actual Hottest 100 and create my Hottest 200 of 2018 while the songs are fresh.

My 2013 list probably won't be ready until March as a result of this.

Merry Christmas everybody, safe travels and a happy 2019 for all followers of this thread.
In light of Double J revisiting the 1998 Hottest 100, and even getting people to vote for one song from it to see if Pretty Fly For a White Guy would come in at #1 again (it did believe it or not ), I have revisited my 1998 list in Part 2 of this thread as well as on YouTube. Ben Lee took a bit of a hit, and several other songs in the 10s-30s have moved around a bit.

Sorry I didn't let everyone know about the Double J thing, but I only found ut about it too late.
I have had a good look at my 2018 list after the 2018 Hottest 100, but I have decided to keep things in order, and will put this one up later in the year once I have done 2013-17.

The 2013 list will be up next month as planned, it's slowly but surely coming along.
Finally...2013

I thought the actual countdown was OK, better than 2012, and 54 songs from it made my 100.

But outside the actual countdown it was very interesting indeed. Many veteran acts released new albums after a long while. I won't name them for fear of telegraphing who will be in my list

This is the first list I didn't actually do a first version of in 2015 when I was off work, so I have started from a pretty clean slate. One reason it has taken so long.

It was also around this time I was getting old (turned the dreaded 4-oh just after the countdown) and starting to get into Double J. This list may read more like a JJ countdown (again) than a JJJ countdown.

Enough rambling...here are 200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
200ACT YOUR AGE Bliss N Eso10067
199AUSTRALIA STREET Sticky Fingers9970
198WHEN A FIRE STARTS TO BURN Disclosure9823
197KEEP ON RUNNING Andy Bull9757
196THANK YOU Busta Rhymes featuring Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne9673
195SANGRIA Remi9585
194I SPY Mikhael Paskalev9475
193DOIN' IT RIGHT Daft Punk featuring Panda Bear9349
192DIANE YOUNG Vampire Weekend9231
191LANTERNS Birds Of Tokyo9122
190PIZZA GUY Touch Sensitive9038
189UNBELIEVERS Vampire Weekend8990
188BORN TO DIE The Amity Affliction8840
187YOUNGBLOODS Illy featuring Ahren Stringer8777
186COVERED IN CHROME Violent Soho8614
185JESSICA Major Lazer featuring Ezra Koenig8574
184SHADOW MOSES Bring Me the Horizon8492
183ALIVE Empire Of The Sun8330
182WAYS TO GO Grouplove8233
181S.O.S. BluejuiceNA141
180MANY ROADS Dappled CitiesNANA
179DEAD STAR SHINE Horrorshow8198
178THE GOOD LIFE Elizabeth RoseNA181
177SLEEPWALKING Bring Me the Horizon8086
176AUSMUSIC MONTH MEDLEY Illy7966
175BABY I AM NOBODY NOW Andy Bull7881
174EAT, SLEEP, RAVE, REPEAT Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr featuring Beardyman7751
173HARD OUT HERE Lily AllenNA103
172I'M WITH YOU GrouploveNANA
171I AM Dead Letter CircusNA192
170STALKING TO A STRANGER The AvalanchesNA121
169WHERE ARE WE NOW David BowieNANA
168GET LUCKY San Cisco7639
167KEMOSABE Everything EverythingNA147
166I DON'T KNOW HOW Best CoastNANA
165LEEWARD SIDE Josh Pyke7588
164PHIL COLLINS Big ScaryNANA
163MELT Chet Faker feat. Kilo Kish7465
162CHANGING OF THE SEASONS Two Door Cinema Club7371
161ONLY ONE John Butler Trio7287
160LOVE YOU DESERVE StonefieldNA198
159TRYING TO BE COOL PhoenixNA185
158YOUR LIFE IS A LIE MGMTNANA
157SWEET NOTHING Something For Kate7168
156SCARE ME Major Lazer NANA
15524 Sleigh BellsNANA
154A TOOTH FOR AN EYE The KnifeNANA
153TAKE ME RUFUS7021
152IT'S BEAUTIFUL SpiderbaitNANA
151GO Bob EvansNANA
150NEW ALPHABET EelsNANA
149BRIGHTER THAN GOLD The Cat Empire6989
148THEY'LL KILL YOU The DronesNANA
147LOVE ILLUMINATION Franz FerdinandNA189
146THREE HEADED WOMAN Boy & BearNA139
145HUNG ON TIGHT SnakadaktalNA186
144PONTOON Emma LouiseNANA
143DREAM A LITTLE CRAZY Architecture In HelsinkiNA168
142WITHOUT YOU Dillon Francis featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs6899
141MASTER HUNTER Laura MarlingNANA
140HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cloud ControlNANA
139BOUND 2 Kanye West6759
138MY GOD IS THE SUN Queens Of The Stone Age6697
137WAITING ALL NIGHT Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre6524
136LOST THAT EASY Cold War KidsNANA
135SEX TOURETTES Abbe MayNANA
134HEY BROTHER AviciiNANA
133STAND APART Dead Letter CircusNANA
132AFTERLIFE Arcade Fire6454
131BRING THE NOIZE M.I.A.NANA
130FALL UNDERNEATH SnakadaktalNA169
129SPANK Bloody Beetroots (feat Tai and Bart B More)NANA
128BITTER RIVALS Sleigh BellsNANA
127COPY OF A Nine Inch NailsNANA
126PLASTIC SOUVENIRS British IndiaNA154
125INDIE CINDY PixiesNANA
124GIORGIO BY MORODER Daft PunkNA162
123TONIGHT RÜFÜS6391
122IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND Haim6256
121BUZZCUT SEASON LordeNA199
120ISJAKI Sigur RosNANA
119HEY NOW London Grammar6135
118I'M AQUARIUS MetronomyNANA
117YOUR BODY IS A WEAPON The Wombats6025
116PLAY WITH FIRE Vance Joy5995
115OHIO Kingswood5853
114TENNIS COURT Lorde5712
113TRUST IS RUST AdalitaNANA
112ICE ON THE DUNE Empire Of The SunNANA
111GUN Chvrches5637
110DOJO RISING Cloud Control5582
109YOU ARE NEW The Trouble With TempletonNANA
108ELASTIC HEART Sia (ft. The Weeknd and Diplo) NANA
107EYES DOWN Butterfly EffectNANA
106CITY LIGHTS Loon LakeNANA
105FEAR OF MY IDENTITY Best CoastNANA
104MEMORIUM Midnight JuggernautsNANA
103I DIDN'T BELIEVE Flight Facilities (ft. Elizabeth Rose)NA120
102CLOSURE Owl EyesNANA
101XANMAN PondNANA

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And now, without any further ado - The Top 100.

Coming at #54 is Franz Ferdinand’s cover of ‘Was There Anything I Could Do?’, one place higher than the original by The Go-Betweens finished 25 years earlier.

James Blake gets three songs into positions 11-30, and brilliant newcomers The Preatures and London Grammar plus old faves Sigur Ros have two songs each.

My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
100GLOBAL CONCEPTS Robert DeLong5445
99KNOWN BETTER Meg MacNANA
98FUCKIN' PROBLEMS A$AP Rocky featuring 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar5379
97CAME BACK HAUNTED Nine Inch NailsNANA
96COLD EARTH Boards Of CanadaNANA
95ALWAYS Panama5280
94SCAR Cloud Control5152
93DESERT NIGHT RÜFÜS5034
92LIES Chvrches4960
91HEARTS LIKE OURS Naked and FamousNA104
90STEP Vampire Weekend4826
89THE WIRE Haim4711
88PUT YOUR CURSE ON ME StonefieldNANA
87FREE YOUR MIND Cut CopyNANA
863005 Childish Gambino4643
85VANISH GosslingNANA
84INSTANT CRUSH Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas4558
83SMILES DON'T LIE Thundamentals4432
82WHITE LIES Max Frost4342
81YOU AND ME (FLUME REMIX) Disclosure featuring Eliza Doolittle4263
80I SAT BY THE OCEAN Queens Of The Stone Age4172
79LUCK NOW Big Scary4096
78FREEDOM Emma LouiseNANA
77PAPER DREAMS Lazy CalmNANA
76RENDEZVOUS RÜFÜSNANA
75WHITE NOISE Disclosure featuring Aluna George3969
74FREE Rudimental featuring Emeli Sandé3847
73MERCY TV On The RadioNANA
72MY NUMBER Foals3729
71LET ME GO HaimNANA
70EVANGELISTS Gang Of YouthsNANA
69GIVEN THE CHANCE The Kite String Tangle3619
68OUT OF SIGHT Bloody Beetroots (feat. Paul McCartney)NANA
67RECOVER Chvrches3528
66LISTEN TO SOUL, LISTEN TO BLUES SAFIA3476
65ADDICTED TO YOU AviciiNANA
64LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams3317
63HEAD IS NOT MY HOME MS MRNANA
62IF I HAD A TAIL Queens of the Stone Age3246
61THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor GuthrieNANA
60DARK AND STORMY Hot ChipNANA
59WE ARE Karnivool31100
58BAD HABIT FoalsNANA
57T.R.O.U.B.L.E Abbe MayNANA
56WHERE CAN I GO? Laura MarlingNANA
55HARLEQUIN DREAM Boy and Bear3055
54WAS THERE ANYTHING I COULD DO? Franz FerdinandNANA
53SACRILEGE Yeah Yeah YeahsNANA
522013 Primal ScreamNANA
51HOUSE OF DREAMS Bliss N Eso2994
50BATTLESHIPS Bernard FanningNANA
49GRACELESS The National2864
48THE END The Jezabels2783
47LIKE A KID The Trouble With TempletonNANA
46EVERYTIME FoalsNANA
45STAND STILL Flight Facilities featuring Micky Green2648
44FANTASY MS MR2578
43BIG LOVE GosslingNANA
42SUCKFEST9001 DeadmausNANA
41I WAS AN EAGLE Laura MarlingNANA
40RATCHET Bloc Party2436
39RIPTIDE Vance Joy231
38TEAM Lorde2215
37SUMMER, FORGIVE ME British India2184
36ARABELLA Arctic Monkeys2018
35RESOLUTION Matt Corby198
34SOUTHERN SUN Boy and Bear1841
33HOLDING ON FOR LIFE Broken BellsNA142
32LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman1750
31LAIKA The DronesNANA
30OVERGROWN James BlakeNANA
29KVEIKUR Sigur RosNANA
28AVANT GARDENER Courtney BarnettNA140
27BLACK SKINHEAD Kanye West1620
26PERTH GIRLS Abbe MayNANA
25WHY'D YOU ONLY CALL ME WHEN YOU'RE HIGH? Arctic Monkeys156
24ROYALS Lorde142
23MANIC BABY The PreaturesNANA
22EMBRACE Goldroom featuring Ariela Jacobs1362
21NIGHTCALL London GrammarNANA
20I NEED ANSWERS AstaNA170
19RETROGRADE James Blake1213
18GET LUCKY Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams113
17DROP THE GAME Flume & Chet Faker105
16EIDOLON KarnivoolNA177
15NINE EYES The DronesNANA
14BRENNISTEIN Sigur RosNANA
13I AM SOLD James BlakeNANA
12IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL? The Preatures99
11WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar861

Appearing in one of my Top Tens for the first time since 1994 (at #10) are Mazzy Star with their sublime California, their best song in many years. They even sneak a bit of Led Zep's 'Going To California' in at the end – brilliant
10CALIFORNIA Mazzy StarNANA

At #9 is Dustin Tebbutt with Where I Find You from his briliant debut EP, The Breach. Apparently he spent two years in Scandinavia before recording this EP, and no more is that apparent than in this brilliant track.
9WHERE I FIND YOU Dustin TebbuttNA173

Returning to the Top 10 at #8 is Lana Del Rey with her classy, very evocative tune from The Great Gatsby, Young and Beautiful. Somehow I can't picture anyone else doing this song justice.
8YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Rey78

Arcade Fire come in at seven with their epic Reflektor. It's been described as a song that couldn't belong to any decade or genre - which is what makes it so great. Which also means David Bowie appears in my Top 10 for the first time since 1980 - RIP David.
7REFLEKTOR Arcade Fire616

From a song that couldn't belong to any decade, to one that could have easily fitted into the 1980s - which is what makes IT so great I also love the close harmonies and the slow buildup. The song is Falling by Haim, and it comes in at #6.
6FALLING Haim527

Number 5 is another multilayered song that could have come out of the 1980s, and a good antidote to the very depressing, slow songs that often make my Top 10. It is Elevate from Brooklyn-via-South Africa's St Lucia.
5ELEVATE St Lucia493

At #4 is Dustin Tebbutt appearing again in the Top 10, this time out-Bon Iverring Bon Iver (a wonderful thing) with the beautiful The Breach.
4THE BREACH Dustin Tebbutt344

Equalling their best ever position in one of my lists, and making my Top 10 for the first time in 16 years are Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds with Jubilee Street. Not only do you get one of Nick's seedy stories in this song, but you also get a great driving guitar riff and a slow burn leading up to a big instrumental climax. It's rightly become a live staple of his.
3JUBILEE STREET Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsNANA

Runner up is the fourth and strongest (no pun intended) London Grammar track from their debut album, with, well, Strong. Just hoping it won't take them another four years to follow up their second album
2STRONG London Grammar210

Which means, if you've been keeping track of the songs that actually made the countdown, that Arctic Monkeys with Do I wanna Know? are at #1. I can't seem them ever topping this, you don't so much hear this song as get poleaxed by it. Even the filmclip is brilliant.
1DO I WANNA KNOW? Arctic Monkeys14

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While we wait for your top 10, here are the 20 songs that just missed out on my 100 for 2014, first 4 are 101-104 and the rest unordered.

101Let Go {Ft. Kele & MNDR} - RAC
102Please Remember - Deafheaven
103Psylla - Glass Animals
104Golden Arrow - Darkside
 Borrowed Time - Parquet Courts
 Changing Of The Seasons - Two Door Cinema Club
 Cold Earth - Boards Of Canada
 Distant Dreaming - Shining Bird
 Drop The Game - Flume and Chet Faker
 I Come Apart {Ft. Florence Welch} - A$AP Rocky
 Jerk Ribs - Kelis
 Jessica {Ft. Ezra Koening} - Major Lazer
 Kveikur - Sigur Ros
 No Waves - FIDLAR
 Out Of The Woods - Foals
 Pink Rabbits - National, The
 Sacrilege - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
 Ways To Go - Grouplove
 We Are - Karnivool
 When I Was Young - Blink-182

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Nice one!!! Great #1. Good to see Sigur Ros so high as well. I'll have mine up tomorrow night or Saturday morning.
So onto 2014....

Not a bad year at all but not the greatest Hottest 100 (only 36 songs from it make my list). Some great albums all the way up and down the list. Similar to benji2 I started listening to Double J more. But I actually did listen to Triple J a bit towards the end of the year as I was driving to work so some of these tunes were picked up then.

So without further ado, let's dip into the best songs of 2013

100Dip - Danny Brown
99Wild For The Night {Ft. Skrillex & Birdy Num Num} - A$AP Rocky
98All The Time - Strokes, The
97Lanterns - Birds Of Tokyo
96Come A Little Closer - Cage The Elephant
95Evangelists - Gang Of Youths
94Evil Friends - Portugal. The Man
93Breathe This Air {Ft. Purity Ring} - Jon Hopkins
92Resolution - Matt Corby
91I See Seaweed - Drones, The
90Let Her Go - Jagwar Ma
89Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend
88Harlequin Dream - Boy & Bear
87Thirst - City and Colour
86Old Town Blues - Boy & Bear
85Necronomics - Implodes
84Ratchet - Bloc Party
83Ohio - Kingswood
82Imaginary Air - RÜFÜS
81Hungry Ghost - Violent Soho
80Slumville Sunrise - Jake Bugg
79Scar - Cloud Control
78Bloodsports - Drenge
77Fall Underneath - Snakadaktal
76Remurdered - Mogwai
75White Noise {Ft. AlunaGeorge} - Disclosure
74Strong - London Grammar
73Tonight - RÜFÜS
72St Clarity - Paper Kites, The
71Wasting My Young Years - London Grammar
70Dianne Young - Vampire Weekend
69A Song About Love - Jake Bugg
68The Breach - Dustin Tebbut
67Get Lucky {Ft. Pharrel Williams} - Daft Punk
66Higgs Boson Blues - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
65California - Mazzy Star
64I Am What You Want Me To Be - Jungle Giants, The
63Impossible Like You - Holy Holy
62Hannah Hunt - Vampire Weekend
61Messed Up Kids - Jake Bugg
60Demon To Lean On - Wavves
59Q.U.E.E.N. {Ft. Erykah Badu} - Janelle Monae
58Isjaki - Sigur Ros
57Bad Habit - Foals
56Au Pair - Underground Lovers
55Sucker Punch - Kingswood
54Smiles Don't Lie - Thundamentals
53Lies - Chvrches
52Doin' It Right {Ft. Panda Bear} - Daft Punk
51Push The Sky Away - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
50F For You - Disclosure
49Ya Hey - Vampire Weekend
48Graceless - National, The
47GMF - John Grant
46Youth - Daughter
45Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey
44Can You Feel My Heart - Bring Me The Horizon
43I Appear Missing - Queens Of The Stone Age
42Maxim's I - Julia Holter
41Help Me Lose My Mind {Ft. London Grammar} - Disclosure
40Arabella - Arctic Monkeys
39Running To The Sea {Ft. Susanne Sundafor} - Röyksopp
38What Doesn't Kill You - Jake Bugg
37Retrograde - James Blake
36The Woodpile - Frightened Rabbit
35Brennistein - Sigur Ros
34Only Tomorrow - My Bloody Valentine
33Is This How You Feel? - Preatures, The
32Fluffy - Wolf Alice
31Joan Of Arc - Arcade Fire
30Borderlines and Aliens - Grouplove
29Don't Fuck With Our Dreams - Smith Street Band, The
28Always - Panama
27Sundream - RÜFÜS
26Wakin' On a Pretty Day - Kurt Vile
25Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High - Arctic Monkeys
24The Only Shrine I've Seen - Darkside
23Sleepwalking - Bring Me The Horizon
22Melody Calling - Vaccines, The
21Hung On Tight - Snakadaktal
20Stoned and Starving - Parquet Courts
19Love Illumination - Franz Ferdinand
18Covered In Chrome - Violent Soho
17I Sat By The Ocean - Queens Of The Stone Age
16Bros - Wolf Alice
15Skin To Bone - Jungle Giants, The
14My Number - Foals
13My God Is The Sun - Queens Of The Stone Age
12Southern Sun - Boy & Bear
11Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
10Shadow Moses - Bring Me The Horizon

"Signal the sirens, rally the troops
Ladies and gentlemen, it's the moment of truth"

It is indeed the moment of truth as the top 10 is revealed but first a diversion to how I discovered Bring Me The Horizon and (indirectly) discovered this site....

