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

Hi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reggae and Funk were still going strong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joy Division and Gary Numan also make their first appearances.

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

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

Songs I'd have considered for 1979

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As for my additions, there are a few

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

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

Think the Top 3 looks spot on!

Additions are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first full Triple J Hottest 100.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

My additions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for 1982...

The Oils released their seminal 10..9..8..7.....1 album.

New Order appear for the first time.

The early 80s Oz underground scene is in full swing...

Machinations make a first appearance with 'Average Inadequacy'. Do Re Mi also make their first appearances with two seriously underrated tracks.

'Le Hoodoo Gurus' as they were then known also make their first appearance in one of my lists.

Siouxsie and the Banshees released my favourite song of theirs, 'Fireworks', hence its high position.

After making their first appearance low on the 1981 list, The Hunters and Collectors (aka The Hunnas) put out 'Talking To A Stranger' in 1982 and the rest is history.

My H100 posnSong
100NOTHING GROWS IN TEXAS The Sacred Cowboys
99ZIGGY STARDUST Bauhaus
98IT AIN'T WHAT YOU DO IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT Fun Boy Three feat. Bananarama
97GONE DEAD The Moodists
96THE DREAMING Kate Bush
95COCAINE DECISIONS Frank Zappa
94I WANT CANDY Bow Wow Wow
93THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU The Reels
92ROMEO ROMEO Kevins
91HEARTS AND FLOWERS Riptides
90SLOWDIVE Siouxsie and The Banshees
89DO WHAT YOU SAY Spy v Spy
88HEAVENLY ARMS Lou Reed
87DEAD JOE Birthday Party
86BIRDS OF A FEATHER Killing Joke
85CARDIAC ARREST Madness
84I CONFESS The Beat
83SABOTAGE Sardine v
82SHOCK THE MONKEY Peter Gabriel
81I DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN Fruit Pastilles
80BABY OH NO Bow Wow Wow
79SPIRIT Bauhaus
78CAT PEOPLE David Bowie
77MELT Siouxsie and The Banshees
76DRIVING IN MY CAR Madness
75SMACK JACK Nina Hagen
74TRUE LOVE X
73BLIND LEAD THE BLIND Pel Mel
72LIKE A GHOST Ignatius Jones
71YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMIN' Judas Priest
70THE BACK OF LOVE Echo and The Bunnymen
69EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Elvis Costello
68MAYBE IT’S A GAME Outline
67PEEK-A-BOO Devo
66HALLOWED BE THY NAME Iron Maiden
65WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE The Hitmen
64STUCK ON YOU Sardine v
63ALIVE AND WELL Paul Kelly and The Dots
62I DON'T WANNA KNOW The Screaming Tribesmen
61LOVE MY WAY Psychedelic Furs
60RUNNING FOR OUR LIVES Marianne Faithfull
59SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT Split Enz
58TORCH Soft Cell
57VALLEY GIRL Frank Zappa
56LOVE LITE Screaming Tribesmen
55ONE THING INXS
54PRICE OF ADMISSION Stiff Little Fingers
53WITHOUT YOU Eurogliders
52IRON FIST Motorhead
51A STRANGE DAY The Cure
50PLANET ROCK Afrika Bambataa and The Soulsonic Force
49SEXUALITY Prince
48SEX (I'M A ….) Berlin
47LAY HIM DOWN The Dropbears
46LUMPS OF LEAD Hunters and Collectors
45WILD IN THE COUNTRY Bow Wow Wow
44DIRTY CREATURE Split Enz
43MEXICAN RADIO Wall Of Voodoo
42SCREAM IN BLUE Midnight Oil
41FIRE OF LOVE The Gun Club
40BANNED IN D.C. Bad Brains
39I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM Gang Of Four
38FUN LOVING The Dropbears
37STRANGE LITTLE GIRL The Stranglers
36PETROL Severed Heads
35GREAT SOUTHERN LAND Icehouse
34SCIENCE FICTION Divinyls
33ON Models
32HONEYMOON Do Re Mi
31RADIO CLASH The Clash
30TO LOOK AT YOU INXS
29HOUSE OF FUN Madness
28SUDAN Sardine v
271999 Prince
26SENSES WORKING OVERTIME XTC
25NUMBER OF THE BEAST Iron Maiden
24FOREVER NOW Cold Chisel
23US FORCES Midnight Oil
22ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash
21HEY LITTLE GIRL Icehouse
20THE HANGING GARDEN The Cure
19TEMPTATION New Order
18ALMOST WITH YOU The Church
17DON'T CHANGE INXS
16OUR HOUSE Madness
15RUN TO THE HILLS Iron Maiden
14SOLID ROCK Goanna
13WHEN YOU WERE MINE The Church
12YOU NEED A FRIEND The Sunnyboys
11AVERAGE INADEQUACY Machinations
10NEVER SAY NEVER Romeo Void
9LET'S GO TO BED The Cure
8STANDING ON WIRES Do Re Mi
7A TOWN CALLED MALICE The Jam
6FIREWORKS Siouxsie and The Banshees
5SHOULD I SAY OR SHOULD I GO? The Clash
4POWER AND THE PASSION Midnight Oil
3THE MESSAGE Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
2LEILANI Le Hoodoo Gurus
1TALKING TO A STRANGER Hunters and Collectors
And now on to 1983...

A bit of a watershed year.

The Smiths, REM, Sonic Youth, Ministry (sounding a bit like New Orde), Matt Johnson aka The The and The Bard of Barking 'imself, Billy Bragg make their first appearance in one of my charts. As do a young band from California peddling a new brand of Heavy Metal called Thrash who go by the name of Metallica.

Also a young band from Milwaukee way released their seminal debut album, four tracks from which appear in this list - the Violet Femmes.

INXS appear one more time before they joined the mainstream with a song that got them in a heap of trouble in the US South.

The Venetians appear with a great song that received a lot of JJJ airplay - then they went mainstream too after that.

The Style Council appear from the ashes of The Jam, and the ascent of New Order from the ashes of Joy Division continues unabated.

My H100 posnSong
100HAPPINESS The Reels
99THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG Public Image Limited
98MODERN LOVE David Bowie
97THAT'S THE WAY Deckchairs Overboard
96PARTY TRAIN The Gap Band
95PRETTY PICTURES Celibate Rifles
94THE NEW WORLD X
93DEATH PARTY The Gun Club
92OUT FROM JAIL Warumpi Band
91IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
90DEEP IN THE WOODS Birthday Party
89LEGENDARY HEARTS Lou Reed
88CHINA GIRL David Bowie
87TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
86THE DISCIPLES KNOW The Moodists
85WINGS OF A DOVE Madness
84I GOT MINE Motorhead
83BAR-B-Q POPE Butthole Surfers
82JUST BE GOOD TO ME The SOS Band
81CUT THE TALKING The Dugites
80SPEAK LIKE A CHILD Style Council
79CRUSHED BY THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY Heaven 17
78PORCUPINE Echo and The Bunnymen
77SHOUT Deckchairs Overboard
76REVENGE Ministry
75ELECTRIC LASH The Church
74KILLING TIME Celibate Rifles
73SEEK AND DESTROY Metallica
72ONLY LONELY The Divinyls
71LAGARTIJA NICK Bauhaus
70RAZOR'S EDGE Goanna
69BUFFALO GIRLS Malcolm McLaren
68NO SHOULDERS NO HEAD The Models
67SHOW ME SOME DISCIPLINE The Sunnyboys
66JUDAS SHEEP Hunters and Collectors
65KISS OFF Violent Femmes
64KILL YR IDOLS Sonic Youth
63WINGS The Fall
62DUSTY IN HERE The Go-Betweens
61YOU The Radiators
60NO TRAGEDY The Radiators
59I WANTED TO TELL HER Ministry
58EVERYTHING COUNTS Depeche Mode
57DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie and The Banshees
56LET THE FRANKLIN FLOW Gordon Franklin & the Wilderness Ensemble
55DOUBLE DUTCH Malcolm McLaren
54THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Talking Heads
53THE WALLS CAME DOWN The Call
52SHE'S IN PARTIES Bauhaus
5125TH HOUR The Lime Spiders
50LONG HOT SUMMER The Style Council
49TEMPTATION Heaven 17
48SWAY Hunters and Collectors
47INSTITUTIONALISED Suicidal Tendencies
46GIRLFRIEND IS BETTER Talking Heads
45ROCK IT Herbie Hancock
44THE TROOPER Iron Maiden
43THE WALK The Cure
42NEW YEAR'S DAY U2
41LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
40WHIPLASH Metallica
39JENNIFER'S VEIL The Birthday Party
38POSSESSIONS The Laughing Clowns
37HAND IN GLOVE The Smiths
36I WAS ONLY 19 Redgum
35TOJO Hoodoo Gurus
34SHE'S MELTING The Spikes
33PROUD The Dropbears
32METAL MILITIA Metallica
31RADIO FREE EUROPE REM
30GARGOYLE The Lighthouse Keepers
29IGLOO Screaming Tribesmen
28LINED UP Shriekback
27MISS THE GIRL The Creatures
26FLIGHT OF ICARUS Iron Maiden
25THE LOVECATS The Cure
24GONE DADDY GONE Violent Femmes
23BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Talking Heads
22THIS IS THE DAY The The
21WHITE LINES Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash
20LET'S DANCE David Bowie
19THE CUTTER Echo and The Bunnymen
18PRESSURE SWAY Machinations
17YOU Boytronic
16SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY U2
15WE HAD LOVE The Scientists
14ORIGINAL SIN INXS
13CONFUSION New Order
12I HEAR MOTION The Models
11SOUND ON SOUND The Venetians
10ADD IT UP Violent Femmes
9MY GIRL Hoodoo Gurus
8FORBIDDEN COLOURS Sylvian and Sakamoto
7THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
6A NEW ENGLAND Billy Bragg
5SONG TO THE SIREN This Mortal Coil
4BLISTER IN THE SUN Violent Femmes
3CATTLE AND CANE The Go-Betweens
2UNCERTAIN SMILE The The
1BLUE MONDAY New Order

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Was away for the weekend so just catching up now....

