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The best and worst of theHottest 100

Ahead of triple j's Australia Day countdown we look back at the best and worst moments of the Hottest 100 – from 'Asshole' to 'Pretty Fly For A White Guy'.

Best Runner-Up: OutKast – ‘Hey Ya!’ (2003)

Numerologists will tell you that the best Hottest 100 runner-up was Blur’s ‘Song 2’. They’ll also claim that the best winner was Augie March’s ‘One Crowded Hour' and you really don’t want to get them started on the significance of The Grates’ ‘19-20-20’ finishing in 10th place in 2006. But numerologists are insane and ignore the undisputed fact that OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ is the greatest song to ever be relegated to second place. It’s widely believed that OutKast are refusing to release another album until this blight is rectified. As for The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ finishing in third place that year behind the winner – Jet’s ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ – you’ll have to ask the numerologists about that.

Worst Runner-Up: Art vs. Science – ‘Parlez Vous Francais?’ (2009)

In the bloodmatch of Art vs Science no one wins, except when it’s a countdown of the “hottest” songs of 2009. Say what you will about Mumford and Sons but at least they kept this Francophile monstrosity from actually winning the poll. As a side note we’d like to believe that the video clip features a pair of mimes as a suggestion on how to best appreciate the song: with the sound off and the band trapped in an invisible glass case.

Best Aussie Winner: ‘One Crowded Hour’/‘Buy Me A Pony’ (1996)

These songs couldn’t be more different. On the one hand, you have a stinging portrayal of the music industry circa 1996 that’s over in roughly one minute, 40 seconds; on the other, you have a poetic waltz that’s probably soundtracked more weddings than ‘Theme From Titanic’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. What unites them, however, is that great triumph of the underdog (this was pre-‘Black Betty’ Spiderbait, remember) – and you really can’t get much more Aussie than that. To think that two honest bands from Finley and Shepparton could take on the corporate-rock might of The Killers, Tool, Weezer and Bush with simple, direct songs that weren’t mixed by Steve Lillywhite for the national GDP of a small developing country should be a source of national pride and achievement on par with Tim Tams, the Big Pineapple and Chris Lilley.

Worst Aussie “Winner”: The Tenants – ‘You Shit Me to Tears’ (1999)

It’s too easy and too obvious to attack Angus & Julia Stone’s insipid ‘Big Jet Plane’ as the worst locally bred winter of the poll. It’s every lightly bearded, heavily dreadlocked busker’s favourite song and that’s reason enough to fight for a law banning it from public broadcast. The thought of ever having to hear it again is an evil almost too horrid to contemplate, so instead we’ll try to ignore its existence and instead nominate 1999’s third place getter The Tenants’ ‘You Shit Me to Tears’ as the worst thing to ever fly the Australian flag towards the top of the poll. It's a half-mast song at best.

Best Novelty Song: Denis Leary – ‘Asshole’ (1993)

Long before Michael Moore was chasing Charlton Heston up driveways or Roseanne Barr was beaming “the real America” into our lounge-rooms, Denis Leary penned his own satirical ode to the American dream. While it is often cited as the first novelty song to take out the Hottest 100, ‘Asshole’ is no ‘Pretty Fly For a White Guy’. From its genius spoken word outro (“Russia, Germany, Romania – they can have all the democracy they want. They can have a democracy cakewalk right through the middle of Tiananmen Square and it won't make a lick of difference, because we’ve got the bombs, OK?”) to the accompanying video in which Leary dons a smoking jacket while “swilling” a breast implant – this is novelty at it’s most cerebral.

Click through to page two for more best and worst.

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gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 25th Jan, 2013

You Shit Me To Tears is fantastic.

Offspring was easily the worst song to win the hottest 100, a fact even JJJ themselves have admitted on several occasions.

Hoping Thrift Shop goes all the way tomorrow. Happy to see a bunch of people crying about "novelty hiphop" like that phrase even means anything.

liquidtopaz3

liquidtopaz3 said on the 25th Jan, 2013

Big Jet Plane for 2010.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AHXpsyWO5Ec/TcImAJ-eQoI/AAAAAAAAAiQ/64s1_HnoaPk/s400/nonono.gif

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 25th Jan, 2013

But Thrift Shop and Pretty Fly are both awesome!

Oflick

Oflick said on the 25th Jan, 2013



awe·some
/ˈôsəm/
Adjective
Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.

Synonyms
dreadful - formidable - redoubtable - terrific - awful

So I guess awesome is an acceptable word to describe those songs.

01seb

01seb said on the 25th Jan, 2013

I'll always remember the look on Daniel Johns face when Knights of Cydonia beat Straight Lines. Priceless!

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 25th Jan, 2013

Thrift Shop being number 1 should force the hottest 100 into retirement.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 25th Jan, 2013

So much latfh in this article.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 25th Jan, 2013

You Shit Me To Tears is fantastic.

Offspring was easily the worst song to win the hottest 100, a fact even JJJ themselves have admitted on several occasions.

Hoping Thrift Shop goes all the way tomorrow. Happy to see a bunch of people crying about "novelty hiphop" like that phrase even means anything.

How about 'terrible hiphop' instead?

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 25th Jan, 2013



and in the thread too...

lava

lava said on the 26th Jan, 2013

Machine Gun Fellatio's version of Jill Sobule's 'I kissed a girl' should have featured in the 2002 hottest 100... (",)

cassblah

cassblah said on the 26th Jan, 2013

pretty damn awkward when you like a whole bunch of the songs you called bad! very awkward for me!

Chipwich

Chipwich said on the 27th Jan, 2013

art vs science was a lot better than bland ol' mumford and 'every song sounds the same' sons.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 27th Jan, 2013

great, now all the facebook posters are coming to fasterlouder like 'chipwich' is this the means of the end?

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 27th Jan, 2013



Im in the same boat. I think Knight's of Cydonia (note that it's not about when the sun goes down in Cydonia), 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas and Fire by Kasabian by were all great songs.

ROYALwithCHEESE

ROYALwithCHEESE said on the 27th Jan, 2013



nothing wrong with liking kasabian.

turkish acid bath was in my head for the last two months after hearing it during the closing credits of "killer elite'..

that intro....

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 27th Jan, 2013



Fixed this for you. You're welcome.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 28th Jan, 2013

Big Jet Plane for 2010.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AHXpsyWO5Ec/TcImAJ-eQoI/AAAAAAAAAiQ/64s1_HnoaPk/s400/nonono.gif
angus and julia>cloud nothing

Hinee

Hinee said on the 28th Jan, 2013

I'm still waiting for the whole "fasterlouder is changing for the better" stance to take into effect. What a shitty article.

chichachi

chichachi said on the 30th Jan, 2013

surely if you have thrift shop as worst winner ever, then it should by default win worst novelty song.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 30th Jan, 2013

uh oh the e warriors have arrived

mark2712

mark2712 said on the 26th Jan, 2014

thrift shop won it last year

nos235

nos235 said on the 26th Jan, 2014



this thread is a year old