Ever since I was a teenager (a few years ago now) I have run my eyes over the ARIA charts to see what is what. First I used to collect the printed Top 50 singles and albums from the record store (remember them) and eventually moved onto checking out Chartifacts on the ARIA website. It was there that I discovered on 18th October 2010 Bring Me The Horizon's album "There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret" became the lowest selling #1 album in ARIA history (since overtaken by Anthony Callea). Naturally I checked it out . Liked it a lot but Sempiternal (their next album) was much better.

But how did I discover this site. Well at some stage (4 years ago) I couldn't access Chartifacts on the ARIA site and googled ARIA Chartifacts and here I am.

Enough now...

9Dope Calypso - Violent Soho

"All I say is all I know and all I know is what you made me
(It's over, in pieces, it's over, I'm alright)"

Hungry Ghost was a strangely treated album by Triple J in terms of the Hottest 100 shortlist. Only two songs were put on the list (both made the Hottest 200 - in fact from 2012-2016 they had 12 songs on the shortlist and 10 made the Hottest 200) even though they definitely played others including this cracker of a rock song.

Another nugget of information regarding Hungry Ghost. It is the only album to have three different songs from it covered in Like A Version (as far as I know, other smarter people might correct me on that). Modern Baseball covered this one, Northeast Party House did Covered In Chrome and Tired Lion did Saramona Said (released as a single in 2014 so will appear there )

8If I Had A Tail - Queens Of The Stone Age

"Tears of pleasure, tears of pain
They trickle down your face the same"

...Like Clockwork was an unexpected pleasure in 2013. A return to form indeed. This was the best of the bunch (although My God Is The Sun comes close), a dirty rock blast. Sorry no long story for this one....

7Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett

"The paramedic thinks I'm clever 'cause I play guitar
I think she's clever 'cause she stops people dying"

Breaking from the rock start of the top 10 is a wonderfully witty tale from start to finish is Courtney's tale of the hazards of gardening on a 40 degree day! She is very much a love or hate figure and I firmly fall into the love category (the missus is firmly in the opposite corner). As well as having very funny lyrics, she also is a fantastic guitar player (if you get a chance to see her play guitar in Jen Cloher's band do yourself a favour).

6She - Wolf Alice

"I wish I was like you
(She knows, she knows, she knows)"

This one has another story attached......

So I heard this on the radio one morning and immediately fell in love with it but didn't catch who it was by but got the name of the song. When it came to voting I thought I'd put this on the shortlist, only problem is that by that time I had morphed the name into Her from She and the above lyrics into "I wish I was like her". Was plenty annoyed that it wasn't on the voting list until after I voted heard it again and realised my mistake

Anyway, a love affair with Wolf Alice was started with this song. They will definitely feature into future countdowns.

5Jubilee Street - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"The problem was
She had a little black book
And my name was written on every page"

The departure of Mick Harvey and the elevation of Warren Ellis to chief collaborator created a very different and, in my opinion, much better Bad Seeds album. It is less abrasive and more melodic and orchestral than previous efforts.

This song, supposedly about the murder of a prostitute (some things didn't change) is actually really beautiful if you don't pay attention and the last few minutes are just fantastic. The strings, choir and guitar playing just soar.

4Australia Street - Sticky Fingers

"For the rest of my life, that memory will stay
Man, f*ck, that was a good time"

This song strikes a few personal heart strings for me. A song about reminiscing about fantastic times in the past. To me that time would be the time I was in a share household while I was at uni. I lived in two such households and one was just off Australia Street (hey it's the song title!) and the other just off Brown Street (that they walk down in the film clip). Love picking out the old landmarks in the film clip. My only gripe is that if they started at the other end of Camperdown Park they would actually be on Australia Street!?!?!?!?

Brings back some great memories, man, f*ck, that was a good time.

3Afterlife - Arcade Fire

"Afterlife, I think I saw what happens next
Oh, it was just a glimpse of you, like looking through a window"

I must admit I didn't get Reflektor. Still don't. But this (the second single) was just fantastic. Still kept the more electronic sound but it is just a beautiful song and it is just put together so well. The bit where they shout "I've gotta know" stops me every time.

2Ducks Fly Together - Smith Street Band, The

"And I miss you but it feels good this way
Let's fall in love somewhere that you'll wanna stay"

Wil Wagner writes some fantastic lyrics (skill doesn't seem to work with emails though ) about very dysfunctional (but relatingly real) relationships. Their style is, like Courtney, a bit love or hate (me and the missus are similarly split on them as well) but it really resonates with me. A fantastic live band as well. This song in 2013 was my introduction to them.

1Step - Vampire Weekend

"Every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl"

I'm a big fan of Vampire Weekend and while they have come close to the Top 10 on both previous albums this is their first time to hit it and they get all the way to #1. I have no idea what the song is about but it just doesn't matter, it is such a beautiful listening experience. Also would be my #1 album for the year. Just ace....


Nice list too, OBOne! Didn't see that #1 coming, and I will have to check #2 out.

I am in the 'like' Courtney Barnett camp too.

Notable is the 195 position difference for Australia St Didn't do anything for me I'm afraid but I can see how it would for someone who had lived in the are when they were younger!

Here is the YouTube playlist for my Top 100 songs, in descending order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0Rd0gl2TEvININl9VJZ95f
I'm just highly amused that I'm not the only person with a story of confusion about that Wolf Alice song. I also didn't know what it was called and to make matters worse, I didn't even get the lyrics right. All I could remember was 'it's not easy' and all else I could go by is that I thought it sounded like Warpaint. I just so happened to be in luck that not very long after I was having this dilemma, they released Moaning Lisa Smile and I piece the two together and now they're one of my favourite bands.
Too funny. I'm notorious for hearing songs on the radio while driving, liking them and then forgetting or not hearing the band back announced. Would have lost a few good songs over the years like this. Luckily this wasn't one!!
Firstly, Merry Easter All

Secondly, onto 2014 we go...

Found this year similar to 2012, in that I found the actual H100 a bit underwhelming (only 47 from that list made my Top 100), but when I dug a bit deeper, it really was a good year for music indeed.

Here are #200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
200I GOT U Duke Dumont (Feat. Jax Jones)10074
199IS IT A BANGER? Odd Mob9970
198CAN'T DO WITHOUT YOU Caribou9855
197LOVE ME LESS One Day9792
196PITTSBURGH The Amity Affliction9622
195QUIT YOUR JOB Thundamentals9578
194THE WEIGH DOWN The Amity Affliction9471
193GOLD SNAFU Sticky Fingers9320
192RIGHT NOW Allday9265
191LUNA Bombay Bicycle Club9198
190CLOSE YOUR EYES (AND COUNT TO FUCK) Run The Jewels (Feat. Zack De La Rocha)9072
189ARCADIA The Kite String Tangle8915
188BETWEEN FRIENDS Japanese Wallpaper (Feat. Jesse Davidson)8897
187(LOVER) YOU DON'T TREAT ME NO GOOD (LIKE A VERSION) Chet Faker8721
186GET AWAY CHVRCHES8685
185WRONG DIRECTION British India8583
184DON'T LEAN ON ME The Amity Affliction8464
183WON'T LET YOU DOWN Hilltop Hoods (Feat. Maverick Sabre)8336
182GOT LOVE Thundamentals (Feat. Solo)8290
181RAPT Karen ONANA
180FIRST TIME Vance Joy8150
179WORK WORK clipping. (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)8066
178SUNSHINE Flight Facilities (Feat. Reggie Watts)7952
177MISTAKES OF MY YOUTH EelsNANA
176TAKE ME OVER Peking Duk (Feat. Safia)785
175I'LL GO CRAZY Bluejuice7725
174LIVE IT UP 3607675
173JUST FOR YOU Sticky Fingers7586
172SHE ONLY LOVES ME WHEN I'M THERE Ball Park Music7419
171DROWN Bring Me The Horizon7368
170WALKING UNDER STAIRS Hilltop Hoods7257
169SEASONS Future Islands7123
168THE FEAST AND THE FAMINE Foo FightersNANA
167SINCE LAST WEDNESDAY Highasakite7077
166SWEATPANTS Childish Gambino6960
165NEW DORP. NEW YORK SBTRKT (Feat. Ezra Koenig)6834
164BEST FRIEND Foster The PeopleNA164
163TWO WEEKS FKA Twigs6745
162MOTHERFUCKER Faith No MoreNANA
161AROUND TOWN The KooksNANA
160STRONG HAND ChvrchesNANA
159BEIN' AROUND Courtney BarnettNANA
158THE BEST DAY Thurston MooreNANA
157I WANT U Alison Wonderland6637
156TALK TOO MUCH Andy Bull6561
155BURN THE PAGES SiaNA178
154YOU ALWAYS KNOW THE DJ Allday6435
153SOMETHING I SAID Thundamentals (Feat. Thom Crawford)6330
152ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES Meg Mac6224
1511998 Chet Faker618
150ORDINARY The PreaturesNA120
149HEART BEATS SLOW Angus & Julia Stone6062
148SONG OF ARNHEM LAND East Journey (Feat. Yothu Yindi)NANA
147I DON'T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE Rise Against5980
146CERRONE'S SUPERNATURE Beth Ditto x The ShoesNANA
145WHERE NO ONE GOES JonsiNANA
144BACK TO THE SHACK WeezerNANA
143CLOUDS PrinceNANA
142MESS IS MINE Vance Joy5813
141LEFT HAND FREE alt-j5716
140DO IT AGAIN Röyksopp & Robyn5673
139CEDAR LANE First Aid KitNANA
138COULD YOU TV On The RadioNANA
137CREATURE OF THE NIGHT Art Vs ScienceNANA
136MY BLUE SUPREME InterpolNANA
135ARE YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO BE Foster The PeopleNA154
134BACK TO THE WALL Missy HigginsNANA
133ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS Cold War KidsNANA
132LIMITLESS Megan WashingtonNANA
131HEAVENLY FATHER Bon IverNA116
130THE SUN II SnakadaktalNANA
129THERE IS NO OTHER TIME KlaxonsNANA
128BUSY EARNIN' Jungle5567
127SENSIBILITY Elizabeth RoseNANA
126HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE Damon Albarn (Feat. Brian Eno & The Leytonstone City Mission Choir)NANA
125THE PARTY LINE Belle & SebastianNANA
124IN TONGUES Ella HooperNANA
123SHOOTING HELICOPTERS Benny Benassi (Feat. Serj Tankian)NANA
122GINA WORKS AT HEARTS DZ Deathrays5488
121FLASHED JUNK MIND Milky Chance5344
120DEFINITIVE HISTORY Augie MarchNANA
119WAR OF ONE Bertie BlackmanNANA
118CELESTE Lanie LaneNANA
117GREENS AND BLUES PixiesNANA
116SEEYA Deadmau5 (Feat. Colleen D'Agostino)NANA
115GOOEY Glass Animals5212
114PITBULL TERRIER Die AntwoordNANA
113GOLDMINE KimbraNANA
112YOUNG IN LOVE Thelma PlumNANA
111HOLIDAY HOME The GratesNANA
110PARANOIA, GHOSTS AND OTHER SOUNDS SAFIA5196
109MAYBE Carmada5041
108CLOSING FOREVER SKY FirekitesNANA
107TELL ME All Our Exes Live In TexasNANA
106PAGANS Dizzee RascalNANA
105SURRENDER The Smith Street Band4969
104BACK AND FORTH The Aston Shuffle (Feat. Elizabeth Rose)NANA
103GUNSHOT Lykke LiNANA
102I NEED YOU M83NANA
101BAD APPLES Briggs4887
Here are #100-1. A notable inclusion is Giorgio Moroder, for the first time since 1978:

My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
100SOMEONE ELSE'S HOUSE UrthboyNANA
99THIRD DAY OF A SEVEN DAY BINGE Marilyn MansonNANA
98I WILL NOT WEAR YOUR WEDDING RING Sally SeltmannNANA
97i Kendrick Lamar4753
96SWITCH LANES Tkay Maidza46100
95BEFORE TOO LONG Missy Higgins (Feat. Amanda Palmer)NANA
94I'M A FANTASTIC WRECK MontaigneNANA
93DRAMA Kate Miller-Heidke (Feat. Drapht)NANA
92DREAMERS Hopium (Feat. Phoebe Lou)4582
91THE RUSH Jane TyrrellNANA
90SO NOW WHAT The ShinsNANA
89TIGHTROPE Illy (Feat. Scarlett Stevens)4417
88GEORGIA Vance Joy4393
87BEGGIN FOR THREAD BANKS4227
86TENNIS COURT Lorde (Flume Remix)4147
85BEWARE THE DOG The Griswolds4028
84THE HUNT Briggs (Feat. Gurrumul)NANA
83KING AND CROSS Asgeir3910
82BETTER THAN IT EVER COULD BE The PreaturesNA143
81PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris (Feat. HAIM)NA103
80COLOURING THE STREETS PondNANA
79I'M NOT COMING BACK HuskyNA133
78SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters3884
77BONES Dustin TebbuttNA123
76OPEN UP (THAT'S ENOUGH) The Dead WeatherNANA
75IN THESE ARMS OF LOVE Cut CopyNANA
74SOBER Childish Gambino3731
73MICRO WARS Kingswood3676
72APOLLO Flight Facilities (Willy Wonka Mix)NANA
71SOMEBODY'S TALKING The Preatures3529
70GIVE US A KISS Nick Cave And The Bad SeedsNANA
69GUESS AGAIN! Thom YorkeNANA
68SLOWBURN Howling BellsNANA
67A GOOD LIFE IS THE BEST REVENGE Ball Park MusicNANA
66HEAD DOWN The Ocean PartyNANA
65RUN FOR YOUR LIFE Bertie BlackmanNANA
64AIR BALLOON Lily AllenNANA
63AVARITA Deadmau5NANA
62MY HEART IS A WHEEL Megan WashingtonNA138
61I CAN FEEL THAT YOU DON'T LOVE ME Kingswood3456
60LAZARETTO Jack White3379
59AIRWAVES GusGusNANA
58EVERYTHING IS SHIT Ball Park Music3258
57CREATE/DESTROY Art vs ScienceNA131
56BRIDGES (LIKE A VERSION) Meg Mac3191
55TWO BODIES Flight Facilities (Feat. Emma Louise)3039
54DO I WANNA KNOW? CHVRCHES (Like A Version)2954
53NO REST FOR THE WICKED Lykke LiNANA
52MOTHER AND FATHER Broods2840
51PANIC ATTACK Elana StoneNANA
50PICKLES FROM THE JAR Courtney Barnett2751
49FUCKED MY WAY TO THE TOP Lana Del ReyNANA
48MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit2638
47WHAT THE DEVIL HAS MADE Matt CorbyNA184
46POISON DRUM Gang Of YouthsNANA
45STRANGER IN MOSCOW Tame ImpalaNANA
44WINDOW TO THE SKY Kim Churchill2542
43TALK IS CHEAP Chet Faker241
42RUN San Cisco2333
4174 IS THE NEW 24 Giorgio MoroderNANA
40UPTOWN FUNK Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars226
39ZOMBIE Jamie T2143
38EVERY OTHER FRECKLE alt-j2014
37TRIPPIN' THE LIGHT FANTASTIC Ball Park Music1999
36DEVIL INSIDE London GrammarNANA
35WEST COAST Lana Del Rey1832
34WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE? Jack WhiteNANA
33STEVIE KasabianNANA
32MORNING BeckNANA
31HIGH Peking Duk (Feat. Nicole Millar)172
30RED EYES The War On Drugs1663
29ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME InterpolNANA
28FIRST Cold War Kids1589
27CANNIBAL Silversun PickupsNANA
26LIQUORLIP LOADED GUN Sticky Fingers1494
25YELLOW FLICKER BEAT Lorde1318
24MISERY COMPANY Kaiser ChiefsNANA
23STOLEN DANCE Milky Chance124
22GRANDMA'S HANDS Meg Mac1146
21GOLD Chet Faker107
20WEIGHT OF LOVE The Black KeysNANA
19HOW MUCH DOES YOUR LOVE COST? Thelma Plum995
18LET ME DOWN GENTLY La RouxNANA
17HAPPY IDIOT TV On The Radio849
16HUNGER OF THE PINE alt-j726
15WILD WATERS Jane TyrrellNANA
14CRUEL WORLD Lana Del ReyNANA
13FALLEN FirekitesNANA
12SKIN SONG Bat For LashesNANA
11COSBY SWEATER Hilltop Hoods63