1982 was a good year looking at that list. I would have had Temptation in the top 10 but not sure what misses out

Additional songs I would have in the 100

STRAIGHT TO HELL The Clash
MORE THAN THIS Roxy Music
AVALON Roxy Music
GLITTERING PRIZE Simple Minds
PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE Simple Minds
SHIPBUILDING Robert Wyatt
WAX AND WANE The Cocteau Twins
SEXUAL HEALING Marvin Gaye

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And on to 1983.



That's a hell of a top 10. If Lovecats, Sunday Bloody Sunday or The Cutter can't make it must be good I'd have This Charming Man higher just because. No questions over #1 this year.

Not too many additions this year

MOMENTS IN LOVE Art Of Noise
BUFFALO SOLDIERS Bob Marley
MAN O SAND TO GIRL O SEA The Go Betweens
EAT Y'SELF FITTER The Fall
MUSETTE & DRUMS The Cocteau Twins
It was a very hard Top 10 to put in order, that's for sure. This Charming Man would have been Top 5 most years.

The Art Of Noise track will be in the 1984 list.
The others are nice suggestions too, love The Go Betweens and The Cocteau Twins, and how did I miss the late Bob Marley?
I would have thought Michael Jackson would have made the 1983 countdown.
Thought about that given he was in the All Time countdown of 2009, but didn't think the JJJ audience of 1983 would have gone for him. Must admit I'm much more of an Off The Wall fan than Thriller.
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Now for 1984...

IMO INXS went really mainstream with The Swing so they're not in. Same with Icehouse. It will also be the last time The Models, Split Enz, Cold Chisel, Matt Finish and The Sunnyboys appear.

Ed Kuepper returns the Laughing Clowns and a killer track, his old band The Saints also release a great track, and Nick Cave appears for the first time with The Bad Seeds. Tex Perkins makes an early appearance with The Beasts Of Bourbon, as well as indie legends Died Pretty, and The Triffids also poke their heads in from WA for the first time,

Severed Heads release The Dead Eyes Opened for the first time and make the Top 10, then they'd do it again in the real Hottest 100 ten years later with a remix.

Metallica follow up Kill Em All with Ride The Lightning and make the Top 5.

I'm sure Al Jourgenson wants to forget this phase of Minstry's career - but I won't let him - Everyday Is Halloween is such an amazing song.

And - The ascent of the Smiths to indie darlings is complete with the classic How Soon Is Now?

My H100 posnSong
100SLIP IT IN Black Flag
99WAY OF THE WEST The Johnnys
98SUBOCEANA Tom Tom Club
97DRAINING THE POOL FOR YOU The Go-Betweens
96THE BIG BOSS GROOVE The Style Council
95CATERPILLAR The Cure
94KING OF THE ROAD Huxton Creepers
93SEVEN SEAS Echo and The Bunnymen
92KILLED BY DEATH Motorhead
91JAMES BROWN Cabaret Voltaire
90DUM DUM Butthole Surfers
89KOSCIUSKO Midnight Oil
88WALK AWAY Sisters Of Mercy
87WHY? Bronski Beat
86BREADLINE Warumpi Band
85I'VE BEEN TO BALI TOO Redgum
84GOD BLESS AMERICA The Models
83BEAUTIFUL WASTE The Triffids
82OCEAN LINER The Lighthouse Keepers
81UPSIDE DOWN The Jesus and Mary Chain
80COMMON GROUND Goanna
79LOVE IN A BOX The Sunnyboys
78MOVING AROUND Not Drowning Waving
77MY WAR Black Flag
76MOHAWK BABY Painters and Dockers
75LIKE A CURSE The New Christs
74SCATTERED VISIONS Tablewaiters
73I WILL DARE The Replacements
72HEAVEN KNOWS I'M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
71CARRY ME Hunters and Collectors
70SLOW ATTACK Huxton Creepers
69DEATH VALLEY '69 Sonic Youth
68PRETTY PERSUASION REM
67LET'S GO CRAZY Prince
66TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT Iron Maiden
65I LOVE YOU, SUZANNE Lou Reed
64UNITY Afrika Bambataa and James Brown
63METAL DANCE SPK
62HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD X
61I WALK AWAY Split Enz
60OTTERLEY Cocteau Twins
59OVERGROUND Siouxsie and The Banshees
58MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
57FOREVER YOUNG Alphaville
56SO. CENTRAL RAIN REM
55MIRROR BLUES Died Pretty
54WALKING IN THE DARK Deckchairs Overboard
53SENSORIA Cabaret Voltaire
52SHOUT TO THE TOP Style Council
51WHEN THE GENERALS TALK Midnight Oil
50IN THE GHETTO Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
49BODY AND SOUL Sisters Of Mercy
48JUNK FUNK SPK
47A VICTORY OF LOVE Alphaville
46A STAND ALONE Screaming Tribesmen
45OUT OF THE UNKNOWN Died Pretty
44PURPLE RAIN Prince
43FREE NELSON MANDELA The Special AKA
42IT'S MY LIFE Talk Talk
41PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
40BIG ON LOVE The Models
39BIRDS FLY (WHISPER TO A SCREAM) Icicle Works
38SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
37ACES HIGH Iron Maiden
36PINK TURNS TO BLUE Husker Du
35SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie and The Banshees
34ALWAYS ANOTHER Matt Finish
33SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
32EIGHTIES Killing Joke
31FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS Metallica
30FROM HER TO ETERNITY Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
29BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Midnight Oil
28SHAKE DOG SHAKE The Cure
27PRIDE U2
26PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES The Smiths
25WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
24MOMENTS IN LOVE Art Of Noise
23MESSAGE TO MY GIRL Split Enz
22PERSEPHONE Cocteau Twins
21GOOD DIE YOUNG Divinyls
20FLAME TREES Cold Chisel
19ONE OF A KIND V.Spy V.Spy
18TURN ON THE NEWS Husker Du
17DAZZLE Siouxsie and The Banshees
16BACHELOR KISSES The Go-Betweens
15COME ON OVER Matt Finish
14PSYCHO Beasts Of Bourbon
13THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
12GHOST SHIPS The Saints
11THIEVES LIKE US New Order
10THE SLAB Hunters and Collectors
9SLAVE GIRL The Lime Spiders
8THE DEAD EYES OPENED Severed Heads
7NO SAY IN IT Machinations
6I WANT YOU BACK Hoodoo Gurus
5FADE TO BLACK Metallica
4ETERNALLY YOURS Laughing Clowns
3THE KILLING MOON Echo and The Bunnymen
2(EVERY DAY IS) HALLOWEEN Ministry
1HOW SOON IS NOW? The Smiths

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Another easy #1 I think.

The Swing was my favourite album in 1984

A couple of additions to think about

OH! BROTHER The Fall
BAD U2
PART COMPANY The Go Betweens
BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
It was pretty easy.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood was another of those borderline acts - but I didn't include them in the end.

Between The Wars will be in the 1985 list.
And here is that 1985 list I was talking about...

Kate Bush was back in a big way and released her excellent Hounds of Love album.
The Cure released their excellent Head On The Door album.
New Order release their excellent Low Life album.
Do Re Mi released their excellent debut Domestic Harmony album.
The Jesus and Mary Chain release their excellent debut Psychocandy album.

The Pet Shop Boys and The Waterboys make huge first appearances.

The Hunnas released the great Throw Your Arms Around Me.
And The Cult released the immortal She Sells Sanctuary.

