Well, Triple J’s Hottest 100 was this weekend. I can’t say I was incredibly pleased about the winner, Muse’s Knights Of Cydonia, because I rather wanted Silverchair’s Straight Lines to win. It’s not that I don’t like Muse (which isn’t the case), I just really like Silverchair.Anyway, my own personal Hottest 100 challenge this year was to equal my achievement last year of voting for ten songs that I liked but all failed to make it in to the countdown.
For the record, this was last year’s ten songs:
Belle & Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
Boy Least Likely To – Be Gentle With Me
Flaming Lips – It Overtakes Me
Islands – Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby
Panda Band – Ghosts Have The Best Time
Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off
Red Paintings – Pickles
Scissor Sisters – Paul McCartney
Sleepy Jackson – Devil Was In My Yard
Zutons – Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love
Despite some of them being really good songs, and were quite popular, not one made the 100.
And this is this year’s ten:
Animal Collective – Peacebone – NO!
Arcade Fire – No Cars Go – YES!
Architecture In Helsinki – Hold Music – YES!
Beck – Timebomb – NO!
Jens Lekman – The Opposite Of Hallelujah – NO!
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends – NO!
New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour – NO!
Of Montreal – Like A Promethean Curse – NO!
Regurgitator – Blood And Spunk – NO!
White Stripes – Rag And Bone – NO!
Well, 8/10 ain’t bad, I guess. I’m a little surprised that LCD Soundsystem didn’t make it in, as that was a really popular song, and usually The White Stripes get a few entries, so that’s another oddity. I should have known Arcade Fire would get in with No Cars Go, as that’s one of the more accessible and radio friendly songs on their album, but AIH’s Hold Music was a shock, as I expected people to go with Heart It Races. Regurgitator was a definite oversight, however. It’s been ages since they’ve been in the Hottest 100, and Blood And Spunk was a pretty strong track. As for the others, well, they definitely weren’t going to get in. And that’s because people just don’t appreciate good music.
I’m going to have to try harder next year.