To begin the Top 10, we go to Paris where we find The Avener and his very funky Fade Out Lines. C'est tres cool.
10FADE OUT LINES The Avener581

Next up is The Shins' James Mercer's side project with Danger Mouse, Broken Bells, who seem to be consistently finishing higher than The Shins in my lists. They come in at number 9 with the beautiful, epic, Leave It Alone.
9LEAVE IT ALONE Broken BellsNANA

The actual Hottest 100 had back-to-back Chet Faker in the Top 10. I have back-to-back Broken Bells. It's them again with the title track of their 2014 album, After The Disco. Sounds like it could come straight out of 1981, which for me is a compliment
8AFTER THE DISCO Broken BellsNANA

At #7 is Brace, a beautiful, understated tune from Melbourne's Brighter Later. It doesn't even have a film clip And the YouTube sound clip only has 31 likes Both of which I am shocked by, it is such a lovely song. And they got bonus points for the Nick Drake reference in their band name.
7BRACE Brighter LaterNANA

And now, straight outta Wigan in 1995 are the DMA's with Delete at #6. Sorry?.. They're from Sydney?.. And they released this song in 2014? Oh...
Well it sounds great and as good a bit of Britpop as you've heard in ages.
6DELETE DMA's448

At number 5 we head to Sweden and Roysksopp/Robyn's divine Monument, accompanied by its vast, heavenly filmclip. And we even get a sax solo. Class.
5MONUMENT Royksopp (feat. Robyn)359

Number 4 is Wolf Alice with Moaning Lisa Smile, which, with its grungy riffs could have come out of the 90s too. I have to thank OBOne and HiJinx for bringing Wolf Alice to my attention as they had somehow passed me by. Think we'll be seeing more of them in future lists.
4MOANING LISA SMILE Wolf AliceNANA

Third from the top is Faded by Zhu. A comment on the YouTube version of this song summed it up brilliantly 'I was watching this song and my mother came in. I was so embarrassed, I had to put some porn on instead'. Bangin' tracks gon' bang.
3FADED ZHU211

An unlucky runner-up is Sia with her biggest chart hit and her finest vocal performance, Chandelier. The lyrics are actually quite dark, but the vocals soar over it. And of course the film clip is just as transfixing.
2CHANDELIER Sia19

Another year, another nine minute #1. But no, it's not Sigur Ros again, instead it's The War On Drugs' spellbinding Under The Pressure. Just so many layers and we even get a horn section later on. Can recommend also watching the accompanying film clip when listening to the song, it enhances the whole experience.
1UNDER THE PRESSURE The War On DrugsNANA

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While we wait for your last few songs to be revealed, here are the ones that just missed my 100 (in alphabetical order)

1998 - Chet Faker
Cellophane - King Gizzard
Charlie Black - Modern Baseball
Do It Again - Röyksopp & Robyn
Gold - Chet Faker
Got Love {Ft. Solo} - Thundamentals
Heart Beats Slow - Angus & Julia Stone
Holding - Grouper
I Can Feel That You Don't Love Me - Kingswood
Lost In The Dream - The War On Drugs
Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy
My Blue Supreme - Interpol
New York Mornings - Elbow
RUN - San Cisco
Something I Said {Ft. Thom Crawford} - Thundamentals
Trippin' The Light Fantastic - Ball Park Music
Two Weeks - FKA Twigs

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Do you mean 1988 or 1998 by Chet Faker?

Some nice songs that just missed yours and my list both.
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Love that #1.

1988 was obviously the B-side
Thanks OBOne. Looking forward to 1978 coming out

Here is the YouTube playlist of the Top 100 in descending order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0A2Wyk96isy20IDUmLcS6F
And on to 2014. A fairly underwhelming Hottest 100 to be fair (only 34 songs from it made it here) but a solid year otherwise for music. Norway is well represented with 4 songs from 2 artists and a first appearance from Lebannon (#64) and Spain (#55). Kicking off is Mark Kozelek's ode to the mid 2000s proliferation of Bens in these lists (maybe)

100Ben's My Friend - Sun Kil Moon
99Please Feel Free To Piss In The Garden - SQÜRL
98Never Catch Me {Ft. Kendrick Lamar} - Flying Lotus
97Trainwreck 1979 - Death From Above 1979
96Stone Age Brain {Ft. Tim Rogers} - Jen Cloher
95Hexon Bogon - Mogwai
94Gold Snafu - Sticky Fingers
93Digital Witness - St Vincent
92Pickles From The Jar - Courtney Barnett
91Less Out Of Sync - DZ Deathrays
90Uptown Funk {Ft. Bruno Mars} - Mark Ronson
89Tightrope {Ft. Scarlett Stevens} - Illy
88I Need A Woman - Hockey Dad
87i - Kendrick Lamar
86Get Up - Young Fathers
85Mother and Father - Broods
84Breathe In {Ft. Wafia} - Japanese Wallpaper
83Feel - Bombay Bicycle Club
82King and Cross - Asgeir
81An Ocean Between The Waves - The War On Drugs
80Cocoon - Catfish and the Bottlemen
79Cosby Sweater - Hilltop Hoods
78Somebody's Talking - Preatures, The
77Teenage Exorcists - Mogwai
76Poison Drum - Gang Of Youths
75Little Monster - Royal Blood
74Happy Idiot - TV On The Radio
73Faded - ZHU
72Land Of Pleasure - Sticky Fingers
71Fly Boy Blue / Lunette - Elbow
70Fur Eyes - Violent Soho
69All Under One Roof Raving - Jamie xx
68Cocaine Lion - Ball Park Music
67The Lord Is Out Of Control - Mogwai
66Carriages - Tiny Ruins
65House Of Cards - Holy Holy
64Hal - Yasmine Hasdan
63Gooey - Glass Animals
62Get High, See No One - Smith Street Band, The
61Sunshine {Ft. Reggie Watts} - Flight Facilities
60Every Time The Sun Comes Up - Sharron Van Etten
59Dreamers {Ft. Phoebe Lou} - Hopium
58Cannibal - Silversun Pickups
57Monument {Ft. Robyn} - Röyksopp
56The Blanket Of Night - Elbow
55Your Brain Is Made Of Candy - Mourn
54Work Work {Ft. Cocc Pistol Cree} - clipping.
53New Dorp. New York {Ft. Ezra Koening) - SBTRKT
52Drown - Bring Me The Horizon
51I Am Not An End - Montaigne
50Would You Fight For My Love? - Jack White
49Skulls - Röyksopp
48Great Northern - sleepmakeswaves
47Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) {Ft. Zach De La Rosa} - Run The Jewels
46Micro Wars - Kingswood
45Girl - Jamie xx
44Fever - Black Keys, The
43Two Bodies {Ft. Emma Louise} - Flight Facilities
42Between Friends {Ft. Jesse Davidson} - Japanese Wallpaper
41Best Friend - Foster The People
40Forgive & Forget - Kooks, The
39L.A.F. - Broods
38I Love Life - Smith Street Band, The
37Cigarettes & Loneliness - Chet Faker
36My Desire - Interpol
35White Flag - Ecca Vandal
34Pittsburgh - Amith Affliction, The
33Busy Earnin' - Jungle
32My Silver Lining - First Aid Kit
31Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You - Ball Park Music
30Inspecter Norse - Todd Terje
29Figure It Out - Royal Blood
28Under The Pressure - The War On Drugs
27West Coast - Lana Del Rey
26My Sad Captains - Elbow
25Surrender - Smith Street Band, The
24Every Other Freckle - Alt-J
23History - Holy Holy
22If You Go - Sticky Fingers
21Rum Rage - Sticky Fingers
20The Haunted - Northeast Party House
19Gina Works At Hearts - DZ Deathrays
18Lights Out - Angel Olsen
17Hunger Of The Pine - Alt-J
16Your Love Is Killing Me - Sharron Van Etten
15Johnny and Mary {Ft. Bryan Ferry} - Todd Terje
14Moaning Lisa Smile - Wolf Alice
13Everything Is Wrong - Interpol
12Liquorlip Loaded Gun - Sticky Fingers
11Carol - Peep Tempel, The
10Red Eyes - War On Drugs, The

"Don't wanna let the dark night cover my soul
Well you can see it through the darkness coming my way
Well we won't get lost inside it all again"

One of the albums of the year is The War On Drug's "Lost In The Dream". It is a great swirling beautiful mass of music and some great lyrics born out of the end of a long term relationship. As great as Under The Pressure is this song is, for me, the pinnacle of the album.

Since they parted ways in 2008, Kurt Vile had done well on my charts and featured in the top 50 in 2011 and 2013 but The War On Drugs have raised the bar, how will Kurt respond?

9Delete - DMAs

"Don't forget about the stars, the sky
Lucid as the air that blows and light that shines
Just a way to figure out her when the night is wrong"

Wigan? More like Salford . Another band from my part of Sydney (Newtown'). They do indeed sound like something straight from Manchester in the 90's but I do love that angelic voice and the fuzzy guitars.

8I Don't Wanna Die Anymore - Smith Street Band, The

"And I know I f*cked up, know I done wrong
And that you deserve more than another f*cking song"

Throw Me In The River is probably my favourite album on 2014. It is filled with beautifully observed songs about dysfunctional long distance relationships and just rocks. This song starts off rocking at a million miles an hour and keeps it up and bonus points for mentioning "doona" in the lyrics, very Aussie!

7Can't Do Without You - Caribou'

"And you know you’re the one I dream about"

On one hand, a very simple repetitive song. On the other hand, an amazing aural feast, that just pushes more and more into the song until it explodes. Very similar in technique to bands like Sigur Ros, Mogwai etc.

6Luna - Bombay Bicycle Club

"I will bathe myself
Then I'll wear you for the night
Colours fading, frayed at the sight"

Just a great pop song. Sparkling and crisp. Bonus points for having a synchronised swimming inspired film clip.

5All The Rage Back Home - Interpol

"But my sweet, you don't need time
Come away and just say you'll love me"

El Pintor was a great return to form for Interpol after the disappointment of their 2010 fourth album. This is the highlight, a return to their tempo changing driving atmospheric best. BTW, their 9th appearance in my Top 10, I do like them quite a lot.

4Calgary Girls - Smith Street Band, The

"And the first time we made love
It was dark and we were drunk
In someone else's, someone else's hostel bathroom
And you turned your back to me
And I said, "If this is the first of many
Then turn back around so I can f*cking kiss you""

As close to a ballad as The Smith Street Band are likely to ever get, it is a beautiful song. You can hear the weary acceptance of love lost in Wil's voice (well I can anyway), even if he likes a swear word or 20. Love the addition of strings and piano to parts of the song as well.

3Your Graduation - Modern Baseball

"It's been three whole years of me thinking about you every day
Sometimes for hours, sometimes in passing"

Another wonderfully observed song about lost (or never obtained) love. A great pop-punk anthem. The whole album (You're Gonna Miss It All) is full of them, all really short/sharp songs. I got into them after reading a very glowing review that concluded, "I don’t know if I’d trust Brendan Lukens to complete a beer run for a case of Keystone Lite, he’d probably come back with a six-pack and a funny story about the girl he met from his old high school along the way—these are the small, relatable pleasures of which a Modern Baseball song is made"

2Saramona Says - Violent Soho

"No place to hide, nowhere to lead us
"I wanna take it down," Saramona said"

Violent Soho beat Modern Baseball (who covered them for their Like A Version) by one spot but fall short of the song they did for Like A Version (Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups)!!

Released as a single in 2014, this is a song that wouldn't be out of place on an album like Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, it is a quieter song for Violent Soho but still ramps it up when it has to, especially towards the end.

1Just For You - Sticky Fingers

"Sun is always shining
Is there, is there, is there
Yeah we'll come just for you"

To be honest the top 3 were all pretty close this year but Sticky Fingers come out on top by a nail. This song was such a departure for them and brings back memories of some fantastic Madchester music (Happy Mondays and Stone Roses in particular)

I mentioned in 2013, Violent Soho's record of 10 out of 12 songs on the voting list making the Hottest 200 between 2012 and 2016, Sticky Finger's record is a frankly unbelievable 20 of 22 including 7 in 2014 from Land Of Pleasure. It is a great album and 6 of those songs make my list (sorry Dreamland).
Hi all.

I had to make a late revision to my 2014 Hottest 100, as I had Heart Attack by Flight Facilities at #66, but had forgotten that it actually came in at #85 of the actual 2015 Hottest 100. So by my own rules, I'm obliged to put it in the 2015 list and thus remove it from 2014.

I dug deeper into Flight Facilities 2014 album Down To Earth for a replacement, and found one pretty quickly as it's such a good album. I have updated the lists as well as the YouTube list accordingly. Sorry about that everyone!
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Finally - we move onto 2015.

It's fair to say it wasn't as strong a year as 2014, both the countdown itself

But Kendrick Lamar went big this year, coming within an ace of taking out the actual Hottest 100, as did Courtney Barnett, getting four songs into the countdown.

Tame Impala and Florence & The Machine were back with solid albums, and Wolf Alice released their long awaited debut.

Anyway, here are 200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
200THE BUZZ Hermitude1008
199KAMIKAZE M09960
198DOWN TO EARTH Flight Facilties9883
197MIDDLE DJ Snake9717
196ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips9636
195EVERYDAY A$AP Rocky9580
194GOD IT De La Soul {Feat. Nas}NANA
193DYNAMITE Asta {Feat. Allday}9447
192LOSE CONTROL Robyn & La Bagatelle MagiqueNANA
191HUARACHE LIGHTS Hot ChipNANA
190INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf9393
189THE TROUBLE WITH US Chet Faker & Marcus Marr926
188(I KNOW THERE'S GONNA BE) GOOD TIMES Jamie xx9126
187OMEN Disclosure9062
186CLOSE UP Peaches {Feat. Kim Gordon}NANA
185LIKE SODA Violent Soho8915
184PARTY MACHINE The Bennies8888
183SQUEEZE ME N.E.R.D.NANA
182SHUTDOWN Skepta8768
181COOL SPORTS Nina Las Vegas & SwickNANA
180EMBRACING ME SAFIA8623
179WOLVES The Cat Empire8579
178SHINE ON The Amity Affliction8425
177NEVER FAR AWAY Active ChildNANA
176GIVE ME A TRY The Wombats8367
175M.O.B. Tkay Maidza8266
174LSD A$AP Rocky8164
173VICE GRIP Parkway Drive8058
172THE LOVE WITHIN Bloc PartyNA110
171SOFT POWER Arcade FireNANA
170ALRIGHT Kendrick Lamar7937
169WE ARE THE PARENTS (OUR PARENTS WARNED US ABOUT) CustardNANA
168BON VIVANT You Am INANA
167DANCIN' JOHN DOE DraphtNA130
166LONG LOUD HOURS Urthboy {Feat. Bertie Blackman}7833
165LEAVE A TRACE Chvrches7732
164LEAN ON Major Lazer763
163MAGNETS Disclosure7510
162BILOCATION LeftfieldNANA
161RUMOUR MILL Rudimental7496
160SUDDENLY British India7376
159NO DRAMA QUEEN GrouploveNANA
158LIFTED UP (1985) Passion PitNANA
157GHOST Tkay MaidzaNA166
156CHOSEN ONE Art vs ScienceNANA
155HOTLINE BLING Drake7214
154GREEK TRAGEDY The Wombats7129
153HURRICANE HalseyNA195
152GHOST Halsey7094
151CAPABLE OF ANYTHING Ben FoldsNANA
150RUN Alison Wonderland6959
149BIRD SET FREE SiaNANA
148HIGH BY THE BEACH Lana Del Rey6889
147ELEVATOR OPERATOR Courtney Barnett6775
146TAMAN SHUD The DronesNANA
145FINE WITHOUT YOU Best CoastNANA
144MAN IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN PondNANA
143HEART IS FULL Miike SnowNA127
142ROADBLOX The ProdigyNANA
141LIKE AN ANIMAL RUFUS6628
140COME ON AlpineNANA
139EMPTY THREAT ChvrchesNA116
138UNDER NEON LIGHTS The Chemical Brothers {Feat. St Vincent}NANA
137TEENAGE TALK St. VincentNANA
136SUPERHERO Faith No MoreNANA
135BORDERS M.I.ANANA
134CREATURES OF HABIT The KooksNANA
133CIRCADIAN RHYTHM (LAST DANCE) Silversun PickupsNANA
132FLESH WITHOUT BLOOD Grimes6571
131EXPLOITATION Roisin MurphyNANA
130WAITING GAMES Full Tote Odds {Feat. Taylor Jones}NANA
129YOUR SHADOW The Wombats6491
128LIMIT OF LOVE Boy & BearNA153
127SWEAR JAR Illy6339
126ONCE Ngaiire6273
125CRASHING AND BURNING PART II Philadelphia Grand JuryNANA
124SPIDER CHORDS British IndiaNANA
123FORCES Japanese Wallpaper6169
122HUNGER Of Monsters And MenNANA
121HOOPS The Rubens601
120CRUSHED Parkway Drive5948
119WEATHERED Jack Garratt5878
118YOU'RE A GERM Wolf AliceNANA
117BETTER WITH YOU Sarah BlaskoNANA
116RESTLESS New OrderNANA
115WHAT WENT DOWN FoalsNA117
114SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Hayden James5744
113DECEPTION BAY Boo Seeka5650
112CREAM ON CHROME Ratatat5552
111WALK THE WIRE Boy and Bear5463
110REGARDLESS Jarryd James {Feat. Julia Stone}NANA
109DOWNTOWN Macklemore and Ryan Lewis5318
108GO The Chemical Brothers5246
107SNOW San CiscoNA178
106RADIOFACE Gang Of YouthsNA191
105CAUSE I'M A MAN Tame Impala5161
104SHIP TO WRECK Florence and The Machine5040
103GEMINI What So Not4990
102THRONE Bring Me The Horizon4845
101THERE'S A LINE Josh PykeNANA



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And now for 100-1. There's something to be said for re-listening to these songs several times, as I only had Heart Attack at #66 in 2014 before I realised I had to take it out and put it in 2015. It's now at #14.