My H100 posnSong
100BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo and The Bunnymen
99EXCITABLE Amazulu
98GONE RIDING Chris Isaak
97BOY WHO CRIED WOLF The Style Council
96STRANGE AFFECTION The Plunderers
95MECHANIX Megadeth
94TO PARTER Butthole Surfers
93ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS The Cure
92SALLY MACLENNANE The Pogues
91LIFE'S A GAMBLE The Radiators
90SCORPIO RISING 10,000 Maniacs
89DOUBLE LIFE The Moodists
88KAYLEIGH Marillion
87KILL KILL KILL Painters and Dockers
86CHEESECLOTH Not Drowning Waving
85OVER THE SHOULDER Ministry
84FINAL TWIST Died Pretty
83INJUN JOE The Johnnys
82I AM DAMO SUZUKI The Fall
81SWINGIN' PARTY The Replacements
80STARS AND STRIPES OF CORRUPTION The Dead Kennedys
79CAN YOUR PUSSY DO THE DOG? The Cramps
78I WRITE THE NEWS Beargarden
77THE HEADMASTER RITUAL The Smiths
76MARIAN Sisters Of Mercy
75BASTARDS OF YOUNG The Replacements
74LADY DON'T MIND Talking Heads
73HELL AWAITS Slayer
72IN MY HEAD Black Flag
71MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL Husker Du
70WALLS COME TUMBLIN' DOWN The Style Council
69EXECUTION OF LOVE Machinations
68DANCIN' Chris Isaak
67WALKING TO THE BEAT Yukihiro Takahaki
66HERE COMES A REGULAR The Replacements
65OPPORTUNITIES Pet Shop Boys
64THE BOTTOM LINE Big Audio Dynamite
63M.T.V. - GET OFF THE AIR The Dead Kennedys
62BASIA Painters and Dockers
61SOUNDS OF THEN Ganggajang
60SLEEPING BEAUTY Divinyls
59LOOSE NUT Black Flag
58KEEN That Petrol Emotion
57CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE REM
56HOUSE OF CARDS Ganggajang
55NIGHT TIME Killing Joke
54CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
53SHALL WE GO The Dropbears
52IDIOT GRIN Do Re Mi
51INJUSTICE V Spy V Spy
50YOU TRIP ME UP The Jesus and Mary Chain
49MONKEY ON MY BACK The Triffids
48OUT OF CONTROL The Lime Spiders
47BURNING HOUSE OF LOVE X
46YOU GOT ME GOING AGAIN Machinations
45BLACKFELLA WHITEFELLA Warumpi Band
44MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
43GOODBYE TONSILS Severed Heads
42RAIN The Cult
41FLESH & STEEL SPK
40PINK ORANGE RED The Cocteau Twins
39ICE The Screaming Tribesmen
3819 Paul Hardcastle
37BLACK PLANET Sisters Of Mercy
36DIRTY OLD TOWN The Pogues
35THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
34ANOTHER DAY IN THE SUN The Moffs
33ELECTRICAL STORM Ed Kuepper
32RASPBERRY BERET Prince
31JULIE WAS A JUNKIE The Eastern Dark
30ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
29SUNRISE New Order
28BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
27WELL I WONDER The Smiths
26DATE WITH A VAMPYRE Screaming Tribesmen
25MY HEART'S ON FIRE Machinations
24AMBERGRIS Died Pretty
23FROM ST KILDA TO KINGS CROSS Paul Kelly
22THAT JOKE ISN'T FUNNY ANYMORE The Smiths
21LIKE WOW - WIPEOUT Hoodoo Gurus
20CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie and The Banshees
19TUPELO Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
18JUST LIKE HONEY Jesus and Mary Chain
17DUEL Propaganda
16PERFECT KISS New Order
15IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
14WARNINGS MOVING CLOCKWISE Do Re Mi
13PLEASURE AND PAIN Divinyls
12FIELD OF GLASS The Triffids
11FAR SIDE OF CRAZY Wall Of Voodoo
10LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
9CLOSE TO ME The Cure
8WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
7RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
6BITTERSWEET Hoodoo Gurus
5MAN OVERBOARD Do Re Mi
4HERCULES (SPECIES DECEASES EP) Midnight Oil
3WHOLE OF THE MOON Waterboys
2THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Hunters and Collectors
1SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult

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1986

The Beastie Boys arrived on the scene with Licensed To Ill and changed the rap game. If anyone is wondering where 'You Gotta Fight...' is though, I decided to go with the single release year rather than the album on this one, so it'll be in the 1987 list.

The Smiths released what is considered by many to be their best album, 'The Queen Is Dead', which has several tracks in this countdown.

The Hunnas release their classic 'Human Frailty' album.

The The released their/(his?) classic 'Infected' album. Some songs from which appear in this list, with a certain Neneh Cherry on backing vocals.

Neil Finn returned with his new band 'Crowded House', and their classic 'Don't Dream It's Over'.

The Triffids released Born Sandy Devotional containing the ultimate Australian driving song, Wide Open Road. Definitely #1, though any of the Top 4 have strong claims.

My H100 posnSong
100GRASS XTC
99WILD WILD LIFE Talking Heads
98HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
97GUNS AND BUTTER Do Re Mi
96BY MY SIDE The Hard-Ons
95VELOCITY GIRL Primal Scream
94CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Violent Femmes
93BURNT SO LOW Falling Joys
92EVE Honeymoon in Green
91LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
90ANGEL OF DEATH Slayer
89CREEP IN THE CELLAR Butthole Surfers
88THE CARNY Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
87DEATH DEFYING Hoodoo Gurus
86ALL THAT STUFF Matt Moffitt
85BLEEDING HEART The Johnnys
84ORGASMATRON Motorhead
83BLOOD AND ROSES The Smithereens
82A RAINY NIGHT IN SOHO The Pogues
81SOUL SOLDIER Throwing Muses
80NO MONEY DOWN Lou Reed
79BLUE SKY DAY Died Pretty
78BORN OUT OF TIME The New Christs
77SNUFF The Bamboos
76HOLD IT, NOW HIT IT Beastie Boys
75CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
74CALL ME Throwing Muses
73PEACE SELLS Megadeth
72IT'S A GOOD THING That Petrol Emotion
71I WANT YOU Elvis Costello
70WHAT ARE YOU ON The Mannikins
69I AGAINST I Bad Brains
68PROPELLOR Severed Heads
67LOVE MISSILE 1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
66DEFECATE ON MY FACE TISM
65TAKE THE RED CARPET OUT OF TOWN The Moodists
64TRUE Concrete Blonde
63MERCY STREET Peter Gabriel
62DON'T LET'S START They Might Be Giants
61AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
60E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
59WHO MADE WHO AC/DC
58THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
57BRING ON THE CRAZY The Radiators
56BAD MOON RISING The Reels
55STONEAGE CINDERELLA Died Pretty
54THE THINNER THE AIR Cocteau Twins
53STARPOWER Sonic Youth
52RAINING BLOOD Slayer
51IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO SPK
50PAUL REVERE The Beastie Boys
49HEARTLAND The The
48LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
47MEAN TO ME Crowded House
46DARLING IT HURTS Paul Kelly
45GIRL IN THE SWEATER The Hard-Ons
44IT'S TRICKY Run DMC
43STILL IN HOLLYWOOD Concrete Blonde
42THE LIVING KIND Ups and Downs
41HEAD FULL OF STEAM The Go-Betweens
40LAZY CALM Cocteau Twins
39EXPRESSWAY TO YR SKULL Sonic Youth
38LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
37ALSO SPRACH THE KING OF EURO DISCO Ed Kuepper
36SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
35LONELY STRETCH The Triffids
34FALL ON ME REM
33KISS Prince
32SLOW TRAIN TO DAWN The The
31YOUR FUNERAL, MY TRIAL Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
30SANITARIUM (WELCOME HOME) Metallica
29I WILL PERSUADE YOU Huxton Creepers
28THIS MORNING Hunters and Collectors
27ROOMS FOR THE MEMORY Michael Hutchence
26MISS THIS TONIGHT Matt Moffitt
25LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
24HARRY'S REASONS V Spy V Spy
23MASTER OF PUPPETS Metallica
22SPRING RAIN The Go-Betweens
21BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
20DON'T TEAR IT DOWN V Spy V Spy
19RISE Public Image Limited
18WALK THIS WAY Run DMC & Aerosmith
17STRIPPED Depeche Mode
16GREETINGS TO THE NEW BRUNETTE Billy Bragg
15DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It's Immaterial
14BEFORE TOO LONG Paul Kelly
13JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD The Saints
12THE DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
11SHELL SHOCK New Order
10DON'T WANNA KNOW IF YOU ARE LONELY Husker Du
9THE QUEEN IS DEAD The Smiths
8WORD UP Cameo
7LEVI STUBBS' TEARS Billy Bragg
6THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT The Smiths
5SAY GOODBYE Hunters and Collectors
4DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER Crowded House
3BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE New Order
2INFECTED The The
1WIDE OPEN ROAD The Triffids
Sorry was busy on the weekend. Before 1985 list came out I had a quick look at the songs of the year myself and had my argument ready as to why West End Girls would be really high. Ooops!

