Back to the (distant) past with triple j’s hottest 100 of all time

Monday, 13 July, 2009

First up, fantastic, as I called back in May, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” topped the second triple j Hottest 100 of all time… once again.

Regardless though I enjoyed listening into the countdown and thought the decision to stagger it was a good one, as it was easier to block off periods of time to listen in over several days as opposed to needing to stay near the radio all day, as is the case for the annual countdowns.

One thing that struck me, and many others I’m sure, was the age of some of the songs charting on the Hottest 100. For a station whose target demographic is (primarily) listeners aged 18 to 25, a large chunk of the music predated the mid 1980s.

I’d put this down to a couple of things though. First up there are a fair few triple j listeners who are outside (that is, older than) the primary 18 to 25 year old listener base.

Even among the 18 to 25s though there still would have been a number of votes for 1970s and earlier music, as many of today’s target listeners would have grown up hearing their parents playing the likes of Hendrix, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, etc, etc, etc.

I’d also like to think that music listeners born after 1985 though would still be on the lookout for quality music recorded before they were born, (in the same way the people born before 1985 are on the lookout for quality music recorded after 1985) and the countdown certainly reflects this thought.

Anyway check out the full list here and listen to streams of the countdown (listed about halfway down the right-hand column) which will be online until 20 July.

Oh, and yes, viva la grunge revival!

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Five tips for writing a Hottest 100 number one song

Friday, 30 January, 2009

Writing a Triple J Hottest 100 number one song: while your mileage may vary with some tips, making the title more memorable by including it in the chorus is definitely a recipe for success; since 1989 13 songs that do so have reached the top spot:

Songwriters love featuring the song title in the chorus hook, as it makes the song much easier to remember. Simply reading the title in print brings the song to mind, which translates to a stronger response from voters. The Cranberries’ Zombie features a chorus of nothing more than the song’s title being yelped by singer Dolores O’Riordan, Bernard Fanning’s Wish You Well is more polite, ending the chorus with the song title in a manner that almost insists that the listener sing along. In fact, no less than thirteen previous Hottest 100 winners sung the title in the chorus, ranging from the subtle (Powderfinger – My Happiness and Alex Lloyd – Amazing) to the sledgehammer (Dennis Leary – Asshole). Even the dark horses of 2006, Augie March, open the chorus of One Crowded Hour with the title lyric.

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Triple J Hottest 100 Of All Time July 2009

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

During the Australia Day countdown of the Hottest 100 of 2008, Triple J’s music director Richard Kingsmill announced the next Hottest 100 Of All Time poll will take place in July.

Unlike annual Hottest 100 countdowns, where only music released during the current year can be voted for, the field will be wide open for the “all time” 100. The last such countdown was in 1998, and saw Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” top the poll.

As Kingsmill said however, “there’s been a bit of a chance in the landscape”, as you’d expect after almost 11 years, so it will be interesting to see the all time choices of Triple J listeners this time around.

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