My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
100SOME MINDS Flume4724
99DEEP SIX Marilyn MansonNANA
98THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala464
97THANK GOD FOR GIRLS WeezerNANA
96FOOLISH Alpine4557
95HOW DOES IT FEEL MS MRNANA
94WHILE YOU WAIT Dead Letter CircusNANA
93GO OUT BlurNANA
92ORGANISM Big ScaryNANA
91MONDAY Matt Corby4453
90HOLD ME DOWN Halsey4342
89HELL BOY Seth Sentry42100
88ANOTHER EARTH Elizabeth RoseNANA
87KEEPING SCORE LDRU4122
86TOO MUCH TIME TOGETHER San Cisco4049
85SHOW ME Dead Letter CircusNANA
84ANCHOR Birds Of Tokyo3972
83PREACH Daniel JohnsNA200
82DEAD INSIDE MuseNANA
81SUGAR BOATS Modest MouseNANA
80CRIMINALS MS MRNANA
79WORKING FOR IT ZHU x Skrillex x They3854
78BLACK SUN Death Cab For CutieNANA
77CASTLE IN THE SNOW The Avener {Feat. Kadebostany}NANA
76DIVISION Elizabeth RoseNANA
75ONE SONG AT A TIME Cold War KidsNANA
74BEGIN AGAIN Purity Ring3787
73HAPPY SONG Bring Me The Horizon3686
72TRUE FRIENDS Bring Me The Horizon3599
71LIONSONG BjorkNANA
70BIG JET PLANE Tuka {Like A Version}3481
69GOLDEN DREAM StonefieldNANA
68I AM READY Sarah BlaskoNANA
67AUTOMATIC Zhu x Aluna GeorgeNA183
66THIS GAME Odd Mob {Feat. Bertie Blackman}NANA
65SILK Dustin Tebbutt {Feat. Thelma Plum}NANA
64SAY MY NAME Peking Duk3330
63SUNSHINE ON MY BACK The NationalNANA
62FIRE AND THE FLOOD Vance Joy3216
61THE HILLS The Weeknd3119
60LAY DOWN DMA's3077
59DELETE Sticky Fingers {Like A Version}2984
58OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont2813
57STONEMILKER BjorkNANA
56BELIEVE Mumford & SonsNA145
55MULTI-LOVE Unknown Mortal Orchestra2755
54CH-CHING ChairliftNANA
53DEPRESTON Courtney Barnett2682
52STUPID SEXY FLANDERS Dr. ColossusNANA
51I FEEL LOVE (EVERY MILLION MILES) The Dead WeatherNANA
50MISOPHONIA West Thebarton Brothel PartyNANA
49FREAZY Wolf AliceNANA
48QUEEN OF PEACE Florence And The MachineNA160
47GREEDY The Ocean PartyNANA
46BE TOGETHER Major Lazer2598
45CLEAREST BLUE Chvrches2451
44FIRST LIGHT Django DjangoNANA
43DREAMS BeckNA181
42FORTUNES MetricNANA
41MUSIC TO WATCH BOYS TO Lana Del ReyNANA
40DON'T WANNA FIGHT Alabama Shakes2365
39POWERFUL Major Lazer2274
38EVENTUALLY Tame Impala2134
37OUR LOVE WON'T DIE All Our Exes Live in TexasNANA
36DISTANT PAST Everything EverythingNA102
35COUNTING SHEEP SAFIA2035
34MAGNOLIA Gang Of Youths1921
33YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS1812
32IT'S THAT TALK AGAIN Broken BellsNANA
31TWILIGHT DRIVING Methyl Ethel1797
30NO-ONE Golden Features {Feat. Thelma Plum}1692
29FALSE HOPE Laura MarlingNANA
28NOBODY REALLY CARES IF YOU DON'T GO TO THE PARTY Courtney Barnett1595
27HOT COALS Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosNANA
26NIGHTLIGHT Silversun PickupsNA187
25FORTUNE 500 Everything EverythingNANA
24DELILAH Florence and The Machine1438
23CLIP MY WINGS MontaigneNA189
22ALIVE Sia1356
21KING KUNTA Kendrick Lamar122
20CAN'T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd119
19NEVER BE Meg Mac1011
18MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES Foals920
17PEDESTRIAN AT BEST Courtney Barnett843
16CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Best CoastNANA
15LOUD PLACES Jamie xx731
14HEART ATTACK Flight Facilities {Feat. Owl Eyes}685
13PUPPET THEATRE Claptone {Feat. Peter, Bjorn and John}541
12I FEEL YOUR LOVE Laura MarlingNANA
11HOLES IN THE SKY M83 {Feat. HAIM}NANA

At #10 is Emma Louise with Underflow. A great film clip (which was difficult to make and cost Emma her hair!), beautiful vocals, just class overall. She's come close to making my Top 10 before and she deserves to do it with this song.
10UNDERFLOW Emma LouiseNA173

Number 9 is the lead and my favourite track from Currents, Tame Impala's multi-award winning opus, Let It Happen. They were long overdue an appearance in my Top 10 as well.
9LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala45

Keeping it in Western Australia, at 8 are Methyl Ethyl with Shadowboxing. Got some early Cure vibes with this one, mixed with some Cocteau Twins - both of which make me very happy. Very good performed live too.
8SHADOWBOXING Methyl EthylNANA

We head to Sydney for number 7, with Vallis Alps' beautiful 'Young'. I especially like the chilled out outro. We'll be seeing more of them in future years
7YOUNG Vallis Alps327

2015 saw the release of Wolf Alice's debut album, My Life Is Cool, and the first single from it, Giant Peach, is at #6. It's a great trip back to the 90s guitar-wise and comes with a very amusing film clip
6GIANT PEACH Wolf AliceNANA

2015 also saw Florence and The Machine release How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. While it didn't grab me as much as her first two albums did, it did have a killer, rockin' lead single. That song is What Kind Of Man and it's at #5.
5WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence and The Machine270

#4 is the sublime Do You Remember by Jarryd James. Just smooth and classy from start to finish, including the film clip. Not bad at all for someone who was working as a carer the year before
4DO YOU REMEMBER Jarryd James17

Lana Del Rey vocals + sparse, orchestral background = absolute bliss.
Honeymoon is #3.
3HONEYMOON Lana Del ReyNANA

At #2 is the lead single from The Jezabels' Synthia album, Come Alive. It has everything, from brooding melody, Hayley Mary's soaring vocals, big crescendo and its' stunning film clip.
2COME ALIVE The JezabelsNANA

Another year, another nine minute plus chart topper! It's another song that was a good thing beaten in the actual Hottest 100, coming out in December and coming in at #103 (see also: My People, Sweet Disposition, Pumped Up Kicks). It needed to be good to beat Come Alive - the Top 4 were a fair way ahead of the rest IMO. It's the wonderful Innerbloom from RUFUS (Del Sol) - an epic electronic journey.
1INNERBLOOM RufusNA103

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As we wait with baited breath for your top 10, here are the twenty songs that just missed my 100 (in alphabetical order)

Adolescence - Murlocs, The
Apollo - Last Dinosaurs
Crystals - Of Monsters and Men
Delete {Like A Version} - Stick Fingers
Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes
I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) {Ft. Young Thug & Popcaan} - Jamie xx
I'd Be Lost - Sarah Blasko
Middle {Ft. Bipolar Sunshine} - DJ Snake
Monument - Mutemath
Mountain At My Gates - Foals
Multi-Love - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Outside The Heart Of It - Holy Holy
Puppet Theatre {Ft. Peter, Bjorn and John} - Claptone
The Hills - The Weeknd
The Rhythm Changes - Kamasi Washington
The Trouble With Us - Marcus Marr + Chet Faker
These Walls {Ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat} - Kendrick Lamar
Twilight Driving - Methyl Ethyl
Walk The Wire - Boy & Bear
Way Too Much - Wavves
TUNE!!!

Great #1 and 100 overall. #6, 9 and 10 also are great (amongst others).
So there it is - my 2015 Hottest 200. Think I've fixed the song names up now, let me know if any are wrong.

Here are the Top 100 in a YouTube playlist, in descending order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2WRneFJAAUgC4s_4rgX-QD

I have also begun putting my Hottest 100s on Spotify.
Here is the link to 2015:
https://open.spotify.com/user/22kbunqfkalz3qfjnmhl4wg6i/playlist/6B3Q54nXgpqlH14j5jzkdE?si=ZuC6hTdgRgWi6tLvpRk6Vw

The remainder of my Hottest lists from 1975 onwards will go up over the course of the next month. Of course there are always a handful of songs that aren't on Spotify from each of my lists
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So what to make of the state of music in 2015? I didn't think it was too bad of a year, some great albums were released and the cream at the top of this list is as good (and maybe better) than any recent year.

Shout outs to previous actual Hottest 100 #1 artists making their first appearance in my 100 (Mumford and Sons and Vance Joy).

100Long Loud Hours {Ft. Bertie Blackman} - Urthboy
99Ditmas - Mumford & Sons
98Say My Name {Ft. Benjamin Joseph} - Peking Duk
97Bleeding Out - Art Of Sleeping
96Throne - Bring Me The Horizon
95Holes In The Sky {Ft. HAIM} - M83
94Feeling OK - Best Coast
93Crushed - Parkway Drive
92This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things - Olympia
91Deep Wound - Swervedriver
90Academic - New Order
89Ship To Wreck - Florence and the Machine
88Dead Fox - Courtney Barnett
87Do You Remember - Jaryyd James
86Go Out - Blur
85I Scare Myself Sometimes {Ft. Lucy Wilson} - Smith Street Band, The
84Handsome - Vaccines, The
83Them Changes - Thundercat
82No Great Mystery - My Own Pet Radio
81The Buzz {Ft. Mataya & Young Tapz} - Hermitude
80I Don't Think You Like Me - Tired Lion
79Woman - City and Colour
78Dopamine - DIIV
77WTF {Ft. Pharrel Williams} - Missy Elliot
76Never Ending Circles - Chvrches
75Living My Life - Deerhunter
74Peasantry or "Light! Inside Of Light!" - Godspeed! You Black Emporer
73Tuesday Fresh Cuts - Bree Tantor
72A Heroine - Holy Holy
71How Much A Dollar Cost - Kendrick Lamar
70The Blacker The Berry {Ft. Assassin & Lalah Hathaway} - Kendrick Lamar
69A New Wave - Sleater-Kinney
68Go {Ft. Q-Tip} - Chemical Brothers, The
67Cuffed and Collared - Bad // Dreams
66Sparks - Beach House
65Trying - Bully
64Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face - Smith Street Band, The
63Forces {Ft. Airling} - Japanese Wallpaper
62Shame - Young Fathers
61Delilah - Florence and the Machine
6040oz On Repeat - FIDLAR
59Your Love's Whore - Wolf Alice
58Saramona Said {Like A Version} - Tired Lion
57Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy
56Be Your Shadow - Wombats, The
55Organism - Big Scary
54Get Down - Jess Kent
53All Of Me Wants All Of You - Sufjan Stevens
52Call My Name - Mosquito Coast
51Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
50Short Movie - Laura Marling
49Regret - Everything Everything
48Heart Attack {Ft. Owl Eyes} - Flight Facilities
47All My Friends {Like A Version} - Gang Of Youths
46Wolves - Cat Empire, The
45Snakeskin - Deerhunter
44You're A Germ - Wolf Alice
43Clip My Wings - Montaigne
42Begin Again - Purity Ring
41Easy - Tiny Little Houses
40Lay Down - DMAs
39Swallowtail - Wolf Alice
38Trip Switch - Nothing But Thieves
37T-Shirt Weather - Circa Waves
36Itch - Nothing But Thieves
35Loud Places {Ft. Romy} - Jamie xx
34Kill V. Maim - Grimes
33Giant Peach - Wolf Alice
32The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala
31Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett
30Vice Grip - Parkway Drive
29What Went Down - Foals
28Happy Song - Bring Me The Horizon
27Sentimental and Monday - Holy Holy
26Like Soda - Violent Soda
25John My Beloved - Sufjan Stevens
24Dreams - Beck
23Magnolia - Gang Of Youths
22Rabbit Run - City Calm Down
21Distant Past - Everything Everything
20Down To Earth - Flight Facilities
19Pedestrian At Best - Courtney Barnett
18Underflow - Emma Louise
17Nightlight - Silversun Pickups
16Freazy - Wolf Alice
15L$D - A$AP Rocky
14Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Come To The Party - Courtney Barnett
13Stranger In A Room/See Saw {Live at BBC One} - Jamie xx
12A Knife In The Ocean - Foals
11True Friends - Bring Me The Horizon
10Electric Indigo - Paper Kites, The

"Distance never made me stronger, it tore us apart
And I know I left you questions and a lonely heart"

Kicking off the top 10 is some great indie/dream pop from Melbourne's The Paper Kites. The less said about the film clip the better though

9Should Have Known Better - Sufjan Stevens

"When I was three, three maybe four
She left us at that video store"

The album Carrie and Lowell is Sufjan's attempt to unravel (amongst other things) his complicated relationship with his mother (Carrie) upon her death. It is a really beautiful but very sad record and my favourite of 2015. Unlike his previous album The Age Of Adz, with its grand orchestral sound, the music is very sparse, putting his voice front and centre and he has a fantastic voice.

8Pretty Pimpin' - Kurt Vile

"I woke up this morning
Didn’t recognize the man in the mirror
Then I laughed and I said, "Oh silly me, that’s just me""

IN YOUR FACE WAR ON DRUGS said Kurt Vile upon seeing this, maybe.

Beating his previous bands #10 pace of last year is the befuddled Kurt Vile. Some amazing guitar playing on this one, layers upon layers of it actually. A great laid back feeling permeates the whole track.

7Flesh Without Blood - Grimes

Remember when we used to say
I love you almost every day

I've spent quite some time wondering if they used to say "I love you" almost every day or "I love you almost every day". In any case another amazing earworm from Grimes. Another crazy enjoyable film clip as well.

6Gosh - Jamie xx

"Oh, my gosh"

In Colours would me my runner-up for favourite album of the year. It really runs the gamut of electronic genres and just sounds great and effortless from start to finish. Good Times and Loud Places got the Hottest 100 positions but some of the lesser known tacks are the strongest (Stranger In A Room and See-Saw sneakily stuck together on a live BBC recording at #13 being a prime example) but Gosh is the true stand out of the album.

It is a masterclass in doing a great deal with very little. The entire backing is basically just a few loops added one-by-one and tweaked and just raising the stakes a little bit at a time to the crescendo. Great film clip as well. Oh, my Gosh indeed

5Let It Happen - Tame Impala

"If my ticker fails
Make up some other story
But if I never come back
Tell my mother I'm sorry"

The first single from Current signalled a brave new direction from Tame Impala that maybe the album didn't carry off as a whole. It isn't really a million miles away from their previous work (it is very psychadelic and the themes of isolation and solitude still are there) but it comes at it from a different and very effective direction.

4Depreston - Courtney Barnett

"And I can't think of floorboards anymore
Whether the front room faces south or north
And I wonder what she bought it for"

Another lyric I've put too much thought into. Does she mean how much money did the previous owner pay for the house? Why they bought the house? What about the young man in a van in Vietnam?

It's not overtly clever or witty like alot of Courtney's other songs but it always makes me think and makes me sad in its stark beauty.

3You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog - Holy Holy

"Love like the fire that burns on the shore
Those flames can warm you and they can destroy"

Before Holy Holy turned into the electronica knob twiddlers of True Lovers etc, they were a bona fide rock band. Another great album of 2015 and this is the stand out track (and the end of their live set). The shoegaze guitars at the end of the song are amazing (from about 4:40 in).

They are unlucky as most years this song would have been a clear #1, you'd have to go back to 2012 to find a song I like more, except the next two though. The gap between #3 and #4 this year is immense.

2Innerbloom - RÜFÜS

"If you want me
If you need me
I'm yours"

So close!

Another song that would easily have been #1 in most years (back to 2010 in fact). If it had been just 3 positions higher it would have been the longest song in Hottest 100 history.

It is just so blissful! And the build up and release is just so perfect

1Fourth Of July - Sufjan Stevens

"The evil it spread like a fever ahead
It was night when you died, my firefly
What could I have said to raise you from the dead?
Oh could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?"

It was curious this wasn't in the Hottest 100 voting list being both the best song on the album and the central point of the whole album, revisiting the conversations Sufjan had with his mother as she was dying. I seem to recall Hijinx saying in his Hottest 100 data scraping that this has the most votes of any song not on the voting list.

Anyway, just one of the saddest songs imaginable. The subdued keyboards in the background and unfolding conversation does it for me every time. I'm usually in tears by the time the repeated "We're all going to die" comes on at the end
Ooh so close! Will have to revisit any song that beats out Innerbloom And any song that reduces you to tears should be high on a personal Hottest 100 list IMO.