Also had Throw Your Arms Around Me pegged as #1 but on reflection think you're right as it became the monster it is after release of Human Frailty album (and different version).

Can't really think of too many songs to add (for once), maybe Into the Groove by Madonna or Never Understand by Jesus and Mary Chain.

Btw, 1985 was the first year I started listening to Triple J, Club Veg on the weekend (who in 1986 moved to 2SM and were replaced by Roy and HG).

And as for 1986, Word Up indeed!

I'd have Fall on Me and Kiss higher. Mr Pharmacist by The Fall as an addition maybe and definitely Panic by The Smiths.



Seeing as the Pet Shop Boys made the 1993 and 1994 Hottest 100s, and also seeing West End Girls is still my favourite song of theirs ever, it wasn't a difficult decision to include them

Would love to have been able to hear the Js in the 80s, but didn't until 1989.

Forgot about Panic. It's not my favourite Smiths song by any stretch of the imagination, but it should be in there somewhere.
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1987

Exit The Smiths and Do Re Mi...

Enter Public Enemy, Faith No More, 10000 Maniacs, The Hummingbirds, a bald Irishwoman named Sinead O'Connor and a young band from Iceland named The Sugarcubes.

U2 release the classic The Joshua Tree, The Oils release Diesel and Dust, The Cure release Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and The Triffids follow up Born Sandy Devotional with In The Pines.

M/A/R/R/S bring sampling to everyone's attention with their classic club track 'Pump Up The Volume'.

A young group of teenagers from Melbourne named God release a classic piece of proto-grunge called 'My Pal'.

XTC also sing about God (or a lack thereof) with their finest song, 'Dear God'.

And the Beastie Boys released 'You Gotta Fight (For Your Right)' as a single, sealing their immortality forever.

My H100 posnSong
100SKIN OF MY TEETH Huxton Creepers
99ROLL IT ON ROBBIE Redgum
98INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
97PUMPING UGLY MUSCLE Primitive Calculators
96ANNIE'S SONG Faith No More
95SWEET LOAF Butthole Surfers
94DON'T ARGUE Cabaret Voltaire
93SWAMP That Petrol Emotion
92PEACE TRAIN 10,000 Maniacs
91GOOD TIMES Hoodoo Gurus
90WIN/LOSE Ollie Olsen
89TWENTY FOUR HOUR PARTY PEOPLE Happy Mondays
88INDIANS Anthrax
87DREAMWORLD Midnight Oil
86THE TRAVELLER The Moffs
85THE BLACK HOLE The New Christs
84COULD YOU BE THE ONE? Husker Du
83WINTERLAND Died Pretty
82SALLIE-ANNE V Spy V Spy
81CARIBOU Pixies
80APRIL SKIES The Jesus and Mary Chain
79U GOT THE LOOK Prince
78POSSESSED TO SKATE Suicidal Tendencies
77LIKE THE WEATHER 10,000 Maniacs
76LOOK SO FINE, FEEL SO LOW Paul Kelly
75I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
74BRASS MONKEY Beastie Boys
73DROPPING LIKE FLIES The New Christs
72NOT A SOUL AROUND Ed Kuepper
71SCHIZOPRENIA Sonic Youth
70WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
69ALL SET TO GO The Hard-Ons
68FINEST WORKSONG REM
67THE PASSENGER Siouxsie and The Banshees
66MANDINKA Sinead O'Connor
65FOR ALWAYS The Stems
64CREDIT CARDS V Spy V Spy
63RENT Pet Shop Boys
62AUTUMN LEAVES Huxton Creepers
61DO TO YOU Machinations
60BLUE HOTEL Chris Isaak
59STRANGELOVE Depeche Mode
58LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME The Smiths
57LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
56WHAT'S THE MATTER HERE? 10,000 Maniacs
55THE PROTAGONIST Dead Can Dance
54RIGHT HERE The Go-Betweens
53WHY CAN'T I BE YOU? The Cure
52POOLS IN EYES Throwing Muses
5140 YEARS - THEN DEATH TISM
50REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE Public Enemy
49HUMAN CANNONBALL Butthole Surfers
48IT'S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
47SAD GIRL The Stems
46LEAPS AND BOUNDS Paul Kelly
45PUT DOWN THAT WEAPON Midnight Oil
44LUKA Suzanne Vega
43I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR U2
42SOMETHING ABOUT YOU The Hard-Ons
41TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
40UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY The Smiths
39CAN'T COME IN Cosmic Psychos
38ALIMONY The Hummingbirds
37DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? Hunters and Collectors
36ADULTERY Do Re Mi
35A FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
34MY ISLAND HOME Warumpi Band
33SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
32BRING THE NOISE Public Enemy
31TO HER DOOR Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls
30WHAT'S MY SCENE? Hoodoo Gurus
29WITH WHICH TO LOVE YOU Bamboos
28SAILORS DREAM Wet Taxis
27NUDE SCHOOL Painters and Dockers
26SIGN O' THE TIMES Prince
25NORTH BY NORTH The Bats
24DIE YUPPIE DIE Painters and Dockers
23NO SLEEP 'TIL BROOKLYN Beastie Boys
22WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
21STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE The Smiths
20PAID IN FULL Eric B. and Rakim
19BURY ME DEEP IN LOVE The Triffids
18WEIRDO LIBIDO Lime Spiders
17AT FIRST SIGHT The Stems
16YES SIR I CAN BOOGEE Not Drowning Waving
15TROY Sinead O'Connor
14BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
13THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
12IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT REM
11WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
10TRUE FAITH New Order
9BYE BYE PRIDE The Go-Betweens
8NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN Depeche Mode
7PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
6THE ONE I LOVE REM
5BIRTHDAY The Sugarcubes
4JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
3MY PAL God
2DEAR GOD XTC
1(YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY) Beastie Boys

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Another easy choice for #1 and a great top 10. Wasn't Bring The Noise from A Nation of Millions and therefore 88?

Some songs I'd include

NORTH BY NORTH The Bats (was played alot IIRC)
THE HOUSE THAT JACK KEROUAC BUILT The Go-Betweens
HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus and Mary Chain
ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
UNBEARABLE The Wonderstuff
WILD FLOWER The Cult

Thanks again OBOne.

I was a bit harsh on the Go-Betweens this year, could have included The House That Jack Kerouac Built though.

Must check North by North out, I don't know that one!

A Nation Of Millions did indeed come out in '88 but it appears Bring The Noise was released as a single in '87 so I have put it there.
Loved The Bats song, so much so that I have added it to the 1987 list at #25, moved Public Enemy down to #32, and Welcome To The Jungle to 1988, when G and R really hit the scene in Australia.
1988: Off with the Pixies

Yes, The Pixies released Surfer Rosa and changed indie music...well at least for the next three years. They have two songs in the Top 5 and another in the Top 30.

Also debuting: Guns and Roses, Dinosaur Jr, Mark Of Cain, The Hummingbirds, Soul II Soul, Living Colour, Salt 'n' Pepa, the solo Morrissey, and a very rock-oriented Underworld.

REM went, well if not huge, then very, very large with the Green album.
The Crowdies followed up with Temple Of Low Men.
The Church had their biggest album in years with Starfish, which yielded the #3 on this list.
The Go-Betweens released their final album, 16 Lovers Lane, which also supplied three songs to the countdown.

You remember that backing singer of Matt Johnson's I mentioned in the 1986 countdown? Well, she went solo...and gave us the #1 song on this list.

