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Everything you need to knowabout the Hottest 100Australian Albums of All Time

The wise heads of the music business declared that The Avalanche’s Since I Left You is the greatest album ever recorded by folks with Australian passports, but triple j listeners have decided that Powderfinger's Odyssey Number 5 is more deserving of the top place on the list.

The Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time – Listener’s choice

The Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time – Industry choice

Now that all the albums on the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time list have been revealed we've crunched the numbers to answer all the important questions. What years and decades have been the best for Australian music? Which bands are loved by the industry and ignored by the punters? Who managed to get four albums on the public list but failed to make an impression on their peers and the critics?

THE HOTTEST DECADES

A staggering 64% of the albums on the publicly voted list were released in the past 11 years; nearly double the number of records from the same years declared ‘Hot’ by the industry panel. 11 albums released in 2010 or 2011 managed to win a place on the public list compared to just one on the industry list – Tame Impala’s debut Innerspeaker. The triple j’s listeners (or at least the 47 000 of them who voted in the poll) believe that the most very recent album releases from Angus & Julia Stone, Birds of Tokyo, Bliss N Eso, Cloud Control, Dead Letter Circus, Gypsy & The Cat, Pendulum, Sia, Washington and even the five month old Art vs. Science album also deserved a place on the list.

Or to put it simplistic terms: the lists unsurprisingly show that the current triple j audience skews towards Gen-Y, while the music fans who have managed to score a job in the industry are a little older (Shock! Scandal!).

Both lists have been topped by albums released in the year 2000 and triple j’s listeners consider the 2000s to be the Hottest decade of Australian music with more than half of their votes awarded to records released between 2000-2009. The industry voters agreed that the same decade gave us 33 Hot albums, but also decided that the 90s were similarly Hot with 32 records from 90-99 making the cut. Both lists suggest that Australian albums released before 1974 fail to meet the criteria of Hot, although the industry list made two exceptions for albums from the 1960s – The Easybeat’s 1965 album Easys and The Loved Ones’ 1967 record Magic Box.

The public list features 4 albums from the 70s; 11 from the 80s; 21 from the 90s; 53 from the 00s; and 11 from the current decade. The Hottest year for punters was last year (10 albums) followed by 2005 (7 albums).

The industry list features 2 albums from the 60s; 6 from the 70s; 26 from the 80s; 32 from the 90s; 33 from the 00s; and just one from the last nineteen months. The Hottest years for the industry folk were 1988, 2006 and 2008 (each with 6 albums represented on the list).

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Cam0

Cam0 said on the 10th Jul, 2011

looks like the drones may need to limit/end the industry comp tickets if these figures are anything to go by ;)

batdan

batdan said on the 10th Jul, 2011

Both lists suggest that Australian albums released before 1974 fail to meet the criteria of Hot.

I was released in 1974 therefore I am HOT. Go Me.

Cygnet

Cygnet said on the 10th Jul, 2011

10, 9, 8... by midnight oil should be at #8 in your combined list, it was in both at 8 and 21.

grattan

grattan said on the 10th Jul, 2011



Whoops - nice pick up! Fixed now.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 10th Jul, 2011

good work!! love some facts and figures.

BrendanMaclean

BrendanMaclean said on the 10th Jul, 2011

this is some impressive mathematics. retweets etc

rodismdotcom

rodismdotcom said on the 10th Jul, 2011

Hey Grattan, how much dubstep was in the Top 100?

Veitchy

Veitchy said on the 10th Jul, 2011

very detailed analysis mate. nice work.

therat

therat said on the 10th Jul, 2011

You also left out Cog-The New Normal. Should be #33 with a combined score of 132

grattan

grattan said on the 11th Jul, 2011



Cog and Frogstomp added now. 40 albums made both lists.

TIm D

TIm D said on the 11th Jul, 2011

Great commentary Grattan.

grattan

grattan said on the 11th Jul, 2011

More analysis from the fine team at Mess+Noise:

Bogan Prog Acts Have The Best Street Teams

We’re holding on to nu-metal, it seems, or at least its modern incarnation: bogan prog. Bogan prog is a genre that originated either in Bondi or Perth (no one’s really sure) featuring men with weird goatees and Tool t-shirts (dreadlocks optional); loud-soft-loud dynamics; emotive “yardling”; odd time signatures; five string basses; and more notes than sense. If this year’s poll is anything to go by, they have outrageously powerful street-teams, too. How else can you explain the following albums clogging up the list: Imago and Begins Here by The Butterfly Effect, This Is The Warning by Dead Letter Chorus, The New Normal by Cog, Sound Awake and Themata by Karnivool and Birds of Tokyo and Universes by Birds of Tokyo. It’s akin to a US poll featuring Staind and Linkin Park. WTF Australia!

