For me, this years Hottest100 was pretty disappointing. Only three of my top10 tracks got in. Pretty shocked in a way.

So, for those that missed the whole thing, Angus & Julia Stone got #1 with Big Jet Plane. Whilst I don’t hate Big Jet Plane, having them at number 1? REALLY?

For me, there were a few massive letdowns.

  • There was no The Holidays
  • There was no Cut Copy
  • There was no Beach House
  • Kanye didn’t even hit the top10!!
  • One of the best songs of the year Time To Wander by Gypsy & The Cat got in at #73

If you want to see the list for yourself, jump along to here. There were some good inclusions in there, but most of these were in the wrong half, and bands like Gorillaz didn’t even hit the top 30.

I know things like this are never going to please everyone, and I’m definitely not going to start hating on Triple J (I’ll hate on a fair few of their listeners though), but man, I thought last year was a pretty stellar year for music, and I’m genuinely surprised that The Holidays didn’t make it in. Like, really surprised.

But yes, the tracks I voted for are below. Gypsy & The Cat, Kanye and Yeasayer all made it in with the tracks below, but none hit the top 10 (Runaway got #14)

I suppose one of the big things is that I won’t stop listening to the JJJs. I love Zan’s show in the morning, always try and listen to Home & Hosed each weeknight, and have made a habit of listening to 2011 each Sunday night. And hell, I’m even listening to the J House Party thingy right now as I type. All of these shows put forward some pretty awesome music, a lot of it pretty new too. Richard Kingsmill is one of the best and most influential men in Aussie music, and programs like Unearthed, and even things like The One Night Stand that Triple J put on are really important for the whole of Australia and the music industry.

So yes, I guess I love the JJJs. Sure, some of the tracks they play aren’t my thing – if I hear another stadium rock band (Birds Of Tokyo etc), I may do something silly, but all in all, they’re perhaps the most important thing in the Australian music industry. That, and all the excellent local stations like 3RRR and FBi.

But yep. If I had it my way, here’s what I would’ve put as my top5. These aren’t necessarily my top 5 songs of last year, just my top 5 from the list that Triple J provides.

The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire

Dan Kelly – Hold On, I’m Coming On

Kanye West – Runaway (feat. Pusha T)

The Holidays – Broken Bones

Gypsy & The Cat – Time To Wander


2 responses

  1. The problem with Beach House was that their album was released so early in the year. Most people had probably forgotten about it all.
    I was disappointed with no Kele or Delphic – both stellar acts, but both had albums released in the first half of 2010.
    Also; no Grinderman. 😦 AND, somehow “Miami” by Foals missed out, but “Spanish Sahara” got in. Not that the latter is a bad song (I love it), but I thought if “Spanish Sahara” made it, “Miami” would for sure.

    All in all, I enjoyed this year’s countdown. Some pretty good songs got in. Not a fan of A+J though.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:18 AM

  2. I’m not a massive fan of A&J but at least it wasn’t that horrible Barbera Streisand song. I was suprised Kanye didn’t make it higher and there wasn’t any Dan Kelly (unless I missed it). I agree with you about The Holidays, but then the countdown has a lot of non-triple j listeners voting in it nowadays.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:46 AM

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