My H100 posnSong
100VICTORIA The Fall
99WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN U2 and BB King
98DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
97BUILD Housemartins
96HEY LITTLE BOY Divinyls
95HEATSEEKER AC/DC
94IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD The Pogues
93MOTORCRASH Sugarcubes
92O SALVATION Celibate Rifles
91MOTORBIKIN' The Johnnys
90ANTISOCIAL Anthrax
89FAIRPLAY Soul II Soul
88I DON'T MIND The Plunderers
87TRIP AT THE BRAIN Suicidal Tendencies
86TOWERS OF STRENGTH Died Pretty
85VOLATILE The Lime Spiders
84BREAKING HANDS The Gun Club
83JOHN E. SMOKE Butthole Surfers
82INTIMACY Machinations
81FLOWERS Galaxie 500
80SAVING GRACE Throwing Muses
79ANA NG They Might Be Giants
78COLOUR ME GONE Screaming Tribesmen
77OUT OF MY HANDS Died Pretty
76ALPHABET ST Prince
75HINDSIGHT The Hummingbirds
74HEADIN' SOUTH The New Christs
73BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
72NO WARNING Toys Went Berserk
71I'M INTERESTED IN APATHY TISM
70ONLY A MEMORY The Smithereens
69SAFE SEX Painters and Dockers
68STIGMATA Ministry
67TRICK OF THE LIGHT The Triffids
66SWIM TO SHORE The Hummingbirds
65ANTENNA The Church
64FISHERMAN'S BLUES The Waterboys
63LUCRETIA, MY REFLECTION Sisters Of Mercy
62IN THE RAW Lubricated Goat
61DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
60BLACKENED Metallica
59ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters feat. Cookie Crew
58WROTE FOR LUCK Happy Mondays
57STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON N.W.A.
56DIRTY BLVD. Lou Reed
55WAS THERE ANYTHING I COULD DO? The Go-Betweens
54PARADISE CITY Guns 'N' Roses
53COLD SWEAT Sugarcubes
52STAND REM
51ORINOCO FLOW Enya
50KNOW YOU NOW Someloves
49I GOT A FEELING Screaming Tribesmen
48I BELIEVE IN YOU Talk Talk
47GREATER REWARD Severed Heads
46SATURDAY NIGHT PALSY TISM
45LORDS OF SUMMER Mark Of Cain
44CAROLYN'S FINGERS Cocteau Twins
43MARY MARY Run-DMC
42EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
41DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
40MOUNTAIN SONG Jane's Addiction
39FEED ME WITH YOUR KISS My Bloody Valentine
38SILVER ROCKET Sonic Youth
37HEART Pet Shop Boys
36FREAK SCENE Dinosaur Jnr
35BETTER BE HOME SOON Crowded House
34REPTILE The Church
33DESIRE U2
32ORANGE CRUSH REM
31YOU'RE IN A MESS Falling Joys
30UNDERNEATH THE RADAR Underworld
29BACK TO THE WALL Divinyls
28YOU WON'T FIND IT AGAIN The Go-Betweens
27WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Guns and Roses
26F**K THA POLICE N.W.A.
25BONE MACHINE The Pixies
24SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
23THE HOST OF SERAPHIM Dead Can Dance
22PEEK-A-BOO Siouxsie and The Banshees
21DEANNA Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
20SWEET CHILD O'MINE Guns N' Roses
19CULT OF PERSONALITY Living Colour
18PUSH IT Salt N'Pepa
17SWEET JANE The Cowboy Junkies
16WAITING FOR THE GREAT LEAP FORWARDS Billy Bragg
15INTO TEMPTATION Crowded House
14DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE Public Enemy
13TOUCH ME, I'M SICK Mudhoney
12THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
11SIDEWALKIN' The Jesus and Mary Chain
10JANE SAYS Jane's Addiction
9THERE SHE GOES The La's
8STREETS OF YOUR TOWN The Go-Betweens
7TEENAGE RIOT Sonic Youth
6BLUE BELL KNOLL The Cocteau Twins
5GIGANTIC The Pixies
4THE MERCY SEAT Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
3UNDER THE MILKY WAY The Church
2WHERE IS MY MIND? The Pixies
1BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry


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1989: Manchester goes a bit bonkers

This year saw the first actual JJJ Hottest 100 countdown (of all time), many thanks to Lawrie Zion.

The Stone Roses released their epic self-titled debut album and get four tracks in, one at #3. The Happy Mondays also released their 'Bummed' album late in '88 and get a couple of tracks in this countdown.

Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails appear for the first time, as do De La Soul (with their excellent 3 Feet and Rising album). Not to be confused either with Soul II Soul, who also released an excellent album that year.

Italo and House came to the fore in '89, plenty of smiley faces everywhere
Even New Order got into the act with their Technique album.

Metallica make the Top 10 again with 'One', a song from their '88 album And Justice For All, but not released as a single until 1989, along with its very haunting and disturbing film clip.

The Cure released what many (including me) regard as their finest album, Disintegration, getting three tracks into the Top 30 including #2 (again).

Not to be outdone, The Pixies released their finest album, Doolittle, giving this list four tracks of their own, including the #1.

Oh, and a couple of bands from Seattle way, sounding a bit like Mudhoney, sneak in at #68 and #92. Doubt we'll hear from them again...

My H100 posnSong
100LAZYITIS Happy Mondays
99VERONICA Elvis Costello
98PET SEMATARY The Ramones
97THEY'LL NEED A CRANE They Might Be Giants
96WILD THING Tone Loc
95AXEGRINDER Hoodoo Gurus
94NUMERO UNO Starlight
93DUMB THINGS Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls
92LOUD LOVE Soundgarden
91THE LAND OF RAPE AND HONEY Ministry
90EAT FOR TWO 10,000 Maniacs
89I DIDN'T SEE THEM AT ALL Plunderers
88BUSLOAD OF FAITH Lou Reed
87SICK OF BEING SICK The Hard-Ons
86WAKING THE DEAD Suicidal Tendencies
85THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LEATHER LAGOON The Cramps
84JOHNNY Celibate Rifles
83ANOTHER SIN The New Christs
82HARDTIMES V.Spy V.Spy
81DIZZY Throwing Muses
80KEEP ON MOVIN' Soul II Soul
79STANDING THERE The Creatures
78TOUCH ME 49ers
77ADDICTED TO LOVE Ciccone Youth
76THE MAYOR OF SIMPLETON XTC
75HAPPY BIRTHDAY Concrete Blonde
74PURPLE TOUPEE They Might Be Giants
73WHEN WILL YOU COME HOME Galaxie 500
72I'LL 'AVE YA TISM
71BEEN HAD BEFORE The Hard-Ons
70COME ANYTIME Hoodoo Gurus
69LOVE GOES ON The Go-Betweens
68SLIVER Nirvana
67SHELTER Falling Joys
66MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
65I'LL BE YOU The Replacements
64THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
63BLIND EYE Hunters and Collectors
62EVERYBODY MOVES Died Pretty
61SOMETIMES Max Q
60WATERFALL The Stone Roses
59SAY NO GO De La Soul
58STREET TUFF Double Trouble and Rebel MC
57FLASHBACK Ministry
56FIRE WOMAN The Cult
55LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
541401 Butthole Surfers
53WAVE OF MUTILATION The Pixies
52TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
51INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
50GIDDY GIDDY CAROUSEL Death In June
49LOST CAUSE Cosmic Psychos
48CHIME Orbital
47FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
46ALL THE WAY New Order
45THIS WOMAN'S WORK Kate Bush
44LOVE SHACK The B-52s
43HIGHER GROUND Red Hot Chilli Peppers
42WAY OF THE WORLD Max Q
41BURNING INSIDE Ministry
40ALL SAINTS DAY Severed Heads
39MELT Someloves
38COLOURS Ice-T
37GOD IS A BULLET Concrete Blonde
36GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
35CAN U DIG IT? Pop Will Eat Itself
34BEAT(EN) GENERATION The The
33EYE KNOW De La Soul
32I WANNA BE ADORED The Stone Roses
31BLUE THUNDER Galaxie 500
30HALLELUJAH Happy Mondays
29HEY LADIES Beastie Boys
28HATE INSIDE Beasts Of Bourbon
27PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
26ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
25BUST A MOVE Young MC
24A GIRL LIKE YOU The Smithereens
23PACIFIC STATE 808 State
22EXPRESS YOURSELF N.W.A.
21HERE COMES YOUR MAN The Pixies
20TRUST Tall Tales and True
19HEAD LIKE A HOLE Nine Inch Nails
18PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic feat. Felly
17SHE BANGS THE DRUMS The Stone Roses
16CAN'T BE SURE The Sundays
15RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14DEBASER The Pixies
13FINE TIME New Order
12WISE UP! SUCKER! Pop Will Eat Itself
11LOVESONG The Cure
10BLUSH The Hummingbirds
9PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
8I AM THE RESURRECTION The Stone Roses
7FIGHT THE POWER Public Enemy
6ONE Metallica
5WHEN THE RIVER RUNS DRY Hunters and Collectors
4BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul
3FOOLS GOLD The Stone Roses
2LULLABY The Cure
1MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN The Pixies

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1990: Time For The Gurus

K8, I believe this is your favourite music year ever. With some justification too, it was a very strong Top 10 and a deep list in general.

Happy Mondays were back with Thrills and Pills and Bellyaches...and an album of the same name.

Madchester was kicking along further with Primal Scream, Inspiral Carpets and The Charlatans all making their first appearances.

Archie Roach made the Top 10 with his seminal song about the Stolen Generation.

Jane's Addiction were back with a new album and the #5 song.

Faith No More emerged with a new lead singer and a great new album, and three tracks on this list, including the #2 track.

A young band from Sydney named Ratcat had the #1 track with their classic 'That Ain't Bad'. The world seemed their oyster...

