In 2015 I first did a retro Hottest 100 thread, covering the years 1975-92, where I tried to predict what the actual Hottest 100 of each of Double/Triple J's first 18 years of existence might look like, with a few personal favourites getting moved a bit higher. I revised these lists in 2017.
Then from 1993 I kept going, but as there were actual versions of these lists in existence, I did these lists purely from personal preference, while including the actual Hottest 100 to make up lists of 150-200 songs for each year. I slowly went through the '90s/'00s/'10s and up to 2020 this way.
At the start of 2020, in tandem with OBOne's personal '90s lists, I decided to actually take some more time and revise my lists from 1999 back to 1993, do some more research in doing them and extend these lists to 200 songs.
That brings me to where we are at now - revising the 1975-92 lists purely from my own personal POV, in line with 1993-2020. I'll leave the predictive lists from 1975-92 in their original thread (though will tweak them slightly to be more from my head and not my heart), and leave the personal choice to this thread.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to stay in step with OBOne and start posting my 1992 list (hopefully finishing on Monday), then slowly work backwards to 1975. I'm not going to do 200 songs each year any more, but will post at least 100 for each year back to the late '70s at least.
The grungiest of grungy years, and the year I turned 18
There was some debate over whether Pearl Jam's Ten hit in in 1991 or 1992, but I'm putting the songs from it in 1992 as that's the year they were everywhere. Besides, my 1992 shortlist was thinned out considerably when I made the call to include the 1992 releases that made the 1993 Hottest 100 in the 1993 list.
Still some fantastic music/albums released that year tho.
Here are 125-101 to kick things off:
My H100 posn
THEM BONES Alice In Chains
SO WHAT'CHA WANT The Beastie Boys
BLACK TICKET DAY Ed Kuepper
THE LIFE OF RILEY Lightning Seeds
WE THE PEOPLE Hunters & Collectors
YOU JUST GOTTA KNOW MY MIND The Hummingbirds
TEEN ANGST Cracker
NOTHIN' BUT A G THING Dr Dre
WE HATE IT WHEN OUR FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL Morrissey
Closely following Nick Cave at #16 is PJ Harvey with Sheela-Na-Gig, her first ever charting single, and one of her most wonderfully vicious
YOUR EYES Underground Lovers
If you've seen my 1993 list, you may recall how I consider the 4 minute remix of this song that came in at #2 that year, and this still excellent 8 minute guitar driven version off of the Leaves Me Blind album as different songs. So, here it is at #15.
Automatic For The People is regarding by many as REM's finest album and it's certainly up there. A couple of songs from it appeared in 1993, but lead single Drive remains my favourite track from it, especially with Peter Buck's 'driving' guitar.
SHE'S A SUPERSTAR The Verve
At #13 are t'Verve with another brilliant psychedelic, shoegaze epic from A Storm In Heaven (with the single predating the album).
From Wigan we move to Oldham and their finest Madchester band, the Inspiral Carpets with their protest anthem Two Worlds Collide. So cool that Noel Gallagher was their roadie for a few years Great Clint Boon keyboard - tick. Great film clip - tick. Impassioned Tom Hingley vocals - tick.
TRUE TEARS OF JOY Hunters and Collectors
At 11 is the Hunnas best song since Ghost Nation (and one that lives too much in the shadow of freakin' Holy Grail that came immediately afterwards), the beautiful, passionate True Tears of Joy. One of Mark Seymour's finest vocals and great instumentation from the rest of the band.
I'm going to be out for most of tomorrow, so won't be doing a lot of posting, but I might get a couple of songs out if I'm lucky. I'll only be posting one at a time for the Top 10. I should be able to finish this list on Monday. Last edited:
"Oh these little earthquakes Here we go again These little earthquakes Doesn't take much to rip us into pieces Doesn't take much to rip us into pieces"
In something of an antidote to all the grungy guitars, Tori Amos released her piano-tinged, soul-baring first solo album, Little Earthquakes in early 1992. The sprawling album-closing (yes another closing track) title track comes in at #10.
JEREMY Pearl Jam
"At home drawing pictures of mountain tops With him on top, lemon yellow sun Arms raised in a "V" And the dead lay in pools of maroon below"
At the turn of 1991-92, Ten by Pearl Jam was released. There's been some debate which year to put it in to, but I've gone with 1992 as that's when the singles from this album were released and the year that Pearl Jam really entered my consciousness
At #9 is the disturbing Jeremy (see lyrics. Eddie Vedder does disturbing very well indeed), with it's fantastic dual-guitar intro.
"I'm back again in love, I'm back again a dove Where'd you get your light, your smilin' sugar life Another lovers day, another cracked up night Every night I say, the light is coming"
Indie veterans (and some say grunge pioneers) Sonic Youth came into their own in grungy 1992 and come in at 6 with their six-minute third single from their Dirty album, Sugar Kane.
JESUS BUILT MY HOTROD Ministry
"Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world So there was only one thing that I could do Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long"
Back to the industrial metal again. At #5 is Ministry with 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' aka 'the Speeding Fine Song' , the first single from their Psalm 69 album and their best known 'industrial era' song. Looking more closely, it could have made the 1991 list, but 1992 was the year I got my driving licence, so here it is Last edited:
"And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds Of what was everything Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black Tattooed everything"
At #4 is the fourth song from Ten on this list, Black. Eddie Vedder's ode to letting go. So raw for Eddie in particular that the band refused to release it as a single.
SAFARI The Breeders
"He didn't cry on a safari In over his knees He couldn't leave a finer life Always hugging the ground And crying out for me"
In third place is my favourite all-time Breeders song, Safari, from the EP of the same name, with one of their last releases with Tanya Donelly and Britt Walford in the band. This one just builds up nicely to the big guitar outro.
I hear a voice, "You must learn to stand up for yourself 'Cause I can't always be around."
Runner-up is Winter from Tori Amos. Subtitute me for Tori and my late mother for Tori's Dad and it sums up our relationship pretty well Just beautiful. The orchestration is stunning in and of itself.
LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIND Ride
"Wheels turning around into alien grounds Pass through different times, leave them all behind"
Edit: Sorry...didn't have time to put my blurb in this morning, but it did give the post a bit of gravitas...I had forgotten about this stunning song, and when I did hear it again courtesy of OBOne, the fact that it came out in 1992 (thought it was a couple of years earlier)!
The YouTube playlist was an enjoyable list, thanks! Although the playlist that played included Euphoria's One In A Million and that doesn't feature in your chart! A few differences between the two but still a good listen!