Interesting that Depreston was your highest Courtney entry. Found it a bit ....depresting, so marked it down a little bit, but still came in at #53. And Freazy the highest Wolf Alice song. While I didn't rate it as highly as Giant Peach, it still takes you back to 1992 beautifully and again with an amusing film clip.

Nice to see Let It Happen in the Top 10 as well, in the same position as the actual countdown.
I think the 90s retroness of Freazy tips it for me but there are plenty of great songs on that album.

I'm also keen to check out any song called Stupid Sexy Flanders!!

The whole 100 can be viewed on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP-wUJcNbJ6EUZCYbPBwRMaDsT_JBaAxz&disable_polymer=true

No fancy Spotify playlist though
Thanks. I plan to check out any song named Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face
2016

Sorry about the delay in getting this list out, it has been a difficult six weeks. Which is perhaps fitting as 2016 was a difficult year, both for me personally and in terms of how many musicians and celebrities we lost We lost the great David Bowie on January 10th and things didn't get any better, losing Prince, Leonard Cohen and George Michael to name a few more.

However it was a good year for music, my shortlist was much deeper than 2015's.

Without any further ado, here are #200-101:
My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
200SCOTT GREEN Dune Rats10034
199FAMOUS Kanye West9972
198ULTRALIGHT BEAM Kanye West9822
197FRANKIE SINATRA The Avalanches9728
196HOLD UP Beyoncé9666
195I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd {Ft. Daft Punk}9541
194BORED TO DEATH Blink-1829454
193SIMULATION Tkay Maidza9383
192SOLO Frank Ocean9259
191CATCH 22 Illy {Ft. Anne-Marie}9123
190PANDA Desiigner9081
189DOPAMINE Bliss N Eso {Ft. Thief}8986
188INNERBLOOM (WHAT SO NOT REMIX) RÜFÜS8830
187HOW TO TASTE Violent Soho8792
186ALL NIGHT Chance The Rapper {Ft. Knox Fortune}8618
185DANG! Mac Miller {Ft. Anderson .Paak}8546
184HEARTLINES Broods8442
183THIS COULD BE HEARTBREAK The Amity Affliction8376
182THINK ABOUT IT Thundamentals {Ft. Peta & The Wolves}8282
181REDBONE Childish Gambino815
180TOO GOOD Drake {Ft. Rihanna}8099
179BOREDOM The DronesNANA
178SEASON 2 EPISODE 3 Glass Animals7998
177TOUCH OF GREY The War On DrugsNANA
176LOVE YOURSELF Halsey {Like A Version}7852
175WOLFIE Golden Features {Ft. Julia Stone}7770
174LOVE$ICK Mura Masa {Ft. A$AP Rocky}7613
173MY LOVE IS GONE SAFIA7585
172STRANGER Peking Duk {Ft. Elliphant}749
171HIGHER Hilltop Hoods {Ft. James Chatburn}7349
170BULLSHIT Dune Rats7233
169FINAL SONG MØ7143
168OVER YOU SAFIA7089
167SAY IT Flume {Ft. Tove Lo}698
166FADING Vallis Alps6894
165MARINADE Dope Lemon6762
164WARHOL Lisa MitchellNANA
163IN 3'S Elizabeth RoseNANA
162DEAD ALIVE The ShinsNANA
161I LOVE YOU ALL THE TIME Florence + The Machine {Ft. The Maccabees}NANA
160BECAUSE I'M ME The Avalanches6675
159LOST: SEASON ONE Camp Cope6574
158NO SHADE Violent Soho6473
157SMOKE & RETRIBUTION Flume {Ft. Vince Staples & Kučka}6337
156NEXT TO YOU LDRU {Ft. Savoi}6268
155WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison6135
154TRICK OF THE LIGHT Jake StoneNANA
153SLOMO San CiscoNA121
152TINFOIL BOY Jamie TNANA
151LET IT ROLL LadyhawkeNANA
150I BRING THE WEATHER WITH ME The Amity Affliction6067
149ROTTING IN VAIN KornNANA
148ALL LOVE DraphtNANA
147GEMINI FEED BANKS5980
146WARNING CALL (THEME FROM MIRROR'S EDGE CATALYST) CHVRCHESNANA
145ANYTHING NEAR CONVICTION Luca Brasi5890
144DEATH TO THE LADS The Smith Street Band5721
143ONE DANCE Drake {Ft. Kyla & Wizzkid}5631
142NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume551
141SPECTRE RadioheadNANA
140THE MINSTRY OF DEFENCE PJ HarveyNANA
139PAPERCUTS Illy {Ft. Vera Blue}547
138IN THE DARK MontaigneNANA
137THE HEART OF ME Miike SnowNANA
136UM CHAGGA LAGGA PixiesNANA
1358 (CIRCLE) Bon IverNANA
134GIVE ME TONIGHT Dustin TebbuttNANA
133I NEED A FOREST FIRE James Blake {Ft. Bon Iver}NA190
132NATIVE TONGUE Gang Of YouthsNA146
131SPEND MORE TIME Philadelphia Grand JuryNANA
130HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Claptone {Like A Version}NANA
129SUBWAYS The Avalanches5391
128CHAMELEON PNAU5211
127VICEROY Violent Soho5114
126DRIVE Gretta Ray5027
125IT AIN'T ME Katy SteeleNANA
124ALASKA Maggie Rogers4964
123TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence & The MachineNANA
122I THOUGHT WE KNEW EACH OTHER British IndiaNA194
121TAKE IT THERE Massive Attack {Ft. Tricky & 3D}NANA
120BLACKSTAR David BowieNANA
119STARBOY The Weeknd {Ft. Daft Punk}4810
118HIGHER The Naked And FamousNANA
117DOUBLE DARKNESS Big ScaryNANA
116MORNINGLESS Paul DempseyNANA
115TWICE Catfish And The Bottlemen4757
114THREE PACKS A DAY Courtney Barnett - Three Packs A DayNANA
113SWEET RELIEF KimbraNANA
112GARDENIA Iggy PopNANA
111RED OR WHITE West Thebarton Brothel PartyNANA
110LOSE IT Flume {Ft. Vic Mensa}4695
109OUTCAST AT LAST Sticky Fingers4551
108WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT? Peter Bjorn & JohnNANA
107SQUARE HAMMER GhostNANA
106BRACE Birds Of Tokyo44100
105SWEEP ME OFF MY FEET PondNANA
104SATAN D.D Dumbo4344
103IF WE HAVE TIME Two PeopleNANA
102NO. 28 Methyl EthelNANA
101ROMEO ChairliftNANA

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A couple of notable things about 2016 are the amount of 'Ft.'s that abound. There are 29 of these in #200-11 alone, as well as 6 Like A Versions.

Lush make their first appearance in one of my lists since 1996.

A young ex-busker from Melbourne named Tash Sultana made a huge impact with her Notion EP.

Here are #100-1:
My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
100ANYONE Liz StringerNANA
99BLANKET Violent Soho4253
98WALRUS D.D Dumbo4147
97HARDWIRED MetallicaNANA
96DUMB THINGS A.B. Original & Paul Kelly {Ft. Dan Sultan – Like A Version}4045
95C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L Chemical BrothersNANA
94DANCING IN THE DARKNESS Sally SeltmannNANA
93WEATHERMAN The PanicsNANA
92PLEASURE DRIVE The JezabelsNANA
91OUR TOWN Sticky Fingers3929
90KEEP ON RUNNING The Living EndNANA
89DOING IT TO DEATH The KillsNANA
88GEMINI Tash SultanaNANA
87ADORE Amy Shark382
86A LOVE SONG LadyhawkeNANA
85SAY A PRAYER FOR ME RÜFÜS3755
84PINK AND WHITE Frank Ocean3684
83MATTERFACT Bob EvansNANA
82SURFIN' Kid Cudi {Ft. Pharrell Williams}3540
81IN THE MORNING ZHUNANA
80COCOON Milky Chance3412
791955 Hilltop Hoods {Ft. Montaigne & Tom Thum}334
78SAD SONGS Sticky Fingers3236
77ARE WE FLIRTING? Abbe MayNANA
76FIRST LIGHT Dustin TebbuttNANA
75CREEPIN' Kingswood3148
74TRAUMATIZED GrouploveNANA
73MAKE THEM WHEELS ROLL SAFIA3026
72LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals2963
71YOUTH Glass Animals2838
70EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE Emma LouiseNANA
69ON HOLD The xx2720
68BELLY SIDE UP Matt CorbyNANA
67GIRLIE BITS Ali Barter2658
66YOU DON'T THINK YOU LIKE PEOPLE LIKE ME Alex Lahey2597
65CHANGES StonefieldNANA
64HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun2493
63DRINKEE Sofi Tukker2360
62RULE NUMBER ONE Sleigh BellsNANA
61BELIEVE DMA’s {Like A Version}226
60NIHILIST PARTY ANTHEM Ball Park MusicNA141
59I KNOW A GIRL The PreaturesNANA
58TALK BABY TALK Emma LouiseNANA
57CITY LIGHTS The White StripesNANA
56CRYING IN PUBLIC ChairliftNANA
55NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE Courtney BarnettNANA
54STEP UP THE MORPHINE DMA’s2139
53THE WHEEL PJ HarveyNANA
52GAMMA KNIFE King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard2061
5129 #STRAFFORD APTS Bon IverNANA
50EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN'T'VE) Bob EvansNANA
49SO SENTIMENTAL Violent Soho1969
48RADIO SILENCE James BlakeNANA
47IN GOD'S HOUSE Bat For LashesNANA
46ME AND YOUR MAMA Childish Gambino1888
45ALL F***ED UP The Amity Affliction1765
44THE OPPOSITE OF US Big Scary1617
43BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone RosesNANA
42FINGERTIPS Vera BlueNANA
41GHENGHIS KHAN Miike Snow1515
40THE DEVIL'S PART All Our Exes Live In TexasNANA
39KEEPING SCORE Paces {Ft. Guy Sebastian – Like A Version}1456
387 Catfish And The Bottlemen1319
37LET GO Deadmau5 {Ft. Grabbitz}NANA
36VOODOO IN MY BLOOD Massive AttackNANA
35FREE Broods1271
34BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Mark Pritchard {Ft. Thom Yorke}NANA
33JANUARY 26 A.B. Original {Ft. Dan Sultan}1116
32DOOMSDAY CLOCK Abbe MayNANA
31OUT OF CONTROL LushNANA
30SAINT LO WashingtonNANA
29I NEED YOU Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsNANA
28STRANGE DISEASES Gang Of Youths1050
27DAYLIGHT RUFUSNANA
26TOO SOON DMA'SNA114
25BURN THE WITCH Radiohead979
24UPTOWN FOLKS Dope Lemon887
23BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Montaigne725
22LIFE ON MARS? Sarah Blasko {Like A Version}NA118
21PARIAH Ball Park MusicNANA
20ROAD BLASTER M83NANA
19THICK AS THIEVES The Temper TrapNA160
18TO THINK THAT I ONCE LOVED YOU The DronesNANA
17HANGING BY A THREAD Elk Road {Ft. Natalie Foster}696
16SOUNDCHECK Catfish And The Bottlemen577
15STAND AND DELIVER The JezabelsNANA
14MORNING DEW The NationalNANA
13NEVER FORGIVE THE ANGELS Bat For LashesNANA
12SYNERGY Tash SultanaNANA
11SETTLE Vera Blue478

2016 was also a difficult year for Thom Yorke, what with his 23 year relationship ending. In response, they released A Moon Shaped Pool, and from it at #10 is the dreamy, beautiful Daydreaming, with its videoclip containing Thom going through exactly 23 doors. Coincidence? I think not.
10DAYDREAMING RadioheadNANA

From Snakadaktal's breakup in 2014 arose Two People (namely Phoebe and Joey from that band) and their (at various times) trippy and banging 'Fading', featuring Joe's steady backbeat and Phoebe's wonderfully dreamy vocals. It comes in at #9.
9FADING Two PeopleNANA

The one-person band (her words) Tash Sultana makes her third appearance in my 100 at #8 with the sublime 'Notion' from her EP of the same name. It's a bit slower, subtler and 'dreamier' than the other songs on that EP, but beautiful.
8NOTION Tash Sultana332

Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) was back in 2016 with the 'The Bride' concept album. Two tracks from it have come in at #47 and #13 in my list, and the third, and best, Joe's Dream, comes in a #7. The melody has been described as 'Twin Peaks-like', couple that with Natasha's sweet voice and you have a fine song.
7JOE'S DREAM Bat For LashesNANA

Anthony Gonzalez aka M83 also released a fine new album in 2016, Junk. From it, the languid, chilled 'Solitude' comes in at #6, the same position at he did in 2011 with 'Wait'. It's been likened to Pink Floyd, in a good way
6SOLITUDE M83NANA

In 2015, Mumford and Sons released the debanjified Wilder Mind, which I thought would finish them. Then the following year, they headed ro South Africa, met up with the legendary Baaba Maal, and recorded my #5, 'There Will Be Time'. It is impossible not to be uplifted by it and makes a change from my morose/languid Top 10 so far.
5THERE WILL BE TIME Mumford and Sons {Ft. Baaba Maal}NANA

Number 4 is a bit shorter and more straightforward stylistically than the rest of the Top 10. It just consists of a great vocal from Tim Nelson, a sparse, angelic tune and great lyrics about growing up (and possibly his coming out? It's Cub Sport and Come On Mess Me Up.
4COME ON MESS ME UPCub Sport224

Back to the death theme of 2016 now. Nick Cave had already written Jesus Alone when his 15-year-old son Arthur died in an accident in mid 2015. He was already a master of writing dignified songs about death. So hearing him sing this cathartic song under that shadow, with Warren G.Ellis' ominous strings in the background, sends shivers down my spine each time I hear it, if not tears down my face.
3JESUS ALONE Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsNANA

An unlucky runner-up is Tash Sultana again, with her epic 'Jungle'. It's the one that brought her enormous talents to the world, and still sounds amazing every time I hear it, and will still sound amazing 30 years from now. It's very hard to describe here though, it goes in so many wonderful directions.
2JUNGLE Tash Sultana13

Thirty-nine years after he topped one of my lists with Heroes, and after his own death early in 2016, David Bowie tops this list with Lazarus. An 'epitaph' song on a par with Johnny Cash's 'Hurt', and David Bowie wrote his, and they both finish in the same position. And like 'Jesus Alone', impossible to get through with a dry eye.
1LAZARUS David BowieNA166

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I am starting the Top 10 now, and I intend to have #1 up by around 8pm tomorrow AEST
Ok, all done.

Here is a link to the YouTube version of the Top 100 (need to fix a couple of things up).

I'll have a Spotify version done by tomorrow evening.
Another great #1!

Also big fan of Tash Sultana, Nick Cave and Radiohead in the top 10

Here are the twenty songs that just missed out on my 100 for 2016. The first two were in the original 100 but got pushed out as I forgot two songs on my shortlist that had to get pushed in. The others just in alphabetical order. Rest up later tonight I think.

101The Estatics - Explosions In The Sky
102Come On Mess Me Up - Cub Sports
 Back Bar - Ocean Party, The
 Berlin Got Blurry - Parquet Courts
 Brighter - RÜFÜS
 Dope Calypso {Like A Version} - Modern Baseball
 Drinkee - Sofi Tukker
 Flight 101 - Sticky Fingers
 Gimme The Love - Jake Bugg
 Intern - Angel Olsen
 Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed - Car Seat Headrest
 On My One - Jake Bugg
 One By One - Sticky Fingers
 The Life - Oscar Dowling
 Thresher - Hellions
 Victim Of Me - Descendents
 Walrus - DD Dumbo
 Westway - Sticky Fingers
 Whipping Boy - Ball Park Music
 Youth - Glass Animals

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Next up 2016. Pretty good year actually. A much deeper list than previous years. Helped out by some splendid albums. I'll mention some in my top 10 but others that stood out were PJ Harvey (does she ever make a bad album?), Ball Park Music (their best so far IMHO), Radiohead (such beauty and sadness), Sticky Fingers (though not as good as Land Of Pleasure), Beyonce (yes, I'm surprised too), DMA's (back to front great songs) and King Gizzard (for all their quantity, good to see some quality shine through).

Found it a bit clumpy, in terms of songs by the same band being close (or even next) to each other and sections of similar genres. When I was doing a final review, I found there is a section of 7 songs (#34-28) that has 2 King Gizzard, 2 Violent Soho and 2 DD Dumbo songs in it (thanks Solange for breaking it up).

Speaking of genres, it was a good year for punk/hardcore music and female folk/rock music. I remember in November 2016 playing my wife a playlist from triplejunearthed.com based purely off the later (Tash Sultana, Gretta Ray, Tia Gostelow, Amy Shark and Alex Lahey in case you were wondering!).

35 songs from the Hottest 100 and 21 from 200-101 are included.

As benji mentioned, we lost some superstars along the way in 2016 (some of who are in the list) but also a lot of bands/artists make my 100 for the first time including 6 of the top 10 (another 2 had only 1 song previously).

So let's start, with an artist gone before their time (but in 2018)...