My H100 posnSong
100CHRISTO The Plunderers
99DAYDREAMING Massive Attack
98GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
97HELLO The Beloved
96THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O'Connor
95BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
94GET UP! Technotronic feat. Ya Kid K
93PLANET Sugarcubes
92THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILISATION TISM
91MONEYTALKS AC/DC
90SHE COMES IN THE FALL Inspiral Carpets
89FORGOTTEN YEARS Midnight Oil
88PEACE BY PIECE Sound Unlimited Posse
87SEA OF SORROW Alice In Chains
86ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
85ON AND ON Club Hoy
84911 IS A JOKE Public Enemy
83BRAND NEW LIFE Toys Went Berserk
82CROWN OF THORNS Mother Love Bone
81STOP! Jane's Addiction
80WHERE DID SHE COME FROM? The Hard-Ons
79JESUS WAS WAY COOL King Missile
78ANYTHING, ANYTHING Dramarama
77100 MILES AND RUNNIN' N.W.A.
76YOU'RE STILL BEAUTIFUL The Church
75NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
74DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
73A DREAM'S A DREAM Soul II Soul
72HIPPYCHICK Soho
71WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW Ed Kuepper
70OUT THERE Blake Babies
69THE NIGGA YA LOVE TO HATE Ice Cube
68CAROLINE Concrete Blonde
67TOM'S DINER Susanne Vega and DNA
66STEP ON Happy Mondays
65KING OF THE MOUNTAIN Midnight Oil
64METROPOLIS The Church
63IT'S ALRIGHT NOW The Beloved
62I'M FREE Soup Dragons
61I TOUCH MYSELF Divinyls
60LET'S FORM A COMPANY TISM
59COOL FIRE Beasts Of Bourbon
58WHEELS IN MOTION Toys Went Berserk
57WORD GETS AROUND The Hummingbirds
56SADENESS PART 1 Enigma
55FISHING TRAWLER Not Drowning Waving
54THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
53PURE The Lightning Seeds
52UNBELIEVABLE EMF
51WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
50CUBIK 808 State
49FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
48WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
47SWEETNESS AND LIGHT Lush
46TIMELESS MELODY The La's
45COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
44ONE LOVE The Stone Roses
43I'M AN ADULT NOW The Pursuit Of Happiness
42CLOUD FACTORY The Clouds
41ISTANBUL They Might Be Giants
40MAN IN A BOX Alice In Chains
39EVERYTHING I'VE GOT BELONGS TO YOU Ed Kuepper
38THIS IS HOW IT FEELS Inspiral Carpets
37ONE COUNTRY Midnight Oil
36LOVE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD Living Colour
35ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
34HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS The Cocteau Twins
33JUSTIFY MY LOVE Madonna
32SURFERS OF THE MIND Def FX
31SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
30HERE'S WHERE THE STORY ENDS The Sundays
29FOR A THOUSAND YEARS Sea Stories
28INFINITY (1990s...TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
27FALLING TO PIECES Faith No More
26DON'T CALL ME DUDE Scatterbrain
25THEN The Charlatans
24BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
23THE WEEPING SONG Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
22CANDY Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson
21LOADED Primal Scream
20BLUE SKY MINE Midnight Oil
19IS SHE WEIRD? The Pixies
18KINKY AFRO Happy Mondays
17NEVER ENOUGH The Cure
16MORE The Sisters Of Mercy
15LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
14KOOL THING Sonic Youth
13THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
12JOEY Concrete Blonde
11VELOURIA The Pixies
10TOOK THE CHILDREN AWAY Archie Roach
9GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
8NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O'Connor
7WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
6LOCK IT Falling Joys
5BEEN CAUGHT STEALING Jane's Addiction
4TOMORROW WENDY Andy Prieboy and Johnette Napolitano
3THE SHIP SONG Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
2EPIC Faith No More
1THAT AIN'T BAD (TINGLES EP) Ratcat

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Definitely my fave year in music and what a great list. Although surprised to see no Vogue? Also thought Betty Boo would make the list.

Thought some of these tracks would be on the 1991 countdown too.

In the link someone posted above there is the top 90 countdown of 1990 from a Canadian radio station and looks pretty JJJish minus Mariah and Janet but then the last countdown had Beyonce so who the hell knows.

They have a top 91 of 1991 so worth checking out. Also the top 50 indie countdown on NME.

JJJ played the J Files which was a special of each year in the 90s. Betty Boo and Vanilla Ice made the 1990 list which makes you wonder if they would be strong contenders for the hottest 100 of that year and not playing big hits by Roxette, Heart, Wilson Phillips, Michael Bolton etc etc. I will see if I can find the link.
NME (I would say a good 75-90% of these would rank in JJJ's hottest 100):
http://www.nme.com/bestalbumsandtracksoftheyear/1990-2-1045379


CFNY (Canadian Indie Station and again a high percentage of these would rank in a Hottest 100):
http://www.rocklists.com/cfny-1990.html



Still trying to find the Triple J 90's special page. May have been taken down.
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Looks like the link I am trying to find has been removed. Maybe you have them saved.



24/11/2015 22:47
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Member No New Radicals in the 1999 list?

These play lists might help with songs that featured on JJJ for their perspective years. Most of the playlist feature in the annual Hottest 100 countdowns.

1993 http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/music_specials/s1397871.htm

1999 http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/music_specials/s1397184.htm

There is a playlist for 1990 - 1999.

Good to see Eminem in your list.

25/11/2015 17:39
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Member Don't remember hearing the New Radicals on JJJ, but that list suggests otherwise. You Get What You Give would come in around #80-85 I think

Used to love the J-files when it was on Thursday nights.

Thanks for the links K8, they're really handy, especially for 1990-92. Up to 60-70 songs on each list now.
rocklists.com also shows other 90s lists for other radio stations, and I would say most of them would be pretty good contenders.
Thanks K8 and thejuicer for the links and the feedback.

Thought about Vogue but didn't quite think it 'edgy' enough. Justify My Love certainly was though.

Looking forward to doing the rest of the 90s lists, with the aid of your links I will be posting a Hottest 100 for 1991-92, 125 for 1993, 150 for 1994-98 and 200 for 1999 onwards.
Looking forward to it.

Am curious as to why you have Tomorrow Wendy as high as #4? I have never heard it before so am surprised to see a song I don't recall so high.

Lock It is an amazing tune after I listened to it today. Not one I remember despite being on my Wiggle n Sweat CD from back in 1991.

I would have been surprised if Vogue wouldn't make the hottest 100 if there was one for 1990. If Sinead O'Connor can make it with a ballad then a funky tune like Vogue which screams classic surely would have made it. I even think MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice could have made it.
Tomorrow Wendy was on JJJ a lot that year, and having Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde on it helped it a lot, they were very popular in 1990.

Concrete Blonde also had their own version of this song around the same time, but I prefer this duet version.

Lock It is still an amazing summer song.
Have been away for a few days so will catch up on this soon.
Learn something new every day.
I still wouldn't think it would be that popular especially as it doesn't appear in other charts but then again I was too young to listen to JJJ in 1990.
Also, if Rage is a big part of songs featured on the Hottest 100, the official website has archives back to 1998 (ignoring the ARIA top 50 countdowns).
I remember at the end of 1989 Triple J ran a listeners poll of their favourite songs of the year (sort of Hottest 100). They only played the top 10 and I can't remember the order (except for #10 strangely) but the following were included

GO GO Ratcat (#10)
LOVE SHACK B-52s
LULLABY The Cure
EVERYBODY MOVES Died Pretty
BLUSH The Hummingbirds
FOOLS GOLD The Stone Roses
SHE BANGS THE DRUM The Stone Roses
HERE COMES YOUR MAN Pixies
MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN Pixies
DEBASER Pixies (#1 I think)
Very interesting Thankyou

Completely missed the Ratcat song - totally unfamiliar with their material pre-1990.

Looks like I underestimated the Died Pretty song. I only had it at #62. I don't rate that song as highly as some of their other stuff, but I might have to re-listen to it..

I loathe Love Shack, but I guess #44 is a bit low for it really given what a hit it was.

At least the other songs were within coo-ee of my Top 10
Knew The Pixies and Stone Roses would dominate, but interesting that 'Debaser' was the highest ranked song over 'This Monkey'.

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Any thoughts on 1988 and 1990 OBOne?

Moving along now.

1991: Drop The Grunge

Well....

What an interesting year 1991 was.

Grunge went supernova in the second half of the year; and Nirvana released Nevermind (what is there left to say about that album?), Pearl Jam released 'Ten' and Soundgarden released 'Badmotorfinger'. Bye bye hair metal.

If grunge wasn't enough, trip-hop (eg Massive Attack, with their 'Blue Lines' album, and the #2 song) and shoegaze (eg My Bloody Valentine, Lush) were also big, as were dance acts The Shamen and Primal Scream.

Also, Metallica dropped their self-titled (aka 'Black' album), the Red Hot Chilli Peppers released 'Blood Sugar Sex Magick' (widely regarded as their best), U2 released 'Achtung Baby', REM released 'Out Of Time'
Died Pretty released their excellent 'Doughboy Hollow'.

Blur also make their first appearance.

And The Clouds had their biggest year ever, with the #3 and #15 songs.

Sadly The Pixies imploded and The Sugarcubes and Ratcat petered out during the course of the year.

So that this list isn't completely dominated by the acts above, I've had to go with the single release date in some instances i.e. 1992 - so any songs from those albums not in this list may well be in the 1992 list, which I plan to post on Friday.

