Results in for Triple J’s ‘20 Years of Hottest 100’ Poll

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Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 is more than just a music countdown. It’s become an institution. So after 20 years of countdowns, the government-funded radio station decided to run a ‘20 Years Of Triple J’s Hottel 100’ poll.

More than 940,000 votes were cast over just 20 days, and, given that the song eligibility period covered the lifetime of the average Triple J listener, it turns out that 25-year-olds submitted the most votes of any age.

Taking out the number one spot is everybody’s (well, every British body’s) favourite pub sing-along song, Wonderwall by Oasis. Second on the list is The White Stripes’ anthemic Seven Nation Army. Third came the sad strains of the late Jeff Buckley, with Last Goodbye. In fourth are one of four Australian entries in the top 10 – Hilltop Hoods’ The Nosebleed Section. And fifth is The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony.

As for the rest of the top 100, here are some interesting statistics collated by the musical scientists at Triple J:

  • 49 songs are from the 1990s.
  • 51 songs from the 2000s.
  • 1997 is the year with the most popular songs (11 from the countdown released that year).
  • 41 songs were written by American artists, compared to 29 by Aussies.
  • Five bands have siblings in them.
  • Six songs have an animal in the title.
  • Four songs feature other worldly creatures.
  • Eight songs are reportedly about politics (but have they included Paper Planes by M.I.A in that one?). 

Some of the more ‘recent’ releases in the list include Of Monsters And Men’s Little Talks (#92), Mumford & Son’s Little Lion Man (#14), alt-J’s Breezeblocks (#67), The Black Keys’ Lonely Boy (#61), and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over (#49).