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

Hi everyone

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.

That list is available here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50141


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.

The lists from 2006-2020 (and beyond) are available here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&pages=&id=54656

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.

These revised lists from 1993-1999 (along with the original lists from 2000-2005, which I plan to revise also at some stage) are available here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50375

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.

Hope you enjoy....


1992

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 posnSong
125THEM BONES Alice In Chains
124SO WHAT'CHA WANT The Beastie Boys
123BLACK TICKET DAY Ed Kuepper
122THE LIFE OF RILEY Lightning Seeds
121WE THE PEOPLE Hunters & Collectors
120YOU JUST GOTTA KNOW MY MIND The Hummingbirds
119TEEN ANGST Cracker
118NOTHIN' BUT A G THING Dr Dre
117WE HATE IT WHEN OUR FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL Morrissey
116TEXAS NEVER WHISPERS Pavement
115OUT OF SPACE The Prodigy
114INCINERATOR Falling Joys
113FOR LOVE Lush
112MONEY LOVE Neneh Cherry
111NOT SLEEPING AROUND Ned's Atomic Dustbin
110KARMADROME Pop Will Eat Itself
109I PALINDROME I They Might Be Giants
108ANGRY CHAIR Alice In Chains
107HAPPINESS IN SLAVERY Nine Inch Nails
106DJAPANNA Yothu Yindi
105ORDINARY ANGELS Frente
104N.W.O. Ministry
103THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD XTC
102STEP IT UP Stereo MCs
101REMEDY Black Crowes


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Here are #100-51:
My H100 posnSong
100PAPA WON'T LEAVE YOU HENRY Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
99LOW SELF OPINION The Rollins Band
98GREEN MACHINE Kyuss
97THESE ARE DAYS 10,000 Maniacs
96HOLIDAY Ratcat
95HOLIDAY Underground Lovers
94THIS LOVE Pantera
93MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS Manic Street Preachers
92BABIES Pulp
91THE SWEETEST DROP Peter Murphy
90A LETTER TO ELISE The Cure
89UNSUNG Helmet
88SUCK YOU DRY Mudhoney
87BLOOD MAKES NOISE Suzanne Vega
86LOVE The Sundays
85SUMMER BABE Pavement
84TELEVISION, THE DRUG OF THE NATION The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
83ANTHEM The Clouds
82ALL I WANT Toad The Wet Sprocket
81SLASH N BURN Manic Street Preachers
80BLACK GOLD Soul Asylum
79BLACK BANDAGES Falling Joys
78TRIGGER CUT/WOUNDED KITE AT :17 Pavement
77SHE'S A DISH The Hard-Ons
76GLAMOUROUS GLUE Morrissey
75WEIRDO The Charlatans
74DREAMS The Cranberries
73LOVE SEX INTELLIGENCE The Shamen
72JUST ONE FIX Ministry
71BITCHES BREW Inspiral Carpets
70DRAGGING ME DOWN Inspiral Carpets
69PEOPLE EVERYDAY Arrested Development
68POPSCENE Blur
67SAY IT The Clouds
66DON'T CALL HOME The Breeders
65GOT OFF ON IT Underground Lovers
64WALK ON THE OCEAN Toad The Wet Sprocket
63HIGH The Cure
62PRETEND WE'RE DEAD L7
61GRAVITY GRAVE The Verve
60DOWN IN A HOLE Alice In Chains
59WATER FALLS Glide
58HUSH Tool
57A SMALL VICTORY Faith No More
56GHOST OF A TEXAS LADIES MAN Concrete Blonde
55IT'S A FINE DAY Opus III
54IN BLOOM Nirvana
53TENNESSEE Arrested Development
52UNDERWHELMED Sloan
51WATER PJ Harvey

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#50-21:
My H100 posnSong
50JUMP AROUND House Of Pain
49IT'S A SHAME ABOUT RAY The Lemonheads
48IT'S LUNACY Ed Kuepper
47OH MY LOVER PJ Harvey
46LIGHT SPEED COLLISION Def FX
45O.U. (GONE, GONE) Pulp
44I WAS RIGHT Underground Lovers
43CRUCIFY Tori Amos
42PERFUME V Pavement
41ALL IN THE MIND The Verve
40TOMORROW Morrissey
39CUT The Cure
38BRUISE VIOLET Babes In Toyland
37EVERGLADE L7
36ALWAYS SOMETHING Yo La Tengo
35BLACK METALLIC Catherine Wheel
34ALIVE Pearl Jam
33EVEN FLOW Pearl Jam
32100% Sonic Youth
31TEMPLE OF LOVE Sisters Of Mercy
30WORLDS AWAY Glide
29JACK THE RIPPER Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
28GOODBYE The Sundays
27SUPERBLAST! Lush
26BILL AND BEN Catherine Wheel
25ACID RAIN Tumbleweed
24SUNDIAL Tumbleweed
23PRECIOUS THINGS Tori Amos
22RIPPLE The Church
21PEARL Throwing Muses

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20BORN OF FRUSTRATION James
At #20 (the same position as 1994) are indie stalwarts James with their very catchy (well all of their songs are very catchy) 'Born Of Frustration'
19MIDLIFE CRISIS Faith No More
Faith No More returned with their stomping first single off of Angel Dust, Midlife Crisis. It was following the Epic (pun intended) The Real Thing, so it needed to be good, and was.
18CONNECTED Stereo MCs
Aye, aye, aye. 'Connected' was all over the dancefloors and JJJ in '92, and it takes me stragiht back. It took them nine years to follow this one up.
17STRAIGHT TO YOU Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
The big single of the troubled Henry's Dream album, Nick Cave comes in at 17 wiith his sublime, straightforward, 'Straight To You'.
16SHEELA-NA-GIG PJ Harvey
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
15YOUR 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.

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14DRIVE R.E.M.
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.
13SHE'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).
12TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Inspiral Carpets
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.

11TRUE 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.
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10LITTLE EARTHQUAKES Tori Amos
"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.

9JEREMY 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.

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8WISH Nine Ince Nails
"Wish there was something real wish there was something true
Wish there was something real in this world full of you"

Never mind The Downward Spiral, at eight is Trent and NIN at their most angry and angsty with Wish, from the Broken EP, complete with it's famous "Beyond Thuderdome" film clip

7WILD HORSES The Sundays
"I watched you suffer a dull, aching pain
And now you've decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or offstage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind"

The Sundays come in at 7 with their beautiful cover of the Rolling Stones classic (as heard on Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

Nothing complicated about it, just a beautifully sung cover, with great, laid back instrumentation

If 100% pure, crystal clear water fresh from a spring could sing, it would sound like Harriet Wheeler
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6SUGAR KANE Sonic Youth
"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.

5JESUS 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
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4BLACK Pearl Jam

"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.

3SAFARI 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.


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2WINTER Tori Amos
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.

1LEAVE 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)!

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Nice one. I can fully support Ride for #1!!
Here is the Spotify version of the 1992 Top 100 (minus #99, #77, #48, #26, #25, #24 Leaving 94 songs).
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2DaUluDNNxbvz7tTIJU4HR?si=1TQmZVMkSPuwFcG-7y6sPw

And the YouTube version:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2xLVDsQ7hWSAfawbNx3fQ6
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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!


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