Pretty obvious #1 in the end ... it is still the reigning #1 of all time.

My H100 posnSong
100SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
99CHOCOLATE CAKE Crowded House
98GET OFF Prince
97TRUTH IS OUT OF STYLE MC 900Ft Jesus
96LET THERE BE ROCK The Hard-Ons With Henry Rollins
95LOVE'S SWEET EXILE Manic Street Preachers
94AMERICAN MUSIC Violent Femmes
93CRUISE CONTROL Headless Chickens
9292 DEGREES Pop Will Eat Itself
91CAN YOU DIG IT Mock Turtles
90BETTER Screaming Jets
89GREEN AND BLUE Club Hoy
88RING RING RING De La Soul
87MYSTERIOUS WAYS U2
86WILD HEARTED SON The Cult
85O.G. ORIGINAL GANGSTER Ice-T
84BEAUTIFUL GIRLS AND BEAUTIFUL BOYS Rob Clarkson
83IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING Deborah Conway
82UNITY Sound Unlimited Posse
81GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
80APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION N.W.A.
79LOVE SCHOOL Divinyls
78MISTADOBALINA Del The Funkee Homosapien
77SUMMER OF LOVE Tall Tales and True
76IF A VOW The Hummingbirds
75THE GLOBE Big Audio Dynamite II
74CREAM Prince
73GREY CELL GREEN Ned's Atomic Dustbin
72HONEY STEEL'S GOLD Ed Kuepper
71TAKE THE WEATHER Crowded House
70RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW Jesus Jones
69MISS FREELOVE '69 Hoodoo Gurus
68LIFEBOAT Tall Tales and True
67A ROLLER SKATING JAM NAMED SATURDAYS De La Soul
66STAR SIGN Teenage Fanclub
65SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS PM Dawn
64PLANET OF SOUND The Pixies
63JENNIFER Falling Joys
62BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU'VE GOT Massive Attack
61OPERAA HOUSE Malcolm McLaren
60ALWAYZ INTO SOMETHING N.W.A.
59PEOPLE ARE STILL HAVING SEX La Tour
58TWO WEEKS WITH A GOOD MAN IN NIAGARA FALLS The Hummingbirds
57HIGHER THAN THE SUN Primal Scream
56WE ARE NOW Def FX
55SWEETHEART Died Pretty
54UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD U2
53CRAZY Seal
52DOWN IN SPLENDOUR Straitjacket Fits
51X, Y AND ZEE Pop Will Eat Itself
50VAPOUR TRAIL Ride
49BUTTER A Tribe Called Quest
483AM ETERNAL The KLF
47DON'T GO NOW Ratcat
46HIT Sugarcubes
45RUSH Big Audio Dynamite
44UNDER MY SKIN Deborah Conway
43FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW Paul Kelly
42SOON My Bloody Valentine
41DULL The Hard-Ons
40LET IT SLIDE Mudhoney
39JERRY WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER Primus
38THE FLY U2
37FROM A MILLION MILES Single Gun Theory
36THE UNFORGIVEN Metallica
35TREATY Yothu Yindi
34TANK PARK SALUTE Billy Bragg
33NEAR WILD HEAVEN R.E.M.
32MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
31RHINOCEROS Smashing Pumpkins
30THE WAY I MADE YOU FEEL Ed Kuepper
29ONE U2
28LITHIUM Nirvana
27LOVESICK Gang Starr
26DRESS PJ Harvey
25THIS IS NOT THE WAY HOME The Cruel Sea
24CHASE THE DRAGON Beasts Of Bourbon
23FALL AT YOUR FEET Crowded House
22SEXUALITY Billy Bragg
21NOTHING NATURAL Lush
20HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail
19GODBLESS Died Pretty
18OUTSHINED Soundgarden
17THERE'S NO OTHER WAY Blur
16KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie And The Banshees
15SOUL EATER Clouds
14MOVIN' ON UP Primal Scream
13FROM HERE KNOWS WHEN My Bloody Valentine
12LAST TRAIN TO TRANSCENTRAL The KLF
11BLACK Pearl Jam
10SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack
9DC Died Pretty
8JESUS CHRIST POSE Soundgarden
7GIVE IT AWAY Red Hot Chilli Peppers
6LOSING MY RELIGION REM
5ENTER SANDMAN Metallica
4ALIVE Pearl Jam
3HIERONYMOUS Clouds
2UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack
1SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana

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Cool list. I really wish there was an official annual hottest 100 for these years.

Was #69 done on purpose lol?


Also I just copied this from the old thread but thought it was worth reposting here in regards to 1991.



If 1991 had a Hottest 100 it would be fair to say the countdown would consist of and be pretty close to (basing it off data from positions #1-#200 in the 1991 All-time poll):

1. smells like teen spirit - Nirvana
2. lithium - Nirvana
3. lock it - Falling Joys
4. sexuality - Billy Bragg
5. losing my religion - REM
6. hieronymus - Clouds
7. dc - Died Pretty
8. give it away - RHCP
9. that ain't bad - Ratcat
10. enter sandman - Metallica
11. the unforgiven - Metallica
12. unfinished sympathy - Massive Attack
13. 4pm - Clouds
14. labour of love - Frente!
15. grey cell green - Ned's Atomic Dustbin
16. come as you are - Nirvana
17. surfers of the mind - Def FX
18. treaty - Yothu Yindi
19. the size of a cow - The Wonder Stuff
20. soon - My Bloody Valentine
21. cream - Prince
22. right here right now - Jesus Jones
23. rush - BAD II
24. i'm too sexy - Right Said Fred
25. move any mountain - The Shamen
26. black or white - Michael Jackson
27. lovesick - GangStarr
28. planet of sound - Pixies
29. unfamiliar - Ride
30. get off - Prince
31. fields of joy - Lenny Kravitz
32. just can't get enough - Depeche Mode
33. mysterious ways - U2
34. love rears its ugly head - Living Color
35. wicked game - Chris Isaak
36. soul eater - Clouds
37. there's no other way - Blur
38. caught in my shadow - The Wonder Stuff
39. you could be mine - Guns n Roses
40. suck my kiss - RHCP
41. the fly - U2
42. the globe - BAD II
43. from a million miles -
44. rush you - Baby Animals
45. unbelievable - EMF

*some of these songs were released in late 1990 but the crossover didn't appear to be an issue back then



Other noteable songs that could have rounded off the top 100 (most of these songs have been taken from past 1991 JJJ specials).
don't go now - Ratcat
crazy - Seal
one - U2
3am eternal - KLF
justified and ancient - KLF
last train to trancentral - KLF
it ain't over til it's over - Lenny Kravitz
shiny happy people - REM
chocolate cake - Crowded House
pandora's box - OMD
rhinoceros - Smashing Pumpkins
candy - Iggy Pop
miss freelove - Hoodoo Gurus
movin on up - Primal Scream
alive - Pearl Jam
breaking the girl - RHCP
i touch myself - Divinyls
justify my love - Madonna
head like a hole - Nine Inch Nails
fall at your feet - Crowded House
real real real - Jesus Jones
better - Screaming Jets
rocket man - Kate Bush
don't cry - Guns n Roses
baby baby - Ratcat
sadness - Enigma
if a vow - Hummingbirds
weather with you - Crowded House
mustang sally - Commitments
sing your life - Morrissey
satisfied - Died Pretty
shining star - INXS
disappear - INXS
bring tha noise - Public Enemy
set adrift on memory bliss - PM Dawn
wind of change - The Scorpions
ring ring ring - De La Soul
let's talk about sex - Salt n Pepa
dizzy - Vic Reeves/The Wonder Stuff
i'm free - Soup Dragons
early warning - Baby Animals
it's only the beginning - Deborah Conway
falling - Julee Cruise
everything i do i do it for you - Bryan Adams (apparently Triple J played this in 1991?)
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I can see a couple songs that I think would have made it 1988-1991 addition, as well as everything in 1991 H100 list K8 posted above. I don't think Triple J started playing Pearl Jam until early 1992 (IIRC it was feature album in Jan 1992)

SHE SPEEDS Straitjacket Fits (1988)
YOU MADE ME REALISE My Bloody Valentine (1988)
JUST LIKE HEAVEN Dinosaur Jr (1989)
KENNEDY The Wedding Present (1989)
GOD IS A BULLET Concrete Blonde (1989)
DON'T LET ME DOWN GENTLY The Wonderstuff (1989)
GOLDEN GREEN The Wonderstuff (1989)
CIRCLESQUARE The Wonderstuff (1990) - They were very popular 1989-1991
WAITING ROOM Fugazi (1990)
GASKRANKINSTATION The Headless Chickens (1990) - Very high rotation
SHINE ON The House Of Love (1990)
SIT DOWN James (1990)
SON OF MUSTANG FORD Swervedriver (1990)
GET TO NOTICE Underground Lovers (1990)
CHELSEA GIRL Ride (1990)
LIKE A DAYDREAM Ride (1990)
HEAVENLY POP HIT The Chills (1990)
Miss Freelove landed at #67 initially, but it kinda looked wrong there

Thanks for the Pearl Jam tip, knew they were the last of the big three grunge albums to come out but couldn't remember which side of Xmas I first heard it.