100Dang! {Ft. Anderson .Paak} - Mac Miller
99I'm In Love - Teenage Fanclub
98Drone Bomb Me - ANOHNI
97Refuge - Northlane & In Hearts Wake
96This Could Be Heartbreak - Amity Affliction, The
95Real Friends - Kanye West
94Dahlia Rouge - Limiñanas, The
93Till It Kills Me - Montaigne
92Love$ick {Ft. A$AP Rocky} - Mura Masa
91Drive - Gretta Ray
90Under The Sun - DIIV
89Strange Diseases - Gang Of Youths
88Let's Go Out - Alex Lahey
87We The People… - A Tribe Called Quest
86Step Up The Morphine - DMA's
85A Night Out With - Hockey Dad
84Wolf Creep - Murlocs, The
83Rattlesnake - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
82True Love Waits - Radiohead
81Daydreaming - Radiohead
80Pariah - Ball Park Music
79Karate - BABYMETAL
78Charlemange - Blossoms
77Something Strange {Ft. Remi} - Sticky Fingers
76Blackstar- David Bowie
75January 26 {Ft. Dan Sultan} - A.B. Original
74Chameleon - Pnau
73You Don't Think You Like People Like Me - Alex Lahey
72The Heart Of Me - Miike Snow
71Smoke Signals - Olympia
70E.V.P. - Blood Orange
69Best To You {Ft. Empress Of} - Blood Orange
68Don't Hurt Yourself {Ft. Jack White} - Beyonce
67Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams - Camp Cope
66Girlie Bits - Ali Barter
65On Hold - xx, The
64You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
63Lazy Eye {Like A Version} - Violent Soho
62Sunday Love - Bat For Lashes
61Blood In The Cut - K.Flay
60The Community Of Hope - PJ Harvey
59Vague Utopia - Tia Gostelow
5833 "GOD" - Bon Iver
57I Need A Forest Fire {Ft. Bon Iver} - James Blake
56Tilted - Christine & The Queens
55Your Best American Girl - Mitski
54Because I Love You - Montaigne
53Darwinism - Holy Holy
52Freedom {Ft. Kendrick Lamar} - Beyonce
51Hold Up - Beyonce
50Too Soon - DMA's
49Anything Near Conviction - Luca Brasi
48Bullshit - Dune Rats
47Glad That You've Gone - Hard Aches, The
46Spring Has Sprung - Skeggs
45Bored To Death - Blink 182
44Dream Wave - Tiny Ruins
43The Opposite Of Us - Big Scary
42Outkast At Last - Sticky Fingers
41One Man No City - Parquet Courts
40Double Darkness - Big Scary
39Frankie Sinatra - Avalanches, The
38Nihilist Party Anthem - Ball Park Music
37Notion - Tash Sultana
36A 1000 Times - Hamilton Leithlauser + Rostam
35Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales - Car Seat Headrest
34People Vultures - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
33Brother - DD Dumbo
32Cranes In The Sky - Solange
31So Sentimental - Violent Soho
30No Shade - Violent Soho
29Gamma Knife - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
28Satan - DD Dumbo
27Uptown Folks - DOPE LEMON
26Burn The Witch - Radiohead
25Pool Party - Julia Jacklin
24Real Love - Big Thief
23The Wheel - PJ Harvey
22Life Itself - Glass Animals
21Genghis Khan - Miike Snow
20Marinade - DOPE LEMON
19Apple Cider, I Don't Mind - Modern Baseball
18Blanket - Violent Soho
17Death To The Lads - Smith Street Band, The
16Sad Songs - Sticky Fingers
15Shut Up Kiss Me - Angel Olsen
14Lost: Season One - Camp Cope
13Leef - Ball Park Music
12Melbourne - DMA's
11Jungle - Tash Sultana
10Masterpiece - Big Thief

"There’s only so much letting go you can ask someone to do
So I keep you by my side, I will not give you to the tide"

You're going to hear a lot about Adrianne Lenker in my lists over the next few years. With 3 Big Thief and one solo albums, she will be in my top 10 albums 2016-2019 (well unless a whole heap of albums blow me away in the back half of this year I guess).

If you drew a triangle with Folk, Country and Rock being the corners, Big Thief sort of fit in the middle and flirt with each of the three genres on each album.

9Fill In The Blank - Car Seat Headrest

"I've known for a long time I'm not getting what I want out of people
It took me a long time to figure out I don't know what I want
That's why will be no answer"

Car Seat Headrest are basically a solo project of Will Toledo, another very prolific releaser of music. Teens of Denial (his 10th album since 2010) was just a fantastic Indie Rock album (yes they still make these). Really personal and funny songs.

On a side note, a song had to be removed from the original pressing of the album "Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed" as it had a sample from The Cars that was unapproved, which is a shame as its a good song.

8How To Taste - Violent Soho

"She says she's nothing but a failure
But blames it on her mother
Can someone tell me what to say?"

The scream to start the song is top 10 best screams in music ever! I have been known to join in (very quietly though)

A terrific way to open a terrific album. It just rocks pure and simple, a throwback to some of their earlier thrashier songs.

By a hair, I prefer Hungry Ghost but Waco was still pretty great. The progression away from that thrash background can be seen on some of the other songs (No Shade in particular) and also loved their Silversun Pickups Like A Version (especially the shoegaze guitars at the end).

7Done - Camp Cope

"And she came to me, on pages and stolen stationary
And she told me she was sorry
That this was some strange irony
That we got so estranged
Yet ended up in the exact same place"

A great punk song by a great band. I particularly like their lyrics. Georgia will hate me for saying it but her lyrics remind me alot of Wil Wagner.

The music is really interesting as well. In most bands the drums and bass work together (as the rhythm section) but in Camp Cope they are both doing their own thing, which sounds great. I particularly like listening to the bass lines. Really good stuff (from an old bass player himself).

6DVP - PUP

"Three beers and I'm so messed up, get drunk and I can't shut up"

Another great punk song. Short and sweet with plenty of shouting, what more could you ask for!! A great film clip as well if you like retro video games.

5Distant Sky - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"They told us our gods would outlive us
But they lied"

How can you separate any of the songs on Skeleton Tree to the tragic death of Nick Cave's son.

I particularly love in this song the inclusion of Danish Opera singer Else Torp and the music (particularly the violin towards the end). It's just all so sad.

4Lazarus - David Bowie

"Look up here, I'm in heaven"

Don't put the tissues away just yet.

David Bowie died two days after the release of Lazarus

His illness was not known to the public (and so was a massive shock). I was (in hindsight) glad that the first reviews of the album were out before his death was known as the justifiable amazing reviews weren't influenced by it.

The saxophone of Donny McCaslin throughout the record but particularly this song is amazing.

3Edge Of Town - Middle Kids

"I came a little closer to the truth that day
I heard its call in the alleyway
And the one resounding answer that I could take
Is that I don’t know nothing and I got no way"

How the hell did this not get into the Hottest 100 (or even the Hottest 200)? Part 3 (or 4) of OBOne's Hottest 100 mysteries....

Just a perfect indie-pop song.

I remember getting excited as some of the data scraping sites (and hijinx here as well) had it in their projections early but no banana.

Paul Dempsey's (not anywhere near as good) cover got into the Hottest 100 just one year later so how the hell did this not get into the Hottest 100?

2Dust - Parquet Courts

"Dust is everywhere
Sweep"

A little bit of slacker-rock brilliance. This really gets me moving as well (good rhythm section working together ). There is no great or witty lyrics or massive riffs, just a really well constructed song that sounds awesome.

The whole album (Human Performance) is great.

1Sister - Angel Olsen

"All my life I thought I'd change"

Angel Olsen is a bit of a troll. Pre-2016, she was a darling of the alt folk/country scene. So for the first two singles from her 2016 record, she released a synthpop song (Intern) and then a straight pop/rock song (Shut Kiss Me). She admitted part of the reasoning was to "f*ck with people" and their perceptions and not be pigeonholed.

The album these come from is my favourite of 2016, My Woman. It is split into two sides. The first side is the upbeat side (like you're having a good day) and the first two singles are placed there. The second side is a slower more introspective side and for those fans still sticking around she produces one of the greatest alt folk/country songs ever.

Sister is a long song (7:30 or so) and it slowly builds up, it is a reflective song about figuring yourself out. It starts with a simple country sounding strumming guitar and ends with Crazy Horse style guitars but it never really erupts or goes quiet/loud.

Just beautiful and sad and totally great.
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Fancy
Now we move onto the 'Double J' Hottest 100 of 2017. More on the artists who had big years later, I don't want to telegraph anything Will post #200-101 now and #100-11 this evening:

My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
200BOYS Charli XCX10060
199MILLION MAN The Rubens9977
198BE ABOUT YOU Winston Surfshirt9827
197LAY DOWN Touch Sensitive9731
196DON'T LEAVE Snakehips & MØ96100
195LOYALTY. Kendrick Lamar {Ft. Rihanna}9597
194PASSIONFRUIT Drake9435
193SLIDE Calvin Harris {Ft. Frank Ocean & Migos}9337
192HEY, DID I DO YOU WRONG? San Cisco9279
191XO TOUR LLIF3 Lil Uzi Vert9174
190BATTLE CRY Jack WhiteNANA
189LOVE. Kendrick Lamar {Ft. Zacari}9092
188SWEET BROCKHAMPTON8911
187YOUNG DUMB & BROKE Khalid8813
186bellyache Billie Eilish8738
185SALLY Thundamentals {Ft. Mataya}868
184THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age8587
1836 PACK Dune Rats8455
182FOOL'S GOLD Jack River8364
181PAY THE MAN Foster The PeopleNANA
180BIG FOR YOUR BOOTS Stormzy8291
179HUMBLE. Kendrick Lamar811
178MASK OFF Future8095
177WAIT IN THE CAR The BreedersNANA
176rockstar Post Malone {Ft. 21 Savage}7924
175WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE Marilyn MansonNANA
174MAN'S NOT HOT Big Shaq7851
173LEMON N*E*R*D {Ft. Rihanna}7766
172BAD AT LOVE HalseyNA113
171TIC TAC TOE Django DjangoNANA
170WANT YOU BACK HAIM7647
16921 GRAMS Thundamentals {Ft. Hilltop Hoods}7561
168HOME SOON DOPE LEMONNA153
167BLOOD BROTHERS Amy Shark7483
166BIRTHDAYS The Smith Street Band7321
165WEEKENDS Amy Shark7225
164IN COLD BLOOD altJ7172
163OCEANS Vallis Alps7084
162MOMENTS Bliss N Eso {Ft. Gavin James} 6953
161ROOTING FOR YOU London GrammarNA197
160BRAINDEAD Dune Rats6875
159PERFECT PLACES Lorde6771
158USED TO BE IN LOVE The Jungle Giants6659
157LET YOU DOWN Peking Duk {Ft. Icona Pop}6520
156GLORIOUS Macklemore {Ft. Skylar Grey}6452
155I HAVEN'T BEEN TAKING CARE OF MYSELF Alex Lahey6336
154LAY IT ON ME Vance Joy629
153SAVED Khalid6162
152WATCH ME READ YOU Odette6056
151LIABILITY Lorde5981
150BLOSSOM Milky ChanceNA130
149DNA. Kendrick Lamar5834
148FEEL THE WAY I DO The Jungle Giants5716
147MYSTIK Tash Sultana5628
146FAKE MAGIC Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge5512
145ON YOUR WAY DOWN The Jungle Giants5439
144MY NAME IS THUNDER THE Bloody Beetroots + JetNANA
143DOIN' WHAT YOU WANT AstaNANA
142DEAR LIFE BeckNANA
141PASSIONA The Smith Street Band5349
140FIRE Beth DittoNANA
139GIRLHOOD The PreaturesNANA
138NEW YORK St. VincentNANA
137ALWAYS ASCENDING Franz FerdinandNANA
136FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man5226
135GO BANG Pnau517
134SIGNS OF LIFE Arcade FireNANA
133CROOKED THOUGHT GyroscopeNANA
132EVERY DAY'S THE WEEKEND Alex Lahey5045
131TREETOPS Cloud ControlNA198
130GHOST HuskyNANA
129THE OTHERS The JezabelsNANA
128YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO KasabianNA117
127ANYMORE GoldfrappNANA
126LEMON TO A KNIFE FIGHT The Wombats4922
125REMEMBER THAT NIGHT GrouploveNANA
124MAYBE IT'S MY FIRST TIME Meg Mac4886
123TI AMO PhoenixNANA
122RUN Foo FightersNANA
121RUN Vallis AlpsNANA
120O LORD Cub SportNANA
119LOVE DECLINE Abbe MayNANA
118MENDED Vera Blue4729
117CLOUD 9 Baker Boy {Ft. Kian}4676
116HOW TO BOIL AN EGG Courtney BarnettNANA
115ALTERED BEAST I King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNANA
114FORTRESS Queens Of The Stone AgeNANA
113RIGHT NOW HAIMNANA
112GOT ON MY SKATEBOARD Skegss4550
111GRACE GOLD Meg MacNA143
110CAN'T DO Everything EverythingNANA
109FIRST WEEK Vera BlueNANA
108DO WHAT YOU WANT The Presets4493
107ARISEN MY SENSES BjorkNANA
106EXACTLY HOW YOU ARE Ball Park Music4318
105MIDNIGHT HOMIE (MY BEST FRIENDS) British IndiaNANA
104COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook4242
103YANADA The PreaturesNA154
102CRUSHING HARD UrthboyNANA
101NUCLEAR FUSION King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard4173
And now here are 100-11.

Forty of the actual Hottest 100 made it into my Hottest 100, but only 15 were in the Top 50.

I can safely say now that Gang Of Youths and Wolf Alice both released excellent albums in 2017 and have a huge presence in my Top 40.

Also having a presence in one of my lists for the first time after a long career is Courtney Barnett's then-partner Jen Cloher. And returning to one of my lists for the first time since 1981 with two excellent tracks is the old android himself, Gary Numan, Trivia: Gary Numan is actually 13 days older than Gary Oldman.

My posnSongH100 orderActual H100 posn
100SECOND HAND CAR Kim Churchill4094
99ARTY BOY Flight Facilities {Ft. Emma Louise}3999
98GOLDEN Kingswood3868
97LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Rey {Ft. The Weeknd}NANA
96MOVING OUT West ThebartonNANA
95SWEEP ME OFF MY FEET PondNANA
94SUNRISE San CiscoNANA
93CHASIN' Cub Sport3796
92IN MOTION Allday {Ft. Japanese Wallpaper}3644
91JOHNY Sofi TukkerNANA
90REGULAR TOUCH Vera Blue3515
89BETTER Mallrat3446
88NOT WORTH HIDING Alex The Astronaut3323
8718002738255 Logic {Ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid}3282
86AEROPLANE Holly ThrosbyNANA
85AIRBORNE Cut CopyNANA
84LESS THAN Nine Inch NailsNANA
83HOMEMADE DYNAMITE Lorde3114
82SNOW Angus & Julia Stone3098
81DOES THIS LAST Boo Seeka2985
80TELL The Ocean PartyNANA
79INTO THE SKY PNAUNANA
78LOTTO IN REVERSE Alex LaheyNANA
77ATLAS IN YOUR EYE (FOR JASPER JONES) Dustin TebbuttNANA
76HOLDING ON The War On DrugsNANA
75MARRYUNA Baker Boy {Ft. Yirrmal} 2817
74CIGARETTE Ali BarterNA174
73MOURNING SOUND Grizzly BearNANA
72TRUE LOVERS Holy Holy2740
71STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD Cut CopyNANA
70EDGE OF TOWN Paul Dempsey {Like A Version}2688
69SLOW MOVER Angie McMahon2533
68NUMB Hayden James {Ft. GRAACE}2432
67WEEDS THROUGH THE RIND Methyl EthelNANA
66TOP OF THE WORLD KimbraNANA
65LIFE GOES ON E^ST2363
64THE COMEDOWN Ocean Alley2248
63HOMELY FEELING Hockey Dad2154
62THE MAN The Killers2019
61ELECTRIC FEEL Tash Sultana {Like A Version}1978
60LIKE ME LIKE I LIKE YOU Abbe MayNANA
59THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS The NationalNANA
58THE OPENER Camp Cope1858
57BOUNDARY ROAD All Our Exes Live In TexasNANA
56EAST Vallis AlpsNA115
55SENSORY MEMORY Jen CloherNANA
54DAWNING DMA’s1789
53I LOVE YOU, WILL YOU MARRY ME YUNGBLUD1669
52LITTLE DARK AGE MGMTNANA
51PRIVATE Vera BlueNA158
50JUST SING LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE British IndiaNANA
49TAXI'S HERE Tame ImpalaNANA
48L'HEURE DES SORCIERES Methyl EthelNANA
47OVER EVERYTHING Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileNANA
46BAD DREAM The Jungle Giants1557
45SLEEP DRIFTER King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNANA
44I PROMISE RadioheadNANA
43SOBER LordeNA171
42CELLAR DOOR Angus & Julia StoneNA121
41SAY SOMETHING LOVING The xx1480
40BEAUTIFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL Wolf AliceNA149
39LOW BLOWS Meg Mac1330
38LOVE Lana Del ReyNA148
37NONBELIEVER London GrammarNANA
36LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET ABOUT) Tame ImpalaNA104
35LET ME DOWN EASY Gang Of Youths122
34HYPERREAL Flume {Ft. Kučka}1190
33EYES CLOSED HalseyNANA
32SHRED FOR SUMMER DZ Deathrays1067
31CHATEAU Angus and Julia Stone93
30PARKING LOT All Our Exes Live In TexasNANA
29THINKING OF A PLACE The War On DrugsNANA
28PHANTOM Sara BlaskoNANA
27YOU ARE THE PROBLEM HERE First Aid KitNANA
26TORCHLIGHT Missy HigginsNANA
25A VIOLENT NOISE The xxNANA
24FORGOT MYSELF Jen CloherNANA
23NUMBERS Courtney Barnett & Jen CloherNANA
22WHAT CAN I DO IF THE FIRE GOES OUT? Gang Of Youths810
21MY NAME IS RUIN Gary NumanNANA
20PLANET HUNTER Wolf AliceNANA
19EVERYTHING NOW Arcade Fire765
18THE DOOMED A Perfect CircleNANA
17THE END OF THINGS Gary NumanNANA
16AMSTERDAM Nothing But Thieves670
15BLOOD Gang Of Youths {Like A Version}541
14DON'T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf AliceNA167
13TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London GrammarNANA
12THREE RINGS Grizzly BearNANA
11MURDER TO THE MIND Tash Sultana443


"Get what I want.
And still it's a mysterious thing I want.
So when I get it.
I make sense of a mysterious thing"

1+2+3+4=10.