And they even made a beautiful chart -

http://www.messandnoise.com/images/3021926/640x328-c.jpeg

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Jul, 2011

What's worse? Bogan prog or Skip-hop?

Or is it like choosing between liver cancer and bowel cancer?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 11th Jul, 2011


And they even made a beautiful chart -

http://www.messandnoise.com/images/3021926/640x328-c.jpeg

What a beautiful one-year decade the 2001's were

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 11th Jul, 2011

What's worse? Bogan prog or Skip-hop?

Or is it like choosing between liver cancer and bowel cancer?

Brog

therat

therat said on the 11th Jul, 2011

More analysis from the fine team at Mess+Noise:

Bogan Prog Acts Have The Best Street Teams

We’re holding on to nu-metal, it seems, or at least its modern incarnation: bogan prog. Bogan prog is a genre that originated either in Bondi or Perth (no one’s really sure) featuring men with weird goatees and Tool t-shirts (dreadlocks optional); loud-soft-loud dynamics; emotive “yardling”; odd time signatures; five string basses; and more notes than sense. If this year’s poll is anything to go by, they have outrageously powerful street-teams, too. How else can you explain the following albums clogging up the list: Imago and Begins Here by The Butterfly Effect, This Is The Warning by Dead Letter Chorus, The New Normal by Cog, Sound Awake and Themata by Karnivool and Birds of Tokyo and Universes by Birds of Tokyo. It’s akin to a US poll featuring Staind and Linkin Park. WTF Australia!

And they even made a beautiful chart -

http://www.messandnoise.com/images/3021926/640x328-c.jpeg

That is the stupidest thing I've read in some time.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Jul, 2011

That's just because you like bogan prog.

therat

therat said on the 11th Jul, 2011

Clearly. I mean Cog and TBE are just soooo similar.

SaMBoY

SaMBoY said on the 12th Jul, 2011

It just occured to me, the beegees aren't anywhere on either list are they? What's up with that?

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 17th Jul, 2011

More analysis from the fine team at Mess+Noise:

Bogan Prog Acts Have The Best Street Teams

We’re holding on to nu-metal, it seems, or at least its modern incarnation: bogan prog. Bogan prog is a genre that originated either in Bondi or Perth (no one’s really sure) featuring men with weird goatees and Tool t-shirts (dreadlocks optional); loud-soft-loud dynamics; emotive “yardling”; odd time signatures; five string basses; and more notes than sense. If this year’s poll is anything to go by, they have outrageously powerful street-teams, too. How else can you explain the following albums clogging up the list: Imago and Begins Here by The Butterfly Effect, This Is The Warning by Dead Letter Chorus, The New Normal by Cog, Sound Awake and Themata by Karnivool and Birds of Tokyo and Universes by Birds of Tokyo. It’s akin to a US poll featuring Staind and Linkin Park. WTF Australia!

And they even made a beautiful chart -

http://www.messandnoise.com/images/3021926/640x328-c.jpeg

Bogan Prog = Always unreal live and underated by guys on online forums, alongside any other group of acts thats popular outside of said online forums.

rodismdotcom

rodismdotcom said on the 17th Jul, 2011

That graph is not Science.

Can someone name me the bogan prog acts from the 60s?

rodismdotcom

rodismdotcom said on the 17th Jul, 2011



Fair call, I completely forgot Dick Diamonde was well known for posturing with a 5 string bass...

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 17th Jul, 2011

Stevie Wright's soul patch helped show his fans what a serious and mature musician he was.

rodismdotcom

rodismdotcom said on the 17th Jul, 2011

The Carpenters were the same in the 70s.

They were so prog they didn't have a bass player.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 18th Jul, 2011



so what you're saying is, everything that guys on online forums hate is actually good?

err, sorry, "always unreal" ?

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 18th Jul, 2011

so what you're saying is, everything that guys on online forums hate is actually good?

err, sorry, "always unreal" ?

1 - "Bogan Prog = Always unreal live and underated by guys on online forums" - I stick by that part.

2- "alongside any other group of acts thats popular outside of said online forums" - Im guessing this was going to be your point of contention?, if so fair call by you, and a wee bit hypocritical on my part due to past posts supporting past forumers bagging of Pete Murray, Powder Finger etc........so Apologies.

3- your jumping on me for using the term "always unreal"?, really?, thats a bit weak mate.