Got 'God Is A Bullet' (#37 of 1989) but will have to check those other songs out, many thanks
1992: Creeping in the Name Of

Since JJJ deemed several songs that made the yearly 1993 Hottest 100 that were originally released in 1992 ineligible for the 1993-2012 All Time countdown a few years ago ineligible, I decided to do the same and put them in 1992 as well.

Tori Amos released Little Earthquakes, REM continued their purple patch with Automatic For The People, and Faith No More released Angel Dust.

Alice In Chains keep the great grunge releases going, and 90s mainstays Tool made their first appearance.

A good year for the so-called 'Riot Grrrls' with Kim Deal returning with the Breeders, and L7 and Babes In Toyland making their debut appearances.

As indicated, several songs from 1991 albums that were released as singles in 1992 and are in this countdown, just to be inconsistent

Another obvious #1 and #2. Rage Against The Machine arrived in a big way with their debut album, and Radiohead came out with their first killer single ahead of their first album in 1993.

My H100 posnSong
100WALK ON THE OCEAN Toad The Wet Sprocket
99NOT SLEEPING AROUND Ned's Atomic Dustbin
98STINKIN' THINKIN' Happy Mondays
97SUCK MY KISS Red Hot Chilli Peppers
96THE DROWNERS Suede
95YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME, FATTY Morrissey
94MR. WENDAL Arrested Development
93ROCKET MAN Kate Bush
92THIS IS THE PLACE Def FX
91SHE'S A DISH The Hard-Ons
90CANDY EVERYBODY WANTS 10,000 Maniacs
89DISAPPOINTED Electronic
88NOTHIN' BUT A G THING Dr Dre
87YOU JUST GOTTA KNOW MY MIND The Hummingbirds
86UNSUNG Helmet
85MAN ON THE MOON R.E.M.
84TRIGGER CUT Pavement
83GOIN' OUT WEST Tom Waits
82CHOPPERS Headless Chickens
81PEOPLE EVERYDAY Arrested Development
80WE HATE IT WHEN OUR FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL Morrissey
79THEM BONES Alice In Chains
78STEP IT UP Stereo MCs
77ALL I WANT Toad The Wet Sprocket
76EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING U2
75DETACHIBLE PENIS King Missile
74REMEDY Black Crowes
73THESE ARE DAYS 10,000 Maniacs
72CRUCIFY Tori Amos
71KARMADROME Pop Will Eat Itself
70THIS LOVE Pantera
69PAPA WON'T LEAVE YOU HENRY Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
68OH MY LOVER PJ Harvey
67ANGRY CHAIR Alice In Chains
66SO WHAT'CHA WANT The Beastie Boys
65SUMMER BABE Pavement
64TENNESSEE Arrested Development
63IT'S A FINE DAY Opus III
62ANTHEM The Clouds
61NO RAIN Blind Melon
60GHOST OF A TEXAS LADIES MAN Concrete Blonde
59LIGHT SPEED COLLISION Def FX
58JUMP AROUND House Of Pain
57LOVE SEX INTELLIGENCE The Shamen
56DJAPANNA Yothu Yindi
55COP KILLER Bodycount
54GREEN MACHINE Kyuss
53HIGH The Cure
52SUCK YOU DRY Mudhoney
51IT'S LUNACY Ed Kuepper
50HOLLOW Pantera
49ACID RAIN Tumbleweed
48JUICE Headless Chickens
47FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE The Cure
46BRUISE VIOLET Babes In Toyland
45JACK THE RIPPER Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
44TROUT Neneh Cherry and Michael Stipe
43EVERGLADE L7
42100% Sonic Youth
41ORDINARY ANGELS Frente
40RIPPLE The Church
39ROOSTER Alice in Chains
38LOW SELF OPINION The Rollins Band
37RUSTY CAGE Soundgarden
36EVEN FLOW Pearl Jam
35IN BLOOM Nirvana
34A SMALL VICTORY Faith No More
33BULLET IN THE HEAD Rage Against The Machine
32TEMPLE OF LOVE Sisters Of Mercy
31HUSH Tool
30IT'S A SHAME ABOUT RAY The Lemonheads
29NEARLY LOST YOU Screaming Trees
28PRETEND WE'RE DEAD L7
27TAILLIGHTS FADE Buffalo Tom
26SUNDIAL (MARY JANE) Tumbleweed
25NOTHING ELSE MATTERS Metallica
24SILENT ALL THESE YEARS Tori Amos
23TELEVISION, THE DRUG OF THE NATION The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
22SOMETHING GOOD Utah Saints
21TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Inspiral Carpets
20CONNECTED Stereo MCs
19SHEELA-NA-GIG PJ Harvey
18STRAIGHT TO YOU Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
17FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY Crowded House
16SAFARI The Breeders
15SUGAR KANE Sonic Youth
14MIDLIFE CRISIS Faith No More
13DRIVE R.E.M.
12WISH Nine Inch Nails
11COME AS YOU ARE Nirvana
10WOULD? Alice In Chains
9JESUS BUILT MY HOTROD Ministry
8TRUE TEARS OF JOY Hunters and Collectors
7JEREMY Pearl Jam
6WINTER Tori Amos
5UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chilli Peppers
4EVERYBODY HURTS R.E.M.
3EBENEEZER GOODE The Shamen
2CREEP Radiohead
1KILLING IN THE NAME Rage Against The Machine
That concludes my lists for Part 1 of my thread. I'll give some of the suggested songs a listen and may make some minor edits to these lists as a result, or as I discover a song is in the wrong year.

Soon (probably Sunday) I will commence the second part of this thread and post the 1993 list which will be a list of 125 songs.

Anyone is welcome to create their own alternative music lists from 1975-92 and post them here.
Awesome list once again.

2 pretty big tunes at the top and I reckon Under The Bridge would have given them a good battle and would have been in the top 3 over a #99 ranking Ebaneezer Goode from 1993 Hottest 100.

I am surprised you didn't include Suck My Kiss in 1991 list seeing as though it made the top 200 in the annual poll for 1991.

I probably would have U2's One in the 1992 list as The Fly and Mysterious Ways were late comers in 1991.

Arrested Developments songs seem a miss to me here. I love all 3 and glad to see them in here but would have People Everyday as the higher of the 3. I would peobably keep Mr Wendel in the 1993 list.

Also surprised to see No Rain in 1992 list.

Look forward to part II and 1993 especially as it's one of my top 5 favourite years.
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Thanks K8.

Suck My Kiss was borderline, but it was a single here in 1992 so that's one of those songs.

One by U2 only got sent back to 1991 at the last minute when I had to move another song back to 1990

May have been too harsh on Arrested Development, agreed. I actually do prefer Tennessee though.

Anyway, here is the link to Part 2 (1993-):
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?status=added&todo=viewthread&id=50375
I have these charts in youtube if anyone is interested:

1975 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0wgK5dYJ8AqipH-3rIxaR4

1976 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR3RN1LdCB-nHXmGkfx-jzFJ

1977 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2tRl5KQu6GApMHDuhiPfPc

1978 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR1Cu795XUFvAiV9NU1JqCBP

1979 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR3Vlog84rQSIIinuAXUD6PT

1980 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2zW6sVbKbLFTxWqSJifCW-

1981 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2Cj3wa_3_QW-802ZqiblC2

1982 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR1P77uxue3CEIHg5LnTh0VJ

1983 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0elFpflOgl8rnTm-qxeO_l

1984 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0iFANq9I45dkvokLAa-_an

1985 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR3nLzQsqrn3XWPkHd4PPxyv

1986 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR1Ne-NnMKXnpf3E2uMVeiNX

1987 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0I3igJmkoocLlDswIaT9YS

1988 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR0e4cQDBZ52N6DVmDjhVcqe

1989 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR1Kr_MbhxUiN8UCBmQ-fl8i

1990 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR260-kK1Df4n79Te_T4El9Q

1991 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR3JMbt21TuUF51Z5RO048qH

1992 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2xLVDsQ7hWSAfawbNx3fQ6

Spotify is my next challenge. I will get each of these lists on Spotify, though not every song appears to be in Spotify yet.
Apologies for being so long getting back to this, had a dislocated collar bone that lead to a shoulder reconstruction and only just getting back on track.

I agree with K8 for 1992 that Arrested Development and in particular Everyday People would be much higher. They ran a theme called the Summer of Safe Love over the end of '92 and beginning of '93 and at the end they counted down the most requested 100 songs of the summer and Everyday People was #1.
Ow OBONe Hope you're feeling much better. Wondered what had happened.

Once I post my 1998 and 1999 lists, before I leave the 90s I will revisit some of the other lists and make one set of alterations (especially the 1988-1992 lists).

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