Ten years after 1234, Leslie Feist was back with her Pleasure album, and the excellent, PJ Harvey-esque title track is at #10. I was a bit taken aback to hear her rocking out, and she does it in style.

10PLEASURE FeistNANA

"I'm never gonna lose my head.
To a setting sun.
I'm never gonna dream of things.
That just can't be done"

Jen Cloher comes in again at #9 with Regional Echo, the title track from her 2017 album. Just a beautiful heartfelt song, with some sweet guitar from her and Courtney Barnett. Should be one of those quintessential Australian songs in the future.

9REGIONAL ECHO Jen CloherNANA

"Go heavenward
Like all Earth angels should
Go heavenward
Like all Earth angels should"

You may have noticed three Wolf Alice songs from Visions Of A Life already, and here is number four, the sweet Heavenward. This time they tackle, and completely nail, another 90s music genre - shoegaze.

8HEAVENWARD Wolf AliceNANA

"Those great whites, they have big teeth
Oh, they bite you"

At seven is Lorde, with the perfect pop song of the year, Green Light. Quite the far cry from Royals, both the singer and the song. Just so catchy.

7GREEN LIGHT Lorde36

"I don't wanna force this on you
But I have to do something
Before you go and break yourself
Beyond your "Don't look down"s"

Methyl Ethyl return to my Top 10 with Ubu, which sits at #6. Probably the biggest earworm of 2017 deservedly made the actual Top 10 IMO with its early Split Enz meets My Bloody Valentine sound. And oh dat bassline.

6UBU Methyl Ethyl24

"I fought my feelings and got in the way
Could've been easier like a decade of days
Projection, young marriage, lighting the stage
I wanted feelings, that got in my own way"

At number five is the PJ-Harvey-ised Feist again, this time with the wistful, epic Century. Love the bassline in this one too, as well as the "downmarket-1234" choreographed film clip, then you get to that great, very unexpected cameo at the end.

5CENTURY FeistNANA

"But I'll always have a thing for you
I'd move the earth
But nothing made you want me better"

London Grammar are at Number 4 with the lead single from their second album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. This song, while simple and slow, is probably the best showcase for Hanna Reid's otherworldly vocals. Gets me in the feels every time.

I'm not crying, you're crying.

4OH WOMAN OH MAN London GrammarNANA

"Why do I feel so strange?
A nuclear family and friends my own age
I follow the rules, do what it says on the tin.
But still I'm on the outside still looking in"

I tend not to include more than four songs from any artist in my lists, unless they had more than 4 in the actual countdown. However, in Wolf Alice's case, I've made an exception. At #3 is the final and title track of their Visions Of A Life album. Here they give it everything as they tackle 70s prog rock and nail that too.

3VISIONS OF A LIFE Wolf AliceNANA

"And not everything means something, honey
So say the unsayable
Say the most human of things
And if everything is temporary
I will bear the unbearable
Terrible triteness of being"

Gang Of Youths' 2017 was just as big as Wolf Alice's, and their Go Farther Into The Shadows album just as good. They shade them here with the mightily uplifting The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows (though Wolf Alice got five songs into my list to their four).

2THE DEEPEST SIGHS, THE FRANKEST SHADOWS Gang Of Youths15

"Everything seems to be
Falling apart
In some technicolor
And oh, I saw you put your soul
In the cast
Of what used to be our love"

We've gone from sad, to totally rockin', to uplifting to beautifully soulful. In 2012 Flight Facilities were very unlucky not to top my list with Clair De Lune, but in 2017 they have done it with the able support of Reggie Watts, Broods and Saro, on Stranded. The arrangements are also out of this world. Another one that gets me in the feels every time.

1STRANDED Flight Facilities {Ft. Reggie Watts/Broods/Saro}NA124

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A YouTube list of my Top 100 is available here, in descending order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR3c_K5H2lqCFRkmVyB1vbTa

And here is a Spotify list, with most of the 100 in it, bar three songs:
https://open.spotify.com/user/22kbunqfkalz3qfjnmhl4wg6i/playlist/2JjUQ5dgW7gOZnG2lcz1sO?si=MUs4ioyWTxC6VD6DeACnXw

Will see if I can find a list confirming what I voted for, but I know Murder To The Mind, Love, Oh Woman Oh Man, What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out, The End Of Things, Phantom, Green Light and Do What You Want (!) were on the list.
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From part 2 of this thread, you voted for

OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar
GREEN LIGHT Lorde
WHAT CAN I DO IF THE FIRE GOES OUT? Gang Of Youths
LOVE Lana Del Rey
PHOENIX Sara Blasko
BOUNDARY ROAD All Our Exes Live In Texas
THE END OF THINGS Gary Numan
TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar
MURDER TO THE MIND Tash Sultana
DO WANT YOU WANT The Presets
Ah, thankyou OBOne, knew I had posted it somewhere, but couldn't find my original Excel list! Just going to show how much great new 2017 music I've discovered since I submitted my votes in early 2018, and how much I'm continuing to discover
And nice list of course. I was wondering what the #1 would be as the top 10 was revealed, wasn't expecting Flight Facilities!

Will put mine up later tonight maybe but might end up being tomorrow night. The unlucky and unranked 101-120 is as below

Bodies - Wafia
Braindead - Dune Rats
Bubblegum - Confidence Man
Chanel - Frank Ocean
Come Party - Polish Club
Deadcrush - alt-J
Every Day's The Weekend - Alex Lahey
Forgot Myself - Jen Cloher
Go Bang - Pnau
I Only Lie When I Love You - Royal Blood
Motion Sickness - Phoebe Bridgers
Regional Echo - Jen Cloher
Shred For Summer - DZ Deathrays
Standing In The Middle Of The Field - Cut Copy
That Message - Holy Holy
The Meadows - Dear Seattle
The Pure and the Damned {Ft. Iggy Pop} - Oneohtrix Point Never
Tidal Wave - Portugal. The Man
Try - Hatchie
Up All Night - War On Drugs, The

And for something different, here's the list of 100-11, with the top 10 and comments coming tonight!

100Mask Off - Future
99Passionfruit - Drake
98Momentz {Ft. De La Soul} - Gorillaz
97New York - St Vincent
96Oh Woman Oh Man - London Grammar
95Slow Mover - Angie McMahon
94I Love You, Will You Marry Me - YUNGBLUD
93Crumbling Castle - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
92Fool's Gold - Jack River
91P Plates - Ruby Fields
90Persistent Stable Hell - Underground Youth, The
89I Haven't Been Taking Care Of Myself - Alex Lahey
88Eggshell World - RVG
87Fresh - Tired Lion
86Song For You - Smith Street Band, The
85The Man - Killers, The
84True Lovers - Holy Holy
83Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane - Gang Of Youths
82Not About You - Haiku Hands
81Say Something Loving - xx, The
80Everything Now - Arcade Fire
79Only God Knows {Ft. Leith Congregational Choir} - Young Fathers
78I Promise - Radiohead
77The Comedown - Ocean Alley
76Hold Up {Like A Version} - Holy Holy
75Not Worth Hiding - Alex The Astronaut
74Boys - Charli XCX
73SWEET - BROCKHAMPTON
72Rooting For You - London Grammar
71123 - Girlpool
70Saturn Barz {Ft. Popcaan} - Gorillaz
69Dawning - DMA's
68I Want - Ruby Fields
67Oakwood - Angus & Julia Stone
66Feel The Way I Do - Jungle Giants
65On Hold {Jamie xx Remix} - xx, The
64Nuclear Fusion - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
63Lights Out - Royal Blood
62Murder To The Mind - Tash Sultana
61In Cold Blood - atl-J
60Weekends - Amy Shark
59Let's Hug Longer - Heaps Good Friends
58Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man
57Jude - Didirri
56Magnificent (She Says) - Elbow
55Party In The Dark - Mogwai
54Never Start - Middle Kids
53Let Me Down Easy - Gang Of Youths
52Quiet Ferocity - Jungle Giants
51On Your Way Down - Jungle Giants
50Halfway Home - Broken Social Scene
49Boys Will Be Boys - Stella Donnelly
48The Evil Has Landed - Queens Of The Stone Age
47The Opener - Camp Cope
46There's A Honey - Pale Waves
45Billabong Valley - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
44call the police - LCD Soundsystem
43The Cricketers - Fountaineer
42What Do You Say {Ft. Mark Koselek} - Holly Throsby
41Holding On - War On Drugs, The
403WW {Ft. Ellie Rowsell} - alt-J
39Stranger's Kiss {Ft. Angel Olsen} - Alex Cameron
38I Dare You - xx, The
37Star Roving - Slowdive
36Cellar Door - Angus & Julia Stone
35French Press - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
34Sleep Drifter - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
33Slide {Ft. Frank Ocean & Migos} - Calvin Harris
32Love - Lana del Rey
31Mechanical Bull - Stella Donnelly
30Over Everything - Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
29Yuk Foo - Wolf Alice
28Bad Dream - Jungle Giants
27Mystik - Tash Sultana
26Continental Breakfast - Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
25Mythological Beauty - Big Thief
24Formidable Cool - Wolf Alice
23Something To Remember Me By - Horrors, The
22Homely Feeling - Hockey Dad
21Got On My Skateboard - Skegss
20Stretch Yr Skin {Ft. Wil Wagner} - Ceres
19Passiona - Smith Street Band, The
18The Way You Used To Do - Queens Of The Stone Age
17Olympic Sneakers - Heaps Good Friends
16The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows - Gang Of Youths
15Thunderdome {Ft. Running Touch} - Ocean Grove
14What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out? - Gang Of Youths
13Real Death - Mount Eerie
12Used To Be In Love - Jungle Giants
11The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - National, The
Spent over an hour writing up my top 10 and when I submitted, got the ubuntu error

Here's the top 10, words tomorrow

10Beautifully Unconventional - Wolf Alice

"Hannah! She lives! She breathes!
She's beautifully unconventional
She seems to be
From the best place in the world"

My oldest daughter's is a Hannah and she is most certainly beautifully unconventional, so I have a big soft spot for this song.

A really great snappy pop and short (barely going past 2 minutes) song from a great album (album of the year for sure).

9Exactly How You Are - Ball Park Music

"I just see you floating like a deity in a dress"

Speaking of great snappy pops songs, here's another. A year after producing their best album, they come out with their best song, those guitars!!!! Good work.

8Visions Of A Life - Wolf Alice

"Visions of a life
Where I was satisfied
Feed my hungry mind
Where are you when I close my eyes?"

Not a snappy pop song, more a sludgy rock song, think Led Zeppelin. I like how it slows down over the 8 minutes as well.

7Birthdays - Smith Street Band, The

"And I'll be intense
And I'll be too much
And I'll get too high
And I'll get too drunk
But in between episodes
I will love you more than anyone you have ever known"

Wil Wagner's writes fantastic songs about love. Not perfect love, or even imperfect love but songs about perfect love between imperfect people. Another one in their long line of such songs

6Chateau - Angus & Julia Stone

"I don't mind if you wanna go anywhere
I'll take you there"

I must admit I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this whole album. Probably more than any of their other albums (not including the Chocolates & Cigarettes EP). This song is the highlight.

5Blood {Like A Version} - Gang Of Youths
4Amsterdam - Nothing But Thieves
3Shark Smile - Big Thief
2Don't Delete The Kisses - Wolf Alice
1Shine - Smith Street Band, The

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An unexpected #1, but a very good one, especially the last couple of minutes of it. And Wolf Alice x 6! Great list.
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Cheers. Slowly refilling in the comments.

And a youtube playlist to match

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP-wUJcNbJ6E3m37pR-JR-DgwJ5es1o16
At long last, 2018 and another 9-minute-epic/female singer songwriter/Wolf Alice-infested list I feel like I've caught up to the present and reality Apologies for the delays. Only 36 of the actual Hottest 100 made my Top 100, but an interesting year for music nonetheless.

Here are #200-101. I will post #100-11 tomorrow morning, with the Top 10 coming over the course of the weekend and #1 around 6pm on Sunday.

My posnSongArtistH100 orderActual H100 posn
200PSYCHOPost Malone10090
199TINTSAnderson .Paak9967
198BLOW THAT SMOKEMajor LazerNANA
197EVERYBODY BUT YOUThundamentals9892
196I MISS YOUThundamentals9725
1951999 WILDFIREBROCKHAMPTON9683
194DIRT CHEAPLime Cordiale9586
193BELLS AND CIRCLESUnderworld and Iggy PopNANA
192GOD FORGOTThe Rubens9432
191ALL THE STARSKendrick Lamar and SZA9328
190WHEN I DREAMSan Cisco9248
189BABY COME BACKOcean Alley9116
188BUBBLINAnderson .Paak9085
187BETTER NOWPost Malone8933
186HIGHERLily AllenNANA
185GOD BREAK DOWN THE DOORNine Inch NailsNANA
184NICE FOR WHATDrake8840
183WAITINGKIAN8720
182UFOMallrat (feat. Allday)8670
181YOUNGERRuel8587
180BETTERKhalid8452
1791950King Princess8334
178LAPS AROUND THE SUNZiggy Alberts8242
177SUNFLOWERPost Malone and Swae Lee8127
176CHURCHAlison Wonderland8031
175YOU CAN COUNT ON METrophy Eyes7993
174SATURDAY SUNVance Joy7854
173FOUR OUT OF FIVEArctic Monkeys7795
172LADDERSMac Miller7635
171SICKO MODETravis Scott753
170BE ALRIGHTDean Lewis746
169ALL LOVED UPAmy Shark7336
168RATSGhostNANA
167TOAST TO OUR DIFFERENCESRudimentalNANA
166PRAISE THE LORDA$AP Rocky7213
165JUST FRIENDSHayden James {Ft. Boy Matthews}7115
164UP IN THE CLOUDSSkegss7011
163WHEN YOU DIEMGMTNANA
162SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIELykke LiNANA
161SEED (INTRO)Tash SultanaNANA
160BOOTIKINSAugie MarchNANA
159DAZED AND CONFUSEDRuel6989
158JOIN THE CLUBHockey Dad6818
157HAVE AND HOLDUrthboy (feat. TIAAN)NANA
156RED GIANTAlice In ChainsNANA
155WITHOUT MEHalsey6756
154CLARK GRISWOLDHilltop Hoods (feat. Adrian Eagle)6644
153SUNDRESSA$AP Rocky6591
152KILLING MY TIMEG Flip6462
151POLYGRAPH EYESYUNGBLUD6399
150FOUR LEAF CLOVERThe KooksNANA
149I SAID HIAmy Shark625
148FREE MINDTash SultanaNA170
147NEVER LET ME GOSarah BlaskoNANA
146WORST NITESFoster The PeopleNANA
145GHOST TOWNKanye West6198
144eastsidebenny blanco6068
143IVY (DOOMSDAY)The Amity Affliction5994
142PUSSY IS GODKing Princess5874
141MIRACLECHVRCHES5777
140SWIMMING AT NIGHTDjango DjangoNANA
139NEED YOUFlight Facilities (feat. NIKA)5666
138TREAT YOU BETTERRUFUS DU SOL 5523
137IN THE AIRDMA's5441
136HAPPY SADOcean Alley53100
135BALLROOMJack River5281
134SCREAM WHOLEMethyl Ethel5165
133MARTINIThe Presets5057
132THOUGHT CONTAGIONMuseNANA
131FREE YOURSELFThe Chemical BrothersNANA
130CHASING STARSAlice Ivy (with Bertie Blackman)NA185
129TAKE IT TO THE HEARTOdette4996
128GUILLOTINEDZ DeathraysNANA
127NO TOURISTSThe ProdigyNANA
126lovelyBIllie Ellish and Khalid4817
125BETTER TOGETHERHayden James4778
124LIST OF DEMANDS (REPARATIONS)The KillsNANA
123NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEARTMark Ronson (feat. Miley Cyrus)4680
122SMOGGED OUTSkegss4571
121LOVE ME NOWZiggy Alberts4437
120TURNThe Wombats4312
119GROCERIESMallrat427
118MIRACLE LOVEMatt CorbyNA129
117LUCKY GIRLNina Las VegasNANA
116DEEP ENDLykke LiNANA
115T69 COLLAPSEAphex TwinNANA
114THE SKY'S GONE MISSINGPaul DempseyNANA
113AFRICAWeezerNANA
11214U + 14METhe PresetsNA175
111DON'T MISS ITJames BlakeNANA
110LIKE PEOPLEDZ Deathrays4147
109SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISHA Perfect CircleNANA
108GOD'S PLANDrake4043
107CONFIDENCEOcean Alley391
106FIREPeking Duk3829
105I AM SO IN LOVE WITH YOUBall Park MusicNANA
104FALLING APARTEmma LouiseNANA
103ALTERED STATESCogNANA
102SPACE AND TIMEWolf AliceNANA
101MANTRABring Me The Horizon3745
Here is #100-11:
My posnSongArtistH100 orderActual H100 posn
100LET ME LIVERudimental x Major LazerNANA
99MY LIFEZHU x Tame ImpalaNANA
98SOLARASmashing PumpkinsNANA
97HOW TO SOCIALISE AND MAKE FRIENDSCamp CopeNANA
96WE'RE GOING HOME Vance Joy3653
95MR LA DI DA DIBaker Boy3551
94CLUMSY LOVEThelma Plum3479
93EVER AGAINRobynNANA
92THIS IS AMERICAChildish Gambino334
91OTHERSIDEThe Living EndNANA
90DO I NEED YOU NOW?DMA's3297
89SOAKEDBene3158
88EAT THE ELEPHANTA Perfect CircleNANA
87MUDDY WATERKing Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNANA
86GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOODBORNS {Ft. Lana Del Rey}NANA
85BIRDSONGClaptoneNANA
84CLARITYPolish Club3076
83CHEETAH TONGUEThe Wombats2969
82LEAVE ME LONELYHilltop Hoods2824
81IF IT KILLS YOUBall Park MusicNANA
80LOADING ZONESKurt VileNANA
79ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS Vera Blue2726
78BOOGIEBROCKHAMPTON2663
77NEVER EVERThe Rubens {Ft. Sarah}2521
76YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWNBillie Ellish2446
75I'M GOODWafia2314
74WASTEDPeking Duk2255
73FOR NOWDMA'sNANA
72ARE YOU HEREThe Presets {Ft. DMA's}NANA
71SOMETIMESCub Sport2130
70PEACHBroods2019
69ALL THE TIMEThe KooksNANA
68IF YOU REALLY LOVE NOTHINGInterpolNANA
67SWEET RELEASEHockey Dad1973
66ON MEOwl EyesNANA
65WOMANCat Power {Ft. Lana Del Rey}NANA
64HUMANKimbraNANA
63THE ARMOR YOU OWNDead Letter CircusNANA
62GIVE ME MY NAME BACKMeg Mac1859
61YOU'VE GOT THE LOVEWest Thebarton {Like A Version}NANA
60THE OMENCamp CopeNANA
59FOR YOUR LOVEMontaigneNA117
58MISSING URobynNANA
57MOLOTOVKira Puru1775
56ALL IS KNOWNKing Gizzard & The Lizard WizardNANA
55HUNGERFlorence and The Machine1682
54I WANNA BE EVERYBODYHockey Dad1561
53FEELING GOOD, FEELING GREATDZ DeathraysNANA
52DIARYRoNANA
51A SHOTSarah BlaskoNANA
50ABOUT YOUG Flip1438
49SADBOYWolf AliceNANA
48NAMELESS, FACELESSCourtney BarnettNA159
47THE MIDDLECogNANA
46when the party's overBillie Ellish138
45THE ANIMALSLadytronNANA
44STUCK ON YOUWest ThebartonNANA
43F***ED UP OVER YOU RoNANA
42THE DARK SIDEMuseNANA
41SEVENTEENAbbe MayNANA
40THE REAL YOUDead Letter CircusNANA
39SUSPIRIUMThom YorkeNANA
38SATELLITEDustin TebbuttNANA
37MISSING MEAngie McMahon1249
36KNEESOcean Alley1110
35CONNECTED BY LOVEJack WhiteNANA
34I'M TIED, TO YOUTwo PeopleNANA
33EYESRUFUS DU SOL NANA
32FAR FROM EARTHStonefieldNANA
31SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUTTwo PeopleNANA
30CITY LOOKS PRETTYCourtney BarnettNANA
29MAKING IT UPSarah BlaskoNANA
28LOSING ITFisher102
27WHAT CAN I DO IF THE FIRE GOES OUT?Nothing But Thieves {Like A Version}972
26FORMIDABLE COOLWolf AliceNANA
25CLAWSWashingtonNANA
24CIGARETTESTash Sultana884
23PATRICIAFlorence and The MachineNANA
22UNDERWATERRUFUS DU SOL 722
21THE PERFECT LIFE DOES NOT EXISTBall Park Music639
20STORMY LOVEZHU {Ft. JOY}NANA
19THE ISLANDLadytronNANA
18BIG SMOKETash SultanaNANA
17HOPEFULESSNESSCourtney BarnettNANA
16DELUSIONStonefieldNANA
15DJARRIMIRRI (CHILD OF THE RAINBOW)GurrumulNANA
14IN THE GARDENTwo PeopleNANA
13LABRADORWAAX588
12BURNT OUT STARPondNANA
11ALL YOUR LOVE Flight Facilities {Ft. Dustin Tebbutt}NA112
And now the Top 10 for 2018...

"They mistook my kindness for weakness
I f***ed up, I know that, but Jesus
Can't a girl just do the best she can?"

Another year, another fantastic, sweet Lana Del Rey vocal performance, this time with Mariners Apartment Complex at #10. A class above.

10MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del ReyNA121

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"While we untangle our whole
World around
It's on fire
I'm hearing sirens
Calling me closer to you
There's no place I'd rather be"

The artist now known as RUFUS DU SOL released his fine Solace alnum in 2018, and three tracks from it came in at #138, #33, and #22 in this list.

The fourth, No Place, is at #9.

Love it when he hits those high notes underpinned by those bangin' beats.

9NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL450
"She packed all her bags and went on her way
Back to Adelaide
The cat's been crying out
Wandering all alone around the house
I really hope you're happy where you are now"

That line alone brought a lump to this animal-lover's throat.

At number eight is Anna by Camp Cope. A bit slower than usual for them, but so wonderfully aching and heartfelt.

8ANNA Camp CopeNANA

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"You're standing out in the rain, tonight
I give us something to say, to God
And you got a debt to pay back
For something you did way back
You wanna make it okay"

I've only recently been made aware of Sydney's Middle Kids' work, but in Mistake, coming in at #7, they come across as a sweet combination of The Cranberries and The Sundays which make this 90s indie lover very happy.

7MISTAKE Middle Kids364

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No lyrics available, or even necessary, for #6. It is the last song, Wulminda (Dark Clouds) of the last Gurrumul album and is is just as evocative as any Sigur Ros song. His music will live on.

6WULMINDA (DARK CLOUDS) GurrumulNANA

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"Time to put the silicon obsession down
Take a look around, find a way in the silence
Lie supine away with your back to the ground
Dis- and re-connect to the resonance now
You were never an island"

Maynard James Keenan's ode to the smartphone and social media comes in at five. He has lost none of his songwriting ability. The tune itself is a little bit understated by their standards, but it loses none of its impact.

(I'm well aware of the irony of posting this with my silicon obsession in order to decry it, so don't bother pointing that out)

5DISILLUSIONED A Perfect CircleNANA
"I wanna go, I wanna fly
I wanna take myself to a new sky
I wanna live, I wanna die
I wanna thank myself for getting out"

In my 2017 countdown, I broke my unwritten rule and allowed Wolf Alice five tracks from their Visions Of A Life album. In 2018 I've done the same for RUFUS DU SOUL's Solace album. The divine New Sky comes in at #4 - it gets very close to Innerbloom in its awesomeness. Bangin' beats - tick. High vocals - tick. Changes of pace - tick.

4NEW SKY RUFUS DU SOULNANA
"I'm scared of the fact that I've been to more funerals than weddings yes I've lost some close mates of mine"

Coming in at 3 is the now-JJJ host, Ruby Fields, with the perfect indie track, Dinosaurs. Love the big drop in the middle into fuzzy guitars, and the lyrics hit me in the feels too.

3DINOSAURS Ruby Fields29
"No one should feel my eye
No one should feel my cold
And I just can't describe
How I got so cold
And I can feel the end"

DMAs also had a fine 2018, releasing their For Now album, and the fourth and finest song from it (and the finest of their career) The End, comes in at #2. It's just a slow-burning, but extremely moving tune.

2THE END DMA's160
"I'm nowhere
I'm no one
I'm nobody
There's nobody, but you"

Will sneak this one in before HiJinx gets to his 1997 #1

Remember in the intro how I mentioned nine minute epics? Well, here it is! Topping my list is the extraordinary musical journey that is Lux Prima, from Karen O and Danger Mouse. Not a collaboration I would have expected at the start of 2018, but there it is. A little bit Pink Floyd, a little bit Radiohead, and a little bit Yeah Yeah Yeahs obviously. It totally carries me away every time I hear it.

1LUX PRIMA Karen O and Danger MouseNANA
Nice one! It is a great choice for #1. I do like a good 9 minute song...

Particularly happy to see Middle Kids in the top 10 and do like the DMAs, Ruby Fields, Lana del Rey and Rufus selections there as well.
"Islam didn't eat your hamster"

Um OK, thanks for that IDLES. Anyway, onto last year, 2018. I must admit this was the first Hottest 100 I didn't listen to since 1999. I knew about half the songs from elsewhere. I recently listened to the ones that I didn't know and a couple surprised me and appear here, most of them - though not so much. 31 songs from the hottest 100 are represented and the first time since 2011 the #1 has featured.

"I said I got a penchant for smokes and kicking douches in the mouth"

I'm sure you do IDLES. It was a pretty good year nonetheless, maybe not as strong as others in the decade but some pretty good albums from Interpol, DMAs, RUFUS, Parquet Courts and...

"The world's best bulimic bartend
Tender, violent and queer"

the very enjoyable lyrics of IDLES. 100-11 here and rest to follow later

100Girlfriend {Ft. Dâm Funk} - Christine And The Queens
99What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out {Like A Version}? - Nothing But Thieves
98Give Me Your Fire, Give Me Your Rain - Paper Kites, The
97lovely {Ft. Khalid} - Billie Eilish
96Sometimes - Cub Sport
95Heat Wave - Snail Mail
94Do I Need You Now? - DMA's
93Hem Of Her Dress - First Aid Kit
92Ten Leaf Clover - Slowly Slowly
91Better Now - Post Malone
90Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee
89Tieduprightnow - Parcels
88Lost In My Mind - RÜFÜS DU SOL
87Nothing Breaks Like A Heart {Ft. Miley Cyrus} - Mark Ronson
86I Can't Quit - Vaccines, The
85No Ordinary Life - Matt Corby
84Fast Slow Disco - St Vincent
83I Like That - Janelle Monae
82Confidence - Ocean Alley
81Faces - Holy Holy
801950 - King Princess
79Ladders - Mac Miller
78We Appreciate Power {Ft. HANNA} - Grimes
77City Looks Pretty - Courtney Barnett
76Labrador - WAAX
75In My View - Young Fathers
74Pristine - Snail Mail
73I Wanna Be Everybody - Hockey Dad
72Peach - Broods
71Tenderness - Parquet Courts
70Hunger - Florence and the Machine
69Four Out Of Five - Arctic Monkeys
68Geyser - Mitski
67Cigarettes - Tash Sultana
66I Shall Love 2 - Julia Holter
65Lux Prima - Karen O & Danger Mouse
64Heavy, California - Jungle
63Tape Deck Sick - DMA's
62The Perfect Life Does Not Exist - Ball Park Music
61The End Times - Ball Park Music
60Comeback Kid - Sharon Van Etten
59Great - IDLES
58No Place - RÜFÜS DU SOL
57Native Tongue {Ft. Pasefika Vitoria Choir} - Mojo Juju
56Mariners Appartment Complex - Lana del Rey
55Need A Little Time - Courtney Barnett
54Believe - Amen Dunes
53Pulsar - Ride
52F**ked Up Over You - Ro
51On My Knees - Middle Kids
50Your Dog - Soccer Mommy
49Danny Nedelko - IDLES
48Up In The Clouds - Skegss
47Number 10 - Interpol
46Big Smoke - Tash Sultana
45Jupiter - Haiku Hands
44In The Air - DMA's
43Colossus - IDLES
42Night Shift - Lucy Dacus
41Head Alone - Julia Jacklin
40It's A Shame - First Aid Kit
39Pynk {Ft. Grimes} - Janelle Monae
38All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar & SZA
37Eyes - RÜFÜS DU SOL
36Dinosaurs - Ruby Fields
35Join The Club - Hockey Dad
34Before The Water Gets Too High - Parquet Courts
33Night Time - Superorganism
32How Did This Happen?! - Bodega
31Venice Bitch - Lana Del Rey
30Wonderful Life {Ft. Danny Filth} - Bring Me The Horizon
29Carrie (I Want A Girl) - Moaning Lisa
28Hire - Girlpool
27Can't You See - FIDLAR
26Salvation - Tash Sultana
25The Rover - Interpol
24How To Socialise And Make Friends - Camp Cope
23All Your Love {Ft. Dustin Tebbut} - Flight Facilities
22Distortion - Mount Eerie
21I'm Good - Wafia
20Never Fight A Man With A Perm - IDLES
19Wide Awake - Parquet Courts
18MANTRA - Bring Me The Horizon
17Like People - DZ Deathrays
16Talking Straight - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
15Loading Zones - Kurt Vile
14Praise The Lord {Ft. Skepta} - A$AP Rocky
13Want That - Good Doogs
12Nameless, Faceless - Courtney Barnett
11Mistake - Middle Kids

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10Forever & Ever More - Nothing But Thieves

"Down in the gutter and looking for trouble
Or something to that effect"

A second straight top 10 appearance for Southend's favourite sons. If I had thought about it, I should have lowered their Like A Version one spot so they had #100 and #10, like Ocean Alley in the actual 100. But I didn't.

Another great driving pulsating rock song. Great film clip to accompany this one as well.

When I actually voted last year, the last vote was between this and the #11 (Middle Kids). Cme down to the last spot in the top 10 and the same two songs. Nothing But Thieves get the one that matters most....

9Clarity - Polish Club

"This is not an argument, it's not good or bad
Just make a decision and we'll leave it there"

Another great driving rock song. More 70s than the #10 though (Thin Lizzy anyone??). I was really surprised when I heard this one last year, as I had always associated Polish CLub with a more twee/jokey rock sound (not necessarily bad but not like this song). Well done sirs.

8NYSMAW - Interpol

"Like Prince sang in Tennessee
I wanna ride with you down there
To alphabet street"

Not the last time Prince will be referenced in the top 10. As if I'd have a year that Interpol released an album without them being in the top 10. I saw them in January and this song was definitely a highlight. Has a definite "Bright Lights" feel.

NYSMAW = Now You See Me At Work if anyone was interested. You're welcome.

7BOOGIE - Brockhampton

"Wanna motivate you in the afternoon
Top shelf money, that's my new perfume"

This one is just totally infectious. Totally gets me going every time I hear it. I dare you to not tap the toes while it is on.

6Total Football - Parquet Courts

"We are troubled by your soft curiosity
But delighted to be anti everything you were taught
Are you put off by our footloose fluidity?
Have your hurt caucasian feelings left you so distraught?"

Another great album from Parquet Courts (Wide Awake) following on from 2016's Human Performance. Many good songs on it but this is the stand out (and also the first so sets the tone). A bit less slacker rock than many of their other songs and a bit shouty but that's good!!

5The End - DMA's

"And I just can't describe
How I got so cold"

The whole DMAs sound like Oasis never sat well with me (I love Oasis but don't really see it). I saw Ride recently (and they came back in at #53 after 20 odd years away) and it got me thinking that the DMAs sound more like them. The beautiful harmonies and guitar sound is right up their alley (listen to Ride songs like Kaleidoscope or Twisterella).

Another great song from their really strong second album. It's a bit of a tear jerker but those guitars.....

4Underwater - RÜFÜS DU SOL

"Help me out, before I drown
Save me now, before I give up"

Interestingly, benji2 and me both have RUFUS at #4 with different songs that reminds us of Innerbloom. Says a lot about how good Innerbloom is, if nothing else.

This is for me the epic banger of Solace and reminds me of Innerbloom in its progression. I can't for the life of me figure out how Treat You Better was higher in the actual Hottest 100 (even if by only one spot). Some other great songs on the album as well.

3If You Really Love Nothing - Interpol

"If you really love nothing
On what future do we build illusions?"

As if I'd have a year that Interpol released an album without them being in the top 10 twice!! That makes 11 appearances my top 10. I do like them.

Another top drawer indie pop song. Driving, urgent, all those Interpolly things. Was also a highlight of the live set.

2Fuckin' and Rollin' - Phantastic Ferniture

"Fuckin' 'n' rollin'
Roll in the night
Fuckin' 'n' rollin'
Just feels right"

I really like Julia Jacklin. I think she writes amazing songs and the stories they tell are really well laid out with really resonant messages. Both her albums are top drawer.

But this bit of nonsense indie pop is my favourite song of hers (sorry Julia). It's just a few lines repeated over and over but the music is amazing. I don't know what it is but it presses all my buttons.

1Make Me Feel - Janelle Monae

"It's like I'm powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional sexual bender"

Sprinkle a little bit of Prince funkiness (apparently he was working with Janelle Monae on this before he died), some Janelle Monae quirkiness and real crisp pop and here you have it, the best song of 2018.

Another real toe tapper. It wraps all the best elements of so many different styles and themes and comes up with something all of its own, with a great film clip to boot.
Thanks OBOne. I guessed two of your Top 10 Should know you well enough by now to get more ...

Here is a YouTube version of my Top 100 in descending order:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2D6s7ze4p4hyKlxzW5ElKV

Should have a Spotify version up by tomorrow
My 2019 list won't be ready until February, once the actual Hottest 100 is done and dusted. But it's shaping up to be a strong year.

In the meantime I'll be catching up with OBOne's lists in full, and I'm planning to revise and expand some of my 80s and 90s lists (from about 1985-98 or so).



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